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DON’T GO IT ALONE
How to connect now with the right people.
March parades put a spring in Jackson steps.
Who the heck was Woolfolk, anyway?
An ideal use of the old library.
A long-range plan and good business is all about change. And diversity.
Mississippi manufactures jobs. Or it should.
The state’s oldest furniture store is still kickin’.
We look inside Tonya Moore’s bag.
A powerful woman can be chic, too.
SHOP: CANTON MART SQUARE Almost-hidden treasure shops.
WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS FEMININE ADVANTAGES
Why women often succeed at running small businesses.
Set personal and professional boundaries.
McCoy House aids transitions.
A transplant starts a foundation.
COOL TOO STARKVILLE
The cheese of the Left Field Lounge.
ARTS: LEE’S DRAMA PLAYWRIGHT AND MORE Jimmy Lee makes ﬁlms, too.
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RESIDENT TOURIST BARBECUE TEST
Tom Ramsey and friends rib each other.
BITES: SWEET DREAMS An angel bakes heavenly cakes.
COOLEST OFFICE BALCH & BINGHAM
Glass, marble and lots of clean air.
Outdoor space rewards the hard work inside.
OUTSIDE THE BOX
Greater Jackson Arts Council paints the town.
The ﬁlm festival with humble beginnings.
MELODIES CABINET SONGS
A drum maker gets out of the attic.
Another talented Dillon plays the blues.
Much afoot in March, April, May.
Sean Perkins tells us his 10 family faves.
All in the Family
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Editor in Chief Donna Ladd
hen Todd the Publisher and of them, The building has a loading dock, I show up at our business which is perfect for our printer’s truck. Along with his wife, Virginia, and a consultant’s office, we lift the top of the mailbox hanging business partner, Fred also runs Belgique next to his front door, Antiques out of the and then close it. The building. They store the squeak it makes is loud items—many of which enough for Fred Ezelle, they bring back from whose office is one flight Belgium, where Fred’s up in the old factory, mother grew up—in part to hear us. It’s also the of the old factory and signal for Sam the Dog then hold antique sales to come bolting down there regularly. In his ofthe stairs, barking hapfices upstairs, Fred does pily, to greet us. Somehis business consulting times, Fred and Sam and keeps an eye on the will show us the progstorage floor, much as his ress of the trees they’ve father did when it was a planted out front. Then busy factory, I imagine. we go upstairs and talk I love what the buildEditor in chief Donna Ladd sure does receivables and payables love a recycled building—and the ing represents—from the and financial planning in people, and dogs, who hang out in it. old-timey time clock to a little office that overthe yellowing motivationlooks the old Mississippi Bedding Com- al signs still hanging on the walls. The sense pany space while Sam snoozes next to us. of family and tradition is palpable; it is heart Below the window, we can see the big ening that the Ezelles choose to carry on the shelves that hold archive copies of every is- father’s entrepreneurial spirit in the factory sue we’ve ever printed of the Jackson Free he ran there for a company Fred’s grandfaPress, and now BOOM Jackson. I remem- ther, also named Robert, started in the 1920s. Visiting Fred and Sam, though, also ber, years back, climbing all over those shelves with now-distribution manager Matt makes me sad. I hate to think of how many Heindl to set up our “filing” system of old local manufacturing jobs have now moved JFP bundles: arduous, but satisfying. to distant shores, taking jobs and tax base Fred’s father, Robert, built the factory with them. I’m thankful for folks like Fred in the 1960s in the industrial area just west who use their entrepreneurial spirit to reof the railroad tracks off Mitchell Avenue. cycle what’s still good and not go looking Fred—whom I affectionately call Fred-the- for new pastures to develop, leaving urban Republican, or FTR for short—now runs shells behind them. We salute this free-enthe building as a multipurpose facility. Fred terprise spirit and urge others to think and has divided the cavernous space into stor- sell as creatively as the Ezelles do. There’s age slots, large and small; we now rent two no cooler work space around than this one.
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letters Trumpet Records—Setting Us Straight Editor’s note: Dr. J. Woody Sistrunk, who is a Mississippi Blues Commission Foundation member, wrote us about Marika Cackett’s story “Dusting the Broom” (Winter 2011). Trumpet Records owner Lillian McMurry was a friend of his, Sistrunk says. He says it is a myth that McMurry tricked Elmore James into recording “Dust My Broom” while she “surreptitiously ran a tape.” That would have been in 1936. “This simply was not possible as all recording in Jackson at that time period … was ‘direct to disc’ using a record lathe. The first tape machines were sold in the United States in 1948,” Dr.
Sistrunk explained in a long letter to BOOM. BOOM thanks Dr. Sistrunk for pointing this out and setting the record straight. We’ve invited him to write an article for BOOM Jackson about Ace Records. He accepted the offer. We look forward to sharing that story and others with you in our summer issue.
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Andrea Thomas Advertising designer Andrea Thomas is a native of Ridgeland and is a recent Antonelli College graduate. She loves to sing, dance and write poetry.
R.L. Nave Writer R.L. Nave grew up in St. Louis, graduated from the University of Missouri and lived a bunch of other places before coming to Jackson.
Virginia Schreiber Staff photographer Virginia Schreiber is a Millsaps College graduate who got here just in time. She took the cover photo.
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ver a screaming crowd of thousands, the ﬁrst explosion of the snare drums ignites a vocal hysteria that drowns out all but the constant boom of the bass drum. With surgeon-like precision, drum majors exhibit awesome feats of movement. They lead band members who weave and march onto the stadium ﬂoor sweeping the amassed crowd to its feet. Known as the “Summa Cum Laude” of bands, the Sonic Boom of the South has mystiﬁed and delighted audiences for more than 70 years. The Jackson State University marching band began in the early 1940s. Under the direction of part-time band director Kermit Holly Sr., who at the time was also the band director at nearby Lanier High School, the JSU band had students from both Jackson State and Lanier. Work. Live. Play. Prosper.
In 1948, William W. Davis, a former arranger for legendary musician Cab Calloway, became the band’s ﬁrst full-time director. In his 23 years at the baton, Davis developed a comprehensive program reminiscent of Calloway’s sound and showmanship. In 1965, the Sonic Boom performed at the New York World’s Fair, marking the ﬁrst time a historically black college or university performed at a World’s Fair. Davis molded the Sonic Boom into a highly regarded marching band known for elaborate maneuvers, precision and big-band sound. The Sonic Boom of the South has performed at New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts football games, the NBA All-Star game and Motown’s 30th-anniversary television special. The Sonic Boom was also the highlight performance of the 34th NAACP Image Awards, and the drum line was the surprise
entertainment at the 2010 Best of Jackson party at the Mississippi Museum of Art. The man behind the baton today is Lewis Liddell Sr., who leads a band of 300 members, as well as directs the legendary Prancing J-Settes, the JSU dance team. To witness the Sonic Boom is to experience the pinnacle of college marching-band technique, performance and sound. The excitement of the crowds and the charisma of the band members combine for a show-stopping experience that must be witnessed live to fully experience the magnitude of talent and showmanship these individuals exhibit. The Sonic Boom performs at JSU football games. This spring, the marching band will be part of the Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade in downtown Jackson and the Sweet Potato Queens’ Zippity Doo Dah parade in Fondren. 11
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Parades of March: 10 Facts 1)
One thing we like about the 30th annual Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade is its theme: “That’s What I Like About the South.”
Don’t confuse Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade with the Sweet Potato Queens’ Zippity Doo Dah Parade one week later in Fondren. The two divorced last year, and the family doesn’t talk about it for the sake of the “chirren.”
Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade actually falls on March 17—St. Patrick’s Day—this year. It usually doesn’t. (And don’t dare
Jackson area to frolic in March. Lock up your husbands and sons. Seriously.
Jackson State University’s famous Sonic Boom of the South will break the sound barrier at both parades. Cover the chirren’s ears.
Both parades are actually days of festivals of overlapping events, overﬂowing drinks and over-the-top costumes.
put “Day” in the parade name. Ever.)
Also known as the Green Mardi Gras of Jackson, Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade will include ﬂoats of krewes strewing strands of plastic beads all over downtown Jackson.
The crazier the costume, the better. What happens on the parade route stays only until cleanup crews remove all evidence.
The Zippity Doo Dah event is March 22-25. There will be golf carts.
Both events really do help the children. The two parades raise money for Blair E. Childre at the University of Batson Hospital for Children Mississippi Medical Center.
Sweet Potato Queens and wannabes from all over the world will converge on Fondren and the greater
For parade info, visit www.malsstpaddysparade.com and www.zippitydoodahparade.com.
Which Parade Should You Attend? START St. Patrick’s Day is a costume holiday. Yes or no?
What about beer? You a fan?
Got a rule against drinking in the mornings?
THAT’S A LITTLE EARLY FOR ME
Are you at least wearing a kilt or short skirt?
Your ONLY day? For the whole year?
NO, JUST A GREEN T-SHIRT
Really? I LIKE LITTLE FOOTBALLS, AND STUFF
Don’t you just love to park your car on the grass median near the interstate?
