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Federal program to help downtown plan for permanent farmers market

A primary goal of downtown Jefferson City’s Local Foods, Local Places initiative is to create a successful, vibrant farmers market to increase opportunities for local farmers, as well as market sales, visitors and vendors.

BizBeat: Locally-grown grocery takes root downtown

Downtown Jefferson City will welcome its only full-service grocery store when Columbia-based Root Cellar takes root next month.

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BizBeat: Central Dairy getting cooler

Jefferson City's Madison Street skyline is changing slightly, as Central Dairy adds a new building expansion.

BizBeat: The Village Square to expand parking

The Jefferson City Council recently approved rezoning of two East High Street properties to allow for mixed residential and commercial use, which will allow The Village Square to add a parking annex.

BizBeat: The Archery Shack closed

The Archery Shack, a family-owned archery instruction and outdoor equipment retailer in Cole County, closed Feb. 28, according to a post on the business’ Facebook page.

Jefferson City March home sales statistics

Jefferson City’s March home sales bucked national trends, which were down, by increasing by 17 percent over the same month a year ago, Average local sales prices increased 16 percent.

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Historical Society hosts an elegant affair

Annual fashion show features spring styles, former first ladies’ gowns

Jefferson City area women modeling this season’s fashions were the stars of the Cole County Historical Society’s fashion show Monday — but so were women like Carolyn Bond, Lori Holden and Margaret Stephens, Missouri first ladies whose preserved inaugural gowns were on display at the event.

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Support building for Renegades

Social media interest in semi-pro baseball outpaces funding

A push to bring minor-league baseball back to Mid-Missouri is advancing, as the potential team owners now believe they have enough community support to start financing the project.

BizBeat: Busch’s Florist sprouts third location

Longtime Jefferson City business Busch’s Florist will open its third Mid-Missouri location Monday in Linn.

BizBeat: Day Solutions serves as habilitation resource

Speech therapist Danielle Schwartz opened Day Solutions Inc. in Jefferson City to serve local individuals with developmental disabilities in a new way.

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BizBeat: The Millbottom debuts as event venue

The former Ameren power plant in Jefferson City’s Millbottom area is nearing total renovation, and kicked off the newest phase of its more than 100-year existence last Thursday with an event hosted by the Discover Jefferson City Foundation.

BizBeat: Clock shop ticks into Jefferson City

Ralls County Clock Company, a clock retailer and repair shop, is open for business in the back of Tennyson’s Furniture at 520 E. High St. in central Jefferson City.

Joint effort of several entities sold industry on Jefferson City

Capital City ‘really jumped through hoops’

Katy Industries will offer Jefferson City up to 200 local jobs when it moves its subsidiary operations here from Bridgeton later this year, choosing to locate here over three other Midwest sites.

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BizBeat: Capital Mall construction on track

Construction for the Ross department store at Capital Mall is on schedule, said Rob Kingsbury of Farmer Holding Company.

BizBeat: Antique shop gets second chance

Downtown Jefferson City antiques shop Finders Keepers will reopen soon in its previous location as Second Chance Cottage.

BizBeat: The Party Business ‘lets the good times roll’

Ryan and Colby Davis, respectively owner and sous chef of Argyle Catering Company — and brothers — recently rolled out a new venture, The Party Business.

BizBeat: Former nightclub building gets reboot

Steve Rollins, owner of Coleman Appliance Center at 108 Dunklin St., purchased the 710 Madison St. building a few weeks ago and has been remodeling it inside and out.

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Manufacturer moving into vacant Jefferson City plant

A St. Louis area janitorial and food-service equipment manufacturer plans to bring 200 manufacturing jobs to Jefferson City by the end of next year.

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.