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Mark Fahlstrom, Oasis Lawncare LLC
Mark Fahlstrom, Oasis Lawncare LLC

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Oasis Lawncare LLC
Mark Fahlstrom opened Oasis Lawncare LLC on April 1. Fahlstrom’s home-based business performs mowing, edging and trimming services on commercial and residential lawns. Oasis Lawncare employs three teachers part-time during summer months, said Fahlstrom, who has 11 years of lawn care experience as co-owner of M&J Lawn Services in Ypsilanti, Mich. He started Oasis Lawncare with $10,000 of personal savings. “I got tired of working for somebody else,” said Fahlstrom, who worked for Papa John’s pizza company in Springfield since 2003 as an area supervisor and trainer managing about 300 people. Residential mowing service rates range between $24.50 to $51 per lawn, according to www.oasis-lawns.com. Hours: By appointment. Phone: (417) 616-1051.

CVS Pharmacy
A 13,225-square-foot CVS Pharmacy opened Aug. 8 at 2715 E. Battlefield Road. Manager Chris Drew said the store offers a full-service and drive-through pharmacy, photo processing center, health and beauty products, general merchandise and convenience food. Drew said the pharmacy took over the customer base previously served by Fox Grape Pharmacy in Fox Grape Plaza, 3250 E. Battlefield Road, which closed. “It was a really good transition incorporating it with CVS,” Drew said, adding that CVS continued delivery of prescriptions Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Building construction and site work cost $1.9 million. Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS has 7,000 stores in 43 states. Hours: 8 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday through Saturday; the pharmacy is open 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday. Phone: (417) 888-0677.

Dairy Queen Orange Julius
Dairy Queen Orange Julius opened Aug. 8 in Battlefield Mall, 2825 S. Glenstone Ave. Washburn Food Co., owned by Hal Washburn, is franchisee and leases the 1,306-square foot space from mall owner Simon Property Group. Washburn declined to disclose franchise costs, but according to www.dairyqueen.com, construction costs for a shopping mall site are $130,000 to $170,000 and equipment costs are $150,000 to $200,000. Dairy Queen began testing the Dairy Queen Orange Julius combination concept in August 2005 and officially rolled it out in 2008, according to the Web site. Washburn said Orange Julius is one of the oldest U.S. franchises having started in 1927. Based in Minneapolis, parent company American Dairy Queen Corp. has more than 5,600 stores worldwide. Hours: 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon–6 p.m. Sunday. Phone: (417) 882-9600.
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