WEAR GREEN IT’S MY DAY FOR DRAG
BEADS ARE COOL
NOW YOU’RE TALKIN’
By “costume,” do you mean “wear some green” or “dress as a member of the opposite sex”?
OK … how about beads?
PREFER CONCRETE, THANKS
Part of a ﬂoat or krewe?
When we said “ﬂoat” just now, did you wonder if a golf cart counts?
OF COURSE IT DOES
Is it an ironic Chane T-shirt about different parts of town?
YES, HOWDA KNOW?
Planning any “Promises” you don’t intend to keep?
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Did you read that in a book?
OK, meet us at CS’ on the 16th for the Second Line. We’ll ﬁgure it out from there!
Zippity Doo Dah
OF COURSE IT DOESN’T
YOU MEAN THE “JACKSON COLLECTIVE BIKE PINT ADVOCATES”?
You, my friend, should attend both parades!
WASN’T PLANNING ON IT
Got your camp chair?
Are you part of a group trying to get people to ride more bikes or drink more beer?
LEFT ‘EM AT YES HOME WITH THE OLD MAN NO, I JUST LOOK THAT GOOD IN YES Got kids with DRAG
Want to buy one before the parade?
If you feel daring, there’s a movie theater in Madison.
Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade
Now in Yazoo City!
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JXN // secret jxn Meet ‘Scrap’ Woolfolk // by Dustin Cardon
What’s in a Name? • Jackson is named for Andrew Jackson, the seventh U.S. president, a slave owner and a War of 1812 general, who also fought Native Americans in the Creek War. • Hinds County is named for Gen. Thomas Hinds, a former soldier and Mississippi congressman who fought with Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. • Ross R. Barnett Reservoir is named for the controversial 52nd governor of Mississippi. Barnett fought integration with zeal. The reservoir was completed in 1965 by impounding the Pearl River between Madison and Rankin counties. (BOOM Jackson supports the underground movement to rename it after Eudora Welty.)
• Cool Papa Bell Drive is named after Starkville native James “Cool Papa” Bell, a Hall of Fame outﬁelder who played for ﬁve teams in the Negro National League. The Jackson road leads to Smith-Wills Stadium off Lakeland Drive.
Ellis Trigg Woolfolk was a planter called “Scrap.”
tanding directly across the street from the State Capitol is the 15-story structure known as the Ellis Trigg Woolfolk Building. Covering 259,000 square feet, the limestone building has finely carved magnolias etched into the stone above and below each window. Just to the right of the main entrance is the Mississippi Veterans Monument, dedicated to Mississippi soldiers from major conflicts throughout U.S. history. The building is named for Ellis Trigg “Scrap” Woolfolk, a Tunica sheriff and cotton planter who went on to serve in the state Sen-
ate from 1924 to 1928 and in the state House of Representatives from 1928 to 1946. Woolfolk was born in Senatobia, Miss., Oct. 6, 1877. Historians consider him one of the most powerful landowners in the Delta. In his heyday, Woolfolk developed a reputation for keeping a careful eye on state expenditures. For that reason, state Commander Herbert Nunnery of the Administrative Council of the Mississippi Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars requested that the State Building Commission name the administrative building “Scrap Woolfolk” in light of the spending watchdog’s years of service aid-
• J.R. Lynch Street is named after John Roy Lynch. Born into slavery in Louisiana, Lynch moved to Natchez after he was freed, studied photography and became a justice of the peace. During Reconstruction, Lynch was elected to the Legislature and was brieﬂy speaker of the House. In 1872, Lynch became Mississippi’s ﬁrst black U.S. Congressman. In 1884, he was the temporary chairman of the national Republican Party.
ing veterans and to Mississippi as a whole. The commission went with Woolfolk’s full name for the building instead. Architects E.L. Malvaney and Associates, Emmet J. Hull, Carey Jones and Frank Gates designed the art deco/art moderne building. J.A. Jones Construction Company of Charlotte, N.C., got the contract to build it in 1949. The building houses 28 state agencies including the governor’s office and the executive director of finance and administration. Jackson architectural firm Dale and Associates oversaw the building’s 2001 renovation. boomjackson.com
COURTESY CODY FARRIS
Old Library as New Museum
// by Cody Farris
Civil-rights activists made a stand at the old library.
Local Blogs Worth Reading • Sense of Place (mdah. state.ms.us/senseofplace) offers bits of Mississippi history in context.
hinking with history, Carl Schorske tells us, means using the past “to orient ourselves in the living present.” It also means looking at how the past and present conditioned us. With this in mind, we should reconsider the location of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. In spring 1961, nine students from Tougaloo College participated in a sit-in at the Jackson Municipal Library in the 300 block of State Street, heralding the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. Almost 50 years later, the state Senate passed legislation approving the construction of a state civilrights museum in downtown Jackson. In the years leading up to the vote, officials debated and selected several sites. They rejected those sites in favor of a location adjacent to the Department of Archives and History building, facing the loading dock of the Eudora Welty Library. The final selection garnered little public attention. The state put
What if this were the future civil-rights museum?
forward this site for political expediency with only token thought to where a high-profile and important institution such as this belongs. Historic in its own right, the Jackson Municipal Library building transformed through the Civil Rights Movement into an artifact. This dual status as artifact and building makes a compelling case that it become, if only in part, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Places such as this library, and museum, give us perspective, helping define our present against our past. They are a measure of where we have come from, where we are and where we want to go as a society. Thinking with history challenges us to be anthropologists of our culture. A restored municipal library can be a teacher, a lens through which we examine our society. No interactive displays, no Disney-esque dioramas can replace the authenticity and power of being immersed in the place where history was made. By restoring its origin as a library,
• The Rez News (thereznews. blogspot.com) updates the waterfront community about activity around the Ross Barnett Reservoir. • Mississippi Museum of Art staffers (msmuseumart. blogspot.com) write about
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artists, exhibits, music, food and the pure joy of enjoying all this. • West JXN Bog (westjxn. com) promotes positive news and developments—such as Westoration—in this thriving area of Jackson.
it can be a source of strength for our civilrights future. The library site is equally poetic standing diagonally adjacent the Old State Capitol, a representation of the state’s power and a symbol of the old south. This relationship provides a second layer of meaning, providing a representation of the stand against oppression. Going forward, let us hope the city and state see past the consumerism and novelty of the present and think with history to a better tomorrow. The struggle for civil rights is not dead; it lives on as we try to protect and expand our fragile democracy. The Civil Rights Museum should be a teaching device, a place where we measure ourselves against the past. The library affords us the best opportunity to accomplish that goal.
Where the actual museum will really be built
he Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will be built near the Old Capitol and will be open in time for Mississippi’s bicentennial celebration in 2017. The museum is in the planning and design phase right now, and organizers are asking from input and stories from people around the state. For details, write info@2MississippiMuseums.com.
• Scenes Around Jackson (scenesaroundjackson. wordpress.com) is photographer William Patrick Butler’s view of the city. • The Fondren Renaissance Foundation (fondren.org) posts blog updates about new
business and events in the old Asylum Heights. • Read Cottonmouth (cottonmouthblog.blogspot. com/cottonmouth) and Majority in Mississippi (majorityinms.com) to stay on top of state politics.
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Diversity Leads to Innovation // by Valerie Wells
The city doesn’t have a person to waste, an economic-development consultant says.
ackson’s worst enemy is the status quo, an economic-development expert told members of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership at its annual meeting in January. J. Mac Holladay, chief executive officer of Atlanta-based consulting firm Market Street, told members about the long-range strategic plan he and his staff are making for the GJCP and the metro area. “Economic development is more than what people think,” Holladay said. “It’s a process, not an event.” The process of developing the GJCP long-range plan began last year. In September, GJCP and Market Street conducted focus groups with Jackson-area residents. Paul Moak, chairman of the GJCP board, said then that a focus group of young adults made it clear they want specific things in the metro area. They want places to socialize and recreational options. They also want an opportunity to be heard, Moak said. “(Growth) is about diversity,” Holladay said. Diversity is key to innovation, and innovation is the way to change. It’s the only way change happens, he said. 16
“We don’t have a person to waste.” Holladay was director of the South Carolina Development Board from 1985 to 1988. He was also director of the Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development under Gov. Ray Mabus from 1988–1992. He went on to become chief operating officer for the Governor’s Development Council of Georgia from 1993 to 1997. He told the GJCP members that many
parts of country not in recovery from the recession are still suffering. “It will take over 10 years to get to where we were,” he said. “People who think we are going into the same place don’t understand economics.” While the Jackson area has done better than most, it still faces tough times. Holladay said having the long-range plan will help in such a competitive environment. “This community is writing this strategy. We are just writing it down,” he said. Market Street delivered a draft of the plan to GJCP leaders in January. A finished document will be ready later this year. Moak has called it a “living” document that will expand and change as the metro area evolves. Holladay encouraged the members to target the area’s leading-edge health care and to find ways to keep its well-educated young population from moving. He spoke highly of Blueprint Mississippi, a report intended to promote improving the economic future of the state. Its recommendations include education reform, diversity and other quality-of-life issues. “A pervasive inferiority complex holds this region back,” Holladay said. He left the group with some advice: Never say, “We have always done it that way” or “We tried that once before.” He reminded them that economic development spawns from innovation. “You have great people here. You have to work together,” he said. “All we know for sure is things are going to change.”
