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Gift Guide


Made for Stylin’

This outfitter sells much more than boots.





We know what he wants and what she desires. Here it is. Shop local.


What It’s Like

This institute reaches out to others who feel alone. And teaches valuable history.

More than an economic-development tool, placemaking is about structuring a city for a dense population of people who love living there. And you can’t force it.


The commander of the Fondren Express Trolley always waves back.




Foodies are gonna love this. (Paid advertising section.)

The city has a new walk on the edge of its famous bluff. Don’t be scared.



Tom Ramsey’s anniversary dinner heals the heart and memorializes a lost hero.

This public school creates artists and stars.

A JSU fitness pro wants you to get fit.


Aye, Cap’n

Bridge Over

An architect shares his future vision of Jackson. And a map. Take that.

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Join runners and walkers from around the world in Jackson’s own marathon.

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Basil, Curry, Oh My

Thai House brings Asian tradition to Jackson.

Trumpet Records helped put the city, and Farish Street, on the musical map.



Give the kind of parties folks gossip about. Start with drinks they won’t forget.

Waiting to Exhale

Several projects continue to creep along.


BIZ: Big Apple

Turns out, it’s named for a dance. Huh.



We know who’s up, down, in, out, and we’re going to let you in on the secret. Shhh.


Jewels of Jackson

Two jewelry shop owners represent old traditions and new creations.

Punched in the Bowl


POWER COUPLES Meet eight couples who are creating a forward-thinking Jackson.

Finding Your Religion

Jackson offers many houses of worship in addition to Christian churches.

Never Fear Natchez



Textile Tales

An artist uses fabric and thread to tell stories.



Two women who can croon. And we wouldn’t mess with them if we were you.



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Why Parikh Loves Jackson

The Best Revenge

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’m obsessed with the word “best.” Sure, most intriguing, diverse and engaged capital I’ve always been competitive: Nothing city in the country. Right here at BOOM and gets me motivated like someone saying I Jackson Free Press Inc., the wealth of incredcan’t do something. My slogan is: “Excel- ibly talented people I get to work with humlent work is the best revenge.” But my long- bles me—especially since they care so much about Jackson. Many time aspiration to be the best at what I do of them are from the city and state and must be because I brought their partners grew up in a town and and spouses back with a state that so many them, such as I did people thought were with BOOM Publisher the worst of the worst. Todd Stauffer. After I graduated There is somefrom State, like many bright young Missis- Yes, I dragged him back. thing about leaving, sippians, I fled due in soaking up useful no small part to this stigma. stuff beyond the state line and then bringing Then, like so many Mississippians, my that spirit back. Once you’ve done that, you’re homing device started buzzing when I turned ready to roll up your sleeves and do the hard, 40, and I came on back home. Like others, I focused work of making our city and state the best. I know few people who have followed was drawn back to help my state be the best. I’ve been home a decade now, and what I that journey out and then back who whine have witnessed, and been fortunate enough to about living here, or crime, or who engage in be a part of, has been nothing less than aston- political pettiness. Returning ex-pats have seen ishing. From the renovated King Edward Ho- real problems elsewhere, and we know how tel and Standard Life on our skyline to all the fortunate we are here with the state’s special young people the Census shows are moving mixture of friendliness, hospitality, story-tellto (or staying in) metro Jackson, our city is on ing ability, affordability and southern quirk. We celebrate this spirit often. We’re in the fire. The best part, of course, is a new can-do spirit among so many. Suddenly, our glass is at middle of Best of Jackson season and will celleast half full rather than feeling nearly empty. ebrate our 10th Best of Jackson in January. I These are exciting times in Jackson. invite you to come look for (and work toward) The truly best part for me is being in the the best with us. Be sure to cast your vote at middle of a progressive, young (in real years until Dec. 15; we will reveal and at heart) movement to make our city the the winners at that link Jan. 25, 2011.

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Adriane Louie Jackson native Adriane Louie graduated from Millsaps College. She volunteers for local auxiliaries and loves watching the Food Network.

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LaShanda Phillips BOOM and JFP Editorial assistant LaShanda Phillips is a recent graduate of Jackson State University. She is the third oldest of seven children.

Erica Sutton Design intern Erica Sutton is studying graphic design at Mississippi College. She designed several pages in this issue including the events pages.

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Cap’n Ron p 12 // Hands On p 13 // Running the Blues p 15 Secret Jackson p 14 // City’s Progress p 16

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Healthy &Proud

// by Adriane Louie

Rachel Cowan is promoting Ultimately Proud Healthy and Trim, a weight-loss and wellness program at Jackson State University.


achel Cowan came from Trinidad to Jackson State University on a track scholarship. She majored in business administration, but her passion for a healthy lifestyle became a career. “Fitness and wellness came easy for me,” says Cowan, who this year became director of recreation services for the Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center at Jackson State University. Cowan, 42, focuses on getting university students, faculty and staff engaged in working out. “It is hard to get people to work out, because it is not a priority,” Cowan says. “If the campus is engaged, then it will spill out into the community.” Despite spending a typical day in “meetings, meetings, meetings,” Cowan is optimistic. She stresses building a culture of health and wellness.

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One of Cowan’s major initiatives is the UPHAT program, or Ultimately Proud Healthy and Trim. The program is an eight- to 12-week fitness program incorporating healthy food choices, exercising and losing weight. UPHAT is similar to “The Biggest Loser,” Cowan says. Participants track habits using food and activity logs. The program administrators review the logs and give feedback. Participants also receive nutrition counseling to help them achieve their goals. The center offers a variety of other services including group fitness classes, personal training and massage therapy. Various teams, leagues and clubs include basketball, soccer, cycling and running. The center also offers CPR and automated external defibrillation training.

Cowan’s most rewarding experience comes from training two individuals who were obese and had never run a day in their lives train. They completed a 5k run, and since then, both completed full marathons and lost more than 100 pounds each. “I enjoy encouraging someone to change their lifestyle completely because they will testify to others,” Cowan says. She advises others to get started. “Stick with it long enough to see results. Set small goals and reward yourself. Be mentally ready and don’t get discouraged.” The Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center is open to the public 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. To learn more, call 601.979.1368 or visit 11

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Expressing Fondren // by Marika Cackett


he Fondren Trolley driver sticks his hand out the window, waving at passersby as he chauffeurs groups to parties and lunch spots. “People are glad to see I’m out there,” Captain Ron Mills says. “It brings a quality of life, of pride, to Fondren. It’s like, ‘We’ve got a trolley, have you?’” But it’s not just the sight of the trolley that makes passengers smile. “I’m not a regular driver; I’m a trolley captain,” Mills says. “The only one in the

Mills joined the Air Force in 1968. When he got out of the service, he pursued a theater degree at the University of Southern Mississippi. “What do you with a degree in theater and you don’t have a job? You move to New York City,” Mills says. He built sets for plays. Although Mills loved professional theater, he discovered he no longer wanted anything to do with it. “The people I met building sets—I didn’t like them,” he says. “The theater world was populated by paranoid schizophrenics.” Mills left New York. After spending a decade in the midwest, he decided he was, in fact, a southerner. He returned to Jackson and worked with New Stage Theatre. The returned theater man was working in a coffee shop when an encounter changed his life and the landscape of Fondren forever. In 2004, he met Alan French, a local real estate professional. The two men agreed Fondren needed a trolley. It took about a year of research to find one, but they did. Now, the Fondren Express Trolley, an icon of the neighborhood, is a hit. The Fondren Express Trolley runs during lunchtime Monday through Friday for 75 cents per round trip. The route goes from University of Mississippi Medical Center to various restaurants in the Fondren area. Call 601-213-RIDE to learn more.


Can you identify where this architectural flourish is in downtown? (see page 14 for the answer)

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aheadra Robinson, director of consumer protection for the Mississippi Center for Justice, saves homes of Mississippians facing foreclosure. For her legal work, the National Consumers League in Washington, D.C., honored her with its Florence Kelley Consumer Leadership Award. Robinson leads a coalition of advocates, lawyers and consumers that assists people who’ve fallen into

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Robinson Saves Homes, Wins Award

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universe.” He waves at a passerby walking. Mills, 63, grew up in Philadelphia, Miss. His senior class of 1966 at Philadelphia High School was the first one integrated. It was a dramatic time for the teen. The summer after ninth grade was when three civil rights activists died violently in his hometown. “It was very intense,” Mills says. James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner attempted to register black voters in June 1964. Then they disappeared. “I remember school buses loaded with sailors going to the swamps to look for the bodies. I remember that time vividly. The 1960s was a very unpleasant time in Mississippi, in Philadelphia especially,” he adds. A family of “benign bigots” on his mother’s side and “not-so-benign racists” on his dad’s side, as he calls them, raised him. Mills’ maternal great-grandmother was a child during the Civil War, and his maternal great-grandfather fought in the Civil War. “I am not that far removed from that conflict,” Mills says. “My mother remembers her grandmother telling stories (about) living through the war.”

the predatory lending debt trap. “Paheadra is an inspiration to the center and to Mississippi,”

Martha Bergmark, MCJ founding president and CEO, says. “She has brought her passion to make Mississippi a better place, her expertise in the arena of consumer issues, and her indispensable sense of humor to bear on the often-challenging task of attacking the systemic causes for discrimination in our state.” To learn more about MCJ, visit

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Hands On // by Richard McNeel, JBHM Architects

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A bridge over railroad tracks could mean growth.


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hinking about what Jackson could be 30 years from now warms the spirit. Having had the opportunity to grow up in another capital city (Atlanta, Ga.), it is apparent to me that the city can learn many lessons from other cities’ growth and development trends as it pertains to planning and architecture. One area of Jackson I have been watching with great interest is the land associated with the old farmers market and crossing the railroad to the Jackson Ready Mix concrete plant (100 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The railroad acts as a barrier separating these two parcels of land. Thinking forward 30 years, it would be possible to create a link over the railroad with a bridge, just like the city of Atlanta has done since the early 1900s. Underground Atlanta is literally under the tracks. Much of the downtown area was built over the railroad as the city was the southern terminus. For example, the Omni Coliseum is built on air

rights over the railroad. Atlanta has built another project, Atlantic Station, on an old U.S. Steel site. This project has dramatically changed an old eyesore into a growing mixeduse development. The city drew billions in investment with the project, and it has transformed the face of this part of the city. Drawing on this specific case example, a bridge could connect the University of Mississippi Medical Center to the Medical Mall, providing a growth pattern for UMMC. Another Atlanta idea is locating a light-rail stop along the railroad right-of-way that would link Canton to downtown Jackson and other smaller communities. The “bridge over” wouldn’t look like a bridge, but rather a platform of land with roads and buildings using air rights. JBHM Architects has created some initial sketches of this concept, in conjunction with Central Mississippi Planning and Development District and others, as a part of a transportation vision for the metropolitan area. (See Atlantic Station and one of the vision sketches shown here.) Atlanta’s population was just 500,000 55 years ago. By comparison, Jackson’s population is more than 500,000 today. Where will the city be in 55 years? I don’t know, but thinking where we could be then is fun. It also means we need to plan.

JBHM has a vision to connect UMMC to the Medical Mall.

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Dusting the Broom

// by Marika Cackett


Brooke Allen


Before it closed its doors just a few years illian McMurry was taking inven- tory in 1949 in the hardware store later in 1955, Trumpet Records helped launch in the 200 block of Farish Street she the career of Elmore James, who recorded the and her husband, Willard McMurry, only record to reach the national rhythm-andhad recently bought, when she came across a blues chart of Billboard magazine in 1952 with stack of blues and rhythm-and-blues records. his hit, “Dust My Broom.” James had worked One of the records, the then-unsold Wynon- at the hardware shop repairing radios until Mcie Harris’ recording of “All She Wants To Do Is Murry started the Trumpet label. Trumpet was also the home of the first reRock,” caught Lillian’s eye. She played it on the store’s record player. cordings by Mississippi blues artists Wynonie The music she heard so inspired McMurHarris and Tiny Kennedy. The most famous of Trumpet’s artists was ry, a white woman, that she Sonny Boy Williamson, who decided to record more blues released 11 records between and gospel music. 1951 and 1955. Mark W. Ryan’s book, The Southern Sons Quar“Trumpet Records: Diamonds tette recorded gospel records on Farish Street” (University at Trumpet. Even country Press of Mississippi, 2004, $20), music was welcome in the reports that the McMurrys studios. It was McMurry turned the building into the who wanted to, according to Record Mart upon discovering Ryan’s book, attempt to fuse they had a market for blues and Elmore James recorded his country and African Amerigospel records on Farish Street, hit, “Dust My Broom,” with can popular music into what already the center of Jackson’s Trumpet Records in 1952. would become rock ‘n’ roll. African American commerce From 1950 until 1953, and rich with the blues. During a time when the blues rang out Trumpet used 16 different radio studios in Jackfrom every Mississippi juke joint, and legends son and other cities to facilitate the recordings. Eventually, the McMurrys began in-house like Cab Calloway and Bessie Smith were selling out the Apollo Theater in New York City, music recording in the back of their shop with a studio from the south, the birthplace of the blues, was Lillian McMurry converted from a storeroom. going largely unrecorded. Trumpet Records went bankrupt in 1955. Simply put, local artists did not have access Lillian McMurry was elected to the Blues to the main recording studios located in New Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame in 1998. TrumYork City or Los Angeles. The closest was Sun pet Records was the first Jackson site to receive Studios in Memphis. The goal of Trumpet Rea Mississippi Blues Trail Marker in November cords was to provide a means for recording local 2007. The vacant building is now part of the Mississippi artists from the Delta and beyond. fledgling Farish Street Entertainment District.

Trumpet Records once released hit records from this spot on Farish Street.

Building Human Capital

work force able to compete. Quality early childhood education helps children—especially those from low-income households—get the boost they need to keep up with their peers in elementary school. Blueprint Mississippi also recommends supporting the state’s creative economy by promoting entrepreneurship and small creative firms, helping communities preserve their cultural heritage, using more art in business marketing and developing strategies to help grow

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tate business leaders who wrote Blueprint Mississippi 2011 say early childhood education, the creative economy and interracial cooperation are all key components in the recipe for a growing economy. Blake Wilson, president of the Mississippi Economic Council, says education comes up consistently when he talks to business leaders. Fourth-grade test scores are critical in determining whether children will succeed in school and enter the

by Elizabeth Waibel the state’s tourism industry. The recommendations say Mississippians should also promote diversity in the work force and in management, and invest in local projects to promote interracial cooperation. The report’s recommendations place special emphasis on youth programs, to “ensure future generations of leadership are mindful of diverse perspectives.” The full report is available Jan. 5, 2012. Read the initial recommendations at

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Running the Blues


he 5th annual Mississippi Blues Marathon on Saturday, Jan. 7, is a tip of the cap to the rich blues history of Mississippi. Started in 2008, the Mississippi Blues Marathon gives a portion of the proceeds to the Mississippi Blues Commission. The event to date has

Form your relay team now, then dress in layers and plan where to eat after everyone completes the Blues Marathon in January.

// by Bryan Flynn

netted more than $40,000 for the commission and shines positive attention on the state’s rich musical history, as well as promoting wellness. The race has a direct and indirect economic impact on Jackson. For example, while marathon runners will skirt the business district of Fondren,

they will pass through some of the residential streets. “It creates a positive buzz for the community,” says David Waugh, president of the Fondren Association of Business. They’ll shop and eat in Fondren before and after the race, he says. The race offers a prize pool of $30,000. Male and female overall winners earn $4,000 and enjoy a $1,000 bonus if they break the course record. Edward Tabut set the men’s record in 2009 with a time of 2:18:53, and Janet Cherobon set the women’s record at 2:37:44 in 2010. The marathon’s overall time limit is seven hours or three and half hours for the half-marathon. The Blues Marathon is open to walkers and wheelchair athletes as well. Kids can participate in a one-mile fun run at the marathon as well. A group of individuals can form a relay group. If a team has five members, the first four members run five miles, each passing off timing chip. The final runner completes the last 6.2 miles of the course. Relay teams can come together at the final half-mile from the finish to complete the race together. Registration is open online for all events and be sure to check price, also found online. Visit to learn more.

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2012: A Big Year? Brooke Allen

// by Lacey McLaughlin Eastland Courthouse Watkins Development now owns the James Eastland Federal Courthouse building in Jackson. Developer David Watkins and his company won the courthouse for $1.45 million in an online auction in October. Watkins has plans to turn the building into a privately funded arts institute. He estimates renovation of the courthouse will run between $10 million and $15 million.

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Farish Street Entertainment District plans continue to unfold.

Farish Street Entertainment District Although the opening date of B.B. King’s Blues Club has been pushed back again until at least summer 2012, in October Jackson developer David Watkins announced several new leases and plans for the second and third block of the district. Farish Street has signed leases with a cigar bar and sports lounge and with former Cool Al’s owner Al Stamps for a restaurant. Other potential restaurants and clubs include Lumpkins BBQ, Wet Willie’s, Van Buren’s and Sage/The Raw Bar. Watkins’ plans for the second block include a business hub for video and audio production, sound stages and a mixed-use residential building. The third block will include a gospel music museum, a boutique hotel and an eight-screen movie theater that will also serve dinner.

Old Capitol Green The Jackson Redevelopment Authority is considering establishing a special tax district to help finance a $27-million parking garage and adjoining commercial space in the Old Capitol Green development. Full Spectrum New York, the developers, say they have commitments for 65 percent of the retail spaces. Committed retailers 16

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include Ojah Media Group, recording artist Cassandra Wilson’s music production company; E&L Barbeque, in its second Jackson location; and Petropolis, a locally owned pet grooming-and-boarding facility.

