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Closer Look: July 2023

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Outdoor Professional Cleaning Services 

Outdoor Professional Cleaning Services

The experts at Outdoor Professional Cleaning Services offer a wide variety of exterior cleaning from homes, driveways, sidewalks, patios, and more. Owner Zachary Grace says his team is known for its ability to connect with customers on a personal level.

“I want my future customers to know that when they hire OPCS, they are not just getting the services requested,” Grace adds. “They are becoming a part of our family and gaining a lifelong relationship. I’ve always hated dealing with big corporate companies. I want you to feel like family and that is how we are going to treat you.”

OPCS is based out of Columbia but serves all of the mid-Missouri area. Grace says he started this company for a sense of fulfillment.

“Watching something you’ve built from the ground up succeed is a very cool thing,” he concludes. “Operating a pressure washing business is kind of like being a kid again — except now I’ve got a much more powerful water gun.”

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Sipz Sodas 

Sipz Sodas

Sipz Sodas specializes in customizing ice-cold sodas, sparkling waters, and energy drinks using different flavors of syrups, cream, and fruit purees. Some favorites are the Hullabuloo, which combines Dr. Pepper with coconut and vanilla syrups with coconut cream, as well as the Nectar of the Gods, which combines Mountain Dew with mango and strawberry purees.

One of its most popular sparkling waters is the Como Mojo, which combines sparkling water with sugar-free vanilla, peach, and pineapple syrups, along with fresh limes and raspberry puree. Sipz Sodas also offers a variety of cookies and soft pretzels. The owners, Brenda and Joel Andrus, moved their family to Columbia five years ago.

“We wanted to bring something fun and different to Columbia and this concept is one that is popular in the western U.S.,” Brenda says. Sipz Sodas is also available for birthday parties, catering events, or other special occasions. The shop is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

124 E. Nifong Ste J
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The Bakery 

The Bakery

The Bakery is a European-inspired bakery founded in 2021 by owner Rebekah Irby. Irby is a California native who is a professionally trained chef and baker. After attending The Culinary Institute of America Greystone, she cooked and baked all over Northern and Southern California.

After moving to Columbia from California in search of a small, tight-knit community, Irby says she noticed a void for European baked goods. She decided to fill the void by starting The Bakery as a cottage bakery, recently moving her operation to the CoMo Cooks shared kitchen.

“The Bakery offers a wide variety of croissants, brioche, and other European confections using high quality and local ingredients to give Columbia a piece of Europe at home,” Irby says.

The Bakery is currently located at the Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday. Follow its Instagram for pop-up dates.

Instagram: @thebakery_como

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