STARTUP: Lost Pounds Fitness & Pet Center PROPRIETORS:  Toshie Singleton-Murrell and Norma Cooper ONLINE PRESENCE:        We often hear about the obesity problem in America, but did you know it’s a problem for pets too? While obesity affects over thirty five percent of our people population, almost sixty percent of pets are either overweight…

STARTUP: Prayer Mountain Mushrooms PROPRIETORS:  Andrew Barnes, Heather Gayler Barnes NOTABLE CUSTOMERS: 610 Magnolia, Lilly’s Bistro, Gary’s On Spring and The Reynolds Grocery Company. ONLINE PRESENCE:    Andrew and Heather hatched their idea for mushroom farming not long after they met, but it wasn’t until 2013 and after years of planning and research they found their perfect setting in Upton and quietly…