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Two friends have teamed up to share a storefront on Richmond Square. Although their businesses are wildly different – one a bail bonds and the other a commercial and custom embroidery business – each has found their niche in the elongated building next the Ray County Prosecutor’s office on the north side of the square.
Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce recently provided a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Macey Bail Bonds, owned by Natalie Macey, and RJ3 Creations, owned by Jonna Walder, who is joined by daughter Jessica Teat in the business.
Macey says she’s a bail bondsman by night and an account manager for Universal Forest Product selling railroad ties by day. Originally from Tampa, Fla., Macey joined the family business of bail bonds in October. She is a Missouri licensed bail bonds agent and notary.
“It’s a new endeavor,” she said.
Macey said she created a storefront at 114 W. North Main because “there was nothing there.”
“It’s a cute little town and it needs more stores,” she said.
She and friend Walder decided to share the space because Macey didn’t need all of it. Her office is in the front of the store and Walder’s embroidery business is in the second part. The back part is empty – for now.
“Who knows, we’ll come up with something else. Why not?” Macey said. “Maybe Zumba classes,” she said with a laugh.
Macey’s twilight job may be relatively new to her, but Walder has been creating embroidery designs on about anything made of fabric or fabric-like materials for more than 10 years at her home while working as a dental assistant in the Kansas City area for many years. This “second job” has become her main work, something she considers a joy.
“I’m so hopeful and excited,” she said of her new storefront business.