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Jewell Starks and Mark High, Flashy Thangz
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Flashy Thangz
On May 12, Jewell Starks and Mark High opened Flashy Thangz salon in honor of Starks’ teenage son, Tolando Fewell, who died in a 2007 house fire. Starks said the salon, 1241 E. Kearney St., Ste. E., is named after a CD by her son. Flashy Thangz has four hair stations, two full-time cosmetologists and a braider on staff, Starks said. In addition to the salon services, the 520-square-foot location has a retail side offering hair products, purses and sunglasses, Starks said. Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Phone: (417) 864-4247.

RAD Computers
RAD Computers, a home-based computer repair and software updating company, began practicing June 15 on a by-appointment basis. Repairs are performed on site, said owner Mark Bush, adding that the company provides clients free support on a user-to-user forum at www.1radpc.com. Bush said he has primarily funded the business out-of-pocket and is seeking investors for 5 percent ownership of the company by selling Hope Jars on eBay. The jars are sold through July 27 for $250 with 25 percent going toward the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer nonprofit and 50 percent going toward a charity of the investor’s choice. Bush said he’s committed 10 percent of his company’s first-year gross income to be donated to charity. RAD stands for resourceful, affordable and dependable. Hours: by appointment. Phone: (417) 429-2045.

Mr. Goodcents Subs & Pastas
Brother and sister Tyler Birtciel and Heidi Birtciel-Campbell opened Mr. Goodcents Subs & Pastas on May 20 at 1232 Branson Hills Parkway, Ste. 201. The venture into franchise ownership began when Tyler Birtciel became frustrated by limited lunch options, and he approached his sister with the idea of opening a sandwich shop. After months of research, the siblings settled on De Soto, Kan.-based Mr. Goodcents, which operates more than 130 stores in nine states. “We felt that with all the training having the corporate headquarters close by is very important,” Birtciel-Campbell said. The 1,500-square-foot Branson store employs 15. Hours: 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday. Phone: (417) 337-7827.

—Leah Randazzo


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