Red Star Publishers creates personalized children’s books that transform real-life kids into storybook characters that cruise through the air on the backs of dragons or wander magical gardens in full princess garb. After the crack team of artists "cartoonize" photos of your child, they edit their images and name into vivid books that depict boys using newfound superpowers to defeat villains and girls skirting around fairy-tale castles neutralizing an evil witch’s spell. Customers will receive a professionally bound book featuring their child’s likeness and name in full color with high-resolution pictures and glossy print.
As baby bumps grow, prepregnancy pants become unwearable. That’s where the Bellaband by Ingrid & Isabel comes in. The comfy cylinder of fabric lets moms continue wearing their favorite pants, covering unhinged zippers and buttons with a slice of fabric that looks like a camisole. The Bellaband is exemplary of Posh Maternity’s stock, which combines practical accessories like this one with fashionable wear for moms-in-waiting. They also sell diaper bags, clothes for little ones up to 24 months old, and bonnets for pet dogs that long to return to their days of being the baby.
YOTO Community Thrift Store bustles with all kinds of hand-me-downs: desks, chairs, books, and racks of clothing. YOTO stands for Youth of the Ozarks, and the store honors its namesake by donating its proceeds after expenses to local children’s charities such as the Springfield Boys & Girls Club and the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. The hardworking team behind YOTO helps bring in new items each day, ensuring a rotating stock of gently used home goods and clothing. They also drive to homes to pick up larger donated items such as beds, dining-room tables, and taxidermied jungle cats.
Owner Jamey McClean opened the doors to Styles Boutique after noticing that the women around her had a hard time finding unique, stylish apparel. Along with a pack of fashionable bloodhounds, she searches exhaustively for designer clothing and accessories, and only stocks a handful of each piece to ensure boutique-style exclusivity and a frequently rotating selection. To complement her collection of designer Miss Me denim, flirty tops, and party dresses, Jamey also carries shoes, jewelry, and trendy purses.
TLC Hair Designs owner-operator Tracy Chapman transforms damaged, overgrown, or outdated hairdos at her work station in Salon Brands. Using her steady hands and knack for matching styles based on her clients' skin tones and facial features, Tracy cuts, layers, and shapes both men's and women's hair. Matrix and Logics Color DNA aid her as she adds accentuating highlights or all-over color to strands that need a new hue or a touchup of their natural green hue.
Ray's New and Used stocks reasonably priced clothing, video games, and household items in a showroom packed from floor to ceiling. Peruse the racks for a new corduroy jacket or skim the shelves for a gently used mystery novel. Ray's New and Used even showcases a plethora of VHS tapes, featuring family-friendly flicks and Disney films for the retro-electronics enthusiasts.