Also developing: • When Sears announced it would leave Metrocenter Mall, the city of Jackson started a campaign to convince the department store to stay. Residents signed petitions and encouraged neighbors to shop in force at the store to send a message to corporate, but the effort seemed doomed as this issue went to press. • The city also is moving 300 employees to the first floor of the former Belk store in the Metrocenter Mall by the end of March. The move will happen after developer Retro Metro outfits the space with computer cabling, which both the developer and the city overlooked. • After the Jackson Redevelopment Authority rejected two proposals for a convention center hotel in December, the board began working on a new request for proposals. The JRA will release the new RFP this spring. The JRA might include pre-drawn plans to save time and money on the project. • Capital Hotel Associates LLC plans to build a $55-million, 205-room Westin hotel that would face Congress Street. The property includes the parcel where the Mississippi Valley Title Insurance building stands at 315 Tombigbee St. The full-service luxury hotel will have amenities such as a spa. Plans call for a nine-story structure. • Hinds County Board of Supervisors agreed to negotiate with developers of the Old Capitol Green project to appropriate $13 million from a $20 million Mississippi Development Authority loan. Keep updated on the latest developments at www.jfpdaily.com
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BIZ // by Robbie S. Ward
Bill Martin, director of Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute, left, and Don Mather, general manager of La-Z-Boy South in Newton, examine motion mechanisms used inside recliners at the Newton factory.
hen a furniture manufacturing plant closes, it has a major impact on a community. When Caye Home Furnishings closed in 2010, New Albany lost 600 jobs. Economists and others associated with the furniture industry say job losses in the last decade are a result of outsourcing manufacturing to foreign countries. To encourage furniture jobs in the state, Mississippi started giving companies $2,000 state tax credits for each new cut-and-sew job in 2010. Judith Phillips, a senior researcher with Mississippi State University’s Stennis Institute of Government, has studied the industry’s impact on the state. She says the tax credit has helped reverse some of the job loss. “There have been at least 1,000 cut-and18
sew jobs created or retained in Mississippi since the legislation passed,” Phillips said. While tax incentives may help, furniture companies in the state look to experts to help them find new ways to improve their profit margins. MSU’s Franklin Furniture Institute provides practical assistance to furniture businesses in the state. From helping furniture companies tweak and refine business and industrial approaches to looking at ways to reduce energy consumption, the university institute is the go-to resource for furniture related issues. The institute provided technical assistance for 10 companies during the 2011 fiscal year. Projects included website development, furniture research, and grant writing assistance.
Although many manufacturing jobs have left the state, the furniture industry continues to be an economic staple in Mississippi. Anyone who has ever sewn or assembled recliners at a furniture factory knows the industry requires lots of physical labor, but it provides thousands of jobs in the state and decent wages for many people with few skills. With furniture manufacturing facilities concentrated in the northeastern part of the state and jobs from suppliers in nearly every county, the furniture industry has strong ties to Mississippi. It has a $5.1 billion economic impact, government and industry reports show. The industry itself delivers about 18,000 jobs, while another 35,000 jobs result indirectly from it, the U.S. Department of Labor’s occupational employment statistics report. Supplier jobs and others are located throughout the state. Industry jobs include sewing-machine operators, hand sewers, upholsters, cabinetmakers, furniture finishers, hand cutters and trimmers, and cutting and slicing machine setters, operators and tenders. Average annual wages for these jobs range from $17,790 for hand sewers to $32,360 for upholsters, according to 2011 figures from the state of Mississippi. While still one of the top manufacturing job sectors in the state, the furniture industry jobs have significantly declined and factories have closed. Comparing 2010 data with 2005, furniture-manufacturing jobs dropped from 27,647 to 18,023, or about 35 percent, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics says. Similarly, furniture suppliers also saw a decrease in jobs during the same period, from 33,152 to 23,496, or about 29 percent. Bill Martin, director of the Franklin Furniture Institute, said the industry continues to recover from job losses through the years. This year, he anticipates some positive news. Pontotoc-based Southern Motion, for example, expected to hire 400 new employees. “The industry is alive and well but needs all the help it can get,” Martin said. “It’s important to the state.” boomjackson.com
// by Tam Curley William Patrick Butler
dwin A. Batte loaded up his cart one day in 1883, then went doorto-door selling rooms of furniture. He started with route sales and then opened a store in Jackson. Four generations have run Batte Furniture and Interiors since, each leaving its own mark. “We sell furniture to customers that are 40- and 50-year customers and go back two to three generations,” owner John C. Batte Jr. says. “My great-grandfather was fairly innovative,” Batte says. “He sold TV sets in the late 1930s to 1940s. He added decorating and design in 1948.” Batte Furniture has been in three locations on Capitol Street since the early 1900s. The present location (1010 E. Northside Drive, 601.366.0335) was built in 1961. The store operated at both the Capitol and Northside locations until 1969, when it began operating solely on Northside Drive. The original name of the Northside Drive location was Batte Northside before changing to Batte Furniture and Interiors. The three-floor-level store has a team of seven design professionals with degrees in interior design and art, in addition to one consultant who has experience decorating in and around Jackson for more than 50 years. A bridal registry has its own staff to help brides-to-be choose classic or contemporary patterns of crystal, china and linen. Maneuver through a few aisles of the store to find table lamps. Head to the second level to see leather recliners in assorted colors as well as a room full of mattresses. The third level continues with more modern furniture styles upholstered in leather to micro-suede fabrics. Each floor features creative table accent pieces, paintings and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Batte has no desire to retire and says the business may not pass on to his daughters. One is a physician, one lives in Birmingham, Ala., and the third works in Washington, D.C. He doubts that his daughters will want to run the oldest furniture store in the state. He operates his business with a core value. “We believe in taking care of customers, always trying to price things fairly, not selling junk,” Batte said.
John C. Batte Jr. is the fourth-generation owner of the oldest furniture store in Jackson.
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The flagship store is at 101 Airport Road, Pearl.
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he Miskelly brothers—Oscar, Chip and Howard—own and operate six furniture stores in Mississippi. They’ve been in the business since 1989. The stores include the Miskelly flagship store at 101 Airport Road in Pearl. The brothers strategically named stores to target niche shoppers: RoomStore by Miskelly, Clearance Store by Miskelly and SleepStore by Miskelly. Miskelly’s huge main showroom has contemporary living room, bedroom, dining room, and separate furniture pieces such as sectionals and recliners; accents include lamps and rugs. Customers looking to shop for children’s furniture or elegant living rooms sets will find what they need at Miskelly. The store offers 48 months to pay and no-interest-until-2016 deals, but you have to shop at the right time. Inside the Miskelly’s Pearl location, children can ride the Caring Carousel. Besides allowing kids to have fun, a suggested $1 donation for each ride helps children through Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and Magnolia Speech School. Many of the stores offer a familyfriendly environment. Customers can take a break from the showroom and enjoy coffee and snacks on site at the café or shoot some hoops on the makeshift basketball court. Miskelly’s Season of Giving promotion awards one family with furniture each Christmas. Nominations are sent in for individuals or families and the selected recipient has furniture delivered just before Christmas. Miskelly has also helped furnish new Habitat for Humanity homes. —Tam Curley 19
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Changing the Rules // by Donna Ladd
argaret Heffernan tells us in her powerful book, “Women on Top: How Women Entrepreneurs Are Rewriting the Rules of Business Success” (Penguin, 2008, $15), that many women-owned businesses are actually getting stronger in recent years because we know how to combine the right and left brains into what Daniel H. Pink calls the business-savvy “androgynous mind.” Women often have to work to perfect our “formal, rational skills”— but we have the “soft skills” instinctively that many men struggle to learn (or don’t know they need to). “The triumph for women is that when we have the courage of our convictions, we can be successful,” Heffernan writes. Heffernan uses case studies to show that women’s innate caring gene and focus on values are key to today’s business success. The women in her book show immense loyalty and caring to their employees and clients, as well as toughness when they need to. Here are three other books to help women in charge:
• “The Girl’s Guide to Being A Boss (Without Being a Bitch)” (Crown Business, 2006, $10.99) is much better than its headline makes it sound. This book is packed with excellent advice on how to hire well, when you need to fire, how to manage, how to do reviews. It’s a must-have. • “AmBITCHous” (Crown Business, 2006, $13.99 for Kindle) by Debra Condren, PhD, has the worst name ever, but it too is filled with stellar advice— and permission. Her main message is that ambitious women have gotten a bad name, and she urges women to go after, and work for, what they want. (Hear, hear.) My favorite part of this book is her advice about how every woman should form an advisory board of skillful people to talk to you straight and keep you motivated. Wish hers had nixed the title.
