Open to companies: Haven Games
A new player in the tabletop gaming scene has appeared in Nixa with the opening of Haven Games LLC on July 2. The Village Marketplace Mall retail store at 701 N. McCroskey St., Ste. 6, belongs to friends Chris Fernandez and Elatia Webb. Fernandez said start-up costs for early business owners were around $ 12,000, adding that they had signed a three-year lease at an undisclosed rate with Village Marketplace Nixa LLC. The owners are the sole employees of the 1,304-square-foot boutique, which Fernandez says sells non-traditional board games like Ticket to Ride and Catan, as well as card games, including Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokémon. The store also has a playground and sells snacks and drinks, he said. Both owners have experience in a game store, as Fernandez said he previously worked for Gaming Zone in Puerto Rico, while Webb volunteered at Collectomaniacs when it opened in Ozark.
Hours: 10 am-10pm every day
the Web: Haven-Games.com
Pizza in the lake and in the oven
An entrepreneur teamed up with his wife and a family friend to open Lake and Bake Pizza, a Branson West restaurant at 17201 Business Highway 13. The restaurant opened on September 13 and is owned by rod and Jennifer triplette and Scott Novak. The business is registered as LNB Business Development LLC, said Rod Triplett, declining to disclose start-up costs or lease terms with Ward Family LLC. Triplett said five employees work at the 1,200-square-foot restaurant, which offers take-out and curbside service for its menu of take-out pizzas, salads, breadsticks and cookies. Pizza prices range from $ 12 to $ 20 with specialties such as Hello Sunshine, which includes eggs, onions, cheese sauce, green peppers, and bacon. Triplett said that in addition to Lake and Bake Pizza, he also owns Family 1st Pawn in Republic. His wife is a partner at Fort Worth, Texas-based law firm Thomas-Walters PLLC, which has offices in five states, including Missouri, according to its website.
Hours: 11 am-9pm Monday to Saturday and 11 am-6pm Sunday
the Web: LakeAndBakePizza.com
Thrive Branson West
The first medical marijuana dispensary in the Table Rock Lake area opened on September 10 at 18490 Business Highway 13 in Branson West. Thrive Branson West is the first of two stores planned by owner SW Retail Holdings LLC, spokeswoman Susan Kalos said. She declined to disclose start-up costs, which included the construction of a 4,500 square foot building. Kalos said the lawyer John bigler, who is also director of asset transactions and development at O’Reilly Hospitality Management LLC, is one of the owners of SW Retail Holdings. She declined to disclose the other owners of the business. Thrive’s first retail outlet in Missouri was preceded by its 2016 Illinois debut with a pair of dispensaries, Kalos said. The company added two more stores in 2020 after adult-use marijuana was legalized in Illinois. She said another Thrive is scheduled for the St. Louis area this spring. Thrive Branson West sells cannabis flowers, pre-rolled joints, concentrates, and marijuana-infused edibles, such as gumballs and chocolate bars.
Hours: 10 am-7pm Monday to Saturday
the Web: Thrive-Mo.com