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Vicksburg Mall welcomes new businesses

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The Vicksburg Mall (3505 Pemberton Square Blvd.) is welcoming two new businesses this month.

River City Catfish Court and Hall’s Gifts and Treasures Floral Design will make their debut at the mall by the end of November.

“River City is in the process of moving into Falafel et Al’s space now, and they’re just waiting on finalization privileges now, licenses from the city and the final OK from the health department,” said Jerry Chambers, Vicksburg Mall manager. “So we’re looking at maybe the next week or two weeks before they open.

“The other business has an existing store downtown. They’re looking to move here to the mall to relocate. They’ll have fresh and artificial flowers, wreaths, gifts and they also sell some snacks in the store.”

The Vicksburg Mall hopes that with the opening of these two businesses, more people will follow.

“This will definitely increase the foot traffic out to the mall,” Chambers said. “Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t think there’s much out here anymore, which is why we’re trying to increase that. Another thing we do is we try to keep events going on out here that will bring more traffic as well.”

The Vicksburg Mall extends a welcome to all local businesses looking for a place to call home.

“We encourage local businesses to come out and lease spaces. Our prices are very reasonable,” he said. “We want it to be kind of like a family here at the mall so that everyone feels welcome.”

For more information, call the Vicksburg Mall at 601-634-0823.

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Nissan recalls more than 394,000 vehicles due to potential fire hazard

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Nissan is recalling more than 394,000 late model sedans and SUVs due to potential fire concerns.

Reports say in some cases, the antilock brake pump could leak causing electrical shorts and the vehicles to catch fire.

Nissan is warning that if antilock brake lights stay on for more than 10 seconds, drivers should park the vehicle outdoors until it can be repaired.

Vehicles recalled include:

  • Nissan Murano SUVs from 2015 through 2018
  • Nissan Maxima sedans from 2016 through 2018.
  • Nissan Pathfinder SUVs from 2017 through 2019.
  • Infiniti QX60 from 2017 through 2019

Nissan dealers will replace the defective pumps. The company will send vehicle owners notices Dec. 2, and a second notice when repair parts are available.

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Vicksburg entrepreneur debuts shoe line

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After months of learning business techniques, planning his introduction to the shoe business and perfecting his design, Vicksburg resident Trevyon Wilson has launched a new shoe line, Trill Vibes.

Handmade and fitted with genuine Italian leather, Wilson’s shoe is made for everyone.

“The shoe represents all walks of life,” said Wilson. “No matter where you come from, maintain and walk with style, that’s our motto.”

With the support of his partner, Lesleigh Jackson, Wilson put his plan into action, but there were a few challenges.

“Before locating the company that could actually make the shoe, it was just like we had an idea, but it all happened organically,” he said. “We had to do pre-orders before we even hit the production stage, so we had to sell a shoe without even seeing it, and we did that. It was a crazy process but we did that and accomplished that goal.”

His inspiration to create the shoe came from wanting to offer a unique service to patrons.

“What inspired me was basically trying to expand and do something that has never been done before in our generation,” Wilson said. “I’m only 27,and I believe that I’m the only person to do this in my generation.”

Currently, Wilson sells the shoe via an online boutique, but he plans to open a brick and mortar store in the future.

“It is our plan to open up our own store,” he said. “I think we kind of jumped the gun by creating our own purse line, but it is our plan.”

Wilson hopes to go far with his brand, Trill Vibes, but he credits his progress to his faith.

“If it weren’t for God, then this whole situation wouldn’t be what it is today,” he said.

For more information on Trill Vibes shoes, call Treyvon Wilson at 601-262-8715 or follow him on Facebook .

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Dressbarn closes its doors by year’s end

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Dressbarn at the Outlets of Vicksburg will close soon, along with all of the chain’s brick-and-mortar stores nationwide.

The company opened its first store in Connecticut in 1962. It began what it calls a “wind down” in May and has closed more than 100 of its 650 stores since then. The final closings will begin today, Nov. 1, and all stores will be closed by Dec. 26.

“As part of our planned wind down, which has received overwhelming support from our landlord and vendor community, we are starting store closing sales at the balance of our 544 brick and mortar retail stores on Friday,” Steven Taylor, Dressbarn chief financial officer, said in a release.

The Company has partnered with Gordon Brothers to assist in the store closing process.

“Customers can take advantage of discounts on all merchandise, including new fall and winter apparel and accessories, from 20 to 40 percent off original prices,” a spokesperson for Gordon Brothers said in the release. “Given Dressbarn’s loyal customer base and the popularity of its merchandise, we encourage customers to shop early for the best selection.”

The chain’s e-commerce site will remain open for business during the store closing process, and will accept gift cards and merchandise credits through Dec. 31, 2019, or while merchandise supplies last.

The company will launch a new platform and look of dressbarn.com on or about Jan. 1, 2020.

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