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Deck Medic is a family operated professional wood restoration company that refinishes wood surfaces. Deck Medic has crews in Columbia and Jefferson City currently, and the business hopes to add additional crews to the Lake of the Ozarks area. Deck Medic doesn’t build decks; they perform outdoor wood restorations and do minor repairs to existing decks. And while Deck Medic specializes in decks, they also repair a multitude of wood surfaces exposed to the outdoor elements.
Owner and U.S. Army veteran Clay Hager opened Deck Medic in January; he set about learning the business after seeing an opening in this niche in Central Missouri. Deck Medic is the only wood restoration company in the area that uses a five-step process that allows the stain to soak into the wood.
“We are set apart with our proven, guaranteed five-step process,” Hager says. “We strip, brighten, use a mold treatment, sand, and stain.”
Location: 4900 E. Turkey Trail Dr.
Total Lending Concepts opened their Columbia office in March 2017. They are a team of mortgage bankers who specialize in providing clients with quality home loans combined with low mortgage rates.
TLC concentrates their efforts on home purchasing, refinancing, and debt consolidation. TLC is a government-approved lender, offering USDA, VA, and FHA loans as well as conventional loans and manufactured home loans with or without land.
The lender also offers one-on-one assistance whenever needed and focuses on simple internal processes to get fast decisions. Lasting partnerships are important to TLC, which is why they focus on exceeding expectations in quality and service.
Branch Manager Ross Kulik says he got into the business because of the customers. “I saw the joy in the customers’ faces at closing and wanted to be a part of that process,” Kulik says.
Location: 25 N. Ninth St.
American Shaman CBD, one of an increasing number of CBD shops operating in the state, sells 100 percent organic and natural hemp oil. Hemp oil is made from industrial hemp, a type of cannabis plant, and is used for health purposes. Hemp oil is legal in all 50 states, and customers say it gives them relief from illnesses and conditions such as migraines and certain cancers.
American Shaman sets itself apart because the CBD oil is a full spectrum product that has nanotechnology, meaning it is water-soluble. Being water-soluble gives it a 90 to 100 percent absorption rate, compared to the roughly 10 percent absorption rate of under-the-tongue products. This technology gives consumers a more cost-effective way of using CBD.
Matthew Beard opened American Shaman in early April to help improve people’s lives and educate them on CBD. “It’s all about helping people and providing them with an alternative to synthetic medicine,” Beard says. “I spend 30 minutes to an hour with just about everyone who walks through the door.”
Location: 1400 Forum Blvd. #40