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New owners take over Ms. Gilmore’s, Humboldt Mansion

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New ownership is in place for two Springfield businesses: Ms. Gilmore’s Tea Room & Vintage Suitcase Emporium and the Humboldt Mansion.

Titus Williams, Freda Roussell and Andrea Flores purchased the businesses and real estate on Feb. 1 from Robin Gilmore, who’s retiring, according to a news release. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Ms. Gilmore’s Tea Room & Vintage Suitcase Emporium operates at 211. E Commercial St., while Humboldt Mansion is about 4 miles away at 847 S. Scenic Ave.

Williams, president of Prosperiti Partners LLC, said his mother, Roussell, and company vice president of development, Flores, “were ideally suited partners for these historic properties.”

“When I learned Ms. Gilmore was interested in retiring, I knew I wanted to make sure the business continued within the C-Street district,” Williams said of Ms. Gilmore’s Tea Room & Vintage Suitcase Emporium, in the release.

Expansions are in the works for both businesses.

At Ms. Gilmore’s Tea Room & Vintage Suitcase Emporium, additional seating for 50-75 people was immediately added to the restaurant and another 100 seats are planned on the second floor once an elevator is re-installed. The business would house up to 225 people for special events upon completion of the work, according to the release. Additional products also have been added to the emporium, which sells antiques, furniture, clothing, jewelry and decor.

At the Humboldt Mansion, the business partners plan to add a wedding and events center, as well as a commercial kitchen. The expansion would allow for on-site weddings of up to 350 people at the 1902-built mansion and historic Carriage House, which together make up 10,000 square feet.

Gilmore in 2007 bought the property formerly known as Humboldt Place to turn it into an events venue, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.

On C-Street, Williams also is working on a $50 million redevelopment of the former Missouri Hotel.


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