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Smart, Powerful, Ready

Jackson’s Young Influentials 2010 starts p 61

Local Menu Guide, starts p 30


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Editor in Chief Donna Ladd Associate Editor Natalie A. Collier Art Director Kristin Brenemen Editorial Writers Tom Head // ShaWanda Jacome Lance Lomax // Adam Lynch // Lacey McLaughlin Anita Modak-Truran // Langston Moore // Ronni Mott Casey Purvis // Tom Ramsey // Ward Schaefer Jackie Warren Tatum // Valerie Wells // Jesse Yancy

Listings Editor // Latasha Willis Interns Sarah Bush // Jesse Crow // Alex Dildy // Wrijoya Roy

Photography Cover // Jaro Vacek Cover Photo Editor // Malej Mara

Photographers Tom Beck // Charlie Brenner Natalie A. Collier // Meredith Norwood Jerrick Smith // Jaro Vacek

Ad and Menu Design Lydia Chadwick Ad Production Christi Vivar Sales Kimberly Griffin // Ashley Jackson // Adam Perry

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ow is, without question, a good progress, images of places you should see time to be a Jacksonian. It’s the with your own eyes and even inspiration to perfect time, in fact. Revitalization spruce up your space. Meet more people— and renaissance are touching ev- movers and shakers—who make you think and those who “speak softly ery part of the city. Old things and carry a big stick.” are becoming new again, and Looking at our city critinew things are proving that cally with an eye toward we Mississippians aren’t the the positive ensures that we backward people other folks prosper. Learn more about like to peg us as. how you can be the change Having recently moved you want to see in this, our back to the City with Soul beloved city. Find all these from the City with Big Shoulthings and more (yes, ders, I was a little hesitant, there’s even more!) in the thinking I’d be going backpages of the magazine, then ward. “There won’t be anytake it beyond the pages. thing happening, really,” I At BOOM, we’re taking thought. “I’ve grown; I’ve Natalie A. Collier adventures throughout the seen things; what if folks Associate Editor, Jackson metro area, and back home haven’t?” BOOM Jackson we trust that you’ll want to Jackson and her residents take them with us. We beproved me wrong. And if you’re reading this and not yet convinced lieve in working hard and playing hard. Join us. that things are happening, and think there’s And I have a little tip for you: If you’ve just a lot of talk and no action, this issue of ever wanted to be a trendsetter, now is the BOOM Jackson will convince you. In fact, so many things are going on time to get in on what’s going on througharound the city that BOOM, the premiere out the city, and no one will be the business+lifestyle magazine for the Jackson wiser. If you don’t tell, I area, is going quarterly to keep you abreast won’t. I’ll look for you … in the of the city’s progress. Because BOOM is now a quarterly, ex- city! pect more. See more chronicling of the city’s

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Queries: natalie@boomjackson.com Ad Sales: ads@boomjackson.com 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 Adam Perry at 601-362-6121 x18. 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. © 2010 Jackson Free Press, Inc.

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contributors

Jaro Vacek

Jaro Vacek is originally from the Czech Republic and is a former Jackson State University student who hates snotty chicks. A world traveler, Jaro can be a bit elusive. But one thing keeps him returning to Jackson: fried catfish. He photographed the cover and much of the magazine.

Kristin Brenemen

Art director Kristin Brenemen is a local anime otaku with an ever-full mug of coffee and cream. She is prepared for the oncoming Zombie Apocalypse but is afraid of the Robot Invasion (it’s inevitable). Kristin graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and has been causing trouble ever since.

Jerrick Smith

Photography intern Jerrick Smith is a graduate of Fayetteville State University and moved to Jackson from Murfreesboro, Tenn. He enjoys traveling and has a passion for motorcycles. He recently sold his motorcycle, but his wife had nothing to do with this decision. Really. She didn’t.

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“Downtown Jackson is in the midst of the biggest renaissance in its 200-year history.” — Charles Alexander, Dale and Associates, Architect Magazine, March 2010

JXN: HAPS IN THE CITY

2010 USA International Ballet Competition dances its way to Thalia Mara Hall.

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Ever wondered what Jackson was like back in the day? Hint: Insanity.

Dreaming of Midtown

Can it be the new capital city’s capital?

In the Flow, In the Flow: Downtown

Retro and Drug-Free

Brent’s Drugs has been drug-free since 2007, but it’s still infected with retro charm.

Back in Business

Karla Vazquez helps the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce make its comeback.

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Creative Space, Space to Create

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Jackson Progress

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Ramey International may just have the coolest workspace in the city.

FEATURE: MENTORING MEN

William Cooley and Jason Goree: vanguards in intergenerational business.

DO-GOODERS: OUR ANGELS

Rev. CJ Rhodes anticipates a “Quiet Revolution.”

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fashion info p 71

What’s happening and what’s not around the city. Plus, rumors and a bit of bragging.

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Is downtown living for you? Follow the arrows to find out.

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How yoga can fight domestic violence.

Greening the City

The Greater Chamber’s Kellye Smith has a different kind of green thumb.

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DINING: RESIDENT TOURIST

Jacksonian Tom Ramsey takes on his city with fresh eyes and an empty stomach.

YOUNG INFLUENTIALS

Eleven people’s names you’ll want to drop in casual conversation starting right now.

NIGHT CRAWL

F. Jones Corner, “Jackson’s Juke Joint,” proves it’s better to see things in shades of blue.

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Musical Brothers and Sisters

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MENU GUIDE

Who’s serving what? A foodie’s guide throughout the city. (Paid advertising section.)

Jamie Weems, Taylor Hildebrand and Akami Graham talk inspiration and the future.

Places to go, things to see, people to meet.

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Leap Year by Natalie A. Collier

Photo by Richard Finkelstein

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very four years, like Leap Year, a peerless dance-off—the International Ballet Competition—petit sauts its way into Jackson. Company directors looking to hire dancers, judges with critical eyes for the artistry of dance, and excited onlookers fill the audience as contestants from around the globe compete in the “Olympic-styled” competition for gold, silver, and bronze medals, cash prizes, scholarships and jobs.

Deemed the official international ballet competition in the nation by a joint resolution of Congress, the 31-year-old contest has grown across the years. The Festival of Dance, as it’s also commonly called, boasts a record number of applicants this year, according to Sue Lobrano, USA IBC’s executive director. The 2010 honorary co-chairman, Arthur Mitchell, founding artistic director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, is pleased with this fact, too.

By the time IBC officials issue invitations in March to the dancers they’d like to see compete, the grind has begun. In June, the city will see an influx of tutus, pointe shoes and leotards as competitors arrive in Jackson to show off their months and years of training. The 2010 USA IBC is scheduled for June 12-27. For itinerary information and tickets, visit usaibc.com/tickets or call Mandy Woodard, box office manager, at 601.973.9249. ¢

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Crazy Facts by Jesse Yancy

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ackson is full of fun contradictions. As a matter of fact, this placid southern city seethes with pleasing ironies, many due to those two old imps: geography and history. For instance, geography dictated that North State Street become the city’s premiere boulevard. When Peter Van Dorn planned an orderly checker-board city (inclusive of parks and commons; a concept pushed by President Jefferson) atop a “high and handsome bluff” over a navigable river, the city fathers neglected to point out that what was to become South State Street led off into a series of malarial swamps, sluggish sloughs and other such places. The Pearl has always been an arbiter of the city’s fortunes and as a result of her excesses, most early state structures in (or near) the city were situated north of the city’s intended center. That devil history comes into play when, with some degree of predictability, the nascent state of Mississippi hurried to establish both a penitentiary and a psychiatric hospital; Jackson, as the newly designated capitol, was deemed the most appropriate site, and property near the city was purchased. At that time, anything north of College Street was considered rural, if not feral (this was 1850, people), so the State Lunatic Asylum, as it was called in official state documents, came into being two

miles from the city’s center. By all accounts, the lunatic asylum was a pleasant building, and the grounds were the subject of some attention, which wasn’t routine for public structures in that day. And records show that many resi- Asylum then, University of Mississippi Medical Center now. dents there were released to the continued care of family and friends, which bluff” overlooking an old volcano now cleverly disguised as a coliseum, while the New Capitol, a is some evidence of effective treatment. As fate would have it, the former site of this beautiful example of Beaux Arts architecture, sits institution still accommodates two of the largest atop the site of the first state penitentiary (a few medical facilities in the state—the University of Jacksonians, not to mention Mississippians, find Missisippi Medical Center and the V.A. Center— that irony excruciatingly apt). Note also that the and also abuts two of the most interesting neigh- city does not have a pronounced Old South flavor, even though it is the capital city of arguably the borhoods in Jackson, Belhaven and Fondren. Whether this proximity has provided these most southern state of the Union. Instead, Jackson offers up more of an art respective neighborhoods with a well of eccentricity to draw from is anyone’s guess, but some deco sort of seasoning that is easily savored. Some people find it ironic that Jackson is residents might not find the connection unreasonable. Fondren, the neighborhood nearest to the state capital; after all, the city wasn’t even on where the old institution was located, has some- the original list of contenders. As a matter of fact, thing of a Haight-Ashbury feel about it, a tiny bit it didn’t even exist when the state was founded. psychedelic, if you please, while Belhaven has Though established by design, the city has been more of a small-town, cloistered sort of eccentric- pretty much left to its own devices since then and ity about it. By all means, walk around downtown has developed a friendly, happy-go-lucky character that seems well suited to facing the vagaries of and see the heart of the city. Note while you are there that the Old Capitol the world around it. And the tempo of the city is sits atop the aforementioned “high and handsome what you make of it. ¢

Transition on State Street

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hen architectural historian Todd Sanders looks at North State Street, he judges it as a work of art, an artifact of history, and a large, intricate device with specific functions and

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idiosyncrasies that make it what it is. His book, “Jackson’s North State Street” (Arcadia Publishing, 2009, $22), consists of photographs he came across during his work at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. When people talk about transition in the city of Jackson, they’re generally talking about white flight, desegregation and gentrification. But for Sanders, the transition most central to his book is North State Street’s change from a residential area with historical character to a commercial area with less distinct buildings. “I’m not from Jackson, but when I first moved here to start

working with the department and people would meet me and ask me where I worked and I told them, one of the first things they would say was ‘Oh, it’s a shame what happened to North State Street,’” Sanders says. But when he started working in the archives, sorting through old photos and files, he began to get a really good picture of what the street had been and meant. Sanders says he doubts State Street will ever be residential again. “The character is now so heavily commercial. I don’t think it’ll ever return to that residential character it had.” The historian goes on: “Those houses could have been preserved ... But it just wasn’t

on anybody’s radar in the 1950s; it was all new and modern.” Sanders hopes Jackson will save the remaining historic buildings on State Street, though some of them need a lot of attention. He says he also hopes that mixed-use residential and commercial development might restore some of the neighborhood character State Street once had. Sanders is currently working on two sequels to the North State Street volume: One will focus on Capitol Street and another on the Fondren area. If you have photographs you’d like to donate for use in one of these volumes, call Todd Sanders at 601.576.6850. ¢ boomjackson.com


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technology donated by Entergy Mississippi. Construction will likely wrap up in a year, JHA Executive Director Sheila Jackson says. The Housing Authority project is one facet of a master plan to transform Midtown. Commissioned by the North Midtown Community Development Center and developed by Duvall Decker, the master plan calls for improving the area’s existing houses and attracting new residents to increase population density. In addition to the JHA developments, the plan envisions new condominiums and townhouses ideal for students and young professionals. Tying the whole community together will be a new network of exercise trails and recreational equipment, which the plan considers part of necessary street infrastructure. As part of a master plan, affordable housing can be a way to strengthen the area’s population, Jackson says: “We want a diverse community—racially, income wise, whether they’re elderly, disabled or young families. We want to create a community.”

Single-family duplexes will soon be spread throughout three areas across Midtown.

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t’s one thing to meet a lot of people; it’s another to keep up with them and really connect. Keith Ferrazzi’s “Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time” (Broadway Business, 2005, $26) has been making the rounds of the BOOM staff, and motivating each who reads it to be a better connector. It’s filled with tips and inspiration on how to keep your network hot and active. Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

Among the ideas: • Sort and organize new business cards daily and send off quick “nice to meet you” e-mails. • Use waiting time to catch up “hey there” pings with your smartphone. • Use trips as excuses to connect with people you know or want to know in those cities. • Invite groups of people who don’t know each other to meet you at the same time. • Find opportunities to connect others. Send an introductory e-mail to people you think should meet. • Watch for ways to help everyone you meet. Ask what you can do for them; not vice versa.

Newbie: Jesse Houston Age: 29 Job: Sous Chef, Parlor Market Moved to Jackson May 2010 From Houston, Texas Lives: Belhaven Heights

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love that Jackson takes pride in preserving its history. History has become more and more important to me the older I get. This city definitely has history, deep roots and lots of character all its own. One of the best and worst qualities of Jackson is the fact that it is a small world, and everyone seems to know everyone. People are cautious of where they go, never knowing if they might run into an ex, or someone they just don’t get along with. Rumors spread quickly. In Dallas, I would never have that problem, but I’d also miss out on the fellowship Jackson provides.

Newbie: Brooke Wyatt Age: 31 Job: Artistic Administrator, USA IBC Moved to Jackson May 2010 From: New York City Lives: King Edward

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am in love with the fact that Jackson is the best of both worlds. I grew up in Houston but have lived in a small town for 12 years. Jackson is a mixture of the “big city” (shopping, dining, art and cultural experiences) with the welcoming people and hospitality of a small town. I have a dog that loves to be outside. I live in a downtown apartment, so I don’t have the ability to let her run free. (Thiws is my fault because I haven’t trained her properly.) It would be great if Jackson had a couple fenced-in “dog runs” where dog owners could allow our animals to run and play. “Dog runs” are successful in many cities, and it’s a fantastic way to meet people.

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n many ways, Jackson’s North Midtown neighborhood is still fighting the legacy of urban blight that hit the city in the 1990s. The neighborhood has lost 26 percent of its population in the last nine years. And yet, if you drive through Midtown these days, you’ll notice significant signs of change. In May, the Jackson Housing Authority broke ground on the first phase of a 16-unit affordable housing development that aims to defy all stereotypes of public housing. Instead of concentrated, cramped apartment complexes, JHA’s Midtown project calls for clusters of innovatively designed single-family duplexes, to be dispersed in three locations across the neighborhood. ` The duplexes, designed by Jackson-based Duvall Decker Architects, balance the amenities of quality, single-family housing, like carports and versatile interior spaces, with community-building features like communal yards. Every unit’s carport will feature solar panels that will reduce utility bills by up to 28 percent, thanks to smart meter

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Newbie: Danielle Davis Age: 30 Job: Operations Director, Mangia Bene restaurants Moved to Jackson March 2010 From: Ruston, La. Lives: King Edward

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love living downtown and walking to work; it’s a bit like my lifestyle in New York. I grew up in Jackson but moved away to study dance. I have since moved to New York. Returning home temporarily for work has been a great experience. I am living in a building that I saw in ruins as a little girl. But Jackson needs restaurant options for unconventional diets. My husband and I are vegetarians, and I follow a strict gluten-free diet. We’ve had the side salad at every restaurant in Jackson. I’d also love to see a bit more infrastructure. Developers have done a fantastic job with the area. Still, a grocery store, drug store or bodega within walking distance would be great. 9


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n a warm, sunny afternoon in April, I sat outside with a group of downtown residents from the King Edward Apartments and the Plaza Building. All young professionals, they bubble over whenever they get the chance to talk about downtown life. They say living downtown is like belonging to a fraternity, or exclusive club—but not too exclusive because these residents want to see a thriving, bus-

Do you hate yard work?

tling downtown with more neighbors and businesses sprouting up. Making the decision to live downtown requires the ability to see Jackson’s potential and not minding the works-in-progress along the way. Making downtown your home means getting to know your neighbors, putting away your car keys and lawn mover and becoming an advocate for Jackson’s future. Is it for you? — Lacey McLaughlin

Do you want to relive your college years, minus the studying?

Do you find yourself humming the song “I Won’t Grow Up” from “Peter Pan”?

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Do you like living in New York City at a third of the cost? No!

Do you like impromptu rooftop parties?

Do you want to own a home?

Is your biological clock ticking?

Do you prefer drinking and walking instead of drinking and driving?

You Shouldn’t Live Downtown

Do you like gated communities?

Do you like free shots of Patron?

Do you pack water and snacks when you take a trip to the suburbs?

Do you hate roundabouts?

Do you understand that the Downtown Bar Association has two meanings?

Downtown is for You!

Are you confused by one-way streets and parking garages?

Would you like to start your own personal collection of parking tickets?

Do you think gasguzzling vehicles are good status indicators?

Will you “help a brother out” every now and then?

Do you get along with pigeons?

You Shouldn’t Live Downtown

Do you like the Sesame Street song “These are the People in my Neighborhood?”

Do you work for a non-profit, the government or a law office?

Do you like knowing the chef who cooks your food?

Are you a hoarder?

Are you domestically challenged?

Downtown is for You!

Do you like to party with legislators?

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Retro and Drug-Free JARO VACEK

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Brent’s Drugs owner Brad Reeves

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troll into Brent’s Drugs, and you might think you stepped back half a century. Open since 1946, Brent’s is part of the old Fondren that gives the neighborhood its poodle-skirts-and-tail-finned-Cadillacs flavor. It enjoys a dedicated following—some silver-haired regulars who might refer without irony to a Brent’s employee as a “soda jerk.” So when Randy Calvert and his wife, Melanie, sold the pharmacy operation to CVS last year and announced that Brent’s was closing, Brad Reeves was distraught. Reeves, a lawyer with Balch and Bingham, grew up in Jackson and lives a few hundred yards from the Fondren icon.

