Business Moves with Mary: Cafe on Main listed for sale


Mary Pollitz

Mary Pollitz



Mary Pollitz



Cafe on Main, 101 Fifth St. S. in Columbus, is listed for sale.


Owners Shannon and Elliot Dismukes are looking for a buyer to keep the cafe on the corner up and running. The owners' daughter and assistant manager Katelyn Russell confirmed cafe's buyer-search to The Dispatch this week.


"We're wanting to sell it to someone who is willing to keep the restaurant up," Russell sent in a text message to The Dispatch. "Even if we (don't) sell, we're going to continue to keep it open until we find someone."



The Dispatch could not reach the owners by press time today.


Though a price has not been advertised, the cafe was listed on Facebook's marketplace earlier this week. The sale includes the Sweet Shop, televisions, tables freezers, refrigerators, food warmers and all the cafe's famous recipes.


The cafe on the corner's story started in 2005, after extensive renovations to the former Ruth's Department store. The Dismukes purchased the restaurant, originally owned by Peggy Strauss, in 2017.


Russell, who has worked with her parents at the cafe since the Dismuke's purchase, declined to comment on why the sale was announced but said she's enjoyed working in downtown and meeting customers.


"The way I feel about (the) cafe is unlike any other place," Russell said. "We're not just a work place, we are a family. I look at this place like a second home. It's been a privilege working with everyone."


Cafe on Main is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


Those interested in maintaining a downtown Columbus charm can reach out on Facebook's marketplace.


This cold front didn't just drop the temperature. It brought me ice cream.


Baskin Robbins, 2121 Hwy. 45 N., opened in Columbus last week. The ice cream chain, which had a location in Leigh Mall years ago, first opened in California in 1945. It now boasts more than 1,300 ice cream flavors across 8,000 stores worldwide. More than 300 million guests visit Baskin Robbins each year in more than 50 countries, and y'all, I'm about to be one of them. Check out Columbus's new Baskin Robbins Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Don't let this cold weather keep you from trying out 31 flavors. I drink coffee in the summer when it's hot, so you know I'll get a double scoop waffle cone even when it's freezing outside.


Moving toward east Columbus, Golden Triangle Eye Clinic opened in October. Taking over the former Pizza Hut, Dr. Lee Ford remodeled and opened his eye clinic at 522 Alabama St. Ford's clinic was formerly located inside Walmart on Highway 45. Check out Ford's new clinic Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Columbus has also added another health clinic to the area. Monroe Regional Hospital Medical Group opened earlier this year at 548 Hwy 45 N. The clinic, which is an extension of Monroe Regional Hospital in Aberdeen, offers urgent care treatment, wound care, internal medicine and more. The clinic accepts most insurances and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Over in Starkville, Modern Mode Aqua Spa opened for business earlier this month at 500 Russell St., Suite 20. Owner Libby Grantham wanted to open her spa for customers on-the-go, who may not have time to schedule spa treatments. Though different than a typical spa, Modern Mode Aqua Spa offers water-jet massages in an aqua bed.


"The machine provides a massage through water jets," Grantham said. "There's a barrier so you don't get wet. It just provides a really great massage."


The new spa in Starkville has two aqua massage beds, one reserved for reservations while the other is open to walk-ins. Grantham added typical massages range from 15 to 20 minutes at a cost of $1.50 per minute. Check out Modern Mode Aqua Spa Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Also in Starkvegas, we've got a new salon spot on Highway 12. Salon on 12, 446 Hwy. 12, opened in the former Christy's Hamburger building. For 12 years Katie Scarbrough, salon owner, has been cutting and styling hair in Starkville leading to her first salon opening last week.


"It's always been a dream of mine to own my own place," Scarbrough said. "Everything just kind of fell into place. Thank you for all the support from all my clients over the years and I can't wait to see you at my new salon."


Check out Scarbrough and fellow stylist Sarah Burrell Tuesday through Saturday starting at 9 a.m. Walk-ins, call-ins and appointments are welcome. Just give Salon on 12 a call at 662-617-8045.





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