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Element Springfield South
A Marriott International Inc. (Nasdaq: MAR) boutique hotel concept, Element Springfield South, opened Jan. 18 at 1100 E. Battlefield Road. Bryan Springfield Hotels LLC is owner of the 72,000-square-foot Element by Westin property that has extended- and long-term stay options for its 121 rooms, which officials say include fully equipped kitchens and oversized closets. Osage Beach-based Thomas Construction served as the general contractor for the project designed by H Design Group LLC. Sarah Sissel, Element Springfield South director of sales of marketing, said General Manager Jackie McVay leads the staff of 35 at the hotel, declining to disclose startup costs. Amenities include a saline pool, fitness center and Olive’s, a bar that offers a limited dining menu, including flatbreads and charcuterie. Bryan Properties previously planned to develop a Staybridge Suites at the site but pivoted amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The company took over ownership of the property in December 2018 after the 2016 demolition of the Courtyard Office Center.
Phone: 417-290-9050
Web: Marriott.com/sgfel

Outlaw Gentlemen Barbershop
After seven years running a barbershop in Rogersville, Kix Nelson, owner of Outlaw Gentlemen LLC, decided to add a second location on Aug. 22 in nearby Ozark. Doing business as Outlaw Gentlemen Barbershop, Nelson took over the 1,400-square-foot space at 127 E. Church St. formerly occupied by women’s clothing store Blush Boutique, which moved elsewhere in Ozark. Nelson signed a three-year lease with Alley Investments LLC but declined to disclose the rate or startup costs. Outlaw Gentlemen provides haircuts and mustache trims, Nelson said, adding his staff of four barbers also handle straight razor face shaves and beard grooming. Services range $15-$48. Nelson started his hair-cutting career eight years ago at Hudson Hawk Barber & Shop in Springfield, where he worked for 14 months before opening his Rogersville location in February 2017.
Phone: 417-324-9249
Web: OutlawBarbers.com

Stretch Zone
Wellness studio Stretch Zone opened Oct. 23 at 2924 S. Lone Pine Ave. in the Battlefield Towers shopping center. Chris Blaine said he and his wife, Andrea, are local franchisees of the fitness company, which assists clients with stretching that is designed to enhance mobility, improve posture and reduce muscle tension. Stretch Zone has over 300 locations in 40 states, according to its website. Blaine declined to disclose startup costs for the Springfield studio, but the website said the initial investment for franchisees ranges $113,000-$226,000 in addition to 6% royalty and 2% advertising fees. Logan Strong is general manager of the 1,750-square-foot studio, which employs 10. Blaine said he and his wife additionally remain franchisees of Home Instead, which provides in-home care for seniors. The couple has exclusive rights with Stretch Zone for southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas territories, he said, adding they plan to open a second location this spring in Rogers, Arkansas.
Phone: 417-444-5121
Web: StretchZone.com

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