Update, November 28, post-meeting: Vote was 3-0 (1 abstaining) to deny the application for subdivision. Read details of it below.
November's Planning and Zoning Commission meeting may be as lively as the October one was, with a modified plan for a new beach subdivision being presented.
- by Lisa Monti, Lisa Monti's Notebook
Last time (October 30th), South Beach BSL, LLC proposed around 67 lots and townhouses, a park and pavilion; this time they want to develop “53 lots, more or less, for a single-family residential development with a minimum of 7,500 square feet per lot and a lot width of 75 feet.”
Neighbors packed the October meeting to oppose the plan and it’s likely they will show up again to weigh in on the new application.
Click here to see the full meeting agenda on Lisa Monti's Notebook.
A popular coast business that cut its teeth in Bay St. Louis will open a new location soon on Main Street in Old Town.
- story by Lisa Monti, Lisa Monti's Notebook
“We have been looking for a space for almost a year,” Arzola said. “We have been keeping a watchful eye out and we were so excited when this spot became available. We are very grateful to the owners of Cuz’s for selling our pops and now we are able to have the space to open a full store.”
The new location will be like the ones in Gulfport and Ocean Springs. There will be seating inside at a long communal bench and near the front windows overlooking Main Street. Customers can try the 50-plus flavors always on hand plus have the option of dipping their pops in either dark or white chocolate or both.
The pops come in fruit, cream and indulgent categories, including fresh fruit pops, Oreo cheesecake and a few sugar-free options as well. They are all handcrafted in small batches with fresh herbs, fruit from all over the world and spices. The popsicles start at $3 and go to $5 for the indulgence creations.
Arzola said it’s fitting that the new store is opening on Main Street because Pop Brothers’ original customer base was in Bay St. Louis. The owners tested their icy treats on Second Saturdays in 2015, selling the popsicles out of a cart. “It’s where we realized our idea might work,” Arzola said. “It’s fate how this happened now.”
Things are looking up for Pop Brothers, which was recently featured on The Billion Dollar Buyer, the CNBC reality show, as well as the Cooking Channel series Beach Bites with Katie Lee. The owners just opened a store in Gulf Breeze, Fla., and the popsicles are sold in several locations in Texas as well as the Gulfport-Biloxi Airport, Stennis Space Center, the Golden Nugget Lake Charles and Murky Waters in Hattiesburg.
And that one cart that got the whole Pop Brothers venture off the ground at Second Saturday is available for rent along with several others. Arzola said they are popular for weddings, showers, corporate events, birthday parties and other occasions.
For more information, contact Shannon Arzola at (205) 382-7123 or email email@example.com.
Read more stories by Lisa Monti on the blog Lisa Monti's Notebook.
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