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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Andrew Jackson bridal shop under new ownership (12/31/12)
The Andrew Jackson bridal shop in Jackson is now owned by Justin and Athena Albright of Cape Girardeau. The bridal shop, previously owned by Gina Jansen, was founded in the 1970s and was owned by Jansen since 1992. The business offers wedding gowns, tuxedos, prom and party dresses and more...
Ameren Missouri seeks new transmission line (12/24/12)
Ameren Missouri has filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking permission to install, own, operate and maintain a new 345,000-volt overhead electric transmission line in Cape Girardeau County. According to the application, the transmission line is part of a larger project that includes the construction of a new substation, the Heritage Substation, located west of Cape Girardeau and upgrades to the existing Lutesville, Wedekind and Cape Girardeau, substations...
Perryville company behind Kentucky distillery (12/17/12)
Robinson Construction Co. in Perryville, Mo., completed the design and construction of a $9 million distillery for Alltech Beverage Division LLC in Lexington, Ky., this fall. This is the first distillery to be built in Lexington in more than 100 years. The distillery houses production for Alltech's Town Branch Bourbon, Pearse Lyons Reserve malt whiskey and bourbon-infused coffee drink Bluegrass Sundown...
Regional unemployment down, retail sales holding (12/10/12)
The third quarter brought good economic news to Southeast Missouri as unemployment in the region fell slightly and retail sales continued to hold their own. The Southeast Missouri State University quarterly Business Indicators report was released last week by the Southeast's Center for Economic & Business Research...
Realtors glad to see rebound in home sales (12/03/12)
As the year winds down, local Realtors are pleased to see that for the second consecutive year the number of homes sold in the Cape Girardeau County area has increased. "That's a trend we needed to see return," said Bill Cole, president of the local Multiple Listing Service and broker/owner of Realty Executives in Cape Girardeau...
United Way campaign jumps off to strong start (11/26/12)
After struggling to meet its campaign goal the last three years, the United Way of Southeast Missouri staff is feeling positive about this year's campaign, having already received pledges for 78 percent of its $950,000 goal. This year's fundraising goal remains unchanged from last year, when contributions came in a little short at $940,000...
Join in to share Black Friday shopping stories (11/19/12)
Editor's note: The entry about the Old Town Cape Downtown Christmas Open House has been corrected. Black Friday is the Super Bowl of shopping. I've always said shopping is my sport. Maybe that's why I like covering Black Friday shopping so much every year...
Rustmedia to focus on social media marketing (11/12/12)
Rust Communications, which owns the Southeast Missourian, is announcing the launch of a business division focused on multimedia marketing for small and medium-sized businesses. The new division, called rustmedia, specializes in social media marketing via Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and other sites; business online reputation management; search engine optimization on Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.; affordable website development, including mobile optimization; brand management; commercial photography; and corporate and commercial video creation, including maximizing YouTube channels for marketing purposes.. ...
Apple Creek Vineyard & Winery opening this weekend (11/05/12)
Apple Creek Vineyard & Winery will open Saturday in conjunction with the Mississippi River Hills Wine Trail "A Taste of the Holiday Wine Trail Event." The winery, owned by Doug and Pat Hunt along with Matt and Shellie Gamel, is in North Cape County, 2.8 miles west of Old Appleton at exit 117 off Interstate 55...
Trail of Tears Bar and Grill open in former Ed's Bar (10/29/12)
Trail of Tears Bar and Grill is now open at 519 Good Hope St. in Cape Girardeau. It is open daily at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday. Closing time will vary depending on the crowd, said Rodger Brown, commander of USA Veterans, a not-for-profit veterans group that operates the restaurant...
The Butcher Block opening in old Esicar's location (10/22/12)
The historic Esicar's Old Hickory Smokehouse on Kingshighway is being transformed into a new meat shop: The Butcher Block. Peter Whisnant, who recently purchased the building, has been transforming the interior of the building, which was damaged in a fire...
United Way disperses 2011 campaign funds (10/15/12)
The United Way of Southeast Missouri has distributed $850,000, mostly from its 2011 campaign collections, to local programs and services to help those in need in the Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Scott City areas. A panel of 25 individuals met in early September to review the outcomes reported by all funded programs from the past year...
