Last week, Cal-City opened in Caledonia.
A country store that offers just about anything you can imagine.
“If we don’t have it, it’s a problem,” manager Jessica Butler said. “And we’re going to get it.”
They have 36,000 bolts for sale. Plumbing supplies. Fishing supplies, including bait. There is a propane filling station. Feed for farm animals. Deli meats, canned goods, cold drinks. You can also get a biscuit in the morning — they offer about six different kinds. In the future they will offer gasoline with ethanol and gasoline with no ethanol.
The owner is Mike Atkinson, who has owned and operated Mike’s Country Kwik on Highway 50 in West Point for roughly three decades.
Cal-City employs four people.
The store is at 29 Main St. The hours are 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.
In Starkville, Foster’s Cash Till, which cashes paychecks and offers loans, is now offering U-Haul trucks, cargo vans, trailers and towing equipment, too.
The business is located at 1011 Louisville St., just a few blocks from the Mississippi State University campus. It is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. It offers after-hours drop-off for U-Haul equipment, too. The number is 662-546-4843.
Staying in Starkville, Last Man Standing opened last month at 103 N. Lafayette St. The men’s clothing store offers button-ups, different styles of pants, colognes, sunglasses and T-shirts. The store’s Facebook page states it is “dedicated to men’s clothing and ware for the man who gets s*** done…” The phone number is 662-341-1592.
Lastly, Sugarlands Distilling Company is now offering its “authentic moonshine” in package stores, bars and restaurants in Mississippi.
The company is based in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee. According to a press release, it uses an artisanal stone mill to grind Tennessee white corn into meal. The meal is mixed with natural Smoky Mountain water and pure cane sugar to create a sour mash. The mash is allowed to ferment for days before it is moved to a copper pot still for distillation. Each batch of shine is distilled a total of six times to remove all sulfite and vapor.
The company offers nine different varieties of shine.
The story behind Sugarlands Distilling Company’s name: East Tennessee, in it’s early years, was known as “The Sugarlands” because of the area’s sugar maple trees.
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William Browning was managing editor for The Dispatch until June 2016.