Longtime Destin boutique moving to Southaven

A 26-year-old Destin store is on its way to the Mid-South.

Magnolia House Lifestyle Store is set to move from Destin, Florida, to 2,800 square feet in Southaven's Silo Square development next summer, owner Nancy Veldman said Wednesday.

"My two daughters live [in DeSoto County], and they were telling me about [Silo Square]," said Veldman, 68, who is also making the move. "I thought it was a perfect fit to open my store and have fun with my kids."

Silo Square broke ground in April and plans to eventually include 300 single-family homes, 130 high-end apartments, two hotels and about 400,000 square feet of retail and office space.

Silo Square

Construction on this 22,000-square-foot building is set to start in December.

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Developer Brian Hill told the Memphis Business Journal he is "ecstatic" about having Veldman as a tenant.

"[You have to] meet this woman," Hill said. "She’s a concert pianist, and inside her store there’s a grand piano. … I went to her house to get the lease done. She played 'Amazing Grace,' and I was just awestruck. … She is a special woman, and the store is going to be out of this world."

Along with being a pianist and a composer, Veldman — a Memphis native who went to East High School and the University of Memphis — writes novels and paints with watercolors. She plans to put a fireplace in the Southaven store to make it an inviting place to read, listen to music and spend an abundance of time.

"The music and the atmosphere more than anything else set it apart," Veldman said. "There are a lot of nice stores you can go to, but … I’ve heard over and over again that when people come in my store, they don’t want to leave."

The boutique is the third retail tenant to sign up for the massive development but the first for the town-square portion — as the other two are destined for out-parcels.

Hill said 90 percent of the development's dirt-work is complete and that he hopes to have the first two town square buildings, pictured above, ready in time for Veldman to open next summer.

Multiple other retail bays will be filled soon, Hill said, and he's hoping to land at least a few more boutiques.

Loeb Realty Group’s Barry Maynard and Frank Dyer III negotiated the Magnolia House lease on Hill's behalf and are the listing agents for the development's remaining commercial space. UrbanArch Associates is designing the first two town square buildings.

Massive suburban development lands its first two tenants

Southaven's massive Silo Square development has landed its first two businesses.

Planters Bank & Trust Co. and a Slim Chickens franchisee have recently agreed to purchase outparcels on the $200 million mixed-use development's eastern edge, along Getwell Road.

"I’m glad to get some folks on paper," Silo Square developer Brian Hill said. "We’ve been working on some deals for a long time."

Silo Square broke ground in April and plans to eventually include 300 single-family homes, a town square and 700,000 square feet of commercial space.

The scale and diverse uses of the development drew Planters' DeSoto County president, Charles Burnett, to the property.

"With concerts on the boulevard, a pumpkin patch [in the fall] and the [planned] farmers market … in addition to all the retail space … the attraction is going to be phenomenal," Burnett said. "It’s everything that everybody says they want."

Indianola, Mississippi-based Planters Bank is growing quickly, now with branches in 13 Mississippi cities. It recently purchased a site in Olive Branch to build its second DeSoto County location — its branch at 232 Goodman Road W. was its first — and the Silo Square site will be its third. They will be the first two freestanding bank locations built in the county since 2010, Burnett said.

While Burnett sees banking becoming more online-focused, he said he still wants every community in DeSoto County to have quick access to the bank's array of services.

Hill said he's excited about Planters, in part because of its name, which ties into the development's agricultural theme.

 Silo Square Planters Bank branch is being designed by Hernando-based AERC PLLC. Loeb Realty Group’s Barry Maynard and Frank Dyer III negotiated the sales of the outparcels on Hill's behalf.

Southaven celebrates Silo Square groundbreaking (The Commercial Appeal)

Car-centric Southaven on Tuesday celebrated the groundbreaking of Silo Square, the suburb's planned community that aspires to blend businesses and housing in a way that is easy, even pleasing, to walk around.

"This is going to be a game-changing development for our city,'' Mayor Darren Musselwhite told about 75 people gathered under a tent near the old, concrete farm silo from which the development draws its name and branding for quaintness.

