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Anne and Andy Walls, Savoy Ballroom
Anne and Andy Walls, Savoy Ballroom

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Savoy Ballroom
Savoy Ballroom, 224 E. Commercial St., opened Aug. 20. Anne and Andy Walls restored the 6,000-square-foot, turn-of-the-century building with its original maple hardwood floors and tin ceiling at a cost of $1.1 million. The Wallses, who have taught social dance lessons for five years under Dance With Me LLC, purchased the building with a city business development loan and financed construction through Empire Bank, Andy Walls said. The couple added an audiovisual system for events, targeting weddings, receptions and meetings, according to The ballroom has a private courtyard and can be rented for a half-day up to a full weekend, ranging between $1,500 and $4,495, Walls said. Hours: By appointment. Phone: (417) 869-6789.

Wilson & Case Co. LLC
Trey Wilson and Lucas Case opened Wilson & Case Co. LLC on July 1 in Branson. The home-based business manages musicians and offers media relations, promotions and social media services, with a focus on Christian artists. Wilson and Case have been friends for several years and are performers as well. Case performed at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Wilson performs at Grand Jubilee in Branson. “We decided to take what we know and put it to use for other artists who might want to come to town and do a show or two,” Case said. The company is in negotiations with 10 artists but haven’t signed contracts. The company owners have used between $5,000 and $10,000 for startup costs and are seeking investors. Hours: By appointment. Phone: (615) 509-3200.

Arvest Bank

Arvest Bank opened a branch July 20 at 730 N. National Ave. Marcy Dollens is branch manager of the $1.8 million full-service facility, which offers account service; consumer, commercial and home loans; certificates of deposits; and credit cards, said Michael Gandy, marketing director. Arvest operates in 16 locally managed markets – each with its own president, management team and board of directors – in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas. Gandy said Arvest is chartered in Fayetteville, Ark., with an operation center in Lowell, Ark. As part of the National branch grand opening, donations of at least $1,000 each were made to Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, Young Life and the Discovery Center. Hours: lobby, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday; drive through, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday. Phone: (417) 885-7240.
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