A closer look at new and emerging businesses

1. The Village Art Studio Welcomes Class Art Creations and An Expansion
The Village Art Studio adds a second studio and welcomes a new artist, Andy Cleeton. With classes in demand, the group needed more space and has expanded into two studios. Ann DeRosier and Cleeton remain in the original studio in suite 40 and offer glass and clay works. DeRosier offers clay hand building and pottery. Cleeton is a fused-glass artist who teaches classes for glass ornaments, bowls, votives and other decorative items. Artists Cindy Schnieders and Charlotte Middleton offer canvas painting and mixed medium and are in the new studio at suite 60. Be sure to stop by both studios to welcome Cleeton and see the new space. Visit  thevillageartstudio.com for more information on classes and artists.

Contact: Ann DeRosier, 1502 E. High, Suites 40 & 60, 573-230-1414

2. The Blue Skillet
When mid-Missouri winter is getting you down, look no further for comfort than a new soul-food restaurant that has come to town. Phillippia “Fefe” Rome jumped at the opportunity to move here from Columbus, Georgia and achieve her dream of opening a restaurant. Now, along with a small staff, she is bringing classic southern cooking to the heart of Missouri. On the menu you will find fried chicken, candied ham, okra and macaroni and cheese along with other warm, country dishes. Everything is made daily and fresh, so this is as close to homemade as you can get without making a mess of your own kitchen.

Contact: Phillippia Rome, 226 E. Dunklin St., 706-593-5468.

3. Willoh Essentials
Willoh Essentials, a unique boutique offering an array of personal care services for both men and women, provides a relaxing setting where clients can be refreshed and rejuvenated. Hair services incorporate the latest trends in cuts, styling and a full range of color services. High-quality custom skincare products, which include waxing services, are available with primarily organic, paraben-free ingredients. Allow your senses to be filled with a whiff of their magnificent line of 100 percent organic, steam distilled aromatherapy products. Try out this uplifting experience for yourself during a wine and cheese open house January 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. Product samples will be available. Visit www.willohessentials.com for more information.

Contact: Maureen (Mo) Willoh, 328 E. Capitol Ave, 573-340-3994

4. Loving Hands Massage
Owner, Doris Guillory, offers intuitive massage using several different modalities that she has learned through many years in the business. Her techniques include Swedish, deep tissue, reiki, cranial and stretching of the limbs. Guillory allows her experienced hands to guide her to the issues of pain unique to every client. She offers a personalized experience that is truly therapeutic. In conjunction with Willoh Essentials, an open house is being held on January 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. Wine, cheese and appetizers will be available.

Contact: Doris Guillory, 328 E. Capitol Ave, 573-230-3866

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