Local Buzz owner creates safe space, not just coffee shop, in Rosewood

A vibrantly colored sign at The Local Buzz in Rosewood welcomes “all sizes, all colors, all ages, all cultures, all sexes, all beliefs, all religions, all types, all people – safe here.” Stephanie Bridgers painted the sign and runs her coffee shop by this creed.

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New Columbia dog park would give dog owners extra choice

Dog owner Ola Helsing so wants another free dog park in Columbia that she’d drive several miles to get there. She and other dog owners could soon get their wish with a free dog park planned for Owens Field Park. But not everyone supports the idea.

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Owens Field Park renovations require balancing many interests

Renovations at Owens Field Park are underway, but what comes first and who will or will not be happy with the results? Finding a balance for all the users of one of Columbia’s largest and busiest parks is a crucial part of the project.

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Avid juicer turns lifestyle into career

How do you take something you do every day and make money from it? For Toni Tarbutton, that meant turning her juicing lifestyle into a business after buying mobile juice bar Gin’s Juice. Her new business venture also lets Tarbutton be able to interact more with the community. By Charnita Mack Nov. 23, 2015 For… Read More Avid juicer turns lifestyle into career

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Miracle Field coming to Rosewood means more than baseball for disabled

Children and adults all over the nation with disabilites are spending their weekends playing a game they may have never thought they could play. … Read More Miracle Field coming to Rosewood means more than baseball for disabled

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Neighborhood president seeking change for South Kilbourne

South Kilbourne’s neighborhood association president says maybe it’s time to get back to her “dad’s days,” when neighbors looked out for neighbors. But first Michele Huggins has to break through her neighbors’ apathy.

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Back to basics approach brings success to 5th Avenue Deli and owner Scott Mechling

Scott Mechling opened 5th Avenue Deli with a simple objective: Serve quality food while providing quality service. Mechling has done just that and found success along Rosewood when some businesses have struggled and closed.

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Developer: Tax rules hinder Curtiss-Wright Hangar restoration

It’s been more than two years since a developer said he wanted to restore the historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar at Hamilton-Owens Airport. Businessman Scott Linaberry says he’s having trouble securing investors, and he blames the tax code.

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Rosewood Art Alley brings public art to neighborhood

To Clay Wooten, Columbia’s public art scene left something to be desired. His creation, Rosewood Art Alley, gives “public art” a new meaning, with the people as both the artists and the audience. In fact, he hopes someone will paint over his work.

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Kraken’s owner relishes customer service and managerial freedom

Aaron Klugh wants his Kraken Gastropub to be known for its customer service and fine dining as well as for its menu and draft beers. The Rosewood restaurant is not the only gastropub in Columbia, but Klugh tries to differentiate his by using his customer-service experience as a sales manager.

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