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Suzanne Moak on Brian Brower

’m sorry. You’re my competition,” is what I’d hear when I would seek answers to my questions about business from other salon owners. I never imagined I’d hear those words when I was 14, just loving to do hair. When Brian Brower, the owner of Tangle Salon (607 Duling Ave. 601.987.0123), began referring clients to my new business, my belief that there could still be a spirit of cooperation in our communities was re-affirmed. Brian understands a busy schedule for one salon owner means suc-

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shop offering, including irreverent cards—“stuff you can probably get away with in Fondren that you might not in Madison,” Reeves explains. Reeves also has plans to extend Brent’s hours: first, earlier to capture a breakfast crowd that he believes doesn’t have enough options in Fondren. He is hiring a short-order cook for her prowess—and speed—with a spatula. Then with breakfast under his belt, Reeves wants to begin serving during late-night hours on a trial basis. “We’ve got Whataburger, and we’ve got Waffle House, but you don’t have local mom-andpop,” Reeves says. “And if you’re going to do it, Fondren is the place to do it.” Reeves is adding some new menu items, like an egg-and-olive sandwich inspired by a meal he had in the Delta. A wider variety of coffee, beyond “your cheap, truck-stop coffee,” is also on the way. Further down the line, Reeves envisions opening a small, speakeasy-style bar and events space in the pharmacy’s old storage room. (He’s secured an alcohol license, but the restaurant operation won’t serve alcohol.) That’s probably a year away, but Reeves already has a working name for the place: The Apothecary. He’s on the lookout for a large “A” to hang outside the building’s back entrance, a cryptic beacon for thirsty, discerning Fondrenites. Up front, Reeves is keeping Brent’s colorful posters of past icons, aware that they do double duty—marking tradition for the old-timers while giving off a whiff of retro authenticity for the newcomers.“Maybe it’s not as sentimental to them, because they don’t remember Gene Autry and JFK being president,” Reeves says. “I still think most of them would appreciate it.” Find more info at brentsdrugs.com ¢

cess for another. In a time when cynicism and greed seem to be the rule, it’s refreshing to know thoughtfulness and caring are still alive and well. Brian’s efforts to help me ensure that we and our young talented stylists are staying busy, making money, learning positive work ethics and contributing to the Jackson economy. Thank you, Brian. Your generosity proves that you are a true business professional. — Suzanne Moak, S’Moak Salon, 622 Duling Ave. 601.982.5313 boomjackson.com

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Reeves, 30, had only one previous business venture to his name, but he decided to purchase the place in the name of historic preservation. He negotiated a short-term lease with the possibility of extensions and secured a non-interest loan through the federal stimulus package. Brent’s re-opened under its new owner July 1, 2009. “I remember being here that weekend and thinking, ‘Wow, I just bought this restaurant,’” Reeves says. With a long history and fervent customer base, Reeves had a delicate task. His plans hit a speed bump almost immediately when city fire code inspectors instructed him to ditch the restaurant’s grill a few weeks after re-opening. An old ventilation system wouldn’t pass muster, they said. Reeves hoped the city would let him grandfather the old hood, but he couldn’t persuade them. Reeves has made the best of the situation, though, and is converting the old pharmacy section into a new, revamped kitchen, with a more convenient storage space. The old grill, a dinosaur dating back to Brent’s opening, will remain as a memento, and Brent’s will still serve sandwiches, ice cream and drinks from the lunch counter. Brent’s old-fashioned charm will stay, Reeves says. The kitchen staff will be visible behind the old pharmacy window, and he is toying with the idea of having them wear white lab coats. He plans to strip the aging white Formica that covers the lunch counter and replace it with the same retro “aqua boomerang” pattern on the dining tables. He invested in a snazzy website and created profiles for Brent’s on Facebook and Urbanspoon. He enlisted the help of his brother, an actor, and mother to tweak the restaurant’s gift


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Back in Business by Casey Purvis

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arla Vazquez strides easily and briskly through the downtown law office of Elmore and Associates in mid-May, her onyx eyes sparkling with humor and exuberance. The new president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce cuts a striking figure in her trim, ivory suit; her laid-back charm belies her resilience and adaptability. A bilingual—her native tongue, Spanish, and English—attorney from Monterrey, Mexico, Vazquez came to Mississippi in 2007 and rose to the challenge of assimilating into a culture of mostly non-Spanish speakers. In Mississippi, Vazquez, 26, has dedicated herself to providing legal assistance to Jackson’s Hispanic community. She is an “assistant attorney” at Elmore and Associates because she’s yet to receive her license here in the state, but she loves her current work that runs the gamut from acting as an interpreter to explaining Mississippi law to people far from home. Now she is directing her help to the Hispanic business community—trying to revive a vital institution, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, that atrophied due to the lack of visibility after a leadership change four years ago. “The goal is to get people to know about us,” she says, sitting in the law firm’s conference room. “I want all of the state of Mississippi to know about us.”

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Vazquez talks about her plans to re-introduce the chamber to the city with a party at Roma Restaurant in Madison. She emphasizes her hope that more than Latinos would attend. “I want to get Hispanics and Mississippians together,” she says. Currently, 22 Hispanic-owned businesses are involved in the Hispanic Chamber. Businesses range from Latino American publications to painters to restaurant owners to hair stylists. Vazquez’s ultimate goal is to encourage more Latinos to start businesses and help them navigate the legal process of starting up. She also wants to coordinate benefit events to provide financial assistance to Hispanics in need. “Some of these people come here, and they’ve got nothing,” she says. Vazquez intends for the Chamber, under her leadership, to reach out to Hispanics facing financial hardship and plans to assemble a directory of Hispanic businesses. How does she juggle all her plans? “It’s really hard,” she says with a laugh. “I have a lot of help from my husband.” Her husband, Nathan Elmore, is also an attorney. They live in Fondren, and Vazquez loves it. “The people here are really friendly,” she says. In fact, her 2-year-old daughter, Natalia, basks in the attention the family’s neighbors

Competing with others Monopolies Being self-serving Partying like it’s 1999 Collecting Beer Caps Clear Channel News in your front yard Building Lobbying for earmarks Two Lakes Cigars under the Stars Portfolios and Resumes Networking events Boneless Buffalo Wings Work-Work Citibank

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Hispanic Chamber President Karla Vazquez wants to help Latino entrepreneurs connect with other business people in Jackson. give her. “Natalia is the little grandchild for the street,” Vazquez says, adding that most of her neighbors don’t have children at home. Coming from a dry desert area in Mexico, Vazquez finds the established trees in the area refreshing, and she and her husband have started a little vegetable garden she helps tend in her off time. Vazquez said she feels at home in Mississippi, but sees the need to help other Hispanic people assimilate. “Here, a lot of people need my help,” she says. ¢

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The Jackson Chamber of Commerce is a diverse group of small and large businesses dedicated to improving the quality of life in the city of Jackson, encouraging diversity, and promoting a business climate that is favorable to economic and community development for the benefit of all its residents.

Red, White and Jackson Thursday July 1

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Smith Park 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in front of the Old Capitol Museum Come celebrate Independence Day with the Jackson Chamber! Daytime entertainment and lunch served in downtown’s Smith Park. Evening entertainment at the Old Capitol, with family-friendly refreshments, tours of the Old Capitol Museum—and fireworks!

Friday Forums @ Koinoinia Speakers every Friday at 9 a.m. Everyone Welcome

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


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JXN // workspace

Creative Space, Space to Create The Ramey Agency wanted a “town center” feel for its Fondren offices.

by Ward Schaefer

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t’s hard to know what is more impressive about the Ramey Agency’s trophy shelf: the number of awards or the shelf where they sit. The huge, hand-hewn wooden beam is a witty reminder of the prestigious branding and marketing firm’s southern character. Ramey’s offices in the Fondren Place building are replete with such careful details: cypress planks salvaged from a Delta shack and swinging doors acquired from Jackson’s Old House Depot. The old wood balances the

space’s modern surfaces, and it expresses the firm’s desire for an inspiring interior design. The Ramey Agency moved to Fondren Place in 2008, after spending 15 years in a development in Ridgeland. Over time, that location grew stale, Chief Operating Officer Jim Garrison says. “We just wanted a new space to capture the agency as it was in 2008, versus 15 years prior,” he says. Ramey’s principals worked with Jackson architecture firm Canizaro, Cawthon & Davis on the office design, drawing on an “idea book” that CEO Chris Ray had compiled over five years. The final design organizes the 1,268square-meter floor plan around a skylit “town square” consisting of a long work table, an open,

TV-ready kitchen (courtesy of Viking Range, a Ramey client) and a massive granite meeting table. Sleek, modern offices, cubicles and meeting rooms ring the central meeting area. A roof deck with square wicker furniture provides an outlet for quiet, outdoor thought. The office’s innovative design earned Ramey a spot in “Where We Work,” a book published in April by Harper Collins that showcases inspiring interiors from advertising and creative agencies around the world—from China to, well, Fondren. “The main thing here was creating a space that fosters great ideas,” Garrison says. “I’d say we accomplished that goal. People feel good about coming to work.” ¢

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Coming Attractions by Adam Lynch

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slew of Jackson projects will swing open their doors and cut ribbons between now and October, and others are moving forward.

May 2011: The Jackson Medical Mall Foundation is looking to open a new housing development on the east side of the Jackson Medical Mall. Jackson Medical Mall Foundation spokeswoman Zakiya Summers says she expects the East Village Housing Development, which will consist of 24 single-family homes, to be open and taking tenants within 12 months. The foundation also plans to open a SaveA-Lot grocery store and a new headquarters for American Medical Response by the same time. AMR currently occupies space directly inside the mall, but will relocate to the new building on the west side of the mall by next May. July 2010: The already über-trendy Parlor Market restaurant and bar opens on Capitol Street. Jackson State University plans to finish construction on One University Place, a four-story structure containing 78 one- and two-bedroom apartments on the upper floors and retail space on the ground level. The university will target older graduate or married students to rent the apart-

ments, which the university touts as the largest construction underway in West Jackson. In late 2011, the university also intends to begin construction on about 20 homes near the corner of Terry Road and the Jackson Metro Parkway. The homes, which the university plans to expand into 40 homes over the course of five years, range in price from $180,000 to $225,000 and come with a lease plan similar to lease plans along the Ross Barnett Reservoir, wherein an owner may own the homes but not the land beneath. Kimberly Hilliard, director of JSU’s Center for University-Based Development, said the ownership plan allows the university to reliably maintain the cost of the homes and avoid depreciation. August 2010: Valley Park and Jericho Subdivisions have applied for tax credits from the Mississippi Home Corp. that will be similar in scope to the Timber Falls and Forest Hill Place subdivisions that came online last year. They hope to get the credits approved by the end of the summer. Scott Spivey, vice president of corporate communications for Mississippi Home Corp., says the company is in the process of underwriting the Valley Park and Jericho applications, but developers will still have to spend the next two years selling the tax credits and then completing construction. The tax-credit investor pool largely collapsed during the national recession.

Some of the homes in the neighborhoods would feature 15-year leases, with the possibility of purchase when the lease runs out. Spivey said the arrangement fulfills MHC’s endeavor to bring home ownership to more state residents, while some Jackson City Council members say the setup too closely resembles rental subdivisions. September 2010: Sleep Inn will occupy the end of the Jackson Metro Parkway at Gallatin, if it meets the Sept. 1 opening deadline. Attorney Robert Gibbs, a prominent associate of the company building the hotel (LEAD Group LLC), says his company managed to snag new financing from an out-of-state bank to complete construction. Gibbs tells BOOM Jackson that the hotel will draw revenue from patrons of the Jackson Convention Center and for Jackson State University events, as well as other public merriment, of the kind provided by the expanding entertainment venues of Farish Street. Fall 2010: Developer Mike Peters says he has alternate plans for the empty lot at the corner of Old Canton Road and Duling Avenue. Peters had plans last year to build a four-story, 100-room Indigo Hotel, complete with underground parking, but the developer says the modern market didn’t take kindly to the idea. “We looked at having a hotel chain there

RUMOR MILL • A certain “best” restaurant re-opens in a certain dilapidated old grill downtown. • A certain bed-and-breakfast moves into downtown. • A certain debonair-gray businessman moves ahead with his “Uptown” vision.

• A certain mall returns to its glory days this year with popular shopping spots. • A certain Fondren developer spreads his wings near a certain old school. • A certain visionary and his cross-generational co-

horts open a strip of upscale boutiques and watering holes across from a certain renovated old monarch. • A certain old, once-red factory is to become artistic hub. More rumors to share? Ping news@boomjackson.com

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2010: Jackson is one of 20 U.S. cities “having an awesome recovery.” Architect Magazine, March 11, 2010: Reported “Mississippi’s only true urban center” has $1.5

billion in private projects and $400 million in public ones in progress. CNNMoney.com, November 2009: Jackson is 11th best place to launch business when compared

to other midsize metros. Forbes.com, Nov. 30, 2009: Jackson is third best Bang-for-theBuck City in U.S. Bloomberg Business Week, boomjackson.com


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really hard, but the economic climate sort of made that a harder thing to pull off,” says Peters, who now is considering condominiums, office space or mixed-use property in the space. The only thing he’s sure of, he says, is that he will break ground on the project later this year, whatever it is. “We’re actually trying to put the finishing touches in and break ground in late fall,” he says. October 2010: The Standard Life Building will open the first week of October and house 76 apartments. Currently, more than 100 interested parties are bickering among themselves for a lease agreement. The ground floor of the Standard Life will host some retail space, including an as-of-yet unnamed bank and the same florist the building has contained for nearly 20 years: a Balloon, Basket & Gift Florist. David Watkins of Watkins Development LLC had originally planned for the Standard Life’s six adjoining one-story buildings to also contain retail space. But time constraints, he says, forced him to fashion the buildings into more apartment space. He says the structures could eventually evolve into commercial space in about 10 years, however.

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October 2010: Three new entertainment-based businesses will open on Farish Street in October. Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin, media and community affairs director of Watkins Development LLC, predicts three new businesses to open near the current location of F. Jones Corner on Oct. 1. Franklin says Farish Street visitors can expect a restaurant owned by burger master Al Stamps, as well as the relocation of The Big Apple Inn. The Farish Street Group and Watkins Development LLC will also be the new co-owners of historic soul/jazz juke joint The Subway Lounge, moving in near F. Jones. Franklin says the new place will capture the old magic of the original Subway Lounge, formerly near Jackson State.

Oct. 22, 2009: Jackson is 11th strongest U.S. metro economy. Brookings Institution, September 2009: Jackson is in the Top 20 “strongest-performing markets” in the U.S. Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

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Mentoring Men

by Natalie A. Collier

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hen rambunctious 11-year-old Jason Goree, son of a recently divorced mother, Janace Harvey Goree, met the dean of the business school one Saturday morning in Cooley’s Jackson State office, he had no idea his life would change because of it. Jacksonians couldn’t have had any idea the city’s business landscape would eventually begin to change because of that meeting, either. Goree says about his first meeting with Cooley: “I’m looking at this man who’s, like, my height, and wondering what we’re going to do together. But every Saturday starting the next week for seven years after that, we spent together.” Every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. sharp, Goree’s mom would drop him off at Cooley’s office on the corner of Roseneath and Fourth streets, and he’d start his usual routine: sweep the floors, straighten up and hope for ice cream. By the time he was done with his chores, some influential person(s) would come to Cooley’s office for meetings about various projects. “I didn’t know it, but I was meeting mayors and movers and shakers in the city. I would sit there, picking my nose, and Doc would be embarrassed and carry on with his meeting,” Goree says.

