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Of the 10 major areas that Vision 2022 Jackson metropolitan area. focuses on, two might initially seem at op“Now, in 2013, the real work on all the posite ends of the spectrum: regional infra- major initiatives has begun,” O’Neill said. structure and Core City (Jackson) initatives. Kane Ditto, former mayor of Jackson and But how those two areas of focus come to- chair of the Regional Infrastructure commitgether to create one successful metropoli- tee, is pleased to see communities around tan area is actually one of the key reasons the area coming together to move forward. for Vision 2022’s existence. “Regional cooperation makes sense—it Sponsored and managed by the Greater always has—and perhaps the economic imJackson Chamber Partnerperatives are even greater ship, Vision 2022 is a 10now,” said Ditto. “I think year intitiative to put tothere is recognition by the Vision 2022’s Areas of Focus gether working committees business community that on 10 key areas of focus. we need to cooperate.” 1. Healthcare The plan is designed to Regional Infrastructure 2. Regional Infrastructure spur the economic develis working on some tough 3. Aerospace opment of Jackson and its projects where cooperation 4. Regional Marketing surrounding communities. among cities and counties 5. Lake Development Prior to the launch of may be economically effi6. Core City Vision 2022 in late 2012, cient, but politically more 7. Regional Trails System “we conducted a very includificult: water and sewer 8. Talent Attraction sive and exhausting strateprojects, for instance. But 9. Arts and Culture gic planning process,” said the new energy and focus 10. Education Duane O’Neill, president may help overcome some and CEO of the GJCP. “This long-standing issues and effort had public/private concerns. leadership, a 60-member steering commit“The sense that the community is comtee and nearly 2,000 individuals who par- ing together is a big plus, not just for taxticipated in some fashion.” payers but for attracting outside investors,” The steering committee settled on 10 Ditto said. His committee is tackling other different areas of focus: Healthcare, Re- areas—public transportation, roads and gional Infrastructure, Aerospace, Regional highways, even broadband access—where Marketing, Lake Development, Core City, regional teamwork and planning can really Regional Trails System, Talent Attraction, make things happen. Arts and Culture, and Education. All 10 arJeff Good moved to Jackson in 1980 eas are seen as vital, working in lockstep from Salt Lake City where he grew up. In over a 10-year period to improve quality of 20 years, he and his business partner, Chef life and drive economic growth in the entire Dan Blumenthal, have built a successful

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restaurant company, Mangia Bene, with three well-known eateries in the city of Jackson (BRAVO!, Broad Street Bakery, and Sal and Mookie’s) along with a booming catering business, and even a small business consultancy. With so much personally invested in the city of Jackson—all of Mangia Bene’s assets are the in the city, and Jeff lives in Jackson with his wife and two daughters—Jeff was a natural to chair the Core City committee, which is tackling problems ranging from affordable housing and abandoned homes to beautification, infrastructure concerns and even a streetcar line for downtown Jackson. “The fact that in this master 10year plan for the entire Metro there is one committee that is focused wholly on issues germane to the city of Jackson is very important and very right. This allows us over a 10-year period to really focus attention and resources on the needs of the city,” Good said. Good emphasizes that all of the Vision 2022 committees are working on implementation; the work leading up to the Vision 2022 launch already determined the areas of focus. “We have a blueprint, and we’re going to build

stores in Jackson, supporting in-fill de- strengths of Vision 2022,” Reed said. velopment in existing neighborhoods Further out on the horizon is the and strategizing to create “liveable idea that Mark McCormack’s subcomneighborhoods” throughout the city. mittee is studying—a streetcar initiaThere’s even a plan to explore a Col- tive in downtown Jackson. Streetcars lege of Arts and Design in downtown Jackson. MAP KEY: Phil Reed is president Hotel and CEO of Voice of CalResidential vary Ministries, which, Office among other things, rehaRestaurant bilitates homes in Jackson Trolley Line and sells the to qualified low- and mid-income families. The goal of his organization fits nicely with the goal of the Core City subcommittee he chairs: Housing. Reed says that they’re still in a phase of assessing the housing needs of different parts of the city, looking at existing plans and surveys, and determining what other stude Streetcar subcommittee is exploring possible routes for a ies of the city’s housing de- Th downtown streetcar that would ferry locals and visitors to key sites. mand should be done. Downtown Jackson, for instance, once plied the streets of Jackson. If has surveys showing pent-up demand cities around the country are a good for residential options in the central model, returning the streetcar to business district; Midtown and parts downtown could help with congestion, of West Jackson also tourism and economic development. have extensive studies Right now, the subcommittee is workthat have been done to ing to raise the funding required for a determine where hous- feasibility study. ing is needed, and how “If you’re a convention goer, you get developers might add to on the streetcar, ride around and eat the quality of life in dif- dinner. You can go to nightspots on ferent neighborhoods by the streetcar line,” said McCormack, designing mixed-use and who works as development director mixed-income housing for Mattiace Properties, a long-time to promote growth and downtown tenant. home ownership. The current streetcar plan is for a Reed says the hope simple loop around downtown; later is that grants, incen- possibilities include additional routes The Core City committee includes a subcommittee looking at revitalizing tives and other tools to from downtown to Jackson State Unithe “corridors” into and out of the Capital City. encourage in-fill housing versity or up State Street to the hospiin Jackson—particularly in tals and business districts in the Bela house now. Yes, there are going to transitional neighborhoods and those haven and Fondren neighborhoods. be ‘change orders.’ That’s part of the that have seen a lot of flight. He’s op“Ninety percent of office space, community involvement. But we have timistic about Vision 2022, because it restaurants, residential—existing and a very good blueprint so that we can shows a regional investment in Jack- planned and hotel rooms that are get to work immediately,” Good said. son’s infrastructure. planned are within two blocks of that The Core City committee, for in“I guess the most exciting thing to red line we’ve drawn. That ultimately stance, has subcommittes focused me is that Jackson is communicating connects the central business district on assessing current programs such with some of the surrounding com- together,” McCormack said. as crime prevention and community munities. Some of those mayors know For more information or to get involved watch, housing, infrastructure, and that there has to be a strong Jackson revitalization efforts for “corridors” in in order for them to be strong. There’s in Vision 2022, you can call the GJCP at and out of Jackson. Longer-term goals more communication than I’ve heard 601-948-7575 or visit their website at include creating “healthy in a hurry” in the past, and that’s one of the

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Contents 11


Harvard Man

Saluting James Meredith, five decades after he made Mississippi a better place.

Gunpowder and Wool

Bringing the Civil War to life once again.


Why just run when you can take on color, mud, obstacles and more?

Hay is for Horses

MC’s equestrian program is the only one of its kind in the state.

Vibrantly Verdant

Peek inside the Gelstalt Gardener’s lush and leafy yard.

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Dancing Dolls

Future Vision


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Activists, Advocates, Attorneys and More


Meet 11 movers and shakers improving the city, state and beyond.

For the Kids


Sunnybrook Children’s Home focuses on the family.


Frame That Bicep


Sensual Soul




Exploring erotic poetry night at Soul Wired Café.

Built Anew


An ambitious plan for Jackson’s future has heath care at its core.



For Jackson’s tattoo artists, ink is to skin as paint is to canvas.

Dianna Williams is growing dancers and leaders on Ellis Avenue.



Frank Jones Corner expands its annual beer, blues and barbecue festival.




Bones at Jones


Grand openings all around as development booms across the metro.

Go Fish

Jesse Houston dives into the world of Jackson sushi.


Katherine Bailess brings southern sass to Hollywood.


Even Mother Nature can’t hold Malaco Studios down for long.





They might be the hottest months, but July and August offer plenty of cool events.


Medical student Sarah Ali shares her favorite study breaks.

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editor’s note


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But one night, as my husband and I t the beginning of June, my husband and I (along with our Great sat in the bedroom, surrounded by still-unDane pup and very fluffy cat) packed boxes, and I vented about one thing moved to a new rental home, a or another, he gently reminded me that, at process that began to feel like a comedy of the end of the day, our house isn’t truly errors at times. what matters. It’s The house held us, and our family, a lot of appeal for our pets, our friends, us: a nice fencedand the community in backyard for the we build around us dog, more closthat counts. And just as ets and a lower monthly price tag our home is bethan our previous ing transformed by place. Plus, we still plumbers and roofget to call ourselves ers and friends—and Fondrenites. by us—Jackson can But as the be transformed by week of the big great people lendmove approached, ing their talents and things started gotheir time to the city. Turn to page ing wrong. The day the house would 50 and read about be ready to occupy this year’s crop of kept getting pushed Managing Editor Kathleen Mitchell. Young Influentials. I back, the air condidare you not to feel tioning went out at least a little bit in our car (did I inspired. These are mention it was hotter than 90 degrees evour Jackson fixer-uppers, the doctors and ery day the week we moved?), and then lawyers and advocates and activists who we had to endure ice-cold showers for a are updating the city, making it more tolercouple days. The house revealed issues we ant, more beautiful, healthier and happier. Construction is going on throughout weren’t informed of prior to move-in: The power went out twice in a day, the dryer the city, from Fortification Street to the didn’t work, and the plumbing had some building of new eateries such as Fondren issues that, for everyone’s sake, I won’t dePublic, which we have watched come toscribe in detail here. gether through the windows of BOOM I was exasperated. Jackson’s office. It’s exciting to see progWhile walking our dog through our ress, both at home and in the city. The process of making a place your new neighborhood, I was thinking about my situation, and I came across a pothole. home, whether it’s a shoebox-sized dorm I began to see parallels in how I felt and room or new-to-you house or a whole city, how many Jacksonians feel about our capiis an exciting and invigorating one. And so, as we wait to see if our rental tal city. We are familiar with changes that seem stuck in endless delays (see also: home will work out, we are throwing ourFarish Street entertainment district). And selves into the improvement of our bigger despite the charms of southern hospitalhome, Jackson. Because roofs and potholes ity and great food, music, and culture, we can come and go, but the community-buildtend to focus on the (admittedly plentiful) ing we do together—that lasts. cracks in our “house”: potholes, obesity, education, etc. Plus, Jackson has a new “landlord” (in the form of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba) whom many folks aren’t sure what to make of, yet. TRIP BURNS

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Millsaps Office of Continuing Education The 2013-2014 Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series September 3, 2013

Rambling Steve Gardner, Mississippi’s Blues Ambassador to Japan

October 1, 2013

Southern Writers: Michael Kardos, Author of The Three Day Affair, and Matthew Guinn, Author of The Resurrectionist

November 5, 2013

Jackson: Past, Present and Future Leland Speed and Charles Evers, and Malcolm White, Moderator

December 2, 2013

Susan Puckett, Author of Eat, Drink, Delta, and Langdon Clay, Photographer

1. ShaWanda Jacome ShaWanda Jacome is an elementary librarian in JPS. She lives in Ridgeland with her husband, Mike, and son, Mateo. She wrote multiple features for this issue.

January 14, 2014

Annual Ross Moore History Lecture: Civilians Under Siege in Vicksburg Terrence Winschel, Historian (retired), Vicksburg Military Park

February 17, 2014

Jazz, Justice, and the Journey of Tradition The Theodicy Jazz Collective

April 1, 2014

“Around the World in 80 Minutes– Music from 6 Continents James Martin, Baritone, and Jovanni-Rey de Pedro, Pianist

April 29, 2014

The South in/as Comics Walter Biggins and Brannon Costello

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2. Tyler Cleveland JFP city reporter Tyler Cleveland loves sports, good music and soul food. He can be found around Fondren when he’s not at City Hall watching Tony Yarber try to herd cats. He wrote progress and business stories.

3. Jessica King Jessica King is a native of Ridgeland, and is currently a junior photojournalism major at Southern Miss. She loves cats, collecting old cameras and going to music festivals. She took many of the photos in this issue.

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Harvard Man // by Donna Ladd



here is something about James Meredith. It’s not just that he changed Mississippi forever when he fearlessly rushed the gate of white supremacy when he integrated Ole Miss in 1962, then walked calmly to class with M-80s exploding on the ground behind him. And it’s not just that he was shot on his March Against Fear from Memphis to Jackson 47 years ago this summer—and then rejoined the march before it got here to Jackson. Mr. Meredith, who turned 80 on June 25, is a political iconoclast and deep thinker who likes to sit in the refreshment area at a Jackson grocery store, wearing his Ole Miss cap, writing and Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

pondering the state of education in Mississippi. “I challenge every American citizen to commit right now to help children in the public schools in their community, especially those schools with disadvantaged students,” he wrote in his remarkable memoir, “A Mission from God” (Atria Books, 2012, $25, with William Doyle). It is a gripping book about a man who challenges us all to be courageous and lift Mississippi to where she could be if we find the will. On May 29, the Harvard Graduate School of Education honored Mr. Meredith with its Medal for Education Impact, the highest honor the school gives. Dean Kathleen McCartney

said of our hero: “[W]e know that education is a civil right. James Meredith endured beatings and bullets to fight for that right. His courage and determination cannot be overstated.” Mr. Meredith quoted King Solomon in his book’s call to action: “You should train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” That means, he said, that children must be taught “diligence, discipline, compassion, curiosity, personal pride, humility, tolerance, respect for others, honesty, self-awareness and interdependence.” This is Mississippi’s time to act, he preaches. Believe him. He is, after all, a Harvard man. 11


Reliving History by Marika Cackett

Every summer, reenacters refight the Civil War across the South.


he siege of Vicksburg, along with the South’s defeat at Gettysburg only the previous day, was the turning point of the United States Civil War. Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and his army crossed the Mississippi River in late spring 1863 and drove the Confederate defenses back to the fortress city of Vicksburg. After two major assaults in May, Grant and his army pushed forward with a siege of the city and, after holding out for more than 40 days with no reinforcements and supplies nearly gone, the Confederate Army yielded command of the Mississippi river to Union forces. Today, in Mississippi and all over the United States, reenacting the Civil War is a popular hobby for many and is a tourist attraction for thousands who visit the state every year. Modern reenactments became popular in the mid-’60s during the Civil War Centennial

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commemorations. Reenactors tend to fall into three categories, based on their authenticity. The first and most hardcore are the progressives, who immerse themselves in the experience, eating seasonally and regionally appropriate food, hand-making period-appropriate garments, and staying in character throughout an entire event. The second group of reenactors is often referred to as “mainstream.� These individuals work to appear authentic with clothing and food consumption when appropriate, but they may come out of character in the absence of an audience. The third and final category of reenactors is known as “farbs.� This category spends relatively little time and money to maintain authenticity. As with the category of reenactor, so go the types of reenactments. Living histories are events meant entirely for public education. These events don’t necessarily have a mock battle but focus on



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portraying the everyday lifestyle of the average Civil War solder. Scripted battles are battle reenactments in the most strict and authentic terms. The battles are pre-planned so that the featured companies or regiments accurately replay the same actions in the original battles. The most hardcore of reenactors take part in closed total immersion events. These events are held for the reenactors only and generally require a high standard of authenticity, and little to no part of the event is open to the public. At the Vicksburg National Military Park, park personnel and volunteers perform demonstrations for visitors on what life was like during the war, explain equipment used, and give a live cannon-shooting demonstration. Read more about reenactments of the Battles of Raymond and Champion Hill at





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Off to the Races // by ShaWanda Jacome


efore doing the Fit 4 Teaching program last summer, races of any kind were not my cup of tea. Most Saturdays, I was sound asleep until noon. These days, you might actually find me pounding the pavement somewhere around the Jackson metro area. In April, I completed Warrior Dash; in July I’ll be at Color Run Jackson; and in November, the Dirty Girl Mud Run. I must clear one thing up—I’m more of a walk/jog kind of girl than a runner, but I’m happy just to be making the effort. Now my husband, Mike, he’s gotten out of control. He wants to do every mud, obstacle, death-defying race out there—I have to reel him in a lot. If you’re looking to have some fun and/or challenge yourself in the upcoming months, here are some suggestions:

GORUCK Challenge, Oxford, Sept. 28

Dirty Girl Mud Run, Nov. 16

GORUCK is an eight to 10 hour, 15 to 20 mile guided tour led by a Special Operations Cadre (leader), designed to turn 30 individuals into a team. Each participant is required to carry a brick-filled backpack. Jason McCarthy, a Green Beret, founded GORUCK in 2008 with his childhood best friend, Jack Barley. The company started as an outdoor gear company, and the challenges were a way to test the durability of their product. Soon others started asking to participate, and the challenges grew to mimic military Special Operations training meant to build teamwork, leadership and camaraderie. GORUCK is a team event, not a race, and is mission-based. For more information and to register, visit

Dirty Girl is a women-only, untimed obstacle course mud run. It’s for all ages and athletic ability—the main focus is fun and female camaraderie. As you experience the 13 obstacles you will run, walk, climb and crawl through mud and water. The names of some of the obstacles are pretty funny: Funky Monkey, PMS (Pretty Muddy Stuff), Dirty Dancing and Runaway Bride. To get the full experience, costumes are a must. The Magnolia G.I. Janes and I will be reporting for duty at Dirty Girl. And yes—there will be tutus! To register, visit

The Color Run, July 13

If you are ready to test yourself mentally and physically, Spartan obstacle races might be for you. With Spartan, you can “pick your poison.” Each race varies in distance and difficulty. Distances include 8+, 12+, 26+ and up to the Spartan Death Race, a full two-day test of endurance and resilience. The Gulf Coast race is a Spartan Sprint, about 4 miles with 15 obstacles. Expect mud, fire jumping, barbed wire crawls, wall climbs, object carrying, tires, a Gladiator arena and other perilous feats. Kids can take part in a 1/2-mile or 1-mile obstacle race. To register, visit gulf-coast-obstacle-racing-spartan-sprint-2013.

