SBJ Publishing Inc.
After calling downtown home for much of its four-decade existence, SBJ Publishing Inc. moved Sept. 6 to 2101 W. Chesterfield Blvd., Ste. B105, in Chesterfield Village. Producing weekly newspaper Springfield Business Journal and daily business news on SBJ.net, the company relocated from 313 Park Central West. SBJ had been located since 1996 in the 121-year-old building constructed in 1898, according to the Greene County assessor’s office. Jennifer Jackson, SBJ publisher since 2011, purchased the company in 2017, after her mother, founding publisher Dianne Elizabeth Osis, retired. Jackson signed a 10-year lease-purchase agreement with Chesterfield Village developer Larry Lipscomb. The monthly rate was undisclosed for the 4,000-square-foot space, but Jackson said a $625,000 purchase price was set if SBJ buys the building within the first five years of occupancy. SBJ employs 20 in the office formerly occupied by Mettemeyer Engineering LLC, CJD Engineering LLC and Sygna Technology LLC.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (417) 831-3238
Shepherd’s Mill Restaurant
The first restaurant since 2002 at the Shepherd of the Hills attraction in Branson began serving customers Sept. 9. Shepherd’s Mill Restaurant, 5586 W. 76 Country Blvd., offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in a theme reflective of the late 1880s-set Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park. Jeff Johnson, general manager and co-owner of the adventure park with Steve Faria, said construction of the $2 million restaurant began in July 2018. The 6,000-square-foot, 250-seat eatery features barn wood walls with rusted tin ceilings and wood flooring, Johnson said. Aunt Mollie’s Cupboard, the park’s previous restaurant, burned down in 2002 and was never replaced. He and Faria purchased the park in 2017. The restaurant employs 25 serving a menu in the “home-cooking tradition,” Johnson said, including chicken-fried steak, meatloaf, pulled pork and cheddar egg casserole. He said entrees are generally around $10 for breakfast and $15-$17 for lunch and dinner.
Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (417) 386-0100
Big Air Trampoline Park
Big Air Trampoline Park bounced into action Sept. 7 at 3300 N. Gretna Road, Ste. D, in Branson. Big Air franchisee Robert Phillips converted his Branson Mill Craft Village to the new venture, said Kacie Cline, general manager with the Branson trampoline park.
Organized under BA Branson LLC, Cline said the estimated costs to open Big Air were roughly $2 million. The Branson site is part of the Ladera Ranch, California-based chain with parks now open or coming soon in seven states, according to the company website. Branson is the company’s first in Missouri. Designed for youth, some of the activities are dubbed Extreme Dodgeball, Big Slam basketball, Battlebeam jousting and The Gauntlet ninja-style obstacle course. Cline said the park currently employs 50 and management plans to hire another 25. Day passes are $27 for ages 7 and older, $22 for ages 3-6 and $5 for ages 2 and under.
Hours: 3-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 1-9 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (417) 408-8001
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