The Vineyard, a high-end wine bar serving tapas, will be opening in the former 2,500-square-foot Wine Loft space at Legacy Village. Buff Teague and Allen Garstecki with JLL handled leasing for the center. The tenant plans to open in early December.

Per Nathan Handmacher with Stirling Properties, Zebra Marketing is moving to 850 Lakeside Drive to occupy a 6,250-square-foot office space. Handmacher represented Zebra and The McAleer Tunstall Co. worked for the landlord.

A local investor purchased some 78 acres of land on Pollard Road in Daphne from Malbis Plantation Inc. for more than $1 million. Future plans include a residential development. Andrew Dickman with Stirling Properties managed the transaction. Alabama Land Title Company Inc. handled the title work.

Some 1,400 square feet of restaurant space was leased by Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza inside the Oak Tree Plaza Shopping Center at 7820 Moffett Road in Semmes. Christy Chason of JLL represented Papa Murphy’s and The McAleer Tunstall Co. worked for the landlord.

According to Paul Carter with the Paul Carter Agency, Cross River Church purchased a 13,000-square-foot building at 2070 Schillinger Road S. for $800,000. The church has been temporarily leasing three buildings in West Mobile since its Zeigler Circle sanctuary burned down about three years ago.

Plans are in place to move to the new site in 60 days after cosmetic changes have been made to the property. Carter worked for the buyers and Mitchum Jackson of Heggeman Realty represented the sellers.

According to Chris Harle with White-Spunner Realty, White House Antiques has leased 4,400 square feet of retail space at 7163 Airport Blvd. in Mobile. Tim Herrington of Herrington Realty represented the landlord; Harle worked for the tenant.

UWSWA offers financial planning
As the local area accelerates full tilt into the holiday season, with Thanksgiving get-togethers this week and Christmas festivities next month, United Way of Southwest Alabama recently launched My Smart Money as a financial planning tool on the website.

The page is an interactive and free website that offers tips to help individuals and families manage their finances more conveniently. It walks users through steps for tackling real-life problems that impact their financial landscapes. Examples of services provided include educational links to help set a budget, reducing debt, initiating a savings plan, improving credit, saving for college and planning for retirement 

“The average American household carries total debt of more than $90,000,” Laurie Childers, UWSWA director of community impact, said. “When people are able to find decent jobs, provide for their families and save for the future, they and their children are more likely to enjoy healthy lives and succeed in school. The result is thriving communities where everyone has more opportunity to succeed.”

The site is free and powered by SunTrust Foundation, but does not direct users to any SunTrust Bank products or financial products from any other banks, insurance companies or financial planners. User information is secure; no information is saved or stored on the site. Users do not create an account or enter any identifiable information. Any information entered is used only for real-time calculations and not saved

“As we enter the holiday season, United Way of Southwest Alabama understands that the holidays may not be a merry, carefree time for everyone in our region. Financial stresses can be particularly overwhelming during this time of the year and getting financial advice costs money,” Clifford Grimes, president and CEO of UWSWA, said.

BASF investing in McIntosh site
BASF recently announced plans to invest more than $200 million in its plastic additives business worldwide. Part of this investment will focus on strengthening its manufacturing footprint in North America by investing in its McIntosh site to support market growth. The investment will also increase capacity for Tinuvin product lines to support global demand.

“To us, this is a clear signal of our customers’ commitment to growth in the region,” Anup Kothari, senior vice president of BASF’s performance chemicals division, said. “The close proximity of our McIntosh site to our customers’ plants places us in an ideal position to fuel their growth.”

BASF’s investment in McIntosh will expand the production capacity of light stabilizers in general and the Tinuvin product line in particular. Tinuvin UV absorbers (UVAs) prevent degradation of both plastics and coatings by filtering out harmful UV radiation. BASF’s capital investment to increase the production capacity of benzotriazoles, in particular, will better serve the global needs of its customers in plastics and coatings.

In addition to its United States locations, BASF’s plastic additives business has manufacturing sites in Mexico, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Bahrain, China and Singapore.

RSQ recognized for website design
According to a news release, Mobile-based RSQ, a digital agency with offices in Mobile and Chicago, recently received several top awards in web design and development.

The W3 Awards recognized RSQ with gold and silver for the design and development of NYC Pride is the largest and oldest LGBT pride organization. The group also awarded RSQ for the creation of with Best of Show in video or motion graphics. Deutser is a consulting firm with offices in Houston and Los Angeles.

The W3 Awards honor creative excellence and the very best of the web. It is the first major competition to equally judge digital work by Fortune 500 companies, international agencies and small firms. The W3 is sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, interactive, advertising and marketing firms.

RSQ’s new site,, was recognized as Site of the Day and given a developer award by Awwwards, which showcases the world’s best web designers, developers and digital agencies. In addition, the show awards agencies that create unique digital experiences that are useful, innovative, intuitive and beautiful.

“We’re proud of the sites and all of the hard work that went into their creation by us and our clients,” Rich Sullivan, CEO and executive creative director for RSQ, said. “These projects represent the exceptional level of user-friendly digital design that we constantly seek to achieve.”