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Rebecca Martin

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BizBeat: Sam’s Club now open in Jefferson City

Sam’s Club celebrated its grand opening in Jefferson City on Thursday.

BizBeat: Gas Plus station closed

Gas Plus, located in Jefferson City at 501 E. McCarty St., has closed for business.

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BizBeat: Knockerball rolls in new entertainment option

The Knockerball company has 115 U.S. affiliates, and now the equipment is available to rent locally through Knockerball Mid-Missouri.

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Inventor, heal thyself! Device eases chronic pain

If an untreatable medical condition kept you up at night, would you find a way to fix it on your own? Jefferson City inventor Norm Schroeder did.

Remembering 'Greasy Bob' of Pizza Kwik

Owner Bob Huber was the real flavor of the hangout

Jefferson City said goodbye to a 40-year fixture and a beloved community member when Robert “Greasy Bob” Huber, the longtime owner of Pizza Kwik, died on Tuesday.

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Happy homecoming

Local guardsman surprises children with magic appearance

There’s nothing quite so American as a mid-summer church picnic — except, perhaps, one highlighted by a soldier’s return to his family.

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Kevin Wieberg — ‘Spoon-feeding’ the greens

Kevin Wieberg has his hands full of dirt and grass and a truckload of maintenance in his role as parks resources supervisor for Jefferson City’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.

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BizBeat: Carrie’s Hallmark to expand next-door after April fire

An April 12 fire that could have fueled disaster for a downtown Jefferson City gift shop ended up offering the business an opportunity for growth.

BizBeat: Panera plans drive-thru restaurant at old Yen Ching property

Panera Bread plans to move its Jefferson City location within the next year or so — but only a few doors down.

Economic strains in Greece to have little impact locally

If you’re wondering how the ongoing financial crisis in Greece might affect your personal investments an ocean away, local financial advisors’ advice is simple: don’t panic.

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BizBeat: Sam’s Club gas station open for members

Jefferson City’s soon-to-open Sam’s Club began doing business at its gas station last Tuesday.

BizBeat: Colton’s to close temporarily for remodel

Colton’s Steak House on Missouri Boulevard will close for roughly two weeks beginning Monday to make way for a major renovation to the building.

BizBeat: Dulle-Trimble sets open house for crematory

Final touches are being completed this week to the new cremation center and 2,700-square-foot building expansion at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home, the first cremation option in Cole County.

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Thursday Night Live attendance dampened by rain

Thursday Night Live’s summer 2015 turnout surpassed last year’s, but only because the downtown Jefferson City entertainment event added an extra week, said event coordinator Jill Snodgrass.

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Baseball team developer, LU to talk about stadium idea

The owners of the Jefferson City Renegades organization continue to seek financing to bring a Frontier League baseball team to Jefferson City, but they have set their sights on a second possible location for the stadium — at Lincoln University.

BizBeat: New signs looming at Capital Mall

Capital Mall is making progress in Jefferson City with plans for new signage both in front of the mall and along the highway.

BizBeat: JC’s Chicken closed

JC’s Chicken, the former KFC restaurant at 1923 Christy Drive, has closed; and the property is under new ownership.

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Soaked fields cripple farmers’ planting, crops

Heavy rains have water-logged local farmers’ corn and soybean production this growing season after last year’s record harvests, threatening low yields for Missouri’s top two agricultural commodities, both billion-dollar industries in the state.

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BizBeat: Jack in the Box eyes July opening

Jefferson City’s new Jack in the Box restaurant is eyeing a target opening date of July 13.

BizBeat: Demolition begins at St. Mary’s Missouri Blvd. buildings

SSM Health is moving forward with plans to demolish two buildings on Missouri Boulevard across from the old St. Mary’s Hospital’s primary campus in Jefferson City.

BizBeat: New landscaping service to open nursery

United Landscape Design is already open for business, offering custom landscape services for residential and commercial customers. The business, located at 2405 Industrial Drive, will open a nursery next month.

BizBeat: FM 104.1 retunes format

Cumulus Media retuned its approach to Jefferson City’s FM 104.1 radio station last week, changing from CBS Sports to popular music from the late 1960s to early 1980s.

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Beauty from all angles

Colorful flowerbeds surrounding the home and eagle carvings landed 606 Ellis the Yard of the Month title

Contest judges from the Central Missouri Master Gardeners and Bittersweet Garden Club lauded the landscaping at 606 Ellis Blvd. — owned by Brenda Franken and cared for by Linda Lenox.

BizBeat: Zaxby’s coming to Jefferson City next year

Zaxby’s, a fast-food restaurant chain known for its chicken-dominated menu, plans to open a Jefferson City franchise location by the end of summer 2016.

BizBeat: Spirit Bar to replace Kat-A-Tonic

A new bar is set to open soon in the old Budweiser Inn building at 1102 Missouri Blvd. in Jefferson City.

