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Bees Knees Roller Skate Shop
The owner of tattoo and piercing studio Ink Ink LLC added a second Commercial Street business with the Aug. 21 opening of Bees Knees Roller Skate Shop. Kelsey Baker’s 2,000-square-foot venture fills space at 301 E. Commercial St. previously occupied by Beautiful Fight Woodworking LLC, which moved down the street. Baker purchased the building for $425,000 from C.C. Guice, who recently shuttered her store there, A Wench in the Gear. Baker said she received a U.S. Small Business Administration loan through Legacy Bank & Trust Co. to finance the transaction. The four-employee roller skate shop focuses on quad skates and accessories, including helmets, socks, shoelaces, kneepads and elbow pads. Baker said skate prices start at $99 and can go up to $400 for customized options. Bees Knees also has a workshop for customization or repair work.
Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
Blue Iguana Car Wash
Blue Iguana Car Wash bolstered its roster of shops with the Sept. 16 opening at 3316 W. Chestnut Expressway, its third in Springfield. The 8-year-old company is owned by husband and wife Greg and Robin Byler. Springfield-based Fusion Consulting LLC was general contractor for the Chestnut Expressway project designed by St. Louis-based Levine Associates. Robin Byler said the busy West Bypass and Chestnut Expressway intersection was an attraction for the couple to open a shop in northwest Springfield. She said the only similar facility near Blue Iguana’s 4,600-square-foot size is a Mister Car Wash 4 miles away. Byler declined to disclose construction costs for the seven-employee car wash managed by Daniel Hinchcliff. The company, which also operates car washes at 1640 E. Sunshine St. and 3155 S. Campbell Ave., plans to double its Springfield shop total by next year. She said locations are under construction at 4304 S. Fremont Ave., 1137 W. Kearney St. and 2118 E. Kearney St.
Hours: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
KeenBean Coffee Roasters
Mount Vernon-based KeenBean Coffee Roasters LLC expanded Sept. 20 to Monett at 812 E. Highway 60. Tracy Bradshaw, who co-owns the coffee business with husband Darrell, said the new KeenBean coffee shop fills roughly 1,000 square feet in a building shared with boutique retailer Flying V Mercantile. She estimated a $25,000 investment for equipment and said the couple signed a one year-lease with Alyssa Vaughn, noting the rate is still being negotiated. Bradshaw said Vaughn, owner of Flying V, recruited Keen- Bean last year to fill a portion of its storefront. Bradshaw said the 10-employee Monett shop has a more limited menu of just coffee drinks and pastries than Keen- Bean’s larger Mount Vernon location. KeenBean posted record revenue of $600,000 in 2020, according to past reporting. It also has a second Mount Vernon shop open at 701 Hastings St. Bradshaw said its drive-thru is expected to open later this month, depending on staffing.
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday
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