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Heirloom Candle Bar
After debuting in the Rountree neighborhood in late 2022, Heirloom Candle Bar LLC moved March 16 to a larger space downtown at 400 W. Walnut St. Rose Cochran, who co-owns the venture with her husband, Garrett, said the do-it-yourself candle shop fills 2,000 square feet on the southwest corner of Walnut Street and Campbell Avenue. Renovation and relocation costs were $16,000, she said, adding the couple signed a three-year lease for $2,000 per month with building owner Dr. Howard Follis. She said the building most recently housed software company Juxly LLC, previously owned by Follis. Additionally, the Cochrans own Fleur Floral Studio LLC, 1423 E. Cherry St., Ste. 101, where Heirloom opened four months ago in shared space with the flower shop. At Heirloom, customers select a vessel and fragrance oils for their candle, then pour the wax, mix the products together and place the wick. She said the seating capacity at the shop’s new home is nearly double the 24 seats previously available.
Arrow Creative Reuse
Art supply thrift store Arrow Creative Reuse LLC opened Dec. 17 at 1506 St. Louis St. Owner Karlei “Re” Baker-Dietz said the business, which is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit under Arrow Art Supply, sells new, gently used and vintage art supplies and materials, such as acrylic paint, markers, pastels, pencils, pens, spray paints and watercolors. It also carries fabrics, yarn, art instruction books, original artwork and home decor. Baker-Dietz said several volunteers help at the shop, but she is the lone employee, noting startup costs were $6,000. She declined to disclose lease terms. Arrow Creative also hosts art instruction classes and workshops, with costs starting at $10. Baker-Dietz said she’s a Springfield native and artist who creates sculptures and encaustic paintings, a technique which involves adding colored pigments to heated wax. She said the nonprofit works to recycle and reuse art materials.
Rockford, Illinois-based Beef-A-Roo Inc., a family-owned fast-casual restaurant chain, debuted in the Queen City on Feb. 22. The eatery at 1411 W. Kearney St. fills roughly 4,370 square feet in a building formerly occupied by Dairy Queen, which shuttered last year. Matt Riddle, Beef-A-Roo’s chief operating officer, declined to disclose startup costs or lease terms with HJH Premium Springfield Kearney LLC. Riddle said each of the chain’s 10 restaurants are owned and operated by Beef-A-Roo, noting Springfield is the first shop to open outside Illinois. The company also plans to add stores in Kansas, Indiana and Michigan, according to its website. Riddle said General Manager Jake Holmes leads the 40-employee Springfield location. Its menu includes burgers, roast beef sandwiches, cheddar fries, salads, soups, baked potatoes and wraps. Prices range $3-$9.
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