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The Tupelo Craft Beer Festival‘s second run will be held at a later date and a different location than this year’s inaugural event.
The festival will be held March 22, three weeks later than it was this year. Also, it will be held in the Fairpark District instead of Veterans Park.
Matt Leff of Rhizome Productions, which is putting together the festival for the second straight year, said this year’s event was a success, even though attendance was short of the 1,500 he had hoped for.
“This was our first year, craft beer in Mississippi was a fairly new concept, it had snowed the day before. … all in all, it did well,” he said.
Veterans Park is an ”underutilized site,” and moving the festival to downtown Tupelo in Fairpark was ideal.
Leff said the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association approached him about moving the event to Fairpark, an idea he favored.
“We wanted to go there last year, but due to some scheduling conflicts we weren’t able to,” he said. “We also had to prove ourselves. … and I think we’ve done that.”
Debbie Brangenberg, the executive director of DTMSA, said having the Tupelo Craft Beer Festival to Fairpark, is a “perfect fit for downtown.”
Back in October, we told you that Earnest B’s Barbecue was going to open in the former Romie’s Barbecue/Rib Shack location.
The building, at 206 Troy Street, now has a sign for Earnest B’s, and the restaurant is scheduled to open in the next couple of weeks.
Earnest B’s, a longtime and popular fixture in Amory, has some tasty Texas-style ribs from what I hear.
Also, Earnest B’s likely is making a permanent move to Tupelo. Asked if that was indeed the case, he said he was concentrating on getting the Tupelo restaurant open and would have both restaurants open for some time.
broke ground today.
Although, technically, construction crews have been working the site and there’s a big hole in the ground.
Anyway, the location is behind Hodges Orthodontics and across from City Hall. It represents an investment of more than $1.5 million.
Construction should take about nine months and the branch is set to open in the fourth quarter of next year.
John L. Barrett, the president and CEO of FNB Oxford (FNB Tupelo’s parent) noted Tupelo is his bank’s first and so far, only, location outside its home market.
“Tupelo is a good business community, a good economy, a good market,” he said.
FNB Tupelo opened a loan production office in 2008 in the Fairpark at Main building that houses Fairpark Grill and Park Heights.
That office is about 2,000 square feet; the new office will cover 7,000 square feet. It will be a full-service office, as well.
But, no drive-through, Barrett said.
FNB Tupelo has been led by Richard Alvarez since its opening, and Barrett credited him and his staff for building its customer base.
“They’re a key reason why we’re here today – customer service,” he said.
FNB Tupelo employs five, but looks to add more as it grows, Alvarez said.
Read more in Friday’s Daily Journal.
The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association held its annual meeting this morning, recognizing the achievements of the organization during the past year and those who contributed to those efforts.
Award winners this year:
- Best Special Event: All American Picnic in the Park- 4th of July Celebration
- Best Downtown Public Improvement: BancorpSouth Arena
- Best Business Promotion: Caron Gallery’s Art Openings and Artist Demonstrations
- Best of Design: Reed’s and Jessica Black
- Elvis Festival “Can to Can’t”: Carr Sams & Rachel Etheridge
- Volunteer of the Year: Tammy Rodgers
- Board Member of the Year: Blair Hughes
- Entrepreneur of the Year: Jason and Amanda Hayden, owners of Café 212
- Special Service Award: Jan Miller
Other items of note: Since 1991, more than $142 million has been invested in downtown Tupelo ($45 million public, $97 million private). For this year to date, more than $1.8 million has been invested.
And, in comments at the meeting, Mayor Jason Shelton said the Oleput festival may make a return next year. Talks are strictly preliminary, and nothing is definite. Dates and sponsorships have to be considered, among other things. We’ll have to see where it goes.
Between Nov. 5 and Dec. 12, shoppers who spend at least $20 at participating merchants in downtown Tupelo get a chance at winning $2,000 worth of goodies, including gift certificatess, cupcakes, clothing, a gas card, gift baskets, framed art and more.
It’s the second annual “Win the Window” Christmas promotion sponsored by the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association.
Every purchase of $20 or more gets you an entry into the contest.
Last year, some 2,500 entries were received.
The drawing will be held Dec. 13.
Participating businesses include Bar-B-Q by Jim, Cafe 212, Caron Gallery, Fairpark Grill, Farmhouse on Main, His Hers Antiques & Collectibles, J. Edward Design Co., MLM Clothiers, Pava V’s, Park Heights, Reed’s Regions Bank, Rosie’s, SprintPrint, Swirlz, The Dance Studio, The Main Attraction, Tupelo Community Theatre, Tupelo Hardware and Voe’s Boutique.
Several merchants in the area are giving away candy bags from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
They are Caron Gallery, Farmhouse on Main, Gumtree Museum of Art, His Hers, MLM Clothiers, Reed’s, Rosies, Serendipity Too, SprintPrint, Swirlz, The Dance Studio, The Main Attraction, TCT and Voe’s.
For traditional night trick or treating, on Thursday, between Green Street and Robbins Street will be the annual Trunk or Treat from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring food, live music, popcorn and more.
It’s sponsored by the Downtown Main Street Association and several churches, including First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, All Saints Episcopal Church, First Christian Church and Kingsgate Church.
Also on Halloween, The Mall at Barnes Crossing will have trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m., and a magic show at the Food Court will be at 6:15 and 7 p.m.
FNB Oxford, which opened a loan production office in 2007 in Tupelo as FNB Tupelo, is looking to build a full-service, two-story office in the Fairpark District.
The building would be behind Hodges Orthodontics, next to City Hall.
The bank would be about 7,000-square feet.
The building, according to blueprints, would mirror the architecture of nearby buildings. Jesco is the contractor on the project.
FNB Tupelo officials said they couldn’t comment on the project because the details haven’t been finalized. The loan production office has been housed in the Fairpark at Main retail center, which also is home to Park Heights, Fairpark Grill, Serendipity and and WCBI‘s Tupelo office.
FNB Tupelo will enter a market that has 40 branches representing 11 financial institutions. Including FNB Oxford/Tupelo, three other banks have opened in the market, including First American National Bank of Iuka, CB&S Bank of Russellville, Ala., and Farmers & Merchants Bank (FMB) of Baldwyn. Also, Community Bank of North Mississippi, which has been in Tupelo since 2006, moved into a larger office in 2010.
Lee County has about $1.8 billion in deposits, of which Tupelo’s share accounts for $1.65 billion.