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A Closer Look: January

Altar’d State: Looking for a way to give back while you shop? Altar’d State is a new retail store in the Columbia Mall that focuses on fashion that gives back. In 2009, Brian Mason and Aaron Walters started the company in Knoxville, Tenn., and it was founded as a modern Christian retailer. They offer a selection of clothing and accessories. Today, the company has more than 25 locations across the Southeast. Every Monday, Altar’d State donates 10 percent of the proceeds of the day to a different local charity. The company also funds employee volunteer hours and works with vendors to give back.

Contact: Amanda Randolph, 573-445-8950


Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt: Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt has more than 70 flavors, with 16 on tap that change regularly. Add more than 30 toppings, and your sweet treat can be unique. The frozen yogurt is made fresh daily and mixed in a proprietary serving machine to make it richer and creamier. The business offers dairy-free and vegan options, too. Orange Leaf is also committed to supporting the local community and partners with local charities and organizations. The Columbia location, at 2101 W. Broadway, Suite 101, adds to the more than 350 stores across the country. Orange Leaf is also known for its fun and unique spoons.

Contact: Lance McCarter, 573-445-7722


MaidPro: Professional cleaning on your terms, MaidPro is the newest cleaning service that allows you to customize your needs on your budget. Located at 1400 Heriford Road, Suite 103, the company specializes in cleaning kitchens, bathrooms and floors and dusting based on a 49-point checklist. The cleaning pros work with you to create a service that will fit the needs of your home. You can choose one time, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly cleaning to fit your schedule. The cleaning pros are expertly trained, provide the highest-quality clean and use safe and effective supplies, including many products that are green and eco-friendly.

Contact: Randy Leasure, 573-303-5248


Paint the Town: Have some fun while working on your painting skills at Paint the Town. Located at 2703 E. Broadway, Paint the Town is a “paint, drink and party” destination, as its website states. At Paint the Town, they offer painting classes and open classes during the day. Host your next party, team-building or date night there. You can to listen to music while painting and also enjoy some “liquid inspiration,” as they call it. The business also offers a full bar with wine, mixed drinks and beer, along with other specials. You can create a canvas or glassware, such as wine and martini glasses, based on the paintings featured around the store or your own creation.

Contact: Monty Murphy, 573-777-7795


Volt Workforce Solutions: Volt Workforce Solutions has been the premier global staffing company for more than 50 years. They work with both job seekers and employers to find jobs that fit. They start by learning the ins and outs of a client’s business, including its industry and market. Recruiters bring knowledge about the industry and help clients find candidates who will fit in the jobs. Candidates can call to apply or apply online. If qualified, a recruiter will meet with the candidate, help tailor his or her resume and help with interview skills for the job.

Contact: Alicia Otis, 573-886-8918


Tiger Academy of Gymnastics: With a new home, the Tiger Academy of Gymnastics is ready for a fresh start. After more than 30 years at the University of Missouri, Tiger Academy now has its own facility located at 3609 Mojave Court. The new facility includes all the equipment needed for gymnastics, many of which were purchased through fundraising. Tiger Academy of Gymnastics offers classes for children age 2 through high school. More than 450 kids are enrolled in classes. Once kids have progressed enough, they can compete in meets. Not only does the business provide gymnastics instruction, but it also teaches confidence, health, responsibility, respect, determination, family and fitness.

Contact: Tiger Academy of Gymnastics, 573-814-5000

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