“I wanted to broaden his horizons,” the now80-year-old Cooley says of now-31-year-old Goree. William Cooley’s business finesse didn’t come by way of an aristocratic family who passed the family’s business from one generation to the next. His beginnings were humble. Born to hardworking parents on sharecroppers’ plantation land in Hollandale, Miss., Cooley started working when he was a young toddler, picking cotton. Following his high school graduation, he attended Tuskegee Institute for a year. Then because money was scarce for tuition, he joined the Army. After more than 20 years in the armed forces (some of that time spent fighting in Vietnam) and finishing up the chemistry degree he began at Tuskegee, Cooley earned a master’s degree in industrial management from the University of North Dakota. By the time he’d finished his degree, he’d been offered two positions: one as a professor at Jackson State University’s newly formed business school and the other on the New York Stock Exchange. He chose the former. The professor went on to earn a doctorate in business administration from Mississippi State University, where he also taught, then returned to a 20-plus-year teaching stint at JSU and opened a con-

sulting firm (or two). Today Cooley—Bill, friends call him—is a giant in business development and instruction in Jackson. Goree pre-warns: “Doc is going to be really uncomfortable talking about himself. He doesn’t like the spotlight.” But Cooley’s name belongs near the top of anyone’s short list of people worth illuminating. The shine from the spotlight he avoids beams on some of the most well-known business leaders in the city. And their lights shine on others. When Cooley first started taking up time with Goree, their interactions were supposed to ensure that the young and potentially misguided young man had a strong male figure in his life. Their relationship developed from one of benevolent dictatorship/subordinate to comrades. Sitting for lunch at the University Club, Cooley and Goree share an immediately obvious history when their jokes fly, and the punch lines seem to be a secret for the two of them alone. “I was pretty autocratic at that time,” Cooley says about the early days he spent with his mentee. “I believed, and still do, that the biggest failure of a child is to let them do what they please. Jason and I had a formal relationship starting out. When he didn’t follow my rules, we … ‘engaged’!” see page 22

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“He put the fear of God in me,” Goree says with bugged eyes, swatting his right hand in the air corporal-punishment style to explain what Cooley’s use of the word “engaged” meant. Engagement between the two became few and farther between as Goree got older. “Everything changed when he stopped wearing that damn costume,” Cooley says, laughing uncontrollably as he described seeing Goree dressed in his Jim Hill mascot uniform. “You can’t take anyone seriously who’s wearing a tiger’s head on their head.” By the time Goree was enrolled as a student at Mississippi State University majoring in business information systems, his relationship with Cooley had most certainly shifted. “All I ever wanted to be in life (before that) was a son and to hear a father figure say, ‘I’m proud of you.’” Goree says Cooley took that role and before long, he was helping him figure out his personal systems—how he’d get from proverbial point A to point B. Everything in life has a system—a way it operates and works, Cooley believes. “‘If you don’t have a system, your system is failure,’ Dr. Cooley would say. As I got older, he checked on my system,” Goree says. As he was trying to figure out what he would do after college, Cooley never told him what to do. “I’d tell him what I was considering,” Goree says, “and he’d tell me four things—” Cooley interrupts: “This is the right thing to do. This is the wrong thing to do. This is what I’d do. Now you do what you damn well please!” “Our relationship shifted before I knew it,”

Jason Goree is hopeful about future developments in West Jackson, where he grew up. Cooley says. “One day, you wake up, and you’re friends. Colleagues. You can talk about anything, and tell jokes you couldn’t have told before.” After graduating from Mississippi State University, Goree moved to Dallas, Texas, and managed two insurance offices. Cooley proved to be the perfect sounding board and person to help him process decisions before making them. After seven years in Texas, Goree returned to Jackson. As the University Club’s final patrons leave (Cooley eats lunch here regularly), its manager, John Hardy, 53, comes over to say hello. “Sit down,” Cooley instructs Hardy. “They’re talking nonsense about me. You’ll tell the truth.” But Cooley’s willingness and passion to teach

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t’s not about power, it’s about the perception of power. The perception of power is greater than power itself,” William Cooley says about business and how, he believes, one should carry himself when interacting with others. In the 1970s, though, William Cooley “raised hell” and drove his wife and daughter crazy by integrating restaurants no one expected him to in Jackson: “I just walked in like I owned the place. They didn’t know what to do with me, so they served us. … I’m sure they were thinking, ‘This so-and-so is crazy!’” He stops to think. “And I probably was.” There was one place, however, where Cooley’s power, perceived or otherwise, didn’t take him: the University Club. “I was serving a board luncheon,” John

Hardy says of his days as a waiter in the ’70s at the University Club, where he worked while he was a student at Jackson John Hardy State, “and one of the white board members—Doc’s name came up as a nominee for the board—said, ‘As long as I’m on this board, we’ll never have a n*gger ...’” After hearing that, Hardy says he stepped outside the club’s door in anger. As he stood, though, his heart grew heavy with sadness. “When I came back to the club in ’91 as the manager, I didn’t ask if Doc could be on the board. ... I went to the first board meeting and told them what I wanted done.” And it was.

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what he knows is only affirmed when Hardy sat at the table. More spotlight. Cooley grows increasingly uncomfortable. “OK, guys. Anymore, and I’ll be dead. Let’s move on,” he pleads. They don’t. “There’s hardly a day that passes that I don’t talk to Dr. Cooley,” Hardy says. “I don’t make a major decision without consulting him even now. Even when I know I’m right, I bounce it off him.” Hardy and Cooley met when Hardy was a student of Cooley’s at Jackson State.“Out of all the wonderful professors I had at JSU, for us to bond the way we did, I don’t quite understand it all. We had a special connection. You knew he knew what he was talking about,” Hardy says. A requirement in one of Cooley’s classes that Hardy took was that students be paired with a local business and help with its day-to-day operations, as part of the collaboration between Systems Consultants Associates Inc. The consultancy firm Cooley started in 1977 that worked primarily with minority businesses in the Jackson area that needed “more structure and a lot more guidance.” Hardy worked with Woodruff Plumbing. “We went in and got to do everything. We got Mr. Woodruff in a uniform, a sign on his truck. … Working so closely with him made us invested in the business. By the end of the project,” Hardy says, “it felt like our business, too. It was rewarding.” That was Professor Cooley’s plan. He believes one of the best ways to learn about business is to operate one. That’s one of the reasons Cooley is a vocal supporter of entrepreneurship and individuals branching out on their own in business. While Cooley’s mentoring and sharing his business sense isn’t exactly passing a family-owned business from one’s hands to another’s, passing knowledge along is essential in any entrepreneur’s success. see page 24

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// Mentoring Men from page 22 According to the Small Business Administration, only 30 percent of the United States 21 million small, family-owned businesses make it to a second generation; only 15 percent make it to a third. These truths undoubtedly affect the nation’s economy. The chief reasons for this epic failure is business owners’ lack of planning for the future and leadership. Goree says Cooley sings a chorus about the indispensability of seeing things beyond the now and consequentially planning. “He’s taught me: ‘Always see yourself doing great things. See yourself doing something bigger.’” While practicing greatness, Cooley not only teaches but proves through his actions the importance of preparing others to be great. “Right now, Doc isn’t trying to take on many new things,” Goree says, as Cooley looks at him with a “let’s-find-something-else-to-talk-about” glance. “He’s trying to get things off his plate. He’s passing the torch on—like to his daughter and, I guess, me!—now so he can know when you take over what he’s handed off to you, you can handle it. He’s always teaching.” That is leadership—an important component of it, at least. “I believe in the Harry Truman form of leadership,” Cooley says. “Truman said leadership is getting people to do what you want them to do and like it. Liking it. That’s the important part.” John Hardy echoes: “And it’s taking people from where they are to where they’ve never been. It’s being able to be influential.” “I always say if you’re leading and no one’s following, you’re just taking a long walk,” Goree adds. The trio laughs jocundly. But leadership and teaching, Cooley says, are not one-way exchanges. “We tend to be in silos, but we need to be vertical and horizontal,” he says. “When we go from vertical to horizontal connections, it makes our communities and businesses stronger.” These relationships, he says, keep him young, abreast and active: “I like to learn and move. I don’t want to sit still just yet. I’ll have plenty of time to rest when I’m dead.” In Cooley’s West Jackson Leadership Academy, of which Goree is a part, it was crucial to the founder that junior and senior leaders are integrated. Otherwise, those who have knowledge—that should, according to Cooley, “flow both ways”— may not create or seek out opportunities to share it. Those who don’t share, Hardy says, are just selfinterested. “It’s selfishness,” he says. “It’s an ‘I’ve got mine, so you get yours’ attitude.” “And it might be a lack of trust,” Goree suggests in response. “I think some in the older generations don’t trust my generation. We haven’t made 24

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Not an Age, an Attitude ourselves worthy to be trusted.” Beyond that, he says, there’s an intimidation factor in play. “When Dr. Cooley taught me that everything has a plan—a system—he was teaching me to prepare to be great. You can’t be intimidated by others’ greatness. Do whatever it is you’re going to do, and do it well,” Goree says. “I’d rather you be a great sergeant, if that’s what you’re called to be, than a lousy general,” Goree says. Cooley, Hardy and Goree all feel a call to be student-teachers—mentors. “You don’t set out to be a mentor,” Cooley says. “I never did that, but … when you know something, you share it. That’s what it’s all about.” That’s what the two men who learned from Cooley are doing: teaching others, paying it forward. “Doctor Cooley doesn’t just talk this thing; he lives it, and it makes those around him want to do the same,” Hardy says. For the past several years, Hardy has worked within Jackson Public Schools, teaching students about the world of fine dining, etiquette training and the like. He averages 15 schools per year. He’s also recently begun mentoring a young boy whose parents have separated: “He’s a bright kid, wise beyond his years. I just want to encourage him, even at this young age.” Goree agrees. “I still have a lot to learn myself, but I want to share what I know, so I do a lot of peer mentoring,” the youngest of the three says. “If I’m talking to a college student, I want to know: ‘What’s your life plan?’ We all want to do things, but we don’t all have a thought-out plan. What’s your 10-year goal? Five-year goal? One-year goal? Write it down,” he says. “Like that scripture that says, ‘write the vision, make it plain.’ You’ve got to get it out of you. Then I can hold you accountable, and you can hold yourself accountable and go back and evaluate how you’ve matured or how you’ve gone backwards.” For Goree’s 10-year plan, he’s determined to assist in the revitalization of west Jackson, where he was born and reared. “West Jackson has the best transportation infrastructure in the state. The people there are great and want to see change, but most of them have lost hope and are wondering if they’ll ever see any change happen,” Goree says. “I want to help make that change happen for those people.” And he is. “Now when I walk in the room and sit at the table, I’m sitting with some of the same people I met when I was a kid, hanging out at Dr. Cooley’s office. They say, ‘Aren’t you Dr. Cooley’s boy?’ (Because of that) I get that instant credibility,” he says modestly of the “few projects” he’s working on “off the record” in west Jackson. “I have to work to maintain that credibility. Because of Doc, I know just how to do that. … I prepare.” ¢

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was about 25 when I realized I was a grown-up. That was when my father first acknowledged an idea of mine he hadn’t thought of already. I don’t remember what the idea was—undoubtedly something about politics or economics—but I remember the giddiness of finally having what he considered an original thought. Papa was my first mentor (a high-fallutin’ word for teacher), and I still consider him the most influential of the dozens of teachers I’ve know during my 54 years. He taught me my first and most important lessons: how to think critically and how to learn. He instilled in me a lifelong love of learning and an insatiable curiosity about the world. When I decided to change careers at mid-life, I immediately looked for my next mentors. I ended a 25-year career in marketing in 2006 and decided to explore writing. Suddenly, the Jackson Free Press was everywhere I looked. The writing was good, interesting and had a point of view. I wrote Donna Ladd and was soon on board as an intern; Donna gave me a title befitting my age, I think: chief executive intern. Part of the JFP’s appeal was its young attitude. I was then, and still am, the oldest person in the office. Most of the staff are in their 20s and 30s; most of the interns are in college, a few still in high school. Yet I’m perfectly at home here. I spent a year just learning, soaking up every bit of knowledge the people here were willing to share. I took every class Donna offered—twice. I read other people’s writing, probably the most valuable experience, because it demystified the writing process and made it abundantly clear that great words on the page sometimes need a lot of help to get there. Four years later, I’m the JFP’s managing editor, responsible for making sure the paper gets to the printer every Tuesday with good stories and no errors. I’m putting together my second team of mostly college-age interns for the summer. They’ll be looking to me and to the others on staff to mentor them, giving them an opportunity to work on the craft of writing and editing. It’s going to be a great summer. I hope I learn a lot. –– Ronni Mott boomjackson.com


Do-Gooders A Quiet Revolution

by Valerie Wells

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Jackson metro area he now calls home. he Rev. CJ Rhodes wrestles daily with centive from a job offer called him on home. Rhodes was the interim administrative asMission Mississippi hired him in 2008. The the tension between voicing concerns of the black community and integrating Christian organization works to bring people to- sistant to Dolphus Weary at Mission Mississippi. After a year in that job, he answered another call with whites in a progressive Jackson. gether regardless of race or denomination. Its slogan is “Changing Mississippi One Re- to become the new pastor at Mt. Helm. He also balances needs of the old and the new. His mission now is keeping young blacks As new entrepreneurs—often young whites— lationship at a Time.” Rhodes went through a bit of culture shock here in Mississippi and convincing those who left open shops in downtown Jackson, Rhodes leads discussions among congregants at Mt. Helm when he came back home to Mississippi last May to come home. It’s also informing church members what’s going on in the community and then Baptist Church about how the renaissance affects after finishing Duke Divinity School. “I could see the promise and the problems,” participating in change. older black neighbors. He sees opportunity for all The church sits between a revitalized downthe minister says about his home state and the groups to come together for a “quiet revolution.” town Jackson and a rejuvenated JackIn April, Rhodes became pastor of son State University, a good spot to be a Mt. Helm, the oldest African American catalyst for change. church in Jackson, which grew out of “It’s not enough to go and listen,” First Baptist Church of Jackson in the he says. “Protests are fine, but you have 1800s. Rhodes, 28, is the youngest pasto have a proposal.” tor ever in the church’s 175-year history. He sees his role as a coach to The members wanted it that way. the transitions in Jackson. He helps Most of the members of Mt. Helm provide a “spiritual and moral source are older than 50. The congregation of strength” for empowering creative wanted a younger visionary to lead groups of folk. “I have a heart for helpthem and attract young professionals. ing young leaders,” he says. “Through history, a lot of the Rhodes wants Mt. Helm to go a members were part of the black middle step beyond professional development class—professors, teachers, federal emby offering a moral compass to deal ployees,” Rhodes says. with everyday problems. The church reflected its Farish “Change work can be taxing. A Street neighborhood, once a strong cenmoral compass can bring you back. ter of commerce. After integration and I want everyday people to recognize white flight came blight. Rhodes says that they are the change. Change often many bright and talented people left in comes up from the bottom,” he says. what he calls the Third Great Migration. He considers the profound idea “They thought Mississippi was too that God can use anybody for change a backward,” he says. revolutionary quality of Christianity. Rhodes was one of those who left “Dream. Imagine. Take responand then came back. He grew up in sibility for your actions,” he says. “Do Hazelhurst and went to college at Ole this, and we can have a quiet revolution Miss. Then he went to Duke Divinity in Jackson.” School in North Carolina. He felt comMt. Helm is located at 300 E. pelled to return to Mississippi after he Rev. CJ Rhodes, a Duke Divinity school graduate, is Mt. Helm’s youngest pastor in the church’s 175-year history. Church St. Call 601.353.3981. ¢ graduated Duke, and the financial in-

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onviolence or non-harming (ahimsa in Sanskrit) is a cornerstone of yoga, which has a rich, 3,000-year history in the East. To Jackson-based massage therapist and yogi Magnus Eklund, using yoga to support the Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl was a natural fit. The center operates a shelter for battered and abused women, among its many functions in the community. “I did some volunteer work for the (women’s) shelter in Biloxi and got to know those people and realized what an important service they’re providing,” Eklund says. “Then a friend of mine, (yoga teacher) Cheryl Catranbone, she did a benefit in Biloxi, benefiting the shelter down there. She did 108 sun salutes, and that’s what gave me the idea.” Eklund connected with other Jacksonians committed to ending domestic violence and put together a benefit for the center, scheduled for Aug. 7, at the Arts Center of Mississippi. Participants will sign up sponsors to donate a fixed amount for each completed sun salutation. Chris Timmons, who has been leading similar sessions in Jackson for several years to herald the sun’s solstices and equinoxes, will lead the event. “Chris is doing these 108 sun salutes four times a year, and I thought: ‘Awesome. We really need him to do this,’” Eklund says. He hopes to have at least 150 people participating. In addition to teaching regular yoga classes, Timmons was inspired by fellow teacher Shiva Rea (who teaches yoga all over the world) to begin sun salutation events in Jackson. “I’ve always been a fairly non-violent person,” Timmons says. “I think all violence starts inter-

nally and manifests outwardly, so in that respect, to do 108 sun salutations is us cultivating our own non-harmfulness. And like it says in (Patanjali’s) yoga sutras, once we start to cultivate that, that spreads to the environment around us.” For those unfamiliar with yoga, teachers at Butterfly Yoga in Fondren and Joyflow Yoga in Ridgeland will hold free training sessions between now and the event. The poses that make up a sun salutation, while deceptively simple, stretch and warm up every major muscle group in the body, and a yoga practice typically begins with a few rounds of the poses. Like yoga, the number 108 also has a rich tradition in the East, and is sacred in numerous beliefs. “Surya namaskar, the Sanskrit is surya namaskar, is our way to greet and honor the sun, to put ourselves more in alignment with the flow of the day,” Timmons says. “… This would be a good way for anyone to start the day.” Of course, not every day can start with 108 sun salutations, which Timmons says will take from two to two-and-a-half hours to complete. But he and Eklund want to encourage everyone to participate, even if completing all 108 isn’t in the cards, and even if they’re not regular yoga practitioners. “The hardest part is just walking through the door,” Timmons says. Sun Salutations benefitting The Center for Violence Prevention is scheduled for Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). For more information, contact Magnus Eklund at 601.500.0337 or MagnusE@aol.com. Look for announcements regarding free training sessions soon at jfpevents.com.

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ne sun salutation (Surya Namaskar) consists of 10 to 12 poses designed to use every major muscle group in the body. The poses vary slightly, depending on the yoga tradition, and some are repeated. The poses Timmons will use are (Sanskrit in parentheses): Mountain pose (Tadassana) Upward hand pose (Urdhva Hastasana) Standing forward fold (Uttanasana) Half standing forward fold (Ardha Uttanasana) Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Shvanasana) Plank pose Four-limbed staff (Chaturanga Dandasana) Cobra (Bhujangasana) Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Shvanasana) Upward hand pose (Urdhva Hastasana) Mountain pose (Tadassana)

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n the last five years, the JFP Chick Ball has raised money to help victims of domestic abuse and raise awareness of the general public so that we can help lower these kinds of crimes in our city and state. The Chick Ball— which you can attend for a mere $5 cover if you’re Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

18 or older—has bought The Center for Violence Prevention a new mini-van and raised seed money for a batterer’s intervention program, which essentially teaches offenders how to stop abusing. This year, the sixth Annual JFP Chick Ball is raising money for a legal fund to help victims (many of whom can’t even divorce violent husbands) and educate the public on how victims can be legally stuck in dangerous situations. Chick Ball is fun, too. It spotlights “chick”

musicians and artists, but it’s an event for men and women who care about this cause. And, yes, you can dress up or down for the Chick Ball. To learn more, volunteer, or donate art and gifts for the silent auction, or become a sponsor (for as little as $50!), write chickball@jacksonfreepress.com or call 601.362.6121 x16. Visit jfpchickball.com, follow on Twitter @jfpchickball or friend us on Facebook. This year’s Ball is 6 p.m.-until on Saturday, July 24, in Hal & Mal’s Red Room. 27


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Greening the City by Jesse Crow

Photo by Meredith Norwood

Kellye Smith leads the Greater Jackson Partnership’s charge to make Jackson green.

