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Mississippi Main Street announces 2017 awards

The Mississippi Main Street Association celebrated achievements of Mississippi Main Street Communities at the 28th Annual Awards Luncheon June 8 at the Old Capitol Inn in downtown Jackson. The annual awards luncheon honors Main Street directors, board members and volunteers and recognizes the most outstanding downtown development projects from Main Street communities in Mississippi. The awards and their winners, program/town ...

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Northpark faces brave new world of mall retailing

By JACK WEATHERLY Credit Suisse predicted earlier this month that up to 25 percent of U.S. malls will be closed within five years. The Switzerland-based financial services giant’s outlook sent ripples across the world of malls, which have dominated the retail landscape for several decades. Credit Suisse and other observers see an overbuilt market, not unlike the housing market of ...

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Ocean Springs growing with two new developments

By ALEXIS WILLIAMS Ocean Springs is poised for two new developments, both located on Highway 90, which will bring more jobs, more housing options and more retail to the Gulf Coast city. In east Ocean Springs, Tractor Supply Co. is currently under construction and plans to open in August.  A nationally known brand, Tractor Supply Co. is the largest operator of ...

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Wicks n’ More continues rebuilding

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal SALTILLO – It’s been a journey filled with peaks and valleys, but candle company Wicks n’ More continues to fight its way back to regain its place in the market. With a new home, the company hopes to re-establish accounts and develop new ones for its still-popular signature pillar candles, as well as its ...

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Trump group to team with Delta hoteliers for new chains

The Mississippi Business Journal “article triggered this whole thing.” — Suresh Chawla By JACK WEATHERLY A longshot phone call to real estate magnate Donald Trump nearly 30 years ago by a convenience store owner in Greenwood eager to build a motel started a series of events that has been nothing but good news for the Chawla family. Trump returned the call and told ...

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EMBDC Recognizes May Ambassadors of the Month

The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation recently presented its May Ambassadors of the Month awards.  They are from left, first place, Derron Radcliff, MSU Riley Center; second place, Stacey Thompson, City of Meridian; third place, Mary Atterberry, Rush Health Systems; and red ticket drawing winner, Terry Watkins, Lala Enterprises.  The red ticket drawing is from the pool of ambassadors who ...

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Charleston joins Mississippi Main Street downtown network

Mississippi Main Street Association has recognized Charleston as a Downtown Network Member of the statewide association. The MMSA Downtown Network membership affords the town training and technical services from MMSA with the opportunity to progress to the Certified Main Street Membership within three years. As a Downtown Network Member of MMSA, Charleston is also joining the National Main Street Center ...

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Farmers Alliance takes to road in battle against food deserts

By TED CARTER Sometimes two problems can come together to create a solution. In Mississippi, small farmers struggle to keep their land and make enough money to get by. And across the state, many rural communities and even some urban neighborhoods lack a means of buying fresh food. The farmers have the food and the people who live in the ...

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Yalobusha Brewing converting to a brew pub

Andy O’Bryan, the founder of Yalobusha Brewing Co. in Water Valley announced over the weekend that the craft-beer bottler he opened four years ago was changing its business model. YBC is converting to a brewpub, and by doing so, its beer won’t be sold anywhere else but in Water Valley. The move was prompted by the passage of HB-1322 in ...

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Preleasing pumping life into District Lofts complex

By JACK WEATHERLY Driving past the District at Eastover motorists on Interstate 55 get a two-dimensional picture of the Lofts, which provides a backdrop for the mixed-used project. But the interior courtyards of The District Lofts cannot be seen from the interstate. They create the depth, “the third dimension,” of the six-story, 261-unit building. And preleasing, 77 units as of ...

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