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May: Closer Look

Bailey & Blush

Bailey & Blush Boutique, a chic downtown boutique that opened its doors in March, features fashionable women’s apparel and accessories inspired by owner Lauren Bailey’s unique fashion sense. Lauren, 25, is a Lake St. Louis native and a 2019 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, earning a Bachelor’s of Fashion and Consumer Studies and a minor in entrepreneurship.

“I opened Bailey & Blush because owning my own boutique has always been a dream of mine,” Lauren said. “It’s something I can pour all of my passions and talents into, a business that I get to call my own. I knew I was never going to be a 9-to-5 worker; it just isn’t me. I was determined that whatever I do in life, I was going to be waking up every day doing something I loved.”

Lauren holds the Bailey & Blush name very close to her heart. “I wanted my last name somewhere within the name of the business because the name Bailey isn’t something I’ll keep forever, and this is my way of always honoring that,” Lauren says. “I wanted my last name on the sign out front so that’s exactly what I did. Blush is just because I love the color pink!”

Lauren’s goal is to help Columbia women feel more confident and empowered to pursue their own dreams and goals. Her hope is to bring clothing people love to Columbia and give her customers a truly enjoyable and unforgettable shopping experience.

913 East Broadway
(573) 442-3939

Broadway on 9th

Broadway Brewery is most known for its farm-to-table menu and wide selection of traditional lagers, hazy IPAs, and other beer choices. Broadway on 9th, Broadway Brewery’s new taproom and event space, opened last month and features their beer and seltzer offerings in a more casual taproom environment – complete with a beautiful 16-foot garage door that opens right up to the Ninth Street sidewalk. The new space serves 14 Broadway drafts, including Nitro beer, a special Czech Lager, three flavors of Clear State Hard Seltzer, and wine. There is also a full bar for simple, mixed cocktails. Broadway also plans to sell packaged beers for to-go orders. The tasting room will be open to the public Thursday to Sunday and available for private events Monday-Wednesday and on the weekend on a case-by-case basis. There are currently no plans to serve food to the public, but private events will be catered. Customers are also welcome to bring in any dish they’d like into the taproom. Owners Walker Claridge, Paul Dickerson, and Shawn Oberle are excited about this new endeavor.

15 South Ninth Street

The Atrium

The Atrium is excited to welcome new co-owners, Leanne Geiss and Josiah and Amaya Williams, into its historic space. Rounding out the team is Ellie LaPosha, an event professional and marketing specialist, and Kaylei Ramis, an experienced event professional and sales manager.

Eclipse Catering and Events has an incredibly skilled team of event professionals and seasoned chefs with years of experience and an eagerness to serve Columbia. The biggest change comes with the Williamses, who will serve as in-house caterers focused on Columbia’s high-end event market. On top of providing The Atrium’s in-house catering, the new management team is ready to build The Atrium into a recognizable pillar of Columbia’s downtown community. “We are excited to share the history of the space and perfect the little details, both inside and out, that will continue to make the Atrium shine,” says Ellie.

22 North Tenth Street
(573) 442-8220

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