Midtown Housing The first phase of a $3.49 million energy-efficient residential development in Jackson’s midtown neighborhood should be complete in early 2012. Financed with stimulus funds and other federal funds, the project will include 16 solar-powered, energy-efficient duplexes when complete. The project also will have a commercial building on Fortification and Lamar streets with a barbershop, community meeting space and a health clinic.

Convention Center Hotel The city and developers of a $96.1 million convention center hotel are close to working out public-private financing details to make the controversial hotel a reality. In September, the city council passed a resolution that allows the city and developer TCI to issue $70.1 million in tax-exempt Gulf Opportunity Zone bonds through the Jackson Redevelopment Authority and $22.5 million in taxable bonds to fund it.

Baptist Health Systems’ expansion is underway and includes a five-story, 180,000square-foot mixed-use building in Belhaven that will include 750 offices on North State Street at the site where KFC was located. Construction crews were prepping the building for demolition as this issue went to press. Landmark Healthcare Facility will own the medical office building. The expansion will also include a sky bridge. Construction should be complete by spring 2013.

Art Garden In October, the Mississippi Museum of Art celebrated the grand opening of its Art Garden. The green space on Lamar Street includes a performance stage, outdoor dining spaces, public art installations and a splash pad for children with mosaic-tile designs. The space will also feature concerts, festivals and outdoor film screenings.

LeFleur East Foundation The new LeFleur East Foundation has formed to give north Jacksonians a role in development. The goals of the foundation are to promote and improve neighborhoods and increase safety. Visit for more details.

The Penguin The Penguin, a restaurant located at Jackson State University’s One University Place, opened its doors in November. The restaurant received a $15,000 grant from the city of Jackson’s Small Business Development Grant and Storefront Improvement Grant Program. Penguin is a reiteration of a former popular spot. Get breaking business developments at every day.


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For over 40 years—and now in its third generation of family management—Highland Village has been a Mississippi tradition for quality, providing a home to 52 retail, service, and restaurants businesses and 47 professional offices. It offers a unique, comfortable and relaxed setting for local specialty stores, restaurants, business offices, and it’s host to community events that help raise over $250,000 annually for local charities. Highland Village is a convenient destination offering everyone the service and individual attention they deserve. You will feel rewarded when you shop, dine, and meet family and friends at Highland Village.

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Peaches Cafe


MAKE A DIFFERENCE Wilora and Roderick Ephram Wilora “Peaches” Ephram opened Peaches Restaurant in 1961 with just $45 and a dream. Her goals were simple. She wanted to provide good food at a reasonable price. Today Peaches Restaurant is run by Wilora’s son Roderick Ephram. The soul food eatery is a hub of lively conversation and fellowship. “I want to keep what my mother started alive,” Roderick says. “This isn’t for my family. It’s for the neighborhood and the city.” 20

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Pure Barre


DIFFERENCE DO WE MAKE? Heidi Hogrefe wants to change women’s lives. In May 2011, the former Ballet Mississippi dancer and certified personal trainer chose Hinds County for her second Pure Barre studio. She uses her background in fitness and dance to help women get fit. Pure Barre’s effective workout uses elements of pilates, yoga and dance. “I didn’t want to just open any business. I wanted to do something that would help make my community better,” says Hogrefe.

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BIZ // by Tom Head


Doing the Apple


NAACP field organizer Medgar Evers rented an upstairs space here as an office in 1955.

Geno Lee runs the Big Apple Inn today.

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ASPIRE Means Business


f you’d like to sharpen your business skills, you now have a new option. Belhaven University relocated its ASPIRE degree program in August to the LeFleur Building (4780 Interstate 55 N., Suite 125; 601.968.5988). Belhaven was the first university in the metro to offer an accelerated degree program and graduate degrees for working adults including bachelor degrees in business administration, management and health administration; and masters in teaching, business administration, education, leadership and public administration. Visit for details.



n the early 1930s, a 40-something Mexican American entrepreneur named Juan (“Big John”) Mora came to Jackson and fell in love—not only with the city, but also with a young local woman named Maggie Lee. After running his tamale stand on Farish Street for the better part of the decade, he bought the little grocery store and meat market at 509 N. Farish St. for $100 and opened up the Big Apple Inn—or, as residents have historically called it, Big John’s—in September 1939.

(The Big Apple Inn is not named after New York City. As Mora’s son Harold explained to blues historian John Doughty in 1998, it was named after a dance—the “big apple”—popular in Jackson during the 1930s.) It has continuously sold its legendary smoked sausage sandwiches, pig-ear sandwiches, and tamales to locals and tourists alike. Geno Lee, Mora’s great-grandson, runs it today. “The History Channel did a story about us on ‘You Don’t Know Dixie,’ a show about places you have to visit in the South,” Lee says. “After it aired, we had a flood of folks come in.” The three apartments upstairs have had well-known tenants. NAACP field organizer Medgar Evers rented out one space as the NAACP’s local office for the first 10 months of 1955. The apartments were home, at different times, to blues musicians Elmore James and Sonny Boy Williamson. The small apartment may have partially inspired Williamson’s song “Lonesome Cabin”: “This room is so small I can’t even put up no cooking stove, Little room is so small that I can’t put up no cooking stove ... I could hear it rainin’, and I could see the lightnin’ flashing on my windowpane. ... But the little girl lay her head up in my chest and said ‘I love you, and I’m not ashamed.’”




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Betsy Liles creates artistic jewelry.


ven the fixtures at b. fine art jewelry are works of art. Wooden blocks and copper strips hold handcrafted earrings. Old fence boards are rustic display shelves. An antique shaving stand stocks jewelry cases. b. fine art jewelry (215 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland; 601.607.7741), also known as b. liles, is a retail store and studio where four artists use creativity and modern tools to

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ackson was just a small town when Carl J. Von Seutter opened a jewelry store in the Majestic Arcade on Capitol Street in 1849. The Old Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion were still new buildings. The railroad had come to town in 1840, linking the city with Vicksburg, Brandon and Raymond, but the population of Jackson, according to the 1850 census, was only 1,881 despite its status as the state capital. Ownership and locations have changed in the ensuing 162 years, but Von Seutter’s store, now known as Carter Jewelers, is still operating. Carter Jewelers bills itself as America’s third oldest registered jeweler, and it is Jackson’s longest continually operated business. Von Seutter operated the business until his death in 1918, current owner Jerry Lake says. The store’s manager in the early 20th century, John Carter, purchased the business and operated it until his death in 1946. Lee G. Letwinger then purchased it, retaining the Carter name. Some years later, Letwinger moved the


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craft necklaces, bracelets and rings. The artists are Betsy Liles, 56; Anne Brunson, 51; Cylena Knowles, 40; and Yesmine McCollum, 59. They use high-power microscopes and drill presses, silver-casting equipment and belt sanders. But their most important tools are insight and intuition. “One thing that sets us apart from most other jewelers is that we all came

from artistic backgrounds,” Liles says. Liles first discovered her love for jewelry when she joined a gem club with her son and met a jeweler who taught her the basics of jewelry making. She created jewelry after work and sold it to dress shops and gift stores. After about a year and a half, Liles left a 22-year nursing career at St. Dominic Hospital to make jewelry full time. Liles slowly built a loyal customer base through craft shows. These days, Liles creates jewelry in the b. liles studio, a workspace with as many tools as a carpenter’s shop. In the slower economy, the studio re-purposes jewelry more often. Silver flatware sets that are missing a few pieces become unusual bracelets and pendants. The artists modify old rings for up-todate looks or melt jewelry down entirely to produce a brand new ring. “We take the stuff that’s been made irrelevant,” Liles says, “and make it relevant again.”

// by Robyn Jackson main store to its present location at 711 High St. “I was a diamond broker, and I used to sell him diamonds,” Lake says. “He had always said he would never sell the business.” Lake was working for a Boston, Mass., company specializing in liquidating jewelry stores. He was planning to retire when Letwinger died and his estate put the store up for sale. “My son told me he wanted me to teach him the jewelry business before I got out of it,” Lake says. “So that’s what prompted me to go to Jackson when I heard (Letwinger’s) conservator niece was going to sell the business. I had 10 days to come up with $1 million.” By selling some property he owned and making a deal with a wealthy friend, Lake purchased Carter Jewelers in October 1997. “So much for my retirement,” he says. “This recession has caused me to be more active in the

business than I ever was before. Business has shrunk 40 percent. What’s really saved our industry has been engagement rings.” The downtown location is also a challenge, Lake admits, but being in one place for so long has its benefits. “We’re 100 percent a destination business. We’ve been there for a long, long time. I think a lot of people trust us. I’ve got the best jewelers I can hire,” he says. Lake faces a temporary closing of the store in 2012 to repair water damage from a remaht barrett roofing project, but he sees the bright side. “In the end, we’ll have one of the prettiest stores in the region.” “It’s pretty incredible having a store of this nature in the same location in downtown for so many years,” said John Gomez of Downtown Jackson Partners. “It’s a big plus for us. We’d like to have more retail downtown.”

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cided it was time to expand the business. “We knew that if we wanted to grow, we had to go where the people were, and that is valerie wells


any paths cross at Boots & More (1060 High St., 601.353.7777) whether because of the Dixie National Rodeo or agricultural training. Cowboys and farmers are only some of the regulars at this western outfitter. The store’s staple items, other than boots, include unmistakable, raw-smelling leather items from belts to hats, shirts to horse bridals and durable saddles. Mike Knight grew up in the sewingmachine sales and repair business. The family company had mostly serviced outfitters of oil-field workers, which was big business in Laurel at the time. As the sewing-machine industry faded, Lisa Knight heard about a boot outfitter company for sale. “As we look at it now, we made a great decision and have been blessed,” she says. In 1983, Mike and Lisa Knight took over Boots & More in Laurel. A short five years later, the couple de-

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Boots & More outfits more than cowboys. Jackson, our biggest city,” Lisa Knight said. Being on High Street just north of Interstate 20 and right off Interstate 55 is an excel-

lent location for their clients, which include cowboys and rodeo types but also doctors, lawyers, business people and fashionistas. The Knights work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to outfit children who want either a pair of boots or an entire western outfit. After Hurricane Katrina, Boots & More was fortunate because of its location to be up and running just a few days after the devastation. “Since we are on the major power grid, we were able to be at the High Street store,” Lisa Knight says. “We were able to service the many service workers here with boots, socks and even notebooks for them to take notes with.” Across from the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, where the Dixie National Rodeo stages in January, the main location also gets rodeo- and fair-related business. Boots & More has now expanded to two other locations: one at 2851 Highway 49, Florence; and one in Baton Rouge, La., which opened its doors in early October.

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Placemaking by Valerie Wells

From bricks to wide sidewalks, landmarks and water features, cities create spaces to linger.


eil Polen parks his car behind the William F. Winter Archives and History Building in the morning and walks the few blocks past the Old Capitol building, across State Street to his office on East Capitol Street. He works there as an intern architect and research associate for the Jackson Community Design Center. Sometimes, he has lunch in one of the pocket parks nearby, grabbing a few minutes on a bench under a tree in a spot between two downtown office buildings. JCDC, part of Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture, takes on the challenge of planning and visioning projects for mid-sized cities, such as Jackson. One of the key challenges in many midsized cities is how to get people walking to specific spots or how to create stops along the way where people already do walk. Some planners call this placemaking. 28

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Polen says that is a subjective term with different meanings to almost everyone. “It’s creating characteristics in a place to get people there so they have an experience,” he says. “But you can’t force people to have an experience. You can do things to encourage it. No one is going to sit on a bench on a pretty day if you don’t put it there.” Brick paving, such as the blocks of Congress Street near the Governor’s Mansion in downtown Jackson, are clues that an experience might avail itself. Polen says that’s one example of placemaking that suggests to walkers that they should linger a while. Jackson does not have a pedestrian culture, yet, Polen says. As that grows, Jackson should create more spaces that encourage future activity for a higher concentration of people.

People Watching “We really like being in places where we can see other people,” Polen says. The outside patio bar at the King Edward Hotel where some like to sit and people-watch is one Jackson example, Polen says. Outside seating at nearby Parlor Market is another spot. Their proximity to each other accentu

ates that part of downtown. Another example Polen offers is in Fondren: the front patio of Sneaky Beans, the coffee shop. Typical examples of placemaking involve benches and trees, but Polen wants Jacksonians to think beyond that to large squares of stone and concrete. “In larger cities, they have plazas. One Jackson Place starts to hint at it,” he says. The large fountain near the corner of Capitol and Lamar streets sits in front of the One Jackson Place office building. Statues of Eudora Welty, William Faulkner and Richard Wright stand in a ring around the fountain. Polen says a larger city needs a central gathering point. First, a city needs a critical mass of people who walk. Often, in cities like Jackson, people have a mentality that even if they sneak out of the office for lunch, they go straight back to work. With a critical mass of people and the natural flow of gardens and architectural spaces, workers and visitors might stay a little bit longer. Polen says planners might design and create conditions for interaction first, so people come later to enjoy city life. Another way to look at placemaking is paying attention to where people’s daily paths cross and where they are already gathering.

Nodes and Paths In the classic book about urban planning, “The Image of the City” (MIT Press, 1960, $18.83), Kevin Lynch writes about mental maps and the paths city dwellers routinely take. Lynch, who died in 1984, once studied with Frank Lloyd Wright and was an architecture and city-planning professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Environmental images are the result of a two-way process between the observer and his environment,” Lynch writes. “The environment suggests distinctions and relations, and the observer with great adaptability and in the light of his own purposes selects, organizes and endows with meaning what he sees.” Lynch had a great deal of respect for the city dweller. Many cities use his ideas of “way-making” and “signage,” planning buzzwords that mean making simple signs and maps. When done correctly, planners

can direct a flow of people to places—or to mark paths that most people already follow to help newcomers. Lynch writes about nodes, paths and landmarks. “Nodes are points, the strategic spots in a city into which an observer can enter, and which are the intensive foci to and from which he is travelling,” Lynch wrote. That makes them great spots for placemaking. Identifying the nodes can make life happier and a little more comfortable for residents while pleasing the heck out of economic-development professionals. Architect Jeff Seabold sits in his studio at the top of a hill in Fondren. He draws on a piece of paper to show the two nodes nearby: one is where Old Canton Road splits off State Street. The other is where State Street intersects with Duling Avenue. State Street’s graceful curve on Fondren Hill with its nostalgic storefronts naturally attracts people to walk, visit and come back. “You come up the hill, and Fondren just presents itself,” Seabold says.

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Although Jackson lacks that critical mass of pedestrians, planners can examine the traffic flow of walkers . “In an ideal world, you wouldn’t have to get in your car and drive 20 minutes,” Polen says. Placemaking in an urban neighborhood can also mean that, from your front door, you can walk to anything you need. One way to help that happen is improving the public transit system, developing nodes and parks at key bus stops. “Placemaking is contingent on density,” Polen says. “In the south, we are notorious for parks no one uses.”

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Walk the Talk Seabold has studied the curve of South State Street from Old Canton Road to Duling Avenue. His master’s thesis includes a treatPLACEMAKING, SEE page 30

Jackson landmarks, such as St Andrew’s Cathedral, need passersby and return visitors.

THIRD PLACES, see page 28

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Quirky individualism gives a community character. Hal and Mal’s urinals in the men’s restroom are doing their part.

ment for the Capri Theater at one of the nodes. What makes Fondren work as a great example of placemaking is its variety of friendly and small shops. “It creates experi-

ence,” Seabold says. “You have personal interaction with space.” The ample, wide sidewalks, in contrast to what he sees as a lack of sidewalks in Belhaven, lead to positive activity on the streets.

Big sidewalks with deep porches, such as the one at Sneaky Beans, make visitors feel protected, Seabold says. It’s a simple concept any business owner could consider. Building a deck is “cheap space” that opens up the business and builds community. Seabold agrees with Polen that walking is critical to placemaking. As more people walk, and with density, more neighborhoods like Fondren could flourish in the Jackson area. “I have a rule that if it’s less than one mile, I walk,” he says. Over lunch, Seabold can run an errand at the post office, eat at a local restaurant, go to the bank, then buy some milk at the grocery story. “That’s big city living,” he says. He and Polen both say they don’t think Fondren is a truly urban neighborhood, yet, or that Jackson has enough bikers and walkers. But they want to plan for it to happen. PLACEMAKING, SEE PAGE 34

WHAT PLACEMAKING IS–AND WHAT IT ISN’T local business ownership

social networks

land-use patterns fun


volunteerism evening use




Uses & Activities

indigenous celebratory sustainable





Access &Linkages


Comfort & Image

connected traffic data

retails sales


pride friendly

rent levels


cooperative neighborly

street life

property values



sitable spiritual


transit usage

“green” walkable


mode splits


convenient accessible


crime statistics

attractive historic

sanitation rating

pedestrian activity

building conditions

parking usage patterns

environmental data


number of women, children & elderly



• Community-driven • Visionary • Function before form • Adaptable • Inclusive • Focused on creating destinations • Flexible • Culturally aware • Ever changing • Multi-disciplinary • Transformative • Context-sensitive • Inspiring • Collaborative • Sociable

• Imposed from above • Reactive • Design-driven • A blanket solution • Exclusionary • Monolithic development • Overly accommodating of cars • One-size-fits-all • Static • Discipline-driven • Privatized • One-dimensional • Dependent on regulatory controls • A cost/benefit analysis • Project-focused • A quick fix

The Place Diagram is one of the tools Project for Public Spaces has developed to help communities evaluate places. The inner ring represents key attributes, the middle ring intangible qualities and the outer ring measurable data.


