Top Biz Buzz posts of 2012
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:
JCPENNEY: JCPenney stood its ground over the Thanksgiving shopping weekend and did not open Thanksgiving Day. The national decision made it the last store to open at The Mall at Barnes Crossing. The CEO in a letter said the decision was made out of respect for its employees.
POKEMON: Tupelo residents in December were treated to a colorful display at the Tupelo Regional Airport. The Pokemon-covered All Nippon Airways 747 is being recycled by Universal Asset Management.
BLACK FRIDAY: Biz Buzz was your home for all things related to Black Friday in Tupelo. We had store hours, open restaurants, tips from veteran Black Friday shoppers and video and photos from past Black Fridays in Tupelo.
RESTAURANT: D’Casa opened in November inside The Mall at Barnes Crossing. The Mexican restaurant occupies the former Flat Tire Grill/Varsity Grille/Ruby Tuesday space near ULTA.
MUGSHOTS: It’s official – Mugshots is opening in Tupelo. Slow’s Eateries, the franchise company owned by Johnny and Ben Robbins, bought the former Oby’s property on Main Street in Fairpark. The brothers hope to open the restaurant in 2013.
RENASANT: Brian P. Jones, 35, of Toney, Ala., was charged by the Tupelo Police Department with robbing the North Gloster branch of Renasant Bank and the Veterans Boulevard branch of Renasant. He’s also a suspect in two prior bank heists in Booneville and Iuka.
OLD VENICE: Fusion Hospitality in September bought Old Venice Pizza Co. on McCullough Boulevard. The company currently owns and operates three hotels in Tupelo as well as properties in Fulton, Olive Branch and West Point. Fusion also has three hotels under construction in Tupelo. Plus, Fusion operates a number of Tutti Frutti franchises.
INDIAN RESTAURANT: Shaan India Palace opened in March, marking the first Indian restaurant in Lee County. The business is inside a gas station, just over the Tupelo city line in Skyline.
BBQ: Downtown Tupelo in March hosted the Don’t Be Cruel BBQ Duel. The event drew contestants from around the country, plus the TV show, “BBQ Pitmasters,” which filmed its season premier in Tupelo.
ELVIS: Rumors of Paul MacLeod’s death were greatly exaggerated. The owner of Graceland Too, an Elvis shrine in Holly Springs, on April 24 refuted social media rumors that he had died.
HAIRCUTS: Former “What Not To Wear” stylist Nick Arrojo made a guest appearance at Intricid Salon this year. His $500 haircuts sold out.
CELEB SPOTTING: Plenty of Texas/Oxford game rumors were swirling in September. The rumor that Texas alum and actor Matthew McConaughey rented out City Grocery for $250,000? Not true. The video from Scott Burton supposedly of McConaughey in Oxford? We’re not sure. See the pictures on Biz Buzz.
SHOGUN: Japanese restaurant Shogun closed its doors for good in May. The owners said they were retiring and going home to Korea. Cristina’s International Cuisine now is in the building on North Gloster Street.
PROTEST: At least six people in Tupelo showed up Nov. 23 to join the nationwide protest against Walmart. The participants were in the grassy area next to the main parking lot entrance to protest Walmart’s low pay, benefits and “retaliation” against employees “speaking out.”
BANCORPSOUTH: BancorpSouth had problems in 2012 that led to items being charged twice to customers’ accounts. The bank said a computer error caused the issue. It refunded the second charge and any associated overdraft fees.
NATCHEZ TRACE: Cam Sholly, the Natchez Trace Parkway’s superintendent for the past three years, left in September for a job in Washington with the National Park Service. Sholly now is associate director for visitor and resource protection. Dale Wilkerson has been named the acting superintendent d while NPS searches for someone to fill the job full time.
FAIRPARK: Birdseed now is banned at weddings in Fairpark. Tupelo Redevelopment Agency, which governs the district, said the birdseed clogs the motor that runs the dancing fountain. TRA in June spent about $1,000 to fix the broken motor after an event.
BLIND SIDE: “The Blind Side” was removed from the shelves LifeWay stores after a pastor complained of profanity and a racial slur used in the film. The movie is based on a book about a Memphis family who adopted a teen who later played football for Ole Miss. Leigh Anne Tuohy, the real life mom, spoke in Tupelo three years ago as part of the United Way campaign kickoff.
NEW HOME: Biz Buzz got a new home in 2012. The blog moved from Djournal.com/pages/bizbuzz to Bizbuzz.djournal.com. The WordPress-hosted site adds new features and makes it easier for you to read stories.