Hybrid coffeehouse and plant shop Urban Grounds LLC launched Aug. 4 in Ozark. Longtime friends Callie Sitton and Shai McCarty teamed up to open their first-time ownership venture at 5557 N. 21st St., Ste. 5, in Deerbrook Marketplace. The owners call Urban Grounds a coffee and plant lab, which sells houseplants and a menu of coffee drinks and food, including acai bowls and baked goods. They declined to disclose startup costs or their five-year lease rate with Mike Seitz of Triple S. Properties Inc. Sitton said the 2,200-square-foot shop employs 11, noting she and McCarty plan to maintain their current jobs in addition to working at Urban Grounds. Sitton is a teacher at Parkview High School, while McCarty is a hairstylist at A Valeria Boss Salon in Springfield. Urban Grounds soon plans to also serve cocktails, such as martinis, wine and beer. For its menu, Sedalia-based Ozark Coffee Co. is the shop’s roaster. Local vendors include Spring Branch Kombucha and Dani’s Flour Pot Bakery, which supplies the shop’s pastries. Prices range $2.25-$9.
Missouri Job Center
For the second time in two years, the Missouri Job Center has relocated its north-side Springfield office. It began operating Aug. 1 from its new home in the O’Reilly Center for Hope at 1518 E. Dale St., after previously being located at The Fairbanks, 1126 N. Broadway Ave., for the past two years. Job Center spokesperson Katherine Trombetta said the organization has one full-time employee in the office’s new 136-square-foot space. She said the Job Center signed a one-year lease for an undisclosed rate with building owner Community Partnership of the Ozarks Inc. The O’Reilly Center for Hope, a roughly $3 million community hub housed in the former Pepperdine Elementary School, is a CPO project which opened in 2020. At the center, over a dozen agencies provide resources and services to people in poverty or without housing, as well as those in need of mental health care. The Job Center opened six years ago in Cox North’s medical tower.
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After starting in e-commerce in 2020, Closet Chic LLC opened a brick-and-mortar shop Feb. 5 on the square in downtown Ozark. Owner Clarissa Peterson said she’s the lone employee at her boutique, which fills 1,200 square feet at 115 N. Second St., and sells women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. Startup costs were around $10,000, Peterson said, noting the space was occupied by Torn Boutique, which shuttered last year. Peterson said she signed a one-year lease for $1,500 per month with building owner Valerie Archer. Closet Chic’s inventory includes specialty clothing brands Buddy Love, Vintage Havana and English Factor, as well as graphic T-shirts and tops. Most apparel prices range $32-$175. A 2012 Missouri State University graduate with a bachelor’s in fashion merchandising, Peterson said Closet Chic originated in her basement. She rented booth space in Dawn & Birch Co. and The Collective Co. Boutique before opening her Ozark shop.
Going up at Missouri State University’s 125-acre William H. Darr Agricultural Center on Kansas Expressway is the Small Animal Education Center.