Local businesses bring new life to the Vicksburg Commons shopping center – The Vicksburg Post

What was after a almost vacant facility is turning into a hub for nearby business enterprise proprietors capitalizing on alternatives made available at Vicksburg Commons.

Willena Dotson is no stranger to the place. For 26 yrs she served as the supervisor at Hanes Model Inc. when the procuring middle was recognised as the Retailers of Vicksburg. But previous year, she created the leap into entrepreneurship at the Vicksburg Commons and was the very first of more than 17 new organizations operating or established to open.

Locale was a single of the principal causes Dotson stated she decided to open her small business, Home Equipment & A lot more at the Vicksburg Commons.

She reported it was also owing to encouragement given to her by the late Margaret Gilmer.

“I have recognised Margaret for 30 many years and she normally tried out to get me to place my organization out right here. I experienced it in other spots,” Dotson said.

But in May possibly of final year, Dotson reported, she made the decision to appear out to the Vicksburg Commons.

“I made a decision if I could make Hanes do the job when anything else shut, and in this financial system, I could make my personal business do the job. So, with my retirement, I just determined this is what I wanted to do,” she explained.

Dotson commenced buying merchandise for her business enterprise in 2019, housing it in storage services.

Obtaining together the way allowed her to open up Dwelling Add-ons & Much more personal debt-totally free, she stated.

Loaded with a wide range of wonderful decorating parts that incorporate lamps, pillows, candles, couch tables and artwork, shoppers will have no problem finding stunning items for their homes.

Larry Walker, an employee for the metropolis of Vicksburg’s cable tv station VTV and proprietor of Skywalker Images, has opened the latest business enterprise at the Vicksburg Commons.

Capitalizing on his images history and expertise, Walker’s most recent endeavor, Image This Images & Selfie Studio, is the 1st of its variety in Vicksburg.

With vignettes lining the walls of what some would call a multipurpose studio, Walker has established a company exactly where both the outdated and youthful can consider their possess “selfie” photographs versus a plethora of backdrops.

He also has an location for those fascinated in creating TikTok video clips.

“This is a spot wherever people today can occur and be their possess photographer,” Walker claimed. “We have bought ring lights set up and we make it possible for the buyer to be their personal photographer and do what they do best, which is consider selfies.”

There are 12 diverse vignettes or “rooms,” established up which contain a flower wall, a space with neon colours and black lights and a “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” backdrop.

Walker even has a single place he created working with an antique clawfoot tub with a bubble machine nearby.

Whilst Walker saw a identical organization whilst on holiday vacation, he said he needed to put his “own style” on Picture This Pictures & Selfie Studio.

“I wanted to make the room what I noticed in my head and deliver some of my creativeness to life,” he reported.

The selfie studio, which also has a area exactly where Walker operates Skywalker Images, will not always have the very same backdrops, he mentioned.

“We will usually have anything new heading on,” he reported, in particular providing for the alter of seasons and holiday seasons.

At this time, a Valentine’s Working day-encouraged concept is set up and Walker is also readying a place for promenade shots.

Image This Images & Selfie Studio is a “social media-driven” organization, Walker mentioned, building way for exclusive selfie photographs and the up coming TikTok stars.

The facility can also be rented on Sundays for events.

House Accessories & Much more is situated in suite 106 at the Vicksburg Commons and Image This Images & Selfie Studio is in suite 124.

Other enterprises positioned in the Vicksburg Commons involve:

Suite 101 –Unique Sisters Boutique
Suite 102 – Ambition Scrubs & Health and fitness
Suite 103 – Timeless Eventz Suite
Suite 105 – Meci Kouture & Exceptional Graphic Models

Suite 107 – Rejuvenating Health and fitness Personal Teaching
Suite 109 – Vape Haven
Suite 110 – iDoctor (opening shortly)
Suite 112 A – Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Suite 112 B&C – Billy’s Italian Restaurant
Suite 113/114 – Muddy Magnolias Marketplace
Suite 115 – HANES
Suite 121 – Hall’s Flowers, Presents & Bakery
Suite 123 – Palmers Seafood (opening quickly)
Suite 126 – Grand River Clothes (opening quickly)

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Soon afterward, the relatives moved to Vicksburg. She is a portion-time reporter at The Vicksburg Publish and is the editor of the Vicksburg Dwelling Journal, which has been awarded To start with Spot by the Mississippi Push Association. She has also been the receiver of a 1st Put award in the MPA’s Superior Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Attribute Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central Large University and Mississippi State University wherever she received a bachelor’s diploma in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Write-up a very little much more than 10 yrs in the past, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she relished staying a full-time keep at property mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Avenue United Methodist Church. She is a life time member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a earlier member of the Sampler Antique Club and City and Region Backyard garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From being informed with nearby governmental problems to hearing the tales of its men and women, a hometown newspaper is critical to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a committed staff at The Publish all over my tenure and hope that with theirs and with area guidance, I will be in a position to carry on to mature and hone in on my competencies as I help share the tales in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my career, my solution is generally ‘the individuals.’

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