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Classic Rock Coffee Downtown
Classic Rock Coffee franchisees Ashley and Brent McGuire brought a new brew to downtown Springfield on May 11 with the opening of their 535 W. Walnut St. shop. Ashley McGuire is manager of the five-employee Classic Rock Coffee Downtown, which occupies 1,300 square feet in Brewery District Flats. McGuire said her husband Brent continues to work at Hammer’s Autoworks, and she declined to disclose the couple’s investment or lease terms for the venture. The downtown menu features coffee drinks, protein shakes and smoothies, priced from $2-$6, along with kolaches, muffins, cinnamon rolls and parfaits. Kent Morrison started the franchise in 2011 at 1900 W. Sunset St., which still serves as the flagship store. Ashley McGuire also co-owns Incredible Pizza Co. on South Campbell Avenue with her father, Rick Barsness.
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Phone: 417-771-5143

City Music of Springfield LLC
Business partners Ken Childers, Joe Livingston and Jeff Moffett on Dec. 7 started City Music of Springfield LLC, selling vinyl records, CDs, cassettes and books at 2528 S. Campbell Ave., in the Old Town Center. Childers, who also is executive director of nonprofit Youth of the Ozarks Inc., said most new vinyl at the shop is priced $19-$23 with used inventory as low as $1. New and used CDs and cassettes also are sold, as are nonfiction books, vintage stereo equipment, posters and banners. Paperback books generally are listed $3-$6, with hardbacks $6-$12. Childers said the owners invested roughly $45,000 to open and signed a three-year lease for $2,350 per month with Tillman Redevelopment LLC. A portion of the 1,750-square-foot shop has a stage devoted to live music performances. City Music of Springfield employs four.
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday
Phone: 417-755-7035

The Bonsai Guy
A brick-and-mortar shop for garden and nursery venture The Bonsai Guy opened April 15 at 600 W. Walnut St. Owner Chris Cox sells a variety of bonsai trees, generally ranging from $25 to $100. Other products are pots, soil, tools and wire for tree maintenance, as well as bonsai starter kits. Cox, a former employee of Willow Green Gardens and Tree Farm LLC, said he learned about bonsai while working at the Rogersville business. He took bonsai courses and started The Bonsai Guy as a home-based business in 2018. He primarily traveled to vendor shows in 2019 before opening the 1,200-square-foot store downtown. Cox declined to disclose costs or his one-year lease rate with landlord Teresa Emerson. Aside from retail sales, Cox said he plans to start monthly bonsai classes soon, and he’s only been offering pickup services amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Hours: 1-7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
Phone: 417-848-9569


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