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JXN: MYNELLE GARDENS An oasis on Clinton Boulevard.



Rick Cleveland on being newest curator of Mississippi’s sports history.



A look at what could have been: Rexall Drugs.



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hen you walk into Mynelle Gardens, the natural palisades of flowering trees, green shrubbery and blooming perennials seem to silence discordant city noises. The Gardens’ delicately flowered yet seemingly impenetrable walls define the boundaries between chaos and tranquility, transporting visitors far beyond the reaches of the adjacent busy thoroughfare. Mynelle Gardens is Mississippi’s only nationally registered and certified botanical gardens. Cars on nearby Clinton Boulevard often zoom past the hidden treasure. The green space became a Jackson

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landmark in 1993 and remains a sanctuary to the community and wildlife. Once the private property of the Green and Westbrook families of Jackson, the 7-acre botanical gardens is an ideal location for relaxation and revitalization. During World War II, the U.S. Army bused soldiers to the botanical gardens for that reason. In 1953, owners Mynelle Westbrook-Hayward and her husband, Hal Hayward, opened the gardens to the public and, in 1973, sold the Westbrook property to the city of Jackson. Today, the city Department of Parks and Recreation maintains Mynelle Gardens. During a self-guided tour, visitors can lei-

surely traverse winding, interconnected paths leading through a series of artfully designed gardens. Among the masterful arrangements of aromatic florals, calming water pools and inspiring bronze sculptures, garden tourists will find a sunken garden, a Japanese Zen garden, a gazebo and bridges linking the different areas. One special bridge connects the main gardens with an island oasis floating in a glittering, rippling pond at the gardens’ heart. Mynelle Gardens is open year-round with the exception of major holidays and is available for a variety of occasions. Admission is $4. For information, call 601.960.1894. 11

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Extra Innings

Did you contact the Hall after the buyout was offered, or had they already contacted you about the director’s job? (The Hall of Fame) called me to gauge my interest. I really hadn’t thought about it since Michael’s death. I was still trying to get over that; I didn’t even have time to think about who would be the successor. They interviewed 12 people for the job. I knew the buyouts were coming, but I would have taken the job even without the buyout.

What sold you on taking the job? I was involved with the Hall of Fame since the beginning. I wrote the article (20 years ago)

could well be time that we have to go back and ask for some. We are currently in the black. We have our annual golf tournament, our July 4th 5K our induction banquets, admissions (35,000 visitors last year) and great corporate sponsors all have helped us raise money. I would like more corporate sponsors. I want a much more prominent Walter Payton presence in the Hall. I am looking for a sponsor for that. You can put it out there I am looking. (Payton, who passed away in 1999, was a native of Columbia, Miss., and a Jackson State University alum. He was a running back for the Chicago Bears from 1975-1987, and led the league in touchdowns, rushing yards, carries and other categories.)

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o doubt that Rick Cleveland was the best sportswriter in this state. It shocked many Cleveland fans when he announced in mid-April, soon after the newspaper offered buyouts to him and 10 other long-time staffers, that he was leaving The Clarion-Ledger after 33 years to take over as executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. Cleveland will fill the shoes of the former director and his close friend Michael Rubenstein, who died last year. Cleveland officially started his job May 1. Days before, Cleveland talked about his new job and hopes for the Hall of Fame.

// by Bryan Flynn

Rick Cleveland took the place of the late Michael Rubenstein at the Hall of Fame.

in The Clarion-Ledger describing the need for the Hall. I was on the selection committee for the Hall, and I know what part of history and culture that sports plays.

Does the Hall need more funding? Similar halls of fame around the country have gone out of business. It is great that we have not taken any state public funding, but I have to get in there and see where we stand. It

Is the Hall of Fame lacking anything in your opinion? A Walter Payton exhibit that is moveable in our main area. The introductory film needs to be redone. It is 15 years old. We need to grow our membership, and we need to do a better job with social media. I will be handling the social media and writing for the website.

Is this your last stop? Yes. It is strange to change jobs at 59, but I couldn’t think of a better job to change to. Visit for more information.

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is snout glistens and pushes through the stall wire, while two small donkeys bray from their spot down by the entrance. The pig, Wilson, wants to make friends with visitors to the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. A tour through the museum can bring back a flood of memories for those who grew up on farms and can remember when talk centered around the harvest as well as the time a cow got loose. Situated on 39.5 acres right off Interstate 55 North at Lakeland Drive, the complex promotes the agricultural industries that dominated much of the state throughout its history. The museum opened 30 years ago, in 1983, and Director Charlie Dixon has been there since 1990. The museum draws

Wilson the pig wants to make your acquaintance at the Ag Museum. more than 100,000 visitors a year. The Ag Museum focuses on post-Civil War technological advanc-

es of gasoline and steam power that transformed agriculture in Mississippi and tells the story of agriculture through water, rail and road. Industrialization led to ongoing sustainability of agricultural industries like forestry, and the emergence of new opportunities like catfish farms and truck farming. Walking through the museum, you see not only farm tools used in forests and fields but also household items like the butter churn, which were once as common as today’s microwave in every rural family home. In addition, the museum houses antique cars, tractors and planes. Outside, take a stroll past a turn-ofthe-century gas station, newspaper office and even a general store that

provides old-time souvenirs. Then stop by the barn and meet the pig or the rabbits or to converse with the mule, Joe. Visitors can tour the Fortenberry-Parkman Farmstead, which was a working farm for roughly 100 years from 1860 through 1960, Dixon says. In 1981, it was moved piece by piece from Jefferson County to its museum site. enthusiasts Model-railroad have created their own recreations of the heyday of Mississippi rail. “The kids sure do love that,” Dixon says. Be sure to stop for lunch at the museum cafe, open Monday through Friday for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring classic southern fare. Visit


Strutting and Splashing // by Valerie Wells



Also this summer, the zoo will complete interwo sexy ambassadors from the Jackson active educational displays in its Mississippi WilZoo hit the road this spring. The sleek and seriously dangerous male Sumatran derness Area. The main display hall was not comtigers answered calls for stud services. pleted in 2006 because funding ran out, Jalink says. With a book nook and touch screens devoted One stud went to Dallas, Texas, and the other to to native Mississippi flora and fauna, one exhibit San Francisco, Calif. “Our breeding program doesn’t just benefit explains how leaves fall and decompose, then shows how to make a compost Mississippi or the Unitheap at home. ed States,” Rosemary The zoo is a private nonJalink, director of marprofit organization that relies keting and programon membership and corporate ming at the zoo, says. sponsorships. Jalink estimates “We have endangered that 60 percent of the zoo’s species here.” The red funds comes directly from tickwolves at the Jackson et sales. Two large fundraisers Zoo are especially rare. each year help. About 900 peoJalink estimates only ple attended this spring’s Zoo about 100 of the species Brew. This September, the Zoo are left. “Kipling,” a sexy Jackson Zoo Sumatran Party at Highland Village will The Jackson Zoo tiger, took his stud services to Dallas. try to better that. lends more than 40 In May, the zoo issued a animals to other zoos to request for proposals to begin work on the tapir preserve species. The massive breeding program area. The drainage there has created a bit of an has dividends. Later this summer, a female tiger eyesore. Jalink says the zoo is improving several will move to the Jackson Zoo—one of many new other exhibits this year, including the giraffe, leopadditions coming to the zoo this year. This summer, a large splash pad for children ard and gibbon spaces. Upgrades to storage areas will open near the zoo entrance inviting children and even the bathrooms are already finished. Workers rebuilt the bridge from the red wolves to crawl up the spine of a pretend tiger then slide down. Nearby, a large bird will collect bucketfuls exhibit to the Asian area where the pandas sit. Jalink is working on a new marketing camof water and dump it on little splashers. The splash paign to entice people to come back to the zoo. pad won’t cost extra for zoo visitors; it’s included “To us, it’s a big deal,” she says. with regular admission, Jalink says.

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he city’s honorifics are pilling up. Within the last two years, Jackson has been pegged as:

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Masonic Hideaway

// by Marika Cackett

1869 view of Jackson’s City Hall with Confederate records hidden inside. Baldwin became the sole person who knew where these war records were hidden. When the Mississippi Department of Archives and History was formed in 1902, Baldwin revealed the hiding place to Dunbar Rowland, the MDAH director.  Rowland, Col. Baldwin and two gentlemen from the Masonic fraternity proceeded to the Masonic archives room in the attic of City Hall.  There they found large boxes con-

taining surviving Confederate records of Mississippi, which have been made available to researchers and interested citizens after being lost for 39 years. Today, the Confederate records are housed at the William F. Winters Archive Building in downtown Jackson, a few blocks from their secret hiding place. The archives are available for public viewing by appointment and online at


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uring the tumultuous years of the Civil War, Union troops, led by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, ravaged and burned Jackson three times. With all but the chimneys destroyed, Jackson earned the nickname “Chimneyville.” The majority of the city reduced to rubble, only a few structures survived intact, including Jackson City Hall. It is said that the Union spared City Hall, built in 1846 with slave labor, from the fires because it housed a Masonic Lodge, and Gen. Sherman was a Mason. More likely, its use as a hospital building for both Confederate and Union soldiers was the reason it survived. The historic building itself isn’t the only thing that survived. As the Union army made its way toward Jackson in May 1863, Confederate Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton, commanding the infantry of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana, advised Mississippi’s then-Gov. John J. Pettus to remove the state archives and documents from Jackson. As Union troops fast approached, it was discovered there weren’t enough boxes and trains to remove all state documents in such a short period of time. As a result, many of Mississippi’s Confederate military records were either plastered inside walls or placed in the attic of the Masonic Room in City Hall. Thus, Jackson’s secret Confederate documents escaped destruction. Cols. D.P. Porter and J.L. Power were the last two people who knew where these records were hidden.  Col. Porter imparted the knowledge to Col. E.E. Baldwin, a prominent Jackson attorney, at the turn of the 20th century. Upon the deaths of Porter and Power,

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has more than 2 million dollars in land acquisition downtown for revitalization purposes. Many businesses are already facelifting and others have finished—encouraged by lowinterest loans and grants made available through Federal programs. “The Redevelopment Authority has already been instrumental in the construction of two parking facilities in the downtown area, with plans for a third. Take a look at our new 27 million dollar, 15 story General

‘The Downtown Connection’ “With many cities facing the literal decay of their downtown areas, Jackson’s business community is solidly committed to the philosophy that Jackson can have progress and still maintain a lifestyle of graciousness and gentility. One outstanding example is our very active Redevelopment Authority—which

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Courtesy Parker Anderson

Soon after Parker Anderson submitted this article, Mississippi Baptist Health Systems demolished the Patterson-Bradford Rexall drugstore. Baptist owned the Rexall building, and new development will take place on the site.


would like to “get my hands on” the old abandoned Rexall drug store on North State Street, just north of the Fortification Street intersection. It was built in the early 1950s, and the late Robert K. Overstreet designed it. Quite simply, I would like to restore it and get it commercial-ready for retail and offices on the street level and offices on the upper level. I’ve lived in Jackson most of my life, yet always managed to overlook this bizarre little buildCourtesy Parker Anderson

RIP: The old Rexall drugstore had possibilities.

ing, and I imagine most people still do. I love this building, not necessarily because of the structure itself, but because of the playful spirit it evokes. From the street, one can already see several of the many unusual elements of the building. A triangular, wafer-thin concrete canopy gently hangs over the sidewalk and a series of metal eyelash-like fins are strung together with metal wire on one side of the building (which was originally meant for vines to grow on). Angled display windows and odd column placements are visible from the street. Overall, it’s sort of an awkward building. Many would call it ugly. For me, however, its value is not based on aesthetics alone. This building is more valuable as a symbolic gesture. It’s an artistic expression of a specific time and place, an artifact of a vision for the capital city. I’d like to think that could be showcased again through simple restoration work. Paint, repair work, remodeling, some general updating, and the old Rexall drugstore could be back in business. Parker Anderson is an intern architect at CDFL Architects and Engineers in Jackson. 16

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Armory of Disrepair

// by Jordan Lashley


ocated in the northwest corner of the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, the Hinds County Armory could be a vision of historical beauty. Instead, the building is the image of disrepair due to neglect and weather damage. Built in 1927, the Hinds County Armory, now property of the Fair Commission, may be the oldest surviving 20th-century armory in the state, according to Mississippi Heritage Trust’s “10 Most Endangered Historic Places” list of 2009. The National Guard used the facility for training for nearly 50 years, and it was a site for troop mobilization during World War II. Jackson architect Frank P. Gates, a founding member of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, designed the Gothic Revival-style armory for the Mississippi National Guard. It is a two-story brick building with a pyramidal roof with four pyramidal pinnacles surrounding it. The state of Mississippi designated the armory a Mississippi Landmark in 1986, and the United States Department of the Interior National Park Service listed it on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. The Hinds County Armory also falls under the Antiquities Law, which is a more localized standard of historic recognition. Each landmark is privately owned, and the state does not have the power to take ownership of landmarks to implement maintenance. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History, however, provides grants for historic preservation on request

of the owners of a particular landmark. “The Fair Commission has to come to us,” Bill Gatlin, National Register coordinator, says. “Their request will then have to go through a permit process.” The MDAH awarded the armory a $100,000 Community Heritage Preservation Grant in 2002 for masonry and roof repairs. The Department of Agriculture and Commerce, on behalf of the commission, turned it down, saying it was not enough to fully restore the armory. The historic armory sustained heavy damage in Jackson’s 1979 Easter flood. The exterior has broken windows, eroded brick and concrete, and various other aesthetic and structural damages. The interior sustains constant water damage due to several holes in the roof. Widespread debris prohibits a thorough tour. “There has been no maintenance on the building, and it has just deteriorated,” said David Preziosi, executive director of the Mississippi Heritage Trust. He estimates the cost for complete restoration is at least $200,000, depending on the intended purpose. “Getting the building weather-tight is the first thing,” he said. “Then you have to make it usable. For just an auditorium, the seats, bathrooms and electrical work would have to be redone.” Ideas for the restored building on the Preservation in Mississippi blog (misspreservation. com) include an exhibit hall, a hotel for fairground events, a restaurant, a civil rights museum or an entertainment venue.

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Full Speed Ahead Finally Farish? After decades of talk about proposed development, Farish Street may finally become the entertainment hot spot Jackson has hoped for. Jason Goree, vice president of Watkins Development LLC, said in May that barring any unforeseen problems, at least four clubs—including B.B. King’s and Zac Harmon’s blues clubs—will be open on Farish Street by the end of the year. Watkins Development hopes to finalize $11 million worth of historic tax credits that the company will offer as collateral for a $10.2 million bond issue from the city. Goree said they hope to close on the tax credits by mid-July. The $10.2 million issue will come in two parts, with Watkins focusing the first on opening the first four clubs and the second portion going

toward completing the first block of the project, from Amite Street to Griffith Street. Once the tax credits are finalized and the bond issue comes in the from the city, Goree said it will take approximately 90 days to get the two clubs open.

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fter a flurry of Jackson development in recent years, progress slowed on a number of high-profile projects. But steam is building once again.

// by Jacob Fuller

Giddy Up The Iron Horse Grill may soon return to Jackson with a couple of additions Jackson Square is with deep Missis- open for business. sippi roots. The headquarters of the Mississippi Blues Trail and The Mississippi Music Experience, a museum celebrating the state’s greatest musicians, will occupy the lower floor of the renovated building, while the restaurant and

live music venue will be located upstairs. The Iron Horse, located in the Old Armour Building near the King Edward Hotel at Gallatin and Pearl streets, has been unoccupied since it suffered severe fire damage several years. The city is working on a contribution agreement with developer Capital Hotel Associates, headed by Joseph Simpson, for urban renewal bonds to help fund the project. Simpson said historic and new market tax credits are also in the works for additional financing and once they are finalized, Capital Hotel Associates will have all the funding it needs for the project. Best-case scenario, the Iron Horse Grill and Mississippi Music Experience will open during the first quarter of 2013, Simpson said.

