With custom meats and catering as its specialty, Edible Art opened Oct. 10 at 3167 W. Republic Road. Friends for nearly 20 years, Rhiannon Deskins and Angela Counts launched their first business venture, which is registered with the Missouri Secretary of State’s office as Edible Art Enterprises LLC. Deskins said they signed a two-year lease with Cowherd Construction LLC for an undisclosed price. The owners are the only employees at the 1,600-square-foot store, Deskins said, declining to disclose start-up costs. Edible Art sells charcuterie boards ranging from individual lunch boxes to arrangements that feed 50 people. The shop also sells gifts such as plants and chocolate-dipped strawberries. All bacon boxes and boards contain a variety of cheeses, salami, fruit, vegetables, jam, mustard, crackers and vegetable dips. Prices start at $12.50 for a single serving, while larger plates range from $175 to $650. The store also offers classes on how to make a dessert board, she said.
Legacy hairdressing studio
After gaining nearly a decade of experience working in cosmetology, Angel Woods became the first business owner with the opening of Legacy Hair Studio LLC on October 28th. Woods launched her studio in a shared space with Lush Skin & Beauty Center LLC at 1909 E. Bennett St., Ste. 103. She and Lush Skin owner Jessica Wilson run their businesses separately, Woods said, noting that the two have been best friends for 15 years. Woods said she signed a one-year lease for $400 a month with the building’s owner, Bennett Property Investments LLC, adding that her initial costs were $3,000. A 2013 graduate of the Academy of Hair Design, Woods said past experience includes Hannah’s Beauty Salon and Limelight Salon. At Legacy Hair Salon, which Woods said was named after her 2-year-old daughter, services include cuts, blowouts, coloring and highlights. Haircut prices start at $20 for children, $25 for men and $45 for women.
Yolo Rolled Ice Cream
Yolo Rolled Ice Cream LLC, the first brick-and-mortar store for the two young entrepreneurs, opened Jan. 1 in Branson. Laiken Avery said she and fiancé Cole Crutcher got engaged Dec. 3 on her 20th birthday and co-own the business at 2005 W. 76 Country Blvd., Ste. 207. She said the couple signed a three-year lease at an undisclosed rate with Commercial One Brokers LLC for a 1,500-square-foot store in the Vista Plaza shopping center. The cost to start the store with six employees was $80,000, Avery said, adding that most of their funding came from savings. Previous businesses co-owned by Avery and Crutcher, who is currently a senior at the College of the Ozarks, were Massthetics LLC, an online clothing company, and Hydroclean Exteriors LLC, a laundry facility. In addition to ice cream in rolls, the shop sells gelato, milkshakes and smoothies. Prices range from $6.50 to $12.