You might say I have an axe to grind, or throw.
Twin States Axe House LLC, is coming to Columbus at 454 Wilkins Wise Road, which also houses Steel Monkey Crossfit. Co-owner Chris Pike and his partners committed to a lease on Tuesday and will put in four axe throwing lanes next week. Pike hopes to open by mid-September.
Pike told me he and his partners decided to open an axe throwing business to help bring more fun to the local community. He also told me the business name came from the multi-state motorcycle club he belongs to called Punishers LEMC with members in both Mississippi and Alabama.
“There’s no real entertainment besides the bowling alley,” Pike said. “So we want to provide people something to do on the weekends and through the week if they want.”
In other news, the cold winds lie ever still over at 1444 Old Aberdeen Road where a new Five Below is expected to go in. The space is on the far north end of Leigh Mall and faces Highway 45. The Dispatch reported the discount store was coming to town back in June.
Well, I saw some work being done on the space and learned that renovations are currently underway. According to a city building permit stapled to the front of the building, renovations began on July 18.
Moving right along to the land of maroon paint and ringing cowbells, Luxe Massage Therapy located at 1107 Stark Road is now offering a $5 discount for local teachers and professors on Thursdays.
Owner and massage therapist Kathryn Lindsey told me the discount is a way for her to show appreciation to teachers.
“I know how stressful it is on teachers during the school year,” Lindsey said. “It’s a token of my appreciation for everything that they do.”
If you are a foodie on a budget like me, you might like this too. Pita Pit located at 104 W. Main St. in Starkville reopened Aug. 3.
The restaurant temporarily closed in June when new owners bought the business. One of the new owners, Donnie Tongate, told me that since then, he and his partner have taken time to do a little remodeling, update the menu and hire new staff in preparation of reopening.
“We wanted to take a few weeks and revitalize the shop, give it a new, vibrant look for the new school year,” Tongate said.
Tongate also said that the restaurant saw about 100 customers on opening day and that business has only increased since.
“We had a really good turnout just opening the door,” Tongate said. “Not a surprise, I guess, but a nice welcome.”
In West Point, lunch will soon start to look a bit like dinner at this southern style restaurant.
Magnolia at The Ritz announced that it will start opening for dinner Thursdays and Fridays from 5-8:30 p.m. in a Facebook post on Aug. 3.
Dinner services will start in mid-September.
Restaurant owners were unavailable to comment on why they decided to start serving dinner.
Well, folks, that’s all for now. Check back in next week for more spicy business updates!
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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