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Bin Crazy
Selling liquidated merchandise at discounted prices is the focus of Bin Crazy, which opened Feb. 26 at 1749 S. Campbell Ave. It’s a first-time ownership venture for Brandon Taylor, who co-owns Bin Crazy with Sean Greves, owner of Insurors of America LLC. Taylor said startup costs were $80,000, noting he continues to work at Jack Henry & Associates Inc. He said 12 employees staff the 7,000-square-foot shop, declining to disclose the three-year lease rate with AJCW LLC. He said the shop is in space formerly occupied by a Disabled American Veterans thrift store, just north of Sunshine Street. Taylor said Bin Crazy’s inventory is acquired from undisclosed, major brick-and-mortar and online retailers through the liquidation process, which includes returns, overstock and box-damaged items. Prices for items, which are sold in bins throughout the store, such as home decor, cosmetics and small electronics, are set per day, mostly ranging $2-$10, he said. The store also sells premium products for 50% off retail price.
Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
Phone: 417-771-5685

Tall Tales Bar & Grill
Bass Pro Shops has a new restaurant in its portfolio with the July 30 opening of Tall Tales Bar & Grill at 313 Financial Drive in Hollister. Bass Pro spokesperson Janet Glaser said the 2,000-square-foot, 170-seat eatery is adjacent to the company’s Angler’s Lodge hotel, which opened in March. She declined to disclose startup costs for the 26-employee restaurant led by manager Jared Fimple. Glaser said Tall Tales is sports themed and features arcade games, billiards, a golf simulator and large screen televisions to broadcast games. Additionally, it has an outdoor patio with a fireplace, putting green and yard games. Tall Tales has nearly 20 beers on tap, as well as wine, specialty cocktails and a bloody mary bar. Entrees include burgers, fish, pasta and chicken, while appetizers feature salt cracker fried mushrooms and braised pork belly mac and cheese. Appetizers range $6-$17 and entrees are $14-$28, according to its menu.
Hours: 4-10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
Phone: 417-239-2788

Modern Earth
Three years after launching landscaping business Modern Earth LLC from his Rogersville home, owner Colt Smith opened a retail shop June 22 at 1856 U.S. Highway 160 in Nixa. He said the 12-employee Modern Earth fills a combined 6,500 square feet in space formerly occupied by Heritage Tractor, which consolidated its operations. Smith said he wanted to get into the retail side of the industry for years but waited to find the perfect location for his shop. He declined to disclose lease terms or the shop’s startup costs. Smith said the company specializes in landscape, hardscape, outdoor lighting and drainage services for mostly residential clients within a roughly 40-mile radius of Springfield. Nearly half of the store consists of a design center and retail showroom, he said, which includes outdoor living products such as furniture and barbecue grills. The shop also sells natural stone landscape and hardscape products, gravel, topsoil, base rock and mulch.
Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
Phone: 417-429-1363


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