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Tom Ritzer, MC Sports
Tom Ritzer, MC Sports

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MC Sports moved across Glenstone Avenue in mid-March to Battlefield Mall, 2825 S. Glenstone Ave. At 24,000 square feet, the mall location is more than double the size of its 2832 S. Glenstone Ave. store. Store manager Tom Ritzer said footwear and golf goods have expanded, and bicycles, camping, hunting, fishing and archery have been added. Springfield’s store is among 15 full-scale MC Sports out of 80 corporate stores nationwide. Under a lease with undisclosed terms, MC Sports is occupying the space previously leased by Steve & Barry’s. Hours: 9:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday. Phone: (417) 889-5458.

Smallin Civil War Cave
Kevin and Wanetta Bright, owners of Smallin Civil War Cave, north of Ozark at 3575 N. Smallin Road, reopened the cave for tours April 2. Improvements have been made to the guest areas, and trails from the parking are now wheelchair and stroller accessible. The half-mile tours last an hour and cost $15 for adults. The cave, with an entrance 55 feet by 100 feet, has not been open to the public since the 1960s. The Brights owned a sign and cabinet shop in Mountain View for 15 years before moving to Branson in 1999. “We put our life savings into this place,” Wanetta Bright said, declining to disclose the acquisition and repair costs for the commercial cave they purchased in August. “We’re thinking that we’re going to do well.” According to www.smallincave.com, the cave was used as a campground for the Osage Indians. Explorer Henry R. Schoolcraft traveled the area in 1818 and wrote about the cave, calling it Winoca, or “Underground Spirit.” Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 12:30–5 p.m. Sunday. Phone: (417) 551-4545.

Spring-Green Lawn Care
Tom Addington opened home-based franchise model Spring-Green Lawn Care on Feb. 1. Addington, who lives in Ozark, said franchise costs were about $100,000, which he funded with retirement savings. Addington’s experience includes working in turf management for 25 years at golf courses in Missouri and Arkansas, most recently as director of golf and grounds maintenance at Old Kinderhook Country Club in Camdenton. “I always wanted to own my own business,” he said. “I can be my own boss and do my own thing to make this pay off.” Lawn services offered by Spring-Green Lawn Care include fertilizer, weed and insect control, tree and shrub care, specialty injections, core aeration, disease control, lime treatments and seeding. Addington serves Springfield and the surrounding area, notably Nixa, Ozark and Battlefield. The 33-year-old Illinois-based franchise has 75 franchisees in 26 states, and Addington is one of 11 franchisees expected to open this year. Systemwide 2009 revenues were $32 million. Hours: 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday. Phone: (417) 581-2811.

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