The Color Run is for folks of all speeds, ages, shapes and sizes. Runners and walkers will be covered with “Willy Wonka goodness” by the end of the untimed 3-mile route, after getting doused with colored natural cornstarch. For maximum effect, participants wear white shirts and bottoms to the race. I’ve registered to run with my son, Mateo, and am currently working to create a team of mother/ son groups to run with us. It should be a blast. To register, visit See more local races at

Spartan Sprint, Gulf Coast, Oct. 19

Warrior Dash, May 3, 2014 I can’t believe I actually paid to crawl in mud. Warrior Dash was brutal, but amazingly fun. My knees got banged up some as I crawled through muddy gravel under barbed wire. I got stuck in a mud pit and seriously thought I would die there. At one point, we waded through a chilly river and had to climb over a barge to get to the other side of the bank. I was so excited when my sister and I reached the second-to-last obstacle, jumping over fiery coals—I felt like Wonder Woman! For good measure, before crossing the finish line, we had to do a full body wade through mud. This ensures everyone emerges from Warrior Dash looking like a muddy Sasquatch. Registration for Warrior Dash Jackson 2014 is open now online at TRIP BURNS

The Color Me Rad race in March kicked off a trend of funky races in Mississippi.


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Ride On // by Marika Cackett


ust north of Jackson, nestled between Highways 49 and 22, sits several thousand acres of equestrian paradise. Providence Hill Farm, one of the premier hunter and jumper farms in the nation, serves as home for the Mississippi College Equestrian Program. The MC equestrian program, led by head coach Tina Davey, is one of the few of its kind in the state. The program offers a competitive Varsity Hunt Seat Riding Team and a Hunt Seat Equitation course. Hunt seat is a style of forward-seat riding that, along with The team competes in the Intercollegiate For funding, the team hosts a fundraiser dressage, is one of two classic forms of English Horse Show Association, and when away at comeach April, and members are assessed a small riding. It is based on the tradition of fox hunting, petitions, members compete on the host school’s fee each semester to participate on the team. Adand judges score the horse’s movement, form horses. Riders draw horses’ names randomly ditionally, students must provide their own riding and equitation class, and the rider’s ability on the from a hat, and they are not allowed a warm up. attire for practice sessions, competitions and lesfences. Equitation is how well the rider commu- Competitors are riding the horses for the first sons, and are required to ride in an ASTM/SEI nicates, handles and looks on the horse. time, so the riders must be quick to learn the certified helmet and riding boots at all times. The team has both male and female riders horse. Students are judged on equitation at eight “We are very blessed to have received donaand welcomes beginner riders through MC’s ISHA horse shows a year, the majority of them tions of riding attire from individuals as well as Hunt Seat Equitation course. “The program was taking place in Georgia. Boots & More in Jackson,” Davey says. “The Equestrian Team has sent riders to reThe team is always looking for riders with started (in 2007) by a small group of students that approached the owner of the Providence Hill gionals, zones and nationals,” Davey says. “This all levels of show and riding experience. MC also farm to see if there was an interest in having the year, the team finished fourth in our very comoffers a physical education class for those interteam at the farm,” says Tina Davey, the eques- petitive region.” ested in learning to ride. The MC Equestrian team hosts two horse Anyone interested in joining the team or trian program director. With the Farm’s support the students and staff at Mississippi College, we shows at Providence Hill. The shows offer apfor more information can call Tina Davey at were able to start a team,” Davey says. proved hunter and jumper classes for all levels. 714.642.6076 or email her at

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Secret Garden // by Amber Helsel photos by Trip Burns


elder Rushing does not grow grass. Instead, he has decks in his garden. “You want flat and green, right? I got it,” Rushing says. “In the front garden, I have one that’s teal, but they serve the same function as a lawn. Instead of mowing it every couple weeks, I have to repaint it every couple of years.” Rushing is a master gardener, but to people who believe a yard should be neat and clean and filled with grass, his gardens may seem sloppy. “I’ve been on the cover of Southern Living and everything, but I’ll never get ‘Yard of the Month’ here, because I live in Fondren,” he says. “We don’t care about that kind of stuff. We don’t have ‘Yard of the Month.’ We have ‘Keep Fondren Funky’ awards.” He is the man who coined that phrase, which can be seen on signs around the area. Rushing, an energetic man who frequently wears a black T-shirt and white lowtop Chuck Taylors, says that the plants in his garden are like the pieces of straw spun into


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gold in a classic childhood folktale. “I find tough, old common plants, and I pull them together into interesting combinations,” he says. “I call it the Rumpelstiltskin approach to design. I have something in bloom every week of the year.” Rushing describes his garden as having a “huge variety of weather-hardy plants with a collection of folkart.” His art includes a tire bush, a metal plant that sits on top of the archway in his front garden, numerous bottle trees and decorations, and even a group of plastic flamingos in the back garden that fell over accidentally, but seem to be like that on purpose. He is the founder of Slow Gardening, something he started in response to the Slow Food movement in the ’90s. The idea behind Rushing’s movement is finding and following your personal bliss. It encourages the cultivation of native plants, grown sustainably and shared with others. A proud 10th-generation southerner, Rushing bears a tattoo on his forearm of the three

legs of Mann, a symbol of the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, from which the Rushing side of his family hails. He also has roots in Switzerland and Germany. Three sides of his family, the Rushings, the Felders and the Swayzes, have been in Mississippi since the 1700s. Now that his children, Ira, a marine, and Zoë, a cosmetologist, are grown, he spends six months out of the year in England at his cottage farm in Shropshire and goes through the country giving gardening lectures. Though Rushing is a retired horticulturist, he still spends his time traveling around the United States teaching people about gardening. He has been featured in many magazines, but also writes and takes photos for them and has published 18 books. His latest is “Bottle Trees and the Whimsical Art of Garden Glass” (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013, $15.95) on yard art and bottle trees like those that surround his gardens. He is HGTV’s weekly Q&A guy for its blog and hosts a radio program on Mississippi Public Radio called “The Gestalt Gardener.” “Being the answer guy with the HGTV thing, I get emails all the time from all over the country, and I have to take out the culture because the way they do things in Wisconsin are different from the way they do things in Georgia,” he says. “California and New York people, they don’t do it the same, but we all dig the same kind of holes, and we all do it green side up. The plants are different. The seeds are different. But it’s still putting something in a hole green side up.”

“I call it the Rumplestiltskin approach to design. I have something in bloom every week of the year.”

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Summer of Music: The Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival The Summer of 2013 will be known as the Summer of Music in Jackson, with the introduction of a signature festival event that organizers hope will become a staple of Jackson in summers to come. “The festival line-up includes Grammy winners, blues challenge winners, national and international recording artists, and many local music icons,” said Wanda Wilson, president and CEO of the JCVB. “Why shouldn’t Jackson produce a festival? We must celebrate our musical heritage and capitalize on Jackson as the capital of the birthplace of America’s music.” The Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival is actually two different events—a pre-festival on July 19, 2013, and a full two-day music showcase on August 16 and 17. The pre-festival takes place at the Mississippi Coliseum (on the Mississippi Fairgrounds near downtown Jackson) featuring six-time Grammy Winner and the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors recipient Buddy Guy. Also performing will be Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Percy Sledge. Kicking off the evening will be Canadian artist Shakura S’Aida, who has performed as a backing vocalist for Rita MacNeil and

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Patti LaBelle, as well as with jazz musicians such as Jimmy Smith and Ruth Brown. Also appearing with be and Grammy nominated and Blues Music Award Winner Ruthie Foster, a soulful rocker often compared to Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin. Tickets for the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Pre-Festival Concert are $30, $45 and $60 and are available through Ticketmaster. The main event—the full two-day Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival—will take place on the grounds of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum on August 16 and 17, 2013. This inaugural festival will feature what the planners say is more than 30 of the best rhythm and blues artists ever assembled in the Southeast. The event will be headlined by Six-time Grammy Winner Dr. John and the Nite Trippers. Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, Dr. John gained a cult following in the late sixties following the release of his album “Gris-Gris” and his appearance at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music. He came to wider prominence in the early 1970s with a wildly theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies.


Festival headliner: Dr. John Mint Condition is well known for its highly diverse musical style (able to play anything from traditional jazz stylings to mainstream R&B and rockbased music to funk grooves and even Latin and Jamaican-based rhythms), and also its captivating live performances. The band is also known for their well-written and produced R&B ballads, mainly in the 1990s. In keeping with his mission to share real soul music, Urban Mystic is ready to touch the masses with “Love Intervention,” his fourth official album on SoBe Entertainment. Jackson-area artists playing include Vasti Jackson, a world-renown guitarist and vocalist whose presence captures an audience the moment he takes the stage. From his early beginnings playing in church and juke joints in McComb, Mississippi, to festivals, concerts, and theatres around the world. Vasti move effortlessly from Blues to Soul to Jazz to Funk to Gospel, and beyond. Ben Payton was honored by being chosen to represent the state of Mississippi for the American Folklife Center’s Homegrown Concert Series at the Library of Congress, which included an additional concert at the Kennedy Center. Also featured is Jackson’s own Grammy-nonimated artist Dorothy Moore, who played New York’s Madison Square Garden and London’s Palladium when she burst on the scene with the classic “Misty Blue” in 1976. Recent recognitions for Dorothy Moore were a Blues Trail Marker placed at the Alamo Theater in Jackson in 2008, and the Monterey Lifetime Achievement award given for the first time ever from the Monterey Bay Blues Festival, 2006. Bobby Rush is a Louisiana native who lived for decades in Chicago, earning the title “king of the chitlin circuit” after relocating to Jackson in the early 1980s. Rush’s distinctive “folk funk” style, featured on his recordings for the Jackson-based LaJam label and others, bridged the blues he heard as a youth and modern soul music.

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Dexter Allen’s unique style won him the 2008 Jackson Music Award for Male Vocalist of the year. Talented on guitar, bass and keyboards, Dexter began to write and record his own music and delivered the current album titled “Bluezin My Way.” Lacy “Lacee” Yvonne Reed is an American R&B, Soul and Blues singer and songwriter. In 2006, she won the International Female Vocalist of the Year Award at the Jackson Music Awards. Derrick D’Mar Martin has toured with as the lead drummer for Little Richard for the past 16 years. D’Mar pairs his energy and magnetism with bluesman Chris Gill. Gill gained knowledge of the blues firsthand from Bentonia legend Jack Owen, with whom he spent days on the porch pickin’ and nights soakin up the blues at the Subway Lounge in Jackson, Miss. Grady Champion is a young blues singer and harmonica player who has been compared to Sonny Boy Williamson. Jarekus Singleton is one of Mississippi’s younger blues guitarists who will blow you away with his alternating soulful and blazing guitar licks. He even writes and produces his own songs. Jackson native Zac Harmon is a true disciple of the music that emanated from the city’s historic Farish Street district, universally recognized as the home of such great blues legends like the late, great Elmore James. Other artists include: Tabby Thomas, Eden Brent, Kenny Brown, Barbara Carr, Jesse Dee, Shane Dwight, Jeff Floyd, Nikki Hill, Laura Izibor, Leela James, Denise LaSalle, Bettye LaVette, the Memphis Icebreakers, Mark “Muleman” Massey, Patrice Moncell, Mud Morganfield, and John Nemeth. For more information on the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival, visit or online. Friday general admission is $35; Saturday general admission is $45; a limited number of weekend passes are available for $65.


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hen Katherine Bailess wants to leave behind the glamorous frenzy of her adopted hometown of Los Angeles to return to her native Vicksburg, she typically eschews the swanky downtown restaurants and boutiques for more authentically southern experiences at home with her family. In fact, the shrimp-and-grits aficionado admits the Mississippian in her has been hard to shake throughout her career that began at age 4 when she started studying dance, which for a time included daily commutes to the capital city’s Dance Jackson. After high school, Bailess received a scholarship to study dance and theater in New York City. Her advisers feared her Mississippi twang was a liability in Though she is making her way through the glamorous securing acting roles. So Bailess Hollywood scene, actress Katherine Bailess has never worked—and spent a lot of her fa- forgotten her Vicksburg, Miss., roots. ther’s money—to lose her accent, an exercise she describes as akin to “losing who I was.� Instead, Bailess learned to appreciate the Currently, Bailess stars in VH1’s “Hit rhythm of Mississippians’ speech and use it to the Floor.� The show premiered May 22 and her advantage in auditions. Since she began focuses on the Los Angeles Devil Girls, the acting, Bailess has brought a little Mississippi cheerleading squad for a professional basketmoxie to each role she’s played. ball team. In her first big-screen appearance in 2003, Bailess’ character, Kyle Hart, is a former she co-starred in “From Justin to Kelly� along- stripper but was not originally written as a side “American Idol� finalists Kelly Clarkson southerner. In many ways, playing a stripperand Justin Guarini. The following year, Bailess turned-cheerleader is a perfect fit for Bailess’ played reporter Colleen Lipman in the cheer- lifetime of dance experience. As Kyle, Bailess leading battle sequel, “Bring it On Again.� says she plays a “southern b*tch,� which peoOn the small screen, Bailess had roles on ple seem find endearing. “Gilmore Girls,� “One Tree Hill,� “The Loop,� “Children in the South tend to hang “NCIS� and “Sordid Lives.� She also made a around the adults, and we learn a lot from music video called Missin’ Mississippi and them. There’s something about those womhad a feature role in the Web series “Sh*t en. They’ll say something that is so disarming Southern Women Say,� which has gotten al- that you’ll be thinking ‘why isn’t that mean?,’� most 4 million hits on YouTube. she says. “It’s just something about a southThe video series, now with three install- ern woman or a southern man that comes off ments, features Bailess and three other for- charming even though it can be direct and mer southerners working in Hollywood. blunt—but it’s the truth.�




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CAPTIOL ARTS LOFTS New Orleans-based HRI Properties has teamed up with local developers BlackWhite Development to build 31 loft apartments across the street from the King Edward Hotel in the 200 block of West Capitol Street. “In addition to the living space, we try to create some common, collaborative space—a gallery, a work area, things where people can come together, share ideas,” HRI spokesman Joshua Collen said. Because the project is in a historic area, contractors must follow strict guidelines, but the development is eligible for federal historic tax credits and low-income housing tax credits. HRI Properties expects those credits make up $7.6 million of the $10 million to $12 million total cost. The lofts will rent for $550 to $670 per month, and feature a fitness center, a business center, shared studio space and gallery space. TRIP BURNS

Street. Construction began in May, but no timetable has been set for completion. The homes will The District at Eastover is evolving from vision to reality, as developers Ted Duckworth and range from approximately 1,900 to 2,800 square Breck Hines move ahead with the $150 million project. The District will feature 21 acres of commercial property, anchored by a movie theater, a shopping center and the District Lofts, a housing development that will contain 200 urban lofts, a fitness center, and a rooftop, resort-style heated pool and spa. A hotel is a part of the plan. Duckworth and Hines have brought in third-party InterMountain Management, LLC, which specializes in select service and extended-stay Traffic on Fortification Street might be slowing down, but hotels. The company owns and construction to improve the road is right on schedule. manages 75 premium-brand hotels in 26 states, according to its website. feet, with Looney Ricks Kiss as the property In May, the Jackson City Council approved designer and Belz Construction Services as tax incentive-based support for the project and its the developer. businesses. Construction is set to begin this year, and Duckworth said he hopes to hold a grand METROCENTER opening by fall 2014. Metrocenter Mall is under new ownership, and the changes have been fast and drastic. Metrocenter Mall LLC has already put “sevTHE BELHAVEN The $75 million Baptist Hospital project eral hundred thousand dollars” into revamping includes a 17-foot-high, enclosed walkway that the mall and has doubled the available space for leads from Baptist Hospital to a new building new tenants from 175,000 to 350,000 square feet, that proprietor Landmark Healthcare Facilities Manager Scott Overby said. “We have room for around 60 retailers on is calling The Belhaven. the lower level, which has just been renovated,” The 180,000-square-foot, five-story facilOverby said. “We’re dedicating 60,000 square ity will house several restaurants on the first feet to an area we are calling La Plaza de Metrofloor and various medical offices on the second through fifth floors. center that will be for Latino-owned and operAmong the vendors on the first floor are ated stores.” Millie D’s Frozen Yogurt, Einstein Bros. BaThe Metrocenter food court has added new food vendors, including Mac’s Pizza and gels and Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. Sameerah’s (a health-food store), and local chef Fifteen different businesses or medical offices started moving into the building in May, Tina Funches has opened a soul-food joint called Southern Kitchen that is serving breakfast, blue and are expected to open by July. plate lunches and supper. Baptist is also building 11 townhomes in A California investor has opened a Chico’s a complex they are calling The Townhomes at Tacos, and a new Asian restaurant called D&D Belhaven Village that will surround the new Wok is set to open by the end of May. parking garage on Manship Street and North

FORTIFICATION STREET The $9 million project to overhaul Fortification Street from Farish Street to Greymont Street is moving along at a fairly fast pace. The project will add ADA-compliant sidewalks on both sides of the street, including areas where there used to be gaps, and provide a dedicated left turn lane to move turning motorists out of the through lanes. The city is also replacing the traffic lights with new mast-arm signals, adding traffic-monitoring cameras and installing decorative light fixtures. “That work is crucial,” Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon said. “It’s a major arterial street. It’s a gateway to the city. It’s traveled on by people from all over the city and the state.”

