TommyHawks Axe House
Once Tommy Jennings learned indoor axe throwing was a business proposition, he went all-in to start his own shop. He and his wife, Kacey, opened TommyHawks Axe House on March 17 at 1631 W. College St. Typically, sessions last two hours at $25 per person, including instruction, a tournament-style competition and a winner’s trophy. “More often than not, they’ve never thrown a hatchet in their life,” Tommy Jennings said. His experience comes from 20 years in the military and his own hobby building custom tomahawks. The couple lease 12,000 square feet from Guy Mace, across the street from his Route 66 Car Museum. Jennings said they signed a three-year lease for an undisclosed rate. Likening the recreational business to bowling or mini-golf, he said TommyHawks also runs seasonal leagues for $150 per person for seven weeks of play. Axes retail for $150-$200. The couple self-financed the $30,000 startup costs, he said.
Hours: noon-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Thursday night league play
Phone: (417) 350-1221
Missouri Air National Guard
The Missouri Air National Guard opened its first recruiting office in Springfield on April 27. At 2445 N. Kansas Expressway, Ste. D, the office staffs two recruiters – Staff Sgts. Jarrett Rasmussen and Rachel Monke – who provide information about opportunities and benefits within the Air National Guard. “Recruiting is all about relationships,” said Col. Ken Eaves, 131st Bomb Wing commander, in a news release. “The best way to build those relationships is to get in the communities we serve.” The 780-square-foot office is leased for $1,267 monthly from J-K Investments Inc., said Phil Fountain, the guard’s deputy director of public affairs. In a strip center adjacent to Hobby Lobby at Kansas and Kearney Street, the space is part of a 3,000-square-foot suite that houses a U.S. Army recruiting office. The Missouri Air National Guard has over 2,300 members and deploys personnel across the state and world.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone: (417) 755-7458
The 370,000-square-foot Primrose Marketplace shopping center has changed hands. The new owners announced the deal May 1. Two out-of-state entities, Chase Properties Ltd., from Ohio, and DRA Advisors LLC, of New York, partnered on the acquisition from Primrose Marketplace 625 LLC and Kimco Realty, based in New Hyde Park, New York. The retail center, 3450 S. Stewart Ave. at Glenstone Avenue and Primrose Street, has anchor tenants T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Best Buy, PetSmart, Ross Dress for Less and JCPenney Home Store. A news release issued by the companies did not disclose purchase terms, but in April, Wells Fargo issued a $40 million deed of trust to G&I IX Primrose Marketplace LLC. Missouri secretary of state records indicate DRA Advisors is the organizer of the Primrose Marketplace LLC. According to a property listing by Mid-America Group, sales at the T.J. Maxx, PetSmart and Ross stores exceed $400 per square foot. The 31-acre property has over 20 tenants and a 2018 appraised value of roughly $15 million, according to Greene County assessor records.
Hours: varies by store
Where newer commercial mixes with industrial, including a grain elevator turned mural