More Beds for Downtown Capital Hotel Associates has signed a contract to purchase the former Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Company land from Hinds County. The developers’ plan is to build a luxury

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ull Spectrum South plans to purchase a downtown property from the state by the end of June for $893,000. The area, 1822 Square, will be part of the Old Capitol Green project. The New York-based development company, headed by Jackson native Carlton Brown, has been leasing the 2.74-acre block that sits between Tombigbee and Pascagoula streets and is bordered by Commerce and Jefferson streets. Brown plans to purchase the property this summer and begin construction on the mixedused development in August. 1822 Square will include Terre Verte, a 169,500-square-foot building that will include 129 residential units and more than 20,000 square feet of retail space. The Legacy, a 128,000-square-foot office building will include another 37,350 square feet of retail space, and a 488-space automated parking garage. Malcolm Shepherd, development director of Full Spectrum

Full Spectrum South plans to begin construction on 1822 Square in downtown Jackson by the end of August. South, said he has already received more letters of interest in renting retail space than the development will have room for. Full Spectrum will not make any official deals with retailers until they break ground on construction, though, Shepherd said. Full Spectrum South designed the development to maximize sustainability and energy efficiency. Its green features will include under-

street cisterns, a robot-operated parking garage and a black-water/ rainwater cooling systems in the parking garage. Residents will be able to enjoy an outdoor garden on the second floor of the residential building, above the retail space. May 14, Shepherd submitted the final step before the purchase of the property: a tax increment financing application. After the developers

downsized the original plans for 1822 Square, Shepherd had to rework the value and size of the development for the financing application, which will fund infrastructure improvements like roadway renovations. “It’s kind of complicated because they ask you questions that you have to calculate for them,” Shepherd said. “I’m going to give them a draft. ... Then we can start sitting down (and) talking about how much in a tax-increment financing scheme that we would be able to generate.” The improvements include extending Court Street, which currently ends at Commerce Street, through Entergy-owned property to Jefferson Street on the other side. Shepherd said Entergy has approved the extension. The development is projected to be worth $83.7 million. If construction begins in August as planned, 1822 Square should become a reality by the summer of 2014.

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Westin Hotel facing Congress Street on the land, located at 315 Tombigbee Street. The 205-room, nine-story hotel will cost an estimated $55 million to construct. Joseph Simpson of Capital Hotel Associates said the company is still working on getting financing for the hotel. The developer has already signed an agreement with the Westin Hotel company. Once financing is secured, Simpson said architects will need at least six months to design the hotel, and construction will take an estimated 15 to 18 months to complete. Capital Hotel and Associates is hoping to get financing secured and architectural work underway on the hotel by the end of 2012.

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Back to Jackson Square Jackson Square Promenade, located at 2460 Terry Road, just south of Interstate 20, reopened with 18 stores and has six more preparing to open this summer, including Hair Bows and Tutus, Comic Books, and Faces Coffee Shop. The shopping center also became the home of the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department in May. Diana White, property manager, said the most popular attraction has been the Optimum

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• Acey Custom Hair Design (3015 N. State St.) • Culture of Love (Northpark Mall, 1200 E. County Line Road) • Fondren Muse (3413 N. State St., fondrenmuse. com) • Jackson Square Promenade (2460 Terry Road) • Jaco’s Tacos (318 South State St.) • Morningbell Records and Studios (622 Duling Ave., Suite 212) • Shuntel’s Boutique (5749 Old Canton Road) • Spectacles and Patton Family Optometry (Highland Village, Suite 143) • Studio 34 Hair Salon (310 Mitchell Ave.)

The Capri may re-open by 2013.

Movie Time Jacksonians may soon be able to see a movie on the big screen without traveling to the suburbs. Developer Jason Watkins has purchased the Pix/Capri Theater in Fondren and is considering opening the Pix/Capri as a dine-in theater.

The theater may be run independently or by a franchise cinema chain, Watkins said, but he has not decided. Because it is registered as a historic site, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History will have to approve any renovations or construction to the building, built in 1939. Watkins hopes the theater will open in 2013. Get breaking news on Jackson developments at



BIZ Drew McKercher has a quiet moment in Morningbell’s studio space in Fondren.



and they financed the rest through a bank; there were no investors involved. “Moving forward, we really want to self-sustain and keep everything in-house, although I am not opposed to working with local businesses,” he says. Next time you drop in, have a refreshing throwback soda or craft beer and jam to the tunes of the“touring and local bands” that often play the store. Plus, now that the studio is fully operational, you and your band can record a song; studio time is $30 per hour. Used vinyl runs around $8 per record, and new around $16. Classic CDs are $7 each and new ones are $16.

Drop by Morningbell and browse a variety of offerings by classic and new acts such as Miles Davis, Adele, Foo Fighters, Funkadelic, Lee Renaldo, Chick Corea, The Doors and Sheena Easton.

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“I remember staring at a lot of spreadince his grand opening in April, Drew sheets,” McKercher says. McKercher’s business is soaring As a result, the store offers a variety of higher than he ever expected. His lifelong love of music and six years’ both new and classic acts on vinyl and comexperience as an operations manager in the pact disc. “Our used stuff spans from the ’50s corporate world prepared him for operating through the ’90s,” with a concentration of “’60s, Morningbell Records & Studios in Fondren. ’70s and ’80s rock, folk and R&B,” he says. “Our “I am glad that I don’t have to rely on upnew vinyl is indie, independent rap and reissues per management, and I can come to work evof classic, sought-out rock bands.” ery day and do what I love,” McKercher says. Morningbell works in partnership with Fat The biggest challenge was figuring out a location in Jackson that was best suited for Possum Records in Oxford to augment its supply of independent acts and classic blues. the business. McKercher says he and his wife, “Fat Possum has been one Sarah, looked at locations throughout of our best partners so far as distriJackson for three or four months For more bution (and) sourcing our invenuntil their current Fondren digs information, please tory. They’ve got a great catain the Duling School building visit the website log of Mississippi Hill Country became available. They moved blues … and a good roster of within two weeks. Duling Hall up-and coming bands.” Inventory was another chal622 Duling Ave., Suite 212 McKercher says he lenge for the record store—find769.233.7468 and his wife had money saved ing a collection of records to appeal to open Morningbell Records, to everyone who visits the store.


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Jeff Good – Dollars & Sense “I think what makes a business successful is when it gives more than it gets. … When you are active in your community, you’re seen as a benevolent force—these are tangible from the outside looking in. … You’re employing people and giving them a place to live and work.”


hough the dynamic duo is best known for feeding hungr y Jacksonians, the newest facet of Jeff Good and Dan Blumenthal’s Mangia Bene business group goes outside the food-service realm. Along with third principal, Danielle Davis, operations director at Mangia Bene, Dollars & Sense Creative Consulting advises other small business owners in tactical and financial planning across a broad spectrum of business needs. In the

past, business owners often came to Good and Blumenthal to ask for advice and tips on how to begin (or maintain) a company. Good explains that helping others to find their own success comes naturally to them. “Dan and I just don’t have enough energy to do another restaurant. The desire and drive and chutzpah are still there … this idea of taking our skill sets and offering them as a service to others connects on so many levels for me and for Dan,” Good says.

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Make A Life, and A Living // by Deirdre M. Danahar


here is no user manual for the rest of your life,” my friend Virgillio Guardado said. Once you finish high school, college or graduate school, most of us ask: “Now what? Just exactly what I am supposed to do next?” Heck, some of us ask that much later, when we are thinking about the next step in our lives. You make it up as you go along, pulling from the reference points and insights you encounter along the way. What I wish someone told me when I was younger, or that I had really listened when they did, are these insights: • Know who you are and be secure in that knowledge, especially if you are out of the mainstream. You don’t need to be dogmatic, nor do you need to conform solely to fit in. We need the outliers to share an unusual perspective, innovate or offer a different approach. • Be courageous moving forward on your path. What happens along the way is not between you and the naysayers. It is

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between you, your conscience and your spiritual reference. • You are making a life, not just a living. Work-life balance is a process of making intentional decisions each day about what is best for you overall. • Careers are built over the course of time as you have experiences and develop skills that enrich you. Do more than you were asked. Doing enough work to get by does not build a platform from which you continue to grow. • Remain teachable, and find someone who will be frank with you. Take advantage of the opportunities to learn from experienced members of your industry. • Be scrappy. Take a risk, and when you do, be confident, not cocky. • Respect should be freely given to all; trust must be earned each day. • Be proud of what you bring to your work and world, and look for what others bring, too.

• Don’t take yourself too seriously. • Be passionate about something. It’s what drives and gives you the energy to keep going when you are stuck in a rut, need to learn something new or just feel mediocre. • Back up and forgive yourself when you doubt your abilities, then try again. 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 or visit her website at She thanks Virgillio Guardado, Kasey Perry, Tashmia Prowell, Bryant Ryan, Nicole Kemp, Mom and Dad for sharing their ideas with her for this column.. 21


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grid works: “It’s a modernization of the electricity grid, from the generation of power all the way into the home using communications technology. ... Imagine putting the guts of an iPhone into the electrical meter on the side of a home. Utilities have full-time access to all that data.” SmartSynch’s technology gives utilities the ability to communicate and interact with any device on the grid, allowing them to do more efficient data tracking and billing. Johnston grew up in the Forest Hill community, attending Forest Hill High School and later the University of Mississippi, where he majored in finance. He graduated in 1993 and moved to Charlotte, N.C., where he worked for Jackson’s SmartSynch is now Itron Cellular Solutions. Wachovia Securities. Wachovia moved ably one of the most exciting and dynamic indus- him to Atlanta in 1994. At the bank, Johnston tries today.” SmartSynch creates grid networks worked with companies on complex corporatefor cellular companies such as AT&T, T-Mobile, finance solutions. He was Wachovia’s go-to man for Mississippi clients, and Johnston met Mark Sprint, Verizon and C Spire. Johnston provided an explanation of how a Rodgers, who was seeking a loan to start Smart-


hen Stephen D. Johnston came back to Jackson to join SmartSynch in May 2000, he was excited to help bring change to Mississippi and the whole country. “It was a very good opportunity to move back home and be a part of a company with a lot of growth potential,” Johnston said. “This is prob-


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Synch. Johnston took an interest in the company, joined it in 2000 and is now its CEO. Former employees of Mississippi communications company SkyTel founded SmartSynch. SkyTel’s founder, John Palmer, is on SmartSynch’s board of directors. “The foundation is here, and we can compete globally, so there is no need to move,” Johnston said. “We do have a new (branch) office in Silicon Valley now. It’s exciting for a Mississippi company to have an impact ... there.” SmartSynch has 105 employees, 95 in Mississippi and 10 in California, and is still growing. Johnston expects to have 120 to 150 employees by the end of 2012. The company doubled its revenue last year, and Johnston expects revenue to double again in 2012. “Innovation is key to success in building products,” Johnston said. “Quality is also very important, and we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. ... However, the most important thing is to think globally about how you do business.” On May 1, Itron, a Washington-based provider of utility software and data metering, purchased SmartSynch for $100 million, and the company is now Itron Cellular Solutions. Johnston serves as lead executive. All SmartSynch employees now work for the new company. Learn more at


Drinking to Success

Folks at local Lucky Town Brewery salute the new law. From left, Chip Jones, Angela Aiello, Lucas Simmons and Brandon Blacklidge.


hey say beer is proof that God loves us. Well, the beer gods have definitely been smiling on Mississippi lately. At the urging of beer distributors, breweries and beer lovers, the state Legislature passed a law this spring that makes way for higher-gravity beer. Up until now, Mississippi brew lovers were limited to beers that were

no more than 5 percent alcohol by weight; in July beer can be as strong as 8 percent alcohol by weight. Frank Drennan, president of Capital City Beverages, called April 9 —the day Gov. Phil Bryant signed the new law—a big day. “There’s so much you can do with beer,” he said. “With the types of beers you’ll be able to bring in now, the beer cul-

// by R.L. Nave ture will improve even more.” The new law doesn’t mean that your old favorite American lager is going to pack a more powerful punch overnight. The new law will introduce different styles and flavors of beer that people now have to drive to Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee to obtain, which is welcome news for beer lovers. It’s also exciting for the state’s beer businesses. Lazy Magnolia, headquartered in Kiln, is developing a reputation as a world-class craft brewer. Laz Mag, as aficionados call it, is the only commercial brewery in the Magnolia State. It operates 10,000square-foot facility, has 21 employees and generates sales worth $2.5 million per year, a big part of which comes from outside the state. The gourmet foods industry is undergoing rapid growth in the United States, ringing up $70.3 billion in sales in 2010, about 13 percent of all retail food sales.

Beer had a big hand in those sales. From 2009 to 2010, the craftbeer industry experienced 12 percent growth in retail sales compared to the overall U.S. beer market, which saw a 1 percent decline in 2010. Beer has been legal in Mississippi since 1934, a year after Congress repealed Prohibition and set up the three-tier brewery, distribution, and retail system that made it illegal for beer makers to be directly involved in distributing and selling beer in stores. St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch poured support into Mississippi’s Raise Your Pints campaign, which lobbied legislators for five years to change the state’s beer laws. The beer industry contributes $664 million to Mississippi’s economy annually, according to Anheuser-Busch, including 9,000 jobs and $239 million in wages. The state’s new law takes effect July 1.

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Growing a Greener Workplace // by Kelly Bryan Smith



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aking your daily grind a bit more planetfriendly can be as easy as screwing in a new lightbulb or pouring a cup of shadegrown coffee to power your work day. Get started with these easy tips.


1. Greening Office Supplies One of the easiest green fixes is choosing environmentally friendly office supplies. When you run out of your printer paper or ink, use that opportunity to make a more sustainable choice. Instead of standard printer paper, invest in paper with recycled content. In lieu of typical printer ink, investigate soy inks or getting your current cartridges refilled locally. You an also invest in green office essentials such as shade-grown coffee, organic tea, recycled toilet paper and eco-friendly cleaning supplies. 2. Use Utilities Wisely The quickest way to save energy at home or in the office is to replace conventional incandescent bulbs with high-efficiency fluorescent bulbs that last longer and consume less energy. Measures such as turning off lights and computers at the end of the business day are also easy to do. If you’re willing to put in a bit more effort or investment into conserving resources, then consider installing low-flow faucet aerators, choosing lights activated by motion sensors, or even purchasing more efficient appliances and electronic devices as the old ones become unusable. And if you really want to focus on conserving fossil fuels, consider setting up a company-wide ride-share board, encouraging the use of public transportation or investing in more fuel-efficient company vehicles. 3. Recycling the Old As you make your workplace consumption greener, it is also wise to think about how to make your waste greener. Reduce your weekly contribution to the landfill by starting a company recycling program, if you don’t have one, yet. An easy solution is to locally recycle materials such as paper, plastic, aluminum and glass. Many businesses also recycle old electronics, empty printer ink cartridges and the like. For a recycling program to work, it is important to get a core group of people excited about helping to run the program, as well as provide training to all employees in the best practices for sorting recyclables and participating in other ecofriendly measures.


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Hutto’s stocks a good selection of organic garden supplies.