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state-of-the-art high-definition monitors, installed an 80-inch HD television in the scoreboard that hangs over the main room in front of 50 stadiumstyle seats and two 88-inch screens on the walls in the main room on the first floor. Hall of Fame director Rick Cleveland (this writer’s father) said the museum plans during football season to hold events where fans can come out, tailgate and watch their favorite college team play road games. The museum has also renovated and rededicated the Olympics exhibit to make it current through the 2012 London games.

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VIRGINIA COLLEGE More than 300 Jacksonians showed up for the grand opening of the new Virginia College campus in the old Brookshire’s Grocery building at 5841 Ridgewood Road May 2. The 65,000-square-foot facility allows for all class space and administrative offices to be housed under one roof. The college has put $5.1 million into construction, furniture, equipment and signage. “Virginia College has been a part of the Jackson community for 13 years, and we look forward to showcasing our new, better-equipped campus,” Virginia College President Milton Anderson said. “It’s exciting to have a spacious facility that will accommodate programs offered to students and our ability to serve local businesses that hire Virginia College graduates.” Classes at the new location began April 8.

CIVIL RIGHTS AND HISTORY MUSEUMS The Mississippi Department of Archives and History could break ground on the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History by late this fall. A MDAH newsletter released June 3 said artifact acquisitions and the final phase of exhibit design continues to move forward. The newsletter also said the groundbreaking will include a public symposium and an evening fundraising gala. “This groundbreaking is not just the site preparation for construction of two new museums,” said H.T. Holmes, MDAH museums division director. “It represents the groundbreaking decision by the Mississippi Legislature to construct side-by-side a comprehensive state history museum and the nation’s first state-supported civil-rights museum.”

CONVENTION CENTER HOTEL If outgoing Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. has his way, the city will announce a new hotel before the end of his term June 30. In his State of the City speech May 29, Johnson said the city is making progress in negotiations with an unnamed hotel developer. “The City of Jackson has been approached by a hotel developer who is proposing to build a Convention Center Hotel,” Johnson said. “We have been in serious negotiations, and since we’ve been able to acquire the land back from the developer who bought it six years ago, we are closer than ever to getting a Convention Center Hotel.” The mayor said on June 10 that the only thing left to be negotiated is how much the city of Jackson will kick into the deal in the form of tax incentives. Watch for updates on the hotel at


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hat parent can resist the opportu- are girls, a few boys take hip-hop and tap classes. that is both instructional and nurturing. The students of Dollhouse learn more than “When the kids come in, we greet them nity to see their little princess all glittery and sparkly in a pink tutu just dance. “Our program teaches our kids how to with a smile, first of all,” she says. “We want to let and tiara? At Jackson’s Dollhouse better people, how to be better leaders and how them know that we are not just instructors—you Dance Factory, those dreams come true. to great academic achievers,” Williams says. become a part of a family here—that whatever At the helm of Dollhouse is Dianna Wil“We teach persistence, determination, retheir problems or issues, they can express those liams, 34, who has been dancing since age 4 sponsibility—we have so many things that we do things in dance.” Separate from the Dollhouse, Williams and has trained in classical ballet, pointe, jazz, outside of just dance. We are a complete motivamodern, belly dance and tap. She opened the tional studio (for) kids of all races, but our black also manages the Dancing Dolls competition Dollhouse in 2010 with her husband, Robert, children get the most out of the experience.” squad. At the Dollhouse Dance Factory, stuWilliams and her team work hard to create dents are typically beginners who have never who works as the COO, after she resigned as recreation aide and dance instructor for the City an inclusive atmosphere for the young dancers danced before. The school teaches them so they of Jackson. can grow to join full competition “We are the only black-owned squads such as the Dancing Dolls. The Dancing Dolls has won dance studio (in) Jackson. We’re deep in the heart of Jackson, right 100 trophies and numerous awards. off Ellis Avenue,” Williams says. The 102-member squad has perAfter graduating from Rayformed with JSU twice and was mond High School at age 16, Wilvoted the best drill team in the 2011 liams moved to California. During Jackson State homecoming parade. that time, she witnessed a lot of The Dolls have also performed in her friends getting into trouble. It the Battle of the Bands, and will strengthened her resolve to do somedance in Chicago this summer. At the May dance recital, thing to help kids stay out of trouble. Upon returning to Mississippi, it was evident that the parents and Williams enrolled at Jackson State students love Williams, or Ms. D, University. She graduated in 2005 as they affectionately call her. And it with a degree in criminal justice with is clear by the way she talks about an emphasis in juvenile justice, planher students and the studio that she ning to become an attorney. But it loves them back. Williams says the best thing was a missed opportunity that set her on her path. about her job is seeing the kids “I tried out for (JSU Prancing) grow. “From not knowing what a J-Settes a few times, and I didn’t plié is or a chaînés turn ... to being make it. And something told me to able to walk on beat, clap on beat, start my own dance team,” Williams dance on beat,” she says. “And at says. She started working with kids the end of the semester when it and realized they were listening to comes time for the performance to her—not just about dance, but about get on stage in front of all those peolife. “They started improving their ple with no fear and be able to smile grades. They started to become betand dance and have a great time. ... ter people,” she says. Just making a difference in not only The Dollhouse Dance Factory dance, but in a child’s life.” For more information about offers classes in ballet, majorette, The Dollhouse Dance Factory (1410 aerobics, hip-hop, tap, jazz funk and Ellis Ave.), call 601.969.4000 or cheerleading for ages 5 to 17. AlPupils can take classes in ballet, majorette, aerobics, hip-hop, visit though the majority of the students tap, jazz and more at Dollhouse Dance Factory. 24

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Developing a lake system that alleviates flooding and benefits multiple areas of the metro, especially Flowood, is one priority of Vision 2022.


hen Greater Jackson Partnership President Duane O’Neill looks at Jackson, he doesn’t see the blighted areas, the crumbling infrastructure and the desperation. He sees what could, and should, be. That’s why O’Neill has taken a leadership role in Vision 2022, a 10-year plan for the capital city designed to transform it into a regional hub for entrepreneurship and development. A coalition of both private and public interests including mayors and Jackson metro area business leaders travelled to cities around the southeast and midwest who were once in a situation like Jackson—with infrastructure problems, economic concerns and failing educational systems—and tried to figure out what worked in order to

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turn around those trends, and what didn’t. They visited cities like Oklahoma City and Nashville, where decaying downtown areas have been reinvented and turned into social and economic hubs. What the group came up with is Vision 2022. The plan is rooted in 10 core areas—health care, regional infrastructure, aerospace, regional marketing, a lake development, improvements to the core city, regional trails, talent attraction, arts and culture and, most importantly, education. It aims to turn Jackson into a hub for health care that attracts patients from all over the southeast by developing the healthcare corridor. The plan calls for the city to reinvest in education, arts and culture, and regional infrastructure. Think of it as a roadmap, designed to get Jackson where it needs to go to consistently grow again. “The hardest part is something that is

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Making Greater Jackson Great What makes this plan special is the Greater Jackson Partnership seems to have all its ducks in a row—that is to say many mayors of the various cities and towns are all on the same page. The plan involves Jackson and the entire mid-Mississippi region across five counties, including big players like the cities of Canton, Madison, Ridgeland, Pearl, Brandon, Flowood, Richland, Florence, Vicksburg and Clinton, among others. “I think the key here is that this is something that has never been done before,” O’Neill said. “It’s such a comprehensive plan. Health care has Work. Live. Play. Prosper.


A big part of the Vision 2022 plan involves improvements inside the city of Jackson. It’s an ambitious list, some of which will take the full 10-year implementation schedule to complete. Projects like developing a convention center hotel and a major destination and events park in downtown, building a stateof-the-art downtown Jackson arena and finishing the Farish Street Entertainment District development are going to take time, not to mention resources. “I think it’s applaudable that they would try to do something in order to try to help those areas specified in the plan,” incoming Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba said. “I’m happy that that’s the case. And I’m going to be studying it to see how productive it is, and assuming it’s as productive that they say it is, I’m going to be very supportive of it. ” The GJCP also wants to work with the city to open “Healthy in a Hurry” stores in under-served neighborhoods across greater Jackson. They want a trolley service that connects various Jackson attractions. But all the work isn’t in the downtown area. The plan calls to strengthen Jackson’s neighborhoods by developing an “enhancement program” for Jackson’s various communities, an “infill development strategy” for dis-invested Jackson area neighborhoods and leverage property code enforcement and aesthetic improvement programs to enhance Greater Jackson’s public realm.

done its own plan, cities have had their own plans, and we’ve had our own economic plans in the past, but now we’re putting all of that together so we can work off of everyone’s synergy to really do some game-changing things.” When Flowood Mayor Gary Rhodes talks about Vision 2022, his eyes light up. “Jackson is the trunk of the tree,” Rhodes said. “Without it, all the branches will die, so we have to work together to make it, and With the Jackson Convention Center attracting business and tourism downtown, developers are pushing for a hotel to us, as strong as possible. accommodate the influx. At press time, a plan was rumored. The key is finding ways to work together that are mutually beneficial. That’s what makes (Vision 2022) so appealing, Jimmy Buchanan, Pelahatchie Mayor Knox there’s something in there for everyone.” Ross and Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee are For Flowood, that something is the lake all involved. project, which would build a 1,500-acre lake between Jackson and Flowood that would protect The Long Run the area on both sides from flooding. Flowood has five medical facilities between River Oaks In a May 2013 progress report for the hospital and the Pearl River. Lake developers various committees, Vision 2022 Chairman say it would lessen the threat of flooding. Jeff Good reported that almost all of the initiaFor Ridgeland, it’s the regional walking tives are on-schedule. All the major players still agree to proand bike trails that would connect Jackson to its bedroom communities and make that ceed with the plan to build the lake, and studies are continuing to show that the project will provide flood protection and bring no harm to the environment. A public hearing is scheduled for July, with no exact date set, for supporters and opponents to submit concerns to the U.S. Corps of Engineers. The Jackson City Council voted at the beginning of May to develop a Museum to Market walking trail that will connect some of Jackson’s tourist attractions to shopping destinations. The Mississippi Department of Transportation has approved the proposal, and as soon as the city signs the contract, that project is expected to move forward. On the surface, the project looks incredA coalition of public and private interests joined together to create Vision 2022. ibly ambitious and expensive, but that’s the way the group’s leadership likes it. “If we were only looking for low-hanging city’s thriving commercial property more accessible to 174,000 Jacksonians. fruit, we wouldn’t make a very big difference Those are just a few examples of benefits in this community,” O’Neill said. “We would be for Jackson’s surrounding communities. A a little bit better, but we wouldn’t be great.” look at the groups’ implementation commitSubscribe to for breaking Jacktee shows that Copiah County representative son business and development news.


already being achieved,” O’Neill said. “That part is getting everyone to believe it can be done. We have more enthusiasm around this than anything I’ve seen around here in the last 20 years. That’s the big first step.”



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odging construction getting to or from Fondren might get you cussing on a hot day. Orange traffic barrels and lane closures are everywhere lately, especially on the stretch of Lakeland Drive from Interstate 55 to Old Canton Road, and from there to Fortification Street along State Street. But it’s all good. Those stretches of road are home to Jackson’s largest medical facilities, hospitals that contribute millions to the Jackson and state economy every year and 28

employ hordes of Mississippians in addition to providing high-quality health care. What’s visible while waiting in construction delays—new roadways at St. Dominic Hospital and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the new skyway between the Baptist Health Center and its new building— is the tip of the development iceberg for the health industry in the capital city. Hand-in-hand with Vision 2022 is Gov. Phil Bryant’s vision to make Mississippi a health-care Mecca for the nation, and it starts right here in Jackson. “Under Gov. (Phil) Bryant’s direction, the

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// by Ronni Mott Mississippi Economic Council completed a study that pointed to the health-care industry as an economic driver, and one of its nine key goals for Mississippi,” Claude W. Harbarger, president of St. Dominic Health Services, said in a statement to BOOM Jackson. “Across the state, hospitals alone employ over 60,000 workers, which makes up nearly 6 percent of the statewide total employment. In our community, St. Dominic Health Services and its associated entities provide more than 3,250 jobs. “In addition to the purely economic component of health care, there are many uncompensated outreach efforts provided by the


health systems,” Harbarger said. “Through St. Dominic Health Services we provide free care through our Community Health Clinic located at Stewpot in downtown Jackson; we provide health, vision, and dental screenings to children and seniors in need through our Care-a-Van program; and we provide all of the elementary and middle school nurses in the Madison County School District. We also provide certified athletic trainers to local schools at no cost and support many other community programs such as the Senior Olympics, Operation Shoestring and Fit 4 Teaching with Paul Lacoste.” Andy North, director of marBaptist has begun construction on new a healthplex and rehabilitation clinic in Madison. keting for St. Dominic Hospital, pointed to several other projects just completed or in the works, including a sports training and therapy facility in Madison in partnership with D1 Sports Holdings, Capital Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center, as well as Baltimore Raven Michael Oher and Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Antonio “Mookie” Johnson. D1 Jackson, at 214 // by Tyler Cleveland Parkway E., in Madison, opened May 3. “They do (boot-camp style) training of colf Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership’s 10 major initiatives in its lege-level athletes, high-school level athletes, ballyhooed Vision 2022 plan, “one lake” is the most ambitious. However, it’s not necessarily the most important. all the way down to 7-year-old kids,” North said. When GJCP leaders talk about Vision 2022, the first initiative “You can sign up as a ‘normal’ person—an everyday athlete—and sign up for the trainings as well.” on their lips is often health care. With its call for a “Healthy Greater Jackson” St. Dominic has renovated and rebuilt its behavmovement, “Health in a Hurry” stores and an extension of the medical corioral health facility at the cost of $16 million, ridor, Vision 2022’s ambitious health-care goals could which should be complete in July and provide benefit the region as much as any other program. “When we talk about the plan, most people want care for up to 77 senior psychiatric patients. It is also in the process of building a state-of-theto talk about the lake project,” GJCP board member art hybrid operating room on the second floor Socrates Garrett said in a meeting with the JFP in of its hospital on Lakeland Drive, which will alMarch. “But health care is not contingent on the lake, low doctors to move easily from laparoscopic and it’s just as, if not more, important.” The biggest project on the slate is extending a surgery and heart catheterization to traditional open procedures if necessary. health-care corridor from River Oaks Hospital in Flo“It’s an advancement in the technology wood past St. Dominic Hospital and on to University that many hospitals have been taking advanof Mississippi Medical Center. Eighty percent of that tage of,” to allow for higher risk procedures, stretch lies within Jackson city limits, and with that North said. “… It’s quickly becoming the new many options, the GJCP hopes to turn the greater Jackstandard for cardiac care.” son area into a center for health-care tourism. Just down the street from St. Dominic, The other wellness-related initiatives under the UMMC broke ground on a new School of health care subcommittee include opening Healthy in Medicine building in January, and is busy pava Hurry stores and implementing health-related proImproved ing new roads on its campus (some of which is grams to encourage Jackson’s citizens to take better health care is a delayed by the discovery last winter of 66 graves, poscare of themselves. must for many The group hopes to identify greater Jackson sibly patients from the old Mississippi Insane Asylum, Jacksonians. which operated on the site from 1855 to 1935) and a neighborhoods that have become known as “food desparking garage. The $73 million school, scheduled to erts,” where affordable, fresh fruits and vegetables are open in 2016, is part of the university teaching hospital’s not available and supermarkets are not present. In those areas, GJCP hopes to 30-year master plan, said UMMC spokesman Jack Mawork with corner or small-market stores to add more healthy food choices in zurak. When completed, the new school will allow for an its inventory. more HEALTH see page 30 more MECCA see page 30

