Matt Blinn opened Marinade’s restaurant May 20 at 1645 W. Republic Road. Blinn, who also owns Skybox Grille and Lounge, said he saw an opportunity for another restaurant. “I worked myself out of a job” at Skybox, he said. “I realized I had a perfect staff, and it dawned on me that it was the perfect time.” Marinade’s offers wings, burgers, sandwiches and salads in the bar, and steak, lobster, shrimp and other meals on the fine-dining side. Prices range from $6 for lunch items to $40 or market-value price for 10-ounce lobster tails, said Blinn, who started the business using his own capital from Skybox revenue and by obtaining a working line of credit through Arvest Bank. Hours: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Phone: (417) 886-1300.Off the Wall Indoor Billboards
Jerry Haefeker expanded his Branson business to the Springfield area March 1. Off the Wall Indoor Billboards strategically places full-page, color graphic billboards inside stall doors and above urinals in public restrooms. The 15-year-old home-based business has accumulated more than 100 venues in the Branson market, and Haefeker said 23 Springfield businesses have signed on, including Village Inn, Quincy Magoo’s and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. “It’s our way of reaching a captive audience,” Haefeker said, noting that all venues participate by invitation only. “(In restrooms), you’re forced to look at something.” Prices start at $25 per 8” by 11” advertisement per month, according to www.offthewallad.com, and the company offers discounts based on monthly commitments. Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone: (417) 337-8830.Advisor Ink
Advisor Ink opened in mid-April, providing investments and insurance counseling, comprehensive planning, and accounting services at 600 W. Republic Road, Ste. A-112. The firm specializes in personal, real estate and business planning, as well as advanced planning strategies, said Jared Miesner, vice president of finance. Advisor Ink, owned by certified public accountant Roger Rekate, also operates a St. Charles office. Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone: (417) 881-2080.Send new business info to email@example.com.