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hen legendary performer James Brown called to offer Lee King a job, King hung up on him. Twice. Brown, who had recently purchased radio stations in Georgia, read about King, then 17 years old, in a newspaper. King had gotten a scholarship to go to electrical-engineering school. He was the first black student (to his knowledge) at the school. Although he endured racist pranks, bullying and a lot of low expectations about his ability, King persevered and passed the licensing test on his first try— one of only four students out of 27 to do so. Finally, Brown got King’s mother on the phone. He flew to Baton Rouge, King’s hometown, to convince King to work for him. “We started talking about salaries,” King says. “I was scared to death to go work for him, so I (proposed) an outrageous salary. He thought about it for about five seconds, and he said, ‘You got it.’ He hired me on the spot.” Thus began Lee King’s lifelong career in entertainment. He worked closely with Brown, running radio stations, working as an announcer and even touring with him. “He took me to Africa with him as a young kid,” King says. “He taught me an extreme amount about the entertainment industry.” When King decided he wanted a change, he moved to Jackson. Brown bet the self-described “radical and militant” King that he wouldn’t last six months in the state of Mississippi. “My six-month stint ended up being

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(more than) 40 years,” King says with a chuckle. “(Brown) had a concert at the Mississippi Coliseum. He called and told me he was coming and, after the show, we sat in his limousine, and he paid me a substantial amount of money.” King got a job as an electrical engineer and radio announcer for WOKJ, hosting “The Lee King Show” with an hour-long special called “A Message from a Black Man.” He also founded, hosted, wrote and choreographed for the “Soul Train”-esque TV dance program “Black Gold,” which aired for 21 years on WLBT. He became heavily involved in concert promoting and advising, something he still does to this day. At 62, King is as active as ever. He remains passionate about his city and its music scene. “A lot of people see a lot of things wrong with Jackson, and maybe because I’ve travelled extensively, I see a whole lot of things right with Jackson,” he says, adding with a laugh, “With the opportunities (I’ve had) to produce nationwide TV shows and (the amount of money) they offered to do so, I had to have loved Jackson to not take those offers.” King, who owns Phoenix Records, is collaborating with others to begin a talent agency to discover local talent and promote it to an international level. “I truly believe that Mississippi is the birthplace of American music,” King says, urging state and local government to support growing the music economy. “This business of music is my life. I eat it, drink it, sleep it.” —Kathleen M. Mitchell

Cover illustration by Zilpha Young

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The heart of Jackson lies in its people, and y’all picked the best. These folks feed our bodies, souls, minds and coffee addictions. They build our homes, bodies and perfect coifs. They entertain us with films, music and cocktail-slinging skills. In short, the winners this year enrich our lives and our city.

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It’s clear that the way to Jacksonians’ hearts is through their stomachs, as Food & Drink was once again a hotly contested category. A restaurant hitting its stride conquered more categories than ever, several immovable classics held their ground and a few surprises captured wins for the first time. Turn the page, and grab a napkin—you might drool a little.

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Mississippi is the birthplace of America’s music, and this year’s winning musicians are determined to be sure Jackson gets notice for producing amazing categories in all genres. Our bars and restaurants provide the perfect backdrop for getting up onstage or getting down with friends.

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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

Lean In to Greatness, Jackson

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n a gorgeous Saturday morning recently, I found myself snaking my way into downtown Jackson to teach a writers’ workshop in the JFP’s new space in Capital Towers at the same time as the Blues Marathon was underway. I ended up on Jefferson Street, passing the construction sites for a Mississippi history and a civil-rights museum. Then, I had to wait to cross State Street as a wonderfully diverse mix of folks, many of whom I recognized, either ran, jogged or walked with the throng of marathoners who were passing through so many amazing parts of Jackson, including the campus of our urban university. It was one of those Jackson moments when I just teared up watching evidence of the remarkable change we’ve witnessed and chronicled in the last 10 years. The Jackson State campus alone—where we’re having this year’s Best of Jackson party—has undergone a remarkable transformation from just a decade ago. It’s a slick reincarnation of its old self, represented well by the new-ish student center where our party-goers will enter next to the school’s new Apple store. Across the street is the upscale Penguin bar and restaurant, Royal Bleau Boutique, Gallery One and EnVision Eyecare. Everywhere you look, you see proud students and professors, led in no small part by a very forward-thinking president, Carolyn Meyers, a role model for all of us, regardless of race or gender. Dr. Meyers, like our new mayor and so many of the rest of us, believes that Jackson’s glory days are ahead of us. We can put aside old divisions, work together and be great— no, the best—if we just will. It’s been fascinating to watch Mayor Lumumba build coalitions, the “team of rivals” that we’ve bemoaned Jackson’s lack of many times in this paper. Now sitting high

above downtown Jackson in our new offices, we hear constantly that people of all political stripes admire the new mayor’s approach. He is doing what we’d hoped he’d do (but

weren’t sure enough to endorse him): He’s building coalitions of people who don’t agree on everything but who are coming together for a common purpose: to help our city grow and overcome problems. Is Lumumba helped along by the fact that he has such strong voter support? Sure. But he’s using his clout to build alliances, from what we can see. And that is a sign of the kinds of intelligence and self-esteem our city needs to march into a shining future. Remember, though, no leader can get us there alone; the wait-for-a-hero mentality is the old-school thinking in our state that has driven us to the bottom, not the top. Jackson’s success, of course, requires that we all adopt an attitude that greatness is within our reach—if we work hard, stretch

and reach far enough. In my business, in which we mentor and train people of all ages who have a fire for good journalism and Jackson, we see so many determined urban warriors here and beyond our walls who will work, and sweat, and create, and collaborate, and agree to disagree, in order to come together for the higher mission of helping their city and their state be great. And sadly, we see others who are stuck in the old Mississippi mentality that we can’t make a difference ourselves, that hard work isn’t worth it or that someone else will come along, eventually, and do it for us. Meh. That won’t do. Not if you care about our city’s and state’s future. It takes hard work and a belief that each of us can be the best if we just bother. I believe that with every bit of my heart and soul. We must communicate that to others in every way possible and hold each other to high standards—and tell them we believe in their ability to attain them. What awaits on the other side is filled with love, pride and a whole lot of shared success. And we get to show the world what Mississippi is really made of—far beyond the hateful yoyos who get most of the national publicity. I’ve just finished Sheryl Sandberg’s book, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” and I loved it. Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, addresses the sadly enduring problem that women face in the workplace: sexism, double standards, even evidence that men and women judge successful women more harshly than they do men for doing or saying the very same thing (Google “Howard/Heidi study” to read up). Strong women even get called names more and talked down to about areas we’re experts in (often called “mansplaining”). None of this surprised me; I’ve been in this rodeo a long time and am pretty Tef-

How dare we talk back, call them out and aspire for greatness?!?

lon at this point. After reading the last page, though, I resolved to “lean in” even more and, especially, to encourage other women to do the same and grow a tougher skin so they can achieve the same levels of greatness as male counterparts. But upon finishing the book, I realized that Jackson also needs to lean in. In some ways, our city has problems similar to those that we women routinely face. Jackson is judged unfairly, it is called names and, when we stand up for ourselves to people who want us to shut up and comply (ahem, Legislature), the pushback gets even tougher. How dare we talk back, call them out and aspire for greatness?!? We must dare and keep daring. We must ignore the naysayers and the folks who want to tear us down because they have such low standards for themselves and, thus, us. We must vow to work hard and support each other, even if we disagree on a thing or two. There is no reason on the planet (other than our own compliance with the status quo and being “good enough”) that Jackson cannot claim its place as a remarkable city that has faced its history enough to learn from it, and put in the hard work to aspire to greatness. And that greatness—the goal to be the best, damn it—comes from doubling down on our support of each other’s efforts to excel, and distancing ourselves from negative people and whiners (while hoping that they eventually see the light that the rest of us are working toward for our city and its residents). Stay focused and ignore the criticism. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, follow your heart because you’ll be criticized regardless: “You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you do.” I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be damned for doing rather than for sitting on my ass. Here’s to greatness, Jacktown. Just don’t forget to lean in. A lot.

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CONTRIBUTORS

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Briana Robinson

Zilpha Young

Kathleen M. Mitchell

R.L. Nave

Lashanda Phillips

Michael Jacome

Turry Flucker

David Rahaim

Music Editor Briana Robinson wants to become an expert on all things music. Her other passions include dance and photography. Send her the music scoop at briana@jackson freepress.com. She coordinated the cover package.

Delta State University grad Zilpha Young is the new ad designer at Jackson Free Press. When she’s not designing things, she is usually drawing cephalopods. She designed the cover and many of the ads in the issue.

Features Editor Kathleen Mitchell likes hearing interesting people’s stories, learning about terroir and snuggling kittens. She wrote the Jacksonian and Best of Jackson blurbs.

R.L. Nave, native Missourian and news editor, roots for St. Louis (and the Mizzou Tigers)—and for Jackson. Call him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12, or send him news tips at rlnave@ jacksonfreepress.com. He wrote Best of Jackson blurbs.

Freelance writer LaShanda Phillips is a recent graduate of Jackson State University. She is the third oldest of seven children. She wrote Best of Jackson blurbs.

Michael “Kung Fu Panda” Jacome is a super hero/librarian who trains for running events. He lives in Clinton with his wife, son and dog/sidekick. He wrote Best of Jackson blurbs.

Turry M. Flucker, an independent curator and a cultural historian, has organized many contemporary art and African American history exhibits. He maintains an active schedule as a museum consultant. He wrote Best of Jackson blurbs.

One day sales representative David Rahaim will finish his first novel. He promises. It may just be after he finishes his second.


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Monday, Jan. 13 The European Union votes to lift some economic sanctions on Iran after getting word that Iran suspended its high-level uranium enrichment earlier in the day. ‌ U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon is forced to rescind his offer for Iran to join the Syria peace talks after the main Western-backed Syrian opposition group threatens to boycott.

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Tuesday, Jan. 14 Documents released as part of a child sexual-abuse suit against the Archdiocese of Chicago—the nation’s thirdlargest archdiocese—reveal how clergy covered up the actions of priests accused of child molestation and hid their histories from the public.

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he purchase of three new squad cars for the Jackson Police Department breezed through approval last month, but some city leaders are calling for the city to take a new approach to buying vehicles. Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon, Ward 4 Councilman De’Keither Stamps and Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell have all gone on the record saying there is no reason, in 2014, for the city to be purchasing vehicles that still run purely on gasoline. In a Dec. 30, 2013, meeting of the Jackson City Council, Barrett-Simon complained to Department of Administration Director Lee Unger that the council had requested a change in the approach the city takes in buying new vehicles. “I had asked earlier that we begin watching carefully our purchase of automobiles without looking at alternative fuels,� Barrett-Simon said. If the city’s contracted garbage pick-up company, Waste Management, can run its trucks on alternative fuel, she asked, why can’t the city? Barrett-Simon said it “just didn’t make sense� that the city was falling behind neighboring communities like Flowood, which has made a commitment to get away from vehicles that primarily use gasoline. “There is a very limited number of natural-gas vehicles on state contracts,� city Fleet Manager Joe Snow said. “Some of that ability to get them on state contract depends on the infrastructure we have around the state. I am aware that Waste Management has a fueling station, but if you have to go on a long trip, we might run into problems.�

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“Then you just don’t take those cars on long trips,� Barrett-Simon responded. Natural gas creates lower levels of harmful emissions, and is less carbon-heavy than petroleum, which an overwhelming majority of Americans use to power their vehicles. It’s also cheaper: The average cost of a gallon of gas in Mississippi is $3.08, more than a dollar more expensive than the approximately $2.00 it costs for a gallon of natural gas at the NGV station in Flowood, and it’s produced right here in Mississippi. Records from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show that Mississippi ranked 21st out of 50 states in naturalgas production, with 6.4 billion cubic feet in 2012. The state produced, at least partly through a process called fracking, an average of 8 billion cubic feet of natural gas over a six-year period from 2007 to 2012.

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he University of Mississippi Medical Center will soon have a downtown presence. The only question is how long it will take and how big of an impact it will have. A deal is in place for UMMC to purchase the long-vacant Landmark Building at 175 E Capitol Street UMMC spokesman Jack Mazurak confirmed to the

tity. It could be a couple of months before we close the deal, but the good news is that they want to sell it, and we want to buy it, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve agreed on the price.â&#x20AC;? While he said the deal had been struck, Mazurak said the renovations, which include a new roof for the building, must be completed before UMMC signs the deal.

fice space, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to grow into it gradually so that we make sure we put the right departments into the building.â&#x20AC;? The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning approved the lease of as many as 700 parking spaces at the nearby parking garage across the street at One Jackson Place. UMMC hopes to take ownership of the property in the spring, complete its renovations, and have offices open in the building by fall or winter of this year. Back on State Street, Baptist Health Systems has filled the commercial space inside The Belhaven, the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five-story medical office and retail building located across the street from Baptist Hospital. Landmark Property Management is managing the 180,000-square-foot building, which houses three restaurantsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Manship, Millie Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Frozen Yogurt and Einstein Bros Bagelsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;on the first floor. The second through fifth floors contain a dozen private clinics, ranging in services from eye care to a The Landmark Building, which has remained vacant for two years since tenant AT&T left in 2011, could have a new owner by summer. muscle and nerve specialist. Because city zoning ordinances require builders Jackson Free Press. The school reached an The stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only medical school is ex- to construct some kind of residential or agreement with Capitol Street Associates, pected to do additional renovation, depend- commercial property on each side of the the group that currently owns the build- ing on how UMMC leadership ultimately garage, Baptist is building 11 townhomes ing, to purchase the 366,500-square-foot, decides to use the building. Mazurak said along the east and south side of the parking seven-story building for $6.25 million. It tentative plans include using the first floor garage adjacent to The Belhaven. was previously listed for $7.5 million. as commercial space and, possibly, a health While they are still under construcâ&#x20AC;&#x153;The building is in relatively good clinic of some kind. tion, floor plans for the townhomes range shape,â&#x20AC;? Mazurak said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to fill up the building in size from 1,983 to 2,800 square feet, and working through a couple of requirements one floor at a time,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re plan- prices range from $310,000 to $399,000. we have to meet because we are a state en- ning on using the building mostly for ofComment on this story at www.jfp.ms.

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return a phone call for comment for this story. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t touch the part of the car that allows it to run on gasoline,â&#x20AC;? Meadows said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just outfit it with another system that allows it to also run on natural gas.â&#x20AC;? There are two types of fueling stations. A quick-fueling station is similar to a typical gas station, and the other is a slow-fueling station or â&#x20AC;&#x153;return to baseâ&#x20AC;? station, which can take all night to refuel a vehicle. Quick fueling stations can cost between $500,000 to $750,000 to construct, but slow-fueling stations can be built for less than $30,000, depending on the size. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I would like to see is a public/private filling station in the city of Jackson,â&#x20AC;? Whitwell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I mean by that is the city, along with JATRAN and JPS, make a commitment to fuel at night at a minimum of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Xâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; amount of gallons a month. Then during the day, the places open up for individuals who want to buy these cars or get these kits added to these cars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Essentially, with that, the NGV Solutions group might be willing to open up a store as long as they knew they would have a commitment from public interest.â&#x20AC;? In an interview with the Jackson Free Press last week, Snow said he thinks it would be worth it for the city to look into partnering with Waste Management and looking into the feasibility of switching to more natural-gas vehicles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(The idea of natural gas vehicles) is in its infancy,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big-freight shippers like FedEx and UPS are adding natural-gas options to their fleet vehiclesâ&#x20AC;Ś . Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be more than happy to look into the viability of natural gas, or anything the city asks me to do.â&#x20AC;? Comment at jfp.ms.

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ov. Phil Bryant has mined Florida for many of his bigger ideas, and his recent the drug-testing bill is no exception. Drug testing for the working poor, mostly women, who receive monthly cash assistance from the federal government— called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families—was one of the keystones of Bryant’s legislative agenda coming into the session. TRIP BURNS

Gov. Phil Bryant wants to test some people who apply for cash-assistance benefits for drugs. The courts might say otherwise.

