PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - With an official cut of the ceremonial ribbon, Anchor Square Village in Pascagoula opened and is now ready to welcome customers. The village is made up of 15 Mississippi Cottages that are now being used to jump start small businesses.
TaylorMade Boutique is one the small businesses that has set up shop at the village. The owner said she hopes to make a difference by opening here.
"We seen that is was going to be a new development and it was going to be something to kind of reestablish the downtown area again," business owner Tanya Taylor said.
The village has a little bit of everything. There are places to get your hair styled, buy clothes, art, and of course, eat. Norma Nelson owns D'vine Soulfood Restaurant.
"I had people waiting outside to come and eat today,"
Nelson said she always wanted to open a restaurant in the city. When she heard about Anchor Square, she jumped at the chance.
"Any small business, that doesn't have a lot of capital, is able come down here, and get one of the MEMA Cottages, and turn it into something profitable," Nelson said.
A lot of people who came to the grand opening were pretty amazed and said they will be shopping here more.
"We needed something a little bit extra, so I think it is very nice," Jackson County resident Antoinette Plainer said.
"Oh my god, I am so glad to be here and everything looks so wonderful," Jackson County resident Brenda Parrott said.
Pascagoula leaders said this is just the beginning of what they plan to do to get more people shopping, dining, and spending money in the city.
The city said there are still four cottages up for lease. For more information, call city hall at (228) 938-6600.