It’s A Mother Daughter Thing
Boutique retailer It’s A Mother Daughter Thing moved Oct. 1 to 3862 W. Chestnut Expressway in the Orchard Plaza shopping center. Previously in Battlefield Mall, owner Stacy Thomas said she spent roughly $6,000 in relocation and renovation costs for the seven-employee business. Thomas signed a three-year lease with Sturdy Real Estate for the 1,200-square-foot space, declining to disclose the rate. She said nine vendors rent space in her shop for an undisclosed fee to sell custom-designed products, which include art, jewelry, shirts, tumblers and wreaths. Thomas said she started the business seven years ago in Virginia under the name Aroma City but rebranded upon moving to Springfield in 2019 to be near her mother, Janet Eaton, who is now one of the shop’s vendors. Additionally, Thomas said her daughter, Brittany King, works part-time at the shop.
Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday
Ozarks Legacy Law
After rebranding this summer, Ozarks Legacy Law LLC expanded Oct. 11 into Christian County. The estate planning law firm owned by David Payne opened a Nixa office at 830 W. Mount Vernon St. in the West Side Plaza shopping center. It’s the third location for the firm, which started in 2009 as David Payne Law LLC. The company rebrand occurred in June, Payne said, in conjunction with the pending opening of the Nixa office and hiring of attorney Bill Petrus. Payne said the firm focuses on estate planning and small-business representation, declining to disclose startup costs for the 1,750-square-foot office or the five-year lease rate with Magers Management Co. LLC. Payne started his practice in Aurora and added an office in Republic’s Wildwood Plaza in January 2020. Payne said Petrus, who has over 30 years of law experience, leads the Nixa office’s three-person staff.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Hog Tide Bar-B-Que
Aurora-based Hog Tide Bar-B-Que LLC added a second restaurant with an Oct. 21 opening in Willard, at 304 E. Jackson St., Ste. 1B. Hog Tide owner Drew McNatt said the eatery fills space in the East Shopping Center formerly occupied by Jackson Street Deli, which shuttered last year. McNatt said he has family in Willard, adding his restaurant also frequently caters school district events and sponsors some of its sports teams. Additionally, Hog Tide operated a food truck last year in Willard for several months. The 15-employee eatery also has a drive-thru – a feature his 4-year-old Aurora shop doesn’t have. He declined to disclose lease terms or startup costs. Hog Tide’s menu includes sandwiches, St. Louis-style spareribs and barbecue platters of pulled pork, beef brisket and smoked chicken. Fried okra, sweet cornbread and loaded baked potato salad are among the sides, according to its website. Entree prices range $9-$22.
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday
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