The idea has been around for a while, but it has had little Mississippi success in recent years. With a new champion in Florida Gov. Rick Scott, drug testing has gained momentum the past couple years, such as in statehouses in Florida, Utah and Georgia. While Scott’s proposal certainly carried weight with ideological conservatives who believe the government wastes too much money on social programs, it became controversial for reasons that were not entirely political. In 2011, Scott came under fire for having ties to a company called Solantic Corp., a chain of urgent-care centers that Scott co-founded and held $62 million worth of stock in. When pressed about the appearance of a conflict of interest, Scott told the Tampa Bay Times that he is not longer involved with the company because he put his investments into his wife’s name, which Florida ethics officials cleared. The Associated Press reported that the costs per drug screening would be $1.25 each; the drug test is $50, and drug treatments are $25. Concerned about transparency and the potential for impropriety, Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, offered an amendment to Mims’ bill that would subject drug-testing contracts to a public bidding process. Brown’s amendment failed, and the House debated the bill for four hours before it passed 74-46. The House Public Health Committee had con-

sidered the bill earlier in the week. Mims, chairman of that committee, characterized it as a way to help people get drug treatment. Under the bill, when someone applies for TANF, the applicant would answer a questionnaire. If the answers indicate possible use of illegal drugs, the applicant would have to undergo outpatient treatment for two months. A federal judge recently struck down a similar measure in Florida—Scott vowed to appeal the decision—while Utah’s law remains in place. Asked repeatedly about the scope of drug use among people on TANF in Mississippi, Mims said he did not have information about how big the problem is. Mims told members that his proposal is different from the Florida law, which made drug testing mandatory for all applicants without screening them with a questionnaire. Mims said TANF benefits in Mississippi would be paid during treatment but would be cut off for the family if the parent tests positive for drug use at the end of treatment. “It’s about helping these people become better moms, become better dads, become better community members,” Mims added. Most Democrats objected and proposed a number of amendments, including several to drug test recipients of other types of state benefits, such as college scholarships. Rep. Adrienne Wooten, D-Jackson, put forth an amendment to test members of the Legislature at legislators’ expense. “It’s only fair; it’s only right,” Wooten said. The Mississippi Department of Human Services annual report says that for the 2013 budget year, which ended June 30, the average monthly payment to a family receiving TANF was $140, while the average payment to an individual was $67, meaning most people do not spend their entire allotment. Utah started a drug-testing program for welfare recipients in 2012. A state agency found that the state spent $30,000 the first year and found 12 people who tested positive for drug use. Bryant said he believes Mississippi’s program would cost about the same. Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, the former Public Health Committee chairman, called it a “kick in the teeth” to a relatively small number of Mississippians working hard to better their lives. “I challenge you to get outside your Southern comfort zone,” and defeat the bill, Holland told his House colleagues. Before it passed, David Myers, D-McComb, called it simply a waste of taxpayer money. “Let’s tackle some real issues,” Myers said. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.

proudly presents these 2014 Films at the Malco Grandview Theatre: January 22, 23, 25, & 26

Wednesday, January 22, 7 PM: DAVID: One Boy, Two Faiths This prize-winning film explores boundaries of faith and trust in New York’s multi-cultural backdrop. (80 min)

Thursday, January 23, 7:00 PM: FOOTNOTE This is the story of insane academic competition, the dichotomy between

admiration and envy for a role model, and the very complicated relationship between a father and son. (107 min, Hebrew with Subtitles, Rated PG)

Saturday, January 25, 7:00 PM: THE WONDERS An Avi Nesher Film Graffiti artist, mystery man -- part con-man, party modern-day prophet -- along with a grumpy cynical private investigator, and a neurotic femme fatale, embark on a noirish journey into the very heart of darkness of Jerusalem. (Israeli, Hebrew w/ subtitles, 112 min)

Sunday, January 26, 2:00 PM: ROAD TO EDEN: Rock and Roll Sukkot The film follows the journey of rock musician Dan Nichols. You might even be in the film! Film maker Doug Passon and Musician Dan Nichols will speak and perform immediately following the movie!

Tickets: Student $20/Adult $40 Individual tickets for the following movies: DAVID, FOOTENOTE, THE WONDERS Student $5/Adult $10 ROAD TO EDEN: Rock and Roll Sukkot and Concert featuring Musician Dan Nichols Student $10/Adult $15 To purchase tickets, learn more, and view previews of our films

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very other week, Victoria Phillips drives three and a half hours from her Raleigh home to visit her husband, who is incarcerated at Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman. The couple has two children together, including one conceived while he has been in prison. Families like Phillipsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; were part of Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Chris Eppsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; thinking when he announced in December that

similar to those distributed among the inmates, Daniels said. Kelly Muscolino, director and a co-founder of a group called Mississippi Advocates for Prisoners that organized the rally, said conjugal visits were the only programs left that promoted family cohesiveness. Until last year, MDOC used to have an extended-family visitation program where moms and kids could spend a weekend at the prison, prepare family TRIP BURNS

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he would end the practice of allowing an hour per week for married couples to spend some time alone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I still maintain (and) do what I need to doâ&#x20AC;? to provide for her family, Phillips told the Jackson Free Press recently. Besides, despite the odds that stacked against them, Phillips thinks theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing a better job than a lot of families in keeping the family togetherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thanks in large part to the conjugal-visit program. Phillips and about 30 women whose husbands are incarcerated and other loved ones met in Jackson at Smith Park Jan. 14 to push back on Eppsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; decision, which many characterized as political. Eppsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; order came days after a conservative lawmaker fussed about conjugal visits and weeks before the start of the legislative session, when lawmakers are considering a broad set of reforms for MDOC. Angela Daniels, whose husband is serving a 40-year sentence for attempted armed robbery, questions MDOCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assertion that coordinating the visits was a budgetary budget. One correctional officer shuttles families to the camp, where families receive linens and soap that are

meals and even watch movies. For her, the benefits of the conjugal visits far outweigh the financial costs for MDOC: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You get a chance to be a family.â&#x20AC;? County Blues One of the biggest packages of legislation of the year slogged forward with the House Corrections Committee taking up a couple of bills from the Mississippi Task Force on Prisons and Criminal Justice. One would put the so-called Inmate Welfare Fund, which pays for physical education, programming, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation from under the Department of Correctionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; control and give it to the Mississippi state treasurer. Chairman Tommy Taylor, R-Boyle, said the move would allow the fund to earn interest. The second bill would require regular audits of county jails. Both bills passed out of committee. Steve Gray, the governmental-affairs director for the Mississippi Association of Supervisors, wonders about the trickle-down effect the reforms will have on counties, which he says are already under a lot of stress. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our concern is primarily

fiscal,â&#x20AC;? Gray said, adding that counties currently receive no reimbursement from the state to house prisoners held on parole and probation violations. He said the reforms should be phased in over time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just holding on,â&#x20AC;? Gray said. Quardiousâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Law? State Rep. Deborah Dixon, D-Raymond, has introduced a bill that modifies the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so-called Castle Doctrine, which establishes parameters for when homicide is justified (e.g. self-defense). Under Dixonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legislation, HB 179, the Castle Doctrine would only apply within 30 feet of the exterior of a dwelling. Outside of that 30-foot threshold, the shooter would not be immune from criminal liability. The legislation would also require some shooters in Castle Doctrine cases to â&#x20AC;&#x153;submit to a sobriety test or drug test at the time of investigation to determine whether the individual was under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or controlled substance.â&#x20AC;? Dixon said the May 2009 death of her 27-year-old son, Broderick, provided inspiration for the proposal. An off-duty police officer named Chevis Finley was convicted of chasing Broderick Dixon more than 800 yards before shooting and killing him in an Irondale, Ala., apartment complex. Finley was sentenced to 15 years in prison for manslaughter. Dixon has also been in contact with the family of Quardious Thomas, a 20year-old Jackson man shot and killed in July 2013. Eric Williams, the shooter in Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; case was not charged because police officials concluded he was protected by the Castle Doctrine. Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; family has also said shooters in Castle Doctrine cases should be tested for drugs and alcohol. Dixonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill has been assigned to the House Judiciary A Committee, chaired by Rep. Mark Baker, R-Brandon. Dixon does not expect Baker to call the bill up for discussion. Comment jfp.ms. Email R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.

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Pastry lovers might want to sink their bear claws into one of downtown’s newest cafes, Monroe’s Donuts and Bakery.

oped a passion for it,” Monroe Jr. said. “I help make the donuts. I’ve helped run the shop. I do it all. I knew this was my profession.” The new Monroe’s is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Showcasing West Jackson The West Jackson Community Development Expo is Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the gym of Amazing Institutional Church (2603 W. Capitol St.). The event will present individuals and organizations with the chance to help come up with ideas for how to revitalize and better West Jackson. The expo will feature exhibits on housing, gardens, drainage and schools, and exhibitors on hand to talk with visitors about good ideas for what people want and need for West Jackson. The Zoo Area Progressive Partnership is sponsoring the event. For information call 601-352-3398 or email the organizers at newmsian@hotmail.com. Amada Senior Care Comes to the Capital City Orange County, Calif.-based Amada Senior Care, a company that provides nonmedical in-home care and assists families in choosing available senior housing options for assisted living, recently announced the addition of a new Jackson-based franchise partner to the company.

John Merrell is in charge of bringing the Amada brand to the eastern United States. His branch had its grand opening Monday, Jan. 15. He is a former supply and distribution representative for Cardinal Health. He transitioned into senior care because of his experiences caring for his own aging family members. Merrell said in a release that he and his family were fortunate to have health-care professionals guide them and help them make the right decisions during that time. “I’ve cared for a loved one through difficult times, and I know firsthand how hard it can be,” Merrell said in the release. “There’s a lot of pressure and a lot of questions you have. They truly helped guide us through a tough time, and it’s something I’ll never forget. That’s what we want to provide for people in our own community through Amada.” Merrell and his wife, Nan, live in Jackson with their two children, Bentley and Miles. Send business news tips to Dustin Cardon at dustin@jacksonfreepress.com and comment at www.jfp.ms.

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n Friday, Jan. 17, Monroe Jackson, owner of Monroe’s Donuts and Bakery (6310 Medgar Evers Blvd.), officially opened a second location on the ground floor of downtown’s Capital Towers (125 S. Congress St.). Downtown Jacksonians who were sad to see the departure of Scurlock’s, the space’s previous tenant, now have another frequent Best of Jackson contender for Best Donuts to enjoy. Monroe Jackson’s son, Monroe Jackson Jr., who usually goes by Monroe Jr., manages the new location, with the elder Jackson also making daily visits to bring fresh stocks of delicious pastries prepared at the main Monroe’s location. “My dad decided to open this new location last month when he heard the space was opening up,” Monroe Jr. said. “People have been wanting us to come downtown for years. My dad spent 10 years doing a donut route around downtown, bringing fresh donuts to police stations, barbershops, car lots, colleges and all kinds of businesses.” The new Monroe’s has already enjoyed great business over its opening weekend and the start of its first full week. Monroe Jr. is

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reat things are happening in Jackson Public Schools. Recently, on a frigid winter night a dozen or so advocates for education, including students, sat around a table at the Eudora Welty library and discussed the issues facing public education today, both good and bad. As the conversation moved, we were asked to think of times when the community rallied around our students and ensured their success or simply a greater opportunity to learn. The school-bond issue was mentioned; as was the community supporting the district through the innovative Alignment Jackson process. One of the young men, a junior at Murrah, spoke up. He reminded us that he is part of a group of singers from the APAC program in JPS that would be travelling to New York City, over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, in order to perform at Carnegie Hall. The performance was the New York premiere of “Requiem for the Living.” It is a full concert featuring a live orchestra and choir. About 15 or so students from the program were selected to go and when they went to the community to raise funds for the travel, the community responded. This amazing group of talented young JPS students should remind all of us of the roles we play in ensuring our community’s success. We must have the important conversations about how to increase access to high-quality education for our students; how to reduce the suspensions and expulsions that so often feed the school-to-prison pipeline; how to look at how we spend, and seek, money; and how to boost educator morale and systemic support. We have to think big and take on these challenges through a humanrights framework while keeping our city’s young people foremost and present in the dialogue and action that ensues. Amazing things are going on in our schools right now that often get overlooked by the media and the larger community. I often fall into the same trap in focusing too much on the negative. We can’t get around our (approximately) 63-percent graduation rate—and we shouldn’t. We have to take it on without shying away from it. We cannot make excuses, nor should we suffer from low expectations. This is on all of us. We have a new mayor, and we have a new dialogue going on in the city. We have nonprofits, churches, businesses and our colleges aligning behind the district’s vision to support our schools. Pay attention to our exemplary schools, check out what they are doing, and figure out how you can help all the other schools obtain those levels of success. Raise expectations for all our schools. We have world-class arts and athletic programs; we have educators that can go up against the best educators in the state, and we have students who are striving to be the best they can be while making a difference in the community. Still, we have to be honest and forthright—there is a lot of work to do. So the next time you end up in a circular conversation about “problems” in our school district, cut it off with a simple, reflective question: “What can I do to help and provide great opportunities for our students?” Once you have answered that, let the world know. Then go out and do it. As the young man from Murrah noted to me in an email about performing at Carnegie Hall: “This is a prestigious event in the context that it is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. This is truly a blessing not only to our school, but a blessing to our school district as a whole.” It is our responsibility, as a community, to ensure all our children are blessed with such opportunities—and that they are not once in a lifetime. Jed Oppenheim is a frequent columnist for the Jackson Free Press. He is also a new member of the Jackson Public Schools board.

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We cannot make excuses, nor should we suffer from low expectations. This is on all of us.

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Last year’s Best of Jackson celebration attracted more than a thousand people to Metrocenter Mall for an epic event.This Sunday, we do it for the 12th time at Jackson State University. Please join us if you were on the list and got an invitation, or if you are listed as a finalist in this issue.

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hen we launched the Best of Jackson reader poll back in 2002, we did it in part because we wanted people to fully grasp all of the wonderful and unique local people, places and businesses that Jackson had to offer. Twelve years later, we’re reminded of that mission as Jackson seems to be passing through a gauntlet of sorts when we look at the retail landscape in 2014. With name brands such as Whole Foods and H&M making an appearance in the headlines, it’s rewarding to think of the Jackson metro as an attractive place for outside investment—and to marvel at how we’ve grown. But, at the same time, it’s also important to remember how critical local shopping is to our success as a community. Take Louisville, Ky., for example. In a 2012 study, the firm Civic Economics found that the “local recirculation” of money spent at local businesses far exceeded that spend in chains in Louisville. Only 13.6 percent of money spent at big boxes recirculated in Louisville; the rest left the city. Contrast that with dollars spent in local businesses—55.2 percent of that money recirculated in Louisville. That means profits and labor dollars went to employees, local goods bought for internal use by the businesses, local goods bought for resale and nearly five percentage points that went to charitable giving. We are reminded that when your “supply

lines” are shorter, you’re going to enrich more of your partners close to home. The key to Jackson’s future is building its citizens’ wealth. Those recirculating dollars are banked with local banks that then loan to money for new businesses or mortgages. The owners of those businesses build wealth that they can use to partner in new ventures or to capitalize their children’s educations and endeavors; the revenues for a local business turn into revenues for their support teams—local CPAs, attorneys, business consultants and graphic designers. Jackson is blessed with remarkable local businesses that offer not just wonderful food or products and great service, but a uniqueness that adds to the cultural experience that is “Local Jackson.” And local independents add to the flavor of our bedroom communities, as well—and arguably have to fight even harder when your mayor is always batting her eyes at a shiny new Mega-Mart with “tasteful” interstate signage. Here’s to the crazy ones—misfits, rebels— who start their own businesses, fire up the cash register and try their hardest to offer the world something a little different from the cookie-cutter rest-of-it-all. Some of you do such a great job that thousands of our readers have come together to agree that you’re among the best that we have to offer and to praise you for it. We salute you. Here’s to the Best of Jackson ... now go spend with them!

