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Ramsey: On the Dive Bar Trail, p. 74 // Why We Love Calico Panache, p. 78


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Hangouts That Make a Difference, pp. 26-29

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How to Network

A connecting guru-ess teaches you how to make more professional alliances.



A sassy, snarky campaign explains Jackson.

A sense of place, a group of regulars and a love of community come together.

JXN: Know Jack?


Welcome Back, Penquin

A new club opens with a nod to an old favorite.


Killing Me Softly

Ghosts haunt Annandale, and we know why.

18 Make a Difference

Hinds County Economic Development Authority plans to promote our diversity.



Civil-rights tourism fills in history’s holes—and brings cash to a city the past wasn’t kind to.


BIZ: HERO GROCERS Family-owned supermarkets fill the void left by corporate mega-box stores that fled.


Easy Riders

Recumbent bikes get a double take.


On the Job Training

What one writer learned working at beloved Be-Bop, may it rest in peace.

24 Reading to Success

Successful Jacksonians recommend business classics: Your bottom line will thank you.




For those who love to eat well. (Paid advertising section.)


My Big Fat Greek Dinner

ARTS: You’re Invited This fall’s Mississippi Invitational includes striking pieces of art and at least one William Faulkner reference.


Divine Visions

Roz Roy paints her emotions.


Far from Maddening

A drama troupe at Jackson State University demands attention, and gets it.



With apologies to Raymond Chandler, Tom Ramsey uncovers dive life. And has a couple.

Meet the young chef at Vasilios Greek Cuisine. He knows what you want.



Listen to Los Papis or Calico Panache and tell us you can’t dance. Seriously. Try it.

Recipes to Steal

Who has the grill ready? Time to tailgate.




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Football, breakfast and shopping wait for you.


September, October, November It may be football weather, but fall offers so much more to do.

For some, the game is to out-dress the rivals.


Creative shopping awaits in little shops.



Voice of Calvary Ministries is redeveloping west Jackson, the city’s place to watch.





Gomez Gives Up 10

A downtown aficionado shares his local lineup of favorites. Some aren’t even downtown.


Love Thy Neighbor

A local shop trades fairly, and a Jackson church truly welcomes all worshipers.


Running with the Wind

Kevin Jones promotes a fundraiser to help families coping with mental illness.


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Jackson Chamber Presents... AUTHENTICITY

ly e Coneree c a l l a Dr. W honor tiCity


On August 30, the Chamber of Commerce celebrated Dr. Wallace Conerly during “AuthentiCity 2011” a celebration of Jackson leadership and fund-raiser for the Jackson Fire Department. Dr. Conerly, vice chancellor emeritus of University of Mississippi Medical Center, was CEO during UMMC’s most expansive years from 1994-2003. Dr. Conerly lives in Terry, Miss., with his wife, Frances.


ay an-up D Fall Cle ed plann

The Jackson Chamber, along with many other civic organizations, will host a Clean Up Day for the Museum to Market Trail in early fall. The trail connects downtown Jackson to the Ag Museum, Sports Hall of Fame Museum, Museum of Natural Science and Children’s Museum. Stay tuned for more details.


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ening nity Ev u m m o C Forums

The Jackson Chamber of Commerce hosted its second community evening forum in South Jackson at New Horizons Church on August 9. Residents, neighborhood and homeowners associations, elected officials and community groups were in attendance to discuss topics such as: payday and predatory lending, zoning ordinances, and abandoned properties.

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P.O. Box 22548, 201 S President St., Jackson, MS 39225 Phone (601) 948-7575 • Fax (601) 352-5539

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Finding Your Place

Assistant Editor Valerie Wells Art Director Kristin Brenemen Editorial Writers Amanda Barber // Marika Cackett Natalie Collier // Jesse Crow // Andrew Dunaway Crawford Grabowski // Lacey McLaughlin Langston Moore // Ronni Mott // Rose Pendleton Tom Ramsey // Ward Schaefer // Julie Skipper Barbara Travis // Rebecca Wright Listings Editor // Latasha Willis Interns Charity Anderson // Mary Blessey // Dustin Cardon Meryl Dakin // Callie Daniels // Alexis L. Goodman Jason Huang // Jonnett Johnson // Brooke Kelly Brittany Kilgore // Jordan Lashley // Sadaaf Mamoon Amelia Senter // Brianna White Photography Cover // Tate K. Nations Photographers Maht Barrett // Camille Moenkhaus Tate K. Nations // Rose Pendleton // Jerrick Smith Melanie Thortis // Amile Wilson Ad Design Andrea Thomas // Deonica Davis Sales Advertising Director // Kimberly Griffin Account Executives Ashley Jackson // Adam Perry Distribution Manager // Matt Heindl


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Editor in Chief Donna Ladd

My partner in life and work, Todd Stauffer, don’t go to Friday Forum at Koinonia Coffee House often enough. I can’t get out of the of- who is also BOOM Jackson’s publisher, likes to fice on Friday mornings except every now say that we started the Jackson Free Press in and then. I hate it, too, because it’s such a re- 2002—and then BOOM in 2008—as an invitamarkable experience to drink tion. We invite people to get coffee in a room with such involved in our city, particia diverse group—age, race, pate, meet other fascinating background—of people compeople, come to our events, ing together to make Jackson get motivated to have their an even more remarkable own. We invite people to go place to work and live. farther than just complain Recently, I had the pleaing about what others aren’t doing; we invite you to read sure to speak to the group about other people taking acalong with Sandy Middleton, tion and making a difference, executive director of the and then do so yourself. Center for Violence Preven We’ve believed in “third tion. We were there to talk about the JFP Chick Ball, places” from the start. Our which this year raised nearly offices even have become $20,000 to help stop abuse in one, with all sorts of people surrounding rural areas. As gathering in the JFP classTodd Stauffer and Donna Ladd we sat there looking out over room with its mismatched at the 2011 BOOM summer the attentive group, I about chairs and our Emmett Till “Mad Men” party at Barefield Workplace Solutions in June. got goose bumps. These are poster watching over us, to people—some in jeans, some brainstorm and get to know in business suits—who come together every each other. We hold intern workshops there, I Friday at 9 a.m. to fellowship and think bigger teach writing workshops there, Jackson 2000 about community issues. Many of them then talks about how to heal racial rifts there, the take actions based on what they hear. staff “workshops” innovations there, we give This is what an amazing “third place” is monthly employee awards there. It’s our little all about, as Valerie Wells explains in her story third place, and we’re happy to share it. I encourage you to find and create your starting on page 26. It’s a come-as-you-are meet- ing spot for people who aren’t content to shut own third places. It is in rich places like Koinoout the world, folks who know there is power in nia where our city’s future takes root. gathering and listening to each other. —Donna Ladd

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Bookkeeper // Montroe Headd Publisher Todd Stauffer CONTACT US Letters to the Editor: Queries: Ad Sales: BOOM Jackson P.O. Box 5067, Jackson, MS 39296 p 601.362.6121 f 601.510.9019 Would you like copies of BOOM Jackson for recruiting, welcome packets or other corporate, institutional or educational uses? Call 601.362.6121 x17. BOOM Jackson is a publication of Jackson Free Press, Inc. BOOM Jackson focuses on the urban experience in Jackson, Miss., emphasizing entrepreneurship, economic growth and city life. © 2011 Jackson Free Press Inc.

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Tonja Robinson-Murphy Thanks to you, Quita (Bride), and the BOOM staff for the wonderful story on The Ladybug Club (Summer 2011). My heart leaped and my eyes even “leaked” a little as I read it. I am so proud and fortunate that moms and girls in Midtown trust me to fulfill my life’s purpose to work with girls. Thanks and much success to you!

Red Square The Boom Jackson party was a blast! Congrats to all the Young Influentials and thanks for helping make the Jackson metro area the best!

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Rose Pendleton loves video games, long walks on the beach and anything associated with food. She wrote a business story and took several photographs for this issue.

Sadaaf Mamoon is a senior at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and a Jackson Free Press and BOOM Jackson intern. She loves film scores, Greek mythology and naming inanimate objects.

Jerrick Smith is a freelance photographer with a passion for travel and motorcycles. His professional website is www.

Meredith W. Sullivan is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is enjoying life in Fondren with her husband and Diggy dog. She styled the tailgating fashion shoot.

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Old Stuff p 14 // Penguin, Again p 15 // Hauntings p 16 Even More Progress p 18 // Civil Rights Tourism p 19


Eudora Welty knew a shortcut to the public library.


udora Welty used to roller skate through the new Capitol building on her way to the library when she was a schoolgirl, long before she won a Pulitzer Prize. You may not know that. B.B. King played the blues in Farish Street nightspots. So did Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Bo Diddley and Fats Waller. Did you know that? Beginning in October, if all the pieces come together, the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau will launch an educational media campaign about the city called “You Don’t Know Jack.” The campaign is filled with delicious and quirky vignettes about the history of Jackson. The JCVB marketing staff conceived the ideas. Jackson Public School students in the Power APAC program will film, produce and edit the promotional spots. Jacksonians will be the “actors” in the scenes, with local children talking to adults about the history of the city. This campaign isn’t about the Civil War or the Easter Flood. The focus is on the many professional athletes the city has produced, the 5-star chefs who are from Jackson, and the city’s musicians, authors and museums. For the first element of the campaign, the JCVB is partnering with Watkins Development and many of Jackson’s musicians to educate the community about the history of Farish Street and the rebirth it is experiencing. For information, see

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You Don’t Know Jack! // by Langston Moore


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Recycling History Amile Wilson

Scavenger Hunt

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Jim Kopernak salvages pieces of architectural history.


im Kopernak, 65, sits at a dining-room table in the Old House Depot, surrounded by old chairs and cabinets he bought at auction and on the Internet. He speaks calmly, but exudes his passion for reusing old furnishings to make houses feel more like homes. “There’s nothing worse to me than a sterile, modern house that you just don’t feel connected to,” he says. “If you incorporate some of these items, the house is going to feel warmer. It’s going to feel better; it’s going to give you a sense of connection.” Kopernak, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., owns the Old House Depot (639 Monroe St., 601.592.6200), an architectural salvage warehouse he opened in 2006 near downtown Jackson. After graduating from Butler University in Indianapolis in 1969 with a degree in English, Kopernak found his way south in two ways. The first was a canoe trip down the Mississippi River to New Orleans the summer of 1969. The second came during his placement in the Volunteers in Service to America program to work with prisoners in Memphis in 1969 and 1970. In VISTA, he worked to get detainees out of jail who couldn’t afford to make bond before their trial. When Kopernak’s time with VISTA ended, he attended law school at Memphis State (now the University of Memphis) and prac

ticed law in Memphis. He began practicing health-care law in Jackson in the mid 1990s. About seven years ago, Kopernak met his wife, Ann Hendrick, now 56. They both left their Belhaven homes and moved to a 1924 house with pine floors and exposed beams in Belhaven Heights. Renowned Jackson architect N.W. Overstreet designed the home, as well as buildings such as Bailey Magnet School. The couple made it a point to stop at architectural salvages for their home when they traveled, often visiting demolition sites and deteriorating homes. These ventures peaked Kopernak’s interest and eventually motivated him to change careers. “As I got more and more disenchanted with lawyering, I got more and more excited about these architecture salvage places and started saying, ‘Oh, I’m going to do that one day.’ And one day, I did,” he says. Kopernak enjoys being surrounded by the past and the happiness it creates. He views history as one of the biggest components of architectural salvage, and loves to share the history of the objects in his warehouse. Sustainability is a part of his ethos. “This is the essence of conservation­—preserving and reusing these old materials and having some appreciation for things that are designed to last,” he says. “Most of the things in here are 100 years old, and it’s no accident they’re still functional.”

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Return of The Penguin

John Hardy is developing a sophisticated menu with room for the hot-dog special.


sk anyone what they remember about west Jackson’s former eatery, The Penguin, and they may well reminisce about the hot-dog special and good fellowship. The famous hot-dog special featured two dogs on a pile of French

fries, topped with grated cabbage and a special sauce for just a few dollars. Located next to Jackson State University, The Penguin was a place where you could see just about everyone you knew. Jacksonian and owner Duke Williams closed the restaurant in the early 1980s, but a group of investors plan to reopen the eatery in September at One University Place, across the street from its original location. Businessman Bill Cooley is the head of the West Jackson Alliance and wants to bring more amenities to the area. Cooley teamed up to open The Penguin with Jackson real estate agent and entrepreneur Michael Lewis and former University Club manager John Hardy. The restaurant, however, will have ownership from several investors. “We want to have people that are engaged in west Jackson,” Cooley says. “We want it to be affordable, but we want to do it right.” The Penguin wasn’t part of the group’s initial plans. Schimmel’s in Fondren had served as a frequent meet-up for community leaders, and the entrepreneurs wanted to recreate that atmosphere. “When Schimmel’s closed, it left a void, and we found ourselves just bouncing around trying to find another hub,” Hardy says. “No matter where we went, there wasn’t


rchitects and designers are constantly dreaming of an ideal building. They develop sketches and digital models of the building with no budget, the structure that defines gravity and, of course, the perfect home. These explorations are a way to release creative energy and to push and develop design skills outside the workplace. So when I was asked, “If you could get your hands on a building in

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that comfort zone or something that was similar to Schimmel’s.” In fact, the group had eyed several locations all over Jackson to open a restaurant. But when Hardy and Cooley took a tour of the recently developed One University Place at Jackson State University, they immediately thought of The Penguin. Hardy was a student at JSU during The Penguin’s heyday and had fond memories of the place where he frequently met with his peers and professors. “I saw it immediately,” Hardy says. “Dr. Cooley was with me, and we said: ‘This is it.’” Hardy, who recently retired from the University Club after 36 years, is responsible for developing the menu. The Penguin will serve a casual lunch, with sandwiches and, of course, the hot-dog special, but will roll out a sophisticated menu and live music from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The dinner menu will feature filet mignon, crab cakes, duck a l’orange and a Delta-inspired tilapia dish. Lewis sees the new venue as a way to draw more residents and visitors to west Jackson. “We want to create a community and bridge that gap between west Jackson and downtown,” he said. “But we don’t want this just to be something for west Jackson residents. This is one piece of the puzzle to connect the gap.”

// by Katie Lightsey, CDFL Architects

Katie Lightsey

Hands On

// by Lacey McLaughlin

Jackson, which would it be?” I immediately had a list of buildings and ideas. Ultimately, I would choose to rehabilitate the old Jackson Municipal Library. Across State Street from the Eudora Welty Library, this Brutalist work is primitive yet playful. The building has a heavy, massive quality as if a sculptural piece of stone has been carved to create space. The east façade features a large amount of glass

that contrasts with the weight of the concrete. The glass windows look like cubbies cut into the wall. I imagine these filled with glass cubes: expansions of structural glass protruding from the building that would act as inhabitable interaction spaces. As downtown Jackson continues to grow, this building could contain mixed-use space or artist colony lofts. I picture individual dwelling units where living space would expand into the street to become united with the urban environment. Imagine having a cup of coffee in a glass cube overlooking State Street … just a dream. Architects, send your Hands On choice to with photo, please. 15

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Ghosts of Annandale Rose Pendleton

// by Marika Cackett

Two ghosts reportedly haunt the old Annandale property in Madison.


ust off Mississippi 463 near the Mannsdale community in Madison sits a Gothic chapel, the Chapel of the Cross. Scottish-born planter John Johnstone built the Episcopal chapel in the 1840s as part of a vast mansion, Annandale. The plan for the epic mansion was the Italianate style, the same as the Scottish castle of Johnstone’s youth. More interesting than the architecture of the Chapel of the Cross, though, are the stories of the two ghosts who haunt it. In 1859, Helen Johnstone, daughter of John Johnstone, was getting ready to marry Henry Grey Vick, of the Vicksburg Vicks (the town was named after his father). Their engagement had lasted three years—Helen was 15 when they met and fell in love. While on a trip to New Orleans, Vick became involved in an argument, and the other man challenged him to a duel. In antebellum society, a gentleman could not refuse an invitation to a duel

and remain a gentleman. But Vick had promised Helen he would never kill a man in a duel. Obliged to defend his honor and keep his vow to Helen, on May 17, 1859, Vick fired a single shot into the air. The other man killed him. Vick’s body was brought back to Madison County May 21, 1859, and buried in a midnight ceremony in the cemetery behind the Chapel of the Cross, the day he was to be married. Devastated, his young bride-to-be wore her wedding dress to the funeral. Although she vowed to never love another man, after traveling to Europe to help overcome her grief, Helen married the young rector of the Chapel of the Cross, George Harris. She told her future husband she would marry him but would never love him. When Helen died an old woman in 1916, her last words were, “He’s coming back, he’s coming back for me.” Helen Johnstone Harris is buried beside her husband in Rolling Fork, but to many who

have visited the Chapel of the Cross, that is not her final resting place. The Bride of Annandale, as she is commonly called, is said to appear floating about the graveyard and then resting on a bench close to Vick’s grave. The Bride of Annandale isn’t the only ghost that haunts the chapel grounds. Annie Devlin was the deformed governess of the Johnstone family. Devlin came to the Johnstones as a tutor soon after they moved to Madison County. Devlin had a hunched back but tried to make it less evident by wearing a three-cornered shawl year-round. Not much is known about Devlin other than her devotion to the Johnstones and her resolve to remain at Annandale. She left for a time to take another position but soon returned to stay at Annandale. Lore has it that although the Johnstones never mentioned her leaving, Devlin became obsessed with the fear that she might be asked to leave one day. Devlin had no family, no other job prospects and nowhere else to go. One night when called to dinner, Devlin gave no answer. When her door was broken in, her lifeless body was laid out on her bed, and her plaid shawl—the same plaid as the Scottish Johnstones family—was draped over her. Her official cause of death was an overdose of laudanum, an opium-based painkiller. Guests of Annandale began seeing a woman on the stairs or in a hallway who would not respond when spoken to and then suddenly vanish. It is also said that Devlin didn’t take kindly to any guests staying in her room. After one guest experienced someone pulling the cover off the bed repeatedly, never again was a guest put in Annie Devlin’s room at Annandale. On Sept. 9, 1924, Annandale burned to the ground, except for the chapel. Eyewitnesses recount seeing Annie Devlin in the window of her former room, motionless, serene and wearing her Annandale plaid draped around her shoulders. Rose Pendleton

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inds County has a new branding message that highlights “A World of Difference.” Arnett Muldrow and Associates, a South Carolina planning firm, condensed three days of research and public meetings into one campaign. Earlier this year, the Hinds County Economic Development Authority signed a $10,000 contract with the firm to develop a brand for the county. The marketing vision includes proposed advertising that asks “What difference does it make?” and then gives a specific response. One proposed mock-up with a picture of the Standard Life Building reads, “There are only 300 new places to live in downtown Jackson alone.” Any community, organization or business could adapt the campaign to promote its own differences. The consultants suggest an offshoot of the campaign might be an “I Make a Difference” campaign that could involve simple yard signs and magazine ads promoting local celebrities and unsung heroes. T-shirts with the “I Make a Difference” message could fit under the “World of Difference” umbrella. The consultants predict the campaign has a shelf life of five years or longer.

