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Rebecca Martin

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BizBeat: Texas-based company purchases Corwin dealerships

RFJ Auto Partners announced last week that it purchased the auto dealerships of the Corwin Automotive Group in Jefferson City.

BizBeat: I Love This Look boutique folds

I Love This Look, a women’s fashion boutique in downtown Jefferson City, will close its doors March 13. The shop, located at 122 E. High St., offered women’s clothing and accessories and opened in September 2013.

BizBeat: Sami Beauty Supply consolidates to new, smaller store

Jefferson City’s Sami Beauty Supply store, formerly located at 1704 Missouri Blvd., has consolidated and relocated to a smaller store — Beauty Supply Xpress at 901 Missouri Blvd.

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Missouri Farm Bureau celebrates 100-years of ‘neighbors working together’

When a Johnson County farm advisor stood up to tell more than 300 Missouri farmers about controlling hog cholera through anti-hog cholera campaigns in the spring of 2015, he probably wasn’t aware the same convention would be repeated annually for a century.

BizBeat: Cookie monsters welcome at Capital Mall

Meanwhile, Claire’s shifting locations

Capital Mall in Jefferson City will welcome a sweet shoppers’ favorite when Great American Cookie opens in April.

BizBeat: Holts Summit losing last video rental store

A sign of the digital times, Holts Summit will say goodbye to its last video rental store by mid-April.

BizBeat: Tech-Know shuts down

A consumer technology repair shop that opened in Jefferson City last November has closed after about four months in business.

‘Fountain of Hope’ to honor loved ones in downtown Jefferson City

Jefferson City’s Cultural Arts Foundation is spearheading a project to make the downtown area more beautiful while also offering a way to honor friends and family members.

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Minor-league team organizers relying on small donations to gauge interest

Nearly a week into a crowdfunding campaign to determine community interest in bringing a minor-league baseball team to Mid-Missouri, the Jefferson City Renegades are pleased with the initial feedback but hoping donors turn up in more volume.

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Area stores, restaurants donate to food pantries

Samaritan Center and Salvation Army are so grateful to the local businesses that regularly donate perishable food items for their clients.

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BizBeat: Spa Nails II opens this week

Spa Nails II will offer a fresh option for nail care when the new nail salon opens in Jefferson City this Wednesday.

BizBeat: Cricket Wireless leaps into Jefferson City

Cricket Wireless plans to open a Jefferson City store in early April at 1412 Missouri Blvd. in Jefferson Plaza.

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Barbeque helps raise funds for softball equipment lost in fire

The Capital City Crush competitive softball organization held a fundraiser barbecue in the Schulte’s IGA parking lot Saturday to help replace the equipment the teams lost to a fire at their practice facility last week.

Crossing home plate in the Capital City

New minor league baseball team hopes to find a home in Mid-Missouri

If you don’t like driving two hours every time you want to watch professional baseball, you might be the next to jump on board the Jefferson City Renegades bandwagon.

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BizBeat: CJ’s Pet Corral reopens gates

A longtime Jefferson City pet supply staple, CJ’s Pet Corral, has reopened with limited retail hours after a year in the kennel.

BizBeat: Missouri Furniture debuting specialty mattress stores

Missouri Furniture is expanding its bedding business by opening three America’s Mattress stores in Central Missouri.

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End of the Rainbow

Fire ravages area bowling alley, nightspot; patrons lament loss of Osage County landmark

The cause of an early Monday morning fire that destroyed a longtime nightspot in Central Missouri may never be known.

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Malfunctioning heater suspected in Cohen Auto fire

Fire investigators do not believe there was anything suspicious about a fire Sunday night that destroyed a Jefferson City auto business.

BizBeat: Trappers Too closes amid rent dispute

Restaurant and bar Trappers Too has closed permanently at 306 E. High St., not long after the building’s owner sued business owner Sam Trapp claiming he owed back rent on the property.

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BizBeat: West Main Pizza perfecting recipe

West Main Pizza in Jefferson City continues adding new options and finishing touches.