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ellye Smith, program manager of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, wants to turn the city green. Smith, 28, leads by example, helping implement and advocate a number of programs to help local businesses and residents become more environmentally responsible. On April 7, the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership held Jackson’s second electronic waste—called “e-waste” for electronic products that have reached the end of their life—recycling day to provide businesses an outlet to dispose of their e-waste. The Partnership recycled 26,280 pounds of e-waste at the event and are considering holding the event twice a year because of April’s E-Waste Day’s success. Businesses can participate in a number of programs and adopt practices to be more environmentally friendly throughout the year. Waste Management offers a program, Lamp Tracker, which allows businesses to dispose of their fluorescent lights in an environmentally friendly way, and the city of Jackson provides recycling services to businesses located within city limits. The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership began recycling in their office about a year ago, and everyone on the staff actively participates. Smith even brings her recyclables from Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

home to work to be recycled because curbside recycling is not offered in Rankin County. “We now have three huge rolling bins, one on each floor of our chamber, so we can recycle paper, aluminum and plastic,” Smith says. “You would not believe the amount of paper (we recycle). Recycling services comes and picks up twice a month, and every single bin in our building is full.” When businesses enact small steps, like recycling, to become more environmentally responsible, the impact is considerable because of the bulk of waste businesses produce. “Often there’s not much that a business can do to really take part in saving the planet,” Smith says. “By doing little things like recycling or making sure fluorescent bulbs are going in the right place or recycling electronics, (businesses are) taking an active role in saving the planet for the people that are going to be here after we’re gone. It’s just good business practice.” With the ever-increasing green trend in businesses, it’s less likely to find businesses that do not have at least one environmentally friendly practice, Smith says. “People want to do business with companies they feel good about. If I know a business is taking an active role in making sure they’re

doing everything they can to go green … I’m more inclined to partner with them to do business, to spend my money,” Smith says. “Nobody really wants to do business with somebody who is not doing what they should do and not being environmentally responsible.” Smith was one of the planners of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership’s Earth Day celebration April 16. She hopes that educating the public and children, in particular, about the importance of how to be environmentally responsible will lead to a healthier Earth. “Study after study has shown that the younger you reach children, the earlier you get to them to instill in them a message—like recycling. It just becomes a way of life for them,” Smith says. “If you get them early, so that’s the way they always think, there’s not this learning curve that many of us are dealing with now at an older age.” Smith suggests that starting small is often the best way to permanently transition to a green lifestyle, especially for those who are behind the learning curve. “If you break it down and … just do one thing, you’re doing more than you were doing before. Once that becomes a way of life, you can add an additional thing.” Find the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership online at greaterjacksonpartnership.com. ¢ 29


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An eight-ounce burger grilled to your order and served on a wheat bun with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion.

Tamales

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Better Burger

Two-cheese nachos with beans. Served with salsa and jalapeños.

Border Burger

Award-Winning Myrtis’ Bayou Gumbo

Bacon-Cheese Burger

Fresh seafood, smoked ham, and vegetables, simmered in a rich roux and served over hot rice.

Friday Seafood Bisque

Made fresh only on Fridays, rich with gulf shrimp and crab in a creamy broth.

Salsa, guacamole, jalapeños, and sour cream. Crisp bacon and your choice of cheese.

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Fresh greens with olive, pepper and cheese.

Mushrooms, pickles, onions, cheese sticks, stuffed jalapeños, hand-cut fries.

Appetizers

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Grilled Mushrooms with Garlic Bread ..............................7.95 Spinach & Artichoke Dip ...8.95

Romaine tossed with Caesar dressing and Parmesan and topped with grilled shrimp.

Meatball & Olive Salad ......7.95

Chicken Caesar Salad

Garlic Loaf & Red Sauce ....3.95

Classic Caesar topped with grilled chicken.

Served with lettuce, tomato, low-fat mayo, pickle on New Orleans French bread. Shrimp • Mississippi Catfish • Oyster • Hot Roast Beef • Half ‘n’ Half • Ham & Cheese

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Deli-style meats and cheeses, dressed with a New Orleans-style olive salad.

Michael RUBENstein Sandwich

Thin sliced corned beef on Jewish Rye with swiss, sauerkraut, and Come Back Dressing.

Glennie’s Hot Roast Beef

Tortellini in Chicken or Tomato Broth ...............................5.95

Oyster Spinach Salad

Fried oysters over deep green spinach leaves with boiled eggs, mushrooms, and crisp bacon.

Salad Vivian

Fresh spinach and other greens topped with grilled chicken breast, boiled egg, black olives.

Greek Salad

Spicy Fried Chicken Salad

Mixed greens topped with fried chicken nuggets, boiled eggs, and black olives.

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Served open-faced with gravy and fries, just like our Mama Stewart’s.

Chock-full of smoked sausage—served over hot rice with French bread.

Rigatoni Supreme ...........14.95

Chicken Mozzarella

Hamburger Steak

Beef Lasagna ..................12.95

Red Beans AnnWhite Rice

Marinated, grilled chicken breast with mozzarella cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, low-fat mayo, and pickle on a wheat bun.

10 oz chopped beef steak, grilled to your order and topped with onions and gravy.

Chicken-Fried Steak Sandwich

Marinated chicken breast, grilled and served with grilled pineapple and mushrooms.

Austin-inspired battered and fried steak on a wheat bun w/lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion.

Vegetable Lasagna ..........11.95 Veggie Pasta ...................12.95 Seafood Lasagna .............16.95

Chicken Zita

Ricotta Stuffed Shells .....18.95 Cannelloni ..................... 14.95 Chicken Parmesan ...........12.95

Shrimp Platter

Fresh, golden-fried Gulf shrimp.

Eggplant Parmesan ......... 11.95

Marinated portabella grilled to perfection and topped with your choice of cheese.

Oyster Platter

Fettuccine Alfredo ..........11.95

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Grilled Portabella Mushroom

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Plump, fresh oysters, perfectly fried.

Shrimp Alfredo ...............15.95 Chicken Alfredo ..............14.95

Mississippi-raised catfish.

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Shrimp Marinara .............15.95

Angel Hair Soup in Tomato or Chicken Broth .................. 4.95

Spaghetti with Meatballs ..................Sm 10.95/ Lg 12.95

Crisp greens with feta cheese, black olives, peppers and select herbs.

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Appetizers Crabmeat Tempura Almond Shrimp House Chicken Tofu Steak Soft Shell Crab Vegetable Tempura Shrimp Tempura Chicken Tempura Oyster Tempura Gyoza Dumpling Squid Tempura

Sushi & Sashimi Dinner Combos Sashimi Dinner 22.95 Chirash 19.95 Unagi Donburi 13.95 Tekka Donburi 14.95 Sashimi and Sushi Comb0 18.95 Vegetarian Special 10.25 Chicken Teriyaki 14.95 Beef Teriyaki 14.95 Salmon Teriyaki/Special Grilled Fish 15.95 Grilled Seafood Tempura Dinner Yakitori 4.95 15.95 Nigima 5.95 Shrimp Tempura Dinner BBQ Salmon 5.95 15.95 BBQ Squid 9.95 Tuna Tataki 6.95 Dinner Beef Tataki 6.95 Combinations Baked Green Mussels 5.95 Sushi and Tempura Comb0 Baked Seafood 6.95 16.95 Yellowtail Neck 7.95 Sashimi and Tempura Edamame 4.95 Combo 17.95 Shrimp and Avocado 4.95 Tempura and Chicken Shrimp Shumai 4.95 Teriyaki 14.95 Oshitashi 3.95 Chicken Teriyaki & Sushi Sushi Appetizer 8.95 or Sashimi 16.95 Sashimi Appetizer 9.95 Chicken Teriyaki and Beef Teriyaki 14.95 Soup Chicken and Shrimp Miso Soup 1.00 Tempura 14.95 Red Miso Soup 3.25 Lunch Specials Clear Soup 3.25 Chicken Teriyaki 8.95 Grilled Fish 8.95 Noodles 9.95 Tempura Udon 10.95 Sushi Lunch Special Chirashi Lunch Special 10.95 Beef Udon 10.95 8.95 Tempura Soba 10.95 Tempura 9.95 Beef Soba 10.95 Beef Teriyaki Nabeyaki Udon 10.95 Gyoza Fried Dumplings 8.95 8.95 Seafood Nabeyaki Udon 11.95 Chicken Tempura Shrimp Teriyaki 8.95 Yakiudon 8.95 9.95 Yakisoba 8.95 Beef Donburi House Salad NAGOYA JACKSON 6351 I-55 North (next to Target)

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Topped with mayo, mustard, ketchup, lettuce, pickles, onions, & tomatoes

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Downtown Club $6.25 Smoked Ham $5.00 Roasted Turkey Sandwich $5.00

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Garden Salad $4.50 Chef Salad $7.00 Fried or Grilled Chicken Salad $7.00

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Crab, kappa & avocado inside â&#x20AC;˘4. East Roll 4.95 Shrimp and kapa inside â&#x20AC;˘5. Alaskan Roll 4.95 Cooked salmon & kappa â&#x20AC;˘6. Salmon Skin Roll 4.95 Smoked salmon skin & kapa inside with eel sauce 7. Tuna Roll 4.95 Tuna wrapped in seaweed & rice 8. Salmon Roll 4.95 Salmon & kappa

14. Spicy Tuna Roll 6.00 Chopped tuna with spicy mayo and scallion mixed 15. Philly Roll 6.00 Salmon, avocado & cream cheese â&#x20AC;˘16. Small Lotus Roll 9.95 Shrimp tempura, avocado, kapa, and seaweed salad inside with fish roe outside â&#x20AC;˘17. Half Futomaki Roll 7.50 Different vegetables with crab â&#x20AC;˘18. Marton Roll 7.50 Eel, shrimp and kapa inside â&#x20AC;˘19. Soft Shell Crab 10.95 Roll Soft shell crab, tobiko, kapa 20. Triple Roll 10.95 Tuna, yellowtail, fish roe & scallion inside 21. Chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roll 10.95 Shrimp, tuna, and salmon inside with spicy mayo sauce â&#x20AC;˘22. Volcano Roll 10.95 Wasabi, tuna, kapa, and crab inside fried like a tempura with chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special sauce

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Appetizers

Aladdinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Special Hummus Dip Baba Ganuj Dip Musabaha Foul Qudsia (mixed hummus & foul) Lebna Fried Kibby Meat or Veggie Dolmas Pickles and Olives Feta Cheese and Olives Spinach Pie (2) Fried Cheese Falafel (6) Basmati Rice w/ Saffron French Fries

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Combination Kabab 13.69 Gyro Plate 10.69 Lamb Chops 14.69 Fried Kibby 9.69 Hummus with Lamb 10.69 Shrimp Plate 11.69 Tilapia Plate 10.69 Meat Grape Leaves Plate 9.69

Sandwiches

Falafel Gyros Lula Kabab chicken or lamb Shish Kabab beef or lamb Chicken Kabab Chicken Shawarma Beef Shawarma Hamburger Cheeseburger Philly Steak

Desserts Fresh Baklava Burma Baklava Fingers Belorich Bird Nest Ice Cream Turtle

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

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Appetizers

Soup of the Day Cp $3.95 +$2 Bowl

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Mexican Fried Okra Cornmeal fried jalapenos served with Ranch for dipping $5.95

Lodge â&#x20AC;&#x153;Press Clubâ&#x20AC;? Melted Swiss and Bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion with Creole mustard atop shaved turkey breast and ham, pressed on Fresh Foccacia. $9.95

Fried Pickles Herb breaded pickle chips fried crisp and served with Ranch. $5.95

Turkey Panini Sliced turkey breast, Philadelphia cream cheese, bell peppers and onions pressed on Fresh Foccacia. $9.95

Chips and Dip Fresh fried white corn tortilla chips served with queso cheese dip & a side of jalapenos $7.95

Catfish Poboy Gambino bread w/ fried MS catfish, lettuce, tomato, red onion and our zesty remoulade. $9.95

Cheese sticks Beer Battered Mozzerella fried to perfection and served with ranch &marinara. $7.95

Shrimp Poboy Gambino bread loaded with fried Jumbo Shrimp, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and our zesty remoulade. $9.95

Better than Stadium Nachos Loaded with chili, queso and cheddar cheeses, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, onions, salsa, jalapenos, and sour cream. $8.95

Turkey Rueben Wrap Shaved turkey with 1000 Island & spicy mustard, sauerkraut and melted Swiss. $7.95

Quesadillas Queso cheese & cheddar with your choice of chicken, shrimp, or steak. Served with sour cream and salsa. $8.95

Chicken Strip Basket Fried chicken tenderloins with honey mustard or ranch. $8.95, Buffalo Style +$1

Award Winning Wings Served w/ pepper jack cubes, carrots and blue cheese dressing with sauce: BBQ, Sweet Chili, Thai BBQ, Mild, Hot, or WOW! 8...$7.95 or 15â&#x20AC;Ś$13.99

Catfish Basket Fried catfish strips with cocktail & tartar sauce. $9.95

Combo 6 Award winning wings, 3 chicken tenders, 2 cheese sticks, fried pickle slices, served with ranch, honey mustard, and marinara. $14.95 Alligator Tail Tender fried alligator tail strips served w/ Tabasco butter sauce & ranch dressing. $8.95 Lodge Platter BBQ sausage, pepperjack cheese, served w/ sliced pickles, olives, & crackers. $9.95

Sandwiches & Baskets

Sides : Steak Fries, Onion Rings, Sweet Potato Fries, Fresh Chips, Potato Salad

All-American Burger 1/2 lb. seasoned burger with lettuce, tomato, & red onion. $6.95 The Lodge Burger Half pound burger with cheddar, Swiss, bacon, lettuce, tomato & red onion. $8.95 Sportsmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chicken Burger 6oz grilled chicken breast, sautĂŠed onions and mushrooms, lettuce, tomato and melted Swiss. $7.95 Chicken Cordon Bleu 8oz chicken breast, grilled or fried, loaded with ham, Swiss, cheddar, and bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion. $8.95 Roast Beef & Gravy Open faced on Gambino Bread w/ roast, onions, peppers, Swiss & gravy. $7.95 Philly Cheese Chicken or chopped Ribeye steak, w/ sautĂŠed onions & peppers, lettuce, tomato, provolone, & hot chili sauce. $7.95, + Shrimp + $1

Shrimp Basket Fried/grilled with cocktail & tartar or butter. $10.95 Alligator Poboy Fried Louisiana alligator, lettuce, tomato, red onion and zesty remoulade. $10.95 Red Beans & Rice Red beans cooked w/ smoked Kielbalsa, onions, celery, bell peppers & spices over rice. Topped w/ cheese, tomatoes, red onions and jalapenos. Served w/ garlic bread. $8.95 Grilled Sirloin 10 oz Sirloin Steak topped with sauteed mushrooms & onions served with Steak Fries. Choice of Soup or Salad. $15.95

Salads

Dressings: Ranch, Blue Cheese, 1000 Island, Honey Mustard, Ginger Thai, Honey French, Balsamic Vinaigrette, or Fat Free Raspberry Vinaigrette

Soup and Salad Cup of Soup of the Day w/ a small house salad $5.95 House Salad Iceberg, carrots, red onion, tomato, and cheddar cheese & croutons. Sm. $3.95 Lrg. $5.95 â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bigâ&#x20AC;? Chef Salad Large house salad loaded with ham, turkey, bacon and grilled chicken. $9.95

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$7.50 - 100% All Beef Substitute with Polish Sausage. +$1.50 Many kinds to choose from!

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Happy Hour 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

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

Carne & Pollo (meat & poultry) AJ’s Spaghetti & Meatballs - Classic Spaghetti pasta with Cerami’s homemade meatballs 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.

Pesce (seafood)

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

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. Parmesan Crusted Tilapia - Fresh breaded Tilapia served with angel hair pasta topped with capers, mushrooms and a lemon & garlic butter sauce. 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.

Desserts

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:

Tues. - Fri. & Sun. | 11am-2pm

Dinner Hours:

Tues. -Thurs. & Sun. | 5pm-9pm Fri. & Sat. | 5pm-10pm

We also accommodate... Corporate meetings...Birthdays...Rehearsal dinners...Catering, and much more. *Menu Subject to Change.

