Central Bank of the Ozarks
The 12th Springfield branch for Central Bank of the Ozarks opened May 10 at 3810 E. Sunshine St., a 3-story building developed by Raga Properties LLC. Leasing roughly 3,900 square feet on the first floor, Central Bank is one of four signed tenants for the office building. Bank spokesperson Andrew Tasset declined to disclose startup costs or lease terms. Manager Claudia Krebaum leads an eight-person staff at the branch that has two drive-thru lanes and a video teller machine, which also functions as an ATM. Rita Baron of Raga Properties said Central Bank completed its infill with Federal Construction Inc., while Cedar Construction LLC was general contractor for the rest of the building. She declined to disclose construction costs, noting Raga Properties and Baron Design & Associates LLC also have moved into the building. Husch Blackwell LLP, will relocate next year from Hammons Tower, Baron said.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, lobby and drive-thru; 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, video teller machine
After opening its first brick-and-mortar store in August 2020, 417 Charcuterie moved May 1 to 2672 S. Glenstone Ave., in Brentwood Center South. The business, which sells charcuterie boards prepared with meat, fruit, cheese and sweets, previously operated at 1323 W. Sunshine St. Owners Jessica Blodgett and Courtney Williams also changed the venture’s name earlier this year from Springfield Charcuterie LLC. Blodgett said they signed a three-year lease with Jared Commercial Real Estate LLC, declining to disclose the rate or relocation costs. She said four employees work at the 850-square-foot shop, formerly occupied by New Wave Wireless. The charcuterie creations range in size from individual lunch bowls to large “tablescapes” that feed 500 people at weddings and corporate events, Blodgett said. Prices begin at $5 for a single-serving cup, while a party platter for 10 costs $99, according to the company website. The business started in February 2020 as a home-based venture.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
A 10-year veteran of the pet grooming industry became a first-time business owner with the May 1 opening of The Furologist LLC. Brittny Knapp launched the company at 193 S. Marshall St., Ste. F, in Rogersville. She worked the past four years at another Rogersville grooming company, The Pet Cottage LLC. Knapp said she pays $750 a month on her two-year lease with Marc Strecker of 193 S. Marshall Investors LLC. Startup costs for the 1,200-square-foot shop were roughly $12,000, Knapp said. She is the lone employee, handling dog baths, haircuts and other services, including nail filing and teeth brushing. Grooming packages are priced by the dog breed, size and coat type and length, she said. Prices range $45-$55 for small breeds, $55-$65 for medium-size dogs and $75-$100 for most large breeds. Knapp said she started as a pet groomer for Petco in Palm Desert, California, at 18 years old.
Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
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