A Vision of Health



Work. Live. Play. Prosper.


from page 29 increase in incoming student doctors from 135 to more than 165 each year. “The current school of medicine is spread out all over the campus,” Mazurak said. “This will give us enough room to keep expanding classes.” Additional projects on UMMC’s hori-


Baptist Health Systems is nearing completion of The Belhaven, a $75 million, fivestory building across State Street from the Baptist Health Center with a skyway over the street connecting the two buildings. A few tenants have already moved in and, by the end of September, Jacksonians will have access to a new range of restaurants and retail stores in addition to numerous medical offices. A new parking garage is also in the works, and The Townhomes of Belhaven Village complete the picture. The small residential development features 11 luxury townhouses facing Manship or North streets surrounding the garage, and is priced in the $300,000 range (see With The Belhaven forthcoming, the Baptist Medical Center gains valuable office and retail space. “The ground work has started,” said Robby Channell, spokesman for Baptist, about the townhomes. “They zon include an American Cancer Society should be all completed by this time next Hope Lodge for families of out-of-town payear. … We hope that it enhances the historic tients, a health and fitness center across places of the neighborhood.” Not to be outdone in the fitness areState Street from the main campus, and a mixed-use development on Lakeland Drive na, Baptist has begun construction of The that will include residential, retail and office Madison Healthplex Performance Training space. UMMC is also in preliminary discusCenter on its campus at Highway 463 and sions to build a hotel and conference center. Highland Colony Parkway in Madison, in Much of the university’s development partnership with Mississippi Sports Medistems from public-private partnerships, uscine and Orthopedic Center. The facility ing a combination of state and federal bonds will contain a rehabilitation clinic on site and and grants, and private investment. should open by the end of the year.


HEALTH, from page 27

With Mississippi’s high rate of obesity and diabetes, there’s an obvious need to encourage residents to be more health-conscious. That’s why the group hopes to aggressively seek federal grant funding to St. Dominic Health Services provides more than 3,000 support program develjobs for Jacksonians. opment for those types of groups. Vision 2022 plans to unite regional partners from the business, government, academic and non-profit sectors to coordinate existing and potential programs to increase physical activity and foster healthy lifestyles and dietary habits.


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IN THIS ISSUE: 904 Pizza Aladdin Bravo Broad Street Burgers & Blues Cerami’s Cherokee Inn Cool Al’s Crazy Ninja Eslava’s

pg. 41 pg. 38 pg. 37 pg. 37 pg. 38 pg. 33 pg. 42 pg. 42 pg. 44 pg. 45

Fenian’s Fratesi’s Hal & Mal’s Haute Pig Hickory Pit Hilton Jackson Koinonia Local 463 Mellow Mushroom Music Emporium

pg. 40 pg. 41 pg. 43 pg. 36 pg. 36 pg. 40 pg. 42 pg. 34 pg. 39 pg. 42

Menu Guide (pages 32 - 45) is a paid advertising section.

Ole Tavern Pan Asia The Penguin Ruchi India Sal & Mookie’s Underground 119 Vasilios Walker’s Wing Stop

pg. 43 pg. 35 pg. 39 pg. 42 pg. 37 pg. 32 pg. 39 pg. 34 pg. 41

A generous pour, a hearty plate and an honest tune. Opens at 4pm on Tuesday-Friday & 6pm on Saturday Entertainment starts at 8pm Tuesday -Thursday & 9pm Friday-Saturday 119 South President Street, Jackson, Mississippi 601.352.2322 light side BRUSCHETTA – 8 Toasted baguette with stewed tomatoes and roasted red peppers, topped with melted mozzarella cheese. TOSSED SALAD – 9 Seasonal greens tossed with apples, pecans, red onions and your choice of creamy Parmesan or maple vinaigrette dressing. GUMBO OF THE WEEK – 7/9 Our take on the Creole classic. Made with a dark roux, okra and Trinity vegetables. Served with Basmati rice and grilled French bread. CEVICHE – 11 Gulf shrimp and fresh fish, quick-marinated in citrus juices and gold tequilla, tossed with apples, herbs and red onion. Available in table sizes to serve 2, 4, 6 or 8.

small plates and starters PAN-SEARED CRABCAKE – 16 Mississippi-style crabcake made with lump crabmeat and BBQ potato chips, served with roasted red pepper aioli. Add another for 8. GRILLED SCALLOPS – 11 Grilled jumbo scallops over maple-chili acorn squash. ROYAL STREET SHRIMP – 11 Jumbo Gulf shrimp sautéed in spicy, Creole, compound butter and white wine. SAUTEED MUSHROOMS – 10 Portobello and shiitake mushrooms sautéed in butter and wine and served atop Delta Grind cheese grits. CHARCUTERIE AND CHEESE – 11 A selection of cured meats and cheeses served with grilled bread and house-made preserves and pickles. CRAWFISH PIE – 8 Flaky, fried pastry filled with crawfish and Trinity vegetables. Topped with Creole cream sauce. QUESADILLAS – 13 Crabmeat, ribeye steak, or sautéed vegetables with red and yellow peppers and pepper jack cheese. Topped with roasted red pepper aioli, crème fraiche or Creole comeback.

large plates SHRIMP AND GRITS – 19 Gulf Shrimp sautéed in garlic oil and simmered in roasted tomato ragout. GRILLED TROUT – 20 Herb-rubbed Rainbow Trout, grilled and served with roasted fingerling potatoes and haricot verts. SHRIMP CLEMENCEAU – 19 Gulf Shrimp Brabant potatoes, peas and mushrooms in a white wine reduction sauce. TOMATO-CAPER PASTA – 17 Fresh angel hair pasta and classic caper-tomato sauce. Add Sausage ($3), Chicken ($3) or Shrimp ($6). FRITO CHILI PIE – 19 Tex-a-ssippi chili over rich cheddar Mornay sauce and topped with flash fried corn tortillas, chive crème fraiche and cheddar powder. SAUTÉED FISH OF THE DAY – 22 Fresh fish sautéed in garlic oil and served with roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables. FLATIRON STEAK WITH CHIMICHURI – 23 Chili-marinated, Two Run Farms Flatiron steak grilled to order and served with mint chimichuri over roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables. CHICKEN CREOLE – 19 Bone-in chicken thighs, slowly braised with stewed tomatoes and “Trinity” vegetables. Served over Basmati rice.

burgers, sliders, sandwiches 119 BURGER/PORTOBELLO BURGER – 13/9 A hand blended 11-ounce patty OR a whole Portobello mushroom cap grilled and served with your choice of toppings: white Cheddar, pimento cheese, mozzarella, Colby or pepper-jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion, ketchup, spicy brown mustard and mayonnaise. Add bacon or a fried egg for 1.50 each. STEAK-N-EGG SLIDER – 11 Grilled ribeye steak, brown gravy, hash browns and a fried quail egg on a grilled slider bun. VEGETARIAN SLIDER – 8 Made with real vegetarians! Well, not really...Actually it’s made with grilled zucchini and topped with house-made mayo and micro greens. REJEBIAN’S GRILLED CHEESE – 8 Thin-sliced prosciutto and pepper-jack cheese with pimento stuffed olives on a tiny sword. According to “Blades” Rejebian, the tiny sword makes all the difference. SHRIMP PO-BOY – 12 Six fried jumbo Gulf shrimp on grilled French bread served with Creole comeback sauce and “dressed” with lettuce, tomato relish and pickles.


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Steak • Seafood • Pasta

Happy Hour

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

Early Bird Specials

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

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

Carne & Pollo

(meat & poultry) AJ’s Spaghetti & Meatballs - Classic Spaghetti pasta with Cerami’s homemade meatballs 8 oz Filet with Pasta and Vegetables - Classic filet cooked to order with seasonal vegetables. Veal Parmigiano - Breaded veal topped with mozzarella and Cerami’s tomato sauce over linguini pasta Veal Picatta - Breaded veal with a lemon & garlic butter sauce with capers and mushrooms with a side of angel hair pasta Chicken Parmigiano - Breaded chicken topped with mozzarella and Cerami’s tomato sauce over linguini pasta Chicken Picatta - Breaded chicken with a lemon & garlic butter sauce with capers and mushrooms with a side of angel hair pasta Chicken Alfredo - Breaded chicken on the side of linguini pasta and our creamy alfredo sauce.


Pesce (seafood)

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

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.


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

Dinner Hours: Tues. - Sat. | 5pm-9pm We also accommodate... Corporate meetings...Birthdays...Rehearsal dinners...Catering, and much more. *Menu Subject to Change. 5417 Lakeland Drive ~ 601-919-2829 ~ Flowood, MS 39232 Jackson Menu Guide



SELECTED ENTREES Monday - Saturday, 5:30pm - Until


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CRISPY POULET ROUGE RED CHICKEN-SEMI BONELESS, SWEET POTATO, EGGPLANT, CAULIFLOWER ALOO GOBI, THIN BEANS, THYME JUS Dinner Reservations Welcome. Private Dining & Catering Services Available. Walkers Also Serves Lunch Monday Through Friday.


Selected Entrees

Redfish 463 with sauteed crabmeat, garlic mash, thin beans and a charred tomato-lemon butter Chipotle Glazed Grilled Jumbo Shrimp with spicy cheese grits, roasted corn salsa and salsa verde Apricot-Teriyaki Glazed Grilled Salmon on sesame spinach, with shiitake mushrooms and soy lemon butter Pan Roasted Jumbo Sea Scallops with rock shrimp and feta risotto, grape tomato, bacon, grilled red onion and asparagus salad with basil lemon butter The “Original” Honey-Rosemary Fried Chicken all natural chicken breast in a Mississippi honey-rosemary with garlic mash and thin beans


MONDAY - SATURDAY, 11:00 - 2:30 PM




Prime Flank Steak spice crusted and sliced with toasted garlic, spinach, Manchego shoestring fries and a chimichurri sauce 8 oz. Filet wood-grilled Hereford beef filet with baconcheddar mash, fresh asparagus and crispy onions

Southern-style plate lunch on weekdays reservations welcome bar open all day

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BBQ Plates

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

BBQ pork shoulder (smoked with hickory wood for 12 hours, then pulled and lightly chopped) BBQ beef brisket (smoked with hickory wood for 12 hours, then pulled and lightly chopped)

Jackson’s Best BBQ JFP’s Best of Jackson

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Extra Fixins

BBQ Chicken (chopped w/ slaw relish) Garlic Bread ............................. .85 ..................................................... 4.95 Brunswick Stew w/ homemade BBQ Pork (chopped w/ slaw relish) cornbread: 1/2 pint - 4.95, pint - 8.25, ..................................................... 4.95 1/2 gallon - 26.40, gallon - 49.50 BBQ Beef (chopped w/ slaw relish) Assorted Potato Chips ........... .95 ..................................................... 5.25 Onion Rings ............................ 3.55 Smoked Ham (lettuce, tomato & mayo) Fries (fresh cut taters) ................. 3.25 ..................................................... 5.75 Regular or Sweet Potato with cheese ................................ 6.95 Small Garden Salad .............. 3.85 Smoked Turkey (lettuce, tomato & mayo) (Come Back, Ranch, or Raspberry ..................................................... 5.75 Vinaigrette) with cheese ................................ 6.95 Chef Salad ............................. 10.75 Hamburger ............................. 4.35 (topped with cheddar and swiss (lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, cheese, boiled egg, smoked chicken or pickles & onion) with cheese ....... 5.50 smoked ham & turkey, with a choice Double Hamburger ............... 5.45 of Come Back, Ranch or Raspberry with cheese ................................. 7.25 Vinaigrette) Po-Boys your choice of Pork, Chicken, Beef, Ham or Turkey (lettuce, tomato, mayo & Ruffles) ........................... 9.50 with cheese ............................... 10.75 Grilled Cheese ........................ 3.75 extra cheese ................................ 1.25 Special Sandwich Platter ...... 8.55 (BBQ Chicken, Pork, Beef, Ham, Hamburger, or Turkey Sandwiches. Choice of two fixins: garden salad, slaw, tater salad, home fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings or baked beans)

BBQ Plates Choice of 2 of our delicious fixins: garden salad, slaw, tater salad, home fries or baked beans and Texas toast! BBQ Pork (chopped) ............. 11.75 BBQ Beef (chopped) .............. 12.25

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

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

We also sell Whole Pies!

Party Packs Serves 10 Adults .................. 44.95 (2lb. pork or beef or 2 whole chickens; 2 pints beans, 2 pints slaw & 6 slices of Texas toast or 10 buns) 1/2 Party Pack ....................... 23.75

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

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

Ask About Our Catering!

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

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

Po-Boys Po-Boy Choice of pork, beef, chicken, ham, or turkey and one of our sides* (Dressed with lettuce, tomato and mayo)

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


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

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


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

Club Po-Boy Smoked ham and turkey grilled with melted cheddar and swiss cheese and choice of one of our sides (dressed with lettuce, tomato and our special comeback dressing)

Our famous Hershey Bar pie

Sausage Po-Boy Smoked pork susage dressed with grilled onions, bell peppers and mustard, and one of our sides*

Carrot cake Heated and served a la mode

Lemon pie Pecan pie Heated and served a la mode Coconut cake

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BnBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Famous Fried Pickles BnBsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; famous burger just the way you like it! Loaded Ranch Dip With lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard & ketchup. Onion Rings Homemade Chili Lea & Perrins Burger A marinated burger in Lea & Perrins sauce. Dressed MoJo Mushrooms with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, Fried Cheese Sticks mustard, ketchup & feta cheese. Homemade Buffalo Chicken Bites Hwy 51 Bacon & Blue Burger Fried Jalpenos Topped with applewood smoked bacon & crumbled Fried Okra bleu cheese. Served with warm bleu cheese sauce. Fried Green Tomatoes The County Line Gotta have one with a little bit of everything! Lettuce, Chili Cheese Fries Pulled Pork Nachos tomato, sautĂŠed onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, mushrooms, jalapeno peppers, chili & your choice of cheese.

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







Smokehouse BBQ Burger


Buffalo Chicken, Philly Cheese Steak, Club Wrap & Caesar Wrap

Sandwiches & Other Stuff

BnBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BLT Quesadilla Heinz 57 Sausage Dog The BNB served with Heinz 57 sauce and cheddar Philly Cheese Steak cheese. Pickinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chicken Tenders The Pearson Pulled Pork A good ole sloppy burger with brown gravy, Swiss Chicken Fried Chicken Biscuit cheese and sautĂŠed mushrooms. Shrimp or Catfish Poâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Boy Pineapple Express Topped with grilled pineapple, grilled onions & a bit of Buffalo Fried Chicken Hot Dogs BnBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secret sauce. Fried Bologna Sandwich Patty Melt Bacon, cheddar cheese & 1 fried onion ring.

Topped with Swiss cheese and sauteed onions.

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Spinach and Cheese wrapped in Phyllo (5) 6.50 Tzatziki with Pita 6.50


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Small Greek Salad




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Scallops with Shrimp 19.95

Scallops 18.95 Tilapia 15.95

With Shrimp or Scallops or Crabmeat 19.95 Shrimp 17.95 Thalassino: Sauteed Shrimp, Scallops, and Crabmeat in White Wine Lemon Butter Sauce served over Rice pilaf. Served with Salad only. 15.95

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Soutsoukaki Plate 11.50

Ribeye Steak 17.95

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Irish Favorites

Scotch Egg A traditional Celtic

Add a salad for just $2.99.

