|September 04, 2012||Ripley research center to have grand opening||no comments|
|August 31, 2012||Restaurant to open in ex-Flowerdale building||no comments|
|August 31, 2012||Cheapest gas: Sam's Club 8/31||no comments|
|August 30, 2012||Inspections: Ichiban, Romie's BBQ, Gurley's 8/30/12||no comments|
|August 29, 2012||Latin Quarters now open downtown||2 comments|
|August 29, 2012||$1,200 for a parking space at Ole Miss?!||no comments|
|August 29, 2012||Taco Bell tests more Doritos shell flavors||no comments|
|August 28, 2012||Gas prices climbing in Northeast MS||no comments|
|August 27, 2012||Tupelo gas prices holding steady - for now||no comments|
|August 27, 2012||Chili Fest now accepting teams||no comments|
Via a press release from Tippah County Development Foundation:
Grand opening and ribbon cutting at Elite Elastomers Research and Development Center
Monday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m.
Join Steve Glidewell and Jim Miller in celebrating their grand opening of the newly designed research and development center at their North Ripley Industrial Park location at 200 County Road 565, Ripley, MS.
Come see where a new era of production and development begins as it operates a full-service custom mixer of specialty compounds.
We got this email over the weekend about the new retail business and restaurant:
I just saw on your blog post about Sweet Tea & Biscuits Cafe and wanted to tell you that it is located in Joyful Creations Gift Market.
Joyful Creations Gift Market is a unique gift shop featuring a variety of curious vintage, new, and resurrected items, innovative accessories, and delightful gifts.
We plan to open on Tuesday, September 4. Hours are 10:00 til 6:00 Tuesday through Saturday. Sweet Tea & Biscuits will be serving lunch from 11:00 til 2:00 Tuesday through Saturday.
Joyful Creations Gift Market
2025 McCullough Blvd
Tupelo, MS 38801
A new restaurant is scheduled to open Tuesday in the former Flowerdale Marketplace.
It’s called Sweet Tea & Biscuits, according to health department records. It scored an “A” on its first inspection (previous coverage).
The restaurant’s address is 2025 McCullough Blvd.
The building became vacant after Flowerdale Marketplace in June moved to a smaller building on Industrial Road. Owner Alice Rogers kept the retail side of the business but closed the cafe.
We went by the McCullough business today and saw people stocking the front area of the building. It looks like they are going to have some sort of retail area for accessories and decor. We'll see soon enough.
It's our last gas price survey of August and possibly summer. We're in the camp that once you hit September, it's no longer summer.
Anyway, the cheapest gas today in Northeast Mississippi is at Sam's Club, according to a Daily Journal survey.
It was $3.47 today for members at Sam's. The figure is down from $3.51 Tuesday and up from $3.37 Friday.
Overall, gas prices have been on a rollercoaster all week, courtesy of Hurricane Isaac (previous coverage).
Most expensive: Amory & Oxford $3.67
New Albany $3.53
Sam's Club (member price) $3.47
Tupelo (Kroger at Crosstown) $3.59
Read the Sunday Journal for more prices.
Reminder: This survey is designed to find the cheapest gas. The cities with the "most expensive" title are the ones that came in at the bottom of our cheapest gas list. There are other stations with more expensive gas, but we aren't hunting for that. We're looking for the station where you are going to spend the most money when you want to find cheap gas. Make sense?
Lots of inspections this week.
Plus, it looks like we have a new restaurant opening in the former Flowerdale Marketplace. It's called Sweet Tea & Biscuits, according to the health department records.
The state Department of Health regularly inspects restaurants and food facilities.
The facilities are graded from A to C. “A” is the best. “C” is the equivalent of failing, but the inspection isn’t bad enough to merit the closure of the restaurant.
The following Lee County facilities were inspected between Augut. 23 and Thursday.
The facilities are listed as they are in the MSDH system, even if there are typos.
Arby’s (South Gloster)
Wendy’s (West Main)
Knight’s Drive Inn (McCullough)
Itawamba Community College Culinary Arts Kitchen
Sweet Tea & Biscuits (2025 McCullough Boulevard) Carlie note: New restaurant? We think so. This is the address for Flowerdale Marketplace, which moved in June to Industrial Road.
Saltillo High School
Saltillo Elementary School
Design Your Way (caterer in Shannon)
Chef's (2447 Eason Boulevard)
Hazel's Pizza Pitt (Guntown)
Back Yard Burgers
Sanctuary Hospice House
Williams Barbecue BQ (2959 Willie Moore Road)
Borrowed Thyme (825 Jefferson St.)
Tea for T'Arts at His-Hers (downtown Tupelo)
Barnes & Noble
A Gold Star – 8/23/12 – in compliance on all items but can’t make higher than a B after scoring a C.
Express Shop #34 - 8/29/12 - in compliance on all items but can’t make higher than a B after scoring a C.
Express Shop #34 (108 Turner Park in Saltillo) - 8/24/12- not in compliance: hands clean and properly washed; hot & cold water available with adequate pressure
To check facilities in other counties, go to msdh.ms.gov/food/defaultDates.aspx.
We've been hearing about Latin Quarters in downtown Tupelo, but we haven't had a minute to get down there yet.
The restaurant has opened in the former Benjamin's/Lucky Joe's/Level 3 location on Main Street.
From Downtown Tupelo Main Street's e-newsletter:
Welcome Latin Quarters to Downtown Tupelo!
Enjoy the dynamic atmosphere at Latin Quarters!
Latin Cuisine, Exciting Nightlife and Latin Dance Lessons!
Tuesday - Thursday: 11am - 10 pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 2am
KITCHEN STAYS OPEN!