April 24, 2018 - Brian Hill, Silo Square developer and owner, speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for Silo Square in Southaven. The Silo Square development located on farmland between Getwell and Tchulahoma roads south of Goodman calls for a mixture of residential, commercial and public uses built around a central Main Street boulevard.   (Photo: Brad Vest/The Commercial Appeal, Brad Vest/The Commercial Appeal)

April 24, 2018 - Brian Hill, Silo Square developer and owner, speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for Silo Square in Southaven. The Silo Square development located on farmland between Getwell and Tchulahoma roads south of Goodman calls for a mixture of residential, commercial and public uses built around a central Main Street boulevard.

 (Photo: Brad Vest/The Commercial Appeal, Brad Vest/The Commercial Appeal)

Work begins on massive suburban development (Memphis Business Journal)

Tuesday was a day for celebrating big dreams in Southaven.

Dozens gathered in the middle of an old farm across from Snowden Grove Park on Getwell Road to hear politicians praise an impending $200 million mixed-use development.

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Developer Brian Hill speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for his $200 million mixed-use development, Silo Square.

Brian Hill, Silo Square Developer 

Brian Hill, Silo Square Developer 

"I think a lot of us have dreamed of something like this in Southaven for a long time. … It's about to become a reality," said Brian Hill, the developer behind the massive endeavor.

During his speech, Hill painted a picture for the audience of what the development would one day be.

"I can't wait to see see the fresh fruits and vegetables and Christmas trees and pumpkins [at the farmer's market]," he said. "It's going to invite the whole community to town."

Southaven Mayor  Darren Musselwhite  called the development "game-changing," since the city needs more walkable areas and entertainment districts.  "When I moved back to the Memphis area [in my 20s], I moved to Memphis, not Southaven, because there was nothing to do in Southaven," he said. "People who eyeball Southaven are going to like this. … It's going to bring economic benefits to our city."  He also shared the story of when Hill first told him about the development, saying Hill's plans left him almost speechless.  "The only thing I could say was, 'Perfect,'" Musselwhite said.

Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite called the development "game-changing," since the city needs more walkable areas and entertainment districts.

"When I moved back to the Memphis area [in my 20s], I moved to Memphis, not Southaven, because there was nothing to do in Southaven," he said. "People who eyeball Southaven are going to like this. … It's going to bring economic benefits to our city."

He also shared the story of when Hill first told him about the development, saying Hill's plans left him almost speechless.

"The only thing I could say was, 'Perfect,'" Musselwhite said.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann praises Southaven as one of the state's top communities.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann praises Southaven as one of the state's top communities.

Unlike many groundbreaking events, ground was actually broken on the project. Shortly after the ceremony concluded — and while guests were still eating lunch — an excavator started knocking down trees where the main square will eventually be located.

Shortly after the ceremony concluded - and while guests were still eating lunch - an excavator started knocking down trees where the main square will eventually be located.

Shortly after the ceremony concluded - and while guests were still eating lunch - an excavator started knocking down trees where the main square will eventually be located.

Hill closed on his purchase of the land March 30, and he plans to construct some commercial buildings by the end of the year.

(L to R) Southaven Chamber of Commerce executive director Carmen Kyle, Hosemann and Hill stand with Musselwhite and others for the ceremonial groundbreaking in front of the silo.

(L to R) Southaven Chamber of Commerce executive director Carmen Kyle, Hosemann and Hill stand with Musselwhite and others for the ceremonial groundbreaking in front of the silo.

Band members from Southaven High School play the national anthem at the Silo Square groundbreaking.

Band members from Southaven High School play the national anthem at the Silo Square groundbreaking.

The plan is to build 300 single-family homes, along with 700,000 square feet of commercial space. About 130 high-end apartments would take up 160,000 square feet with two hotels using another 140,000 square feet of that space. Getwell Road out-parcels would include about 60,000 square feet. The remaining 340,000 square feet would be primarily located in two- and three-story buildings that would contain offices, retail space and restaurants on their ground floors, with loft apartments on top.

Loeb Realty Group's Barry Maynard, who is helping Hill market the commercial parts of the project alongside Loeb's Frank Dyer III, said businesses are already under contract to bring a bank, hotel and restaurants to the development.