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Ursula and Keith James, Simmons Beautyrest Sleep Gallery
Ursula and Keith James, Simmons Beautyrest Sleep Gallery

Open for Business: Simmons Beautyrest Sleep Gallery

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Simmons Beautyrest Sleep Gallery
Keith and Ursula James moved Simmons Beautyrest Sleep Gallery on Jan. 9 to 1826 E. Independence St. from 650 E. Battlefield Road. Operating in the former Indigo Imports space, Sleep Gallery sells mattresses, headboards, footboards and adjustable bed frames under the Simmons and Tempur-Pedic lines. The Jameses, who have been in business for nearly 15 years, also own stores on Sunshine Street and in Hollister. Ursula James said the 6,300-square-foot store is 2,000 square feet larger than the Battlefield Road site. It also offers James River Freeway and Independence Street frontage and access to several furniture shops, she said. The new space is leased from CCCH Inc. for an undisclosed amount, James said. Hours: 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and noon–4 p.m. Sunday. Phone: (417) 890-5788. Web:

Big Whiskey’s American Bar & Grill
Big Whiskey’s American Bar & Grill partners Jameson Clark, Randy Gildehaus, Michael Heslin and Paul Sundy opened their third Springfield restaurant on Dec. 16 at 1550 E. Battlefield Road in The Galleria. The owners also operate a Big Whiskey’s in Little Rock, Ark., said District Manager Matt Caetano. The newest Big Whiskey’s is in renovated space that previously housed the J. Parrino’s restaurant and DFG Insurance. With seven full-time employees and 6,500 square feet, the restaurant seats roughly 200 and has a full bar and two private meeting rooms upstairs with accommodations for 60. Hours: 11–1:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.–midnight Sunday. Phone: (417) 883-5999. Web:

Opfer Communications
Opfer Communications relocated Oct. 1 to 2861 S. Meadowbrook Ave. from 1701 S. Enterprise Ave. Owner and President Scott Opfer acquired the Meadowbrook building, a former Sears warehouse, in spring 2011 for an undisclosed amount. Expansion work by Bailey Co. construction crews will give the video-marketing firm more than 12,000 square feet upon completion in six to nine months. Opfer said the warehouse conversion would provide two production studios and space for up to six sets to film infomercials for Forever Lazy full-body fleece wear, InstaHang wall-peg dispensers, Simoniz Fix It Pro scratch remover, Topsy Turvy upside-down tomato planters and other direct-response marketing clients. Fox TV affiliate KRBK is leasing the Enterprise building from Opfer. Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone: (417) 864-5000. Web:

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