News & Notes: Openings, honors and fundraisers

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Coleman Appliance Center hosts grand opening at new location

For the past nine years, Coleman Appliance Center had great success at its location off East Dunklin Street in the heart of the Old Munichburg district in Jefferson City.

The business moved in late last summer and operating out of its new space at 710 Madison St. With a showroom more than doubled in size, Coleman Appliance Center also put in a live demonstration kitchen, which they used at a grand opening March 29.

The business included tastes of nearby restaurants during this event, including Blue Skillet, Ecco Lounge, Love My Gelatto, Chez Monet, Red Sky China Bistro, summit Lake Winery and others at this event. They also showcased new appliances to the public and held live cooking demonstrations with participating chefs and restaurants, including JQ’s on High.

Prize giveaways were also part of the open house, as well as a ribbon cutting with the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Coleman Appliance is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 573-636-4144 or visit

U.S. Rents-It awarded spot in 2019 ARA Rental Show Inspiration Gallery

U.S. Rents-It employees attended an annual rental convention and trade show earlier this year hosted in Anaheim, California, by the American Rental Association, which features construction/industrial equipment, general tool/light construction equipment and party/special event equipment.

An Inspiration Gallery at the convention showcased challenging events and what event rental businesses have done to make them a success.

U.S. Rents-It’s story and pictures about installing four climate-controlled tents on an outdoor patio for an unexpectedly inclement outdoor April wedding reception was one of 22 events nationwide awarded a spot in the gallery.

“I’m very proud of our staff, and they really deserve to be recognized for this special feature at the ARA Show,” General Manager Steve Houser said in a news release. “They work very hard to make our customers happy and help build memories that last a lifetime.”

Participants also met convention keynote speaker Kevin O’Leary, a.k.a. “Mr. Wonderful,” cast member of “Shark Tank.”

For more information, stop by U.S. Rents-It at 1513 Industrial Drive, call 573-635-6171 or visit, Facebook (@USRentsItWeddingandParty) or Pinterest.


Healing House and Koinoia House host annual fundraiser May 21

Recovery, spiritual growth and housing and life skills are what its residents strive to achieve. The nonprofit organization that helps women and men coming out of incarceration and successfully reaching those goals invites the community to meet and support them at its yearly fundraiser.

The Healing House and New Beginnings will hold its fourth annual fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. May 21 at Memorial Park Pavilion, 115 Memorial Park Drive in Jefferson City.

The organization raised more than $16,500 at the 2017 fundraiser and even more from its 2018 event, with a portion of the proceeds to help the Koinoia House, a residential program with the same mission for men.

Heather Gieck, who founded The Healing House in 2013, merged and brought the Koinonia House under the 501(c)(3) organization,

The Healing House and New Beginnings. Serving as executive director of both, she said the funds will help both programs for men and women. More than 50 percent of The Healing House’s income comes from a program fee participants pay. Occasional grants, monetary donations, community contributions and local sponsorships are other financial support outlets, with the organization not receiving any funding from federal or state governments.

Each ticket will help The Healing House programs and includes a fun evening for the whole family. Colton’s Steakhouse is sponsoring the meal, which is $15 a plate and includes barbecue pulled pork sandwich, cole slaw, homemade chips, pickle and cookies. Children ages five and younger receive free hot dogs and chips. McAlistor’s Deli will provide drinks. Live music and testimonies, a silent auction and raffles will be also be a part of the festivities.

For more information about The Healing House and New Beginnings, call 417-559-7068, visit or check them out on Facebook, @TheHealingHouseAndNewBeginnings.

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Molly Morris

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