The Columbia area is known for its foodie hotspots, and that characteristic of the city is about to grow even more. From large chain restaurants, to more locations of local hotspots, there are at least four more locations opening in the Columbia area within the next year. Whether you have a hankering for coffee and snacks, or full on nights out, there is a little something for everyone coming in the next year, so keep your eyes open and your stomach empty to be able to enjoy them.
From the standard large chain fare, we have another Dunkin’ Donuts opening in the city, which will bring our grand total to two, which isn’t so bad when you think of chains, yet will be in direct contrast with our already local Strange Donuts shop. Now, having bigger business names in the city is one thing, and always a good sign when larger companies take interest in the city, but then again, we already have a local option that supports our own Columbia businesses, it’s a bittersweet sentiment, but the price of progress we guess. We just hope they are both equally popular.
For more local lunch options we have a Fuzzy’s Taco shop opening in the Ninth Street area, which is going to bring a little worldlier flavor to the city. We can’t wait for this option to open ourselves, because who doesn’t love some Mexican food for lunch? An added benefit of this location though it that it opens more options for vegetarians in the area who may find themselves a little short on options in the Columbia area. Whether it’s tacos, fajitas or nachos you’re looking for, this seems like it’s going to be the place to go to get them.
In the expanding local market, it seems that resident favorites Addison’s are getting another location in the Columbia downtown area. It’s always great to see local businesses getting the chance to expand in the area, and growing off the back of residential support. We for ones are happy to see the restaurant looking to make more waves in the city as it’s always been a staple place for people to visit. This could at times lead to some longer waits, and having a secondary option in the city will only serve to remedy that a little.
And what would a night out be without some ice cream to cap it all off? That’s right, we’re finally getting a Baskin Robins in the city, and it’s about time. With the signature 31 flavors about to grace the downtown area, you can be sure that this is going to be a popular destination for everyone to check out when the night is ending, or out for an adventure with the family. With all of these options making their way to the Columbia area, it’s going to get harder to decide on where to spend our time and money, and we see that as a good thing.
It’s that time of year again, where the weather gets nicer, the people are out walking the streets, and posts everywhere are littered with signs for garage sales. This can be an exciting time for those who frequent the sellers’ venues every year, and also an exciting time for you if you’ve been planning on having one this year, but of course there are some tidbits of information that you may want to brush up on before you go posting your signs and dreaming of how to spend your soon-to-be riches.
One aspect of a garage sale that a lot of people don’t consider is local city ordinance. This may not be an issue for a majority of garage sales, but there are some areas in the city that have rules about public sales and gatherings, it’s always wise to check with the city hall first to ensure that your garage sale is going to be on the right side of the law, before you wind up with some boys in blue crashing your sale. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and to know your rights and responsibilities in these areas.
Another thing to keep in mind, and though this may not be an issue for most, is to ensure that you aren’t charging any taxes on anything you sell. There have been a few instances of people thinking this can be an easy way to score a little more money off their sales, without realizing that they’re teetering on the line of the law. Though you do need to report the income of a garage sale, if you tax an item that has already been taxed once, you can find yourself in a bit of hot water.
There are some safety tips to keep in mind as well, such as splitting your money, and making deposits throughout the day either into your home, or preferably into a local bank. There are some unscrupulous people out there, who look at a money box as something easy to grab and run with. You want to ensure that you are making yourself out to be as small a target for theft as possible, in order to avoid any potential losses. This goes as well to ensuring that you at least understand the basics in how to spot counterfeit money.
Clearly marking your prices, and leaving little room for haggle, if that’s something you want to avoid, is a good tactic to employ as well to ensure that you can capitalize on your profits. Garage sales are a great way to get the community together, it’s a means to meet new and interesting people, and perhaps share some stories over your soon-to-be former items. By practicing safety, and looking out for your gain, you are sure to have a fun time, and those who partake in your sale will as well. We wish you all the fortune possible with your endeavor.
