Four Years and Still in Love

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Thank goodness for automatic reminders that pop up when I check my inbox. On LinkedIn, one flashes across the screen, “You’re celebrating four years!” as I think, “How did that happen?” Yes, four years ago, I purchased Columbia Welcome from the founding owner Stacey Thompson. I had some big shoes to fill for sure! I remember feeling nervous heading to… Read more »

Ideas and Where to Shop: How to own your home décor — without owning your home

Almost half of all new Columbia residents rent a space during their first year in the city. Even if you don’t own the place, don’t let that stop you from making it feel uniquely yours — it’s easier than you think. Try shopping local and following these ideas to personalize your space. 1.  Pillows are an easy and inexpensive way… Read more »

Small Business Week CoMo Style

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As a small business owner, I am continually fascinated to hear how other small business owners get their start.  This is why I absolutely love Small Business Week, which is celebrated here in Columbia this week: May 5-9. As part of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s small business week activities, five of Columbia’s most successful small businesses are being featured. … Read more »

Columbia Welcome Has Already Won

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Columbia Missouri is indeed the best city in the world in which to be a woman in business! I have been overwhelmed with kudos, cards, LinkedIn connections, Facebook friend requests, emails and hugs since it was announced that I am nominated for the Columbia Daily Tribune’s Emerging Business Woman award. Thank you so much for your massive support! The sold… Read more »

Fortnightly Club Welcomes New Faculty Women and Wives at UMC

This time of year I meet a lot of newcomer faculty at UMC and their families, which always reminds me of my own move to Columbia.  Several years ago, my husband got offered a job in the Agricultural Economics department, which is how I ended up in Columbia.  He headed off to his new job, and returned the first evening… Read more »

Meet the July Newcomers

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Columbia is just exploding with newcomers!  These past few months have blown by in a whirlwind of welcome basket deliveries.  Since I’ve been so busy taking out goodies and remiss in blogging, I thought I would tell you about some of the newest residents I had the pleasure to meet. In July alone, thirty newcomer families were greeted.  People moved… Read more »

CoMo Calendar of Events

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It’s Friday and my husband just asked, “What are we doing this weekend?”  I entertain this same question pretty much every week since I’m in charge of setting our social calendar.  Not surprisingly, I frequently hear a more comprehensive version of this request from newcomers – “How can I figure out what is going on in Columbia?” There is no one easy source for… Read more »

Make a Difference in your Neighborhood

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As a newcomer, the easiest way to feel settled in a new city is to become part of the community.  I moved to Columbia about six years ago, and for me that meant volunteering, making friends and meeting my neighbors.  The latter wasn’t so easy. My husband and I had never been homeowners before moving here, and weren’t exactly sure… Read more »

CoMo Christmas Kick Off

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This chilly weather is putting me in a holiday frame of mind.  Luckily Columbia is ready to kick off its Christmas spirit this weekend, so grab some friends … if they are named “Carol”, it’s even more merry! Friday night is the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony for Shelter Insurance.   Now in its 47th year, the 6pm celebration includes Christmas… Read more »