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acksonians looking for organic supplies for their gardens don’t have far to go for some of the essentials, but the variety and amount varies, a sampling of metroarea locally owned garden centers shows. Certainly the coolest place is in Ridgeland at Martinson’s Garden Works and Urban Home Center (650 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601.856.3078, Mimi Martinson, who with husband, Allen, owns and operates the sprawling grounds on U.S. 51 just past West Ridgeland Avenue, says she “married into” the business 19 years ago after Allen returned from the Peace Corps. It’s been in operation since 1958, when it was founded by Alan’s parents, but clearly shows their down-to-earth stamp. One big draw is a coop out front with a variety of chickens, pigeons and a gorgeously colored pair of pheasants. Allen “likes having people come by all the time just to see the birds,” Mimi says. While they do not sell birds, she explains, would-be backyard farmers often approach them for tips and information on birding. Martinson’s organic section is the usual complement for the metro area, with an array of commercial fertilizers, like Espoma, appropriate for natural or organic gardens. They do not sell certified organic seeds but do sell heirloom seeds. They grow the most of the plants they sell from plugs, and the organic section is clearly marked just inside the big “Entrance” sign. Lakeland Yard and Garden Center (4210 Lakeland Drive, 601.939.7304) and

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Hutto’s Home and Garden Center (1320 Ellis Ave., 601.973.2277) tie in the metro area for organic variety and amount. Lakeland is easy for shoppers to navigate; there’s a big sign that reads “Organic Section” as you enter, right behind the cash register. That prominence is reflected in its other offerings, too, including selling Seeds of Change certified organic seeds. While it does not sell organic “starts,” or veggies ready to plant, it does offer heirloom starts, including Cherokee Purple tomatoes (which I think are the most flavorful and usually hard to find). Vying with Lakeland is Hutto’s, just off Interstate 20 and across U.S. 80. While its organic section is unmarked and could be hard to find (since there’s such a wealth of garden supplies), Hutto’s has a good selection of organics—more than Lakeland, even, including greensand, rock phosphate, kelp meal and worm castings, all of which are pure gold for organic growers. They also carry Seeds of Change certified organic seeds, but they do not have organic starts. Coming in third for organics is Callaway’s Yard and Garden Center (839 Pear Orchard Road, Ridgeland, 601.957.1731). It has the ubiquitous Espoma brand stand of fertilizers, but also has a custom blend of potting soil that has no additives. There’s a nice selection of branded potting soil like Happy Frog and Ocean’s Forest, as well as blended composts like Mushroom and Lady Bug. They do not sell certified organic seeds but do sell heirloom seeds. Green Oak Garden Center (5009 Old Canton Road, 601.956.5017) comes in next,

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suppliers to provide it. also with the usual stand of Espoma fertil But maybe I’m just picky. izers, but also offers locally grown heirloom “starts,” including Cherokee Purple tomatoes. Finally, Rainbow Natural Grocery (2807 Old Canton Road, 601.366.1602) in Fondren is not a garden center, but is included because it offers Seeds of Change certified organic seeds and has a few locally grown herbs and some organic fertilizers. These five garden purveyors are just a few of the major garden centers to scope out, even when traditional planting time is well under way. Gardeners can usually order something if it’s not on the shelf. Each one was a delight to visit and was a place to hang out with people doing what they love, growing things and marveling at the Martinson’s Garden Works is one of the coolest places in the miracles of the soil. metro to buy organic seeds and fertilizers. If I had my druthers, I would like to see organic sections clearly marked, with certified organic Jim PathFinder Ewing has a book with seeds offered (and easily found), as well as a greater variety of products the Organic Ma- Findhorn Press on organic food, farming and terials Review Institute approves for certified spirit coming out in the fall: “Conscious Food: organic growers. But until customers ask for Sustainable Growing, Spiritual Eating.” organic, look for the OMRI seal—and buy Find Jim on Facebook, follow him on Twitter it—garden stores aren’t likely to push their @edibleprayers or visit

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Callaway’s Yard and Garden Center 839 Pear Orchard Road Ridgeland, MS 39157 601.957.1731

Green Oak Florist and Garden Center 5009 Old Canton Road Jackson, MS 39211 601.956.5017

Hutto’s Lawn & Garden Center 1320 Ellis Ave. Jackson, MS 39204 601-973-2277

Lakeland Yard and Garden Center 4210 Lakeland Drive Jackson, MS 39232 601.939.7304

Martinson’s Garden Works 650 Highway 51 N. Ridgeland, MS 39157 601.856.3078

Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative 2807 Old Canton Road Jackson, MS 39216 601.366.1602

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While the original Stein family n 1906, Stein Mart was a small peddling business in the Delstore sold primarily basic clothing and fabrics, Sam’s son, Jake Stein, ta. Today, the company that began in Mississippi has more expanded the store’s offerings in than 260 stores in the country the 1960s to include goods such as car accessories and appliances. and is a household name. Stein bought most of his goods Sam Stein, a Jewish immigrant fleeing the Russian at the end of the season so he pogroms, started his peddling could keep prices low. business in Memphis, then es Jake Stein also built a larger tablished a small store in Greenstore and gave Stein Mart its curville around 1908. That Delta rent name, after a friend told him The Stein family stands in department store eventually about an Arkansas man named front of the original Stein became Stein Mart. Each succesSam Walton who had opened a Mart, which opened in sive generation reimagined the store named Walmart. Greenville in the 1960s. store to change with the times Jay Stein, Sam Stein’s grandand the fashions, building it from son and the present Stein Mart Sam Stein’s peddling business to a local department chairman, was the first of his family to go out of state. store to the multi-state corporation of today. He opened a store in Memphis in 1977, then another

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one in Nashville a few years later. Today, Stein Mart has stores in 29 states and the District of Columbia. Jay Stein told BOOM Jackson that growing up around the Greenville department store made for a wonderful childhood. “My life back then was full of family and friends and warmth and all the things that, growing up, a person needs and desires,” Stein said. “It was the only world I ever knew.” Much of Stein Mart’s national presence is due to Jay Stein, who expanded out of Mississippi, took the company public and moved its headquarters to Jacksonville, Fla. Stein Mart still has six stores in Mississippi, including three in the Jackson area and one in the Stein family’s hometown, Greenville. For more information, read David J. Ginzl’s “Stein Mart: An American Story of Roots, Family and Building a Greater Dream” (University of Tampa, 2004), available through the Jackson-Hinds Library System. 25

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2. HIGH COTTON (Suite 188; 601.982.3280. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday) Kathryn Becker and Kathryn Sams have been in the business of dressing Jackson for 30 years. The motherdaughter team provides boutique clothing and accessories, from smart junior apparel to attire for more mature women. Be sure to take a peek at their selection of handmade jewelry from local artisans. 3. MOZINGO CLOTHIERS (Suite 140; 601.713.7848. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday) For men with discerning taste, Charlie Mozingo of Mozingo Clothiers offers 26

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hats—are displayed in the store’s cheerful interior.

the custom sportswear and tailored suits can satisfy their needs. “We’re best known for custom clothing,” Mozingo says, explaining that the store’s style is “American, but a little less traditional than the rest of the stores in the Jackson area … sportier and more fashion-forward.” 4. TURKOYZ (Suite 123; 601.981.4000. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday ) Just about every inch of display space in Turkoyz is dedicated to jewelry and eclectic accessories from one-of-a-kind trinkets to unique takes on popular styles. Those gold initial pendants? They’ve got ’em. Turkoyz owner Alan Weeks works hard to ensure a vibrant, varied selection for his customers. 5. GINGERSNAPS (Suite 120; 601.981.4311. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday) Think of a souvenir shop on the Island of Southern Girls. This may be the best way to describe Gingersnap’s eclectic mix of styles and trends. Nearly any fashionable item or accessory—from clothing and belt buckles to monogrammed blankets and cowboy

6. BUFFALO PEAK (Suite 115; 601.366.2557. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday) Buffalo Peak’s got big appeal, stocking fashions that appeals to even those who have never spent a

weekend in a place wilder than the Rez, but providing serious outdoorsfolk with the gear they need to make it through their next adventure. The store offers universal favorites like Chacos, The North Face and Life is good. 7. CRAZY CAT (Suite 173; 601.362.7448. Monday – Wednesday, lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., coffee and dessert 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday – Friday, lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, coffee and dessert 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., dinner 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) After a hard day’s shopping, relax on Crazy Cat’s outdoor patio for a late lunch. Though known for its generously appointed paninis, the real heroes of Crazy Cat Bakery are their fluffy, creamy quiches and their rotating menu of addictive, homemade brownies, pies and cakes—and oh that bread pudding!

8. MON AMI Suite 128; 601.366.7721. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday) Family-owned spa Mon Ami provides customers with medical and non-medical procedures to tone, smooth and pamper their bodies. Besides the typical spa offerings of massage and facials, Mon Ami has an acupuncturist on staff and clinicians certified to perform Botox, laser vein removal and the Titan “lunchhour facelift.”

9. ORGANIZERS Suite 174; 601.981.1973. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday) This store boasts an organizational tool for every need, from college kids in teeny dorms to harried moms struggling to coordinate their homes to busy professionals who need to visually quantify their workspace. 10. PURE BARRE (Suite 235-A; 769.251.0486. Hours vary day-to-day, Monday – Sunday) Lengthen your muscles and sculpt a beach body with Pure Barre’s ballet- and yoga-inspired workouts. Brides and new moms love their eventspecific workout regimes.

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1. MAISON WEISS (Suite 109; 601.981.4621. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday) Window shoppers might find there’s much more to Maison Weiss than its colorful window displays. “Our store is very deceiving. It really is a true department store,” says owner Tracy Szilasi. The retailer has one of the best high-end cosmetics counters in the South, offering La Prairie, Laura Mercier and Erno Lazlo.

ighland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N., 601.982.5861) in northeast Jackson is a maze of retail and restaurant options, each waiting to be discovered. Wander through its brick breezeways and manicured open-air courtyards and find a few of our favorites.

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The University of Mississippi Medical Center has turned the Jackson Medical Corridor plan over to the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation while the school focuses on campus renovations.

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ears are turning, and the city is abuzz with news that Jackson is closer to becoming an even more powerful center for health care and medical research, with a new Jackson Medical Corridor as the focal point. Andrew Jenkins and Associates finished the first draft of the strategic plan in early May for the proposed project, which would stretch the 5-mile length of Woodrow Wilson Avenue between Interstates 55 and 220. Primus Wheeler, executive director of the Jackson Medical Mall and a member of 28

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the steering committee, said Andrew Jenkins and Associates worked on the plan for about a year. The steering committee handles the planning of the project for more than 40 stakeholders. The group decided to come together when members realized several groups, including the Jackson Medical Mall, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center and Hawkins Field, all were working on plans for the same area of Jackson. “We quickly all figured out that none of us were working as a team,” Wheeler said. “We were working in silos, so we thought

the best thing to do was to at least put all the plans on the table and see if we could find some synergies among all the plans.” With more than 40 participants, each with separate ideas for the project, the possibility of coming to any agreements appeared impossible. That is why stakeholders created the steering committee. Wheeler said once the strategic plan is in place, the steering committee will call the stakeholders together again to discuss what Andrew Jenkins and Associates has drawn up. “I’m sure the strategic plan will go into a whirlwind of emotions and changes at that

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point,” Wheeler said. “We are hoping that we have done enough of the legwork up to this point so folks know kind of where we are going, so there won’t be any issues.”

State Cuts the Cost In 2012, the Mississippi House of Representatives and Senate passed the Mississippi Health Care Industry Zone Act, which will drastically cut the cost of building the corridor or any similar projects. Under the bill, which was passed April 30, the Mississippi Development Authority can declare areas as “health-care zones” if they are within a five-mile radius of a county that has certificates of need for more than 375 acute-care hospital beds or a hospital with a minimum capital investment of $275 million. Inside these zones, qualified businesses will be eligible for an accelerated state income -tax depreciation deduction, certain sales-tax exemptions, an ad valorem-tax exemption and a fee-in-lieu of ad valorem taxes for a period of up to 10 years. To qualify, businesses must create a minimum of 25 full-time jobs. If they fail to do so, they can lose their tax exemptions after a period of five years. Once a health-care zone is created, county boards of supervisors or municipality governments may grant tax exemptions. The exemptions are not just for hospitals and clinics. Other businesses that can be exempt under state laws include warehouse and distribution centers, manufacturing, processors, refineries, research facilities, movie industry studios, air transportation and main

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bio-analytical approaches to improve their quality and safety. Khan’s research includes collaborations with the Medicinal Plant Consortium headquartered at the University of Kentucky and the Botanical Research Center at the University of Illinois at ChampaignUrbana. The consortium’s work is focused on unraveling how plant genes contribute to production of various chemical compounds, while the botanical center’s work is aimed at improving the safety and effectiveness of botanical estrogens. Khan is also director of the

tenance facilities, recreational facilities that impact tourism, data and information processing enterprises, technology intensive enterprises and telecommunications enterprises. The Mississippi Development Authority will set minimum requirements for all businesses to meet in order to receive tax incentives. The bill, which received unanimous approval in both the House and the Senate, will take effect July 1. Businesses that finish construction before July 1, 2017, may qualify for exemptions. The act would make construction of the medical corridor far more feasible and could help draw in new stakeholders who wish to open health-care-related businesses along the corridor. “We started (the bill) off thinking (the Jackson corridor) was going to be it, but (Gov. Phil Bryant) got involved and said this could be something that we can use all over the state,” Wheeler said. “There may be other medical corridors or other medical zones created right in the city of Jackson (or) in Hinds County that may even compete with us. We think that we have enough momentum and that we started early enough in the process that we think nobody will have a need to create something different here. Most of the main health-care entities already have businesses along the corridor.”

UMMC Expands Inside Boundaries The corridor plan includes expansions of some existing businesses along Woodrow

U.S. efforts for the Sino-U.S. Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Center and director of the U.S. arm of the Center for Research of Indian Systems of Medicine, also located at Ole Miss. Khan earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and his master’s degree in organic chemistry at the Aligarh Muslim University in India. He received his doctoral degree in pharmacy from the Institute for Pharmaceutical Biology in Munich and completed his post-doctoral work at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. — Valerie Wells

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amdard University in New Delhi has awarded an honorary doctorate to an international expert on dietary supplements who is also a pharmacognosy professor at the University of Mississippi. Ikhlas A. Khan, who serves as assistant director of the UM School of Pharmacy’s National Center for Natural Products Research and director of its FDA Center for Excellence in Botanicals, received the honorary Doctor of Letters during recent ceremonies in India. Khan is a proponent of using analytical fingerprinting to standardize herbal products and using

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ississippi Industries for the Blind and visually impaired opened a computer training center in April. A $12,000 donation from Anne Crews funded the center that will help MIB offer assistance to job seekers. MIB employees will learn basic or advanced computer skills. While MIB has traditionally been a manufacturing-based operation, the organization is increasing technology-based services to give its employees more employment opportunities. The center has three new workstations, including computers, monitors and adaptive software for visually impaired workers. A self-supporting organization, MIB is funded through the sale of its products and services. — V.W.

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A Living Laboratory, from page 29 Wilson, such as the Jackson Medical Mall— in which the University of Mississippi Medical Center is a 50 percent stakeholder—and bringing in numerous new health-care businesses along the street. But UMMC, the state’s largest health-care facility and the corridor’s prime real-estate holder, also plans to expand inside its current borders. UMMC, located at the corner of Woodrow Wilson and North State Street, has begun a three-to-five year, $500-million expansion on the 164-acre campus. Dr. David Powe, associate vice chancellor for administrative affairs

and chief Administrative Officer of UMMC, said there is no reason for the center to build beyond its current property. “We are only at 33 percent capacity here, so we have 66 percent of growth capacity here if we use all the space,” Powe said. “Of course, we don’t want to use all the space, because we want to keep a lot of the green space.” UMMC is in the process of renovating the former Schimmel’s Restaurant building, located directly across North State Street from the UMMC campus. Once it is ready, the children’s development center and clinic will

move from its current location in the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. On the campus, UMMC, the state’s only medical-research facility, will soon begin construction of an eight-story facility that will be the first piece of a research park. It will eventually extend to the former farmers market area on Woodrow Wilson, which UMMC recently began renovating. “In 2008, we generated some $30 million in revenue for research,” Powe said. “As more LIVING, see page 32

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r. James Martin, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, is the new cochairman of the National Advisory Workgroup to Improve Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Medicaid and CHIP recipients. The CMS, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, recently ap-

pointed Martin and Dr. Mary Applegate, a pediatrician and the Ohio Medicaid medical director, to lead the group, which will inDr. James clude up to Martin 25 individuals representing state Medicaid programs, providers, managed- care plans, and other stakeholders. The first group meeting is in June in Washington, D.C. For the next two years, the national advisory group will guide and support states and their partners as they enhance existing efforts or embark on new activities to provide better care, improve birth outcomes, and reduce the cost of care for mothers and infants covered by Medicaid or CHIP. A member of the UMMC faculty for 31 years, Martin has written more than 500 scientific publications and communications. The Preeclampsia Foundation gave Martin its Hope Award in 2009 for lifetime achievement in preeclampsia research. Martin is a fellow of the American Heart Association and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. He is a past president of the North American Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

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he American College of Physicians gave “mastership” status to Dr. Joe Files, professor of medicine and director of the Division of Hematology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. It is the organization’s highest honor. Four UMMC faculty members have mastership status: Dr. Robert Blount, Dr. Harper Hellums, Dr. Peter Blake and Dr. James Achord. Courtesy UMMC


r. Joey Granger of University of Mississippi Medical Center became president of the American Physiological Society in April, the eighth president of the organization with formal ties to UMMC. Granger is the organization’s eighth president with a formal relationship to the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at UMMC. Only 229year-old Harvard Medical School has had more alums as APS president than has the University of Mississippi School Dr. Joey of Medicine, Granger which established its four-year program in 1955. Granger is a professor of physiology, director of the Center for Excellence in CardiovascularRenal Research and dean of the University of Mississippi School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences. He is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and earned his doctorate at UMMC, then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at

Mayo Medical School. He was on the faculty at Mayo and at Eastern Virginia Medical School before joining the UMMC faculty in 1990. Granger has several APS awards, including the 2008 E.H. Starling Distinguished Lecture Award, the 2008 Bodil M. SchmidtNielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award, the Harold Lamport Award of the Cardiovascular Section and a Young Investigator Award, and he was invited to give both the Bowditch Lecture for the APS and the Dahl Memorial Lecture for the American Heart Association. He is associate editor of the journal Hypertension and serves as editor of the e-book series “Integrative Systems Physiology.” The National Institutes of Health has funded his hypertension research since 1984.

