Columbia’s pretty rad. We’ve got things going on and, better yet, things to do and take part in. Since my last two CBT articles...
Uncle Paulie’s Downtown Market
Long devoid of a full-service supermarket, The District now has a convenient place to pick up some basic groceries.
The idea for Uncle Paulie’s Downtown Market, owned by Paul Garibaldi and managed by Paul Zacharias, came from the small grocery stores found on neighborhood corners in New York, where Garibaldi used to live.
The market on 9th Street will save downtown residents and employees a drive to the grocery store when they only need a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk, Zacharias said. There are plans to stock its shelves with sandwiches and other household items as well.
“We feel like we’ve been accepted here,” Zacharias said. “We hope to do fun things that will catch on.”
The store hosted a live music session at a recent Twilight Festival, and the sign on the window says: “Drinks, Snacks, Smokes, Coffee, Hits (call Paulie).”
Zacharias said he and Garibaldi plan to continue the mafia theme by decorating the walls with movie posters from The Godfather series and Goodfellas films and by adding a television to play movies from the genre for customers to watch while sitting on the couches by the front door.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
23 S. 9th Street
An orthopedic shoe store and leather repair shop opened Oct. 1 in the Forum Shopping Center. Cobbler Brothers, owned by brothers Jim Barker and Bill Rajewski Jr., makes orthotic medical devices and repairs leg braces and shoe lifts. It also offers mending services for leather products, such as shoes, backpacks, purses and luggage
Barker, who has restored shoes made from elephant skin as well as shoes belonging to former University of Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart, learned the trade as a manager at Shoefixers in the Columbia Mall
“It’s very gratifying when someone drops off something that they think is irreparable, and a few days later I have it looking brand new again,” Barker said.
Rajewski is retiring from the military to work with Barker. An Army staff sergeant stationed in Italy, he will return to Columbia later this month.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
1400 Forum Blvd., Ste. 40
Customer Communication Group
Susanne C. Medley, former director of marketing at Boone National Savings Bank, has opened a consulting firm in Hartsburg.
Customer Communication Group, or CCG, casts a wide net of services, including customer research, public relations, advertising and customer satisfaction training.
“Satisfaction encompasses more than just customer service,” Medley said, adding that her company’s goal is to help clients connect with customers so they can gain a competitive edge.
For instance, CCG provides a training program to help clients manage generational differences both in interacting with employees and in marketing to customers. The business also offers an executive coaching program for improving speaking and presentation skills.
Medley, accredited in public relations, has worked as an image consultant, event planner, public relations professional and media spokesperson.
7300 South Shore Drive, Hartsburg