AT WORK e caught Nicole Smith, a naturalist and an W environmental educator at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, explaining nature
(and snakes) to visitors. For six years, she has taught about reptiles and trees at the museum. In that time, Smith has reached about 10,000 children. She also helps science teachers stay informed to better teach their pupils.
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• “The Princessa: Machiavelli for Women” (Dell, 1998, $15) sounds a bit tough, and it kind of is. Author Harriet Rubin urges women to draw
on the same womanly skills, while it takes very seriously the real challenges women face—from sexual harassment to efforts to ruin your business. She gives you very “Art of War” advice—such as “besting surpasses winning” and “she makes her war others war, too.” She urges powerful women never to cower and to use their own stories to “best” her opponents. This book saved my business at least once. No joke.
Tonya Moore, University of Mississippi Medical Center chief learning officer, let us peek inside her big red bag. Here’s what we found.
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1. This red bag was given to me two years ago as a gift from my sister. It has many “miles” on it. 2. Black portfolio. 3. My iPad. Every leader should stay connected, electronically. 4. “Have No Fear” book—co-authored by my grandfather, Mr. Charles Evers, a civil-rights leader. This is a reminder of how dedication and commitment for a cause leads to success. 5. Mini Dell Computer laptop: Work on-the-go. 6. Portrait of my family in a glass frame illustrates three generations and many reasons to dedicate.
7. A frame titled “Honduras” with a picture of me posing with children in Honduras. This represents my commitment to faith and service. My church, New Hope Baptist Church, sponsored this foreign medical mission. 8. Calculator: Managing finances is essential. 9. Heart: A random act of kindness given to me by a co-worker. 10. A dictionary. 11. Motivational Quotes: An intern gave me this as a gift. 12. Thank-you notes: Handwritten thank-you notes always send a nice message of value and appreciation.
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Believe... And Plan
by Valerie Wells
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Women Doing Business for Themselves
ntil last year, Melanie Mann was a connection drove them in a way that differs from dental hygienist. On the weekends, traditional masculine ideas of business, such as she had antique booths and sold a forecasting and hoarding information. Women tend to start their own companies few items, collected some others. After a 27-year career, Mann decided it when they feel invisible and undervalued workwas time to make the move and start her own ing for someone else. After experiencing the liberation of being inbusiness. She quit her job and opened Forget Me Nots, a consignment shop in Brandon. She dependent, many of the women business owners wasn’t entirely sure what would happen, but she jumped in. “It took off,” she says. Mann started out in a 900-sqaure-foot space. Seven months ago, she moved the store to its present location (204 E. Government St., Brandon, 601.824.9766). Now, the consignment shop stocked with antiques and art fills 10,000 square feet. Mann has hired eight employees. Space and staff are not all that has grown. “We have tripled our consignments,” Mann says. Being a woman entrepreneur has its advantages for Mann. “Customers relate more to women,” she says. She’s noticed that is true whether the customer is male or female. In the book “Women On Top” (Penguin, 2007, $15), writer and entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan contends that women have many advantages in owning and Melanie Mann has seen her consignment running businesses. As Mann has experibusiness, Forget Me Nots, grow in its first year. enced, being empathetic and a good listener makes for excellent customer relations. Heffernan says those qualities also can help that Heffernan interviewed then nurtured that women be more effective managers than their sense of power in their employees. One of those male counterparts. They tend to ask more ques- women is Carol Latham, founder of Cleveland, Ohio-based Thermagon Inc. Latham says she tions and listen better. The simple reason women most often started her company with nothing. “You create value out of nothing with people cited for starting their own business was inde- pendence, Heffernan found. She also noticed a just by giving them a chance to prove themtheme emerging that women had intense loyalty selves,” Latham tells Heffernan. and empathy with their employees. That personal Women entrepreneurs make their personal 22
values a part of their business, and they tend to have done every job in the business from the ground up. Vickie Ham, owner of Pro Audio Center (593 Old Highway 49 South, Richland, 601.939.2853), for example, still works directly with her customers every day. These generalizations aren’t absolutes. Still, women who are considering starting a business should take encouragement from Heffernan’s insights based on numerous interviews with successful women entrepreneurs around the nation. As leaders, women prefer to get employees to work together and allow each one to play up his or her strengths. “Orchestration is a female form of leadership,” Heffernan writes. Mona Eliassen of Massachusettsbased Eliassen Group orchestrates her business by recognizing that different people have different strengths. Heffernan says her managers focus on issues, not personalities, and set goals in an atmosphere of absolute honesty. “It isn’t about a contest or issuing orders,” Heffernan writes. “It is about unleashing the ability of others.”
‘On Behalf of Others’ The Center for Women’s Business Research estimates that women own 8 million U.S. businesses. In a 2009 study, the center found that women-owned firms have an annual economic impact of $3 trillion and create or maintain more than 23 million jobs—16 percent of all U.S. jobs. In 2011, the National Women’s Business Council released a report that said womenowned businesses represent one of the fastestgrowing segments of the economy. “The latest Census figures indicate the number of womenowned businesses are growing at twice the rate boomjackson.com
June Hardwick took the leap and now has a private practice in Fondren. She loves the flexibility and independence.
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as men-owned businesses,” the reports states. Heffernan writes that more women get encouragement today to take risks and try starting a business. She also found that women are twice as likely to stay in business. Again, she attributes this to the different way women approach business and people. A woman entrepreneur tends to be receptive to the zeitgeist and more likely to recognize patterns emerging in the culture, Heffernan writes. Technological advances only help women carry out these creative visions. In Mississippi, women-owned firms totaled 47,071 in 2002, an increase of 23 percent from 1997, and generated $6.7 billion in revenues. The U.S. Census reports that in 2007, women owned 26.9 percent of Mississippi firms. Helen Luster, former executive director of the Mississippi Black Chamber of Commerce, is banking on her networking skills to get her new business up and running. With two partners, Luster is opening Optimum One, a health gym, in south Jackson. “It will be different. We’ll have nutrition classes and children’s programs,” Luster said. She has found a niche, a gym that caters to families. Many gyms prohibit children. Luster thinks embracing the children and creating classes for them will only improve her bottom line. “The mainstream is a great place for new companies to be buried,” Heffernan writes. She advises women to get in early, define the niche and then dominate the field. Attorney June Hardwick also recently ventured out on her own. A Hinds County public defender from 2007 to 2011, Hardwick opened her private practice in September. She had a heavy case load as a full-time public defender, but that wasn’t the deciding factor. A single mom with a son in private school, house notes and remaining student loans, her financial pressures stressed her more than her case load. “The pay was too low,” Hardwick says of her previous job. “The money was gone before direct deposit even hit the bank.” She says she had a good boss, a somewhat flexible job and was doing what she believed in. It wasn’t enough. Now, working for herself, she can be more selective and move at a different pace. “The pay is better,” she says. “I feel more independent and even more flexible.” Heffernan writes that women aren’t usually given freedom to pursue their visions when they work for someone else, even a great boss. Women also aren’t very good at asking for raises. But
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Who You Know // by Barbara Travis
n a restaurant recently, I overheard a young entrepreneur’s business pitch to a potential investor at the table next to me. He enthusiastically highlighted his technology-based marketing plan over lunch. The companion liked what she heard and asked one question: “What do you need to make it happen?” “Money would be nice, but what I really need is a committed co-founder and to
meet well-connected people,” he answered. Bingo! Apparently, who you know still trumps what you know. Good networking makes good business. Business boosting is all about forging mutually beneficial personal connections. But some folks are born with a natural knack for small talk, while it unfortunately overwhelms and intimidates others. Learning to comfortably converse in diverse social environments can quickly separate the women from the girls in today’s business world. Creating profitable connections takes time and active commitment, but each one starts with a sincere smile, a strong handshake and a pre-planned, open-ended question. The most proficient business-networking professionals inherently love walking into a room full of strangers. They view it as a challenge and enjoy starting conversa-
when they have a company to run, women don’t have those obstacles. “We are acting on behalf of others, and in that spirit we’re relentless,” she writes.
‘Why Wouldn’t I Do This?’ Hardwick, 36, planned her move for a year, carefully reading and preparing for the move to private practice. She advises anyone wishing to become her own boss to do the same. “Plan, plan, plan and believe,” she advises. During her planning, Hardwick says she didn’t get much support from people around her. They worried it was a misstep to give up a regular paycheck and a steady job with benefits. “I had more people to discourage me,” she says. “One of the biggest challenges I had to overcome was fear. I had to say, I am competent, passionate, charismatic. I trust God. I have all the tools I need. Why wouldn’t I do this?” The other side of planning, Heffernan finds, is improvisation or being able to adapt to changes. This is another advantage women have. Masculine models depend on forecasting the future and predicting outcomes. Women grow their companies through change even if it is a crisis.
tions from scratch, asking pertinent questions. They relish making new friends. They like learning something new or potentially finding new clients or customers within a captive crowd. These folks are blessed with an abundance of people skills that others understandably envy. Why and how do they do it? Because it works and, with practice, they’ve managed to incorporate networking into everything they do.