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four floors and create 28 apar tments by March 2012. The plans call for one- and two-bedroom units. Turner said Major Associates decided to renovate the office space after seeing the demand for downtown housing. She said pricing has not yet been determined.

Old Capitol Green Full Spectr um South is negotiating with the Jackson Redevelopment Authority to help finance a $27-million robot-assisted garage and a mixed-use building on Commerce Street in downtown Jackson. The developers submitted a term sheet to the JRA board in early August and are seeking additional financing for the project. The company is working with Ceva Green developers on a neighboring residential building connected to the Old Capitol Green project.

Convention Center Hotel In August, the Jackson Redevelopment Authority approved a $15,000 contract with C.H. Johnson, a Chicago-based financial consulting firm, to assess proposed financing for a downtown convention center hotel. The firm previously conducted a feasibility study for the Jackson Convention Complex. JRA expects to see the study by the end of the month and will then make a decision on a public-private financing plan for the development.


Plans to transform the Mississippi School for the Blind into a mixed-used town center and hotel are now under way. The District Land Development Co. recently signed an agreement to manage the 21 acres in nor th Jackson. Lead developer Ted Duckworth said he is working with the city to rezone the proper ty, now zoned for special use. Duckwor th wants the proper ty to fall under a new zoning classification called Community Mixed Use that would allow for retail and office space. Developers are paying more than $3 million for the land, and Duckwor th said the center could open by 2013.

// by Lacey McLaughlin

Downtown Housing Adrian Turner, president of the homebuilding company Major Associates, will renovate her company’s office at 207 W. Amite St. to include residential units. Turner said her company will renovate 18

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new Save-A-Lot grocery store is coming to the Medical Mall. … Metrocenter may be home soon to an as-yet-unnamed retailer. … A nursing home on North State Street is expanding. … Timber Falls housing development enters a new phase.

plans to build a $90 million hotel and skywalk to the Jackson Convention Complex. City officials say that a hotel will help draw larger events to the complex.

Healthcare Corridor In July, the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, along with Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. and other local leaders, unveiled plans for a Mississippi Healthcare Corridor that would create a hub of health-care services in Jackson along Woodrow Wilson Avenue from Interstate 55 to Interstate 220. The corridor will accommodate medical facilities, research labs and housing opportunities.

Two-Way Capitol Street Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said the city has obtained $9 million out of the $16 million it needs to turn Capitol Street back into a two-way street. The city has hired an engineering firm to start design work, and Johnson predicts the project could be complete by spring 2012.

New JATRAN Facility

In 2007, TCI Investments, a Dallas-based real-estate agency, purchased proper ty along Pascagoula Street extending to Farish Street to build a convention center hotel and mixed-use development called Capital City Center. The original plans included condos, retail space and 1,500-car parking garage. TCI scaled back those

In July, the city broke ground on a new $6.8 million JATRAN facility at the corner of U.S. Highway 80 and Valley Street. Mayor Johnson said the new city transit facility will be an important stepping stone in the revitalization of the Highway 80 Corridor. Construction is expected to be complete on the facility in 18 months. Get breaking business news at Send progress reports to

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Retracing Their Footsteps

// by Rebecca Wright

Education and remembrance should be the primary goals of civilrights tourism, Luckett says, but adds that the local community will benefit from its positive economic impact as well. The JCVB estimates, for instance, that the 2,953 people who visited the Medgar Evers Museum in 2010 spent at least $256,320 in Jackson. The JCVB has figures for other local tourist sites, as well as projected numbers for the proposed Civil Rights Museum in Jackson. Medgar Evers was fatally shot on his Jackson carport in 1963. Now it’s a major tourism site. Luckett says those numbers help Jackson economically. alking up to the modest, sin- footsteps of some of the people who fought “If we drew, at the lowest level, gle-story, sea-green and brick against hatred, racial inequality, injustice 10,000 visitors a year, the economic impact house where Medgar Evers and violence. The Jackson Convention and would be almost a million dollars, and we’re lived with his family, you step Visitors Bureau distributes a free brochure going to draw 10 times that for a national back in time. Picture 1960s-style cars parked detailing the significance of each of the 55 civil rights museum, and that impact is inin the driveways up and down the street. sites on the tour. credibly important,” Luckett says. Imagine his three children playing in the Robert Luckett, an assistant professor He rejects concerns about profiting backyard, while laundry dried in the sun. of history at Jackson State University, says from a violent past. “It’s a logic that I find hard Standing under the carport and reading his civil-rights tourism is important primarily as to engage in, that by telling and teaching the story, a visitor gets a tiny glimpse into the a moral obligation. civil-rights story, we would be exploiting the life and the death of a great man. A welcome “First and foremost, it’s a history that people of the Civil Rights Movement,” he says. mat on the steps leads to the main door. “Its existence and its mission will be so imporwe’ve done a poor job of examining and in This driveway on this quiet street is tant, morally speaking—I don’t see economic terpreting and teaching to our children,” he exploitation as an issue.” says. “There is a desperate need for a pubwhere Evers was fatally shot in 1963. lic engagement of this story in the state of For information or for copies of the Driv The NAACP field secretary’s home is Mississippi, which was the most intrinsically ing Tour brochure, call JCVB at 800.354.7695, now part of the Civil Rights Movement Drivor go online at ing Tour, which allows visitors to walk in the racist state in the nation.”


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Maht Barrett

A Barbour in Georgetown

Robert Barbour, who is a nephew of the governor, owns a store and bill-payment center in the Georgetown community.


f you’re not paying attention, you might drive right up and down Bailey Avenue a couple times, overlook Star Grocery and not realize it. The tan, nondescript building sits away

from the street; an empty plot of land serves as the buffer between it and the curb. The store has stood at 1723 Bailey Ave. for more than 70 years and is part of the central nervous system of the Georgetown neighborhood. Two and a half years ago, Robert Barbour and his partners bought Star Grocery from David “Pete” Patterson, who has since passed away. Patterson started working at the store as a teenager, delivering groceries when it first opened. He bought the store in the early ’80s and became a stalwart in the community. Barbour says he continues Patterson’s legacy in the way he runs the store. “I found out, through word of mouth, that Mr. Patterson was selling his business, and I immediately contacted him and met with him,” Barbour says. “After looking at the business and discussing it with the bank and my potential partners, we decided it was a good business to buy. And I was very fortunate that I was able to purchase a business that was well established. (Mr. Patterson) worked there for many years; people still come in today and ask for him.” The bulk of the store’s commerce comes from what the federal government deems “mon-


odega, a Spanish term familiar to the East Coast to describe an urban convenience store, also happens to be the name of a little market in a corner of the Standard Life Building at Roach and Capitol streets. Hearing the word “bodega” used in the Deep South can sound downright peculiar. “Naming it Bodega was my daughter’s idea,” says Gwin Wyatt, 58, co-owner of Bodega. “Brooke had been living in New York prior to moving back to Jackson for a few months.” She and her husband, Frank Wyatt, are native Jacksonians and have been together since high school. Together they own and run Bodega. Their daughter, Brooke Wyatt Kuhne, 31, moved back to Jackson and into the newly finished King Edward Apartments from January to August 2010, when she was an artistic director for the International Ballet Competition. “She loved living downtown, but there was nothing close by to get 20

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ey services business.” This means a customer can go into Star, cash a check, purchase a money order, use Western Union or pay a bill—from utility to mobile phone to credit card—after they pick up a bottle of Coke or a dozen eggs. A bill-paying service company, CheckFreePay, reports that Star Grocery is the top bill-payment center in Jackson in volume, Barbour says. “Everyone can’t go to Ridgeland or Madison,” he says. But that doesn’t mean everyone doesn’t need services. Barbour, 41, is the nephew of Gov. Haley Barbour. The Yazoo City native lives in Jackson with his wife, Amanda, an attorney at Butler Snow in Ridgeland. They have two children. This summer, Star Grocery hosted MidTown Throwdown, a concert and fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Central Mississippi. “I’m (in Georgetown) by choice. I’m on Bailey Avenue by choice,” he says. “Some people … are a little caught off-guard that I work in Georgetown every day—that I own a business in Georgetown. … Sure, there’s things that go on. There are things that go on all over Hinds County or Rankin County, for that matter. … I’m glad I’m down here.” Rose Pendleton

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by Rose Pendleton

essentials from,” Wyatt says. From this, the idea of opening a store to service the downtown area bloomed in Wyatt’s mind. Even after her daughter moved back to New York, “I couldn’t let the idea go,” she says. “We remember downtown Jackson when it was the only place to shop. Downtown Jackson was a thriving retail business community. I like to think we bring a little of the past back,” Wyatt says. The eclectic corner store is filled with light. Paper lanterns peek out ceiling-high windows while books and periodicals sit in racks waiting to entertain and educate. Free Wi-Fi is also available. The miniature grocer carries the essentials—milk, bread, juice, eggs, cereal, even laundry detergent—to help prevent residents from having to trek out of downtown to a supermarket for the basics. Breakfast and lunch are also served daily in the deli area.

“We try to market local merchants as well like Smith’s Farms pepper sauces, (Ron) Chane of chane. com T-shirts and Mississippi honey,” Wyatt says. “My family has gluten sensitivity, and there really is a need for more (access to gluten-free products). One of my commitments for the store was that we were going to cater to the gluten-free community,” she says. Bodega stocks gluten-free bread, pizza crusts, baking mixes and glutenfree food in the deli on request. “The gluten-free Belgian waffle is really popular,” she says. Bodega’s biggest challenge? “Letting the public know that they don’t have to make that extra stop on the way home. We love the community and hope that more people find out that we’re here.” Bodega’s next step is to begin delivering to residents and offer catering to downtown businesses.

In the Standard Life Building, Bodega provides essentials to downtown residents. Bodega is at the corner of Roach and Capitol streets. Wyatt was a schoolteacher for 20 years and worked the last 14 years at Murrah High School as a business teacher covering accounting, business and entrepreneurship. Frank Wyatt is a construction superintendent. Follow @DwtnJxnBodega on Twitter for deli specials.

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Shopping Full Circle

McDade’s is now in the old Jitney 14 in Belhaven, the most literary store in the city.


illie Morris and Eudora Welty used to buy groceries at the old Jitney Jungle store off Fortification Street. Generations of families bought grits, tomatoes and sugar at the Belhaven landmark. Later, the store became a Winn-Dixie for a while, but everyone still called it the Jitney 14. Some still do. Now that it is a McDade’s Market, it remains a diverse neighborhood store where everyone says hello and can spot friends running errands, toddlers tugging on moms and college students looking for a snack. This is exactly the type of community feel Kathy and Greg McDade wanted to create when they opened their first McDade’s Market in 1996. “When we moved here from Arkansas, we had both been working for a large grocery chain. We decided we wanted to start a smaller, unique chain of our own,” Kathy McDade says.

The company now employs about 370 people in the area, with five locations in Jackson, including McDade’s Wine and Spirits, and one in Yazoo City. McDade’s is not the only family-owned grocer in town. Vowell’s Marketplace, based in Louisville, Miss., has 10 stores in Mississippi and Alabama, and two locations in Jackson: one in Byram and one recently opened in southwest Jackson. Residents in southwest Jackson had gone without a local grocery store since the Kroger on Raymond Road closed in 2007. The Vowell family opened a store in the space last September, providing a much-needed economic boost to the neighborhood. “We aim to invest in the community by employing people in the area. These are the people who go to those churches, who are involved in those schools ... Giving them jobs helps the area as a whole,” says Todd Vowell, secretary and treasurer of the

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company. Vowell’s newest location employs about 50 people from the neighborhood. Supplying jobs is only one piece of the puzzle. “These big chains like Walmart, they employ lots of people, sure. But the money they bring in doesn’t stay in the area,” Kathy McDade says. “But when you have a store with a local owner, you’re also paying all your taxes locally, banking locally. You reciprocate. It’s a vibrant, healthy thing.” Both grocers emphasized the quality of customer service a local store can provide. “Because we are smaller, we are able to react quickly to the needs of the citizens,” Vowell says. “If Mrs. Smith walks in and tells me she wants a certain brand of cake mix, one of our goals as a company is to find that brand of cake mix.” “A true neighborhood store that serves the people—that’s what we were looking for when we first got to Jackson, and that’s

what we’ve been working toward ever since,” McDade says, sharing Vowell’s sentiment. The two grocery chains continue to grow. Vowell says he’s not sure what his family’s next business move will be, “but with the good, hard work of our employees and the loyalty of our customers, we will continue to provide avenues for success,” he says. The McDade family’s latest endeavor is the complete remodeling of its Fondren location. The new store will offer greater floor space and new products, including an expanded produce section. All renovations should be complete this fall. “Hopefully, we’ll go into the holidays with a new face,” Kathy McDade says. Since the Vowells and McDades depend on the community, they make a point to return the favor every change they get. “I always try to shop locally when I can,” Kathy McDade says. “It all comes full circle.”

Neighborhood Grocers Matter


eople living in low-income neighborhoods have higher body-mass indexes than those who live in high-income neighborhoods, economists at the University of Illinois have found. This is because large grocery stores often are not in low-income neighborhoods. Research shows that consumers in low-income neighborhoods, thus, do not have a variety of fruit and vegetables to choose from. The closure of a large food store can result in consumers traveling farther away from home to buy food, which can also increase body mass index and hurt other businesses in the neighborhood as well. 21

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Strange Bikes

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im Snider got into the bike business by accident. While working on a dog-agility training course, he stepped into a hole and ruptured the Achilles tendon on his right foot. The injury left him unable to drive. He still had to find a way to get to work, though, so Snider developed a heavy-duty three-wheeler mode of self-transportation. He duct-taped his ankle cast to the pedal, propped his other foot up wherever he could find a place to rest it, and secured his crutches to the back of the make-shift vehicle with a bungee cord. The contraption got him to his office and back comfortably. As he traveled, he thought: “This is pretty cool. I’m really liberated.”

At 62, Snider now credits that experience with his introduction to recumbent-bike riding and progressively getting younger. To the uninitiated, recumbent bikes are odd sights to see on the street. These are unusual bikes where the rider sits back in the seat and pedals with feet out front. But, strange as automobile drivers may think they are, recumbent bikes are road legal, and their sales are strong. Snider, who owns RideSouth, is a mechanical engineer who spent 32 years in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning industry. He opened RideSouth in 1999 close to his old engineering office and not far from his home. His

full-service bike and kayak shop continues to attract and retain loyal customers. Drez Aguilar, shop manager, says the business can have its challenges. “It’s hard to get people to go to the other side if they are used to upright bikes,” he says. “People are scared of change.” When Snider rode a standard upright bike before, his back and neck hurt after five or 10 miles. He tried a recumbent and didn’t hurt at all, so he decided to order one online. In fact, he ordered two—the second for his wife, Lane, but not with her blessing. “You’re crazy. I’m not a cyclist,” she told him. “But you can be,” he answered. Within a year, she rode from Clinton to Vicksburg in a charity event. “I was so proud of her,” Snider says. “A year before that event she had never ridden, never even owned tennis shoes until she was 21; and now she rides in the MS 150 every year.” Encouraging his wife prompted Snider to help others. “You absolutely can do something you don’t think you can—like ride 50 or 100 miles with no pain,” he says. His mantra has become “Surprise yourself.” Sometimes motorists react negatively when they see the unusual appearance of recumbent bikes. It doesn’t bother Snider. “As we age, we get smarter, and we don’t really care what people think. My customers have overcome peer pressure,” he says. Though affected by the down economy, Snider has stayed in business and made friends, and that’s his goal. “They come back multiple times—then they get into kayaks; and then their spouses get into it,” he says. Snider says that people used to make fun of him. These days they ask, “Now, where’s your shop again?” RideSouth (105 Avalon Court, Brandon, 601.992.2490 or 888.822.3647) schedules group rides. Visit

Greening Jackson


he Environmental Protection Agency announced in August that Jackson is part of its Greening America’s Capitals initiative. The Green Government Center explores retrofitting public spaces within about a half-mile radius of the state capitol building with green 22

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technologies. These include solarpowered water fountains, indigenous and drought-tolerant landscaping, rain gardens for stormwater treatment, and permeable paving systems. The area includes the Farish Street Historic District. Several major streets run through the area, includ

ing Congress Street, along which sits the state capitol, Jackson’s City Hall and the governor’s mansion. The city of Jackson requested assistance from the Greening America’s Capitals design team to develop concepts for Congress Street and two public parks along the street. The city wants

Congress Street to be more bike- and pedestrian-friendly to connect civic buildings with adjacent neighborhoods and businesses. Another goal is for Congress Street to have more street trees to shade pedestrians. For information, visit smartgrowth/greencapitals.

// by Crawford Grabowski


young lady who emerged as a leader. I made friends who may be scattered around the state, but I feel confident they would be there if I needed them. At Be-Bop, I learned a love of The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Strokes and Johnny Cash. I learned the intricacies of Ticketmaster and all about seating at both the Dixie National Rodeo and the UniverSoul Circus. I restocked and alphabetized the CD racks so many times that I still use the store layout as my internal music filing system. Whenever I can’t remember the name of an artist or group, I seem to always remember where they could be found on the Be-Bop floor. Through the music and meeting different local musicians, many of whom I worked with, I developed an understanding that all music is art, regardless of whether I personally enjoy it. I discovered that the musician who makes his success look effortless first spent years as a hard-working unknown. I realized that many times the hard exterior artists present is a front created to appeal to consumers. Most importantly, I learned about myself. I learned how to set aside my shyness and talk to people. I learned that too many people, including myself, are too quick to judge based on appearances. I started working at Maywood during a rough period, and I think that somehow it helped me rediscover a little bit of myself. Thank you, Be-Bop. The last Be-Bop Record Shop was in Maywood Mart and closed The storied Be-Bop Records era ended in May. May 28, 2011.

