A closer look at new and emerging companies


Salon Va’Lise

Headlines Salon, formerly located on East Elm Street, has relocated to a newly renovated space in the historic Old Munichburg District of downtown Jefferson City. With the new location come two new owners, who together have 33 years of experience in the beauty industry. The full-service hair salon will maintain its six stylists, range of services and Aquage, Biomega and American Crew products.

Lisa Reynolds and Vanessa Stuckenschneider
124 E. Dunklin St., Jefferson City


Oak Tree Inn

Guests who book a room at the newly renovated hotel, formerly Super 8, will enjoy a 100 percent smoke-free and pet-friendly establishment with updated soundproof rooms and amenities such as a recliner, work desk, refrigerator and microwave, free Wi-Fi, natural sound therapy digital alarm clocks and exercise room. Guests can dine for breakfast at a nearby Perkins, Country Kitchen or 24-hour Steak & Shake. The 77-room hotel is one of Oak Tree’s 31 properties nationwide.

Krenda Carleton
1710 Jefferson St, Jefferson City


Ron Irvin Custom Cabinet Shop

The custom cabinet shop that has been serving the residential and commercial custom cabinetry needs of the Jefferson City area since 1978 is now under new ownership. The new owners will keep the same name and employees during the transition to make things as seamless as possible for clients, vendors and employees and intend to continue meeting the quality and standards of excellence that have been key to the business’s success for the past 36 years. Several new services will include a custom designer, special design and interface program that enables the customer to see 3-D images of how the completed project will appear as well as a new website.


Tina Davis and Scott Schaperkoetter
2410 E. McCarty St.


Debi’s Pillow Power

With 38 years of experience in wellness, Debi Leon, a neuromuscular therapist/pillow therapist, consults and educates patients on how to improve their health and wellness while sleeping. By using correct ergonomics and proper pillow positioning, Leon helps to alleviate joint discomfort and conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis, sleep apnea and more. Before moving to the area, Leon lived in Las Vegas, where she practiced neuromuscular therapy and incorporated pillows in her patients’ therapies for 30 years. Leon can be found at Marshall & Company Hair & Body Wellness.


Debi Leon
2421 W. Edgewood Drive, Suite G


Maru’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

A fresh atmosphere and menu can be found at the new restaurant, formerly occupied by Santacruz Mexican Restaurant. Maru’s serves an eclectic mix of American cuisine with a Mexican twist and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options. The breakfast menu includes items such as crepes, frittatas, omelets, pancakes and a healthy start menu, and the lunch and dinner menus feature an array of seafood, beef, pork and chicken dishes as well as several sandwiches, burgers and salads.


Maria and Antonio Cepeda
242 Jaycee Drive


A Fine Mess Boutique

This new, 1,500-square-foot clothing boutique located in historic downtown Jefferson City just underwent interior and exterior renovations to give it a chic, rustic vibe that features sea foam green walls, dramatic black chandeliers and antique doors as tables. The shop, scheduled to open for business in mid-May, will feature a trendy yet affordable collection of fashionable women’s and junior’s apparel and accessories, including dresses, jeans, shorts, skirts, tops, handbags, jewelry and more. 

Nikki and Davy Payne
222 E. High St.