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Bonnie Nolen, Bon Bon’s Candy House
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Bonnie Nolen, Bon Bon’s Candy House

Open for Business: Bon Bon’s Candy House

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Bon Bon’s Candy House
Bon Bon’s Candy House moved Sept. 5 to Brentwood Center North, at 2720 S. Glenstone Ave., from its longtime home at 3857 S. Campbell Ave. Co-owner Bonnie Nolen said infill for the 2,300-square-foot space was by Rio Contracting LLC, with Wade Lininger as architect and interior design by Andrea Deckard Interiors LLC. She declined to disclose renovation costs and the rate for the shop’s five-year lease with Jared Enterprises Inc. Aside from bon bons, the 10-employee candy shop sells truffles, gourmet popcorn, gummies, 48 flavors of Jelly Belly jelly beans and 40 flavors of saltwater taffy. The store also has a 14-foot display case for its chocolates and caramels. The business began in 2002 as Richardson’s Candy House, owned by Terry and Pat Hicklin, and managed by Nolen, their daughter. When the couple retired in 2015, Nolen and her husband Adam bought the business and changed the name to Bon Bon’s Candy House, in recognition of the candy and a play on her first name, she said.
Hours: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Phone: (417) 883-3900

Live Pure Yoga and Fitness
Lilly McCown took over May 1 as owner of Live Pure Yoga and Fitness at 3250 E. Battlefield Road, Ste. M, in the Fox Grape Plaza shopping center. She purchased the business from Stephanie Wubbena for an undisclosed price. Wubbena and McCown are among the seven instructors at the 1,700-square-foot studio, with classes including yoga, barre and strength training. Prices range from $15 for one class to $780 for an annual membership, according to its website. Classes are offered daily, with several aimed at senior citizens. McCown, a CrossFit trainer and athlete, said her passion is coaching people to better health through a variety of fitness types. She invested about $40,000 in equipment, training, and building renovations and infill. McCown is on a three-year lease with R.B. Murray Co. for an undisclosed rate. Wubbena opened the studio in 2015 in Chesterfield Village before moving to Fox Grape Plaza in September 2018, McCown said.
Hours: Vary by class schedule
Phone: (417) 425-6685

CellARide LLC
Technology startup CellARide LLC made the move downtown April 15 from its south Springfield home. Now located in The Holland Building at 205 Park Central East, Ste. 217, the company spent the past year at 4050 S. Fairview Ave. Josh Holstein, CEO and founder, said the move was precipitated by the need for gigabit internet service. CellARide, which offers a text-message marketing service for the auto dealer industry, is on a one-year lease with building owner Allen Casey for an undisclosed rate. Holstein also is founder and CEO of Drive to Innovate LLC, an on-demand innovation help service. He said renovation costs for the 400-square-foot space were around $800. CellARide employs three locally and six others working around the country, Holstein said, noting the company recently surpassed $1 million in investments secured. It originated in 2010 and set up shop in the Efactory for five years, when the Missouri State University business incubator opened in 2013.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (678) 235-5274


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