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BizBeat: Tan Club offers ‘premier, upscale’ salon

Monica Hoy hopes her new tanning salon, Tan Club, will offer Jefferson City a “premier, upscale” experience.

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Jefferson City ‘shines on’ at annual chamber gala

Jefferson City business and community leaders capped an exciting week by celebrating its members’ positive contributions and achievements Friday night at the annual Chamber of Commerce Gala.

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BizBeat: Ross construction starting this week

Construction of the new Ross department store at Capital Mall in Jefferson City is slated to begin early this week, said Rob Kingsbury of Farmer Holding Company.

BizBeat: Capital Mall to lose apparel store

Capital Mall will lose a long-time tenant in the coming months, as national teen clothing retailer Deb Shops has announced it plans to close all stores after filing for bankruptcy in December.

BizBeat: Gerbes Super Store to undergo remodel

Gerbes Super Store at 2101 Schotthill Woods Drive in eastern Jefferson City will undergo a remodel project in the coming months.

BizBeat: Nu2Yu offers used items at thrift prices

New thrift store Nu2Yu Resale Shop has been open in Jefferson City at 711 Jefferson St. since late last fall.

63 Cole County businesses on delinquent sales tax list

Sixty-three Cole County businesses currently owe delinquent sales taxes, according to the Missouri Department of Revenue’s (DOR) “Who Is Not Paying” list.

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A new Capital Mall, inside and out

Plans not set in stone, but offer glimpse at long-term improvements

Long anticipated renovation at Capital Mall could be getting closer, as the mall’s ownership company submitted a long-term plan for exterior improvements including new building facades, signage, landscaping and more to the Jefferson City Planning and Zoning Commission.

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BizBeat: Brown Printing hammers out complete renovation

A revamp of Brown Printing’s back offices will complete a full-building renovation project that started at the Jefferson City business eight years ago.

BizBeat: Data Comm purchases Capital City Telecom

Data Comm, Inc., a Jefferson City-based information technology company, recently announced its purchase of Capital City Telecom, effective Dec. 31, 2014.

BizBeat: Downtown Brainstorming to determine vision

A “Downtown Brainstorming” session seeks to determine a vision for the coming year in downtown Jefferson City with input from all stakeholders in the area, including the public.

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Capital Region forecasts July completion

The Capital Region Medical Center expansion is well underway, and hospital officials project a July completion.

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Cubby Caboose leaves station at Capital Mall

The Cubby Caboose is no longer making tracks around Capital Mall, effective immediately.

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Mid-Missouri temperatures in the deep freeze

Temperatures are dropping and people are preparing for the coming days of sub-freezing weather.

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Jefferson City retailers report holiday bounty

Whether it’s attributable to the weather, more expendable income due to lower gas prices or simply a spirit of giving, many local retailers’ holiday sales are up this year, as national retail sales surged to a 5.5 percent increase as well, according to MasterCard SpendingPulse.

BizBeat: Sam’s Club projects mid-2015 opening

Walls are going up at Jefferson City’s Sam’s Club, and the Wal-Mart-owned, membership-only retail warehouse projects a mid-2015 opening.

BizBeat: Wilson’s Fitness to be in new location by Tuesday

Wilson’s Fitness should be moved completely to its new Jefferson City location by the evening of Jan. 6, said owner Keri Austin.

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National program to nurture local foods in Jefferson City

A strengthened focus on producing and distributing foods locally is about to take root in Jefferson City.

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Charities grant wishes year-round to help clients ‘live their best lives’

A Christmas Wish Part 8: United Way of Central Missouri

The 27 partner agencies of the United Way of Central Missouri (UWCM) have provided a young mother and her children with shelter at the Salvation Army, connected a now-teenager with a positive role model through Big Brothers Big Sisters, helped a child cope with complicated health issues through the Special Learning Center and served more than 85,000 other people in 2013 alone.

Small business tax deduction extended

Extension could pay for new equipment, but time for decision will be short

The news many business owners have been waiting for has finally arrived, but now the benefits may be short-lived.

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BizBeat: Rosewood Music expands to offer more lessons

Rosewood Music has been renovating its 222 W. Dunklin St. guitar shop since a pipe burst last February causing damage throughout the building. But the forced renovation also offered an opportunity to expand Rosewood’s space and lesson offerings.

BizBeat: 2 Broke Girls closes shop

Jefferson City resale shop 2 Broke Girls officially closed Dec. 14 with a final clearance sale.

BizBeat: KFC now JC’s Chicken

The former KFC restaurant in Jefferson City at 1923 Christy Drive has replaced its KFC-brand signage with a new sign marking the eatery as “JC’s Chicken.”

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United Way agencies, community give priceless gifts all year

A Christmas Wish: Part 1

For those facing life’s toughest battles, the Christmas season can mean another challenge to face. For those willing to help, it’s an opportunity to give.

T-shirt kiosk raises eyebrows for some shoppers

Capital Mall’s level of family-friendliness has been called into question by some customers recently, but mall management say no merchandise on display is inappropriate.

