Movers & Shakers highlights the who, what, and where in business, entertainment, and all things local in Miami and its surrounding areas.

Jay Calan reports that the new Five Star Ranch & Home should be open the first of September. The new addition has doubled the size of the old showroom. The lights were being installed this week with flooring and shelving next on the list. Stocking of the new merchandise will begin mid-month.

With the closing of Ken's Farm & Home several years ago, Calan felt there was a need to offer similar farm supplies and equipment to the area. There will also be a large variety of hardware. Five Star will extend their hours after the grand opening. A family operation, the business will be managed by Jay, his wife Sharon and son, Jaycee.

The new Power Up Rental store, 1120 North Main, will have a grand opening Saturday, August 12.

Grace Church, 130 A N.E., will be presented the Project Pride Award by the Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, August 8 at noon. The award is given quarterly and determined by the Chamber's Ambassadors. The church is an outgrowth of the former Apostolic Assembly Church which previously met at the old First Christian Church building next door. Phil Shyers is pastor at the new 8,000 sq. ft. facility.

The Panda Buffet has posted a sign that the restaurant is closed for remodeling and plans to reopen August 29 under new ownership and management. The location was originally a KFC, and later a KFC and A&W Root Beer combination.

A group of nearly 40 Commerce High School graduates enjoyed a weekend outing last week in Branson. The group, which was organized by Jim Holderfield, included students from the 1964-68 class, and this one Wardog from the class of '76.

We enjoyed an Eagles tribute show, Legends in Concert at the Dick Clark Theatre (featuring Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Brooks and Dunn, Aretha Franklin, and the Blues Brothers imitators), SIX (the six beatboxing brothers who perform A Capella and even voice the instruments (drums, etc.), and a Four Seasons tribute, New Jersey Nights.

Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time and plans are underway for next year's trip.

Former Miami businesswoman Alice Goforth passed away July 30 at the age of 90. She owned Dawson Jewelry with her husband, Duane and his brother, Jerry. After the closing of Dawsons in 1986, Jerry and Carol Goforth opened Goforth Jewelry in Osborn's Alley, eventually moving to the present location, 23 North Main.

Today the business is operated by Bill and Cindy (Goforth) Tanner and their son, Jeremy.

I received an update from Tammi Creason on the progress of the Route 66 Landing project. She is the developer and a co-owner.

To date, 16 new homes have been finished and are now occupied, some of which are just south of Pizza Hut Express, others in assorted lots northeast of the post office and a couple near the hospital. There are two houses still under construction.

The senior housing complex should be completed by the end of November at the former Harvest Time Ministries church building across cater-cornered from the Coleman Theatre in the historic Mining and Exchange Building. The building will contain 24 upscale apartments available for those 55 years and older including 20 two-bedroom units and four one-bedroom units.

The facility will include a fitness center, storm shelter, community club room, computer lab and shuffleboard area.

One-bedroom apartments will lease from $300 to $425, while two-bedroom units will lease from $325 to $450 per month. The project is owned by Oklahoma Affordable Housing Partners of Springfield, Missouri.

While doing research for The Dobson Digest column, I was confused that Martin's Music Store and Ramsays shared the same address, 29 North Main in the late 1960s. Anyone out there remember why?

A 90-year-old man met with his doctor. “My 18-year-old wife is pregnant, what is your opinion, doc?” he asked.

The doctor replied, “Let me tell you a story. A hunter in a hurry, grabs an umbrella instead of his gun. He moves into the jungle, sees a lion, lifts the umbrella, pulls the handle and BANG!, the lion drops dead.”

The old man said, “That's impossible, someone else must have shot the lion!”

The doctor replied, “Exactly.”

I saw a couple of businesses with cute names in Branson. A beauty shop was called Do or Dye, and an antique store was called Fleas 'N 'Tiques.

How does a farmer measure? From my head tomatoes.

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