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Open for Business: Storytime Coffee Co.

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Storytime Coffee Co.
A Rogersville-based church is behind the Aug. 21 opening of Storytime Coffee Co. at 203 S. Jamestown Blvd., Ste. K, in Jamestown Plaza. The shop is located next door to its owner, The Story Church Inc., which moved to the Rogersville strip center in April 2019. Shop manager Erin Schlesener is one of three employees at the shop, which also utilizes eight volunteers to sell coffee drinks and pastries. The baked goods are provided daily by Rogersville-based Thyme to Loaf Garden and Bakery, she said. Storytime’s menu includes espresso, lattes, teas and smoothies, with prices generally ranging $2-$6. The 67-seat shop also includes a drive-thru. Startup costs and lease terms with David Clouse of Clouse Motor Co. LLC were not disclosed. Schlesener said the shop, which acts as a nonprofit under The Story Church, plans to give back an undetermined percentage of its profits to various community organizations each quarter.
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m.-noon Saturday
Phone: 417-557-8679

Sturdy Real Estate
After 10 years of operation, brokerage Greater Springfield, Realtors changed its name to Sturdy Real Estate. The real estate firm owned by Justin Sturdefant has an office at 3755 S. Greystone Court and employs 22 real estate agents, who mostly deal in residential sales. Sturdefant said roughly 5% of listings come from commercial properties. The firm seeks to expand beyond its current service area in Springfield and Greene, Christian, Taney, Webster and Wright counties. Company officials are looking to serve customers in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Sturdefant said Sturdy Real Estate is a play on his last name, and also ties well into housing. He said the prior business name didn’t reflect the desire for service area expansion. The company last year recorded 176 transactions and $35.2 million in gross sales, he said.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: 417-881-3061

Secret Sandwich Shop LLC
A sandwich eatery began service inside a downtown bar with the July 15 launch of Secret Sandwich Shop LLC. The first-time business ownership venture of Mack Musgrave fills around 400 square feet in the back of Sweet Boy’s Neighborhood Bar, which opened in June at 310 South Ave. Musgrave said Sweet Boy’s owners, Josh Widner, Josh Sullivan and Rogan Howitt, wanted food service in the back of the building and were interested in his restaurant concept. Musgrave declined to disclose startup costs or lease terms. The three-employee shop serves up salads and sandwiches, such as the St. Louish, which has sliced house-made terrine and choice of provel or pepper jack cheese, and the ham and butter, featuring whipped butter and thin-sliced prosciutto. Prices range $6-$11. Musgrave most recently worked as market manager for Kansas City-based brewery Boulevard Brewing Co., but said he had long desired to start his own sandwich shop.
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday
Phone: 417-685-9682


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