Service helps new Cape Girardeau residents settle in (10/08/12)
A new business offering concierge services for new Cape Girardeau residents launched last week. New2Cape provides 24/7, on-call assistance per prearranged contract. On-call assistance is available in two formats: passive, where the new resident calls as needed, and assertive, where New2Cape follows up with new residents to assist and ensure there are no issues...
Co-pilot in '09 Hudson River landing speaks Friday (10/01/12)
Jeff Skiles, co-pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, which made an lifesaving emergency landing on the Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009, will be the keynote speaker of the annual Saint Francis Medical Center Business Health Summit. The summit will take place from 8 a.m. ...
Scott City flooring company changes hands (09/24/12)
Heartland Custom Flooring in Scott City is now owned by Rob and Joan Stephens of Jackson. Heartland Custom Flooring, previously owned by Fred Lange, was founded in 1994. The business offers commercial and residential flooring brands in hardwood, ceramic, carpet, laminate and vinyl. ...
Self-serve frozen yogurt shop opens this week (09/17/12)
Cape Girardeau's newest dessert spot, Simply Swirled, will open Thursday. The self-serve frozen yogurt shop is at 274 S. Mount Auburn Road, near McAlister's Deli, and owned by local women Angela Schlitt, Allyson Leckie and Lori Laramore. Simply Swirled will have 10 flavors with the ability to swirl some flavors together for a total of 15 options. ...
Tour this month to highlight downtown Cape properties (09/10/12)
Seven properties will be showcased during a downtown commercial open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27. The building tour is being coordinated by Old Town Cape and sponsored by Realty Executives and Banterra Bank. Each property will be open to tour and participants can start the tour at any of the properties. A representative will be present at each property to answer questions...
Cape supermarket in middle of storewide renovation (09/04/12)
Schnucks Cape Girardeau supermarket is in the midst of a multimillion-dollar upgrade that will bring more variety and convenience for shoppers, store manager Dennis Marchi said. Work began last month installing new energy-efficient coolers, brighter LED lighting, new bins in the bakery and much more...
Long-standing downtown jewelry store to close (08/27/12)
Lang Jewelry and Fine Gifts will close this fall as its owners retire. The store in downtown Cape Girardeau has been in business 96 years. The jewelry store has been in the Lang family since 1916 at the same location, 126 N. Main St. Roger and Judith Anne Lang, who currently own and operate the store, offer fine jewelry and watches in addition to gift lines from San Francisco Music Box Co., Reed and Barton, and Cross Pens...
World of Honda-Yamaha closes shop next month (08/20/12)
n World of Honda-Yamaha in Cape Girardeau will close next month, said owner Robert Ford. He and is wife, Marty, 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...
New minimum wage in effect for workers on public works projects (08/13/12)
This month, Missouri's latest Prevailing Wage Law went into effect establishing new minimum wage rates that must be paid to workers on public works construction projects, such as bridges, roads and government buildings. The prevailing wage rate differs by county and for different types of work. The law applies to all public works projects constructed by or on behalf of state and local public bodies...
Perryville, Mo., in Forbes Online Reinventing America series (08/06/12)
Perryville, Mo., was featured in a Forbes Online series on Reinventing America. The article, titled "How a Small Town in Missouri Became a Manufacturing Oasis," was written by contributor Ken Sweet. He and more than a dozen other Forbes contributors and staff writers are focusing on the challenges facing towns, cities and traditional industries across the nation and highlighting the growing number of surprising success stories, like Perryville's. ...
Region's hospitals ranked last in state in electronic record usage (07/30/12)
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. ...
Contract ends series of disputes over prescriptions (07/23/12)
The Walgreens pharmacy chain will again fill prescriptions from customers in the Express Scripts network starting in September under a new multiyear contract that ends an impasse between the companies. The agreement reached last week follows a series of disputes between Walgreen Co. and St. Louis-based Express Scripts that ended with the discontinuation of the contract between the drugstore operator and the pharmacy benefit manager last year...
Agritourism Bus Tour to be held in August in the Cape Girardeau and Perryville area (07/16/12)
Missouri Farm Bureau will host an Agritourism Bus Tour and conference Aug. 24 and 25 in the Cape Girardeau and Perryville, Mo., areas. Anyone currently involved in agritourism or considering diversifying their farm into an agritourism business is encouraged to attend...
