Named in honor of its two owners’ mothers, Georgia Mac’s restaurant opened May 21 at 1440 E. Republic Road in the Steeplechase Centre anchored by Harter House. Jennifer Horn, who co-owns the establishment with fiance Darryl Barr, said the restaurant offers Southern-style comfort food with a sports bar atmosphere. On the menu are fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, fried green tomatoes, catfish and chicken-fried steak, with entree prices at $10-$16. The 2,400-square-foot-restaurant is in the former south-side location of W.F. Cody’s. Horn said it was extensively renovated. “Everything got replaced, pretty much,” she said, noting the $125,000 opening investment was funded through a small-business loan by Guaranty Bank. Horn said the restaurant is doing business as Georgia Mac’s under J & D’s Ventures LLC, and they signed a five-year lease through Rusty Still with Steeplechase LLC for an undisclosed rate.
Hours: 11-1:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday
Phone: (417) 319-5770
Sit By Me Bakery
Following a soft opening, Sit By Me Bakery’s official start date was June 1 at 210 N. Commercial St., Ste. 210, in Branson, said co-owner Steve Keenan. He, along with wife Angie, moved back to Branson in January after several years living in Denver, where they operated a home-based bakery since 2016. The Keenans’ 1,200-square-foot business has four employees and sells baked goods, including cakes, pies, muffins and cinnamon rolls. Steve Keenan said prices for most items are $2-$6 apiece. Startup costs were self-financed for $45,000, Keenan said, adding they’re in a three-year lease for $1,130 per month with Maples Properties of Branson LLC. Starting a bakery was basically by necessity, Keenan said, as dairy and wheat allergies in the family precipitated a five-year trial-and-error to create tasty baked goods for those with dietary restrictions. “Inclusion is big for us,” he said, noting the bakery name reflects its desire for all to be around its products without risk of allergies.
Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (417) 365-7655
The Cloud Vapor Co. LLC
Devin Rueschaw on May 18 opened The Cloud Vapor Co. LLC at 210 W. Sunshine St., Ste. B, in Sunshine Corners. The 1,100-square-foot shop offers customers more than 100 flavors and 40 brands of e-juice, the term for products with liquid added to e-cigarettes, Rueschaw said. Prices for e-juice range from $10-$30. In addition, the store sells vaping devices, priced between $15 and $200. Rueschaw said he personally funded the $25,000 startup cost. He is currently operating under a one-year lease for an undisclosed rate from Wilson Properties Inc., according to Greene County assessor records. Rueschaw, a self-described “vape enthusiast,” works with two employees at the store.
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Phone: (417) 869-1367
Springfield Mercantile Co. owner Molly Brown pursues her passion on Commercial Street.
Jessica Harmison Olson of Club Management Services discusses the challenges and benefits of leaving one job and transitioning into the family business.
Sean Brownfield, owner of Dapper and The Hepburn, talks about the evolution and expansion of his unique business model. Duration 1:28
Trevor Croley of Croley Insurance and Financial has been lucky enough to have a few great mentors in his parents and an early business leader. He shares his story with us. Duration: 1:26
Shanda Trautman with Old Missouri Bank says she tries to implement Jon Gordon's “The Energy Bus” each day of her life. Trautman says the book makes you see that no matter what’s going in your …
“I’m the only guy ever to move from Los Angeles to Springfield to get on TV,” says Jeff Houghton, host of The Mystery Show. Houghton moved to LA for a year to try to make it big. He says the …
Sam Dryer, Managing Director with the Greater Ozarks Division of Mutual of Omaha explains how companies can create a customer-focused culture and still meet sales goals. Dryer provides four tips and …
Want to work for a non-profit? Linda Saturno, Executive Director of Child Advocacy Center in Springfield says volunteering is a great way to get started. You can learn all about different non-profits …
Mark Holmes, President of Consultant Board, shares how his mentor helped him hone his skills at public speaking, leadership, teamwork, and communication and how he now uses that knowledge to teach …
Jay Ryan, bartender at The Hepburn, shows how he crafts a cocktail with some seasonal flavors. The Hepburn is a members-only club fashioned after a 1920s speakeasy, located under Dapper Barber …
Jason Gage, City Manager for the City of Springfield, outlines how Springfield is distinct from other communities, positioning the city well for a national reputation. This is sponsored …