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How are businesses getting creative? You tell us

Mississippi businesses are doing as much as possible to stay afloat during these COVID-19 times. In some instances, creativity is helping to keep the cash flowing in. Many restaurants and other businesses going old school with signs out front to lure their traffic. If you have a cool sign or know of a business with a creative sign out front, ...

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Mississippi businesses shift production during pandemic

As the nation hunkers down and people shelter in place amid the coronavirus pandemic, several Mississippi businesses have stayed open, switching gears to make much-needed products. A jeans company is making face guards, a coffeehouse is making loaves of bread and distilleries are making hand sanitizer. They’re hoping to keep their employees working as they help fellow Mississippians battle the ...

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Brewery planned to make hard seltzer but made hand sanitizer

Lazy Magnolia Brewing has been on the Mississippi Coast for 15 years. They’re known for their ales, but as cases of the new coronavirus began to rise in Mississippi, co-owner Leslie Henderson saw something distilleries across the country were doing to help their communities. The brewery had been looking at making flavored seltzers, thanks to the popularity of White Claw ...

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Closing of Triplett-Day Pharmacy will be the end of an era

By LYNN LOFTON On March 31 an era ends in downtown Gulfport when Triplett-Day Drug Store closes its doors after 65 years of business. It’s not just the sale of prescription drugs, sundries and gifts but also the cafe and lunch counter that have endeared the store to customers. Located on the corner of Highway 49 and 14th Street, the ...

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Small businesses get creative to keep going

By LISA MONTI Small business owners in coastal Mississippi are getting creative with how they’re responding to the ever-changing conditions they suddenly find themselves operating in. Keeping their employees and their customers safe is top of their minds, along with keeping their businesses running. Midtown Pharmacy & Gifts in Bay St. Louis is using the parking lot to accommodate customers ...

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Reeves announces disaster assistance for small businesses

Gov. Tate Reeves announced disaster assistance for Mississippi small businesses and their employees impacted by the current outbreak of COVID-19. Governor Reeves sent a letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) two days ago requesting an Economic Disaster Declaration to aid small businesses and their employees, which was approved on Friday, March 20, 2020. “Small businesses and their employees ...

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Elvis museum helps drive business in Tupelo

By LYNN LOFTON He’s been deceased 43 years but Elvis Presley is still making money for Tupelo, his hometown. The Lee County city is about all things Elvis — his birthplace and museum, a festival and sites around town such as the hardware store where he purchased his first guitar and the restored Lyric Theater where he saw movies and ...

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Gordmans opening three stores in Mississippi March 17

Off-price apparel and home decor retailer Gordmans is opening three new stores in Mississippi on March 17. The retailer, “where big brands meet everyday low prices” according to the company, kicks off festivities with ribbon cuttings at the stores, with a $1,000 donation presented to a local high school in each new store location. Gordmans is part of the Stage ...

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Survey: Black Friday could be challenging for retailers this year

This year has been hard on brick-and-mortar stores, with many famous brands reducing their shopping mall footprint. While a recent survey uncovers a bright spot on the fourth quarter horizon for U.S. retailers, seasonal challenges remain. The good news is slightly more consumers say they intend to go into physical stores on Black Friday this year than in 2018 – ...

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Mississippi is 30th kindest to retail businesses in reviews

Where in the U.S. are consumers kindest (and harshest) to retail businesses in reviews? Business software provider Comply analyzed online reviews of local businesses at a state-by-state level A partial look at the result: 1. Montana 89% 2. Wyoming 89% 3. South Dakota 88.5% 4. North Dakota 88.4% 5. Verrmont 87.1% 6. Louisiana 86.9% 7. Massachusetts 86.8% 8. Maine 86.7% ...

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