In a study recently released by USA Today, Columbia has come out on top of the list of healthiest cities in all of Missouri. Firstly, we should all give ourselves a pat on the back for this achievement, and secondly, we shouldn’t let it get to our heads. Promoting healthy lifestyles across the state is a goal that we should all be looking towards, but this step in the right direction is a great place to start. Now all we have to do is beat the national average, and we’ll be golden.
Self-depreciation aside, it is a good sign for the city to have such recognition, and it’s a true testament not only to the people living within the city, but the efforts of the city itself that we have managed to get to this point. From the University campus, to our many parks across the city, you see the evidence of this lifestyle around every corner. There always seems to be a jogger, someone working out, someone doing yoga under the trees, people heading to classes or gyms, so ingrained in our everyday it’s become that we barely tend to notice it.
At The Mizzou Review we believe this is not only good for the citizens of the city, but for anyone who has been considering coming into the city as well. To know that the area is one that promotes healthy living and brings the amenities needed to be able to lead a healthy and active lifestyle while here as well. Even for visitors of the area, as you still have full rein of all the services that the city brings, from parks to walking trails and more, and as well the means to jump in on almost any class offered.
It’s good to see the people of the city looking towards their own health as well though, there seemed to be a lull in the attention we paid to our physical state for a decade or so, and yet this recent resurgence of awareness has been paying off dividends. You see it across every street corner, as restaurants get healthier, more fitness and yoga clubs opening, more people paying attention to the food they consume, and the activities they take part in. You can say this generation is technology driven, but we’re also pretty self-aware of our physical state.
We hope that this will be a continuing trend in the area, and that we will see continual progress. Thought he comment in the opening statement may have been a bit of a joke, it would be nice to see us capitalize on our progress and run with it even more. Why stop at the state level? We have the drive, the means, and the will to do better than yesterday, and when it comes to our level of health, constantly aiming to improve can bring nothing but long term benefits to everyone in the city, local or visitor.
A local Mizzou Tigers football player has found himself suspended form the team and facing a court date for a traffic stop that found him in possession of marijuana and mushrooms by police. In terms with the teams’ drug policy the player was put on automatic suspension and has of course garnered the attention of police through the stop itself. The results of the arrest and subsequent trial will see more conclusive information on the future of his football career with the city, but that has yet to come.
It does bring up the comparison though, the similarities between a case such as this, and the big-league counterpart does get drawn into the limelight. With the pressures that come with celebrity, even on a small city scale, there is always the room for some type of escape, and especially when dealing with a physically demanding sport, often playing with or through injuries, the early practices, and the need to let loose after a tough training camp, you can see where the like-minded approaches to illegal drugs, drinking and partying start to overlap.
Now of course we aren’t condoning this type of behavior. There are always better choices that can be made in these events, and looking out for your own health and well-being should always be a priority, we are just stating that we can see where the need for escape comes into play when it comes to the off time. A recent release of a medical study showed that out of the scans of a hundred current and former pro football players, only one didn’t show signs of damage due to concussion, the hot topic of today when it comes to football, and looking for a way to numb the pain can come in many forms.
We’re not saying that it was strictly due to the playing of football that caused this behavior either, as there are plenty of people today not in the sports scene who engage in drug activity much more serious than marijuana. But the ultimate decision on how to follow up with these events will lie squarely in the hands of the law, and those who uphold it. If his charges are dropped to that of a misdemeanor, then we can expect to see him on the field again at some point.
The takeaway lesson here though is, if you’re in a position of this nature, if you’re a representative of our city, even in the realm of minor league football, then there comes a need to act within a certain parameter. To think about the effect that your actions have upon those around you, how they reflect on your team, your coaching staff, and the citizens of Columbia who support you. If you think drugs are the answer, then you’re not asking the right questions, and there are many other, and better, options out there when it comes to release and support.
