Making its third move since opening eight years ago, OMG Commerce relocated Nov. 5 to a 4,000-square-foot leased space at 319 N. Main St., Ste. 130. The e-commerce agency doubled its office space from 1050 E. Walnut St., Ste. A. Co-founder Chris Brewer said OMG Commerce is on track to employ 30 next year with room to expand at the new office, which also houses BRP Architects. Declining to disclose annual revenue, he said the agency employs 26, with a handful of staff working remotely out of state. The company started in 2010 as Online Marketing Giant LLC, working with local clients on paid search marketing and search engine optimization. Now, e-commerce is 80 percent of the business. The company’s executive team created sister company OMG Commerce, but Online Marketing Giant continues to operate. In addition to its online services, OMG’s CEO Brett Curry hosts “eCommerce Evolution,” a podcast that averages 2,000-3,000 downloads per episode.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (417) 315-8831
The Spa Gallery
With 25 years of experience working together, Brad Tanzer and husband-and-wife Scott and Kelly Thomas joined forces May 5 at The Spa Gallery. Tanzer is owner of the shop at 1251 E. Republic Road, and the Thomases serve as managers. Kelly Thomas said the trio left Springfield Pool and Spa several months ago, and she didn’t anticipate getting back into the industry. But Tanzer, who started Creative Pool Concepts LLC in Nixa earlier this year, talked the couple into running retail for The Spa Gallery, which sells spas, above ground pools, chemicals and equipment. Startup costs were $150,000, and Thomas said work consisted of knocking out and repainting walls, staining floors and installing a glass garage door. The shop is on a two-year lease for an undisclosed rate with Mires Properties. She said a portion of sales support a charity each month, with November raising funds for bulletproof vests for the K9 division of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and by appointment
Phone: (417) 755-7919
After five years in operation as a food truck serving Thai and Mexican fusion dishes, The Wheelhouse LLC rolled into its first brick-and-mortar operation Aug. 10 inside Vib Springfield hotel at 1845 E. Sunshine St. Melissa Smallwood, who owns the business with her husband Zach and other family members, said they were looking for a permanent location for three years. “We wanted something that was unique, like we are,” she said, noting the financial arrangement with hotel owner-operator Elliot Lodging Ltd. was appealing. Rather than a typical lease agreement, The Wheelhouse pays 10 percent of on-site sales. The restaurant is located in the hotel lobby, and employs 22. In addition to menu items, such as breakfast burritos, tacos and pad thai, the eatery also sells pastries from B + B Boulangerie & Bakery and coffee from KeenBean Coffee Roasters. Smallwood said The Wheelhouse food truck generated roughly $250,000 in sales last year.
Hours: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Phone: (417) 430-0400
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