Chili Nachos $4.99 & $7.99

Old Fashioned Shepherd’s Pie Tender minced beef, carrots,

staple. (Allow 15 min.) $4.99

Fish & Chips $6.99

peas and onions baked in a casserole under a mashed potato parmesan crust. $9.99

Spicy Drummers Regular (5)

Ploughman’s Potato baked

Chicken & Chips $5.99

$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

Guiness® Stout Cheese $4.99 Batter Fried Dill Slices $3.99 Cheese Sticks $7.99 Basket O’ French Fries $2.99


potato fi lled with tender roast beef, corned beef, chili or chicken, shredded cheese, topped with the works $8.99

Corned Beef and Cabbage

with homemade mashed potatoes, beef gravy and toasted Rye. $9.99 Red Beans and Rice $9.99

Grilled Tilapia A lightly

seasoned tilapia fi llet served with coleslaw and a baked potato topped with butter, sour cream and chives. $8.99

House Salad $3.99 large $6.99

Irish Boxties

Chef Salad $7.99

Boxty is an Irish potato pancake and a specialty of the northwestern part of Ireland.

Add a grilled chicken breast $2.99

Cobb Salad $9.99 Caesar Salad $6.99

Beef Boxty $9.99

Add a grilled chicken breast $2.99

Reuben Boxty $9.99


Veggie Boxty $8.99

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

Soups & Stews

Fenian’s Pub Burger classic

Homemade Vegetable Soup

burger w/choice of cheese. $7.49

cup $2.99 bowl $4.99

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

cup $3.99 bowl $7.99

Pub Club Deli-sliced turkey & ham, American and Swiss $8.99

Grilled Chicken & Cheese with Cajun comeback dressing. $8.49 add bacon $.99

The Bookmaker roast beef on

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Traditional Irish Stew cup $3.99 bowl $8.99

Desserts Irish Bread Pudding $3.99 New York Cheesecake $4.49

a toasted hoagie with Cheddar cheese w/Au jus. $8.99

Molten Brownie $4.99

Reuben $8.99

Call ahead and take home a hot meal for supper!

Cheese Steak $9.49



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“1st Place Best Wings 2009-2012” Best of Jackson Awards

904B E. Fortification Str. Located Inside Basil’s

Appetizers Bruschetta Spicy Cheese Fritters

Grilled Mushrooms with Garlic Bread Spinach & Artichoke Dip Meatball & Olive Salad Garlic Loaf & Red Sauce Tortellini in Chicken or Tomato Broth Angel Hair Soup in Tomato or Chicken Broth Antipasto Fried Ravioli

Entrees Spaghetti with Meatballs Spaghetti with Sausage Ravioli Beef Lasagna Rigatoni Supreme Vegetable Lasagna Veggie Pasta Seafood Lasagna

Ricotta Stuffed Shells Cannelloni Chicken Parmesan Eggplant Parmesan Fettuccine Alfredo Shrimp Alfredo Chicken Alfredo Shrimp Scampi Shrimp Marinara Veal Parmesan Veal Scaloppine Grilled Chicken & Angel Hair

904 in Belhaven

Desserts Tiramisu Canoli Blackberry Cobbler & Icecream That’s Amore Chocolate Cake

Order online -

COMBO MEALS Wing Combo Meals are sauced and tossed and served up with Specialty Dip, Fries, and Beverage.

601.352.2002 Monday - Saturday 11 am - 9pm

REGULAR WINGS 10 PIECE (1 flavor)...........$8.99


The Pizzas PEPPERONI $11 tomato sauce, cheese blend, pepperoni, basil

tomato & white sauce, basil, sliced meatballs

Build Your Own ($10


CHEESE $10 FRESH HERBS tomato sauce, basil cheese blend, cilantro basil parsley MARGHERITA $13 SAUCES tomato sauce, honey bbq fresh mozz, basil, tomato - lightly roasted tomatoes seasoned with BBQ CHICKEN $16 a kick honey bbq sauce, white - spiced cilantro, chicken, bechamel creamy pesto caramelized onions, bacon, jalapeños

Grilled Chicken & Eggplant Tortellini Soup Fratesi’s Choice 8oz Filet Fratesi’s Choice 14oz Ribeye

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

$1 TOPPINGS caramelized onions POPEYE $15 red onions white sauce, spinach, chicken, mushrooms roasted garlic roasted garlic pepperoni black olives THE BELHAVEN $16 spinach creamy pesto, chicken, artichoke jalapeños hearts, asparagus $2 TOPPINGS red bell pepper MILLSAPS $13 tomato sauce, asparagus roasted tomatoes garlic, roasted tomatoes, spinach artichoke hearts Italian sausage THE 904 $15 bacon white sauce, fresh mozz spinach, roasted extra cheese garlic, Italian $3 TOPPINGS sausage, chicken pepperoni meatballs MEATBALL $15

3 PIECE (1 flavor)..............$6.99 5 PIECE (1 flavor)..............$8.99


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

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



Sauced and Tossed in your favorite flavor!

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW GLIDERSs 2 Gliders...............................$4.99 4 Gliders...............................$9.89 6 Gliders.............................$13.99 Glider Combo......................$6.99 HOMEMADE SIDES FRESH CUT SEASONED FRIES Regular......................................$1.59 Large........................................$2.59 CREAMY COLE SLAW Regular......................................$1.79 Pound........................................$3.29 HOT CHEESE SAUCE..........$1.59 POTATO SALAD Regular......................................$1.79 Pound........................................$3.29 CRISP VEGGIE STICKS Celery & Carrots................$0.89 BOURBON BAKED BEANS Regular......................................$1.79 Large.........................................$3.29 SPECIALTY DIPS Creamy Ranch, Chunky Bleu Cheese or Honey Mustard. Great for wings (fries too). Single Serving......................$0.59 Large.........................................$3.29 DINNER ROLLS Each..........................................$0.35 Half Dozen..............................$1.79 Dozen........................................$3.39

Includes: 35 Wings, Large Fresh Cut Seasoned Fries, 2 Regular Specialty Dips, 1 Order Crisp Veggie Sticks. Serves 3-5

Lunch Specials DailySpecials

A True Taste of Italy Named one o f t he

Best Italian Restaurants in Mississippi by Mississippi Magazine

Mon - Sat 11 am - 2 pm




+ side salad $7.50




+ side salad $8.75

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

Monday : Millsaps Tuesday : The 904 Wednesday : BBQ Chicken Thursday : Popeye Friday : Meatball Saturday : Surprise

Real Food Tastes Good M41

642 Tombigbee St. Jackson, Ms 39071


Live Music

136 South Adams Street Jackson, MS

Thur - Sat

(Adams & Metro Pkwy between Downtown & JSU)


One Of The Many Reasons You Keep Coming Back! The Original

Comeback Dressing Voted Number One by Delta magazine.

11:00am to 1:30pm Comes with 2 sides & drink.

LUNCH Flatbread Pizzas Sandwiches Wraps Salads

BREAKFAST Waffles Grits Breakfast Sandwiches


per bottle

BLUE PLATE SPECIALS Monday: Hamburger Steak covered with onions smothered in gravy $8.99

Tuesday: Lasagna

4 layers of pasta with 4 cheeses combined with ground chuck covered in sauce $9.99

Wednesday: Baked Pork Chops 2 chops in our own spiced rub, slow cooked $9.99

Thursday: Cajun Shrimp Gumbo

massive amount of rue with shrimp, okra & spices all over rice $8.99

Friday: Fish Day

Simmons Catfish, grown in the USA, hand battered using our own batter, handmade hush puppies. Comes with slaw, baked beans or fries. $10.99

+ tax

Available only at The Cherokee.

Sandwiches & Po’Boys


Your choice of Chips, Fries, or O-rings

1410 Old Square Road • Jackson


The Blues Burger $9.99 Baja Chicken Sandwich $8.99 Philly Cheese Steak Po’boy $9.99 Fried Shrimp Po’boy or Basket $9.99 Fried Oyster Po’boy or Basket $9.99 Ham & Cheese Po’boy $8.99

Appetizers Open
Everyday Lunch:

2pm Sat
2:30pm Dinner:



Shuruat/Starters •
Shorbe/Soups •
Indian •
Tandoor •
Vegetarian •

Dinners •
Wraps •
Seafood •
Chinese •
Biryani •


Made with beef or turkey on wheat or white.

• Cajun Bleu Burger • Extra Hot Habanero Jalapeno Burger • Garlic & Ginger Jalapeno Burger • Spicy Chipotle Burger • Onion Burger • Jalapeno Onion Burger • Sinbad’s Bbq Bacon • Veggie Burgers + We accept JSU Super Cards!

MS 601.991.3110
601.206.9990 M42

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• Philly Cheese Steak • Assorted Wings • Eggplant Fries •Kwame’s Cajun Battered Fries •Fresh Cut Sweet Potato Fries Try Our Homemade Veggie Burgers • Jamaican • West African • Mediterranean Made In House!

Mon-Thurs: 10AM - 9PM Fri & Sat: 10AM - 10PM Sun: CLOSED NOW SERVING BEER!


Fried Cheese $5.99 Fried Pickles $5.99 French Fries $2.99 Onion Rings $3.99 Cheese Fries $3.99 Jalapeno Peppers $7.99

Fresh jalapeno peppers stuffed with cream cheese, chicken wrapped with bacon. Oven cooked.

Hot Wings All wings are deep fried. Teriyaki, Hot or REAL HOT!

Order of 8 $7.99 Order of 16 $13.99 BUCKET LOAD! (40) $27.99

And More...

Bring The Family! We also offer a Kid’s Menu & salads.

We Deliver

Call and ask us about our Downtown Delivery!

The Hard Stuff

We have a large assortment of your favorite libations.


Please contact us for your parties and events. We can accommodate anything from small dinners and functions to full-blown festivals and events!

MONDAY - FRIDAY Blue Plate Lunch


with corn bread and tea or coffee


As well as the usual favorites!

Seafood Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Burgers, Fried Pickles, Onion Rings and Homemade Soups made daily. *Fridays: Catfish Plates are $9.75

$4.00 Happy Hour Well Drinks! visit for a full menu and concert schedule


200 S. Commerce St. â&#x20AC;˘ Downtown Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson Menu Guide


Rock-N-Roll Sushi & Hibachi 2560 Lakeland Dr. • Flowood 601.420.4058

Some Of Our Most Rocking Japanese, Chinese & Asian Inspired Dishes!

Summer. Refresh. Relax.

Opening Acts

Beef or Tuna Tataki Dy-No-MITE! Shrimp Jalapeno Poppers Rockstar Cocktail Shrimp Headbanger Chicken Headbanger Shrimp


Served with Fried Rice, Soup, Salad, Noodles & Vegetables

Chicken Scallops N.Y Strip Steak Salmon

Filet Mignon Lobster Shrimp Veggies Share Plate

Sushi Rolls Hall of Fame


Crazy Ninja Roll Hard Rock Roll 6 String Ninja Roll Narley Roll Live to ROCK Wild Thang Fire & Desire Roll Thriller Roll Good Times Roll Drum and Snare Roll

Tuna, Salmon, or Yellowtail Roll (available in Spicy & Spicy Crunchy)

California Roll Spicy Crawfish Roll Philly Roll Shrimp Tempura Roll Cucumber Roll Avocado Roll Rainbow Roll Dynamite Roll Veggie Roll

Crazy Ninja Bowls

Always Drink Responsibly

Fried Rice: Rice stir fried with soy

sauce, scallions, eggs, carrots, and onions. With Chicken, Beef, Shrimp or Combination

Pad Thai: Rice noodles an fried

Bento Boxes

All Bento Boxes Served with Soup, Salad, Spring Roll, Dumpling, and Fried Rice. Your choice of Chicken, Steak or Shrimp

with chicken, eggs, bean sprouts, and crushed peanuts in a Thai sweet and tangy sauce.


Bang Bang Salad Rockin’ Raw Salad

Rockin’ Raw Sushi Available Nigiri: Fish on Rice Sashimi: Cuts of Fresh Fish without Rice Sushi Platters Available Served with Miso Soup and Ginger Salad. Chef Choice of Nigiri and Sashimi. M44

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Northeast Jackson’s Largest Showroom • Free Gift Wrapping • Gift Certificates • Friendly Knowledgeable Staff • Glasses To Loan • Case Discounts • Quick Chilling Service available at Maywood Mart Shopping Center • 1220 E. Northside Dr.

601-366-5676 • Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

9th Annual




July 20, 2013

starts at 6 pm @ Hal & Mal’s Red Room

To donate money or items






auction, call




ext. 23, or email the chick crew at

SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE: Imperial Highness - $5,000 • Diva - $2,500 Goddess - $1,000 • Queen - $500 • Princess - $250 Duchess - $125• Chick/Rooster - $50

Make checks payable to Center for Violence Prevention or use your credit card at

2481 Lakeland Drive | Flowood

601.932.4070 Visit our second location next to Party City

900 Suite E. County Line Rd.

769.251.2657 Work. Live. Play. Prosper.



//resident tourist Story and food photos by

Jesse Houston

Fruits of the Sea


ushi has had a huge impact on me as both a “foodie” and a chef. Many years ago, when small independent sushi restaurants began popping up in America in little strip malls, I decided to go try some on my lunch break for the first time. Leery of raw fish, I started out with the easy stuff: California rolls, vegetable futomaki and shrimp tempura rolls. I wasn’t quite ready for good stuff. I enjoyed the combination of textures: crunchy vegetables, chewy rice and soft seafood. It was an exotic and new experience for me. Eventually, I would become more adventurous and try barbecue eel (the ideal gateway sushi for beginners), spicy tuna, salmon nigiri and octopus. It took some time before I could work up the courage to try uni, or sea urchin roe. I had seen famous chefs from all over the country talk about how it was one of their favorite, must luxurious ingredients, and one day my local sushi spot had it as a special. I ordered it, and a few moments later, two bundles of nori (the traditional seaweed wrapper for sushi) topped with creamy, orange sea urchin roe appeared in front of me. I stared hard at it, as if to say, “You don’t scare me, sushi!” and then popped the whole thing in my mouth. What followed next was horrific. It was a salty, fishy explosion of flavor, and I hated it. I wanted to spit it out, but didn’t want to be rude. I choked it down and offered the other piece to my friend who had joined me for lunch. He declined. A few years later, when I was in culinary


school, I began to stage (a culinary form of an unpaid internship) at an incredible Japanese restaurant with a sushi bar in Austin called Uchi. Uchi translates to “house,” and this amazing place was in a quaint little house with one of the smallest kitchens I had seen. Uchi had recently received a ton of awards: James Beard, Food and Wine best chefs, and the chef even went to compete on Iron Chef America against Iron Chef Morimoto for Battle Ginger. (Spoiler alert: they lost, but hey, they went up against Morimoto!) One night I went in for an Omakase. That is Japanese for “entrust”—you literally entrust the chef to come up with the menu for you. I highly recommend this. One of my many unbelievable courses was sea urchin

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sushi. I figured I was at one of the best sushi restaurants in the country, so I’d give it one more shot. When I placed the roll in my mouth and bit down, another explosion of flavors took over my senses. This time, it wasn’t salty and fishy. It was almost not even a flavor at all, but a strong memory of being a child in California, where I was born, and climbing the rocks and tidal pools at Laguna Beach, collecting sea creatures—fish, crabs, anemones and sea urchins—and taking them to my personal “aquarium” tide pool. It was the essence of the ocean and beach, with the sounds of the waves crashing on the rocks, the warm sun and cool breeze. I was in love. This memory is so important to me that I plan to get a sea urchin tattoo on my arm.

