Dukes on the Boulevard opens

Fans of Sweet Smoke BBQ can find the same quality and fast service at the owners’ newest restaurant, Dukes on the Boulevard.

The American restaurant on Missouri Boulevard offers burgers, salads, shareables and sides with cocktails and local beers on tap. It also offers sandwich options and entrees after 4 p.m

Melissa Nelson, managing director of the new restaurant and daughter of owner John Biggs, said the idea was to combine the concept of Sweet Smoke – from its service at the counter to its quick service and freshly prepared dishes – with a different kind of Meal. She said they felt at home with the atmosphere of the restaurant and menu on the wall like the team’s other locations.

“We really want to emphasize that this is a sister restaurant to Sweet Smoke,” she said. “The people who love our restaurant want them to follow us here. We want it to have a cool, fun atmosphere where people can hang out, enjoy drinks and delicious food, and have a good time.”

Dukes – a name derived from the middle name of Biggs’ golden retriever – opened its doors on Thursday for a busy luncheon that drew much interest from its customers. Nelson said reception was positive on day one of the company.

While the menu is almost entirely different from that of its sister restaurant, Sweet Smoke’s popular jalapeno-cheddar grits made a return to the new eatery’s menu — a holdover that new customers would appreciate, she said.

The team is just getting started too: there are plans to expand to seven days a week and offer catering services in the near future, while a redesigned bar, which housed TG’s Lounge in the basement of the building, is also expected to do the work will record later.

“We want to offer something different and cool, but still give our customers what they expect and also make new friends,” said Nelson.

Dukes on the Boulevard is located at 2125 Missouri Blvd. It is open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 9pm, with Sundays expected to be added to the schedule soon.

Catalpa Wellness offers unique therapeutic services

After several years as a massage therapist in Jefferson City doing Loving Hands Massage, Doris Guillory brings together other holistic services to the community as Catalpa Wellness.

The holistic cooperative on West Main Street combines Guillory’s massage practice with other local practitioners who specialize in restorative massage therapy, Reiki treatment, and other treatments. The recently opened new location also offers an infrared sauna for customers to use. She said the opportunity for a larger space when the former salon went up for sale was a great opportunity and it took about half a year to open after the sale.

The new studio also gives Guillory the opportunity to get into sound therapy, using gongs, bowls and other instruments tuned to different keys to achieve different results, something she learned a few years ago and is finally able to do can use in their practice. She said the practice is growing in popularity with her clients and that it represents a great opportunity for the Jefferson City area.

“We’ve had such a great response since we moved it,” she said. “I have been leading Loving Hands for several years and now we have the opportunity to collaborate with other practitioners and continue to grow tremendously. It was a very positive step.”

She said the neighborhood has also responded positively to the deal, and the location even lends itself to the co-op’s name: Across the street is a catalpa tree that produces white flowers and represents beauty that she says reflects the efforts of the co-op Teams perfectly represented in the community.

“We genuinely enjoy our work and want to bring our healing touches to the community,” Guillory said. “We want to do what we can to support people’s healing, be it mental, physical, emotional, in a unique way.”

Catalpa Wellness is located at 1802 W. Main St. To learn more about Guillory’s practice and other services available, or to schedule an appointment, visit catalpawellness.com.

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News Tribune/Cameron Gerber Doris Guillory, owner of Loving Hands Massage and Catalpa Wellness, demonstrates her sound therapy practice with a collection of gongs in her studio.


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