Each year, Starkville Main Street presents a slate of awards to businesses and organizations who have positively impacted Downtown Starkville districts in the areas of development, property renovation, and retail promotion. The 2014 awards were presented last week at the annual meeting of the Main Street Association held at Restaurant Tyler Upstairs. Congratulations to these winners!
Best Adaptive Re-Use Project – Gallery 106, Tabor Construction
Transforming a formerly underutilized building to a perfect example of multi-use in a Downtown area, Gallery 106 on 106 South Lafayette Street now boasts two luxury loft condominiums, each approximately 2300 square feet, and a first floor 3400 square foot commercial space that is the new home to downtown candy store, Holli’s Sweet Tooth.
Best Historic Rehabilitation Project – The Mill at MSU, Castle Properties
What started as a three-part project for developer Mark Castleberry quickly turned into a six-part massive development and historic rehabilitation project including investment of over $55 million. Comprised of a three-story, 456-space parking garage; 105-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, 6,500 square foot dining restaurant, a 4,000 square feet casual dining restaurant, four-story mixed-use structure that will include 20 condominiums and retail space, and finally the centerpiece – the transformation of the massive historic Cooley Building into a state-of-the-art convention center and office development – this project has not only visually transformed Russell Street – a main connector road between Mississippi State University and Downtown Starkville, but it’s quickly acted as an economic engine – boosting 2% food and beverage tax as well as encouraging development and revitalization throughout the corridor.
Best Facade Rehabilitation Under $10,000 – 104 South Washington Street, Hail State Investments, LLC
Transforming an aging building on Washington Street into a multi-use office and restaurant/retail hub has not only aesthetically enhanced this street in Downtown Starkville but also breathed life into a normally quiet portion. And with a tenant like the Biscuit Shop, traffic, sales, and excitement is never an issue!
Best Facade Rehabilitation Over $10,000 — 204 East Main Street & 109 South Lafayette Street, Sullivans Management Company
Downtown living has long been a goal of Starkville Main Street, as life downtown throughout all hours of the day encourages vitality of a Downtown district. When long time office tenants of 109 South Lafayette Street moved out, it created an opportunity for a fresh perspective to the best use of the space. Sullivans Management Group redesigned the space adding 2 condos and a first floor commercial space where longtime tenant Downtown Martial Arts relocated.
Best New Development Project – Children’s Building, First Baptist Church
New construction of a multi-million dollar facility has provided for enhanced environments for children in and around the Starkville community. The Children’s Building of First Baptist Church houses the Creative Learning Center daycare for preschool and pre-K children, as as well as Sunday school for pre-K through sixth grade and other children’s church activities.
Best New Business- Tom Smith Land and Homes
The real estate professionals at Tom Smith Land and Homes are well known throughout the Southeast for their expertise in the land and residential home market. Whether it’s helping someone buy or sell homes with acreage for hunting, fishing or timber investment, consulting with people to buy raw land and build their own dream home or recreational getaway, or working with buyers and sellers in any type of residential neighborhoods, they cover it all.
Bo Burkes and his staff of realtors have immersed themselves in Downtown work life, volunteering for clean-up activities, hosting events, and attending continuing educations sessions hosted by the Partnership. Taking pride in their storefront is a priority, so they’re also a welcome addition aesthetically to the Downtown community.
Voted on by its peers, this merchant has developed a business model that not only fosters sustainability and longevity, but has also created an environment of friendly competition and a positive working together attitude.
Owner Letty Weeks started Style Revel out of her home as an online business in 2013. Developing a customer base allowed her to expand her business by opening a storefront on Main Street in April of 2014. Letty’s husband Adam is the owner of Last Man Standing, and the couple actually lives in a condo right here in Downtown Starkville.
Style Revel is a model Downtown retailer – always striving to better not only her own store, but the region as a whole. The store participates in almost every Downtown event sponsored by the Main Street Association, and Letty is always around to help and volunteer – in fact Letty and Adam are some of our veteran volunteers for the King Cotton Crawfish Boil!
Known for their creativity, artistic ability, and diversification of products, Occasions gift store sets the benchmark for creative window displays. Whether manikins are dressed with pumpkin heads during the Fall, or sorority house architecture is on display, Occasions consistently has innovative, attractive, and inviting displays in their large glass windows. Many of the displays handmade, mother-daughter team Pat Ramsey and Mandee Lewis strive to offer a one-of-a-kind shopping experience for their loyal customers.
When the Starkville Community began to search for a new, more permanent home to allow for the expansion and growth of the flourishing downtown Market, the Fire Station Park adjacent to Fire Station One in Downtown Starkville immediately became one of the most desirable locations. Adorned and beautifully maintained with seasonal landscaping that was installed by the fireman, the park also serves as a memorial to fallen first responders. After working with the City of Starkville to secure a long term operational agreement, the Starkville Main Street Association and Starkville Community Market began to work closely with the Starkville Fire Department and newly hired Fire Chief, Charles Yarborough to establish the Fire Station Park as not only home to the Starkville Community Market but as a highly sought after destination for all members of the Starkville Community, whether it be for birthday parties, concerts or just an outdoor lunch spot. Under the leadership of Chief Yarborough, the Starkville Fire Department immediately jumped all in to support and assist the Starkville Main Street Association, allowing for a smooth transition of the Community Market to its new location.