BAXTER SPRINGS - While owner Trish Herrera may have planted her shop's roots in Baxter over two years ago, shoppers can now take even more advantage of the fruits of her labor at East Gate Essentials. The blossoming local business is located at 1310 Military Avenue, and sells clothes, rope sandals, teas, essential oils, aromatherapy, as well as hosting work from local artisans.

Herrera's is a story of growth and success in the harsh economic reality many local businesses face.

"I started at the Fancy Farmer, then was upstairs at the Angels on the Route Cafe," she said. "My business has been here in Baxter for two years."

Winter hours are Thursday, Friday 4 to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 12 to 7 p.m.