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Blanca Freelander, Balance Fitness Studio LLC
Blanca Freelander, Balance Fitness Studio LLC

Open for Business: Balance Fitness Studio LLC

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Balance Fitness Studio LLC
Blanca Freelander opened Balance Fitness Studio LLC, 601 N. National Ave., Ste. 114, on Feb. 18, offering group fitness classes, yoga, spa services and acupuncture. Freelander leases the 3,900-square-foot building from Craig Wagoner for an undisclosed amount. Balance Fitness has two studios – one for high-energy classes such as Barre Fusion and TRX Suspension Training and another for yoga and PiYo, a combination of Pilates and yoga. Freelander said classes are unlimited for $89 per month; personal trainers charge $60 per hour. The studio, which employs 18, with Darla Morrelo serving as program coordinator, also offers education-centered child care. Hours: Morning and evening classes are offered daily. Phone: (417) 368-4421.

The Rosewood Shop LLC
Husband-and-wife owners Mike Pyeatt and Denise Petrocella on Nov. 1 opened The Rosewood Shop LLC, 6265 Highway O in Ash Grove. Pyeatt said the wood products retailer and distributor primarily provides imported exotic wood to archery companies, such as Black Widow Bows in Nixa. The archery industry uses the wood for bow handles and in the limbs of the bows. Cocobolo is Rosewood Shop’s most popular wood, Pyeatt said, and it comes in three varieties from Panama, Nicaragua and Mexico. The woods range from $8.25 a board foot for canary wood to $60 a board foot for ebony wood. The Rosewood Shop also sells wood for furniture and knife makers and fiberglass for the archery industry. The couple bought the 4,080-square-foot building – formerly a state highway maintenance facility – for $145,000 and renovated it for $50,000. Pyeatt has worked in the exotic wood business for 10 years and moved with his wife to Halltown from White Lake, Mich. Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m.–noon Saturday. Phone: (417) 749-3086.

Mother and daughter Kimberly Nguyen and Thuy Dam on Jan. 30 opened Vietnamese restaurant Rolls-n-Bowls, 1402 W. Sunshine St. Dam said the restaurant specializes in noodle soup called pho and Vietnamese baguettes called banh mi. The appetizers are less than $4, and the entrees are between $6 and $10. “We just love introducing people to our food and our culture,” said Dam, who owned So You Boutique before closing it two years ago. Nguyen and Dam lease the 4,000-square-foot building for about $2,000 per month. They have three employees. Hours: 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday. Phone: (417) 869-1488.
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