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// by Elizabeth Waibel


Selling an Experience

Highland Village’s layout encourages customers to stroll and sit a spell.


very time a new shopping center pops up in town, crowds flock to see the shiny new stores, then dwindle as the novelty wears off. With many online retailers offering deep discounts and free shipping, how can stores in town compete? Guy Boyll III, vice president of operations at Highland Village, says the shopping center’s layout encourages people to move throughout the area and walk past different storefronts and restaurants rather than pull up to one and leave. Boyll’s grandfather, Jimmy Fowler, developed Highland Village from a few buildings built in the 1960s, and his family has owned the shopping center for 40 years. Despite new shopping centers opening around Jackson, Boyll says occupancy has remained high. “You can go around the town and see all the different malls and venues that have opened throughout that time, and we’ve weathered those extremely well,” he says. Shoppers today are looking for an experience, not just convenience, says John Poros, director of the Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University. 32

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To keep shopping areas vibrant, Poros suggests that developers make retail areas denser and more walkable, so people can park once and walk to many different places. Slowing down traffic and encouraging people to stroll through shopping areas also gives people more time to look in store windows and see things they want to buy. New development is not the only way to create appealing retail space. The Mississippi Development Authority is reviewing proposals to rehabilitate old retail centers. The pilot program will give four projects money to help developers partner with local government and property owners to revamp retail spaces. While Mississippi Main Street and other organizations have made much-appreciated strides in making downtown areas beautiful places, many of the arterial roads leading into town are littered with drab concrete rectangles made even less attractive by the addition of for-sale signs that don’t budge. The buildings’ original owners and tenants have long ago moved on to newer strip malls, leaving stubborn suburban blight that diminishes the beauty in other parts of town

where the community takes pride. Leland Speed, executive director of MDA, says most strip malls have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years before the anchor store leaves and the community is stuck with a vacant building. Poros says that strip centers gained popularity after World War II, with the post-war economic boom and increased automobile use that allowed families to drive to brand-new shopping centers in the suburbs rather than sticking to stores within walking distance of home. Many cities zoned far too much area for retail space, Poros says. With rising fuel prices and frustrating traffic congestion, many people choose to shop online. When shoppers venture to a mall or retail center, they are looking for an experience, not just convenience. MDA’s Retail Center Revitalization Program has some good ideas for how communities can take care of the whole town, not just brand-new developments or trendy, historic neighborhoods. Poros says cities can reduce the amount of land they zone for retail areas to encourage developers to re-use old shopping centers instead of leaving them for dead. Another way to encourage people to stick with a particular retail area is through mixeduse development, or areas that are a mixture of living and work space, shopping, restaurants and other amenities. Poros says the idea is to integrate retail, restaurants and offices into community life, instead of just dumping a strip of stores on a convenient road. Perhaps the perfect example of how mixed-use development can transform an old building is Fondren Corner on State Street. The one-time state Wildlife and Fisheries office building now houses restaurants, boutiques, offices and apartments. Mike Peters, who developed the building, says cities should change zoning regulations to allow mixed-use developments that move living, recreational and work spaces closer together. That way, Peters says, people are in the area at all times, unlike a building of just offices that sits empty after business hours. The ultimate goal of MDA’s program is to help towns improve their images and curb appeal spreading from the town center. If a retail center becomes part of the community—whether through hosting events or by including offices and living spaces—maybe people will make sure it stays a viable asset.

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In his thesis, Seabold writes that the shift of a broad-based community to a self-centered lifestyle is a problem. “Until architecture begins to redefine the public spaces of the cities, the community will continue to grow further into a field of isolation. The effects of the consumption of information is far reaching and is not likely to change, but what can change is how designers develop the conditions and relationships of public spaces,” he writes. Seabold, 10 years later sitting in his Fondren studio, mentions a book that impresses him, “Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation” (Harvard Business Press, 2006, $22). The Medicis, that old, powerful family of Italy, helped bring on the Renaissance because, as Seabold explains, they were able to get different types of people to sit down at the same table and come up with new wonders. Seabold says that’s what needs to happen in Jackson: someone bringing together artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and planners in the same room to find new ideas. Seabold also thinks it’s OK to visit old ideas, such as water features. Other cities have popular waterfront parks or walkways connected to lakes and rivers. He thinks David Watkins’ vision for a RiverWalk near downtown Jackson is an excellent idea. The proposed One Lake project is another good idea, he says, calling it a much-needed draw for Jackson. Seabold says the metro needs to have public-private partnerships that create smart public spaces that benefit everyone. “If the far-reaching effects of a Walkable urban neighborhoods development are for the greater with destinations draw visitors, good of Jackson, then we are shoppers and new residents. It also makes life nicer for those better off. Is that creating a new already living there. shopping center? No. Is it a place where we can work together and enjoy Jackson as a community? Yes,” Seabold says. “If we don’t have a chance to come together, then we might as well just give up. We have an awesome city; we need more chances to celebrate it together.”


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The Ross Barnett Reservoir attracts people to hang out. River walks and lake fronts are placemakers.


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Pastas Baked Lasagna - Heavenly layers of pasta, beef, cheeses and spices. Pasta Primavera - Sauteed seasonal vegetables served over linguini pasta Eggplant Parmigiano - Fresh breaded Eggplant served with Linguini pasta, topped with Cerami’s tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Cannelloni Florentine - Cheese, beef, and spinach stuffed in two homemade pasta crepes topped with alfredo sauce. One of our specialties!!! Manicotti - Two homemade pasta crepes stuffed with blend of cheeses and spices topped with Cerami’s tomato meat sauce.

Tortellini Alfredo - Spinach tortellini covered with creamy alfredo sauce. Linguini with Garlic and butter Angel Hair and Pesto Add variety to your dish: Four Shrimp, Link of Italian Sausage, Chicken or Meatballs Substitute pasta for seasonal veggies

Carne & Pollo

(meat & poultry) AJ’s Spaghetti & Meatballs - Classic Spaghetti pasta with Cerami’s homemade meatballs Blackened Salmon - Our signature blackened salmon served with pesto cream sauce and delicate angel hair pasta 8 oz Filet with Pasta and Vegetables - Classic filet cooked to order with seasonal vegetables. Veal Parmigiano - Breaded veal topped with mozzarella and Cerami’s tomato sauce over linguini pasta Veal Picatta - Breaded veal with a lemon & garlic butter sauce with capers and mushrooms with a side of angel hair pasta Chicken Parmigiano - Breaded chicken topped with mozzarella and Cerami’s tomato sauce over linguini pasta Chicken Picatta - Breaded chicken with a lemon & garlic butter sauce with capers and mushrooms with a side of angel hair pasta Chicken Alfredo - Breaded chicken on the side of linguini pasta and our creamy alfredo sauce. Seared Tuna - Delicate tuna cooked to perfection with pesto cream sauce and angel hair pasta

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Shrimp Cerami - Fresh shrimp sautéed in white wine cream sauce topped with capers, artichoke hearts, and mushrooms on top of angel hair pasta. Cajun Pasta - Blackened tilapia & crawfish in a cajun cream sauce on top of angel hair pasta.


Tiramisu - Layers of imported mascarpone cheese and lady finger trifle delicately soaked in espresso with a hint of liqueur. Italian Canoli - Italian pastry shell stuffed with sweet cheese filling and miniature chocolate chips Spumoni - Three Flavors of creamy ice cream: Cherry, Pistachio, and Chocolate Crème Brulee Cheesecake - Creamy vanilla custard cheesecake topped with a delicious caramel crust topping. Italian Cream Cake - Homemade - moist cream cake with pecans and coconut. Finished with a decadent airy icing mixed with more pecans. Serenity’s Chocolate, Vanilla or Strawberry Ice Cream

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BBQ Plates

(All plates are served with your choice of two of our delicious sides: garden salad, slaw, potato salad, American fries, baked beans or Brunswick stew, cool months only, and Texas toast)

BBQ pork shoulder (smoked with hickory wood for 12 hours, then pulled and lightly chopped) BBQ beef brisket (smoked with hickory wood for 12 hours, then pulled and lightly chopped) St. Louis style ribs (slow smoked with hickory wood and hand rubbed with our dry rub or served wet when basted with our mild bbq sauce) Half slab Whole slab (enough for two people and served with your choice of four of our sides) Half smoked chicken (served dry or wet when basted with our mild bbq sauce) Queenie’s half chicken (smoked and hand rubbed with our dry rub) BBQ chicken (pulled off the bone of our smoked chicken and lightly chopped) Combination plate (served with 1/2 chicken of your choice and 1/2 slab of ribs, wet or dry and four sides of your choice; enough for two) Special Sandwich Platter Choice of smoked chicken, pork, beef, ham, turkey or hamburger and two of our sides


CHEF Salad, mixed greens, tomato, egg, swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, and your choice of ham and turkey, smoked chicken, pork, or beef w/ your choice of dressing (ranch, comeback, blue cheese, honey mustard, raspberry vinegarette, or oil & vinegar) Small CHEF


Po-Boy Choice of pork, beef, chicken, ham, or turkey and one of our sides* (Dressed with lettuce, tomato and mayo) Club Po-Boy Smoked ham and turkey grilled with melted cheddar and swiss cheese and choice of one of our sides (dressed with lettuce, tomato and our special comeback dressing) Sausage Po-Boy Smoked pork susage dressed with grilled onions, bell peppers and mustard, and one of our sides*

Here’s the Beef Po-Boy Smoked beef brisket, sliced thin, piled high and topped with melted swiss cheese and caramelized onions, then dressed with lettuce, tomato, and sweet mustard; includes choice of one of our sides Add your choice of cheese to any Po-Boy


(All sandwiches may be served on a regular bun, wheat bun, rye bread or Texas toast) Your choice of cheese, American, Swiss or cheddar may be added to any sandwich

Smoked chicken (pulled and lightly chopped then topped with slaw relish) Smoked pork shoulder (pulled and lightly chopped then topped with slaw relish) Smoked beef brisket (pulled and lightly chopped then topped with slaw relish) Smoked ham (grilled and served with lettuce, tomato &mayo) Smoked turkey breast (grilled and served with lettuce, tomato and mayo) Loaded hamburger (served with lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions, mayo and mustard) Loaded double hamburger (served w/ lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions, mayo and mustard) Grilled cheese (your choice of cheeses) GINNY PIG, our signature sandwich (smoked ham grilled with Swiss and cheddar cheeses and served on grilled garlic toast with lettuce, tomato and our special comeback dressing) The ultimate club sandwich, (smoked ham and turkey grilled with swiss and cheddar cheeses on garlic toast and served with lettuce, tomato and our special comeback dressing)


(All of our desserts are prepared right here in our kitchen)

Our famous Hershey Bar pie Lemon pie

Pecan pie Heated and served a la mode Coconut cake

Carrot cake Heated and served a la mode

Jackson’s Best BBQ JFP’s Best of Jackson

2003 • 2006 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011


Extra Fixins

BBQ Chicken (chopped w/ slaw relish) Garlic Bread ............................. .85 ..................................................... 4.95 Brunswick Stew w/ homemade BBQ Pork (chopped w/ slaw relish) cornbread: 1/2 pint - 4.95, pint - 8.25, ..................................................... 4.95 1/2 gallon - 26.40, gallon - 49.50 BBQ Beef (chopped w/ slaw relish) Assorted Potato Chips ........... .95 ..................................................... 5.25 Onion Rings ............................ 3.55 Smoked Ham (lettuce, tomato & mayo) Fries (fresh cut taters) ................. 3.25 ..................................................... 5.75 Regular or Sweet Potato with cheese ................................ 6.95 Small Garden Salad .............. 3.85 Smoked Turkey (lettuce, tomato & mayo) (Come Back, Ranch, or Raspberry ..................................................... 5.75 Vinaigrette) with cheese ................................ 6.95 Chef Salad ............................. 10.75 Hamburger ............................. 4.35 (topped with cheddar and swiss (lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, cheese, boiled egg, smoked chicken or pickles & onion) with cheese ....... 5.50 smoked ham & turkey, with a choice Double Hamburger ............... 5.45 of Come Back, Ranch or Raspberry with cheese ................................. 7.25 Vinaigrette) Po-Boys your choice of Pork, Chicken, Beef, Ham or Turkey (lettuce, tomato, mayo & Ruffles) ........................... 9.50 with cheese ............................... 10.75

Tater Salad, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, BBQ Sauce: single - 2.25, 1/2 pint - 2.95, pint - 4.59, 1/2 gallon - 16.80, gallon - 29.95

Grilled Cheese ........................ 3.75 extra cheese ................................ 1.25

Homemade Pies

Special Sandwich Platter ...... 8.55 (BBQ Chicken, Pork, Beef, Ham, Hamburger, or Turkey Sandwiches. Choice of two fixins: garden salad, slaw, tater salad, home fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings or baked beans)

BBQ Plates Choice of 2 of our delicious fixins: garden salad, slaw, tater salad, home fries or baked beans and Texas toast! BBQ Pork (chopped) ............. 11.75

Lemon or Pecan ..................... 4.35 Hershey Bar ............................ 4.95 Carrot Cake ............................. 4.50 Coconut Cake .......................... 4.95

We also sell Whole Pies!

Party Packs Serves 10 Adults .................. 44.95 (2lb. pork or beef or 2 whole chickens; 2 pints beans, 2 pints slaw & 6 slices of Texas toast or 10 buns)

BBQ Beef (chopped) .............. 12.25

1/2 Party Pack ....................... 23.75 Pork Ribs (wet or dry) Rib Party Pack (serves 4) ....... 52.15 1/2 slab ..................................... 14.95 (2 slabs ribs, 1 pint beans, 1 pint slaw, 1 whole slab ................................ 25.95 pint potato salad, 4 slices of Texas toast) BBQ Chicken (1/2 cluck) .......... 11.95 Combination (1/2 cluck, 1/2 slab) . .................................................. 22.75

We sell BBQ Pork, Beef, Ribs, Chicken, Ham & Turkey by the pound.

Ask About Our Catering!

1856 Main St. • Madison 601.853.8538

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Voted Best Pizza 2009-2011 Best of Jackson

Belhaven Location: 601-352-2001 North Jackson Location: 601-957-1975 SPECIALTY PIZZAS

Chicken Curry Delight - creamy homemade curry, smoked gouda, mozzarella, curried chicken, fire roasted red peppers. Pineapple on request. Double Cheeseburger - double seasoned beef aged cheddar cheese sauce, sliced American cheese, shredded cheddar, pickles and onions. Cajun Joe - Spicy andoullie sausage, seasoned chicken, green and red peppers, onions. Turkey Club - Turkey, smoked bacon, fresh tomatoes, honey mustard tomato sauce. Supreme - Pepperoni, beef, sausage, green pepper, mushroom, ham, onion, black olive, bacon. Carnivore - Pepperoni, ham, sausage, beef, bacon. Veggie Deluxe - Mushrooms, tomato, green pepper onion, green & black olive. Hawaiian - Extra Canadian bacon, extra pineapple and extra cheese. BBQ Pork - BBQ sauce, pulled pork BBQ Chicken - BBQ sauce, pulled chicken. Shrimp Alfredo - Alfredo sauce, shrimp, tomato. Spinach Alfredo - Alfredo sauce, spinach, tomato. Chicken Alfredo - Chicken, alfredo sauce, tomato. Chicken Fajita - Chicken, green peppers, diced tomato, picante sauce, red onion, mozzarella, Monterrey jack. Three Cheese - Cheddar, provolone, mozzarella. Thai Chicken - Thai peanut sauce, provolone, mozzarella, seasoned chicken, green peppers, onions & carrots. The Greek - Feta, mozzarella, black olives, gyro meat. Onions & artichoke hearts on request. Mexican Fiesta - Picante sauce, Monterrey jack, cheddar, seasoned beef, green onions and dice tomatoes. Black olives upon request. Margarita - Fresh garlic, roma tomatoes & basil on a special crust.. (Traditional Italian Pizza) Chicken Cordon Bleu - Seasoned chicken breast homemade mustard pizza sauce, swiss, mozzarella honey ham & diced tomatoes Andy’s Buffalo Ranch Chicken - Homemade buffalo sauce, swiss, mozzarella, marinated buffalo chicken & bacon


Medium $16.75







SUBS all served with Pickle and Potato Chips










$7.80 $7.25

$15.75 $14.75

$21.75 $21.25




$7.25 $7.45 $7.99 $7.95 $7.95 $7.95

$14.25 $15.25 $17.75 $15.00 $15.00 $16.25

$20.00 $20.75 $22.00 $20.25 $20.25 $21.25

$6.80 $7.95

$13.75 $16.25

$19.00 $22.75


















Small - $5.80 Medium - $11.50 Large - $16.50 Regular Toppings: Pepperoni, salami, beef, Italian sausage, ham, bacon, Canadian bacon, anchovies, green peppers, roma tomatoes, tomatoes, pineapple, mushrooms, black olives, green olives, red onions, pepperoncini peppers, banana peppers, jalapenos

Small - $1.25

Medium - $1.75

Large - $2.50

Premium Toppings: Grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, spinach, gyro meat, meatballs, feta, mozzarella, smoked gouda, provolone, cheddar, Swiss, Monterrey jack cheeses.