Family Dollar opening store in Jackson location (07/09/12)
A Family Dollar store is coming to Jackson at the site of the former El Torero restaurant, according to Tom Kelsey, commercial broker with Lorimont Place Ltd., who handled the recent real estate transaction. Kelsey recently closed the sale of the property at 711 E. Jackson Blvd., across the street from Brennecke Chevrolet...
Simply Swirled frozen yogurt shop to open soon (07/02/12)
Simply Swirled, a self-serve frozen yogurt shop, will open soon in Cape Girardeau. The store will be at 236 S. Mount Auburn Road, directly below McAlister's Deli in the Lormont Place complex. Customers will be able to choose their flavors and then choose from dozens of toppings, such as fresh fruit, cookies, candy, nuts and granola. ...
Business-to-business fair to be held Wednesday (06/25/12)
The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, the Jackson Chamber of Commerce and the Cape Area Magnet will host a Business to Business Vendor Fair from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. The event will be held at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau. The event will provide a format for area businesses to visit with some of the larger employers and learn more about how they might be able to do business with those organizations, said Tracey Glenn, vice president of organization and leadership development at the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. ...
New downtown Cape store offers shopping for a cause (06/18/12)
Last year, on a girls trip to Franklin, Tenn., Bridgette Kielhofner visited a store that was different from any other she'd seen before. "It's unlike any retail store you've ever been in. When you walk in, the love that is there is so contagious," Kielhofner said of Philanthropy, which pledges 10 percent of its sales to charity...
Tennessee bakery opening location at Cape's Town Plaza (06/11/12)
After becoming a hit at the Cape Riverfront Market held downtown on Saturdays, Sugar Buzz Bakery is planning to open a permanent location in Town Plaza. Owner Nicole Huff, a Cape Girardeau native, started Sugar Buzz Bakery in Clarksville, Tenn., two years ago. She is now relocating and bringing her business with her. However, Sugar Buzz Bakery in Clarksville will remain open, Huff said, under the management of her business partner...
Christian consignment book store is open in Jackson (06/04/12)
Simply Lovely Artistry & His Blessings Books Consignment Shop is now open at 3184 High Street at Hubble Creek Antiques in Jackson. The shop features crafts, collectibles and home decor, as well as new and used Christian books. "My family makes all different types of scarves and keepsake items," said owner Sara Bohnert of Altenberg, Mo. "People give us their old clothing; we make a remembrance for a person by turning their things into things they can wear or use to decorate their home."...
Menards full of activities during 9-day grand opening (05/29/12)
Cape Girardeau's newest home improvement retailer Menards is in the midst of a nine-day grand opening. Festivities include celebrity appearances by Missouri athletes, a chain saw-carver, product demonstrations and prize giveaways. St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danario Alexander will sign autographs from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Alexander played for the University of Missouri and made his NFL debut in 2010...
Old Town Cape launches online directory (05/21/12)
Old Town Cape and Element 74 have launched a new online business directory to help customers find what they're looking for in downtown Cape Girardeau...
State has lost billions in sales tax revenue over decade (05/14/12)
Although Internet sales continue to grow, many states, including Missouri, have no means of capturing sales tax on those purchases. Researchers at the University of Missouri Truman School of Public Affairs recently found that the state lost about $468 million annually in sales tax revenue during the past decade...
Cash mobs coming to downtown Cape Girardeau (05/07/12)
Cash Mob Cape is being formed not to loot but to help support local businesses. Groups in Cleveland and Buffalo, N.Y., claim credit for originating cash mobs last year, but the concept has filtered into more than 30 states. What's a cash mob? A group of shoppers who, at a specific time, descend on a locally owned business to boost sales by spending a predetermined sum, usually $10 or $20. ...
Progress continues with Isle of Capri casino construction (04/30/12)
Crews continue to make progress at the Isle of Capri construction site as they work to open before Thanksgiving. The tedious task of filling the basin that will hold the land-based casino's floating gaming floor is now underway, according to Isle spokeswoman Jill Alexander...
Bagger Dave's Legendary Burger Tavern to open in June (04/23/12)
Bagger Dave's Legendary Burger Tavern will open this June in the Town Plaza shopping center, 2016 William Street. Owners Bill Zellmer and Lonnie Griggs are the first franchisees of the Michigan-based restaurant chain. Zellmer and Griggs, who are brothers-in-law, operate six Buffalo Wild Wings franchises in the region, including one in Town Plaza. ...
