Four candidates are vying for three open spots on the Columbia Public Schools Board of Education. Ahead of the election on April 4, CBT caught up...
1. Corporate Safety Solutions LLC
Corporate Safety Solutions LLC, a safety-training provider that delivers cost-effective client solutions, recently added an office in Columbia. The business specializes in safety training, including CPR and first aid from the American Heart Association. “We’re providing high-quality safety training and products to the Columbia area that are easily accessible and convenient to the community,” says David Brownell, owner of Corporate Safety Solutions. Individuals can either come into the Corporate Safety Solutions office or schedule for a training session to come to their facility. Corporate Safety Solutions also has offices in St. Joseph, Missouri, and Liberty, Missouri, and has plans to open facilities in Omaha, Nebraska, and Wichita, Kansas, in the near future. Corporate Safety Solutions is located at 303 N. Stadium Blvd., Suite 200 and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: David Brownell, 866-770-0930
2. Great Southern Bank
The Great Southern Bank has opened a branch in Columbia. Originally established in 1923, the bank is headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, and currently operates 113 offices in eight states. “We are excited to expand our network of banking centers to Columbia and look forward to being a helpful and active member of the community,” says President and CEO Joseph W. Turner. “We have assembled a team of experienced bankers who understand the needs of this market. Customers can expect great service, a comprehensive line of competitive products and an engaged community partner.” Great Southern Bank offers a wide variety of checking accounts, saving accounts and lending options and has a mission to “build winning relationships with its customers, associates, shareholders and communities.”
3. Epoch Health
Epoch Health has added a clinic in Columbia to its nationwide network, making it the first Epoch Health Clinic in Missouri. Epoch Health focuses on men’s health, and through a partnership with Urology Associates of Central Missouri, each patient receives a free “100 Percent Men’s Health Screening,” which includes comprehensive labs without obligation. “Epoch Health offers a screening that is more comprehensive than the yearly screening and could possibly save a man’s life,” says Jentry Mills, director of marketing and business development of Epoch Health. After their initial free screening, patients who are eligible for treatment can return for an extensive follow-up exam with Epoch’s onsite doctor. Epoch Health accepts most major PPO insurances and Medicare and offers several types of discount programs for different types of patients. Epoch Health is located at 2900 Trimble Road, Suite 107 and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact: Epoch Men’s Health, 573-818-3067
4. D&D Pub N Grub
A new family-owned-and-operated bar and grill has opened its doors in Columbia. D & D Pub N Grub, which stands for dad and daughter, operates as a family restaurant by day and a bar by night and features live music every Friday night. The bar and grill features daily specials on alcohol and food, including $2 tacos on Tuesdays and $2 domestic beers on Saturdays. “We’ve got great food, great people and great times,” says Angie Rensprom, who co-owns D & D Pub N Grub with her father. “The most popular items on our menu include our handmade D & D burgers, hand-breaded tenderloins, nachos and hand-breaded wings.” D & D Pub N Grub is located at 6307 Leupold Court and open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
5. Mattress Firm Inc.
Mattress Firm Inc. added a second store in Columbia, located at 2900 Trimble Road, Suite 101. “We are a national company with all the comfort and peace of mind that comes with a company that is the largest national retailer in the world, but we also offer local, hometown service,” says Christopher Crosby, Mattress Firm district manager. The store offers all the sleep essentials, including a large variety of mattresses, adjustable beds, memory foam pillows and accessories such as mattress toppers and protectors. Mattress Firm offers a variety of financing options such as special financing for 60 months and a 90-day payment option.
Contact: Christopher Crosby, 573-442-0619
6. Lips and Curls/The Social Room
Jesse Garcia, owner of Roxy’s Bar and Dance Club, and his wife, Heather Garcia, a cosmetologist, have teamed up to create something Columbia has never seen. By day, Lips and Curls serves as a 1950s-themed beauty parlor. “The most feedback we have gotten so far has been about our customer service,” says Heather Garcia, owner of Lips and Curls. “People tell me that they felt at home when they were here and that the experience was fulfilling.” Through a secret entrance within the beauty parlor, though, customers can enjoy a cold drink in a hidden bar called The Social Room. Unlike any other bar downtown, to get into the speakeasy, customers need to say a secret password. Customers can make an appointment at Lips and Curls, which is generally open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call The Social Room, open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., to learn the secret password. Lips and Curls is located at 220 N. Eighth St.