According to owner Stephen Toomey, the locally owned, well-known Toomey’s Mardi Gras store recently leased a 10,000-square-foot retail space at 27900 N. Main St. in Daphne, a former Goodwill.

The new seasonal Baldwin County location was slated to hold a grand opening Jan. 4. Store hours will be Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. through the end of the 2017 Mardi Gras season, which culminates this year on Feb. 28.

Local investors have purchased a 3,300-square-foot office building at 6420 Hillcrest Park in Mobile for $310,000. Angie McArthur, broker associate with Stirling Properties, represented the seller; Pete Riehm with NAI Mobile worked for the buyer.

Marl Cummings with Cummings & Associates Inc. recently sold a 2.75-acre lot at 3923 Government Blvd. to a developer for $565,000. Plans are to break ground on an Advance Auto Parts retail automotive store facility later this year. 

 Metro PCS recently leased 1,200 square feet of retail space at Wildwood Place Shopping Center, 4055 Cottage Hill Road in Mobile. Nathan Handmacher, leasing executive with Stirling Properties, handled the transaction. The cell phone retailer plans to open during the summer of 2017.

Taylor Manufacturing, a custom closet and storage solutions company, has leased 6,250 square feet of industrial space at 25251 Friendship Road, suite B, in Daphne, with plans to open in February. Nathan Handmacher with Stirling Properties handled both sides of the transaction.

Fairhope-based SOHO Events and Rentals is expanding its operations to downtown Mobile, leasing a 1,100-square-foot freestanding building at 359 St. Francis St. that will serve as a showroom and sales office. Allan Cameron and David Dexter of NAI Mobile brokered the transaction.

 According to Josh Kohn, SOHO’s director of operations, the company launched in 2014 as a party and event rental planning business, focusing on events in both Baldwin and Mobile counties. The company also boasts an inventory of tents, tables, china, flooring and linens, as well as one of the larger selections of chairs and event furniture on the Gulf Coast.

“We are excited to be expanding to Mobile and look forward to working with all the great vendors, clients and businesses,” Kohn said. “The event industry is changing faster than ever and we are excited about being part of the change. The goal of this location is to give our Mobile clients a place to design their next great event.”

Marl Cummings with Cummings & Associates Inc. recently leased a 900-square-foot office space at 16-B Sage Ave. in the Midtown Mart Shopping Center to ABS Tax Service. 

Cummings also represented Bayfour Properties in the purchase of a 5,000-square-foot office building at 6576 Airport Blvd, Suite B, which sold for $359,000. Robert Cook with Vallas Realty worked for the seller.

Wedding show at The Battle House
According to a news release, the Premier Wedding Show will be coming to the Renaissance Battle House Hotel and Spa in Mobile on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 1-5 p.m.

The local show marks the 52nd bridal event in 14 years to be produced by Premier Publishing Inc. The company has been producing bridal/wedding magazines and shows for more than 15 years in Mississippi and launched the publication of Premier Wedding Mobile Bay magazine last fall.

“We are excited to be coming to the Mobile area with a new and splendid show for Alabama brides,” said Lynda Jungkind, Premier Wedding Show producer and Premier Wedding Mobile Bay publisher. “For 2017, we will have 40 of the best wedding professionals of the greater Mobile Bay area —wedding professionals that brides know and trust. It will be an exciting and informative event for brides as they see the pages of Premier Wedding Mobile Bay magazine come to life.”

In addition to 40 exhibitors from across the Gulf Coast, the event will include Gallery of Gowns, Gallery of Cakes, Gallery of Photography, Tablescapes and The Sip & See Lounge: VIP Bridal Experience. There will be informal modeling throughout the day featuring bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses.

Other exhibitors include specialists in beauty, bridal registries, caterers, event designers, florists, hair and makeup, plus photographers and videographers. Brides are invited to sample cake and food, plus register for door prizes at the various booths.

Per Jungkind, this is the only show produced in Mississippi and Alabama that is a member of the recognized Bridal Show Producers International, from which she has earned accolades as winner of an international Star Award for Best Fashion Show. Members of BSPI must meet the highest professional and ethical criteria and standards and maintain them to remain a member.

The Renaissance Battle House Hotel and Spa is located at 26 N Royal St. in downtown Mobile. General admission prices are $20 at the door or $15 online. VIP tickets cost $50 at the door, $45 online.

Introducing Portside Advertising
Joseph Brown & Associates advertising agency recently changed its name to Portside Advertising, per a recent news release.
Each with 20 years of marketing experience, Joe Brown and Edward Herndon united to assemble a larger team of marketers, and a rebranding was considered the next step in the strategic growth of the agency.

“Portside Advertising represents a philosophical shift, becoming a more regional creative agency,” CEO Joe Brown said. “As we’ve grown over the years, it has become clear that a strategic move was in order. We fully embrace the creative execution of all work, from strategy on down to the production level.”

“We’re positioned to leverage talent, knowledge and real-world experiences to address the changes in the agency role,” partner Edward Herndon added. “The era of consumers believing whatever advertisers tell them is over. Technology has changed the way consumers engage with brands. Success is dependent on constant innovation in an ever-changing landscape.”

Portside Advertising’s new web address is