We’re adding another restaurant in downtown Starkville.
Magnolia Social is opening soon in the historic Hotel Chester at 111 N. Jackson St.
Owners Ellen and William Rogers are hoping to add a little bit more seafood to our area.
“We’re not a certain genre,” Ellen said. “One thing we found out when we were doing our research was there’s not a lot of seafood in Starkville. … We’re going to do seafood heavy, but not all seafood. We’re going to have chicken, pork and steak and all kinds of stuff. We’re going to have a lot of options.”
Magnolia Social will take the place of The Library and Beer Garden in Hotel Chester, which closed in December.
Hotel Chester owner David Mollendor confirmed the incoming restaurant and said he’s excited to see what the new couple brings to Starkville.
William, Ellen’s husband and the Magnolia Social chef, is a Starkville native. He’s been working the culinary scene in Birmingham, Alabama, for the past few years.
“We are excited to get to know everybody and to be a part of the culinary scene here,” Ellen said. “We want this to be a fun, vibrant place with lots of good energy.”
The couple is currently renovating the space but hopes to open the restaurant by football season this year.
Tentatively, the restaurant will be open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sundays will be open for brunch until 3 p.m.
Be sure to keep up with the Magnolia Social on Facebook for updates, sneak peeks, menu items and more.
Also in Starkville, a hair salon on Highway 12 held its grand opening.
Legends Hair Salon, 448 Hwy. 12, is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Moving to Columbus, we have a new dance studio in town.
Dance Expressions of Columbus, 433 Wilkins Wise Road, officially opened on Monday.
Owner Lindsey Putnam will be teaching weekly classes starting in August Monday through Thursday.
Right now, Dance Expressions is hosting a variety of boys and girls summer camps, including glow in dark dance camp, princess dance camp, art camp, ninja warrior camp, tumbling camps and much more. The dance studio teaches children ages 3 through 12.
The Columbus location is Putnam’s second location, with the original studio opening in Louisville in 2007.
“We have had hundreds of happy students come through our doors,” Putnam said. “We decided to expand our love for dance and bring the fun to the Columbus area. Our studio is all about making dance fun. We are a non-competitive studio, focusing all of our attention on the non-competitive student and giving them the opportunity to shine on stage right here in Columbus.”
For those interested, feel free to reach out to Putnam and check out danceexpressionsfun.com for more information.
H&R Agri-Power is hosting its ribbon cutting next Thursday.
Open to the public, you can check out the company’s new facility at its new location at 841 S. Frontage Road.
The ribbon cutting will be followed by a fish fry. Be sure to RSVP by June 15 by calling 662-328-5341.
Former Dispatch reporter Mary Pollitz writes about business openings and closings, as well as other unique business news. Send tips to [email protected]