"We still get a lot of out-of-towners. They're always looking for Branson, [Mo]. Everybody's wanting to go to Branson."
On the way to Branson - Clair's C Market offers its own kind of a show.
Always good for a laugh, owner Tommy Clair is one of the first to greet many of Ash Grove's visitors.
"They wonder what's wrong with this person? He's talking too much," laughs Clair. "They get acquainted with us real quick and they're glad to know us."
He is also maybe one of the most well-known by locals.
As owner of the convenience store for three decades, Clair is the epitome of service with a smile.
For Clair, it's more than a job
"I like it because of the people," says Clair.
If you stop by for a visit, a minute can quickly turn into an hour.
"My wife says, 'hey, be quiet, you need to get rid of them. you've got other things to do,'" laughs Clair.
As a local historian, you won't find many in the city that know more about Ash Grove. Most of the décor in the market speaks to Cline's love of history. He prides himself on his collection
But, don't be fooled...
"Somebody got me a chain saw," says Clair.
Some things are more for a laugh then a lesson. That 'chain saw" is an actual chain attached to a hand saw.
But, Clair is a go-to for more than just entertainment. He has 45 years experience fixing flats.
"They don't just come for the jokes, they come to get their tires fixed," says Clair.
With tires as a craft, Clair isn't rich. He's only been on vacation once in his life.
"My wife would like to go places, but I wouldn't. I just like Ash Grove. I'm just happy to be here all the time," says Clair.
But, his job brings him more than payment. He still gets to see the world -- through his customers' eyes
"People bring stuff to me," says Clair.
Of course, his favorite souvenirs are the funny ones.
"I have people comes in, they bring me some specialty food they get," laughs Clair, showing off a small can of Pork Brains.
In all seriousness, this is a man who truly appreciates the worth of a community.
"I'm here every day. I love it," says Clair.
The market is open 5:30 to 8 every day. If you plan on dropping by, Clair only asks that you bring him a joke.