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o be a competitive, thriving and, yes, happy city, Jackson needs to address two categories of infrastructure: the one that moves things between people, and the one that moves things within people. The City will address the former by rebuilding our road and water systems through the 1-percent hike in sales tax. That’s actually the easy part. The greater challenge is to rebuild and develop our human capital. My business partner, Dan Blumenthal, and I run three restaurants in Jackson through a management company called Mangia Bene. Collectively, our restaurants employ more than 200 individuals. We feel blessed for our good fortune, but we also have arrived where we are through hard work, some risktaking and learning from our mistakes. Local businesses and individuals approach Dan and me almost daily seeking to learn from our success—and perhaps from our failures. We are happy to oblige and consult. But at the end of the day, these parties have to forge their own success—often through failing a few times first. The most important thing, however, is that they have the opportunity to reach for success, learn through experience and reach again. For some, that “reaching for success” might just be a first job or a chance to start fresh. Others need deeper training in life skills and job preparedness. We hire and train as many folk as we can, but not without bumps. There are some things we just cannot teach within a standard work environment. Jackson needs workforce training. That training must come from content experts in the business world working strategically with support services in the nonprofit and civic arenas. Business leaders and civic leaders need to anticipate the areas of industry that will dominate our economy over the next 50 years and prepare our citizens to manage it. That means that in addition to teaching specific skills of a trade, we must teach more general skills of problem solving, project management, sequential planning, creative thinking, and collaboration that will develop an innovative, flexible and resilient workforce. Where do we start, and what industries should we prepare for?

Our country is seeing exponential growth in the demand for healthy food grown by local farmers using sustainable methods. Regrettably, Mississippi lags the nation in embracing this trend and in growing what we eat. We produce soybeans, corn, cotton, and pine—but the people of our state lose more than $8 billion every year by importing our actual food and agricultural inputs from outside the state. Meanwhile, we lead the nation in heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The issues of our health, our reliance on imported food and our prosperity are intimately related. But they are not issues without solutions. We need only look within our borders to find the resources. There are more than 1 million acres of farmable land in Mississippi not currently in production. Many of those acres are right here in Jackson, occupying blighted land. We need an economic renaissance rooted in local food production, distribution, processing and retailing. We need an urban-farming movement where individuals can secure blighted or abandoned property, receive hands-on training and technical support, and get access to start-up funds. We need transportation and distribution businesses to move product from farms throughout the region to our own tables. We need a processing infrastructure to help emerging culinary artists develop and market new food products. We need to recognize that the new mode of small entrepreneurial farming is a key component of our creative economy that builds on the positive parts of our state’s agricultural tradition and rejects the negative parts. Jackson should grow from within. To do so, we need to align the infrastructure that moves things between people with the one that moves things within people. As we spend our newfound sales tax money on rebuilding our road and water systems, we must simultaneously focus on the people, the industries and the ideas that those systems are connecting. Let’s develop a creative and skilled workforce that can feed our city and those who visit us. Let’s build for our future as we continue to rebuild from the past. Jackson Free Press readers named Jeff Good as Jackson’s Best Visionary among other awards this year. See page 14.

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Best Local Business Owner; Best Urban Warrior; Best Visionary; Best Campaigner for the Best of Jackson Award: Jeff Good Mangia Bene (bestjacksoncatering.com)

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Best Public Figure; Best TV Personality: Maggie Wade (WLBT)

Second: Brad â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kamikazeâ&#x20AC;? Franklin / Third: Josh Hailey / Finalists: JaVontĂĄ Young; Julie Skipper; Ron Chane

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Best Public Figure

Second: Byron Knight (Sneaky Beans, 2914 N. State St., 601-487-6349) / Third: Chris Jacobs (The Islander Seafood and Oyster House, 1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 100, 601-366-5441) Finalists: Chris Paige (Custom Cuts & Styles, 2445 Terry Road, 601-321-9292); Nathan Coughlin (Nathanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Salon, 101 W. Washington St., Suite C3, Ridgeland, 601-707-7015); Stephanie Barnes (LaCru Salon, 5352 Lakeland Drive, Suite 600, Flowood, 601-992-7980)

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Emmy-nominated broadcast journalist Maggie Wade has been a fixture in the Jackson community for many years. Her two awards in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best of Jackson contest only add to Wadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list of numerous community-service accomplishments. Tougaloo College honored her as the 2009 Volunteer of the Year, and the Salvation Army gave Wade the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. In 2009, Wade became a member of the Mississippi Association of Public Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Wadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tireless work with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Child,â&#x20AC;? a news segment that highlights children in foster care awaiting adoption, has earned her the title of Champion of Adoption and Foster Care Causes in Mississippi and an Angel in Adoption in 2011 from the U.S. Senate, and Citizen of the Year in 2009 from the National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter. The Crystal Springs, Miss., native attended Hinds County Public Schools, graduating from Utica High School. She began her journalism career while at Mississippi College, working at the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s radio station. She later worked at WMSI (MISS 103; formerly WJDX). During her senior year in college, Wade began working at WLBT and has delighted the Jackson community ever since. With her smoothly professional on-air delivery, top-notch broadcast reporting, infectious smile and commitment to public service, Wade informs Jackson residents about the latest news on a daily basis. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Turry Flucker

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Second: Chokwe Lumumba / Third: Josh Hailey / Finalists: Arden Barnett; David Watkins; Melvin Priester Jr.

Second: Barbie Bassett / Third: Malcolm White / Finalists: Chokwe Lumumba; Haley Barbour; Jeff Good; Melvin Priester Jr.; Phil Bryant

Best Campaigner for the Best of Jackson Award

Best TV Personality

Second: Brad â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kamikazeâ&#x20AC;? Franklin / Third: JaVontĂĄ Young / Finalists: Griff Howard; Herbert Brown aka James Crow; Janis Boersma; Jean Powers

Second: Barbie Bassett (WLBT) / Third: Megan West (WAPT) / Finalists: Bert Case (WLBT); Howard Ballou (WLBT); Walt Grayson (WLBT, MPB)

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Jeff Good wears a lot of hats, sometimes literally, in the creative and colorful ads he stars in for the three restaurants he co-owns. Usually, though, his hats are figurative. Good is a business owner, entrepreneur, idea man, community cheerleader, political activist, husband and dad. Good grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and moved to Jackson the summer before his senior year of high school. He graduated from Murrah High School and went on to Millsaps College. After graduation, he stayed in Jackson and sold computer systems, but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s that he found his place to shine in the city, when he paired up with Dan Blumenthal to open BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar. Since then, the duo has added Broad Street Baking Company, Sal & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Mangia Bene Catering to its roster, each a popular addition to the Jackson culinary scene. For years now, Good has shown that he is the guy willing to do anything for his company and for his city. His passion for Jackson spills out into his frequent social-media posts and his involvement in political campaigns. He regularly collaborates with other Jacksonians, even those technically considered his competition. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder he cleaned up in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best of Jackson, taking home four awards by himself. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Kathleen M. Mitchell


Julep Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 105, 601-362-1411, juleprestaurant.com)

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The late Craig Noone of Parlor Market believed in finding and cultivating talented people, giving them the encouragement but also the freedom to reach their potential. While one might not think a pizzeria is the sort of place for a chef to innovate, the folks at Sal & Mookie’s found just the guy to do that in sous chef Adam Brown. Brown creates popular daily specials that incorporate unexpected ingredients, such as smokedsalmon pizza with spicy sriracha or a Greek-style burger with feta. He’s not afraid to push past pizza, inventing great dinner menus that hit just the right tasting notes for the restaurant’s popular craft-beer events, and he wowed this writer with his menu for a craft cocktail dinner. No doubt, Brown will continue to rock it out for years to come. —Julie Skipper Second: Stephen Kruger (The Iron Horse Grill, 320 W. Pearl St., 601-398-0151) / Third: PJ Lee (Hal & Mal’s, 200 S. Commerce St., 601-948-0888) / Finalists: John Thogerson (The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs, 655 Duling Ave., 769-257-3517); Matt Mabry (BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601-982-8111); Lance Gammill (Capitol Grill, 5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F, 601-899-8845); Reynolds Boykin (Parlor Market, 115 W. Capitol St., 601-3600090); Ryan Bell (Fairview Inn, 734 Fairview St., 601948-3429)

Best Bartender Second: Robert Arender (The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs, 655 Duling Ave., 769-2573517) / Third: Ashley Lewis (The Bulldog, 6111 Ridgewood Road, 601-978-3502) / Fi-

Sexiest Bartender (female): Ashley Lewis

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Our city boasts as many beautiful bartenders as intelligent, quickwitted and funloving bartenders. The key to being the sexiest bartender is being able to combine all these elements in one person—such as Ashley Lewis. Just as important is enjoying where you work. “The clientele and the people I work with make for a super fun environment,” Lewis says. Lewis has been bartending for almost five years and knows that a good bartender can recall everything from a customer’s favorite drink to their most despised sports team. One quality that helps her shine in her job is her ability to playfully talk trash while maintaining a smile on her face. “I say whatever I want, and I think that’s something people enjoy—the abuse,” she says with a laugh. —Michael Jacome

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Since Regan has been slinging drinks at Julep for eight of the 11 years it’s been open, both management and patrons appreciate his signature hair and tattoos (a manager who shall remain nameless says, “Girls eat it up with a spoon”). But he’s just as committed to service. Known for being fast and productive behind the bar, he often has regulars’ beverages sitting in front of them in the time it takes to walk from the door to their favorite seat. —Julie Skipper

Second: Amy Boatner (The Islander Seafood and Oyster House, 1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 100, 601-366-5441) / Third: Courtney Culpepper (Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint, 565 Taylor St., 601-368-1919) / Finalists: Adie Smith (The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs, 655 Duling Ave., 769-257-3517); Hali Sappington (Babalu Tacos and Tapas, 622 Duling Ave., Suite 106, 601-366-5757); Nicole Rogers (Fenian’s Pub, 901 E. Fortification St., 601-948-0055)

nalists: Amy Boatner (The Islander Seafood and Oyster House, 1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 100, 601-366-5441); Jamie Moss (Fenian’s Pub, 901 E. Fortification St., 601-9480055); Jonathan Webb (Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint, 565 Taylor St., 601-368-1919)

Sexiest Bartender (male) Second: Jamie Moss (Fenian’s Pub, 901 E. Fortification St., 601-948-0055) / Third: John Ingram (Parlor Market, 115 W. Capitol St., 601360-0090) / Finalists: Austin Ford (Capitol Grill, 5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F, 601-8998845); Rob Toombs (The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs, 655 Duling Ave., 769-257-3517); Robert Arender (The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs, 655 Duling Ave., 769-257-3517)

Best Chef: Derek Emerson

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Jackson has an amazing food culture, and each year new restaurants and bars make a splash on the scene. Then there’s Walker’s Drive-In, which not only holds its own against the hype of new eateries, but consistently stays at the top of the restaurant game, all thanks to the delicious cuisine of Chef Derek Emerson. After cooking at Schimmel’s and BRAVO! 20 years ago, Emerson made a name for himself by opening the now-iconic Walker’s more than a decade ago. Then, in 2010, Emerson and his wife, Jennifer, opened Local 463 in Madison; the award-winning chef now splits his time between the two restaurants. Although Local 463’s menu and experience are different from Walker’s, Emerson did bring along one of his most beloved dishes. “I think if I came to Madison without that Redfish Anna, I would have been shot,” Emerson told the JFP at the time. —Kathleen M. Mitchell Second: Alex Eaton (The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, 1200 N. State St., Suite 100, 601-398-4562) / Third: Nick Wallace (Palatte Café at Mississippi Museum of Art, 380 S. Lamar St., 601-960-1515) / Finalists: Dan Blumenthal (Mangia Bene Catering, Inc., 3317 N. State St., 601-362-2900); Jesse Houston (Saltine, opening in 2014, 622 Duling Ave.); Lance Gammill (Capitol Grill, 5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F, 601-8998845); Luis Bruno (Adobo, 127 S. Roach St., 601-9449501); Tom Ramsey (La Finestra, 120 N. Congress St., 601-345-8735)

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Second: Ryan Hodges (Sanctuary Body Spa of St. Dominic’s, 340 Township Ave., Suite 200, Ridgeland, 601-790-2222) / Third: Jamie Jordan (Blackledge Face Center, 1659 Lelia Drive, 601-981-3033) / Finalists:: Anne Geddie (Complexion, 622 Duling Ave., 601-316-2325); Ashley Ficklin; Diane Henson (Skin by MD, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 215, 601-2120955); Laya Parisi (Remedy True Health, 655 Lake Harbour Drive, Suite 900, Ridgeland, 601898-0911); Rosmari Kruger (Sun Gallery Tanning Studio, 2720 N. State St., 601-366-5811)

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Best Filmmaker: J. Lee J. Lee Productions (jleeplays.com)

Second: Tate Taylor / Third: Amile Wilson / Finalists: Alex Warren; Clay Hardwick; Robby Piantinida

Second: Cody Cox (Cups Fondren) / Third: India Jade Clark (Cups Downtown, 210 E. Capitol St., 601-352-0514) / Finalists: Byron Knight (Sneaky Beans, 2914 N. State St., 601-4876349); Caitlin McNally Cox (Sneaky Beans); Kevin Smith (Sneaky Beans)

Best Professor: Noel Didla

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It’s no wonder to anyone who has worked with, learned under or even casually met Jackson State University’s Noel Didla why she is this year’s Best Professor. The key is in her passion for her students and her adopted community. Didla earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English Literature from Nagarjuna University, India. Since moving to Jackson, Didla has tirelessly worked to improve the lives of Jacksonians in and out of her classroom. A teacher for 20 years, she has coordinated study-abroad programs, been a youth advocate and, most recently, engineered a series of panel discussions between Millsaps College and JSU about race, art and identity. —Michael Jacome Second: Al Chestnut (Belhaven University, 1500 Peachtree St., 601-968-5940) / Third: Bill Storey (Millsaps College, 1701 N. State St., 601-974-1000) / Finalists: Holly Sypniewski (Millsaps College); James Bowley (Millsaps College); Jean Powers (Holmes Community College, 412 W. Ridgeland Ave., Ridgeland, 601-856-5400); Johannah Williams (Hinds Community College, P.O. Box 1100, Raymond 601-987-8107); Richard Boada (Millsaps College)

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react severely to a medication or infection. For Thompson, the disorder started off with flu-like symptoms and progressed to a rash and blisters that covered her face, mouth, tongue and body. The disease affected Thompson’s ability to breathe and, at one point in time, while in intensive care at UMMC, she flat-lined. Now on the road to recovery, Thompson is open to where God will lead her in her life and, above all, is still dancing. “I love the freedom of expression. I love that the stage becomes my canvas,” she says. Thompson, who started training as a dancer in 4th grade at Power APAC, is a former Miss Junior Teen Jackson, Miss Black Mississippi, Miss Rankin County Southwest, Miss Metro Jackson and Miss Mississippi contestant.

