The Workshop, a coffee shop and craft makerspace at Bass Pro Shops’ Finley Farms in Ozark, opened Oct. 28. The staff held a ceremonial ribbon cutting with the Ozark and Springfield chambers of commerce Nov. 13.

Finley Farms includes the revitalization of the historic Ozark Mill and the conversion of what was once a Missouri Department of Transportation garage and a plant nursery into a working farm with multi-purpose communal meeting space.

The development plan calls for a restaurant, a speakeasy-style bar, agricultural farm development, river access and nature trails and a multi-purpose building that can house educational classes and seminars.

The mill has been in Ozark since the town was settled in the 1830s. It became known as Hoover’s Mill. Bass Pro Shops developers are reportedly working to preserve as much of the history as they can as the building is revitalized.

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