It seems almost that the only topic worth talking about in the real estate industry over the last decade has been the housing bubble pop, and the effects that it has had around the country. From markets that are still reeling almost a decade later, to ones in specific areas that have been seeing a steady resurgence over the years. And in the grand scheme of things, Columbia is one of those cities that has been seeing steady growth with no signs of stopping soon.
For those who live in the area already, this is no surprise, we understand the value of the area, and the reason why so many people are looking to call Columbia home. Yet for those on the outside looking in, you may find yourself a little frustrated as the bank approves you for a loan in an amount that is just below start home costs. The average starter home in the Columbia area can last on the market for less than a week, which is relatively unheard of in other parts of the country, but fairly common here.
This can make things a little sour when it comes to new homeowners looking at this area as the place to set up shop, for those accepting jobs in the area and finding themselves having to rent for an indefinite amount of time, and those who are looking to transition from current homes to newer ones. This plight hasn’t been lost on realtors either, as they struggle to keep up with a high demand and a very short supply. There is some lines of thought that simply building more homes can be the answer, yet it is a short-supply solution that needs to be more carefully examined.
On the one hand, it is a bad situation when it comes to the housing market, but on the other, it begins to illustrate the drawing power of our little city. We know that there are those in the area who view Columbia as less of a city than a large town, and those who find themselves with little to do on the weekend may not be seeing the area as one with mass appeal. Yet we have a strong economy, high rated schools and more than enough to keep people busy throughout the week and weekend.
For those looking to come into the area, we say, don’t give up hope. Columbia is a city that is continually changing and adapting to the needs of the people, and eventually doors will open. There is more than enough reason to call Columbia home, and we relish the idea of our community growing larger and stronger. When the time comes, and the right opening comes along, we wish you the best in your pursuits, and hope that we can add you to the roster of residents. Columbia is starting to bustle, and we enjoy the opportunity and promise that brings.
There’s no denying that it can still be hard in today’s day and age for women to get ahead in business, and whether that’s through inability to let go of outdates standards, or the hesitance that some women have as a result of those long-standing situations, it is still something that permeates through business today, though it really doesn’t have to be that way. We are continually seeing women rise through the ranks of business, and yet needing to make personal sacrifices along the way.
This is especially true for women in higher positions, and can make things difficult when getting ahead is the goal. Though most women out there would gladly work through pregnancy and immediately afterward, the body is only meant to deal with so much, and yet these times away from work are a hindrance to those looking to advance. It’s not a stretch of the imagination to say that men don’t really have to go through the same issues. They can work through, during, and after a pregnancy to their hearts content, only having to take time off if decided.
Circumstances such as these can be one of the major reasons why more women are turning to starting their own small businesses, especially in the Columbia area. Whether this is through a selling from home job, or remote services and jobs of that nature. The ability to work from home, set your own hours, and not have to worry about the things that come with corporate jobs is appealing to some women, especially those who plan on starting a family in the near future, though many women in the area haven’t the first idea on where to get started when it comes to these ventures.
This is where the help of the Missouri Women’s Business Center comes in, led by a woman working in the corporate world, she has started her own venture aimed specifically at helping women overcome the necessities of home and business balance, with the help of some of the major entrepreneurial groups in the city. This is a great move forward in bringing local women the assistance they need when it comes to growing and establishing their own business, bringing them resources that they otherwise may not have trying to pursue their goals on their own.
Not only is this great for the women and clubs involved, but also for the city of Columbia. We have long prided ourselves on being a space where people can pursue their passions, where they can grab life by the horns and truly make it what they want it to be. For those looking into going into business for themselves, we strongly recommend checking out this program and finding out all about the assistance that they can bring you. Columbia needs more women in power, more small business, and more growth within the city. Whatever your passion in life, we always urge you to follow it, and to be what you want to be.
