Archive for December 2012

Top Biz Buzz posts of 2012

with 100 comments

We’ve had a great year on Biz Buzz. Thanks for reading, sending in your tips and being interested in Northeast Mississippi’s business community.

We enjoyed going back through the posts from the past year and reliving the coverage. These were posts that drew the most attention from you:

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Carlie Kollath Wells

December 31, 2012 at 4:23 am

Top 10 business stories in Northeast Mississippi in 2012

leave a comment »

The Northeast Mississippi business community had a robust year in 2012. Some of the news was good and some of it was not so good.

We voted on what were thought were the top newsmakers in 2012.  The top 10 are posted below. Under those, you’ll find a list of the runners-up. PS – the full stories are in Sunday’s paper.

Agree/disagree with our rankings?

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Carlie Kollath Wells

December 30, 2012 at 4:22 am

Oishi restaurant now open in Tupelo

with 62 comments

Oishi Japanese Express is now open in Tupelo.

Oishi Japanese Express now is open in Tupelo. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/Daily Journal)

Oishi Japanese Express now is open in Tupelo. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/Daily Journal)

Today was the restaurant’s first day. It’s next to Kroger on Barnes Crossing (968 Barnes Crossing Road). Oishi, in our opinion, is the most casual Japanese restaurant so far in Tupelo – excluding the sushi counter inside Kroger at Crosstown.

Oishi serves hibachi, sushi, fried rice, soup and other standard Japanese fare. Customers order at the register and the food is brought to the table on a styrofoam plate or in a foam box.

(pictures and hours after the jump)

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Carlie Kollath Wells

December 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Cheapest gas: Sherman 12/28/12

with 476 comments

Drumroll please for the last gas price post of 2013 ….

Gas prices are creeping back up compared to last week’s numbers. The cheapest gas today in Northeast Mississippi is in Sherman, according a Daily Journal survey of stations.

image via istock

image via istock

It’s $2.99 in Sherman right now.

Most expensive: $3.17 in Oxford

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?

Other prices:

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Carlie Kollath Wells

December 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Drive-by: Ex-Shoney’s building 12/28/12

with 91 comments

The building renovations are coming along on the new Restaurant South building. The North Gloster building previously was Shoney’s.

Blair Hughes, and her husband, Hamp, hope to open the restaurant in January or February (previous coverage). Blair will operate Restaurant South in addition to her current restaurant, Park Heights.

As of today, the exterior has shed its Shoney’s look. What do you think?

Before pic:

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Carlie Kollath Wells

December 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Tupelo BBQ duel poster unveiled

with 444 comments

The Don’t Be Cruel BBQ Duel is scheduled for March 15 and 16 in Fairpark.

Look at this awesome poster we found for the event:

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Carlie Kollath Wells

December 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Inspections: Woody’s, Oishi & McDonald’s 12/20/12

with 455 comments

Slow week for restaurant inspections in Lee County, but we’re betting the inspectors are off for the holidays. No new inspections this week, but a few new ones have been posted from last week.

image via MSDH

image via MSDH

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 Dec. 20 and today.

The facilities are listed as they are in the MSDH system, even if there are typos.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Carlie Kollath Wells

December 27, 2012 at 11:03 am