According to a recent news release the Bienville Business Center, located at 127 Dauphin St., Unit 103, is now available for leasing white-collar workspace in downtown Mobile. The office suite environment is geared towards budding entrepreneurs wanting turn-key executive facilities. It offers consultants, freelancers, sole proprietors and other professionals a simplified office platform.

Monthly rent covers office space, office furniture, electricity, water, heating/air conditioning and the use of a common conference room. Access is available to a high-speed, business-grade IT network with bandwidth necessary to handle most needs. High-speed printing services are also available.

“The Bienville Business Center is located in a restored, turn of the century building that formerly housed the McCrory Department Store on Bienville Square. This is the epicenter of the downtown business community. It is in the heart of downtown near courthouses, financial institutions and office towers and designed to make opening an office as painless as possible so that entrepreneurs can focus on what makes them successful,” Fred Rendfrey, Downtown Mobile Alliance’s economic development director said.  

Commercial Real Estate Moves

John Vallas of Vallas Realty, Inc. recently sold three acres on Halls Mill Road, near Rangeline Road, for $455,000 to Robert J. Isakson, II with Lafayette Land Company. The local contractor will break ground at the site building a new property for an undisclosed national company moving into the area early 2015. The 3 acre section is also part of a larger 84 acre tract that has parcels under contract for a new retail development, movie theater and medical office building, according to Vallas. 

The Red Door Salon has leased a 1,198-square-foot stylist space at the Staples Retail Center located at 1802 U.S. Highway 98 in Daphne. It is located near the intersection of Highway 98 and County Road 64. The hair salon relocated from its previous spot near the Eastern Shore Centre. David Dexter with NAI Mobile handled the transaction. 

Noted local neurologists, Dr. Christopher Eckstein, Dr. Charles S. Markle, Dr. Timothy P. Hecker and Dr. Ozgur Oztas have joined Coastal Neurological Institute (CNI), located at 3280 Dauphin St., Suite A. CNI is known throughout the region for its collection of experts in neurosurgery, as well as specialization with medical problems centered on the back and neck. Dr. Eckstein arrived from Providence Hospital while doctors Markle, Hecker and Oztas all relocated from Mobile Infirmary.

MAAR installs 2015 officers and Board of Directors

The Mobile Area Association of Realtors (MAAR) installed new officers and Board of Directors for 2015 at their annual installation luncheon at the Country Club of Mobile on Nov. 20, according to a press release.

Cy Cain with Cain Real Estate was installed as the 2015 MAAR president. Kelly Cummings, with The Cummings Company, will serve as 2015 president–elect. Serving as Treasurer will be Jeremy Milling with Milling Commercial Realty. Deborah Robinson, with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Generations will serve as the secretary.

Julie Minto, with LLB&B Real Estate and the 2015 Alabama Association of Realtors (AAR) President, installed the new officers. 

 The newly installed MAAR Board of Directors for 2015 include Pratt Thomas with Merrill P. Thomas Company, Libba Latham with LLB&B Real Estate, Daniel Dennis with Roberts Brothers, Josh Tanner with Better Homes and Gardens Generations, Marie Dickinson with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Cooper & Company and Karen Singleton with Keller Williams Realty Mobile.  

MAAR’s goal is to promote the real estate industry and its realtor members along the Alabama Gulf Coast.  The association represents over 1,200 professionals and ensures a high standard of service that all affiliates are expected to follow as issued by the National Association of Realtors Code of Ethics.

Alabama Coastal Foundation hosting sustainability Summit

The Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF), through their Green Coast Council (GCC) initiative, is hosting the 2015 Sustainability Summit Friday, Jan. 30. The event will offer builders, planners and architects educational sessions on sustainable development. 

The GCC is a forum for business and industry leaders who practice and promote environmental sustainability principles. Through conferences, the council provides proactive environmental leadership throughout coastal Alabama. 

Goals for council members include: collaborating on ways to cut waste, reducing transportation costs, lowering impacts on the environment via efficient use of electricity/water and improving employee pay equity and benefits.

The Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of South Alabama’s Student Center and in Shelby Hall at the College of Engineering. More information about the summit can be found at the Alabama Coastal Foundation’s website.

Andy’s Music inaugural holiday food drive collects five tons of donations  

Andy’s Music’s first annual “Drumming Out Hunger” food drive raised more than its goal of five tons of food for the local Bay Area Food Bank.

According to a press release, this year’s inaugural fundraiser devised the idea of creating a friendly rivalry between local University of Alabama and Auburn University fan bases to determine which group could bring in the most meal donations.

Additionally, participants each entered a sweepstakes to win a unique, custom designed Alabama or Auburn-themed Mapex drum set. Andy’s Music special-ordered these from the manufacturer with a retail value of roughly $2,000 apiece.

“Thanks to the generosity of our local community, our first ever food drive was a great success,” Jim Andrews, president and CEO of Andy’s Music said. “We achieved our goal of 10,000 pounds of food — which is more than 7,500 meals — for the food bank. The unselfish giving was overwhelming and represented the true spirit of generosity during this Christmas season.”

Drumsticks and guitar strings were donated by D’Addario, a world renowned musical string manufacturer headquartered in Farmingdale, New York, to attract those with a musical bent for walk-in donations.

Local Starbucks coffee shops donated holiday gift baskets as an incentive to non-musicians for in-store contributions.

Other provender amassing events included: three food drives at various Wal-Mart supercenters; one food drive at a Winn-Dixie Grocery and a food drive, fundraiser, and concert at Moe’s Original BBQ with the Clark-Shaw Jazz Band, Davidson High School Jazz Band, and the Stereo Dogs.