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Previously located in Jefferson City, Advanced Garden Supply’s new home is located at 1414 Rangeline St., Suite E. Advanced Garden Supply is a family-owned hydroponic garden supply store. “Columbia has a better market, so we figured more people would get the opportunity to come through,” says co-owner Don Willman. Advanced Garden Supply has a wide variety of different plants, including orchids from Hawaii. “It’s really neat because they’re more like an air plant — their limbs wrap around trees,” Willman says. Of his clientele, he says: “You never know who will walk through the door. We get people both young and old, and it’s really like a hobby for most people.” Advanced Garden Supply is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
Contact: Heather Willman, 573-214-2794
Palmer’s Home Care, located at 701 Hillsdale Road, has been in business since 2009 but has recently expanded and opened an office in Columbia. Palmer’s Home Care provides services for people with developmental disabilities and offers 24-hour care through the U.S. Department of Mental Health. Palmer’s Home Care currently supports 22 people, a 10-person increase from previous years. Their main goal for 2016 is to open a day program that will run Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with about 65 to 70 employees in total. The day program will provide life skills and community activities for individuals.
Contact: Robert Palmer, 573-673-8437
Cisco Consulting is an educational consulting business that provides consulting services for graduate students and faculty in the world of academia. Cisco Consulting works with groups in addition to one-on-one consultation services, academic editing and informative workshops. Cisco Consulting opened in January 2016, and they are currently accepting clients. Owner Jonathan Cisco has a Ph.D in literacy, with a focus in reading and writing at the higher education level, and more than 10 years of experience in reading and writing strategies. “We hope we can develop relationships with universities in the area and across states to help demystify these different concepts in academia,” Cisco says.
Contact: Jonathan Cisco, 573-823-2711
Charlie’s Angels is an online clothing and accessory boutique. Owner Laura Cole has three daughters, for whom the boutique is named. “With my oldest daughter now being in college, I figured it would be a great way for my girls to help out with the business and earn money from working.” With the tagline “Where every customer’s an angel,” Charlie’s Angels offers clothing for women anywhere from ages 12 to 50. The clothing style ranges from workout to casual. “We have a wide selection that can appeal to any woman’s taste,” says Cole. You can visit Charlie’s Angels on Facebook or on Instagram. Charlie’s Angels accepts credit cards, Paypal, cash or check.
Contact: Laura Cole, 573-673-1748
Too Rooster Artistry is a one-person operation run by business owner and artist Cindy Scott. Scott has an extensive background in art education, as she previously taught art at the elementary and high school level for over 12 years. Too Rooster officially launched in August 2015. Too Rooster offers creative interior decorating services, such as decorative paintings, personal shopping and on-site paintings at events. The event rates range from $500 to $1,000, depending on how much detail is wanted, the size of the canvas and how many people wish to be recognized in the painting. To see examples of Scott’s work, you can visit her on Facebook or Instagram.
Contact: Cindy Scott, 573-356-3401
Facebook/Instagram: Too Rooster Artistry
Hulett House, located at 707 Vandiver Drive, Suite C, is an athletic training academy and MMA fitness boxing gym. Hulett House trains MMA fighters and boxers and teaches women self-defense fitness. They also offer kickboxing and wrestling for kids and personal fitness for anyone. Owner Rob Hulett previously played football, but stopped playing after incurring problems with his knee. “A friend of mine suggested I try MMA, and since then, I have really enjoyed it,” Hulett says. Hulett House MMA operates Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on weekends.
Contact: Rob Hulett, 573-424-5744