So what is sushi? You could literally write a book on the history, tradition, styles and etiquette of this popular food, but I’ll be brief. You’ll find three main types of sushi at most sushi joints: maki, nigiri and sashimi. Maki are the rolls that most Americans think of as sushi: a combination of nori (sometimes soy paper), rice and filling cut into several round slices. Nigiri are the carefully hand-formed balls of sushi topped with cooked or raw seafood. Typically, the sushi chef will form the rice in his hand, dab a small amount of wasabi on top, and then use his hand again to place the seafood on top. Often the fish will get a glaze of soy sauce. Sashimi are expertly sliced pieces of seafood arranged on a platter without the rice. There are also hand rolls, box sushi and more. I would say that most sushi-loving Americans prefer maki, or sushi rolls. Due to our western palates, sushi chefs across the country have created special rolls commonly presented in menus on tables with pictures and long descriptions. These days you find many deep-fried sushi rolls, drizzled with mayonnaise and fruit sauces, topped with brightly colored fish and fish roe, and bedazzled with elaborate garnishes. Traditional sushi is generally simple, and more about the rice, which takes a true sushi master years to perfect. The rice is a poetic balance of perfectly cooked rice, seasoned with vinegar, salt and sugar. I recommend watching the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” available on Netflix, for a look into the life of the best sushi master in

Japan and, consequently, the world. It will open your eyes to the kind of respect, passion and tradition that goes into a bite of worldclass sushi. While you’re at it, pick up a copy of the graphic novel “Get Jiro!” by Anthony Bourdain. “Get Jiro!” is a hilarious and graphically violent story of a sushi master gone rogue in a world controlled by celebrity chefs. If you eat at Jiro’s sushi bar and mix wasabi into your soy sauce, you might wind up decapitated! So what about sushi in Jackson? Well, I recently visited a couple of neighborhood sushi joints, Sakura Bana (4800 Interstate 55 N., 601.982.3035) and Edo (5834 Ridgewood Road, 601.899.8518) to see the different approaches each takes when it comes to the type of sushi they serve. Sakura Bana is more contemporary, while Edo is more traditional. Edo-style sushi is the type of sushi that was created by Hanaya Yohei (1799–1858) at the end of the Edo period in Edo, Japan. Even more interesting is the southern-fusion sushi that each has created to appeal to Jackson palates. At Sakura Bana, the Mississippi Roll has fried catfish and a mayonnaisebased dipping sauce, and Edo has po-boy rolls with fried soft shell crab and shrimp. At Sakura Bana, I ordered the spicy tuna roll, and at Edo the spicy tuna nigiri. I preferred the spicy tuna at Sakura Bana, which had more seasoning and heat to it, although I appreciated the presentation and freshness at Edo. I also ordered tamago nigiri at both restau-

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rants, one of my favorite classic sushi dishes, which is a sweetened Japanese square omelet that is sliced and placed atop of sushi rice with a strip of nori. The one at Sakura Bana looked homemade, but you could see strips of green in the omelet where the eggs had been over cooked. The tamago at Edo was perfectly yellow and better seasoned, but was slightly rubbery and seemed store-bought. I tried a variety of other sushi, and was very surprised by the smoked salmon and gooey mozzarella roll at Sakura Bana, and the asparagus and almond roll at Edo. One of the best things I ordered all night was the Hamachi Kama, a broiled tuna collar perfectly seasoned and served with lemon and ponzu sauce at Edo. The collar has incredible flavor, being served on the bone, and is one of my all-time favorite Japanese dishes. I preferred the sushi and experience at Edo. The restaurant was much more traditional and intimate, and served complementary hot towels, an amuse-bouche of snow crab and seasoned cucumbers, miso soup that was full of flavor, and oranges at the end of the meal to cleanse your palate. Overall, the sushi here was better seasoned than Sakura Bana. But sushi is a lot like barbecue. It is a religion that people will argue over and defend to the bitter end! Next time you are out for sushi, make it a point to order something you have never had and would normally never try. You may be surprised. Sushi not only has surprised me, it has changed me forever.

•Use chopsticks or your hands to eat sushi. •If you enjoy soy sauce on your nigiri, dip the seafood side into the soy sauce, not the rice side. Then, place the piece fish-sidedown on your tongue. •Never mix your wasabi into your soy sauce. If you prefer the extra wasabi,

place a small dab on top. •Place an entire portion of sushi into your mouth at once. If you simply cannot eat the whole thing, hold the second half in your chopsticks, rather than placing it back on your plate. •Do not place slices of pickled ginger on your sushi. Instead, use the ginger in between bites as a palate cleanser. 47

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Fired Up for the Manship


//by Bret Kenyon


oon to be joining the ranks of by for lunch. It will also feature a steak for Jackson’s many original restauthose who just can’t get excited about the rants is the Manship Wood-Fired grilled squash. In order to offer a truly unique flavor, Kitchen, which—despite the name—is neither exclusive to men nor nauEaton studied with chefs both at home tical in nature. and abroad, including a period at the San The brainchild of co-owners Steven Francisco Bread Institute, while O’Neill reO’Neill, the general manager, and executive mained in Jackson to begin building their chef Alex Eaton, the Manship is a Mediterrestaurant. The restaurant itself will be inranean-influenced restaurant that will offer side The Belhaven, the new Baptist Hospia unique take on familiar dishes. With a tal outpatient center across the street from loyalty to local produce and a determinaKeifer’s, and will feature a late 19th-century tion to offer healthy yet flavorful dishes, design inspired by original Belhaven architecture for a handcrafted, rustic elegance. the chefs crafted a menu that features traPlan on paying $15 or less for lunches, ditional Mississippi foods served with an Italian Mediterranean flair—such as baked and around $20 for dinner—which will be Steven O’Neill (left) and Alex Eaton are joining butter beans in Italian sauce. (And yes, that served a la carte. forces at the Manship this summer. O’Neill and Eaton plan to open the last sentence included the words “healthy” and “flavorful.”) By ditching the heavy butManship this summer. You can find it now ters and salts, Eaton is free to flavor his dishes with oils, vinaigrettes and the on Facebook or at The Manship is a restaurant born from a shared passion in creating wood-fire cooking process itself—he wants diners to leave feeling satisfied and good about themselves. new flavors out of familiar foods, a promise of local produce served at seaThe Manship’s dishes will include duck leg confit, spit-fire rotisserie sonal peaks, and dishes that stay healthy without sacrificing taste. And I, for chicken, house cocktails and an assortment of paninis for those dropping one, can’t wait to give it a try.

Red (Sauce), White (Lightning) and (Smokey) Blues // by Molly Lehmuller


ay you’re running an errand downtown one afternoon, late in clay-baked Jackson summer. The sun’s reflecting off the pavement, and it’s all you can do not to run inside the nearest bank lobby and

Organizers hope Blues and Bones at F. Jones becomes a staple event each summer. press your face to the cool marble floor. But you hear a percussive thumping in the distance, followed by a high tuneful wail. You turn toward the 48

direction of the noise and start walking. Your stride quickens—you’ve just inhaled the faint smoky tang of slow-roasted barbecue. You round the Mississippi College Law building, and the booms and slides suddenly align into “Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad,” and you see most of Farish Street is blocked off and filled with happy Jacksonians. Congratulations, reader. You just happened upon Blues & Bones. Like its earlier iteration, Beer & Bones, Blues & Bones is an all-day festival, complete with a grill-off and an art fair, this year held Aug. 30-31. The judges panel at the cook-off will feature chef Luis Bruno of Adobo and local radio and television talent, including news anchor Howard Ballou of WLBT. Attendees will sample ribs, chicken and other fare, peruse and purchase works of local craftsmen, and spend the day listening to music on the festival’s outdoor stage. (Remember to BYOFC—folding

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chairs, that is!) Saturday morning’s festivities will kick off with a 5K run-walk through downtown. The new name better reflects the festival’s diverse offerings, as well as its family-friendly atmosphere. “It’s a downtown music and arts festival … Since Jubilee!JAM went (kaput), we’re trying to keep that downtown spirit alive. Most cities around here—Atlanta, New Orleans, Memphis— have these summertime festivals,” Dillon says. “This year, it’s going to include a showcase of blues musicians,” Dillon says. “The Central Mississippi Blues Society is going to have their IBC (International Blues Competition) qualifying contest on-site.” The IBC is an international talent search for great undiscovered blues musicians, hosted by the Memphis-based Blues Foundation. Performers will play to 5 a.m. Sunday morning. Tickets will be sold in advance; $5 for Friday’s festivities and $10 for Saturday’s. Musicians interested in participating or local craftsmen and artists applying for vendor space should contact Dillon at



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duncan mccullough, LGBT rights activist

// by mo wilson


uncan McCullough looks ordinary enough: a spiffy dude with a beard. He is more than he appears, however. McCullough is a transgender man. He was born with a biologically female body, but realized later in life that he is, in fact, very much male. Now he gives talks to raise awareness about trans-related issues. After coming out as trans to his parents, McCullough had to sleep on his friends’ couches, before finding a job at Broad Street Bakery. He had already started transitioning, the process of making his gender presentation match his male identity. For McCullough, this meant taking testosterone and wearing more “male” clothes. The process felt like a long-delayed period of puberty. “I looked like an acne-ridden 13-year-old boy. My voice was cracking,” McCullough says. He was one of the lucky ones. Thanks to some bonds McCullough’s parents left him, he was able to afford to go to New Orleans to get a prescription for his testosterone. Other trans people often have to do without, because many traditional doctors turn away trans patients. “I just had someone talk to me a week ago who was turned away at a hospital for being trans,” McCullough says. Eventually, McCullough got hired at the University of Mississippi 50

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Medical Center Sleep Disorder Center. This is was a lucky break. “It’s hard to get a job when your references are under a different name and gender,” McCullough says. Even those who come out as transgender after getting a job are not safe. “It is legal to fire someone for being gay, bi, or trans in Mississippi and in the majority of states.” McCullough gives talks to nonprofits and LGBT groups about transgender issues, something that frequently goes unaddressed. He credits the friends who let him stay on their couches for making it possible in Jackson. “It really is all about finding people,” he says. Another resource has been his synagogue, Beth Israel, which he started attending before he transitioned. Members of the congregation and the rabbi, Valerie Cohen, have been very supportive, coming up to McCullough early on and asking him what they should call him and what pronouns to use. “I love my synagogue, and my Judaism is intensely tied up with how I view the world and my social-justice action,” he says. McCullough fights for that social-justice action every day, and encourages everyone to join him. “If you’re someone who’s oppressed and disenfranchised and just living your life openly and honestly … that in itself an act of activism,” he says.

Johannah is wearing a gray skirt ($8) from The Orange Peel, a floral blouse ($38.95) and earrings ($18.95) from Material Girls, a ring ($16) from Francesca’s. The shoes are her own.

Johannah johannah williams, department chair

// by amber helsel


ohannah Williams is on a roll and does not seem to be slowing down any time soon. Williams, 32, is an instructor and department chair at Hinds Community College in Raymond, teaching computer science and leadership development. “I’ve always wanted to be a college instructor,” Williams says. She chose to teach at a community college because she says she appreciates the diversity. Williams received her bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Mississippi, her master’s in computer science from Alcorn State University, and her doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Helping students is her work’s biggest reward. “That’s my favorite part,” she says. “Some of the students come from pretty different backgrounds. Sometimes they want to give up. Sometimes they want to quit. They come and talk to you, and you have to convince them to stay on track and do their work. Some of the students come from educated family members. They just don’t know what to do. I like getting to work with different students.” She visited the HCC Raymond campus while getting her master’s at Alcorn State University. “The people were nice,” she says. “It’s a very family-oriented campus. After my visit, I started applying.” Williams was once the lead sponsor of Student VOICES, an organization that helps students find their political voices, but due to her promotion to department chair of physical science in 2012, she now serves as co-sponsor. “The only reason I stepped down was because I couldn’t do both. I loved it. I miss it,” she says. She participates in many other committees and organizations on campus, including the Graduation Task Force, which encourages students to finish school and obtain their degrees. “I’ve always felt that it’s important that students at least get a bachelor’s degree because it accelerates you in life,” Williams says. “Stopping at the high school degree limits how much you can accomplish.” Williams is also on the Nature Conservancy board and was voted Phi Theta Kappa faculty scholar out of 3,000 professors from all over the world. Hailing from Oxford, Miss., she was one of 10 siblings. “We were all home-schooled together,” she says. “Looking back on it, I don’t know how (my mother) did it, but obviously she did a great job because we’re all very successful.”

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Marni marni von wilpert, attorney

// by robyn jackson


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arni von Wilpert is changing lives in Mississippi through HIV/AIDS advocacy. She is a graduate of Fordham Law School in New York and the current fellow for the Skadden Foundation, which gives grants to lawyers working for non-profits. Von Wilpert’s clients come to her when they encounter discrimination based on their HIV-positive status. Von Wilpert, 30, tells stories of people who have been fired from their jobs and kicked out of their apartments when their HIV status is revealed. “That’s all illegal, so I help people stand up for their rights,” von Wilpert says. She helps people do that in a variety of ways. “Usually going to court is our last resort,” she says, due to the intense stigma and lack of knowledge about HIV. “I encounter some people who believe that it can be spread through a handshake.” Even without going to court, von Wilpert can do a lot. She first lays out all of the legal options available to her client, and then goes forward with the case as they see fit. “I’m not here to tell anyone

what to do,” she says. She negotiates anything from compensation for a wronged client to the installation of non-discrimination policies. Von Wilpert is excited about plans for a Crossroads clinic, a medical-legal partnership located in the Jackson Medical Mall. The partnership is a collaboration between von Wilpert and University of Mississippi Medical Center doctors who deal with patients with both medical and legal needs, something that can become intermingled in von Wilpert’s line of work. “Someone gets fired from their job, and they lose their health insurance,” she says as an example. “One of my patients got so ill because he couldn’t afford to go to the doctor that he had to drop the lawsuit.” The Mississippi Center for Justice funded the clinic, and the Jackson Medical Mall donated the space. The clinic has been a long time coming. Von Wilpert had been interested in AIDS advocacy since her time in the Peace Corps in Botswana. After graduating from law school, she applied for the Skadden fellowship. When she chose to serve her fellowship at the Mississippi Center for Justice, she brought the idea of a partnership to serve her clients. Her team drew up plans for the clinic in summer 2012. Although von Wilpert regularly comes up against harsh circumstances, she remains effervescent and optimistic. “Seeing my clients and the way they persevere and their resilience through difficult day inspires me to keep going,” she says.

Roderick roderick richardson, pastor

// by nneka ayozie


oday, community service and outreach are essential to the growth of society. Pastor Roderick Richardson is one in the community creating a new definition for what we call “outreach.” Through his ministry at the Word Center, Richardson (also known as Pastor Rich), 34, has made a mark in the Jackson community. “We try to provide resources to individuals. It’s our goal to impact them not only spiritually, but existentially, because we want them to be living their best life,” Richardson says about the aims of the Center. Through the Word Center, he has provided assistance to people in the community by sponsoring jerseys for the Callaway High School basketball team, partnering with Stewpot Community Services to provide lunch to the home52

less, providing school supplies to students who can’t afford them, and other forms of outreach. Richardson began his journey in service leadership (and athletic achievement) as a high school student. He was a point guard for Vicksburg’s Warren Central High School, in addition to participating in football, hockey, soccer, baseball and gymnastics. After graduating from high school, Richardson earned two bachelor’s degrees in 2000 (one in political science and one in business) from Delta State University. In 2001, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from the Exodus School of the Bible, associated with the New Life Church in Cleveland, Miss. Following graduation, he worked at Delta State’s Center of Community and Economic

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Development. There he provided students with tutors to increase reading comprehension, and engaged in fundraising and grant writing. Richardson’s train did not stop there. He graduated with two master’s degrees from Delta State in 2005, one in education and one in community development. At first, Richardson had political aspirations. After graduate school, he worked as legal consultant for Dogan and Wilkinson PLLC, but fate stepped in. “I was on my way to law school, but God said no,” he says. Before starting the Word Center in June 2010, Richardson worked as the director of injury and violence prevention with the State of Mississippi. “We provided resources to the public, such as free car seats and training. “I

Meg meg annison, information officer

// by r.l. nave


n any given day at the Mississippi Capitol, visitors will find Meg Annison towering over most people as she darts around, gripping her digital SLR camera in hand, or chatting with a lobbyist or group of lawmakers. But Annison, 32, is not a journalist, lobbyist or legislator. She is the Mississippi House of Representatives’ information officer, and is press secretary for Republican Speaker Philip Gunn, the House Democratic caucus, the Legislative Black Caucus and individual members. “My job’s tricky because I have to be very nonpartisan, but he’s the ultimate boss,” Annison says, gesturing toward Gunn’s office. When it comes to maintaining that objective middle ground, it helps that she has spent most of her career outside the Mississippi political-government complex. Raised in Pascagoula, Annison studied journalism with an emphasis in public relations at the University of Mississippi. After college, she went to work for trade-magazine publisher Oxford Publishing where she eventually helped plan trade shows around the country. In 2010, she relocated to Jackson with her husband, Ryan, then an aide to Gov. Haley Barbour. After a stint at Mississippi Public Broadcasting, she took the Capitol job in February 2012, more than a month after the legislative session started. During the session, when days are filled with lobbying, meetings and floor action, Annison ap-

conducted workshops on spousal abuse and domestic violence and impacted policies within the Mississippi Legislature. I was also a part of a tactical team that evaluated other health departments,” he says. Today, Richardson is living by the motto, “We live to give,” and works to push Jackson to new heights. He, along with his wife, Tyronda Richardson, 33, and daughter, Taylor Grace, 5, are fulfilling needs within the community and changing lives. To hear more from Richardson you can listen in to the Rickey Smiley show every morning for his “Word on the GO” inspirational nugget, download the Word Center app, or visit him on the campus of Hinds Community College where he works as a sociology professor. The Word Center has church services every Sunday at 10 a.m. For more information about Pastor Rich and the Word Center, visit Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

proaches her work like a journalist. She spends most of her time sitting in on committee meetings and taking notes during floor debates to compile the weekly summaries she distributes to the media, lawmakers, lobbyists and others who request it. As much as she’s learned about the legislative process, Annison generally leaves Mississippi politics at the statehouse steps. Aside from the events and legislative receptions held throughout the year, Annison eschews politicking in favor of trying new recipes and road-tripping with her husband or running through her Sheffield neighborhood. Recognizing that she is part of Gunn’s inner circle, people often attempt to rope her into divulging insider information—something Annison resists to protect the members. “For some people, I could see how (they) would hate it, because you basically have 122 different bosses, but I kind of like it, because it’s a fun challenge to me to figure all these different people out and how to work with them,” she says.

