There is a new business at The Shops at Brickerton in Columbus.
The Bubble opened April 2. It is a “unique bath boutique,” according to owner Brittany Matani. She told The Dispatch on Wednesday the store offers bubble bath items, a salt bar, handmade soaps, lotions, shower curtains, towels and more.
“It’s just something different,” Matani said. “Columbus needs new things.”
The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The telephone number is 662-798-0136.
A downtown Columbus boutique and salon is changing locations.
Park Place opened at 127 Fifth St. N. in October 2013. Gail Stevens, the owner, says the plan is to move to a new location — 415 Main St. — this weekend. The move, she said, will give the store more space. It will also offer customers more parking options.
In addition to the move, Park Place is expanding its merchandise: In the past, they have offered women and girls clothing. Now, they plan on carrying men’s lines.
Park Place is named for the youngest son of Dean and Gail Stevens. Park Stevens, a University of Mississippi student, became a member of the Ole Miss football team in January 2013 — it was a lifelong dream. On July 3, 2013, he died in an automobile accident. His parents opened the boutique and salon named after him “as a comforting place for a family to regain their strength and to give them a new approach and outlook on life,” according to the boutique’s website.
Park Place is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
It employs eight people, including four stylists. To make an appointment, call 662-327-7572.
In Starkville, The Biscuit Shop is closed this week so the business can relocate.
Michelle Tehan told The Dispatch the eatery will open at 104 S. Washington St., Suite 3 — the old Coca-Cola Bottling Co. location — next week.
Tehan, a Starkville native, makes her biscuits from scratch each morning. The old location was 600 S. Jackson St.
Lastly, Mississippi University for Women is offering a six-week course for small business owners to obtain an entrepreneurship certificate. Of note: The course is online. Also of note: It’s free.
The university’s Office of Outreach and Innovation says microentrepreneurs can enroll in the program. A microentrepreneur is a business owner who employs 10 or less people.
Owners who enter the program will receive assistance coaching via distance learning through the university’s Professional Learning Academy. The courses are specifically geared to address the needs of microentrepreneurs.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer the e-venture program and believe that this technical assistance will provide microentrepreneurs with the skills and resources they need to develop and grow their businesses,” said Kate Brown, project director. “Stronger businesses lead to stronger communities.”
Clients will have the availability to choose from seven courses to build their customized training program based on individual learning needs and interest.
Clients must be located in a rural area of any state or a city with a population less than 50,000. The program is funded by a grant through the United States Department of Agriculture as part of the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program.
For more information and registration information visit muw.edu/outreach/e-venture.
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William Browning was managing editor for The Dispatch until June 2016.