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Little Sunshine’s Enterprises
The newest facility for Springfield-based preschool and early child care operator Little Sunshine’s Enterprises Inc. opened Nov. 7 in Ozark. Kelly Yust, director of marketing for the company, which does business as Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool, said the newly constructed 9,000-square-foot building at 4801 N. Town Centre Drive doubles the size of the former school at 4910 N. 21st St. She declined to disclose the project’s cost, for which Ross Construction Group LLC was general contractor and Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective was architect. The new preschool can serve up to roughly 120 students and features outdoor playgrounds with custom-built playhouses, water features and tricycle paths. Tonya Wells, program director, said she leads a 30-person staff at the preschool. Yust said the company, which operates 30 schools in 10 states, plans to sell its former Ozark building.
A love of food and cooking spurred Brian Keener on Sept. 22 to launch Contorto, a food trailer primarily based at Metro Eats, 2463 W. Sunshine St. Keener embarked on his first ownership venture with the mobile eatery, which has a menu he describes as Italian cuisine with a twist. Startup costs were $30,000, including the purchase and renovation of the trailer, he said, declining to disclose lease terms with Metro Eats owners Christine and Amy Shellhart. Contorto serves fried calzones called panzerottis, as well as piadinas, an Italian flatbread sandwich. Keener said he uses several sauces, smoked gouda and naan bread for the sandwiches, which include chicken pesto and grilled cheese. Menu prices range $8-$11. Keener has 20 years of experience as a maintenance technician, primarily working in factories and construction, he said. Contorto is a part-time pursuit, Keener said, as he maintains his position at Vital Farms Inc., serving as the maintenance and facility manager of the company’s Springfield plant.
A CrossFit gym in Marshfield changed owners Oct. 1, resulting in a new name. Husband and wife Johnathon and Racquel Rosenthal started CrossFit Witness LLC after buying the business, formerly named Perform Overcome Excel CrossFit, from Danny and Rachel Poe. Racquel Rosenthal declined to disclose the purchase price or lease terms for the gym, which occupies 7,000 square feet at 900 W. Washington St., Ste. 260, in Young’s Shopping Center. Rosenthal said she participated in CrossFit classes at the gym for eight years, including the last two years as a coach, before being approached by the Poes to purchase the business, which they had owned since 2019. She said a drop-in visit at the gym is $10. A punch card good for 10 visits costs $80, and prepaid one-year memberships range $486 for students to $1,404 for families of at least three people, according to its website. Rosenthal said she previously worked as a physical therapist assistant for Mercy before exiting health care in 2020.
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