Mary Means Business: a young entrepreneur buys Gypsy Tan
Collier Hardy got his start selling sugar soaps and scrubs at the Columbus Farmers Market.
The 19-year-old high school graduate was bitten by the business bug four years ago when she created Mount Olympus Soapery and made products from the milk collected from goats raised by her family.
As of July 1, Collier has purchased and now owns Gypsy Tan Downtown.
“I thought this would be a great opportunity to try something new,” Collier said. “I have always been interested in the world of beauty.
Gypsy Tan, 109 Fifth St., is a natural tanning boutique that offers organic, vegan, natural, and gluten-free solutions made with apple, coffee, cranberry seed extract, and coconut oil.
The downtown building is owned by The Commercial Dispatch.
Hardy said she will sell her Mount Olympus Soapery products and hopes to renovate the space in the long term.
Gypsy Tan is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Plus, there’s a new place downtown that’s sure to put a smile on your face.
Phillip Jolly will host the grand opening of Jolly Smiles Friday at 400 Main St. Suite D.
Jolly said he started his teeth whitening business in 2018, but previously it was a mobile unit. He is delighted to have his own office to help whiten and light up the smiles of his clients.
Jolly Smiles is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. Customers will be accepted by appointment only. Be sure to check Jolly’s Facebook page for updates and booking appointments.
Moving on, we have another case exchanging hands.
After nearly 40 years, Tom Cole, founder and owner of Columbus Lock and Key, is ready to retire.
“I’ve been doing this for so long, it’s just time to retire,” Cole said. “… Having worked in Columbus for so long, I don’t think there is a building in this city that I haven’t worked on. “
Although Cole has officially sold the business, he said he will stay on board until early January. Bruce Johnson, of Boardtown Locksmith in Starkville, bought Columbus Lock and Key in early July.
Johnson said he didn’t plan on changing much with Columbus Lock and Key and attributed the company’s long success to Cole.
“I appreciate Tom and what he’s been up to for the past 40 years,” Johnson said. “I just hope I can continue this solid service he has rendered to the region.”
Boy, do we have a lot of businesses changing owners lately.
Pennyridge One Stop, the 2003 Ridge Road gas station, also has a new owner.
Tristan Atkinson opened Pennyridge on Monday and he’s already making changes.
The quick stop now offers cold cuts, cheeses, and it has even added a hardware section. He plans to continue adding to the menu and services, including pizza, Boston butts, spare ribs, ribs, beef tips and more.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to do what we do,” said Atkinson. “If there’s anything we can get or do for someone, we’ll do our best to do it.”
You can drop by to see the changes for yourself every day from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
We have another tea shop in town.
Feel Good Nutrition, 720 N. Lehmberg Road, officially opened this month.
The busy tea shop is open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The owners could not be reached at press time today.
Moving to Starkville, a new restaurant is coming to town that will expand the city’s cultural cuisine.
Ty MMI, a Vietnamese pho bowl and seafood restaurant, arrives at Middleton Court, next to the new Villa Nails Bar and Spa.
Former Dispatch reporter Mary Pollitz writes about business openings and closings, as well as other unique business news. Send advice to [email protected]