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Kelly and Mike Parker, Chicken Salad Chick
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Kelly and Mike Parker, Chicken Salad Chick

Open for Business: Chicken Salad Chick

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Chicken Salad Chick
Atlanta-based Chicken Salad Chick made its Springfield debut Oct. 11 at 1322 E. Battlefield Road in the Fremont Center. Kelly Parker said she and husband Mike are franchisees of the 4,000-square-foot restaurant, which employs 20. She declined to disclose startup costs. The company’s franchise fee is $50,000, along with a $10,000 grand opening marketing fee for the first restaurant. Franchisees are expected to pay 5% royalties, 2% national advertising fees and at least 1% local marketing fees, according to the company website. Parker said they signed a five-year lease for an undisclosed rate with Ataractic Investment Co. LLC. The restaurant chain offers 12 flavors of chicken salad, as well as egg salad and pimento cheese, served as a scoop or sandwich. It also sells soups and salads. Meal prices range $9-$12. The couple has plans for a second eatery in Greene County, although Parker declined to identify the location or timetable. The company has over 230 stores in 17 states, according to its website.
Phone: 417-640-2163

Heirloom Candle Bar
Husband and wife Garrett and Rose Cochran launched Heirloom Candle Bar LLC on Nov. 10 at 1423 E. Cherry St., Ste. 101. The business shares space with Fleur Floral Studio LLC, which the couple opened in February 2021. At the do-it-yourself candle concept in the Rountree neighborhood, customers select a vessel along with a variety of fragrance oils for their candle. They then pour their wax, place the wick, mix the products together and even name their candle, said Rose Cochran. The process averages around 30 minutes to complete, she said. While pricing is determined by the choices in the candle-making process, such as the vessel size and fragrance oils selected, she said prices generally range $20-$75. Cochran said startup costs for the 1,200-square-foot shop were $9,000, adding she and her husband remain on a three-year lease for an undisclosed rate with Pickwick and Cherry LLC. The candle bar has seating capacity for 24 and is available for walk-ins and reservations.
Phone: 417-590-7111

Girldad BBQ
Mobile eatery Girldad BBQ LLC was launched June 26 by husband-and-wife owners Patrick and Kaylee O’Brien. The couple, who also are the lone employees, invested $40,000 in startup costs, said Patrick O’Brien. He said their two daughters serve as inspiration for the Girldad name, noting the menu features smoked meats, such as brisket, pork ribs, turkey leg confit and Texas hot links, as well as other nonbarbecue items, including chicken with sherry and mushrooms and herb roasted pork loin. Entree prices range $8-$20. Girldad’s service area is Greene and Christian counties, said Kaylee O’Brien, adding the eatery regularly appeared this year at farmers markets in Ozark and Sparta. It also generates business from catering and private events. Patrick O’Brien, who is director of dining services at Evangel University, said he graduated in 2008 from New York-based Culinary Institute of America.
Phone: 417-413-3347


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