Properties with easy access and high visibility don’t sit empty for long.

The Fancy Flamingo Flea Market, 5171 N. Main St. in the Village of Airport Drive, closed in March. Many of the market’s 300 stalls moved to the Junkerville Flea Market at 1503 W. MacArthur Drive in Webb City. It was easy for stall owners to move because the Fancy Flamingo was operated by the same person who operates Junkerville, which is located in a former Price Cutter grocery store.

A public hearing was held this week in the village to consider a proposed change of use for the Fancy Flamingo property which will require the new owners to install a fire suppression system in the building. Sue Hirshey, village clerk, said Smartlock, a company that offers temperature-controlled storage units, bought the property.

Smartlock Self Storage operates fully automated storage units with 24 hour access, using a ‘keyless’ entry system. You rent the unit online. You download an app that lets you log in and access your unit with your phone. The property is monitored by security cameras.

This property has a long history. It was Connie’s old flea and antique market. Before that it was Trade-X Sales.

Moving house

Small Arrow Engineering, which was established in April 2010 in Joplin, moved from 216 S. Main St. to a storefront at 1302 S. Main St.

John Bolte, a landlord, said the move was kicked off last year when his old office in downtown Joplin was bought for redevelopment by a local financial adviser.

“It’s the pinball effect,” he says. “We got kicked out and found a new house on Main Street with more room to spread out and easier parking. It’s perfect for us.

The 1302 S. Main storefront became available when Joplin ProPrint was purchased by All Seasons Signs of Joplin. SAE occupied the southern half of the property.

SAE offers a full range of services in civil engineering, utility engineering and natural gas system design. Bolte said 60% of the company’s business is in the natural gas and energy business in Oklahoma and 40% of its business is local. As an example of a local business, the company provided civil engineering services for the construction of the new field house at Missouri Southern State University.

out of the way

In case you missed it, Big R’s BBQ, 1220 E. 15th St., has reopened under new ownership. Darryl and Christy Cox have taken over the operation of the barbecue side of the restaurant. Twyla Housh, who ran the restaurant for 22 years until it closed in July 2020, will continue to bake Big R’s famous pies.

Christy Cox said the Big R’s menu “has been condensed with pulled pork, brisket and ribs, customer favorites”. You can always get a slice of pie with your meal.

I visited Big R a few weeks ago when they first reopened. The brisket sandwich I ordered was exactly like the brisket sandwiches I had ordered before. Cox said she wasn’t ready to announce the reopening until she was sure her crew was ready to go.

ArtWalk Ahead

The first Thursday ArtWalk will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at multiple locations in downtown Joplin.

Due to local COVID-19 conditions and in response to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the use of masks will be required inside venues.

Singer and guitarist Tough Luck Chuck will perform on stage at M&M Bistro. At Club 609, Amanda Wright will exhibit her paintings. Beast & Barrel will feature the work of landscape photographer Koral Martin.

At the Urban Art Gallery, artist Liz Darling will present her exhibition “Natural Inclinations”. Works by Linda Teeter, Helen Kunze, Kristin Girard, Merlen White and 11 other gallery artisans will be available.

Music will be by Vagabond Grove. Ron Erwin and Thao Nguyen Photography will show photographs from their world travels at 411 S. Main St.

At the Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, paintings by Josie Mai will be on display. In the back room, works by Shawn Riley, Misty White and Brittany Spradling, and others will be featured. Music will be by the Ozark Bards.

Several artists will have their works exhibited at the Spiva Center for the Arts, including Connie Griffiths, Carolyn Cardenas, Bobby Ross and Melody Knowles.

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