Drive-thru coffee shop Bigfoot Coffee Co. LLC opened March 5 at 1904 S. Glenstone Ave. in the parking lot of the Plaza Shopping Center. Owner Lesa Scanlan said startup costs were roughly $45,000, which includes a portable building built onto a trailer she purchased from The Habit Coffee Co. LLC in Rogersville. She declined to disclose lease terms with Missouri State Realty LLC. The shop’s menu includes hot and iced lattes, mochas, cold brew, chai tea, infused energy drinks and smoothies. Prices range $2.25-$5. Blueberry muffins, blackberry oat bars and honey cinnamon almond butter protein bites are among food options, she said. Scanlan, who previously worked full-time as an emergency room nurse at Cox South, said Bigfoot Coffee serves as a first-time ownership venture and professional pivot for her amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She continues employment at the hospital on an as-needed basis and helps train medics through CoxHealth’s Special Operations Combat Medics course.
Hours: 7 a.m.-1 p.m Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday
The Med Card
A pair of Springfield attorneys opened medical marijuana certification clinic The Med Card Co. LLC on Nov. 1. JT Kendall, director of operations, said the clinic owned by Scott Montgomery and Todd Newcomb occupies 500 square feet in the same 435 E. Walnut St. building where their Montgomery and Newcomb LLC law firm operates. He declined to disclose startup costs or lease terms. Kendall said the attorneys are invested in an undisclosed local dispensary and saw the opportunity for a companion business to provide medical marijuana certifications for qualifying patients. The clinic provides virtual and in-person certification appointments with Drs. John Huffman and Norman Tullis. Virtual visits are offered daily, while in-person options are Monday through Friday, Kendall said. Costs range $75-$125, according to the website.
Hours: By appointment
The Farmhouse on Boone Cafe
Husband-and-wife owners Ryan and Lesley Day launched their first business venture with the Jan. 7 opening of The Farmhouse on Boone Cafe LLC. Lesley Day said the Ash Grove restaurant at 106 E. Boone St. fills 2,000 square feet formerly occupied by the shuttered Copper Grill. She said startup costs were roughly $10,000, declining to disclose the couple’s one-year lease rate with John and Sandra Eagleburger. The Days employ 15 at the cafe, which serves homestyle foods, such as burgers, country fried steak, omelets, and biscuits and gravy. Menu prices for entrees range $5-$10 for breakfast and $7-$15 for lunch and dinner. Lesley Day said the couple in recent years have sold food at area festivals, including Pumpkin Daze in Republic, but wanted to focus full-time on the restaurant industry. Day said she previously was an emergency medical dispatcher for CoxHealth and Mercy, while her husband most recently was a salesman at Ozark Chevrolet.
Hours: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday
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