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Most Soulful Dancer: Kennitra Thompson When I saw Kennitra Thompson glide across the stage to the song “Take Me to the King” at the Dollhouse Dance Factory spring recital, it moved me to tears. To watch this graceful and petite dancer interpret the words of the song so beautifully was stirring given what Thompson had just survived. “It was a little bit of mixed emotion,” she says. ”I was thankful to be dancing, but I was hoping I wouldn’t do anything to hurt myself, because a month before I couldn’t walk. When I dance, I try to put aside restrictions and go in it wholeheartedly.” In March, Thompson was in a coma for two weeks after contracting Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a rare and serious disorder in which the skin and mucous membranes

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Celebrating its six-year anniversary in May and wrapping up its 10th production led to an exciting year for Jackson-based media company J. Lee Productions. The short film “The Murderer” also showcased at both the Crossroads Film Festival and the Mississippi International Film Festival. “I was honored to be among a variety of different filmmakers within the state of Mississippi and the national field,” writer, director and producer J. Lee says. Jackson native Lee started writing in middle school and always dreamed of starting his own production company. “J. Lee Productions has always been my brainchild,” he says. “I wanted to start my own production company where my work could come to life. One of Lee’s favorite film projects is “Black Love,” a three-part documentary about the intricacies of romantic relationships within the African American community. “We try to make sure that all the productions are things that people can relate to—real life experiences that can offer some type of message or give you some insight into something you may be going through,” Lee says. Having hit his stride, J. Lee plans to release another film and play in 2014, and venture into other markets throughout Mississippi and other states. —ShaWanda Jacome

Some people are not morning people. Some are grouchy all day long. That doesn’t fly at Cups in Fondren. Amanda Ivers’ ability to turn any frown upside down—all while making a mean latte—shows why she is this year’s winner. You can expect her to know not only your “name and story,” but also your favorite drink. Her friendliness is matched only by her passion for coffee. “I love coffee, the taste, the science of it, everything,” she says. But don’t let her demeanor fool you—Ivers is not to be taken lightly: When she is not working or enjoying a Nicaraguan blend (her current favorite coffee), she can be found practicing marksmanship and archery, a hobby she has had since she was a little girl. —Michael Jacome

She recently started her own pageant coaching business, Krown Keepers. She will graduate from Jackson State University in the spring with a degree in mass communications and works as a dance instructor at the Dollhouse Dance Factory. She is trained in ballet, en pointe, jazz, modern, lyrical and some tap and African. —ShaWanda Jacome Second: Rachel Myers / Third: Bridget Archer / Finalists: Johnny Burgess (UniverSoul Circus, universoulcircus.com); Tiffany Jefferson (Dance Works Studio, 3247 Davis Road, Terry, 601720-1885; 1104 E. Northside Drive, Clinton, 601-720-1885)

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Rachel McDuffie became an esthetician because she wanted to help people with problematic skin, something she has dealt with in past years. McDuffie attended Magnolia Cosmetology School and recently graduated from Belhaven University with a business degree. The Jackson native has worked at Aqua the Day Spa for three years. When she’s not working, McDuffie enjoys traveling, seeing live bands in the southeast and planning her wedding with her fiancé, Ben. —LaShanda Phillips

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Five years ago, hair stylist Nathan Coughlin opened his own salon because he saw a need for a creative yet professional hair salon in the Jackson area. Coughlin, a Clinton native, received his training in Los Angeles but came back to Mississippi soon after. Nathan’s Salon is expanding to several locations in the Jackson area, including a location in the Livingston development area off Highway 463, and plans to expand outside of Jackson over the next few years. Coughlin is happily married with three kids and, when he’s not running his business, he enjoys longrange shooting, working out and hanging out with his kids. —LaShanda Phillips

Second: Crystal Williams (HeadGames Hair Studio, 6712 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601956-5052) / Third: Nikki Henry (Ritz Salon, 574 Highway 51, Suite H, Ridgeland, 601-8564330) / Finalists: Griff Howard (Ritz Salon); Kate McNeely (Trim Salon, 419 E. Mitchell Ave., 601-982-5575); Lauren Ellis (Trim Salon)

Second: Nathan Coughlin (Nathan’s Salon, 101 W. Washington St., Suite C3, Ridgeland, 601707-7015) / Third: Marissa Simms (Royal Bleau Boutique, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 8, 601-321-9564) / Finalists: Chris Paige (Custom Cuts & Styles, 2445 Terry Road, 601-3219292); L. Sherie Dean (LSherie Alert, thelsheriealert.com); Stephanie Barnes (LaCru Salon, 5352 Lakeland Drive, Suite 600, Flowood, 601-992-7980)

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A traumatic bout with West Nile Virus in 2012 reaffirmed personal trainer Paul Lacoste’s resolve to change the lives of Mississippians. “The thought of walking up a set of stairs seemed insurmountable. I’ve never experienced anything like that in my life. … It humbled me in a big way,” Lacoste says. Paul Lacoste Sports runs multiple programs throughout the year in the metro area and on the coast. In 2013, his clients collectively lost more than 22,000 pounds, and his programs changed hundreds of lives. —Michael Jacome

Second: Jenell Ward (Parks and Recreation Community Center, 320 Center City Drive, Pearl, 601-932-3541) / Third: Brandi Derrick (Baptist Healthplex – Clinton, 102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton, 601-925-7900) / Finalists:: Danielle Wells (Baptist Healthplex – Clinton; YMCA – Clinton, 400 Lindale St., Clinton, 601-924-5812); Lauren Smith (YMCA, 5062 Interstate 55 N., 601-709-3760, metroymcams.org); Marci Williams (Fitness Lady, 331 Sunnybrook Road, Ridgeland, 601-856-0535); Noah Hirsh; Terry Sullivan (liveRIGHTnow, 601-717-2012, liverightnowonline.com)

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“To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” — Douglas Adams A veteran server, Chandler May is the epitome of down-home hospitality. In the last three years, Babalu Tacos & Tapas has made its mark in the Jackson metro area as a premier hotspot. Part of its appeal can be attributed to the service of this young man—although he wasn’t always “best” material. “I started as one of those servers you never wanted to get,” May says. His willingness to learn and the help of the staff at Babalu made May the server he is today. —Michael Jacome Second: Janis Boersma (Nick’s Restaurant, 3000 Old Canton Road, 601-981-8017) / Third: Cathy Ambrose (Fenian’s Pub, 901 E. Fortification St., 601-948-0055) / Finalists: Keandra McNeil (Fenian’s Pub); Kris Bennett (Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint, 565 Taylor St., 601-368-1919); Lindsay Cash (formerly of Nick’s Restaurant, 3000 Old Canton Road, 601-981-8017)

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Big things are happening for massage therapist Martha Howell this year. Besides turning 30, she has been accepted for a competitive internship with the Mayo Clinic February through August. Howell is one of 12 candidates accepted into the program. She has been a massage therapist for seven years and has been at the Baptist Healthplex for six years. Besides perfecting her craft, Howell has traveled nationwide and to about 10 different countries, mostly European. In 2011, she interned in a month-long program in China. —LaShanda Phillips

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Watercolor is a fairly unforgiving art medium. It’s beautiful, sure, but unless you have a lot of experience with it, you may find that your colors blend together or that you’ve ruined the paper. Wyatt Waters makes it look easy. A fan of the en plein air style, Waters paints his works from real life rather than using photographs. He mostly depicts Mississippi, but he has also painted places such as the Caribbean and Italy. In October 2013, Chef Robert St. John and Waters published their third collaborative cookbook, “An Italian Palate,” full of recipes from Italy and Waters’ watercolor scenes of the country. The brushstrokes of Waters’ paintings are detailed despite the medium, and he has the ability to transport the viewer into the scene. It’s as if you’re there in his beautiful, slightly watered-down world. It’s easy to see why Jacksonians voted Waters the Best Jackson Visual Artist numerous times. —Amber Helsel

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Best Radio Personality or Team; Best Radio Station: Nate and Murphy/Y101

Best Local Live Theater/Theatrical Group: New Stage Theatre

Nate West and Tim Murphy can make a morning commute a lot more fun with the Showgram Show on Y101. Whether they’re giving call-in advice to a listener with relationship issues, opining on pop culture or having Murphy taste-test foods his pregnant wife might crave, the two are always up to something to keep you listening. That’s all before you even get to the music. The station keeps current top hits coming all day, along with Middays with Charlie and the Carson Radio Program as you round out your work day. The station gives back, too, conducting an annual Operation Angel Tree drive for Christmas. —Julie Skipper

New Stage Theatre is celebrating nearly 50 years of outstanding theatrical productions. It is Mississippi’s only not-for-profit professional theater. Jane Reid Petty founded New Stage Theatre in 1965 with a primary mission to provide professional theater of the highest quality for the people of Mississippi and the southeast, and the theater remains dedicated to that mission today. The theater has staged adaptations of “A Christmas Carol,” “Hairspray,” the gospel musical “Mahalia,” “High School Musical” and “The Great Gatsby.” This year, we look forward to seeing Brad Henry’s “Goodnight Moon” come to life on stage and to productions new to the theater, such as “The Whipping Man” and “Shrek the Musical.” —Pamela Hosey

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Second: MADDRAMA at Jackson State University (5531 Spencer Drive, 601-454-1183) / Third: J. Lee Productions (jleeplays.com) / Finalists: Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, 601-664-0930); Black Rose Theatre Company (103 Black St., 601-825-1293); Fondren Theatre Workshop (fondrentheatreworkshop.com)

Best Radio Personality or Team Second: DJ Jonasty (WJMI 99 Jams) / Third: Rick and Kim (MISS 103 FM) / Finalists: Bo Bounds (The Zone 105.9 FM); Kim Wade (WYAB 1030.9 FM); Scott Steele (WUSJ 96.3 FM)

Second: WMSI (MISS 103 FM) / Third: WRBJ (97.7 FM) / Finalists: WJMI (99.7 FM); WKXI (107.5 FM); WMPN (91.3 FM)

1100 Carlisle St., 601-948-3531, newstagetheatre.com

Everyone loves a Christmas classic. New Stage Theatre’s annual production of the Charles Dickens favorite “A Christmas Carol” is a yuletide tradition worth treasuring. “A Christmas Carol” is the spirited and redemptive tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. Bringing together a cast of more than 20 characters, Marianne Savelle gave New Stage Theatre a seamless and comprehensive direction in 2013. She successfully delivered a creepy eeriness reminiscent of a good ghost story, but she also incorporated elements of humor and love, making the play the perfect holiday fare. Effectively balancing an ambience with intimately heartfelt moments, Savelle created a mesmerizing production that brought the beloved classic to life. —Pamela Hosey

Best Community Garden/Nature Attraction: Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

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2148 Riverside Drive, 601-354-7303, mdwfp.com/museum.aspx

At the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, you can see everything from dinosaur skeletons to bees. The museum offers indoor, outdoor, aquarium and nature exhibits, including Mississippi’s prehistoric past, the state’s reptiles and fish, current wildlife across the state, and a nature trail ranging from easy walking levels to hard terrain. Founder Fannye Cook established the museum in 1932. It houses more than 870,000 specimens, “representing the largest single reference for Mississippi’s vertebrate animals and freshwater mussels in existence,” the museum site says. —Amber Helsel

Second: “Forbidden Fruit” by J. Lee Productions (jleeplays.com) / Third: “Hairspray” by New Stage Theatre / Finalists: “Annie” by Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, 601664-0930); “Grapes of Wrath” by New Stage Theatre; “Mahalia” by New Stage Theatre; “Steel Magnolias” by Actor’s Playhouse

Second: Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601-960-1515) / Third: Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St., 601-352-2580) / Finalists: Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton, 601-926-1104); Mayes Lake at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park (2140 Riverside Drive, 601-987-3923); Mynelle Gardens (4736 Clinton Blvd., 601-960-1894)

Best Arts Organization: Mississippi Museum of Art 380 S. Lamar St., 601-960-1515, msmuseumart.org

Best Nonprofit Organization: Stewpot Community Services

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Second: Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (C.A.R.A.) (960 N. Flag Chapel Road, 601-922-7575) / Third: The Salvation Army (110 Presto Lane, 601-982-4881) / Finalists: The Good Samaritan Center (114 Millsaps Ave., 601-355-6276); Junior League of Jackson (805 Riverside Drive, 601-948-2357); Operation Shoestring (1711 Bailey Ave., 601-353-6336)

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1100 W. Capitol St., 601-353-2759, stewpot.org

In 1981, seven local church organizations formed Stewpot Community Services. Frank Spencer, executive director, began as a volunteer himself in 1998. “It appealed to me seeing that Stewpot was doing a lot of good things for the homeless,” Spencer says. He loves that Stewpot involves Christian churches, the Jewish synagogue, and the Hindu and Muslim religious community as well. Stewpot Community Services is a nonprofit that offers a little bit of everything for the needy—a community kitchen that feeds Jackson residents, neighborhood children’s program, Meals on Wheels, camps, a food pantry that provides a four-day supply of food to qualified applicants, and shelter services for men and women. —Tam Curley

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Best Stage Play: “A Christmas Carol” by New Stage Theatre

Best Radio Station

Under the leadership of Director Betsy Bradley, the Mississippi Museum of Art brings the Jackson community works of art by great masters and extraordinary Mississippi artists (both past and present). MMA is also on the forefront of becoming an interdisciplinary cultural institution by highlighting the literary contributions of Mississippi writers including William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Margaret Walker Alexander in its public programming. To enhance its commitment to interdisciplinary programming, MMA expanded beyond its walls and installed a 1.2-acre public green space in downtown Jackson. The Art Garden is complete with outdoor art installations, a performance stage, mosaic fountains and murals. Winner of the 2010 Institute for Museum and Library Services’ National Award for Museum Service, MMA exemplifies exploratory work in the art arena on a national level. —Turry Flucker Second: New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St., 601-948-3531) / Third: Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, 601-856-7546) / Finalists: heARTalot (heartalot. com); Mississippi Arts Commission (501 N. West St., Suite 1101A, 601-359-6030); Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Association (110 Homestead Drive, Madison, 601-853-4508; 106 Autumn Ridge Drive, 601-992-9016)


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2145 Highland Drive, 601-981-5469, mississippichildrensmuseum.com

One sign of a great tourist attraction is its ability to generate repeat visits—especially from the locals. It doesn’t hurt if it is reasonably priced, either. The Mississippi Children’s Museum is a great attraction for out-of-town visitors, but it remains first and foremost a wonderful addition to Jackson, for Jackson children. My son and I have been to the museum several times, and yet his enthusiasm has not declined—we even held his birthday party there. Distinctive areas with interactive and playful exhibits to explore mean every child will have a blast, whether they are interested in Mississippi heritage, the cultural arts, sciences, literature or technology. The museum also hosts regular workshops during the week for preschoolers and on the weekends for those a bit older. With about 40,000 square feet to explore, kids have plenty room to stretch out their minds in an enjoyable, productive way. —Michael Jacome Best Museum Second: Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive, 601-354-7303) / Third: Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601-960-1515) / Finalists: Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive, 601-432-4500); Smith Robertson Museum and Culture Center (528 Bloom St., 601-960-1457)

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Best Museum; Best Tourist Attraction: Mississippi Children’s Museum

Since 1975 Lemuria Books has kept the local bookstore alive in Jackson. It’s the best place to browse for the perfect book in a cozy and friendly atmosphere, while receiving individualized customer attention from owner John Evans, manager Joe Hickman or the other helpful Lemuria staff. Lemuria offers an array of services, including the First Editions Club, the OZ First Editions Club, Literary Brews, the Eudora Welty-inspired Cereus Readers Book Club and the Lemuria Book Club Registry. Lemuria also hosts book signings and author readings throughout the year. The name comes from the myth of the lost continent of Lemuria, the store’s website explains. The Lemurians were an advanced human civilization with the gift of telepathy. They challenged the gods, who took their gift away. The Lemurians then developed the world’s first system of writing and began recording their thoughts in books. In 2014, Lemuria will publish a photography book, “Jackson: Crossroads of the South,” with photos from Ken Murphy, captions by Lisa Newman and commentary from John Evans. —ShaWanda Jacome Best Locally Owned Business Second: McDade’s Market (Multiple Locations, mcdadesmarkets. com) / Third: Fondren Public (2765 Old Canton Road, 769-2162589) / Finalists: Capitol Grill (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F, 601899-8845); Custom Cuts and Styles (2445 Terry Road, 601-3219292); LaCru Salon (5352 Lakeland Drive, Suite 600, Flowood, 601-992-7980); Mangia Bene (3317 N. State St., 601-362-2900); Nathan’s Salon (101 W. Washington St., Suite C3, Ridgeland, 601707-7015); Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St., 601-487-6349)

Best Place to Buy Books

Best Tourist Attraction Second: Fondren / Third: Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601-960-1515) / Finalists: Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St., 601-352-2580); Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St., 601-576-6920)

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Best Locally Owned Business, Best Place to Buy Books: Lemuria Books

Second: The Book Rack (1491 Canton Mart Square, Suite 7, 601956-5086; 584 Springridge Road, Suite C, Clinton, 601-924-9020) / Third: N.U.T.S. (114 Millsaps Ave., 601-355-7458; 3011 N. State St.) / Finalist: The Bookshelf (637 Highway 51, Suite AA, Ridgeland, 601-853-9225)

Best Place to Book a Party or Shower; Best Place to Get Married: Fairview Inn 734 Fairview St., 601-948-3429, fairviewinn.com

