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The legacy of Mullins Jewelers is being carried on with the opening of J Mullins Jewelry & Gifts.

Jeff Mullins, the grandson of Mullins Jewelers founder, and business partner Reo Hagood opened the new store Feb. 1 at 352 W. Northfield Blvd., Suite C1, next to Fuji Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi.

Mullins Jewelers closed Jan. 9 after 69 years on the downtown Public Square.

Hagood said the new store is similar to what shoppers will remember of Mullins Jewelers.

“We are trying to carry on the tradition,” he said. The store will even feature memorabilia from the original store, like the cash register and pictures from the early days of the store.

Jeff Mullins said he decided to open his own store because he is a third-generation jeweler, and his family encouraged him.

J Mullins Jewelry & Gifts is a full-service jewelry store featuring custom jewelry design and manufacturing, jewelry and watch repair and insurance appraisal services.

Loose diamonds and gemstones, watches, 14-karat gold and sterling silver jewelry and saltwater and freshwater pearls are for sale at the store. Estate jewelry also will be showcased.

A grand opening event is slated for March 1, the day Mullins’ grandfather, Herschel, opened Mullins Jewelers in 1938. Herschel and Charles Mullins are expected to be in the store that day. A freshwater pearl and silver necklace will be given away. Customers can register to win the necklace until March 1.

Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Call the store at 962-7164.


Old Chicago Pizza is set to open Monday, March 8 in the former location of Don Pablo’s restaurant off Old Fort Parkway.

“We have been looking at Murfreesboro for over five years,” said Harold Wallace, vice president of operations for Old Chicago, OCI Enterprises Inc., a franchise company, in a previous interview. “(Murfreesboro) is a growing community that features a great college.”

The restaurant makes three types of dough fresh daily, including Chicago-style deep dish, thin crust and white dough for calzones.

Old Chicago’s full menu includes pastas, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and made-from-scratch desserts. The full menu will be served up to a half hour before the restaurant’s 2 a.m. closing time.

Also, the restaurant features some 110 beers. Customers who drink all of the beers get a “Hall of Foam” plaque.

Old Chicago will have more than 20 high definition televisions that will feature many of the sports packages associated with a sports bar.

The dine-in restaurant features carryout and curbside service. There will be an outdoor patio.

OCI Enterprises are planning to open around one restaurant a year with upcoming locations in Nashville and surrounding communities.


Chuy's, a Mexican restaurant known for its use of fresh ingredients, large portions and eclectic décor, will open in March in the former Davy Crockett’s location on N.W. Broad Street.

Applications are now being accepted for all full and part-time hourly positions.

Anyone interested in applying may do so in person at the hiring trailer in the parking lot at 801 N.W. Broad St., Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The restaurant will accept applications through the end of February.

The Murfreesboro location marks the second Chuy's restaurant outside of Texas, where Chuy's currently has 15 locations across the state. The first Middle Tennessee location is in Cool Springs off Mallory Lane.

Significant remodeling and construction are well under way at the Murfreesboro restaurant, including the transformation of the patio into a thatched-roof palapa. Chuy's diners can expect to see hand-carved wooden fish and colorful art on display, along with hubcaps on the ceiling, metal palm trees in the dining room and the Chuy's signature Elvis shrine.

Chuy’s will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. The restaurant will feature a large bar area with happy hour to include drink specials and a fully loaded nacho car, with free queso, chips, salsa and taco meat. Features on the menu include Burritos As Big As Yo' Face, Stuffed Chile Rellenos and margaritas made with fresh squeezed lime juice.

Erin Edgemon can be reached at eedgemon@murfreesboropost.com.
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