Details, an interior design studio, will open in a 2,000-square-foot retail space next to the Pollman’s Bake Shop on Old Shell Road in Spring Hill. Katie Kirby and Melanie Rowan will operate the new venture and plan to offer “to the trade” items, as well as their design services. Vallas Realty, Inc. worked for the owners while The Mitchell Company represented the landlord.

A plot of land in Mobile, formerly the site of a gas station on an acre of property at 1710 Dauphin Island Pkwy., recently sold for $230,000 according to Mike Reid of White-Spunner Realty who represented the purchaser. M.J. Baxter & Associates handled the sale of the foreclosure property.

A 6,000-square-foot office building located at 105 W. I-65 Service Road in Mobile was recently bought for $525,000. Bryan Maisel & Associates represented the buyer. Justin Toomey of Stirling Properties worked for the seller. Plans are for the property to be opened as a retail Eyeglass & Vision Center in the near future.

Mobile Area Chamber holds annual meeting
The Mobile Area Chamber held its annual meeting Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the Mobile Civic Center to another standing-room-only crowd. Presented by major sponsor Trustmark, agenda highlights included a review of last year’s major accomplishments in the metro area by outgoing 2014 board chairman Michael Chambers of Swift Biotechnology. The chamber’s 2015 plans for economic growth in the region were discussed by incoming 2015 board chairman Frank Lott of Heritage Homes.

Additionally, chamber President Bill Sisson reviewed the organization’s objectives and results achieved internally in the year prior.

The annual meeting is also historically known for having one of the area’s largest business networking events and this year’s version did not disappoint. More than 1,000 attendees showed up to circulate throughout the Civic Center arena. The after-hours program was hosted by 28 local sponsors with 17 regional restaurants and caterers offering food and beverage samples.

Bay Wood Product’s Wilson stepping down from NWPCA
Robertsdale-based Bay Wood Products Inc.’s president and founder Jimmy Wilson will soon step down after a three-year term of actively serving on the Board of Directors for the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA).

Representing more than 600 business owners across the country, Wilson will depart the board in March 2015, during the association’s annual meeting. Nominated by the membership and voted into the position in 2012, Wilson said he has been honored to serve with a dynamic group who tackled tough legislative issues and long-range planning for the association.

According to Wilson, the NWPCA gives a voice to hundreds of privately owned small businesses that might not otherwise have the means to be represented in Washington. With a seat on the board, he got a firsthand view of what the association does for the industry.

As an example, Wilson played a key role in protecting pallet and crate manufacturers, and their customers, from potentially damaging legislation. The International Code Council (ICC), which sets building and other code regulations followed by all 50 states, creates new rules about the storage of empty pallets and crates.

During his tenure, NWPCA members lobbied in the capitol against recently proposed changes in regulations imposed by the ICC, showing the need for further analysis and study. Because of this effort, members of the ICC voted not to adopt new rules in 2014 for exterior pallet storage that could have adversely impacted small businesses nationwide. “This was a huge win for our industry and our customers and something I’m proud of,” Wilson said.

Local artist displays work at major Atlanta event
Local artist Amber Ivey Lane recently participated with 350 other artisans from all over the world at the 2015 Spotlight on Art Trinity Show in Atlanta. The market is one of the most diverse of its kind in the Southeast. Established in 1982, Spotlight on Art has introduced new works by some of the region’s most established artisans as well as emerging stars. Categories include: contemporary, realism, folk, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, garden and children’s art.

Lane, who owns The Amber Ivey Fine Art Gallery at 3607 Old Shell Road in Mobile, was also one of only 25 participants at the event chosen out of the group to display her work for purchase at the new Preview Gallery at Neiman Marcus Lenox Square.

“We are honored to have some of our top selling artists from around the Southeast provide works for sale at our spectacular new gallery at Neiman Marcus Lenox Square,” 2015 chairperson Molly Jamieson said.

Fortier joins Comprehensive Pain & Rehabilitation
Comprehensive Pain & Rehabilitation (CPR) headquartered in Daphne recently announced that Kimberly Fortier, MHS, PA-C, joined the team of pain management specialists to provide patient care services at its Mississippi clinic locations.

Fortier earned a master’s degree in health sciences with a concentration on physician assistant studies from the University of South Alabama. She earned an undergraduate degree in athletic training from the University of North Florida. For seven years, she has worked on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the role of program director and clinician for a general surgery practice. 

“A lot of what I enjoyed about my previous job in bariatrics and weight loss was being able to support patients both as a clinician and emotionally through their treatment process. I think the field of pain management shares the same features, which ultimately contribute to a patient’s long-term success.” Fortier said. 

Fortier is a former president of the Mississippi Academy of Physician Assistants and is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants as well as the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. She is certified in basic life support and has worked as a certified athletic trainer.

Comprehensive Pain & Rehabilitation (CPR) is a multi-disciplinary medical practice devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain using an integrated program of interventional pain medicine, behavioral medicine and functional rehabilitation. Offices are located in Daphne, Pascagoula and Biloxi.