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BizBeat: JC Mattress Factory spruces up showroom

Furniture Showrooms by JC Mattress Factory, on Horner Road in Jefferson City, is freshening up its main showroom with new paint and carpet, as well as updating bathrooms.

BizBeat: Rue21 en route to Capital Mall

A new clothing store, rue21, is making its way to Jefferson City's Capital Mall, with an opening set for this fall.

BizBeat: Supplement Superstores to fill Missouri Boulevard storefront

Wholesale dietary supplement retailer Supplement Superstores plans to open a Jefferson City location next month.

A helping hand to local business owners

C&S Business Services owner Paula Benne takes time once a month to bounce business ideas off people who don’t even work in her industry. But to her, their input is invaluable.

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BizBeat: Jefferson City photographer captures new studio office

A desire to take better photos of her children has evolved into a full-time photography business for Janelle Harris of Jefferson City.

BizBeat: Frosted Art Studio sweetens High Street space

After six months of renovation, Frosted Art Studio is baking in its new Jefferson City location at 202 E. High St.

BizBeat: Stores shift at Capital Mall

The retail lineup at Capital Mall in Jefferson City continues to shift as construction on a building expansion for the new Ross department store progresses.

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BizBeat: YMCA West renovation fit for use

Jefferson City West YMCA’s year-long renovation project is near completion, as the fitness center’s new locker rooms and group exercise room are already in use.

BizBeat: Root Cellar opens downtown grocery

Root Cellar, a grocery store that sells primarily locally-grown and produced as well as organic foods, opened Wednesday in downtown Jefferson City.

BizBeat: Grand opening for ‘Grand’ historic building

A piece of Hartsburg history has made its way back to the 21st century. The Hartsburg Grand: A Special Event Center will host its grand opening this coming weekend after years of renovation to the late 1890s building.

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Jefferson City pastor: Payday loans raise moral issues

A Jefferson City religious leader is taking a stand against what she believes are predatory lending practices across the country. Rev. Cassandra Gould joined in on a national effort to more closely regulate the practices of payday and title loan companies.

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BizBeat: Dulle-Trimble plans for crematory to be operational in July

Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home made a significant step this week toward opening Cole County’s only cremation center — bringing in the 31,000-pound cremation unit itself.

BizBeat: Centertown Antiques to close in June

Centertown Antiques will close shop this summer after five years in business. The store's last day of operation will be June 30.

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A guide to bluegrass festivals in Mid-America

Strummin' & pickin' & singin'

Not every concert requires you to pack in your own lawn chairs and lodging. But if you’re willing to cart the extra gear, you could set up camp at some of the richest musical experiences to be had in Middle America.

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Capital Region expansion on track for September opening

Capital Region Medical Center expects its 115,000-square-foot expansion to the Madison Street hospital to be substantially completed by July 28 and operational by early September.

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Zonta honors Peggy Kirkpatrick

Angela Hirsch, Yvonne Matthews named Women of Achievement

The Zonta Club of Jefferson City celebrated the sweet successes of several women in the community during its annual Yellow Rose Luncheon on Tuesday — chief of whom was Peggy Kirkpatrick, who became the organization’s 13th Mrs. William H. Weldon Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

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BizBeat: Ana Marie’s Bridal now open

Jefferson City is back in the bridal business, as its only bridal shop, Ana Marie’s Bridal, officially opened May 2.

BizBeat: New e-cigarette store to open this month

Look Whooo’s Vapin’, a new e-cigarette store on the southeastern side of Jefferson City, is set to open by the end of May.

BizBeat: NuWay celebrates 60th anniversary

NuWay Concrete Forms is celebrating its 60th year in business during 2015, and will host an open house event in Jefferson City Monday to commemorate the anniversary.

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‘Sneaky Salt’ tour uses humor, surprise to promote healthier eating

Spicing up the message

Some of the worst health risk factors can really sneak up on you — and so can the things that cause them. That was the idea behind the American Heart Association’s “Sneaky Salt” tour of Jefferson City Wednesday.

Sharing history through America’s pastime

MRRL event tonight discusses Kansas City Monarchs’ time in Jefferson City

The Jefferson City Mohawks, Jefferson City Redbirds and Jefferson City Dodgers have more in common than their status as historical hometown baseball teams — each team also played against the Kansas City Monarchs at some point between 1922-54.

Columbia airport closed to air traffic

The Columbia Regional Airport closed to air traffic as of 3 p.m. today after an outbound aircraft on the taxi for takeoff left the taxiway and became stuck.

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BizBeat: Downtown businesses recovering from fire damage

Three Jefferson City businesses continue to recover after fire and smoke damaged their buildings and inventory last month.

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BizBeat: EMS Professionals relocates, adds retail space

EMS Professionals Inc., a Jefferson City area business providing uniforms and equipment for emergency medical and law enforcement professionals, has both relocated and added a retail storefront.

BizBeat: Capital Mall finds spot for Claire’s

Claire’s boutique will make its way to a permanent spot in Capital Mall later this year after moving to make room for the new Ross department store under construction.