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Open for Business: The Gypsy High-End Eatables & Desserts

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The Gypsy High-End Eatables & Desserts
Restaurant veteran Stephanie Wigger teamed up with a couple of her friends on The Gypsy High-End Eatables & Desserts LLC, a food truck that launched Jan. 12. The venture is set up in the parking lot of the Revival 98 dispensary at 2782 W. Republic Road. Wigger said the food truck’s six-person staff includes co-owners Jake Waters and Emily Wade, adding the three also work together at downtown bar Best of Luck Beer Hall. Wigger declined to disclose startup costs or lease terms with Revival 98. The Gypsy marks a return to ownership of an eatery for Wigger, who formerly owned Farm Fresh Steakhouse & Bakery LLC and began working in the industry in the 1990s. The Nixa restaurant, which first opened in 2017 in Highlandville, closed in 2022. The Gypsy’s entrees include beef stroganoff, chicken marsala and coconut curry. Vegetarian options are available by substituting portabella mushrooms for the protein. The eatery also has sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads and baked goods, including cakes and cookies. Entree prices range $12-$14.
Phone: 417-848-1399

London Calling Pasty Co.
After six years operating in the Battlefield Mall food court, London Calling Pasty Co. relocated Jan. 6 to Nixa food hall 14 Mill Market. Carrie Mitchell, who co-owns the restaurant and mobile food truck venture centered around British cuisine with her brother-in-law Neil Gomme, said they were drawn to the food hall concept and wanted to keep growing their brand outside of Springfield. She declined to disclose relocation and renovation costs or lease terms with Rich and Leah Callahan, who own the 203 E. Mount Vernon St. business. London Calling’s menu includes pasties, pronounced pass-tees, which are baked pastries filled with ingredients such as meat and vegetables, as well as shepherd’s pies, sausage rolls, and fish and chips. The company, which began in 2013 as a food truck, continues to operate two mobile eateries in the Queen City and surrounding towns. Mitchell said they plan to expand the food truck fleet this year, adding another vehicle to travel farther outside the region.
Phone: 417-705-6000

Staggs Financial Services
A former executive with the Better Business Bureau and television news journalist became a first-time business owner with the Nov. 1 opening of Staggs Financial Services LLC. Stephanie Staggs is the lone employee for her venture, which occupies 200 square feet inside Tagge Insurance Agency LLC at 5336 S. Campbell Ave., Ste. 200. She declined to disclose startup costs or her five-year lease rate with Tagge Insurance. Services at Staggs Financial include college, retirement and financial planning, as well as life, long-term care and funeral insurance. Staggs said business owners, women and families primarily comprise her clientele, adding she welcomes parents to bring their children for appointments to her office, which has a kids’ space with toys and books. Staggs worked five years as the BBB’s local director before exiting in 2022 to work for AGFinancial as director of communications and marketing. She previously was an on-air reporter for nearly a decade at various television stations, including KY3 and KSPR.
Phone: 417-501-5450


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