Location, location, location—besides the wedding dress, the location of your wedding is probably the next most important decision. For more than 30 years, Jacksonians (and out-oftowners) have turned to the Fairview Inn as the venue for their most treasured day. The Fairview is an AAA four-diamond small luxury hotel located in the historic neighborhood of Belhaven. The 1908 Colonial Revival mansion offers several options for indoor and outdoor weddings: in the gazebo, on the great lawn by the rose garden, under a 90-year-old magnolia tree, by the fireplace or in the library. What bride doesn’t dream of descending a grand staircase like a fairy tale princess? —ShaWanda Jacome Best Place to Book a Party or Shower Second: The South Warehouse (627 E. Silas Brown, 601-939-4518) / Third: The Cedars (4145 Old Canton Road, 601-366-5552) / Finalists: Char Restaurant (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601956-9562); Sanctuary Body Spa of St. Dominic’s (340 Township Ave., Suite 200, Ridgeland, 601-7902222)

Best Place to Get Married Second: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol St., 601-354-1535) / Third: Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601-960-1515) / Finalists: The Cedars (4145 Old Canton Road, 601366-5552); Cotton Market Venue (2644 S. Pearson Road, 601-906-5499); Mynelle Gardens (4736 Clinton Blvd., 601-960-1894); The South Warehouse (627 E. Silas Brown, 601-939-4518)

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Best Place to Buy Antiques: Flowood Flea Market Climb the steep steps and walk down the long porch to enter the Flowood Flea Market, and you might be a tad turned off. That is, unless you love junk. I, admittedly, do at least love to pick through junk looking for that perfect retro or mod collectible—better yet, at an amazing price. That is a commitment at 36,000-square-foot flea market; once inside, you can enjoy poking through just about every kind of kitsch imaginable and wander from vendor booth to booth—some of which seem to look more like grandma’s living room—or Elvis’—in search of that antique or collectible that will make your heart sing. Yes, you can find many valuable collectibles and antiques inside the huge market—the prices some of the 120 vendors charge show that they know what they’re selling, so be ready to bargain. And if you’re like me, you’re always delighted to visit any outlet of N.U.T.S., which is also set up near the back of the flea market. And don’t miss the 15,000-square-foot salvage market while there. Go, spend your $1 to get in, rummage and haggle every Saturday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (noon until 5 p.m.) Just plan to spend some time. And to be surprised. —Donna Ladd Second: Repeat Street (242 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601-605-9123) / Third: Old House Depot (639 Monroe St., 601-592-6200) / Finalists: Antique Mall of the South (367 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601-853-4000); Belgique Inc. (320 Commerce Park Drive, 601-982-6060); Interior Spaces (5060 Interstate 55 N., Suite B, 601-956-4199); Interiors Market (659 Duling Ave., 601-981-6020)

Best Annual Event: Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade March, malsstpaddysparade.com

It was back in the early 1980s. Disco was dead and buried. Our nation was in the midst of a recession. And the world just seemed a little bit grim. Bringing the spirit of Mardi Gras with him to Jackson, Malcolm White of Hal & Mal’s came up with the concept of Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade. With a few friends, Malcolm helped forge a Jackson tradition that is not only still going strong but gets bigger and better every year. This Jackson classic now includes a competitive parade, activities for the kids, a pet parade and a 5K fundraiser for Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. This year’s theme is “Drink Local, Think Global,” and the parade will be held March 15. —Michael Jacome Second: Mistletoe Marketplace (November, jljackson.org) / Third: Wellsfest (September, wellsfest.org) / Finalists: CelticFest (September, celticfestms.org); Dog Days of Summer (August, carams.org); Jacktoberfest (October, jacktoberfest.com)

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Best Art Gallery: Southern Breeze Gallery

500 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601-607-4147, southernbreeze.net

Mississippi’s creative class is one to be proud of, and its visual artists are a big part of that creative tradition. Showcasing a huge roster of local and regional artists, Southern Breeze Gallery has a selection big enough to offer small works and prints for those purchasing their first piece as well as major pieces for aficionados looking to add to a large collection. Gallery owner Jacqueline Ellens will even come to your home to help determine what art will work best in your space if you’re unsure where to start. The gallery strives to make art accessible and affordable for all; including one of the most popular items, Ellens’ reasonably priced prints of Jackson landmarks such as the Cherokee, Brent’s Drugs and Walker’s Drive-In. —Julie Skipper

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Second: Brown’s Fine Art & Framing (630 Fondren Place, 601-982-4844) / Third: Gallery 1 at Jackson State University (1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4, 601-960-9250) / Finalists: Fischer Galleries (736 S. President St., Suite 404, 601-291-9115); Sanaa Gallery & Boutique (5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite C212, 769-218-8289)

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Best Liquor/Wine Store: Kats Wine & Spirits 921 E. Fortification St., 601-983-5287, katswine.com

Second: McDade’s Market (Multiple Locations, mcdadesmarket.com / Third: Fondren Cellars (633 Duling Ave., 769-216-2323) / Finalists: Briarwood Wine and Spirits (4949 Old Canton Road, 601-956-5108); Joe T’s (286 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601-605-7602); Stanley’s Liquor & Wine (1049 S. State St., 601-353-0331); Wine and Spirits in the Quarter (1855 Lakeland Drive, Suite A10, 601-366-6644)

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Application and Practice of the Multiple Models of Yoga Dealing with disease is likely one of the most stressful things we undergo. The ups and downs of having our bodies not working efficiently can wreak havoc on us in many ways: physically, energetically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Because yoga looks at the body in this multi-dimensional, holistic way, yoga can be effective at restoring these many layers of our being. In this workshop, JJ will discuss the multidimensional model that yoga often uses when treating someone therapeutically, the Pancha Maya Model.

In each session, JJ will lead a short practice that may be applicable to various diseases: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and metabolic syndrome X. JJ teaches online classes and hands-on modules that facilitate free yoga for clients dealing with various illnesses and ailments. Yoga teachers in her 1000-hour Yoga Therapy Training program learn how to use yoga therapeutically to help with many of the ailments our modern society currently faces.

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At first, conventional thinking would suggest that a liquor store would be easy to own and fairly profitable. Most folks like to have a drink, and the stuff should sell itself, right? Wrong. As any liquor-store owner will tell you, the market is competitive, and the markup on liquor ain’t much. The separation between success and failure, then, comes in the service—which helps explain why Kats Wine & Spirits in Belhaven has been voted best liquor store in town. Owners Tasho and Kanello Katsaboulas established a liquor store near the corner of Jefferson and Fortification streets that has become the go-to for wine connoisseurs and whiskey drinkers alike, due to exquisite selection and excellent service from the family atmosphere. You can chalk the latter up to staff continuity—along with the brothers Kats, Jimm Brumley, Robert Anderson, Bob Fowler and Scott Hancock provide some of the best and most personable service around. —Tyler Cleveland

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Best Tattoo/Piercing Parlor: Squench’s Tattoos, Ltd. 3780 Interstate 55 S., 601-372-2800, squenchstattoos.com

When Squench’s Tattoos opened in 1985, it was Jackson’s first tattoo shop. It was the only one for quite a while, until tattoo parlors began popping up around the area. The shop has three tattoo artists: Squench, Curtdog, Mallory (Sweet), Josh and Shelly. Chad, Curtdog’s brother, is the shop’s piercer. Squench kicked the new year off with two tattoos of infinity symbols on a couple’s ring fingers. Find Squench’s on Facebook to see their work or visit squenchstattos.com for more information. —Amber Helsel Second: Electric Dagger (2906 N. State St., Suite B-6, 601982-9437) / Third: Twiztid Images (557 Highway 49 S., Richland, 601-664-0000) / Finalist: Pristine Ink (5735 Interstate 55 N., Suite C, 769-251-0569)

Best Caterer: Wendy Putt, Fresh Cut Catering and Floral

108 Cypress Cove, Flowood, 601-939-4518, wendyputt.com

Each year since the category has joined the Best of Jackson ranks, Wendy Putt has won Best Caterer, but she and her Fresh Cut company are much more than the title suggests. Fresh Cut does full catering and floral design for events across the metro area, and Putt is a wedding resource for many brides. A favorite of wedding planners such as Kendall Poole and Shanna Lumpkin, Putt specializes in hyper-custom setups with lots of little details. And, although she specializes in weddings, Putt has spun her magic for events as small as birthday parties and showers, and as large as the Junior League of Jackson’s Mistletoe Marketplace weekend. From canapés to ranunculus, Wendy Putt knows her stuff. —Kathleen M. Mitchell

Best Beauty Shop or Salon: LaCru Salon

5352 Lakeland Drive, Suite 600, Flowood, 601-992-7980, lacrusalon.com

Some salons are known solely for the services they provide. However, LaCru Salon is known for its compassion. “What sets us apart is that we see our clients as family. We’re here to listen and to be a friend first,” owner Stephanie Barnes says. Barnes bought the salon from its previous owners in 2007 because she always envisioned owning her own salon. Seven years later, LaCru Salon is still thriving and even established Mississippi’s first hair smoothing bar last year. “I just thank God because he has really blessed us,” Barnes says. LaCru is a full-service salon that offers extensions, keratin treatments and waxing. The stylists are Redken-certified colorists and have more than 35 years of combined experience. They also sell Emi-Jays and Three Bird Nest hair accessories. —LaShanda Phillips Second: Nathan’s Salon (101 W. Washington St., Suite C3, Ridgeland, 601-707-7015) / Third: Barnette’s Salon (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 201, 601-362-9550; 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 8001, Ridgeland, 601-898-9123) / Finalists: Ritz Salon (574 Highway 51 N., Suite H, Ridgeland, 601856-4330); Smoak Salon (622 Duling Ave., Suite 206, 601-982-5313); Trim Salon (419 E. Mitchell Ave., 601-982-5575); William Wallace Salon (2939 Old Canton Road, 601-982-8300)

Second: Mangia Bene Catering (3317 N. State St., 601-362-2900) / Third: Cool Water Catering & Events (1011 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601919-7622) / Finalists: Cosmopolitan Catering and Café (2947 Old Canton Road, 601-983-4450); Julie Levanway (601-506-7454)

Best Dance Studio: Salsa Mississippi Studio & Club here in Jackson that is welcoming and non-threatening. The studio offers salsa, belly dancing, kickboxing, Zumba and Bachata classes weekly. Every Saturday, the heat really turns up with the Latin Dance Party, which is a great time for dancers to practice the moves they’ve been learning in class. The studio is also available to rent for private functions. In 2013, Salsa Mississippi paired with the Greater Jackson Arts Council on the Studio 54 Disco dance contest in conjunction with the JESSICA KING

Why sit and watch celebrities dance salsa on “Dancing with Stars” when you could be tearing up the floor yourself right here in Jackson? Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club has been going strong since its humble beginnings in 2006. Married couple Sujan and Sarah Ghimire own the 1,400square-foot gem tucked away on Duling Street in Fondren. The couple met in Sujan’s hometown of Kathmandu, Nepal, while Sarah was on a mission trip there. The Ghimires have built a dance community

8th Annual Storytellers Ball. The contest was open to all dancers, singles or couples, from across the southern region. In August, Salsa Mississippi instructors Shawntell McQuarter and Victoria Walker partnered with local celebrity dancers for the Mississippi Opera Guild’s 4th annual Dance with the Stars. —ShaWanda Jacome Second: Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Association (110 Homestead Drive, Madison, 601-853-4508; 106 Autumn Ridge Place, Brandon, 601-992-9016) / Third: Dollhouse Dance Factory (1410 Ellis Ave., 601-969-4000) Finalist: The Studio Under the Direction of Sarah Wheat Mann (309 Morrison Drive, Suite B, Clinton, 601201-6090)

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Far from bland and smothered in style, Material Girls takes the Best of Jackson award for Best Boutique for the sixth time in a row. The four locations of Whitney Giordano’s stylish boutique—Flowood, Ridgeland, Oxford and Hattiesburg—are bursting with classy, chic styles. Fans can also stay connected to what’s new online; Material Girls frequently posts about new items or sales on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and shoppers can reserve or purchase items right from the store’s Facebook page or website. Material Girls prides itself on providing the trendiest accessories, clothes and shoes, as well as tailgating ensembles in the colors of all the local teams. —Brittany Sanford Second: Treehouse Boutique (3000 N. State St., 601-982-3433) / Third: Fondren’s Fashion House (310 Mitchell Ave., 601-362-9090) / Finalists: Arco Avenue (1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 107, Ridgeland 601-790-9662); Posh Boutique (4312 N. State St., 601364-2244); Royal Bleau Boutique (1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 8, 601-321-9564)



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Best Bridal/Formal: David’s Bridal

1039 E. County Line Road, Suite 105, 601-957-0505, davidsbridal.com

It had been a stressful week when I finally made the trek to go look for my wedding dress. I didn’t really know what I wanted, so I headed to David’s Bridal—I figured it was a good place to start. When I arrived, the sales teams greeted me with friendly smiles. My consultant helped me look around the store as we discussed my budget and various details of the wedding. We eventually picked out a few dresses and headed to the fitting room. I’d be lying if I said it was a magical moment; it was quite the opposite—I cried. All these beautiful dresses I had seen in pictures didn’t look good on me. My consultant was very patient and led me to look at some other dresses. We finally found a simple ivory-bronze charmeuse gown with a tulle overlay. I cried again, but with joy this time. David’s Bridal has been around since 1950 and has perfected the art of helping brides find everything they need for their special day. They feel that “every bride should look and feel like a million dollars, regardless of budget.” Top designers like Vera Wang, Oleg Cassini, Melissa Sweet and Galina have collaborated with David’s Bridal to create fashion-forward dresses for a reasonable price. Manager Stacey Mitchell runs the Jackson store. David’s Bridal carries bridal gowns, bridal party attire, tuxedos, special occasion and prom attire, accessories, invitations, and gifts. It also carries accessories for the ceremony or reception including unity candles, garters, cake toppers, guest books and decorations. —ShaWanda Jacome Second: The Bridal Path Inc. (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 104, 601-982-8267) / Third: Alfred Angelo Bridal (1230 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland, 601-956-1806) / Finalist: Lace A Bridal Boutique (109 Grants Ferry Road, Brandon, 601-665-4860)


DISCOVER Best Barbershop: Maurice’s Barber Shop

1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 360, 601-362-2343; 398 Highway 51, Suite 60, Ridgeland, 601-856-2856; 1060 Highway 51, Suite D, Madison, 601856-0015

People love Maurice’s Barber Shop not only because it offers has great service, but also because it’s a longtime Jackson institution. The Northside Drive location opened in 1952, making it a historic part of Jackson that isn’t going anywhere any time soon. The current owner of that location, Mison Wetzel, bought it from Maurice Howard in 1998. Though it was remodeled two years ago, it is the oldest location. Since the ’50s, other locations have sprung up in Ridgeland and Madison. The three locations are individually owned. Maurice’s provide services for men, women and children, so if you’re looking for a new place to get a haircut, highlights, a shave or other barbering services, try one of Maurice’s classic shops. —LaShanda Phillips

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Second: Custom Cuts and Styles (2445 Terry Road, 601-321-9292) / Third: Nathan’s Salon (101 W. Washington St., Suite C3, Ridgeland, 601-707-7015) / Finalists: ACEY Custom Hair Design (3015 N. State St., 601-937-7754); Southside Barber & Beauty Shop (715 McDowell Road, 601-321-9240)

Best Flower Shop: Greenbrook Flowers 705 N. State St., 601-957-1951, greenbrookflowers.com TRIP BURNS

Greenbrook Flowers has a long-standing dedication to the Jackson area. The shop has provided a variety of fresh flowers since 1917. Janet Jacobs heads Greenbrook Flowers these days, the fifth generation of a family of florists. The name Greenbrook is a meshing of two maternal figures, Green and Westbrook—Mynelle Westbrook Hayward, of Mynelle Gardens, was one of the founders of Greenbrook Flowers. Her husband, Brook Jacobs Sr., started Good Neighbor Day in 1994 by giving away a dozen roses in hopes that the recipient would keep one and give the remaining away. Good Neighbor Day, which now takes place every September, aims to promote friendship. —LaShanda Phillips

