Springfield, MO

Open for Business: Swope Automotive LLC

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Swope Automotive LLC
Scott Swope consolidated two smaller locations of his Swope Automotive LLC on Oct. 23 in leasing a 20,000-square-foot building at 1529 E. Chestnut Expressway. It was formerly home to 417-DIY LLC and Diamond International of Springfield. Swope said he’s planning to grow a staff of four mechanics and body restoration employees who specialize in work on European imports and classic British cars. He signed a five-year lease at $4,000 per month with Charles Chappell, owner of the neighboring Chappell’s Tires Inc. Swope, who formerly worked at Firestone Complete Auto Care and Rick’s Automotive, founded the company in his home garage in 2008. “I had cars lined up and down the street in my neighborhood, and my neighbors were complaining,” he said. He rented a building on South Enterprise Avenue the following year before moving to a space attached to J.D. Byrider at 1226 S. Glenstone Ave., Ste. A, in 2014 and then opening a separate body shop at 1906 S. Stewart Ave. last May.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (417) 448-6672

Buxton Kubik Dodd Inc.
Occupying a building designed by its own staff, Buxton Kubik Dodd Inc. moved Dec. 11 to National Place at 3100 S. National Ave., Ste. 300. Formerly at 1435 E. Bradford Parkway, Ste. 100, for five years, the firm performs architecture, engineering, interior design, 3-D visualization, master planning, feasibility studies and rezoning consults, said partner and architect Jon Dodd. The 23-employee company leases 6,500 square feet of the 30,000-square-foot, $3 million office complex from Mike Fusek of SVN/Rankin Co. for undisclosed terms. In November, Buxton Kubik Dodd acquired interior design firm K Evans Interiors LLC and Kris Evans became one of six principles. Through the transition, Dodd said the firm rebranded as Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective. Recent projects include Boomer Town Studios, Springfield Plaza, Vital Farms Inc.’s factory, and the shared headquarters of Ransin Injury Law and O’Reilly Hospitality Management LLC.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (417) 890-5543

Sean Brownfield
opened a satellite location of his Dapper old-fashioned barber shop Oct. 15, in partnership with Brentwood Center’s Town & County clothing store, 2660 S. Glenstone Ave. Brownfield LLC’s Dapper launched on Park Central Square in 2013, offering haircuts, straight razor shaves and shoe shines – along with alcohol – in a late-1800s style environment. It later moved to a 7,500-square-foot, five-chair shop on the ground floor of The Sterling at 312 Park Central East in 2015, adding a men’s apparel retail section called the Haberdashery. In the new location, Town & County owner Bob Lowe is taking over the apparel aspect of Dapper and providing about 200 square feet of space for two barber chairs, Brownfield said. “It’s kind of a business inside of a business,” he added. Dapper clients pay $28 to $40 for a haircut or $89 per month for a membership that includes a cut, shave, two shines and other benefits. Prior to becoming a business owner, Brownfield said he was a traveling performance stylist for 13 years, demonstrating hair care products by Sexy Hair at industry events.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Phone: (417) 720-1196


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