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Shoppers are on a mission, metro retailers say

By JACK WEATHERLY Major shopping centers in metro Jackson are moving toward full reopening as the state continues to loosen the constraints imposed on businesses to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Census Bureau said on May 15 that retail sales in the nation’s brick-and-mortar stores fell 17.8 percent in April from a year earlier due to the lockdown of ...

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BRETT KITTREDGE — Pandemic lesson: Prohibition policies don’t make us safer

On March 12, the Senate overwhelmingly killed a bill to permit direct shipment of wine in Mississippi. This vote didn’t age well. The bill would have made Mississippi the 44th state in the country to allow consumers to purchase wine and have it shipped directly to their house. Currently in Mississippi, a control state, you are limited to what the state has ...

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Elvie’s to reopen on Friday

Elvie’s restaurant at 809 Manship St. in Belhaven Town Center will reopen Friday after a pandemic-driven shutdown. “We have taken a number of steps to implement stringent safety and sanitation measures in compliance with local, state and CDC guidelines for reopening restaurant dine-in spaces,” the restaurant said in a release. “These include disposable menus, 50 percent capacity and social distancing in our indoor ...

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BRETT KITTREDGE — Now more than ever, allow cottage food operators to earn as much as they can

The cottage food industry is a popular and growing slice of Mississippi’s economy. But as is usually the case, the state has not kept up with consumer demands in new markets and current laws are holding entrepreneurs in Mississippi back. Of course, we are using the word “new” loosely. People have been selling food they make at home longer than ...

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Walk-On’s Sports Bistreux taps franchisees for Starkville, Tupelo

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, a popular Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based chain, has more than 100 locations under development in 15 states, and Mississippi is one of its prime targets. Earlier this week, company co-founder Brandon Landry tweeted that Eddie and Allen Gant became franchisees for Starkville, Tupelo and Meridian. Currently, the Hattiesburg store is the only Mississippi location. The company’s website also ...

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Restaurants take advantage of resumption of dining in

By JACK WEATHERLY Restaurants are taking advantage of the loosening of pandemic restrictions. Gov. Tate Reeves  announced last week he was allowing more people to dine in starting May 7, as long as restaurants do not exceed 50 percent of seating capacity. The idea is to leave room for social distancing, a major part of precautions, along with deep desanitizing ...

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Restaurants turn to neighborhoods during downturn

By JACK WEATHERLY Some restaurants have taken deliveries one step further by making visits to neighborhoods. The strategy is enabling them to partially offset losses due to the corona virus pandemic lockdown And some of them may continue to use the strategy after the pandemic passes. Penn’s even prepares its fish and chicken on site. Penn’s, which was founded by ...

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LYNN LOFTON — Gray hair, travel deals, ice cream and other serious Covid issues

Oh great, Harvard researchers are saying that stress causes hair to turn gray. I think we sort of knew that before but now it must be so if Harvard says it, right? Show me anyone in the U.S. who isn’t stressed right now and I’ll show you a five year old. In fact my five-year-old granddaughter thinks everything is just ...

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Broad Street, Bravo! reopening with curb service

By JACK WEATHERLY Bravo! and Broad Street Bakery and Cafe are resuming operations with curbside service this week after shutting down because of the corona virus pandemic. Co-owner Jeff Good said Broad Street has in the meantime been doing contract work with five stores owned by the Roberts Co. — three Corner Market stores,in Jackson, a Sunflower in Raymond and ...

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Stinson stays ahead of the curve in keeping his Coast restaurants open

By LYNN LOFTON These are troubling times for small businesses as they try to adapt to keep their companies operating and employees working. Restaurants and bars have been especially hard hit as people are not allowed to dine in among groups of more than 10 and in some cases not at all. A Gulf Coast business, Gulf Coast Holdings LLC, ...

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