We asked Kevin J. Obannon, Hinds County deputy tax assessor, if we could see what’s in his briefcase.


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hile I have been a teacher for 18 years (in other words, forever), I’ve had a wide variety of other jobs, too. I’ve been a waitress, a bookstore clerk and a worker at Magic Golf in Biloxi. Through these jobs, I learned patience, how to run a register and the most important skill—how to operate a Tilt-a-Whirl. My favorite “side” job, however, was at Be-Bop Records in Maywood Mart. Be-Bop gave me the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people whom I wouldn’t have met otherwise. I met the music savant who could remember code numbers from decades of albums, tapes and CDs; the hard-working student who is now an assistant principal; the aspiring young musician who is now touring with his band; and the talented DJ who taught me to appreciate hip-hop. I remember the

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1 Traveling Bible 2 ID and work badge 3 Wallet 4 Taxi Cab notepad 5 Hand sanitizing wipes 6 Lotion 7 Cell phone bill 8 Eye drops for dry eyes 9 Mouthwash 10 Manicure set 11 Bayer pain reliever 12 Peppermints 13 Our Daily Bread, an daily inspirational prayer book 14 Peanuts, one of his favorite snacks

15 Mirror 16 iPod charger 17 Blackberry charger 18 Mississippi Braves 2011 schedule 19 Pens 20 Ring his father gave him when he graduated from college 21 Cologne by Usher 22 His portfolio that he carries his work documents in Can we peek into your bag, desk, nightstand? Email editor@boomjackson. com to volunteer.


BIZ // short list What I’m Reading // compiled by Julie Skipper Andy Chapman, co-founder, Results Revolution “Business Stripped Bare,” by Richard Branson (Virgin Books, 2010, $11.75): “This book is about entrepreneurship and all of Branson’s different companies. His take on working to stay true to his brand and the importance of empowering employees to make decisions and fix problems for themselves are things I work to implement with my business.” Mason, vice president, community relations, Trustmark Bank “The Question Behind the Question,” by John Miller (Putnam, 2004, $19.95): “It’s a short, easy read, but has some really helpful take-aways. If a situation’s bad, the question behind the question is, ‘What is it on my part that I can do to make things better?’ It’s about doing what needs to be done, rather than putting the blame on someone else.”

Chris Ray, partner and CEO, The Ramey Agency “Spend Shift,” by John Gerzema (Jossey-Bass, 2010, $25.95). “This book is about post-recession consumers—specifically how their values have changed. In my business, it applies to how consumers who buy my clients’ goods and services think, so it’s helpful to learn how people values and habits have changed. But it’s also just really interesting from a social perspective.”


Jeremy Nelson, vice president and investment officer Pinnacle Trust “The Big Short,” by Michael Lewis (W. W. Norton, 2011, $15.95) and “The Quants,” by Scott Patterson (Crown Business, 2011, $16): “Both books give insight into the subprime mortgage and stock market meltdown in 2008. The stories allow me to look back at what went on, how the issues arose, and how it unfolded. They’ve given me an

in-depth look at the people and personalities that caused the crash.” John Seawright, shareholder, Baker Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz “Too Big to Fail,” by Andrew Sorkin (Penguin, 2010, $18): “It’s about the failures on Wall Street of the big banks and what happened to try to prop up and save our financial system. It’s enlightening to get insight into the back office operations of big banks and how much risk is inherent in the system.” “I’m also reading ‘Dealings,’ by Felix Rohatyn (Simon & Schuster, 2010, $27). He was an investment banker who was secreted out of Europe during World War II and eventually wound up in New York, becoming the dealmaker of the ’70s and ’80s. He shares how his personal history led to his success. His thoughts on leadership skills and focusing on personal relationships with clients have been really applicable to my (law) practice.”

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ulie Laperouse says she is the “chief peacock” of Screaming Peacock, a corporate training and motivational screening company in Ridgeland. Her first book “Are You a Screaming Peacock?” is out this fall. We asked her to Julie Laperouse knows how to share her top businetwork Jackson ness networking tips connections. with BOOM: • Networking can happen anywhere, so always have something to say. Specifically, at all times, wherever you are, have an interesting answer to the question “What do you do?” that intrigues people and makes them want to continue to talk. • Think of the endeavor as starting a relationship with a person rather than as “networking.” Instead of trying to meet as many people as you can, try to maximize each interaction and build a relationship. Even if someone isn’t an ideal client for you right now, she or someone she knows may be in the future. • When you join an organization, you get out of it what you put in. Instead of going to a meeting once a month and sitting with the same people, sit by people you don’t know. Membership in organizations is an opportunity, but you have to take advantage of it. • If you use Facebook (or other social media) to do professional networking, be aware of the site’s policies. For example, it’s against Facebook’s policy to use your personal page for business. Instead, set up a business fan page for that purpose. Otherwise, your account can be deactivated. • If you’re trying to get into an industry, go talk to people in it. Ask them if you can shadow them for a day, or volunteer on a project pro bono. People on the front lines of an industry can help you break through barriers to get to the higher-ups. Spending time with someone makes them more likely to pass along your resume and better understand where you might fit within a company. They also know of job openings that aren’t public. • Be aware of the version of yourself that you project every day. You never know who is at the next table over at a restaurant or behind you in the grocery store line. For more help, visit

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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Riders and the release of Elvis’s “Blue Hawaii.” FRIDAY Oct. 21

Friday features a showing of “Freedom Song,” starring Danny Glover. Mr. Glover plans to join us that night and will speak before his film. We will also screen “Mississippi Re-Mixed” a highly acclaimed film by Mississippi native Myra Ottewell, who will also be in attendance.


Saturday honors the 50th anniversary of the release of Elvis’ “Blue Hawaii” with a screening that night. Saturday entertainment features Rockabilly legend Al Ferrier, set to perform on the outside stage under the Planetarium during the Street Fest and inside on the Planetarium stage just before the Blue Hawaii screening. A full blown Hot Rod Car Show will also be held during Saturday on Lamar Street, with food vendors and live music from Shea Arender, Dr Daniel And more. Award given for Best Elvis. Actor’s workshops are planned inside the Planetarium lobby Saturday. Both nights from 10 p.m. until we shift into Horror Fest mode. Horror genre shorts and features compete. Workshops and speakers are planned.

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Java Ink hosts Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments, movie marathons and writing groups for its regulars.

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ries “Naruto.” Mall security told her it was an focused on her work. The other artists and inappropriate public display because she had comic-book fans talked shop. John Lowe, 52, on face paint concealing her identity. a professional letterer, looked across the ta It’s unlikely the crew at Java Ink would ble at her work with respect, then shared an experience he had at ComicCon while others ever kick her out. They know who she is. grabbed a cookie. Ward kept sketching. Java Ink is what sociologist Ray Olden “I really should be doing this with a point 3,” burg calls a third place. In his book, “The Ward said, looking at the tip of her pen. The Great Good Place” (1989, Paragon House, others looked at her work and nodded. Ward is accepted here as a peer. She’s a regular who hangs out at Java Ink. She can watch a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” marathon or come to a writers’ group or just hang for a little bit. Other places don’t always seem as welcoming. One time, she got kicked out of Northpark Mall in Ridgeland. She had dressed up like the anime character Oro- Koinonia Coffee House hosts weekly inclusive gatherings, like this chimaru from the se- Friday Forum meeting, that often cover civic issues.

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achel Ward, 15, baked a batch of chocolate-chip cookies for her friends gathering on a summer afternoon at Java Ink in Pearl. She put the tinfoiled covered paper plate down in the middle of a big round table, sat down and said hi to everyone. The small group comes together most Saturdays—Ward comes from Brandon—to shoot the breeze. Sometimes they casually talk about drawing and writing for comic books. Six showed up on this Saturday. The espresso bar and coffee shop is a hangout for self-described nerds who love horror movies, graphic novels and ice cream. Paintings of old cars and Mississippi scenes hang on one wall. Posters from David Lynch movies are on another. Signed photographs and memorabilia from “True Blood,” “Dark Shadows” and “Star Trek” are all over. As Ward sketched a manga-inspired portrait of an angel, The History Channel played on the television and a gamer played “Guitar Hero” on a large screen in the back. Someone commissioned the angel picture, so Ward’s getting paid for this work. With short hair and a Kingdom Hearts T-shirt, the homeschooled teenager piped in occasionally on the conversation around the table but mainly

Political Hotbeds

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Capitalizing on It Over the years since Oldenburg’s book came out, institutions and corporations have sought him out as a consultant. He consults with universities and cities—most recently he has advised a university in Korea—but he shies away from corporate seekers. He turned Starbucks down flat when the corporation asked for his help. He’s not a fan. “Corporations understand people have to connect,” he said. “So they think, ‘We’ll have them connect in our corporate mission. They’ll be part of our team.’ But that doesn’t include families. For a lot of people, the work connection is it.” And for a lot of people, it’s just not enough for a full life. Big corporations noticed in recent de-

Jay Humphries hangs out at Sneaky Beans. cades that Americans wanted to hang out with a cup of coffee in a cozy chair and chat with friends. They tried to monetize the cozy. Starbucks, Books-A-Million, and Barnes and Noble all created spaces for that feel of a third place but missed the concept of what a hangout is, Oldenburg says. Corporate chain stores have to move people to make money; people who loiter don’t fit a profitable business model. “The corporate world hates community,” Oldenburg said. “Community creates contentment. Contentment means people don’t buy stuff.” Oldenburg has controversial views on zoning, the tool cities use to control the main activity in different districts. Modern cities separate factories from homes and for good reason—children probably should not grow up next to a noisy, polluting facility. Strip clubs probably shouldn’t be next to schools and a law office more than likely doesn’t want to be between two scrap yards. Universal zoning has done more harm to American life, though, Oldenburg argues. He andrew dunaway

In coffee houses, neighborhood pubs and old-fashioned soda-fountain shops, the owners don’t rush the customers out. The patrons stop and stay a while, forming a community. Sometimes that community can take grassroots action to solve a common issue, whether to help another regular find a job or to take political action. The political nature of these gathering places is powerful, Oldenburg says. Nazi Germany and Italy under Mussolini closed down the coffee houses to control political unrest, he says. “Dissension begins at the grassroots level,” the retired professor told BOOM Jackson in a phone interview from his Pensacola, Fla., home. In Jackson, Koinonia Coffee House stands out as a gathering place for grassroots organizers and progressives. Several weekly meetings at the two-story yellow house on Adams Street draw in business and nonprofit representatives seeking to make connections and to make change. The meetings are open and welcoming to newcomers. Oldenburg says this is a critical component of the third place: It’s inclusive, democratic and welcoming. “The soda fountain was the best we ever had. It was the most inclusive. Then along comes Dairy Queen,” he said. That place where you always see the same group of folks each morning is a third place. It’s laid-back, it’s playful, sometimes flirtatious, rarely official. It’s the Wednesday morning group that meets for coffee at Kroger in Byram; it’s the men who come to the Cuttin Shak on Hanging Moss Road for the news as well as a haircut; it’s the group of three who sit down every morning at the Cups in Fondren, saying hello to everyone coming in, solving the world’s problems. “Did you see last night the treasury was up?” Bob McGehee, 66, asked a profession-

ally dressed young woman walking into Cups in Fondren one early morning. “Yes. Did you see the markets?” she answered. “That’s why I’m going in early. You see how early I’m in here today.” “I bet by noon it will be higher,” McGehee told her as she grabbed her coffee, smiled and went out the door. McGehee, who worked for Merrill Lynch for 33 years and is now retired, says all the Cups patrons are glad to see him and his cohorts holding court each morning. “We talk about sports, politics, the economy and stupidity. You know what stupidity is? It’s doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result,” he said. McGehee also talks about grandchildren, good tomatoes and planning a trip to Ireland that might include visits to a pub or two.

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$17.50), Oldenburg defines and defends the all-American third place. Home is the first place; work is the second. The third place is an informal hangout—usually in an understated, locally owned establishment—that has no rules, yet everyone behaves. It’s that place “where everyone knows your name,” like the bar in the television series “Cheers.” Coffee, ice cream or beer is usually involved, so it’s not too expensive to buy time in this kind of spot. It’s unlikely the owners of a third place would ever worry about loiterers. They like it when people linger. These casual meeting places, Oldenburg argues, are basic not only to our sense of place, but essential to American democracy.

Savanna Duckworth, left, and Colette Jackson visit at Sneaky Beans. The Fondren third place has a regular casual crowd and informal, intimate concerts. THIRD PLACES, see page 28 27

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They don’t always burn out, of course. A notable example from “Celebrating the Third Place” is Tunnicliff’s Tavern on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. It’s been operating since 1796.

Economic Development

Economic development agencies recognize that for a city to grow and thrive, it needs what Richard Florida has coined “the creative class.” If a city wants those young professionals or inspired retirees to move inside its borders, it has to offer what they want. “Vibrant cities or suburbs don’t exist without a multitude of viable third places,” states the Urban Review St. Louis website, “And if you want to attract the young, the creative, the socially engaged, that advice is doubly important.” Third places provide quality-of-life cred to cities. In the 2009 Applied Research in Quality of Life report “The Impact of Third Places on Community Quality of Life,” the authors found that people who felt they had accessible third places also perceived that they had a higher quality of life. Other studies suggest that active third places promote perceptions that a neighborhood is safe and secure. Tunnicliff’s Tavern is an example of a place that’s open late with light and activity where someone in andrew dunaway

have libraries and YMCAs,” Oldenburg said. All these institutions want to fill that void in American lives as much as corporations want to monetize it. He says the more casual and open trends to have extended coffee hours after and before church or snacks in the library are an effort to fill a real need people have to connect and belong. He sees a sad trend in many third places today, partly due to technology and partly due to pressures to work harder longer. “Coffee houses are workplaces now,” he said. “Laptops are killing the idea of community.” Oldenburg doesn’t like Facebook and Twitter, although in many ways social media fill the need of a third place with an informal place to be yourself, play games, and make an occasional political suggestion or economic observation. Some writers use the term “fourth place” to refer to the social-media plane. “Electronic communication is better than nothing, but it’s a virtual third place. Virtual means ‘existing.’ And it’s simply not true,” Oldenburg said. A few years ago, Oldenburg Barber Jerome Baker talks with TaJuan “Jacq” Cage as he cuts his hair at The Cuttin Shak, a hang-out where was teaching a sociology class in the regulars get the news. research methods at the University of West Florida. His students beblames city planners for separating homes gan studying together in the school lounge. “We learn more in that lounge than we from work places and separating both from gathering places. do in your classroom,” a smug student told After World War II, with the growth of him. Oldenburg was completely unfazed. He the suburbs and the automobile industry, already knew that. “They collaborated. In the classroom, many Americans left cities. Oldenburg said the planning model of single-use zoning start- they compete,” he said. That’s why universities ed in the Midwest. “Someone decided neigh- have so many excellent third places scattered borhoods look better without corner stores,” on campus. “College is your experience of he said. “And it killed neighborhood activism. community,” he added. “After that, you’ll never You can either get involved with people or have it again.” things. Corporations have had a heavy hand That’s because of the lack of third places in making us consumers.” in most communities. Even good, successful Many Mississippians might say church- third places don’t last forever. In his book, es fill the third-place role. But a third place “Celebrating the Third Place” (2000, Maris not somewhere you must be dressed lowe and Co., $16.95), Oldenburg shared stoa certain way or expected to act a role. ries about places that got it right. But several That’s one of things that’s makes it so of them had already closed before the book different than home and work. The casual went to the publisher. relationships don’t require the same level “A third place has a life span of eight to of seriousness. 10 years,” he said. “The owners put so much “Churches have picked up on this. So in it, they burn out.”

Estus Smith comments at a Friday Forum event at Koinonia Coffee House. trouble could easily find shelter and help. Besides attracting newcomers to move to cities, third places can also unintentionally attract tourism. Destination Development International, a Seattle-based consulting firm, advises communities across the nation to foster third places and third-place thinking. “Stop trying to be all things to all people,” the DDI report “Reinventing Downtowns” states. “And work towards creating a downtown that is a ‘Third Place.’ If locals hang out there, visitors will, too, leading to increased

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Bob McGehee spends part of most mornings at Cups in Fondren, talking politics and economics with other regulars and some of the drop-in customers. spending, thriving businesses and greater opportunity for the entire community.” Undoubtedly, third places change a city’s architecture and traffic flow, as a 2008 article in The Economist reports. Third places over time will create a need for different structures than the mid-20th century buildings and roads that dominate most American cities. “Architects are instead thinking about light, air, trees and gardens, all in the service of human connections,” The Economist reported. “Buildings will have

Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

much more varied shapes than before.” Instead of going straight from home to work and then home again, people take varied routes to third places along the way. Traffic plans for a city may have to alter as well.

Creating Third Places A city that supports third places allows for mixed-use zoning and allows bars and other gathering spots to stay open late, Oldenburg says. Sidewalks can help, too. A 2010 report

from the Center for Land Use Education at the University of Wisconsin found that most third places are in areas that are walkable, bikeable and have public transportation. Entrepreneurs who want to open a third place can get help and advice from Mississippi Small Business Development Centers ( Finding the right partner requires networking and reaching out to larger groups such as the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership. It also requires thinking smallscale and approaching the neighborhood association to find allies where the new establishment will be. The Center for Land Use Education suggests that potential owners consider what makes a business a true third-place hangout. It’s more than just slapping a couple of café chairs and tables on a sidewalk and waiting for customers to show. Third places offer a diversity of services that brings in revenue. Java Ink, for example, is more than a comic-book store or even an espresso shop. It sells art and memorabilia as well as soft-serve ice cream. It also offers activities from weekly Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments to book signings. It’s sponsoring the Horror Fest portion of the 2nd Annual Mississippi International Film Festival Oct. 21-23. And it supports its regulars. When Rachel Ward’s older sister recently won a writing contest, Java Ink was the first to brag about it. “Our own Diane Ward is a semi-finalist in a literary competition,” Java Ink co-owner Charles Jett posted on Facebook. Starbucks, Books-A-Million, and Barnes and Noble have no similar investment.


