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Rebecca Martin

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BizBeat: Holts Summit gym bulks up space, hours

Accomplished personal trainer Bryan Beanland is bulking up more than just the muscles of the fitness enthusiasts of Callaway County.

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Decking the halls like a pro

Professional decorator shares tricks of the trade for trimming the tree and more this holiday season

The holiday season is here, and you’re ready to start decorating your home like a pro. But did you know some people in Mid-Missouri hire a real pro to decorate their homes?

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Small Business Saturday keeps growing

Small Business Saturday — the local, annual effort to encourage holiday gift-givers to shop at small, independently owned businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving — packs a participation of 31 Jefferson City area business this year, up from last year’s 22 participating businesses.

BizBeat: Bon voyage to Everest Cafe and Bar

Everest Cafe and Bar cleaned up after its last dinner at 2403 Missouri Blvd. in Jefferson City on Friday.

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BizBeat: Golden LivingCenter tunes up therapy area

Jefferson City’s Golden LivingCenter reintroduced its new and improved therapy services area last week.

BizBeat: Expanded business makes aging easier

Aging Made Easy, an in-home service provider based in St. James, expanded to a Jefferson City office at the beginning of November.

BizBeat: Second Burger King delays opening

Jefferson City’s soon-to-be second Burger King has delayed its opening slightly, with the fast-food restaurant projected to open a month from today.

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New shopping center proposed in Jefferson City

Plan includes retail, restaurants, hotel, retirement center off Missouri 179

A major commercial development expected around Missouri 179 is one step closer to becoming reality, as a development group has announced plans to begin retail and residential construction along Mission Drive as early as next spring.

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BizBeat: Carrie’s Hallmark opens expansion

Carrie’s Hallmark Shop, at 117 E. High St., has opened its new store expansion in downtown Jefferson City at the former site of Hair Plaza, 123 E. High St.

BizBeat: Taco truck rolls into Mid-Missouri

La Cabaña Taco Truck will open its window for business Nov. 16 in the parking lot of TitleMax at 1001 Missouri Blvd.

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A measure of success for business

Employee evaluations less about performance reviews, more about goal-setting and year-long management

Employee evaluations remain an important tool for businesses, regardless of how often they're conducted. Their effectiveness has more to do with what managers and employees expect to get out of them.

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New sidewalks, landscaping spruce up Old Munichburg

A few new things are showing up in Old Munichburg.

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She's 'Plenty Ladylike'

Senator’s book paints ‘raw, brutally honest’ picture of her personal, professional life

Women in business are getting more recognition these days, surpassing historical challenges to their advancement success. Claire McCaskill is in the business of politics, and she has plenty to say about women’s advancement in that realm.

JC finishes second in Strong Communities

Chamber to put contest prize money toward labor study

Jefferson City finished in second place among rural finalists for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines’ Strong Communities Award.

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Too much rain followed by too little hampers farmers’ yields

Some Mid-Missouri farmers are harvesting smaller-than-usual soybean yields after heavy rain early in the growing season pushed back planting.

BizBeat: Jefferson City couple revives Centertown event venue

The former Braykley’s Hall in Centertown had been publicizing its pending closing for months when Jefferson City couple Michael and Denise Barnes purchased the venue to revive it as West Ridge Event Center.

BizBeat: Show Me Health Solutions open for enrollment season

Local Farmers Insurance agents Travis LePage and Scott Amos have teamed up with Midwest Benefits to open Show Me Health Solutions in a temporary Capital Mall location to help Jefferson City area residents through the health insurance enrollment process.

BizBeat: Central Bank renovating West High building

The former downtown Jefferson City location of My Sentiments Exactly at 103 W. High St. is being converted into office space for Central Bank use.

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New modern art museum will add regular hours after successful opening

What a difference a day — and an art collection worth thousands — can make.

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Local merchant testified on credit card technology

Jefferson City business owner Jami Wade spoke on behalf of small businesses across the country last week when she testified before the U.S. House Small Business Committee.

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Merchants navigating new payment technology, fraud liability

The price of doing business

Credit card technology that’s more individualized and tougher on fraud has arrived, and it’s changing the way consumers will pay for their day-to-day purchases.

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Nikki Payne: Boutique owner brings something new to hometown

Nikki Payne is a member of Jefferson City’s small-business community not once, but twice.

BizBeat: Jefferson City Autoplex drafts new Honda dealership

Jefferson City Autoplex plans to relocate its Honda dealership to a new building to be constructured farther down Missouri Boulevard from its other dealerships.

BizBeat: Second Three Story Coffee now open

Three Story Coffee opened its second Jefferson City location on Monday and is now serving drinks and pastries at The Millbottom.

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Jefferson City Museum of Modern Art readies opening

Provides a new look at modern art

The value of the downtown Jefferson City building at 220 E. High St. has risen exponentially over the past several months — as has the value of what’s inside it.

