All About Dogs & Cats
Pet supply store All About Dogs & Cats LLC moved July 9 to a new south Springfield location at 4560 S. Campbell Ave. Leigh Daniels, who co-owns the business with husband Dennis, said the shop in Shadowood Plaza fills 8,500 square feet – larger than the previous 7,000 square feet at 1429 S. Glenstone Ave. in Country Club Center. Daniels declined to disclose relocation and renovation costs or lease terms with Diversity Commercial Investments LLC. Products sold at the five-employee shop include pet food, carriers, toys, and health and wellness items. It also offers professional pet grooming services and a self-service pet wash, dubbed Mud Puppies. The Danielses bought All About Dogs & Cats for undisclosed terms in October 2020 from Bud and Kay Addington, who started the company in 2005. Daniels said the purchase last year marked the couple’s first business ownership venture.
Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Pearson-Kelly Technology President Chelsey Bode became sole owner of the company following a Sept. 30 purchase from her father. Bode purchased the remaining 81% of the business she didn’t already own from Mike Kelly for undisclosed terms. She began accumulating shares in the information technology solutions company in 2011. In her new role, Bode is shifting her duties toward the design of the company’s long-term vision and goals. Lee Flood, executive vice president and integrator, and the rest of the company’s leadership team have assumed some of Bode’s day-to-day responsibilities. Kelly remains an employee of Pearson-Kelly Technology, focusing on business development. The company was founded in 2002 by Byron and Lisa Pearson, and Kelly became a partner with 50% ownership in 2004 and later bought out Byron Pearson in 2011. Pearson-Kelly, which has its headquarters at 2103 W. Woodland St. as well as a Joplin branch, employs 44 and is on pace this year to reach $7.2 million in revenue, an increase from $5.3 million in 2020, according to company officials.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Central Bank of Branson
After 20 years operating inside a Walmart, a branch of Central Bank of Branson moved April 30 to 18192 Business Highway 13 in Branson West. Bank spokesperson Brandi Beebe said the move from its 18401 Business Highway 13 address across the street allowed the branch to expand staff as well as add a drive-thru and video teller machines. She declined to disclose lease terms or relocation and renovation costs. Beebe said the six-employee staff, led by branch manager Erica Dees, fills space previously occupied by Family Pharmacy, which shuttered last year. The Branson West branch is one of five operated by Central Bank of Branson, which serves Stone and Taney counties. The company also has three Branson branches and one in Hollister, Beebe said.
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, lobby; 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, drive-thru; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, video teller machine
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