• A new pizza restaurant is opening this month in downtown Jefferson City. Pizza Underground will open its doors at 219 Madison St. in the location formerly occupied by Sabaai-Sabaai Thai Cuisine, which closed in March. Owner Nick Kramer will we the pizza maker and is planning pizzas with high-quality ingredients. Kramer plans to be open for both lunch and dinner.

• Essence Salon is a new business that recently opened at 431 E. McCarty St. Owner Kumba Brewer is a recent graduate of Lincoln University. Her new salon will also carry beauty supplies.

• Mimics JC is a new gaming venue that opened this month at 312 Lafayette St. in Jefferson City. The new gaming lounge plans to offer 24-hour access to members. The business is owned by John and Heather Gaddy.

• Lavender Lily Gifts & Décor opened for business this month at 2208 Missouri Blvd., Suite 101. Owner Michelle Bernskoetter plans to carry gifts for all occasions and home décor products, including unique items from local vendors.