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Maywood Mart Shopping Center Northeast Jackson 601-366-8486

English Village Belhaven 904 E. FortiďŹ cation 601-355-9668

Woodland Hills Shopping Center Fondren Arts District 601-366-5273

Westland Plaza West Jackson 526 Robinson Rd. 601-353-0089

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IN THIS ISSUE: Aladdin Amerigo Beagle Bagel Burgers & Blues Cerami’s Char Cherokee Inn Cool Al’s Crab’s Seafood Eslava’s Grille F. Jones Corner Fenian’s Pub

M48 M39 M38 M48 M32 M39 M34 M37 M49 M38 M37 M40

Fratesi’s Fusion Thai & Japanese Hal and Mal’s Haute Pig Hickory Pit Last Call Local 463 Mezza Mugshots Ole Tavern Olga’s Fine Dining Outback Steakhouse Pan Asia Parker House

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Penn’s Fish House Petra Cafe Primos Café Sportsman’s Lodge Tico’s Time Out Sports Bar Underground 119 Vasilios Vintage Wine Shop Walker’s Drive-In Wing Station Wingstop

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Menu Guide (pages 31 - 49) is a paid advertising section.

Work. Live. Play. Prosper.


Steak • Seafood • Pasta

Happy Hour

5-6 Half Off Cocktails & Beer Appetizers, Zuppa & Insalata Bruschetta - Diced tomatoes and basil with a slice of buffalo mozzarella on toasted bread. Calamari - Slices of calamari fried and served with marinara sauce Antipasto - Provolone cheese, Italian meats, and variety of vegetables on a bed of lettuce surrounding a cup of creamy Italian dressing. New Orleans BBQ Shrimp - Eight fresh gulf shrimp in a worchershire and butter sauce. Cerami’s Stuffed Mushrooms - Four large mushrooms stuffed with our tasty melt-in yourmouth filling ~ topped with our chefs basil cream sauce. Fried Mozzerella - Italian mozzerella cheese breaded in italian breadcrumbs and fried golden brown served with side of marinara Salad Wagon - Crisp mixed greens, fresh gorgonzola cheese, marinated onions, olive salad and creamy Italian or Italian Vinaigrette dressing. Caesar Salad - Romaine mixed greens tossed in parmesan cheese and homemade Caesar dressing. Add Chicken or Shrimp Soup of the Day - Chef ’s Choice Soup and Salad - Cup of soup of the day and salad wagon

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.

Early Bird Specials

$9.95 Tues - Thurs 5:30 - 6:30

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

Pesce (seafood)

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

Lunch Hours:

Dinner Hours:

Fri. & Sun. 11am-2pm

Tues. - Sat. 5pm-9pm


We also accommodate... Corporate meetings...Birthdays...Rehearsal dinners...Catering, and much more.

Linguini with Clam Sauce - Lots of open shell clams on top of linguini topped with a butter clam sauce and parmesan cheese. That’s Amore!!! Shrimp Scampi - Succulent fresh shrimp sautéed in a garlic butter sauce served over linguini pasta Shrimp or Calamari Diablo - Fresh Shrimp or calamari with a spicy tomato sauce on linguini pasta. *Menu Subject to Change.

5417 Lakeland Drive ~ 601-919-2829 ~ Flowood, MS 39232 M32

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Best Steak in Jackson Jackson Free Press | Best of Jackson 2011

1536 E. County Line Rd. | 601-956-1030

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Bring Your Own Wine!

Home Cookin’ - Hot Lunches - Game Room - Cold Beer

Lunch Specials: $7.98 +Tax Plate lunches come with a roll/cornbread & tea.

MONDAY: Chicken & Dumplings w/ salad or Hamburger Steak w/ rice & gravy, purple hull peas & cabbage

TUESDAY: Beef Tips or Meatloaf with rice & gravy or mashed potatoes, fried okra & lima beans

WEDNESDAY: Fried, BBQ or Smoked Chicken or Beef


Change “Open for Lunch and 5-7PM Mediterranean Cuisine Dinner” to “Open for Dinner”

Under that put “Open for Lunch with Special Bookings”

Liver w/ Onions, mashed potatoes, turnip greens, & black eyed peas THURSDAY: Roast Beef w/ mashed potatoes, green beans, & salad FRIDAY: Country Fried Steak w/ rice & gravy, field peas w/ snaps & corn SATURDAY: Red Beans & Rice w/ sausage or Meaty Spaghetti w/ salad SUNDAY: Fried Chicken or Fried Pork Chops w/ mac & cheese or mashed potatoes, okra & greens

RIBS - $15/slab $7.50/half slab We smoke lrg. amounts of meat. Prior notic required. Offering Homemade items Coleslaw, Potato Salad & BBQ Sauce

Full bar, live music, now open on Sunday!


1410 Old Square Road • Jackson


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-Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizzas-Hookahs on a Beautiful Patio-Great Beer Selection-Now Serving Spirits1896 Main Street, Ste A in Madison 601-853-0876 •

M-Th 11-2, 4:30-9 • F-Sat 11-2, 4:30-10

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Monday - Saturday, 5:30pm - Until Starters

Crispy Fried Lobster Skewers tortilla salad with a basil vinaigrette & finished with a tomato & chipotle coulis Pan Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras lightly smoked on caramelized apples & dried cherry with truffled brioche toast and a maple glaze Bbq Fried Oysters warm brie with apple slaw


topped with capers, onions, tomato, & arugula Breadless Jumbo Lump Crab Cake topped with a charred tomato lemon butter Walker’s Tamales fresh pico de gallo, chipotle sour cream & sweet corn sauce Flash Fried Calamari Panko Crusted Goat Cheese Fritters on tomato ragu with herd crusted bread Portobello Fries Steamed Mussels of the Day


Asian Three Way spicy seaweed, squid salad, & thai chili crusted tuna with crispy wontons Endive & Apple Salad arugula, blue cheese, spiced pecans & red onion with a sweet onion vinaigrette Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad argula, candied walnuts, red onions & feta cheese with a basil vinaigrette Walker’s House baby field greens, sweet peppers & crumbled blue cheese in a creamy garlic peppercorn dressing Classic Caesar hearts of romaine, shaved parmesan & garlicky croutons B.l.t. Wedge iceberg wedge, applewood smoked bacon, tomato, red onion & blue cheese in creamy buttermilk dressing

Main Courses

Wood-grilled 16oz Prime New York Strip house-cut shoestring fries, salad and house-made steak sauce Miso Martinated Seabass on rock shrimp fried black rice with bok choy slaw and a curry broth 12 oz Kobe Burger house made truffled brioche, with applewood smoked bacon, served with shoestring fries Buttermilk Fried Quail on pepper jack cheese grits with a roasted corn salsa & chipotle glaze Grilled Gulf Grouper topped with a spicy black-eyed pea relish on mascarpone & thyme polenta fries Everything Crusted #1 Tuna on spicy cheese grits with a chipotle glaze topped with a tomato relish Crab, Artichoke & Parmesan Crusted “Gigged” Flounder on sautéed shallot spinach with a charred tomato lemon butter Pan Seared Jumbo “Dry Packed” sea scallops shrimp & feta risotto with a cucumber-tomato salad & basil lemon butter Wood Grilled Jumbo Shrimp with ancho-chili cheese grits and a grilled pineapple salsa & salsa verde Lamb Porterhouse with herb roasted fingerling potatoes & brussels sprouts, topped with a mint-curry tzatzaki and madeira wine sauce 8 Oz. Hereford Filet with bacon-cheddar mash, sautéed asparagus & crispy onions in a red wine sauce Veal & Jumbo Lump Crab Piccata on white truffle risotto with sautéed asparagus in a caper lemon butter Redfish Anna With Lump Crab Meat garlic mash & thin beans topped with a charred tomato lemon butter

Dinner Reservations Welcome. Walkers Also Serves Lunch Monday Through Friday.

Dinner Menu


first bites

Crispy Panko-fried Avocado stuffed with a crab remoulade salad Tamales with a sweet corn sauce, fresh pico de gallo and a chipotle-lime sour cream “Breadless” Jumbo Lump Crab Cake w/grain mustard lemon butter Shrimp “Corn Dogs” with a grilled pineapple salad and a mango-grain mustard dipping sauce Wood-grilled Mississippi Quail on spicy grits with a corn relish and chipotle glaze Fried Green Tomato Napoleon with crawfish tails and a grain mustardlemon butter Portobello Fries Slow Roasted Duroc Pork Belly on a crispy grit cake with a smoked applepepper jelly in a braising liquid


Chargrilled over an open wood grill and finished in the oven.

Florida Rock Shrimp & Fried Green Tomato with Wright Dairy truffled cheese, mozzarella, and Duroc bacon lardons on a charred tomato sauce Spicy Thai with fresh mozzarella, roasted pork, and cilantro-sriracha slaw on a crunchy peanut sauce

Rock Shrimp Angel Hair Florida rock shrimp w/red onions, heirloom tomatoes and basil in a garlicky herb butter Redfish 463 with sauteed crabmeat, garlic mash, thin beans and a charred tomato-lemon butter Wood Grilled Shrimp on Pepper Jack Grits with a mango salsa and a spicy green tomato vinaigrette Apricot-Teriyaki Glazed Grilled Salmon over sesame spinach, with shiitake mushrooms and soy lemon butter Everything-crusted #1 Tuna sushigrade tuna on spicy cheese grits with a tomato relish and chipotle glaze Pan-seared Jumbo Sea Scallops on shrimp & feta risotto with hearts of palm & heirloom tomato salad and a basil lemon butter The “Original” Honey-Rosemary Fried Chicken all natural chicken breast in a Mississippi honey-rosemary glaze with pecorino polenta and thin beans “Big Boy” Duroc Pork Chop woodgrilled 16 oz. porterhouse chop with braised fresh greens and sweet potato mash with a grilled pineapple relish and a chipotle glaze

Greek with artichoke hearts, Greek olives, caramelized red onions, and feta cheese on a Romesco sauce

Veal Chop Parmesan with shaved Fudge Farm ham, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, garlicky angel hair pastaand a chunky tomato ragout

BBQ Chicken with corn, cilantro, caramelized onions, pepper jack and smoked gouda topped with crispy tortilla strips

Dr. Pepper Braised Beef Short Ribs in a braising liquid with redskin mash, fresh asparagus, crispy onions and a horseradish crème fraiche


House iceberg and romaine, sweet peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, red onion, and Alabama goat cheese crumbles in a lemon-Dijon vinaigrette 463 Caesar romaine and garlic croutons tossed in basil-Caesar dressing Tart Apple & Arugula Salad with endive, blue cheese, candied pecans, and shaved red onions tossed in a sweet onion dressing The Wedge iceberg lettuce with ovendried tomatoes, Duroc bacon lardons, feta cheese, and croutons topped with a house-made buttermilk ranch lunch served mon. - fri. bar open all day


big plates

Blackened Chicken Penne with sweet peas, grape tomatoes and fresh herbs in light parmesan cream

Spice-crusted Flank Steak sliced 12 oz. prime with toasted garlic spinach, Manchego shoestring fries and a chimichurri sauce 8 oz. Filet wood-grilled Hereford beef filet with bacon-cheddar mash, fresh asparagus and crispy onions Super Kobe Burger 12 oz. Wagyu beef with applewood-smoked bacon, provolone, lettuce, tomato, Dijon mustard, mayo and grilled onions Burger 463 12 oz. Hereford beef with smoked gouda, BBQ aioli, lettuce and tomato topped with shoestring onions reservations welcome private dining & catering


Walker’s Drive-In is owned and operated by Derek & Jennifer Emerson. Local 463 is owned & operated by Derek & Jennifer Emerson and Dave Blumenthal. M36

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4654 McWillie Dr. Jackson, MS Open Mon-Sat, 10AM - 9PM

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

- Jalapeno Burger - Extra Hot Habanero Jalapeno Burger - Onion Burger - Jalapeno Onion Burger - Sinbad’s Bbq Bacon - Veggie Burgers - Philly Cheese Steak - Assorted Wings - Eggplant Fries-Kwame’s Cajun Battered Fries-Fresh Cut Sweet Potato Fries-

+ We accept JSU Super Cards!

Japanese & Thai Cuisine

Lunch Specials Starting At


desserts Seasonal cakes Chocolate chip blondie brownie 3

Fri & Sat: 10AM - Midnight Sun: 11AM - 5PM NOW SERVING BEER!




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


Miso • Chicken Broth Thai Noodle Soup


Seafood Mixed Salad Seaweed Salad • Thai Salad


Featured in the Summer 2011 Issue of BOOM Jackson 2741 Old Canton Rd. Jackson, MS 601.366.0161 2902 Hardy Street #50, Hattiesburg, MS (601) 268-8850

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

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


Authentic Middle Eastern and Greek Cuisine in the Historic Fondren District

appetizers and starters

sandwiches and baskets



Lunch is served weekdays from 11am - 2pm

•Sushi •Thai Curries Curries •Hibacchi

(Steak, Chicken, Vegetable)

•Tempura Udon •Thai Fried Rice •Vegetable Tempura

1002 Treetop Blvd. Flowood, MS

behind the Applebee’s on Lakeland



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

Now Serving Bugers, Blues Dogs and BBQ Late M37

Eslava’s Grille Seafood, Steaks and Pasta

Danilo Eslava Caceres Executive Chef/GM

2481 Lakeland Dr Flowood, MS 39232

601-932-4070 tel 601-933-1077 fax

It’s ALWAYS FRESH in the

6030 I-55 North- EXIT 102B (601) 977-9040 M38

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601-977-0563 6592 Old Canton Rd. Ridgeland MS 39157

Special Selection View our entire menu at


Cheese Fritters Calamari Fritti Flash-fried Eggplant Tuscan Crab Cakes


Caesar Salad Mozzarella And Tomato Basilico Arugula With Flame Grilled Apples Flame Grilled Portobello Mushroom Goat Cheese And Walnut Salad Bow Tie Pasta Caesar Mediterranean Pasta Salad


Chicken Margarite Cannelloni Al Forno Shrimp Primavera Crawfish Pasta House Smoked Duck And Sausage Pasta Goat Cheese & Penne Shrimp Scampi Three Cheese Tortellini With Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Smoked Chicken Ravioli

Special Selection View our entire menu at BEGINNINGS

Onion Rings Spinach Crisp Sin CITY BBQ Shrimp “No Filler” Crab Cakes Fried Oyster Crostini Crab Claws Tomato Tower Crab & Shrimp Gumbo Soup Of The Day


The Wedge CHAR Salad Caesar Ginger-Peanut Chicken Salad Chopped Sunbelt Salad


Wild Mushroom Raviolli Chicken Half-pound Burger Duck Scallops Black Fish Salmon Ahi Tuna

Brick Oven Pizza



Double Cut Fudge Brownie Pecan Caramel Butter Crunch Famous Homemade Pecan Pie Fresh Peach Cobbler

Margherita Italian Sausage & Cheese Pepperoni House Smoked Chicken And Spinach Salmon & Dill

Tiramisu Chocolate Pecan Fudge Brownie Crème Brûlée Cheese Cake Key Lime Pie

Filet Original Cowboy Ribeye Chi-town Strip New York Strip


CHAR now caters! 601-956-9562

450001-55 North, Highland Village Jackson, MS 39211

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Autumn 2011


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


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

Jackson Menu Guide


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

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


Try our signature dishes SUMMER BRUSCHETTA

Our summer version features toasted baguette with a smear of goat cheese, topped with tomatoes, basil, green garlic scapes and local spring vegetables


Arugula, radicchio and fresh lettuces from our garden tossed in our house-made dressings and topped with grapefruit, oranges, seasonal fresh vegetables and shaved Romano cheese. Available with Strawberry Gorgonzola, Creamy Parmesan or Citrus Vinaigrette dressings, all made fresh each week.


Now that summer has arrived, and it’s too hot for gumbo every day, our Chef is hard at work coming up with new, lighter soups made from whatever is fresh and in-season. Ask your server for details.


Shrimp and fresh Gulf fish, quick marinated in lime juice and sake and tossed with fresh herbs, tomatoes and vegetables. Served in a martini glass with toasted pita chips and topped with deep fried fresh herbs. Ask your server what the catch is this week.

T 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.


Two mini-burgers made with ground lamb and beef, topped with tzaziki sauce, feta mayo and a quick pickle of cucumbers and radishes. Served with sweet potato chips

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”.

SOFTSHELL 119 Best In The City!

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.

A softshell crab sauteed in our house seasoning and brown butter served on a slice of toasted French bread, topped with a poached egg and served with choron sauce

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.


Sautéed in brown butter and blackening seasoning, served with French bread

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,


Spicy beef with black beans and pepperjack cheese rolled in pastry dough and deep fried, served with malted cheese and salsa verde

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


Bar Hours: Mon.-Fri., 11a.m.-2a.m. Sat.,-4p.m.-2a.m. Autumn 2011


Jumbo lump crabmeat with red & yellow bell peppers and pepper Jack cheese, served with a red pepper aioli


Our chef’s play on the Barbecue Shrimp made famous by Pascale’s Manale Restaurant in Uptown New Orleans. Served shells-off with grilled lemon and French bread


Sliced green tomatoes coated with cornmeal and deep fried. Served “toastada-style” with pepper-jack cheese, seasoned pork and pico de gallo sauce


Beef Tenderloin sliced thin and sautéed with sun dried tomatoes, red and yellow bell peppers and pepper- jack cheese, served with two sauces--roasted red pepper aioli and chive cremé fraiche.


We start by grilling a hand-blended, hand-formed, half pund patty and dressing it with your choice of toppings. Choose from; mozzarella or pepper-jack cheese, lettuce, tomoato, pickles, homemade mayonnaise, mustard and catsup. Add bacon and/or fried egg


Maryland-style jumbo lump crab cake sautéed and served with a roasted red pepper aioli


Three lamb “lollipops” pan-seared with rosemary and garlic, served with a mint yogurt sauce for dipping


Spice-rubbed tuna lightly grilled and served with wasabi and our own “Mississippi Ponzu” dipping sauce.


Six ounce, USDA prime, top sirloin grilled to order and topped with demi-glace reduction. Served with fried purple, pink, white and yellow fingerling potatoes, drizzled with Truffle oil and Romano cheese.

Spicy Gulf Shrimp diced, red and yellow bell peppers and pepper-jack cheese, served with a roasted red pepper aioli.

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


or something a little spicy

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

(a very high-class pig stand)

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)

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 Grilled Cheese ........................ 3.75 extra cheese ................................ 1.25 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 BBQ Beef (chopped) .............. 12.25

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

Homemade Pies 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) 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!