Think ‘You,’ Not ‘Me’ Done right, networking packs a powerful professional punch that nothing else can come close to delivering. Done wrong, it invites negative results of equal intensity. Poorly executed networking based on a “what’s in it for me?” mentality puts people off and turns them away. Successful networking should always begin with “What do you do?” and “That’s interesting, tell me more.” From there, just listen.
“Real growth comes from mistakes, learning and improvisation,” she writes. Women also are good at building consensus and gathering ideas from groups. Masculine business models would consider this behavior poor leadership. Instead, the adaptive nature opens a company to growth. “Only an idiot would mistake this for weakness,” Heffernan writes.
‘It Takes a Leap of Faith’ Besides planning, Hardwick suggests that other women find mentors and identify people who will boost their optimism. Avoid the ones who discourage you, she says. Another option is to create your own “advisory board” with various skills represented. Mann, 48, says she could not have opened Forget Me Nots without emotional support from her husband, Bruce Mann, who works full-time with the Air National Guard. Like Hardwick, Mann says a woman entrepreneur starting out needs self-confidence and lots of guts. “It takes a leap of faith,” Mann says. “If it’s something you really want to do, you won’t know until you try it.”
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Creating a Productive Workplace // by Deirdre M. Danahar
great workplace has an inviting environment that goes beyond the desks, paint and windows. It has boundaries that foster a productive climate where people are valued for their attributes, roles suit individuals’ signature strengths and potential is cultivated. Established boundaries eliminate distractions and confusion regarding what needs to be done, by when, how and by whom. The results are great work, done in a timely manner, consistently. Plus, people find solutions to office problems instead of just complaining, and they might bring cookies on Friday because they enjoy working together. They become a dynamic team. An effective leader understands that professional boundaries are an extension of personal boundaries within a formal setting with shared goals. The goals are the source of both individual and team motivation. Without appropriate boundaries, employees and supervisors may confuse workplace relationships with personal relationships. Certainly, workplace relationships can develop into personal relationships over time. But usually interacting with supervisors, colleagues, clients and customers stops at the 26
end of the work day. Setting professional boundaries is much easier when a relationship is viewed as formal rather than casual. An effective leader also understands that failing to define boundaries, having no boundaries, or inappropriately rigid boundaries can have an adverse impact on the business and employees. Some boundaries, however, need to be firm—for example, lying, stealing, or verbally or physically abusing others are never allowed. When professional boundaries and priorities are clearly defined, it’s very likely that a group can function effectively, even in the absence of its leader. If everyone on your team understands what to do, how to do it and when to do it, then team members will feel grounded in their roles. The responsibility to set a solid foundation falls upon the leader; however, every team member plays a role in creating a smooth functioning organization. Each team member is responsible for speaking up to a colleague or supervisor to clearly define an issue and help find a resolution that works for everyone. Carefully negotiate professional boundaries in an open discussion about responsibilities, goals, and priorities prior to launching a new project or beginning a new job. Here are three core skill areas to help you get started:
Know your limits: what you can do well within the allotted time frame.
Do not exaggerate your ability by overselling it. Give accurate estimates. Delivering a good product on time improves your credibility; missing deadlines or delivering a substandard product hurts your reputation.
Tactfully and openly communicate about goals and limitations.
Do not undersell or misrepresent your ability. This prevents you from demonstrating your professional skills and could affect your career advancement. Highlight what you can and will do. Ask for help when it’s needed to ensure good quality work. Actively engage in problem solving, and don’t complain about the problem. Ask for feedback when it is not forthcoming.
Be available to discuss differences and reach agreements.
Honestly reflect back your understanding of the other person’s interests and concerns. Attempt to negotiate win-win solutions.
Boundaries Professional boundaries become clearly defined when you answer these questions: • Who gives you your assignments? • To whom do you report? • Who gives you feedback? •Who sets your work priorities? • How do you keep your company and client personal information secure? • Do you know how to treat all staff members fairly without positive or negative feelings influencing your decisions?
Deirdre M. Danahar is a personal coach who helps busy people with complex lives focus on what matters most. She owns InMotion Consulting and Coaching LLC, based in Jackson. Reach her at email@example.com, or visit her website at inmotioncc.com. boomjackson.com
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Karen is wearing a printed blouse ($3.50) and neon J. Crew corduroy pants ($2) from Goodwill, a Yoana Baraschi sequined blazer ($330) and green onyx ring ($120) from Taylor Collection, a fuschia skinny belt ($3) from Platoâ€™s Closet and earrings ($70) from b. fine art jewelry. Photographer: Camille Moenkhaus
Karen is wearing a Collective Concepts tie blouse ($60) from Taylor Collection, a black Forever 21 vest ($10), green snake clutch ($6) and a wood and enamel bangle ($5) from Platoâ€™s Closet; polka dot pants ($2) from Goodwill; tweed shoes ($39) from Libby Story, an enamel bracelet ($65) and gold seashell earrings ($60) from b. fine art jewelry. Photographer: Camille Moenkhaus
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Karen is wearing a polka dot blouse ($7), H&M leopard print cardigan ($10), neon skinny belt ($6), Michael Kors shoes ($18), sunglasses ($5) and handbag ($20)—all from Plato’s Closet; black Yoana Baraschi embellished skirt ($242), green and gold fisher earrings ($23), turquoise ring ($70) and beaded bangle ($23) from Taylor Collection. Photographer: Virginia Schreiber
Where2Shop: b. fine art jewelry, 215 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601.607.7741; Taylor Collection, 2082 Main St., Madison, 601.605.0236; Goodwill, 863 Centre St., Suite A, Ridgeland, 601.856.3308; Plato’s Closet, 1260 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland, 601.487.8207; Libby Story, 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5003, 601.717.3300 30
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Canton Mart Square (1491 Canton Mart Road, 601.957.1217)
espite the success the stores in the Canton Mart Square enjoy, the shopping center is almost hidden. It started when Dr. Hugh Ward and his wife, Joe Ann, opened Briarwood Animal Hospital in 1961. From there, they built more stores throughout the 1980s. Today, the shopping center has 28 stores. Joe Ann Ward still owns the property with Steve Baker, her nephew, as the property manager. Baker’s daughter, Stephanie Maley, is the bookkeeper. The family-operated business supports other locally owned stores at the convenient location near the intersection of Northside Drive and Old Canton Road.
(1481 Canton Mart Square Road, Suite 1, 601.957.1166) Good, hearty quality food can be hard to come by. Robin DeVos Owen opened Cookin’ Up a Storm in 2010. Try its dinner entrees like chicken pot pie (pictured), chicken spaghetti, and vegetarian lasagna and desserts.
(1481 Canton Mart Square Road, Suite B, 601.991.3092, theknit The Knit studio.com) Studio Working different fibers of yarn with needles and your hands is a stress reliever. Owner Judy McNeil wanted to share this passion when she opened The Knit Studio in November 2007. The shop offers yarn, needles, accessories and books. McNeil also has knitting and crocheting classes for any skill level Tuesday through Saturday.
More on the Square: 1. All About Nails (1491 Canton Mart Road, No. 2, 601.977.0880) 2. Briarwood Animal Hospital (1471 Canton Mart Road, 601.956.5086) 3. Briarwood Pet Shop, (1461 Canton Mart Road, Suite E 601.957.1217) 4. Briarwood Wine and Spirits (4949 Old Canton Road, 601.956.5108)
5. Cookin’ Up A Storm (1491 Canton Mart Road, No. 1, 601.957.1166) 6. Drake’s Designs Florist (5731 Old Canton Road, No. 105, 601.957.6983) 7. Fitness Factory Studio (1491 Canton Mart Road, Suites 3 and 4, 769.216.3612) 8. Hickory Pit (1491 Canton Mart Road, 601.956.7079)
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(1481 Canton Mart Square, Suite D, 601.956.7117) Monogram Magic has been in the square 10 years. The store sells party invitations, baby gifts and baby clothes.
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(1481 Canton Mart Square, Suite D, 601.956.7117) Shop for jewelry in a room in the Monogram Magic store. Luce opened almost a year ago. The jewelry is handmade of vintage pieces. The owner donates 10 percent of profits to Shake the Nation ministries.
9. Joanie’s Salon (1461 Canton Mart Road, Suite B, 601.956.3382 10. Kees Photography (1491 Canton Mart Road, No. 16, 601.977.9830) 11. Latitudes (1491 Canton Mart Road) Suite C, 601.957.0738) 12. Lounge Arts (1491 Old Canton Mart Road, Suites 10 and 10a, 601.206.1788) 13. Odom’s Optical (1461 Canton Mart
Road, Suite A, 601.977.0272 14. Peacock Alley Framing (1491 Canton Mart Road, No. 7, 601.665.4776) 15. Pilates of Jackson (1491 Canton Mart Road, No. 13, 601.991.3201) 16. Popfizz Children’s Boutique (1481 Canton Mart Road, 601.977.1000) 17. Tommasini Jewelry (1491 Canton Mart Road, 601.957.1160)
The Book Rack
(1491 Canton Mart Square, 601.956.5086) The Book Rack, original to the shopping center, sells half-priced books. Mark and Sarah McMullin are the third owners of the store. Though the Book Rack is a franchise, each location is individually owned. The store sells books, CDs, audiotapes, book accessories and wonderfully scented candles. Find your favorite novel for a discounted price. Parents and teachers can purchase gently used school books for a much lower price. Customers can trade in books for a store credit.
