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Browning on Business: Main Street welcoming new shops


William Browning

William Browning



William Browning



Downtown Columbus has happenings. Let's go west to east on Main Street. 


Hidden Treasures Emporium officially opened its doors Wednesday at 409 Main St. The business is owned by Shane Lambert, an interior designer that works in the Golden Triangle. The store sells home decor -- antiques and new pieces -- at "reasonable prices," Lambert said. The show floor is 3,500 square feet and new items will always be coming in. The business also does custom draperies and upholstery. 


Hidden Treasures Emporium is open Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 


Let's stop at 509 Main St., the Columbus National Bank building. In the past, the bottom floor of the location has been home to a series of restaurants: Brown's Downtown, Garabaldi's Mexican Restaurant, CJ's Pizza, Tapas 509 and Station 7 Bar & Grill. The 4,500 square feet space -- which includes a very nice bar -- has sat vacant for roughly two years, though. 


Last week someone was cleaning the windows out front. We inquired about the possibility of something new opening. 


Ruth Berry, who owns the building, said she does have someone who has shown interest in opening a restaurant at the location. Nothing, however, is set in stone. 


Next up: 521 Main St. Masa Hensley, a photographer and Mississippi State University graduate, will open Masa Kathryn Photography at that location on March 7. Between now and then she is spending time sprucing up the interior. 


Hensley said the full photography studio will specialize in wedding and high school senior portraits. She also does work for local businesses, such as Deep South Pout, and occasional freelance work for The Dispatch and Catfish Alley. 


Hensley, who lives in Columbus with her husband, said she hopes the Main Street studio becomes a place of inspiration where people feel comfortable stopping by, sipping coffee, talking and taking in art work. The studio's website is Hensley can be reached at [email protected] 


On March 7 there will be an opening night reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Masa Kathryn Photography. 


Finally, at 1204 Main St., there is Sewing World, one of the few sewing repair stores in the Golden Triangle. Things are about to change up a little at the three-decade old business owned by Brian Loller. 


On March 1, Mama's Sew Nifty is merging with the store. Mama's Sew Nifty, which is owned by Ashley Barksdale, opened a storefront in downtown Caledonia last month. That location is closing and beginning next month, Barksdale's boutique business will be one with Sewing World. Barksdale will manage the store front and offer customized clothes, decals and home decor, while also stocking thread, fabric and other items needed to make handmade items. Loller, meanwhile, will continue to service and repair home and commercial sewing machines. 



William Browning was managing editor for The Dispatch until June 2016.



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