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901 E. Fortification Street, Jackson, MS

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Appetizers Scotch Egg A traditional Celtic

staple. A hard boiled egg wrapped in mild sausage, lightly breaded, fried golden brown and served with a side of spicy mustard. (Allow 15 minutes to prepare.) $4.99

Chili Nachos A pile of corn chips

topped with chili, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, black olives, jalapenos, sour cream, and served with salsa. $7.99

Chicken n’ Chips Freshly breaded

chicken fillets, fried crispy, and served on a bed of fries with the dip of your choice. $7.99

Fish n’ Chips Four strips golden fried and battered catfish served on a bed of fries and our homemade tartar sauce. $7.99 Spicy Drummers Spicy chicken

wings served with fries, carrots and celery. Bleu cheese is the dip of choice. Regular (5) $9.99 Large (9) $12.99

Grilled Sausage & Cheese Platter Cubed Pepperjack, Swiss

and Cheddar cheeses, served with a half-pound portion of grilled sausage. $8.99

Basket O’ Fried Okra $4.99 Basket O’ French Fries $3.99 Basket O’ Crisps Fresh fried potato

chips. $3.49

Salads All salads served with choice of dressing: Cajun Comeback, Bleu Cheese, Ranch, Honey Mustard, Thousand Island, Caesar, Italian, Oil & Vinegar, or Balsamic Vinaigrette, and crackers

comeback dressing. $8.49 add bacon $.99

Fenian’s Stack Your choice of turkey, ham or corned beef piled high on the bread of your choice with your choice of cheese, lettuce, tomato & mayo. $8.99

Caesar Salad Fresh romaine, bacon

bits, and seasoned croutons tossed in Caesar dressing and topped with Parmesan cheese. $7.99 Add a grilled chicken breast or salmon fillet $3.29

Hot Hoagies The Bookmaker Generous portions of our homemade roast beef stacked high on a toasted hoagie with Cheddar cheese, and served with Au jus for dipping. $9.49

Soups & Stews Homemade Vegetable Soup cup $2.99 bowl $5.49 Cup O’ Gumbo $3.99 Bowl O’ Gumbo $7.49 Cup O’ Irish Stew $3.99 Bowl O’ Irish Stew $8.49

Cheese Steak Our homemade roast beef grilled with bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and provolone cheese. $9.99

Cup O’ Not So Irish Chili $3.99 Bowl O’ Chili Chili topped with

Hot Club Turkey and Ham grilled with onion and topped with American and Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. $9.99

cheese & chopped onion $7.49

Sandwiches Served with a choice of homemade potato chips, french fries, coleslaw, potato salad or fried okra

Fenian’s Pub Burger The Pub’s

version of a classic hamburger w/choice of cheese, lettuce, tomato, purple onion, pickles and mayo. $7.49

Add mushrooms, bacon, jalapenos, chili, or Stout Cheese $.99 each

Big Irish Burger Double the hamburger meat, two slices of cheese, two strips of bacon served with lettuce, tomato, purple onion, pickles and mayo. $9.99

Add a salad for just $3.99.

Traditional Irish Stew Choice

cuts of tender lamb & fresh vegetables simmering in a thick brown broth. $8.49

Ploughman’s Potato A huge baked potato filled with the most tender homemade roast beef or corned beef, shredded cheese, butter and sour cream topped with chives and fresh bacon bits. $9.99

Marinara Chicken Sandwich

Red Beans and Rice (w Sausage) Red beans served over rice with a tender pork sausage, a stalk of green onion &garlic toast. $9.99

American and Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, & mayo and served on the toasted bread of your choice. $9.99

Chef Salad Fresh salad greens

Grilled Chicken & Cheese

and topped with brown gravy. $10.99

Chili & Cheese Boxty Our

homemade black bean chili wrapped in a potato pancake with cheese and topped with sour cream and purple onion. $10.99

Shepherd’s Boxty Tender minced

beef, carrots onions and peas, topped with more shepherd’s filling. $10.99

Reuben Boxty Corned beef and sauerkraut topped with Swiss and Thousand Island. $9.99

Veggie Boxty Mushrooms, onion, peppers, tomato, olives and provolone cheese wrapped in a boxty and smothered with marinara. (Vegetarian Friendly) $8.99 Add a salad to any boxty for just $3.99

Desserts Irish Bread Pudding Homemade sweet bread pudding, baked with raisins & pecans and topped with Irish whiskey Sauce. $3.99 New York Style Cheesecake $4.49

With strawberry sauce add $.99

Molten Brownie A warm, decadent brownie served with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup. $5.49 Call ahead and take home a hot meal for supper!

Old Fashioned Shepherd’s Pie

Tender beef baked in casserole with gravy and vegetables under a mashed potato parmesan crust. $9.99

Battered and deep-fried chicken strips, melted Provolone cheese, covered with homemade marinara served on toasted hamburger bun. $8.99

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House Salad Fresh salad greens, tomato, cucumber, carrot, olives, & purple onion. regular $4.99 large $8.49 Add a grilled chicken breast or salmon fillet $3.29 topped with ham, turkey, cheddar cheese and garnished with onions, black olives, tomato & a boiled egg. $8.99

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Irish Boxties Boxty is an Irish potato pancake and a specialty of the northwestern part of Ireland.Here’s the way we fix them.

Tender chicken breast, grilled to perfection, topped with your choice of cheese and served on a bun with lettuce, tomato, onion & our Cajun

Beef Boxty Hearty cuts of choice

beef simmered in a rich Guinness and mushroom sauce, wrapped in boxty

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601-977-9920

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The Resident Tourist

Story and photos by Tom Ramsey

Rachel Hicks and Andrew Canter enjoy one another’s company out on the town.

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riting about your hometown from the viewpoint of a tourist is a lot like writing about yourself in third person: It takes effort to step outside your normal routine, look back in and see familiar things as “new.” To help me though this daunting task, I conscripted Rachel Hicks, executive director of Mississippi First here in Jackson, and her boyfriend, Andrew Canter, who grew up in Maryland and works at the Coast office of the Mississippi Center for Justice. (Andrew is considering a move to Jackson. Perfect!) To make the experience as real as possible, my wife, Kitty, and I packed our bags and met Rachel and Andrew at the King Edward Hotel,

Key lime tart from Basil’s at Belhaven. Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

vowing that anything we left at the house would remain absent while we were “away” for the weekend. We planned our itinerary to include the most important things about visiting a new place: eating, drinking, dancing and shopping. We had only five restaurants, a few bars and several swanky shops to visit to convince Andrew to move to Jackson and add another “cool” person to the capital city’s population. Kitty and I arrived at the hotel first and were greeted by the smiling faces of everyone we met. The valet signaled the bellman, took our info and almost got away before I had the opportunity to slip him a couple dollars. Antonio loaded our bags onto the cart and escorted us to the front desk, asking about our drive into town and where we were from. When Kitty explained that we were from just down the street, he tilted his head and said with a wink and a grin, “Hey, it’s all cool.” Antonio and his fellow staffers maintained this happy, helpful attitude throughout our entire visit. Everyone seemed to beam with pride, doing their best to please the guests. I kind of expected them to break into song at any moment and twirl off in a Disneyesque flurry of quicksteps. We headed up to the eighth floor. One of the few negatives about the hotel experience was that the air conditioning for the hallway on our floor was broken, and when we brought this to

the attention of the desk clerk, they did not offer to move us to another floor. Considering how little time we spent in the hall, this was only a minor nit. The air conditioning in the room worked well, and we found the guest rooms to be well appointed with beautiful photographs of local landmarks and architectural elements, a welcome change from the ill-conceived abstract paintings and saccharine pastoral scenes found on most hotel walls. The rooms were small, but we expected this, considering the age and structure of the hotel. The view of downtown Jackson from the particular angle of our room gave us the impression that we were in a larger city, adding to the feeling that we were indeed away from home. Antonio arranged and hung our bags and offered (without prompting) to fill our ice bucket. When he returned, he again let us know he was available at a moment’s notice if we needed anything else.

Gluttony, That’s All After unpacking, our traveling companions called and said they would meet us at Walker’s Drive-In at 7:30 p.m. With no need to stay presentable for our guests for a couple hours, I slipped out of my work clothes and into a robe, then lounged on the bed and watched HBO while Kitty tapped on her laptop. Life was good. 55


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Book shopping at Lemuria makes for a studious Saturday afternoon.

Instead of ordering off the menu at Walker’s, we opted to ask chef and owner Derek Emerson to give us a taste of the house. We gave him our budget, surrendered our menus and left it all in his capable hands, with one request—that some of the dishes be free of flour, as Kitty is sensitive to gluten. He started us out with a trio of appetizers, a jumbo lump crab cake, turkey tamales and a fried soft-shell crab. Knowing that the oil spill intruding ever deeper into the Gulf fishing grounds may hinder our seafood choices, I’m glad we got to experience this type of oceanic perfection. Andrew, our self-proclaimed crab expert (he is from Maryland, after all), declared the crab cakes “the best I’ve ever had.” Kitty’s favorite was the tamales, while Rachel and I fought over the crispy legs on the soft-shelled crab. We sopped our plates clean and were pleased to see more seafood arrive as our entrees (or so we thought). Derek had plated up three different fish choices: Redfish Anna with crabmeat and a charred tomato butter sauce; seared tuna with a chipotle glaze and an heirloom tomato relish; and a red snapper over black rice with a mango, watermelon and pineapple salsa and a green Thai curry broth. Our waitress brought out a stack of small plates for us to divvy up the goods, but by the end of these three dishes, we were using everything at the table to mop up the sauces and bits of sides left on the big plates. Since the dishes were wiped clean, with the exception of the flowery chive tops, I grabbed one of the edible ornaments, dipped it in the curry broth and popped it in my mouth. It felt fuzzy and stung the inside of my mouth … in a good way. The only negative: The taste stuck with me long after I went to bed. After the feast of fishes, Derek asked for me to 56

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come to the kitchen and see his new toy: a sousvide cooker filled with vacuum-sealed bags containing pork belly. He told me the merits of this new gadget, and when I returned to our table, there was more food. A lot more. While I was distracted, the chef had sent out a beef fillet, a ribeye and a strip steak. Along with that came a cheeseburger made with Kobe beef and a shiny mound of sliced, sous-vide pork belly. We passed around the small plates but could barely make a dent in the mass of meat covering every flat surface of our table. Two of our favorites were the burger and the pork belly. They’re both trial runs of dishes that Derek plans to serve at his new joint in Madison, scheduled to open later this summer or early fall. Despite the fact that we had no room for another morsel, we tried our best Monsieur Creosote impression and managed to get partly through a dessert sampling of peach cobbler, blueberry upside-down cake, crème brûlèe and a big bear brownie. At some point during this gluttonous fête, we realized trusting Chef Derek was a bit of a mistake, as our intention was to leave dinner and catch some live music. After what he fed us, the only music I heard was my own snoring that occasionally woke me up. The next day, breakfast didn’t happen until 10 a.m., and despite still being full, we didn’t hold back. Eggs, blueberry pancakes, grits, bacon, sausage and more filled the table at Primos. Rachel tried to be good and ordered a breakfast wrap, which ended up being the biggest thing on the table. Everything was expertly prepared, generously proportioned and quickly served. Surveying the food, Andrew accused us of trying to sabotage his slim frame and trim waistline. With bellies full of shopping fuel, we set out

Ready for relaxation, reading fits the bill. to help Andrew find the necessities of any new move: a clothier, a decorator and a bookseller.

This Little Piggy Went Shopping Our first stop was at the Rogue and Good Company (which, in a spirit of full disclosure, is also a lobbying client of mine) where my childhood friend and local fashion icon, Amzi Thames, greeted us and laid out a good base wardrobe for an aspiring attorney. Andrew was a little shocked when, without asking about measurements, Amzi sized Andrew up with one glance and no measuring tape (38 regular, 32 waist; 14½/34 shirt). Amzi was right and started showing Andrew options in the correct sizes. Since the attorney would be commuting between Jackson and New Orleans and clerking for a federal judge, he opted for dark suits, white and lighter colored shirts and ties with traditional colors and small patterns. Because Kitty and Rachel endured the endless talk of shirting fabrics, peppered with guy stories and sports chatter, we indulged them with a bit of girl shopping across the hall at 4450. The store had a crisp white look and an airy feel. Luckily, they also had comfortable chairs where Andrew and I could relax after Kitty and Rachel discovered the shoe section. After what seemed like several hours of shoeshopping, we dropped in on Amy Schrock at Latitudes. Andrew would need to furnish his new apartment and abandon the bachelor traditions of cinder-block shelves and patio furniture in the living room. We figured he could use some help from a pro. Again, he and I were glad to find comfortable chairs. Despite the fact that we were there to find things for Andrew’s new digs, Rachel and Kitty did most of the shopping. And once Kitty found the section of remnant fabrics, we had to drag her away and tempt her with BBQ to get her to leave. boomjackson.com


Luckily for us, the Hickory Pit is just around the corner. We got another big spread, passed around the small plates and sampled most of the menu. We tried the pork and the beef (sandwiches and plates), the ribs, the chicken and all three pies (pecan, chocolate and lemon). The only thing out of place were the Diet Cokes! Even though it was well past the lunch hour, the room was filled with regulars who looked at us curiously as we grazed through all the different plates and incessantly snapped photos. Still stuffed from breakfast and dinner the night before, we didn’t manage to eat a lot of the award-winning BBQ, opting instead to box it up and take it with us. Our nibbling ways were no reflection on the taste.

lime pie that we literally fought over. Next was a triple chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream that made me want to cry, but the pièce de résistance was this creamy slice of sugary heaven called an “Ooey Gooey.” It was so rich and so creamy and so ... ooey gooey that I had a hard time deciphering the flavor notes as my mouth was overwhelmed with a sugar rush. I would have ordered another, but our night was young, and we didn’t want a repeat of the prior night’s food coma. Echo offered to box one up for me, but I resisted temptation. I didn’t want to end up eating it on the way to Underground 119.

We hopped across the interstate to Lemuria Books where we could shop, sit and relax all at the same time. Kitty bought a copy of “The State of Jones” (Doubleday, 2009, $27.50) and sat on the sofa in the front room for the next hour while Rachel and Andrew perused the travel section. I sat on the floor in the Mississippi section and re-read “Mississippi Fried Politics” (Red/Blue Publications, 2008, $19), which never seems to get old. With books in hand, we returned to the hotel for a soak in the pool and a nap before dinner and our night on the town. My only big gripe with the hotel occurred upon our return, when a panhandler approached my wife as soon as she got out of the car. The guy was intoxicated and a bit pushy, and I would have expected the security guard (standing right at the door of the property) to move him along without a fuss. Instead, it cost me $10 and five minutes of listening to a hard-luck story. I brought this incident to the attention of hotel management. They apologized profusely and assured me they would take steps to prevent this from happening again. It certainly wasn’t bad

enough to put a damper on the visit as a whole, but it could have been avoided. I chalk it up to the trial and tribulations of a new operation. Kitty napped while Andrew, Rachel and I trekked down to the basement for a float in the indoor pool and soak in the hot tub. There we met a young dad and his son who were in town from Memphis for the weekend. They had come down on the train and were spending the weekend hitting the museums and the zoo. They shared my appreciation for the eagerness and friendliness of the hotel staff. Still recovering from the gazillion calories I’d already ingested, we opted for lighter fare for Saturday supper. We arrived at Basil’s in Belhaven around 8 p.m. Our waitress, Echo, walked Kitty through menu items with flour to avoid, and we settled on appetizers of shrimp cocktail, crab cake and bruschetta. The shrimp were sautéed and served with comeback dressing, which technically made them something other than a cocktail, but they were delightfully seasoned and not overcooked as one so frequently finds. The star was the bruschetta. It was served in a rustic Italian style on focaccia bread with roasted tomatoes, fresh garlic and topped with a good Parmigiano-Reggiano. Salads were bright and crisp with a salty kick of feta cheese tossed in. For entrees, we ordered the redfish with crabmeat and mushrooms, seafood pasta, shrimp risotto and chicken parmesan. Kitty thoroughly enjoyed the redfish, but the remaining entrees left a little to be desired. The pasta was slightly overcooked and underseasoned. The food on top of the pasta was nice, but when I order a pasta dish, I really am rooting for the noodles to be the star instead of filler for the plate. Although we were a bit disappointed in the entrees, the desserts skyrocketed us back to the top of the world. We probably should have just had appetizers and salads, so we could have doubled up on the desserts. There was this little cupcake-sized piece of key

Window shopping for home goods at Latitudes offers home decor ideas.

Chef Derek Emerson and staff work their magic at his restaurant, Walker’s Drive-In.

Customers can expect special attention at The Rogue and Good Company.

Quiet Before the Storm

Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

Electric Avenue At Underground 119, the mood was electric. The wailing saxophone and palpable pulse intoxicated the crowd. I told co-owner Andy Wilson that I wanted some pictures of the kitchen, and he took me to the back while Kitty and Rachel put us on the waiting list for a table, and Andrew went to gather up a round of drinks. The one thing I love about 119 is that the kitchen stays open all night. If you want sautéed shrimp at midnight ... done! In the kitchen, the activity was about as vibrant as the dance floor. The chefs danced around each other in the galley space, prepping, cooking and creating some tempting small plates. Despite the fact that I was still full from breakfast, lunch and dinner, I couldn’t resist nibbling on a couple of the orange garlic shrimp. I met Andrew at the bar to retrieve my usual summer cocktail of rum and club soda with three wedges of lime. The bar was full, but not as crowded as it had been when Andy first opened the place. I asked him about the crowd and he explained that when he first opened and had no cover charge, the place would fill up quickly and become so crowded that it was difficult for the patrons to get service and almost impossible for the servers to navigate through the crowds to the tables; 119 was full, but the experience was

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Sometimes you need a southern breakfast. You need Primos. not what he wanted for his customers. By adding a $10 cover charge, the crowd thinned out just enough to make the scene more comfortable and the operation run more smoothly. So he’s actually more profitable with the smaller crowd. After hanging out at the bar for 10 minutes, we were seated at one of the tall tables in front of the band. Soon our table of four swelled to seven as three friends joined us. At closing time, we saluted our great weekend with a glass of bubbly and headed back to the hotel for much-needed slumber. Since we were on the top floor of the hotel section, the maids came knocking early—8:30 a.m., to be exact. (I guess that’s what you get when you’re too tipsy to remember to hang out the “Do Not Disturb” sign.) I grunted, and we were left undisturbed for a few more hours of rest. I don’t know what kind of mattresses they have in that hotel, but I will find out, and they will be my next bedding purchase. We took our time getting ready and packing and made a reservation at BRAVO! for brunch (really a late lunch) at 1 p.m. With a good night’s rest behind us, we psyched ourselves up for the last stop on our gastronomical culinary tour. To set the right tone, we ordered four different champagne-based cocktails: a Bellini, a Kir Royale, a champagne cocktail and a Lord Byron. All of them were spot-on. From the brunch menu, we decided to try our hand at ordering individually instead of the makeshift buffets we had put together in the middle of the tables at all the other meals. The server brought the special salad of fried crawfish tails and artichoke hearts, the grillades and grits, crab omelette with a ribeye on the side and salmon benedict to our table. This salmon benedict was an impressive interpretation on the classic egg and Hollandaise dish. It consisted of slightly poached salmon over green pea pancakes with a poached egg and a caper Hollandaise sauce. We all tried to stick to eating off our own plates, but just couldn’t resist 58

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the temptation of the roving fork, so out came the small plates, and we all oohed and ahhed over each other’s gastronomic choices. For dessert, we mixed in some special cocktails with our assortment of sweets. Kitty opted for the French 76, a mixture of vodka, champagne and grenadine. Feeling a bit nostalgic, I chose the dessert drink that my parents used to make at home: the Brandy Alexander. To go with our after-brunch drinks, we selected the flourless chocolate torte, the lemon sorbet and the crème brûlèe. Kitty was pleased that she didn’t have to miss out on any of the desserts this time, and we (for once) sat in silence as we devoured every morsel and drank every drop.

