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  Coast businesses hoping for a boost from passenger trains

Amtrak trains are set to roll from New Orleans to Mobile starting in 2022 and with it comes optimism for businesses in the four cities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast where the trains will be stopping.

  Amtrak set to return to Gulf Coast in 2022 with 4 stops in South Mississippi

  Black-owned spa business celebrates opening during pandemic

  In effort of prevention, Scarlet Pearl employees learn about domestic violence

  Coliseum skating good for business and those needing a pandemic break

  South Mississippi business leaders starting Black-owned co-op

  Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum preps for its expansion

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  Freezing weather slows food shipments to and from Coast

  Biloxi souvenir shop still recovering from Hurricane Zeta damage

French Quarter bars reopen after Mardi Gras closure

Lines grow at some seafood restaurants as Lent begins

  New black-owned pet grooming business celebrates opening during pandemic

  Great Southern Club allowing non-members to help mitigate losses

  2021 Crawfish Season: Off to a hot start on Gulf Coast

The supply and demand are there for crawfish as we look toward the spring, but will people be able to go out and enjoy the mudbugs this despite COVID-19?

  ‘It’s special every year’: Valentine’s Day for some means more than a trinket

The décor of the Almanett Hotel and Bistro in Gulfport may say Mardi Gras, but the vibe says Valentine’s Day.

  South Mississippi gardeners keeping plants safe during cold weather

Although much of South Mississippi might have been spared from an incoming winter storm, Cathleen Smith isn’t taking any chances with the cold weather.

  Valentine’s Day helps salvage loss from parade-less Mardi Gras in Gulfport

The Krewe of Gemini would have rolled through downtown Gulfport on Saturday, but the parade - along with all the others - canceled because of COVID-19.

Gulf Coast florists work hard to finish up Valentine’s Day orders

  Bay St. Louis businesses brace for larger crowds traveling from New Orleans

  Customers eat their final plates at Palace Grill

  Coast realtors seeing increase in businesses as many move here from out of state

  MGCCC, Memorial Hospital sign agreement for new health care training

  Coast senior citizen ready for ‘new beginning’ as The Blake sets to open

  Hangar construction continues at Stennis International Airport

If you've been out near Stennis International Airport lately, you've seen lots of construction taking place.

  Mississippi House bill could allow more charter boats to sell alcohol

From the COVID-19 pandemic to the highly active hurricane season, Mississippi cruises and boat tours only had a handful of months with business last year.

  Several football fans place Super Bowl bets at Coast casino

As Coast bars enjoyed full service Sunday night, Contact Sports and Race Book at the Palace Casino was also packed with football fans watching the big game.

South Mississippi businesses brace for Valentine’s Day candy demand

While experts predict the economic hardship is to blame for the decrease, they also said candy sales will be up by 2%, which is a demand South Mississippi candy makers are already seeing.

  Coast bars set to benefit from NOLA Mardi Gras closure

Some local bar owners think they can salvage Carnival by capitalizing on what they consider the Big Easy’s blunder.

  Business owners and experts weigh in on Mardi Gras bar shutdown

It’s a catch 22 situation...sacrificing business for public health and safety.

  95 Years Later: Gulfport’s Taylor-Harris Drug Store is still going steady

The Taylor-Harris Drug Store is the first black-owned drug store along the Coast of Mississippi. The store first opened in 1926 and was named Taylor Drug Store, but once owner Andrew Taylor passed the store closed.

  Caterer faces big challenge from COVID for Super Bowl Sunday

With COVID-19 protocols suggesting not to have any big gatherings, outside food vendors are facing a big challenge.

  Gulfport delays special tax proposal that would pay for improvements

When word of a proposed tax increase in Gulfport got out, the reaction was swift and negative. The proposal is for a 1% sales tax in the city that would exclude groceries and prescription drugs.

  The last known Popeyes buffet may be gone for good

It may truly be the end of an era.

  Roof repair crews still hyper-busy since Hurricane Zeta

Hurricane Zeta brought a ton of problems to South Mississippi when it ripped through the area a little more than three months ago, including roof damage.

  Daycare center with extended hours opens second location in Pascagoula

Faithfully Yours Learning Center is now open at its second location in Pascagoula.