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

1856 Main St. • Madison 601.853.8538

Jackson Menu Guide



Grill & Bar ONO PUPAS Hawaiian for Great Appetizers Most of these delicious munchies are large enough to share … CHA-CHA-CHIPS ‘n SALSA … 4.79 CHIPS ‘n ROTEL … 5.29 TEE’S CHEESE WEDGES … 6.99 SPENCER’S NACHOS … 6.99 SOUTHWEST EGGROLLS … 7.99 BUFFALO JACKS WANGS. … 7.59 CHUCK’S CLUCKS … 7.29 DAVIS’S DILL PICKLE CHIPS … 6.59 QUESADILLA ROLLS … 7.59 KATIE’S KICKIN’ CHICKEN BASKET … 7.59 O’ ONION TREE O’ ONION TREE … 5.79 BLANKENSHROOMS … 6.59 THE MOMBO COMBO … 9.79 AWARD-WINNING

MUGSHOTS GOURMET BURGERS A full half pound of choice ground round, grilled medium-well and served on a toasted sourdough bun with brew city’s very own beer battered fries MIDDLEBERGER … 8.29 PATO … 8.59 SAVELL … 8.59 add chili for .50


SANDWICHES Served on toasted sourdough and served with brew city’s beer battered fries BOND … 7.79 PICOU … 7.79 BANCHERO … 7.99 COLIN’S CHICKEN CEASAR … 7.99 CAITLINS’ CAJUN CHICKEN … 7.99 CALLIE’S MAHI SANDWICH … 8.99 SCHMITTYS’ SHRIMP SANDWICH … 8.59 THE BEEFEATER … 7.99 THE BRISCOE INFERNO … 7.99 BIG BABY BLAINE’S COUNTRY FRIED STEAK SANDWICH … 7.99 … add sauteed mushrooms for .50 TUCKER’S PULLED PORK SANDWICH … 7.99 ... add a slice of cheddar cheese for .50 B.L.T.C. … 6.99 NANA’S CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH … 7.99 HOWARD’S “HILL BILLY” PHILLY … 7.79 THE HICKS … 7.79

SIGNATURE SALADS Choice of Ranch, Honey Mustard, Blue Cheese, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Thousand Island, Sesame Ginger, Caesar or Fat Free Ranch BUFFALO BLUE … 8.49 ‘CRANE SISTERS’ CRISPY CHICKEN … 8.49 GRILLED CHICKEN CAESAR … 7.99 CHICKEN SALAD SALAD … 7.99 BIG WILLIE’S PHILLY CHEESESTEAK SALAD … 7.99 RAJUN “HESTER” CAJUN … 7.99 sub fried shrimp for 1.49 CAESAR SIDE SALAD … 3.29 HOUSE DINNER SALAD … 3.29



SIDES & MORE SIDES Beer battered French fries, onions rings, and grilled or steamed fresh veggies … 1.95 Mabel’s mashed potatoes … 2.25 Load ‘em up for .50

4245 Lakeland Drive in Flowood, MS 39232 | 601-932-4031 More info. on our award-winning gourmet burgers & sandwiches at M44

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

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 -



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

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

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.


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


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



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

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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 M45


Kitchen Open Late ‘Til 2 a.m. - Seven Days a Week

Your house for all Boxing and WWE Pay-Per- View events. Starting Lineup (Starters) Shrimp & Pork Egg Rolls 7.99 Cajun Spinach and Crawfish Dip 7.99 Last Call Quesadilla 5.99 Chili Cheese Fries 7.99 Beef Battered Onion Rings 5.99 Jalapeno Poppers 7.99

Kick-off (Signature Wings) Bone-In Wings - 7 for $6.99, 20 for 15.99, 50 for $34.99 Boneless Wings - 10 for $6.99, 25 for $14.99, 50 for $27.99 Signature Sauces - Fire, Hot, Mild, BBQ, Frank’s Chili Lime, Asian, All-Star, Bourbon

• 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

Touchdown (Burgers & Po-Boys) Mean Burger $6.99 Jalapeño Burger $7.99 Catfish Po-boy $7.99 Blackened Catfish Po-boy $7.99 Philly-Style Steak $8.99 Turkey Burger $7.49 Chili Burger $7.99 Shrimp Po-boy $7.99 Hot Roast Beef Po-boy $7.99 Club Po-boy $7.99

MVP (Panini Sandwiches) Roasted Chicken Panini $7.99 Roast Beef Panini $7.99 Club Panini $7.99 Meatball Panini $7.99

Wildcard (Salads) Garden Salad $5.99 (add-ons avail.) Chef Salad $7.99 Blackened Catfish Salad $8.99 Taco Salad $7.99

Hall of Fame (Specialties & Platters) Nachos 8.99 Sampler Platter 11.99 Catfish Platter 9.79 Chicken Tender Platter 7.99 * Above is just a sample of our full menu. Prices, specials, menu selection and hours subject to change. 1428 Old Square Rd in Jackson 601.713.2700 M46

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Vieux Mot Adapted from Don Lee of PDT, NYC

Ingredients • 1 ½ oz. Plymouth Gin • ¾ oz. St-Germain • ¼ oz. Sonoma Syrup Co. Meyer Lemon Simple Syrup • ¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice


Pour all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Please Drink Responsibly. 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ste. 1010 Ridgeland MS 39157 | 601.605.9199 Located next to the Fresh Market At The Renaissance at Colony Park

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Add meat on your salad for 3.00 Add feta on your salad for 1.00


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Bun Choices: Wheat, White,

Texas Toast

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The BnB Burger


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


Lea & Perrins Burger

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

Hwy 51 Bacon & Blue Burger

Buffalo Chicken Philly Cheese Steak

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

1.95 2.00 1.95 1.65 1.65 1.65

A marinated burger in Lea & Perrins sauce. Dressed with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup & feta cheese. Topped with applewood smoked bacon & crumbled bleu cheese. Served with warm bleu cheese sauce.

The County Line

Wheat Wraps

Sandwiches & Other Stuff

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, sautÊed onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, mushrooms, jalapeno peppers, chili & your choice of cheese.



Smokehouse BBQ Burger

Applewood bacon, cheddar cheese & 1 fried onion ring.

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



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



Best of Jackson 2011

Beef, Ground Turkey, Chicken Breast

served with salad, hummus, rice and white or whole wheat pita bread


Best Burger

We Give You Choices Meat Choices: Ground


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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 |


at Down-Home Prices 6954 Old Canton Rd. in Ridgeland, MS

601-956-5040 Open 11am - 2pm and 5pm - 10pm for dinner

&OOD Nachos, Burgers

Soups, Salads Hot Wings, Pasta and much more


Happy Hour

• Gifts to Impress • 2012 Power Couples • Ultimate Office Party

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

• Rodeo Chic


• Compassionate Workplaces: Non-profits

2 for 1 everything except pichers and bottles of wine

6270 Old Canton Rd, Jackson


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Upcoming.... WINTER 2011 BOOM Jackson

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• Diversity in the Workplace

• “Cool Too” City Focus: Natchez

Plus: JXN, BIZ, Do-Gooders, Music, Food, Decor, More. For advertising information, call 601-362-6121 x11 or email M49

BITES // tacos v. gyros

Generation Greek


// by Andrew Dunaway



fun, new eating experience hits Jackson this fall when the food trucks roll. The City Council passed the ordinance July 27. The city began accepting applications for food truck permits 30 days later, at the end of August. So far, two businesses have expressed interest in operating a food truck—Gringo Tacos and Tortas, and Lumpkins BBQ. Gringo has already composed its menu, set prices and has picked out its truck. Gringo’s Facebook page says it will serve casual Latin food, including breakfast, lunch and even fare for “late night hungries.” Price of a meal will be under $10. The city ordinance allows vendors to buy an annual $500 license to sell food from a truck, as long as each permit only applies to one selling location, trucks are fully insured, and the distribution and preparation center meets strict guidelines for cleanliness. Follow Jackson’s new food trucks on Twitter @gringotacotorta and @lumpkinsbbq.


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Chef Nik Nikolis presents the house seafood platter at Vasilios Greek Cuisine in Madison.


fter immigrating from Thassos and Kavala in Greece, Vasilio and Saula Nikolis opened Vasilios Greek Cuisine in 1994. Since then, it has been a destination for high-quality seafood, gyros, keftethakia (meatballs) and spanakopita (spinach and cheese pies) and other Greek delicacies. Now a new generation of the Nikolis family is manning the grill at Vasilios. Barely 25 years old, Nikolaos Nikolis (Nik for short) has already accomplished more than many twice his age. After graduating high school early, earning a culinary degree from The Art Institute of Colorado, satiating the hunger of ravenous Denver Broncos and honing his culinary craft in Greece, Nikolis brings a world of experience to the kitchen at Vasilios (828 Highway 51, Madison, 601.853.0028).

BOOM: With all this time in the kitchen, do you have a favorite gadget? Nikolis: My two spatulas: they’re extensions of my hands, and I can do anything with them.

BOOM: Your parents, Vasilio and Saula, opened this restaurant in 1994. What was it like growing up in the restaurant? Nik Nikolis: I was 7 when they started this restaurant, and I was outside flagging people down to make them come in and eat gyros. From there I started hosting, bussing tables, washing dishes and doing prep work. By the time I was 15, I was waiting tables and working in the kitchen, saving my money for culinary school.

BOOM: After culinary school, you worked in the catering arm of the Battis resort in Ithaca in Greece. How much did that affect your take on Greek cuisine? Nikolis: My knowledge of Greek cuisine was instilled from my childhood from always eating my mother’s home cooking. In the early days of the restaurant, I never had a babysitter; I was always at the restaurant, from 7 years old until I left when I was 18.

BOOM: Is there an item you have to have in your kitchen? Nikolis: In a Greek kitchen, you must always have oregano, garlic, fresh lemons and salt. Those are the basis of every Greek delicacy— not to mention a fifth of brandy for quality desserts. BOOM: What’s your favorite ingredient to work with? Nikolis: Fresh, fresh fish. Blackfish from the Gulf of Mexico happens to be one of my favorites. We rarely get it, maybe once a week at best, but that stuff to me is amazing.

Everything You Need for Fall Celebrations!

Good Food Is Always in Fashion

Always Drink Responsibly

Northeast Jackson’s Largest Showroom Free Gift Wrapping • Gift Certificates Friendly Knowledgeable Staff Glasses To Loan • Case Discounts Quick Chilling Service available at

(Next door to McDade’s Market Extra) Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. • Maywood Mart Shopping Center 1220 E. Northside Dr. • 601-366-5676 •

Work. Live. Play. Prosper.


BITES // first down

Tailgating: Bragging Rights


// by Roxanne Wallis

Courtesy Roxanne Wallis

ichael Owens has a favorite American pastime. “Tailgating is like a huge block party,” he says. “We do it to see who has skills on the grill, who can throw the best party. Bragging rights.” Owens, 36, attends Jackson State University games and travels yearly to tailgate at the Southern Heritage Classic (JSU Tigers vs. Tennessee State University Tigers) held at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis. Before traveling to an event, he prepares and packs items essential to successful tailgating including his grill, a generator, a portable refrigerator, a variety of foods and special pre-mixed spices. On arrival, Owens sets up his tent, stringing lights and setting up a fire pit for ambience. With the party scene set, he is able to focus on food preparation. He traditionally grills a classical assortment of meats including burgers, chicken wings, ribs, sausages and, occasionally, whole hens. Alongside grilled meats, he serves grilled corn, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, and potato salad. Owens also breaks away from traditional fare and prepares other foods. “Sometime it’s all seafood and gumbo,” he says. Arnett Lewis, 38, sees a new trend in tailgating cuisine. “Cajun and creole style foods are becoming more popular,” Lewis says. He also sees an increase in fish frying, fish boils and seafood in general at tailgating events. Lewis assumes a more relaxed tailgating role that affords him multiple food experiences. Rather than being center stage at the grill, he assists wherever needed and when able, travels from tent to tent testing foods prepared by other tailgaters. “It is great when random people stop by your tent to taste the food. If your food is good, word gets around, and you get more visitors to your party area,” Lewis says. “Tailgating is very competitive, but it’s also a chance to fellowship and make new acquaintances.”

Cajun burgers topped with shrimp salad tailgate well.

Cajun Burgers Topped with Shrimp Salad Cajun Andouille Stuffed Burger Burger: 3 pounds ground sirloin, turkey or combination 6 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup onions, minced 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning, rounded

Filling: 2 pounds Andouille sausage, chopped 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and diced small 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded Cook and drain sausage. Let cool completely. Combine and mix ingredients to create filling for burgers. Divide burger mixture into 16 equal portions. Form each portion into a round hamburger patty. Spoon filling on top of eight of the patties


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leaving a 1/4-inch space from the edges. Top filled patties with remaining patties and pinch sides together to seal in filling. Cook burgers through until well-done.

Shrimp Salad

2 pounds cooked shrimp (peeled, de-veined, no tails), divided in half 1/3 cup onion, minced 2 stalks celery, finely chopped 1 handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 tablespoon Cajun seasoning plus extra for seasoning to taste 8 ounces cream cheese, whipped Mince half the cooked shrimp and coarse chop the remaining half. Mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate two hours before serving.

Ingredients for Burger Assembly Kaiser rolls or favorite sandwich buns Garlic butter Cajun Andouille Stuffed Burger Patties Shrimp Salad Lettuce, washed and torn Red onion, sliced into rings Tomato, sliced

Spread garlic butter on buns and toast. Top toasted bun bottoms with hamburger patty. Top hamburger with lettuce, onion, tomato, and a scoop of shrimp salad. Cap with toasted bun tops. Serve burger with sides of your choosing. To share original recipes for great entertaining menus, write editor@boomjackson.

Work. Live. Play. Prosper.


In the Red Zone

PHOTOGRAPHER: Tate Nations FASHION STYLIST: Meredith W. Sullivan HAIR: William Wallace Salon MAKE UP: Dustin King for SMoak MODELS: Stephanie Bowering, Dale Purvis, Jasontiss White and Landarius Unger White and Unger appear courtesy Diane Singleton at Jodi Models LOCATION: Patty Peck Honda PROPS: Oleta’s Gifts Greeks & Baskets


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ick style up a notch this football season. Whether you are tailgating in the Grove, at the Junction, at Memorial Stadium or in the District, create a scene on the sidelines. While others are sure to sport game-day wear in school-appropriate T-shirts and jeans, stand out and support your team by being the most fashionable tailgater in sight.

Facing page to left (also seen on the cover): Steph is wearing Bill Blass sunglasses ($7.50), a green beaded necklace ($7.50), a gold bow brooch ($2), a silk leopard shirt ($10), gray tank ($6) and red high-waisted pants ($14) from Repeat Street; a gold cheetah ring ($30) and L.A.M.B. shoes ($265) from The Shoebar at Pieces and a black studded belt ($16.95) from Pink Bombshell. ON THE COVER, clockwise: Landarius is wearing Berle brown chinos ($95), a light brown belt ($95), a Thomas Dean brown plaid shirt ($110) and Hush Puppies Norco suede shoes ($125) from The Rogue, and Ray Ban Wayfarers ($135) from Custom Optical. Jasontiss is wearing a Patterson J. Kincaid printed tunic ($132), black Mike Gonzales shorts ($160) and brown suede Jeffrey Campbell booties ($150) from 4450, a black and gold necklace ($22.95) from Pink Bombshell and coral double-drop earrings ($22) from Turkoyz. Dale is wearing a Thomas Dean black and brown plaid shirt ($99.50), AG ProtĂŠgĂŠ jeans ($158), a black belt ($75) and Bed Stu Revolution boots ($135) from The Rogue and a two-tone wooden watch ($210) from circa.

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Above, clockwise from top left: Jasontiss is wearing a gray T-shirt ($75) and Sam Edelman wedges ($210) from The Shoebar at Pieces, a white blazer ($58.99) and blue sequin leggings ($48.99) from Posh Boutique, a floral scarf ($5) from the Orange Peel, bow earrings ($18.95) from Pink Bombshell and a gold leaf cuff ($20) from Turkoyz. Landarius is wearing blue Nuco shorts ($60) and a green Peter Millar half-zip sweater ($135) from The Rogue, Vans ($47) from Swell-O-Phonic and a wooden watch ($210) from circa. The gray polo shirt is his own. Steph is wearing a printed top ($70), a unicorn ring ($25) and Sam Edelman spiked heels ($220) from The Shoebar at Pieces, green McQ jeans ($18) from Repeat Street, lion door knocker earrings ($5) from the Orange Peel and a coral and aqua necklace ($22) from Turkoyz. Dale is wearing a green plaid shirt ($4) from Bargain Boutique; a blue plaid dress shirt ($13) from Repeat Street, Citizens of Humanity Sid jeans ($205) from Red Square Clothing Co. and gray suede Vans ($72) from Swell-O-Phonic.



Steph is wearing Elizabeth and James Fairfax sunglasses ($225) from 4450; gray holey T-shirt ($36.95), floral halter dress ($20) and beige skinny belt ($12.95) from Pink Bombshell; a turquoise beaded necklace ($8.50) and wooden necklace ($11) from Repeat Street; yellow Converse Chucks ($45) from Swell-O-Phonic; and a leather cuff with chains ($28) from Turkoyz. Dale is wearing a Ben Sherman red plaid shirt ($89) and Citizens of Humanity jeans ($205) from Red Square Clothing Co.; gray Vans ($72) from Swell-O-Phonic; and a sterling Tucuman bracelet ($120) from circa. 56

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Jasontiss is wearing a sheer peach dress shirt ($60) from Posh Boutique; a black shimmer skirt ($19.95), white badger necklace ($20) and silver stud bracelet ($18.95) from Pink Bombshell; a gray Rebecca Taylor sweater ($322) from 4450; black tassel earrings ($9) from Repeat Street; and four row cable bracelets ($20) from Turkoyz. Landarius is wearing an orange True Grit polo ($75) from The Rogue; Ben Sherman chinos ($99) from Red Square Clothing Co.; Vans ($47) and a white and black plaid dress shirt ($12) from Repeat Street. Work. Live. Play. Prosper.