Cape camera store moving, expanding offerings (04/16/12)
West Side Camera is under new ownership and moving to 837 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau. Three R's Plus educational supply store was previously at the site. A grand reopening is planned for Saturday. West Side Camera's new owners -- David Baird, Tim Bureck and Jeremy Griffin -- are expanding the store's offerings to include digital cameras and accessories as well as traditional film cameras. ...
Banker heads committee to find new Magnet chief (04/09/12)
Cape Girardeau banker Danny Essner has been appointed to lead a search committee that will select a new executive director for the economic development organization Cape Girardeau Area Magnet. Essner was appointed by Magnet board president and Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger. ...
Deadline set for repair or demolition of office building (04/02/12)
The owner of an office complex at 1707 N. Mount Auburn has been given until April 16 to repair or demolish the building. The building was condemned by the city after a fire in November. Hollie Overstreet of Storey Management said the company has been working with its insurance company and getting bids for both renovating the building and tearing it down...
Ross Furniture is moving, liquidating remaining assests (03/26/12)
Ross Furniture in Jackson is moving to a new, larger location after 33 years in uptown Jackson. Ross Furniture has purchased the former Sander Hardware building at 2310 East Jackson Blvd, said manager Adam Ross. Ross Furniture had been leasing its current location...
Riverfront Market looking for vendors (03/19/12)
Vendors interested in taking part in the new Cape Riverfront Market can learn more about the project this week. The new open air market will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the parking lot at 35 S. Spanish Street, across from Bel Air Grill. It will begin May 5 and continue every Saturday for the next 25 Saturdays...
Hair salon SportClips to open Friday on William St. (03/12/12)
A new an athletic-themed hair care business will open Friday in Cape Girardeau. SportClips, 3019 William St., looks more like a locker room than a hair salon and features flat-screen televisions streaming sports channels. SportClips employs eight full-time stylists who received specialized training on men and boys haircuts...
Hi-Tech buys out Tri State Telephone (03/05/12)
Hi-Tech Communications Inc. recently purchased its sixth technology company, the Tri State Telephone in Cape Girardeau. This company was previously owned by James Crowell. Hi-Tech Communications Inc. provides IP camera systems, wireless IP transmission systems with towers up to 100 feet, IP/digital telephone systems, custom audio/video distribution systems, fire and burglar alarm systems, nurse call systems and IT computer services...
Razing Cain to open Thursday in Mollie's old location (02/27/12)
Razing Cain will open at 11 S. Spanish St. at 4 p.m. Thursday. It's the first business to open operated by The Broadway Esquire Entertainment Group, which is also working to renovate the Esquire Theater on Broadway and has plans for a Marquee Diner...
Downtown building for sale; price tops $1 million (02/20/12)
The Buckner-Ragsdale's building at 132 N. Main St. is up for sale, according to the Lorimont Place Ltd. website. The asking price is just over $1 million. The three-story, 22,984-square-foot building is owned by Cape Girardeau Brewing Co. LLC, founded by Mark Sprigg and Phil Brinson in 1998...
Downtown women's boutique to open in April (02/13/12)
Two Ravens Boutique, a women's store, will open at 407 Broadway at the end of April in downtown Cape Girardeau. Owner Bridgett Kielhofner described the store's mission as introducing the concept of stylish giving to customers. The business will offer trendy women's fashion clothing, unique accessories and home decor. Two Ravens will donate at least 10 percent of all profits to support local and global not-for-profit organizations, helping its customers give back with every purchase...
Southeast Hospital named one of region's best hospitals (02/06/12)
Southeast Hospital was among 247 hospitals included in U.S. News & World Report's nation's Best Regional Hospitals list for 2011-2012. Southeast was one of nine nonmetropolitan hospitals in Missouri named to the list. All Best Regional Hospitals, regardless of location, have met the same standard: Hospitals had to be high performing in at least one of the 16 adult specialties U.S. News evaluates. The magazine singled out Southeast Hospital for being "high performing" in urology...
Razing Cain restaurant to open in Mollie's old location (01/30/12)
A new fine dining restaurant is slated to open next month in the former Mollie's location at 11 S. Spanish St. in downtown Cape Girardeau. Razing Cain, featuring Cape Girardeau chef James Cain, will be operated by the Broadway Esquire Entertainment Group LLC. Company president John Buckner said the new restaurant and bar will feature American cuisine with the influences of French, Italian and Mediterranean cooking styles...