Meg is wearing a floral skirt ($9) from The Orange Peel, a coral polka dot blouse ($38.95) from Material Girls, wedges ($9.95) from Bloomingdeals, bow earrings ($12) from Francesca’s, beaded bracelets ($18), silver stone moonfringe collar necklace ($38), and tortoise sunglasses ($18) from Free People.

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Sara is wearing a green floral skirt ($39.99) from Posh Btq., a gray tank ($38), metal handbag ($68), teal beaded bracelet ($18), turquoise metal bracelet ($24) from Free People, a turquoise beaded necklace ($38) and pearl necklace ($26) from Francesca’s and Jessica Simpson heels ($105) from The Shoebar at Pieces.

Sara sara del castillo, social justice activist

// by nneka ayozie


t only 21 years old, Sara del Castillo is redefining the phrase “extraordinary leader.” As a student at Ocean Springs High School, del Castillo spent time as an English as a Second Language tutor for students who were primarily from Mexico. She also helped her mother, Rev. Sally Bevill, create El Pueblo, a non-profit organization that works with the Hispanic population of Mississippi to bring awareness and change through social justice advocacy. Del Castillo matriculated at Millsaps College, where she is pursuing a double major in anthropology and religious studies. After she graduates, she hopes to earn a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Peru (where her parents were born). She also wants to earn a master’s degree and a doctorate in applied anthropology. During her freshman year at Millsaps, she assisted with the planning and execution of the Mississippi Young Women Youth Leadership Summit, which teaches young girls in 9th and 10th grade how to become leaders and challenge the gender norms. “As a young woman growing up in Mississippi, I know how hard it is to become a leader and how much of a challenge it is to be a strong and powerful leader. Because my mother is a pastor, I often see how people sometimes rebel against her leadership,” del Castillo says. During her sophomore year, del Castillo was given the chance to plan and execute the annual summit herself as well as host the Concert for DREAM (Development Relief Education for Alien Minors). The concert spreads awareness for undocumented youths who want to pursue higher education and eventually live in America. This March, del Castillo organized the first annual “Pride Run,” a 5K run benefitting the LGBT community. “We want to expose the stereotypes for what they really are and break them down,” del Castillo says. “I see myself as privileged because I just happen to be an educated, heterosexual female, but I believe that (all people’s) opinions should be heard as well … they are no different.” At Millsaps, del Castillo is also the founder and co-director of an Amnesty International chapter and the co-founder of the resurrected Millsaps College Dems. On campus, del Castillo teaches Zumba dance classes. When she’s not on campus, she’s typically at home in Ocean Springs. The del Castillo family moved there after Hurricane Katrina so that her mother could assist with the influx of immigrants that the storm displaced.

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Tambra tambra cherie, radio personality

// by bethany bridges


ambra Cherie was destined to be a “boss-chick.” As a radio personality, motivational speaker, marketing director and MBA graduate, she joins the ranks of successful women making big moves in their fields. A Jackson native and graduate of Jackson State University, Cherie wanted to be in a position to reach out to others. At first she thought she would become a businesswoman, but soon discovered the pull of the radio. Cherie started off as an intern for 97.7, a local hip-hop radio station, five years ago. The position was a stepping-stone to hosting her own radio show, what now seems like the perfect job for the bubbly, talkative “midday diva.” “I’m a firm believer in that anything is possible,” Cherie says. “If the passion and dedication is there, then anybody has what it takes to be whatever they desire. ... Now I’m exactly where and who I always wanted to be.” As a radio personality, Cherie has met superstars from all over the nation. Not only does she gets to interview famous people, but she also gets a chance to share the stage with them whenever she hosts a party or concert. Cherie has spoken to hundreds of young people across Mississippi, spreading wisdom and motivation. “I wouldn’t call myself a motivational speaker,” she says. “But I do try to inspire young people to do their best and to be whatever they desire. I think it is really important to spread knowledge and love to our young people—especially when you have so much to offer.” The 33-year-old hopes to spend her life doing what she loves most—connecting with others. “I don’t think anyone understands how much I truly love my job,” she says.

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Justin justin turner, doctor

// by mo wilson


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r. Justin Turner, 31, is changing the game of medicine. A healer in the truest sense of the word, he practices nontraditional and holistic form of medicine that concerns itself with physical, mental, financial, social and spiritual health of the patient. Turner’s specialty is internal medicine, dealing primarily with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heat failure and cancer. Because of the diversity of his patients, Turner has been trained in many areas, from allergies to psychology to cardiology. Through his work, Turner wants to bring the medical community’s focus back to bedside education. He pays special attention to explaining his patient’s conditions. “What’s the point of going to a doctor and having him spit a bunch of information (at you and leaving.) Then your friends ask you, ‘Oh, what did the doctor say?’ and you say, ‘I don’t know, but he gave me a prescription,’” Turner says. A proud Mississippian, Turner returned to Jackson in 2008 because of the obesity epidemic. “I really want to help reverse (the epidemic), and where is it worse? Here. Eight years in a row,” he says. He certainly has plenty to work with. One patient was a man who weighed more than 700 pounds, who couldn’t sit upright without suffocating. Instead of rushing the man off to get gastric bypass surgery or giving him the fleeting advice, “eat more vegetables,” Turner had a long talk with the man about his life. After discovering that the root of the man’s problems was his depression and subsequent use of food as a coping mechanism, Turner got the man’s weight down to 450 pounds. Turner cites the lack of education as a major factor, and talks to organizations and schools, including his alma mater, Jackson State University, and local elementary schools, to spread the word of health involving all aspects of living. In the future he hopes to “create a new model for medicine and spread it across the country.” 55


Pam pam greer, philanthropist

// by tyler cleveland


he great Tennessee poet Will Allen Dromgoole’s poem “The Bridge Builder” is about a man who comes to a treacherous chasm, crosses it, then turns around and builds a bridge back to the side he came from. The idea is to set up the next generation for a brighter future. That’s exactly what Pam Greer is doing, leaving a path of overcome obstacles in her wake. Greer remembers what it was like to not get many Christmas presents growing up in the tiny town of Magnolia, just outside McComb. She is quick to tell you her family was rich in other means, but when money was tight, she remembers modest Christmas celebrations at home with six kids, her mother, a social worker and her father, a truck driver. That’s why she started her first toy drive in Houston, Texas, in 2007, then started another one in Jackson when she moved back to Mississippi in 2010. So far, she’s gifted around 1,000 Christmas-day presents to underprivileged kids. “The toy drive is my favorite thing that I do,” Greer says. “There’s just nothing like seeing their faces on Christmas morning. I’m a big softy, so when they start crying, I start crying.” Greer lived in Chicago and Houston, but had a life-changing experience in 2010 when she was robbed at gunpoint shortly after moving back to Jackson. It was traumatic,

but it inspired her to launch the “Stop the Violence” campaign, which has taken off in the past two years. Greer has since organized 11 events—nine concerts and two teen summits—to promote non-violence and inform kids and parents alike about how to detect and avoid violent crime. The 31-year-old also holds a regular Breast Cancer Awareness Brunch for Jackson women who are battling breast cancer, and she sponsors Haircuts for the Homeless, a program held at Stewpot. Now, she’s working on a new event gala, “Miracles in Our Race!” The second event of its kind, the gala is designed to raise enough money to build a new neighborhood playground in Jackson’s Ward 3. Greer also sponsors a general education degree scholarship, which includes a study guide and the fee for the GED test, several times a year. “I grew up not having much, and I want others to at least have something,” Greer says.

Pam is wearing a striped maxi dress ($79.99) from Posh Btq., tri jewel drop earrings ($18.95) from Material Girls and a crochet canvas brimmed hat ($38) from Free People.

Eric eric brown, attorney

// by krista davis

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he best word to describe the life of 33-year-old attorney Eric Brown is assiduous. Brown’s life begins at home with his family. He is married to Gabie Brown, 31, and is father to their new baby, Douglas. Brown graduated from Mississippi College in 2002 with his bachelor’s degree in science, the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004 with his master’s degree in criminal justice and Mississippi College of Law in 2008 with his Juris Doctor degree. He became interested in law after participating in mock trial cases at MC. Brown works at Coxwell and Associates, where he says Merrida Coxwell and Chuck Mullins are very good bosses. “They allow me to work without micromanaging. On the other hand, they are there to help me grow,” Brown says. He is also the public defender for Byram, where he deals with mostly misdemeanors and preliminary felony cases. Brown is also an adjunct professor at Mississippi College and Mississippi College of Law. “Teaching sometimes takes more time than the cases I work on,” he says. Weekly, Brown deals with anywhere from 30 to 40 cases.

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Paul paul lacoste, personal trainer

// by michael jacome


ost people think they have Paul Lacoste, 38, all figured out. On the surface, this former professional football player with a hulk-like stature and withering glare makes you wonder why you would ever volunteer to be tortured each morning for months on end. Yet even the slowest participant of the various Paul Lacoste Sports programs (I’ve enrolled in two of his programs) admit that every yell and look of disgust comes with care and a determination to help rid Mississippi of its dismal reputation as the most obese state in the nation. Describing the Lacoste philosophy on health and fitness is simple—intensity. It’s a mindset that “I’m going to make this change and nothing can stop me. I’m going to go full speed and never look back.” Many look at the success of PLS and assume the road was easy for Lacoste. Not so. “So many times people said I was not going to be able to make a difference in Mississippi. It’s the fattest state in the fattest country,” Lacoste says. “I refuse for people to tell me that we can’t beat obesity. I’ve had a lot of people try to discourage me. The first year I was going to do Fit 4 Change, I couldn’t find anybody that wanted to help me with it. Now everyone wants to be a part of it.” His perseverance and tenacity began in his childhood. Diagnosed with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder at a young age, school was difficult for Lacoste.

Paul is wearing a denim blazer ($295), a purple floral pocket square, lavender knit shirt ($79.95), a Torino belt (85) and navy plaid pants ($195) from Kinkade’s Fine Clothing.

“I was the kid in the classroom that all the kids laughed at, and it hurt my feelings,” he says. “I didn’t like getting called out in class to read out loud because of my learning disability. I knew everybody would laugh at me.” Yet having to face and overcome his obstacles strengthened Lacoste’s determination and resolve. This would later lead him to success in both academics and in sports. An All-SEC and All-American, Lacoste now has a master’s degree in sports administration. In many ways, Lacoste is the man he is today because of his eldest brother Emile Joseph “Jace” Lacoste IV. On Aug. 30, 1995, while on his way to see Paul play his first football game at the University of Mississippi,

Jace was killed in a car accident. He was 28 and Lacoste’s hero. Aside from being a stellar student and athlete, Jace had heart and dedication. When he did something, he put every ounce of what he had into it. It’s a characteristic Lacoste emulates. Every year, the PLS athlete who exemplifies the best-of-the-best is awarded the Jace Lacoste Athlete of the Year. Currently, PLS operates multiple programs, such as Fit 4 Change and Fit 4 Teaching in the metro. PLS recently changed lives on the Coast where “120 contestants lost over 3,100 pounds,” he says. After proven success of the Fit 4 Change program, folks in 21 states have reached out to Lacoste to help change lives the way he has in Mississippi.

Brown also is involved with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Mississippi Bar Association, Hinds County Bar Association, Hinds County Young Lawyers, Mississippi Association for Justice and at the Mississippi College School of Law as Trial Advocacy Board Member. He is most proud of his induction into the National Order of Barristers in 2008 as one of the five original inductees from Mississippi College. One of the ways Brown and his associates demystify law is through blogging. They write on the company’s blog,, to answer frequently asked questions and comment on community happenings. Brown feels tied to the Jackson community. He says that although most people think they have to move away to make a better life and then come back to make a difference, that’s not the case. “Why not stay here and make a difference? Things will never get better if the people of Mississippi continue to move away,” Brown says.

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from p 50 Duncan is wearing a plaid linen shirt ($198) from The Rogue.

from p 52 Marni is wearing a color-blocked dress ($390) from Blithe & Vine, an ombre fringe collar necklace ($38) from Free People and bangles ($16.95) from Material Girls.

from p 53 Roderick is wearing Ballin pants ($175), a plaid shirt ($98), a brown Torino belt ($85), tan blazer ($895) with an orange pocket square ($45) and brown Johnston & Murphy shoes ($298) from Kinkadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Clothing.

from p 55 Tambra is wearing a coral romper ($38.95), white bracelet ($16.95) and white dangle earrings ($18.95) from Material Girls, a navy blazer ($21) from Platoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Closet and a white belt ($18) from Francescaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

from p 55 Justin is wearing a blue plaid linen shirt ($198) and Adriano Goldschmied jeans ($235) from The Rogue.

from p 56 Eric is wearing plaid pants ($195), brown belt ($85) and shoes ($195) from Kinkadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Clothing. The shirt is his own.