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Dr. Joe Files A native Mississippian and University of Mississippi graduate, Files earned his medical degree at UMMC in 1972. Files completed his residency at UMMC in internal medicine, including a year as chief resident. He then attended the University of Washington in Seattle for his hematology fellowship. He returned to join the UMMC faculty in 1979. — V.W. ­

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A Living Laboratory, from page 30 Medicine. The building will provide a space for academic study outside of the on-campus hospital, something UMMC doesn’t currently have. The goal is to create zones on campus, Powe said—a clinical zone, a research zone and an academic zone. Before construction on new buildings begins, though, UMMC must have the proper infrastructure. Construction has begun on a new, fourlane entrance to campus from Lakeland Drive. Three lanes of the road, as well as a walking boulevard, will extend to the next phase of the project, a new campus entrance from Woodrow Wilson Avenue. Infrastructure plans also include an 1,100-car parking garage for employees and rerouted information technologies and utility lines on campus.

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he two-year-old congenital heart surgery team at Batson Children’s Hospital has completed more than 550 operations with outcomes better than the national average in patients in poor health. Dr. Daniel DiBardino, assistant professor of surgery and congenital heart surgeon, found that outcomes for seven benchmark procedure categories performed between April 2010 and November 2011 were better than the national average for hospital discharge mortality and within the expected norms for lengths of stay. Those major categories include some of the most complex operations to repair congenital heart defects.


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Before the recruitment of DiBardino and Dr. Jorge Salazar, associate professor of surgery and chief of congenital heart surgery, patients needing surgery for a complex congenital heart defect were sent out of state for these procedures.

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atson Children’s Hospital has tripled its treatment space for pediatric emergency and trauma center. The hospital’s new Colonel Harland Sanders Children’s Emergency Department (of KFC fame) and the Selby and Richard McRae Children’s Trauma Unit opened in November. Construction on the $5.8 million facility began in 2009. The 16,000-square-foot facility replaces a children’s emergency room built in 1982 to han-

Dr. Paresh C. Ray (front) leads JSU’s Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. His team includes research associate and physicist Dr. Anant K. Singh (left), chemistry and biochemistry doctoral students Zhen Fan, Xuemei Dai, Yao Ping Zhang, Teresa Demeritte, Rajashkhar Kanchanapally, Sadia Afrin Khan and research associate Dr. Dulal Senapati.

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of this year, we’re at $85 million, and … I’d say within a couple years, we’ll be at probably $100 million in research revenues.” The research park will include a cancer research institute, mind research center that studies diseases of the brain, such as Alzheimer’s, and a one-of-a-kind obesity and metabolism research center. Most national polls show Mississippi as one of the least healthy states. Powe said having such prominent health-care issues on a local level gives UMMC a “living laboratory” of research subjects. “A lot of the research ... is really focusing on the health needs of citizens of Mississippi. Eventually, it really impacts people all over the country,” Powe said. “(We’re doing) some of the cutting edge research so we can transfer that over into the clinical world so (patients) get the best access to the best research and the best treatment.” Also included in UMMC’s master plan is a brand-new, state-of-the-art School of

Salazar, left, and DiBardino, right dle 15,000 patients every year. Now, the children’s ER sees 32,000 to 35,000 patients annually. The new facility has 23 treatment rooms, including several reserved for patient overflow, as well as two designated trauma areas, two waiting areas and separate rooms for family consultation, cast treatments and triage.

ackson State University professor of chemistry and biochemistry Paresh C. Ray presented groundbreaking research on how popcorn-shaped gold nanoparticles help detect and kill Salmonella to the American Chemical Society this spring. Ray’s work fulfills an urgent need for a faster way to detect salmonella in food and drinking water, especially the multiple-drug resistant strains that cause the most serious disease. In the U.S., Salmonella-contaminated food causes at least 1.6 million cases of food poisoning every year. To find the bacteria faster, Ray and colleagues used gold nanoparticles that are 1 million times smaller than an ant. The researchers attached antibodies to the nanoparticles similar to those that help the immune system. Viewed under a powerful microscope, the gold nanoparticles resemble pieces of popcorn. Ray and colleagues first developed the popcorn-shaped particles to find and fight cancer. The group has also used the nanoparticles to detect other microbes, like E. coli. Funding for Ray’s research at Jackson State comes in part from the National Science Foundation. — V.W.

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A Living Laboratory, from page 32 No One Put Out Wheeler and Powe both said that no one who owns a business or home currently in the footprint of the proposed corridor will be pushed out. The purpose, Powe said, is to enhance and beautify the community and bring in more resources to encourage more people to live in the area. “The communities along this corridor are very important to the building of a medical corridor,” Powe said. “So, we are looking at enhancements, not moving people, not impacting them in a

negative way, but to build a corridor there that is conducive for not only the medical community, but also to the four communities that are located along that drive.” Beneta Burt, director of the Road Map to Health Equity Project, said the corridor will be a big boost to the local economy and will show that nation what a partnership can bring to the medical well-being of the community. “Hopefully, it will end up being kind of a destination for folks when they are looking for all kinds of medically related services,” Burt said.

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arty Singletary and Kathy SaucierJones moved in harmony demonstrating a few basic moves of their qigong (pronounced chee-gung) practice. Though physically dissimilar—Singletary is a petite brunette with round features, while Saucier-Jones is tall and thin with naturally silver hair—they moved in graceful tandem through slow, deliberate movements that involved their entire bodies. The two women, both certified LifeForce Medical Qigong practitioners, are also marriage and family therapists at The Shepherd’s Staff Counseling Center in Jackson. The qigong movements are designed to align body, mind and spirit, Saucier-Jones says, but there’s no doctrine connected with it, so it’s not “religious.” The practice puts people back in synch with their own innate rhythms and those of the natural world. Anxiety, depression and insomnia are just a few of the ailments qigong can help alleviate, she says, and it can aid in pain management, digestive issues and a host of other ailments. Qigong’s history reaches back at least 2,500 years in China; some experts claim it may be twice that old. It combines gentle movement, stretching and breathing to balance life energy, called qi. Medical qigong, such as LifeForce, can address specific physical or mental ailments, such as obesity and anxiety. Tai chi, which may be a more familiar oriental discipline to readers, grew out of qigong. “Our lineage goes back to (the Chinese philosopher) Lao Tzu,” Saucier-Jones said, refer-


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ring to the man considered to be the founder of Taoism, who lived in the 6th century, BCE. One specific form of medical qigong the two teach, Dragon’s Way, combines movements and diet to help those with weight issues balance their energy to drop pounds without drugs or other artificial means. “There are 10 qigong movements that are real powerful for inner healing and for healing what’s out of balance on the inside of the body that cause us to have symptoms externally as well. Often, weight is one of those (symptoms),” Saucier-Jones says in describing the method. “What happens from it is that people wind up shedding pounds and inches, but it’s much easier because Therapists Kathy Saucier-Jones (left) and Marty you’re getting the whole body rebalSingletary demonstrate a typical qigong movement. anced, and your organs are operating the way they’re designed to operate. When it’s in balance, there’s no need the postures, your mind will click off—finally.” for (the body) to hold excess weight.” The women say that no contraindications “It’s really a stress management program, exist for qigong, and Singletary says she’s seen too,” Singletary says. “For my personal benefits, I disabled people in wheelchairs practice. was finally able to sleep through the night, so you “There’s no reason anybody couldn’t do it,” have other health benefits that don’t necessarily Saucier-Jones adds. “There are not many things have anything to do with (weight loss).” like that. … There’s no down side.” Singletary adds that the practice of qigong puts people back in touch with their spiritual na For more information on qigong, contact The ture. “A number of the poses we teach are standShepherd’s Staff (2508 Lakeland Drive, Suite 200, ing meditation,” she says. Flowood, 601.664.0455), or visit the-shepherds “… At some point, when you’re standing in



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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


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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Summer 2012

Voted Best Pizza 2009-2011 Best of Jackson

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

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


Medium $16.75







SUBS all served with Pickle and Potato Chips










$7.80 $7.25

$15.75 $14.75

$21.75 $21.25




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

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

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

$6.80 $7.95

$13.75 $16.25

$19.00 $22.75


















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

Small - $1.25

Medium - $1.75

Large - $2.50

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

Small - $1.75

Medium - $2.25

Large - $2.75

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

Small - $3.99

Medium - $6.99

Large - $7.99



Flavors: Southwest Garlic Ranch, Garlic Parmesan $4.50 $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 •

Jackson Menu Guide


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

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


light side

Hoppin’ John Redux 15.95

Bruschetta 7.95

Black-eyed-peas, basmati rice and roasted peppers, topped with grilled pork tenderloin and fig preserve sauce.

Tossed Salad 8.95

burgers, sliders, sandwiches and quesadillas

Toasted baguette with goat cheese, tomatoes and spring vegetables. Arugula, radicchio and chopped romaine, orange sections, pecans and Parmesan, tossed with; apple gorgonzola, herb parmesan or citrus vinaigrette dressing.

Butterbean Hummus 5.95

Butterbeans, garlic, cilantro and lemon juice blended smooth and served with toasted pita chips.

Ceviche 10.95

Gulf shrimp and fresh fish, quick-marinated in citrus juices and sake, tossed with tomatoes, herbs and red onion. Available in table sizes to serve 2, 4, 6 or 8.

small plates and starters

A hand blended 11 ounce patty OR a whole Portobello mushroom cap grilled and served with your choice of toppings: mozzarella, Colby or pepper-jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onions and our house-made condiments, ketchup, spicy brown mustard and mayonnaise. Add bacon or a fried egg for $1.50 each.

Steak-n-Egg Slider 12.95

Grilled steak served with horseradish mayo, hash browns, onion gravy and a fried quail egg, dressed with micro greens.

Vegetarian Slider 7.95

Made with real vegetarians! Well, not really...Actually it’s made with grilled zucchini and topped with house-made mayo and micro greens.

Pan-Seared Crabcake 15.95

Rejebian’s Grilled Cheese 7.95

Add a second for 7.95 Our Mississippi-style crabcake made with lump crabmeat and BBQ potato chips, served with roasted red pepper aioli.

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.

Tuna Tataki 10.95

Sushi-grade Ahi tuna, seared on the grill and served with wasabi and Hoisin.

Pan-Seared Scallops 10.95

Jumbo scallops seared in butter and truffle oil, served with wilted spinach.

Quesadillas 12.95

Crabmeat, shrimp, pig & peppers, ribeye steak, lobster or sautéed vegetables with red and yellow peppers and pepper jack cheese. Topped with roasted red pepper aioli, crème fraiche or Creole comeback.

bar bites

BBQ Pork Eggrolls 6.95

East meets South in our eggrolls stuffed with shredded pork and served with duck sauce.

Deviled Eggs 5.95

Fried Crawfish Boulettes 8.95

Flash fried balls of crawfish tails, Basmati rice, sweet potatoes, garlic, onions and red bell peppers. Served with Jezebel sauce.

Grilled Tuna Dip 10.95

Hard boiled eggs filled with our sweet and savory egg yolk salad.

Goat Cheese Hushpuppies 5.95

Our variation on a Southern classic. Fine cornmeal seasoning and a generous amount of goat cheese blended to make light, crispy hushpuppies. Served with our house-made cocktail sauce.

Fried Green Tomato Tostadas 7.95

Sliced green tomatoes coated with cornmeal and deep fried. Served “tostada-style” with melted cheese, seasoned pork, crème fraiche and pico de gallo salsa.

Savory Beignets 8.95

Made-to-order grilled tuna blended with cream cheese and scallions, served with toasted flatbread chips. Bacon chipotle pimento cheese 5.95 Sharp and mild cheddar mixed with house-made mayonnaise, crispy bacon and hot chipotle peppers and served with toasted flatbread chips.

Portobello Fries 7.95

Lightly breaded and thick sliced portabella mushrooms, flash fried and served with our spicy Creole sauce.

Sweet Potato Fries 5.95

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

Mississippi-grown sweet potatoes, hand cut, deep fried and served with our spicy Creole sauce or our house-made ketchup.

Beer battered onion rings 5.95

large plates Shrimp and Grits 18.95

Gulf shrimp seasoned with oregano and garlic, sautéed and served over creamy stone-ground grits with a hearty tomato gravy.

Lemonfish 22.95

Gulf Lemonfish seared in garlic oil and served atop shiitake mushrooms and seasonal vegetables with boudin and andouille sausage. Fried Shrimp with Goat Cheese Hushpuppies 18.95 Dry-battered gulf shrimp, flash fried and served with our goat cheese and cornmeal hushpuppies, house-made cocktail and tartar sauces.

Hand cut, Mississippi-grown sweet yellow onions dipped in beer batter made with Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan and deep fried. Served with our house-made ketchup.

Chicken Skewers 9.95

Boneless, skinless chicken breast seasoned with one of our signature rubs and grilled. Choose from Creole, garlic and oregano, or curry dry rub, served with ranch, Caesar, blue cheese or Thai peanut sauce.

Ask Your Server About Our Daily Specials.

Seared Duck Breast 22.95

Thoroughly cooking foods of animal origin such as beef, eggs, lamb, pork, poultry or shellfish reduces the risk of food-borne illness. Individuals with certain health conditions may be at higher risk if foods are consumed raw or undercooked.

Steak Frites 16.95/26.95

A gratuity of 20% will be added for split checks or parties of six or more. A $7 per person service charge will be added to tables bringing in cakes or other desserts not provided by Underground 119.

Mapleleaf Farms duck breast pan seared and broiled, with an apricot glaze. Six ounce filet mignon or 14 ounce New York Strip grilled to order and topped with a red wine reduction. Served with fried fingerling potatoes and haricots verts.