Senator not confident right-to-work bill will get far (01/23/12)
Last week the Missouri Senate revisited right-to-work legislation, with a hearing on three related bills. A right-to-work law would ban contracts that require an employee to pay union dues and also prohibit agreements between businesses and unions that would make union fees a condition of employment...
Mystery surrounding Mollie's closure continues (01/16/12)
Is downtown fine dining restaurant Mollie's closed? Rumors have been swirling since a sign was posted on the door, at 11 S. Spanish St., before Christmas indicatnig at least a temporary closure. It reads, "Due to a equipment malfunction, we will be closed this evening. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you."...
Mississippi Mutts opens shop to all dogs (01/09/12)
Mississippi Mutts bakery, bath and boutique has opened at 1231 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau. Its bakery case is filled with freshly baked treats made with human-quality ingredients, said owner Sherry Jennings. Mississippi Mutts also carries all natural pet foods, toys and accessories. It has a two-bay self-service dog wash and will host educational seminars and activities, including Yappy Hour specials and Mutt Mondays, when mixed breed dogs receive half-price baths...
Local microbrewery to distribute beer this spring (01/03/12)
A new microbrewery, John A. Huber Brewing Co., has opened near Fruitland and will begin distributing its flagship beer, a blonde ale called Hubrew, this spring. Owner John Huber has tried brewing more than 100 variations since receiving a home brewing kit for Christmas in 2003. ...
Job market improving, retailers get boost at end of '11 (12/27/11)
After a tumultuous 2011, the economy is ending the year on an upswing. The job market is showing signs it's improving, holiday spending gave retailers a boost, gas prices are going down and stocks are higher. The number of people seeking unemployment benefits last week was half what it was at its peak in March 2009. ...
Postal union to hold informational picket (12/19/11)
Members of American Postal Workers Union Cape Area Local 4088 will hold an informational picket today beginning at 9 a.m. at the Cape Girardeau post office to distribute literature and answer questions about local postal facilities slated for closure, including the The Richard G. Wilson Processing and Distribution Facility and several rural post offices in the region...
Hotshots ‘gourmet bar food' opens Thursday (12/12/11)
Hotshots sports bar and grill will open Thursday at 15 N. Main St. in Cape Girardeau in the former Breakaways building. Next week is a soft opening, with a grand opening celebration planned for January, said owner Michael Hess. Breakaways closed in July so Hess and his crew could work to renovate the interior, double the size of the kitchen, relocate the bar and add more seating...
Grant to help businesses affected by flooding (12/05/11)
The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University has received a $71,000 grant to help small businesses impacted by severe flooding earlier this year. The funds, from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development will be used in a new initiative called Operation ReStart. ...
A violent but successful Black Friday (11/28/11)
While Cape Girardeau remained relatively calm, there were several reports from across the country of Black Friday shopping violence this year. With stores opening earlier, many at midnight, it seems shoppers were short-tempered and sleep-deprived in their quest for the best Black Friday bargains...
Training to be held to educate local businesses (11/21/11)
Cape Girardeau Area Magnet and the Cape Girardeau and Jackson area chambers of commerce will host two training sessions next month to educate local businesses about opportunities to help their businesses grow. The sessions set for Wednesday, Dec. 7, will focus on four different programs to help existing businesses and those interested in starting a new business...
Big River to launch free Wi-Fi spots in 7 cities (11/14/11)
Big River Broadband is launching free Wi-Fi hot spots in seven Southeast Missouri cities. Its first Hot Spot Site Launch kick off was held in Farmington, Mo., last week, and it will host similar events, today at Sirros Restaurant in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Tuesday at Tractor's Classic American Grill in Perryville, Mo., Wednesday at Pastimes Antiques in Cape Girardeau, Thursday at Tractor's Classic American Grill in Jackson, Friday at the Madison County Chamber of Commerce in Fredericktown, Mo., and on Nov. ...
Talbots to close Cape store in January (11/07/11)
Talbots, 201 S. Mount Auburn Road, will close its doors in early January. The specialty retailer of women's apparel, shoes and accessories opened in Cape Girardeau in 2006. Currently, all merchandise is 25 percent off. More than 80 Talbots stores are expected to close in fiscal year 2011, according to a company news release. ...
