1. Zou Cabs
Need a ride home? Bicycle-powered carriages may help you solve any issues with transportation. Calling itself “Columbia’s premiere pedal cab service,” Zou Cabs will take you anywhere downtown or locations on campus such as Greek Town, any of the University of Missouri dorms and the East and West Campus neighborhoods after 9 p.m. A handy alternative to the STRIPES student taxi service that runs during the school year, Zou Cabs only requires customers to tip their drivers $3.
2. Mandarin Asia House
The Chinese and Korean restaurant, located on Broadway Business Park Court, recently reopened with a new owner, but its menu still has the same variety of Asian food. Stop by to enjoy options such as roast duck noodle soup, Peking spare ribs, orange chicken and Mongolian shrimp chow mein. Dine-in and carryout options are both available.
Contact: Jin Goo, 573-445-6688
3. Sport & Spine Rehab
The physical therapy company has many locations throughout Missouri, with branches in cities such as Mexico, Jefferson City, St. Louis and Osage Beach, where customers can go to for a free consultation. The new Columbia West location on 2003 W. Broadway operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; it complements the Columbia East location in bringing rehabilitation services and sports injury care and management to the area.
Contact: Lindsay Bell and Angela Bozsa, 573-474-5111
4. Harold’s Doughnuts
Owner Michael Urban named the shop after his grandfather, Harold, who was his inspiration to open a business. Now Urban is renting kitchen space and working on the shop’s full-size menu of “craft doughnuts,” which are doughnuts made entirely from scratch. Until then, customers can order doughnuts via delivery and choose from options such as ginger glazed, blueberry lemon or maple bacon. The store’s anticipated Ninth Street location is set to open late September or early October, but its deliveries have been going on since June.
Contact: Michael Urban, 573-239-8995
5. EZGO Bus
Starting Aug. 1, the bus shuttle service began transporting customers from Columbia to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The company, owned by Jun Can Zhang, operates seven 14-passenger buses on 13 daily round trips from 2:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. The idea for the service came from the large amount of Asian international students who do not have easy means of transportation. Shuttle tickets come with complimentary meals at Teppanyaki Grill buffet. The two companies share space due to a close relationship between Zhang and Teppanyaki owner Jian Ping Lin.
Contact: Jun Can Zhang, 573-886-2888
6. First Midwest Bank
First Midwest Bank opened its second Columbia location at 1215 Fellows Place, near the intersection of Stadium Boulevard and Rock Quarry Road. Its other Columbia location is at 10 E. Southampton Drive. First Midwest Bank was started in 1964 by a group of eight Poplar Bluff, Missouri, businessmen and now has seven locations in Missouri. The newest branch was built by Enrich Construction and Remodeling and hosted a grand-opening celebration July 8. The branch is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
Contact: Jennifer Heishman, 573-815-7500