Jun
18

Making Space for Small Business in Springfield, Tennessee

Entrepreneurship and small business management are in my blood. I am very fortunate to be the fifth generation of my family business, G.S. Moore & Son. Furthering the successes of my ancestors fuels my passion for starting and growing businesses. G.S. Moore and Son doesn’t just recruit national and regional chain stores to Robertson County, I love to help individuals start their own family legacies! 

You may have noticed the recent renaissance in Springfield with many new startup businesses popping up all over town.

While I have done my part in recruiting national brands such as Harbor Freight, Beltone Hearing Aids, Zaxby’s, Aspen Dental and Verizon Wireless among many others, I want to focus this blog post on three new small businesses in Springfield. G.S.M. has worked closely with these entrepreneurs to build-out their spaces for success. 

Galbiya

I must admit that when the future owner of Galbiya Korean Restaurant approached me in 2019, I had not yet had the enjoyment of tasting Korean food. Head chef and owner, Rachel Lim, brought me a concept menu to our initial meeting, but I had no idea just how delicious the food would be. Rachel and I worked together to create a comfortable space for diners and an efficient kitchen layout. Her first two weeks of being open, I probably ate there just about everyday between lunch meetings and family meals!

The menu is traditional Korean fare, complete with bulgogi and kimchi. I love the pork dumplings and L.A. Galbi short ribs. Give her a try soon, if you haven’t already. 

Dixon Hair Company

The first question I ask potential startup tenants is to see their business plan. This helps me to ensure that my potential space will meet their needs. It also allows me to visualize their end product and how that will fit with my tenant mix. John Stockdale, owner of Dixon Hair Company, had an impressive plan that filled a major gap in Springfield: men’s grooming. 

John came to Springfield from East Nashville’s Parlor & Juke Salon. He wanted to bring an avant-garde but comfortable men’s hair salon to Woodard Hall. After a few meetings, we inked a deal and got to work constructing John’s space on the first floor – look for the barber pole on Main Street and 5th Avenue. 

After a few weeks of polishing concrete, refinishing trimwork and installing industrial lighting and John was ready to open. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic delayed his opening, but once John could finally see customers he was booked for two weeks straight! I sure wish I could offer a personal review of John’s work, but Mother Nature had a different plan for me. I’ve heard excellent things, though!

Small Town Startup

Lisa Arnold, founder of Small Town Startup, had been helping G.S. Moore and Son with a few marketing initiatives before she had the idea to open a brick-and-mortar location. After a few months of working together, she inquired about renting a small space to hold client meetings. I soon leased her two corner offices on the top floor of Woodard Hall on a monthly basis. Over the following week Lisa explored the remainder of the floor and by that Friday we were standing in what would become Small Town Startup’s future classroom negotiating a deal for the entire space!

Lisa envisioned classrooms, podcast and photography studios, co-working spaces, and private offices all within the Small Town Startup umbrella. G.S.M. got to work laying out the floor plan to accommodate her growth.

Now Lisa is open in her beautiful new space and is ready to help you get your small business idea up and running. Small Town Startup offers classes to help entrepreneurs launch and scale their businesses as well as has a full service marketing agency. Lisa has personally helped me grow my business and I am proud to have her at Woodard Hall. 

Are you looking for a space to launch and grow your small business? Reach out to me anytime at 615-384-5506 and let’s talk about the possibilities. 

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