Matt Thurman, Deadeye Gun and Pawn LLC
Matt Thurman, Deadeye Gun and Pawn LLC
Deadeye Gun and Pawn LLC
Matt and Megan Thurman opened Deadeye Gun and Pawn LLC on Oct. 22 at 7483 Route 14 East in Sparta. Matt Thurman, the only full-time employee, has worked for three years at Doc Holliday’s General Store in Ozark and most recently opened a Gold Diggers Pawn store in Marshfield. His wife Megan and her grandfather, Kenny, also help out in the store as needed. The Rogersville natives deal mainly with firearms, but their store also carries items from electronics to ATV accessories. Firearms such as Smith & Wesson pistols and Century Arms rifles range between $100 and $1,000, Megan Thurman said, noting consumers’ growing interest in purchasing parts to assemble AR-15 assault rifles. Deadeye Gun and Pawn also sells online through third-party firearms retailers such as Arms List and Gun Broker. The Thurmans personally financed their startup for an undisclosed amount and rent the 2,400-square-foot space for undisclosed terms. Hours: 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday. Phone: (417) 634-0343. Web:

Blue Raven Emporium
Lisa O’Dell on Nov. 1 opened Blue Raven Emporium, a gift shop at 512 E. Mount Vernon in Nixa. O’Dell, a first-time small-business owner, is the sole employee for the 1,600-square-foot store. She has 20 years of experience in retail work in Springfield and Kansas City, including stints as a buyer for Heer’s and a manager at Macy’s. The Blue Raven Emporium, named in memory of O’Dell’s late sister, carries home décor, candles, bath and body products and regional artwork. “I love local arts and crafts and I’ve seen what’s out there that local artists do,” O’Dell said. “I wanted to give them a place to retail their work without having to go to a show every weekend.” Candles are priced from $6 to $25, and handmade jewelry costs between $25 and $75. O’Dell financed the business with a $20,000 Empire Bank loan, $15,000 of which went into startup cost. She signed a one-year lease with Helen Elston for $650 per month. Hours: 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday. Phone: (417) 860-1859.

Mama’s Burgers & Such
Sherry Goinn and Jeanna Gardner opened Mama’s Burgers & Such on Aug. 14 at 7880 Route 14 East in Sparta. Goinn and her niece run the home-style restaurant with 10 part-time employees. Goinn said she owns the building and decided to knock down a wall, joining two of the spaces, to create the restaurant and tearoom. Mama’s Burgers is Goinn’s first endeavor in the food industry, but she has 30 years of small-business experience as owner of Sherry’s Hair Fashions, located next door to the restaurant. Goinn said the menu mainly consists of burgers and sandwiches, fries, salads and desserts. The pork tender loin costs $4.99 and burgers are $3.99, or $ 5.99 for a double. Goinn and Gardner financed the restaurant with a loan from Legacy Bank for an undisclosed amount. Hours: 10:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday. Phone: (417) 634-4400.

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