October 29, 2020 10:41:19 AM
For Tyler Klaas it's been busy lately.
He tied the knot with his wife and opened a restaurant in Starkville, all in two weeks.
"All during a pandemic and a hurricane," he laughed.
After more than a year of planning and setbacks, Boardtown Pizza and Pints is officially open at 705 University Drive, Suite C.
The new pizza restaurant had a soft opening last weekend and opened officially on Monday.
You can try the new pizza, hummus, falafel, pita moz, dog bowl nachos (yes, they are served in an actual dog bowl) and more every day from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
"It feels great," Klaas said. "The nerves are still up there because we don't know what's going to happen. ... We're really hoping that the people that live here will come out and support us."
Boardtown Pizza and Pints will have its grand opening celebration Nov. 13, which will be a Friday.
"Grand opening on Friday the 13th in 2020 in the middle of a pandemic," Klaas laughed. "That sounds like a perfect grand opening date. It will be true to course. We just like testing the waters I guess."
Be sure to check out the new pizza joint that has more than 30 beers on tap.
Staying in Starkville, City Planner Daniel Havelin confirmed there are changes coming on Highway 12. Captain D's, which burned in April, will be moving to the former Payless Shoesource at 812 Hwy. 12.
He added Sonic, located next to the Captain D's lot at 302 Hwy. 12, also has plans to build a new facility, using its current lot as well as the current Captain D's lot.
Neither Captain D's nor Sonic has filed permits with the city as of yet, Havelin added.
"They are still in the preliminary site design stage," he texted The Dispatch. "Nothing has been sent in for review."
Neither Captain D's nor Sonic's corporate offices responded to messages from The Dispatch by press time.
Moving to Columbus, we have two new boutiques coming to downtown.
Jordyn Gill, owner of Cobalt's Boutique, and Chaney Fair, owner of Little Magnolia Co., will be moving in across from Huck's Restaurant at 124 Fifth St. S.
If those names and stores sound familiar, it's because Gill and Fair opened up The Pop Up Shop on Main Street earlier this year.
The Pop Up Shop, which was one store offering items from both Fair and Gill's individual boutiques, will remain open through the end of 2020.
Hopefully, by mid January, Fair said the new boutiques' stores will open at their new location.
The former Steel Forest Furniture building on Fifth Street will be divided into two storefronts, Cobalt's Boutique and Little Magnolia Co.
"We just both grew exponentially, which is great, but we were both doing well in store and online," Gill said. "As far as inventory went, we were kind of in each other's space. ... We are wanting to split up and have our own spaces to buy as much or as little inventory as we want."
Gill first started Cobalt's Boutique, a women's online retailer, in September 2019, while Fair opened Little Magnolia Co., a children's boutique, in February.
"We're super excited and we can't wait to serve Columbus and dress all the women and little (kids)," Gill said.
Prestige Event Rentals moved locations from Second Street to 530 Hwy. 45 S. about a month ago.
Owner Ashley Pounders said business was going well and the company needed more warehouse space to meet its customers' demands.
"We were seeing good growth until February or March," Pounders said. "Now, it's kind of picking up a little bit."
Pounders said the new space is more than triple the size of its former location offering 15,000 square feet. It also has a boardroom for potential clients to meet with their event planners to create the perfect wedding, reunion, party and more.
If you're in need of rental equipment including lighting, tents, tables, chairs, arches, generators and more, you can see Prestige Event Rentals' new space Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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