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Southern Nash County is in the midst of a new business bonanza.

From new restaurants to general stores, Bailey, Middlesex and Spring Hope all have new businesses opening.

In Bailey, a new restaurant, aptly named Bonanza, opened in June. Dessert Cake Co., a new bakery, is on the way.

Middlesex has a new hardware store and dentist office in the works.

Spring Hope will soon see a new general store and coffee shop, which will join three new recently opened business.

Bailey Chamber of Commerce President Cecil Hawley, a lifelong town resident, said there’s more interest and action in Bailey now than at any time he can remember.

“There’s a lot of people interested,” Hawley said. “I’ve even heard from Subway.”

Bailey is a bedroom community to Wilson and the Raleigh area, Hawley said.

“A house in Raleigh costs $300,000; a house in Bailey costs $90,000,” Hawley said. “Sell your small house in Raleigh and buy a large farm in Bailey.”

Spring Hope Chamber of Commerce President Allen Barbee said he’s never seen anything like what’s happening in Spring Hope right now. Several downtown storefronts that have been vacant for years are teeming with life.

Rocky Mount business owner Donna Little is moving her store to Spring Hope. She purchased the old feed store on Pine Street and is converting it into an old-fashioned mercantile store with a coffee shop.

“When I first saw this place, I knew it was perfect,” Little said.

The store will sell local products, refurbished furniture and general store staples like candy and jerky.

An auction house that had been closed for years has been reopened and is running auctions every weekend. A small appliance store has opened, offering used refrigerators and more.

On Main Street, Scavengers Antiques, Collectibles and Great Junk, opened in August, offers a little bit of everything.

“I’m excited to see it,” Barbee said. “Other business owners are happy to see it. There’s more reasons to people to come downtown, which is good for everyone.”

Middlesex Mayor Lu Harvey Lewis put together a deal to lease an old dentist office to Lane and Associates, the largest dentist office chain in the state. The office will join Bow Wowza Boutique, a pet grooming business, and All-Star Auto and Tire, both of which opened in downtown Middlesex over the summer.

“All-Star moved into town and is doing more business,” Lewis said.

Lane and Associates provides comprehensive dental cleaning, restorative crown and fillings, wisdom teeth removal and tooth extractions, among other services, according to information from the company.

“We are excited about this venture,” said Kaitlin Painter, Lane’s digital content manager.

Painter said Middlesex residents can learn more about what Lane offers on its website, https://lanedds.com.

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