BY SHEENA BARNETT
TUPELO – Colorful walls and new artwork greeted the public at the new Girl Scouts Regional Service Center in Tupelo.
The North Mississippi-based Girl Scouts, which is a part of the larger Girl Scouts Heart of the South Council, hosted an open house of its new center Monday.
The Scouts moved out of their former location at the Link Centre earlier this year and into a new space at 1140 W. Main St. It’s a smaller space, said Jenny Jones, director of marketing and communications for Girl Scouts Heart of the South, but that’s actually a good thing.
“Because it’s not so spread out, it’s really helped us organize,” she said. “The shop is much more welcoming.”
The space includes a Girl Scouts shop, full of supplies, as well as office space. Membership managers are in the front of the building, which is helpful as Girl Scouts always welcome new members. The offices are painted bright olive and yellow and there are new paintings on the wall by troop leader Trenda Plunkett, Jones said.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson, Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton and Girl Scouts Heart of the South Council CEO Angela Woods were on hand to cut the blue ribbon.
“We are ecstatic,” Woods said. “This is a wonderful space for girls and staff.”
The next big event for the Scouts is at 4 p.m. Thursday at The Lyric. Scouts Georgia McGee and Regan Plunkett will present their Girl Scout Silver Award Project for Tupelo Community Theatre.