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June 17, 2012

Andra Bryan Stefanoni: North end of Pittsburg sees change in business landscape

PITTSBURG, Kan. — I’ve gotten used to businesses shuffling in Joplin.

The landscape there has changed almost weekly since last May.

In Pittsburg, the shuffle is more subtle, but I’ve noticed several new businesses added to our landscape in recent weeks and a few existing businesses that have changed locations. Here’s the rundown of what’s happening on the north end of town.

Body Intuition

Co-owner Brandon Rogers-Plott contacted me to tell me he’d found his calling: to give clients physical, mental and spiritual freedom from pain and anxiety through massage and spiritual therapy.

The business, which opened at 103 E. Atkinson Ave., holds accreditation by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, and the Healing Touch Professional Association.

Rogers-Plott studied massage therapy in Kansas City and has studied at the Xi Zhu Monastery in China, where he was taught the art of Eastern medicine. Co-owner Haley Peters trained at the Pinnacle Institute for Massage Therapy in Lawrence, Kan.

The business offers a variety of massages in a range of prices and durations, as well as chi gong and Reiki healing.

U.S. Cellular

The local U.S. Cellular store, which set up shop in the former Dairy Queen at 2400 N. Broadway, has changed its address by one digit.

It’s owned by CP Communications, and owner Chuck Parsons said it simply outgrew the space. The new shop provides 3,000 square feet of retail space, compared with the business’s 900 square feet in the circa-1940 building.

Parsons’ intent is to tear down the current building and build a 13,000-square-foot building on the lot, provided he is able to secure commitments from tenants.


The newly opened franchise, in the shopping plaza at 2609 N. Broadway, offers more than 50 rotating healthy and fat-free frozen yogurt flavors and more than 50 toppings.

Customers have all the control: Simply grab a cup and start mixing, adding any or all (or none) of the toppings. Then, weigh the creation and pay for it by the ounce.

Health enthusiasts will want to know that it is real dairy yogurt, with live and active cultures.

With corporate headquarters in Broken Arrow, Okla., the chain’s other Kansas stores include Chanute, Wichita, Hutchinson, Derby, Manhattan and Gardner. Its corporate website noted that a store will be “coming soon” to Joplin, joining other Missouri stores in Springfield, Branson, Kansas City, Independence and Blue Springs.

Longan’s and more

Perhaps the most noticeable change to this end of town is at 2723 N. Broadway. Longan’s Garden Center saw a beautiful makeover that transformed it into a place I now want to stop. Inside, Blossoms, Saddles and Sequins set up shop to provide a unique experience in booth rental and consignment shopping.

Outside, shoppers can still select plants and flowers, statuary and landscaping items, while inside, they can browse new, gently used antique and western decor, jewelry, handbags and more.

Laughing Rooster Farms left the Pittsburg Farmers Market and now has its meats and eggs for sale inside, too, meaning they’re available seven days a week.

Also on my radar: Longtime Pittsburg businesses Radio Shack and Sears have moved to the north end of town, but there’s no word yet on what will fill their spots at Meadowbrook Mall and downtown.

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