Walking out to the car, we lamented the end of our grand tour and talked of the gyms and fruit salads that awaited us in the coming week. Andrew said he was excited about the prospect of moving to the city but was wary about the weight he might gain if he kept even close to this dining pace. Kitty and I returned home and unpacked. The house began to fill with kids as they trickled in from their own weekend adventures, and we agreed: Jackson is a great place to visit, even if you live here. ¢ Editor’s note: The venues Tom visited were not informed in advance that he was on assignment for BOOM Jackson.

2010 Best of Jackson Food Winners

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om Ramsey didn’t go everywhere. He couldn’t. It was only one weekend, but he’s making his rounds. Until then,

here’s a reminder of the places Jacksonians voted No. 1 in all things edible in the Jackson Free Press 2010 Best of Jackson contest.

Best Restaurant/Best Place to Impress a Date: Walker’s Drive-In, 3016 N. State St., 601.982.2633; Best New Restaurant: The Auditorium, 622 Duling Ave., 601.982.0002; Best Brunch/Best Late Night Dining/Best Cocktails/Best Martini: Julep, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 105, 601.362.1411; Best Wine List: BRAVO!, 4500 Interstate 55 N., 601.982.8111; Best Asian: Pan Asia, 720 Harbor Pointe Crossing, Ridgeland, 601.956.2958; Best Bakery/Bread: Broad Street Baking Company, 4465 Interstate 55 N. Frontage Road, Banner Hall, Suite 101, 601.362.2900; Best Barbecue: Hickory Pit, 1491 Canton Mart Road, 601.956.7079; Best Breakfast/Best Plate Lunch: Primos Café, 2323 Lakeland Drive, 601.936.3398 and 515 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601.898.3600; Best Catfish: Cock of the Walk, 141 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland, 601.856.5500; Best Chinese: Ichiban, 349 Ridge Way, 601.919.8879; Best Doughnut: Scurlock’s Donuts & Bakery, 4157 Robinson Road, Suite D, 601.922.8618 and 125 S. Congress St., 601.326.8520; Best Greek/Mediterranean/Best Outdoor Dining: Keifer’s, 705 Poplar Blvd., 601.355.6825 and 120 N. Congress St., 601.353.4976; Best Gumbo/ Best Red Beans & Rice: Que Será Será, 2801 N. State St., 601.981.2520; Best Hangover Food: Cherokee Inn, 1410 Old Square Road, 601.362.6388; Most Innovative Menu: Mint, 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5002, 601.898.6468; Best Italian/Best Pasta: Amerigo, 6592 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601.977.0563; Best Place for Dessert/Best Place for Ice Cream/Best Kid’s Menu, Sal and Mookie’s, 565 Taylor St., 601.368.1919; Best Local Burger/Best Fries/Best Veggie Burger: Cool Al’s, 4654 McWillie Drive, 601.713.3020; Best Local Fried Chicken/Best Soul Food: Two Sisters Kitchen, 707 N. Congress St., 601.353.1180; Best Lunch Buffet: Mama Hamil’s Southern Cooking & BBQ, 480 Magnolia St., Madison, 601.856.4407; Best Meals Under $10/Best Sandwich / Best Salad: Newk’s Express Café, 4450 Interstate 55 N., 601.709.4990 and locations in Flowood, Ridgeland and Brandon; Best Mexican Best Margarita: La Cazuela Mexican Grill, 1401 E. Fortification St., 601.353.3014; Best Pizza: Pizza Shack, 1220 N. State St., 601.352.2001; Best Place for Coffee/Best Place to Hang Out with a Laptop: Cups Espresso Café, Multiple Locations, 601.835.2371, www.cupsespressocafe.com; Best Seafood: Mayflower Café, 123 W. Capitol St., 601.355.4122; Best Server: Janis Boersma, Nick’s, 3000 Old Canton Road, 601.981.8017; Best Steak: Shapley’s, 868 Centre St., Ridgeland, 601.957.3753; Best Sushi: Nagoya, 6351 Interstate 55 N., 601.977.8881; 111 Crossing Way, Suite 380, Madison, 601.856.5678; Best Take Out: O.E.C. Japanese, 201 E. Layfair Drive, Flowood, 601.932.3588; 1139 Old Fannin Road, Brandon, 601.992.2988; 655 Lake Harbor Drive, Ridgeland, 601.853.4188; 1069 Highway 51, Suite C, Madison, 601.607.5888; Best Vegetarian Options: High Noon Café, 2708 Old Canton Road, 601.366.1602; Best Wings: Buffalo Wild Wings, 808 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601.856.0789; Best Chef: Dan Blumenthal, Mangia Bene restaurants. Check out bestofjackson.com and the JFP iPhone app for more.

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t’s one thing to be young and influential, but oh to be young, influential and cool. In many ways, this year’s Young Influentials live the lives others aspire to have. They’re entrepreneurs and project managers who are changing the city’s landscape; they help people prepare for their futures; they’re plastic surgeons who restore confidence patients have lost; they clue you in to what’s going on in the capital city; and when you’re ready to let your hair down, they’ve got you covered there, too. These young people have created their own paths to follow and prove that an abundant, well-rounded life is awaiting the southern and southern-at-heart here in Jackson. The Influentials spent one windy Sunday afternoon on the King Edward roof in April getting to know one another, plotting to change their city for the better and playing dress up. Life really doesn’t get much better than that.

Photos by Jaro Vacek Styled by Natalie A. Collier

Craig Noone is wearing a 7 Diamonds black and white plaid button-down from The Rogue, $115; the jeans are his own. Profile, see p. 62.

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Nicholas Jones is wearing a Peter Carland bamboo brown blazer, Great Scott, $595; Agave Luxe melon-colored tee, Great Scott, $85; Great Scott chocolate slacks, Great Scott, $175; Martin Dingman, brown suede driving moccasins, Great Scott, $215.

Yolanda Kirkland is wearing an ABS Collection Allen Schwartz, black satin cocktail dress, Treehouse, $318; Betsey Johnson, Athena animal print pump, $150; scarf her own.

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Craig Noone, restaurateur by Valerie Wells

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raig Noone, 30, would drive by abandoned buildings in downtown Jackson when he was a teenager and daydream. This year, one of those dreams is coming true. His new restaurant, Parlor Market, will open this summer at 115 W. Capitol St. In the fall, Noone will walk to work when he moves into his new residence in the Standard Life Building. After cooking in Biloxi, Austin and New Orleans, Noone decided to open his own restaurant in Jackson. And Jackson is ready for him. “I took a chance and found an investor,” he says. He also found local farmers who will grow what he needs. It may take a few years, but the goal at Parlor Market is a menu full of local produce and meat. To introduce the idea, Parlor Market will start

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a Saturday brunch, something not offered right now in downtown. That brunch will include as much local food as possible. While in culinary school in Italy, Noone cultivated an appreciation of local food. “I fell in love with the pursuit of finding the best ingredients,” he says. He hopes local-food passion catches on in Jackson and that other eateries follow. “I want more people to take a chance. I want more restaurants. I don’t think of it as competition,” he says. Noone envisions creating a Mississippi cuisine that includes Vietnamese, Lebanese and Greek influences so prevalent across the state. While some might assume all southern cooking is deep-fried with lots of sugar, this cuisine would be lighter and fresher and all about ingredients easily found in Mississippi.

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Nicholas I. Jones, M.D., Reconstructive Fellow at University of Mississippi Medical Center by Anita Modak-Truran

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hen Nicholas Jones was a kid growing up on the west bank of New Orleans, his pediatrician told him, “You would make a fine doctor.” Those few words inspired Jones to seek a career in medicine. The 30year-old is the first in his family to go to medical school and is currently a fellow in microsurgery and reconstructive surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “He was different than the other kids,” says LaJean Parker Jones, the doctor’s mother. “Other kids would be crying and screaming, and Nicholas would be serious and well behaved. He took his studies very seriously, and he applied what he learned.” “Thanks to my pediatrician, I took summer enrichment classes at Xavier University during high school,” Jones says. After high school, Jones attended Xavier and graduated with a bachelors of science in chemistry. He then attend

ed Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. After graduating from medical school, he completed his internship and residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pa. Then, seeking to further specialize in surgery, Jones accepted a fellowship at UMMC. “In medical school, I always wanted to do something with my hands,” Jones says. One of his mentors was a breast reconstructionist, and that led to Jones’ interest in reconstructive surgery. “I like the fact that you can work on any part of the body from head to toe and you get immediate results,” he says. “I want a diverse practice,” Jones adds. He wants to treat patients after they have been diagnosed with breast cancer or have experienced traumatic injuries in lower extremities, as well as pediatric patients with congenital birth defects. And he can be a role model. “My work lets other African Americans know that they can do it,” he says. boomjackson.com


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Yolanda Kirkland, Director of Youth Services, Stewpot by Jackie Warren Tatum

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olanda Kirkland’s smile is as wide as the ocean and is certainly inviting. Thirty-eight-year-old Kirkland—“La La” to the Stewpot kids—partners with students and families in the “controlled chaos” of Stewpot’s program for middle and high school teens. “(High school) graduation is always the goal” for the kids, she says. Stewpot’s after-school program involves pick-up, tutoring, serving snacks and transportation home. It also helps instill accountability, responsibility and the desire to explore one’s gifts. Kirkland has worked at Stewpot for 13 years. She taps into the knowledge gained with her B.A. in marketing and M.A. in counseling from Jackson State University in order to empower the teens. Her compassion and sensitivity effect mutual understanding

between teens and parents, which results in more high school diplomas. Then, if college beckons, Stewpot assists with SAT and ACT prep, and serves as a liaison to assisting agencies and monetary and emotional support. Kirkland’s inclusiveness pervades the program. “Everybody is allowed to bring their gift to the table and ... share it,” she says. “(I) learn so much from students and families that, at times, I feel like the student,” Kirkland says. And her days in academia may not be over. As she works to accumulate adult counseling hours to obtain her Professional Counselor’s License, she says she also sees a doctorate in her future. As many as 200 kids attend the summer program Kirkland facilitates at Stewpot. It’s a place teens can come and “lay their head(s) to get rest,” she says.

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Katherine West, Manager, Rainbow Green Services by Jackie Warren Tatum

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atherine West, 27, is a certified “doula” (midwife). Her main job isn’t birthing babies, though. It’s birthing “green” at Luke and Charlotte Lundemo’s Rainbow Green Services in Fondren. She delivers environmentally friendly goods, services and ideas, and facilitates energy audits, organic garden consulting and permaculture landscaping. West, a 2000 Murrah High School graduate, served with AmeriCorps in Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and Louisiana before entering Beloit College in Wisconsin on scholarship. She designed her own major: “Freedom, Creativity and the Politics of Institutional Life.” While Beloit never officially approved the major, she completed the course work, anyway, as well as courses for a BA in education. Teacher certification was out,

though, she says: “The bureaucracy would frustrate me.” She learned, she says, “how poorly institutions serve humanity,” generally. After graduation, West worked on a farm in Washington state, then lived in California. Soon, feeling sorry for herself in 2009, she “rashly” vacationed in Jackson and was “hit over the head” that Jackson was where she wanted to be. West says she’s “a piece of a joint in a spider web” in Jackson, held in place by the lattice of her family and lineage and her own life’s learning and evolution. Grounded by the physical land, West weekly works the Tougaloo Community Garden, and she tends Rainbow Green’s modern indoor worm bin, handling the slippery worms like little newborns. Her latest birth: a handcrafted beehive complete with honeycombs. Bees are en route.

Katherine West is wearing an Echo geometric print swimsuit cover, Treehouse, $88.

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Kostas Matheos is wearing a Nicole Miller geometric print dress, Treehouse, $290, and L.A.M.B. Dalva neutral sandals with metal accents, Shoe Bar, $395.

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Christopher Mims is wearing Ibiza Toni tan suit, The Rogue, $395; an Altea pocket square, The Rogue, $49; and Bruer pink/red print neckwear, The Rogue, $125.

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Kostas Matheos, Clinical Director of A Bridge to Recovery by Jackie Warren Tatum

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ostas Matheos was 22 years old and six hours shy of graduating from Ole Miss when she witnessed the random, fatal shooting of her friend. The killer’s gun jammed; otherwise, Matheos would have been dead, too. “I was crazy” afterward, Matheos says now. She survived with both tradition and art therapy. Now she’s the classic wounded healer, assisting trauma victims and people with addictions. After the shooting, Matheos, 33, completed her bachelors in psychology and art, with a business minor. She volunteered and shadowed psychiatrist and art therapist Susan Anand at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Her mother told her, “You’ve just got to go somewhere,” so Matheos went to Southwestern

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Christopher Mims, Director of Communications, City of Jackson by Langston Moore

College in Santa Fe, N.M., and obtained her master’s in art therapy. She fell in love with the area and stayed seven years. But she wanted to be near her family. She’d grown up working in her father’s business, Bill’s Greek Tavern, in Jackson. That’s where she first began learning about people. So she left her outpatient treatment programs in Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces and came home. Here she co-founded A Bridge to Recovery, which conducted its first group session in January 2007. Matheos collects BeBe Wolfe ceramic birds, moving them around frequently to enjoy different views of them. She loves her dog, Zoe, who she says, without batting an eye, is one-half Greek and one-half redneck. Zoe means “life” in Greek.

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hristopher Mims walks, talks, eats and sleeps positive Jackson. It’s in his blood. Mims, 35, a Greenwood, Miss., native, has lived in Jackson since 1993. “I came to Jackson to attend Millsaps College, and I loved Jackson so much I had to stay,” Mims says about his adopted home. In his second stint on Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.’s staff as communications director, Mims spends his professional time as a spokesman for the city. His passion for the city doesn’t end with his business day or work with Mayor Johnson, though. His involvement on boards and as a member of such organizations as Jackson 2000, Friends of the Jackson Zoo and Keep Jackson Beautiful has given him a voice to help move Jackson in the right direction.

“As the capital city, everyone should feel like they need to invest in Jackson. From people who live five miles out all the way to DeSoto County, they should want to see Jackson succeed,” he says. Between his stints with the Johnson administration, Mims held the position of director of marketing and public relations for the Jackson Zoo for four years. In this position, Mims’ work helped get the zoo named “Travel Attraction of the Year” in 2007 by two tourism organizations. In five years, Mims believes Jackson is poised to be “a larger attraction for tourists with such a thriving downtown.” “There is a new attitude about Jackson and its young professionals, and I am going to do my part by staying involved in the community in however many roles I can,” Mims proclaims. 65


Sujan Ghimire is wearing a Southern Tide ocean-colored polo, Great Scott, $69.50, and Ralph Lauren khaki shorts, Great Scott, $175.

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Sujan Ghimire, Co-owner, Salsa Mississippi by Langston Moore

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ne might wonder how a salsa dance instructor would be considered a Young Influential. But a short conversation with Sujan Ghimire, 28, co-owner of Salsa Mississippi, explains it. Ghimire, a native of Nepal, is as caring and compassionate about Jackson and her citizens as any native Jacksonian. “I feel very honored and happy to be considered a Young Influential,” he says, his Nepalese accent comingling with a hint of southern twang. Ghimire has positively influenced the closing of gaps in Jackson’s rapidly growing, multicultural citizenship through salsa dancing. “Salsa is a great exercise and brings different cultures together. From Russian, Indian and Mexican, when they walk through our doors, they have salsa in common, and they just begin dancing 66

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with each other,” he says. This is just the reaction Ghimire hoped for and the reason he and his wife, Sarah, opened Salsa Mississippi in Fondren. Salsa Mississippi is a thriving business with about 70 dancers on a Saturday, but Tuesdays he “salsas” over to the Mississippi School for the Blind and Deaf to teach dancing to about 20 students. “It began as an idea to give kids the opportunity to learn. However, what I have seen it grow into is an opportunity for these kids to feel equal. For the normal adult, learning salsa is a challenge. These kids are taking the challenge head on,” Ghimire says enthusiastically. “I hope I can do this forever. I love these kids.” Sujan Ghimire is young and influential, and our community, children and multi-cultural citizenship are a better people because of him.

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Julie Skipper, ESQ. , Development and Communications Director, Community Foundation of Greater Jackson by Anita Modak-Truran

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am a born-again Mississippian,” 31-year old Julie Skipper declares with a touch of sassy defiance. Originally from Meridian, Skipper wanted nothing more than to leave Mississippi after graduating from Millsaps College with her degree in art history. Smart and articulate, Skipper pursued a law degree at Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville. She returned to Jackson and practiced law at Wells, Marble & Hurst PLLC and then at McGlinchy Stafford PLLC. “Since I tried to leave, I thought I was brought back here for a reason. I saw what was going on, and it was about the time that Fondren was really happening. I thought, ‘I’m supposed to be a part of this,’” Skipper says. In October 2008, Skipper quit practicing law, and focused on what she wanted in her career. Through her growing network of friends, she quickly found the perfect position. She

became the director of development and communications for the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson in November 2008. “I like to be able to see a larger vision but also be able to take the concrete steps to make that vision happen,” Skipper says. “Our leadership at the foundation recognizes that it’s important to start bringing in the future leaders of the community and this organization. ... It’s about collaboration and working toward the same goal, together, because that makes us all stronger.” Skipper is active on the Young Professionals Alliance board, the Downtown Jackson Partners advisory council and Leadership Jackson Alumni Association board, among other efforts. She finds her work and community involvement satisfying. “I’m lucky to be here, and I feel strongly about giving back and making Jackson what I know it can be,” Skipper says. boomjackson.com


Shawna Davie is wearing a Tulle Los Angeles navy blue print dress, Wilai, $58.

