Entries by Petal Area Chamber of Commerce

Filling the Computer Services Need

After working together at another local company, Nathanael McDaniel and his business partner decided to go into business for themselves to form a web design/software development company. Although that endeavor was hit or miss for the past few years, the two began to get bigger clients began to look for a place to set up […]

I Can See Clearly Now!

After being stationed in Meridian while serving in the United States Navy for seven years, Dr. Alvaro Moreno moved to Petal to work at Southern Eye Center in Hattiesburg. Moreno stayed at that clinic for seven years before opening his own establishment, Moreno Eye Care, in 2003 at 598 East Central Avenue in Petal. The […]

Keeping Petal Beautiful!

In 1989, Donnie Walker established Mane Event Hair Designs at 407 South Main Street in Petal. Thirty-two years later – in an age when many businesses last only five years or less – Mane Event is continuing to thrive at its original location, making it one of the longest-tenured businesses in The Friendly City. The […]

A Downtown Favorite

In 2007, when Craig Bullock – who also serves as Ward 6 Alderman for the City of Petal – began managing A1 Graphics at 233 North Main Street in Petal, he had no idea that’s what he would make a career out of.  But in 2012, Bullock purchased and became owner of the business, which […]

Downtown Fans

When it came time for Steven Kelly and his wife to anchor their business, only one place came to mind: Petal. As many have before them, the Kellys found the Friendly City is conducive to the atmosphere where they wanted to live, grow, worship and raise their children. So it was that in 2014, Kelly […]

Just a little Ssipp!

Petal’s nickname of The Friendly City extends to its businesses as well, as a resurging downtown and a bustling Evelyn Gandy Parkway can attest to. Downtown, in particular, is home to two ends of the business dynamic, hosting the oldest business in the city with The Petal Shoe Shop & Boardwalk Boutique and one of […]

Downtown Landmark

The Petal Shoe Shop has been around since the 1950s – 1958, to be exact – making it the city’s oldest business.  Owner Hilton Holmes, who also calls himself the “zipper man,” has repaired shoes for as long as he can remember. In fact, he is among only a few shoe repair shops left in […]

I Cried!

COVID shut down the 2020 Star-Spangled Celebration on the River.  Finally, in January of 2021, it appeared that we might be able to have the 2021 Celebration.  Event planners know that we were already behind schedule planning an event the size and scope of this 4th of July celebration.  But, thanks to our fabulous sponsors […]

The FAM Jam Remedy

When was the last time you talked with your neighbors? Not just a passing hello, but an actual, heartfelt conversation? If it has been a while, you are not alone. Research shows fewer and fewer people even know the names of the people who live on the same block, let alone choose to socialize or […]

Can We Pull Off the Biggest Homecoming in Years?

Our community and many others have lost workforce talent to larger metro cities for decades. While the reasons behind it are complex, the steady loss of young, educated workers seemed unstoppable. Much more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has also seemed unstoppable and even more devastating. However, it sometimes happens that you can use one problem […]