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February 2013

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Best of 417 2013

Best of 417 2013

Our annual rundown of your very favorite people, places, foods and things about living in 417-land.


Building on Suite Dreams

Building on Suite Dreams

Meet Tim O’Reilly. He’s a husband, a father of four, an attorney and the CEO of O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC, a growing hotel and restaurant management company that recently gained...


Boozy Brownies

This month we chose a chocolate theme, and the winning reader recipe fits the bill with luscious brownies that are spiked with Irish cream.

417 Magazine Cooking Class With The Rebecca Grille

Chef Noah Smith of The Rebecca Grille warms up the kitchen in this month’s 417 Magazine cooking class with a winter menu full of savory-sweet treats.

History Gets a Facelift

Two local brothers are turning the historic Vandivort Theatre into something completely new—a boutique hotel in downtown Springfield.

Life Behind the Mask

Broadway star, motivational speaker, coach and author Sandra Joseph takes a break from the stage to talk about her life behind the mask.

Be a Spectator

Get ready for the Missouri Winter Games, featuring everything from gymnastics to table tennis and Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber.

Let The Good Times Roll

Historic C-Street’s third annual Mardi Gras celebration kicks off this year with a bead run, a salon-turned-dance-club and a number of New Orleans–inspired performances.

5 Best Spinach Dips

Need a new way to eat your veggies? When it’s mixed with things like zesty artichoke hearts, freshly chopped garlic and creamy cheese, spinach becomes everyone’s favorite leafy green. We...

Mix & Mingle

Can’t make it to the Oscar’s this year? Ryan MacDonald of RyMac’s Rub-n-Pub shared some signature cocktail recipes to serve at your very own Oscar-watching party, and we found the most...

All-New Ashby’s

The former Ashby’s Clothing Company moved to the Brentwood Center, gaining a new name, additional lines and an innovative denim lab.

Discovery Center Springfield MO

Find out how you can take advantage of one library perk that gets your family into the Discovery Center of Springfield for free.

Navigating Italy’s Lake Country

Our writer traveled off the beaten path in Italy to visit Lake Como instead of the more popular urban destinations. Read about her adventure, then plan your own.

Sertoma Chili Cook-Off 2013

For The Springfield Boys & Girls Club. The EXPO Center. February 16, 2013

The Quest for Financial Freedom

I worked with a financial expert to try and learn how to save money and eliminate debt. See what happened, and how you can work on improving your own financial status.


Grab your friends (and maybe a little wine) and find your inner artist at RSVPaint’s weekly painting classes.

New Year's Eve with Care to Learn

Care to Learn. DoubleTree Hotel. December 31, 2012.

Meet a Staffer: Logan Aguirre

Every month, we introduce you to one of the people who work on 417 Magazine. This month, meet Logan Aguirre.

C’mon Get Hoppy

A new craft brewery opens its doors in Springfield with a head brewer who has been knee-deep in hops since the ‘80s.

Beer, Wine, Cheese, & Chocolate Festival 2013

For the American Cancer Society. Ozark Empire Fair Grounds. February 9, 2013.

What You’re Buying: Books

With outdoor fun limited this time of the year, bookstores are stocking their shelves with popular reads. So, just what are people reading right now? We talked with John Ryan, owner of the Book...

Best of 417 Party Bus 2013

The Best of 417 Party Bus made the rounds to all of our Best of 417 Winners of 2013!

A New Breed of Sweets

Locally made Uncommon Confections treats come in classic flavors, like peanut brittle, and more creative tastes, like spicy chipotle toffee.

Migulito's Wrap and Roll Cafe

A second Migulito’s Wrap & Roll Café in downtown Springfield lured some 417 staffers out of the office to taste test their way through the menu.

Yum of the Month: Fried Pickles

Seven Good Things

These seven dishes or drinks have passed our taste buds and made us rave. They are ranked by level of yumminess.

Drink of the Month: Sazerac

The Sazerac is the New Orleans darling of cocktails. With Mardi Gras creeping up, it’s time to raise a glass to this old-timey drink.

Elizabeth Cunningham and Scott Wente

April 28, 2012; First and Calvary Presbyterian, Springfield

A Millwood Makeover

Stan and Sandy Coffman brought an outdated Millwood villa back to life with new paint, furniture and a few family heirlooms.