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A Closer Look for August 2012

Sunflower Waffle Co.

Bringing a taste of the American Southwest to the streets of Columbia, the sunflower truck is making its way around town to deliver the perfect meal at any time. Sunflower Waffle Co.’s menu isn’t small or limited but portable. Simply wrap a waffle around a sausage link, a banana with Nutella or a signature fried chicken breast for a delicious meal on the go.

Candice Penrose,
Charles and Daniel Rosenthal

Mid-MO Chess Academy

Tim Campbell turned his 40 years of experience playing chess into a trade when he opened the Mid-Missouri Chess Academy. The academy offers instruction and coaching to chess enthusiasts of all ages, but his primary focus is on elementary and high school aged children who play competitively. Certified to train and hold tournaments, Campbell offers specialized training and support to students who compete at the state and national level. The Chess Academy partnered with several schools in the area and even took the Rock Bridge High School team to the state championship earlier this spring.
Tim Campbell

Steve Struemph Design

A new business license with years of preparation, this design firm is all about converting website visitors into clients. Steve Struemph is continually honing his skills as a Web developer. His latest Web foray is learning how to convert site visitors to customers by building online stores and increasing search engine optimization. He is already racking up such big-name clients as McNally’s Irish Pub, Machens Toyota’s Moses Gingrich and the Mason Grand Lodge of Missouri.
Steve Struemph

Canvas on Broadway

After working together at Muddy Boots Design Co., Angela Bennett and Stephanie Hall realized a shared love of being creative and being social. They teamed up to bring an artistic-social setting to the people of Columbia. Think of Canvas on Broadway as an open art studio where drinks are served. As their website says, “Our goal is to welcome everyone and show them how fun art can be in a relaxed and colorful studio full of laughter & friends…after all, that’s what brought us here to begin with!”
Angela Bennett and Stephanie Hall

Ocean Life Aquaria

Ocean Life Aquaria brings the extraordinary and mystical beauty of the world’s coral reefs to Columbia. The new shop opened up on East Broadway earlier this year and offers an extensive selection of live marine fish, corals and invertebrates. Livestock health is guaranteed, and excellent customer service is a top priority. Owner Dustin Raterman says his store specializes in saltwater reef wildlife and brings clownfish, coral and other exotic marine life into your home.
Dustin Raterman

Tiger Trolley Tours

Active community leaders Cindy Mustard and Jolene Schulz are teaming up to bring Columbia a new city tours service. Tours are expected to begin in late August, but plans are already being developed for different tour packages: historic Columbia, historical arts, campus tours and even haunted and Christmas tours for the holidays. Groups of 18 to 24 people will be able to book their tour packages by appointment. For more information, please contact Tiger Trolley Tours at 573-567-0850 or by email at tigertrolleytours@gmail.com.
Jolene Schulz and Cindy Mustard

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