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(1491 Canton Mart Road, Suite A, 601.899.8822, majesticburger.com) Fred Sandifer wanted a premium burger place in the Jackson area, so in October 2007, he opened one. Majestic Burger serves burgers (meat and veggie) made to order with any toppings. It also sells fish and shrimp tacos.
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5:00-6:00pm Half Off Cocktails & Beer Appetizers, Zuppa & Insalata Bruschetta - Diced tomatoes and basil with a slice of buffalo mozzarella on toasted bread. Calamari - Slices of calamari fried and served with marinara sauce Antipasto - Provolone cheese, Italian meats, and variety of vegetables on a bed of lettuce surrounding a cup of creamy Italian dressing. New Orleans BBQ Shrimp - Eight fresh gulf shrimp in a worchershire and butter sauce. Cerami’s Stuffed Mushrooms - Four large mushrooms stuffed with our tasty melt-in yourmouth filling ~ topped with our chefs basil cream sauce. Fried Mozzerella - Italian mozzerella cheese breaded in italian breadcrumbs and fried golden brown served with side of marinara Salad Wagon - Crisp mixed greens, fresh gorgonzola cheese, marinated onions, olive salad and creamy Italian or Italian Vinaigrette dressing. Caesar Salad - Romaine mixed greens tossed in parmesan cheese and homemade Caesar dressing. Add Chicken or Shrimp Soup of the Day - Chef ’s Choice Soup and Salad - Cup of soup of the day and salad wagon
Pastas Baked Lasagna - Heavenly layers of pasta, beef, cheeses and spices. Pasta Primavera - Sauteed seasonal vegetables served over linguini pasta Eggplant Parmigiano - Fresh breaded Eggplant served with Linguini pasta, topped with Cerami’s tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Cannelloni Florentine - Cheese, beef, and spinach stuffed in two homemade pasta crepes topped with alfredo sauce. One of our specialties!!! Manicotti - Two homemade pasta crepes stuffed with blend of cheeses and spices topped with Cerami’s tomato meat sauce.
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(meat & poultry) AJ’s Spaghetti & Meatballs - Classic Spaghetti pasta with Cerami’s homemade meatballs Blackened Salmon - Our signature blackened salmon served with pesto cream sauce and delicate angel hair pasta Ribeye & Shrimp- 12-14 oz ribeye, cooked to order with blackened shrimp & sauteed veggies. Veal Parmigiano - Breaded veal topped with mozzarella and Cerami’s tomato sauce over linguini pasta Veal Picatta - Breaded veal with a lemon & garlic butter sauce with capers and mushrooms with a side of angel hair pasta Chicken Parmigiano - Breaded chicken topped with mozzarella and Cerami’s tomato sauce over linguini pasta Chicken Picatta - Breaded chicken with a lemon & garlic butter sauce with capers and mushrooms with a side of angel hair pasta Chicken Alfredo - Breaded chicken on the side of linguini pasta and our creamy alfredo sauce. Seared Tuna - Delicate tuna cooked to perfection with pesto cream sauce and angel hair pasta
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
Fri. & Sat. 11am-2pm
Tues. - Sat. 5pm-9pm
We also accommodate... Corporate meetings...Birthdays...Rehearsal dinners...Catering, and much more.
Linguini with Clam Sauce - Lots of open shell clams on top of linguini topped with a butter clam sauce and parmesan cheese. That’s Amore!!! Shrimp Scampi - Succulent fresh shrimp sautéed in a garlic butter sauce served over linguini pasta Shrimp or Calamari Diablo - Fresh Shrimp or calamari with a spicy tomato sauce on linguini pasta.
www.ceramis.net *Menu Subject to Change.
5417 Lakeland Drive ~ 601-919-2829 ~ Flowood, MS 39232
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(a very high-class pig stand)
(All plates are served with your choice of two of our delicious sides: garden salad, slaw, potato salad, American fries, baked beans or Brunswick stew, cool months only, and Texas toast)
BBQ pork shoulder (smoked with hickory wood for 12 hours, then pulled and lightly chopped) BBQ beef brisket (smoked with hickory wood for 12 hours, then pulled and lightly chopped)
Jackson’s Best BBQ JFP’s Best of Jackson
2003 • 2006 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012
BBQ Chicken (chopped w/ slaw relish) Garlic Bread ............................. .85 ..................................................... 4.95 Brunswick Stew w/ homemade BBQ Pork (chopped w/ slaw relish) cornbread: 1/2 pint - 4.95, pint - 8.25, ..................................................... 4.95 1/2 gallon - 26.40, gallon - 49.50 BBQ Beef (chopped w/ slaw relish) Assorted Potato Chips ........... .95 ..................................................... 5.25 Onion Rings ............................ 3.55 Smoked Ham (lettuce, tomato & mayo) Fries (fresh cut taters) ................. 3.25 ..................................................... 5.75 Regular or Sweet Potato with cheese ................................ 6.95 Small Garden Salad .............. 3.85 Smoked Turkey (lettuce, tomato & mayo) (Come Back, Ranch, or Raspberry ..................................................... 5.75 Vinaigrette) with cheese ................................ 6.95 Chef Salad ............................. 10.75 Hamburger ............................. 4.35 (topped with cheddar and swiss (lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, cheese, boiled egg, smoked chicken or pickles & onion) with cheese ....... 5.50 smoked ham & turkey, with a choice Double Hamburger ............... 5.45 of Come Back, Ranch or Raspberry with cheese ................................. 7.25 Vinaigrette) Po-Boys your choice of Pork, Chicken, Beef, Ham or Turkey (lettuce, tomato, mayo & Rufﬂes) ........................... 9.50 with cheese ............................... 10.75 Grilled Cheese ........................ 3.75 extra cheese ................................ 1.25 Special Sandwich Platter ...... 8.55 (BBQ Chicken, Pork, Beef, Ham, Hamburger, or Turkey Sandwiches. Choice of two ﬁxins: garden salad, slaw, tater salad, home fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings or baked beans)
BBQ Plates Choice of 2 of our delicious ﬁxins: garden salad, slaw, tater salad, home fries or baked beans and Texas toast! BBQ Pork (chopped) ............. 11.75 BBQ Beef (chopped) .............. 12.25
Tater Salad, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, BBQ Sauce: single - 2.25, 1/2 pint - 2.95, pint - 4.59, 1/2 gallon - 16.80, gallon - 29.95
Homemade Pies Lemon or Pecan ..................... 4.35 Hershey Bar ............................ 4.95 Carrot Cake ............................. 4.50 Coconut Cake .......................... 4.95
We also sell Whole Pies!
Party Packs Serves 10 Adults .................. 44.95 (2lb. pork or beef or 2 whole chickens; 2 pints beans, 2 pints slaw & 6 slices of Texas toast or 10 buns) 1/2 Party Pack ....................... 23.75
Pork Ribs (wet or dry) Rib Party Pack (serves 4) ....... 52.15 1/2 slab ..................................... 14.95 (2 slabs ribs, 1 pint beans, 1 pint slaw, 1 whole slab ................................ 25.95 pint potato salad, 4 slices of Texas toast) BBQ Chicken (1/2 cluck) .......... 11.95 Combination (1/2 cluck, 1/2 slab) . .................................................. 22.75
We sell BBQ Pork, Beef, Ribs, Chicken, Ham & Turkey by the pound.
Ask About Our Catering!
