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The Jersey Mike’s Subs that opened in Columbia back in October was the 1,000th store for the franchise. The sandwich shop is located at 1101 Grindstone Parkway. Jersey Mike’s is known for premium sliced and grilled subs. The Grindstone location is owned by franchisees Sterling and Meghan Sublett. The chain was founded in 1956 on the Jersey Shore and was named the fastest growing restaurant chain the country in 2014 and 2015, according to the Nation’s Restaurant News Top 100. The restaurant offers cold subs, hot subs, wraps and salads. Catering is also available.
Contact: Sterling and Meghan Sublett, 573-874-0172
Arch City Vapors, located at 1305 Grindstone Pkwy., provides an alternative to traditional smoking. With several St. Louis locations established, owner Phillip Conover decided to create a Columbia location to offer customers the same competitive prices. Arch City Vapors offers 200 flavors of electronic juice in addition to a wide variety of nicotine levels to fit any individual’s needs. Each Wednesday, they have a “buy one, get one free” special on all in-house juices. Their clientele ranges anywhere from 21 to 80 years old. Arch City Vapors operates Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact: Philip Conover, 636-262-0518
With the mission to “inspire and simplify healthy living for active, on-the-go lifestyles,” Jamba Juice deemed Columbia a great location, as college students are constantly on the go. Located at 260 S. Tenth St., Jamba Juice offers a variety of smoothies, juices and food items that are made with high-quality ingredients. “We also cater and reach out to our local communities to fundraise,” says Area Manager Joey Franks. “We go for the real stuff in all our products, no high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or preservations and no processed sugars.” Jamba Juice operates Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Contact: Geary Graham, 573-397-6219
Now under new ownership, Welcome Inn Columbia, located at 1612 N. Providence Road, recently reopened for business. Welcome Inn has a total of 142 rooms, and their site includes 24-hour service; Whirlpool and spa; complimentary coffee; games; vending and ice machines; and pool tables. Daily room prices are $65 plus tax, and the inn also offers weekly and monthly rates along with extended stay specials. Welcome Inn is pet-friendly and offers smoke-friendly rooms.
Contact: Kristyna Pincova, 573-449-2491
John Gillis, owner of Cortex, has a background in web application development. “I have a passion for finding solutions to a business’ need, and the most popular one seems to be web app development,” Gillis says. Cortex officially opened for business in December 2015. The company offers web, mobile and desktop development for clients. In addition to taking on clients, Gillis is also looking for talented people to join his team.
Contact: John Gillis, 573-575-6467
If you’re in need of a watch repair, Lawfer Time Shop can be the one to get the job done. Located at 601 E. Broadway, Ste. 303, inside of L.C. Betz Jewelers, Lawfer Time Shop offers quality watch repair for any type of timepiece. In addition to watch repair, this shop also offers free estimates on pocket watch restorations, and jobs are done on-site. Owner Rex Lawfer enjoys restoring pocket watches because of their history, as these watches are often passed down from generation to generation. Lawfer Time Shop operates Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Contact: Rex Lawfer, 573-582-2021