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Archie’s Italian Eatery
The former general manager of a Perkins Restaurant & Bakery in Springfield that shuttered last year launched his own restaurant Dec. 12. Archie Donoho started Archie’s Italian Eatery with son-in-law Lorenzo Hudson at 1410 E. Republic Road, formerly OssoBuco Italian American Bistro. Donoho said he already had plans for the eatery before Perkins closed in October and took it as a sign. “I said, ‘Heck, that’s God telling me to do it.” I believe he wanted me to fulfill my dream,” Donoho said. He said startup costs were around $200,000 for the roughly 5,000-square-foot restaurant. Donoho signed a two-year lease with an option for four additional years for undisclosed terms with Rob Wilson of Rapid Robert’s Inc. The restaurant employs 22 and has a menu that includes multiple styles of fettuccini, spaghetti squash with “beetballs” and Cajun chicken marsala. Prices generally run $7-$20.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Phone: 417-720-1763

Word on the Street Bookshop
After initially selling books in a booth at Camp Flea Antique Mall in 2016, Holly Bowdidge Childers opened Word on the Street Bookshop on Nov. 30 at 127 E. Church St. in Ozark. Childers said used books are priced $3-$15, and new releases are sold for the publisher’s retail price at the 1,200-square-foot store on the northeast corner of the town square. Declining to disclose startup costs, she said the 106-year-old building was renovated in 2019 by her landlord, Alley Investments LLC. Childers signed a month-to-month lease for $1,600 each month. A 2001 law school graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Childers worked in the federal judiciary as a law clerk and staff attorney in Missouri and Illinois before leaving the field in 2015. She most recently served as a reference librarian for the Springfield-Greene County Library for nearly three years. Aside from book sales, she said the shop also will host a monthly book club.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Phone: 417-778-5055

Hard Hat Gear
A second retail store for personal safety equipment supplier Hard Hat Gear opened Aug. 29 at 2252 S. Campbell Ave., in the York Center. The original shop is in Ozark, 6271 N. 21st St., which started as a warehouse when the business began online as and, targeting construction tradesmen and ironworkers. Springfield store Manager Frank Rios said the company’s online and in-store stock includes hard hats, safety glasses, high-visibility workwear, fire-retardant clothing, work boots and traffic safety signs. Hard Hat Gear owner Randy Rude is on a five-year lease with Bryan Properties LLC for an undisclosed rate at the 3,000-square-foot Springfield store, said Rios, who declined to disclose opening costs. 
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
Phone: 417-501-1218


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