734 fairview street | jackson, ms 39202 601.948.3429

Second: A Daisy A Day (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 194, 601-982-4438) / Third: Green Oak Florist & Garden Center (5009 Old Canton Road, 601-956-5017; 1067 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite E, Ridgeland) / Finalists: Drake’s Designs (1491 Canton Mart Road, 601957-6983); Mostly Martha’s (353 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601-956-1474); Mum’s the Word (255 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601-992-4900); Tulip Floral (115 N. State St., 601-572-1777); Whitley Flowers (740 Lakeland Drive, 601-362-8844)

Best Garden Supply: Callaway Yard and Garden

839 S. Pear Orchard Road, Ridgeland, 601-957-1731, callawaysonline.com

Second: Lakeland Yard and Garden (4210 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-939-7304) / Third: Green Oak Florist & Garden Center (5009 Old Canton Road, 601-956-5017; 1067 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite E, Ridgeland) / Finalists: Hutto’s Home and Garden Center (1320 Ellis Ave., 601-973-2277); Martinson’s Garden Works (650 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601-856-3078)

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I first remember visiting Callaway as a child when the store put out its extensive Christmas decoration displays. All the trees, ornaments and lights were magical. That early experience taught me from the start that Callaway’s is more than just a garden store. I have since expanded my experience of it to the garden side of things, though, and can attest that whether you need plants, garden supplies or advice, the helpful staff can steer you in the right direction whether or not you have a green thumb. If you have a small space, pick up a houseplant from the greenhouse; for major outdoor projects, it offers landscaping and irrigation services as well. The store has been family-owned since 1954, and that personal touch comes through in every interaction. —Julie Skipper

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New Stage Theatre presents

Best Mechanic: Tony’s Tire & Automotive Inc. 5138 N. State St., 601-981-2414

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Adaptation by Chad Henry Directed by Chris Roebuck Musical Director Andrew James Craig

Jan 21 – Feb 3, 2014 For tickets: 601-948-3531 or

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A community favorite, owner Tony Murphy’s 38 years in the automotive business and his commitment to his customers demonstrates why his shop is this year’s Best Mechanic. Tony’s Tire understands how important the car is no matter the age, income or background. The shop offers free diagnostics for engine problems, a free tire rotation with oil changes, and a 10-percent discount for the military and law enforcement. You never really want to give up your car any longer than you have to, so Tony’s makes sure you have a pleasant experience and get back on the road as quickly as possible, all for a fair price. (Pictured: Tony Murphy Sr. on left; Tony Jr. on right) —Michael Jacome Second: Freeman’s Auto Repair Service (847 S. State St., 601-948-3358) / Third: Graves and Stoddard Inc. (722 Highway 80 E., Flowood, 601-939-3662) / Finalists: Michael Bryant; Putnam’s Automotive Services Inc. (4879 N. State St., 601-366-1886)

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Best Kids Event: Zippity Doo Dah March, zddparade.com

Zippity Doo Dah is a family-friendly weekend full of music, fun and games for the whole family. Fondren Renaissance presents the weekend each year, which benefits the Friends of Children’s Hospital at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. Organizers estimated that more than 20,000 people attended the event last year. Some of the highlights from the 2013 events included a visit from the Budweiser Clydesdales, the Color Me Rad 5K run and walk, the Sal & Mookie’s children’s carnival and the Zippity Doo Dah parade. The Sweet Potato Queens, who founded Zippity Doo Dah weekend, headline the parade. Jill Conner Brown, the “original Sweet Potato Queen,” welcomes SPQs from all over the country to Jackson to join the festivities. Be sure to mark your calendar for this year’s dates: March 21-23. —Adriane Louie J A C KS O N Z O O . O R G

Second: Ice Cream Safari at Jackson Zoo (July, jacksonzoo.org) / Third: KidFest (April, kidfestridgeland.com) / Finalists: Once Upon a Fall Festival (September, mississippichildrensmuseum.com); Wellsfest (September, wellsfest.org)


Best Place to Buy Kids’ Clothes/Toys: The Children’s Place

WEDNESDAY

1/22

LADIES NIGHT

1200 E. County Line Road, Suite 157, Ridgeland, 601-206-1162; 200 Bass Pro Drive, Suite 435, Pearl, 601-939-9879; 122 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood, 601919-9717, childrensplace.com

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Whether you are looking for onesies or monster T-shirts, The Children’s Place can supply all your children’s clothing needs—including sneakers, sandals and dress shoes. The store offers a total range of sizes, from newborn to size 14 for girls and boys. Don’t forget about the accessories, either—pick up pom-pom hair clips, sun hats, tights, ties, socks and belts while you’re there. The Children’s Place also sells novelty items that make great birthday gifts, such as colorful watches and bracelets, football wallets, baseball caps and, of course, Laffy Taffy lip balm. —Adriane Louie

THURSDAY

1/23

DIMEBROS

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Second: Leap Frog Children’s Consignment & More (104 Village Blvd., Madison, 601-8980727) / Third: Olde Tyme Commissary (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 174, 601-366-1849) / Finalists: Nursery Rhymes (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 152, 601-368-9997); Popfizz Boutique (1481 Canton Mart Road, 601-977-1000, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 111, 601427-5821); Smitten Gift Boutique (207 W. Jackson St., Suite E, Ridgeland, 601-856-1655); Sweet Dreams Children’s Boutique (1888 Main St., Suite A, Madison, 601-856-2080)

FRIDAY

1/24

EUROPEAN THEATER W/ SPECIAL GUEST

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Best Day Spa: Aqua the Day Spa

SATURDAY

4465 Interstate 55 N., 601-362-9550; 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 8001, Ridgeland, 601-898-9123, aquathedayspa.com

LIVE MUSIC

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Best Fitness Center/Gym: Baptist Healthplex

717 Manship St., 601-968-1766; 102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton, 601925-7900, mbhs.org

A new year brings new-year resolutions. I’ve had my share of gym memberships and have found that Baptist Healthplex has some of the best individual and family gym membership rates. My husband uses Baptist Healthplex of Clinton. He loves both gyms because of the clean facilities and amenities such as the indoor basketball court and steam room at the Clinton location. Both locations offer Zumba and Pilates classes, so if you don’t want to go alone, grab a friend and go get your sexy back! Both locations are open seven days a week, so leave the excuses back in 2013. —Tam Curley Second: Courthouse Raquet & Fitness (Multiple Locations, mscourthouse.com) / Third: YMCA (Multiple Locations, metroymcams.org) / Finalists: Anytime Fitness (Multiple Locations, anytimefitness.com); The Club (Multiple Locations, theclubms.com); Planet Fitness (772 Lake Harbour Drive, Suite 1, Ridgeland, 601-427-5901); Pure Barre (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 235-A, 769-251-0486)

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Second: Massage Envy Spa (1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 280, 601-709-4300) / Third: Sanctuary Body Spa of St. Dominic’s (340 Township Ave., Suite 200, Ridgeland, 601-7902222) / Finalists: Drench Day Spa (118 W. Jackson St., Suite 2-B, Ridgeland, 601-707-5656); Remedy True Health (655 Lake Harbour Drive, Suite 900, Ridgeland, 601-898-0911); The Skin District (2629 Courthouse Circle, Suite B, Flowood, 601-981-7546)

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Voted the Best Day Spa since 2003, Aqua the Day Spa is the perfect place to relax your mind, body and soul. The atmosphere is serene, with a Zen-like quality that puts you at ease the moment you walk through the door. Soft music fills the air while you take a deep breath in the stillness of the relaxation room before your beauty service begins. Aqua uses Skin Authority products and offers an array of services such as massage therapy, manicures and pedicures, aloe and mango facials, bamboo and ginseng hydration body wraps, eyelash extensions, and more. —Adriane Louie

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URBAN LIVING Best Music Festival: Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival TRIP BURNS

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In the middle of August 2013, the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum hosted the city’s very first R&B Festival, which presented performers such as Bettye LaVette and Dr. John alongside longtime local favorites like Bobby Rush and Dorothy Moore. The layout of the festival was perfect. If festival-goers found it too hot outside, they could retreat into one of the air-conditioned buildings on the grounds, each of which housed excellent concerts in addition to the main outdoor stage. The festival also featured local food vendors such as Penn’s and Big Apple Inn, and artists selling blues-inspired works. The party-like atmosphere was made complete with a diverse audience. If the first year was any indication, this should grow to be our state’s biggest music festival. —Tommy Burton

Best Reason to Live in Jackson: The People I was born in Jackson, but moved away with my family when I was 2 years old. Yet, after being back here for the past seven years, I’m happy to call Mississippi home, all because of the people that I’ve been fortunate enough to meet. Whether it’s all the fun people I’ve met while working at the Jackson Free Press, the nurses and doctors who cared for my mom while she was at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, my fellow educators at the Jackson Public Schools, fellow liveRIGHTnow hill runners, or all the delightful servers at some of my favorite Jackson eateries—the intricate network of Jacksonians makes Jackson important to me and makes it a wonderful community to be a part of.

When I think of Jackson, I think of the “The Breakfast Club” and the letter those five students wrote to assistant principal Vernon at the end (but with a Jackson twist): Who do we think we are? Everyone sees Jackson as they want to see it, sometimes negatively and sometimes positively. But Jackson is not defined simply by what it has or does not have; it is defined by the quality of the people who live and work here. In the city of Jackson you will find people that are a little bit of many things, in each of us you will find a brain ... and an athlete ... and an artist ... and a caregiver … and a foodie … and a visionary … and a champion for our city. —ShaWanda Jacome

Most women cringe at the idea of another woman showing up to an event in the same dress or shoes. To avoid this, you need to go where exclusive, rare or even one-of-a-kind items are available. Try The Shoe Bar at Pieces. It sells name brands such as Jeffrey Campbell, Joie and Coconut, as well as clothes and exclusive pieces of jewelry. The store originally opened in 1993 as Designer’s Shoe Palace, but when the economy slumped, Becky Hicks wanted to create something new. She changed the name, and the boutique now has a hippy chic feel to it. The store recently relocated to the Flowood area, where it held its grand opening Nov. 1. —LaShanda Phillips

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135 Market St., Flowood, 601-992-9057

Second: Maison Weiss (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 109, 601-981-4621) / Third: Material Girls (182 Promenade Blvd., Flowood, 601-992-4533; 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 7005, Ridgeland, 601-605-1605) / Finalists: Arco Avenue (1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 107, Ridgeland 601-790-9662); Soma Wilai (2906 N. State St., Suite 103, 601-366-9955); Treehouse Boutique (3000 N. State St., 601-982-3433)

Best Veterinarian or Vet Clinic: Briarwood Animal Hospital

Turn over a new “leash” this year by visiting the pet store— one more thing that sets Briarwood aside from other vet clinics. —Tam Curley

A visit to see a veterinarian can be scary for a pet—and an owner. But Briarwood Animal Hospital has been easing animalrelated worries for more than 50 years. Veterinarian Hugh Ward opened the pet hospital in 1961, and Briarwood has kept a focus on patient care ever since. With five vets leading the staff (each with his or her own area of expertise), Briarwood can take care of pet-related concerns as small as grooming and as large as surgery. The hospital also offers boarding services for your pet.

Second: North State Animal & Bird Hospital (5208 N. State St., 601-982-8261) / Third: All Creatures Animal Care Center (262 New Mannsdale Road, Madison, 601-856-5333) / Finalists: Canton Road Veterinary Hospital (4960 Old Canton Road, 601956-6144); Hometown Veterinary Services (1010 Highway 471, Brandon, 601-825-1697); Northtown Animal Clinic (38 Northtown Drive, 601-956-4960); Oakdale Animal Hospital (2028 Highway 471, Brandon, 601-829-9949)

January 22 - 28, 2014

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Best Men’s Clothes: The Rogue and Good Company 4450 Interstate 55 N., 601-362-6383, therogue.com

Second: Fondren / Third: Cost of Living / Finalists: Food; Music

Best Women’s Shoes: The Shoe Bar at Pieces

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Second: Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights (August, greaterbelhaven.com) / Third: Jacktoberfest (October, jacktoberfest.com) / Finalists: CelticFest (September, celticfestms.org); Wellsfest (September, wellsfest.org)

In a world where shopping for fine men’s clothing often involves trudging to a local department store, The Rogue stands as a beacon of hope for stylish guys who don’t like going to mall. Offering suits and sportswear, clothing for men and boys, outerwear and footwear, The Rogue carries such high-end brands as Robert Talbott, Southern Tide, Joseph Abboud, Peter Millar, Eton of Sweden and Robert Graham. The Rogue also sells its own brand of neckwear and slacks that harkens back to an age when clothing was so well made, it lasted you a lifetime. The Rogue team says that years later, their fashions will still look as good as the day you bought them. In terms of prices, let’s just say that the Rogue isn’t exactly the Sears men’s department. However, you can usually find a sale on clothing, shoes or unique accessory items such as sleek tablet sleeves and briefcases. —R.L. Nave Second: Kinkade’s Fine Clothing (120 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601-8980513) / Third: Great Scott (4400 Old Canton Road, Suite 100, 601-984-3500) Finalist: Mozingo Clothiers (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 140, 601-713-7848)


At McDade’s Market we pride ourselves on giving back to the community by offering quality products, buying from local Mississippi producers and supporting hundreds of community events and organizations each year. The people of McDade’s Market -- its owners, managers and 350 employees -- are proud to serve our customers with a truly local grocery store!

When we say LOCAL, we mean LOCAL! Your ‘Big Game’ Headquarters. Everything you need for a ‘Super’ Party! MAYWOOD MART 1220 E. Northside Dr. 601-366-8486 WESTLAND PLAZA 2526 Robinson Rd. 601-353-0089 WOODLAND HILLS Shopping Center Fondren 601-366-5273 YAZOO CITY 734 East 15th St. 662-746-1144 BELHAVEN ENGLISH VILLAGE 904 E. Fortification St. 601-355-9668

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Best Category We Left Off: Best Photographer Everyone’s a photographer these days. Anyone with a smartphone is carrying a decent point-and-shoot camera at all times, and photo-sharing apps like Instagram have made pictures of food and sunsets and shoes just as ubiquitous as those nights out on the town. And although this saturation of snapshots has flooded social media with a lot of less-than-impressive photographs, it has also made us appreciate the artistry behind great photography. It’s no surprise, then, that the category most Best of Jackson voters want to see added next year is “Best Photographer.” Whether they specialize in weddings, fashion shoots or just capturing everyday Mississippi, some truly great photogs roam our streets. Their work fills galleries, local magazines and, yes, our Instagram feeds. —Kathleen M. Mitchell Second: Best 5K/Running Event / Third: Best Attorney / Finalists: Best Actor; Best Car Detail Shop; Best Nail Technician

Best Tailor: Custom Tailoring by Al

1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 4004, Ridgeland, 601-607-3443, customtailoringbyalofms.com

950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, 601-856-7546, mscrafts.org

Nestled in a curve on Rice Road, the Mississippi Craft Center—the concrete building with iron sculptures in the yard—is hard to miss. On most days, visitors can watch iron workers honing their craft in the iron-working shed in the parking lot. Sliding glass doors open into a great open space decorated with fantastic pieces from members of the Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild. Founded in 1973, the Craftsmen’s Guild has more than 400 members from 19 states. The Craft Center’s gallery, open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., welcomes shoppers and wanderers to explore handcrafted pottery, quilts, jewelry, woodwork, stained glass, sculptures, ironwork, and other artsy items. Browsing the gallery is a gift in itself. Each handcrafted piece embodies the skill and dedication that the artist put into making it, offering the gift of time, experience and love. —Leslie La Cour Second: The Pine Cone (1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 220, 601713-1421) / Third: Apple Annie’s Gift Shop (152 Grants Ferry Road, Brandon, 601-992-9925; 1896 Main St., Suite D, Madison, 601-8538911) / Finalists: circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road, 601-362-8484); Interiors Market (659 Duling Ave., 601-981-6020)

