Business Moves with Mary: Developer purchases downtown building


Mary Pollitz

Mary Pollitz



Mary Pollitz



Gayle Guynup continues to revitalize downtown.


Guynup, a judge from Santa Rosa, California, owns several Columbus commercial properties including the Oddfellows Building on Main Street, the Parker Furniture Complex, the old Depot and the Alford Drugs building.


Realtor Royce Hudspeth, who manages Guynup's properties, confirmed Guynup has now purchased 115 Fifth St. S. building in downtown near Huck's Restaurant. It once housed the Fuhgetaboutit Bar, which closed about five years ago.



The nearly 6,000 square-foot, two-story facility has two apartments on the second floor. With about 3,000 square feet on the first floor, Hudspeth said Guynup is going to take 1,000 square feet and make another apartment, leaving the remaining space for a commercial tenant.


He added Guynup owns about 60,000 square feet downtown with 17 of her 18 apartments already rented.


"This building came up. It needs a face lift on the outside and some interior work," Hudspeth said. "Downtown is an interesting place to be. She's had a lot of luck with buildings down there. She's a good owner and a good asset for downtown."


Moving east, Shawn Stone opened up AlarmPro, a security company at 1430 Gardner Blvd.


Stone opened his company last month and offers home security including fire alarms, burglary alarms and other services to ensure customers' safety.


AlarmPro is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-noon.


In Starkville, downtown businesses are starting Christmas a little early.


The Greater Starkville Development Partnership is hosting unWine Downtown Starkville: Christmas in July tonight from 5:30-9:30.


All participating stores will offer 20-percent off merchandise. While you're shopping, enjoy some wine-tasting while you support your local businesses. Tickets are available at or by contacting the GSDP at 662-323-3322.


Statewide, don't forget that it's sales tax holiday this weekend. Check the Mississippi Department of Revenue Commissioner's website to see what can be purchased tax-free starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ending midnight on Saturday. All eligible items are tax-free as long as each individual item is under $100. Some of those tax-free items include clothing, footwear, accessories, binders, calculators and more.


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