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Dealing with Devin: New Southern owner plans upgrades


Devin Edgar

Devin Edgar



Devin Edgar/Dispatch Staff



The Southern Social Venue in Columbus is now under new ownership.  


Columbus native and previous owner Kim Bennett sold The Southern to Vince Rapisarda in September.  


Rapisarda, who is from Tupelo, said he plans to move to Columbus to fully operate the Southern.  


The Southern will continue to provide a venue for parties, such as weddings, anniversary celebrations and business dinners. Marty Wages will also stay on as the in-house caterer.  


Although the Southern can accommodate parties up to 90 people, Rapisarda said he plans to renovate the second-floor space to meet the needs of smaller parties of 10 to 15. The kitchen will also be renovated with updated equipment.  


Before purchasing The Southern, Rapisarda said he was eyeing the downtown Columbus area in hopes to open a brick-oven pizzeria, since there is not a restaurant of that kind in the area. However, after noticing The Southern was for sale, he said he could not turn down the unique building.  


The Southern is currently accepting bookings. For more information, visit or call 662-630-2442. 


In Starkville, Mississippi State University student Kelsey Pearce opened her art studio and shop KP & Canvas last week. 


The shop is located at 113 S. Lafayette St., in the old George Mary's location, and will feature custom paintings by Pearce.  


Before 2015, Pearce said she had no experience painting. But after stumbling across paintbrushes, she took up the activity as a way to de-stress from her school course load.  


Pearce said although she does accept inquiries and can paint nearly anything the customer wants, she specializes in southern landscape and architecture, crosses and florals. To achieve a textured look, Pearce uses palette knives and rarely ever uses an actual paint brush.  


Owning a storefront of some kind, Pearce said, has long been a dream of hers. And owning a tiny studio where she could create in her off-time has been her vision since she started painting.  


"The space can't be more than 130 square feet, but it's full of character from its exposed brick wall, dark distressed floors to the classic black and white exterior," Pearce said. "I felt inspired the moment I stepped inside." 


For now, the shop will only be open on weekends. But after Pearce graduates, she said she plans to open the shop full-time.  


Also happening in Starkville, Scooter's Records is now open in the old Rain or Shine Tanning Salon building, which is located on University Drive.  


The shop is now the only independent record shop in Starkville, and sells both new and used vinyl records and accessories.  


Scooter's will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  


Lastly, West Point residents can now get their crazy bread and $5 hot-n-ready fixes at the Little Caesar's, which opened this week in the former Hoover's Bakery location on Highway 45.




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