the sweet deal
A baked goods vendor at Farmers Market of the Ozarks expanded into a brick-and-mortar operation with the Aug. 5 opening of The Sweet Deal LLC. Owner Laura Deal said she used her own name as her inspiration when she titled her bakery, located at 107 W. Aldersgate Drive, Ste. 10, in Nixa. The Sweet Deal’s menu is gluten-free and features cinnamon rolls, oatmeal pies, cakes, pretzel buns, breads, brownies, and macarons. Deal said prices for most baked goods range from $3 to $7. She said start-up costs were $19,000, noting that she bought new ovens and business equipment and employs three. Deal declined to disclose the rate for the 950-square-foot, three-year lease she signed with owner Mike Evans. Deal started selling baked goods last year at the farmer’s market and continues to sell most weekends. Her health issues led her to start a gluten-free lifestyle a few years ago, and Deal said that fueled her desire to start a bakery.
Old Missouri Bank
The first loan center for Old Missouri Bank opened July 18 at 3050 S. Delaware Ave. The 6,300-square-foot facility in Financial Plaza Center employs 15, said Ryan Bowling, vice president and chief marketing officer. He declined to disclose the terms of the lease with the building’s owner Morris Loan and Investment Co., which Bowling said he updated the flooring and paint in the space while OMB completed other repairs and improvements at an undisclosed cost. According to bank officials, while the center does not accept deposits, it provides much-needed workspaces for employees of the bank’s treasury services, information technology, corporate banking and commercial lending departments. In addition to the center, OMB also opened its third Springfield branch earlier this year at 2423 W. Republic Road. It operates eight branches throughout the system, including those in Ash Grove, Buffalo, Carthage, Mount Vernon, and Walnut Grove.
London calling Pasty Co.
Nearly a decade after its debut, the London Calling Pasty Co. added a new food truck on Oct. 8 serving the British staple of fish and chips. Neil Gomme, owner of the company founded in 2013 with his sister-in-law Carrie Mitchell, declined to disclose the purchase price of the truck. London Calling Fish & Chips travels in Springfield and within an hour’s drive to communities like Carthage, Lebanon, Marshfield and Monett, Gomme said. Fish and chips, priced at $13, is the only food option, though he said other British-based items are being considered. The former London Calling food truck, which sells pasties, meat pies, sausage rolls and traditional British desserts, remains in operation, as does its Battlefield Mall restaurant and retail kiosk at Price Cutter on South National Avenue. Gomme said the location of the mall was a factor in the launch of the new food truck. Fish and chips were previously only sold at the mall, he said, and that’s the top-selling item there.