St. Louis style ribs (slow smoked with hickory wood and hand rubbed with our dry rub or served wet when basted with our mild bbq sauce) Half slab Whole slab (enough for two people and served with your choice of four of our sides) Half smoked chicken (served dry or wet when basted with our mild bbq sauce) Queenie’s half chicken (smoked and hand rubbed with our dry rub) BBQ chicken (pulled off the bone of our smoked chicken and lightly chopped) Combination plate (served with 1/2 chicken of your choice and 1/2 slab of ribs, wet or dry and four sides of your choice; enough for two) Special Sandwich Platter Choice of smoked chicken, pork, beef, ham, turkey or hamburger and two of our sides
CHEF Salad, mixed greens, tomato, egg, swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, and your choice of ham and turkey, smoked chicken, pork, or beef w/ your choice of dressing (ranch, comeback, blue cheese, honey mustard, raspberry vinegarette, or oil & vinegar) Small CHEF
Po-Boy Choice of pork, beef, chicken, ham, or turkey and one of our sides* (Dressed with lettuce, tomato and mayo) Club Po-Boy Smoked ham and turkey grilled with melted cheddar and swiss cheese and choice of one of our sides (dressed with lettuce, tomato and our special comeback dressing) Sausage Po-Boy Smoked pork susage dressed with grilled onions, bell peppers and mustard, and one of our sides*
Here’s the Beef Po-Boy Smoked beef brisket, sliced thin, piled high and topped with melted swiss cheese and caramelized onions, then dressed with lettuce, tomato, and sweet mustard; includes choice of one of our sides Add your choice of cheese to any Po-Boy
(All sandwiches may be served on a regular bun, wheat bun, rye bread or Texas toast) Your choice of cheese, American, Swiss or cheddar may be added to any sandwich
Smoked chicken (pulled and lightly chopped then topped with slaw relish) Smoked pork shoulder (pulled and lightly chopped then topped with slaw relish) Smoked beef brisket (pulled and lightly chopped then topped with slaw relish) Smoked ham (grilled and served with lettuce, tomato &mayo) Smoked turkey breast (grilled and served with lettuce, tomato and mayo) Loaded hamburger (served with lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions, mayo and mustard) Loaded double hamburger (served w/ lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions, mayo and mustard) Grilled cheese (your choice of cheeses) GINNY PIG, our signature sandwich (smoked ham grilled with Swiss and cheddar cheeses and served on grilled garlic toast with lettuce, tomato and our special comeback dressing) The ultimate club sandwich, (smoked ham and turkey grilled with swiss and cheddar cheeses on garlic toast and served with lettuce, tomato and our special comeback dressing)
(All of our desserts are prepared right here in our kitchen)
Our famous Hershey Bar pie Lemon pie
Pecan pie Heated and served a la mode Coconut cake
Carrot cake Heated and served a la mode
1856 Main St. • Madison 601.853.8538
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Voted Best Pizza 2009-2011 Best of Jackson
Belhaven Location: 601-352-2001 North Jackson Location: 601-957-1975 SPECIALTY PIZZAS
Chicken Curry Delight - creamy homemade curry, smoked gouda, mozzarella, curried chicken, fire roasted red peppers. Pineapple on request. Double Cheeseburger - double seasoned beef aged cheddar cheese sauce, sliced American cheese, shredded cheddar, pickles and onions. Cajun Joe - Spicy andoullie sausage, seasoned chicken, green and red peppers, onions. Turkey Club - Turkey, smoked bacon, fresh tomatoes, honey mustard tomato sauce. Supreme - Pepperoni, beef, sausage, green pepper, mushroom, ham, onion, black olive, bacon. Carnivore - Pepperoni, ham, sausage, beef, bacon. Veggie Deluxe - Mushrooms, tomato, green pepper onion, green & black olive. Hawaiian - Extra Canadian bacon, extra pineapple and extra cheese. BBQ Pork - BBQ sauce, pulled pork BBQ Chicken - BBQ sauce, pulled chicken. Shrimp Alfredo - Alfredo sauce, shrimp, tomato. Spinach Alfredo - Alfredo sauce, spinach, tomato. Chicken Alfredo - Chicken, alfredo sauce, tomato. Chicken Fajita - Chicken, green peppers, diced tomato, picante sauce, red onion, mozzarella, Monterrey jack. Three Cheese - Cheddar, provolone, mozzarella. Thai Chicken - Thai peanut sauce, provolone, mozzarella, seasoned chicken, green peppers, onions & carrots. The Greek - Feta, mozzarella, black olives, gyro meat. Onions & artichoke hearts on request. Mexican Fiesta - Picante sauce, Monterrey jack, cheddar, seasoned beef, green onions and dice tomatoes. Black olives upon request. Margarita - Fresh garlic, roma tomatoes & basil on a special crust.. (Traditional Italian Pizza) Chicken Cordon Bleu - Seasoned chicken breast homemade mustard pizza sauce, swiss, mozzarella honey ham & diced tomatoes Andy’s Buffalo Ranch Chicken - Homemade buffalo sauce, swiss, mozzarella, marinated buffalo chicken & bacon
SUBS all served with Pickle and Potato Chips
$7.25 $7.45 $7.99 $7.95 $7.95 $7.95
$14.25 $15.25 $17.75 $15.00 $15.00 $16.25
$20.00 $20.75 $22.00 $20.25 $20.25 $21.25
BUILD YOUR OWN PIZZA
Small - $5.80 Medium - $11.50 Large - $16.50 Regular Toppings: Pepperoni, salami, beef, Italian sausage, ham, bacon, Canadian bacon, anchovies, green peppers, roma tomatoes, tomatoes, pineapple, mushrooms, black olives, green olives, red onions, pepperoncini peppers, banana peppers, jalapenos
Small - $1.25
Medium - $1.75
Large - $2.50
Premium Toppings: Grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, spinach, gyro meat, meatballs, feta, mozzarella, smoked gouda, provolone, cheddar, Swiss, Monterrey jack cheeses.
Small - $1.75
Medium - $2.25
Large - $2.75
Add Shrimp to Any Pizza! We don’t believe in wimpy toppings at the Pizza Shack. When you add Shrimp to a Large Pizza, you’re getting over a pound of shrimp for your money!
Small - $3.99
Medium - $6.99
Large - $7.99
Flavors: Southwest Garlic Ranch, Garlic Parmesan $4.50 $10.25 Lemon Pepper, Traditional BBQ, Citrus Chipotle, Honey Mustard, BBQ, Traditional Hot, Fire Starter, Teriyaki, Spicy Thai Italian Submarine - Genoa salami, mortadella, procuitto, ham, red onion, lettuce, tomato, provolone, oil & vinegar, salt & pepper. Banana pepper on request. Philly Cheese Steak - Chopped steak, bell pepper, onion, provolone . Meatball - Meatballs, marinara, provolone topped w/ oregano, basil & Parmesan. Onions & mushrooms on request. Roast Beef Dip - Roast Beef, Au Jus. Choice of cheese. Italian Sausage - Italian rope sausage, marinara sauce, provolone, onion, roasted red peppers, green peppers, topped w/ parmesan, basil & oregano.
ON A BUN add choice of cheese - .50¢ Joe’s Sloppy Joe -Fresh seasoned ground beef, homemade sloppy Joe sauce on a toasted bun. Pickles on request. BBQ Pulled Pork - Pulled pork w/ BBQ sauce. BBQ Pulled Chicken - Pulled chicken w/ BBQ sauce. Buffalo Ranch Chicken - Pulled buffalo chicken, creamy ranch & swiss. Fresh BBQ Chicken - w/savory BBQ sauce, bacon, swiss cheese $7.25 Lettuce and tomato on request.
$7.65 $7.65 $7.15 $7.45 $7.65
$6.75 $6.90 $6.90 $7.15
DELI SANDWICHES on White, Wheat, Sourdough or Marble Rye. Smoked Turkey - Smoked turkey, swiss, lettuce, tomato & mayo. Turkey Club - Smoked turkey, swiss, bacon, lettuce, tomato & mayo. Roast Beef - Roast beef, cheddar or swiss, lettuce, tomato, mayo, & Dijon mustard. Ham - Smoked ham, choice of cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, & honey mustard. Vegetarian - Tomato, cucumber, onions, green peppers, olive oil & vinegar. Choice of cheese on request. Ultimate - Turkey, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato, choice of cheese, honey mustard & mayo. Chicken Salad - Homemade chicken salad, iceberg lettuce, tomato. BLT - Applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomatoes & basil mayo.
$7.45 $7.65 $7.65 $6.90 $6.90 $8.00 $7.65 $6.50
Asian Chicken Salad - Marinated chicken, iceberg lettuce, roasted $8.00 red peppers, green and red cabbage, julienne carrots, crispy noodles, toasted sesame seeds and Asian ginger dressing. Chef - Iceberg, romaine, ham, egg, provolone, turkey, cherry tomato. $7.95 Antipasto - Ham, pepperoni, salami, prosciutto, mozzarella, provolone, $8.00 romaine, iceberg, red onion, roma tomato. Garden - Iceberg, carrots, cherry tomato, cucumber. $5.25 Caesar - Romaine, Parmesan, croutons, caesar dressing. $6.00 Chicken Caesar - Romaine, Parmesan, croutons, chicken, caesar dressing. $8.00 Chicken Salad - Homemade chicken salad over iceberg lettuce $7.75 w/ cherry tomatoes, bacon bits & choice of cheese. Side Salad - your choice of Garden or Caesar $2.75 Dressings - Ranch, Blue Cheese, Italian, Honey Mustard, Thousand Island, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Fat Free Ranch, Asian Sesame Seed Ginger
Bread Sticks $2.50 Cheese Sticks $5.00 Toppings Added - $2.50 Premium Topping Added - $3.50
601-352-2001 - To Order From The Belhaven Location 601-957-1975 - To Order From the North Jackson Location
925 East Fortification (In the former FabraCare Building, between Kats & Fenian’s) 5046 Parkway Drive • Colonial Mart Shopping Center (behind Great Harvest Bread Company off Old Canton Road)
New Belhaven Location! New North Jackson Location!