Where2Shop: Bargain Boutique, 5070 Parkway Drive, 601.991.0500; circa., 2771 Old Canton Road, 601.362.8484; Custom Optical, 661 Duling Ave., 601.362.6675; 4450, 4450 I-55 N., 601.366.3687; Orange Peel, 422 Mitchell Ave., 601.364.9977; Posh Boutique, 4312 N. State St., 601.364.2244; The Rogue & Good Company, 4450 I-55 N., Suite A, 601.362.6383; The Shoebar at Pieces, 425 Mitchell Ave., 601.939.5203; Swell-O-Phonic, 2906 N. State St., Suite 103, 601.366.9955; Turkoyz, 4500 I-55 N., Suite 123, 601.981.4000; Half of Half Name Brand Clothing, 826 S. Wheatley St., Ridgeland, 601.206.1689; Red Square Clothing Co., 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 9004, Ridgeland, 601.853.8960; Repeat Street, 626 Ridgewood Road, Ridgeland, 601.605.9393; Pink Bombshell, 270 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood, 601.919.1366; From Me to You Full Service Consignment, 6080 Old Brandon Road, Suite B, Brandon, 601.939.2326; Oleta’s Gifts Greeks and Baskets, 579 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601.856.8886; Patty Peck Honda, 555 Sunnybrook Road, Ridgeland; 888.902.1166; Smoak Salon, 622 Duling Ave., 601.982.5313; William Wallace Salon, 2939 Old Canton Road, 601.982.8300. Special thanks: Andrea Thomas, Deonica Davis, Sadaaf Mamoom, Emily Pressley, Kayla Moore. Models Jasontiss White and Landarrius Unger appeared Courtesy of Diane Singleton at Jodi Models. She can be reached at 601.941.3925 and

Above, clockwise from top left: Dale is wearing Ray Ban aviators ($135) from Custom Optical; a gray t-shirt ($9) and khaki chinos ($10) from the Orange Peel; orange V-neck sweater ($8) from Repeat Street; a leather bracelet ($30) from circa.; and maroon Nike Dunks ($83) from Swell-O-Phonic. Landarius is wearing a blue Thomas Dean v-neck sweater ($135) and brown belt ($95) from The Rogue; a Michael Kors striped shirt ($10) from Repeat Street; tan loafers ($12) from the Orange Peel; and coral Vineyard Vines shorts ($79.50) from Red Square Clothing Co. Steph is wearing a men’s white button down shirt ($9) and a gold animal belt ($5) from the Orange Peel; denim shorts ($39.95) from Pink Bombshell; a gold chain link necklace ($9) and clutch ($25) from Repeat Street; a navy cardigan ($12) from Salvation Army Family Thrift; Jeffrey Campbell wedges ($155) from the Shoebar at Pieces; a white bow hair clip ($1) from From Me to You Full Service Consignment and a coral wrap chain bracelet ($24) from Turkoyz. Jasontiss is wearing an ivory dress ($15) from Half of Half Discount Clothing; Jeffrey Campbell boots ($186) from 4450; a blue and white scarf ($2), gold and pearl cluster earrings ($6) from Repeat Street; maroon necklace ($24.95) from Pink Bombshell; and the argyle socks belong to the stylist. 58

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What Pro Football Team Should You Support?


f you want logic instead of intuition to dictate which professional team gets your fanship, we can help. If you prefer regional loyalties above both logic and intuition, then Drew Brees might just be your patron saint. Or not. Get into the flow below to find out.

Do you like GOOD football?

not really

...written on the QB’s face


How about country music?

Bible verses should be...

...quoted when your QB has the ball in post-season


Welcome to Patriots fandom, my friend

hell, yes!


brats or dogs? Is it OK if your team cheats?

why not?

Should quarterbacks be role models?


Football teams would never cheat.

When is Denver going to let Tim Tebow start already?

Grab some salsa and chips... you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan!

dogs no

May we suggest da Chicago Bears! Can a towel be “terrible”?

yes no

Is a Mississippi connection important?

Bundle up, hop on the bandwagon— you’re a Green Bay fan!


Try the Philadelphia Eagles on for size.

Break out the black turtleneck and ironic wit... you’re a New York Giants fan!


Do you roux, roux, root for the home team?


Did you go to Ole Miss?


Are you OK with the whole Tennessee situation?





sniff, sniff

You know this whole Farve thing has gone on long enough, right?


You’ve got Pittsburgh written all over ya!

Colts fan! You’re part of a select few with an actual reason to visit Indianapolis.

Geaux Saints!

Hey, don’t blame poor Eli... it’s the “o-line”.

You remember you said you like GOOD football, right?

yeah, yeah, OK.

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On June 24, 2011, BOOM Jackson celebrated the Summer Issue with a Mad Men party at Barefield Workplace Solutions. More than 500 guests showed off their best Sexy Secretary and Boardroom Beast looks while enjoying fare from local restaurants Lumpkins Barbecue, Olga’s, Parlor Market and Petra Café. The festive bar was fully stocked with a 1950s inspired cocktail presented by Southern Vodka, wine from Kats Wine and Spirits, and beer from Capital City Beverage. After imbibing and striking a pose in the Mad Men photo cubicle, guests took to the dance floor, where DJ Young Venom kept them dancing well into the night.


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SHOP // like fine wine

In With the Old

// by Jordan Lashley and LaShanda Phillips


rowing up, Kristin Tubb always went to garage sales with her dad. It was a weekend hobby. They found things, then fixed them up. “It’s kind of in me to do it,” Tubb says. She owns the Orange Peel (422 Mitchell Ave., 601.364.9977) in Fondren, a consignment shop. “When somebody brings in a bag (to consign), it’s just fun to look,” she says. “It’s like going through somebody else’s closet. Especially if it is good stuff, or vintage.” Tubb developed an interest in consigning, thrifting and vintage shopping at an early age. A native of Chicago, she visited old neighborhoods with rich Polish and Italian heritage. After moving to Mississippi in 1996, she worked as an optician for about seven years. After getting fed up with paying astronomical amounts of money for quality clothing, she decided to open a vintage-based consignment store in the heart of Jackson’s artistic Jackson also hosts a number of stores with vintage furniture. • The Orange Peel (422 Mitchell Ave., 601.364.9977) • Libby Story (120 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland; 601.717.3300) • Repeat Street (626 Ridgewood Road, Ridgeland; 601.605.9393) • N.U.T.S. (114 Millsaps Ave., 601.355.7458) • L & L Odds & Ends Resale (614 Highway 51, 601.853.9235) • Bloomingdeals (6954 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland; 601.977.0901) • The Green Room (3026 N. State St., 601. 981.9320) 62

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Carole Little Purple Shirt, $28, found at Libby Story. scene—the Fondren District. Being in an older community, consignors at the Orange Peel tend to provide more old-fashioned pieces. “Clothes are overpriced to begin with,” Tubb says. “Here, you are pretty much getting back most of what you paid for it, originally.” Recently, the Orange Peel moved to a bigger location that allows their collection to expand into outlets other than just clothing. Now housed on Mitchell Avenue in Fondren, Tubb has room to incorporate vintage furniture. What makes an item vintage? “Vintage has to be something about 20 or 30 years older—from a different era,” Jamie Ainsworth, manager of Libby Story (120 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland; 601.717.3300), says. Originally located in Greenville, Ala., Libby Story opened

almost seven years ago in Ridgeland. The store began selling vintage items three years ago. Libby Story McRight, the owner, has a passion for unique retail experiences and all things old-fashioned. Walking in the front door, the creative, artsy and eclectic vibe resonates from each corner. McRight searches for interesting items to incorporate into the vintage and recycled collection at Libby Story. She finds treasures at thrift stores, flea markets and estate sales she discovers on her road-trips. The Libby Story collection consists of new, vintage and recycled items. With a knack for sewing and creating, McRight reworks some items to make them more wearable while maintaining most of the original characteristics. She calls these “recycled.” With a mission to maintain the atmosphere of the store rather than cater to the latest trend, the vintage and recycled characteristics of the store have become an increasing focus for Libby Story. “I’ve always loved old things. I

1961 Original Packaged Ken Clothes Student “Campus Hero” set, $70, found at Repeat Street.

Hattie Carnegie Gold, Green and White Brooch $58, found at Repeat Street. just gravitate toward them,” McRight says. “When I noticed that other people had such a love for (vintage) too, I started incorporating it more into my stores. It’s just a part of who I am.” Consignment store owners have a passion for thrifting. Owners Pamela Clark of Bloomingdeals (6954 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland; 601.977.0901) and Michelle Austin of Repeat Street (626 Ridgewood Road, Ridgeland; 601.605.9393) started as thrift-store shoppers. Clark says shopping at thrift stores was a hobby before she bought Bloomingdeals, a little over a year ago. Michelle Austin’s years of thrifting and recycling led to owning a consignment shop. “It started at 700 square feet, and now it’s 9,000 square feet. The area really took to it,” Austin said. Repeat Street is the 2011 Best of Jackson’s second place winner for best place to buy antiques (tied with Belgique) as well as best thrift and consignment shop. Bargain Boutique (Colonial Mart Shopping Center, 5070 Parkway Drive, 601.991.0500), a Junior League of Jackson store, offers more stylish choices. A funky new shop in Fondren attracting attention, Silly Billy’s (622 Duling Ave., Suite 205 B, 601.672.6693) opened in Fondren this spring. Vacita Jones, a Los Angeles native who moved to Jackson nine years ago, opened the store with partners Rodale Hall and Randy McDonald. The shop consigns clothes for men, women and children.



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Do-Gooders // by Meryl Dankin

Melanie Thortis

Repaired Cities

Phil Reed wants to get people back to owning homes in west Jackson.


hil Reed firmly believes that west Jackson will soon be the destination community in the whole metro area, indeed, in all of Mississippi. The president and CEO of Voice of Calvary Ministries has held this belief for the last 35 years and says he is finally starting to see it come to fruition. The mission of VOCM, a nonprofit Christian organization, is rebuilding west and south Jackson one relationship at a time. Its present project is rehabilitating 30 west Jackson houses with a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant. Of the 30, 28 are finished. The city funded two organizations with the money—Habitat for Humanity and VOCM— and the Mississippi Development Authority funded four organizations, VOCM also among them. “It was a pretty select group of people. We were honored to be in it,” Reed says. Since 1975, VOCM has rehabilitated about 250 houses and sold them for $65,000 to $75,000 at completion. They hired contractors to do the work, providing jobs along with new habitats. “The federal government was concerned about the neighborhoods and whether they’d be stable or not with the houses going into foreclosure, so in this particular program, all 30

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were foreclosed houses,” Reed says. He and his coworkers, several of whom live in west Jackson, emphasize the importance of the houses for the neighborhood’s overall benefit. “The neighborhood didn’t decline because it turned from white to black; it declined because it went from homeowners to rentals,” says Cynthia Hobbs, manager of VOCM’s Pathway to Prosperity program. “You’ve got to get people back to owning houses.” The largest community service for VOCM is the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which is concerned with housing but also business development and green spaces. Lee Harper, finance director of VOCM and resident of west Jackson, took a chance at one of those businesses by opening Koinonia Coffee House right next door to VOCM’s ministries. The boost from businesses is the missing key to bringing up the standard of living, Hobbs says. “You can do all you can investing in peoples’ lives, but you also need that economic aspect,” she says. “People have to have a means of taking care of themselves. … In order to not just slow the decline but turn things around, we had to bring economic development into the community.”

VOCM has partnered with nonprofits like the United Way and Operation Shoestring and with for-profit organizations like Watkins Partners, developers of the King Edward Hotel and the Farish Street Entertainment District. Jackson State University is another important partner. “Non-profits alone can’t revitalize a neighborhood,” Reed says. The ministry is founded on Christian principles, and uses the Bible as its motivation for rebuilding neighborhoods. Reed pointed to Isaiah 61:1-4, which ends, “... They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.” Reed and his employees say they feel called to move their neighbors from dependency to sustainability. “When we look at west Jackson, we see solid families that want the same thing for their children that families in Madison want for their children,” Reed says. “We’re beginning to see some young people move back to the community, back to West Jackson. I’m excited to see that this thing we’ve been claiming for 30 years is finally happening.” 65

Do-Gooders // equity // by Ronni Mott

Amile Wilson

Fair Trader

Karen Parker manages Fair Trade Handicrafts.


he store could be just a cool gift shop with international items: bright, handdyed kaftans from Uganda; modern teak items from India; jewelry from Tibet; greeting cards from Peru. Fair Trade Handicrafts is more than a gift shop, though; it’s a store with a purpose. “Fair trade is a system where people, products and distribution are all done ethically and fairly, from the artisan who creates the product to the people who actually sell it,” Fair Trade’s

manager Karen Parker explains. Every product has a story. Each is handmade from sustainable, recycled or discarded materials. The crafters are frequently disadvantaged people in developing countries, but the United States also produces fair-trade items, Parker says. They may be attempting to rebuild lives after prison or abusive relationships. All the people creating fair-trade items get a good price for their work, which translates to good prices for consumers. Fair trade eliminates

middlemen and big profits. Parker said that one supplier, Mai Handicrafts in Vietnam, began as a social program for street kids in Ho Chi Minh City. Today, Mai provides work for the children’s mothers, allowing them to work from home and provide their children with safe spaces and adult supervision, something the mothers couldn’t do working in factories. They also have to agree not to harm the environment when making their products, Parker says. Parker, 53, was born in Jackson and holds a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University. Her life’s journey has included teaching special education, stints with Conoco in Oklahoma and USA Today’s marketing department in Nashville, Tenn. She’s done purchasing for the University of Mississippi Medical Center and professional development for St. Dominic’s and The King’s Daughters Hospital in Greenville. When her second husband, John Parker, died in 2000, she took her time to discover her next move. “I just knew life was taking me in a different direction,” Parker says. Parker opened New Vibrations in 2004, but the store closed in 2008. When she learned that Luke Lundemo, CEO of Rainbow Cooperative Grocery, and his wife, Charlotte, were looking for a manager for Fair Trade, she jumped at it, bringing her ethos with her. “I want people to see that we are all one, that we speak the same (spiritual) language,” she says.

Shelter in the Storm // by Valerie Wells


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group trips, contends with the transition from newsletters to emails, maintains a nursery during services and passes around a sign-up sheet for the next potluck dinner. “If your religion hasn’t changed your mind, change your religion,” the Rev. André Vlok preached during his sermon. “Freedom is when you change. You get change when you make change.” He talked about the worst year of his life, a time in his youth when he was mistreated at a church for being gay. “Don’t be a victim. Be an overcomer,” he says. Most of the congregants are shy about telling people they attend services here. Even though many of the members see themselves as openly gay, they fear their employers will discover they kristin Brenemen


soft light glowed on a dozen choir members in jeans and T-shirts swaying in front of the congregation, softly singing, “Come as you are and worship.” Two young women in the front of the choir held hands as they sang. Church members sat in subdued light throughout the service at Safe Harbor Family Church. This church not only accepts LGBT members, it openly embraces them. The church’s motto is “A shelter from the storms of life.” On every banner, in every room, on every brochure, an image of a lighthouse beams light. The lighthouse symbolizes that gays can find a safe place at this church inside an old industrial building on Flowood Drive. The church moved to the space last year, about the same time it officially became part of the United Church of Christ, a liberal protestant denomination that champions civil rights, human rights, women’s rights and gay rights. Safe Harbor started 16 years ago in Jackson with 12 people meeting in living rooms and parks. Now, the church has about 300 members. The congregation plans yard sales, goes on

attend a gay-friendly church and that they could lose their jobs. Many of them work for state and federal agencies. Mike Knezevich, 49, has written letters to the editor before about the need in Mississippi for a civil-rights museum. He cites the cases of Ceara Sturgis, the lesbian Wesson teen who posed in a tux for her senior portrait that wasn’t allowed in her high school yearbook, and Constance McMillen, the lesbian teen who insisted on bringing her girlfriend to the high school prom in Itawamba County, drawing national attention as a result. “These were simple little acts of defiance, and it’s major groundbreaking civil-rights issues,” Knezevich says. “Mississippi is still ground zero for civil rights.”

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Do-Gooders // challenge

Walk the Talk


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tressed Spelled Backwards is Desserts” is posted on a sign over Kevin Jones’ desk. “It’s kind of like any time I’m stressed, I have dessert with it,” the Mississippi development director of NAMI says. “I’ve earned it.” NAMI Mississippi is the state organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. It is a non-profit organization striving to improve the lives of people living with mental illness, as well as their families and friends. Jones, 30, received his bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in health-care marketing from Belhaven University in 2003. He also earned his master’s from University of Phoenix in 2006. He got his start with NAMI as a marketing consultant. When he heard that the organization needed a development director to build momentum, he felt that he could “take the organization to the next level.” A Brandon native, Jones has been with NAMI since February and has assumed several duties. Jones sends email blasts and newsletters to NAMI members,

// by Alexis Goodman

travels to behavioral health centers to inform people about NAMI and making NAMIWalks, an annual fundraiser, a success. In his free time, he teaches ballet and modern dance at Dance Unlimited in Byram. NAMI provides several services to people and their families living with mental illness. “The challenging thing is to actually get people to open up and talk about mental illness,” Jones says. “We’re helping people to learn to open up and be more expressive, instead of just bottling everything up inside.” The organization provides a wide range of support groups and free educational classes to educate the public and help change the stigma of mental illness. “It’s so important for me to broaden the horizon in making sure that there’s no particular face of people when it comes to mental illness,” Jones says. “We are all affected by it.” Jones is promoting NAMIWalks, an annual event where people walk in memory of a loved one with a mental illness, or to show their support for mental illness and awareness. This year,

At Work

Kevin Jones is promoting the Nov. 5 NAMIWalks event.

the walk is Nov. 5 at Winner’s Circle Park in Flowood. Proceeds from NAMIWalks are distributed to affiliate groups around the state. “We’re making some positive

impact, and we’re constantly thinking of more ways to become visible in the community,” he says. To sign up and walk or for other information, call Jones at 601.899.9058 or visit


e caught Noel Didla, a Jackson State University English professor and womanabout-town, working in her office. She was updating her schedule amid academic clutter that informs the workspace of this upbeat prof and do-gooder. Besides teaching, Didla organizes an International Fair in April and is involved in many community-service organizations. She was also a 2011 JFP Chick We Love due to her efforts.

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Bringing The Community Together:

Promoting Racial Harmony and Facilitating Understanding

2011 Friendship Golf Outing Wednesday, Sept 28, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

Colonial Country Club - 5635 Old Canton Road You’re invited to participate in and support the 2011 Friendship Golf Outing. The proceeds from this event will go to support the operation of Jackson 2000 and is the primary source of funding for the organization.

By teaching children and inspiring families, Operation Shoestring ensures we all rise together. We thank the passionate people and organizations across our community that make our work possible.

Monthly Discussion Luncheons Second Wednesday, 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Each month, Jackson 2000 invites you to lunch with us and learn from provocative speakers and forums at the Mississippi Arts Center.

