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Closer Look – The Impact Issue

Star’s Brides

Star’s Brides recently made the move to the Columbia Mall, which allowed them to double in size. 

This was a much-needed move for more visibility to spread the word about the newest bridal shop in Columbia. The location was perfect, being located in the JCPenney wing and right across from the children’s play area. 

“We have created a space that our brides will love and feel comfortable while making one of the biggest decisions they will make in their wedding planning and we are super proud of this,” owner Star Simmons says. 

Available by private appointment, their goal is for every one of their brides to feel like a star by having the entire space to themselves. 

“I wanted another option for our brides to find the dress of their dreams. I also started because I feel like this industry needs to be more diverse when it comes to race. I believe with time it will also focus designers to get on the same page and they will give more thoughts when picking models to represent their brand and even the fabrics they use when creating these amazing gowns we carry,” Star says.  

Columbia Mall
2300 Bernadette – JCPenney wing

Crosshair Pest Control

Crosshair Pest Control wants to be known for their personalized — and prompt — service in pest control. It includes the elimination and prevention of common household pests and treatments for mosquitos, ticks, garden, and arboreal pests.

“We are a private company and longtime residents of this community with no intention of leaving. We will always provide same-day service, if possible, and our primary concern is the quality of our service,” owner Johnny Wingate says. 

Johnny has been involved in the industry since his father opened his first pest control business in 1979. The Wingate family has been providing pest control services in Columbia for more than 40 years, and Johnny is proud to carry on that tradition. Crosshair Pest Control prides itself in offering safe, effective, and environmentally friendly pest control for your home and business at affordable prices. And don’t think that your pest issues are over just because colder weather has moved in. “Pests continue to thrive in the winter. They just move indoors,” says Johnny. 


Belly Market & Rotisserie

If you’ve lived in Columbia for any amount of time, you are likely familiar with Hoss’ Market. Previous owners, Trish and Hoss Koetting, have entrusted their establishment to Ben Hamrah and Amanda Elliott, owners of newly established Belly Market & Rotisserie.  

“We are incredibly grateful to have been passed the torch by Trish and Hoss Koetting and their boys Joey and Sean. Hoss’ Market has been a staple in our community for 20 years. Amanda and I are moving forward with the new name Belly Market & Rotisserie, a play on our names that started out as a joke that we’ve now grown to love (Ben + Elliott = Belly),” Ben says. “We are very excited to take everything that the Koettings have built and show our perspective on the Market. We are making some changes to the menu, but guest favorites like The Seaner D, the Joe Joe, and The Big Hoss will always remain as not-so-secret off-menu offerings. We will continue to offer fresh seafood, prime steaks, fresh made sandwiches, salads, soups, and hot case specials, as well as exciting retail offerings.”

1010 Club Village Dr.

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