Downtown boom: Amory's Main Street sees influx of new and relocated businesses

AMORY – Main Street is bustling with four new businesses calling it home.
“I think it is a sign of the economy turning around,” said Amory Main Street Director Lorie Bryan. “We eitherhave new businesses or businesses locating in a new location.”

Millers on Main
Millers on Main has opened in one of the oldest buildings in downtown Amory.
Amory Regional Museum DirectorBo Miller and his sister, BobbyeBrinson, are co-owners of Millers on Main. The family dining restaurant opened in the old Oasis restaurantbuilding, which was built in1902 and for many years was theOK Jewelry store.
The menu at lunch – which isserved beginning at 11 a.m. – featuressandwiches, salads andwraps, along with a Main Streetspecial. For now, the restaurant isopen Monday through Friday andon Sunday. Eventually, the restaurant on Thursday and Friday nightswill offer steaks, pasta, baked fish and other items.
“We didn’t want to see anymoreempty buildings on Main Street,”Miller said. “It is wonderful to be apart of the heritage in downtownAmory. We are very excited to be here.
Miller added that he will continue to be the museum director.
Make Me Over
On South Main Street, Shay Avery opened her salon and spa, Make Me Over, in the old Cottage Boutique building.
Avery has two hair stylists on staff, with plans to add another one in the near future. A nail technician and massage therapist will join the staff soon, also.
In addition to hair styling, services and products available at Make Me Over include mind therapy, waxing, facials, makeup and fake eyelashes. Private sessions are also available.
“We also have memberships for VIP customers, where we are offering several complimentary perks all year long,” said Avery. “The memberships cost $100 for a year.”
The salon’s hours are Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Each customer will receive chocolates as they leave,” Avery added. “It signifies ‘leaving a sweet taste.’ We want our customers’ experience at Make Me Over to be a sweet experience.”
Mall on Main
Sandi Roberts is opening the Mall on Main in the old Breaking Bread building on Friday, just in time for the Amory Railroad Festival and the crowds coming in for the following weekend.
There will be different vendors in the building. Among them are Ishi, which sells crafts made by Tiffany Roberts; Fantastical Frugal Furnishings, which features antiques, consignment, new furniture and other items; Granny’s Nook, which carries antiques and collectibles; and Rachelle’s, which has purses, jewelry and clothing.
“This is going to be a really unique store,” Roberts said of the business, which will be open Tuesday through Saturday. “I hope these businesses are such a success that they build up their clientele and move out on their own. Hopefully, this will help them move into more downtown buildings.” Stafford’s move Stafford’s Bible Bookstore and Ms. Johnnie’s Cakes moved from their former spots on Highway 278 into the old Sunshine Outlet store on Main Street.
The Bible Bookstore carries Bibles, Sunday school literature, music, sound tracks, CDs, DVDs, Willow Tree angels, bookmarks, boxed cards, T-shirts and other items. Dale and Stephanie Stafford are owners of the store.
Stephanie’s mother, Johnnie Ford, sells cakes, cookies, chess squares, brownies and cupcakes at Ms. Johnnie’s Cakes inside the bookstore.
For 33 years, she has made a variety of layer cakes and specialty cakes for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and other special events.
Both businesses are open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We are so excited about being downtown,” said Stephanie Stafford. “The building has an old fashioned feel to it. We have also received a great welcome from Main Street businesses and people. We are truly blessed to be here.”

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