BizBeat: JC Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins coming in 2017

Dunkin’ Donuts confirmed this week that a Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins combination restaurant is set to open in 2017 in Jefferson City.

Missouri Chamber offers long-term plan to rev up economy

Plan seeks to reverse the state's slide

Missouri is falling behind, according to research from the past year.

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BizBeat: Harbor Freight projects April grand opening

Harbor Freight Tools is set to open in Jefferson City in just over a month.

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Jefferson City area businesses, customers feeling more confident about economy

Is the future looking a little brighter?

Missouri’s consumer sentiment index rose to 77.4 in October 2014 from a level of 68.6 last June, according to the results of a twice-annual Arvest Bank-sponsored survey founded last year to calculate a nationally comparable measure for the Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma region. Based on sales tax revenues, which grow as consumers purchase more merchandise, Jefferson City consumers are more confident as well.

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‘Social enterprise’ begins to percolate

At Cafe Via Roma, it's more than a cup of joe

Central Missouri Community Action officially purchased Cafe Via Roma in November, intending to operate it as a “social enterprise” offering qualifying employees a living wage while they gain work skills to qualify them for higher-paying jobs.

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Tax season comes with array of changes

Affordable Care Act, expired tax breaks among 240 code changes

“This will be the most difficult tax season we’ve ever been through,” says tax consultant Jeff Krieger. Likely the most significant changes involve health insurance and the Affordable Care Act.

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Jack in the Box to pop up this summer

A new Jack in the Box restaurant will open this summer in Jefferson City.

Jefferson City to lose one RadioShack, keep one for now

On RadioShack’s initial list of more than 1,700 potential store closings is the Jefferson City location inside Capital Mall at 3600 Country Club Drive.

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Local caterers lose business after ban on lobbyist meals for House committees

No appetite for change

Jokingly called a “company town” with state government carting the payroll, Jefferson City undoubtedly benefits from government-related business.

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J.C. Industries folds before finishing projects

Jefferson City sewer upgrade, Columbia school expansion left undone

Jefferson City general contractor J.C. Industries Inc., apparently is going out of business, leaving at least two major projects unfinished.

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Old Leeds building safe after losing most of facade to wind

The building at 220 E. High St. in downtown Jefferson City is structurally safe for passersby, according to city officials, despite most of its front facade falling off over the weekend.

STI Technology Solutions receives Excellence in Business Award

STI Technology Solutions, Inc., of Jefferson City, was honored Tuesday, Feb. 3, as a winner of the 2015 University of Missouri Extension Business Development Program’s (BDP) Excellence in Missouri Business Award, according to a news release.

BizBeat: YMCA West renovation eyes future expansion

Jefferson City West YMCA is making progress on the renovation to its 3507 Amazonas Drive facility that started last June.

BizBeat: Harbor Freight hammering out tool store

Construction appears to have begun on Jefferson City’s soon-to-be Harbor Freight, as work is occurring at the 2009 Missouri Blvd. building.

BizBeat: Christopher & Banks store absorbs C.J. Banks at Capital Mall

Capital Mall’s C.J. Banks and Christopher & Banks stores merged Jan. 30, combining the two national women’s clothing retailers in coordination with about 200 others owned by Christopher & Banks Corporation nationwide.

How Jefferson City landed 'Training for Life'

And what the next phase of development will be

Jefferson City was recently named as the site for a new Special Olympics Missouri facility, and that designation is due to the efforts of many supportive local businesses and officials.

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BizBeat: Millbottom development welcomes first retailer

Red Wheel Bike Shop began its long-awaited move to Jefferson City’s Millbottom development this weekend.

BizBeat: Look Your Best salon opens in Old Munichburg

Marcia Bradley opened her hair salon in Jefferson City at 711 Jefferson St. as a way to earn a living doing the work she loves.

BizBeat: Busch’s Florist freshens look

The new owners of Busch’s Florist & Green House are freshening up the Madison Street store in Jefferson City in preparation for the business’ 125th anniversary next year.

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.