Forming Art Studios
Just over a year after launching an art gallery on East Walnut Street, artists Grace Huckfeldt and Laura Ingalsbe opened another downtown venture, Forming Art Studios, on March 4 at 330 South Ave. The owners are the only employees at the 1,500-square-foot studio, which offers a rotating roster of art classes and workshops. Ingalsbe said she and Huckfeldt also are among Forming’s seven teachers, providing lessons on painting and pottery. Other classes at the studio include ceramics, drawing and broom making. Startup costs were roughly $2,500, Ingalsbe said, declining to disclose the one-year lease rate with Wolf Residential LLC. After opening Formed: An Artist Collective in January 2021, the owners planned to use some of the 2,700-square-foot gallery space for classes. However, Ingalsbe said the high interest from artists to display in the venue necessitated an additional building for teaching.
Hours: By appointment
417 Health Care
Longtime employees in the health care industry became first-time business owners with the March 1 launch of 417 Health Care LLC. The 1,200-square-foot Nixa clinic owned by Daina Kays and Kay Hilt is at 830 W. Mount Vernon St., Ste. 10, in the West Side Plaza shopping center. Kays said startup costs were $35,000, noting she and Hilt signed a three-year lease with Magers Management Co. for $1,145 per month. Kays, a nurse practitioner for over 20 years, formerly worked for CoxHealth and Mercy before starting the business with Hilt, who also serves as 417 Health Care’s clinic director. Hilt most recently worked at Elite Pain Management and Recovery Centers, Kays said. The four-employee clinic provides neuropathy management, regenerative medicine, laboratory services and primary care for ages 12 and older. The clinic also accepts same day appointments for treatment of minor injuries or illness, including strep throat, minor cuts or burns, sprains or joint pain and pink eye.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Hog Eye Antiques
After opening Marshfield antique shop Happy Hempster Market in June 2021, owner Darrell Keil Jr. relocated Feb. 5 and renamed his business Hog Eye Antiques LLC. The 3,000-square-foot shop, which sells antiques and collectibles, including furniture, glassware and home decor, moved to the Marshfield square at 111 E. Jefferson St. Product eras range from 1800s Victorian to the 1980s, Keil said, declining to disclose lease terms or relocation costs. While family members occasionally help at the store, Keil said he’s the venture’s lone employee. He changed the store name after receiving the blessing of his grandparents, Oren and Donna McCaslin, who started Hog Eye Antiques in 1971 in Charity, about 20 miles north. They eventually moved the business to Fultonville, New York, in 1984 and retired in 2015. Keil said he wanted the store’s new name to pay tribute to the family business he was raised around during his childhood.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday
The expanded facility is expected to reach annual revenue of $650M.