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A Closer Look: July

A Closer Look: July

CrossFit Audacity

A new gym focused on personal training and fitness has arrived in Columbia. CrossFit Audacity opened at 3410 Broadway Business Park Court, Suite 103 on May 1. The gym offers personalized programs and advice focused on the specific needs of each client. CrossFit Audacity also offers a variety of services, including CrossFit classes, personal training, boot camps, yoga and nutritional consulting. The gym’s goal is to help clients use fitness as a tool to reach their full potential.

Contact: Jack Jones, 417-399-5759


Café Utopia

After nearly 15 years of running her own catering business, Kasey Ryan opened her own restaurant, Café Utopia, at 1013 E. Walnut St. in November 2013. The café offers all homemade items, including paninis, soups, quiches, pies and grits. The ingredients used by Café Utopia come from local farms to ensure freshness and support the local community. Customers have the option to dine in at the café or take the food to go.

Contact: Kasey Ryan, 573-795-0987


Fast Yeti Custom Tees

Fast Yeti Custom Tees offers a variety of shirt designs that can be funny, personal or for business and other purposes. The store, founded by Reid Lyle, opened at 2703 E. Broadway in the Broadway Shops in early April. Lyle has more than 13 years of experience in marketing and media and years of experience working with printed material. The focus Lyle employs at Fast Yeti revolves around offering a creative selection of shirt designs while maintaining a family-friendly environment.

Contact: Reid Lyle, 573-289-9080


Strength & Conditioning Factory
Strength & Conditioning Factory was founded by JD Franklin and Joey Grippo and held a grand-opening celebration June 28. Located at 1004 W. Worley St., its offerings include training in sports performance, mobility, functional training, reconditioning and personal training. According to Strength & Conditioning Factory’s website,, “Our practical approach to total development will not only help you reach your goals, but it will also assist in injury reduction.” The new business also has an experienced staff of chiropractors to assist with any spinal issues along the way.

Contact: SCFC LLC, 573-442-2869


Go Baby Go

Go Baby Go, a boutique that specializes in baby clothes, toys, diaper bags, feeding accessories and more, opened in Columbia at 2609 E. Broadway, Suite 203. The idea for the store came into being when Molly and Jeff Carmichael were shopping for their baby boy. They were struggling and realized that Columbia did not have many options for baby shopping, so trips to St. Louis and Kansas City sparked the idea.

Contact: Molly Carmichael, 573-214-2229



In July, Agave Mexican Restaurant & Bar plans to open a second location at 1000 I-70 Drive SW, formerly occupied by Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse. Its first location, at 901 Safari Drive, is an authentic and casual Mexican restaurant. The traditional-style restaurant offers takeout and dine-in options, has indoor and outdoor seating and caters. Its menu includes appetizers, lunch and dinner as well as a kids’ menu, specials and drinks. The second location will continue the atmosphere and cuisine of Agave’s flagship location and plans to eventually offer an outdoor patio.

Contact: El Carreton LLC, 573-256-5611


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