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As sure as the cold winds rolled into town this week, so will the new Five Below located at 1444 Old Aberdeen Road in Columbus open on Dec. 2.
Five Below is a retail discount store with most purchasable items going for $5 or less. The space is on the far north end of Leigh Mall and faces Highway 45. A sign proclaiming the opening date went up earlier this week and states that the new business is hiring.
In East Columbus, Blessed Beds, a discount mattress store located at 125 Maxwell Lane near Annunciation Catholic School, has been in business since earlier this fall. The company sells its beddings at a significantly cut rate compared to most major retailers.
Owner Erin Stevens told me she wanted to open the business after seeing how expensive purchasing a mattress could be for the average customer. She also said that since opening, she has served more than 100 customers with new beds.
“Nobody wants to spend $3,000 on a mattress,” Stevens said. “Can I get an amen on that? I mean, buying a mattress is like buying a set of tires or a washer and dryer. You don’t ever want to buy those, but you got to have it.”
Stevens will also be providing a seasonal $10 to $40 discount for customers purchasing mattresses through the local Columbus United Way Adoptive Family Program up until Christmas.
There is nothing fresher than a new place to call home. Local retail mechanical and appliance store Columbus Rubber and Gasket will move from its current location at 1577 Hwy. 69 to 2915 Hwy. 50 E. in a building that once housed Marvin’s Building Materials.
I called the company management about the move and was told it would happen within the next two months, but no other details were made available at this time.
Moving to Starkville, Bealls Outlet, a retail outlet store, is opening today at 864 Highway 12 W. in the former JCPenney building.
Director of Communication Karen O’Neil told me the company is excited to finally make its way into Starkville just in time for the holidays.
“I know we’ve been looking for quite some time to be able to get into that community and find a good location to be able to open a Bealls outlet,” O’Neil said.
O’Neil also said the opening will come with a treasure hunt through Sunday for customers to shop and find gift certificates with all the new merchandise in the store.
Nothing says Thanksgiving like a food drive. HOT WORX, a local exercise and studio gym located at 310 University Drive, is having a canned food drive through the end of November, according to a Facebook post on the Greater Starkville Partnership page on Nov. 8.
The canned food drive won’t just benefit those in need this holiday season, though. Customers can receive a free exercise mat and towel for donating 10 cans of food to the cause. Members of the gym who participate will receive an entry into a raffle for a free month’s membership; every 10 cans will be one entry into the raffle.
Finally, the Babble House, an online interior design business in West Point, is offering a seasonal VHS to DVD-conversion service for families to recapture their favorite memories previously trapped in the confines of taped technology.
Owner Cody Moore told me this is the second year he is offering the service, and he very much enjoys the service as it gives people the gift of memories they might not relive without a VHS player.
“I feel like there’s not a lot of people that make it available to transfer those memories,” he said. “VHS is just one of those things where most of us don’t have a VHS player in our houses. So just giving people the opportunity to transfer it to DVD and actually be able to rewatch those memories in their home again, I do it just for that and for the gift of it.”
Moore said that if you have some old tapes lying around, give him a shout on his Facebook or website to ask for a quote by Dec. 10, when he will end the service for the holiday season.
Well, folks, That’s all for now. Make sure to check back in next week for more goings on in business.
Dispatch reporter Grant McLaughlin writes about business openings and closings, as well as other unique business news. Send business tips to email@example.com.
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