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Jason Parke, The Greek Corner
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Jason Parke, The Greek Corner

Open for Business: The Greek Corner

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The Greek Corner
Three months after buying Bigfish Screenprinting, Jason Parke on March 29 moved his Greek Corner screen-printing and embroidery business to 614 N. Washington Ave. Parke said he bought the 20,800-square-foot building in early March for an undisclosed sum. Previously, it was occupied by Ozarks Technical Community College’s Center for Workforce Development and owned by Chestnut Expressway Properties LLC, according to Greene County Assessor records. The move fully integrates Bigfish’s operations and consolidates offices on East Rockhurst and South Glenstone, he said. Crews hauled over several printing presses, dryers, a folding machine and air compressors, among other equipment. With now over 2,500 clients, the 24-employee company expects to double its business this year, Parke said. For T-shirts, corporate logo apparel and other custom clothing, Greek Corner works with such brands as Eddie Bauer, Under Armour and North Face.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday
Phone: (417) 865-8011

New York Style Pizzeria
New York Style Pizzeria signed a lease in College Station and opened April 2 in the corner unit left vacant six months ago by Calgaro’s Pizzeria. Business partners Robert Brough and Kevin McMillan are bringing the concept to downtown Springfield. It’s their first foray into the restaurant business, said Brough – a leather tailor by trade – though he’s had family members in the industry. The partners invested about $80,000 to buy the existing equipment and furnishings left by Calgaro’s. “It’s not quite a turnkey, but it’s not starting fresh, either,” Brough said. He said there’s little concern occupying the same space where another pizza shop didn’t make it, pointing to owner health issues as the cause of Calgaro’s closing. New York Style Pizzeria is in a five-year-lease for 3,100 square feet at an undisclosed rate. It employs six and seats 150. The specialty is a five-cheese blend, Brough said, and all pizzas have his homemade sauce with tomatoes imported from Italy. Other ingredients are secured through Sysco Corp.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11-3 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (417) 350-1096

Tie & Timber Beer Co.
Adding to Springfield’s burgeoning microbrewery scene, Tie & Timber Beer Co. opened April 9 at 1451 E. Cherry St. in the Rountree neighborhood. The brewery and tasting room debuted with 20 taps, 10 beers and six brewing tanks, said co-owner Curtis Marshall. Cider, wine and root beer also is on tap. The company plans to increase its beer count to 16 within a few months, he said. Marshall and business partner Jennifer Leonard renovated two vacant buildings. Tie & Timber follows the opening of 4 by 4 Brewing Co. in December  2017 in Galloway Village. Springfield Brewing Co. has been brewing since 1997, while Mother’s Brewing Co., White River Brewing Co. and Lost Signal Brewing Co. have come on in the last seven years. Tie & Timber’s name stems from Missouri’s timber industry served by the railroad in the early 20th century, organizers say.
Hours: 3-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon-midnight Friday and Saturday, and 2-6 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (417) 429-9131


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