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New restaurants, stores and fitness centers

Thursday, August 15, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:10 a.m. CDT, Thursday, August 15, 2013

COLUMBIA — A number of new restaurants and businesses opened or announced upcoming opening dates while Columbia students were away for the summer:

2 Zaxby’s restaurants will open in late summer or early fall. Georgia-based Zaxby’s, known for its chicken, is a franchised chain of about 600 “fast-casual” restaurants found primarily in the southeastern U.S.

Eventually, Columbia will be the home of four Zaxby’s. The first two will open in the fall. The first location will be at the new Crosscreek Center at Stadium and U.S. 63.  The second will be on Providence Road close to Rock Bridge High School. Two more are expected to open later and their locations are not yet known.

50 custom flavors of shaved ice are available at Kona Ice. Chris and Cathy Cook opened a local Kona Ice franchise on May 17. The Kona Ice snow cone truck is like an updated ice cream truck that drives through Columbia neighborhoods, Chris Cook said.

Kona Ice can also service sports events, festivals, parties, weddings and school events. All flavors are dairy-free and gluten-free. Customers can also purchase sugar-free and dye-free flavors.

4 hand-brewed roasts are served at Frequency Coffee, a coffee bar that opened June 16 at 915 Alley between Ninth and Tenth streets. Owner Ryker Duncan  offers different brews of coffee every two weeks. Frequency Coffee plans to expand its serving space in the coming months, said employee Carlos Vargas.

500 domestic and international bottled beers will be stocked at International Tap House. The bar, owned by Sean Conroy and Brad Lobdell, will open this fall in the Lofts at 308 S. Ninth St. In addition to bottled beers, iTap will have 40 to 50 beers on tap, as well as varieties of wine. Food will not be served, but it can be brought in or delivered to the bar. iTap has three locations in St. Louis, in Chesterfield, Soulard and the Central West End.

1 free bretzel (bread-like pretzel) comes with every liter of beer purchased at Gunter Hans Artisan Cafe. The European snack-style cafe will open Aug. 16 at 7 Hitt St. In addition to bretzels and beer, the cafe will serve bretzel sandwiches, gelato and Belgian waffles. The company's owner, Lydia Melton, was inspired to serve European snack food after studying abroad in Belgium in 2009.

30 different types of smoothies are available for customers at Blender’s Smoothies and Juices, which will officially open Aug. 9 at the Lofts at 308 S. Ninth St. Suite 113. Blender's will serve snacks and smoothies made with juice, yogurt and fruit. Consumers can even build their own combinations, with every drink made-to-order.

4 new or recently opened fitness centers:

  • All Group Fitness is now open on 3410 Broadway Business Park Court Suite 107. The facility offers classes in Zumba, yoga, Pilates, the Les Mills series and more.
  • Jazzercise, the international workout program that incorporates jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing movements is now offering classes at 120 E. Nifong.
  •  Crossfit COMO, the core strength-conditioning program taught around the country, has arrived in Columbia. The gym is located on 3605 S. Providence Road, Suite 7.
  • Pure Barre is a total body workout that fuses ballet, Pilates and weights in a 55-minute session. It's located at 124 E. Nifong Blvd.

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.


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