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Shawna Davie, Drop Out Prevention (DOP) Coordinator for United Way by Jackie Warren Tatum

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hen Shawna Davie voiced her opinion in high school about discrimination, she unintentionally christened herself an activist. In 1997, she was bused from St. Louis, Mo.—where she was reared—to the county school, Kirkwood High, on a dirty, torn-up bus. The intra-county sports bus was “drastically different” from those other students rode. The “bus driver was not mean or adversarial. ... It was not necessarily anyone’s fault, but (the students who were bused in to add diversity to the school) had been overlooked.” Davie’s speaking up led to a school newspaper story; the school changed the bus contract. Davie graduated from Jackson State University and went to work as a lobbyist for the ACLU. Now with the United Way, the 26year-old Davie connects service providers, activists, advocates and

organizers to increase the Jackson Public Schools graduation rate, which the Department of Education indicates is 69.7 percent. National research reveals that 90 percent of dropouts are not reading at grade level by third or fourth grade. Drop Out Prevention provides wrap-around support for the families in the “feeder patterns” at Lanier, Wingfield and Provine high schools; workshops; and rewards. It seeks students’ opinions as to why their peers drop out of school. As for missing St. Louis, Davie says the yeast rolls at Collins Dream Kitchen are just like Aunt Lou’s back in Missouri, so she feels right at home.

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Julie Skipper is wearing a Poleci navy blazer with purple piping, $330; Poleci navy shorts with pleats, $220; Geren Ford purple silk blouse, $185, Blithe & Vine; Jeffrey Campbell Ice Sheepskin sandal, $135. Read her profile on page 66.

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Nicole McNamee is wearing a J. Kincaid dolmanbottomed paisley print dress, Treehouse, $128. Yolanda Kirkland is wearing a Covet African-inspired maxi dress, Wilai, $132; see her profile on p. 62.

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hen Nicole McNamee, 37, became staff director of the Young Professionals Alliance two years ago, she kicked things up. The group, under the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership umbrella, started out as a social network for young professionals. At the time, Jackson had no other group like it. McNamee soon helped move it beyond the social aspect.

Nicole McNamee, Director of YP Alliance/Executive, Greater Jackson Alliance by Valerie Wells at Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership “We added a little more meat to help develop careers,” she says. Besides having luncheon speakers, the alliance has committees to take actions to help Jackson attract young professionals and creatives. For example, the Grow and Improve Climate committee is pushing for bike trails in Jackson. Connecting young professionals to the community is also one way to retain talent. McNamee says

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this is one of the YP Alliance’s current objectives. “We are an active bunch. ... We want to be involved, but we want things geared to our demographic,” McNamee says. An example of the group’s community involvement: About 600 people attended the Downtown at Dusk gathering they sponsored April 1. “Those kind of events create community. A lot of young profession-

als are married and thinking about family. They want family-friendly events in parks and walkable events,” McNamee says. McNamee lives in Belhaven and likes “seeing people jog in my neighborhood and not being afraid.” The YP Alliance spreads this attitude. “The sky’s the limit right now. If you dream of being an artist or an entrepreneur, the sky is the limit. Develop what you have,” she says. 69


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Adam C. Carson, Executive Project Manager, Enterprise Corporation of the Delta and Hope Community Credit Union by Langston Moore

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dam Carson, 28, is always looking to get involved—to “find out what is going on in the community and offer my services. I jump in head first to get things moving,” he says. By day, Carson, a Flowood resident, is executive project manager at the Enterprise Corporation of the Delta and Hope Community Credit Union. By night, he’s pursuing a master’s degree in urban and regional planning with a focus in community development and housing at Jackson State University. The urban-planning studies are preparing him to make great contributions to the city. And if that wasn’t enough, Carson is also currently a member of the West Jackson Leadership Academy—a group of Young Influentials in their own right, who are focusing on bringing together groups and organizations to improve life and business throughout west Jackson. “There are many nonprofits that have been focusing on West Jackson’s economic needs for 40 or more years. They all have their own vision. We are looking to support community and economic development in west Jackson that would revitalize it to areas like Fondren or Belhaven,” Carson explains about the academy’s mission. Carson’s vision is that as economic needs are met in west Jackson, the area will be a vanguard for other cities in the state and nation. He expects to see Jackson “move up the ladder as a progressive, forward-thinking city that will attract more people to the city. It’s a diamond in the rough,” he says.¢ 70

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Adam Carson is wearing an Ibiza Bossa navy sport coat, $395, Hiltl Canton Columbus taupe pant, $175, Robert Talbott lavender sport shirt, $175, lavender pocket square, $25, all from the Rogue; Martin Dingman black croc driving moccasins with silver accent, Great Scott, $235.

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Blithe and Vine, Fondren Corner 2906 N. State St., 601.427.3322, blitheandvine.com; Great Scott, 4400 Old Canton Rd., 601.984.3500, greatscott.net; The Rogue, 4450 I-55 N A, 601.362.6383, therogue. com; Shoe Bar at Pieces, 425 Mitchell Ave., 601.939.4260; Treehouse, 3008 N. State St., 601.982.3433; Wilai, 2763 Old Canton Rd., 601.366.9955. From the cover: (on Sujan) Robert Talbot Carmel blue paisley print shirt, $175 and Agave Copper, Waterman denim, $215, Great Scott. (on Kostas) Jack BB Dakota orange spaghetti-strapped dress, Repeat Street, $45.

From page 5: (on Shawna) Judith March turquoise empire-waist dress with flower accent, Treehouse, $88. (on Nicholas) Berle green linen shorts, $85 and True Grit Dry Goods U-neck T-shirt, $49, The Rogue. (on Adam) Touch the Collection black/white paisley print shirt, $125 and Agave Copper Waterman denim, $215, Great Scott. (on Katherine) Young, Fabulous & Broke silk black jumpsuit, $275 and Pelle Moda gray snakeskin sandals, $155, Shoe Bar at Pieces; accessories, model’s own. Bike courtesy King Edward resident Brooke Wyatt.

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BOOM would have “busted” without the extra effort from the following individuals: Sarah Bush, Mary Ellen Dillard, Bria Griffith, Pertrina Judon, the King Edward rooftop sunbathers (you know who you are), Beth Poff and the Jackson Zoo family, readers who nominated the Young Influentials, Wrijoya Roy, the S’Moak Salon family, David Watkins, the West Jackson Leadership Academy, Brooke Wyatt and the Young Professionals Alliance. The BOOM staff would also like to thank the JFP staff. Seriously, you people rock. Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

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Jackson’s Juke Joint BRyANT HAWkINs

by Lance Lomax

Daniel Dillon’s and Adam Hayes’ combined business savvy and vision are helping revitalize Jackson one blues song at a time.

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ohnny Owens’ saxophone screams into the air as crowds wedge through the door of F. Jones Corner. Neal “Tick-Tock” Anderson keeps the time on drums, and Sherman Lee Dillon’s blues guitar moans past the draping red stage curtains. Large letters on the wall spelling out “No Black, No White, Just the Blues” best describe the scene within. Outside, smoke billows from the grill beneath tents lining the sidewalk. The smell of burgers and “blues dogs” mix together like the crowds they greet. Patrons rest in fold-out chairs and enjoy food fellowship like a group outside a Sunday gospel session. I’m reminded of a similar time not so long ago, beneath the sagging ceilings of the Subway Lounge. Patrice Moncell and the House Rockers threw their hearts into the crowd as we grabbed our beer from rusty buckets. In an area best known for crime and poverty, everyone was safe inside; the venue transcended violence and racism. On West Pearl Street, the Subway Lounge occupied a basement room in the old Summers Hotel—the first African American-owned Jackson hotel. For decades, the building served as a popular late-night home for the blues and home to the “Subway Blues Dog,” which could be purchased outside all night. As the old hotel crumbled above the lounge, the venue was forced to close 74

its doors forever. A single plaque displaying the Lounge’s eulogy now marks its spot on the Mississippi Blues Trail. The Jackson “juke joint” may have died in 2004 with the Subway Lounge, but today it is alive within the blue building at the corner of Farish and Griffin streets—F. Jones Corner is Jackson’s juke joint. Owners Adam “Big Nub” Hayes and Daniel Dillon had a vision when they embraced the idea of opening a bar on Farish Street. When asked about the area’s development campaign, Hayes said he and Dillon saw articles dating back to the early ’80s about revitalizing the area, but economic development has moved at a snail’s pace over the last two decades. “We were actually going to do it,” Hayes says. “We were tired of waiting.” Hayes returned from an eight-year residency in Germany to pursue this vision. Together, he and Dillon devised a plan to do their part in developing the community by opening a place where everyone was welcome, where bar fights didn’t exist. They wanted to “inspire people and create change,” Hayes says. The vintage building dates back to the 1920s, when Frank Jones opened a filling station on a then-thriving street, robust with business. Cars and crowds passed in confidence. On the horizon, the King Edward boasted 12 stories of elegance. The area was the political and cultural center of downtown Jackson.

As the 1960s came, bringing the gradual end to Jim Crow segregation, the Farish Street area went downhill as patrons could increasingly do business in more of the city. Crowds no longer wandered the streets in confidence. The King Edward’s elegance slowly blended into the camouflage of surrounding decline. Flourishing businesses turned into shattered skeletons, as the area found itself in the grip of poverty and crime. Hayes and Dillon had plenty of work ahead of them. Fueled with little cash and big dreams, the two stripped the inside of the building and went to work. They laid the paint on thick as a bright red room and a dark blue lounge emerged. On July 11, 2009, Hayes and Dillon proudly hosted F. Jones Corner’s grand opening event, which was also a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club. In the red room, the bar is lined with clippings of famous musicians, and the concrete floor supports those who dance on it. In the blue room, guitars hang above the padded bench seats where people rest their legs and enjoy their beverages. This night, Hayes greets patrons at the door, as he puts the last of the chairs out front and raises the tents. Inside, “Tick-Tock” bums a smoke and sets up his drums. Clippings of blues legends like Robert Johnson show their faces from beneath the transparent bar top. The beer buckets aren’t rusty like the ones at Subway Lounge, but “we’re working on it,” Hayes says about the gleaming ones. Ray Charles creeps from the speakers, but Georgia isn’t on the crowd’s minds. They are thinking of the blues, of a sound and culture born from the pain of some in Mississippi but claimed by many. Throughout the night, Mississippi Sound gives them just that. As the crowd thins and the grill smoke dissipates, taxis line the street and the band grows quiet. Tabs close, and people leave. With smiles still carved on their faces and tunes bouncing through their heads, life’s concerns have fallen to the wayside. The burn of daylight hides somewhere just around the next corner, as customers escape into what most consider morning. A deep breath and a “good night” may have ended the evening, but the blues will be back to F. Jones Corner. ¢ boomjackson.com


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NIGHT CRAWL // music Q&A

Band of Brothers by Lacey McLaughlin

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uring a recent impromptu jam session on the roof of the Fondren Corner building, Jamie Weems and Taylor Hildebrand of Horse Trailer look more like brothers than bandmates. The duo, clad in flannel shirts and sporting full auburn beards, finds a groove as they strum their guitars. Weems, 32, and Hildebrand, 29, are both staples in the evolving Jackson music scene and have their hands in several aspects of it. Weems, who has lived in Jackson for more than a decade, is a songwriter known for playing his mandolin in several bands including Johnny Bertram and the Golden Bicycles, Wooden Finger, Strange Pilgrims and The Scramblers. Hildebrand, a former schoolteacher and Jackson native, is a guitarist and songwriter for Passenger Jones and is releasing a solo EP, “Nina,” this month. Last fall Weems and Hildebrand, Valley Gordon, Bryan Ledford, Johnny Bertram and Dave Hutchinson formed Horse Trailer.

Why Horse Trailer? Hildebrand: Jamie, Bryan, Johnny and I are the chief songwriters in the band. I was working on a solo record. … I was getting all those guys to play on the record, and that’s how it started. Out of all the bands I’ve played in, it’s been the most fun group of people I’ve ever played with. A lot of times with bands you have ego problems, or people aren’t on the same page, but we were automatically a unit.

Where do you find inspiration? Hildebrand: As a songwriter, it’s really easy to get stagnant. The two ways I have found inspiration are: one, being around people and learning from people; and two, playing with different folks. All the guys in Horse Trailer have different backgrounds.

How has the Jackson music scene evolved since you started playing? Hildebrand: When I was growing up, I didn’t feel like there was a real sense of a music community. Over the past two years, since Fondren has been booming, it has become an epicenter for people to meet. Weems: I think One to One Studios (now North Midtown Arts Center) has had a huge impact. The summer of 2008 was the first time I played at One to One with Johnny. It was like 100 degrees—there was no AC. It was July on a Monday night, and the place was packed. I had no idea where all the people came from.

What needs to change in the scene? Weems: We still have work to do in terms of venues. There are a lot of venues I really love because I’ve been playing there forever, but I can’t think of a

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kami Graham, 29, has a soprano voice that fills a room. Her fans have dubbed her the “High Note Queen.” Graham was introduced to music early when she began playing the piano at 5 years old. However, it wasn’t until junior high school, when her music teacher selected her to do a solo, that she began showcasing Summer 2010

Bandmates and musical pioneers Jamie Weems (left) and Taylor Hildebrand single room in town that has the right combination of vibe, sound production and service. … To an extent, in Jackson, music is kind of an afterthought. I think that’s why house shows and do-it-yourself venues have been successful. At a lot of the bars, people go to hang out and drink alcohol, and the music is just (there).

Could Jackson be the next Austin? Weems: I think Jackson is the next Jackson. Hildebrand: We are a special place, obviously overlooked, because we are in the South and in Mississippi. There have been some great bands that have come from here that have gone on to do good things. … But Jackson isn’t (over)saturated with music. It’s a good place for people to notice what you are doing. If you go to Austin or L.A., it’s a lot harder to get noticed and get support. Read more in the JFP music issue in June.

Akami Graham is the featured artist at Centric Thursdays the first Thursday of each month at Dreamz Jxn, 426 W. Capitol St., 601.979.3994.

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Akami Graham, musical diva

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Weems: Everyone is pursuing something of their own outside Horse Trailer, so I feel like when we get together, we are more excited about playing someone else’s songs because we are tired of ours.

her singing ability. At Jim Hill High School, she sang first soprano with the Jim Hill Singers. Jacksonians voted Graham the Best R&B Artist for the Jackson Free Press Best of Jackson awards from 2007 to 2010, with her neo-soul vibe and classic R&B sound. She has also earned nominations for Best Female Vocalist at the Jackson Music Awards and was an American Idol Semi-Finalist in 2005.

Describe your sound. Sultry and vibrant. I think I bring a lot of energy to whatever song I’m singing.

Where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs? I

What’s your favorite stage outfit? A maxi dress makes me feel

think about conversations and experiences I’ve had with people. And I think about what I’d want to hear.

comfortable and “diva-esque.”

What makes a good crowd? People who are responsive. Even if they’re not clapping, I can just see it in their eyes … that they are enjoying what I’m giving them.

Usher, Sade, Jill Scott, Lisa McClendon and Mary J. Blige.

Tell me about your most embarrassing moment on stage. I tripped and fell but kept singing on the floor!

If you put your iPod on shuffle, what songs would come up?

