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Salon owner says downtown Gulfport parking limits are hurting her business
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Salon owner says downtown Gulfport parking limits are hurting her business

GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - You can’t miss the signage. Parking is limited to two hours in downtown Gulfport Monday through Friday.The ordinance has been in place for years, but now the city is stepping up enforcement.That’s making life and business hard for Hannah O’Keefe, owner of 13th Street Salon and Barber.“Sixty to 80 percent of our business is done with color clients,” she said. “All color clients services take longer than two hours.”O’Keefe has been in a verbal sparring match with the city for months, but it’s getting more intense.“Several of our clients have gotten tickets recently for parking here longer than two hours,” O’Keefe said. “We can’t continue to have conflict with people outside and the stress of watching the widow.”She said she’s done what she can to maintain clients,...
Female business owners thriving in downtown Cairo
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Female business owners thriving in downtown Cairo

CAIRO, Ga. (WALB) - New businesses continue to pop up in downtown Cairo.Emilee Connell Umanzor, Cindy Long, Whitney Brown are new downtown business owners. All three are women and opened their doors in 2021.Long, the owner of Punky’s, opened her doors in April 2021. She is from Central Florida. Long wanted to help recreate what she loved about her hometown.“Where I come from, everyone feeds off of each other. The more you have going on downtown, the more people that come, and if they don’t stop in here, they’re stopping somewhere else, but at least they know where we’re at,” Long said.Long has billiards and food for parents and kids. Brown owns a smoothie/bakery downtown called Cairo Nutrition. She said being in a small town, it’s important to support each other, and that’s exactly what...