  Some businesses staying afloat during pandemic through Paycheck Protection Program

Last summer, businesses that met the requirements received money to help through the Paycheck Protection Program. On Jan. 11, the Small Business Association opened applications for the second draw of PPP loans.

  Juan Tequila’s finds success in Waveland

Across the United States, locally-owned businesses have felt the harsh impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, but some are finding ways to get by and even expand through the health crisis.

  Everyday Americans take a stand against Wall Street elite through online forums

A battle between the big wigs on Wall Street and your neighbor is unfolding right now. The free market is the arena, and Wall Street is bleeding.

  No carnival parades isn’t stopping krewes from crafting throws

On a quiet street in Mid-City, there’s one house that sparkles more than the rest-- NOLA Craft Culture, a shop for crafters and others looking for materials to make unique Mardi Gras throws and costumes.

“We just knead more time”: Tatonut announces plans to reopen following owner’s death

In a Facebook post Thursday, Tatonut Donuts announced plans to reopen the iconic Ocean Springs shop following the tragic loss of owner David Mohler.

  Cornerstone Restaurant finds new home in Gautier

Despite restaurants taking a big hit throughout the pandemic, one Jackson County favorite has continued to see success and even moved to a new location.

C Spire invests $1B in Miss., Alabama over next 36 months

The governor said this investment will rank Mississippi 12th in the nation when it comes to access to fiber.

  Stylists raise concerns over proposed bill that could allow services without a license

A new bill proposed by Sen. Jeremy England may allow those who do not have a cosmetology license to dry, straighten, curl and hair as well as apply eyelash extensions.

  ‘I do feel like it would be beneficial’: Why the minimum wage raise could help others

So is raising the minimum wage scale up to $15 an hour a good idea? Well, that of course depends on who you ask. We posed that question to people at the Feeding the Gulf Coast Food Giveaway at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Biloxi.

Belk to file for bankruptcy, enters agreement with majority owner to reduce debt

Belk previously furloughed workers in March and laid off several of its employees back in July due to the pandemic.

  Miss. company making face shields for Super Bowl

The Kansas City Chiefs will face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Border patrol to pay $21M for helicopters made in Miss.

Contract would be for up to nine helicopters.

  Jackson County’s progress touted in State of the Economy report

Jackson County has seen $500 million in new investments and more than 3,000 new jobs in just the last 18 months.

  Mardi Gras store adjusting to different kind of business

Business is different at the Mardi Gras Supplies in Gulfport due to COVID-19 cancelling most of the Mardi Gras festivities this year.

  Four Coast women earn pink Cadillacs for reaching Mary Kay sales

For the first time in 57 years, the Mississippi Gulf Coast has four Mary Kay sales directors who received pink Cadillacs by reaching their sales goals.

  Ohr-O’Keefe Museum staff hosts bilingual field trip in Spanish

For most people, it’s easy to enjoy South Mississippi’s many attractions, but some Spanish-speakers need help breaking the language barrier.

  Original Green Power Ranger visits comic book shop in Biloxi

The Lemoyne Plaza’s parking lot became gleefully packed today with people both young and old eager to meet Jason David Frank. Frank made his debut as the infamous green ranger from the 1990s hit tv-series ‘The Power Rangers.’

  Hattiesburg Zoo to get giraffes, will seek accreditation in 2021

2021 is shaping up to be a big year for the Hattiesburg Zoo.

Rouses’ co-owner apologizes for attending Trump rally on WBOK radio

Donald Rouse Sr. spoke out about his decision to attend the Trump rally in Washington D.C. on January 6th, just before crowds stormed the Capitol.

  2020 revenue for Mississippi casinos was lowest it’s been since 1995

The Mississippi Gaming Commission released its report this week on how casinos fared during a rocky 2020.

  Tax abatement program for Highway 90 in Gulfport winding down

A tax abatement program in the city of Gulfport, designed to spur economic development south of the railroad tracks, is ending.

  New business on Pass Road in east Gulfport growing

If construction noise is music, there’s a symphony beginning on East Pass Road in Gulfport. An empty lot next to the former Pinkston’s is being developed as part of a recent growth spurt.

  The Locker Room adds amenities and nostalgia to Coast Coliseum

What used to be the old Sea Wolves and Surge locker room from the hockey days of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum is now a high-end bar and lounge.