Belladona Salon & Spa opens second store (10/31/11)
Belladona Salon & Spa is now open inside City Centre at 2502 Tanner Drive, Suite 101. This new 4,500-square-foot Belladona location focuses on total wellness and uses all-natural products with botanical extracts for the face, hair and body. Co-owners Becky Davidson and Linda Springs said the second location was needed to better serve their customers as well as provide expanded services. ...
Bill creates incentives for high-tech jobs (10/24/11)
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is moving forward with plans to implement a new law aimed at attracting high-tech jobs, despite a contingency clause that could make the bill invalid. Nixon signed Senate Bill 7 last week, creating a fund to offer incentives to companies that conduct research or make products in a variety of high-tech fields, including agricultural biotechnology, homeland security, information technology and pharmaceuticals. ...
Workers diverted to build a dream (10/17/11)
Terry and Sheila Steele spent the past three-and-a-half years building the business of their dreams. The couple recently opened Steele Crest Winery at 2055 Route Y, near Jackson. The couple also owns Jackson Door and Window and couldn't bear to lay off their employees when the housing industry went flat, so they decided to put them to work creating a winery...
Seasonal hiring may remain flat this year (10/10/11)
Retailers may ring up more sales this holiday season, but it doesn't appear they'll be hiring more seasonal workers. Seasonal retail jobs are expected to be about the same as or possibly lower than last year. This could be due in part because retailers have been adding jobs throughout the last year. About 100,000 jobs have been added since last August, according to the National Retail Federation...
Top-of-the-line cigar shop opens on Kingsway (10/03/11)
Fumatore di Sigaro, a new cigar store and smoking lounge, is now open in Cape Girardeau featuring hand-rolled cigars and smoking accessories. It is at 1720 Kingsway Drive, Suite 101. Cigars from around the world are kept in a Spanish cedar-lined walk-in humidor...
Newspapers ahead of pack as news source (09/26/11)
Despite the popularity of social media websites, a new survey shows Americans still turn most often to newspaper sites and continue to value journalists' roles in bringin them the news. Among 522 people surveyed by Ongo, a subscription news service delivered via apps for iPhones and iPads, 73.5 percent of respondents said they turn most often to newspaper websites, or news aggregator sites such as Yahoo! or Google News, 64.4 percent...
Health insurance companies under pressure (09/19/11)
Beginning this month, health insurance companies will face more pressure to keep premiums reasonable. Previously, Missouri and Montana were the only states in the country where insurance rates weren't examined or reported, but a provision of the federal health care reform law changes that. Insurers must now report upcoming rate increases to customers as well as federal Department of Health and Human Services officials. They must also state the reason for the price increase...
Economic discussion to continue this week (09/12/11)
This week the Missouri Legislature will continue its special session called by Gov. Jay Nixon in hopes of passing an economic development package to attracting new businesses, create new jobs and reform the state's tax credit structure. The session got off to a rocky start last Tuesday when Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, kept the floor for more than three hours in an attempt to stop the session from even starting...
Search for SoutheastHEALTH CEO on hold (09/06/11)
SoutheastHEALTH still hasn't started its search for a new chief executive, more than three months after CEO Debbie Linnes resigned. "The Executive Committee of the board of trustees has not set a time table for a search. No search planning is taking place at this time," said spokeswoman Sally Owen in an emailed statement...
Chick-fil-A gets ready for grand opening (08/29/11)
After months of preparations and anticipation, Chick-fil-A owner and operator Brian House and his wife, Tamilla, are looking forward to their grand opening Sept. 8. Chick-fil-A is a family affair for Brian House, who has one brother owns who a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Memphis, Tenn., and another brother who works at Chick-fil-A's corporate office in Atlanta...
Variety of endeavors seeking Cape business licenses (08/22/11)
An interesting mix of businesses recently filed for licenses at Cape Girardeau City Hall. nEustis Studios will open Wednesday at 1606 Independence St. It is owned by K. Eustis, a New Orleans artist and sculptor. The studio will offer fine art and custom framing. John Buckner will serve as manager. Look for more about this business online at www.semissourian.com/features/...
Esicar's site, contents to be auctioned off Sunday (08/15/11)
The historic Esicar's Old Hickory Smokehouse will be sold at auction next week. The business has been closed since the building was ravaged by fire in March. It sustained an estimated $300,000 in damage, according to the Cape Girardeau Fire Department. The cause was determined to be electrical...