119 burger 12.95/Portobello Burger 8.95

Summer 2012



DINNER MENU Monday - Saturday, 5:30pm - Until Starters Pan Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras Lightly Smoked, Truffled Brioche French Toast, Pear Marmalade, Champagne Gastrique Crispy Fried Lobster Skewers Tortilla Salad, Smoked Tomatochipotle Vinaigrette Bbq Fried Oysters Warm Brie, Apple Slaw Chili Rubbed Beef Carpaccio Crispy Capers & Arugula Salad, Fleur De Sel, Truffle Oil Breadless Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Charred Tomato Lemon Butter Walker’s Tamales Fresh Pico De Gallo, Chipotle Sour Cream, Sweet Corn Sauce Portobello Fries Spicy Horseradish Comeback Dressing Flash Fried Calamari Jalapeno, Garlic & Ginger, Hot & Sour Dipping Sauce Walker’s Sea Salt & Rosemary Chips Three Cheese Bechamel, Crispy Proscuitto, Green Onions Steamed Mussels Of The Day Salads Asian Three Way Spicy Seaweed, Squid Salad, Thai Chili Crusted Tuna, Crispy Wontons Grilled Raddichio & Apple Salad Arugula, Heirloom Tomato,blue Cheese, Red Onion, Polenta, Croutons, Sweet Onion Vinaigrette Roasted Beet, Spinach & Endive Salad Spiced Pecans, Crispy Red Onions, Feta Cheese, Duroc Lardons & Sherry Vinaigrette

Walker’s House Field Greens, Sweet Peppers, Red Onion, Blue Cheese, Creamy Garlic Peppercorn Dressing Classic Caesar Chopped Hearts Of Romaine, Parmigiano Reggiano, Garlic Croutons B.l.t. Wedge Iceberg Wedge, Applewood-smoked Bacon, Tomato, Red Onion, Blue Cheese, Creamy Buttermilk Dressing Salad Additions: - Applewood Smoked Bacon - Wood Grilled Scallop - Wood Grilled Jumbo Shrimp - Jumbo Lump Crab Meat - Cheese Main Courses Cast Iron Au Poivre 14 Oz Prime New York Strip Steak Frites, Sauteed Spinach, Roasted Tomato & Bacon Hollandaise, Red Wine Sauce Miso Marinated Seabass Rock Shrimp Fried Black Rice, Bok Choy Slaw, Curry Broth Pan Seared Duck Breast Sweet Potato Mash, Braised Red Cabbage, Fig Marmalade, Madeira Wine Sauce Buttermilk Fried Quail Braised Greens, Crispy Polenta Cakes, Black-eyed Pea Relish & Chipotle Glaze Grilled Gulf Grouper Black Garlic,chorizo & Corn Relish, Cheese Grits, Roasted Corn Sauce, Tomato Coulis Everything Crusted #1 Tuna #1 Sushi Grade Tuna, Spicy Cheese Grits, Chipotle Glaze, Tomato Relish

Crab, Artichoke & Parmesan Crusted “Gigged” Flounder Sauteed Shallot Spinach, Charred Tomato Lemon Butter Pan Seared Jumbo “Dry-packed” Sea Scallops Shrimp & Feta Risotto, Roasted Corn Salsa, Lemon Butter Jumbo Shrimp & Pepperjack Cheese Grits Sweet Peppers, Corn, Red Onion, Andouille Sausage, Crispy Sage, Chive Lemon Butter Lamb Porterhouse Herb Roasted Fingerling Potato & Brussels Sprout Hash, Mint-curry Tzatzaki, Madeira Wine Sauce 8 Oz Hereford Filet Aged Minimum Of 45 Days, Bacon-cheddar Mash, Sauteed Asparagus, Crispy Onions, Red Wine Sauce Veal & Jumbo Lump Crab Piccata All Natural Free-range Veal, White Truffle Risotto, Sauteed Asparagus, Caper Lemon Butter Redfish Anna With Lump Crab Meat Garlic Mash, Thin Beans, Charred Tomato Lemon Butter Main Courses Additions: - Blue Cheese Crust - Wood Grilled Scallops - Wood Grilled Jumbo Shrimp - Jumbo Lump Crab Meat - Au Poivre Children’s Menu Available For Children 10 Yrs And Under Walker’s Policies: Please Allow Additional Time For Separate Checks. A Maximum Of 10 Separate Checks Per Party. 20% Gratuity Added To All Private Parties. Eating Undercooked/raw Foods May Cause Food Borne Illnesses. Foods May Contain Allergens. Please Make Your Server Aware Of Any Food Allergies.

Menu Updates & Much more! Madison’s Neighborhood eatery.

WE’re freshening the menu this summer, expanding the bar and just plain getting more awesome. Visit our website for details, and thanks so much to our loyal customers. 121 Colony Crossing Madison ms 39110 601.707.7684

General Manager and Catering: Effie Hubanks 601.982.2633

Original Grit Girl ~ Oxford, Ms Ms Natural Products~ Newhebron, Ms Belle Chevre~ Elkmont, Al Wright Farms~alexandria, Al Country Farms Quail ~ Lucedale, Ms

Walker’s and Local 463 are owned & operated by Chef Derek Emerson & Jennifer Emerson. 3016 NORTH STATE STREET - FONDREN ARTS DISTRICT - 601.982.2633 - WALKERSDRIVEIN.COM

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Summer 2012


Mediterranean Grill


2.95 5.49 3.75 4.49 4.49 4.49 4.49 7.59 7.59 8.59

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Best of Jackson 2011 & 2012

New Blue Plate Special $8.99 - We Cater Parties & Special Events -

We Give You Choices Meat Choices: Ground

Beef, Ground Turkey, Chicken Breast

Bun Choices: Wheat, White,

Texas Toast


The BnB Burger    

1.95 1.95 1.95 1.65


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.

The County Line

Wheat Wraps

Sandwiches & Other Stuff

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

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



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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




Best Burger

1 Meat, 3 Veggies, Bread and Drink

3.99 4.99 4.99 4.99 5.49 5.49 5.49 3.75 3.99 5.49


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

Something Sweet

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

Sun - Thurs 11AM - 10PM | Fri & Sat 11AM - 12AM 1060 E County Line Rd | Ridgeland, MS 39157 601.899.0038 | M45

Phone 601-948-0055 Fax 601-948-1195 KITCHEN HOURS

Mon-Thur 11am-11pm • Fri 11am-Midnight Saturday 4pm-Midnight • Sunday 4pm-11pm

 Plate lunch specials each weekday. View Fenian’s complete menu selection at 


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

Chicken & Chips $5.99 Fish & Chips $6.99 Spicy Drummers Regular (5) $9.99 Large (9) $12.99

Grilled Sausage & Cheese Platter Cubed Pepperjack, Swiss

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

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

Salads House Salad $3.99 large $6.99 Add a grilled chicken breast $2.99 Chef Salad $7.99 Cobb Salad $9.99 Caesar Salad $6.99

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

Ploughman’s Potato baked 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

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

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

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

Desserts Irish Bread Pudding $3.99

The Bookmaker roast beef on a toasted hoagie with Cheddar cheese w/Au jus. $8.99

New York Cheesecake $4.49

Reuben $8.99

Call ahead and take home a hot meal for supper!

Cheese Steak $9.49

Molten Brownie $4.99



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//resident tourist Story by

Jesse Houston Photographs by Virginia Schreiber and Jesse Houston

Chefs de Cuisine anything in return. Allow me to introduce you to Andy Cook, chef and owner of The Parker House; Nick Wallace, executive chef of the King Edward Hotel; and Jeremy Enfinger, executive chef of Ruth’s Chris. Each of these guys has a wealth of experience, has trained under great chefs and puts out seriously good food.

Chef Andy

Chefs Andy Cook of Parker House (left), Jeremy Enfinger of Ruth’s Chris (center) and Nick Wallace of the King Edward Hotel run three of the area’s most creative kitchens.


recently celebrated my second year as a Jacksonian. Every day I learn something new about this great city, about its history, its people, culture and music, and the dormant volcano that it sits on. (I dismissed this fact as nonsense the first time someone told me). I would say I’m the exact definition of the term “resident tourist,” as I continue to search out great local restaurants, hangouts and hot spots. I grew up and lived most of my life in Dallas, Texas, and as much as I tried, it always felt like there was something bigger out there for me, but what I was really looking for turned out to be something smaller. The day I moved to Jackson, I met many wonderful people who would later become close friends, regulars at my restaurant Parlor Market and fellow chefs, and soon learned the true meaning of the word community. Never

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before have I been so completely surrounded by sincere, talented, and giving people who look out for one another, and who support and carry each other every single day. I’m not talking just about the great people of Jackson; I’m speaking more specifically about its chefs. If I ever need a gallon of oysters, or a specific spice, stockpot, to-go boxes or anything else, I can count on these guys to make it happen for me. If I’m looking for new employees or need help with a fundraiser, I feel like I can call up any chef in this city and count on his or her support or experience to help guide me. And these guys are my competition! Several Jackson chefs fly under the culinary radar. Every day, they work their butts off, putting in 16-hour days, working in hot kitchens, putting love into every dish they create, inspiring those around them and never asking for

Andy Cook took over The Parker House (104 Southeast Madison Drive, Ridgeland, 601.856.0043) 10 years ago as chef and owner after working for talented chefs like John Currence of City Grocery in Oxford, Miss., and Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. The one-time residential house was converted into a cozy fine-dining restaurant in Ridgeland, the old garage converted into a kitchen, and the living room transformed into a formal dining room with fireplace. The backyard and pool area are now host to great poolside patio dining with live music nightly. If you have a large private party or are on an intimate date, this is the place to go. Some people dismiss The Parker House as a steak and potatoes kind of place, and as such foodies overlook it. Chef Andy admits it’s a constant balancing act between giving his long-time loyal customers the food that they have grown to love and getting a chance to express his true creativity and passion for food and try new techniques. Andy has been tinkering around with sous vide, and little bit of molecular gastronomy, but what he has nailed is flavor and presentation. His take on New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp was incredible on a recent visit, served


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From left: Nick Wallace’s apple/olive salad, homemade ketchup, beef/sausage burger with red cabbage slaw, fresh mozzarella and basil. over a blackened tomato and johnny cake. Fried boudin balls were delicate and bursting with umami, balanced by pickled grapes and his legendary pickled okra. In the last few years, he has participated in the annual Memphis in May barbecue competition and has taken home prizes for whole hog and seafood. The man knows how to smoke some meat, and a beautiful stack of lamb ribs with peach barbecue sauce, pickled ramps and a giant goat cheese-stuffed baked onion was testament to his success. He could serve only those ribs and have lines out the door every day. I left there stuffed, and with a valuable lesson for my next two meals: pace yourself.

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Nick Wallace, executive chef of the King Edward Hotel (236 W. Capitol St., 601.353.5464), was next in line to feed me on my culinary tour around Jackson, and I was pumped. Nick and I are neighbors downtown on Capitol Street, and he has helped me out of some tough spots. I’ve dubbed him the King of Braises, because the man can cook the best pork cheek or short rib you’ve ever had in your life, and always, always has the better dish whenever we do an event or dinner together (not that it’s a competition, mind you). He can cook an incredible meal for two people or 1,000, or juggle multiple parties at once; the man can simply do it all. Chef Nick and his crew managed to fit me in between lunch and dinner services at Parlor Market and fix me a hell of meal. One really important aspect about the meal that Nick served me was that he didn’t cook it. He is a firm believer in mentoring and training those around him, imparting what he knows and passing it on to his cooks. Nick grew up with an uncle who had a huge impact on his life, always help-

ing anyone in need. His mother said, “Let your Chef Jeremy uncle be a reflection on your life,” and Nick de- I didn’t think I would manage it, but I finalcided to adopt that philosophy and pass it on. So ly made it to Ruth’s Chris in Ridgeland (1000 Chef Nick not only allowed and trusted his staff Highland Colony Parkway, 601.853.2734) to eat to cook a memorable meal for me, he even let a custom menu prepared by Chef Jeremy Enfinthem come up with the menu themselves. ger. I didn’t know anything about Jeremy until There were at least seven courses before I PM Soul happened back in November. The enhad to throw in the towel. Delta Grind grits with tire Jackson restaurant scene came together to smoked chicken, the typical heavy southern help raise money for Peaches Café, a local souldish, was bright and delicate. There was a veg- food restaurant on Farish Street in dire need of gie burger of all things, made with goat cheese, repair. It was Craig Noone’s vision to make this split peas, poblano peppers, turnips and rutaba- happen, and after his passing, we had every magas, topped with fresh mozzarella and a house- jor restaurant in the city offering to help. Jeremy came to me and asked if there was made croissant bun. Honestly, it was amazing. Of course, the master of braises had to anything to do, and I admit, at first I was skeptiserve me some melt-in-your-mouth bison short cal. The guy runs a chain restaurant (albeit one ribs dressed with a caramelized onion vinaigrette, with deep, rich flavor. The last dish I enjoyed was a towering pecan sticky bun, perfectly glazed with caramel and chocolate, served with cucumber ice cream. After thanking his team for a truly excellent meal, I waddled back down Capitol Street to Parlor Market and somehow shook off the need for a nap and Andy Cook’s lamb ribs with peach barbecue sauce, pickled get back to work. If ramps and a goat-cheese-stuffed baked onion. Nick decides to open a restaurant of his own, Jackson will well be on its way to culinary great- of the best there is) north of town, and I had ness. I often feel that such a great chef is often never heard of him. But this wasn’t a competioverlooked because people are scared to go and tion, and we needed all the support we could eat “hotel food.” raise. He showed up at PM Soul and brought

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Jeremy Enfinger’s baby heirloom tomatoes with lamb ragout, feta and fresh peas, pickled okra and fried rainbow chard. some seriously tasty food, and was incredibly helpful. Then he was at the next event, and the next, each time bringing some really thoughtful and delicious food. At some point I had to stop in and see what this guy was all about. When I arrived at Ruth’s Chris, I was treated like royalty, everyone called me by name, and I was escorted to my table where I found a custom-printed menu outlining the many courses I was to be presented with. The menu was entitled “the whim.” I ordered an Old Fashioned (bourbon and bitters) and waited for the first course: beautiful baby heirloom tomatoes of different sizes, colors and varieties were stuffed with lamb ragout, feta cheese and fresh peas, arranged beautifully with pickled okra and fried rainbow chard. Another course featured fried soft shell crawfish, something I had known existed for years but had only begun cooking myself the month before. It’s my new favorite ingredient. Pan-seared Moulard duck breast in New Orleans barbecue sauce with crumbled fried Italian polenta was excellent. I left nothing on the plate. Of course, you can’t go to Ruth’s Chris and be served a meal by a guy who calls himself Steak Chef without having a steak, and Jeremy prepared a Cuban prime ribeye for me, smothered in tomatillos and tomato jam. The last course was a bowl full of brie crème en glaze with fresh berries and shaved chocolate. I could have slurped down a bowl full of the rich liquid brie and suggested to Jeremy he should just serve that on top of all his steaks. It was incredible. Being a chef has its perks. If a chef I know walks in the door, they can expect special treatment, a gift from the chef, a sample of whatever great new ingredient I have in at Parlor Market. Often the favor is returned tenfold when I go to dine out, but never before have I been absolutely blown away by hospitality as I have these three incredible chefs. I’m happy to still be a tourist in my adopted city, and what I’ve discovered in Jackson is some wonderful food, and some seriously talented chefs. Jesse Houston is chef de cuisine at Parlor Market and a food writer for BOOM and the Jackson Free Press. The chefs featured here knew he was coming to their restaurants for this feature; therefore, this should not be considered a review. Most of the dishes Jesse tasted appear on their menus or as specials. Inquire about the dishes at the restaurants. See more food photos at

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Chef Woldenseh shows the variety of Ethiopian cuisine he learned to cook from his mom.


n February, 69-year-old Fred Garrott started parking his hot-dog wagon at the entrance of Smith Park. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (“weather and wife permitting”) you can grab a fresh beef hot dog in the park. Under the shade of a lemon yellow umbrella, a white chef’s hat resting atop his head, Garrott works at a seamless pace constructing hot dogs and making change from bills and coins divided into denominations by multiple pockets on the front of his red work apron. An oasis of nature surrounded by concrete and brick, Smith Park is an ideal place for a food stand. People dressed in business-casual slacks and polos drift into Smith Park’s shade to order a dog from Fred’s Franks.  Garrott has regulars. He sparks easy conversations with the people dressing their hot dogs from squeeze bottles of mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup neatly lined up at the front of the wagon. Garrott is from Winona, but he and his wife have lived in Jackson since 1996. His son and daughter-in-law also live in the Jackson area. A Mississippi State University graduate, Garrott has been self-employed most of his life. He operated a food ministry for low-income families in North Mississippi for at least 10 years. He likes the mobile-food business. “I get to meet a lot of nice people. … I never did plan to retire.” He uses truck space to promote the Mississippi Animal Rescue League as well. When Garrott decided he wanted to open a food wagon, he initially met with resistance from the city. “It took a while to get an ordinance passed. ... It took two public hearings, three board meetings and several rules committee meetings,” he says. Garrott is currently the only food truck vendor downtown, and he’s unsure when that will change: “Any mobile food business is based on foot traffic.” It may take some time—and more feet walking around downtown—to draw more vendors. Visit Fred’s Franks online at  


n the past few years, Jackson’s international culinary scene has grown significantly, with a steady influx of ethnic foods. Since opening Aladdin (730 Lakeland Drive, 601.366.6033) in 2003, Yosef Ali has helped foster a taste for Mediterranean cuisine, but it wasn’t until fall 2011 that he brought his home cuisine to Jackson. Partnering with Chef Molley Woldenseh from Dallas, Texas, he opened Abeba (3716 Interstate 55 N., 601.713.1500), the state’s first Ethiopian restaurant. Seeking asylum as a political refugee, Woldenseh came to the United States in 1984. Shortly afterward, in 1985, he used his background in French, Italian, and Ethiopian cuisine and mastery of more than 40 different soups to open the second Ethiopian restaurant in Dallas. Now, Woldenseh has introduced his native cuisine to Jackson.