  For some South Mississippians, lottery winnings are already spent

The crew inside at Bao Wow’s in Ocean Springs said that lottery ticket sales haven’t stopped as folks stop in and grab their tickets and a chance on becoming the next big winner.

  Playoff games lead to uptick in sports betting at Coast casinos

Only four NFL teams are still competing in the playoffs for a chance to make it to the Super Bowl and fans are making their way to casinos to watch the games and place bets at the sports book.

  Biloxi-based company helps employ people amidst pandemic

Staff Pro Workforce Solutions, a Biloxi-based company, is trying their best to get South Mississippians hired amidst the hardships.

  South Mississippi small business owner receives Beyoncé, ‘Bey-Good’ COVID-19 relief grant

Beyoncé has donated thousands of dollars to help small business owners, even one here in South Mississippi.

  CRAWFISH SEASON: Prices hike while supplies are limited

Crawfish season is here, but supplies are limited. That’s causing a price hike to around $7 a pound, that’s $2 more expensive than the average.

  King Cakes and French Quarter beers: Saints fans prepare for playoff game

Even with Who Dats all around, businesses in the French Quarter say they haven’t seen the usual black and gold frenzy as years prior, especially compared to past playoff runs.

  Restaurants rely more on delivery services due to the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has slowed small business down, but delivery companies are helping some local eateries stay afloat during these tough times.

  Legislators look at upgrading how alcohol is distributed in Mississippi

The Department of Revenue Commissioner presented a few options this week that the state will consider moving forward.

  Hancock County businesses reach out to potential recruits

COVID-19 restrictions have all, but shut down businesses trying to recruit new talent at South Mississippi high school Career Day Events.

  Second round of Paycheck Protection loans now available

Small businesses can start applying for new Paycheck Protection Program loans as a part of the latest COVID-19 relief package.

  Biloxi bakery battles through hardships of 2020

Last Minute Sweets managed to stay afloat into the new year, despite major setbacks in 2020.

  As temps drop, business gets hot for cold-weather items

It’s cold, but business is hot for items to keep the chill at bay. Fazzio’s Home & Farm Center in Lizana has been stocking up on typical cold-weather items most people may need like pipe insulation, heat lamps and plastic sheeting.

  Pandemic gives military veteran push to finally open dream bakery

The pandemic has caused many businesses to close but it has also helped some people fulfill their dreams to start one. Stefanie Jantz is an eight-year military veteran who has always had a passion to bake.

  Picayune businesses feeling impacts of Highway 11 construction

It will be more than a year until drivers can travel down four lanes along a portion of Highway 11 through Picayune.

Margaritaville set to reopen March 10th

After months of being closed due to Hurricane Zeta, a well-known hotel resort in Biloxi is looking forward to welcoming guests again.

One Gulfport Walmart closing Saturday for deep cleaning

Walmart’s Neighborhood Market location on Hwy 49 will close Friday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. to thoroughly clean and sanitize the building.

  Employers no longer required to give employees paid sick leave for COVID-19

Many U.S. workers will now have to use vacation days to get paid if they are exposed to COVID-19 and cannot work.

  Old Markham Hotel finally getting new renovations

An eye sore in downtown Gulfport has become a sight for sore eyes. After sitting for years in a dilapidated state, the former Markham Hotel no longer looks its age.

  Mardi Gras decorations selling at one Gulfport store despite 2021 cancelations

Carnival 2021 won’t look like the celebrations in years past. Cancellations over COVID-19 safety concerns have left some cities without any parades or other typical festivities.

  Gulf Coast experiencing economic loss despite Sugar Bowl

The Coast would normally see spillover business from the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans as well as extra visitors coming to New Year's celebrations at Coast casinos.

  Coastal residents enjoy traditional New Year’s dishes for good luck

Coastal residents flocked to restaurants hungry for one of their first meals of the new year.

  Gulf Coast bars expected to be busy for New Year’s Eve

Many are set to celebrate not only the beginning of 2021, but the end of 2020. True to the rest of the year, nothing will be normal on the final day of 2020. This could be perhaps the most a unique night for bars in South Mississippi history.

  Pearl Hotel opens in Bay St. Louis amid COVID-19 pandemic

The newest addition to Old Towne Bay St. Louis, Pearl Hotel, pays tribute to the oyster industry in Hancock County.