If you could open up for any artist on tour right now, who would it be? Jill Scott. I love her. In 10 years … I want to be successful, performing and making music. And I want to have a family. boomjackson.com


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COMMUNITY Statewide Nonprofit Management Conference June 10-11, at Eagle Ridge Conference Center (1500 Raymond Lake Road, Raymond). Conference hours are 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 10 and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 11. $139, $179 by May 21; $199, $249 thereafter; visit reinventingms.org. 47th Annual Medgar Evers/B.B. King Homecoming June 10-12. On June 10, the free gospel memorial concert at Alpha and Omega Non-Denominational Church (1865 W. Capitol St.) begins at 7 p.m. On June 12, the parade at Freedom Corner (Medgar Evers Blvd. and Martin Luther King Drive) is at 10 a.m., the blues concert at the Central City Complex (609 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.) at 4 p.m., and the banquet at the Masonic Temple (1072 John R. Lynch St.) at 7 p.m. $25 banquet, $40 blues concert; call 601.948.5835. Olde Towne Market June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, Aug. 7, Aug. 21 and Sept. 4, 9 a.m., in downtown Clinton. Free admission; e-mail mainstreetclinton@ clintonms.org. International Cultural Awareness Program June 1424, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). The 10-day program for rising high school seniors $4,000 scholarships are guaranteed to participants who subsequently enroll at Millsaps. $2,600; call 601.974.1056. Housing Fair June 16, 10 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the common area. Get information about foreclosure prevention, firsttime buyer programs and financial management. Call 601.982.8467. Trees Enhance Small Communities Even More: a Rural Community Green Workshop June 17, 9 a.m., at Terry City Hall (315 W. Cunningham Ave., Terry). Topics include tree maintenance, planting and pruning demonstrations. Lunch is included. Registration is required. Free; call 601.672.0755. Downtown at Dusk June 17, July 19 and Aug. 19, 5 p.m., at Farish Street Park (Farish St.). Event sponsors include Entergy, Downtown Jackson Partners, Underground 119, the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Downtown Neighborhood Association and the Young Professionals of Greater Jackson. Free admission; call 601.974.6044, ext. 221. SolarDay 2010 June 19. The day includes useful information for consumers to go on an “energy diet,” including an energy audit they can easily do for their home or business, information about solar rebates, information about the PACE program, suggested SolarDay community events for U.S. cities and organizations, contacts for website visitors to U.S. government and state Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

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government websites related to energy conservation. Visit solarday.com. “The Market at Fondren” (flea, craft and garden market) June 19, 8 a.m., across North State from Mimi’s Family & Friends (3139 N. State St.). Local artists and food producers will be selling their goods. Entertainment will be provided. Call 520.205.0288. Juneteenth 2010 June 19, 11 a.m., at Deer Park (Dalton St.). This family-friendly event will feature local performers, visual artists and poets. Please contact the event organizer if you wish to participate as a vendor, artist or performer. Free; call 601.454.5777. “Shaping Public Policy Toward Green and Trees” Seminar June 23-24, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Topics include tree ordinances, landscape codes and tree inventories. Buck Abbey and Steve Shultz are the presenters. $45, free for elected officials and city/county employees; call 601.672.0755. i.Tree Inventory Field Training June 25, 9 a.m., at Freedom Ridge Park (304 Highway 51, Ridgeland). i.Tree is a free program designed to assist communities in managing and establishing real values on community trees. Free; call 601.672.0755. Cross Pollinate, Vol. 2 June 25, 5:30 p.m., at Jackson Community Design Center (509 E. Capitol St.). Deejay/journalist/scholar Larisa Mann will discuss her research on the interplay between copyright law and creativity in a lecture featuring multimedia and drawing on her fieldwork in Jamaica. Free; call 415.425.9291. Watermelon Classic July 3, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (1152 Lakeland Drive). Pre-registration by 5 p.m. July 2 is required for immediate families (up to five people) and corporate teams (three to five people with same company). Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. $13-$25 individuals, $55 families, $70 teams; call 601.982.8264. Canton Gospel Fest Homecoming July 4, 10 a.m., at Historic Canton Square, Canton. The concert is a celebration of the diversity and rich cultural heritage of Canton and the beauty of gospel music. The alcoholfree event offers food and fun for young and old. Free; call 601.859.1307. Fabfollyfolooza July 17, 10 a.m., in Fondren. The midsummer day of fun for the whole family includes music, food, art and activities for children. The Fondren Association of Businesses sponsors the event. Call 601.981.1658, ext. 20. The Premier Bridal Show Girls Night Out July 22, 5 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). Brides can shop for their wedding with the help of the state’s top wedding professionals. No strollers allowed. $8 in advance, $10 at the door; visit thepremierbridalshow.com. Farmers Market ongoing, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road). Market hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday and Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Free admission; call 601.951.9273. WORK PLAY ongoing, at Last Call (3716 Interstate 55 N.). The networking event is held every Monday from 6-10 p.m. and includes cocktails, music, board games and video games. Business casual attire is preferred. Free admission; call 601.421.7516 or 601.713.2700.

Greater Jackson Business After Hours ongoing, at The Auditorium Restaurant (622 Duling Ave.). On the 4th Monday of every month until 7 p.m., business people from all over the metro area are invited to mingle and network. Free admission; call 601.982.0002. Networking in the Neighborhood Free admission; call 601.624.7738 or 601.718.4056. • June 17, 5 p.m., Tico’s Steakhouse (1536 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland); July 15, 5 p.m., Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Suite I); Aug. 19, 5 p.m., Two Rivers Restaurant (1537 W. Peace St., Canton). Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). • Civil Rights Movement Workshop June 7-12, in the Student Center Ballroom. The theme is “The Southern Civil Rights Movement: The Pivotal Role of Young People.” The workshop will include classroom discussions, oral history panels, projects and visits to several landmarks of the Civil Rights Movement. Applications must be received by May 28. Free; call 601.979.1562. • Women’s Fund Forum Aug. 11, 11:45 a.m., The theme is “Let’s Talk about Economic Self Sufficiency in Mississippi.” Bring your own lunch or order a lunch by Monday, August 9. Free admission, $10 lunch; call 601.326.0700 or 601.326.0701. Events at Mississippi e.Center (1230 Raymond Road). • Marketing Strategies for Small Business June 15, 6 p.m. Learn from the Small Business Administration how to effectively promote your business. Seating limited. Register at mssbdc.org. Free; call 800.725.7232. • SBA Loan Conference June 22, 5 p.m. Entrepreneurs will learn how to apply for the Small Business Administration’s Community Express program, get information about the Patriot Express Register by June 21. Free; call 601.965.4378, ext. 11. Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • MINCAP Business Seminar June 8, July 13 and Aug. 10, 8 a.m. The Minority Capital Fund of Mississippi’s two-hour sessions will be in the Community Meeting Room. Call 601.713.3322. • Habitat Metro Jackson Homeowner Application Meeting June 10 and Aug. 28, 5 p.m., in the Community Meeting Room. The three-hour meetings will give potential homeowners with low incomes an opportunity to learn more about the Habitat for Humanity program. Free; call 601.353.6060. • Top Flight Financial Seminar June 12, 10 a.m. The five.hour session will be in the Community Meeting Room. Call 601.957.5602. • Prayer Breakfast June 24, 7 a.m., in the Community Meeting Room. The event is sponsored by the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation and Mission Mississippi. Call 601.982.8467. • Credit Training June 24, July 22 and Aug. 26, 6 p.m, in the Community Meeting Room. A BankPlus representative will give tips on improving your credit. Call 601.982.8467. • Census Awareness Forum June 30, 10 a.m., sponsored by the U.S. Census Bureau. Call 601.874.2071. • NACA Homeownership Seminar July 10, July 24 and Aug. 7, 9 a.m. The class will be held in the Community Meeting Room. Free; call 601.922.4008. 77


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Creative Classes USA International Ballet Competition Photography Workshop June 18, 10 a.m., at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). Registration includes lunch, instruction and use of the studio, equipment and models. Participants may also use their own professional-grade digital camera equipment, provided they bring their own laptops. $325; call 601.973.9247. Tougaloo Art Colony July 11.16, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). Continuing education credits are available. $25 registration, $350 tuition; call 601.977.7839 or 601.977.7743. Jewelry Making Class ongoing at Dream Beads (605 Duling Ave.). This class is offered every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Free; call 601.664.0411. Belly Dance Class ongoing at Lumpkin’s Restaurant (182 Raymond Road). The class is held every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Monique Davis is the instructor. $5; call 601.373.7707. All Writers Workshop ongoing, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). The workshop is held every second and fourth Tuesday each month from 6-7:30 p.m. Author and humorist Margie Culbertson is the instructor. Free; call 601.932.2562. Beading Class ongoing, at Art and Soul of the South (1312 Washington St., Vicksburg). Learn about making bracelets and crimping on first Saturdays of the month, and get lessons on making earrings and wirework on second Saturdays. Space is limited; a reservation is required. $15 per session; call 601.629.6201.

Exhibits and Openings Jackson Reclaimed Art Show June 10, 5 p.m., at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). The show will benefit the John M. Perkins Foundation. $20; e-mail jacksonreclaimed@gmail.com. Mustard Seed Exhibit through June 24, at Mississippi Arts Commission (Woolfolk Building, 501 N. West St., Suite 1101A). An invitation-only closing reception will be held on June 24,2-4 p.m. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free; call 601.359.6030. Southern Fried Comic-Con June 26-27, at Cabot Lodge Millsaps (2375 N. State St.). Advance tickets go on sale May 1 at Heroes and Dreams in Flowood and 3 Alarm Comics in Biloxi. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 26 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 27. Children under 5 get in free with an adult ticket purchase. $12, $15 weekend pass; $9, $10 daily pass; $6-$10 children 5-12; visit southernfriedcomiccon.com. Artist and Three-Dimensional Artisans Exhibit through June 30, at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). Exhibit hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. An artists’ reception will be June 3 from 4-6 p.m. Free; call 601.432.4056. “A Portrait of Jackson Women: Photography by Karla Pound & Leah Overstreet” through June 30, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). 78

Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free; call 601.960.1557. Children’s Art Exhibit through June 30, at B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center (400 Second St., Indianola). Museum hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $10, $5 seniors and students, free for children under 5; call 662.887.9539. Unburied Treasures June 15, 5:30 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available at 5:30 p.m., and the program begins at 6 p.m. Free admission. Pieces and Strings: Mississippi Cultural Crossroads 20th Annual Quilt Contest and Exhibition through Aug. 1, in the public corridor. This annual presentation of award-winning quilts is on loan from Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, sponsors of Crossroads Quilters, a group in Port Gibson. Free. The Luxury of Exercise: Drawings and Small Sculpture by Claudia DeMonte through Sept. 12. This exhibition features over 50 works by artist Claudia DeMonte from her recent series on exercise. $3.$5, children under 5 and museum members free. COurtESy GilbErt fOrd

• Legal Clinic July 15, 9 a.m. The Mississippi Center for Justice will offer free advice regarding foreclosure prevention, alternatives to payday lending, access to health care, school discipline hearing rights and more. Free; call 601.352.2269. • SweetHEART Dance Aug. 21, 10 a.m. The Jackson Heart Study sponsors the event at center stage. Call 601.979.8708. • Economic Smart Fair and Forum Aug. 24, 4 p.m., in the Community Meeting Room. The Beta Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. sponsors the event. Call 601.953.3093.

Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free; call 601.960.1557. • “Celestial Bodies/Infernal Souls: Photography by Lois Greenfield” June 10-27. See Greenfield’s newest collection of 54 dance-themed photographs. • “Just Dance” Juried Invitational June 10.July 5. T An opening reception June 10 will begin at 6 p.m. • Lois Greenfield Gallery Talk June 19, 2 p.m. Refreshments are included. • Fifth Annual Storytellers Ball Juried Invitational Aug. 5-22. The art exhibition is based on the theme “Life Is a Cabaret: Broadway Magic.”

Galleries Art Reception June 10, 5-8 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St.). See artwork by Ellen Rodgers and Jason Horton. Free; call 601.291.9115. “Illumina” Exhibit June 10-16, at Bryant Galleries (3010 Lakeland Cove). The opening reception on June 10 is at 5:30 p.m. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Free admission; call 601.932.5099. Illumination Show June 17-30, at Josh Hailey Studio and Gallery (2906 N. State St.). Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Free; call 601.214.2068. “Houses of Light and Shadow” through June 12, at Gallery Point Leflore (214 Howard St., Greenwood). Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. Free, artwork for sale; call 662.455.0040. Mississippi Watercolor Society Exhibit through June 30, at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Gallery hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The show is part of The Four Seasons of the Cedars performing and visual arts series.

Free admission; call 601.981.9606. Outdoor Days at the Center July 4, 9 a.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Free admission; call 601.856.7546. Art at the Auditorium ongoing, at The Auditorium Restaurant (622 Duling Ave.). On the first Tuesday of each month, a variety of artwork by local Jackson visual artists are showcased until 7:30 p.m. Free admission; call 601.982.0002. Jason “Twiggy” Lott Exhibit ongoing, at Nunnery’s Gallery (426 Meadowbrook Road). Visit jasontwiggylott.com for more info.

Music Highland Village Concert Series June 10, 6:30 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 I-55 N.). A cash bar will be available. Spectators may bring blankets or lawn chairs. Free; call 601.982.5861. North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic June 2526, at Kenny Brown’s Farm (Highway 349, Potts Camp). Hours are 3 p.m.-midnight June 25 and 10:30 a.m.-midnight June 26. No glass containers are allowed. Food and ice vendors will be on site. $25 one day, $65 weekend pass, $10 cooler fee; visit nmshillcountrypicnic.com. Cross Pollinate Party June 26-27. The venue will be announced soon. $5; call 415.425.9291. Zoo Blues July 3, 3 p.m., at Jackson Zoological Park (2918 W. Capitol St.). $22 in advance, $35 day of show; call 601.352.2580. Music in the City June 8, July 13 and Aug. 10, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5:15 p.m. The music performance begins at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601.354.1533. • June 8, Sibyl Child, Deborah Feldman and John Paul of the Mississippi Opera • July 13, Pianist Sandra Polanski • Aug. 10, Harpsichordist John Paul Dance With the Stars Aug. 20, 7 p.m., at Old Capitol Inn (226 N State St.). The fundraiser for the Mississippi Opera will feature a line-up of celebrity dancers. $75; call 601.960.2300.

Stage and Screen Bedlam in Cabin B” Dinner Theatre June 10, 7 p.m., at Plantation Commons (105 Plantation Cove, Madison). The networking session begins at 5 p.m, seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. $40; call 601.331.4045. The Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly Bus Tour June 14, 01 p.m., at Madison Station Elementary School (459 Reunion Parkway, Madison). Lemuria Books is the host. Call 601.366.7619. “When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions” through June 22, at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (565 N. Fifth Ave., Laurel) on Tuesdays in the LRMA Reading Room. Free; call 601.649.6374. “Plaza Suite” June 18-27, at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). Show dates are June 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m., and June 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. $12, $10 students/seniors weeknights; $10, $8 students/seniors, $5 kids 12 and under Sundays; call 601.825.1293. Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). • USA International Ballet Competition June 12-27. The opening ceremony is on June 12 at 7:30 p.m. Round I is from June 13-16, Round II is from June 18.20 and Round III is from June 22-24. The awards gala will be on June 26 at 7 p.m., and the encore gala will be June boomjackson.com


27 at 7:30 p.m. Start times vary. $231-$366 package, $7.$70 individual performances; call 601.979.9249. “Cabaret” The production is a joint venture of the Fondren Theatre Workshop and Actor’s Playhouse. The ticket price and show times will be announced at a later date. Call 601.664.0930. July 22-25, at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl); July 29-31, at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.).

Literary Events and Signings Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 I55 North). Call 601.366.7619. • “The Prospect of Magic” June 9, 5 p.m. M. O. Walsh signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $16.95 book. • “Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy” June 15, 5 p.m. Bruce Watson signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $27.95 book. • “The Queen of Palmyra” June 16, 5 p.m. Minrose Gwin signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $14.99 book. • “The Queen’s Daughter” June 29, 5 p.m. Susan Coventry signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $16.99 book. • “Mr. Peanut” June 30, 5 p.m. Adam Ross signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.95 book. • “Bone Appetit” July 10, 1 p.m. Carolyn Haines signs copies of her book. $24.99 book. • “Delta Blues” July 10, 1 p.m. Editor Carolyn Haines signs copies of the book. $27.95 book. • “Citrus County” July 13, 5 p.m. John Brandon signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $22 book. • “Lit: A Memoir” July 14, 5 p.m. Mary Karr signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $14.99 book. • “Her Fearful Symmetry” July 21, 5 p.m. Audrey Niffenegger signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $15 book. • “What Is Left the Daughter” July 30, 5 p.m. Howard Norman signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $25 book. • “Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered” Aug. 10, 5 p.m. Kathleen Koch signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $22.95 book.

Be the Change National Cancer Survivors Day 3K Fun Run/Walk June 6, 9 a.m., at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park - Mayes Lake (115 Lakeland Terrace). Registration begins at 8 a.m. Entry fee includes a T-shirt. Proceeds benefit Nurses Making a Difference Every Day (NMADE). $20; visit nmade.org. Wine & Swine, A Benefit for ProStart June 18, 6 p.m., at Two Sister’s Kitchen (707 N. Congress St.). Ticket price of $20 is tax deductible. $20; call 601.608.0227. “Footprints in the Sand” Father-Daughter Gala June 20, 5 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). Tickets are available at ticketannex.com. $125 father and daughter, $75 each additional guest; call 601.291.3467. Miracle Treat Day Aug. 5, 6:30 a.m., at Dairy Queen (724 Raymond Road). $1 or more from every Blizzard sold will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network. Visit miracletreatday.com.

Jackson-area events updated daily at jfpevents.com. Post your own events or send info to events@boomjackson.com. Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

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Nebulous Niceties Blue jeans JerriCk SMith

My shop, Mosaic

This is basically all I wear. Best paired with a white T- shirt. Blithe&Vine, 2906 N. State Street, 601.427.3322; blitheandvine.com

I thrive off going to market to pick out the most unique home décor pieces I can find, the smell of candles burning and helping customers find that perfect lamp for their homes. I even enjoy unpacking boxes! Mosaic, 2906 N. State St., Suite 102; 601.713.2595; MosaicLLCInteriors.com

Working out

Running in my neighborhood isn’t quite enough, so I weight train with E at Gifted Hands in Fondren. I swear by him. Gifted Hands Massage Therapy, 2906 N. State St.; 601.366.7800

{ Courtney Peters } Mud men

I made these when I was 5, and my dad recently gave them to me framed. This is special because I still do pottery to this day. Visit my store, and you’ll see!

The owner of Mosaic, an interiors shop in Fondren, has an eclectic sense of style and a love for most things local. But some things, unfortunately for us, she’s keeping a secret. Cappuccino Brownie from Crazy Cat Bakers

A guilty afternoon snack enjoyed best with Diet Coke!

Vintage Jewelry

Crazy Cat Bakers, 4500 I-55 North and 2906 N. State St., 601.362.7448; crazycatbakers.com

I can’t give up my sources or I’d have to kill you.

Friday nights at Bravo! Lucy, my dog

Known and loved by all for her quirkiness.

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Books and magazines for interior design are where I look for inspiration and new ideas.

Lemuria, 4465 I-55 North; 601.366.7619; lemuriabooks.com

The ambiance here is just perfect… for a date night or girls’ night out. It’s always my first choice. Just ask my husband or friends, and they’ll tell you. Bravo!, Banner Hall, 4500 I-55 North #244; 601.982.8111; bravobuzz.com

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