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Cryotherapy is a primary focus of BelowZero CryoSpa, a health spa that opened Nov. 1 at 1374 E. Republic Road. The business in Fremont Corners is owned by Vanessa Howe, who operates under BelowZero Cryo LLC. Howe said startup costs were $196,000, adding she signed a three-year lease for $2,265 per month with landlord Joe Bartell. She said cryotherapy is a noninvasive, cold therapy using electricity on the body for a few minutes, which can have benefits such as decreasing migraine symptoms and reducing pain and inflammation. Other spa services include infrared sauna, body sculpting and compression therapy. BelowZero offers monthly memberships ranging $159-$299 per month. Individual and package sessions also are sold, beginning at $25, according to its website. Howe, who said she has dealt with degenerative disc disease for eight years, was inspired to open a spa after trying cryotherapy while visiting family in Dallas. In addition to the spa, she maintains her longtime job as a real estate agent with Murney Associates, Realtors.
La Quinta Inn & Suites
Miami, Florida-based investment management firm Bloom Ventures LLC closed Dec. 29 on the acquisition of La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Springfield Airport Plaza. Bloom Ventures founder and CEO David Harari said the purchase price from seller Grace Hospitality Properties LLC was $7 million. The deal for the 92-room, 55,000-square-foot La Quinta Hotel at 2445 N. Airport Plaza Ave., roughly 5 miles from the Springfield-Branson National Airport, marks Bloom Ventures’ first hotel outside of Florida, he said. Legacy Bank & Trust Co. was the lender, Harari said, adding Skip Liebman and Ron Tappan of Reece Commercial Real Estate served as the listing brokers. Harari said Florida-based Driftwood Hospitality Management is managing the 20-employee hotel for Bloom Ventures.
CMH Behavioral Health Transitional Clinic
Citizens Memorial Hospital expanded its mental health services with the Feb. 1 opening of CMH Behavioral Health Transitional Clinic, part of Butterfield Park Medical Center at 1300 N. Oakland Ave., Bolivar. The clinic occupies roughly 1,300 square feet in shared space with the CMH Addiction Recovery program, according to health system spokesperson Tamera Heitz-Peek. She said startup costs for the clinic were $161,000, noting no renovation or new construction was required for its launch. The two-employee clinic, led by mental health nurse practitioner Tara Billingslea, cares for patients ages 6 and older who are unable to have an immediate appointment scheduled with a CMH behavioral health provider; a referral by a medical provider is required.
The nonprofit moves into its new campus.