Andy’s Frozen Custard Inc.
The newest store for Springfield-based chain Andy’s Frozen Custard Inc. opened Aug. 19 at 509 S. National Ave. The newly constructed 2,000-square-foot eatery at the intersection of National Avenue and Elm Street replaced National Art Shop, which was located on the site since 1986 before shuttering last year. The building that was demolished to make way for Andy’s also over the years was the home of J.P. Cantrell Oil Co.’s Skelly filling station and grocers Brigance Food Lane and Model Market No. 6. Andy Kuntz, CEO of the chain co-founded by his parents, John and Carol Kuntz, said the eatery pays homage to the art shop, including keeping the “N” from its sign and installing it on a wall of the new building. He said manager Michelle Daily leads a staff of 25 at the shop, which is on the edge of Missouri State University’s campus. Andy’s seventh Queen City restaurant – and 119th nationally – was designed by Kansas City-based Hufft and built by general contractor Ross Construction Group LLC for an undisclosed cost.
The Next Chapter Bookshop
A Marshfield bookstore that opened in March and closed two months later has new ownership. Husband and wife Andrew and Sally Scrivener bought the store, at 101 N. Clay St. on the city square, and reopened it Aug. 17 under the name The Next Chapter Bookshop LLC. Sally Scrivener said the bookstore originally launched as Down the Rabbit Hole LLP under the ownership of Crystal Hilton and Amber Brand. Scrivener said she was a volunteer at the shop, which fills roughly 400 square feet inside the same building as Clay Street Boutique, also owned by Brand. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. Scrivener said startup costs were $500, adding she leases space on a month-to-month basis with Brand, who continues to run the boutique. The Next Chapter is a first-time business ownership venture ffor the couple, and Scrivener is the lone employee. Scrivener is a student at Missouri State University, while her husband works for the Springfield office of based pest control company Presto-X.
Hippos Marijuana Dispensary
Hippos Marijuana Dispensary opened its second of three planned shops in Missouri on April 14 at 2868 S. Glenstone Ave. Company spokesperson Lindsay Lockhart said former St. Louis Blues players Kelly Chase, Brett Hull and Barret Jackman are among investors in Hippos ownership group BBMO 2 LLC. She declined to disclose other owners of the company or startup costs of the Springfield store. Lockhart said David Reduzzi is manager of the 10-employee store in Brentwood Center South. Lease terms were not disclosed. The 3,500-square-foot shop sells cannabis flower, pre-rolled joints, concentrates, accessories and marijuana-infused edibles, such as drinks, chocolate bars and fruit chews. The company also has dispensaries in Chesterfield and Columbia, according to its website.
Atlanta-based Chicken Salad Chick made its Springfield debut; husband and wife Garrett and Rose Cochran opened Heirloom Candle Bar; and mobile eatery Girldad BBQ LLC was launched.