The first of a series of ribbon cuttings sponsored by Bradley County Chamber of Commerce drew Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin on Monday.
Warehouse B opened in the building formerly occupied by Golden Girl’s Place and Mazzio’s Pizza. It is owned by Jessica Overall and Heather Blaylock. The building also contains the Our Place Café, owned by Katy and Josh Bryant, open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m Monday through Friday.
Warehouse B sells local made items including Jared Breedlove woodworking (he did some of the store’s counters), candles branded for Warehouse B, coffee custom roasted in Winter Park, Colo., a bookstore selling Bibles and Christian books, and has an event room available for rent for meetings. Our Place will serve breakfast and lunch.
“We like to see new businesses, new members of the Chamber,” said Chamber Board Chairman James Wells.
“People in smaller towns want a good quality of life. People want an alternative,” Griffin said. “People assume you have wifi. If you would extend your hours even longer, they’d stay until midnight. This is what our towns need.”
“We need the total renovation. This is what makes small towns grow,” said Warren Mayor Denisa Pennington.
The Chamber events continued later Monday with the dedication of Torres Tire Shop Service, formerly Warren Tire Co. It is owned by Marcos Torres-C, with his daughter, Lily Morales, as office manager and Jose Torres and Saul Torres as mechanics.
It sells used and new tires, and offers alignments, oil changes, auto repairs and diagnostic reports. A grand opening will be held later. It is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Ribbon cuttings will continue with Hearth and Meadow Realty, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, and Harold’s Processing, 10 a.m. Friday.