This month, we take a look at three of Columbia’s businesses – M&H Solar, Tiger Nutrition, and Camacho Coffee.
For M&H Solar, Columbia’s newest solar panel installation company, each client starts with an in-person consultation so they can have their specifications met. This collaborative method shouldn’t come as a surprise, since M&H is a collaboration itself, between Kent Murdock, of Randy Adams Construction, and Joe Hargis, of Five Star Flatwork. M&H is the culmination of years of interest in solar.
“I’m really excited about solar energy,” Murdock says. “The way it’s leaning, it seems like it’s really up and coming.”
Although M&H is focusing on Mid-Missouri right now, their overall goal is to provide installation services for most of the rural part of the state. The benefits for switching to solar, according to Murdock, are numerous, including tax write offs and rebates on electricity bills. Their prices and job lengths vary, but it’s all in the spirit of giving their clients the best installation they can get.
3630 Mojave Ct., Ste. 106
A move from Louisiana and recent health scares convinced Nathan and Amy Brantley that it was time to break free from the corporate lifestyle and open their own business. The result is Tiger Nutrition, a new shop open since March that offers meal replacement shakes, nutritional supplements, and energizing teas.
“We’re here to make a living, but our whole intention is to help the community,” Nathan says. “We’re very community-based people.”
Their most popular option is their “donut shot” with special syrup, cinnamon, and water, but their menu is extensive and includes a number of shake flavors modeled after almost every dessert you can think of. According to the Brantleys, most of their customers are staunch supporters of their favorites but they enjoy helping their customers branch out and try new things.
“We promote better health,” Nathan says. “Our shakes taste just like the real thing and they’re good for you.”
47 E. Broadway
When Camacho Coffee first began, it was in the kitchen of owners Jesse and Megan Walters. Now, after years of renting industrial space in order to air roast their signature coffee beans, they opened their first retail space in January.
“We love it. We have the square footage that we need to operate efficiently,” Jesse says. “And now we have the space we need to connect with the community.”
Camacho Coffee’s new space means that they can air roast and package their beans while also offering a cafe with a full espresso menu. They even offer beer and wine options that can be enjoyed out on their patio space. Bagged coffee is available along with wholesale beans, and they donate 10% of their total proceeds to charity.
Find their beans in stores all over town or at Broadway Brewery — or better yet, stop by the new space and see it for yourself.
4009 Frontgate Dr., Ste. 101