Say goodbye to two Fondren retailers who say they are ready for the next chapter in their businesses.

Morningbell Records and Studio in Duling School and The Shoebar at Pieces on Mitchell Avenue will both leave the neighborhood by month’s end.

Drew McKercher, owner of Morningbell, says their new space on I-55 near Olga’s will provide a higher profile and room for growth. “We’ll have visibility on all sides,” he says of the new location. “Being tucked away in Duling has made us kind of a speakeasy record store.”

McKercher says they’re still nailing down all of the details, but they plan to take Morningbell into more of an all-encompassing store, offering instruments and accessories. He adds, “Our goal is to have a full-blown record store, music shop and cafe.”

Jackson’s only record store, known for their live, in-store performances, Morningbell will host their final show in Duling on Saturday, October 12. McKercher’s band, Spacewolf, and other bands, will play the ‘farewell’ event.  McKercher says “We’ll take a little piece of Fondren to Northeast Jackson.”

At The Shoebar at Pieces, owner Becki Hicks is excited to relocate to 135 Market Street in Flowood, but says she will miss the neighborhood. “We love Fondren, and maybe, one day,” she says, “we’ll be back, opening a second location here.”

Her grand opening of the new store is November 1 from 10am-8pm. Hicks says, “We’re hoping for more foot traffic, just in time for the holidays”

Hicks is offering some “Great deals” for their moving sale, going on now at the Fondren store. Selected items are buy one for $20, two for $35 and three for $50. There are clothing and shoe mark downs all throughout the store.

Editor’s note: As of today, it does appear that both spaces will be filled with yet-to-be-named tenants.

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