Today I invite you to become acquainted with two new businesses in the Springhill area.

Ann Childs opened Miss Ann’s Kitchen at 294 Highway 65 North on Aug. 1. Childs has 40 years experience working in and managing restaurants. She has worked in Little Rock, Texas and Oklahoma. She returned home to Arkansas in 2004 and started a catering business called Miss Ann’s Kitchen. After putting down roots at Springhill, she said business has been picking up quickly.

"It’s ideally suited for me, and the people like my cooking," she said. "Business is getting better every day."

She serves a home style plate lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., but she has plans to begin offering breakfast in the next 30 days, she said. She also serves homemade desserts, sandwiches and salads.

Right next door to Miss Ann’s Kitchen is Generations Bridal Boutique. Owners are sisters Denise Smith and Tonya Tindell, their mother Geneva Anderson, and Tindell’s daughter, Lindsey Spear. Generations Bridal Boutique is so named because three generations of the same family brought it about. The boutique opened Monday.

Smith has past experience managing a bridal shop, and she has had a longtime dream of owning her own. She said what sets their shop apart is they are a consignment bridal shop with the full customer service experience that brides would receive at retail shops. The boutique also carries pageant dresses and other formal wear, as well as some new items.

The sisters said they have had an overwhelming response from customers wanting to consign their wedding and formal gowns. They reached out via social networking sites and have so far consigned dresses from size 4 to 32, they said.

(Rachel Parker Dickerson is a freelance columnist/journalist. Send your questions and comments to rachelpdickerson@gmail.com)