Starkville will soon have another morning stop for donuts.
During Tuesday night’s board of alderman meeting, a public hearing was held for the redevelopment of the future location of Dunkin’ Donuts.
The board unanimously approved four variances for the parking lot and drive-thru for the building at 102 Hwy. 12 W., which currently houses Loan Max.
The site developer Mark Castleberry would not comment further on the future location of Dunkin’ Donuts and The Dispatch did not hear back from Dunkin’ Donuts’ corporate office before press time.
According to its website, Dunkin’ Donuts first opened in 1950 and now has more than 11,000 locations worldwide. There are several locations in Mississippi with operating hours varying from 24 hours a day to opening at 5 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m.
Keep an eye out for changes and developments on Highway 12 for the incoming donut shop!
Moving to West Point, there’s a new ice cream shop coming soon.
Couple Donesia and Frederick Shelton, along with their cousin Dimitris Terry, will open Ice Cream Island at 616 Commerce St.
Ice Cream Island will open officially May 21, which just so happens to be my 30th birthday. There’s no better way to ring in a new decade with a good old-fashioned milkshake.
In addition to ice cream, Donesia added the shop will have frozen yogurt, homemade candies, cupcakes, chicken salad sandwiches, hot dogs and more.
“There’s nothing like this (in West Point),” Donesia said. “It’s going to be a happy place; we’ve got bright colors in there. We are excited to be in the community and people that have come by seem to be excited about it.”
Folks can keep up with Ice Cream Island on Facebook for more information on opening dates, hours, specials and more.
Moving to Columbus, it’s time for our annual Market Street Festival.
Columbus Main Street Director Barbara Bigelow said she’s excited about hosting another strong Market Street this weekend. Like last year, Market Street will have two children’s activity areas. One location will be in the parking lot behind The Dispatch and the other area will be located at the former Gilmer Inn.
“We’re very pleased, we are almost completely full of vendors,” Bigelow said. “We feel great about it. I think people are excited for it and I think we’ll have a great turnout. … We’re excited to bring this festival back on its original weekend. Of course we just celebrated seven months ago but we are ready to do it again.”
Market Street Festival will kick things off Friday night at the Lowndes County Soccer Complex with a music festival 6-9:30 p.m.
Folks can peruse the craft and food vendors all day on Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information you can go to marketstreetfestival.com
“Come on out and be ready to enjoy,” Bigelow said.
Former Dispatch reporter Mary Pollitz writes about business openings and closings, as well as other unique business news. Send tips to [email protected]