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Heisinger Bluffs renovates Riverview assisted living center

Heisinger Bluffs & St. Joseph’s Bluffs senior living center on West Main Street in Jefferson City recently began a $200,000 renovation to its Riverview assisted living neighborhood.

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BizBeat: Calvary’s Gift expands to larger location

Resale shop Calvary’s Gift will start the new year at a new location, moving about a block from its current Jefferson City store.

BizBeat: Technology repair shop migrates across mall

Jefferson City Computer Services, a computer, tablet and cell-phone troubleshooting business, moved to a new location in Capital Mall last week.

BizBeat: Tolson Drug renovation continues

The gradual renovation process at Tolson Drug Store now has made its way to the pharmacy.

Developers want South Side TIF amended

Tax revenues falling short of projections

With sales and property tax revenues in Jefferson City’s South Side falling short of projections made five years ago, the developers of Dunklin Street Properties LLC intend to soon propose amended terms to the South Side Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district.

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Old Munichburg extends geographic boundaries

District to incorporate more of south side

Members of the Old Munichburg Association voted in October to extend the district’s geographic boundaries to incorporate more of Jefferson City’s south side and the core business district.

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BizBeat: Vacant commercial properties await new businesses

Several major commercial properties in Jefferson City have remained vacant for months while owners and realtors attempt to find new tenants to fill them, but announcements may come soon for a few.

BizBeat: Plaza Tire shops merge

The Plaza Tire Service shop at 111 W. Dunklin St. closed at the end of October to merge with the chain’s second Jefferson City location at 1401 Missouri Blvd.

BizBeat: KFC signs down, but still serving

Employees at the KFC at 1923 Christy Drive removed the Jefferson City restaurant’s external signage last week but the restaurant remains open for business.

BizBeat: Seasonal toy store open at Capital Mall

Unique Toys and Games opened Nov. 1 at Capital Mall in Jefferson City, and will be in business there through Jan. 15.

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Facade improvements, renovations continue in downtown JC

It’s almost December, but construction season hasn’t ended in Jefferson City. Three of four active projects participating in the city’s commercial facade program are on High Street.

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Redevelopment gearing up for Jefferson City’s Millbottom area

Redevelopment of the former Ameren power plant in Jefferson City’s Millbottom area is nearing completion, with its first retail tenant under contract, after several years in the works.

BizBeat: Baskin-Robbins closes but may return with Dunkin’ Donuts

Baskin-Robbins closed its ice cream shop on Missouri Boulevard last week to make way for a future combination Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins shop, said Terry Haverkamp, Baskin-Robbins Midwest regional director.

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BizBeat: New High Street hangout to open Dec. 1

Red Tail Lounge will breathe new life into a very old home when it opens in Jefferson City at 623 E. High St. on Dec. 1.

BizBeat: My Sentiments Exactly closes Wednesday

Owner Marinell Walz announced she plans to close specialty stationery shop My Sentiments Exactly on Jefferson City's High Street Wednesday after 29 years in business.

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BizBeat: Historic Cliff Manor Inn for sale

Jefferson City’s only bed and breakfast, Cliff Manor Inn, will close for the season at the end of November and potentially re-open under new management in the spring.

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Board games offer family fun for seasonal parties

Don't leave holiday entertainment to a roll of the dice

When your two sisters and their husbands, an uncle from out of state and 12 nieces and nephews arrive at your house this Thanksgiving, how are you planning to entertain them?

BizBeat: Blackwell’s Garage closes doors

Blackwell’s Garage closed its doors at 901 E. High St. in Jefferson City for the last time Oct. 1 after more than 90 years in business — 33 of those within one family.

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BizBeat: Wine bar now open in The Village Square

New wine bar Vines opened Nov. 1 in The Village Square, and Jefferson City east-enders are grateful for the new entertainment option, said owner Lori Smith.

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One for All to offer day care for elderly, disabled

Open house set for Tuesday

One for All, the pair’s adult day care for the elderly and developmentally disabled, is set to open at 3620 W. Truman Blvd. this month.

BizBeat: Madison’s Cafe completes interior, exterior renovations

After a month of construction work, the scaffolding has been removed to reveal a new look for Madison’s Cafe, the downtown restaurant at 216 Madison St.

Downtown Jefferson City preps for holidays with open house

Downtown Jefferson City is all set for its traditional Downtown Holiday Open House, held every year at the beginning of the holiday season.

BizBeat: Ross department store coming to Capital Mall

A Ross department store will be coming to Jefferson City’s Capital Mall, as a corporate spokesperson from Ross Stores, Inc., has confirmed the national retail chain has signed a lease at the location.

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BizBeat: Owners of former Yen Ching plan property overhaul

Demolition has already begun in Jefferson City at the building that formerly housed Yen Ching.

BizBeat: Victoria’s Bridal closes, but some brides still waiting

After announcing the decision mid-month, owner Ann Metternich closed Victoria’s Bridal and Formal Wear Boutique in Jefferson City as October ended. However, some customers are still waiting to receive dresses and accessories they ordered and paid for.