Visionhealth Eye Center
Visionhealth Eye Center in Republic moved March 1 to larger space in a newly constructed building at 970 N. Oakwood Ave. Drs. Justin Hart and Greg Huntress co-own the eye clinic, formerly located at 612 E. Elm St. Hart declined to disclose relocation costs for the 4,300-square-foot clinic built by Branco Enterprises Inc. and designed by H Design Group LLC. Visionhealth Eye Center offers diagnosis, treatment and management of eye disorders, including prescription glasses and contact lenses. It also provides pediatric eye care and co-management of surgical procedures. The clinic needed more room, Hart said, noting its prior location had doubled to 3,000 square feet over the past 15 years. The new building includes additional exam and testing rooms, as well as an expanded frame showroom and patient reception area. Visionhealth also operates clinics in Monett and Greenfield, Hart said.
Hours: 7:15 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 7:15 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and 7:15 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday
Five years after opening its first brick-and-mortar eatery in Branson, Gettin’ Basted expanded north to Springfield April 15. The barbecue restaurant opened at 3242 S. Stewart Ave. in a vacant TGI Fridays building, said Tammy Zachary, who co-owns the venture with Brad Leighninger, Derrick Melugin and Jason Roberts. It’s the third Gettin’ Basted for the owners, who added a Nixa restaurant last year. Startup costs, which included in-house renovation, were around $250,000 for the roughly 5,000-square-foot building, she said, declining to disclose lease terms. Zachary said Matt Arnall is franchisee for the new Gettin’ Basted. The ownership group previously teamed up with Arnall as franchisee for the August 2020 opening of Downing Street Pour House, 1724 E. Battlefield Road. She said around 40 are on staff at Gettin’ Basted, which has a menu including smoked brisket, pulled pork, link sausage, wings, wagyu burgers, sandwiches and salads. Most entrees range $9-$15, according to its website.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Blue Iguana Car Wash
The second Springfield facility for Blue Iguana Car Wash opened Oct. 22 at 3155 S. Campbell Ave. Husband-and-wife owners Greg and Robin Byler declined to disclose project costs, but a building permit filed with the city recorded a $190,000 value. Robin Byler said Fusion Consulting LLC was general contractor for the roughly 4,400-square-foot car wash, which has cleaning packages priced $5-$20. A daily wash club option starts at $15 per month and all washes include use of vacuums, according to its website. Blue Iguana’s third location at 3316 W. Chestnut Expressway is under construction and expected to open in July, she said, adding four others are under development in the city. Blue Iguana debuted in 2013, and she said the company previously operated eight car washes in the St. Louis area, Kentucky and Indiana but sold them all in the past two years to Zips Car Wash.
Hours: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
Delays push $4.5M renovation project into 2021.
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