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David Burton and Tim Siebert, University of Missouri Extension Center-Greene County
David Burton and Tim Siebert, University of Missouri Extension Center-Greene County

Open for Business: University of Missouri Extension Center-Greene County

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University of Missouri Extension Center-Greene County
The University of Missouri Extension Center in Greene County moved Oct. 4 to 2400 S. Scenic Ave., in the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center in Close Memorial and Nathanael Greene Park. The move from 833 Boonville St. provides nine offices, classroom space, a conference room and additional resources for the Master Gardener program and members of the public seeking lawn and garden information or training. “We’ve been involved since the beginning 12 years ago in discussions for building something out here,” said David Burton, civic communication specialist. Burton said being in the 12,700-square-foot Botanical Center allows extension specialists and volunteers to be closer to class work. Greene County helps fund University Extension office operations, he said. The Extension Center has been at its Boonville location since 1978, when 22 people worked at the Extension Center; there now are eight. Hours: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone: (417) 881-8909.

Rockabilly Rub LLC
Traders Printing owner Andy Cobb began selling Rockabilly Rub LLC products May 1. The company’s handmade natural grooming products for men and women are available at Traders Printing, 230 W. McDaniel St.; online at www.rockabillyrub.com; and at nine retailers, including Just For Him, Walnut Street Barber Shop and Moda Salon. Cobb said he grew tired of buying hair products that didn’t work, so he made his own. Friends started asking for the product, and it increased in popularity. Cobb has invested his own savings to start the business. “We’re moving a little bit slower because of that,” he said. Products include Rockabilly Rub pomade, Cobra Spit aftershave, Balmshell lip balm, Crow Bar pumice soap and Stiff Upper Lip mustache wax. Phone: (417) 830-1627.

Party Express Bus of Springfield LLC
Party Express Bus of Springfield LLC opened in Springfield on May 1. Operator Phil Alexander arranges bus rentals for $125 an hour or $550 for five hours to locations throughout southwest Missouri. Alexander’s bus seats about 30, and he said onboard drinking is allowed. Trips such as bachelor and bachelorette parties, kids’ parties and school dances include excursions to Branson, Joplin and casinos near the Oklahoma border, said Alexander, who declined to disclose startup costs. The Wichita-based parent company operates six buses there, four in Tulsa, Okla., and two in Kansas City. Hours: By appointment. Phone: (417) 889-4287.

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