Business Moves with Mary: New salon opens in Starkville




Mary Pollitz



Last week Sarah Dempsey opened her salon in downtown Starkville.


Magnolia Hair Studio, 102 S. Lafayette St., is now welcoming call-ins, walk-ins and appointments. Dempsey, who has been a stylist for 14 years, started her career on Main Street years ago and after moving to Laurel, the heartbeat of Starkville brought her back.


"We missed the Starkville atmosphere and moved back to raise our two kids," Dempsey said. "I came full circle opening my own salon back off Main Street."



If you're in need of a cut, style or color change, be sure to check out Magnolia Hair Salon Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. -5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.


Also in Starkville, a classic favorite is reopening, so be sure to pop by for a treat.


The Pop Porium, 119 E. Main St., is officially reopening Wednesday. In late May, the popcorn shop announced it would temporarily shut its doors to encourage the public to quarantine during the midst of COVID-19.


Be sure to support a local favorite and get support local.


Moving to Columbus, there's been some progress near Leigh Mall. Dutch Oil has owned the building in front of Leigh Mall, 1500 Hwy. 45 N. since about 2015, and has remained empty for more than five years.


Matt Bogue of Dutch Oil confirmed they are trying to repair the building, but as of now has no plans for its future.


"It had giant holes and leaking roof, so we pulled the rotting roof out and stripped the inside," Bogue said. "We also dug up the big fuel tanks that have out-serviced for years. That's really all we've done. It's not part of any major, master plan. It's simply trying to get it back into decent shape because it has fallen into such disrepair."


And rounding out the Golden Triangle, we have some West Point news.


The Parker McGill West Point car dealership has switched hands; however, Mike McGill will remain as general manager.


McGill announced the dealership is now Cannon Motors on Facebook in late July with a video. This is the second Cannon Motors dealership in the Golden Triangle, with Cannon purchasing Starkville Ford-Lincoln June of last year.





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