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First and Green

What is a woman from New York doing in Grenada, MS?

From the Business:A native New Yorker, what am I doing in these parts? I moved to Grenada 10 years ago for the Coley and Debbest of reasons: I married the inimitable Coley Bailey, who also sees himself as an outsider, from Coffeeville in neighboring Yalobusha County. A cotton farmer and pilot, his farm office has been in Grenada for decades. As chairman of Mississippi Chemical, he brought Newsprint South to Grenada, and sold them the land on which the Resolute Forest Products plant sits today.

In 2013, Deborah Bailey bought the building, along with a number of others on the Courthouse Square. With help from master builder Jim Stuvee and his team, this 1867 gem was rebuilt, from the dirt up. The original wood was saved and reused to create the lovely space we use today, which evokes its history as first Doaks and then Grenada Hardware, owned and operated for over 50 years by Joe and Katie Boone.

First & Green, and the luxury loft apartments above it, are part of a long term goal of building on Grenada’s deep heritage in music and craftsmanship to create an area where visitors and locals alike can enjoy themselves and be proud of the many unique aspects of life in Grenada and Mississippi.

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