Dills with a Twist Cafe

After operating out of her home kitchen for two years, Aryica Johnson decided it was time to share her culinary skills with the masses in a new space. It took time and determination to track down the perfect location, but she found it on E. McCarty, where her Dills with a Twist Cafe now operates. There, Arycia sells more than 30 types of pickles, some infused with liquor, with flavors ranging from sweet pineapple to Long Island iced tea. In addition, guests can enjoy her soul food specials. Carryout and delivery are both available, and Aryica is currently expanding to include sit-down dining. 

“What I do, I do different. We’re the only pickle shop here in town,” says Aryica. “My favorite part is when I can turn a naysayer into a believer. When they say, ‘I hate pickles’ and then I say, ‘Well, you haven’t tried my pickles.’”

Aryica Johnson

Address: 1528 E. McCarty St.
Phone: 573-616-4228
Social: Facebook.com/cafeandpicklesandmore
Snapchat: Dills With A Twist

CBD American Shaman of Mid Mo

As the demand for CBD (one of the active ingredients in cannabis, though not psychoactive like THC) continues to grow across the country, American Shaman is here to help Jefferson City residents better understand its uses, the range of products that contain it, and how it differs from marijuana. At the store, customers can chat with Cheryl, Ashley, or Char about options to combat arthritis, skin conditions, anxiety, and other issues using CBD. Popular products include topical creams, bath bombs, water solubles, shampoos, and edibles; there’s even merchandise for helping pets.

“We gear toward almost every walk of life,” says manager Char Clem. “My father has arthritis in his hands. Using the cream, he noticed a huge difference. It took away the pain and the swelling, and that’s how we got started.”

Char Clem

Address: 3702 W. Truman Blvd., Ste. 200 Phone: 573-616-2524
Web: naturalhealingjc.com
Social: Facebook.com/AmericanshamanofJC

Gracie Barra

After two years of operation in Jefferson City, Gracie Barra has developed a dedicated following of nearly 200 members focused on getting fit, staying safe, and competing. Clients from all backgrounds have attended classes at the facility to learn basic self-defense and train in the art of Brazilian jiu jitsu. Sessions are divided by skill and age level, providing a welcoming environment for all individuals, from preschoolers and teens to lawyers and warehouse workers. Guests can even try their first course for free.

“We encourage everyone to try jiu jitsu for the changes that it brings to your life, not just the self-defense or fitness aspect,” says owner and coach Rob Warner. “It’s a lifestyle that creates a strong brotherhood and sisterhood.”

Rob Warner

Address: 1850 State Hwy C, Ste. A
Phone: 573-636-4252
Web: graciebarra.com/jefferson-city-mo
Social: Facebook.com/GracieBarraJeffersonCity