Winter Holiday Social December 2011

This holiday season you’re invited to visit with members and friends of Jackson 2000 by joining us for a holiday social. Visit our site for more information. More information:

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Arts Mississippi Invitational



old and whimsical, the 2011 Mississippi Invitational exhibit showcases the work of the state’s artists. The Mississippi Museum of Art will exhibit the contemporary works Oct. 1 to Feb. 5. To make sure no one plays favorites, Los Angeles-based curator Franklin Sirmans selected the pieces. Artists who are included in the exhibit can go on to apply for the Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship, which offers up to $15,000. In return, the artist is required to donate one new, original piece to the museum. Here are two entries in this year’s Mississippi Invitational exhibit.

Above: Critz Campbell (born 1967), Mother Is a Fish, 2009. pine, maple, and oak. 40 x 20 x 70 in. copyright © the artist. Right: Steve Shepard (born 1955), Mary Pascagoula Pine, 2010. Prismacolor pencils and ink on watercolor-darkened paper mounted to board. 48 x 24 in. copyright © the artist.


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// by Brianna White

Courtesy Roz Roy

Burning Spirit

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rt jumps out at visitors stepping into the coolness of Roz Roy’s studio. Paintings cover the walls and shelves, and there’s even a freshly painted pink door leaning against a wall. Roy sweeps art supplies off her paint-splattered table. After ushering out her great-nephew and her eager puppy, Sam, Roy breathes life into the room. She is a fiery woman, and her spirit translates into her art. “I’ve come to realize I was born to be an artist,” Roy says. “I have a passion, it’s like a burning spirit inside of me.” As a painter, sculptor and teacher, Roy, 50, grew up in Jackson with a love for creating art. In her childhood, she molded her imagination with Dr. Seuss books, paper dolls and coloring books. At 13, Roy began to consider a career as an artist when Sister Lynette, a nun at St. Alexis Episcopalian Church, showed her how to paint banisters. “She said one day I would grow up to be a great artist,” Roy says. Sculpting became Roy’s primary focus as she studied commercial advertising and art at Jackson State University. After three years, Roy left school and began her art career. Roy doesn’t regret leaving school. “I was terrible in school, and it just wasn’t for me,” she says. She’s also spent time taking classes and teaching at Tougaloo College. Roy now runs her own “school,” an annual summer camp

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Roz Roy draws inspiration from her struggles. for children. She intends to spark more interest in art and encourage people to love it. Roy draws inspiration from her struggles. Her only brother, Robert, died in 2005, and his death began her artistic visions. Roy started sculpting. However, after 2005 she began to paint more. Roy has a slight limp, a lingering result of a childhood case of polio. She says this has strengthened her. She never indulges in self-pity. Instead, she uses her art as an outlet. Roy chooses subjects such as chickens, cotton fields, angels and children. When she paints, she encounters a divine feeling. “God has blessed me to be prolific. He gave me this gift for a reason,” Roy says. She gets these feelings often, and each one results in a new piece of art. Most of her paintings have indiscernible facial features. Roy says she doesn’t feel the need to add features. “I can’t explain it. As an artist I never see eyes in those paintings.” However, Roy can identify the subjects in her work. Her pieces are personal and passion. Fans relate to her work and the emotions it brings. “People connect with my pieces,” she says. “God has given me a special gift.” Roy sells her work at her studio and gallery, Heavenly Design by Roz, 3252 N. State St., 601.954.2147.

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Mad About Drama


// by Amanda C. Barber

Courtesy Mark Henderson

hey step out—slowly, sistudents are welcome to audition lently, curiously—clad in for shows. Students’ participation in the black. Right when you lean in for a close listen, troupe, which receives no outside afraid you have missed something funding or scholarships, reflects a significant, a singular voice booms: pure enthusiasm for the perform“And God stepped out!” ing arts and helping audiences “Step on out there, God!” the become more socially aware. The troupe applies for grants and donaMADDRAMA troupe calls. tions to help cover costs. The performance is called When new students join, “The Creation,” a powerful, humorous, almost musical call-andthey understand they need to be response account celebrating the flexible, as rehearsals are held at strong, southern black woman. pretty much any time. When Mark G. Henderson, “Students are here all day, head of Jackson State University’s every day. They live in this buildtheater department, graduated ing,” Henderson says. from JSU in 1991, the Paul Lau They have also been known MADDRAMA members write, act and direct fun, respectful and rence Dunbar Dramatic Guild was meaningful plays on the campus of Jackson State University. to throw a five- to 10-minute skit toan active club on campus. Even gether at the last minute. When it when he came back to teach at JSU comes down to it, Henderson says in 1995, the club still buzzed with activity. “We brainstormed about issues relating his students do whatever they need to get the Unfortunately, interest began to wane, and to men and health, such as men not wanting to show where it needs to be, even meeting after get check-ups and not wanting to learn about work or night classes to get in rehearsal time. Henderson found himself looking for ways to get prostate health or cholesterol. We incorporate As for main-stage productions, two to three people interested in the theater again. hours a night is the usual grind. all that in there to show how important it is to He decided a different approach was in or Henderson stresses that history is imporknow about it,” Henderson says. der. “I wanted students not only to just act, I “What I try to instill in the students is that wanted them to be able to have an outlet where tant in productions about the black community, they could write, direct and do just about anyevery time we get up to perform, we have to but it can be presented in more innovative ways thing in the performance arts,” he says. than done previously. “It’s important to rememremember our goal,” Henderson says. “If we Henderson founded MADDRAMA (Makber it, but in a more celebrated way,” he says. don’t—if we just get up to entertain—we’re be This September, MADDRAMA and the ing a Difference Doing Respectable and Meaning comedians. We have to be able to entertain ingful Art) in 1998. and to inspire. We have to make sure all of our JSU theater department will present the play At its conception, it was an unofficial group, performances follow those two prescriptions.” “Freemen,” followed in November by “Damn In 2004, MADDRAMA became an official Yankees.” For December, they will present fusing campus and community. The inspiration Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity.” for the acronym came from the time when it was JSU campus organization. While the troupe Get more information at formed: “MAD TV” was popular, and everything itself is for students only, Henderson says nonseemed to be mad cool or mad crazy. Henderson says the inspiration for the troupe lay in his frustration at seeing African Americans stereotyped in the theater. Initially, most of the shows focused on the black comhe Mississippi Blues Trail mobile app, the Federal Highway Administration and the available for download from the iTunes Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism munity, taking care not to be too stereotypical store, combines music, geography and mu- Division funded the project. Greenwood-based or slapstick. Deciding that he might be limiting sic history. The free app for iPhones allows users to Hammons and Associates, project manager for the himself and shutting out a wider audience, he navigate the trail and create customized itineraries Mississippi Blues Trail, partnered with Starkvilleexpanded the troupe’s subject matter to include based Concept House to develop the new app. to explore the state’s musical heritage. more universal social issues, such as teen pregWith 135 markers, the Mississippi Blues Blues enthusiasts can map their travels and buy music from these Mississippi artists on the Trail is a museum without walls taking visitors nancy and drug abuse. He wanted to live up to spot. They can also watch videos and study time- on a musical history journey through Mississippi MADDRAMA’s original concept—to make art lines related to certain markers on the trail. and beyond. The trail started with the first official that is respectable and meaningful. The Blues Trail program also has placed QR, marker in Holly Ridge, the resting place of the Today, Henderson is arriving from a short or quick response, codes on markers that visitors blues guitarist Charley Patton, and winds its way presentation at a conference to promote men’s can scan with any smartphone and view the same to sites honoring B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Son health awareness. The theme centered around videos that are available on the mobile app. House and others. The Mississippi Department ofTransportation, For information, visit three powerful men who have heart attacks at the height of their influence.

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Creativity Grows the Economy by Elizabeth Waibel


new study of Mississippi’s creative economy, “Realizing the Economic Potential of Creativity in Mississippi,” shows the positive impact artistic enterprises can have on the state and local economies. Malcolm White, executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission, says the creative economy is made up of anyone who is involved in a creative enterprise—chefs, designers, performing artists and writers. It also includes people who might not normally be associated with the arts, such as the people who make stoves, print books or clean auditoriums. The creative economy also has people who do creative jobs in non-creative

industries, such as the person who designs labels and logos for a poultry factory. All these people are part of the state’s creative economy, which provides jobs for about 60,000 Mississippians. White says the creative economy makes up about 3 percent of Mississippi’s total economy. Now that the state has a “snapshot” of its creative economy through the study, he says Mississippi has an opportunity to focus its energy on growing that sector. MAC and Mississippi Development Authority commissioned the study in 2009, using statistics from 2008. The recession and Hurricane Katrina likely had an impact on the study’s findings, and the statistics will soon be updated using 2010 census numbers, White says, probably by the end of the year. White says artistic enterprises do not just provide jobs directly; they can be a deciding factor when a large manufacturer, such as Toyota or Nissan, is considering whether to move to Mississippi. “They locate in places that have a high quality of life, and quality of life really is about arts and entertainment and cultural amenities,” he says. “That’s what the creative economy provides.” To learn more about places where the creative economy is thriving and to download “Realizing the Economic Potential of Creativity in Mississippi,” visit

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Tom Ramsey

Diving into Jackson


he old metal fan on my desk whirred away, struggling to make even the slightest dent in the stifling hot Mississippi summer night air. Rather than cooling me off, it just stirred the humidity into a wet breeze that seemed to emanate from a convection oven next to a soup pot. At first, I thought the ringing sound was just the fan blades scraping their housing as the ancient workhorse made its slow arc, but it was my phone. Since the great recession, business was down. Down so far that I couldn’t ignore any calls, even surely hopeless ones that limped in late at night after my whiskey break was in full swing. I picked up the phone, placed the tepid receiver against my ear and groaned a hello. There was a dame on the line asking for my help. “Something is missing,” she said. “Someone?” I asked. “No. SomeTHING,” she replied. “I don’t usually look for things,” I told her, but she was insistent, kind of like an angry customer at Walmart looking for some customer service. “You haven’t even heard what it is that I’m looking for, Mr. Ramsey.” “Listen, toots,” I replied, looking around for my bottle of Four Roses and a semi-clean coffee mug. “If you lost your sense of innocence or your car keys, call a psychic. If you think your man is stepping out on you or if your spoiled-rotten kid ran off to follow some half-ass jam band, I can help. But it’ll cost you.” “I don’t have kids, and my man stepped out a long time ago. If I want to find him, I’ll call my old roommate. I’m looking for dive bars. All the ones I know are missing.” She got my attention, but I figured this one might not pay as well as I hoped. Who with any money looks for dive bars? Sushi bars or wine bars, maybe. But not dives. At least not the dives I know. 74

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A mysterious client—call her Toots—brings her husband to Martin’s. Tom Ramsey investigates. “OK, babe. I’ll bite. What’s the deal?” “Don’t you want to meet me to discuss the situation?” she asked, with a newly found sweet lilt in her voice. “We can talk now. Now is good. Now is what I know,” I said, hanging on to her voice like a bad check from a good friend that you just can’t seem to put in the garbage, no matter how worthless you know it is. “Now is better than never,” she said, almost in a whisper. “They’re all gone. The Dutch Bar. The Recovery Room. W.C. Don’s. Town Creek Saloon. All that’s left are Chili’s and Applebee’s. I just can’t bring myself to drink on a Tuesday afternoon anymore. Can’t you help me? Can’t you show me the places that ... that ... well, the kind of places that a fella like you might know about.” She had my number. Did I know her? Was

she some moll from my past? No way to know without a face-to-face. “OK, dollface.” I said, mustering all the enthusiasm I could summon. “Tell you what. Put on something casual and meet me at 180 Raymond Road. Say around dark-thirty on Tuesday? Bring some quarters for the jukebox. As pretty as you sound, this one’s purely pro bono. As long as I get a dance or two.” “Sounds great, handsome. I’ll bring my husband,” she said. I could hear her winking. “Husband? I thought you said your husband stepped out,” I snapped back at her. “I said my MAN had stepped out. My husband never strays. See you Tuesday.” As the receiver clicked, and I pulled the RESIDENT TOURIST, see page 76

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SHOTS // resident tourist

from page 74

sticky phone away from my ear, I slid back in my chair and grinned. Just another day in the life of a sucker for a pretty voice.

Great Conversation

Our private dick plays pool at Pop’s.

Sam’s has great local music, cheap drinks and tatooed regulars.

Debo’s Lounge attracts a regular crowd.


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Tuesday evening, I took a second shower and managed to pull together a snazzy outfit from the file of semi-clean, fully wrinkled clothes amassing on the one chair in my bedroom. A clean shave and pawful of gel made me look about half-presentable. I fired up the Nova and headed southwest to the part of Jackson where dreamers end up when the short sleep is over. There, in the parking lot of Debo’s Lounge (180 Raymond Road, 601.346.8283), was one car woefully out of place, a late-model Volvo wagon. It had to be her. I was hoping that the “husband” thing was a ruse. After all, I had used up the last of the aftershave I’d been saving since prom. She was there. So was her husband. Nice enough guy, for a husband of a curvy dame. “What do you think?” I asked her. “About what? You in the slept-in linen jacket or this joint?” She gave her man a flirty wink. “Either.” I chuckled. “Both look pretty authentic. But let’s look a little deeper.” She sauntered to the bar. She was right. This place was the real deal. Signs made from notebook paper and crayons? Check. Guys with names on their shirts drinking beer from a bottle? Check. Cheap beer? Check. Sad country songs on the jukebox? Check. “Honey, if you want more of a dive, go to the Cayman Islands and rent a snorkel,” I told her. “I think you’re right, Mr. Ramsey. But there can’t be just one.” She was on the money. Dive bars can’t be solo creatures. They have to come in sets. After all, where would the employees of one drink their beer if there wasn’t another? That question would have to wait. There was beer to be sipped (or guzzled) and stories to hear (or tell). We struck up a conversation with a motorcycle mechanic named Steve who was friendlier than an umbrella salesman in a rainstorm. He lamented the passing of the old dives of years past but assured us that there were still plenty, if you knew where to look. To get this info, and to be neighborly, I bought a round for the house. My new client looked like the type that would gladly pay the expenses when the time came to collect. As the beer flowed and the conversation turned philosophical, Steve waxed. “What really makes a true dive bar special is what we call the ‘locals,’ the folks from around the neighborhood who know your name when you hit the door. There’s not a person in here who wouldn’t

help me out if I was in trouble. And there’s not a person in here that I wouldn’t do the same for. Where else are you going to find that in a bar? Not at some uptown chain, that’s for damn sure,” he explained. Steve was right. People make the bar. We hung around for a few songs and a few more rounds, courtesy of the husband, and then I gave them another address: 214 S. State St.

‘Shot and a Beer’ We arrived together at Martin’s Lounge (214 S. State St., 601.354.9712). Dark paneling? Check. Regulars at the bar? Check. College kids looking for cheap drinks? Check. I turned to my client and her husband and swept my arm in a broad gesture with a little bow as if to welcome them to a black-tie affair in a swanky ballroom. The irony was not lost on either of them. “So you’re two-for-two, Mr. Ramsey,” she said, raising an eyebrow. The universal barman’s inquest of “What’ll you have?” came from across the bar. “Shot and a beer,” said the husband. “And for the lady?” asked the barman. “That is for the lady,” replied the husband with a piercing stare. “And for you?” “Shot and a beer. And a High Life for the overdressed guy in a tie,” he said, motioning to me. On the dive-bar scale, Martin’s is decidedly nicer than most. Like something a dive-bar owner might do if they came into some money from the death of a rich uncle. You know. Tidy up. Splash on some paint. Buy some new neon. Clean the carpet. But it’s still a dive. The beer is still cheap. The color is local, and the patrons all seem to share a secret handshake that they were just about to engage in before we invaded. When we bought a round and asked about other dives, they gave us the same names as the locals at Debo’s. So we finished another round, called a cab and made our way to the parking lot. “Take us to Sam’s,” the husband said to the driver. “I think they’re closed.” “We’re not buying in bulk, mister. We’re looking for cheap booze and friendly people,” I snapped. “Just making sure,” he said. “5035 East 55 Frontage Road, it is.” Along the ride, I learned that my client and her husband were aficionados of dive bars and no strangers to the siren call of humming neon and the perfume of stale beer and full ashtrays. “I grew up in Natchez,” the husband said.

A perfect end to a night of diving is breakfast at Waffle House.

Best of Jackson 2011, Best Dive Bar Listings Best Dive Bar, Best Place to Drink Cheap: Martin’s

He didn’t need to utter another word. Despite the fact that his dame was quite fetching and completely out of reach, I was beginning to like this guy.

‘Alive and Well’ Sam’s Lounge was in full swing. Tattooed mixologist behind the bar? Check. Tattooed bartender (from another joint) celebrating his birthday at a table? Check. Rock musicians away from a gig for the night? Check. Great music and cheap drinks? Check. Three-for-three. I was batting a thousand and, oddly enough, the only place left on our list was the first place the tattooed bartenders recommended when we told them we were bar-hopping around Jackson’s dives. Two more beers, one more shot and roomful of second-hand smoke later, we were back in the cab headed to 2636 S. Gallatin St. Pop’s Saloon (formerly Pop’s Around the Corner, 601.961.4747) was winding down when we arrived. A few regulars were at the bar playing “Shut the Box” and drinking ice-cold beer.

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After sizing us up, they invited us to join them. Dice games for rounds? Check. Absolutely zero tourists or traveling businessmen? Check. Pool tables? Check. Four-for-four. I had pitched a no-hitter. Hell, a perfect game for that matter. More rounds were bought, poured and consumed, and the night was almost done. Filled with the good spirits of the dive bar, I asked the client, “So, you still think the dive bars of Jackson are missing?” “No.” She said. “They’re alive and well. Maybe not the same ones, but I guess they’re just like gray hairs—you can get rid of some, but more will just show up overnight. Let’s get some food in you, Mr. Ramsey.” Now she was singing from my hymnal. Since the husband had slipped the driver a five-spot, he was still waiting out front of Pop’s with the A/C running. As we poured ourselves into the back seat in a sloshy heap of beer-soaked happiness, the driver peered over the front seat and asked knowingly, “Waffle House?” This guy was good.

