The former Rex Theater ticket office is serving scoops in downtown Starkville.
Proof Bakery owners, Bonnie and Robbie Coblentz, opened Dolce on Tuesday at 101 W. Main St.
The artisan dessert shop will be open 2-9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 2-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
The new sweet spot will offer a slew of delectable treats, including gelato, milkshakes, sorbet, gelato panini sandwiches and an Italian dessert called affogato. Affogato al caffe is a scoop of latte or vanilla gelato topped with a shot of hot espresso.
The gelato Dolce serves is Sweet Magnolia gelato, a Mississippi-based gelato company.
Be sure to check out the new sweet shop in Starkville on social media for updated hours and flavors.
“It’s an incredibly cool space,” Robbie said of the recently renovated Rex. “I think it’s going to be a great addition to Starkville and it’s something that Main Street needed.”
Moving to Columbus, you may have seen a new sign displayed on Highway 45.
There’s a new tobacco, liquor and beer shop coming to the former Sun Struck tanning salon at 1928 Hwy. 45.
Owner Vikaskumar Patel said he is demolishing the current building. It will take about five to six months before the new store’s construction is complete and open for business.
He added the building will have two separate stores, one side selling liquor and the other side selling beer and tobacco products.
The liquor store will also have a drive-through.
“You can get everything in one place,” Patel said. “Pizza, soda, beer, liquor or cigarettes.”
As of now, Patel said he does not have a store name.
In downtown West Point, a local hardware store is closing down.
Kellogg Hardware and Appliances, 620 Commerce St., is closing after 75 years of business.
Owner Bucky Kellogg announced the store closure on the business’s Facebook page.
The appliance store first opened in 1946. About 50 years ago, Kellogg took over the family business for his father.
Now, he’s hosting a retirement sale that’s a little “bittersweet.”
“As the sale goes on, I marvel at the number of customers that have come by to express their sadness of our closing,” a Facebook post read. “I realize how truly blessed we have been to have customers that are truly like a part of our family. Thank you so much.”
As of now, the store is open until everything sells and a closing date has not been announced.
Be sure to say hello to Kellogg and score up to 75-percent-off deals Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Wednesdays 8 a.m.-noon.
Former Dispatch reporter Mary Pollitz writes about business openings and closings, as well as other unique business news. Send tips to [email protected]