There have been some whispering wonders about the Mexican restaurant, La Campana, over in the old Front Door Back Door building at 400 Main St. Most recently, it was the site of the Old 82 restaurant.
According to co-owner Edgar Alvarez, La Campana will open there soon and may start providing to-go orders to attract customers while he waits for more prospective employees to apply.
“If we need to start off doing curbside or something like that before we can get fully staffed, that may be the route that we go for right now,” Alvarez said.
He hopes to open by the time Mississippi University for Women starts its fall semester on Aug. 15.
Balling on a budget may look better than ever in Columbus this fall.
pOpshelf, a general retail store, is opening one of two new locations in Columbus at 1800 Highway 45 N. sometime in the fall. Its other location will be in Clinton, according to a press release issued last week. The release also stated that the new business will potentially create up to 15 jobs.
If not to make this update any better, the majority of its inventory costs less than $5 for everything from home decor to party supplies, according to its website.
“We are thrilled to expand the pOpshelf offerings into the Magnolia State and look forward to having customers pop by our new stores in Columbus and Clinton later this year,” pOpshelf senior director of store operations Matt Frame said in the press release.
Calling back to the happy memory of my first column here at The Dispatch, the soon-to-be Outlaw Sporting Goods store at 2322 Highway 45 N. is close to finishing renovations. According to the store manager Dillon Ussery, the store should open by September, just in time for hunting season. It may even be sooner.
“I think I’ll beat September,” Ussery said. “If everything goes as planned, I’m trying to do the dove season because I’ve got some good stuff.”
In Oktibbeha County, a new Dollar General store is coming to Highway 182 and County Lake Road in the Adaton community west of Starkville. The store is expected to open in November.
There are currently nine Dollar General locations in Oktibbeha County. There are 16 in Lowndes and three in both Clay and Noxubee according to the various county tax offices and the Dollar General website.
Lastly, I’m very happy to report that frozen summer treats are making a much-needed comeback given my car’s temperature reading of 99 degrees this week. Dolce in Starkville re-opened on Saturday at its new location on 509 University Drive. Dolce closed its previous store at 101 West Main St. on March 19.
Co-owner Robbie Coblentz is enthusiastic about the new location. He told me that business has been booming since reopening last weekend.
“It was incredible Saturday night, we had 350 to 400 people through in about a three and a half hour window,” Coblentz said. “It was great to get that amount of support. Folks wanted to come by to get the gelato that they’ve been missing for a little bit and see the new location.”
As one of my favorite animated characters, Porky the Pig might say, “That’s all folks!” Make sure to check back in next week for more goings on in business!
Dispatch reporter Grant McLaughlin writes about business openings and closings, as well as other unique business news. Send business tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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