Chamber Spotlight: Eric Nanney, Challenge Automation/County Line Music

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Eric Nanney

“As a Baldwyn native, I have always loved this town and surrounding community,” said Eric Nanney.  “Baldwyn is a great small town and a wonderful place for me and my wife, Nan, to raise our family. 

“My dad, Milton Nanney, grew up in Baldwyn as well as my mom, Clarene. Dad worked at Buster McElroy & Company for most of his adult life and my mother ran a beauty shop for many years in Baldwyn. I spent most of my youth literally running around the streets of Baldwyn, always admiring all the small businesses and their owners.

“I started my first business in Baldwyn in September of 1988. It was a small health club called THE GYME and Mr. James Downs allowed me and my two partners to renovate a space within his old grocery store building. The business was a success and we outgrew the small space quickly. So, two years later we bought another small gym, doubling the equipment we had and relocated to the old Cunningham grocery building on East Clayton street. THE GYME operated for a little over 15 years and was a great business for us. From 2000-2008, I operated Flexible Landscapes, a landscaping materials and service business, located on old Highway 45 north in Baldwyn.

“I work in Tupelo as the owner of Challenge Automation, LLC (a custom Automation design and manufacturing company) and have several commercial rental properties in Tupelo and Baldwyn operated under another company, Makarios Holdings. Two of the properties are where I have operated County Line Music since 2015 on Main Street in historic downtown Baldwyn and Professional Embroidery Services (PES) on North 4th Street. My wife Nan, the city clerk, is deeply rooted in this town and is very community minded.  We are so grateful for the opportunity to be small business owners in Baldwyn. Together, Nan and I are truly blessed to serve the loyal customers of the City of Baldwyn and the surrounding area,” Eric said.  

“County Line Music is wonderful and an amazing addition to our unique historic downtown,” said Baldwyn Main Street Chamber Director, Lori Tucker. “The studio drives traffic with music lessons, bands booking the studio, and artists recording.  Eric’s investments and continued support are a blessing to our organization and economic growth. He truly LOVES Baldwyn and has a heart and desire to see it grow.  The Nanneys continue to make a positive impact on our city and downtown district.  We are thankful for their investments.”

For information on becoming a member of the Baldwyn Main Street Chamber, call 662-365-1050.