Archive for February 2013

Family Furniture wins TFM’s Buyer’s Award

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Family Furniture

Family Furniture, a 45-year-old furniture retailer based in Mount Rainier, Md., was named the National Buyer Appreciation Award winner at the spring Tupelo Furniture Market.

The $40 million company owns three stores and a distribution center, all in Maryland, near the Washington, D.C. area.

CEO Norman Gilden accepted the award, and lavished praise on the market.

“We’ve been coming here 25 years,” Gilden said. “This market probably did about 50 percent above and beyond what I would ever have imagined because of what we we find here.”

Gilden, by the way, was a pro boxer and an amateur baseball player before getting into the furniture business. He’s been inducted into the All American Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame, and he scouted and coached with the Milwaukee Brewers from 1980 to 1996.

Read more in Friday’s Daily Journal.


Written by Dennis Seid

February 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Chico’s opening soon, hiring

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Chico’s website says it is opening the new store at Barnes Crossing (in the old GAP space) on March 11.  The women’s boutique carries clothes, jewelry and accessories.Chicophoto

The store hours, according to the site, are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

No word yet on what lines they will carry in Tupelo but among the more popular Chico’s lines are “So Slimming” pants and the Zenergy Golf line.

According to both the storefront and the website, job opportunities are available.  Check out

Another women’s boutique is opening across from Ann Taylor Loft…

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Written by Sarah Robinson

February 28, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Posted in Business news

Beer festival setup underway

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Veteran’s Memorial Park is buzzing with activity caused by its upcoming weekend guest.  The Craft Beer Festival folks are hard at work getting things set up for Saturday.  The festival will take place from noon to 5pm under the tent.  Tickets are $35 and are still available online or at Papa V’s or the Neon Pig, both in Tupelo.

Matt Leff, festival producer, said today they did get permission to build fire pits around the tent. They will be adding walls onto the main tent and will have some indoor heaters.

Still, you should dress warmly, because it sounds like there is going to be too much going on to leave early.  Thirty confirmed vendors will be there, each with 3 to 5 beers to sample.  Plus educational seminars in a smaller tent next to the main venue and possible food pairings for tastings.  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Sarah Robinson

February 28, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Posted in Tupelo

UPDATE Restaurant Inspections: China Garden

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UPDATE:  Well, our streak of all A’s is broken… Not good news for China Garden

The state Department of Health regularly inspects restaurants and food inspection image

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 Feb. 21 and today.

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


— A’s —-

  • Skate Zone (103 Parkgate Drive)
  • Sonic Drive Inn (Saltillo)
  • Malibu’s (2245 South Green)
  • Chick-fil-a (1001 Barnes Crossing Road #14)
  • Southern Twists (Conference Center) (387 East Main Street)
  • Krispy Krunchy (1001 Barnes Crossing Road #626)
  • Pizza Doctor (499 Gloster Creek Village)
  • Bombay Grill (365 South Gloster Street)
  • Aunt B’s Soul Fool (2750 South Green Street)

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Written by Sarah Robinson

February 28, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Posted in Business news

Spring furniture market off to a good start

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The Spring Tupelo Furniture Market officially started this morning, but exhibitors and buyers already were doing business on tfm-logo-oldWednesday, the unofficial opening of the 51st market.

TFM Chairman and CEO V.M. Cleveland, enjoying a late breakfast in Building VI, said several of the industry’s bigger buyers had already been through.

Cleveland said they were visiting exhibitors and placing orders, the key to any good market.

“If you start out strong, you usually end up  good,” he said.

Still, with four days to go, it’s far too early to tell how successful the market will be. But Biz Buzz did run into a trio of buyers from New Orleans who already were impressed by what they had seen. They were disappointed in the offerings the past couple of markets they attended but said the market had added exhibitors they were interested in seeing.


Also, the Furniture and Home Accessories Show is back in Building I, and it’s open to the public. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dennis Seid

February 28, 2013 at 11:04 am

Double Decker festival announces music line up

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Courtesy of Oxford CVB

The Oxford CVB announced the music line up for the 2013 Double Decker arts festival.  The music, art and food festival held on the historic downtown square will kick off on April 26.  Blue Mountain, the headline band for Friday night, recently announced they are soon calling it quits after 22 years together. 

The festival includes a 10k, 5k and fun run as well as 20, 40 and 60 mile road rides.   To preregister or to get more information check out their website click here. 

Full music schedule after the break….

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Written by Sarah Robinson

February 28, 2013 at 10:35 am

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Steel tubing company closing

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From the Associated Press:

Twenty-five people will lose their jobs when a welded steel tubing production company shuts down April 1 in West Pointtubes

The Daily Times Leader reports that Blazon Tube Co. had 75 employees at one time. It had announced in August of 2011 that it might close and since then 50 employees have left.

The management team of Leggett & Platt announced Wednesday that Blazon Tube would end production April 1. According to a press release, Blazon Tube’s operations will consolidate with Leggett & Platt’s LaVergne, Tenn., operation.

Here’s a description of Blazon Tubing from Leggett & Platt’s website:

Located in West Point, Miss.i, Blazon Tube Company has been serving the mechanical tube industry for over 20 years. Our manufacturing facilities feature over 200,000 square feet of production and storage area. We operate 5 tube mills, all managed by mill operators and managers with over 300 combined years of tube related experience. This means we are totally committed to providing our customers a quality product and are always striving to improve

Written by Dennis Seid

February 28, 2013 at 10:34 am