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Sa'dia Luallen and Paulette Tilden, Alchemy A Salon
Sa'dia Luallen and Paulette Tilden, Alchemy A Salon

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Alchemy A Salon
Alchemy A Salon opened July 15 at 329 E. Commercial St. First-time business owners Sa’dia Luallen and Paulette Tilden have more than 27 years of combined experience in styling. The full-service salon offers bridal packages, including rental of the entire salon. Tilden said Alchemy is in the process of obtaining its liquor license for a Friday night special called Martinis with Style. The salon is a Paul Mitchell Focus salon, which Tilden said means the salon offers only Paul Mitchell supplies and receives additional training. Alchemy received a $6,000 U.S. Small Business Administration loan through Commerce Bank and an undisclosed amount of personal funds covered the remainder of startup costs, Tilden said. Hours: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday. Phone: (417) 864-4490.
The Planet Coral LLC
The Planet Coral LLC, owned by General Pet Inc., opened March 29 at 1400 W. Sunshine St. Planet Coral sells corals, frogs and saltwater fish, including rare and exotic species, and offers saltwater aquarium service and installation. Store manager James Wilson said Planet Coral imports its corals from oceans around Fiji, the Philippines, New Zealand and Africa. After cutting small pieces of coral tissue, his staff grows the fragments of corals. Prices for the coral services range from $129 to more than $1,000. Local businesses that are clients include Mr. Nice Guy T-shirt shop and Jade East restaurant, Wilson said. Hours: 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Phone: (417) 868-7030.

Bandana’s Bar-B-Q
Chesterfield-based Bandana’s Bar-B-Q opened July 17 at 111 N. Massey Blvd. in Nixa. Franchise owner Doug Andrieu also owns the Springfield restaurant at 900 E. Battlefield Road. Bandana’s Bar-B-Q offers smoked meat, pork, beef, turkey, ribs, sausage and six sauces served on the side, according to Marsha Fry, general manager. Andrieu said research indicated Christian County would be a strong location because of its recent fast growth and traffic volumes at the intersection of state highways 14 and 160. “There are a lot of things going for it,” he said. “There was a need for another full-service restaurant, we thought.” Andrieu said the lease rate in the building, owned by Pizza Ventures Inc., is lower than in Springfield, but he declined to disclose the rates. According to, franchise fees are 5 percent of gross sales. Hours: 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Phone: (417) 725-0900.

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