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BizBeat: West-end retirement community now open

Primrose Retirement Community celebrated the grand opening of its Jefferson City location last week.

BizBeat: Slackers moving to Capital Mall

Slackers entertainment store will relocate to its third location in its 13 years in Jefferson City next month. The new Slackers store will be located in the Dillard’s wing of Capital Mall.

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BizBeat: Becky’s Cupcakes & More fills larger space

Becky’s Cupcakes & More, which opened in the Capital Mall food court in August 2014, closed its original location Sept. 25 to reopen Oct. 1 at 1406 Missouri Blvd., Suite C, in Jefferson Plaza in late September.

BizBeat: Carroll-Rehma Motors sold to St. Louis dealer

St. Louis area car dealer Jim Butler Auto Group announced last week it had purchased Chevrolet dealership Carroll-Rehma Motors in Linn.

BizBeat: Railwood golf course scaling back to 9 holes

Railwood Golf Club in Holts Summit will scale back from 18 holes to nine at the end of this year, said General Manager Jim Johnson.

BizBeat: Nspire Nutrition closed

Nspire Nutrition, a nutritional supplement store in downtown Jefferson City, closed last week.

Walk on the bridal side

Downtown Jefferson City is reprising an event it started two years ago, with increased involvement from businesses that have arrived since then.

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Yanis Coffee Zone named Small Business of the Year

'Hala, hala'

The 12-year anniversary of Taisir and Christina Yanis’ downtown Jefferson City coffee shop may have been the best one yet.

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‘SchmoozaPalooza’ boosts businesses, networking

Where can you earn $100, get a massage, grab lunch and dessert, and touch up your lipstick? Wednesday’s “SchmoozaPalooza” Business Showcase hosted by the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce at Capitol Plaza Hotel.

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Homemade barbecue sauce hits area markets

Ronnie Childs’ barbecue sauce recipe took 10 years to perfect. It took more than 35 years to make it to tables outside the circle of his family and friends.

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BizBeat: Summit Villa nursing home doubling in size

The Guthrie family has owned and managed Summit Villa Assisted Living for five years, and decided this year to add a second 46-bed assisted living facility to make its full capacity 92 beds.

BizBeat: Freeman Mortuary to renovate chapel

A complete renovation of Freeman Mortuary’s second-floor chapel will keep the funeral home from hosting funerals on site for four to six weeks, but it will remain open for family consultations and operations.

BizBeat: Store openings slated at Capital Mall

Two national retailers will open for business in Capital Mall in the coming week.

Lincoln University launches small business center

Lincoln University announced this week it will open a Small Business Development Center in conjunction with the Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers on its south campus in Jefferson City.

Rickman Center sold for $1.1M

Developer to use part of tract, donate rest to charity for at-risk youth

The new and future owners of the Rickman Conference Center are still laying plans for their new acquisition, including relocated quarry operations and a new charitable partnership.

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BizBeat: Downtown Book & Toy turns new page with second location

Look for an old Jefferson City favorite in a new location when Downtown Book & Toy 2 opens in Capital Mall next month.

BizBeat: Capitol Plaza under new management

Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, at 415 W. McCarty St. in Jefferson City, will be under new management effective Friday.

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BizBeat: Local chef nourishes healthy lifestyles with new business

Laurel Dunwoody’s new business, Love2Nourish, offers meal preparation and nutrition counseling services to help keep busy people healthy in the Jefferson City Area.

BizBeat: Maru’s Mexican Restaurant closed

Maru’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, a Mexican-style eatery on Jefferson City’s west side, has closed permanently as of last week.

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New Senate leader vows ‘honest, hard work’

Joplin lawmaker first to have led both chambers

State Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, made state history Wednesday when he recited his oath to become the first lawmaker to lead both chambers of the Missouri Legislature.

Double Whopper: Burger King to open second JC location

Burger King has announced it will open a second Jefferson City location at 1923 Christy Drive, most recently the home of fast-food restaurant JC’s Chicken.

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BizBeat: Holts Summit auto shop expands to JC

Sneller Mid Mo Auto Repair, which has been in business at 500 Hunter Lane in Holts Summit for three years, opened a second shop at 2421B Industrial Drive in Jefferson City last week.

BizBeat: Stylist shifts salon to high-fashion focus

Hairstylist Jamie Waier, who owned The Director’s Cut Salon, recently began a partnership with Amy Knollmeyer Photography, where she now operates a one-woman salon alongside the photo studio at 1213 E. McCarty St. in Jefferson City.

BizBeat: Halloween City open for season

Seasonal holiday store Halloween City is now open in Jefferson City.

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Five must-have fashion essentials for the upcoming season

Fall fashion is all about layering; and long, flowing sweaters will give this autumn a light, airy look.