Spring heats up for Laurel’s local businesses

May 4, 2022

Local business owners have been keeping the Jones County Chamber of Commerce busy with celebrations and ribbon cuttings in 2022. May the trend continue!

On Tuesday, May 3rd, the chamber celebrated the year’s first dual ribbon cutting at Pine Burr Apartments. Members of the Chamber of Commerce met with the Tillerys to cut the ribbon on Pine Burr Apartments across from Sawmill Square Mall at 1 p.m. The group was treated to a tour of one of the last nine remaining units available to rent. “I’m so happy its completed,” Dr. Tillery said of the two-year long project to turn the building which once housed Gibson’s and, later, the Jones County alternative school into apartments and commercial spaces. Included in the celebration was Lewis Goins, who served as the school’s principal for 20 years and now serves in the Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador’s program. He expressed surprise at how well the project has transformed the property.

Afterwards, the group reconvened on the other side of the Pine Burr apartment building to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the Elysian Beauty Bar owned and operated by Lucy Nguyen. “We are proud to be a part of Jones County,” Nguyen said before she cut the ribbon at her new nail and hair salon.

But Tillery and Nguyen haven’t been the only ones with something to celebrate this spring.

On Tuesday, April 5th The Christian Bookstore in the Window celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting.

On Wednesday, April 13th Ellis and Walters dental clinic hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate changing their name to Laurel Oaks Dental Care to ensure that the practice they established would continue long after the original doctors retire.

On Wednesday, April 20th, Woodland Cottages celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting.

The Jones County Chamber of Commerce live streams and posts these events on their Facebook page so that members of the community who would like to see them and show their support for local businesses can do so.

Congrats to all of our local entrepreneurs!

The City of Laurel, established as a lumber town in 1882, is conveniently situated approximately two hours from larger destination cities such as Jackson, Biloxi, New Orleans, and Mobile. In recent years, the city has become a destination all its own thanks, in part, to its starring role in HGTV’s popular “Hometown” series. As Laurel, and interest in it, continues to grow, we are committed to providing the resources necessary to help all of our residents and businesses reach their full potential.
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