Ozarks Event Center
Entertainment venue Ozarks Event Center opened July 18 at 842 W. Guin Road in Nixa. Owner Marc Backes said he purchased the building and land from Excel Investments LP, noting the 9,000-square-foot space had been just a shell for the past 14 years. His investment for its purchase and development was $1.3 million, he said. Backes said Construction Processing Co. LLC was general contractor with Paragon Architecture LLC as architect for the infill project. Ozarks Event Center, which has a full-service bar, provides space for gatherings, including weddings, corporate events, charity fundraisers and banquets. Additionally, Backes said the venue with capacity for 476 people hosts cornhole competitions several nights a week. He said the event space was a natural addition to Ozarks Entertainment LLC, which he’s owned since 2018. Ozarks Entertainment services include bingo games, casino set-ups, DJ services, movie projectors and photo booths for private parties and fundraisers.
The first Missouri franchise for Virginia Beach, Virginia-based mobile pet grooming company Zoomin Groomin opened in Springfield on Aug. 25. Dina Readinger is franchisee through Lyla Enterprises Inc. She declined to disclose startup costs, and the company’s website doesn’t list franchise fees. The three-employee venture serves dogs and cats of all sizes and breeds, providing bathing, haircuts and nail trimming, as well as cleaning of ears, teeth and anal glands. Zoomin Groomin travels to clients’ homes in a conversion van outfitted with grooming equipment, and its coverage area is Springfield, Nixa, Ozark, Republic and Rogersville, she said. The founder of leadership development venture Ace Coaching Co. LLC, Readinger said becoming a Zoomin Groomin franchisee was inspired by her family’s adoption of a dog amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She said she bought the franchise to offer a mobile grooming option for pet owners, including older adults, shut-ins and those seeking convenience.
Four years after forming, RBW Agricultural LLC launched a brick-and-mortar store on Aug. 1 at 956 Highway 32 in Bolivar. Husband and wife Raymond and Britta Winfrey own the business, which employs six and sells cattle handling systems, livestock feeding machinery, tractor and skid loader attachments, and a variety of used farm equipment. RBW, which Britta Winfrey said incorporates her and Raymond’s initials in its name, also repairs and services agriculture equipment. The couple also owns the Bolivar property, which formerly was a cattle pasture, Winfrey said, declining to disclose startup costs. The shop and office occupy 15,000 square feet, she said, adding the equipment lot is roughly 4 acres. Winfrey said her husband first started buying and selling used farm equipment as a weekend hobby before starting RBW in 2018. In the years since, she said they have continued to add to their equipment stock, which previously was sold from their front yard.
Going up at Missouri State University’s 125-acre William H. Darr Agricultural Center on Kansas Expressway is the Small Animal Education Center.