Camerlo Wayne, co-owner of popular Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream located in the heart of midtown Mobile, has announced the opening of her second site in the area. It will take up space inside locally owned grocer Food Champs, situated at 2962 Dauphin Island Pkwy. in Mobile.
“It’s just a little shop in the grocery store with one person working there,” Wayne said. “We will sell 24 flavors and have milkshakes, banana splits and sundaes. It will be the same set up at the original Old Dutch, but just on a much smaller scale.
“The reason I chose Food Champs is because I went to B.C. Rain High School across the street. The shop is located in the back right-hand corner of the grocery store and maybe covers 200 square feet, with two stands and seats. A sign is also going up over the spot.”
Wayne went on to say that if the location turns a profit over the next few months, she would eventually like to have five or six similar locations set up throughout the area in both Mobile and Baldwin counties. Cammie’s Old Dutch is also celebrating its 50th anniversary next month, on July 21, with a block party planned at its flagship location and with 1969 prices to be set for the day.
“We will selling banana splits for 70 cents that day. Obviously I won’t turn a profit, but it’s my way of giving back to the community and saying ‘thank you’ for all of its support since taking over the business in 1998,” she said.
Wayne also went on to say that she intends to take the Old Dutch brand national over the next three to five years via her distribution model. She will ship samples to upstate New York later this month.
Business moves, transactions
Stephen McMahon and Richard Inge, managing partners with Inge & Associates Real Estate, recently reported that the three-story Infirmary Eastern Shore Health Diagnostic & Medical Clinic, located at 7101 U.S. Hwy 90 in Daphne, has completed major renovations on its medical training and new-hire processing center. Originally constructed in 1998 and acquired by Inge & Associates in 2017, the 68,000-square-foot building sits on roughly 7 acres of property.
Jeff Barnes with Stirling Properties reported that Ham & Associates LLC and MLJ Escrow LLC recently joined the tenant lineup at Portico, a mixed-use development located at 561 Fairhope Ave., in downtown Fairhope. To date, Haley Development LLC, the developer of the site, has established offices in Suite 201. New eatery Ohana Poke is also under construction and located in Suite 102. Barnes handled the lease transactions and is representing the developer on the commercial portion of the project.
Niki Coker, director of marketing with NAI Mobile, reported that, after 10 years of sub-tenancy, New Life International Baptist Church will be opening a permanent location at 512 Farnell Lane in Mobile. The building covers some 12,000 square feet and sold for $190,000. Pete Riehm and Allan Cameron of NAI Mobile managed the transaction on behalf of the tenant.
Vallas Realty reported that Vancouver, Canada-based Lululemon Athletica has leased some 3,708 square feet of retail space inside the Legacy Village at Spring Hill shopping center, located at 9 DuRhu Drive in Mobile. The multinational retailer is a yoga-inspired athletic apparel company for women and men. Buff Teague with JLL worked for the tenant. Vallas Realty manages leasing for the shopping center.
Manish Patel, co-owner of a Marco’s Pizza franchise territory that opened its first restaurant in Biloxi in 2017, announced plans to open a new site in Baldwin County, either in Spanish Fort or Daphne, sometime in late 2020. Typical floor plans for the Toledo, Ohio-based franchise are 2,000 square feet, with average, new hire staffing needs of around 45 employees per restaurant in both full-time and part-time work.
Guy Oswalt and Allen Garstecki with JLL reported that BioLife Plasma Services, a subsidiary of Toyko-based Takeda Pharmaceuticals, recently acquired 2.96 acres at the corner of Wesley Avenue and Airport Boulevard in Mobile for $1.32 million. Plans are in place for the company to build a new blood plasma collection facility on the property covering a little over 15,000 square feet, with an anticipated opening date of early 2020.
Wise Living Real Estate has leased some 1,655 square feet of office space located at 221 Fairhope Ave., in Fairhope, and will be moving to the new location in June. Jeff Barnes with Stirling Properties managed the transaction.
Gaines Plumbing LLC is relocating to a newly leased 2,430-square-foot office space at 712 Lakeside Drive in Mobile. Jill Meeks, leasing executive with Stirling Properties, handled the transaction.
On-Site Boat Care, a cosmetic service and maintenance provider, is leasing some 1,400 square feet of floor space at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Jeff Barnes with Stirling Properties managed the transaction.
Serda creates new coffee, beer in support of veteran nonprofit
On Memorial Day this year, Cypress, Texas-based nonprofit Guns to Hammers (GTH) was at Serda Brewing in downtown Mobile holding a fundraiser to increase awareness in the area. GTH was started by veteran and current president J.R. Smith to provide home renovations and adaptations for disabled veterans nationwide.
John Serda, owner of Serda Brewing, is a local supporter of veterans’ charities and, in response to the event, created a coffee called “Patriot’s Brew” and a beer called “Fast Eddie” with portions of all proceeds dedicated to the nonprofit. Per Serda, the origin of the beer’s name is a tribute to his father, a veteran, who held the nickname while serving on active duty.
Guns to Hammers was also in the area to assist local veteran Dave Riley, a former U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer and quadruple amputee. Riley previously had a home built to accommodate his needs, but poor construction led to disrepair of the property. Smith learned about Riley on a trip to Pensacola and has begun the work to make repairs, returning the home to serviceable condition.
“The best care a veteran can receive will come at the hands of another veteran,” Smith said. “With the Department of Veterans Affairs being the second-largest government agency, it could take a long time for any request to make its way through the bureaucracy to be fulfilled.”
More information about GTH can be found on its website, gunstohammers.com
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