Are you originally from Ethiopia? I’m from Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. When I was 14 years old, there was a situation out in the country, and I left as a political refugee. First, I was in Saudi Arabia, then the Catholic Church took me to Italy, and then I got to the United States in 1984.

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It was always in my mind. I like to cook.

You attended culinary school in Dallas. Were you taught Ethiopian cuisine there, or did you learn that at home?

I learned from my mom, Alfsh.

Did you have any professional cooking background in Ethiopia? No, I was only eating and visiting the restaurants. When I got here, I used to throw parties in my apartment for my friends, and I would make food and drinks. Every other week, there was a party in my apartment. Then everyone asked me to open a restaurant.

What was the first recipe you mastered? I think the first recipes I mastered were doro wat (chicken stew) and beg wat (lamb stew) because, in culinary school, I got an A for these two in a presentation to my instructor. Because of those two dishes, I was admitted to a student trip to Germany. Forty students went to Frankfurt for two weeks. We visited all the nice restaurants, wineries, hotels and markets.

Is Ethiopian cuisine homogeneous, or are there distinct regional styles? There are regional styles. The food comes from generation to generation, but we serve an overview of the cuisine. All Ethiopian restaurants have the same menu because it came from generation to generation. For example, we have raw meat here. It’s kitfo (ground, lean

round steak). You can serve this raw, but you put spice on it like tartar. Most of the people eat raw, but some people eat it rare, some well done.

Which style of Ethiopian cuisine did you grow up eating? Tere sega, which means raw meat. Most of the people eat raw things with mitmita, which means chili powder. A long time ago, Christians were fighting Muslims and a descendant of Mohammed. The Christians hid in the forests, and if they cooked the meat, the Muslims would see the smoke, find them and kill them, so they started to eat the food raw. They would kill lamb and eat it raw. It started with that generation, a long, long time ago.

What is the most invaluable kitchen tip that you learned over the years? I’m here every day of the week until 9, 10, or 11 at night, seven days a week. I need to teach some people and show them the recipes. I don’t leave because I don’t want to change the tastes. As the chef, I’m the one with the responsibility; I have to be sure the tastes won’t change.

So it’s all about knowing your product and knowing the taste?

Exactly, I’m always here. This is my home.

What is the one item you must have in your kitchen? Vegetables. First I cook lentils, misir wat (red lentils in spicy sauce), shiro wat (chickpeas in a spicy sauce) and then greens every morning. I cook seven vegetable dishes fresh every morning. Most of my lunch crowd is vegetarian, and they love it. They say the taste is different from other vegetarian restaurants and mine has the most flavor.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to cook Ethiopian food? I would tell them to make injera, a sourdough bread made from fermented teff flour. It’s all about cooking the bread. Everybody likes it. Abeba is open every day for lunch and dinner, except Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Photos by Tate K. Nations Styled by Meredith W. Sullivan Photo Assistant: Virginia Schreiber Style Assistant: Chanelle Renee Location: Barefield Workplace Solutions




anas alfarra, seeker, student by valerie wells


nas Alfarra left his home in the Gaza Strip in 2009 to become an exchange student at Jackson State University. The Palestinian was only planning to stay for a 10-month stint. He impressed his professors so much during his stay that the university offered him a scholarship. His visa wouldn’t allow him to stay longer, but the JSU community stood up for the young man with a 4.0 grade-point average. As a result of that support, the U.S. State Department allowed Alfarra an “exception” to stay in the country and complete his undergraduate education. “I was trying to find opportunity here,” he says. “Without the exception, it would be very hard to come back again.” Alfarra, 20, will graduate in 2013 with a computer engineering degree and minors in business administration and mathematics. He is vice president of the student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and president of the International Student Association. “People want to know about different cultures. We bring awareness on lots of issues,” Alfarra says. “Americans don’t travel. I get American students involved.” Alfarra estimates that 60 countries are represented at JSU. As president of ISA, he helps international students have a better experience. “I feel like I belong here. I’ve made great friends, Americans and foreigners.” When he goes home, Alfarra wants to increase opportunities for mutual understanding that lead to peace. Coming from a war zone, he says he understands that better than most people. Education is one way to do that, Alfarra explains, and he has ideas of building a university in the Gaza Strip. He’ll always remember the early support and kindness he found in Mississippi that went beyond diplomatic protocol. “People here in Jackson believed in me and my ability,” he says. 58

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Anas is wearing a red plaid linen shirt ($165) and khaki linen pants ($225) and belt ($65) from The Rogue.


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l. sherie dean, entrepreneur by robyn jackson


t might be easier to ask L. Sherie Dean what she doesn’t do than what she does. In addition to her full-time job as administrative assistant at Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership/ ChamberPlus Inc., she is an entrepreneur who works with several marketing businesses, such as D Communications Group, LLC and Guapington Enterprises. She is a booking manager for Mix Or Die DeeJays. Dean is a leader in numerous local organizations, including co-chairing Mississippi Greek Week. She also conducts celebrity interviews for Denim, an online fashion magazine. “If I don’t have enough to do, I get bored,” Dean says. “I’m always trying to get involved and be a mentor.” Dean, 29, is a 2007 graduate of Jackson State University and lives in Madison. She’s a social media maven and recently started a Twitter feed, the “L. Sherie Alert,” to keep followers updated on Jackson events, from free food to gospel performances. “There’s a lot of potential here, especially for young professionals,” Dean says about Jackson. “I want to help others achieve their goals.”

Sherie is wearing black and white striped leggings ($49) from Posh Boutique.; a white William Rast blouse ($65) from Private Collection Consignment; heart earrings ($9.95) from Material Girls and coral wedges with bows ($95) from The Shoebar at Pieces.

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YOUNG INFLUENTIALS 2012, FROM PAGE 59 Abigail is wearing leopard print shorts ($69) and a black top ($49) from Posh Boutique.; black and gold bib necklace ($24.95) from Material Girls; and teal suede platforms ($95) from The Shoebar at Pieces.



abigail peterson, immigration attorney by robyn jackson


s an immigration attorney, Abigail Peterson is on the front lines of a hot-button issue in the Magnolia State. “For the most part, I’m pleased with how Mississippi has handled (immigration),” says Peterson, 29, who works for Elmore & Associates in Jackson. A native of Sewanee, Tenn., she graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, in 2004, with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. “My adviser suggested I work with an immigration attorney,” she says. “I wanted to do something in human rights.” She began working in the field of immigration law in 2004 in San Antonio. After finishing law school at the New England School of Law in 2008, she worked for private attorneys and immigrants’ rights organizations. In 2009, she took a position with the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance and moved to the capital city. She began with Elmore in 2010, and continues works with the immigrant community statewide. Peterson, who is single, has found a home in Jackson. “I came for a job. What keeps me here are the people I’ve met,” she says.



alan henderson, developer by valerie wells


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lan Henderson makes a living visiting Mississippi communities and evaluating their hidden treasures and discovering their potential. He works for the Mississippi Development Authority in the asset development division, which evaluates a town’s resources from non-traditional angles—infrastructure, natural resources like timberland and even cultural heritage. Henderson, 25, visits communities, often in rural areas, and “help (the community) visually with architectural-based ideas and town beautification.” “These are the intangibles, the things they don’t know they are missing,” Henderson says. Henderson, a north Jackson native, graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School and then went to Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he majored in architecture and design. He graduated in 2010 and came back to Jackson to create a better hometown. “I saw the opportunity was here,” Henderson says. He had visions of what he might do with various properties in downtown Jackson. Henderson started BlackWhite Development, with his business partner, Matthew Bolian, another Jackson native. The two already have a downtown project in the works. The mixed-use development is still in the feasibility stage, but would consist of five storefronts and 10 apartments in the Lott Furniture building on West Capitol Street. He encourages other young professional residents to stay. “It’s hard for me to stay in Jackson. I won’t lie. It’s a struggle,” Henderson says. But he stays because he sees a bigger picture of an urban Jackson as a destination, he says. “I know people who are aspiring to change.


Cassio is wearing a Ben Sherman shirt ($130) and Citizen on Humanity twill pants ($198) from Red Square Clothing Co.; and a belt ($19.50) and Nike shoes ($78) from Swell-O-Phonic.


cassio batteast, mentor by sharon dunten


mpowering boys, young men and fathers has been a movement for Cassio Batteast, 32, since he was a student at Tougaloo College, graduating in 2003 with a major in child development. Today, Batteast is nurturing his dream for FAITH Inc., or Fathers Active in Their Hoods, to evolve into a full-time presence in Jackson. At 18, Batteast became a single father. He discovered from his daughter Lyniss Barnes, now 14, that being a father meant more than hanging out on weekends and holidays.. His maturation from teen father to active parent spurred him to help others. “I wanted to help single fathers to become better fathers,” the Charleston, Miss., native explains. As an undergrad in 2000, Batteast designed a program model with a “holistic approach” of mentoring boys, young men and fathers. By 2007, he had launched a summer camp for men of color, not only providing academic and sports programs, but also life-skills proficiency and personal therapy within the arts. Batteast said he wants FAITH Inc. to be a “one-stop shop in Jackson” for youth and fathers, rather than them having to seek out a round-robin of programs at various organizations. Backed by his work experience and graduate studies in urban and regional planning, Batteast now works full-time running FAITH Inc., as well as preparing for the program’s all-boys K.I.N.G.S. Academy summer enrichment camp. He also spends his free time running a consulting agency. He says the next step for FAITH Inc. is providing facilities for evening and weekend entertainment events for families in local unused buildings. “I believe if we do the work, the money will come. I haven’t waited for a major grant. We can do things right now,” he says.



brandon jones, politico

Brandon is wearing his own suit.

by bryan flynn


randon Jones made a big impact in the lives of women that will never meet him or even know his name. Jones was a progressive Mississippi state legislator in the House of Representatives from 2008 until early 2012, and in 2009 authored a House Bill 989, which provided funding to the Victims of Domestic Violence Fund. The Center for Violence Prevention honored Jones at the 2009 JFP Chick Ball for the bill, which takes a $10 fee out of various bonds issued in the state and donates it to the Fund. Jones, 34, was born and raised in Pascagoula, Miss., but currently resides in Madison, where he works as an attorney for the Diaz Law Firm and is executive director of the Mississippi Democratic Trust, a political action committee for progressive causes. He has been married to his wife, Laurie, for 10 years, and they have two children, daughter Ellen, 6 and son Gray, 3. Jones earned his undergraduate degree from Mississippi College before attending Wake Forest for his masters and then on to Mercer University for his juris doctor. Jones loves the state he has served, and says its people are one its great attributes. “There is a kindness and warmth that permeates from the people about the state,” Jones says. “We take care of our own, and we welcome new people. I hope that continues.” Working to make Mississippi safer for families is one of his most important projects. “The project closest to my heart is working on domestic violence and helping Mississippi to have a culture where violence against women is unacceptable,” Jones says. Work. Live. Play. Prosper.


YOUNG INFLUENTIALS 2012, FROM PAGE 61 Liz is wearing a mustard Tori Burch dress ($155) from Private Collection Consignment; gray patent leather wedges ($75) from The Shoebar at Pieces; earrings ($18.95) and coral stone bracelet ($14.95) from Material Girls.

T is wearing a blue shirt ($135) and plaid pants ($395) from The Rogue; and Element black suede shoes ($85) from Swell-O-Phonic.


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Michael is wearing a lavender pinstripe shirt ($128), navy blazer ($295), linen pants ($225) and shoes ($135) from The Rogue.


Behind the Scenes

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liz lancaster, marketer by julie skipper


ife has come full circle for Liz Lancaster. The 23-year-old lived in Jackson’s Fondren neighborhood until age 5, when her family moved to Corinth. Lancaster returned to Jackson to attend Millsaps College, where she graduated with a communications degree in 2011. During her senior year, an internship with Jackson chef Tom Ramsey made her realize she would like to work locally with the restaurant industry. A Facebook message to restaurateur Jeff Good led to a breakfast meeting. “Twenty minutes into it, he offered me a job,” she says. She’s now the marketing promotions manager and event planning manager for Mangia Bene Restaurant Management Group. The job meant a homecoming. “I’m literally working three blocks from my childhood home,” she says. As an adult, Lancaster is committed to being involved in her city. “I found my dream job right out of college, and it also lets me work with other organizations to make Jackson a better place,” she says. Even off the clock, Lancaster’s love of event planning kicks in. A lifelong volunteer with the Mississippi Kidney Foundation, she serves on its event planning committee. She also co-chaired the public-relations committee for this year’s Zippity Doo Dah Parade. Being a part of neighborhood-based events and seeing them grow energizes her, but even in her downtime, simply walking through her neighborhood of Belhaven gives her a sense of place that assures Lancaster she’s right where she belongs.


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t francis, performer, manager

michael thompson, accountant



by sharon dunten

Francis, 31, likes to make people laugh. As a member of the Intellectual Bulimics comedy troupe, Francis enjoys sharing his satiric humor with his audiences, but when it comes to supporting Jackson, it is a full-time performance and commitment. Imported from tiny Alexandria, Ala., Francis said he first saw Jackson as a “starter town” before he “moved to a real city.” “Every time I tried to leave, something would happen, so I decided to stay a little longer,” he says, laughing. Thirteen years later, he is now the general manager at Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601.948.0055). “I think Jackson is a place for food and friends,” Francis says. “But I believe entertainment needs to be beefed up with more comedy clubs and diverse types of entertainment.” After watching downtown develop over the last decade, Francis says he welcomes new options for residents “as long as it is not too fast.” He is cautious about keeping the momentum going in a yet fragile economy. Even so, Francis hopes to open his own gravy-themed restaurant someday. Francis is married to Toni Francis and attends Millsaps College, where he studies psychology. He supports Stewpot Ministries and is a fan of any charity fundraiser “that involves facial hair.” Francis regularly donates to Locks of Love, and says he’s about six months out from his next contribution. Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

by tam curley

efore he came to Jackson, Michael Thompson didn’t know anything about Mississippi except what he saw on TV. He didn’t think there was anything good about Jackson. Thompson’s wife, a Canton native, convinced him to move down and see opportunities the metro had to offer. “Mississippi is a state that is open for young entrepreneurs,” Thompson says. Thompson worked for one of the Big Four accounting firms for 10 years, specializing in audit and forensic investigations and litigation support services. He’s currently a managing director at Valiant, Steersman & Strong, LLC. In his jobs, Thompson “worked on many of the largest frauds in American history,” like the WorldCom and Colonial Bank scandals. Thompson is an accountant by day and a self-proclaimed jazz aficionado by night, and is an investor in The Penguin restaurant. “Business has exceeded my expectation. The Penguin restaurant business is phenomenal for the community and the city overall and has the potential to ‘soften’ the perception of African Americans,” he says. Born and raised in Memphis, Tenn., Thompson moved to Jackson in 2006 after he married his wife, Regina. Thompson, 34, attended Rhodes College in Memphis where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in accounting. Thompson is a member of the Phoenix Club of Jackson and raises money for the Boys and Girls Club of Central Mississippi. He also works with Leadership Greater Jackson to purchase new playground equipment, implement healthy lunch menus and create walking trails for local schools. “My future is here in Jackson,” Thompson says. 63

YOUNG INFLUENTIALS 2012, FROM PAGE 63 Kasey is wearing a blue maxi dress ($70) and Dolce Vita suede shoes ($168) from Taylor Collection; a white T-shirt ($9) from Orange Peel; and gold necklace ($21.95) and blazer ($64.95) from Material Girls.

