Sunterra Springs Springfield
Sunterra Springs Springfield, the second rehabilitation center in Missouri for Idaho-based Ball Ventures LLC, opened its doors Aug. 1 at 4935 S. National Ave. Deanna Beckenholdt is the executive director of the 38-bed, 39,000-square-foot facility that offers short-term physical, occupational and speech therapies, along with rehabilitation for health issues including knee and joint replacement, complex wound care and dialysis. Emily Christopher, director of marketing and admissions, said Sunterra Springs offers all private rooms that include walk-in showers. “We don’t offer long-term care or memory care,” she said. “We’re not a nursing home. We really want our patients to reach their highest potential and quality of life.” Staff is currently at 15, with plans to reaching 55, Christopher said. The $8.2 million building project started last summer, she added. Ball Ventures also operates a Sunterra Springs in Independence, as well as Riverview Rehabilitation in Boise.
Phone: (417) 493-9353
Taking on their second venture in Branson Landing, husband and wife Corey and Veronica Dearing started Nika’s Olive. The store, which sells gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars, along with pastas, pasta sauce, tapenades and chutney, opened May 23 at 317 Branson Landing Blvd. It took over the space occupied by Dove Olive Oil Co., which closed late last year after a bankruptcy filing and a lawsuit judgment. Corey Dearing said he and his wife were occasional customers of Dove. “We thought we’d take a chance and put together our own store,” Dearing said, adding they changed the look and feel of the 1,500-square-foot space with $65,000 invested in the startup. The couple, who also own The Spice & Tea Exchange, signed a five-year lease with a five-year renewal option for an undisclosed rate with Branson Landing owner HCW Development LLC. Nika’s Olive employs four and items range from $15 to $30.
Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (417) 334-4525
Gooey’s Grilled Cheese LLC
As the food truck’s name implies, grilled cheese sandwiches are on the menu at Gooey’s Grilled Cheese LLC. Owner Demetrius Wilson first fired up the mobile grill July 24 at the SGF Mobile Food Park, 836 N. Glenstone Ave. He said Gooey’s prepares variations on the popular sandwich, including the BBQ Mac Stack and The Popper, as well as desserts, such as the S’More Melt. Menu items range $3-$7. Although Wilson said he came up with the food truck plan two years ago, lack of funding kept the idea from advancing until he and his girlfriend invested $30,000 via savings and a small-business loan. Aside from his regular spot in the food park, Wilson said the truck is scheduled for events in August at Mid-Missouri Bank, Ozarks Technical Community College and Ridgecrest Baptist Church. There are five vendors currently in the food park, including London Calling and Twisted Mike’s.
Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Phone: (417) 818-5899
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