Travellers House Coffee LLC
Travellers House Coffee LLC is the new coffee shop tenant at the Springfield-Branson National Airport, 2300 N. Airport Blvd. It opened Nov. 19 in the space formerly occupied by Rove Coffee, which did not renew its lease and closed in April. Travellers House was selected from three proposals in a public bidding process, said airport spokesperson Kit McGuire-Stiggins. She said Travellers House signed a two-year deal with options for another three years and has agreed to pay 8% of gross monthly receipts. Co-owner Greg Venturella declined to disclose startup costs for the four-employee shop. The menu features beverages, including chai latte, cafe au lait and turmeric ginger tea, along with pastries, sandwiches and quiches. Prices generally range $2-$8. Venturella said shop hours would expand once flights increase. Passenger traffic has been down amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to airport officials. Travellers House operates two other Springfield shops: at 824 S. National Ave. in Boomer Town and 2151 W. Republic Road in Republic Plaza.
Hours: 5 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Dynasty Jiu Jitsu LLC
Husband and wife Trey and Mallory Carter embarked on their first business venture with the Aug. 1 opening of Dynasty Jiu Jitsu LLC, 5215 N. 17th St. in Ozark behind Lambert’s Cafe. Mallory Carter declined to disclose startup costs or lease terms with landlord Lambert’s Cafe II Inc. Trey Carter teaches Brazilian jiu jitsu at the 2,400-square-foot studio, which is affiliated with the Springfield Brazilian Jiu Jitsu LLC academy and the Caio Terra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association. Mallory Carter said her husband wrestled for 10 years, including at Ozark High School, before transitioning to martial arts in 2010. Dynasty Jiu Jitsu classes begin at age 4 and are priced $109-$119 per month, with discounts for law enforcement, military and veterans, she said. Private lessons also are offered. The Carters continue to work for Springfield-based call center Corporate Technologies Advantage LLC, where Trey is a sales director and Mallory is in marketing.
Aquarium at the Boardwalk
Los Angeles-based Kuvera Partners Inc. opened its $55 million, 46,000-square-foot Aquarium at the Boardwalk attraction Nov. 23 at 2700 W. 76 Country Blvd. in Branson. Kuvera Partners spokesperson Aileen Stein said features include 400,000 gallons of salt water with more than 250 animal species; a 16-foot view of a coral reef; roughly 7,200 individual sea animals with plans to grow the total to 10,000; and a 24-foot climbing structure for children. Crossland Construction Co. Inc. was the project general contractor. Tickets are $30-$40 for adults, $20 for ages 4-11 and free for ages 3 and under. The aquarium is the first attraction by Kuvera Partners for a development called Branson Boardwalk, with additional plans yet to be announced at the site of the former Grand Palace. The aquarium project is in line for $7 million in tax increment financing assistance from the city over 15-23 years, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.
Hours: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily
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