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Audrey Garard, Grooms Office Environments
Audrey Garard, Grooms Office Environments

Open for Business: Grooms Office Environments

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Grooms Office Environments
Founder Olin Grooms sold Grooms Office Environments on Jan. 1 to Chief Operating Officer and Vice President Audrey Garard and her husband, Jonathan Garard. Grooms, 80, started the company in 1977 primarily selling office chairs. From its 1285 E. Montclair St. office, the company’s team of interior designers and furniture installers now help clients, such as Prime Inc., AG Financial Solutions and CoxHealth, with carpet colors and lighting fixtures to canopy systems and workspace flow. Working with some 300 product lines, Grooms’ top brand is Herman Miller Inc., for which the company has been an authorized dealer since 1982. Grooms said 2014 was the 19-employee company’s most profitable year on revenue of $7.5 million, up from $5.5 million in 2013. Audrey Garard began selling office furniture for Grooms nine years ago. Hours: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone: (417) 883-4646. Web:

Two years after launching pH Life alkaline mineral supplements, husband-and-wife Stacy and Nicole Kimmel started Thriveology natural health center on Jan. 1. Leasing space at the Lambeth Building, 1944 E. Sunshine St., Ste. C, the Kimmels address nutrition, mental well-being, immune support, detoxification and digestion, and weight management. In November, she earned a cognitive behavioral therapy certification and he earned a doctorate in naturopathy. With 15-20 patients to start, Nicole Kimmel said their goal is to restore health naturally, through mind and body treatments. Office visits are $50, paid out-of-pocket, and she said treatment programs are covered in one-time fees. For instance, a self-empowerment toolkit that Nicole created, called Self Reclaimed, costs $80. Hours: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday. Phone: (417) 866-2999. Web:

Pearl Spa & Salon
Kayla Jones and Maranda Pennington opened Pearl Spa & Salon on Jan. 14 in Quail Creek Plaza, 1440 W. Republic Road, Ste. 116. The full-service salon offers haircuts, highlights, color, facials, massages and body waxing. Starting prices for colors are $40, massages, $35, and facials, $55, said Jones, who previously co-owned Hair on Broadway. She said startup costs for Pearl Spa & Salon were around $5,000. With three employees, Jones and Pennington lease 1,750 square feet for a three-year term. Hours: 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday. Phone: (417) 824-7035.

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