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ot all children have the opportunity to grow up in a family where love surrounds them. Sunnybrook Children’s Home seeks to provide a surrogate family for those who don’t have a safe and nurturing place to call home. Founders Alonzo Welch, Clark Stringer, H. Massie, J. C. Redd and Robert Moon started Sunnybrook Dec. 10, 1963, as a nonprofit Christian childcare organization. They began in leased residences, one on North State Street and another on Jefferson Street in Jackson. They moved to their Ridgeland campus in 1967. Sunnybrook is licensed to provide residential care for children ages 6 to 20. With a goal of keeping sibling units together, Sunnybrook currently cares for 19 children with the capacity for up to 32 children. Using the houseparent model of care, married couples live in the house with children 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Houseparents are responsible for the daily care of the children living in their homes, including meals, laundry,

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Love Begins at Home

Sunnybrook Children’s Home Director Rob Salley believes childraising is a family affair. housework, schoolwork, recreation, devotions— the kinds of assistance the children likely do not have access to elsewhere. “We want kids that are placed in our care to be able to experience Christian marriage and

Christian family,” says Executive Director Rob Salley, who has been on staff at Sunnybrook since January 2010. Children come to Sunnybrook through the Mississippi Department of Human Services, the courts, churches and private family placements. The work in changing the lives of these kids is done primarily in the living units; therefore, the attention and resources at Sunnybrook are focused on enhancing that process. They do the rest—including the 200-acre ranch where Sunnybrook raises cattle to provide show calves or rents out their gymnasium to the community— to support that work. “Our greatest gift to them and their future families is to help free them from the past that may have hindered their growth,” Salley says. Sunnybrook Children’s Home will celebrate its 50th anniversary in December. If you would like to volunteer your time, talents or provide financial contributions, call Sharon Kendrick at 601.856.6555 or visit

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ARTS // inked

Good and Evil // by Julian Rankin


Iron Mike Richardson, Jason Thomas and Mallory Palmertree of Black Diamond tattoo shop put the art back in tattoo artist.


have tattoos. I also have a scar on the ridge of my left cheekbone from a collision in a game of pickup baseball in fourth grade. I didn’t ask for the knee of my neighborhood pal to strike my face, or for the seven stitches, but I wore them proudly and smiled in every photograph I took with the gruesome wound. Not everyone understands the friendship between pleasure and pain. And not everybody need be tattooed. “I tell people that when they’re iffy and don’t know whether or not they want to get tattooed,” says Jason Thomas, owner of Black Diamond tattoo shop in Jackson (5015 Interstate 55 N., 601.982.9437). “I’m not a car salesman. I tell them they probably shouldn’t get tattooed.” Look through your TV Guide or surf through the channels, and evidence abounds of the commercialization and trendiness of tattooing. It’s the same situation any medium of art faces when it reaches a critical mass of public awareness. “Tattoo has lost its taboo,” Thomas says. “I cuss like a sailor more on purpose in here, I think, just to keep it taboo. I don’t want people to be afraid to come in, but I want people to 62

respect tattooing and tattoo artists like I do. I like to keep the rawness to it.” The art of tattooing is about finding and preserving identity. And make no mistake, tattooing is an art. “There was this old-school guy in San Francisco, and I had the pleasure of getting tattooed by him,” Thomas says. “We got to talking, and I told him I was a tattooer. And he said, ‘No, you’re not. You’re an artist, embrace it. You’re a tattoo artist.’” With the right eyes, a tattoo shop is that happy place where grotesque imagery becomes simultaneously beautiful, the odd, weirdly normal. “One of the things I love about my shop is we have original art on the walls and music playing and all different types of people who want to get tattooed that may not have ever hung out with each other outside of this place are hanging out,” Thomas says. The first tattoo shop I ever remember seeing was out the window of my family’s beige Suburban as we drove toward Crystal Springs to visit my grandmother as a kid. “Squench’s,” my mom or dad would inevitably say as we passed. Fifteen years later, I found out that Squench’s Tattoos and Body Piercing is the first tattoo shop many in the

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area ever knew, and it’s still going strong. “We’ve been here for going on 28, 29 years now,” Squench told me. “We were the first shop, and we’ve been consistent.” “The first tattoos I saw were Squench’s tattoos,” Thomas says. “I wouldn’t be tattooing if it wasn’t for him doing what he loved and making it happen. I have a lot of respect for him.” Artists learn from one another. It’s why tattoo shops, enclaves of acceptance for a way of thinking and living, are so important, especially for the young crop of artists-to-be who look at those working in the Jackson area today for inspiration. “You can only hope that there’ll be another generation of people coming up in 10 or 15 years,” Thomas says. “I’ll be some washed-up has-been, and there’ll be some new hot-shot tattoo artist kicking ass. That’s the way it rolls.” It’s been awhile since I’ve been tattooed. It won’t be too much longer, I imagine, before I’m drawn to that needle again. “We’re all good and evil,” Thomas says. “A little bit of both.” In tattooing, and in life, that relative pain is a necessary counterbalance. It imparts value to the art itself.


The Safest Sex in Jackson // by ShaWanda Jacome Daniel Masterpiece Jones performs at Soul Wired Cafe.


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901), Jane Avril Leaving the Moulin Rouge, 1892. essence on board. Collection of Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. 33.75 x 27.5 in. Bequest of George Gay, 1941.163.

t’s like a scene right out of the movie “Love Jones.” An eclectic mix of folks—young and old, men and women, straight and gay, regulars and newbies—all gathered together to celebrate words. Brave souls get up on stage in a dimly lit space to share intimate musings to a

packed house of onlookers. Some poems are beautiful and sweet, and some make you blush as they explore topics usually only broached behind closed doors. Yet, judgment is nowhere, only captivation. Ears hanging on to every word, syllable and nuance, and eyes taking in every movement of lips, hands and bodies. Owner Soul, aka Stacey Winters, opened Soul Wired Café (111 Millsaps Ave., 601.863.6378) in April 2012. “I wanted something different— what I love doing,” she says. “Poetry is what I live and breathe.” The country girl, born in Ethel outside of Kosciusko, has written poetry since she was 12. Poetry for Winters, now 50, is freedom, and that’s what you get at Mindgasm Erotic Poetry night. “We don’t have a set routine. You can read it, you can hum it, you can do whatever you want … you can just be expressive and know that you are in a welcoming environment,” Winters says.

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Living in the Bible belt, sex isn’t a topic easily and openly discussed. Yet as Winters points out, we have some of the highest STD and pregnancy rates in the nation. “Obviously, people are having sex,” she says. “I’m not trying to encourage anybody to go out and sleep with thousands of people. I only say this is a place where you can explore the sensual side of yourself. It’s the safest sex in Jackson—on a microphone.” People may be surprised at who actually comes to erotic poetry night, with an average of 50-100 people coming out every week. “I’ve had it all. … I’ve had a minister (do) a poem that sounded erotic, but toward the end he pulled it back and said I never knew the passion of love until I fell into love with you, Jesus Christ,” Winters says. “I’ve had someone 60 years old do an erotic poem in here.” The vibe is organic and down-to-earth. It’s not stiff or formal. It’s not uncommon to find folks discussing religion, art, life and consciousness until 3 a.m. in the morning.


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MELODIES // studio soul

Malaco Studios and

The Persistence of Sound // by JP Lawless



black iron gate serves as a type In the beginning, the general public could re- was only one building, but during reconstruction, of moat around the five fantastic- cord for a price. After a few good singles, though, they opted to separate the office space from the looking buildings that make up the studio became very busy and closed its doors studio by adding more facilities. “We started from the Malaco Music Group’s studio to the public for the exclusivity of Malaco Records the dirt and built up from there,” Caicedo said. After eight months of blood, sweat, tears and complex. When I arrived at 3023 W. North- artists such as Bobby Rush, Dorothy Moore, Z.Z. side Drive, old melodies were in the air like a Hill, Little Milton, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Lati- vulgarities, the studio was complete. Now, Malaco chorus of long-gone voices that refuse to has reopened to the leave. That famous eclectic sounds of the logo in large letterJackson music coming was all I needed munity, not just its artto see to appreciate ists. Bruce has recordthe rich history. ed several sessions Malaco’s chief since the reopening, engineer and resident but Caicedo’s band, guru Kent Bruce met Supercrush, has the me in the parking bragging rights of belot and welcomed ing the first full band me as if we had been to record in the new comrades since back digs. “It was the first in the day. Murph time we were able to Caicedo works as crank it wide open Bruce’s assistant in and break in the new all things audio and room,” Bruce says. “(It) is the very studio (not to mention the grunt work). He first punk band to walked up covered in ever record at Malaco. Malaco Studios is entering a new era, outliving many of the independent labels it opened sweat and grass. I take great pride in around 40 years ago and surviving a foundation-rocking tornado. The studio life is that,” Caicedo added. like an underground Malaco is beausecret society. It’s difficult to gain access, so I felt more. Unlike its forerunners, Malaco survived tifully designed inside and out, including a fully damn lucky. the ups and downs of a fickle industry and out- stocked diner-style kitchen, drink and snack maAlthough the building is new, the vibe is not. lived its competitors. It became one of the top stu- chines, guest offices, Wi-Fi, a full cable package It reeks of old-school cool. In the middle of the dios and record labels for R&B, soul and gospel and a killer staff available 24/7. control room, an API Legacy recording console music. With Bruce riding faders and bending VU Everything came to an abrupt halt April 15, needles, musicians are in for one of the best reglowed like the briefcase in “Pulp Fiction.” In other words, it had soul. “Playing live is just a mo- 2011, when a tornado cut Malaco down to a mere cording experiences around. He started working ment in time,” Caicedo said as he took a seat at foundation. Apparently, Mother Nature failed at Malaco about 20 years ago, wanting to make a the console, “but a record lives on forever.” to realize the pride Jackson takes in its musical living in the music business. “From its start in ’67 throughout the late history and how resilient Jacksonians are in re“There comes a point when you realize ’70s, Malaco operated as a commercial studio,” building the things that define us. Malaco proved you’re not going to be a rock star, so naturally I Bruce said as he handed me the 30th Anniver- that a natural disaster will never overpower the fell into a profession doing what I love,” Bruce sary box set, “The Last Soul Company.” During persistence of sound and the melodies that thrive said as he manned the controls and set the room that decade, the sounds of the Delta blues and within us. ablaze with sound. The rebuilding of the complex began in Deindependent labels, such as Chess and Stax ReFor general questions about studio time, rates cords, inspired Malaco founders and brothers-in- cember 2011. Later, in May 2012 construction of or directions to the facility, email studio@malalaw Tommy Couch and Mitchell Malouf. the new studio space began. Originally, Malaco or visit 64

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20-21 - Mississippi Youth Hip Hop Summit and Parent/Advocate Conference, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). The ACLU and the Mississippi Youth Justice Movement sponsor the event to promote social justice awareness. The summit is for ages 10-18, and the conference is for ages 19 and up. Registration required; food and lodging included. Free; call 601.354.3408, ext. 104; 2013hiphopsummitreg.

july 4-7 - Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest, at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton), and Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton). The Celebrate America Balloon Glow is July 4 from 6-10 p.m. at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Center. The Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser is July 6. Visit ballooncanton. com for a schedule. Free admission, $10 golf ball drop ticket; call 601.859.4358 or 800.844.3369; 6 - Mississippi Black Rodeo, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The Real Cowboy Association hosts “The Baddest Show on Dirt.” Cupid and Noel Gourdin perform. $16; call 800.745.3000;

11-14 - “Disney’s High School Musical Jr.,” at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Participants from the Broadway Jr. Summer Camp perform. $15, $10 ages 12 and under; call 601.948.3533, ext. 222;

13 - Ice Cream Safari, 10 a.m.1 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Sample more than a dozen ice cream flavors scooped by local television, radio and print media celebrities, and vote for your favorite flavor as well as favorite celebrity scooper. Advance tickets available. $12, $8.75 kids, $2 tasting fee for members $12, $8.75 children, $2 members; call 601.352.2580;


18 - YES, 8 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The English progressive rock band has been performing for more than four decades. Doors open at 7 p.m. VIP packages available. $35.50-$69.50; call 601.292.7121 or 800.745.3000;

18-21 - Sanderson Farms Championship, at Annandale Golf Club (419 Annandale Parkway, Madison). The golf tournament is part of the FedEx Cup and is a fundraiser for Birdies for Charity $20 per day, $75 season badge, free for ages 15 and under with a paid adult; call 866.898.GOLF;

25-28 (dates tentative) - “See Jane Quit,” at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). Local playwright Beth Kander’s comedy is about a neurotic waitress who attempts to quit smoking. For mature audiences. Show times TBA. $12, $10 seniors and students; call 601.301.2281;

19 - Jackson Rhythm and Blues Pre-festival Concert, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Performers include Buddy Guy, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Shakura S’Aida and Ruthie Foster. Save the date for the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival on Aug. 16-17. $45-$60; call 601.353.0603 or 800.745.3000.

26 - James Gregory, 7:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The stand-up comedian and Georgia native is known as the “Funniest Man in America.” Cocktails at 6:30 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $32.50 in advance, $38 at the door, $175 table of four; call 601.292.7121;

20 - Ninth Annual JFP Chick Ball, 6 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The fundraising event benefits the Center for Violence Prevention, and this year’s goal is to fight sex trafficking in Mississippi. For ages 18 and up. Seeking sponsors, auction donations and volunteers now. $5 cover; call 601.362.6121, ext. 23; email;

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Events // spirit

27 - Top of the Hops Beer Festival at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The annual event includes more than 150 beer samples, seminars, games and live music. For ages 21 and up. VIP ticket includes entry at 3 p.m., a souvenir mug and food. $33, $73 VIP, designated driver: $13, $23 VIP; call 800.745.3000;



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august 2-3 - Mississippi Writers Guild Conference, at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Speakers include Steve Kistulentz, Stephen Fraser, John Floyd and Don Lafferty. Call 601.631.2997; mississippiwritersguild. com.

3 - Bikes, Blues and Bayous Cycling Event, 7 a.m., in downtown Greenwood. The annual bike ride is the largest in Mississippi. Choose from three courses, and enjoy food, blues music and more after the ride. The first 800 registrants receive a T-shirt and goody bag. $40 by July 19, $45 after; call 662-453.4152;

3 - Back to “Zool,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The annual back-toschool event includes fun in the Splash Pad, information booths and more. Free with paid admission ($10, $6.75 ages 2-12, children under 2 and members free); call 601.352.2580;

8 - Storytellers Ball, 6:30 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The theme is “Studio 54: I Love the Nightlife,” and this year’s honorees are Jennifer and Dick Hall. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, artwork and music. Proceeds benefit the Greater Jackson Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts. $60; call 601.960.1557, ext. 224 or 800.595.4TIX.

9-18 - “CATS,” at Vicksburg Theatre Guild/Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). The musical about an annual gathering of cats is based on T.S. Eliot’s poetry book “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” $12, $10 seniors, $7 students, $5 ages 12 and under; call 601.636.0471;

17 - Enchanted Evening, time TBA, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The gala includes a live art auction, food, a raffle for $5,000 ($100 ticket, only 100 sold) and music. Proceeds benefit Friends of Children’s Hospital. $100; call 601.984.5273;

10 - Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights, 5:309:30 p.m., at Carlisle Street and Kenwood Place behind McDade’s. The annual street festival includes art and food for sale, live music on five stages, children’s activities and a silent auction. $5, $1 children ages 12 and under; call 601.352.8850;

10 - Magnolia Roller Vixens Roller Derby: “Cirque du Derbè,” 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The team takes on the Mississippi Rollergirls from Gulfport during the circus-themes game. Beer sold. Face painting for children available. Doors open at 6 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 children;

17 - Capital City Roller Girls Roller Derby Game, 6:30 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The team takes on the Capital City Roller Rebels. $12, children under 12 free, $50 vendors; call 601.383.4885; email capitalcityrollergirlsms@ or info@ capitalcityroller

22 - Saving Grace: A Benefit for Grace House, 6-9 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church (3921 Oakridge Drive), at St. James Parish Hall. Enjoy tapas-style refreshments and music. Wine and beer sold. Proceeds go toward renovations at Grace House, a home for people living with HIV and AIDS. $40; call 601.540.8447; email mollymacwade@hotmail. com.

16-17 - Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival, at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Dr. John and the Nite Trippers headline the event. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Blues Musicians Benevolent Fund. $35 Aug. 16, $45 Aug. 17, $65 two-day pass; call 601.353.0603 or 800.745.3000;

24-25 - Mississippi Craft Show, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Mississippi artisans sell items such as pottery, jewelry, photography and furniture. Concessions sold. Proceeds benefit the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF), a no-kill shelter, and animals will be on site for adoption. $5 at the door (cash only), children 12 and under free; call 601.790.0654; mscraftshow. com.




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Events // showmanship


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 diversions 8. 9.

7. 10.

1. Brent’s Drugs

(655 Duling Ave., 601.366.3427). Brent’s Drugs is the home of the best breakfast in Jackson. With friendly wait staff, great prices and delicious food, it’s always a great start to a morning!


( The Natchez Trace parkway is my go-to getaway spot for anything from a stroll with a friend to running several miles. This winding path is my favorite way to clear my mind from the daily grind.




3. Mississippi Braves baseball games (1 Braves Way, Pearl, 601.932.8788, Nothing beats eating a hotdog at Trustmark Park on a pretty evening. Grabbing some friends to cheer on the Braves is always a good time.

4. Walker’s Drive-In

(3016 N. State St., 601.982.2633). With fast service and delicious food, Walker’s is my number one pick for a lunchtime treat. I simply cannot resist their redfish sandwich and sweet potato fries!

5. The Rez

( The reservoir is a great place to visit regardless of the season. From boating on a hot summer day to walking around the reservoir in October, it’s a great escape.

6. Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave., 601.213.6355.) The

studio hosts a weekly one-hour, free beginners Salsa lesson followed by a dance party. It’s a great way to try something new amidst a welcoming and fun group of people.


4. 3. 1.


7. Fondren after 5

9. FondRUN

I love wandering through Fondren on the first Thursday of every month, when the neighborhood’s galleries, stores and restaurants stay open until 8 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy live music and shop locally.

( It’s important to me to be fit and stay active, and FondRUN is a fun way to meet Jackson locals who think the same. It makes it easy to enjoy tasty food after running a couple of miles with new friends!

8. F. Jones Corner

10. Strawberry Café

(303 N. Farish St., 601.983.1148) The music is always good and the people are always moving. There’s no shortage of fun dance music at this nationally registered historic spot.

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(107 Depot Drive, Madison, 601.856.3822). The Strawberry Café is one of Madison’s bestkept secrets. Their tag line describes the experience perfectly: “Eat, drink, relax … we’ll take care of the rest.”


2. Natchez Trace

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