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Ebbets Field
Longtime restaurant Ebbets Field is under new leadership after a group led by Bryan Properties LLC purchased the restaurant and building at 1027 E. Walnut St. on Dec. 17. Terms were not disclosed for the transaction by Bryan Magers and Scott Bailes of Bryan Properties along with silent partners. Kevin Simon is the new general manager at the eatery, which was sold by former Missouri State University football coach Terry Allen and Ron Baird, an attorney with Baird Lightner Millsap PC. Through Pub Management LLC, Allen and Baird had taken over the business in 2012 amid the fallout of Bruce Swisshelm’s bankruptcy proceedings. Bailes said the new ownership group closed Ebbets Field temporarily to conduct renovations that included refinishing wood on the bar and floors, cleaning, painting and fixing walls before reopening Jan. 11. Minor exterior renovations are slated for the spring at the restaurant, originally opened in 1981 on East Cherry Street.
Hours: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday
Phone: (417) 865-5050

Leadership Springfield
Nonprofit Leadership Springfield opened its first office space Dec. 1 at 1711 W. Battlefield Road, Ste. A. It had operated for three decades as an affiliate program of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce before transitioning to a fully independent organization in July 2018. Leadership Springfield runs several programs annually for adults and students, helping emerging and established leaders make a commitment to their community, said Executive Director Carrie Richardson. A graduate of Leadership Springfield Class 25, Richardson was hired in June 2018. The professional development organization has three employees, who work in a 1,000-square-foot office leased for two years with Warren Davis Properties for $1,000 per month. Leadership Springfield has connected nearly 2,000 graduates with local opportunities, needs, problems and resources since 1984.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (417) 986-2884
WebLeadershipSpringfield.org

Ellecor Design and Gifts
The new home for Ellecor Design and Gifts opened Jan. 19 at 623 S. Pickwick Ave. in Rountree neighborhood. Owner Haden Long said she and husband Brady purchased the nearly 100-year-old, 1,600-square-foot bungalow for $212,000 in May 2018, and spent the following eight months remodeling it to house her interior design company. She said renovation costs were about $100,000, which included adding a ramp to comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and updating and converting the HVAC system to electric from gas to make full use of 58 solar panels already on the house. Ellecor moved after completing its five-year lease at Farmers Park, where it was the first retailer to open in 2014. The showroom retail space at Farmers Park just wasn’t the right fit for Ellecor’s business model, Long said, adding she designed the home on Pickwick Avenue to inspire clients.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Monday by appointment
Phone: (417) 720-2602
Web: EllecorDesign.com

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