After five years in the retail clothing industry, Nixa resident Elizabeth David launched her first boutique store, Rosebud’s Cottage LLC. With her husband, Bryan, she co-owns the 205 N. Main St. venture, which opened in Nixa on Sept. 10. She said startup costs were $45,000, noting the building most recently housed Ally’s Attic, a thrift store that closed in 2016. It since has been used as storage for Thrive Church, with which the couple signed a three-year lease for an undisclosed rate. Rosebud’s Cottage sells women’s and children’s clothing, along with jewelry and home decor. At the shop, 14 vendors, including The Turquoise Trunk Boutique, You + Babe and Modern Merchant LLC, rent booth space in the 3,500-square-foot store for an undisclosed rate. David previously rented out space of her own in other shops as a past co-owner of Humble and Kind Boutique, which started in 2017 and sold women’s clothing. The business shuttered in the spring, as David focused on her new venture.
Lendmark Financial Services
Lawrenceville, Georgia-based consumer finance company Lendmark Financial Services LLC made its Queen City debut July 12 at 319 E. Battlefield Road, Ste. A. Lendmark, which provides household credit and consumer loan solutions, such as personal loans, debt consolidation and auto financing, has over 475 branches in 21 states. Seven branches are in Missouri, including Joplin, Jefferson City and Columbia, according to its website. The three-employee, 1,675-square-foot Springfield office in Battlefield Plaza is led by manager Melissa McCann, according to Lendmark officials, who declined to disclose startup costs or lease terms. Officials with the company, founded in 1996, said in addition to its brick-and-mortar locations, Lendmark offers digital services, including a mobile app and online payment options.
Keleke Hawaiian BBQ & Catering
A married couple became first-time owners of a food truck with the July 20 opening of Keleke Hawaiian BBQ & Catering LLC. The mobile eatery owned by Brian and Celeste Stafford is in a food truck park at 2166 State Highway 248 in Branson that includes Purple Panda Filipino Food. Celeste Stafford said startup costs were $70,000, adding the couple isn’t on a lease but pays $500 per month to property owner Chris Carson. The Staffords are the lone employees at the food truck, which serves Hawaiian cuisine, including smoked kalua pork, Spam fries and loco moco, which is a hamburger patty served on white rice and topped with brown gravy and a sunny-side-up egg. Entree prices range $10-$14. Stafford said they decided to start the food truck after her husband was laid off in April after 22 years of employment. She added the name Celeste in Hawaiian translates to Keleke.
Mercy Springfield Communities relocated a clinic; San Clemente, California-based law firm Gilson Daub Inc. expanded to the Springfield market; and a second video gaming center for Contender eSports Springfield LLC opened in the Queen City.