Browning on Business: Golden Triangle gets new fast food eatery, furniture store

July 17, 2014 10:19:14 AM

William Browning - [email protected]


West Point is getting a Captain D's. 


Mayor Robbie Robinson said this week the seafood eatery chain is slated to open in early August, though weather may push that timeframe back, as construction crews have been forced to work around rain recently. The restaurant will be located right across from Mossy Oak along Highway 45 South. Work began this spring. 


The first Captain D's opened on August 15, 1969, in Tennessee. The original was called Mr. D's Seafood and Hamburgers. In 45 years, the chain has grown to include 516 restaurants, according to its corporate website. The West Point location will be the fourth in the Golden Triangle. 


There are two in Columbus (one on Alabama Street, one on Highway 45 North) and one in Starkville (on Highway 12 East). 


Over in Starkville, Urban Den opened last week. It is a furniture and art store owned by Michael and Lauren Ann Cooper. She opened L.A. Green Boutique in Starkville about three years ago. The couple sees Urban Den as the boutique's "sister store." 


Michael Cooper builds custom furniture -- headboards, bars, tables, etc. His target customers, he said, are college students and young professionals. 


"People that aren't wanting to spend a lot on home furnishing but also don't want Walmart-quality," he said. 


In addition to his items, Cooper gets shipments of bedding, beds, rugs and mens clothing throughout each week. He also sells local artisan furniture and art. 


The business is where Polliwogs Eatery & Pub once was at 511 Academy Road. Cooper, noting that a series of restaurants and bars have been at the location, said, "Let's just say the building has a lot of character." 


Cooper and his wife completely gutted and renovated the exterior and interior before opening the doors July 7. A grand opening is scheduled for the first week of August. 


Urban Den employs six people. 


Back in Columbus, Scrubs and Co. has changed locations. 


The business opened in the fall of 2005 and was located in a 3,000-square-foot space beside Kroger on Highway 45 North. Its new location is 2022 Hwy. 45 N., across from Sweet Peppers Deli. The doors opened there on June 23. 


The new spot is about 2,500 square feet, according to Brynn Putnam, the store's manager. 


Chuck and Kay Little, who own Scrubs and Co., purchased the store's new building. They have two spaces in the building available for rent: one is approximately 1,300 square feet and one is approximately 800 square feet. Putnam said the spaces can be designed to suit a tenant's needs. Someone interested in the spaces can contact Chuck Little at 601-941-4276. 


Since opening Scrubs and Co. in Columbus nine years, the Littles have opened three others: one in Oxford, one in Tupelo and on in Seguin, Texas. 


Lastly, I want to pass this along: On Saturday the first 50 shoppers at the new Dollar General at 7624 Hwy. 45 N. will get a free $10 gift card to the retail store. The doors open at 8 a.m., according to Joclyn Dees, a communications specialist with the Tennessee-based retail chain.

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