The Rock opened June 10 as the second anchor tenant for the $14 million Quarry Town development in Galloway Village, 4018 S. Lone Pine Ave. The restaurant and bar concept by Tim and Jennifer Bair, the owners of Bair’s Sports Grill, is inspired by landmarks, such as Stone Chapel at Drury University and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, which used stone quarried from the Ozarks. Tim Bair said project architect was Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective, with infill work by H.C. Rogers Construction Group. Its opening was preceded in the mixed-use development by the December 2018 launch of Great Escape Beer Works LLC, an adjacent two-story brewery. Tim Bair declined to disclose startup costs for the roughly 2,900-square-foot restaurant, which has burgers, sandwiches, pizza, salads and soups on the menu. The Bairs signed a 10-year lease with a pair of five-year options with Green Circle Projects LLC at an undisclosed rate.
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday
Phone: (417) 986-0632
Dominion Financial Group LLC
Independent registered investment advisory firm Dominion Financial Group LLC opened Jan. 21 in the South National Office Plaza. At 4650 S. National Ave., Ste. D-4, the two-employee firm provides financial planning services, said owner Elton Norman. Startup costs and lease terms for the 1,920-square-foot space were not disclosed. After 21 years of service in the U.S. Army, Norman retired from the military in 2013 and began working in the financial industry, including a stint as a financial adviser with Merrill Lynch. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice administration from Columbia Southern University in Alabama, as well as an MBA and a master’s in finance from Webster University. Norman is also an adjunct professor with Webster, teaching business, finance and management courses.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (417) 595-7105
OssoBuco Italian American Bistro
Following the May closure of Frida Mexican Cuisine and Bar at 1410 E. Republic Road, OssoBuco Italian American Bistro began operations June 4 in the same space. Restaurateur Angel Kim, who was a silent partner in Frida, is a co-owner of the new venture with Blake Haury and Javier Olguin. Its menu features pastas, including lobster ravioli and eggplant parmesan, along with fish and chicken dishes, soups and salads. Entree prices range $10-$30. Eighteen employees staff the Italian fine-dining eatery, which is also the site of Kim’s former Argentina Steakhouse. “We absolutely love that location,” Kim said, pointing to a need for more specialty restaurants in Springfield. Kim said remodeling work of the space cost around $30,000, and he’s leasing the property for undisclosed terms from Rob Wilson, president and CEO of Rapid Robert’s Inc. Kim also owns The Hill and ReRico Brazilian Grill.
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (417) 886-8010
Client and revenue growth at Seven Hills Veterinary Clinic fuels move to larger home.
Cody Ritter, owner of Base Construction & Management LLC, attributes the company's fast growth in part to keeping customers happy. Base Construction & Management LLC is one of the Springfield Business Journal 2019 Dynamic Dozen companies, recognizing the 12 fastest growing companies in the area.
"You are a leader," says Carrie Richardson, Executive Director of Leadership Springfield. She gives suggestions as to how you can develop your leadership skills.
Michael Wehreberg, Wehrenberg Design Company, discusses the shift in the last five years in web site design to mobile-first designs. Ultimately, you have to think of the human first and serve them with ease, and Google will give you credit for being mobile friendly.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, struggles with the process of renaming his restaurant. The process led by Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency Longitude LLC. Ömer expresses all of the emotions he is going through as they work together to revise his seating, menu, hours, and a name to reflect those changes.
It is projected that 10,000 people in the United States will turn 65 years old everyday for 19 years, and non profits are going to be competing over the coming years in a fierce labor market. Give Five was developed as a civic matchmaking program to help connect capable retirees with charitable organizations that need help. Greg Burris outlines the problems the program addresses, opportunities for individuals and organizations, as well as how United Way of the Ozarks is licensing to the program to share with other communities.
Jamie Kinkeade noticed most of the women in her fitness classes at The Studio were wearing Lululemon. She knew her clients were driving to Kansas City to purchase the brand, so she approached the athletic apparel company to stock their merchandise in her store, The Movement. They said "no" at first because they were not looking to expand into the Springfield market, but her persistence paid off.
With more job openings than people to fill them, it is time for your company to evaluate how you are motivating and engaging your team to help you retain and attract the best talent. Sherry Coker, Executive Director at the OTC Center for Workforce Development, walks you through tangible and intangible incentives that encourage employee engagement, performance enhancement, and higher job satisfaction.
"When we first started we thought we could pretty much do this on our own," discloses Vera Gibbons with Baby Foot®. "We thought we knew what would be great...that's not really what happened." Gibbons recommends partnering with a strong marketing partner early and give them a budget.
With four generations in the workplace, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of how each approaches brainstorming can make all the difference in arriving at the best idea. Boomer Kay Logsdon, Director of Applications at CultureWaves, and self-described fossil Millennial Locke Hilderbrand share what their trends research at CultureWaves tells us about generational differences and tips on how to bridge the gaps. Generations in the Workplace is an ongoing multi-episode series tackling the issues of generational conflict.
One year into opening Ellecor, Haden Long gave birth to her second daughter. The first five months of her life, she was with her constantly at work. "They're why we do this," Long explains.