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Colleen and Ryan Sundlie, Cafe Dhibs
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Colleen and Ryan Sundlie, Cafe Dhibs

Open for Business: Cafe Dhibs

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Cafe Dhibs
Colleen and Ryan Sundlie launched a new Commercial Street venture next door to their Date Lady Inc. business. Cafe Dhibs, at 918 W. Commercial St., opened Nov. 23, with a menu including date shakes, espressos, baked goods and charcuterie trays. Colleen Sundlie said items at the approximately 400-square-foot “microcafe” are made from scratch, using only gluten-free products and no white sugar. Prices range from $2 for an espresso to $15 for a charcuterie tray. The Sundlies started Date Lady in 2012, producing a line of date-based products such as syrup, sugar and chocolate spread. Colleen Sundlie said “dhibs” is another word for molasses and is commonly known as date syrup. The two-employee cafe also serves as a retail outlet for Date Lady products, as it doesn’t sell items at its commercial kitchen, 900 W. Commercial St. Sundlie declined to disclose startup costs for the new venture or the purchase price of the building from Gary Walker.
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Phone: (417) 414-2282
Web: CafeDhibs.com

Stephens Pharmacy Inc.
Citizens Memorial Hospital on Sept. 30 finalized the purchase of Stephens Pharmacy Inc. from Mike Stephens, a state representative from Bolivar. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. CMH spokeswoman Tamera Heitz-Peek said CMH closed its Butterfield Pharmacy and is directing prescriptions to Stephens Pharmacy, 1100 S. Springfield Ave. in Bolivar. She said 36 staff members and inventory from Butterfield and CMH Senior Pharmacy have moved over to Stephens Pharmacy, which retained its name in the transaction. Stephens remains on staff as a pharmacist while continuing to represent District 128, for which he was elected in 2016. He opened Stephens Pharmacy in 1975.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
Phone: (417) 326-2416
Web: CitizensMemorial.com

H.I.M.
A retail gift and apparel shop primarily aimed at men, dubbed H.I.M., opened Oct. 1 at 2636 S. Glenstone Ave. in Brentwood Center North. Owner F. Kent Stewart said he operates the 3,200-square-foot store, which currently employs three, under The Market II LLC. With daughter Lauren Haik, Stewart also co-owns The Market, another retail store in the Brentwood Center. H.I.M. stands for Him in Mind, and products focus on men’s accessories and gifts, including socks, shirts, belts, soaps, grooming products and furniture. Stewart said dog-oriented products, such as leashes and collars, also are sold. He signed a 10-year lease with Jared Commercial Real Estate LLC, declining to disclose the rate or startup costs for the venture. Stewart said he has around 30 years of retail experience working as a sales representative, including time as a buyer for the shuttered Newman’s Department Store chain based in Joplin.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday
Phone: (417) 771-5166

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