Mary Means Business: the flower shop opens on Friday

Camilla Gaines started working in a silk flower shop at age 16.

On Friday, she will open Gaines Floral Enterprises at 422 Second Ave. N., opposite Zachary’s.

Gaines’ boutique specializes in silk flower arrangements for funerals and memorial services. However, each week she will feature special “spotlight” offers, which will include live flower arrangements for birthdays, anniversaries and more.

“My family and I have lost very close relatives over the past two years,” Gaines said. “I just want to extend the same grace and compassion to families who are going through the same thing. … I want to be that spark of joy during a dark time for them as well as participate in the celebration of birthdays, anniversaries and recovery celebrations. I really want to show the same love that we received.

Gaines Floral Enterprises will be open Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Also in Columbus, you may have seen construction on Highway 45.

Fast Paced Urgent Health Care, 2225 Hwy. 45., officially began construction on its Columbus location on June 16.

According to its website, the Columbus Clinic will provide “fast and convenient treatment” to walk-in patients.

Fast Pace Health Urgent Care opened in 2009 in Collinwood, Tennessee. Since then, it has grown to over 100 clinics in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Indiana.

Once open, the walk-in clinic will be open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

La Dépêche was unable to reach a representative of the company before press time today.

Your next sleepover planner is in town.

Southern Belle Sleepovers is officially open.

Owner Belle Parker offers parents “Pinterest-like” services for your next party.

“We have the entire sleepover setup plus additional items like t-shirts, balloon arches and more,” Parker said. “We are your one stop shop for a stress free installation. “

Check out Southern Belle Sleepovers on social media for packages, rates and reservations.

We also have a furniture store that swaps hands.

After more than 25 years, Gerald Banks is retiring from Factory Direct Home Furnishings.

Banks first opened the furniture store at 996 Gardner Blvd. in 1995. Today marks the last day of Banks furniture sales in Columbus.

“It’s sad to leave, but I want to do something different,” Banks said. “I don’t know what it is yet. “

Although Banks abandons the furniture, Eric Thomas takes over the furniture store on Gardner Boulevard.

“I’ve known (Gerald) for over 20 years and he told me he wanted to retire,” Thomas said. “I kind of wanted to do my own thing and own my own business. The opportunity presented itself and I had to take advantage of it.

Meet the new owner at Factory Direct Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We’re rounding out the Golden Triangle with a new bed and breakfast in West Point.

The West Point Growth Alliance celebrates Kim Salle’s ribbon cutting Friday at 11:30 a.m.

Sallee opens its bed and breakfast, Sallee Manor on East Main Street.

Don’t forget to visit the new bed and breakfast in the Golden Triangle.

Former Dispatch reporter Mary Pollitz writes about business openings and closings, as well as other unique business news. Send advice to [email protected]

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