Small - $1.75

Medium - $2.25

Large - $2.75

Add Shrimp to Any Pizza! We don’t believe in wimpy toppings at the Pizza Shack. When you add Shrimp to a Large Pizza, you’re getting over a pound of shrimp for your money!

Small - $3.99

Medium - $6.99

Large - $7.99


Flavors: Southwest Garlic Ranch, Garlic Parmesan $4.50 Lemon Pepper, Traditional BBQ, Honey Mustard, BBQ, Traditional Hot, Fire Starter, Teriyaki, Spicy Thai



Italian Submarine - Genoa salami, mortadella, procuitto, ham, red onion, lettuce, tomato, provolone, oil & vinegar, salt & pepper. Banana pepper on request. Philly Cheese Steak - Chopped steak, bell pepper, onion, provolone . Meatball - Meatballs, marinara, provolone topped w/ oregano, basil & Parmesan. Onions & mushrooms on request. Roast Beef Dip - Roast Beef, Au Jus. Choice of cheese. Italian Sausage - Italian rope sausage, marinara sauce, provolone, onion, roasted red peppers, green peppers, topped w/ parmesan, basil & oregano.

ON A BUN add choice of cheese - .50¢ Joe’s Sloppy Joe -Fresh seasoned ground beef, homemade sloppy Joe sauce on a toasted bun. Pickles on request. BBQ Pulled Pork - Pulled pork w/ BBQ sauce. BBQ Pulled Chicken - Pulled chicken w/ BBQ sauce. Buffalo Ranch Chicken - Pulled buffalo chicken, creamy ranch & swiss. Fresh BBQ Chicken - w/savory BBQ sauce, bacon, swiss cheese $7.25 Lettuce and tomato on request.



$7.65 $7.65 $7.15 $7.45 $7.65

$6.75 $6.90 $6.90 $7.15

DELI SANDWICHES on White, Wheat, Sourdough or Marble Rye. Smoked Turkey - Smoked turkey, swiss, lettuce, tomato & mayo. Turkey Club - Smoked turkey, swiss, bacon, lettuce, tomato & mayo. Roast Beef - Roast beef, cheddar or swiss, lettuce, tomato, mayo, & Dijon mustard. Ham - Smoked ham, choice of cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, & honey mustard. Vegetarian - Tomato, cucumber, onions, green peppers, olive oil & vinegar. Choice of cheese on request. Ultimate - Turkey, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato, choice of cheese, honey mustard & mayo. Chicken Salad - Homemade chicken salad, iceberg lettuce, tomato. BLT - Applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomatoes & basil mayo.


Asian Chicken Salad - Marinated chicken, iceberg lettuce, roasted red peppers, green and red cabbage, julienne carrots, crispy noodles, toasted sesame seeds and Asian ginger dressing. Chef - Iceberg, romaine, ham, egg, provolone, turkey, cherry tomato. Antipasto - Ham, pepperoni, salami, prosciutto, mozzarella, provolone, romaine, iceberg, red onion, roma tomato. Garden - Iceberg, carrots, cherry tomato, cucumber. Caesar - Romaine, Parmesan, croutons, caesar dressing. Chicken Caesar - Romaine, Parmesan, croutons, chicken, caesar dressing. Chicken Salad - Homemade chicken salad over iceberg lettuce w/ cherry tomatoes, bacon bits & choice of cheese. Side Salad - your choice of Garden or Caesar

$7.45 $7.65 $7.65 $6.90 $6.90 $8.00 $7.65 $6.50 $8.00 $7.95 $8.00 $5.25 $6.00 $8.00 $7.75


Dressings - Ranch, Blue Cheese, Italian, Honey Mustard, Thousand Island, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Fat Free Ranch, Asian Sesame Seed Ginger


Bread Sticks $2.50 Cheese Sticks $5.00

601-352-2001 - To Order From The Belhaven Location 601-957-1975 - To Order From the North Jackson Location

925 East Fortification (In the former FabraCare Building, between Kat’s & Fenian’s) 5046 Parkway Drive • Colonial Mart Shopping Center (behind Great Harvest Bread Company off Old Canton Road)

New Belhaven Location! New North Jackson Location!

Pizza Shack 1 (Fortification) Mon-Thurs 11-10 Fri-Sat 11-11 Sun 11-9 • Pizza Shack 2 (Old Canton) Mon-Thurs 11-9 Fri -Sat 11-10 Sun 11-8 •

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Best Burger Best of Jackson 2011

New Blue Plate Special $8.99 1 Meat, 3 Veggies, Bread and Drink

We Give You Choices Meat Choices: Ground

Beef, Ground Turkey, Chicken Breast

Bun Choices: Wheat, White,

Texas Toast


The BnB Burger

BnBs’ famous burger just the way you like it! With lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard & ketchup.

Lea & Perrins Burger

A marinated burger in Lea & Perrins sauce. Dressed with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup & feta cheese.

Hwy 51 Bacon & Blue Burger Topped with applewood smoked bacon & crumbled bleu cheese. Served with warm bleu cheese sauce.

The County Line


BnB’s Famous Fried Pickles Loaded Ranch Dip Onion Rings MoJo Mushrooms Fried Cheese Sticks Homemade Buffalo Chicken Bites


Homemade Chili House Salad Hwy 61 Bacon & Blue Burger Salad Caesar Salad

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Wheat Wraps

Buffalo Chicken Philly Cheese Steak

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BnB’s BLT Quesadilla Sausage Dog Philly Cheese Steak Sonic Boom Pickin’ Chicken Tenders Lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard & ketchup, topped w/ fried jalapenos & hot Hot Dogs Fried Bologna Sandwich pepper jack cheese. Gotta have one with a little bit of everything! Lettuce, tomato, sautéed onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, mushrooms, jalapeno peppers, chili & your choice of cheese.

Smokehouse BBQ Burger

Applewood bacon, cheddar cheese & 1 fried onion ring.



Fresh-Cut Home Fries, never frozen Tater Tots Pineapple Express Idaho Potato Chips Topped with grilled pineapple, grilled onions & a bit of Onion Rings BnB’s secret sauce. Sweet Potato Tater Tots Mini BnBs Sweet Potato Fries BnB’s famous burger, mini style! Lettuce, tomato, Garden/Caesar Salad onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard & ketchup.

BnB Freestyle Burger

Build your own! Pick your meat, toppings & bread. (premium toppings are extra)

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Something Sweet

Melt-A-Way Brownie Southern Pecan Pie a-la-mode IBC Root Beer Float

Sun - Thurs 11AM - 10PM | Fri & Sat 11AM - 12AM 1060 E County Line Rd | Ridgeland, MS 39157 601.899.0038 | M46

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Bruschetta .....................11.95 Spicy Cheese Fritters ........8.95 Grilled Mushrooms with Garlic Bread ..............................7.95 Spinach & Artichoke Dip ...8.95 Meatball & Olive Salad ......7.95 Garlic Loaf & Red Sauce ....3.95 Tortellini in Chicken or Tomato Broth ...............................5.95 Angel Hair Soup in Tomato or Chicken Broth .................. 4.95 Antipasto .......................12.95 Fried Ravioli ....................7.95


Spaghetti with Meatballs ..................Sm 10.95/ Lg 12.95 Spaghetti with Sausage ..................Sm 11.95/ Lg 14.95 Ravioli ........Sm 10.95/Lg 17.95 Beef Lasagna ..................12.95 Rigatoni Supreme ...........14.95 Vegetable Lasagna ..........11.95 Veggie Pasta ...................12.95 Chicken Artichoke Lasagna ......................................16.95 Seafood Lasagna .............16.95 Ricotta Stuffed Shells .....18.95 Cannelloni ..................... 14.95 Chicken Parmesan ...........12.95 Eggplant Parmesan ......... 11.95 Fettuccine Alfredo ..........11.95 Shrimp Alfredo ...............15.95

Chicken Alfredo ..............14.95 Shrimp Scampi ...............15.95 Shrimp Marinara .............15.95 Veal Parmesan ................ 17.95 Veal Scaloppine .............. 17.95 Grilled Chicken & Angel Hair ..................................... 13.95 Grilled Chicken & Eggplant ..................................... 14.95 Tortellini Soup ............... 13.95 Fratesi’s Choice 8oz Filet..25.95 Fratesi’s Choice 14oz Ribeye ......................................25.95

Prize winning author, Eudora Welty, lived just around the corner until she was age 16. She frequented the store often and wrote a short story about it.


Tiramisu ..........................7.95 Canoli ..............................6.95 Blackberry Cobbler & Icecream ........................................5.95 That’s Amore Chocolate Cake ........................................6.95

A True Taste of Italy Named one e pi Magazin of the Best Italian Rest aurants in Mississippi by Mississip

910 Lake Harbour Dr. Ridgeland | 601-956-2929 Open Monday thru Saturday 5 pm - until


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The store was converted into a restaurant/bar in 1973. In 2008, under new ownership with some renovations, it was renamed “Ole Tavern On George Street”. We have captured the essence of the South’s unique culinary flair and good ole fashioned home cooking inspired by the local fares of Jackson and New Orleans. Cuisine ranges from Fried Green Tomatoes and Pimento Cheese Fritters to Seared Tuna Sandwich, Portabella Burger, and King George Burger to Gumbo, Red Beans & Rice, Fried Catfish and Country Fried Steak. Our night life includes: Tues.-Open Mic, Wed.-Karaoke, Thurs.-Ladies Night with D.J., Fri./Sat.- a variety of live music from locals and bands around the country,

416 George Street Jackson, MS 39202 601-960-2700 myspace/oletavern (Call 601-960-2705 for Catering and Private Parties)

Restaurant: Mon.-Fri., 11a.m.-10p.m. Sat., 4p.m.-10p.m. Happy Hours: Mon.-Sat., 4p.m.-7p.m. Bar Hours: Mon.-Fri., 11a.m.-2a.m. Sat.,-4p.m.-2a.m. M47


Soups & Salads

Fried Crab Claws 12 Duck Quesadilla 10 Crab Mac ‘N Cheese 13 Grit “Fries” 8 Crab Stuffed Shrimp 15 Pork Enchilada 9 Sweet Potato Ravioli 10 Pimento Cheese Fritters 9 Burger Sliders 2 For 8 / 3 For 12 Oysters Mescalero 12

Crawfish Bisque 6 Gumbo 5 Wedge 5 House 4 Spinach/ Strawberry/ Pecan 6

Entrees Crab Cakes 26 Shrimp & Grits 22 Catfish Katherine 20 Stuffed Chicken 18 Bacon Wrapped Salmon 22 Duck Jezebel 21 Filet Of Beef Tenderloin 27 Redfish “Parker House” 28 New York Strip 32 Ribeye 35 The Parker House Burger 13

Desserts $7 White Chocolate & Cranberry Bread Pudding Lavender Crème Brulee Pecan Praline Cheese Cake Seasonal Fruit Cobbler Chocolate Brownie Sundae

1 0 4 Ea s t Ma d i s o n Dr. Ri d g e l a n d , MS 601.856.0043 www. t h e pa r k e r h o u s e . c o m friend us on facebook & twitter @ParkerHse M48

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Opens at 4pm Wednesday-Friday & 6pm on Saturday Entertainment starts at 8pm Wednesday-Thursday & 9pm Friday-Saturday 119 South President Street Jackson, Mississippi 601.352.2322

Home of the blues, jazz, bluegrass music, & something or ’nother.




Mozzarella cheese, stewed San Marzano tomatoes, roasted red peppers w/ herbs & Balsamic vinegar atop toasted garlic bread.


Chopped Romaine lettuce atop grilled romaine w/ apples & roasted pecans, tossed in our home-made dressings & topped w/ Pecorino Romano cheese. Served w/ garlic crostini, a slice of grilled Portabella & San Marzano tomatoes.


Gumbos & stews & bisques...Oh, My!


Gulf shrimp & fresh fish, quickmarinated in lime juice, tequila & rice vinegar then tossed w/ fresh herbs, vegetables & tomatoes Served w/ fresh-fried corn tortillas & garnished w/ flash-fried herbs.


(all served w/ sweet potato chips)


(PORTABELLA BURGER) Our hand-blended, hand-formed 10oz patty, rilled to perfection & dressed w/ our choice of toppings.


Grilled patties of ground lamb & beef topped w/ tzatziki sauce, feta mayo & house-made pickles.


Grilled ribeye steak, topped w/ hash browns, brown gravy, chives & a fried quail egg.


Cornmeal dusted & flash-fried softshell crab topped w/ tucker Duke’s green goddess & vinaigrettetossed arugula.


Our Maryland-style crabcakes topped w/ roasted red pepper aioli & micro greens.


Pan-seared pork belly topped w/ tarragon applesauce & micro greens


Boiled gulf shrimp, potatoes & sausage w/ cocktail sauce & spicy corn mayonnaise. Topped w/ micro greens.


Marinated pork grilled & topped w/ chili-sesame mayo, green onions & marinated carrots.


Made w/ grilled zucchini & topped w/ our spicy corn mayo & micro greens.


As cheesy as the man it’s named for, these sandwiches are made w/ think-sliced prosciutto & pepperjack cheese & topped w/ pimento stuffed olives.


Sauteed cocktail shrimp, red & yellow peppers & pepper jack cheese. Topped w/ roasted red pepper aioli.


Pan seared ribeye, red & yellow peppers, green onions & Colby cheese. Topped w/ roasted red pepper aioli & creme fraiche.


Andouille & boudin sausages, red & yellow peppers, green onions & Colby cheese, Topped w/ spicy creole sauce.


Portabella mushrooms, zucchini, red & yellow peppers, green onions & pepper jack cheese, Topped w/ roasted red pepper aioli & creme fraiche.


Andy’s family recipe. A softshell crab sauteed in spicy brown butter & served atop toasted french bread & topped w/ a poached egg & sundried tomato choron sauce.

GRILLED TUNA W/ MISSISSIPPI PONZU Spice-rubbed, sashimi-grade tuna grilled to order & served w/ wasabi & our own “Mississippi Ponzu” dipping sauce.


Slice green tomatoes coated w/ cornmeal & deep fried. Srved “tostada-style” w/ melted cheese, seasoned pork, creme fraiche & pico de gallo salsa.


Made famous by Pascale’s Manale Served shellsoff w/ grilled lemon & toasted French bread.


Pillows of puffed pastry stuffed w/ a different savory blend each week.


Jumbo gulf shrimp grilled & served atop grilled zucchini w/ micro greens, grilled tomato & drizzled w/ ginger & sweet potato infused oil.


Our Maryland-style jumbo lump crabcake is made from Andy’s family recipe & served w/ roasted red pepper aioli. THE BEST IN THE CITY!

JACKSON RIDGELAND JACKSON CLINTON (601) 969-6400 (601) 605-0504 (601) 969-0606 (601) 924-2423 952 N. State St. 398 Hwy 51 N 1430 Ellis Ave. 1001 Hamptead Blvd. Order online -


Wing Combo Meals are sauced and tossed and served up with Specialty Dip, Fries, and Beverage. REGULAR WINGS 10 PIECE (1 flavor).............$8.99 BONELESS STRIPS 3 PIECE (1 flavor)...............$6.99 5 PIECE (1 flavor)...............$8.99


REGULAR & BONELESS WINGS 10 PIECE (up to 2 flavors) .....................................................$6.59 20 PIECE (up to 2 flavors) ....................................................$12.99 35 PIECE (up to 3 flavors) ....................................................$21.99 50 PIECE (up to 4 flavors) ...................................................$29.99 75 PIECE (up to 4 flavors) ..................................................$44.99 100 PIECE (up to 4 flavors) ................................................. .$59.49


4 PIECE (1 flavor)..............$4.99 7 PIECE (2 flavors)............$7.99 16 PIECE (2 flavors).......$18.59 24 PIECE (3 flavors).....$26.59 32 PIECE (3 flavors)......$33.59 WING FLAVORS



ICED TEA/SODA 20 oz. $1.69 32 oz. $1.99 BEER Domestic $2.75 Import $3.00

Taste what we’re known for. Items in RED are our signature dishes.

Thoroughly cooking beef, eggs, lamb, pork, poultry or shellfish reduces risk of foodborne illness. People w/ certain health conditions may be at higher risk if food is consumed raw/undercooked.

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16 PIECE (Up to 3 flavors) ......................................................$23.99 Includes: 16 Strips, Large Fresh Cut Seasoned Fries, Large Sides, 3 Regular Specialty Dips, 1 Order Crisp Veggie Sticks. Serves 3-5. 24 PIECE (Up to 3 flavors) ......................................................$33.99 Includes: 24 Strips, Large Fresh Cut Seasoned Fries, Large Side, 4 Regular Specialty Dips, 2 Order Crisp Veggie Sticks. Serves 4-6.


2 Gliders...................................$4.99 4 Gliders...................................$9.89 6 Gliders.................................$13.99 Glider Combo..........................$6.99


FRESH CUT SEASONED FRIES Regular.........................................$1.59 Large............................................$2.59 CREAMY COLE SLAW Regular.........................................$1.79 Pound...........................................$3.29 HOT CHEESE SAUCE.............$1.59 POTATO SALAD Regular.........................................$1.79 Pound...........................................$3.29


Six ource, USDA Prime, top sirloin grilled to order & topped w/ demi-glace reduction. Served w/ fried purple, pink & goldfingerling potatoes drizzled w/ truffl e oil & shaved Romano cheese. Ask your server about our Bar Bites & other Daily Specials.

