The facades of many Jackson County businesses are about to get a facelift. Thanks to a new façade grant, 20 Jackson County businesses are gearing up to give their storefronts a fresh look. Vicki Rhodes of the Floor Trader says, "Curb appeal is everything. It helps our customers know where we are, makes us look good." Each business was selected to receive a $2,500 grant from the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.
Alan Sudduth of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce says, "The facade grants that we were able to award today is one part in the role the chamber plays in supporting our small business." Crystal Westmoreland of Dixie Glass says, "We were very excited to find out that we received the grant." For Westmoreland, the money will help clear up years of confusion between Dixie Glass and its neighbor, Dixie Seat Cover.
Westmoreland also says, “A lot of people would want to walk into Dixie Seat Cover when they needed to come here, and vice versa.” Years ago, the two were a joint company, but now the grant money will help point their customers in the right direction. Westmoreland also says, “We use Cupit Signs right here in Pascagoula and they made us some signage to go right out in front of Dixie Seat Cover to point them in our direction.” The facade grants were privately funded by Chevron in Pascagoula, and for small businesses like Delo's Heavenly House of Coffee in Gautier, it's expected to make a huge difference.
Dolorise Nettles of Delo’s Heavenly House of Coffee says, “Give Delo’s a facelift for her 10th anniversary. 2015 will bring 10 years that I've been in business.” Nettles’ coffee shop is a popular stop for the college crowd in Gautier, and she's excited to brew up a new face for her cafe. Nettles closes, “I’m just so grateful to the chamber for having the opportunity and to Chevron for donating the money.” The chamber launched the façade grant program this year as a way to invest in small businesses in Jackson County. Officials hope it's the first of many to come.