The momentum of spring business openings seems to have reached a slight summer lull, as new businesses are still amidst preparations before joining local commerce. Others are just beginning to serve Sedalia with unique products and services.
A coming soul food restaurant is still undergoing remodeling in downtown Sedalia. Grease could open in mid-to-late July, pending the completion of roofing and ceiling work on its building at 506 S. Ohio Ave., said owner Damon Buckner.
An unexpected roof leak postponed an opening around the Juneteenth holiday, which celebrates the abolition of slavery. Fixing the roof will be among the final renovations before the restaurant is ready for business.
Once Grease is open, customers will immediately notice decor following a University of Missouri theme. A Mizzou Tiger logo hand-painted on the wall corresponds with three custom-made tables that spell out the letters “M-I-Z.” Customers will be able to watch Mizzou athletic teams on two TVs that Buckner plans to attach in the restaurant seating area.
Grease will offer a Southern-style menu, featuring chicken and waffles, baked macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, and collard and mustard greens. The restaurant will also serve beer and wine.
Sedalians might not be familiar with the downtown business FiberFlies, but the online enterprise is seeking to have an impact on county law enforcement.
Owner Nancy Aitken is selling Magic Wrap skirts, wraparound skirts and strapless skirt-dresses below their wholesale price for a fundraiser supporting the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office. Each dress and skirt is selling for $4, with all sale profits going toward a fund for police equipment purchases.
“We’re just really big supporters of law enforcement,” Aitken said. “Any little bit helps.”
Aitken said she has a few hundred skirts to sell, and the fundraiser will continue until she’s completely out of stock. The silk saris and patchwork skirts are no longer a featured sale item at FiberFlies, which sells fabric and quilting products online. Her business formerly sold the skirts at festivals and events in Nevada and California before she moved to Sedalia last year.
Hundreds of skirts are taking up space at her business’s headquarters in downtown Sedalia. Aitken said she decided to make a donation to local law enforcement while also clearing out the unused clothing products.
FiberFlies will sell to the Sedalia public at local events, but most of its commerce will continue over the internet. However, those interested in buying a skirt or dress for the fundraiser can browse the variety of patterns and sizes from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday at FiberFlies, 209 E. Sixth St. Aitken said she is hoping to sell much of the stock to make a donation of $800 to $1,000.
A new tech support business in Sedalia is testing out its own charitable program. Daniel Ognevchuk opened Ogne Tech on Monday at 201 N. Missouri Ave. and launched a Pay What You Want policy.
Customers will decide on the price they’d like to pay for one-on-one tech support, even if they pay Ognevchuk nothing in return. The program comes with limitations to prevent abuse of the policy. Pay What You Want will apply only to customers who require no more than 25 to 30 minutes of one-on-one tech support attention.
Ognevchuk said he can conduct computer repairs, recover data and give advice on using computer or technology equipment. Customers will have to pay for items or parts, should servicing require it, but the labor fees will be subject to the Pay What You Want program.
“The labor part of it is usually what’s more expensive than the part itself,” Ognevchuk said. “It’s just trying to provide something for the community and hoping that the generosity of the community will be enough to support it.”
Ogne Tech reserves the right to refuse to apply the policy if a piece of equipment is too old or would require significant, time-consuming repairs. Customers can drop off a computer for Ognevchuk to work on in his free time, though their service will have a lower priority compared to those who pay the standard rates.
Pay What You Want will last on a trial basis until Aug. 1. Ognevchuk said he could extend it indefinitely if enough customers are interested in participating.
“I’d rather have them choose,” Ognevchuk said. “If someone has some extra money that they’d want to donate, that’s great, but for those that can’t, I still want them to get the service necessary.”
A local massage therapist is in the midst of gathering funding and support to start a flotation therapy center in Sedalia. Tom Lundy and his wife, Stephanie, are aiming to open Impact Floats in early 2019.
The business would offer three sensory deprivation tanks in which visitors could float in water filled with Magnesium salt. The goal of flotation therapy is to relieve stress, anxiety and pain and to promote relaxation, circulation and meditation.
To gain private funding, Impact Floats is collecting sign-ups from the community to ensure financial interest in the business. Lundy is also seeking out a building to establish a location in Sedalia.
Impact Floats would also offer massages and yoga classes. The business is planning community outreach programs to local youth and citizens who might be in need of the therapy. Lundy said his goal is to give away 1,000 floats each year to veterans with PTSD, teachers, nurses and first responders.
“I don’t want to open a business where I’m just trying to make money,” Lundy said. “We are trying to make a positive impact.”