Nova Center of the Ozarks
Nonprofit Nova Center of the Ozarks Inc. completed a move Dec. 2 to 1311 E. Woodhurst Drive, a few dozen steps across the street from its 6-year home. The new location in 15,000 square feet is 50% larger than its former East Woodhurst Drive space, said Nova Center Executive Director Cheryl Cassidy. The 1992-founded nonprofit, which provides residential, day program, behavioral and employment services for people with developmental disabilities, purchased the building last year for an undisclosed price from Meek’s Lumber & Hardware. Relocation and renovation costs also were undisclosed. Cassidy said moving has provided more room for staff as Nova Center seeks to gradually expand service offerings for the roughly 100 clients it serves in Greene and Christian counties. About 20 clients are expected to be added to its on-site day program, she added. Clients typically are aided by Nova Center throughout adulthood and current clientele ages range from the early 20s to around 80 years old.
Goodlettsville, Tennessee-based discount retailer Dollar General Corp. (NYSE: DG) opened DG Market on Jan. 30 at 797 Hughes Road in Willard. Dollar General officials declined to disclose startup costs for the new market, which employs 17 and is located near the Willard Police Department. Officials say the roughly 10,000-square-foot store carries food, cleaning supplies and clothing sold in Dollar General shops, as well as an assortment of top 20 products typically sold in traditional groceries, including dairy, fresh meats and produce, and perishable items. The Willard shop is one of seven DG Market locations in Missouri and the first in southwest Missouri, officials say, noting the company currently has no additional Springfield-area stores in development. According to its website, the 1939-founded Dollar General Corp. operates over 18,800 stores in 47 states.
Aetos Center for the Performing Arts
Feb. 18 was the public debut of Nixa Public Schools’ Aetos Center for the Performing Arts. The 514 S. Nicholas Road venue at Nixa High School opened with a show by Mike Super, winner of NBC TV show “Phenomenon,” capping off a $15.3 million project, according to school officials. DeWitt & Associates Inc. served as general contractor for the 35,000-square-foot addition and 15,000-square-foot interior renovation project designed by Dake Wells Architecture Inc. The two-story Aetos Center includes an 1,100-seat auditorium with a stage, orchestra pit, catwalk, set-building shop, storage, media room, concession/ticket office and lobby. Springfield-based Meridian Title Co. late last year entered a $300,000, five-year sponsorship with Nixa Public Schools for the Aetos Center, which includes outdoor and interior company signage. Upcoming events include “Boy Band Review,” which benefits the Nixa chapter of nonprofit Care to Learn, and “Madagascar the Musical,” according to its website.
Springfield Business Journal’s 2023 Trusted Advisers event honors 20 businesspeople.