The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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April 28, 2013

Wally Kennedy: Freddy’s plans opening this week

JOPLIN, Mo. — Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, in the 3000 block of South Range Line Road, will have its ribbon-cutting ceremony and opening on Monday.

The original Freddy’s in Joplin was in a strip mall at the southeast corner of 15th Street and Range Line Road. It was destroyed by the tornado.

During the annual Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday night, Phil Black, spokesman for the company, said the tornado showed “how fragile our lives are.’’ But it also showed the resilience of a community.

He said Freddy’s is proud to be part of the re-emergence of Joplin.


A big party was held Saturday for the grand opening of Hideout Harley-Davidson at 5014 Hearnes Blvd.

The motorcycle dealership, previously known as Cycle Connection Harley-Davidson, was purchased at the end of January by Stratton Murphy, Marc Murphy and Eric Sternberg. The team owns two other dealerships — Desperado Harley-Davidson in McAllen, Texas, and Mad Boar Harley-Davidson in San Benito, Texas.

Kay Dee McKee, marketing director, said, “The new owners carry strong customer service values that we all believe in. There hasn’t been a lot of changes in our staff, so when you come in you are seeing familiar faces that you’ve seen for several years. But we have added a few new members to the team to better serve our customers.”


A new performing arts studio, Briley Performing Arts Co., will be opening in a storefront in the Crossroads Shopping Center, 2909 E. Fourth St., which is a block west of Fourth Street and Range Line.

The opening is set for May 21.

Heather Briley, a dance teacher, choreographer and local performer for more than 20 years, is opening the studio.

“We will have classical dance, tap, point, contemporary, tumbling, voice lessons, acting/improv classes, and piano and guitar, to name a few of the classes we are providing,” she said.

“Everything dramatic you can thing of, we’re going to do it. It is my goal to help and educate our local performers to find success in the performing arts.”

Details: 417-553-7954.


Dr. Gary Hamlin, with All Ages Medical Care at Northpark Mall, will offer free medical care for adult Hispanic patients on Sunday, May 5, in connection with Cinco de Mayo.

The all-day clinic will kick off at 9 a.m. Translators are needed. No identification is required. Details: 417-781-4250.

This is the fourth annual “Hoorah for Hispanics” clinic. Hamlin said he is offering the clinic to “celebrate their presence in our community.”


The Heath II Barber & Beauty Shop, a longtime fixture at 424 N. Main St., has closed.

The owner of a nearby business told me the barbershop closed and that someone is planning to open a restaurant there. Stay tuned for details.


There are some businesses on Main Street that you don’t even think about until you need them.

A good example of that is Action Appliance Parts, 1627 S. Main St. If you need a hard-to-find part for an appliance, this is the place to go.

An employee, Doug McCall, called and told me about the business that is operated by Frank and Rita Miller, who are both in their 80s. They have operated the store since 1974. That’s 39 years.

They have turned the business over to their daughter, Lisa Lawson, and her daughter, Megan, making Action Appliance Parts a three-generation operation. For a family to stick with something for that long in this day and age is impressive.

They started out making service calls. Now they just sell parts.

Action Appliance Parts is in the shopping center on the east side of the 1600 block of Main Street that is undergoing a major face-lift. The structure is getting a fresh coat of paint and a new awning.

“They have been really patient, paying rent for years and years while nothing happened to the building,” McCall said. “They are very happy with the new look.”

If you have news about something happening on Range Line Road or Main Street, call 417-623-3480, ext. 7250; or send an email to; or send a fax to Wally Kennedy at 417-623-8598.

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