214 S. State St., 601-354-9712 The actual term “dive bar” comes from the early 1800s when most bars were located in cellars or basements. In effect, patrons would “dive” into the establishment without being noticed. Most modern definitions describe it as a casual establishment that serves cheap drinks to neighborhood regulars in an obscure location. Martin’s isn’t the easiest place to spot. There are no fancy neon signs or billboards on the interstate. In fact, someone has asked me before if the name of it was Jägermeister because of the large sign hanging above the entryway. If you are looking for the neighborhood haunt that has been passed down from one generation to the next (just watch the day-to-night transition of patrons), then Martin’s is your dive. Known for almost a decade for bringing new and interesting acts to its stage, modern updates in the last few years have given the back area a new look and sound system. But never fear: It’s still really, really dark. —Jessica Mizell

Best Dive Bar Second: Sam’s Lounge (5035 Interstate 55 N., 601-983-2526) Third: F. Jones Corner (303 N. Farish St., 601-983-1148) Good Showing: Cherokee Inn (1410 Old Square Road, 601-362-6388); Pop’s Saloon (2636 S. Gallatin St., 601-355-3853)

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MELODIES // groove

Los Papis: Dance!

// by Sadaaf Mamoon

Amile Wilson

“People go, ‘I don’t know what it is, but it sounds familiar, and I like it,’” says the band’s creator, percussionist Cucho Gonzalez. Gonzalez, a native of Puerto Rico, grew up listening to all types of music and learning to play traditional Puerto Rican percussion. He moved to Jackson in 1997 to work with his brothers, who owned Courthouse Gymnastics. Gonzalez quickly established himself in Jackson’s music scene. The six-man group is a derivative of Latinismo, one of Mississippi’s premiere Latin bands. Due to economic difficulties, Latinismo disbanded, and Gonzalez brought Rick Moreira and the rest of Los Papis attract dancers. together four of the original players to make Los Papis. The band is comprised of a number of os Papis plays songs you know, such as Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and musicians active in the Jackson club scene. Stevie Wonder’s “Part-Time Lover.” Gonzalez says that the music scene here is like But that doesn’t necessarily mean a spiderweb. you’ll recognize the songs. Los Papis is unlike “It’s easy to meet professionals who enjoy any cover band you’ve ever heard. They put playing and want to branch out,” he says. songs to Latin beats, creating a fusion sound. Keyboardist Richard Smith, a native of


Pennsylvania, got into the music scene here through Gonzalez, after working with him during the early ’80s. Honduran Rick Moreira plays the guitar, and is one of the group’s three Spanish speakers. Jacksonian Johnny Mac studied bass guitar under local legend Fritz Martin. John Powell, lead vocalist and saxophone player, has lived in Jackson since 1978. The sixth member, Jesus Velazquez, is another Puerto Rican. Velazquez moved to Mississippi in January of last year, where he met Gonzalez through MySpace. His bandmates describe him as the “groove master,” attributing their funky rhythms to him. Los Papis gives a percussion-heavy Latin twist to a number of genres, including funk, R&B, jazz and rock. Its music is as spicy as the salsa served at their favorite venues. The band loves a venue with a large space for dancing. Velazquez says that, like salsa, Los Papis wants a nice mix of seasoning. “The Latin beat is catered toward the dancer,” Gonzalez explains. “We love to see people dancing. That really gets your playing to another level.” For information about Los Papis, visit www.

Using the Music

// by Jordan Lashley


slender young woman strums her bass guitar, casually leaning back to rest on the large speaker behind her. A smooth, powerful voice from the other side of the stage begins singing the lyrics of “Killing Me Softly.” The all-girl band’s cool, calm rendition of the classic tune enthralls the crowd. One by one, all six women on stage engage their instruments with the melody of the song, drawing in the crowd of swaying arms. Calico Panache is a soulful R&B band. It includes six members: Jessica Smith, 22, a freelance editor and web designer (piano); Olivia Walker, 22, a songwriter (vocals); Amanda McDaniel, 21, a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi (vocals); Chiquita Adams, 25, a Boys & Girls Club mentor (bass guitar); C.J. Brent, 24, drum instructor (drums); and Larissa Hale, 30, radio personality (keyboard, trumpet, saxophone and French horn). Brent, Adams, Smith and Walker met at Tougaloo College and discovered a common denominator: a passion for soulful music. In 2009, they officially formed Calico Panache. “Calico,” meaning multicolored, represents the different personality of each member. “Panache,” meaning style and flair, represents the group’s spirited sound and appearance. 78

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“There’s a certain essence when all of us are together,” Walker says. “It’s just a vibe we can’t feel anywhere else.” In January, Hale joined as the second keyboardist and brass and wind instrumentalist. In February, McDaniel became the band’s second vocalist. The Jackson residents compose original music. Hard at work in the studio, Calico Panache is recording a mixtape and an album due out this year. “The hardest job is to wait,” Smith says. Calico Panache pulls from styles such as Anita

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Calico Panache has a collective passion for soulful music.

Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Kings of Leon and Paramore. With a desire to make their music relevant in some way, the band members partner with their songwriter, Candace Sims. “We definitely want our music to be necessary,” Smith says. The group plays in venues including Level 3, Suite 106, Last Call, DREAMZ and many others. They also perform at events at Jackson State University and Tougaloo College. For information, visit or follow on Twitter @calicopanache.

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Cool Too // oxford

Hoddy Toddy // by Ward Schaefer

Oxford’s public spaces make it Mississippi’s agora.


s there an old-timey town square in Mississippi as well-preserved and yet as youthful as Oxford’s? If Mississippi had an Athens—its own city-state of learning and letters—it would be Oxford, home to Ole Miss and a host of literary residents. And the courthouse square would be Oxford’s agora, the public space where the town’s people gather to shop and talk and flirt and argue and eat. On a cooler day, perch on a second-story porch surrounding the square and peer down at the buzzing nerve center of a community. That community is capital-S Southern and steeped in tradition. Its most famous resident (sorry, Joey Lauren Adams!) is a dead novelist who was history-obsessed. What’s fascinating about the town William Faulkner called home, though, is the collision of that seersuckered Old South with a new, motley southernism. Browse Neilson’s Department Store (119 Courthouse Square, 662.234.1161), which claims to be “the oldest store in the South” and has documents and bowties to back it up. If you’re there on the first Saturday of the month, sidle over to the courthouse lawn, where the Maker’s Market provides an open-air showcase for local craftsmen. Jewelry-makers, artists and wood-carvers sell their wares amid musical performances from local acts. A stone’s throw away, Southside Gallery (150 Courthouse Square, 662.234.9090) traffics in a wide range of art, from folk to solidly traditional works to contemporary pieces. Just a few doors down on Van Buren Avenue, there’s Amelia (1006 Van Buren Ave., 901.355.0311) a stationery-gifts-and-miscellany store that speaks to the DIY set. No trip to Oxford is complete without a layover in Square Books (160 Courthouse Square, 662.236.2262). This temple to the 80

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What to do ts FOOD st Kabuki 1631 Jackson Ave. W., 662.236.7346 The Japanese restaurant serves sushi and sashimi. Proud Larry’s 211 S. Lamar Blvd., 662.236.0050 The pizza restaurant and bar features live music just off the Square. Volta Taverna 710 N. Lamar Blvd., 662.236.1871 Volta’s name means “short walk” in Greek, as in the short walk it is from the town center. They serve Mediterranean food.

ts ATTRACTIONS st Blues Archive 662.915.7753 On the Ole Miss campus in the J.D. Williams Library, the Blues Archive houses the world’s most extensive collection of blues recordings.

Historic Burns Church 600 Molly Barr Road, 662.234.2943 Freed slaves organized the Burns Methodist Episcopal Church in 1869 in an area of Oxford once known as freedmen’s town. Rowan Oak 917 Old Taylor Road, 662.234.3284 Built by Robert Sheegog in 1848, Rowan Oak became home to author William Faulkner in 1930.

written word has row upon row of Mississippi books, but it’s not mired in the past. The staff displays work by new authors, many who stop through on book tours. Oxford’s old-plus-new mash-up shows in its fertile restaurant scene. Award-winning chef John Currence has much to do with this, playing founder, executive chef or godfather to a number of eateries: City Grocery (152 Courthouse Square, 662.232.8080), Ajax Diner (118 Courthouse Square, 662-232-8880) and his latest venture, Snackbar, whose raw oysters and sazeracs surely rival the New Orleans originals. Further afield, Taylor Grocery (4 County

ts SHOPS st The Kaleidoscope & Chique 116 Courthouse Square, 662.234.6722 They have fun, funky and fashionable accessories. The Lily Pad Gifts and Accessories 128 Courthouse Square, 662.238.2900 Lily Pad Gifts sells cute accessories and perfect gifts. Oxford Tattoo Company 1151 Frontage Road, 662.281.8226 The studio offers full custom body art. Rebel Rags 2303 W. Jackson Ave., 662.234-RAGS Everything Ole Miss.

Road 338, Suite A, Taylor; 662.236.1716), in the tiny community of Taylor, south of Oxford, boasts the area’s best catfish and most rustic decor, while newcomer Ravine (53 Pea Ridge Road, 662.234.4555) offers an evolving menu of California-inspired local dishes. Breakfast is another embarrassment of riches in Oxford, with Bottletree Bakery (923 Van Buren Ave., 662.236.5000), Big Bad Breakfast (719 N. Lamar Blvd., 662.236.2666) and Honeybee Bakery (2305 Jackson Ave., Suite 202; 662.236.2491) all tempting the hungry early riser. Visit for more Oxford ideas.

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Events // dog days

24 - WellsFest, at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park (3601 Lakeland Lane). The fundraiser includes a 5K run/walk and one-mile fun run at 8 a.m., a pet parade at 9 a.m., and a festival at 10 a.m. that includes live music, food, children’s activities, an arts-and-crafts vendor area, a plant sale and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Mustard Seed. Free admission; prices for food, games and run/walk vary; call 601.353.0658.


13 - “Driving Miss Daisy” (through Sept. 25), at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The play is the story of the decades-long relationship between a southern matriarch and her chauffeur. $22; call 601.948.3533, ext. 222. 8- Mississippi Oil Painters Association Art Show, 5 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). MOPA promotes oil painting throughout the region. Free; call 601.291.9115.

8 - One Enchanted Evening, 7 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Corporate entertainer Joe M. Turner gives a oneman show. Limited seating. $30, $25.

24 24 - Brown Is Back: A Comedy Experience, 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). David Mann of “Meet the Browns” and Chinnitta “Chocolate” Morris perform. $27.50, $42.50; call 601.961.4000 or 800.745.3000.

17-The Charlie Daniels Band, 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). Charlie Daniels is known for the song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” $65, $59; call 601.696.2200.

9 - CelticFest Mississippi (through Sept. 11), at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Enjoy film screenings, whiskey and scotch tastings, music, dance and more. $12 weekend pass, individual ticket prices vary; visit

20-”Peter Pan” Sep 20-21, at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Tony Award nominee Cathy Rigby is the star of the musical. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. $20-$62.50; call 601.981.1847 or Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000.


24 - Jim Henson’s Birthday, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Come dressed as your favorite Muppet, see how puppets are made and learn about Mississippi storytellers. $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601.981.5469 or 877.793.5437.

10 10 - Olde Towne Market, 9 a.m., in downtown Clinton. Vendors sell produce and crafts on the brick streets of Olde Towne Clinton. (Also held Oct. 8 and Nov. 12). Free admission; call 601.924.5472.


29 - Art Garden Opening Gala, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The museum celebrates the opening of the 1.2-acre park. Executive chef Luis Bruno prepares dinner, and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs. $150; call 601.960.1515.

22 - Mississippi Greek Weekend (through Sept. 25). The series of events promotes unity among Greek organizations and raises awareness of blood disorders. Enjoy mixers, step shows and concerts. Visit mississippi for a schedule and to purchase passes. Charges vary per event; call 601.706.9273 or 601.953.7284. Jackson area events updated daily at


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october 1 - The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion, 7 p.m., at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). The couple combines theatrical elements with cutting edge-illusions. $20-$30; call 601.364.5416.

2 2-“Everyone Plays The Fool,” 7 p.m., at Jackson State University, Rose E. McCoy Auditorium (1400 John R. Lynch St.). J.Lee Productions presents the comedy about people in love and the issues they endure. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $5 student discount; visit

11-B.B. King, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi State University (2 Hardy Blvd., Starkville), in Bettersworth Auditorium, Lee Hall. The “King of the Blues” is an Itta Bena native. $40-$75; call 662-325-2930.

25 - “Dracula” (through Nov. 6), at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The play is an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel. $25, $22 seniors and students; call 601.948.3533, ext. 222.

14-40th Anniversary Art Exhibit (through Nov. 14), at Attic Gallery (1101 Washington St., Vicksburg). The oldest gallery in the state celebrates with a 40-artist exhibit including pieces inspired by the numbers 1-40. The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 14. Free; call 601.638.9221.

18 - “Beauty and the Beast” (through Oct. 20), at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Disney presents a stage version of the animated film. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. nightly. $25-$62.50; call 601.981.1847 or Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000.

5-Mississippi State Fair (through Oct. 16), at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). The annual event includes food, livestock shows, rides and concerts. Admission TBA; call 601.961.4000.


7-Power APAC’s An Evening of the Arts, 5:30 p.m., at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Students in grades 4-12 showcase their talents in the areas of visual art, dance, theater and music. $2; call 601.960.5387.


8-Patty Griffin Oct 8, 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). The singer-songwriter won a Grammy for her album titled “Downtown Church.” $42, $36; call 601-696-2200.


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24 - Jackson Arts Collective Fall Showcase, 5 p.m., at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Enjoy local music, dance, visual artists, poetry, spoken word and comedy. $5; call 601-352-3399.

28 28 - Point of Grace Oct 28, 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). The contemporary Christian music group performs, and 2008 American Idol contestant Jason Castro opens the show. $34, $28; call 601.696.2200. 28 - Costume Ball and Contest, time TBA, at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Wear your best costume for a chance at a $500 prize. Proceeds benefit Music N Motion. Admission TBA; call 601.352.3399.

31-“The Freedom Rides: Journey for Change,” at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). The exhibit ends Oct. 31. Free; call 601.576.6850.


20 20 - Boo at the Zoo (through Oct. 22 and Oct. 27-29), at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Trick-or-treat at more than 30 stations, and enjoy a haunted hayride, a costume contest and more. Admission TBA; call 601.352.2580.

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1 1-Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive (through Nov. 23), at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Bring a canned good or non-perishable food item and receive $1 off general admission. Donations welcome; call 601.352.2580.


3 - “Macbeth,” 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). The Shakespeare play is about a man’s demise after obtaining power through multiple murders. $28, $22; call 601.696.2200.

4 - Mental Health Candlelight Vigil, 7 p.m., at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). NAMI Mississippi hosts. Speakers include individuals living with mental illness, and family members of those with mental illness. Candles provided. Call 601.899.9058.




10 - The Carolina Chocolate Drops Nov 10, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi State University (2 Hardy Blvd., Starkville), in Bettersworth Auditorium, Lee Hall. The band performs old-time southern string music. $15, $12 seniors and MSU/Faculty/staff, $8 children 3-12; call 662.325.2930.

11-Veterans Appreciation Day, 9 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Veterans with ID receive free admission. Call 601.352.2580.

12-Orangutan Awareness Day, 10 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Participate in keeper chats and activities that shed light on the plight of the orangutan in the wild. $9, $8.10 seniors, $6 children ages 2-12, members and babies free; call 601.352.2580. 12-“Madama Butterfly,” 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The Mississippi Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s composition about a geisha’s relationship with a U.S. naval officer. $45 and up; call 601.960.2300. 13-David Crowder Band, 7 p.m., at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). The contemporary Christian group is a six-member band from Waco, Texas. Gungor, Chris August and John Mark McMillan also perform. $30-$45; call 601.364.5416.



17 - Disney on Ice: Mickey and Minnie’s Magical Journey (through Nov. 20), at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Mickey and Minnie Mouse journey into the worlds of The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Peter Pan, and Lilo and Stitch. Show times vary. $15$45; call 601.353.0603 or 800.745.3000.


19-12K’s for the Holidays, 7:30 a.m. The race includes a 12K run, a 5K run/walk and a one- mile kid’ fun run. Proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Center. Entry fees TBA; call 601.355.6276.


14-“My Fair Lady” (through Nov. 15), at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The Broadway musical about the tale of Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle is based on the adaptation of the book “Pygmalion.” Shows are at 7:30 p.m. nightly. $25-$62.50; call 601.981.1847 or Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000.

16-The Miles Davis Experience, 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). The Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet performs the late trumpeter’s songs. $28, $22; call 601.696.2200.


20 - Blind Boys of Alabama, 6 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). The group has a 70-year history in gospel music. Sara and Sean Watkins of the group Nickel Creek open the concert. $42, $36; call 601.696.2200.

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{ John Gomez }, associate director of Downtown Jackson Partners, gave BOOM Jackson a list of his 10 favorite things about our capital city. RACHEL BUSH

9. Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival This event keeps getting bigger and better each year. I couldn’t believe the number of tailgaters and food trucks at the last festival. 8. Belhaven I love my neighborhood. I can walk to Laurel Street Park with the kids, Belhaven Park to watch a movie, McDade’s for my groceries and restaurants to go out to eat. 7. Lefleur’s Bluff Golf Course (1205 Lakeland Drive, 601.362.5485) This nine-hole course is perfect to take your 4-year-old to learn the game or, at least, hit your golf ball into the cup. 6. Miller’s Grill (224 E. Capitol St., 601.354.4044 The Philly cheesesteak keeps bringing me back.



5. Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive, 601.981.5469) My son loves the place, and the cool interactive benches and exhibits make it fun for adults as well.


4. Red, White and Jackson The Jackson Chamber of Commerce’s signature event for the Fourth of July is great time to take the family to see an incredible fireworks show. 3. Bill’s Greek Tavern (4760 McWillie Drive, 601.982.9295) My wife and I enjoy eating the crab cakes and redfish, and we had a great rehearsal dinner there. 2. King Edward ApartmentsHilton Garden Inn (102 N. Mill St., 601.979.2233) This beautiful restoration and redevelopment has rejuvenated the western end of downtown and greatly helped the emerging downtown residential market.






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1. Downtown Jackson Partners (308 E. Pearl St., No. 101; 601.353.9800) I’m proud to be a part of an organization that has worked with developers to bring projects to fruition like the King Edward, helped establish events like Downtown at Dusk and Arts Alive! and developed a vision of downtown beyond an office park. 90

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10. Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601.960.1515) The museum is so inviting with the exhibits that are showcased and the events that they hold. Being able to meet friends while you have the kids is pretty cool.

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