The Bottom Line by Melissa Miller http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/ en-us Saying goodbye http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/51046 I want to let readers know this is my last blog post as business editor at The Southeast Missourian. I'll soon be starting a new job as a senior communications specialist in the public relations department at Nestle-Purina's St. Louis headquarters. Throughout my career, I've bounced back and forth from newspapers to public relations and then back to newspapers. Now, it's time to go back to PR, but both are about having a passion for telling compelling stories. For nearly three years I worked... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:08:12 -0600 New sports bar coming to Jackson http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/50614 Work began last week on a new sports bar and restaurant in Jackson. Sat, 01 Dec 2012 12:18:56 -0600 Chick-fil-a opens in West Park Mall http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/50368 Chick-fil-a opened a location inside West Park Mall in Cape Girardeau today. Mallrats will remember Chick-fil-a's previous West Park Mall food court location, which closed in 2006. Chick-fil-a is now located just inside the main mall entrance, where Cinnabon and Durango Deli operated previously. It will be open six days a week. This Chick-fil-a location, along with the freestanding restaurant across from the mall on Gordonville Road, are owned and operated by Brian and Tamilla House.... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:02:36 -0600 Isle app available for Apple & Android users now http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/50105 UPDATE: As of Oct. 31, the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau app is now available on iTunes for Apple users. Here's the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id570064612?mt=8 The casino opened yesterday to a large crowd, with about 3,600 people coming onto the gaming floor during the first six hours of opening, said Jill Alexander, Isle spokeswoman. *** Get the Isle app before opening day If you have an android phone, you can learn more about what the $135 million Isle Casino Cape Girardeau... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 15:38:13 -0500 More casino details to be revealed tomorrow http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/50025 After writing about plans for a casino in Cape Girardeau since the spring of 2010, tomorrow I'll get my first look inside the nearly finished Isle Casino Cape Girardeau project. In the morning, the Missouri Gaming Commission will meet in Cape Girardeau to hear both city and casino officials make presentations required under the state's licensing process. You can read more about that here: http://www.semissourian.com/story/1905972.html Tomorrow afternoon, after years of anticipation,... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:34:52 -0500 New art studio opens in Cape Girardeau http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/49990 The Cateye Glasses Studio is now open at 401 N, Clark St. in Cape Girardeau. Owner Rosetta Whitten has a bachelors degree in fine arts from Southeast Missouri State University specalizing in sculpture and several years of experience teaching art and craft classes to children and adults. The studio offers weekly art classes for children, adult art workshops, Parents Night Out, Make It-Take it Saturdays and parties for birthdays and holidays. The studio will celebrate its first First Friday art... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 16:59:27 -0500 Southeaast's MBA Program Recognized by Princeton Review http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/49899 Southeast Missouri State University's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has been recognized in The Princeton Review in the new 2013 edition of its annual guidebook, "The Best 296 Business Schools." "We consider Southeast Missouri State University one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA. We selected the schools we profile in this book -- 280 of which are in the U.S.A. and 16 are international -- based on our high regard for their academic programs and... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 17:00:36 -0500 Local dealership sponsors Cancer Aware Harley Dare http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/49890 Brian Wians and Mike Taylor of McClure, Ill., will be riding their Harley Davidson motorcycles non-stop covering 1,000 miles in 24 hours in a challenge to raise awareness for cancer. The two riders will hold a news conference & send off event Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Bootheel Harley Davidson in Scott City as they begin their journey to Naples, Fla. The two men will then travel through the Florida Everglades to Miami, Key West an Daytona spreading the word along the ride. Bootheel Harley... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:03:44 -0500 New sporting goods retailer coming to Cape http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/49867 Work is beginning on a new $1.8 million retail development in Cape Girardeau, located between Sam's and Kohls off Siemers Drive. Academy Sports + Outdoors will build a new 71,680 square-foot store at 270 Shirley Drive, according to a building permit application filed with the City of Cape Girardeau. The Texas-based outdoor lifestyle retailer offers hunting, fishing, and camping equipment along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel and more. They have more than 140 stores... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:34:41 -0500 New online form for People on the Move Items http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/49794 If you have a news item for our People on the Move section that you would like to share with our readers you can now submit these on our website. People on the Move news items include new jobs, awards, or new certification/training you may have received. Here's a link to the new online form, which can also be found on the business page of our website. You can upload your photo for us to use as well. http://semissourian.com/forms/peopleonthemove If you have other news about your business... Fri, 05 Oct 2012 13:29:24 -0500 Southeast to release economic impact study http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/49760 Results of a new study looking at the impact Southeast Missouri State university has on the area economy will be revealed at the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber's First Friday Coffee this week. The study is titled "The Economic Impact of Southeast Missouri State University on the Cape Girardeau Area and its Service Region." The presentation will be made by Dr. John Cherry, Southeast professor of marketing; Dr. Bruce Domazlicky, Southeast professor of economics and director of the Center for... Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:00:26 -0500 Bank of Advance to add Chaffee branch http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/49594 The Bank of Advance has acquired the Chaffee branch of Montgomery Bank. Bank of Advance has entered into an agreement to purchase the branch located at 102 East Yoakum in Chaffee. In addition to Advance, the bank currently has branches in Bell City and Dexter. "Our decision to sell the branch in Chaffee was a strategic decision and also a difficult one," said Ken Witbrodt, president of Montgomery Bank. The sale is expected to be finalized in the first quarter of 2013. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 12:06:44 -0500 Mehner votes against Ballpark Village incentives http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/49574 Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Mehner of Cape Girardeau, a member of the Missouri Development Finance Board cast the lone vote Tuesday against a $17 million incentive package for the long-awaited Ballpark Village adjacent to Bush Stadium in St. Louis. Work is expected to begin this fall on the 10-acre project, which has gone through numerous delays and modifications since it was proposed seven years ago when the old Busch Stadium was torn down. Mehner has... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 18:19:32 -0500 Keeping up with rising gas prices http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/49251 The combination of Hurricane Isaac and the Labor Day holiday weekend is sending gas prices soaring. Gas in the Cape Girardeau area has jumped 20 cents in the past two days at many local stations. Currently, Missouri's average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline is $3.72. Missouri's highest average price was recorded in July 2008 at $3.94, according to AAA. Chicago currently has the highest gas price in the country right now at $4.37. Here's a look at local prices courtsy of... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:51:07 -0500 Contest features downtown businesses http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/49098 Sloan & Themis, a custom jewelry store, has partnered with several other downtown businesses for the "Where is Maxime?" contest. The contest, which starts today, features Maxime, the store's mannequin, wearing the store's jewelry at eight downtown businesses. Participants will be asked to correctly identify all eight businesses to win the chance at a $150 custom jewelry design. The contest runs from now through Sept. 3 and allows participants to access the contest via the web, Facebook, and... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 10:27:07 -0500 World of Honda-Yamaha closing http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/49087 World of Honda-Yamaha in Cape Girardeau will close next month, said owner Robert Ford. He and is wife Marty Ford have owned the business since February, 1979, and have decided to retire. The building, 1728 N. Kingshighway, has been sold, Robert Ford said, but he declined to say who has bought the property because the sale has not closed officially yet. In the meantime, the business' existing inventory is being liquidated. Check back for an update on this late next week when more details... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 12:01:34 -0500 Locals show their support for Chick-fil-a, traditional marriage and free speech http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/48872 [View the story "Chick-fil-a Day in Cape Girardeau" on Storify] Wed, 01 Aug 2012 14:34:20 -0500 Cape Girardeau wins two Missouri Main Street awards http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/48854 Old Town Cape brought home awards for Best Economic Restructuring Project and Volunteer of the Year during the Missouri Main Street conference in St. Louis last week. The Operation Main Street: Business Success Series was named the 2012 Best Economic Restructuring Project by the Missouri Main Street organization. The project was started as a way to directly recruit businesses into the district and enhance the viability and sustainability of businesses in the downtown area. Based on the needs... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 11:52:29 -0500 Southeast Missouri's hospitals behind in adopting electronic health records http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/48796 A special report from the Missouri Hospital Association revealed Southeast Missouri's hospitals ranked the last in the state when it comes to the number of electronic health record functions being used. Among the 19 hospitals in Southeast Missouri that participated in the survey, hospitals are using an average of 9.4 out of 24 core electronic health record functions. These functions are divided into four main areas of use: electronic clinical documentation, results viewing, computerized... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:13:12 -0500 Cape makes Forbes' list of Best Small Places for Business http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/mmiller/entry/48754 Cape Girardeau was ranked as one of the Best Small Places for Business and Careers by Forbes.com. The city's history, substantial health care industry, numerous murals, and a university are all mentioned in the article ranking Cape Girardeau No. 74 in the list of 184 cities. The rankings were based on 12 metrics including past and projected job growth, costs of doing business and living, income growth, educational attainment and projected economic growth. Crime rates, cultural and... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:13:26 -0500