Browning on Business: Shoe store coming to downtown Columbus

May 1, 2014 10:38:28 AM

William Browning - [email protected]


For a couple of weeks there has been a sign in front of a vacant storefront in downtown Columbus that reads, "Taylor Smith Shoes." Just beneath that sign is another that reads, "Coming Soon." 


Brenda McCoy is the person behind the shop. She hopes to have the business, which is located at 423 Main St., up and running by the end of May. Until then she's working on stocking up inventory with name-brand items. In an interview with The Dispatch on Wednesday, she said she plans on offering church shoes, fashionable shoes and athletic shoes. McCoy wants to market the store toward both a young, hip crowd, and an older, traditional crowd. 


Where did the business' name come from? 


McCoy had her two grandchildren with her one day and mentioned that she needed to come up with a name for her shoe store. The 5-year-old said it should be "Taylor Smith Shoes," and it stuck. 


The 2,800 square foot space where the store will be housed was previously occupied by Serendipity by Valerie, which moved to Jackson Square on Highway 45 North earlier this year. 


When Taylor Smith Shoes opens, the hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays, according to McCoy. 


When temperatures begin to rise in the south barbecue sometimes comes to mind. Columbus has quite a few options -- Pig Out BBQ House, Pit & Cone, Little Dooey's, Hank's #1 BBQ, Bob Roberts BBQ, Glenn's Smokin' Hot BBQ & Fish, Pop's BBQ, Shirley's BBQ and others. 


But do you know about Brother's Keeper Barbecue? Ronnie Clayton is the owner of this off-the-radar place, which is only open two days a week, and some holidays. It is located at the corner of Seventh Avenue North and 20th Street North. 


Clayton is a Columbus native. His family, though, comes from around Bigbee Valley. His grandfather was a sharecropper down there and Clayton remembers his grandmother cooking on a wood-burning stove. He hung around and picked up some barbecue tricks. He was tight-lipped about specifics and, when pressed about those tricks, only said, "You study your art. You learn it, earn it, own it." 


He opened Brother's Keeper Barbecue in 2010. It is open from noon until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 


An item for our local military and veterans. 


There has been talk of the Department of Defense closing base commissaries as a way to tighten its budget. On Wednesday, House lawmakers in Washington, D.C., rejected the proposed cuts. But the subcommittee action is only the first step in a long process and there is still a long way to go before the Pentagon's 2015 budget is approved by Congress, according to Military Times. 


The DOD operates 245 commissaries around the world, including one at Columbus Air Force Base located in Building 160B on Simler Boulevard. A family of four shopping regularly can save more than $4,500 on their total annual grocery bill, according to the Defense Commissary Agency. 


Lastly, Kroger has recalled two brands of ice cream sold at Mississippi locations because of a labeling issue. 


The recall affects 16-ounce containers of Private Selection Chocolate Hazelnut Mascarpone Ice Cream and Private Selection Caramel Hazelnut Fudge Truffle Ice Cream. Kroger says the ice cream may contain egg not listed on the label and that could cause a reaction in those with egg allergies. No illnesses have been reported. 


Columbus, West Point and Starkville each have Kroger locations.

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