A trio of sisters became first-time business owners with the Jan. 1 opening of Rise Nutrition in Republic. Shelby Cotter, Brittany Davajon and Ashlie Will own the healthy drink shop at 1652 U.S. Highway 60 East in the Town East Center, which they operate via Sister Collective LLC. Davajon said they took over the lease of Show Me Nutrition, another similar, but unrelated, drink shop when owner Mary Charpentier decided to shutter her business. The lease with The Wooten Co. is through Oct. 31 at a rate of $1,162 per month, Davajon said, adding startup costs were $35,000. The shop’s menu of energy teas, protein shakes and iced coffee mostly range $5-$9. It serves tea options such as blueberry grape and pineapple express, while shake flavors include butter pecan and raspberry truffle. Davajon said Will trained with Bridgette Cummings of Springfield-based The Healthy Edge Nutrition Club prior to launching the Republic shop.
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
Copper Run Distillery
Copper Run Distillery LLC reopened April 1 after moving six months ago to 14720 Business 13 in Branson West. The 13-year-old company relocated in September 2021 roughly 20 miles away from its original home in Walnut Shade, said co-owner Keith Hock. He said the past several months involved making renovations to Copper Run’s 5,000-square-foot building in Branson West, along with waiting on the inspection process. The facility, about 3 miles south of the intersection with State Highway 76, had been closed to production, as well as public tours and drink tastings of its whiskeys, moonshine and rum, since last year’s move. Hock said he purchased the building last year from All Seasons Comfort Systems LLC, estimating the total investment, including renovations, at $300,000. Hock and business partner Jason Iacobucci bought Copper Run for an undisclosed price in 2018 from Jim White and founder Jim Blansit. Its products are distributed in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois.
Hours: 1-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
Bolivar-based Stephens Pharmacy at CMH expanded its footprint into rural Dallas County March 16 with a new location inside an Urbana medical clinic. The pharmacy, owned and operated by Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation, offers telepharmacy services at the Ozarks Community Health Center clinic, which moved in January to 406 S. Dallas St. Hermitage-based OCHC began serving Urbana in 2015, when it opened a clinic at 111 N. Main St. The pharmacy uses a telepharmacy software platform that enables virtual prescription verification and live video counseling with patients. Seth Alley, pharmacist in charge at Stephens Pharmacy, is the supervising pharmacist, and Rebekah Spradling is the on-site certified pharmacy technician at the Urbana clinic. CMH spokesperson Tamera Heitz-Peek said startup costs were $50,000 for the new pharmacy location. The Bolivar health care system purchased Stephens Pharmacy in 2019 from Mike Stephens, who opened the business in 1975.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
For most, winter offers a break from gardening. But there’s plenty of action at Amanda Belle’s Farm on East Primrose Street, a Springfield Community Gardens project at the edge of the Cox Medical Center South campus.