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Lorelei Books is adapting to business under the safer-at-home order

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Kelly Barfield in her downtown Vicksuburg bookstory, Lorelei Books. (Photo courtesy Kelly Barfield)

Kelly Barfield’s bookstore, Lorelei Books, is one of the many businesses that re-opened to the public after the state’s safer-at-home order was enacted on April 27.

Lorelei Books, located at 1103 Washington St., was founded by its original owner in 2005. On May 1, 2017, Barfield bought the business.

“In fact, today is the third anniversary,” Barfield said Friday. “I knew that I would be retiring after almost 33 years at Entergy, and this would be a good venture.”

Barfield donates all of her profits from the store to local non-profit organizations.

“We have supported the Strand Theatre, Vicksburg Theatre Guild, Big Blue Band and many more,” she said.

During the month of April, Barfield, who is also a Warren County Supervisor, did not have any walk-in customers but she allowed some folks to browse, nonetheless. She also delivered and shipped to people in the community and their family members.

“Parents and school children wanted to come and shop,” Barfield said. “So I would, by appointment, let individual families come in and look around.”

Now that businesses can open back up, they must limit the store occupancy to 50% of the maximum number of customer they could have at any one time.

“Our issue with capacity has never really been a problem,” Barfield said.

Barfield has had to make one big change through this process. She had to cancel all author meet-and-greets and book clubs.

Since Lorelei Books does not get much foot traffic at any one time, she is able to keep her business running smoothly.

“We are lucky with this time of year,” she said. “We can prop the door open, so people do not have to touch the doorknob, and then they can just browse.”

Barfield is joyful to be a part of the downtown community.

“The bookstore is truly a labor-of-love for the community,” she said.

Because the past two Second Saturday events were canceled, Barfield is working closely with the Chamber of Commerce to schedule the Second Saturday event in May . The events include live music, sidewalk sales and dining specials. Plans for upcoming Second Saturdays will be announced Monday.

 

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Fun Lanes bowling alley has reopened

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(photo by David Day)

Fun Lanes bowling alley in the Uptown Vicksburg mall has reopened.

The bowling alley closed earlier this year after former General Manager Patrick Belden unexpectedly died as a result of a car crash. While the bowling alley has the same owners, they have made some improvements. A statement on the Uptown Vicksburg Facebook page explained:

“Fun Lanes Bowling has made renovations and is now under new management. Fun Lanes wants to let everyone know that they have a renewed goal of being a family-friendly, safe location for the people of Vicksburg and the surrounding area to come out and enjoy the sport of bowling. Fun Lanes at Uptown Vicksburg, come on out and check us out. You will be glad you did.”

(photo by David Day)

The bowling alley had become a hotspot for police activity due to the large crowds that gathered there for late-night, weekend DJ parties. While the parties were a major success and there were almost no problems reported inside the bowling alley, the large crowds outside sometimes became disruptive.

Tony Lemus, Fun Lanes acting general manager (photo by David Day)

“We are committed to a family friendly atmosphere and look forward to providing Vicksburg with a great, fun and family friendly atmosphere” said acting General Manager Tony Lemus.

The hours of operation have changed. Fun Lanes is now open Mondays through Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays from noon to midnight, and Sundays from noon until 9 p.m.

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Wingstop coming to Vicksburg

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A job listing on an internet job site indicates a Wingstop will be coming to Vicksburg soon.

Indeed.com has listing for all positions, including a general manager, for a local store.

Wingstop is a chicken wing restaurant with a wide selection of side items including VooDoo fries. It was started in Garland, Texas, in 1994 and has expanded to over 1,500 restaurants according to the website. The chain has locations worldwide including in the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.

The closest Wingstop to Vicksburg is in Clinton. The Starkville location is owned by a franchise called Boss Wings. The staff at that location could not confirm the Vicksburg location and calls to corporate management were not returned.

Jeff Richardson, city planning director, confirmed Wingstop had applied for a building permit earlier this week.

“I believe it was Tuesday,” he said. “It seems like they are going into an existing structure.”

Richardson did not disclose the location but indicated the new Wingstop would be in a strip mall area. There is no indication of the opening date but the job listings would indicate in the next three to five months.

 

 

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Shandell Lewis opens an online home accessory store

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Shandell Lewis (photo courtesy S. Lewis)

Vicksburg native Shandell Lewis has started an online company where she sells various home and kitchen accessories, including luxury candles, room sprays and wax melts.

Lewis started organizing A Touch of Magnolia six months ago ad is excited about selling products that have helped her along the way. In college, she was diagnosed with severe anxiety but the aroma of certain scented candles helped bring her peace during difficult times. Now, Lewis sees A Touch of Magnolia becoming a great success as she spreads her love of aromatherapy to others.

“I want to go as far as God wants me to, and I want to put Mississippi on the map,” Lewis said.

A Touch of Magnolias is in the beginning stages of the business, and the store will have a soft opening online Nov 30.

Lewis is a 2011 graduate of Warren Central High School and graduated from Tougaloo College in 2016 with a degree in psychology. She received her master’s in school counseling from the University of Mississippi in 2018 and currently works as a high school counselor.

Lewis is grateful to her family for her success over the years.

“I come from a family of carpenters, business and home owners,” she said, “and we are all used to using our hands.”

To find out more about A Touch of Magnolia, visit the store on Facebook, Instragram or on its website.

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