Lauren Smeraglia, owner of Baldwin County’s The Powder Room at The Estate, was hired as an independent contractor to serve as a makeup artist for the 2015 Miss USA Pageant held July 13, according to a news release.

The pageant’s official makeup brand, Make-Up Designory (MUD), pulled its support amid recent controversy surrounding defamatory remarks regarding illegal immigrants made by Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. MUD has two certification schools located in Mexico.

Smeraglia was the first of eight artists contacted to be part of its cosmetic team.

“Although NBC, other companies and performing talent have pulled out of the show, we’ve opted to stay and support the women who have worked so hard to get to where they are. We care about the girls and know the effort that they’ve put into preparing for the pageant. This year it’s going to be more about showcasing the individual artists instead of a brand,” Smeraglia said.

Along with fellow independent makeup artist Nicole Elle Rogers of New York City, Smeraglia encourages those who want to join the conversation on social media to show support for the contestants by using the hashtags #hereforthegirls and #savethesash.
  
Before the 2015 pageant, Smeraglia and Rogers spent two weeks doing hair and makeup for “Dance The World” participants at Walt Disney World in Orlando. “Dance The World” is a performance festival, not a competition, where dancers are given the opportunity to perform in front of thousands at Walt Disney World while vacationing with their families.

The Powder Room at The Estate specializes in hair, makeup and photography services for bridal, pageant, theatrical, film, print and societal audiences across the country. Originally located in Fairhope, the shop will reopen in August at its new location at The Estate in Robertsdale near the new Baldwin Beach Express.

Commercial real estate moves
Some 3,200 square feet of office space was leased to Results Physiotherapy located at 2344 Schillinger Road S., directly behind Greater Mobile Urgent Care. Pratt Thomas with the Merrill P. Thomas Co. worked for the landlord; Niki Coker with NAI-Mobile represented the tenant. This is their second location in Mobile and third in the area, according to Thomas.

Mike Reid with White-Spunner Realty recently leased two suites in the Renaissance Plaza Shopping Center located at the corner of Congress and Broad streets in downtown Mobile. Sneaker Stop, a sneaker pawn dealer that buys, sells and pawns high-end sneakers, leased 1,250 square feet of retail space. The business is set to open in August. Also leased was some 1,250 square feet of shop space to Boost Mobile, a no-contract, prepaid cell phone dealer offering phone service, equipment and accessories.
  
Some 4,220 square feet of store space was recently leased to Saraland Pharmacy in the Saraland Shopping Center, located on Saraland Loop off Shelton Beach Road. The retailer plans to open this month. Mike Reid of White-Spunner Realty handled the transaction.

Corner Bakery Café, a fast, casual restaurant in 21 states and Washington, D.C., is expanding its footprint in Alabama and considering new locations in Mobile, Birmingham, Montgomery and Huntsville. The company is targeting the state for six to eight new stores. Established in 1991, the franchise has more than 390 locations planned for development with the goal of strengthening its foothold as one of the fastest-growing brands in the industry. It is owned and operated by CBC Restaurant Corp., with more than 185 locations currently around the country.

A section of property fronting Academy Sports Outdoors at 7460 Airport Blvd. in Mobile was recently sold for $760,000. Plans are for a 4,200-square-foot Newk’s restaurant on the site. Josh Burmeister off JLL Partners represented the franchise; Angela McArthur of Stirling Properties worked for the seller.

According to Lydia Franz of ReMax in Orange Beach, Zeke’s Landing commercial marina, restaurant building and strip center were taken over by SE Property Holdings at a bankruptcy auction for $8.7 million. SE Properties is currently reorganizing the properties and respective businesses to bring them back up to previous standards. The 16,000-square-foot restaurant building where Wolf Bay Lodge resides is currently listed for sale at $2.95 million and the vacant upstairs, former home of Zeke’s Restaurant, is available for lease. The strip center, which fronts Perdido Beach Blvd., was sold to Shrimp Basket owner Eddie Spence last April for $2.4 million. The marina, which is not yet listed, is also available for purchase, according to Franz.

According to James Henderson of Bellator Real Estate and Development, $90,000 was paid by a local speculator for the former New Horizons Credit Union site located in Satsuma on U.S. Route 43.

New commercial real estate firm
Lewis H. Golden recently announced the formation of Hamilton and Company, a Mobile commercial real estate firm.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity and growth we are experiencing in the city of Mobile and entire Gulf Coast region,” Golden said.
 
Golden has more than 10 years’ experience in the commercial real estate industry and handles commercial brokerage, leasing and property management in the area, with a focus on tenant and buyer representation and property management. Prior to moving to Mobile, Golden began his career in Nashville, Tennessee, where he worked for Alliant Commercial Realty Services, primarily focusing on commercial brokerage and leasing.

Golden graduated from the University of Alabama in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a concentration in real estate development. He is a licensed real estate broker in both Alabama and Mississippi, a local, state and national member of the Association of Realtors and currently serves on the Board of Zoning Adjustment for the city of Mobile.

Hamilton and Company provides commercial real estate advisory services covering a number of asset classes and specialties.