For most people, it is challenging to find clothes that fit perfectly. Something is always a little too tight or too loose or, in my case, too long. Lucky for us, we have people like Al Guevara, who can tailor clothing to fit any individual need. Custom Tailoring by Al has offered tailoring services for more than 20 years. The shop is located in Ridgeland and happily provides services throughout Mississippi. Al Guevara can custom-tailor any fabric and garment. —LaShanda Phillips Second: Finishing Touch Alterations (4551 Office Park Drive, 601-362-5288) / Third: Tailored to You (258 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood, 601-992-1373) / Finalists: Cathy’s Alterations (3010 Lakeland Cove, Suite R, Flowood, 601933-0036); Tom James Company (1775 Lelia Drive, 601-713-2034)

Best Thrift/Consignment Shop: Repeat Street 242 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601-605-9123, repeatstreet.net

Looking for vintage clothing and furniture or trendy what-nots? It’s the unique collectibles, excellent furniture and gently used trendy clothing that bring impulse shoppers to Repeat Street. If Repeat Street’s wide variety of merchandise hasn’t made you peek inside the store at least once, maybe its community effort will. It accepts donated items and sells them on special racks for various charitable fundraisers. The store also collects both old and new donated bras each October to string across the Mississippi River in Vicksburg, helping raise money for breast-cancer awareness. For each bra collected by Repeat Street and other donors, the American Cancer Society receives $1 from Riverwalk Casino. —Tam Curley Second: Orange Peel (422 E. Mitchell Ave., 601-364-9977) / Third: N.U.T.S. (114 Millsaps Ave., 601-355-7458; 3011 N. State St.) / Finalists: Bargain Boutique (5070 Parkway Drive, 601-991-0500); Fondren Muse (3413 N. State St., 601-345-1155); Leap Frog Children’s Consignment & More (104 Village Blvd., Madison, 601-898-0727); Silly Billy’s Consignment Shop (534 E. Mitchell Ave., 601-672-6693)

3025 N. State St., 601-594-2313, butterflyyoga.net

In 2002, seeing the need for a dedicated yoga studio in Jackson, Scotta Brady opened Butterfly Yoga. Though Jackson offers other yoga studios now, Butterfly Yoga still thrives. The studio strives to build a community of health-minded folks and increase local awareness of yoga. It is a balanced exercise that not only strengthens but also teaches relaxation and concentration techniques. Brady believes her background in Anusara yoga has helped her achieve physical accomplishments, including coming in first place in her age group in her first triathlon. They also offer tabatas (a type of high intensity interval training with fastpaced but short sessions that you repeat) and belly-dancing classes. Visit Butterfly Yoga if you want to become more flexible, find a program to accompany your other sport activities or just learn to unwind. —LaShanda Phillips Second: Courthouse Racquet & Fitness (Multiple Locations, mscourthouse.com) / Third: Joyflow Yoga (7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 2F, Ridgeland, 601-613-4317) / Finalists: StudiOM Yoga (665 Duling Ave., 601-209-6325); Tara Yoga (200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood, 601-720-2337)

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Best Yoga Studio: Butterfly Yoga

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Best Place for Unique Gifts: Mississippi Craft Center

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Best Happy Hour; Most Innovative Menu; Best Margarita; Best Mexican/Latin; Best Outdoor Dining; Best Place for a First Date: Babalu Tacos and Tapas 622 Duling Ave., Suite 106, 601-366-5757, babalums.com

COURTESY BABALU

Babalu Tacos and Tapas is the kind of restaurant people talk about nonstop when they leave Jackson. It’s the kind of place they miss while studying in France, among some of the best cuisine in the world. Babalu is the kind of place that appeals to just about every type of gastronome— young and old, vegetarian and carnivore, teetotaler and happy-hour enthusiast. When Babalu moved into Duling Hall in 2010, it brought “I Love Lucy” marathons and tableside guacamole and fresh tacos and that incredible burger. Signature cocktails such as the Pepe O’Malley, Baba Blue and BabaRita made a splash immediately. Since then, Babalu has continued to grow and innovate, offering seasonal infused margaritas with flavors such as blood orange and hibiscus, and Executive Chef David Ferris’ dinner specials such as pan-seared scallops or whole roasted quail. This winter, the restaurant extended the life of its outdoor porch dining space, enclosing it in to stave off the cold. The eatery has been so successful that owners Bill Latham and Al Roberts, and their business partners, are opening a second location in Memphis with plans for a Birmingam location to follow. The site of many a birthday party (featuring tequilabottle sparklers), reunion, post-concert snack and first date, Babalu has become a part of the fabric of Fondren. The restaurant partners with local charities such as Stewpot and the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital during the holidays, and offers occasional discounts for scrubs-wearing University of Mississippi Medical Center students and doctors. It’s no wonder every hour is a happy one at Babalu. —Kathleen M. Mitchell

Best Mexican/Latin

Best Happy Hour Second: Last Call Sports Grill (1428 Old Square Road, 601713-2700) / Third: Capitol Grill (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F, 601-899-8845) / Finalists: The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 769-257-3517); Fondren Public (2765 Old Canton Road, 769-216-2589); Library Lounge at Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St., 601-948-3429)

Most Innovative Menu Second: Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601-360-0090)/ Third: Walker’s Drive-In (3016 N. State St., 601-982-2633) / Finalists: Adobo (127 S. Roach St., 601-944-9501); The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 769-257-3517); Underground 119 (119 S. President St., 601-352-2322)

Best Margarita Second: Margaritas Mexican Restaurant (1625 E. County Line Road, Suite 120, 601-957-7672) / Third: Jaco’s Tacos (318 S. State St., 601-961-7001; 7049 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601-

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People often seem surprised to discover that Jackson has some really great sushi. For the past five years, top honors has gone to Nagoya Japanese Restaurant, which offers area diners two locations where they can enjoy traditional and inventive takes on sushi as well as a hibachi menu. On the sushi side, a full offering of fresh fish brought in daily can satisfy those who want simple sashimi in its purest sense, while Nagoya’s “New Orleans Style” items like the oyster tempura roll make the adventure less intimidating for folks easing their way into sushi. The expansive menu also offers a variety of dishes featuring udon or soba noodles, as well as teriyaki dinners that come with miso soup and a salad at reasonable prices. If you find it hard to commit, combination plates give you a chance to try sushi and cooked dishes. —Julie Skipper Best Asian Restaurant Second: Mr. Chen’s Restaurant (5465 Interstate 55 N., 601978-1865) / Third: Wasabi Sushi and Bar (100 E. Capitol St., Suite 105, 601-948-8808) / Finalists: Edo Japanese

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Best Asian Restaurant; Best Sushi/Japanese: Nagoya Japanese Restaurant 6351 Interstate 55 N., Suite 131, 601-977-8881; 111 Colony Crossing, Suite 380, Madison, 601856-5678, nagoya-ms.net

898-3242) / Finalists: La Cazuela (1401 E. Fortification St., 601353-3014); Papitos Mexican Restaurant and Grill (111 Colony Crossing Way, Suite 400, Madison, 601-605-0275; 173 Promenade Blvd., Flowood, 601-919-0448); Sombra Mexican Kitchen (140 Township Ave., Suite 100, Ridgeland, 601-707-7950)

Restaurant (5834 Ridgewood Road, 601-899-8518); Miso (3100 N. State St., Suite 102, 769-251-0119); Sakura Bana (4800 Interstate 55 N., Suite 11, 601-982-3035); Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant (2640 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-420-4848); Thai House (1405 Old Square Road, 601982-9991)

Best Sushi/Japanese Second: Little Tokyo (876 Avery Blvd., Ridgeland, 601-9913800) / Third: Sakura Bana (4800 Interstate 55 N., Suite 11, 601-982-3035) / Finalists: Bonsái Japanese Steak House (1925 Lakeland Drive, 601-981-0606; 102 Clinton Center Drive, 601-924-4448); Crazy Ninja Rock-N-Roll Sushi & Hibachi (2560 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-420-4058); Edo Japanese Restaurant (5834 Ridgewood Road, 601-8998518); Ichiban Hibachi and Sushi Japanese Steakhouse (153 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601-919-0097); Wasabi Sushi and Bar (100 E. Capitol St., Suite 105, 601-948-8808)

Second: Jaco’s Tacos (318 S. State St., 601-961-7001; 7049 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601-898-3242) / Third: Margaritas Mexican Restaurant (1625 E. County Line Road, Suite 120, 601-957-7672) / Finalists: Café Olé (2752 N. State St., 769524-3627); La Cazuela (1401 E. Fortification St., 601-3533014); Sombra Mexican Kitchen (140 Township Ave., Suite 100, Ridgeland, 601-707-7950); Taqueria La Guadalupe (6537 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601-206-7776)

Best Outdoor Dining Second: Burgers & Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601-899-0038)/ Third: Walker’s Drive-In (3016 N. State St., 601-982-2633) / Finalists: Anjou Restaurant (361 Township Ave., Ridgeland, 601-707-0587); Jaco’s Tacos (318 S. State St., 601-961-7001; Kristos – Casual Greek Dining (971 Madison Ave., Madison, 601-605-2266); Que Sera Sera (2801 N. State St., 601-981-2520); Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601-368-1919)

Best Place for a First Date Second: Julep Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 105, 601-362-1411) / Third: BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601-982-8111) / Finalists: The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 769257-3517); Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601-360-0090); Walker’s Drive-In (3016 N. State St., 601-982-2633)

Best Beer Selection: The Bulldog

6111 Ridgewood Road, 601-978-3502, bulldog-jackson.draftfreak.com

Tucked away in the far northeast corner of Jackson, The Bulldog looks like your garden-variety American casual-dining establishment. It isn’t. In fact, The Bulldog is one of the most pleasant surprises in Jackson. Sure, you can order a bite to eat, flirt with singles, or watch the game on one The Bulldog’s large screens, but it’s not quite a restaurant, nightclub or a sports bar. Everything at The Bulldog revolves around its beer; specifically, its more than 62 beer taps. The Bulldog’s managers attribute the beer pub’s success to a combination of the vast selection, a CO2 and nitrogen mix they use to pump the draft, a special dishwasher and detergent for cleaning the glasses, and cleaning all the beer lines about twice a month, among other secret ingredients. —R.L. Nave Second: Fondren Public (2765 Old Canton Road, 769216-2589) / Third: Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601-368-1919) / Finalists: Capitol Grill (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F, 601-899-8845); Martin’s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St., 601-354-9712); McDade’s Market (Multiple Locations, mcdadesmarkets.com)


1111 Bailey Ave., 601-355-5035

When my mother-in-law came to visit in the spring, she said wanted to try some great ribs while she was here, and the first place that came to mind was E&L. So one afternoon we piled into the car for our great barbecue adventure. When you first pull up to E&L, you might be a bit unsure if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at the right address. The no-frills eatery often doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even look open. Yet regardless of the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appearance, its food is exquisite. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll almost always encounter a line during E&Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular hours (from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and until midnight Friday and Saturday), but the wait is worth it. When we got home, we rolled up our sleeves and dove into our succulent, sticky-sweet, tangy, big-ole messy Styrofoam box. Since that trip, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been back several times, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve not once been disappointed. Although simple, the menu at E&L offers something for everyone: spare ribs, rib tips, smoked hot links, polish sausage, chicken wings, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, turkey legs, pork, pig ear and steak sandwiches, catfish, pan trout filets, baked beans and potato salad. Put simply, E&L is meaty heaven. And always, always say yes to â&#x20AC;&#x153;sauce on fries.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;ShaWanda Jacome

Multiple Locations, 601-709-4990, newks.com

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Newkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, based in Jackson, offers budget-friendly meals and a family-friendly atmosphere. You can choose from a variety of fresh tossed salads, oven-baked sandwiches, pizzas, homemade desserts and more. The grilled chicken sandwich, served on warm toasted bread, is my favorite, while many of my co-workers gravitate toward the Pimiento cheese sandwich. Did I mention the loaded potato soup? It is always a crowd pleaser. In fact, all the soups are one of Newkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest-selling points (check the website for rotating daily soup schedule). To round out the meal, Newkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also serves desserts, including homemade cakes (buy a slice for your meal or take a whole one home), peanut-butter crispies and brownies. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;grab and goâ&#x20AC;? station is available for those on the run or stopping through to pick up a quick meal. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Adriane Louie

Best Sandwich Place Second: Room Service (4659 McWillie Drive, 601362-4617; 1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 104, Ridgeland, 601-707-3600) / Third: Broad Street Baking Company (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601362-2900) / Finalists: Basilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (2906 N. State St., Suite 104, 601-982-2100; 120 N. Congress St., Suite L1, 601944-9888); Beagle Bagel CafĂŠ (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 145, 769-251-1892; 898 Avery Blvd. N., Ridgeland, 601-956-1773; 100 Mannsdale Park Drive, Madison, 601856-4377); Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deli (125 S. Congress St., Suite 103, 601-969-1119; 200 S. Lamar St., 601-714-5683)

Second: Hickory Pit (1491 Canton Mart Road, 601-956-7079) / Third: Chimneyville Smokehouse (970 High St., 601-354-4665) Finalists: Haute Pig (now closed); State Street Barbeque (960 N. State St., 601-961-3433)

Best Place for Ribs Second: Hickory Pit (1491 Canton Mart Road, 601-956-7079) / Third: Sonnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Real Pit Bar-B-Q (2603 Highway 80 W., 601355-7434; 1374 W. Government St., Brandon, 601-825-7675) / Finalists: Sombra Mexican Kitchen (140 Township Ave., Suite 100, Ridgeland, 601-707-7950); State Street Barbeque (960 N. State St., 601-961-3433)

Best Breakfast; Best Brunch: Another Broken Egg 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 1009, 601-790-9170, anotherbrokenegg.com

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. With its warm and inviting atmosphere, Another Broken Egg CafĂŠ is the perfect way to kick off a day of shopping at the Renaissance at Colony Park. The restaurant offers more than 114 different combinations of menu items. Traditional pancakes and cinnamon roll French toast, healthy fruit plates and yogurt parfaits, omelettes, eggs benedict, and Huevos Rancheros are some of the popular dishes. A local favorite is the sweet potato pancake, topped with a cinnamon-marmalade-infused syrup along with spiced pecans and whipped cream. Shrimp and grits is also a crowd-pleasing selection. If you like your brunch to lean more toward the lunch side, Another Broken Egg also offers heartier, more

savory fare including sandwiches, salads and burgers. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Adriane Louie Best Breakfast Second: Primos CafĂŠ (515 Lake Harbour Drive, 601-898-3600; 2323 Lakeland Drive, 601-936-3398) / Third: Broad Street Baking Company (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601362-2900) / Finalists: Brentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 601366-3427); Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St., 601-487-6349)

Best Brunch Second: Julep Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 105, 601-362-1411) / Third: Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant (3000 Old Canton Road, 601-981-8017) / Finalists: Char Restaurant (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601-956-9562); Mint the Restaurant (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5002, 601-898-6468); Sophiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant at Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St., 601-948-3429); Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601-420-4202)

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Second: Georgia Blue (Multiple Locations, georgiablue. net) / Third: Brentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 601-3663427) / Finalists: Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive, 601-366-6033); Basilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (2906 N. State St., Suite 104, 601-982-2100; 120 N. Congress St., Suite L1, 601944-9888); CafĂŠ OlĂŠ (2752 N. State St., 769-524-3627); Gloriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen (2855 Bailey Ave., 601-362-0009)

Best Barbecue

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Best Place for Healthy Food; Best Vegetarian Options: Rainbow Co-op

Best Greek Restaurant; Best Mediterranean/ Middle Eastern: Keifer’s

Big-box grocery stores don’t always have the best options if you’re trying to eat healthy. Often, the produce isn’t organic, and specialty items can be difficult to find, dwarfed by extra-large chip bags and frozen food in bulk. If you want healthier groceries, look no further than the über-local Rainbow Co-op in Fondren. Don’t be fooled— Rainbow might look like a tiny grocery store, but it contains a great selection of natural, healthy, and vegan foods and ingredients. If you’re seeking hard-to-find ingredients such as kefir and almond flour, Rainbow has you covered. The store has rows and rows of different types of flour, nuts, trail mix and other foods, with plastic bags and zip ties at each end so customers can measure out the amount they want. Rainbow also got the vote for Best Vegetarian Options. The store has a great selection of vegetarian foods, including multiple varieties of veggie burgers and tons of tofu. If you’re looking for a good vegetarian restaurant, look no further than High Noon Café, housed inside the complex. —Amber Helsel

