Photo studio Selfie Vibes reopened March 20 in Springfield after moving last year from Branson. The venture, which features 15 interactive and themed photo booths for people to take pictures, is now in a 2,700-square-foot space at Battlefield Mall. Selfie Vibes owner Shawna Smyth said it first opened in January 2021 but had difficulty competing with higher-profile Branson tourist attractions. She suggested the Springfield move last August to former co-owners Torrena Allison, Burt Cummings and Tommy Norrid. However, she said they exited the business upon the Branson attraction’s Oct. 15 closing. Smyth is now the sole owner of the venture, registered as Selfie Vibes @ Battlefield LLC. She said relocation and renovation costs were $15,000. Smyth signed a three-year lease with mall owner Simon Property Group for an undisclosed rate. Admission prices are $25 for ages 12 and older and $15 for ages 4-11.
Hours: 4-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday
Old Missouri Bank
Old Missouri Bank opened its newest branch March 8 at 1200 W. Dallas St. in Buffalo. It replaced a nearby branch at 919 W. Dallas St. The original branch operated in the space for six years before closing March 5. Old Missouri Bank officials declined to disclose the price of the building purchased in March 2021. Remodeling costs also were undisclosed, with Williams Construction as general contractor and Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective as architect. Project features include wider drive-thru lanes and a pull-around parking lot with dedicated space for agricultural trailers. The building previously was occupied by U.S. Bank. Austin Mooneyham, community bank president, and Penny Morgans, branch manager, are among eight OMB employees in Buffalo who moved to the new branch. The company has eight branches systemwide.
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, lobby; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, drive-thru
Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. moved March 14 to 3075 S. Glenstone Ave., around the corner from its old home on Battlefield Road. The Hobby Lobby store now operates in a former Kmart building which closed in 2017, a property owned by Warren Davis Properties LLC. Company officials declined to disclose lease terms or relocation and renovation costs for the 95,000-square-foot store managed by Gary Demster. Mardel Christian & Education, a Hobby Lobby-affiliated company, also moved to the property from its former space near Battlefield Mall. Greene County assessor records show Hobby Lobby and Mardel previously operated out of roughly 95,000 square feet on East Battlefield Road. Hobby Lobby sells crafting and home decor products, including custom framing, fabric, floral, jewelry making, needle art, scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies. The retailer, which first opened in Springfield in 1991, operates over 900 stores nationwide.
Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in May the all-items inflation index surged 8.6% over the past year, the highest increase since 1981.