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The Dress
New owners are in place at The Dress, a bridal boutique just off the square at 318 Park Central East, Ste. 106, in The U. Hannah Moreno said she bought the 6-year-old shop Aug. 1 from founder Raven Cotton for $195,000. Cotton said she desired to devote more time to her other business, Park Central Market, which she co-owns with her husband Scott and Mark and Rebecca Martin. Moreno said she signed a 10-year lease for $2,000 per month with Tim Roth of The Vecino Group for the ground-floor space. She added she bought about $10,000 worth of furniture upon taking over. Roughly 120 dresses, including new and consignment pieces, are in stock, with prices between $500 and $2,200. The boutique also sells dresses online. Moreno said annual revenue, which reached $305,000 in 2017, is on pace for $330,000 this year. A staff of three works with Moreno at The Dress, her first venture into ownership, following a stint in sales at Central States Industrial and work in insurance.
Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Phone: (417) 818-7700
Web: TheDressDowntown.com

Midwest Supply
With nearly 80 years combined experience in the building industry, Shaun Massey, Neil Brock and Jeremy Atchley joined forces June 1 to open Midwest Supply, 6987 State Highway C in Strafford. At the former Strafford Building Supply property, which closed in 2008, Atchley said the new business sells lumber, windows and doors, with delivery services and installation offered as well. The Midwest Supply showroom and warehouse is roughly 20,000 square feet, with another 15,000 square feet devoted to storage, Atchley said, noting the owners gutted and remodeled the showroom building. He said startup costs were around $750,000, and the owners are on an open-ended lease with LaFollette Enterprises LLC for $3,500 a month. With 11 employees, the store features Sierra Pacific Windows and Kayu International Inc. hardwood products.
Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m.-noon Saturday
Phone: (417) 736-9573
Web: BuildWithMidwest.com

Croley Insurance and Financial Inc.
Croley Insurance and Financial Inc. on July 31 purchased HealthPointe Insurance Solutions LLC for undisclosed terms. In the acquisition, Healthpointe Insurance owner/operator Cindy Elston joined the Croley Insurance team. She has 20 years of experience in employee benefits and had operated HealthPointe Insurance at 3378 S. Scenic Ave. According to Missouri secretary of state records, Elston registered HealthPointe Insurance in 2009. Croley Insurance, at 3705 E. Battlefield Road, ranked 13th on Springfield Business Journal’s 2018 list of the area’s largest independent insurance agencies, with 15 local agents, 25 total employees and 4,000 local accounts.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (417) 881-3520
Web: CroleyInsurance.com

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