2) Politeness at Pickleman's
3) Taj Mahal: Columbia's Best Lunch
4) Italian Village Door Mailer: Columbia's Best
VILLAGE VOICEOVER: God Bless John Ott -- and His Bankers
"Guy in Fishing Vest" Gets
National Leadership Award
Muzzled by Chamber, Lauded by League, Councilman Skala
Councilman Skala will receive National Cities Leadership Award
Business group tries to oust Skala
HEAR YE! HEAR YE! Fiber Art/Robison Kick
READERS WRITE: Rite, Right!
1) Starving Artists Won't Starve at
Sven's Kafe and Gallery at the new Orr Street Studios Two in the Village is
enjoyable -- and eclectic. Artwork from a variety of talented painters and
sculptors greets diners, and people-watching opportunities
With clean, simple lines, Sven's is the place to be for lunch --
or breakfast. Open, bright, hip, with a friendly,
helpful staff, Sven's offers a different "starving artist's brown bag
lunch" for each day of the week, priced between $5 and $6. On a
recent Tuesday I lunched with a friend: chipotle turkey on a wrap (he
had his on 9-grain bread), topped with pepper jack cheese, and a variety of
On a recent Thursday with another friend, I had a California chicken
club on a fresh ciabatta roll with a divine tortilla soup. On
Friday, enjoy Sven's signature Swedish meatballs (the owner, Dr. Lotta
Timberlake, is from Sweden) on black currant buttermilk with Fontina, greens,
and lingonberry preserves. I'll let you discover what the other days
of the week offer.
If you haven't dined at Sven's, you'd probably never guess that
people love to watch the ballet dancers practice through a viewing
glass that looks onto their next door studio; and out the window, watch the
Fire Chief drive by in his shiny Mercedes SUV.
I kid you not! Columbia's fire department is HQ'd across the street
and the chief has a special license plate and always backs into his special
parking spot. (I mean, people actually know this stuff!) How
can the Fire Chief afford a ride like that? "I heard he got it
at a fire sale," I overheard one wag chuckle.
Sven's, at 110 Orr Street, opens for breakfast at 7:30 am during the
week and 8 am on Saturday. Call 874-0840 or email
2) Politeness at Pickleman's
ago, there was a sandwich shop downtown (now closed) where it wasn't uncommon to
walk in on employee profanity and even fighting behind the counter.
What a nice change to visit Pickleman's, at 1106 E. Broadway, and have
three different staffers ask me how I liked my food, or if I needed
Pickleman's offers a variety of made-to-order,
moderately priced sides and sandwiches that range from a kid-friendly $3.39
grilled cheese to the $6.49 Hodge Podge, the sandwich with
everything. I enjoyed the Chicken Giardinara, whose signature
condiment -- giardinara -- is a hot, pepper-based relish. An
Internet post about how to order lunch in a Chicago deli says it best:
"No, no, no! Not banana peppers! You want Giardinara,
preferably *hot* Giardinara. The proper way to order one of these is
"gimme a Beef, wet and hot," with hot giardinara. It sounds weird, but
Back to that politeness: virtually
everyone behind the counter said goodbye and wished me well on my way out the
door. Now that's old-fashioned service!
information, visit Pickleman's on the Web: http://www.picklemans.com/
3) Taj Mahal: Columbia's Best Lunch
I've lived all over the country -- Seattle, Spokane, Washington, D.C.,
Reno, Las Vegas, and a few other places besides. I love Indian food, and I
thought I'd had the best Indian food ever at a little place on Dupont Circle in
D.C. That was until I tried Columbia's own Taj Mahal a few years
ago. I've been a regular ever since.
If you like Indian food, or even if you just want to add a little
exotique to your lunch, the Taj's lunch sumptuous buffet can't be
beat. It's been around long enough that I remember seeing Tony Messenger
there, so I can honestly say that the Taj delivers consistently good eats, day
in and day out. Parking is easy -- it's catty-wampus from the
downtown post office, next to former school board member Elton Fay's law
(I actually think the Taj oughtta move downtown, but that's another
A typical buffet plate might include tandoori chicken,
chicken tikka, a side of chutney, and another side of something new you've never
heard of before that tastes out of this world. Wait staff is on top of
everything with a side order of nan, a traditional flat bread, and drinks.
On a cold day, the hot tea next to the buffet is perfect. On a warm day,
beer, ice water, soda -- whatever. It all goes well.
Price is around $8.95/person, with nan and tea. You'll be stuffed
-- and you'll be back. Taj Mahal is located at 19 N. 5th St
Columbia, (573) 256-6800
Trip Advisor has six reviews of Taj Mahal here:
4) Italian Village Door Mailer: Columbia's Best
We all love Shakespeare's. It's a legend, with legendary
pizza. But Columbia's best pizza deal, combining price and taste,
can only be had through the Italian Village's Door Mailer coupon.
Forget Domino's or Pizza Hut or Arris or any of those guys. A
whoppingly large, combo, all-topping pizza DELIVERED for
$10.99 that tastes fantastic and arrives in Domino's Time (a special unit
of delivery time against which all competitors are measured), Italian
Village offers a deal I simply can't understand -- why they don't go
broke doing it!
Even their other coupon specials aren't quite as good -- 2
large single toppers for $14.99 or 3 medium single toppers for
$15.99. You can still kinda get that from the other guys.
But not their large $10.99 combo. It's a steal, so much so that
I felt bad and tipped the delivery guy an extra two large.
Italian Village is located at 711 Vandiver in Columbia, 442-8821. And
keep an eye open for their next Door Mailer! (We used ours just the
other night, with leftovers for lunch!)
