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Robert Hicks and Steve and Deana Parsick, 417-DIY LLC
Robert Hicks and Steve and Deana Parsick, 417-DIY LLC

Open for Business: 417-DIY LLC

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Steve Parsick, owner of Boyz and Toyz Automotive, opened 417-DIY LLC on March 24 at 1529 E. Chestnut Expressway. The 17,000-square-foot garage, formerly home to Diamond International, was transformed into a do-it-yourself garage that provides tools, lifts and space for people to work on their cars. “I have been wishing for something like this since becoming a mechanic,” Parsick said, noting his 20 years of industry experience. Parsick and AutoZone Commercial Sales Manager Robert Hicks have partnered to give 417-DIY customers up to 20 percent off at AutoZone stores, and representatives of the auto parts retailer will be holding classes on-site. With a $500 annual membership available, 417-DIY garage rental prices vary depending on the tools and equipment required: $10 an hour for body shop work, $15 an hour for the flat bay with floor and jack stands, $30 an hour for a bay with vehicle lift and $45 an hour with staff assistance. Parsick employs five at the shop, which he leases from Chappell’s Tires Inc. Parsick said his startup costs were about $200,000. Hours: 8 a.m.–9 p.m. daily. Phone: (417) 831-2277. Web:

Funtiques Market
Karen Chapman opened Funtiques Market on Nov. 26 at 6545 N. 21st St. in Ozark. With a previous store in Wilhoit Plaza in downtown Springfield, Chapman said the move to Green Gallery in Ozark offers 10,000 square feet of space and allows her to operate under the same roof as her husband, Kevin Chapman, who co-owns and operates Willow Green Gardens and Tree Farm with Everett Chapman. The couple leases from Ozark Mountain Granite for an undisclosed amount. Karen and Kevin Chapman have bought and sold antiques as a hobby for years, and the last five years, she has run Funtiques, specializing in antiques from the 1940s–70s. Karen Chapman operates Funtiques with one employee. Hours: 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1–4 p.m. Sunday. Phone: (417) 581-0393. Web:

Penn Station East Coast Subs
Co-owners Itamar Gartin, Chris Rand and Dennis Maple opened a branch of the Penn Station East Coast Sub franchise Jan. 30 at 900 E. Battlefield Road, Ste. 120, in Battlefield Market Place. Maple, the managing partner and minority owner, said the store is the first of four planned in Greene and Christian counties, and the second could come on line by year’s end. With 14 employees in the 1,600-square-foot restaurant, 14 sub sandwich varieties are available. Maple, who previously managed a Buffalo Wild Wings, said Penn Station is most known for its Philly cheesesteak, fresh-cut fries and fresh-squeezed lemonade. The business partners invested about $500,000 in startup costs, including a $25,000 franchise fee, and they lease the space from Magers Enterprises for roughly $1,700 a month. With expected revenue of roughly $700,000 during each store’s first year, the franchisees pay 6 percent royalties and spend 2 percent on advertising the brand. In operation since the mid-1980s, there are over 275 stores in the Cincinnati-based franchise system. Hours: 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday. Phone: (417) 888-0222. Web:

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