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Local retail stories respond to COVID-19 – list



The Downtown Vicksburg Main Street Program has compiled a list of Vicksburg’s local retailers and how they are responding to the COVID-19 crises.

The list below is accurate as of Monday morning, March 23.

Main Street will continue to update this list as information becomes available. To add or edit information on the list, please reach out to Main Street through Facebook messenger or text them at 601-831-3373.

Please continue to support our local businesses.

601 Sports: Open regular hours / Offering call-in orders and curbside pickup / 601-638-4216

Abraham’s Department Store: Open / 601-636-2622

Adolph Rose: 601-618-7478

Adorned The Glam House: Open Regular Hours / 601-638-2551

The Attic Gallery: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. / 601-638-9221

Bark Avenue Hotel and Spa: Open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday / 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday / 601-630-5291 / Offering curbside pup pickup (call when in parking lot)

Bridal Studio 61: By appointment / 601-529-7001

Cinnamon Tree: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Saturday / 601-636-6525

Delta Outfitters: Open regular hours / 601-636-5102

F&G Beverage / 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday / 601-636-1261

Flower Center: Open regular hours / Offering curbside service / 601-636-5810

Fredericks Boutique: 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Monday to Saturday / 601-636-5871

Helen’s Florist: Closed to public but taking phone orders and drive thru available / 601-636-6974

The Ivy Place: Open regular hours / 601-638-6429

Levee Street Market Place: Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday / 601-638-7191

Lorelei Books: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. / 601-634-8624

Mackenzie Mart: Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday / 601-638-7245

Magnolia Jewelers: 10 a.m. to 5:30pm, Monday-Saturday / 601-429-0074

Marcus Furniture: Open 8:30am-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8:30-3:30 Saturday / 601-636-7531

Merle Norman Cosmetics Belle Rose Salon & Spa: Open / 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Pick up or Mail

On Time Fashions: 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday-updated 3/23/2020 / 601-638-3493

Paper Plus/Village Post Office: Open / 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday / 601-638-3442

Peterson’s: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. / 601-636-7210

Price’s Glass: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday / 601-636-7621

Riverside Pawn Shop: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday / 601-638-7191

Rouge Boutique Salon: By Appointment Only for Salon and Boutique / Will deliver hair products to anyone who needs them! / 601-636-3223 Salon

Sassafras: Starting March 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Monday-Saturday will offer curbside service and shipping / 601-638-3744

Southern Cottage Green Door Market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. curbside/ special one on one shopping / 601-638-5585

Strut Boutique: Open 10 a.m. to 2  p.m. /curbside pickup and shipping available / 601-501-1029

Turquoise Chandelier: Open / 601-415-3208

The Vintage Belle Salon: Call for appointment / 601-501-6057

Wildlife Co-Op: Open / call-in orders / 601-638-7333

Zsa Zsa’s: Open (adjusted hours) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily / curbside pickup and delivery available / 601-883-9954


Belk: Closed until March 31

HC Porter: Closed

Michel’s Record Shop: Closed / 601-636-8902

Open Market: Closed

River Belles & River Outfitters: Closed

The Secret Garden Spa: Closed

TJ Maxx: Closed

Willingham’s: Closed

You Choose: Closed


COVID-19 shutters recycling and in-house Midd-West Works programs



(photo by Thomas Parker)

Citing concerns over the safety of their clients, Midd-West Works has closed its recycling program along with its adult day care and in-house work programs until theCOVID-19 pandemic subsides.

Midd-West provides work and care for disabled adults in the Vicksburg and Warren County area.

“With these being disabled individuals, many of these people have compromised immune systems and medical conditions, and the risk is too great,” said Director Kearney Waites. “I have to put their health and safety above everything else.”

Estimates are that many as 60 percent of the recycling centers across the United States may have shut down citing concerns over how long the virus can live on various forms of recyclable materials.

“It will probably be as much as 30 days after we are given the all clear before we allow the program to resume,” Waites said.

Other Midd-West programs continue to function normally around the area. Approximately 45 Midd-West clients perform janitorial services for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District and the Engineer Research and Development Center. Others operate the mail rooms in both facilities. Midd-West clients also provide janitorial and stocking services in many stores around the area.

Waites hears frequently how the disabled workers are some of the company’s most valued employees.

“They have a tendency to work harder and value the opportunity to be self-sufficient more than the average worker,” Waites said.

Waites took over what was then called the Sheltered Acres Program in 1980. At the time, they had four clients and $22,000 in the bank. Through the years and with the addition of various programs, the non-profit organization has grown to generate more than 90% of its operating budget. They also receive some funding from the United Way and additional donations from private sources.

For more information on how disabled individuals can join the program, call them at 601-638-2770 and be sure to visit the Midd-West Facebook page.

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Big Fix spay and neuter clinic shutting down due to COVID-19 concerns



(Photos from Big Fix Clinic)

A low-cost spay and neuter program that serves Warren County is temporarily shutting down due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Big Fix Clinic has been making its way to the area about twice a month, but it has made the difficult decision to close for at least two weeks for the safety of clients and staff.

In an email to supporters, Executive Director Sharon Garner of Mississippi Spay and Neuter said they will reopen “as soon as it is safe to do so.”

“I know that being closed will further exacerbate the problem of pet overpopulation in Mississippi, and our staff will be working hard to catch up when we return,” Garner wrote. “Additionally, I know that the families we serve in the near future will be hurting. Due to the closure of our clinic and thrift store, we will also be hurting.

“It is our goal to ensure that no animal is turned away due to their guardian’s ability to pay for spay and neuter because we know it is essential to ending the suffering, homelessness and euthanasia of animals in our community. We want to keep that promise to our clients and to the cats and dogs of Central Mississippi.”

Garner asked that supporters consider donating to “ensure that we can retain our incredibly hardworking staff, reopen promptly and continue to do what we do best—spay and neuter.

For more information visit the Big Fix website.

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Cannon Toyota welcomes ‘Coach’ Davis to its management team



Samone “Coach” Davis (Photo by Chris Tankesly)

Samone “Coach” Davis has joined Cannon Motors of Mississippi as manager of Cannon Toyota of Vicksburg.

Davis brings 12 years of auto sales experience to the dealership including 10 in senior management positions around the region, most recently with Sango Buick GMC in Winnsboro, La.

“Coach brings a wealth of experience and an infectious attitude to our team. His reputation of customer care and service is what we strive for in the Cannon family of dealerships.” said Vicksburg Operations Director Billy Crozier.

For his part, Davis is happy to be working in the River City.

“Growing up in Madison Parish, I feel like I have returned home,” Davis said.

“Toyota is a premium automotive brand, and we have a huge inventory,” he added. “Through our Cannon family of stores, we have access to an unrivaled selection of pre-owned vehicles. A lot of people are riding this crisis out at home, so, check us out online at, or call me at 318-341-4452.

“I invite all my friends to contact me soon and come see why, when the smoke clears, nobody beats a Cannon and Coach Davis deal.”

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