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Philip Joens (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0251
Philip Joens is a News Tribune staff writer covering businesses large and small in and around Jefferson City. A Sioux City, Iowa native, he has dabbled in business and sports journalism during most of his young career. Previously he covered technology at the Pacific Coast Business Times in Santa Barbara, California, interned at the Los Angeles Business Journal and on the sports desk at KTIV News 4 in Sioux City. During his free time he umpires baseball and officiates basketball locally, and he enjoys writing poetry and riding his road bike. Follow him on Twitter at @Philip_Joens.

BizBeat: Citi Trends is latest addition at Capital Mall

Published Feb. 17 2019

New clothing retailer Citi Trends opened its doors at Capital Mall last month.

Executive Q&A: Randy Allen goes from designing buildings to business opportunities

Published Feb. 11 2019

Architects construct visions by seeing things where others do not.Fresh out of Kansas State University in 1976, architect Randy Allen...

Experts hope minimum wage increase will make a living wage more attainable

Published Feb. 11 2019

Anthony Thomas walked into the room he shares with five other people at The Salvation Army Shelter of Hope in...

Guidelines vague for #jcmo business community governing medical marijuana use

Published Feb. 11 2019

As the state begins its jog toward implementing rules governing medical marijuana, much of the business community remains in a...

BizBeat: BluTaco restaurant at Capital Mall closes

Published Jan. 27 2019

The first BluTaco restaurant closed in mid-January, six months after it opened.

Agents forecast brisk commercial construction in 2019

Published Jan. 25 2019

Jefferson City developers say commercial construction spiked in 2018 due to a strong economy.

Developer at former Truman Hotel site 'in holding pattern'

Published Jan. 23 2019

Developer of a Holiday Inn & Suites plans to assess success of new hotel before deciding if he will demolish...

St. Mary's, Quinn Chapel celebrate King's life

Published Jan. 22 2019

The Jefferson City chapter of the NAACP and SSM Health will hold services honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK...

Entrepreneur David Frahm champions startup ventures

Published Jan. 21 2019

Local entrepreneur David Fraham is the subject of my portrait this month. I'm meeting Fraham upstairs at Brew House Coffee...

BizBeat: Grocery story turns tasting room at Westphalia Vineyards

Published Jan. 20 2019

Westphalia Vineyards' chic new tasting room opened in an old grocery store Jan. 4.Black tables, a metal ceiling and bright...

Holiday Inn expected to open in first quarter

Published Jan. 19 2019

The Holiday Inn being built on the site of the Truman Hotel redevelopment will open by the end of the...

Chamber, Missouri Women’s Business Center holds seminar

Published Jan. 17 2019

As tax preparation season begins, the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce and Missouri Women’s Business Center held a seminar...

BizBeat: Former LOMO Club revived as The Branch

Published Jan. 13 2019

A Jefferson City couple is breathing new life into a Lohman entertainment staple.Krista Bonnot and her partner, Justin Davis, bought...

BizBeat: Chick-fil-A under new ownership

Published Jan. 13 2019

Franchisee Tom Van Voorn brought Chick-fil-A to the Capital City five years ago.

Storms dump snow on Mid-Missouri

Published Jan. 13 2019

A thick blanket of snow covered most of the state Saturday as local emergency managers did their best to fend...

Chamber: Loss of contract won’t affect 2019 goals

Published Jan. 12 2019

The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce could have a $150,000 hole in its budget by 2020 after Cole County...

Coworking space takes shape

Published Jan. 11 2019

Champagne sat in glasses surrounded by sparkling white walls and empty desks as Campus Coworking celebrated its grand opening Thursday...

Port authority applies for grant

Published Jan. 9 2019

The Heartland Port Authority Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to apply for a grant with the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Medical marijuana a step closer to reality today

Published Jan. 7 2019

The state of Missouri will begin accepting pre-filed applications for medical marijuana facilities at 8 a.

BizBeat: Party rental business coming to Capital City

Published Jan. 6 2019

A Columbia event planning company plans to open a Jefferson City location.A-1 Party & Event Rental of Columbia rents items...