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Today we’re switching things up a little bit so below are CVB staff’s favorite “recent discoveries.” Even CoMo pros learn something new every day!

Katy Trail State Park, Rocheport

(Photo courtesy of Missouri Division of Tourism)

Amy: After a couple of years dedicated to NOT exercising, I recently challenged myself to do the Roots N Blues N BBQ 10K. With that goal set, my next step was figuring out the best way to train. As it turns out, the answer was right outside my office window – Flat Branch Park and the MKT trail. I began on the part of the trail near my office, but I’ve started to use different parts of the trail for variety. It doesn’t matter where you start, each part of the trail is beautiful and you forget you’re in the middle of Columbia. AND let’s not forget McBaine, where you can get on the Katy Trail and run alongside the Missouri River.   That’s enough to get you “up and running!”

(Columbia Transit Facebook)

Beth: The Chamber of Commerce invited the CVB ladies on a CoMo Connect ride so that we could learn more about the new system. We learned so much! For instance, did you know kids ages 18 and under ride for free? And you can go to their website to watch for your bus and find out what time it will be at your stop. Super easy to use!

(Back Space Therapeutic Massage Facebook)

Billye: My recent discovery is a new massage therapist. I have been going to see Christopher Schiefer, the owner of BackSpace Therapeutic Massage since about 2011. I’ve been seeing him, and only him, for a few years now. However, Christopher recently had to have surgery on his shoulder and I was in desperate need for a massage. I reluctantly made an appointment with Ashley in his office. I am pleased to say that she did an equally wonderful job of massaging my stress away. I would see any therapist at BackSpace. It’s a wonderful, locally owned business, and they show that it’s more than just a business, they really care about you.

(Alumni Hall – Mizzou Facebook)

Julie: My mother-in-law bought a shirt for me from Alumni Hall, and I needed to exchange it. I had never been there before and was really impressed by their great selection! I didn’t have time to look through everything while I was there so I exchanged the shirt for a gift card. I can’t wait to go back and pick out my Mizzou gear!

Megan: Known to the SEC faithful for years, Zaxby’s serves up delicious southern favorites, which of course means most of them are fried. I’m very partial to the onion rings dipped in Zax sauce, but they also have salads, sandwiches, chicken in many forms and incredible sweet tea. You can either dine in or drive through, and their food is always fast and delicious. It’s good to be in SEC country!

Room 38 lobster mac 2opens IMAGE file

Rachel: A few weeks ago, I joined Missouri Division of Tourism on a FAM (familiarization) tour of some of Columbia’s restaurants. Room 38 was one of our stops, and they made a few dishes for us to photograph and sample. One of those dishes was their famous lobster mac n cheese. Let me just say, I HATE seafood, so I was thinking, “there is no way I’m going to like this.” But I tried it anyway and oh my gosh – I loved it. I think I have dreams about it.

(Photo by Madeline Beyer, Cafe 115 at Mizzou North Facebook)

Terra: The University Club recently opened Cafe 115 at Mizzou North, located in the Old Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, now the home of several University offices and the Museum of Art and Archaeology and Museum of Anthropology. Open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., they serve breakfast and lunch featuring daily specials. Also, you can purchase a Cafe 115 tumbler for $7.00 and enjoy $1.00 fountain drinks, iced tea and coffee. It’s nice to have a new convenient spot for lunch on the north side of Columbia. I’m looking forward to trying it out soon.