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Peter Imes: Smackers uses text messages to build business

Posted 6/9/2011 in Business

For anyone new to the area, Smackers is a relatively new frozen yogurt shop, located near the intersection of Highway 45 North and Highway 82, just behind Chili's. Since opening on Valentine's Day this year, Smackers has done a tremendous job of branding themselves (The catchy name comes from a combination of the last names of the founders: Smith and Acker) and in using new technology for promotions.


A 'safe haven': Tanning salon, oxygen bar offers unique addition to Columbus

Posted 6/9/2011 in Business

A massaging chair leans into a full recline. In the room surrounding, there are breaths of the relief: Eucalyptus for headaches. Lavender for depression. Lemon grass for arthritis. Almond to suppress appetite. Vanilla for nerves.


Building Permits 6-8-11

Posted 6/8/2011 in Business

Columbus and Lowndes County building permits April 26 - May5


Starkville Reed's unveils new line of TOMS sunglasses

Posted 6/8/2011 in Business

Reed's of Starkville was one of 90 stores worldwide -- and one of approximately 30 non-chain retailers -- selected to host the unveiling of a new TOMS product line Tuesday.


Columbus City Council appoints manager of Wendy's to tourism board

Posted 6/8/2011 in Business

The City Council voted Tuesday against reappointing local restaurateur John Bean to the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, instead picking the manager of the Wendy's on Highway 182 for the position.



Caledonia Day expands to two-day festival

Posted 6/8/2011 in Business

The Caledonia Days festival will look a little different this year, but the primary focus will remain the same, organizer Jackie Savage told the Caledonia Board of Aldermen during last night's meeting.



Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority increases rental rates

Posted 6/8/2011 in Business

The Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority has increased its facility rental rate, adding in the cost of a North Atlantic Security officer to open and close the buildings.


Southside neighborhood could be added to Columbus historic district

Posted 6/7/2011 in Business

A walk through the Southside neighborhood in Columbus yields an architectural mélange, from massive antebellum mansions to quaint Victorian houses to World War II-era bungalows. Together, they may soon become the city's first residential historic district registered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Lowndes supervisors move forward on industrial park land buy

Posted 6/7/2011 in Business

Lowndes County took another step closer to expanding its industrial park into a sprawling development-ready recruitment machine.


Columbus Boys and Girls Club 'in the black' for the first time in five years

Posted 6/6/2011 in Business

After a year's worth of transfusions, the Columbus Boys and Girls Club is again standing on its own. From January to December 2010, eight local churches picked up the club's $2,800 mortgage, giving it time to catch up and get out of the red.

North Columbus business owner fashions concrete headstones

Posted 6/6/2011 in Business

Gregory Gates makes people into angels ... literally. The owner of Gifts for All in north Columbus, a "whotnots" shop near Columbus Air Force Base, makes concrete sculptures for burial markers including headstones, babies, hearts, teddy bears, benches and of course, angels.


Weyerhaeuser plans Lowndes expansions

Posted 6/2/2011 in Business

Weyerhaeuser Co. has capital improvements planned for both its Lowndes County production facilities over the next two years.


Labor of love: Car, truck restorer scours Columbus for diamonds in the rough

Posted 6/2/2011 in Business

At 12, one of Dave Carr's pastimes was scouring the junkyard for old bicycles. He'd go home with a couple of "junk bikes." And before long, his bike, a compilation of the best parts from each, would be the envy of the neighborhood.


Aerospace park soars higher with land purchase

Posted 6/2/2011 in Business

In 2008, the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link hatched a plan to create a regional industrial park, with a special focus on attracting aerospace industries.


Tempting Thai: Family brings Thai cuisine to the Triangle

Posted 6/1/2011 in Business

In a Deep South more accustomed to fried chicken and buttered biscuits, most might not think Thai cuisine would find a ready audience. But that's what happened when Bann Thai opened its doors in Columbus in December 2010.

Oktibbeha County Hospital enters future with new building

Posted 6/1/2011 in Business

Oktibbeha County Hospital stepped out of the 1970s and into the new millennium Tuesday.

Customers support Starkville doughnut shop in wake of horrific knife attack

Posted 6/1/2011 in Business

One day after a brutal robbery attempt which saw one cashier get her throat cut and another male employee stabbed multiple times, the crew at Shipley Donuts was shaken but not crippled.


Airport expects to lose Memphis flight, but not passengers

Posted 5/28/2011 in Business

Golden Triangle Regional Airport expects its rising travel volume to stay steady despite Delta Airlines' plans to cut flights to Memphis, Tenn.,in September.



Economic firm ranks Columbus in top 10 percent of small U.S. cities

Posted 5/27/2011 in Business

Columbus has moved into the top 10 percent of micropolitans in the U.S., ranked by economic strength.



Marriages and divorces 5-26-11

Posted 5/26/2011 in Business

Marriages and divorces for May 4-18



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