In one of the strangest, yet popular stories of the year, the ongoing case against CoMo Connect, our local bus service may be drawing to a close as the city decides it would be easier to just rebrand than to continue on the route leading to a drawn-out case of trademark infringement. The whole debacle began as another local Missouri business, an electric co-op found the name of the transit service to be a little too similar to their name, leading to the suit being filed.
One thing that needs to be brought to the attention of those thinking this may be petty first though, is that it’s a necessity when you own a trademark. You see, when registering for your trademark, one of the stipulations of ownership, is that you will take action if you feel that it is being infringed upon. How can a court take your case seriously if you’ve allowed others to use something of similar nature without attempting to protect your ownership? This is the majority of the reason why we see cases like this as often as we do in the news today.
This behavior is very commonly seen in music. When a hook, or a line, or otherwise seems to strike a sense of familiarity. The reason behind the action was clear, and it was within the rights and responsibilities of the co-op to try and protect its brand. Where we are now though, is the decision on whether or not to continue fighting for the name when it comes to our transit system. It’s not uncommon for a court to agree on a newcomer to the trademark to be able to take over, and nor is it uncommon to have two locations of similar names.
The way this comes about though is through months, and even years of litigation, and the one thing that is constant through that drawn-out situation, is cost, and that cost will be reflected in the pocket books of the citizens of Columbia, and in the fares of those taking part in the transit system, therefore the easiest means that our city can take, is to simply rebrand, spend the money on making the transit system its own identity, and not waste money in trying to hold the rights to a name that’s, alright.
Instead, the city plans to move forward with the rebranding effort, dropping the name CoMo Connect in favor of GoCOMO, which admittedly, is about the same in the rank of great names, but a lot easier in the fact that we don’t have to battle for it. Whether you’ve liked, or at least gotten used to the old name, or are a fan of the new one, the end result is that the matter seems to have seen resolution. We can all go about our lives, and enjoy our transit on the newly named system, and put the whole debacle behind us.
A recent study has unveiled that Fulton Medical Center here in the heart of Columbia has been hemorrhaging for the last few years, to the tune of over ten million dollars, and University of Missouri Health Care is looking for answers. As minority shareholders from a partial buyout deal three years ago, this information is leading them to strongly consider selling off it’s shares in the medical facility, which isn’t unexpected. When you head into a venture such as medial care, you expect that care will preside over earnings, but this disparagement is too much to consider.
Rumors have quickly begun swirling that the potential cause of the continuing shortages are through embezzlement, yet there are no concrete facts to back up the claim. What is known for sure though, is that the 32-bed facility has been reporting lower patients than ever, and a poor revenue stream. This of course has the University quickly looking for an out on what is obviously a sinking ship. The main question that lingers in the back of everyone’s mind though, short of the embezzlement claim, is why? The facility seemed to be doing fine beforehand.
Of course, the reason why the University originally got involved and became minority purchasers in the first place was to bolster declining interest in the location, and yet with the backing of a reputable medical sector such as that at MU, there still hasn’t been any advances. This doesn’t bode well for the few residents of the city who do rely on the medical center for assistance, as they can soon find themselves looking for a new space. If MU does inevitably decide to pull out of the deal, or sell off shares, the potential future of the medical facility can surely be questioned.
This isn’t something that anyone in the city wants to hear of, the medical care facilities that we have are trusted locations that we put our faith in when times are at their worst. To know that underhanded issues may be plaguing the location sets a sour taste in the mouth of everyone involved, yet it must be made clear that any allegations are simply that until there is any evidence to back up the claim. Still, the mere thought of it is enough to get people questioning the integrity of the location as a whole.
The loss of one of our medical facilities has lingering implications as well, not only are those working there now facing the possibility of losing work, but how many outside medical care companies going to look at the Columbia area as a space to invest in? We hope that the information behind everything comes to light in future research and investigation, and that it was simply waning interest in the area that has been the root of the issues. We certainly wouldn’t want to be left with few options in the city when it comes to our health care.