• 43°

Karla Brown to host open house at new business location

NATCHEZ — Karla Brown, of “Downtown Karla Brown” shuttle and tour service, started the new year at a new office at 512 Franklin Street.

To show off the new location, she is hosting an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday.

The open house is “come and go as you please,” but please bring a facemask and social distance, Brown said.

The event is open to all who want to come and visit and enjoy light refreshments, but is mostly a chance for the locals and business owners to see her new office space, she said.

“That way they know I’m here and can tell the tourists where to find me,” Brown said.

Brown opened her airport shuttle and tour business in June 2013 at 406 Franklin Street. Brown said she moved to Franklin Street Relics, across from Natchez Coffee Company, in December.

“It is in the middle of a shop full of stuff to browse, so it’s a neat experience,” Brown said of the new location. “My first thought was that I would have an open office with so many feet of space but as it turns out they gave me what used to be the old office in this furniture store. So my office is separate from all of the little shops but you have to walk through them to get to me.

Brown said since the COVID-19 pandemic, her tourism business has been slow and limited to mostly walking tours outside.

“I have the walking ghost tour and the Greg Isle tour outside in the fresh air,” she said, adding she has been laying low until she can get her second dose of the new COVID-19 vaccine.

Brown has a unique history of walking and plenty of stories about her journeys to share with her patrons.

She gained fame and popularity from a 2001 cross-country trek, when she walked through “two-and-a-half years, 9,000-miles, 35 states and 18 pairs of shoes” before going on a second walk from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to California in 2009, she said.

Brown said her journeys were a celebration of her winning a long battle against epilepsy throughout her childhood before a surgery when she was 18 years old ended her seizures for good.

Brown said she is looking forward to seeing everyone at the open house.

“I’m anticipating a lot of the locals to come, browse the shops and see what we’ve got,” she said.

News

Forbes calls Natchez No. 5 in “Top 10 Best Places In America” to avoid pandemic

COVID-19

Gov. Reeves lessens COVID-19 restrictions

News

Neighbor helping neighbor a common sight after winter storm

News

Supervisors: No employee raises possible because of budget concerns

News

Chamber pot spares Stanton Hall from further storm damage

News

Supervisors approve payment system for attorneys

News

3 alleged to have broken into vehicles in Beau Pre in Adams County custody

News

Six scouts sworn in as Eagle Scouts together

News

Dart:Sagos mix business with Rhythm Night Club passion project

News

J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

News

Author Richard Grant speaks about book, Natchez at Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration

Business

New machinery introduced at Natchez countertop business

News

Vidalia still under boil water advisory after winter storm

News

Natchez hires assistance for storm cleanup

News

Bishop Gunn lead singer McCready arrested Thursday in Concordia Parish

News

Vidalia missing teen found after extensive search

News

Law enforcement agencies continue search for missing 17-year-old

News

Natchez hires help in procuring disaster relief funds due to winter storm damage

News

Officials OK signs for high school sports championship row

DEVELOPING NEWS

Adams County Water Association lifts boil water notice

COVID-19

Teachers, first responders to be eligible for vaccine Monday

News

Mississippi House votes to overhaul several state taxes

News

Three men arrested in connection with 2018 double homicide

News

Natchez Water Works lifts boil water advisory