Home2 Suites by Hilton Springfield North
Earl Steinert’s EAS Investment Enterprises Inc. opened the newly constructed Home2 Suites by Hilton Springfield North on Dec. 19 at 2756 N. Glenstone Ave., near Interstate 44. Steinert hired Butler, Rosenbury & Partners Inc. as architect and Branson-based Cornerstone Building Services LLC as general contractor for the estimated $4 million project, situated on 4.6 acres behind his Hampton Inn & Suites. The hotel employs 30 and has 99 suites with kitchens, said spokeswoman Natalie Alatriste. The 65,000-squre-foot property offers a fitness center, laundry room, convenience store, complimentary breakfast, business center, indoor saline pool, fire pit, grill area and outdoor walking trails, Alatriste said, and guests are allowed to bring their pets. Lori Sweazey serves as general manager. Hilton (NYSE: HLT) has licensed more than 200 Home2 Suites concepts, with more than 300 in development, according to its website.
Phone: (417) 864-6632
Maes Gelateria LLC
Cameron Maes opened a satellite location of Maes Gelateria LLC on Jan. 10 at 1932 S. Glenstone Ave., where The Cat & The Fiddle restaurant once stood. Maes, partnering again with his father Earl, spent an undisclosed amount of personal capital to purchase a 160-square-foot shipping container online and convert it into a smaller version of his 334 E. Walnut St. shop, which serves gelato and sorbet as well as coffee drinks. The new store features a walk-up window with a patio and drive- thru. Maes said he signed a six-month lease with John Onshun of Onshun Properties LLC for an out-lot of The Plaza Shopping Center. Maes opened his first store in 2016 and said he wanted to reach a new demographic with the South Glenstone Avenue shop. “The crowd that does not come downtown stays away from downtown like the plague,” he said.
Hours: noon-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Phone: (417) 351-5969
What’s Your SQ
Jeremy Clopton founded consulting business What’s Your SQ on Jan. 1, after working 12 years at accounting firm BKD LLP with a focus on big data and analytics. Through his new company, Clopton provides consulting, training and speaking. The “SQ” stands for strategic question. “I’m really focused on helping organizations build cultures that are designed for success,” he said. “Cultures that are innovative, they’re leveraging analytics to become insight driven; they are using performance-based metrics to find success. But they are also taking advantage of the multi-generational workforce.” He has begun work with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for which he also leads seminars. Clopton said the startup is run from his Nixa home for now but also will utilize resources at The eFactory. He offers lunch-and-learn presentations starting at $500 and keynote speeches at $3,000 and up. The Drury University accounting graduate also teaches at Missouri State University’s Management Development Institute.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (417) 839-9531
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