The winds of retail savings have finally brushed against the faces of Starkville shoppers.
Five Below, inside the Triangle Shopping Center where the old Garan Manufacturing plant once stood, held a soft opening on Monday and will have its grand opening Friday.
The shopping center began construction in October 2021. Project Developer Mark Castleberry told me he is glad to see the shopping center’s first business open with the others soon to follow.
“I love seeing a full parking lot,” Castleberry said. “And, of course, I’m also just excited about the project. It was a lot of fun.”
Castleberry also told me he expects the other businesses in Triangle Crossing to be open by November. Aldi’s grocery store will open on Oct. 20 and Ulta Beauty will open the following day, Marshalls on Oct. 27 and Rack Room Shoes on Oct. 28, to name a few.
If you are like me, shopping makes you thirsty. NobiliTea, a Texas-based drink company selling tea and other drink products, announced it is making its way to Starkville in a Facebook post on Aug. 15.
I reached out to the company headquarters in Tyler, not far from my hometown of Dallas, but never received any word on when or where the new drink shop will locate. However, its Facebook post told customers that information about the new store would be coming soon.
Moving along to Columbus, Mobile native John Klosterman, owner of Klosterman Catering, is almost finished renovating the old Proffitt House at 571 Ridge Road.
Klosterman told me he intends to open a Bed and Breakfast/Airbnb at the historic house by mid-September. He began renovations In November 2021 and has everything finished but the driveway and some landscaping.
When he started the renovation, Klosterman knew he wanted to keep the home’s original style while giving it a fresh face for customers.
“I think it’s a gorgeous house and it speaks for itself,” Klosterman said. “I tried to preserve the house and not gut it but at the same time, there were some things that we had to do to shore it up and make sure it was structurally sound.”
If taking a long relaxing weekend at a classic Airbnb vacation spot isn’t your jam, perhaps you would enjoy a soothing massage to stretch the muscles you probably forgot about at your regular nine to five.
Phoebe Breland is opening Still Water Massage Therapy, a pain management and mobility massage business. Breland told me she named the business after the old saying “still waters run deep,” which she sees as connected to the healing powers of massage therapy.
Breland decided to strike out on her own after leaving the recently closed Lucent Medi Spa where she worked as a massage therapist. She hopes to open by mid-September. The new business will be at 2002 Hwy 45 N.
“It was like a one-day kind of thing,” Breland said. “When the spa closed suddenly, that someday became now.”
Lucent Medi Spa located at 2406 Hwy 45 closed earlier this month. Owner Richard Brownstein told me that the spa had to close after his chief aesthetician, a skin-care specialist, left and took a large portion of the clients with them. The aesthetician’s daughter also worked as a receptionist at the spa and left with her mother.
“I really cared about it and it’s just too bad,” Brownstein said. “I put a lot of work and blood into it to tell you the truth.”
Well, folks, that’s all for now. Check back in next week for 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.