Includes: 35 Wings, Large Fresh Cut Seasoned Fries, 2 Regular Specialty Dips, 1 Order Crisp Veggie Sticks. Serves 3-5 50 PIECE (Up to 4 flavors) ......... ......................................................$37.99 Includes: 50 Wings, Large Fresh Cut Seasoned Fries, Large Side, 4 Regular Specialty Dips, 2 Orders Crisp Veggie Sticks. Serves 4-6.

Celery & Carrots...................$0.89 BOURBON BAKED BEANS Regular.........................................$1.79 Large............................................$3.29


Backfin crabmean, red & yellow peppers & pepper jack cheese. Topped w/ roasted red pepper aioli.

“1st Place Best Wings 2009-2011” Best of Jackson Awards



Complete meals for large orders. Packs the perfect size to feed family, small gatherings and large parties.


35 PIECE (Up to 3 flavors) ......... ......................................................$25.99

Creamy Ranch, Chunky Bleu Cheese or Honey Mustard. Great for wings (fries too). Single Serving.........................$0.59 Large............................................$3.29


Each..............................................$0.35 Half Dozen.................................$1.79 Dozen...........................................$3.39 M49


Mediterranean Fish & Grill presents

&OOD Nachos, Burgers,


Salads, Hot Wings, Pasta and much more


3PECIALS Happy Hour

4-7 everyday .50 off bottle beer 2 for 1 all liquor drinks



Late Night Happy Hour

Sun - Thur 10pm-midnight

2 for 1 everything except pitchers and bottles of wine

6270 Old Canton Rd, Jackson


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Lunch and or Dinner”


4654 McWillie Dr. Jackson, MS

• Fresh Seafood Daily • Gyros, Greek Salads, And Appetizers • Daily Lunch Specials


MON-FRI 11A-2P,5-10P SAT 5-10P

828 HWY 51, MADISON • 601.853.0028

Eslava’s Grille Seafood, Steaks and Pasta

AWARD-WINNING BURGER MENU Made with beef or turkey on wheat or white. All burgers can be made with beef or turkey.

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2481 Lakeland Dr Flowood, MS 39232

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Japanese & Thai Cuisine

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Lunch is served weekdays from 11am - 2pm

appetizers and starters Fried Gritz 6 Fried Pickles 5 Onion Rings 6 Fried Mushrooms 6 Fried Combo 8 Chili Pie 5

sandwiches and baskets The F�n Burger 8 The F�n Chicken 9 The F�n Crab Burger 10 Pulled Pork Sandwich 8 Chicken Finger Basket 8 Fish Finger Basket 8

desserts Seasonal cakes Chocolate chip blondie brownie 3



Spring Rolls • Chicken Wings Satay • Egg Rolls Spring Rolls • Edamame


Miso • Chicken Broth Thai Noodle Soup


Seafood Mixed Salad Seaweed Salad • Thai Salad


•Sushi •Thai Curries Curries •Hibacchi

(Steak, Chicken, Vegetable)

•Tempura Udon •Thai Fried Rice •Vegetable Tempura

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sweet/unsweet salad 2 tea 2 fresh cut potato coffee 1 fries 2 (free refills on tea fresh cut sweet & coffee) potato fries 2 sodas/bottled cole slaw 2 water 2

daily pasta & salad specials

AVAILABLE MONDAY - FRIDAY House Beans and Rice 8 Frank�s Fettucine Alfredo chicken 8 shrimp 11 MONDAY Frank�s Fettucine Alfredo chicken 8 shrimp 11 Corner Club Salad chicken 8 shrimp 11 TUESDAY Momma�s Chicken Florentine 8 Fresh Spinach Salad 8 WEDNESDAY Pasta Picatta chicken 8 shrimp 11 Corner Club Salad chicken 8 shrimp 11 THURSDAY Mean Marsala 8 Caeser Salad chicken 8 shrimp 11 FRIDAY Shrimp and Gritz 10 Crab Cake Salad 10

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Kitchen Open Late

‘Til 2 a.m. - Seven Days a Week

Jackson’s Home for All Pay-Per- View Sporting Events. *Discounted items at Happy Hour *Contact us for your next event Starting Lineup (Starters) Cajun Spinach and Crawfish Dip 7.99 All Star-Shrimp 7.99 Buffalo Dip 7.99 Beer-Battered Onion Rings 5.99 Southwestern Chicken Egg Roll 7.99 Cheese Sticks 6.99 Chili Cheese Fries 7.99 Garlic Cheese Fries 6.99 Shrimp & Pork Egg Rolls 7.99 Queso Cheese Dip 5.99 Last Call Quesadilla 5.99 Jalapeno Poppers 7.99

Kick-off (Signature Wings)

Bad-to-the-Bone Pork Wings 7.99 Bone-In Wings - 7 for $6.99, 21 for 17.99, 50 for $39.99 Boneless Wings - 10 for $6.99, 25 for $16.99, 50 for $30.99 Signature Sauces - All-star, Fire, Hot, Mild, BBQ, Asian, Bourbon, Southwest Chipotle, Lemon Pepper, Sweet Red Chili, Sweet and Spicy BBQ

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Mean Burger $6.99 Jalapeño Burger $7.99 Philly Cheese Steak $7.99 Turkey Burger $7.49 Shrimp Po-boy $7.99 Club Po-boy $7.99 Buffalo Chicken Sandwich 7.99 Cordon Bleu Chicken Sandwich 8.99 Cajun Chicken Sandwich 7.99 Patty Melt 7.99 Heinz 57 Burger 6.99 Grilled Chicken Sandwich 7.99

Wildcard (Salads)

Garden Salad $5.99 (add-ons avail.) Chef Salad $7.99 Blackened Catfish Salad $9.99 Taco Salad $7.99

Hall of Fame (Specialties & Platters)

Hardwood Smoked Ribs 11.99 Pork Chop Platter 9.99 Sampler Platter 11.99 Catfish Platter 9.79 Chicken Tender Platter 7.99 Country Fried Steak Platter 8.99 Shrimp Platter 8.99 Seafood Combo 9.99 Above is a sample of our full menu. Prices, specials, selection and hours subject to change. 1428 Old Square Rd in Jackson 601.713.2700 M52

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Sausage & Cheese Plate: $6.95 Fried Pickles: $4.50 Fried Green Tomatoes: $6.95 Onion Rings: $3.95 Fresh Cut Fries: $1.95


Chef Salad: $7.95 Fried Chicken Salad: $7.95 Grilled Chicken Salad: $7.95 Fried Crawfish Salad: $8.95

Specials $8.98 Fried Chicken

Served with 1 side, tea & bread

Pork Chops

Served with 1 side, tea & bread

The Redneck Taco

A slice of cornbread topped with seasoned pork then covered with homemade coleslaw. Served with fries or onion rings.


Hamburger: $4.10 Cheeseburger: $4.50 Grilled Chicken: $5.95

Fried Chicken: $5.95 Steak: $5.95 Roast Beef Po-Boy: $7.95 Shrimp Po-Boy: $8.25

9 inch Pizzas

Cheese Pizza: $9.25 Cherokee Pizza: $13.95


Half Slab Ribs: $7.95 Whole Slab Ribs: $14.00

Children’s Menu


All Items served with fries. Hot Dog: $4.50 Grilled Cheese: $4.25 Chicken Tenders: $5.50


Mashed Potatoes Mac & Cheese Turnip Greens Okra Fries Onion Rings Potatoe Salad ColeSlaw

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resident tourist Story and food photos by

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Jaro Vacek

My Indulgence


n the 16th century, the Catholic Church splintered, and the reformation began in full. Part of this came about because of the belief that buying indulgences was a bad, bad idea. If you went out and committed a sin or two, you could drop by the Vatican, donate a few bucks to Pope Leo the X’s “Rebuild the Basilica” fund and poof!, sins gone. Why am I talking pre-reformation religion, you might ask? Well, the practice of buying indulgences is no longer acceptable, and I need one (Gee thanks, Martin Luther). So I must beg you for my indulgence. My space here is usually filled with wit and wisdom about a particular sect of the Jackson dining and entertainment scene, but this quarter I would like to focus on a single restaurant and a single meal. On the morning of Friday, Oct. 14, I left the Fox 40 studio and shlepped my cooking gear into my car. I never take my phone into the studio, and I make it a habit of checking for and returning messages while still in the parking lot so as not to wreak havoc on the motoring public while attempting to update my Facebook status, text message my wife, Kitty, and return calls. My friend and Fenian’s bartender, Jimmy Quinn, was in the car with me when I looked at my phone and asked, “Why the hell do I have 17 missed calls and 22 text messages?” My thoughts raced, and I immediately worried about my wife and kids. I was even more puzzled when I saw that most of the missed calls were not from my family, but from service industry and restaurant folk. I turned to Jimmy and said, “I hope my kitchen isn’t on fire.” Then a call came in from my son, Stuart. He informed me of the sad news that my dear friend and fellow chef, Craig Noone, had died tragically in an automobile accident. I told Jimmy the upsetting news, and we

Craig Noone climbed all over the roof of the King Edward Hotel in 2010 for the BOOM “Young Influential” photo shoot.



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Kitty enjoyed scallops at Parlor Market.

Second course included seared ahi tuna.

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rode in silence back to Belhaven. After dropping Jimmy off at his house, I returned home, gathered up Stuart and Kitty, and felt the full gravity of the Earth pull me to Parlor Market where we were greeted by what can only be described as the Jackson restaurant family. It seemed that gravitational pull had reached far beyond Belhaven. Not much was said at first. Tears and hugs lasted for an eternity in the fear that if we let go, we might lose yet another. It was sorrow embodied. We are service-minded people, so we didn’t let this last too long. Things needed tending to. People needed more help than we did. For the next hours and days, we busied ourselves with taking care of stuff and distracting ourselves from our sorrow that was never more than an arm’s length away. A memorial gathering took place at Parlor Market Friday afternoon and then at Hal and Mal’s Friday night. Impromptu visits came Saturday, and an official visitation followed on Sunday. Sunday night, what could only be described as a “Chef’s Wake” occurred at Underground 119, where Craig’s family, friends, fellow chefs and service-industry people gathered, bringing food, wine and comfort to each other. On Monday morning, Craig was laid to rest in a touching funeral and graveside service. Then, finally, on Monday evening, the Steel Chef benefit cooking competition for Community Place (in which Craig was scheduled to compete) was transformed into a tribute dinner for him. Somewhere in the middle of all of this was mine and Kitty’s wedding anniversary. With so much to do on top of my usual weekend business running the kitchen at Underground 119, we had little time for celebration. I made her breakfast in bed, and we exchanged the traditional wedding gift of copper (sixth anniversary) by giving each other shiny new pennies from 2011 that we found in my pocket and her purse. It was beautiful. It was simple, and it was appropriate. On Monday evening, when a group

of the Parlor Market family gathered at the Ole Tavern on George Street, chefs Jesse Houston and Ryan Bell informed me that PM would resume service Wednesday evening. I asked then and there for a reservation to re-affirm my anniversary joy with Kitty. Kitty and I arrived at Parlor Market promptly at 6 p.m. The door had only opened at 5:30 p.m., and the place was already packed. People were standing three-deep at the bar, and most of the tables were seated. The energy was high, and all of the faces were familiar. You could hear snippets and bit of conversations across the room as people repeated a similar meme: “I’m so glad they decided to re-open ... Craig would be so proud ... It’s so great to see everyone supporting this.” Kitty and I followed the hostess, weaving like ambulance drivers through the packed house and were seated at the “Kitchen Table.” At the top of our menus was printed “Happy Anniversary, Tom and Kitty, from PM.” Server Jenny Breaux arrived at our table with two glasses of fantastic Spanish Cava and took our menus before we could order, saying, “Jesse already has a dinner in mind for you.” We thanked her and sat in anticipation of our first course while nearly every employee wished us a happy anniversary and hugged us both. We fought back tears through the entire wait. Luckily, it was short. Jenny arrived with our amusebouche, a single bite of shrimp ceviche with coriander oil and lime zest, and we knew with that one bite that Craig’s legacy was alive and well. The richness of the oil, the tartness of the lime and the sweetness of the shrimp were in perfect balance, and the dish did its job of sending a four-bell alarm to our senses that they should be on high alert. The next course was two interpretations of a dish that would have been served at the Steel Chef Competition. My plate was a pumpkin ravioli with a soft egg yolk in the middle, topped with a stuffed squash blossom and choupique caviar. Knowing that Kitty can’t have wheat flour, Jesse and chef Enrika

Craig Noone and Kitty Cook Ramsey (the author’s wife) talk during a previous visit to Parlor Market.

liams made her dish a little different, substituting a pair of seared scallops for the ravioli and replacing the soft egg yolk with a rich Hollandaise sauce. We argued over who got the better dish but called it a draw as we scraped the last bits from the bottom of the bowls. For the next course, we enjoyed ahi tuna, seared in pumpkin seed oil (picking up on a theme here) and served atop aromatic vegeta-

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bles, Mississippi-grown mushrooms and misolime broth. Words fail. With all the fantastically and seriously prepared food we had, the whimsy of the dessert was a perfect foil. Jesse explained that the little wooden stands for the dessert had arrived Friday and, in all of the confusion, had accidentally been thrown away. His dumpster-diving heroics saved the custom-made pieces, and he assured us that although the main box was indeed “below the rim” of the dumpster, the stands were individually wrapped and boxed within the outer box. I personally wouldn’t have cared if we had

been forced to eat the dessert in the dumpster. It was just that fantastic. My pumpkin-spice ice cream arrived in a pumpkin flour waffle cone and Kitty’s in a bowl (damn glutens!). Each was topped with a fragment of pumpkin-seed praline. In the center of the stand was a pumpkin pie “push pop” complete with a graham cracker crust and homemade Cool Whip-esque topping. As we finished the last bites of our dessert and the last sips of our Cava, people barraged us with well wishes for a happy anniversary from our friends employed at Parlor Market and diners alike. It felt like home. It felt like family. And second-by-second, minute-by-minute, hug-by-comforting-hug, the sting of loss was lessened. Thank you, Parlor Market, for a perfect anniversary. Get more information:


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‘I Want Tom Kha!’

// by Andrew Dunaway

Andrew Dunaway

Were there any challenges being the first Thai restaurant in the area? Tim Bunniran: It was a very big challenge. I didn’t know if it was going to work or not. I have to give all the credit to my family. With the help of my husband and kids, I did not need to hire many staff. We just did it ourselves. The kids would get out of school and then come to help in the restaurant. That’s

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im and Prawat Bunniran knew it wouldn’t be easy opening the first Thai restaurant in town in 1992. Originally from Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, Tim Bunniran came to Jackson to earn her master’s degree in education from Jackson State University. It was there she met Prawat, a native of Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, and a MBA candidate at JSU. Years later, after they married and their family expanded with three children, an idea for earning additional income blossomed in 1992 when they opened a restaurant in South Jackson. In 2007, Thai House (1405 Old Square Road, 601.982.9991) moved into the old Moe’s location in North Jackson. Hoping to introduce Jacksonians to her cuisine and culture, Tim Bunniran has recreated the flavors of her mother’s home cooking so that her guests can enjoy a taste of her homeland.

Tim Bunniran serves Thai Hot Pot, a dish similar to Japanese sukiyaki.

spicy and I would introduce them to Thai cuisine personally. That’s why I still keep things family style at the Thai House. Would you say that you’ve toned down Thai a little bit for Jackson? Bunniran: Yes. I learned the customers aren’t accustomed to having herbs play such a strong role in their meals. Usually in curries, we put a lot of basil, but the customers said the smell was too strong. We had to cut out the basil, but if someone likes it, we can put it back in.

how we made it run until just recently, since when we first began, our sales were slower as we had to introduce people to Thai food.

Does the Thai House have a trademark dish? Bunniran: Tom Kha chicken (a spicy soup made with coconut milk, galangal, and lemongrass) and Pad Thai chicken (a dish of stir-fried noodles made with eggs, fish sauce, tamarind and chili peppers). Many of my customers go to Thai restaurants in other parts of the country, but they come back to our restaurant and say, “I want Tom Kha!”

Did you have any problems with people coming in to try the food and not knowing what to order? How did you overcome that? Bunniran: We had problems, but I just had to explain the differences to the customers. I would ask them what kind of meat and how

Do you plan to expand the menu? Bunniran: We’ve looked into expanding the menu in the past, but most of our customers enjoy their favorite dishes so much that they prefer to order those instead of newer items or our specials. Now, our customers often come

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in craving curry, Pad Thai and Tom Kha and so love those dishes that they’re not as eager to try new ones such as our specially prepared whole fish. What is your favorite ingredient? Bunniran: I love kaffir lime and Thai basil. If you could cook for or serve anyone in America, who would it be? Bunniran: I just don’t know famous people. I guess Oprah, because I want to serve Mississippians. You have to choose your last meal. What does it consist of: Bunniran: I really like Thai Hot Pot. I cook it all the time. It’s not too heavy, and it’s very healthy. We actually call it Thai sukiyaki; it’s like Japanese sukiyaki (a Japanese hot pot with a broth of soy sauce, sugar and mirin) but with added Thai spices. Thai House (1405 Old Square Road, 601.982.9991) won the 2011 Best of Jackson second-place award for Best Asian restaurant; in 2010, the eatery won the same award. Thai House is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m and 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 4:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday.

