Business picks up in Pontotoc

By Brenda Owen/Pontotoc Progress

PONTOTOC – Even in tough economic times, Pontotoc County’s economy has managed not only to survive, but to push forward with the help of new businesses locating in the region, as well as existing businesses moving and expanding.
Among some of the recent additions:
– CVS Pharmacy is scheduled to open April 25 at the corner of Highway 15 Bypass and Highway 6. CVS is the largest drugstore chain in the United States in terms of the number of stores and number of prescriptions filled. It operates more than 4,100 stores in 27 states.
– Dollar Tree is building a location next to Peebles in the Westgate Shopping Center.
Meanwhile, several new businesses already have opened their doors in Pontotoc.
JWB Fabrics, across from Radio Shack at 379 E. Oxford St., is owned by Renee and Joe Bailey. The store features upholstery, drapery and decorator fabrics. The Baileys have been in the fabric business for about 20 years, both wholesale and retail.
“Word hasn’t really gotten out there that we are here,” Joe Bailey said. “But we are expecting things to pick up.”
At The Gallery, behind Mi Pueblo, at 351 Old Oak Circle, owner Melissa White offers a full-service salon with spray tanning, massage therapy, manicures and pedicures.
“We are also fixing to start full body waxes,” she said. The salon opened in October with three stylists, a massage therapist and a nail technician.
New restaurants always attract attention and Pontotoc has had three of them open recently.
CNO’s Wings and Things, located at 231 W. Oxford St. in the old Coleman’s building, is owned by Terry Cosey and his brother-in-law Michael Nolan.
A Taste of Country on Turnpike Road is where owner Renee Holloway serves up down-home cooking.
And for Mexican food lovers, Pontotoc’s popular Mi Pueblo has opened a second location across from Walmart Supercenter.

Other new businesses
J. R. Rucker and Randolph Seales are funeral directors for the newly established Serenity Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Billy and Katie Autry are owners of the funeral home, which is located at 17 Lafayette Street in the old Sunflower shopping center downtown.
At NJ’s Transmission, located at 123 Maggie Drive, owner Nicky James specializes in transmission work and is equipped to provide a broad range of services for any make or model of vehicle.
“We’re full service,” James said.
Also offering a wide range of services in his specialty is Max Griffin at MKG Realty, located at 290-B W. Oxford St. Griffin, a Realtor for 20 years, offers both residential and commercial real estate.
Attorney Brad Cornelison, who practiced with Rutledge, Davis and Harris for four years, moved out on his own in November 2009 and opened a practice located at 26 S. Liberty St.
Josh Dowdy Allstate Agency LLC has opened at 224 Highway 15 North, featuring a broad range of insurance including auto, home, renters, flood, motorcycles, RVs, boats, life, retirement, cancer, accident, supplemental health, landlord’s, annuities, commercial and workmen’s comp.

Changing places
Some businesses have moved their operations to better serve their customers.
Most notably, Dollar General, which has been in Pontotoc for more than 15 years, opened at its new location at 101 Hwy. 15 Bypass with a 10,000-square-foot selling floor and triple the coolers for cold and frozen foods.
Store Manager Brad Bailey called the re-opening, “bigger than we ever could have imagined.”
Guys looking for the latest in hip fashion may want to visit Popular Trends at its new location at 282 W. Oxford St., a store which features clothing for men and boys. Owner Joseph Barr, who also owns a clothing store in Oxford, said the Pontotoc location offers urban and casual clothing, shirts, shoes, ties and belts, as well as dress clothes for men and boys.
Next to Popular Trends is Between Sisters. Owner Pat Taylor has moved and expanded, offering twice the floor space she had previously. The store also has expanded lines, plus a baby gifts department.
Moving back to its original location, Arrowhead Sports is located at 245-B Highway 15 North, in the former Snicket’s building near Pontotoc Floral.
And since October, Nail Dimensions has been located at 162 Inzer St. behind Ridgecrest Insurance and next to Cutting Edge.