Secret Sandwich Shop
Less than a year after opening inside a downtown bar, Secret Sandwich Shop LLC moved June 14 around the corner to 208 W. McDaniel St. The eatery originally opened in July 2020 in roughly 400 square feet at Sweet Boy’s Neighborhood Bar, 310 South Ave. Owner Mack Musgrave said he temporarily closed the shop May 2 to set up in around 800 square feet of space formerly occupied by Slider’s, which shuttered in spring 2020. Musgrave said the move was spurred by the need for more space, as well as friends Clayton and Anne Baker approaching him about room available in the McDaniel Street building they purchased last year. The Bakers are co-owners of downtown’s Civil Kitchen, Finnegan’s Wake and Tinga Tacos. Musgrave declined to disclose lease terms with the Bakers or relocation costs. The five-employee shop serves up sandwiches, such as Cashew Later, Dudes with roasted chicken, cashew sauce, cream cheese and cashews. Prices range $8-$10.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday
Briza Celebrations, a family-run event venue, launched April 16 at 358 Bluestem Road in Marshfield. The venue, which hosts weddings, family reunions, receptions and corporate events, is on farm property owned by Mark and Sherri Russell. Daughter Mary Russell said she helps her parents run the venue, adding the family invested over $50,000 to renovate the farmhouse and barn, including a new roof, concrete floors and handmade barn doors. Capacity for indoor or outdoor events is 250 people, Russell said. Party rental prices range $100-$500 and weekday wedding packages start at $500, according to its website. However, Russell said discounts are offered for nonprofits, as well as for weddings held this year. The family also runs a short-term rental on the property, she said. Russell said the Briza name was inspired by the Spanish word for “breeze.”
Hours: By appointment
Brothers Eddie and Jorge Aceves teamed up to launch their first ownership venture, Xurros Handcrafted Spanish Donuts LLC. Doing business as Xurros, the food truck opened April 27 at 2348 S. Campbell Ave., near Westlake Ace Hardware in Campbell Marketplace. Marketing coordinator Rebecca Land said startup costs were around $65,000, adding the brothers’ month-to-month lease with R.B. Murray Co. is $400. Xurros sells Spanish-style sugary fried dough known as churros with sizes sold in a large loop or three-piece mini-loop shapes. Churro flavors include sweet and salty, which is dipped in milk chocolate and crushed almonds, and birthday cake, glazed in white chocolate and confetti sprinkles. Prices range $3.50-$6.50, according to its website. Land said Eddie Aceves was inspired to make churros after studying abroad several years ago in Barcelona, Spain, while a student at Missouri State University. The sweet treat is common in Spain, and he wanted to bring the concept to Springfield, she said.
Hours: 4-8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 4-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
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