SIPS // bubbles SIPS // bubbles

Social Lubricant



hat makes or breaks a great party is a matter of personal choice, but this much is always true: a centrally located, spiked punch bowl is key. The punch bowl has multiple functions, serving as a centerpiece, a networking location and a dispenser of social lubricant. No matter who you are, after a few glasses of spiked punch, music is more groovy, lights twinkle brighter, and your overall view of the party shifts toward awesomeness. Whether served from bowl or fountain, Champagne flutes or plastic cups, a great party punch has three components: Color: Bright and festive colors visually scream fun. Taste: The flavor should be a combination of effervescence, fruitiness and sweetness. Whatever alcohol you use, it should be mellow and smooth. Save the chest-burning brandy, scotch or whisky for your flask. Effects: Easily drinkable like Kool-Aid or soda, you may mistakenly forget the alcohol content of the punch. Drinking too much too quickly isn’t recommended. It is best to drink moderately. Know your limitations, and if you partake of the punch, drink responsibly. No matter the occasion, my absolute favorite party cocktail is called a Woo Woo. This is one part peach schnapps, one part vodka and three parts cranberry juice over ice. You can convert this cocktail into the most amazing punch, keeping approximately the same ratios.

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Spike your punch bowl.

BOOM BOOM POW CHAMPAGNE PUNCH 4 bottles of Champagne (each 750 milliliter, standard size) 1 liter of peach schnapps 1 liter of triple-distilled vodka 1 gallon cranberry juice cocktail 2 cans diced peaches in light syrup 1 pint strawberries 1/4 cup sugar Wash, de-stem, and quarter strawberries. Place strawberries in a bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Refrigerate strawberry mixture until syrupy. Then, combine strawberries with diced peaches and add one to two cups of water. Freeze mixture in ice cube trays or as one large ring using a bundt pan.

Fill large punch bowl with remaining liquid ingredients and stir well. Before serving, add ice cubes to individual glasses or ice ring to punch bowl. Stir periodically to keep ingredients well mixed. Keep simple syrup or grenadine near the punch bowl so guests can adjust the sweetness of their drinks. Make simple syrup by combining equal parts sugar and boiling water until sugar completely dissolves. Make non-alcoholic Pow Punch by substituting peach nectar for schnapps, apple juice or pineapple juice for vodka and ginger ale for Champagne. As always, adjust recipe to your dietary needs and personal tastes.

Express Yourself by Donna Ladd


ello, and I like you. That’s what humorist and self-ordained mistress of entertaining Amy Sedaris wants your guests to hear from you. “I tend to live my life like a deaf person,” she writes. “I communicate with my actions: the way I dress, the way my home is decorated, and the gifts I give all speak for me. I take this to heart when I entertain.” And if her book, “I Like You,” tells the story, she is a quirky, fun, memorable party-giver. We suggest that you consider Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

borrowing—OK, just downright steal ’em—ideas from Sedaris’ delightful book, and let it inspire you to entertain in quirky, memorable ways. Yes, even for office parties. What is more predictable than boring office parties? Lighten up. Be creative. Here are some ideas: 1. Have a low-brow (or “white trash” party). Serve barbecued Spam, little weinies on sticks, baked Tater Tots (covered with Velveeta?), Jell-o cups with fruit inside. Give a prize for the best, er, costume.

2. Give a crafty party where everyone makes collages or cookie ornaments, or string popcorn. Serve a cocktail made in a glass shaker. 3. Make sure your parties have a crazy mix of people. It’s better to have drunken political arguments than folks sitting quietly around in a circle under bright lights. 4. Speaking of lights: Dim the dang things. More parties are ruined by bad lighting than anything else. Oh, except for boring people. 5. Music: new, retro, unpredictable. 59


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Power Couples PHOTOGRAPHER: Tate Nations (Thibodeauxs by Camille Moenkhaus) FASHION STYLIST: Meredith W. Sullivan HAIR and MAKEUP: Sarah J for Luxe Salon and Kate McNeely for Trio Salon LOCATIONS: The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art, NunoErin Studio, Ballet Magnificat!

Art and Science


uno Gonçalves Ferreira and Erin Hayne have so many public-arts projects in the works, they are expanding their studio and living space on South Commerce Street. Their design firm, NunoErin, also makes unusual furniture with familiar Mississippi shapes and coverings that change color when a warm hand or hip or cat paw presses against it. This downtown Jackson space barely contains all the fresh ideas coming

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out of this creative marriage of art and science. “We’re so excited being here in Jackson right now,” Ferreira says. Everything they need to do business is waiting in Mississippi. “We are so behind the raw ingredients here. Jackson is still in that formative stage. That’s what really excites us. There’s no noise. We can focus on being who we are.” Hayne, 35, and Ferreira, 37, moved into the downtown studio in 2009 to be part of a city

evolving into a cosmopolitan center. That year, they jumped at the chance to help define a Mississippi identity when they entered a competition for the Jackson Convention Center project. They were the only Mississippians to enter the public art contest, but they won over designers from New York and Los Angeles. “Kinetic Energy” is on display now at the center, mimicking water vapor with a never-ending light show. “It was brave and courageous for our



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NUNO GONÇALVES FERREIRA AND ERIN HAYNE leaders to choose that. It wasn’t a safe choice,” Hayne says. All their work revolves around subtle, constant changes in the environment and how people discover that environment. The couple is working on several proposals for large projects in Jackson, including sideof-the-road art along some city streets that go under railroad bridges. They are proposing one of many large photograph montages for the Jackson-Evers International Airport. Their montage would incorporate LED lights, but that’s all they will say at this stage in the planning. LED lights play a role in another plan the couple had for a 12-foot high circular sculpture for the new Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art. LED lights ringed the inside of the circle, creating an optical illusion of a long tunnel. The project didn’t make it into the garden, but NunoErin still wants to build it and place it somewhere special in the city. Another proposed project is a large, colorful egg-shaped structure on a planned playground in front of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. Drivers on Interstate 55 would see children running in and out of a huge pink-purple egg with round holes. “It would be a landmark,” Hayne says. The museum’s plan incorporates natural play spaces for children. The NunoErin egg would have speakers with recordings of indigenous birds 62

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that would call birds to the egg. “We met with a biologist at the museum. It turns out birds have a playful quality.” NunoErin understands playfulness. The couple likes to go to the Mississippi Children’s Museum and watch kids and parents run a hand along one of the almost magical LED benches they designed. Visitors experiment with glee, creating instant light shows with their bodies. A lot of hard numbers and technical research goes into each whimsical project. All their artistic efforts have scientific research integrated. “It’s not about information, it’s about how you humanize it,” Hayne says. The two designers met in Lisbon, Portugal. Hayne, a Mississippi girl from the Jackson area, was taking advanced design classes in Europe. Ferreira was her teacher. They fell in love, she brought him home, and they got married in the Cypress Swamp due to their mutual love for Mississippi nature. NunoErin’s thermo-sensitive furniture and wall hangings that change color when you lean against them or sit on them come in several organic shapes familiar to Mississippians. The Love Handles chair, manufactured in Tupelo, is extrawide with ample cushioning. It has a low back but no sides for arms to rest. On either side, the chair droops slightly like a little extra belly weight lapping over a belt. Stools shaped like cypress

stumps, acoustic tiles that mimic waves and oversized, asymmetrical benches for a small crowd all leave no evidence of recent visitors’ handprints that fade and return to the original color. They sell the furniture to hotels, hospitals, museums and interior designers. It is also in concept stores, new bars and nightclubs, a casino in Macao and in the Mayo Clinic. Playboy magazine expressed interest in using it in a photo shoot. NunoErin also experiments with bioluminescence, using products made from organisms that glow in the dark. Painting sidewalks throughout a city with a process NunoErin calls Luciform would create bottom-lit sidewalks that absorb sunshine during the day and glow for eight to 10 hours at night. Parks could be lit at night. Stargazing in the city would be possible because of the low ground-light illumination. Luciform could aid cities in natural disasters and power outages. People could see street markers under water during a flood. All their projects combine insight and context. Each piece, proposed or completed, fits in its setting and is part of a system that reminds people they are part of something larger. “One of our roles is not just being creators here, but we can bring people here,” Hayne says. “Outsiders have a general notion of Mississippi. We want them to see more than the veneer.” —Valerie Wells

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rom the outside looking in, one cannot help but wonder how Rep. Kelvin Buck, D-Holly Springs, and his wife, Rep. Kimberly Campbell Buck, D-Jackson, do it. Along with taking care of their six kids, they both have full work schedules. Kelvin, 50, is the current House Universities and College Committee chairman, executive director of the Williams Medical Foundation and vice president for the state’s NAACP. Kimberly Campbell Buck, 39, has a law practice and has been in the Mississippi House of Representatives for four years. They both are active in their Greek letter organizations, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. Affectionately called the “Buck Bunch” by friends and family, the Bucks are a blended family of eight. Kelvin has three children from a previous marriage: Forrest, Channing and Kerrigan. The couple also has three girls of their own: Sage, Brelan and newborn Iliya. While he spends most of the week working in north Mississippi, Kimberly works here and cares for the kids. The couple met during Kimberly’s first House session in January 2008 and married nine months later at the Pearl Street African Methodist Episcopal Church. She says the two came together with the belief to just love everybody, especially the kids. With the realization that everyone doesn’t come from the strong, educated families that they have, the couple strives to give back to the community and the generations after them. Both are strong Democrats and have similar interests, such as a strong sense of family. They are determined to make it work, no matter what. “You have to have a love greater than yourself,” Kimberly says. — LaShanda Phillips Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

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egan West and Matt Allen got married in December 2010 after dating for more than two years. They met at Julep when one of his friends approached the WAPT broadcaster and suggested she meet his attorney buddy. “We became instant friends,” West says. She grew up in Laurel and had recently returned to Mississippi from a job at a television station in Washington, D.C. Allen, who grew up in Jackson, made a deliberate decision to return to Jackson after finishing law school at the University of Texas at Austin. She works early mornings, so it’s a challenge scheduling time together. The couple makes it a point to be at each other’s functions, though. “We are best friends first of all,” West says. “It’s important we support each other’s events, whatever they are.” Sometimes that includes Mississippi State tailgating parties (Allen went to MSU, and West attended George Washington University in the nation’s capital), but it also includes serving the community. “We love jumping in to support great ideas,” she says. West, 29, volunteers for Mississippi Home Services and is involved with the Hinds County Distinguished Young Women program (formerly known as the Junior Miss program). Allen, 34, is involved with New Stage Theatre, Farish Street YMCA and Downtown Jackson Rotary. Allen and West attend St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. The couple lives in the King Edward building, overlooking downtown. Allen moved in the first day the renovated hotel was open. West loves the experience. “It’ll be a great memory 20 years from now that we were among first people to live there.” —Valerie Wells 63


Monique is wearing a gold Alice + Olivia dress ($395), a black velvet jacket ($230) and chandelier earrings ($152) from CoatTails; and black Dolce Vita shoes ($88) from Arco Avenue. Melvin is wearing a charcoal suit ($1,795), blue Gitman Brothers dress shirt ($165), red silk tie ($140), pocket square ($50) and Donald J. Pliner black shoes ($250) from Great Scott.




onique and Melvin Davis’ secret for their Jackson-based barbecue business, Lumpkins BBQ in south Jackson, is slow-cooked meat on hickory wood. Their recipe for 17 years of marriage is communication, laughter, enjoying each other’s company and respecting one another’s differences. Monique’s intuitive nature completes Melvin’s sense of logic. As hard-working business people, they take time for the community, focusing on education and the physical health of Jacksonians. They moved to Jackson in 2007 partly because they felt it was a good place to raise their kids. Monique and Melvin, both 47, organize parent advocacy trainings that the Southern Poverty Law Center hosts to promote effective communication between students, parents, and teachers, addressing disciplinary issues, effective conflict resolution skills, and advocating for students with disabilities. The couple also assists with fundraisers for the Boys and Girls Club, Stewpot Community Service, P.M. Soul and the Women’s Fund, which works to improve the lives of Mississippi women and girls. Lumpkins BBQ is a warm-natured and relaxed place to eat. Monique and Melvin Davis are parents of six children under age 16, who are also involved in the family business. “Working with children is like being a parent,” Monique says. “It’s challenging, and it’s rewarding to see them develop into good, responsible people.” Which is how Monique got her start in the barbecue business. In Washington, D.C., her father owned a barbecue business so she had the background to bring a different taste of barbecue to Jackson. At Lumpkins, the meat falls off the bone, and you can taste the smoke. When you cut the meat, you can see the smoke ring, Monique says. “We emphasize the quality of the meat instead of drowning it in barbecue sauce.” —Brittany M. Kilgore 64

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arry Emmett and Michael Parker have only been married since December 2009, but they have been together for 18 years. The couple met in southern California in 1994 and got married in 2009 in Connecticut. In 1995, they had planned on moving to New Orleans, but their car broke down in Jackson. Larry got a job waiting tables and made enough money that first night for a hotel room. The couple stayed in Jackson for a while and eventually settled down and moved to Belhaven. In March 2006, Michael and Larry opened The Pizza Shack on North State Street (now located at 925 E. Fortification St., 601.352.2001, and 5046 Parkway Drive, Suite 6, 601.957.1975). The restaurant moved from State Street due to Baptist Health System’s expansion. The couple wanted to bring “original pizza pie” to Jackson. “The art of making pizza has gotten lost in the past 20 years, and we wanted to bring it back,” Larry says. The Pizza Shack has won numerous Best of Jackson awards. While Larry and Michael have been here, they have gotten involved in the community, supporting different charities, such as the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. “We support anybody who is for a good cause,” Larry says. “God told us if we took the first step, he’d take the second.” Michael has noticed over the years an updating of beliefs in the metro area. “We love how Jackson has turned the corner from Old South ideas to a current progressive idealism,” he says. —Briana Robinson

Larry, left, wore a Report Collection gray polka dot shirt ($118), charcoal pants ($165), Torino brown leather belt ($85) and brown Cole Haan Air Blythe shoes ($168) from Kinkade’s Fine Clothing; and a multicolored scarf ($5.50) from Repeat Street. Mike wore a blue striped dress shirt ($15) and a gray V-neck sweater ($21) from Repeat Street; blue plaid pants ($225) from Great Scott; and black Sandro Moscolini Lexington loafers ($165) from Kinkade’s Fine Clothing.


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Fashion information, page 68

Power Couple:

Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. and Kathy Ezell Johnson


n his 43rd wedding anniversary, Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. was in Philadelphia, Pa., trying to get home to Jackson because he had dinner plans with his bride, Kathy Ezell Johnson. He knows she understands the demands of his job. “I think that understanding each other is key,” Johnson says. Being a good listener has made for a good marriage. Also, the mayor, 64, says respecting each other’s opinion is paramount, especially when politics may come into play. “There’s a way to do it so there’s no fussing and fighting,” he says. The mayor became the first African American elected to the post in 1997. He was re-elected in 2001 for a consecutive term. He was elected again to office in 2009. The future mayor met Kathy Ezell when the two of them were college students at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tenn. They have two grown children, Harvey Johnson III and Sharla Johnson. Kathy Ezell Johnson, 62, retired from Regions Bank. She had been with the institution through several name changes, all the way back to when it was Deposit Guaranty. Her poise and professionalism, he says, has helped his career. “I admire her ability to relate to situations and all people. She was in banking for 30 years,” he says. “She couldn’t approve loans for everyone, but I haven’t come across anyone who has a negative thing to say about the way she treated them.” —Valerie Wells Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

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Power Couple:

Fernando and Maxi Barone


ernando and Maxi Barone purposely created a place of business where their three children can come after school and hang out to do homework. Originally from Argentina, Fernando, 40, and Maxi, 41, made Jackson their home in 1991. They opened the ice cream shop Red Penguin (1524 Highway 80 W., 601.352.0036) in Jackson in 1998, signing a contract with the Blue Bunny organization. The Jackson shop is a part of a chain of Red Penguins the Barones opened, mostly in the south, starting with the first in Shreveport, La., in 1992. Red Penguin sends 20 ice-cream trucks into Jackson neighborhoods. Fernando is one of the founding members of the Mississippi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization founded in 2004 to promote business relations and create better opportunities for the Hispanic community in Jackson. The Barones have also implemented scholarships to the Holy Child Jesus Catholic School in Canton. The best part of the Red Penguin ice cream business is that it is family run. During construction of the Red Penguin, Maxi and Fernando made it a priority to be supportive of each other in their entrepreneurial endeavors. During their 20 years of marriage, the Barones juggled being parents of three children as well as being loyal business and life partners. “We wanted a business where we could stay together,” Maxi says. “Family is the most important part, not money,” Fernando says. “Every time my son makes a new friend, he always wants to know if his friends can have ice cream, so we make it a point to bring a box of ice cream to his school,” he adds. —Brittany M. Kilgore 67

POWER COUPLES, from page 67

Power Couple:

