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More successes touted downtown

SoVaNow.com / August 31, 2017


Members of South Boston Town Council were introduced Monday night to the new owners of the latest new business to open downtown, Southern Frills.

Tamyra Vest of Destination Downtown presented Lauren Tetterton and Taylor Jennings, telling Council that the young women expect to open their store in the former Hodges Jewel Box building on Main Street on Saturday, September 30.

Vest said the owners are awaiting the completion of renovations to the building, including the abatement of asbestos in the building.

While waiting for the renovations to be completed which has taken longer than expected, the owners have successfully started their business offering their merchandise of unique and affordable clothing focused on 18-50 year women online and on social media.

Vest said Southern Frills has had good sales already with their online offerings. People are excited, Vest told Council members, about the store’s opening.

Southern Frills was one of the grant winners of the SoBo Start-Up program which awarded cash start-up monies for new businesses opening in Downtown South Boston earlier this spring.

Vest said the program has been very successful in South Boston with the opening of other new businesses as Joe and a Bow, Sweet Cee’s, Manna, the Natural Experience, KJ’s Cake Creations and the expansion of Mary Bagwell’s Southern Plenty.

The state-funded program has done so well in South Boston that Vest was asked to assist two other localities in the state with initiating the program there.

Members of the Current Issues Committee reviewed a request from Verlyn Emswiler which will allow for an auction gallery at 720 Wilborn Avenue (at the rear of Edmondson Cleaners). Council and town planners have scheduled upcoming pubic hearings on Emswiler’s request. They also received an update on the new urology clinic which is being constructed in Houghton Industrial Park by the state.

They also heard about a class being taught by the University of Virginia’s Urban and Environmental Planning and Landscape Architecture Department which is using South Boston as a part of its case study.

Mickey Wilkerson of the Town’s Finance Department reported $198,134, up by almost $32,000 from the same month last year in the Town’s July meals tax revenue. Receipts from the Town’s occupancy tax also rose some $3,300 over those of the same period last year. Local sales tax revenue also jumped by slightly $4,000 over that of last July.

Wilkerson said she had been able to collect $3,086.80 in delinquent taxes during the month of July. The Town has a total of $220,601 owned to it on past due personal property and real estate taxes and decal fees.

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