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Leather shop open at Holstein Antiques

Leather-An-Tiques has opened in the Holstein Antiques building on Highway 60 at the stoplight in Billings.

Store Manager Gina Russell handcrafts custom leather items for Leather-An-Tiques, such as saddles, chaps for cowboys or bikers, checkbook covers, dream catchers and knickknacks.

Russell can personalize and airbrush custom leather items.

The Billings collectors' store is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, phone 744-1127.

Stainless Concepts Company Inc. moves

The growing Nixa Industrial Park has a new business Stainless Concepts Company Inc.

Located at 1001 Falconcrest Ct., Stainless Concepts makes sanitary processing piping for the food and dairy industries, stainless steel tanks, and is a distributor of parts, fittings and pieces for stainless steel equipment.

The company, owned by William F. and Angela Hughes, has 20 employees, with plans to add more.

The 10,000-square-foot facility is an improvement over the company's former 7,000-square-foot home located in four buildings just outside Nixa at 760 W. Enterprise Lane, according to Angela Hughes.

Cedar Creek Industries Inc. relocates

Bob Edwards and David Doss have moved their company from North Kelly Street in Nixa to 730 W. Kathryn St. in the Nixa Industrial Park.

Cedar Creek Industries now occupies 3,000 square feet, which is double the square footage of its former location.

The company offers windows, doors, closet shelving and custom window treatments to builders and individuals.

Cedar Creek Industries sells and installs building items, including Shelter wood and vinyl windows, Danvid vinyl and aluminum windows, Florida Block acrylic block windows, Therma True Doors, Western Reserve doors and Lee Rowan closet shelving units.

Interior Images, a division of the company, employs an interior designer that offers custom residential and commercial window coverings and installation of drapes and bedding items such as pillows and throws.

A showroom will be ready in May, according to Edwards, who is also active in Nixa as president of the Nixa High School Booster Club and chairman of the baseball boosters. Call 724-1152 for more information.

Community Assessment Program begins

The city of Republic will be evaluated by its residents as part of the Missouri Community Assessment Program.

Local residents will meet to evaluate the city of Republic in five different categories: human resources, community

services, community facilities, government organization and economic development.

Surveys mailed to Republic residents and input from citizen committees will be used to complete a document that will be sent to the Missouri Department of Economic Development for evaluation.

Christy Hermansen, school/community coordinator for the city of Republic, said the process is an "opportunity for citizens to come forward and say how they'd like to see their town. It's a visioning process," she said.

The result will be a citizen-driven plan for the city.

Hermansen said the evaluation process for the community and its citizen volunteer board will take six months, with a follow-up look at progress in a year. Last year, when the city of Republic participated in the Missouri Community Betterment program, it placed third in its population category.

The Missouri Community Betterment program said MCB communities had more than seven-to-one odds compared to non-MCB communities of receiving new jobs from new or expanding industries.

People interested in participating in the evaluation process should contact committee chairperson Steve Lohkamp, 732-2651.

Depot celebrates guns of yesteryear

Fans of "Legends of the West" may want to check out The Cowboy Depot, a new single-action shooting store and club in Republic.

It sells old-style rifles and shotguns, 1800s style clothes, ammo and reloading supplies.

The store will also sponsor a single-action shooting club once a month, where enthusiasts can practice shooting the old single-action style guns.

The store is located at 203 N. Main and is owned by Robin Moreau. For information, call 732-8834.

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