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Open for Business: A Wench in the Gear LLC

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A Wench in the Gear LLC
Owner and sole employee C.C. Guice on Nov. 24 started her first retail venture, A Wench in the Gear LLC, at 213 W. Commercial St. A self-described corsetiere and milliner, Guice learned to design, make patterns and sew from her mother, as well as seamstresses and tailors in Thailand, where she spent several years in the 1990s modeling clothing. She said all pieces of wearable art at the store are personally designed and handcrafted on-site using repurposed and upcycled quality materials. A variety of corsets, hats, kilts, jackets and costume-play attire are sold at the 3,000-square-foot shop. Guice signed a one-year lease with building owner Jina Gorham for an undisclosed rate. The name is a play on words of “a cog in the wheel” and refers to herself as a working woman, said Guice, who has past experience as a writer, veterinary technician, groomer and bartender.
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Phone: (417) 766-4190
Web: AWenchInTheGear.com

LandShark Bar & Grill
The Jimmy Buffett-inspired LandShark Bar & Grill opened Feb. 21 at Branson Landing. The beach-themed restaurant, 915 Branson Landing Blvd., fills 7,100 square feet fronting Lake Taneycomo on the north side of the shopping center’s fountains. LandShark’s Branson plans were announced in late May 2018 and the restaurant originally expected to open in fourth-quarter 2018. General Manager Robert Hertlein declined to disclose startup costs or lease terms for LandShark, which now operates 10 locations nationally through Orlando, Florida-based IMCMV Holdings Inc., according to the company website. Hertlein said he manages a staff of 105 in Branson. Burgers, fish tacos and coconut shrimp are some of the popular items, he said, adding the drink menu features the LandShark island-style lager. IMCMV Holdings also owns the Margaritaville brand, and the owners of Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach are converting it this spring to the Margaritaville Lake Resort.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday
Phone: (417) 385-5014
Web: Branson.LandSharkBarAndGrill.com

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
O’Reilly Hospitality Management LLC added a $13 million Holiday Inn Express & Suites to its portfolio Feb. 1 at 3050 N. Kentwood Ave. General Manager Kevin Algeo said the nearly 63,000-square-foot hotel has 111 rooms, 1,200 square feet of meeting space, complimentary Wi-Fi and breakfast, a fitness center and heated indoor pool. O’Reilly Hospitality CEO Tim O’Reilly’s Glen44 Investments LLC owns the property at the northwest corner of Interstate 44 and Glenstone Avenue, which is part of the newly dubbed Moon Town Crossing development featuring event center Barley House, Macadoodles and Tropical Smoothie Cafe. Barley House was called Moon Town Crossing before the late February name change.
Hours: 24/7
Phone: (417) 708-4699
Web: IHG.com/HolidayInnExpress

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