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kasey perry, game changer by greg pigott


hen New Orleans native Kasey Perry first moved to Madison County in 2009 to help launch Highland Chapel Church, she never dreamed she’d have the opportunity to be the executive director of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce. “I’m a game changer, and I love connecting people, so I knew it was the perfect job for me,” she says. In three years as chamber director, she has watched membership grow to around 530 members and the staff from one to three. The Madison chamber is completely funded by membership dues and investments, making it distinct from other city- or statesupported chambers. Perry, 34, says that this makes the chamber “truly accountable to its members.” On May 19, the Chamber presented its annual Reservoir Dragon Boat Regatta (paddlesontherez. com), a boat-racing event for local businesses, which was expected to draw more than 50 members this year. Even though she grew up in Louisiana, Perry says that Jackson is “still southern, but very different from Louisiana, and the people here are amazing. After visiting here just one time (my husband and I) instantly fell in love.” Kasey and her husband, Donavan, a stay-at-home dad and founder of Mississippi Mojo Photo Booths, love caring for their 31/2-year-old son, Benjamin. They are expecting their second child this year.


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israel martinez, entrepreneur by r.l. nave


srael Martinez always seems to be smiling, always happy. If you had conquered some of the challenges he has, you’d be smiling, too. Martinez was born in Veracruz, Mexico, and came to Mississippi in 2003 at age 17, and started working at a local poultry-processing facility, earning $320 a week. Five years later, he’d set aside enough from the chicken plant and his four other jobs to create his own computer-repair business. “You don’t have to have a lot of money to save; you have to have good management,” Martinez says. His businesses operate side-by-side at 7048 Old Canton Road in Ridgeland. Kismar Computer Services works with individuals and businesses on everything from basic maintenance to private software training and sales. Lingofest Language Center, which he started in 2009, offers Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and English classes. Most of Lingofest’s clients are professionals who are new to the capital city area. Companies that hire a lot of Spanish speakers also use Lingofest’s interpreter services. Martinez, 26, is also a leader in Mississippi’s small but growing Hispanic population. He’s active with the Latin American Business Association and when Mississippi considered passing an immigration law that would unfairly target Latin Americans, he became a leading advocate for Hispanic civil rights, organizing forums on immigration issues and testifying before legislative committees.

Behind the Scenes


BOOM Jackson staff photographer Virginia Schreiber (top left) assisted freelance photographer Tate Nations (bottom right). Chanelle Renee of The Renee Agency (top right) assisted BOOM stylist Meredith Sullivan (bottom left, with Cassio Batteast) with fashion. Special thanks for organizational help to Molly Lehmuller and Erica Crunkilton. If you haven’t seen the beautiful and inspiring space that is Barefield, go visit Paul Maczka and this staff at: Barefield Workplace Solutions 251 W. South St., 601.354.4960


Material Girls, 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 7005, Ridgeland, 601.605.1605 ; Posh Boutique, 4312 N. State St., 601.364.2244; Private Collection Consignment, 101B Village Blvd., Madison, 601.607.6004; The Shoebar at Pieces, 425 Mitchell Ave., 601.939.5203; Swell-O-Phonic, 2906 N. State St. #103, 601.366.9955; Red Square Clothing Co., 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 9004, Ridgeland, 601.853.8960; The Rogue, 4450 Interstate 55 N., Suite A, 601.362.6383; Taylor Collection, 2082 Main St., Madison, 601.605.0236.



Work. Live. Play. Prosper.


// by Molly Lehmuller photos by Tate K. Nations


omance author J.J. Salem’s Brandon home could be compared to one of his “bonkbuster” novels without its dust jacket: plain and reasonably inconspicuous on the outside, but a quick peek inside reveals larger-than-life female characters and splashes of sensational color and detail. Salem, a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., has penned 23 books in various genres, but he became entranced by romance novels at a young age. Salem’s specialty are “bonkbusters,” a British term for spicy, bitchy, sexy beach reads. The fan favorite is “Tan Lines” (St. Martin’s Press, 2008, $25), a tale of three friends’ salacious and steamy summer in the Hamptons. When BOOM visited Salem, known locally as 66

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Jon, he was mere pages from finishing his latest novel, “Fame Game.” Four more previously released books have been updated for 2012 and will be re-released exclusively as e-books in fall of this year: “Shock Me,” “Adore Me,” “Reunion Girls” and “Beautiful Dirty Rich.” Salem writes in his home near the Castlewoods golf course. Inside, it’s easy to see how Salem is inspired when immersed in this environment, decorated with bold walls and aqua floors, comic lore (even his Bichon Frisé, MoKoSho, rocks an Avengers doggy tee!), Asian accents and modernist touches. Creative energy and passion pulse in every room, and Salem’s love for every artifact and piece of pop art is apparent.

New York-based designer Martin Raffone helped arrange Salem’s splashy, artdecked interiors. “I booked four hours with him and had a small suitcase with all my ideas,” Salem says. “At first, he was like, ‘This is going to be a disaster.’” Raffone helped Salem “curate” his collections, using every piece of art or memorabilia but in a tactical manner so as to delight, not overwhelm, his guests.

The author’s latest treasure is a handmade side table (right, center) decoupaged with his collection of favorite comic strips featuring Brenda Starr. “She’s the plucky girl reporter in danger, which is my sweet spot,” Salem says with a laugh.

Salem’s pop-art collection is a marvel, and prints, memorabilia and trinkets line his home. Their primary colors and bold lines are an interesting contrast to stone and wood Buddha heads, resting serenely throughout the home, the yin to his kaleidoscopic yang.

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ith a gleaming smile and toss of her ebony-toned tresses, Shannon Brown directs the flow of colorful shoes coming into Union Station downtown. Decorators, shoe stylists and florists all clamor for her attention as workers place neon purple, yellow and fuchsia stilettos around her. Brown instructs the helpers in their respective tasks all the while making each person feel that his or her job is the most important among the others. Brown is doing this for her organization, Ladies of Legac-e, a nonprofit that helps children who are wards of the state, as well as battered and homeless women and their children. The candy-colored shoes are part of a trunk show, the proceeds of which support the organization’s causes. “We need to have a stronger support system for women and children, and people will see the passion and genuineness of our mission,” Brown says. Transplanted to Mississippi from Charleston, S.C., Brown received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from South Carolina State University in 1992 and a master’s in rehab counseling from University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2005. She arrived in Jackson in 2004 after her husband, Dr. Samuel Brown, joined Central Mississippi Medical OB/GYN Associates. Shannon Brown wanted to create an imprint in Mississippi that would last for years to come. “We want to leave behind a legacy of hope, willpower and determination for our children and the community,” Brown says. As if on cue, Valeria Sims-Griffin, co-creator and deputy director of the organization, saunters in. Tall and gracious, Sims-Griffin

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Creating a Legac-e

Valerie Sims-Griffin (left) and Shannon Brown offer a hands-on approach when teaching life skills. Their work targets battered and homeless women and their children. engages people while remaining calm and delicate. However, as a pediatric nurse, she has seen many abused or homeless mothers and children. That was enough to put SimsGriffin’s anger into action. “There is definitely a need here to help women and children who are homeless or abused,” she says. Hailing from Gardenia, Calif., Sims-Griffin obtained her nursing degree from San Bernadino College in 2005. Mother to a son, 20, and a daughter, 14, Sims-Griffin met Brown through mutual friends. They soon discussed creating an organization to assist and teach social skills to women in need. In February, the two hosted a fund-raiser with actress Vivica A. Fox, with money raised going toward housing, health care, education

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At Work

Wade Overstreet


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and employment for those being helped. “Despite the fact that we have recognizable celebrities involved in getting the word out about our organization, we want everyone to be involved when it comes to the issues faced by battered and homeless women and kids,” Sims-Griffin says. “That’s why we chose to spell the name different. We wanted it to be something unique, just like every individual woman is, and, plus, it catches the eye.” Brown and Sims-Griffin return their gazes to the shoe collections, and both women begin eyeing and inspecting the many designer heels that will help so many abused and homeless women in the metro-area get on their feet.

with the metro arm of the national organization to support Jackson-area public schools and ensure quality public education. His responsibilities include helping families from all backgrounds, including non-English speakers, have a part in their children’s education. He’s also the chairman of Mississippi Kids Count, which creates databases on the economic and social progress of

the state’s students. Overstreet lived in Chicago for seven years, and obtained his master’s in public service at DePaul University. For Overstreet, supporting public schools are near to his heart. His two daughters attend JPS: Reese will be in the sixth grade at the new Bailey APAC Middle School this fall, and Owen will be in second grade at McWillie Elementary.

Brain Injury Association of Mississippi

Prevention Is The Only Cure For Brain Injury! By teaching children and inspiring families, Operation Shoestring ensures we all rise together. We thank the passionate people and organizations across our community that make our work possible.

Over 5,000 Mississippians suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2011. It could be your neighbor, your husband, your mother, your best friend or your child. To support the Brain Injury Association of MS and learn how to prevent a brain injury

visit or call 601.981.1021.

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Bringing The Community Together:

Promoting Racial Harmony and Facilitating Understanding

2012 Spring Social Thursday, June 14, 2012, 5 p.m. - until Smith Robertson Museum, downtown Jackson Celebrate the season, listen to some wonderful music by Jazz Beautiful, and enjoy great food catered by Koinonia, along with wine and other refreshments. Free to members and the general public. 528 Bloom Street. 601-960-1457.

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

Jackson 2000 invites you to lunch and learn from provocative speakers and forums held at the Mississippi Arts Center.

2012 Dialogue Circles Ongoing for adults and youth - see website

Jackson 2000 presents dialogue circles, a series of facilitated, curriculum-based discussion sessions that can open minds, change hearts and build lasting friendships.

More information: 661 Duling Ave. Jackson • 601.362.6675

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ARTS // critters

// by Jacob Rowan


eorge Berry’s studio in Pearl has all the qualities of a grandfather’s workshop. Unshaded bulbs hang in the middle of the room casting deep shadows. Sawdust liberally coats his rocking chair, and the room smells of wood and antiques. His animal carvings vie for shelf space with sepia-toned photographs and dusty memorabilia. Berry, 74, was raised in White Oak Indian Hills, a Cherokee Indian village in Oklahoma. His father, Calvin Berry, taught him to use a pocketknife to carve axe handles and other simple objects. The artist, who says his ability to carve wood is a gift from God, found that his talent took him far from his small hometown. He won his first ribbon for his carvings at an art show in 1969, and since then he has shown his work in Texas, Pennsylvania and the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans. Since moving to the state in 1973, he has received many prestigious awards from the state of Mississippi, including a Folk Arts Fellowship from the Arts Commission and an Artist Achievement Award through the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.   “I still just use my pocket knife,” Berry says. “I guess because that’s how I got star ted, and I like


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George Berry is a founding member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of MIssissippi.

using it. I don’t have to worry about buying all those other tools.” Berry reminisces about the old men who would sit and whittle all day when he was a child and the games he and his friends would play with their pocketknives. Berry has a lot of memories when he carves with a knife. Other than his father’s tutelage and an eighth-grade education from a single-room schoolhouse, Berry had to pursue his own education as life allowed. He would take courses in Oklahoma when he had the opportunity. After moving to Mississippi, he taught at Piney Woods School in Rankin County. When the laws changed, and he was required to have a teach

ing certificate, he discovered he had amassed enough credits in Oklahoma to apply for one. He later continued his education at Jackson State University. Berry has always had a deep and abiding interest in teaching, as well as working with other artists. He was a founding member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi in 1973. George and his wife, Ivorene, have been married 55 years and raised eight children, who now have kids and grandkids.. “I want to give kids something they can do for themselves and be proud of,” Berry says. “I want to give them something to keep their mind on, so they don’t get into trouble.” Berry says growing up in the country and always having something to do with his hands kept him honest. “I love people, I love doing what I do, and I’m going to do it as long as the good Lord lets me,” he says. View Berry’s work at the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi (950 Rice Road, 601.856.7546).

Artists by Artists

// by Valerie Wells


Wyatt Waters

Anthony DiFatta

avid Lambert was working in his Jack- much they painted each other’s portraits and he might include. Also on his wish list are legson studio last year when he came posted them on Facebook. DiFatta’s is a bright, ends Walter Anderson and George Ohr, the Mad across a drawing he had done of his thickly textured portrait of Waters. Waters’ paint- Potter of Biloxi. He is also including artists from friend, the artist Andrew Young. He ing is a realistic watercolor of DiFatta. “You are north Mississippi, the Delta and the Gulf Coast, then found a painting he had done of another art- seeing Wyatt Waters in a way that you don’t think but “a good many” are from the Jackson area. ist friend, Ron Lindsey. about Wyatt’s work,” Lambert says. Lambert is building an exhibit website, “I imagined there were other artists who Lambert is working with the families of the, adding pieces and explanahave done similar paintings and drawings,” Lam- late Mildred Wolfe and Marie Hull to see what tions as they come in. Even after his MMA exhibit closes, the site will bert says. He started remain to educate the to ask a few people curious about Missiswhat they thought of sippi artists. his idea of an exhibit The exhibit will inof portraits of Mississippi artists. clude biographies of “They each subject and an immeexplanation from the diately got the conartist about why he cept,” Lambert says. or she chose the im“They all had artists age that winds up in friends they wanted the exhibit. Lambert to paint.” That led to says the exhibit will the “Artists by Artshow how these Misists” exhibit Lambert sissippi artists are all is curating at the Mistied together. sissippi Museum of “Being an artist is Art this fall, featuring about 50 participants. not a solitary endeav Anthony DiFatta or,” he says. “They do cross paths. They do and Wyatt Waters become friends.” liked the idea so Anthony DiFatta’s portrait of Wyatt Waters. Wyatt Waters’ portrait of Anthony DiFatta.


A scene from “Assassins.” 2012 Playwriting Award from the Mississippi Theatre Association. Monthly Playwright Nights are one way that FTW really maintains its nomenclature; it’s a workshop that is committed to always doing things with its own flare. “And 2012 will be the year of the workshop,” Kander says. Howell adds that the troupe will get back to basics. “FTW is about inclusion,” she says. “Yes, we want a unified, final product for the stage, but for us, it’s

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about the inclusive production process in alternative venues and learning together in community—we want to bring people together around theater.” Always inclusive and educational, FTW has never produced a show without at least one newcomer. “You can fact-check me, but we’ve never done a show without at least one person new to the group either working backstage or acting,” Howell says. “We’re proud that we’re always growing and exposing new people to art in the community.” Particularly successful FTW runs include a co-production of “Cabaret” with Actor’s Playhouse and its recurring production of “The Rocky Horror Show,” which will return this year. Proceeds from “Rocky Horror” go to Mississippi HeARTS Against AIDS. During the last week of July, FTW will tackle John Maxwell’s “Buck Nekkid for Jesus.” Maxwell is famous for his

one-man show, “Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?” He’s been working on “Buck Nekkid” for more than 20 years. “Buck Nekkid” will be put on in Fondren’s Duling Hall, and FTW is planning a Kickstarter campaign—an online donation platform—to raise money to produce it as a showcase for dramatic literary agents. FTW organizers predict that it will be one of their most polished productions to date. See or find FTW on Facebook.

The absurd “Bald Soprano.”

