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A Closer Look: September

Como Dough Pizza

Looking to capitalize on the food truck craze, Como Dough Pizza is serving up wood-fired pies in a mobile trailer. Officially located at 701 Business Loop 70, Como Dough has the ability to bring the pizza to you, whether it’s to a private party, festival, catered event or on the streets of Columbia. Customers can follow the food truck on Facebook and see where it’ll offer its wares next. Owner Mark Risch has been baking bread and other baked treats in the Columbia area for years, and in expanding to pizza, he hopes to bring his unique style to the Columbia food scene.

Contact: Mark Risch, 573-356-3898

D-Life Fitness

Joining a gym has obvious benefits for the body, but the fees can sometimes have bigger drawbacks for the wallet. D-Life Fitness, located at 711 Vandiver Drive in Vandiver Village, aims to provide gym memberships at an affordable price. At $20 a month, members have full access to the gym and can also choose to upgrade to a personal training program. The bronze, silver and gold packages give you one-on-one sessions with a trainer at increasing time periods and prices. Owner Willie Hall, a former nutritionist, also offers meal plans to help members get a more complete fitness experience.

Contact: Willie Hall, 573-289-7334


Tiger Direct Advertising

For businesses looking to get more exposure in the Columbia community, Tiger Direct Advertising at 301 Tiger Lane is a good place to start. The family-owned advertising startup distributes coupons, business and political ads and more right to the front doors of Columbia residents. The company also offers social media marketing through its Facebook page. Thanks to its smaller size, Tiger Direct Advertising can offer a more personal touch when doing business with clients and reaching out to potential customers. If your business is looking for a way to better connect with your market, Tiger Direct Advertising can help you find a way to do it.

Contact: Johnathan Cannos, 573-465-3006


Crockett Geotechnical

Crockett Engineering Consultants has been in Columbia since 1985 and helped develop projects such as the Columbia Medical Plaza and student housing facilities such as The Reserve and Campus Lodge. The company has now expanded to include Crockett Geotechnical, a construction material testing center. Eric Lidholm, formerly with Terracon, approached Crockett Engineering to get back into a smaller business setting. His new endeavor offers soil testing, concrete testing and on-site construction inspection to confirm projects are being built with sound materials. Located at 500 Big Bear Blvd., Crockett Geotechnical helps clients fulfill all of their construction needs.

Contact: Eric Lidholm, 573-447-3981


Advanced VIP Med Spa

Angela Wooden has an extensive resume: She worked as a registered nurse for 13 years, in plastic surgery for another three and became a licensed aesthetician in 2007. After hearing her neighbor speak about her experiences working in Aesthetic Studio, Wooden was inspired to start a business of her own. Advanced VIP Med Spa, located within Aesthetic Studio at 2703 E. Broadway, Suite 222, offers nonsurgical procedures such as chemical peels, injectables such as Botox and vessel and broken capillary removal. The spa offers a free consultation and treatment plan on your first visit, and procedures are quick, with some treatments only lasting about 30 minutes.

Contact: Angela Wooden, 573-256-6161


Tiger Town Treasures

Sometimes buying that new suit for an interview or replacing the tattered couch in the living room can feel like an impossible task when you don’t have the money to spare. Connie Furlong wants to help people in situations such as these by providing affordable clothing and other items at Tiger Town Treasures. Located at 802 E. Business Loop 70, the thrift and consignment store is Furlong’s latest foray into the resale business. After running outdoor market sales in the Columbia area for a few years, Furlong moved the business inside so it could stay open all year.

Contact: Connie Furlong, 573-442-8567

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