Kathy and Keith Thibodeaux


athy and Keith Thibodeaux of Ballet Magnificat! met through a mutual friend at the old Red Lobster on the Reservoir. That night, Keith, a former child star who played Little Ricky on the classic TV show “I Love Lucy,” was playing with his band, David and the Giants. Three months later, Kathy and Keith got married. That was 35 years ago. “We are Christians, and God is the only reason that we are and that we are together,” Kathy says. She isn’t kidding, either. “When I met Kathy, it just seemed like that was the favor from the Lord,” Keith, 61, says. “Not only was she beautiful, but she was very patient and kind and gentle and all those things that I needed in my life.” Before making the engagement official, he gave her a Bible and said: “Close your eyes and open the Bible and just point. Wherever your finger lands, we’ll take that as God’s answer.” After a short prayer, her finger landed in the Book of Ruth: “It is I, Ruth. Make me your wife according to God’s holy ordinance.” The couple started Ballet Magnificat! in 1986 when Kathy, now 55, wanted to use her gift of dance to glorify the Lord. She left Ballet Mississippi and faced opposition from the professional dance community. Belhaven University, however, offered any type of help the new dance company needed. “It was just amazing, in the beginning, how God just put it all together,” Kathy says. They started out with four dancers and one minivan. Now, Ballet Magnificat! has a school and two touring companies. One of the couple’s favorite things is that they work and travel together. Keith is Ballet Magnificat!’s executive director, and Kathy is the artistic director and principal dancer. The couple has one daughter, Tara, who is a choreographer. —Briana Robinson Camille Moenkhaus

Fashion info KATHY and KEITH THIBODEAUX, above: Kathy wore her own clothes with a Chan Luu necklace ($120) and Miss Monk earrings from The Shoebar at Pieces. Keith wore his own clothes. FROM OTHER PAGES: Nuno Gonçalves Ferreira and Erin Hayne, from pp 61-62: Nuno wore his own clothes. Erin wore her own clothes with a gold watch necklace ($50) from Arco Avenue and a gold feather ring ($60) from The Shoebar at Pieces. MEGAN WEST and MATT ALLEN from p 63: Megan is wearing a red Alice & Trixie dress ($308) from CoatTails; gold leaf earrings ($16.95) and pink cocktail ring ($14.95) from Material Girls; and Chinese Laundry metallic snake platforms ($125) from Shoe Bar at Pieces. Matt is wearing a purple and gray plaid shirt ($15) from Repeat Street; navy pinstripe pants ($1,795

for full suit), brown belt ($110) and brown shoes ($325) from Great Scott. KELVIN and KIMBERLY BUCK from p 63: Kimberly wore a black gown ($48) and gold earrings ($3.50) from Repeat Street; Isharya mirrored necklace ($528) from Coattails and gold shoes ($112) from Arco Avenue. Kelvin wore a Coppley gray plaid suit ($895), a plaid Tommy Bahama shirt ($138), black Cole Haan Air Stanton shoes ($198) and a black Torino belt ($130) from Kinkade’s Fine Clothing. MAYOR HARVEY JOHNSON JR. and KATHY EZELL JOHNSON from p 67: The mayor wore his own clothes with cuff links ($150) from Great Scott. Kathy also wore her own clothes. FERNANDO and MAXI BARONE from p 67: Maxi is wearing a blue silk and velvet Liz Claiborne dress ($22) from Repeat Street; a black belt


Arco Avenue, 1107 Highland Colony Pkwy, Suite 107, Ridgeland, 601.790.9662; CoatTails, 111 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601.853.1313; Great Scott, 4400 Old Canton Road, 601.984.3500; Kinkade’s Fine Clothing, 120 W. Jackson St. #2b, Ridgeland, 601.898.0513; Material Girls, 182 Promenade Blvd., Flowood, 601.992.4533; N.U.T.S. Re-Sale Store, 117 Wesley Ave., 601.355.7458; Repeat Street, 626 Ridgewood Road, Ridgeland, 601.605.9393; Salvation Army Family Thriftstore, 110 Presto Lane, 601.982.488; The Shoebar at Pieces, 425 Mitchell Ave., 601.939.5203. 68

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with gold lion heads ($1) from Salvation Army Family Thrift; gold and green bracelet ($35) from Arco Avenue; and silver glitter shoes ($190) from Shoe Bar at Pieces. Fernando is wearing a purple plaid Thomas Dean shirt ($15), gray wool pants ($17) from Repeat Street; a black silk tie ($95), black belt ($130) and black Sandro Moscolini Lexington loafers ($165) from Kinkade’s Fine Clothing. The REV. JOEY SHELTON and the REV. CONNIE SHELTON from page 74: Connie is wearing a silk Chanel scarf ($30) from N.U.T.S.; bow brooch ($5.50), gold link necklace ($9), and lion doorknocker earrings ($7.50) from Repeat Street; and a gold sun cocktail ring ($25) from Shoebar at Pieces. Joey is wearing an ivory shirt ($98), striped tie ($125), black belt ($110), black Donald Pliner shoes ($250) from Great Scott; and a olive cashmere sweater ($25) from Repeat Street.

Special thanks: Ballet Magnificat! The Mississippi Museum of Art NunoErin The Pizza Shack (supplied food for the shoot) Shannon Barbour, Olivia Reed Herring, Lashanda Phillips Also, artist William Goldman was working on his mural in the Art Garden and was gracious during our shoot.

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Local Gifts by LaShanda Phillips


hether you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift, a classy office present or a Valentine delight for your love, BOOM urges you to shop from locally owned businesses (yes, even for your new iPhone at C Spire; we’ll let you go to the Apple Store in Renaissance—not online!—for your iPad, of course). Here are ideas to impress. 1. IN LOVE SHOWER GEL, $22, and hand cream, $24, Coat Tails 2. IN LOVE BUBBLE BATH, $34, CoatTails 3. MISSISSIPPI HAND-EMBROIDERED PILLOW, $138, The Museum Store at the Mississippi Museum of Art 4. BLUE BUD VASE, $118, Pearl River Glass Studio 5. DIANE VON FURSTENBERG GLOVES, $160, Coat Tails 6. LEATHER SLING BAG, $105, Tangle 7. VIKING COFFEE MAKER, $300, Everyday Gourmet 8. VIKING 3-PLY 5-PIECE COOKWARE SET, $299.95, Everyday Gourmet 9. STERLING TUCUMAN BRACELET, $120, circa.Urban Artisan Living 10. IRON COPPER WOVEN BRACELET, $55, circa.Urban Artisan Living 11. RAKU VASE BY JAN CARTER, $85, Craftmen’s Guild of Mississippi

12. PANASONIC 50-INCH CLASS 720P PLASMA HDTV, $649, Cowboy Maloney’s Electric City 13. “ONE WRITER’S GARDEN: EUDORA WELTY’S HOME PLACE,” $35, Lemuria Books 14. IPHONE 4S, $199.99, C Spire Wireless 15. IPAD2, $499, The Apple Store 16. QUPID GOLD DISTRESS WEDGES, $24.99, Lipstick Lounge 17. VOLUSPA ELYSIAN CANDLE, $38, Glo Design Studio 18. ADLER SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS, $48, Summerhouse 19. EARRINGS, $60, Lipstick Lounge 20. DRAMA LEATHER HANDBAG, $285, circa.Urban Artisan Living 21. SMART CAR, $14,839, Mercedes-Benz of Jackson 22. GIBSON SONGWRITER DELUXE, $2,099, Fondren Guitar


Apple Store, 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 4010, Ridgeland; 601.607.4521 ; circa.Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road, 601.362.8484); CoatTails, 111 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601.853.1313; Cowboy Maloney’s Electric City, 1313 Harding St., 601.948.5600; C Spire Wireless, 5260 I-55 N., 855.277.4735; Fondren Guitar, 607 Fondren Place, 601.362.0313; Glo Design Studio (2951 Old Canton Road, 601.362.8484); Lemuria Books, 202 Banner Hall, 601.366.7619; Mercedes-Benz of Jackson, 5397 I-55 N., 601.956.4211; Mississippi Craft Center, 950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, 601.856.7546; Pearl River Glass Studio, 142 Millsaps Ave., 601.353.2497 Tangle (603 Duling Ave., Suite 607, 601.987.0123); The Everyday Gourmet (1625 E. County Line Road, Suite 500, 601.977.9258); The Lipstick Lounge (304 Mitchell Ave., 601.366.4000); The Museum Store at the Mississippi Museum of Art, 380 S. Lamar St., 601.965.9939, Summerhouse, 1109 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite D, Ridgeland, 601.853.4445


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Do-Gooders // judaism


A Communal World

Jordan Magidson is associate director of education at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute for Jewish Southern Life.


s a high school student in Detroit, Mich., Jordan Magidson was the only Jewish student in a majority African American student body. For Jewish holidays, she sometimes had to explain what the occasions meant. Magidson, 29, the associate director of education at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute for Jewish Southern Life, relates to certain places like Greenville, Miss., where the institute works with just one Jewish student. The institute’s founder, Macy Hart, grew up in Winona, Miss., where his was also the sole Jewish family. As former director of Utica-based Henry S. Jacobs Camp for Jewish Youth in the Deep South, Hart saw declining southern Jewish population over decades. Stuart Rockoff, director of ISJL’s History Department, says the Jewish population in Mississippi dropped from about 4,000 in the 1960s to 1,500 now. Hart’s thoughts turned to preservation. Thus, in 1986, he opened the Museum of Southern Jewish Experience in Utica. By 2000, with help from donors, the museum expanded to offer Jewish spiritual, educational and cultural support, changed its

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// by Charlotte Blom

name and set up in Jackson. The capital city now has the largest group of Jewish people in the state (as opposed to the Delta 50 years ago). The institute serves 72 congregations across 13 states. In addition to preservation of Jewish material and oral history, the institute develops religious school curriculum and has a circuit-riding rabbi. It also has a burgeoning department of community engagement that teaches peer mediation in Jackson-area middle schools. It is also planning an olderto-younger student reading program and healthy-living initiative. Rockoff, 42, is creating an online encyclopedia covering Jewish involvement in southern cities. He also acts as tour guide— to mostly northern Jewish groups—covering Memphis to New Orleans, and Mississippi from head-to-toe, which he says “completely changes the way they think about the state.” The institute has nine educational fellows, all recent college grads from around the nation. Each fellow is assigned to six to eight congregations that they visit three times a year. Fellowship experience includes imparting curriculums, holding Shabbat, leading torah study groups and Sunday school, and leading teacher trainings for religious teachers. The Slingshot Fund, a private group that supports nonprofits with grants and other assistance, voted the institute as one of the 50 most innovative Jewish organizations in the country since 2006. Magidson entered this field by teaching part-time at a Hebrew school while attending Michigan State University. Though her students were challenging, she was inspired, wishing only for more support and a developed curriculum. So she pursued her master’s in Jewish education at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. After taking an adventure by moving to Mississippi, Magidson says that the institute is more glamorous than she’d imagined with its opportunities, experiences and mentors, “It wasn’t the career I had planned on going into Michigan State but it’s definitely the right path for me,” she says. “I’ve gotten a chance to meet people in the Jewish communal world that, if I was working at a regular synagogue, I probably wouldn’t have met.” 73

Do-Gooders // faith

Called Together

// by Hannah Vick

Tate K. Nations


The Rev. Connie Shelton and the Rev. Joey Shelton are senior pastors at Galloway United Methodist Church in Jackson. (Fashion information on page 68.)

he Rev. Connie Shelton and the Rev. Joey Shelton work together as senior pastors of Galloway United Methodist Church, a post they took in 2007. They’ve been ministering together since 1997. Connie Shelton says it was love at first sight—or was it at first bleach spot? After finally convincing Connie to take a night off her busy schedule, Joey Shelton wore a gray sweatshirt with a bleach spot on the front to meet her that evening in 1985. Connie knew any man comfortable enough to do that on a first date was all right with her. They went for a drive after her night class and ended up sitting on a blanket, talking the night away as the moon rose over Lake Serene near Hattiesburg. They got married one year after their first date. Joey Shelton was practicing law in Hattiesburg at the time they met, and Connie Shelton was finishing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern Mississippi. Seven years later, they decided to join the ministry. They both received divinity degrees from Duke University in 1997 and became United Methodist ministers. “It was a relief when we realized that we both felt called to seminary,” Connie told a church publication in 2004. “We knew divinity school was the first step.”

Now, as they approach their 25th anniversary, conversation and communication are as important to them as on their first date. Intentionally spending time together and enjoying each other’s company is vital to their relationship. “My clergy spouse always understands whatever I am going through,” Connie says. “At the same time, the emotional demands—from ministry with the dying to ministry with failing relationships—can cause an emotional drain on the family. Creating healthy boundaries with ministry demands is an ongoing challenge.” It is important for them to always trust and cheer for each other, and to offer lots of support and encouragement. The rhythm of their lives is the rhythm of the Galloway community and of their two daughters: Bailey, 13, and Jessica, 8. In their free time, Joey pursues golf, and Connie loves pottery. They also travel together and have been to Israel and New Zealand. The Sheltons’ next traveling adventure has been made possible through the Lilly Endowment. They are going on a three-monthlong sabbatical trip to Savannah, Ga., and England to explore the heritage of John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church.

Jackson’s Religious Diversity // by Ronni Mott


he Jackson area, like many metropolitan areas in the South, seems to have a Christian church or maybe two on nearly every corner. But many other faith communities thrive in the metro as well as organizations dedicated to interfaith understanding. Here are a few of those resources:

The Institute of Interfaith Dialog 900 E. County Line Road, Suite 201A, Ridgeland, 769.251.0074, mississippi/jackson

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Interfaith Organizations Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference P.O. Box 68123, Jackson 392868123,

Buddhism Jackson Zen Group 4308 Old Canton Road, 601.982.0402, 74

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Baha’i Baha’i Faith 386 Fairfield Drive, 601.982.1840 Hinduism Sita Ram Hindu Temple P.O. Box 7874, Jackson 39284, 601.948.1190

Islam Mississippi Muslim Association and Masjid Omar 2533 Old McDowell Road, 601.371.2834, Magnolia Islamic Center Under construction at 1465 U.S. Highway 51, Madison

Swaminarayan Hindu Temple 2390 Greenway Drive, 601.922.4343, Hindu Temple Society of Mississippi 167 Vernon Jones Ave., 601.992.3331,

Muhammad’s Mosque No. 78 927 Minister Frank Muhammad Drive, 769.218.0048, International Museum of Muslim Cultures 117 E. Pascagoula St., 601.960.0440,

Masjid Muhammad 6100 Floral Ave., 601.957.2598 Judaism Temple Beth Israel 5315 Old Canton Road, 601.956.6215, Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life P.O. Box 16528, Jackson, 39236, 4915 Interstate 55 N., Suite 100A, 601.362.6357, Sikhism The Sikh Society of Mississippi 4324 Welota Drive, 601.922.8202

Add others:

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it Mississippi’s agora.

Valerie Wells

Cool Too // natchez

Calling Your Bluff

Natchez contains itself and keeps history from jumping off the cliff.

// by Valerie Wells


he historic Natchez bluff threatened homes and businesses for centuries as the jagged line above the Mississippi River crept closer to civilization. The eroding cliff ate streets and then, inch-byinch, it began to gobble front yards of stately homes. Sooner if not later, it seemed, all of Natchez might be under the hill. It’s been an issue since before the Spanish and French showed up. The river snakes its way past the town, and some of the 200foot-high loess bluff tends to want to slide. Now, it seems for the moment anyway, man might have conquered nature. In the 1980s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began a stabilization study to figure out the best way to save the city. In 1994, the National Trust for Historic Preservation added the bluff to its list of the 11 most endangered places in America. In 2007, the city, with help from the state and the federal government, began a $30 million stabilization project. The massive concrete girdle that hugs the Natchez bluff looks like part of a zoo exhibit for giant, dangerous lions. Instead of beasts, the barrier holds in gothic history and complications galore. The city’s new bluff trail curves along the top of the bluff, along a stretch that would have 76

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been impossible to tread just a few years ago. The fenced sidewalk continues for a mile, past old homes that didn’t meet a demise in a landslide. People walk their dogs, jog and stop to visit along what might be the most charming path in Mississippi. Don’t let the hoop skirts and Old South fantasies keep you from visiting this historic city that has more to offer than moonlight and magnolias. You could spend a week in Natchez touring historic sites without once stepping in an antebellum mansion. It’s been a diverse city since at least 1716, and plenty of evidence remains of that past, much of it free to explore. Before the Spanish and French came, people lived in a community where the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians National Park is now. What remains are small mounds where a temple and the home of the leader

What to do ts Food st Kings Tavern (619 Jefferson St., 601.446.8845), the oldest inn in Natchez, serves the best smoked prime rib. It’s also haunted with a ghost or two. Planet Thailand ( 116 N. Commerce St., 601.442.4220) If you like your food hot and spicy, here’s an option. They serve Thai dishes and sushi. Biscuits and Blues (315 Main St., 601.446.9922) Besides the comfort of fresh biscuits on every table, this spot also offers po’ boys and chocolate bread pudding. Have a side of blues music with your meal.

once stood. With St. Catherine’s Creek winding behind the park, it’s a perfect place for a picnic and reflection. Another site gives you a different view of 1800s Natchez. William Johnson, a slave until he gained freedom at age 11, was a prominent figure in Natchez’ free black community. In 1830, Johnson bought his barber shop after learning the trade from his brother-inlaw. His home is now a National Park-run site in downtown Natchez. If you come into Natchez on Highway 61, before you get downtown you come to a hill where three streets (D’Evereaux, Liberty and St. Catherine) form a Y intersection. The road is well-marked, but you may drive by the Forks in the Road site at first, so be ready to go around the block to find the row of interpretive exhibits. (OK, they are just signs—but with fascinating details.) A slave market once thrived in this spot. A state historic marker nearby says that when Union troops occupied the city in July 1863, the freed slaves gathered on this hill on the edge of town. All these things—and many more—are free to experience in Natchez. Twin Oaks Bed and Breakfast has a really cool list of places to go. Take a look at it online: twinoaksnatchez. com/101thingstodonatchez.html.

ts Attractions st The Natchez Official Visitors Center (Highway 84 at the Mis-

ts Shops st Old South Trading Post

The historic Natchez Cemetery has a tour booklet to

(200 N. Broadway St., 601.446.5354) sells gifts and goodies. If you miss the pecan pralines there, a nice lady sitting in the parking lot at Rosalie mansion will sell you some of her homemade ones. Old South Winery (65 S. Concord Ave., 601.445.9924) has the largest selection of muscadine wine anywhere. Support your local grapes.

help guide you to “The Turning Angel.” Watch tourists trip as they look to see if the statue’s head turns to follow as they pass through the graves.