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irst ladies of local theater circles Diana Howell and Beth Kander have worked in myriad capacities in most area community and professional theater companies. “We know everyone,” Howell says. Howell is one of founders of the 9-year-old Fondren Theatre Workshop, and Kander is a freelance playwright and FTW’s board president. Kander recently received some regional distinction as the 2012 recipient of the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s Charles M. Getchell New Play Award for her new play “Scrambled.” “The award is for a yet-unproduced play,” Kander says. “At SETC, it will receive a staged reading, as well as a feedback session with a professional panel.” FTW read the play in its inaugural Playwright Night in February. Playwright Night highlights this summer will include the June launch of Bret Kenyon’s one-act play, “Open Mic,” which just won the

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Acting Out // by Clay A. McCollum


MELODIES // misty // by Marika Cackett

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Farish Street Memories

Dorothy Moore grew up, and learned to make music, on Farish Street.


arish Street was incorporated into the Jackson city limits in the 1870s. Named for an early settler of the area, Farish Street served as the hub of African American commerce and culture from the era of post-Civil War segregation until the 1970s. Farish Street quickly grew into a bustling commercial strip, home to African American attorneys, doctors and banks. Jackson State University’s first home in the city was at the corner of Farish and Griffith streets for about a year before moving to its current location. Perhaps most famously, Farish Street is known as ground zero for Jackson’s blues scene and where many blues and soul records were recorded. Rumor has it that Robert Johnson played clubs there on Saturday nights. As the blues reached epic popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, Farish Street was not just the place to be in Mississippi, but many locals called it Little Harlem due to its thriving music scene. Everyone who was anyone in the blues scene played on Farish Street. The Crystal Palace Night Club, now known as Birdland, 72

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hosted legends such as Duke Ellington, Jackie Robinson and Louis Armstrong. Farish Street also launched the careers of many local blues artists, including Dorothy Moore. Moore is a four-time Grammy-nominated R&B and soul singer who got her start immersed in the lively music scene on Farish. Discovered at The Alamo Theater by local DJ Jobie Martin, Moore grew up in the neighborhood. “There was a nightclub named the Blue Note. They would keep their doors wide open and let the music stream out to the street,” Moore recalls. “I could see inside and hear the singers as my great-grandmother and I would walk down the street. One time she had gotten halfway down Farish before she realized I wasn’t with her. She found me at the door of Blue Note, listening to the music.” It wasn’t just the blues that caught her attention; Moore found music in her daily life. “I could hear and see the train just up the street. I’d hear the wheels make a sound and sit on the porch and sing to the rhythm of the train passing. I could feel the melody and timing that

the wheels produced, slow or fast, I had a song for it,” Moore says. During the Civil Rights Movement, activists met in churches, restaurants and homes in and near Farish Street. Medgar Evers, the state field secretary of the NAACP, had his office on the second floor of The Big Apple Inn (509 N. Farish St.), Evers would hold meetings in the back of the restaurant before he was assassinated. The decline of Farish Street businesses began in the 1960s with the end of segregation laws. Attempts at a resurrection of the neighborhood began in the 1980s, when Farish became part of the National Register of Historic Places. Today, Watkins Development, which brought the King Edward Hotel back to life, plans to restore Farish to its former glory with restaurants, music venues and arts spaces. In 2002, Dorothy Moore started her own label, Farish Street Records of Mississippi, in honor of the street she grew up on. Her goal is to lift up Farish Street. “I am so thankful to be from Jackson,” Moore says. “I am very proud of it, and I’ve never left.”

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Phyllis Lewis-Hale is working to preserve the works of black composers..

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hyllis Lewis-Hale, an opera singer and a professor, is a year deep into a new intellectual pursuit. Lewis-Hale, the opera workshop director at Jackson State University, is discovering musical works never heard before or long forgotten as coordinator of a new research project. African American composers wrote these classical pieces, and she wants her students to perform these treasures. “We preserve by performing,” she says. William Brown, a noted tenor who graduated from JSU in 1960, left his collection of classically arranged pieces to his alma mater when he died in 2004. The collection includes many African American composers, including Jules Bledsoe. A popular Broadway star in the 1920s, Bledsoe also wrote music. “He’s just one of the composers we’ve found,” Lewis-Hale says. Many new names are showing up

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in piles of papers and notes. “These are classically arranged pieces,” Lewis-Hale says. “Some put spirituals in European forms.” Lewis-Hale, a soprano who has performed internationally, grew up in Jackson and started out at JSU studying accounting. She began her musical career as a sophomore when she auditioned for a choir scholarship to help pay for school. Her professors and instructors pushed her during those early years to take opera seriously, so she changed her goal. After college, she won competitions and performed with companies in Europe and the United States. Lewis-Hale also performed with the Opera/South Company of Jackson, a partnership of Jackson State University, Utica Junior College and Tougaloo College. The company, formed in 1970, specialized in the music of black composers, such as Mississippi native William Grant Still. Black opera singers from all over the country came to Missis-

sippi to get the chance to perform a variety of roles. That experience helped the careers of singers the likes of Kathleen Battle, a soprano who in 2008 sang before Pope Benedict XVI, and others who became international stars. The company no longer exists. The Mississippi Humanities Council awarded Lewis-Hale the 2010 Teacher and Scholar Award for her research on the relevance and infusion of 20th-century African American composers such as William Grant Still, Ulysses Kay and Dorothy Rudd Moore. Now, as a coordinator of the William Brown collection research, she is busy cataloging each sheet of music in a searchable database. She wants to make digital images of each page and possibly MP3 files so students can hear some of the pieces. “This is a treasure. It has relevance to today,” Lewis-Hale says. “We want to get it out there and perform that new music.”


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so many love the water—the fresh shrimp and oysters harvested here. The pelicans, seagulls, crabs and other critters in the estuaries move between the shallow Gulf and the bayous. Head indoors to explore the Biloxi home of one of Mississippi’s most famous politicians. Beauvoir, the last residence of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, has been restored since being battered by Hurricane Katrina. The main house, now a museum, and grounds, once an orange grove, are open to the public. Much of the short-lived Confederacy’s historical documents and writings are housed at Beauvoir. In Jackson County, trips along the Pascagoula River uncover Mississippi’s raw natural

beauty near the state’s eastern border. Legend is that if you are quiet and still, you can hear the Singing River, voices of the old Pascagoula Indians. Head a little west and shop downtown Ocean Springs. With an emphasis on local designers and artists, Ocean Springs offers boutique clothing selections, handmade jewelry and pottery, antiques and the art of local craftsmen, from paintings to glassware and fiber art. Take a break at Lovelace’s Drugs to enjoy a milkshake in this old-school soda fountain. Look beyond the neon lights and souvenir shops and spend a little daylight exploring the Mississippi Coast, and maybe find a little sanctuary for yourself in the process.

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he beach in parts of Hancock County is a wilderness of sorts. It’s hard to tell at first glance that the 2010 BP oil spill littered the shore here or that the 2005 devastation of Hurricane Katrina took out miles of homes. The “West Coast of Mississippi” looks like a shoreline few have discovered. Parts of this stretch are bustling. Bay St. Louis has emerged like a phoenix from the past decade’s trials, and new buildings add to the historic structures that survived. The town sits on the highest point of land on the Gulf of Mexico shore from Florida to Texas, one reason early French settlers came here around 1700. Bay St. Louis has a thriving arts community that throws a public party every month during its Second Saturday Artwalk celebrations. Galleries, cafes, restaurants and homes are open. Local bands play as a gentle sea breeze off the Mississippi Sound rolls over the scene and across the Bay Bridge to Pass Christian and the eastern side of the shore. Nightlife never takes a day off on the Coast. The casinos offer big-name acts—musicians and comedians—in a never-ending flow. But a trip to the Gulf Coast doesn’t have to involve spending a single penny at a casino. Travel east down Highway 90 and board a charter boat to the barrier islands and spend the day on the beach at Ship Island, a National Seashore. In Harrison County, a sunset cruise on the Biloxi Schooner may remind you why

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Events // alexandrite 14-17 - Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The theme is “Barnum Bash.” Show times vary. Pre-show party one hour before each performance. $14-$45, children under 2 free; call 800745-3000.

2 - 5K For the Fatherless, 8:15 a.m., at First United Methodist Church of Ridgeland (234 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland). Registration is at 7 a.m. The race also includes a one-mile fun run at 9:15 a.m. Awards given. Proceeds benefit 200 Million Flowers, a nonprofit that supports social services for children. $25 in advance (T-shirt included), $30 day of race; visit 200millionflowers. org.

28 - Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest through July 1: at Historic Canton Square June 28; Northpark Mall (E. County Line Road, Ridgeland) June 29; and Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton) June 30-July 1. Proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Center. Free admission; call 601-859-4358.

7 - Eddie Levert, 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). The co-founder of the O’Jays performs. Pre-show party at 6 p.m. $52, $46; call 601-6962200.

7 8 - Art Remix, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy food from chef Luis Bruno, a cash bar, art and live music. Free admission, food $5 and up; call 601-960-1515.

10 (end date) - “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The Roger Bean musical is about a 1950s singing group. Shows are May 29June 2 and June 6-9 at 7:30 p.m., and June 3 and 10 at 2:00 p.m. $25, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222.

21 - Jars of Clay, 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). The Christian rock band performs. $35, $29; call 601-696-2200. 21 - Mississippi Main Street Association Awards Luncheon, 10 a.m., at Old Capitol Inn (226 N State St.). The silent auction is at 10 a.m.; the awards luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. RSVP. $40; email denisehalbach@

21-24 Fairy Tale Theatre, at Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). Children ages 7-18 perform. Shows are June 21-23 at 7 p.m. and June 23-24 at 2 p.m. $6, $4 children 12 and under; call 601-636-0471.

28 - “Spring Awakening” June 28-July 1, at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). The musical is an adaptation of a controversial 1892 German play about coming-of-age teenagers. For mature audiences. Shows are June 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. and July 1 at 2 p.m. $15, $10 seniors and students; call 601664-0930.

30 30 - New Edition, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The legendary R&B group performs on its 30th anniversary reunion tour. After 7 also performs. $36-$56; call 601-353-0603 or 800-745-3000.




23 - Breakfast with the Beavers and Otters, 7 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The breakfast buffet is in the Wilderness and Aquatics Building. Enjoy keeper chats and related activities. RSVP. Admission TBA; call 601-352-2580.



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4 - Watermelon Classic, 7:30 a.m., at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). The annual race includes a 5K run/walk, a onemile wellness run and a Tot Trot for children ages 3 and under. Watermelon served after the race. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Register by July 3. Registration fees vary; call 601-9828264.

7 - Mississippi Black Rodeo, time TBA, at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Hundreds of cowboys participate in “The Baddest Show on Dirt.” Stay tuned for details. Admission TBA; visit

13 - Crosby, Stills and Nash, 8 p.m., at IP Casino Resort and Spa (850 Bayview Ave., Biloxi). The folk rock band has been performing for more than 40 years. $65-$85; call 800-745-3000.

14 - Ice Cream Safari, 10 a.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. Vote for your favorite flavor as well as favorite celebrity scooper. Admission TBA; call 601-352-2580.

16-22 - True South Classic, at Annandale Golf Club (419 Annandale Parkway, Madison). Part of the PGA Tour, golfers compete for the FedEx Cup. Admission TBA; call 866-801-8551.

20 - New Hope Christian School 30th Year Anniversary Banquet, 7 p.m., at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). The guest speaker is Ken Carter, the basketball coach depicted in the movie “Coach Carter.” Admission TBA; call 601-362-0912.

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21-22 - Mississippi Youth Hip-hop Summit, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). The ACLU of Mississippi, Southern Poverty Law Center and other organizations host the annual conference for youth ages 10-18 to promote social justice awareness. Registration required; limited space. Free; call 601-3543408, ext. 227.

23-27 - Mississippi Places and Faces, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). The camp for children in grades 4-6 includes viewing artifacts, making crafts and touring historic building in Jackson. Sessions are July 16-20 and July 23-27 from 8:30 a.m.noon . Pre-registration required. $50; call 601-576-6800.

26 - Miracle Treat Day, at Dairy Queen (724 Raymond Road). A portion of proceeds from Blizzard and Miracle Balloon sales benefit Children’s Miracle Network. Visit miracletreatday. com.

28 - Eighth Annual JFP Chick Ball, 6 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The fundraising event benefits the Center for Violence Prevention, and this year’s goal is to start a rape crisis center. For ages 18 and up. Seeking sponsors, auction donations and volunteers now. More details: and follow on Twitter @jfpchickball. Get involved, volunteer, donate art, money and gifts at Admission TBA; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16.

29 - International Tiger Day, 9 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Learn fun facts about tigers, talk to keeper staff and enjoy craft projects. $9, $8.20 seniors, $6 children ages 2-12, members/babies free; call 601-352-2580.






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3 - Brian McKnight, 8 p.m., at Hard Rock Casino (777 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). The R&B artist is known for “One Last Cry” and “Back at One.” $29.99-$64.99; call 800-745-3000.

3-5 - Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Come for hunting and fishing exhibits, lectures and animal demonstrations. Open Aug. 3 (Kids’ Day) from 3-9 p.m., Aug. 4 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Aug. 5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission TBA; call 601-605-1790.

9 - Storytellers Ball, 6:30 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The theme is “Blame It on the Blues.” Proceeds benefit the Greater Jackson Arts Council. Details pending. Admission TBA; call 601-960-1557.

10-12 - Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival, at Delta Blues Museum (1 Blues Alley, Clarksdale). The 25th annual event includes an extensive lineup of performers such as Robert Plant, Charlie Musselwhite and Bobby Rush. Free; visit

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25 - Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Mississippi Delta, 7:30 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Stops includes da’ House of Khafre in Indianola, Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Garden in Ruleville and the Emmett Till Historic Intrepid Center in Glendora. Participants cover their own food, admission and transportation costs. Call 601-957-2969.

28 – Indigo Dye Day, 10 a.m.4 p.m., at Mississippi Crafts Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). See fiber artisans dye natural materials to use in weaving projects. Free; call 601-856-7546.

31 - Community Bike Ride, 6 p.m., at Rainbow Whole Foods Co-operative Grocery (2807 Old Canton Road). Jackson Bike Advocates sponsors the monthly ride. Visit facebook. com/jackson bikeadvocates.

31 - Sidewalk Soiree, 6 p.m., at One University Place (1100 John R. Lynch St.). See Tony Davenport’s artwork at Gallery 1, and enjoy outdoor music, food from The Penguin and Envision Eye Care’s open house. More details to come. Call 769-233-8180 or 601-960-9250.




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3-4 - Mississippi Writers Guild Conference, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Speakers include Evan Guilford-Blake, C. Hope Clark and Chuck Galey. Stay tuned for details. Admission TBA; visit

10-12 Southern Crossroads Music and Tamale Festival Festival, at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). The event includes various genres of music, refreshments (featuring tamales!) and interactive art demonstrations; runs through Aug. 12. Performers include Stave Azar, Hope Waits and Eric Lindell. $25 per day, $48 weekend pass; call 601-353-0603

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9. St. Martin’s Gallery (2817 Old Canton Road, 601.362.1977). Owner Ann Guion’s eye for beautiful, European antiques is impeccable. I love mixing antiques with clean lined upholstery and modern art. 8. JTM Tile and Distributors Co. (112 N. Layfair Drive, Flowood, 601.932.8689). I’m like a kid in a candy store there! The natural materials, shapes and colors of stone and tile inspire me when I start a project. Michael Brann, the designer on staff there for as long as I can remember, is so much fun to work with.

7. View Gallery (1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601.856.2001). Owner Phyllis Geary and I are such good friends, but truly she has such beautiful pieces in her gallery from really talented artists. Finding the right piece of art that evokes emotion is a great jumping off point when designing a room. 

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6. Blithe and Vine (2906 N. State St., 601.427.3322). The owners Missy and Liz have one of the most fashion-forward women’s boutiques in the area. It’s casual chic at its best. 5. Majestic Burger (1491 Canton Mart Road, 601.899.8822) The turkey burger at Majestic is amazing! I’m certain that I’m totally fooling myself into thinking it is a better calorie choice than the real thing, because it tastes too good!

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4. Butler Snow Law Offices (1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601. 948.5711). This is the metro’s most beautiful interior. Wow. It is beautifully appointed, and their art collection is extraordinary. 3. Fine Eyes (118 W. Jackson St., Suite A. Ridgeland, 601.853.1695). “Wear glasses if you need ‘em” is a slogan from Webb Wilder. Some people identify me by my glasses, but I say if you have to wear glasses they better be fabulous! 2. Hal and Mal’s (200 Commerce St., 601.948.0888). I not only love the crusty exterior with its cracks and peeling paint and art deco metal work by the talented Ed Millet. I’m proud to say I have had the privilege of performing in all four rooms of this great Jackson venue.

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1. SummerHouse (1109 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite D,  Ridgeland, 601.853.4445). Of course my choice for fabulous furnishings, accessories and interior design is SummerHouse! I just couldn’t help myself!


Summer 2012

virginia schreiber; file photo; virgiina schreiber; courtesy Brian Fuente; virginia schreiber; take k nations; file photo; courtesy hal & Mal’s; courtesy summerhouse






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Summer 2012

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