Chick-fil-A slated to open in September (08/08/11)
Chick-fil-A's grand opening in Cape Girardeau is now set for Sept. 8, according to Brenda Morrow, of Chick-fil-A's corporate communications office. It was previously reported that the restaurant would open Aug. 25, according to a business license filed at city hall...
Tipton Linen expanding by 6,000 square feet (08/01/11)
The medical profession's growing demands for sanitary, reusable linens and uniforms is the driving force behind an expansion at Tipton Linen in Cape Girardeau. Tipton is adding a 6,000 square feet to its existing 24,000-square-foot facility, said owner Tom Tipton...
Few details on Capri subcontracting process (07/25/11)
Isle of Capri isn't revealing much about its process to select subcontractors for the $125 million casino project in Cape Girardeau. Companies interested in bidding on portions of the casino project were required to submit prequalification documents by July 15, according to a public notice printed in the Southeast Missourian. ...
Stocks rising for payday lenders, pawnshops, rental stores (07/18/11)
Investing in businesses that cater to those who have fallen on hard times might not seem palatable. But in this economy, it's becoming increasingly profitable. Stocks in payday lenders, pawnshops and rental centers are all up, while others continue to fall...
Unemployment numbers ratcheting up (07/11/11)
Unemployment is trending up, both nationally and locally. On Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its June jobs report showing that national unemployment has climbed three straight months and is now at 9.2 percent. This is the highest rate of the year so far...
More developers inquiring about Cape area (07/05/11)
Interest from companies considering locating in Cape Girardeau is picking up, a sign that, at least locally, the economy is moving in the right direction, said Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO John Mehner. The Chamber and Cape Girardeau Area Magnet received first-time inquiries from seven outside developers interested in bringing businesses to Cape Girardeau in the past few weeks, Mehner said...
Style of Teamsters building won't change (06/27/11)
The Teamsters building at 429 Broadview St. will soon be home to the corporate offices of local McDonald's franchise Arch Nemesis LLC. The 15,000-square-foot building served as headquarters for Teamsters Local 574 for nearly 45 years, said Tom Kelsey of Lorimont Place Ltd., who brokered the sale...
Floodwaters still a problem at Buzzi Unicem (06/20/11)
Although the Mississippi River has been dropping for weeks, flooding problems persist at Buzzi Unicem on South Sprigg Street in Cape Girardeau. About two-thirds of the quarry is still underwater, said Steve Leus, plant manager. Its primary crushing machine is also underwater...
Downtown clock strikes 25 year milestone (06/13/11)
Old Town Cape and the Special Business District will recognize the 25th birthday of the clock at Main and Themis streets in downtown Cape Girardeau at 5:30 p.m. June 28 with a community celebration. "It's a way to highlight all the improvements at the riverfront area," said Marla Mills, executive director of Old Town Cape. "It's not just about the clock. It's a way to celebrate all the Special Business District has accomplished."...
Company adding grain bin at SEMO Port (06/06/11)
Midwest Grain and Barge Co. and First Missouri Terminals Corp. of Cape Girardeau is expanding its grain storage facility at SEMO Port. Construction is underway on a new 120,000-bushel grain bin, which will more than double the current storage capacity, according to Matt Zimmerman, general manager of Midwest Grain and Barge...
Southeast center gets First Step curriculum (05/31/11)
The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University, due to the success of its Operation JumpStart small business development program, was selected as the exclusive distributor of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's FastTrac First Step training program and materials to agencies throughout the United States...
Saint Francis partners in Poplar Bluff hospital (05/23/11)
Hospitals are traditionally thought of as having lots of rooms to care for lots of sick patients, but Saint Francis Medical Center is a partner in a new hospital planned in Poplar Bluff, Mo., licensed for just three patient beds called Black River Community Medical Center...
Fuel prices expected to drop this summer (05/16/11)
A drop in crude oil prices this month may help ease the pain drivers are feeling at the pump. After months of crude oil prices at more than $100 a barrel, for the past two weeks oil has been trading lower. Americans drive less when gas prices get high, so concerns about slowing demand are helping to send oil prices tumbling from $114 at the start of May to about $97 on Friday...