601.445.5752) bills itself as the oldest independent bookstore in Natchez.

sissippi River, 800.647.6724) offers a view of the Mississippi River and historical exhibits of the old city’s background.

The National Park Service (210 State St., 601.446.5790) offers free walking tours downtown on Saturdays. Be ready to go at 10 a.m.

Cover to Cover Books and More (401 Main Street,

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ARTS // apac

Incubating Talent File photo

// by Elizabeth Waibel

Power APAC, a Jackson public school, trains dancers, musicians and artists.


osea Griffith, a tall 11th grader in a pressed suit and tie, held his arms precisely at his sides. As the pianist struck the first notes of the spiritual “Deep River,” Griffith began to sing, leaning forward and extending his hand toward the audience in an invitation to listen. Griffith performed at a ceremony to honor his Jackson school, Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex, one of four schools in the nation to receive a National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award from the Kennedy Center this year. Power APAC provides training in music, dance, theater and visual arts for students in the fourth through 12th grades. It is an unusual public school. Most students who start in elementary stay with the same instructors until graduation, giving them an opportunity to master their art. During the ceremony, students and graduates of the school showed off their accomplishments. Lauren White, a Power APAC alumna, danced to Sia’s “Breathe Me,” performing quick twirls and long arabesques that dissolved into modern, angular movements. As she left the 78

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stage and walked down the aisle, she grinned and waved at former teachers. Dance, music, theater and visual arts are offered at varying levels for all students; an eighth-grade student can work on the same level as a senior. JPS students compete for a chance to attend Power APAC. Every year the staff and faculty hold auditions for children who can sing, dance, paint or act. Slots are limited, and not everyone who applies gets in. It gets tougher as the students get older. Those already in the program have to prove they still belong. Even so, few slots open up for high-school students. Mississippi produces great artists, but too often takes its citizens’ talent and potential for granted, former Gov. William Winter says. He encourages the state to use the public-school system to extend artistic and academic opportunities to students throughout Mississippi. Winter, speaking at the APAC ceremony, singled out opera singer and native Mississippian Leontyne Price as an example of the great things Mississippians can accomplish through arts. “I have known all my life, since I was a little boy growing up in the rural areas of Gre

nada County, that we have so many artists out there, so many great musicians, so many great authors, so many great writers—Mississippibred, Mississippi-raised,” Winter said. “And yet, I also knew ... how many of them have talent that was never enough. How many other Leontyne Prices have there been in Mississippi that never got the opportunity, for whatever reason, to develop their talent?” Many Mississippians have set their sights too low and take the state’s intellectual and artistic talent for granted, Winter says. “In my opinion, we have undervalued public education,” Winter said. “APAC is a public school. Let this be a showcase for public education in Mississippi, and let us take great pride in the accomplishments of our schools.” Along with the national recognition for the Kennedy Center award, Power APAC will receive a $2,000 grant. Power APAC is not the first school in Mississippi that the Kennedy Center has singled out for arts achievement; Starkville High School received the award for the 1998-1999 school year. Visit to learn more.

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// by Valerie Wells

James Patterson

Fabric of Life

James Patterson

ARTS // story

Diane Williams is a new member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi.


iane Williams stitches stories in her textile art. She refers to the narrative blocks—many about the size of a small pillowcase—as her quilts. They aren’t meant to be functional bed covers; they are meant to convey stories. She attaches shells, ribbons, buttons with thread to her colorful folk art. The common theme is the evolution and journey of African American life. “My friends are embedded in my work,” Williams says. Williams, 58, is one of the newest members of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi—not an easy task. Members have to apply and work toward mastery. It’s a long process that involves a committee of peers who assess the quality of the work. The Guild has 400 members now in 19 states. As the arts industry director for the Mississippi Arts Commission, Williams helps nonprofit organizations and individual artists position themselves to leverage their art. She’s also an award-winning storyteller who can charm a crowd and fascinate children. She has won the National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Award for 80

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Regional Leadership and Service, the National Association of Black Storytellers Zora Neale Hurston Award, the Mississippi Humanities Council’s Special Chair’s Award and has been nominated twice for the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in Mississippi. Membership in the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi requires an application to the Standards Review Committee. Twice a year—in March and August— the committee evaluates work to decide which, if any, new members may join. It’s an arduous process. Every member of the committee handles and scrutinizes each piece of work. A high degree of skill and competence must be evident. The committee ranks each piece of work’s design, creativity, tradition, craftsmanship and overall impact. The guild held a reception for new members in October. “I’m grateful for those who came to the exhibit, but I’m also especially thankful for those who encourage me and rally me on to good works,” Williams says. “It’s just as important.” To learn more about the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, call 601.856.7546 or visit

Diane Williams tells stories of an African American journey in her narrative quilts.

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MELODIES // groove


aving recently moved to the Jackson area, my quest for the local jazz scene took me to a fortunate encounter with a performer who has a lot to say: Pam Confer. For those who know her, that sounds like a weak joke. Confer is an award-winning public speaker and trainer who works mostly in the public sphere. With that background, Confer understands the intricate nuances of communicating any message to an audience. Confer is a gifted singer who chose a simple and true name for her band: Jazz Beautiful. When I first saw her at circa and listened to her singing, my impression was that she’s completely comfortable doing what she does. She can chat in between the last verse of a song while the keyboardist is playing his solo, as she goes around the table greeting people, before going back to tag the tune to an end. At this point, I started to realize that Confer was not only singing jazz and soul standards. She was opening up to the audience, looking for faces and personalities—something that even full-time and experienced jazz musicians frequently are not able to do, as they are trapped in their own style. That’s a turning point many musicians want to get to without knowing exactly how—a level of refinement in music-making that makes the final result turn out simple.

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Pam Confer makes jazz beautiful.

With Confer, this immediate simplicity of her attitude also sounds as clear as a beautiful feminine voice can sound. Her tone is warm, and the way she plays with the melodies is pleasant and entertaining. “I’m just a common person who likes to interact,” she says. She chose the name Jazz Beautiful based on what she thinks the music has to be—an

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everyday resource for people to overcome difficulties. She is a cover singer, but if you’re lost in thought listening to her, it may take a while to realize she’s singing a well-known standard. My quest for the local jazz scene is far from over, but it’s definitely off to a good start. To learn more about Jazz Beautiful, email Confer at

// by Amanda C. Barber


Caroline Crawford sings tales with a textured aura.


// by Marcelo Vieira

Camille Moenkhaus

Jazz Conferred

ackson singer, songwriter and pianist Caroline Crawford not only composes and performs her original music, she can also bewitch you with covers of Tool’s “Enema” or Metallica’s “St. Anger.” She might even play you a Cole Porter song. When asked to describe her creative process, Crawford becomes pensive. “It’s mostly based off of some feeling, and that’s the part I can’t describe,” she says. “It’s very slow. (The ideas) may come as one line for a year, or three or four measures of a melody. They just stick around. They hover and wait.”

Crawford, 35, has an eloquent way of stating obtuse ideas. “One of my favorite quotes is by author Tom Robbins. He said, ‘I want to send my readers crystals.’ I just always loved that. It makes no sense, but at the same time I understand it,” she says. “In the same way that I make that sentence my own, we all make music our own,” she says. The full-time psychology major at Millsaps College released her debut album, “Delphian,” in September. The piano-driven, guitarinterlaced work weaves a textured, alternative aural experience. “I read a lot of books,” Craw-

ford says. “When I write music, I read a lot of nonfiction because I like to look for parallels in history, psychology, philosophy and especially in mythology. I like to kind of rewrite mythological stories.” These stories creep into her work and settle. The song “Saturnalia” references the winter solstice celebration. “Lilitu” draws on the tale of Lilith, a demonic female character of mythology. “We just have to keep modernizing them to make it fit,” she says. “That’s where a lot of my writing inspiration comes from.” To learn more, visit her blog,


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Events // merry, merry

1 - ‘Twas a Night with Gail Pittman, 5-9 p.m., at Jackson Street Gallery (500 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Enjoy food, shopping and trolley rides. Proceeds benefit Mississippi Children’s Home Services. $50, $75 couples; call 601.352.7784.

9 - “A Night of Musical Artistry,” 7 p.m., at Alamo Theatre (333 N. Farish St.). Mississippi Jazz Foundation hosts. Performers include Gerald Albright and Michael Burton. $35; call 601.594.2314 or 800.745.3000. 3 - Ridgeland Christmas Parade, 2 p.m., at Jackson Street, Ridgeland. The theme is “A StarSpangled Christmas.” Visit 3 - City of Jackson Holiday Parade, noon, in downtown Jackson. Local schools and organizations participate in the annual event, which includes a visit from Santa. Free; call 601.960.1084.

3-4 - Ballet Mississippi ‘s “The Nutcracker,” at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). A tea party is held prior to the Dec. 4 performance at 12:45 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Show times are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 2 p.m. Dec. 4. $12-$27, $30 tea party; call 800.595.4TIX.

2 - Old Jackson Christmas by Candlelight, 4:30 p.m., in downtown Jackson. See Christmas decorations at the Governor’s Mansion, the Old Capitol Museum, the Mississippi State Capitol and the William F. Winter Archives and History Building. Free; call 601.576.6800.

2-16 2-16, Telling Tales, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Come for story time and crafts at 3:30 p.m. Fridays. Free; call 601.576.6920.

6 - Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series, 7 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in the recital hall. Natchez chef Regina Charboneau shares Christmas recipes. $10; call 601.974.1130.

2-18 - “Annie,” at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. $25, $22 seniors and students, $18 children 12 and under; call 601.948.3533.


10 - Gingerbread House Workshop for Families, 9 a.m., at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Decorate pre-constructed houses. For ages 7 and up. Also on Dec. 18. $59; call 601.898.8345.


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11 - Saint Joseph Community Orchestra Christmas Concert, 3 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg), in the auditorium. Free, donations welcome; call 601.631.2997.

7-9 “Peter and the Wolf” and “The Nutcracker Suites,” 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). The Mississippi Puppetry Guild performs. $7 in advance, $8 at the door; call 601.977.9840. 23 – Christmas in Canton Victorian Christmas Festival, at Historic Canton Square. Enjoy exhibits, rides and holiday shopping. $3 exhibits, $1 rides; visit

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1 (end date) - Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National Watercolor Exhibition, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in the public corridor. Free; call 601.960.1515.

4 - “History Is Lunch.” noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Gerard Helferich talks about his new book, “Stone of Kings: In Search of the Lost Jade of the Maya.” Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998.

7 - Mississippi Blues Marathon and Half-Marathon, 7 a.m., in downtown Jackson. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Mississippi Blues Commission. Registration required. Fees vary; call 601.664.5726.

9 (end date) - FROGS! Beyond Green, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). See 25 species of exotic frogs and toads. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. $6, $5 seniors, $4 children ages 3-18, members and babies free; call 601.354.7303

14 - Bravo III: The Grand Meets the Great, 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Pianist Thomas Pandolfi plays Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4, and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs Schubert’s Symphony No. 9. Craig Young gives a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.); cash bar included. $20 and up; call 601.960.1565.

MS Blues Marathon 8 - The Premier Bridal Show: Weddings & Celebrations, 1 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The event includes door prizes, a fashion show and samples. $22 in advance, $25 at the door; call 601.957.1050.

17-18 - “Spamalot,” 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The musical comedy is based on the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” $25-$62.50; call 601.981.1847 or Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000.

21 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Parade, 10 a.m., at Freedom Corner (intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Medgar Evers Blvd.). The annual parade features bands, performers and local celebrities. Call 601.960.1090. 21-23 - Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi’s Super Conference Jan 21-23, at Marriott Hotel (200 E. Amite St.). The patient education event is for individuals with diabetes and their family, friends and health-care providers. $25, $40 for two, $10 children 12 and under; call 601.957.7878 or 877.DFM.CURE.

27 27 - Art for Heart, 6:30 p.m., at Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews Dr.). The American Heart Association celebrates its 34th annual heart ball with cocktails, auctions and a seated dinner. The Billy Smiley Band performs. $125-$250; visit heart. org/metrojacksonheartball.



28 - The Pointer Sisters, 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). Anita Pointer, Ruth Pointer and Sadako Johnson keep the family tradition alive. $58, $62; call 601.696.2200. JACKSON AREA EVENTS UPDATED DAILY AT JFPEVENTS.COM.



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Events // passion

2 - Artisan Double Header, 5 p.m., at circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). See Christy Henderson’s artwork with the theme of love and family, and Joy Light’s handpainted silk clothing. Exhibits are ongoing. Free; call 601.362.8484.

2 - Mardi Gras Wreath Workshop, 5:30 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Please bring wire cutters. Space is limited; reservations required. $60, $55 members; call 601.631.2997.

Invitational at Mississippi 5 (end date) - Mississippi Invitational, Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). See works from Mississippi artists. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. TuesdaySaturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $5, $4 seniors, $3 students; call 601.960.1515.

6 - Music Student Departmental Recital, 3 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Enjoy a variety of vocal, piano and instrumental music from baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary periods. Free; call 601.974.1422.

7-23 “Black Mississippians and the Road to the Vote,” at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). This program for school groups provides a glimpse of African American history in Mississippi and the struggle for voting rights. Reservations required. Free; call 601.576.6920.

11 - Mississippi HeARTS Against AIDS Benefit, 6 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The benefit is a huge live and silent auction of Mississippi’s best-known artists with live entertainment and cuisine from dozens of local restaurants. $30 in advance, $35 at the door; call 601.750.5883.

12 - “The Color Purple,” 3 p.m., at Ford Center for the Performing Arts (100 University Ave., Oxford). The musical is based on Alice Walker’s award-winning novel and film. $33-$45; call 662.915.2787.

25 25 - Bravo IV: Exotic, Eclectic and Electric, 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Mississippi Symphony Orchestra $20 and up; call 601.960.1565.

3 (tentative) - Self-Portrait Art Show, 5 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). Artists exhibit works of themselves in various media. Free; call 601.291.9115. (Painting shown by Ginger Williams.) 4 - Bacchus Ball, 7 p.m., at Country Club of Jackson (345 Saint Andrews Drive). Enjoy a buffet, auctions and music from Complete Desire. Proceeds benefit the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. $125 -$250 for reservations; call 601.957.7878 or 877.DFM.CURE.

10 - Evidence, a Dance Company, 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). The troupe presents “On Earth Together,” choreographed to Stevie Wonder songs. $40, $34; call 601.696.2200.




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25-26 - Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The annual show features dealers, demonstrations and exhibits. Shows are Feb. 25 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Feb. 26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5, $3 students; call 601.961.4000.

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{ Nina Parikh }, deputy director of the Mississippi Film Office, shares her favorite things with us. “It’s impossible for me to narrow it down to just 10, but here’s what makes life great in Jackson for my little family,” she says. Camille Moenkhaus

9. Our neighborhood (between Highland Village and the Meadowbrook Highlands). A seven-minute walk to nearly 20 restaurants, McDade’s, Beemon Drugs, Ace Hardware, Paul Anthony’s, Buffalo Peak, Village Concepts Family Barber Shop and The Wolfe Studio. 8. Jackson Bike Advocates ( I haven’t joined a community ride, yet, but it will happen soon (with my 2-year-old in-tow)! 7. Everyday creative spirit of Jacksonians on a mission to make Jackson everything they want . 6. Little Samaritan Montessori Center (162 Millsaps Ave., 601.354.5685) Whole-child development.



5. Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series (1701 North State St., 601.974.1000) Satisfying all interests from science to music.


4. Hudson Salvage Center (379 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601.898.9555; 3366 Terry Road, 601.371.0037; 3542 Highway 80, Pearl, 601.936.8988) Good deals and Mississippi owned. 3. Public water features made for playing at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601.960.1515), Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive, 601.981.5469) and Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, 601.519.0900) 2. Growing diversity in restaurants: Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant (2640 Lakeland Drive, Flowood; 601.420.4848), Thai House (1405 Old Square Road, 601.982.9991), Spice Avenue (4711 I-55 N., 601.982.0890), Ruchi India (862 Avery Blvd., Ridgeland; 601.991.3110), Abeba Ethiopian Restaurant (3716 I-55 N., 601.713.1500), Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive, 601.366.6033), Taste of the Island (436 E. Capitol St., 601.360.5900), Chitoe’s African Deli (1700 Terry Road, Suite 5, 769.233.7647), Taqueria La Guadalupe (6537 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland; 601.206.7776.



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1. Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St., 601.487.6349) Sneaky Fest and Byron Knight: Great coffee, excellent music and an awesome owner. 90

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10. Crossroads Film Society and Festival ( The 13th annual festival is April 13-15.

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