God Bless John Ott -- and His Bankers
COLUMBIA, 3/3/09 (Beat Byte) -- Columbia's North
Central Village is absolutely ON FIRE, what with innovative developers like
architect Brian Pape, engineer Mark Timberlake, and Columbia's first couple
of historic preservation, John and Vicki Ott.
And let's not forget a group that's been bashed big time lately: bankers,
particularly those local bankers who've helped this dynamic group
rescue many of Columbia's historic gems and start to rebuild languishing
neighborhoods that included our own downtown.
In the Trib last week, we learned that the Otts just purchased the former
FastLane gas station and c-store at Tenth and Park streets and an adjacent
warehouse on Feb. 17. And in the Missourian too, a big spread about
Ott's ongoing renovation of the Berry Warehouse, aka the Geiger Warehouse, on
the corner of Walnut and Orr Streets, which isn't far from yet another Village
project he's tackling, a group of industrial buildings and run-down
houses on St. James Street.
Also on St. James Street, which is almost in back of Timberlake's Orr
Street Studios -- a film studio project owner Brent Beshore says
is "bringing Hollywood technology to Columbia."
Finally, a word about those bankers. They like to stay behind the
scenes, but folks like David Keller and Tom Stone at Bank of Missouri; Mark
Landrum and Sabrina McDonnell at First National Bank; Chris Stevens, Ryan
Bross and Rick Poe at Boone County National Bank (BCNB); and Joe Miller at
Commerce provide a lot of the financial muscle behind the vision.
With carefully-constructed, well-deployed loans and financial
advice to entrepreneurs, they share the vision. And with the lasting
relationships those shared visions develop, they don't have the kind of trouble
their larger, less-personal brethren now have. In the end, lending is
about trust, and trust is about people. The bigger a bank gets, the fewer
real relationships it can develop with its customers.
HEAR YE! HEAR YE!
Clarification: Ellen Webber-Wiss, of Homkor
Property Management, says her firm hasn't managed Gatehouse Apartments
since the end of 2007.
Upcoming Voter Forums
Boone County Republican Women Forum March 9 at 11:30 at Jacks
LWV Forum is March 19 at the Public Library. Council at 6:30; School Board
Fiber Art makes summer splash in Columbia
Ten Art exhibitions will take place simultaneously for the 2nd biennial
series of fiber-art exhibitions in downtown Columbia this summer to coincide
with the International Surface Design Association (SDA) conference being held in
Kansas City from May 28 -31.
The Fiber Art Tour and Exhibitions (FATE) will run from May 15 June 30
and feature both established and emerging fiber artists in a combination of
one-person and group shows. Featured internationally known artists will include
Lanny Bergner, who works with textile techniques using industrial materials, Jo
Stealey, a designer of sculptural handmade paper and Luanne Rimel, who combines
photography and stitched cloth.
Besides several one-person shows, a series of group shows are being curated
at other venues around Columbia and will showcase University of Missouri textile
graduate students and alumni as well as local and regional artists.
Information is available at www.FATEcolumbia.com
Robison For Sixth Ward Council Kickoff Event
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Pavilion, Stephens Lake Park
2800 E. Walnut
Hosted and paid for
by Robison For Sixth Ward Committee, Deborah Robison, Treasurer
573-864-1071 or e-mail: Rod@...
or visit our web
site at www.rodsixthward.com
All About City Council Candidates:
I appreciate that you are starting to get on the case of our justice system
. . it sucks! If there is one thing I'm willing to pay more taxes for,
it's more police and bigger jails. -- D. Townsend,
On the Kroenke CID thing: don't you think that if a CID is to pass, it's
better for the rest of downtown to get the benefit from the tax revenue that
would be generated by a Kroenke development? A lot of CID funds generally
go to beautification efforts and the like, so why should Kroenke get the benefit
(by being next door) without paying in? If he's included, the opposite
would probably happen - Kroenke's development would support the rest of
downtown's efforts! Great work BTW, keep it up :)
-- I Love
With respect to the new CPS superintendent, perhaps you could investigate
some of the particulars regarding the boards obvious preference for curruculum
expertise vs financial analysis.
-- Kathy Miller, Columbia
I was interested reading your article about the rental problems with
crime. This seems to be happening all over Columbia.
-- Tootie Burns, Columbia
bought my trailer here over 13 years ago, this park was one of the best in
town. Now, with two owner changes and 3 different managers, the place has
become run down and dangerous. When ever I read the Trib's For the Record,
the park's address is in there. I am disabled and live on social security
so moving out is not easy. I would like to post something like your
story about our address at the mailboxes. There has been gun
fire, and a man beaten and left for dead in the street.
Plus, lots of other stuff. -- L.J.G.,
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to unfolding/sheding light on this
multi-part story about the Downtown Leadership Council; the private meeting at
the Country Club of Missouri; the phone survey by "Midwestern Research,"
etc. Your inquiry and the inquiry plus voices of others are crucial to the
health of this community.
-- Catherine Parke, Columbia
Re: City Council Scheme Shocks Leadership Group, Stick to your guns,
Mike. While these people have every right to meet and scheme, its amazing
what a little sunshine can do.
-- Jim Muench,
Friends have forwarded me recent Columbia Heart Beat posts. I think it's a
great way to spread important information that tends to be hidden and/or ignored
by local media. -- T. O'Connor, Columbia
The Heart Beat often addresses topics that the Columbia Tribune
doesn't. I like that!
-- D. Fischer,
-- Mike Martin for the Columbia Heart