Pizza Shack 1 (Fortification) Mon-Thurs 11-10 Fri-Sat 11-11 Sun 11-9 • Pizza Shack 2 (Old Canton) Mon-Thurs 11-9 Fri -Sat 11-10 Sun 11-8 • www.ThePizzaShackJackson.com
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Best of Jackson 2011 & 2012
New Blue Plate Special $8.99 1 Meat, 3 Veggies, Bread and Drink
- We Cater Parties & Special Events -
We Give You Choices Meat Choices: Ground
Beef, Ground Turkey, Chicken Breast
Bun Choices: Wheat, White,
The BnB Burger
BnB’s Famous Fried Pickles Loaded Ranch Dip Onion Rings MoJo Mushrooms Fried Cheese Sticks Homemade Buffalo Chicken Bites
Lea & Perrins Burger
Homemade Chili House Salad Hwy 61 Bacon & Blue Burger Salad Caesar Salad
Hwy 51 Bacon & Blue Burger
Buffalo Chicken Philly Cheese Steak
BnBs’ famous burger just the way you like it! With lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard & ketchup. A marinated burger in Lea & Perrins sauce. Dressed with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup & feta cheese. Topped with applewood smoked bacon & crumbled bleu cheese. Served with warm bleu cheese sauce.
Sandwiches & Other Stuff
The County Line
BnB’s BLT Quesadilla Sausage Dog Philly Cheese Steak Sonic Boom Pickin’ Chicken Tenders Lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard & ketchup, topped w/ fried jalapenos & hot Hot Dogs Fried Bologna Sandwich pepper jack cheese. Gotta have one with a little bit of everything! Lettuce, tomato, sautéed onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, mushrooms, jalapeno peppers, chili & your choice of cheese.
Smokehouse BBQ Burger
Applewood bacon, cheddar cheese & 1 fried onion ring.
Fresh-Cut Home Fries, never frozen Tater Tots Pineapple Express Idaho Potato Chips Topped with grilled pineapple, grilled onions & a bit of Onion Rings BnB’s secret sauce. Sweet Potato Tater Tots Mini BnBs Sweet Potato Fries BnB’s famous burger, mini style! Lettuce, tomato, Garden/Caesar Salad onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard & ketchup.
BnB Freestyle Burger
Build your own! Pick your meat, toppings & bread. (premium toppings are extra)
Melt-A-Way Brownie Southern Pecan Pie a-la-mode IBC Root Beer Float
Sun - Thurs 11AM - 10PM | Fri & Sat 11AM - 12AM 1060 E County Line Rd | Ridgeland, MS 39157 601.899.0038 | www.burgersblues.com
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Voted Best Steak in Jackson by Clarion- Ledger Metromix 2011 & 2012
Fully Stocked Bar
with Daily Drink Specials
Live Music • No Cover
Every Friday & Saturday Night
Regular Happy Hour Monday - Friday • 4 - 7 pm $2 Domestics • $2.75 Imports
6792 SIWELL RD BYRAM, MS. 601-376-0777 WWW.REEDPIERCES.COM FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK M44
Opens at 4pm Wednesday-Friday & 6pm on Saturday Entertainment starts at 8pm Wednesday-Thursday & 9pm Friday-Saturday 119 South President Street Jackson, Mississippi 601.352.2322
Home of the blues, jazz, bluegrass music, & something or ’nother.
TASTE WHAT WE’RE KNOWN FOR
LIGHT SIDE BRUSCHETTA
Toasted baguette w/ roasted red pepper and tomato ragout, topped with white cheddar cheese & a slice of cotto salami. (May also be ordered vegetarian.)
Arugula, radicchio & chopped romaine with roasted pecans and red onion. Tossed in our parmesan, apple gorgonzola or maple vinaigrette dressings.
SOUP OF THE DAY
Gumbos & stews & bisques...Oh, My!
Gulf shrimp & fresh fish, quickmarinated in lime juice, tequila & rice vinegar then tossed w/ fresh herbs, vegetables & tomatoes Served w/ fresh-fried corn tortillas & garnished w/ flash-fried herbs.
FRIED CRAWFISH BOULETTES
Flash fried balls of crawfish tails, Basmati rice, sweet potatoes, garlic, onions, & red bell peppers. Served w/ Jezebel sauce.
LIVE IC! S U M
GRILLED TUNA DIP
Made-to-order grilled tuna blended w/ cream cheese and scallions and served w/ toasted flatbread chips.
Our special blend of crabmeat, cream cheese & arugula topped w/ toasted parmesan cheese & served w/ toasted flatbread chips.
Lightly breaded & thick sliced portobello mushrooms, flash fried & served w/ our spicy Creole sauce.
SWEET POTATO FRIES
Mississippi-grown sweet potatoes, hand cut, deep fried & served w/ our spicy Creole sauce or our house-made ketchup.
BEER BATTERED ONION RINGS
Hand cut, Mississippi-grown sweet yellow onions dipped in beer batter made w/ Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan & deep fried. Served w/ our house-made ketchup.
Boneless, skinless chicken breast seasoned w/ one of our signature rubs & grilled. Chose from Creole, garlic & oregano, or curry dry rub, served w/ ranch, Caesar, blue cheese or Thai peanut sauce.
GUMBO OF THE DAY
Now that winter has arrived & set up camp for a few months, it’s gumbo’s time to shine. All of our gumbos are made from a dark roux w/ “trinity” vegetables & cut okra.
GRITS OF THE WEEK
Our creamy, cheesy grits topped w/ a different something savory & delicious each week. Kind of like a hug in a bowl.
Texas-style beef chili over a sharp cheddar Mornay, crowned w/ fried tortilla strips & topped w/ creme fraiche & cheddar dust.
JUMBO LUMP CRABCAKE
Our Maryland-style jumbo lump crabcake is made from Andy’s family recipe & served w/ roasted red pepper aioli. THE BEST IN THE CITY!
SESAME TEMPURA SHRIMP
Gulf shrimp tossed in a light sesame tempura batter & quick-fried, served w/ a ginger-orange hoisin sauce.
6oz, USDA Prime, top sirloin grilled to order & topped w/ demi-glace reduction. Served w/ fried purple, pink & goldfingerling potatoes drizzled w/ truffl e oil & shaved Romano cheese.
BURGERS, SLIDERS & SANDWICHES
(all served w/ sweet potato chips)
(PORTABELLA BURGER) Our hand-blended, hand-formed 10oz patty, rilled to perfection & dressed w/ our choice of toppings.
Grilled ribeye steak, topped w/ hash browns, brown gravy, chives & a fried quail egg.
FRIED SHRIMP SLIDER
Golden fried gulf shrimp topped w/ caper tartar sauce & micro greens. Served w/ sweet potato chips.
Made w/ grilled zucchini & topped w/ our spicy corn mayo & micro greens.
REJEBIAN’S GRILLED CHEESE
As cheesy as the man it’s named for, these sandwiches are made w/ thinksliced prosciutto & pepperjack cheese & topped w/ pimento stuffed olives.
Backfin crabmean, red & yellow peppers & pepper jack cheese. Topped w/ roasted red pepper aioli.
PIG AND PEPPERS
Andouille & boudin sausages, roasted red pepper & tomato ragout, green onions & colby cheese. Topped w/ spicy creole sauce.
Sauteed cocktail shrimp, red & yellow peppers & pepper jack cheese. Topped w/ roasted red pepper aioli.
MAC-N-CHEESE OF THE WEEK
SHRIMP AND GRITS
Elbow macaroni in a creamy cheese sauce, topped w/ panko & toasted in the broiler...but w/ a little something extra. Gulf shrimp seasoned w/ oregano & garlic, sauteed & served over creamy stone-ground grits w/ a hearty tomato gravy.
Pan seared ribeye, red & yellow peppers, green onions & Colby cheese. Topped w/ roasted red pepper aioli & creme fraiche. Portabella mushrooms, zucchini, red & yellow peppers, green onions & pepper jack cheese, Topped w/ roasted red pepper aioli & creme fraiche.
Ask your server about our daily specials. Taste what we’re known for. Items in RED are our signature dishes. Thoroughly cooking beef, eggs, lamb, pork, poultry or shellﬁsh reduces risk of foodborne illness. People w/ certain health conditions may be at higher risk if food is consumed raw/undercooked.
Jackson Menu Guide
H7M:7: EntrĂŠe Choices: Smoked Pulled Pork Plate Beef Brisket Poppy Seed Chicken Smoked Chicken Salad Chicken Spaghetti Pork Tenderloin Baby Back Ribs Cosmo Burger Chicken and Dumplings Meat Loaf Chicken Enchiladas
Sides: Sweet and Sour Green Beans Squash Casserole Butter Beans Mashed Potatoes Spinach Madeline Squash Dressing Scalloped Pineapple Casserole Field Peas Hash Brown Casserole Mixed Veggie Casserole Mac and Cheese Creamy Cajun Cole Slaw
Salads: Corn Salad Pasta Salad Broccoli Salad Green Salad Fruit Salad Smoked Chicken Salad Salad These are some of our Entrees, Sides and Salads that we offer Tuesday Thru Friday! Menu changes Daily so please call us for the days specials or check us out on Facebook.
2947 Old Canton Rd Suite G Fondren Village â€˘ Jackson, MS
OPEN WEDNESDAY â€“ SUNDAY