Assistance available for flood victims (05/09/11)
The Missouri Department of Insurance has a new resource for information about flood-related insurance claims available on its website, http://difp.mo.gov/. The online resources include details about how flood damage is covered, depending on whether it affects homes, cars or crops...
Nixon vetoes business-backed employment law changes (05/02/11)
During a ceremony on the steps of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis on Friday, Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed changes to the state's employment laws that business groups said would improve the state's business climate. Senate Bill 188 was part of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Fix the Six agenda designed to spur economic development within the state...
ReStore moving to larger location (04/25/11)
Habitat for Humanity ReStore is moving, allowing it to nearly double in size. ReStore, previously on North Middle Street in downtown Cape Girardeau, will relocate to 2365 Rust Ave. The store will remain closed until it reopens at its new location at noon May 5...
Phone app checks income tax refund status (04/18/11)
Today is the filing deadline for federal income tax returns. It's three days later than usual, due to a local holiday observed Friday in Washington, D.C. Emancipation Day marks President Abraham Lincoln's signing of the law ending slavery in the District of Columbia. Lincoln signed it April 16, 1862, more than eight months before he signed the Emancipation Proclamation. April 16 fell on a Saturday this year, so the holiday was observed April 15, the traditional tax filing deadline...
Chick-fil-A gets demolition, building permits (04/11/11)
The City of Cape Girardeau has issued a demolition permit for the former Pizza Inn building to make way for a Chick-fil-A restaurant, 3333 Gordonville Road, at the intersection of William Street and Saint Francis Drive. Chick-fil-A has also been issued a building permit to start construction on the 4,596 square-foot restaurant...
Updates on happenings at West Park Mall (04/04/11)
New stores, restaurant relocations and a remodel are all planned this spring inside West Park Mall. rue21, which offers some of the newest emerging fashion trends in apparel and accessories for young women and men with 16 other stores in Missouri, opened Thursday at West Park Mall. ...
Bank opening another branch in Cape Girardeau (03/28/11)
First Missouri State Bank of Cape County has purchased property for a branch location at 800 North Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau, most recently home to Bank of America. The bank has secured the proper approvals from the Missouri Division of Finance and the FDIC to proceed with opening a branch...
Applications available for advertising grant (03/21/11)
Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals (AMP) is accepting applications from not-for-profit organizations in Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois and western Kentucky for the 2011 Advertising for a Cause grant. The grant will provide advertising assistance, production and media placement valued at $90,000 for one regional public service organization...
Sephora store opening inside J.C. Penney (03/14/11)
A Sephora store is under construction inside J.C. Penney at West Park Mall. The 1,500-square-foot store will feature more than 50 makeup brands. It's one of 75 new Sephora stores opening in the department store across the country this year. A grand opening is planned for April 15...
House passes minimum wage bill (03/07/11)
A measure to eliminate Missouri's automatic minimum wage escalator was approved last week by the House of Representatives, in an effort to keep the state's minimum wage from exceeding its federal counterpart. This is one of six areas outlined in the Fix the Six campaign where the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the state can improve in order to attract and assist businesses. ...
Chick-Fil-A to be built at Pizza Inn location (02/28/11)
A building permit application for a free-standing Chick-Fil-A has been filed at city hall, confirming rumors about the restaurant circulating around Cape Girardeau for months. Chick-Fil-A will be at 3333 Gordonville Road, at the intersection of William Street and Saint Francis Drive. ...
Loan fund to help downtown beautification (02/21/11)
Downtown Cape Girardeau business leaders looking to spruce up their storefronts can now apply for assistance through a new program coordinated by Old Town Cape Inc. The Cape Girardeau Area Community Development Corporation and the Industrial Development Authority of Cape Girardeau County have partnered to establish a $30,000 loan fund for building facade improvements...
IRS offers online help for EITC claims (02/14/11)
More than 6,000 Cape Girardeau County taxpayers received more than $12.7 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) last year, according to the Internal Revenue Service. "The EITC can put an extra $457 to $5,666 into the pockets of low-income working individuals and families," said IRS spokesman Michael Devine...
John's Pharmacy gets automatic pill dispenser (02/07/11)
John's Pharmacy is the first independent pharmacy in Cape Girardeau to install an automatic pill dispenser, freeing the pharmacy team to focus on high-quality patient care and service. "It's an investment in the future of our pharmacy, and reflects our commitment to the highest standards of patient health and safety," said pharmacist John McMullin, president/owner...
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