Business Moves with Mary: New eatery coming to Cotton District


Mary Pollitz

Mary Pollitz



Mary Pollitz



Pies and Pints will come to Starkville in time for football season.  


Tyler Klaas, owner of The Klaasroom, announced the opening of Boardtown Pies and Pints on his Facebook page earlier this month. The Cotton District location will be in business in September below The Vista Apartments at 705 University Dr.  


The restaurant will serve Mediterranean-style brick oven pizzas and slow-roasted gyros with beers on-tap.  


Jackson Wallace, the developer for Vista Apartments, told The Dispatch he is excited about adding a commercial tenant to the student housing development.  


"We have our leasing office in that area, too, so we only have one additional (commercial) space," Wallace said. "There are four commercial slots on the front of that building. One of them is ours and then there were three additional spaces, but Tyler chose to take two of them. We've got one additional space that's under negotiation right now that's a good bit smaller."  


The Vista is a mixed-use commercial and residential development currently under construction on University Drive. The first phase of the apartments is expected to open by August. The Vista offers student housing with 820 beds and 309 residential units.  


Cannon Motors of Mississippi purchased Starkville Ford-Lincoln, at 12249 Hwy. 182.  


The deal was finalized Wednesday afternoon and the switch has begun. Cannon Motors of Mississippi first opened in 1956 in Calhoun City as a used car lot. Michael Cannon, president, has expanded the dealership to 11 franchise stores and three used car lots throughout Mississippi and Arkansas.  


Cannon said with the switch, the Cannon Starkville Ford-Lincoln dealership will expand its inventory, service station and body shop in the coming months. He added he hopes to increase its staff by at least 15 employees.  


"We're excited about being in Starkville," Cannon said. "We feel like this is one of the best areas in Mississippi and we hope to reach all car-buyers throughout the Golden Triangle."  


The Starkville dealership will be open for sales 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  


Moving over to Columbus, Friendly City Mini Warehouse has expanded its properties. The Dispatch operates the storage units and previously had two locations, Shoney Drive and Alabama Street.  


After finalizing the purchase of Magnolia Mini-Storage in the New Hope area, 70 Beatty Road and 4504 Hwy. 69 S., Friendly City adds an additional 168 units and now holds four locations.  


Magnolia tenants will continue their leases with Friendly City. The unit sizes vary from 5-by-10 feet to 10-by-20 feet, with some climate-controlled units.  


Be sure to show your favorite businesses some love.  


The Dispatch is holding its Best of The Golden Triangle competition until the end of this month. Customers have until July 1 to rank your favorite restaurants, clothing stores, medical professionals and even hometown heroes.  


The Dispatch posts a ballot each Sunday that you can mail in or bring to the front office at 516 Main St. You can also vote online at  


Don't leave your favorite people and businesses out. The top votes will be recognized as the Best of the Triangle. Two random voters will also be selected to receive $100 prizes.  


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