Springfield, MO

Amber Ottoson, Trailer Perk Coffee LLCSBJ photo by WES HAMILTON
Amber Ottoson, Trailer Perk Coffee LLC


Open for Business: Trailer Perk Coffee LLC

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Trailer Perk Coffee LLC
Four years after relocating to Springfield from Spokane, Washington, Amber Ottoson on July 11 started Trailer Perk Coffee LLC at Greater Springfield Farmers’ Market in the Battlefield Mall parking lot. Trailer Perk Coffee’s sole employee, Ottoson spent $30,000 on startup costs, including the purchase of an 8-by-10-foot trailer that serves as the company’s mobile base of operations. Ottoson buys supplies from Spokane-based Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters and St. Louis-based Ronnoco Coffee LLC. Trailer Perk’s Northwest-style menu includes The Airstream, a butter pecan latte, and The Flamingo, a white chocolate raspberry mocha, which she said takes the “bitterness and full-body taste that people find unappealing about espresso and eliminates it.” Drinks prices range from $1.50 for a small Americano to $3.75 for an Italian soda with Red Bull and $4.25 for a large chai tea. Ottoson said she’s worked in the coffee industry for 10 years, mostly as a barista.
Hours: 8 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Phone: N/A

Abilities First Inc.
Developmental disabilities nonprofit Abilities First Inc. on June 26 swapped the leased locations for two of its programs: Art Inspired and Inspired Boutique. Jane Gordon, Abilities First’s community development director, said the move helps Art Inspired expand its art classes in the larger 230 S. Market Ave. space and creates more room to rent for private events. The six-employee boutique, which resells donated women’s clothing, home decor and furniture, expects to get more traffic at 331 S. Campbell Ave., she said. The properties are leased from Tillman Redevelopment LLC, and Gordon said terms were unchanged. Art Inspired, with 15 employees, produces stone-paper products – recycled paper molded into indoor and outdoor decor – and offers an art gallery and classes.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday for Art Inspired, and noon-4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday for Inspired Boutique
Phone: (417) 886-2007 and (417) 868-8084
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Roll Forward LLC changed the name of its customer rewards mobile app to Towny in March and made it available to the public on June 23, following eight weeks of app store testing and two years of development. Springfield is a test market for the Austin, Texas-based app, and founder Don Shafer said the name change is intended to reflect the loyalty service’s local focus in any given market. He said locally owned businesses that also use a local bank can use the app to promote repeat sales. Additionally, customers who shop at Towny-registered businesses and use a debit card from a local bank can earn 10 percent back after a repeat purchase. Shafer said Towny currently has 150 businesses and five banks paying undisclosed monthly membership fees. The startup has spent $4.4 million from about 15 investors and employs 32 people, including Mary Guccione who works in a leased office in Springfield Business Journal’s building. Shafer said Towny is preparing for launches in Lubbock, Texas; Evansville, Indiana; Dayton, Ohio; and Lafayette, Louisiana.
Hours: N/A
Phone: (417) 894-2003


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