124 West Main Street
4:30 p.m. update: We just got off the phone with the restaurant. The hours were wrong earlier. It closes at 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Got this email 10:30 a.m. today:
Game Day Parking at the Ford Center
Enjoy the convenience of a guaranteed a parking space for all home football games at the Gertrude C. Ford Center.
Located at University Avenue and Gertrude Ford Boulevard in Oxford, the Ford Center is within walking distance of the Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, The Grove, and the historic Oxford Square.
Reserved spaces are available for the 2012 football season for a donation of $1200 to the Ford Center.*
To reserve your space, call 662.915.2787.
*Donation is 80% tax deductible.
From the OCRegister.com (full story):
A few days ago, Taco Bell invited The Register and the folks at the Foodbeast blog to the chain's Irvine test kitchen to try what could be the next two flavors for the wildly popular Doritos Locos Tacos brand.
Since debuting in March, Taco Bell said it has sold more than 200 million crunchy tacos served with a Doritos nacho cheese shell.
The taco is the most successful product launch in Taco Bell's 50-year history, and is responsible for a long overdue boost in Taco Bell revenue. The re-invented taco is made with a nacho cheese-flavored Doritos shell. The $1.29 taco is stuffed with seasoned beef, lettuce and tomatoes and served in a Doritos-branded "taco jacket" or holster.
Wanting to parlay the success of the Doritos taco launch, Taco Bell is considering its next shell flavors -- Flamas and Cool Ranch.
The two flavors are being tested in various regions, including some Taco Bell restaurants in Orange County. The chain declined to reveal the test locations. There's no guarantee the flavors will roll out, Taco Bell said. However, it's been widely speculated that Cool Ranch will be the next flavor.
During the taste test, I enjoyed the chili lime flavor of the Flamas taco shell over the less interesting Cool Ranch shell. The Flamas offered a two-dimensional flavor experience. At first, you taste a hint of lime with a bit of classic dusty red Doritos spice. Then, a blast of heat follows a few seconds later. It's a great pairing with Taco Bell's signature seasoned beef.
Remember yesterday when we said (previous coverage) gas prices were holding steady so far in Tupelo? They jumped overnight as Isaac prepares to make landfall on the Gulf Coast.
We asked readers to call us if they saw gas prices jump. Sure enough, our phones have been ringing all morning.
Gas stations we've heard about so far:
Kroger at Crosstown was $3.53 yesterday. Is $3.57 today as of 8 a.m. UPDATE at 11:15: It's dropped down to $3.53.
Shell at Eason was $3.55 yesterday. Is $3.69 today.
Houston was $3.59 yesterday. Is $3.69 today.
McCullough was $3.55 yesterday. Is $3.69 today.
Houston gas was $3.54 Friday. Now it's $3.72 at the same station.
Sprint Mart in Barnes Crossing is $3.69 now. Reader didn't know what it was before.
Brewer gas station was $3.53 yesterday. Is $3.69 today.
BP at corner of North Gloster and Jackson: $3.69
Savings in Tupelo: $3.57
Texaco, Shell & Exxon in Tupelo $3.69
Sam's member price: $3.51 today. Was $3.37 Friday.
Valero on North Gloster $3.69
Shell on North Gloster $3.69
Sherman is $3.55 today.
* These prices are for a gallon of regular. They came from readers and Biz Editor Dennis Seid.
Notice prices going up in your area? Get in touch:
• Twitter: @carlie_kollath
The governor's office and the attorney general's offices are keeping tabs on price-gouging, but the mandate does NOT apply to counties north of Highway 20.
Previous coverage (full text):
Monday evening, Bryant issued an order banning price gouging in south Mississippi during Isaac.
The order applies to all counties through which Interstate 20 passes, and all counties south of there.
Jan Schaefer, a spokeswoman for Hood, said at the news conference the AG's office already had 20 phone calls from people complaining about price gouging - mostly related to gasoline prices and one complaint about a motel.
In a statement, Bryant said, "Price-gouging is something to be taken seriously. Mississippians, especially those responding to the threat of emergency, deserve to be treated with integrity and fairness by businesses, and I fully expect businesses that operate in this state to act accordingly."
When the law is invoked, Hood said retailers can increase prices if their costs increase.
"Retailers just have to be careful to keep their profit margin consistent with what they were getting prior to the proclamation allowing us to enforce the statute," Hood said.
We're expecting gas prices to go up with the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac. But so far, we haven't seen a jump.
Gas at Kroger at Crosstown was $3.53 Friday. It's the same price today, as of 3 p.m.
We'll be watching prices the next few days. If you see any jumps, let us know via a comment, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter (@carlie_kollath).
Be safe out there, y'all.
Press release from Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association:
TUPELO, Miss – The 13th Annual Chili Fest will be held on Friday, October 12, 2012. For the past 12 years, the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association (DTMSA) has held the annual Chili Fest located on Broadway Street. This event has become very popular over the years and the competition continues to grow.
Teams are encouraged to register within the next few weeks to reserve their space and compete for the ultimate first place title, “Make You Wanna Slap Your Mama Good!” Winner.
Teams of four or more members compete against other teams in a number of prize categories. Not only are the teams judged on their chili, they are also judged on presentation, team spirit, costumes, most creative tent and the most original theme. Teams can be made up of friends, co-workers, relatives, employees, clubs or anyone who likes to have a good time and has a great chili recipe.
The entry fee is $40 and teams are encouraged to submit their applications along with entry fee by Friday, September 28, 2012.
The 13th Annual Chili Fest is presented by AT&T and sponsored by Bud Light. For more details, contact DTMSA at 662.841.6598 or go to www.tupelomainstreet.com.
The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association (DTMSA) is a membership based organization focused on sustaining and enhancing the downtown experience.