Keifer’s is a popular winner every year, and for good reason. The restaurant Rick Olson and Paula Coe opened three decades ago consistently serves good food, fast and dependable. Now with a second location downtown and a new and improved location across the street from its original home, the Greek eatery serves lunch and dinner to an eclectic mix of college students, medical personnel, businesspeople, families and more. Popular menu items including the chicken gyro, thick-cut cottage fries and pita mozz (or as I like to think of it—a feta dressing delivery system) have propelled Keifer’s to its sixth Best Greek Restaurant award in a row—and this year, the eatery proves its hummus can stand with the best of them, taking the Best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern prize as well. So grab a group of friends, order some pitchers of beer to split and enjoy Keifer’s brand of comfort food. —Kathleen M. Mitchell

Best Place for Healthy Food Second: Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive, 601-366-6033) / Third: High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road, 601-366-1513) / Finalist: Adobo (127 S. Roach St., 601944-9501)

Best Vegetarian Options Second: High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road, 601-366-1513) / Third: Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive, 601-366-6033) / Finalists: Adobo (127 S. Roach St., 601-944-9501); BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601982-8111)

Second: Bill’s Greek Tavern (4760 McWillie Drive, 601-982-9295) / Third: Kristos – Casual Greek Dining (971 Madison Ave., Madison, 601-605-2266) / Finalists: Krilakis (207 W. Jackson St., Suite D, Ridgeland, 601-790-9463); Wraps (1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 420, 601-366-2006)

Best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern Second: Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive, 601-366-6033) / Third: Mediterranean Fish and Grill (6550 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601-956-0082) / Finalist: Petra Café (2741 Old Canton Road, 601-366-0161)

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223 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601-919-1900; 111 Colony Crossing, Suite 130 Madison, 601-898-3330; georgiablue.net

480 Magnolia St., Madison, 601-856-4407

Mama Hamil’s Southern Cookin’ in Madison is the definition of soul food—the chefs and restaurant owners put their souls into their food. I remember as a kid hearing Mama Hamil herself singing “Amazing Grace” from the kitchen of the small cabin that housed the restaurant until its move to a larger space in 2007. I love taking friends visiting from out of state to Mama Hamil’s because it truly captures Mississippi’s authenticity. With the long picnic-table-style seating, you’re elbow-to-elbow with people from all walks of life, all smiling, talking and enjoying their meal. The community captures the spirit of the south, and the food reflects the tastes of our culture. Collard greens, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pulled pork are just some of my favorites from the buffet. Of course, you can’t forget to top it off with the homemade banana pudding or fruit cobbler. There’s a reason Mama Hamil’s dominates in these categories every year—it is simply the best. —Holly Perkins

Georgia Blue offers a relaxed, home-style atmosphere dipped in southern flavor, with classic ingredients such as grits and crawfish reimagined in more adventurous dishes (crawfish crepes or turnip green bites, anyone?) Dishes are served on bowl-shaped license plates, a nice, creative twist. Each weekday, Georgia Blue serves up a rotating lineup of classic blueplate fare: country-fried steak, chicken and dumplings, and black-eyed peas are just a few of the items you can choose from. The restaurant prides itself on defying labels. “We like to think of Georgia Blue as a wildcard in the restaurant world,” the website says. Although the locally owned restaurant chain has only been around for a few years, Georgia Blue is already looking to expand to a fourth location—and beyond. The two locations in the Jackson metro also offer live performances by bands and guest singers on weekends. —Brittany Sanford

Best Lunch Buffet

Second: The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen (1200 N. State St., Suite 100, 601-398-4562) Third: Capitol Grill (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F, 601-899-8845) / Finalists: Café Olé (2752 N. State St., 769-524-3627); Miso (3100 N. State St., Suite 102, 769-251-0119)

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January 22 - 28, 2014

Best Greek

Best New Restaurant; Best Plate Lunch: Georgia Blue

Best Lunch Buffet; Best Soul Food: Mama Hamil’s Southern Cookin’

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2807 Old Canton Road, 601-366-1602, rainbowcoop.org

Second: Two Sisters’ Kitchen (707 N. Congress St., 601-353-1180) / Third: Ichiban Hibachi and Sushi Japanese Steakhouse (153 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601-919-0097) / Finalists: Spice Avenue (4711 Interstate 55 N., 601-982-0890); Thai House (1405 Old Square Road, 601982-9991)

Best Soul Food Second: Two Sisters’ Kitchen (707 N. Congress St., 601-353-1180) / Third: Peaches (327 N. Farish St., 601-354-9267) / Finalists: Collins Dream Kitchen (1439 University Blvd., 601353-3845); Gloria’s Kitchen (2855 Bailey Ave., 601-362-0009)

Best New Restaurant

Best Plate Lunch Second: McDade’s Market (Multiple Locations, mcdadesmarkets.com) / Third: Primos Café (515 Lake Harbour Drive, 601-898-3600; 2323 Lakeland Drive, 601-936-3398) / Finalists: Cherokee Inn (1410 Old Square Road, 601-362-6388); Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601-948-0888); The Trace Grill (574 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601-853-1014); Walker’s Drive-In (3016 N. State St., 601-982-2633)


Best Hangover Food Second: Burgers & Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601-899-0038) / Third: Brent’s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 601-366-3427) / Finalists: Capitol Grill (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F, 601-899-8845); Cherokee Inn (1410 Old Square Road, 601-362-6388)

Best Pizza Second: Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601-368-1919) / Third: Soulshine Pizza Factory (1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 1, Ridgeland, 601-856-8646, 5352 Highway 25, Suite 1100, Flowood, 601919-2000) / Finalists: Basil’s 904 (904 E. Fortification St., Suite B, 601-352-2002); Hungry Howie’s Pizza (7157 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601-898-5008; 1060 Spillway Circle, Brandon, 601-706-0418; 105 Highway 80, Clinton, 601-7080001); The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen (1200 N. State St., Suite 100, 601-398-4562)

Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.” Well, BRAVO!’s wine list is proof that proprietors Jeff Good and Dan Blumenthal, and sommelier Lesley McHardy, also love us and love to see us happy. The Italian eatery offers a list that includes good values as well as splurge bottles for special occasions, and regulars eagerly anticipate the annual “clean out the cellar” month, where they can bid on bottles at bargain basement prices. The restaurant’s ongoing Corks for Charity program gives a local nonprofit a chance to win a donation in the amount of the value of your bottle of wine when you donate your cork. Everybody wins! —Julie Skipper Second: Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601-420-4202, tableonehundred.com) / Third: Shapley’s Restaurant (868 Centre St., Ridgeland, 601-957-3753, shapleysrestaurant.com) / Finalists: Anjou Restaurant (361 Township Ave., Ridgeland, 601-707-0587, anjourestaurant.net); Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601-360-0090, parlormarket.com)

Best Restaurant: Walker’s Drive-In

3016 N. State St., 601-982-2633, walkersdrivein.com

While it might seem like 2013 was the year of new Fondren, with fresh shops, restaurants and bars making the area arguably the hippest place in Jackson, Walker’s Drive-In has been a Fondren staple for years. With consistently delicious food and equally consistent and stellar service, Walker’s has the rare ability of making patrons feel like they’re enjoying fine dining at their best friends’ house. The dinerstyle restaurant offers a friendly, small town atmosphere, but the food is anything but “small town.” The dinner menu boasts Veal and Lobster Kathy, and a Redfish Anna with Lump Crab Meat that’s practically considered a Jackson institution, while the lunch menu includes daily blue-plate specials and arguably the best redfish sandwich in town at a price that won’t break the bank. —Holly Perkins

Second: The Penguin Restaurant and Bar (1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 6A, 769-251-5222) / Third: BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601-982-8111) / Finalists: Babalu Tacos and Tapas (622 Duling Ave., Suite 106, 601-366-5757); Char Restaurant (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601-956-9562); Nick’s Restaurant (3000 Old Canton Road, 601-981-8017); Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601-360-0090); Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601-368-1919)

Best Local Fried Chicken: Two Sisters’ Kitchen 707 N. Congress St., 601-353-1180

When it comes to what makes Two Sisters’ Kitchen’s fried chicken so special, owner and founder Diann Alford will only say “the secret is in the spice.” Along with the famous sides and other entrees, the delicious award-winning fried chicken has become a fixture of downtown dining. Since 1989, the Congress Street buffet has been a lunch hotspot serving folks from government employees to visiting dignitaries. The buffet-style meal rotates among other meats, vegetables, biscuits and dessert, but always features the chicken that made Two Sisters famous. Everything on the menu is made in-house and are “handmade with love,” Alford says.

The welcoming home atmosphere and delicious cuisine has propelled Two Sisters’ to national recognition in publications such as Food and Wine Magazine and The New York Times Food and Travel section, in a feature called “36 Hours in Jackson, Miss.” An episode of the Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food Nation” recently featured Two Sisters’, which Alford says has boosted the restaurant’s business, as tourists and fans of the show come to try the fried chicken they saw on television. —Greg Pigott Second: Mama Hamil’s Southern Cookin’ (480 Magnolia St., Madison, 601-856-4407) / Third: Julep Restaurant and Bar

(4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 105, 601-362-1411) / Finalists: Downtown Café (224 E. Capitol St., 601-592-5006); Primos Café (515 Lake Harbour Drive, 601-898-3600; 2323 Lakeland Drive, 601-936-3398); Rooster’s (2906 N. State St., 601982-2001)

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The Pizza Shack calls itself the “neighborhood pizza place,” and this year, Best of Jackson voters agree. The Pizza Shack, which has been in business since 2005, offers “Mississippi style” pizza, boasting an eclectic and extremely expansive menu. Try buffalo wings, cheese sticks or breadsticks for a traditional starter. Next, follow that up with one of The Pizza Shack’s specialty pizzas, such as Double Cheeseburger (double seasoned beef with special sauce blend, aged cheddar cheese sauce, sliced American cheese, shredded cheddar, pickles and onions) or Cajun Joe (spicy andouille sausage, seasoned chicken, green and red pepper, and onions). You can also build your own pizza from a large variety of fresh ingredients. If you are not in the mood for pizza, try one of the large salads, sandwiches or dessert, including salted caramel brownies, cookies, New York Style cheesecake or tiramisu. Are you hungry, yet? —Adriane Louie

4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601-982-8111, bravobuzz.com

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925 E. Fortification St., 601-352-2001; 5046 Parkway Drive, Suite 6, 601-957-1975, thepizzashackjackson.com

Best Wine List/Selection: BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar

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Best Hangover Food; Best Pizza: The Pizza Shack

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in Fondren 3000 Old Canton Road, Jackson, MS

January 22 - 28, 2014

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I love stopping by Primos Café to find a special treat behind the glass bakery counter. It is especially fun around the holidays, when the eatery offers iced cookies decorated as pumpkins, turkeys or Christmas trees. The bakery case is always stocked with drool-worthy delicacies such as fruit drop cookies, Gingerbread men, caramel cupcakes and Primos’ famous petit-fours. Both Primos locations also offer a take-away cooler with whole cakes and pies available for pick up, in classic southern flavors such as caramel, red velvet, Italian cream and strawberry. Everything is homemade and baked fresh, making a dessert from Primos the perfect complement to any potluck lunch or dinner party. You can also order ahead of time to guarantee that your favorite dessert will be available. —Adriane Louie

Best Local Burger: Stamps Superburger

1801 Dalton St., 601-352-4555

Nothing compares to a great hamburger—real beef seasoned to perfection served on a toasty bun. Stamps is a staple in Jackson and has been often imitated, but never quire replicated. The original stands tall as the granddaddy of other burger joints. Algernon Stamps Sr. founded Stamps in 1970 and created the recipe and design for what became known as the “Superburger.” The restaurant has been operating from the same location on Dalton Street for the past 44 years. The original “Superburger” is a monster nearly one-pound behemoth, and the smaller 8-to-10-ounce version is plenty for the average person. The eatery even offers a turkey burger that matches its beef counterpart in size and flavor. No other hamburger can compete with the ones made at Stamps. The burgers are thick, tasty and filling. —Tommy Burton

Second: Amerigo Italian Restaurant (6592 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601-977-0563) / Third: Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601-368-1919 / Finalists: Broad Street Baking Company (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601-362-2900); Campbell’s Bakery (3013 N. State St., 601-362-4628); Char Restaurant (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601-956-9562)

Second: Mugshots Grill & Bar (4245 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-932-4031) / Third: Burgers & Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601-899-0038) / Finalists: Babalu Tacos and Tapas (622 Duling Ave., Suite 106, 601-366-5757); Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie Drive, 601-713-3020); Majestic Burger (1067 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite B, Ridgeland, 601-707-0093); Rooster’s (2906 N. State St., 601-982-2001); Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601-360-0090)

Best Doughnuts: Shipley Do-Nuts

Best Bakery: Broad Street Baking Company

103 Highway 80 E., Clinton, 601-925-0020, shipleydonuts.ws

As you walk in the door of Shipley Do-Nuts, the sweet aroma of fresh dough and sugar greets you, enough to make your mouth water. Shipley Do-Nuts is a local favorite with plenty of crowd-pleasing donuts to choose from. Whether it’s the chocolate iced donuts, chocolate cream-filled donuts or cinnamon twists (my personal favorites), or the apple fritters, cinnamon rolls, cake donuts and do-nut holes, Shipley serves them hot and ready starting at 6 a.m. daily. Grab a treat for yourself or buy a dozen or two for the whole office. After one bite, you will be coming back for more. —Adriane Louie Second: Scurlock’s Donuts Shop & Eatery (now closed) / Third: Donut Palace (Multiple Locations) / Finalists: Donut Barn (1069 Highway 51, Madison, 601-605-8100); Monroe’s Donuts and Bakery (6310 Medgar Evers Blvd., 601-981-3208); Pillow Donuts (1679 Old Fannin Road, Flowood, 601-992-6040; 707 Beau Pre Drive, Ridgeland, 601-790-9697)

Multiple locations, cupsespressocafe.com

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Best Place to Get Coffee: Cups: An Espresso Café

4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601-362-2900, broadstbakery.com

The best place to get fresh, handmade bread, pastries and cookies is once again Broad Street Baking Company. Start your day off with a fresh danish or sticky bun, or stop by on the way home for a sweet afternoon treat. The chefs bake up a selection of artisan breads on site daily, from San Francisco sourdough, foccacia and rye (popular choices to bookend Broad Street’s sandwiches) to more rare varieties such as Scottish struan and jalapeno cheddar brioche. The bread schedule is posted on Broad Street’s website so you can see what day your favorite is available. Catering is also big business for Broad Street—the restaurant offers trays of sandwiches, pastries and desserts for office lunches, after-school snacks and more. —Adriane Louie Second: Campbell’s Bakery (3013 N. State St., 601-362-4628) / Third: Primos Café (515 Lake Harbour Drive, 601-898-3600; 2323 Lakeland Drive, 601-936-3398) / Finalists: Beagle Bagel Café (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 145, 769-251-1892; 898 Avery Blvd. N., Ridgeland, 601-956-1773; 100 Mannsdale Park Drive, Madison, 601-856-4377); Corner Bakery Café (108 Market St., Flowood, 601-919-9797; 149 Grandview Blvd., Madison, 601-607-7377); Gil’s Bread (655 Lake Harbour Drive, Suite 500, Ridgeland, 601-856-0885); Great Harvest Bread Company (5006 Parkway Drive, 601-956-4406)

Best Veggie Burger: Burgers & Blues

Second: Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St., 601-487-6349) / Third: Seattle Drip (Multiple Locations, seattledrip.com) / Finalists: Broad Street Baking Company (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601-362-2900); Fusion Coffeehouse (1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite A, Ridgeland, 601-856-6001)

Second: Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie Drive, 601-713 3020 / Third: Majestic Burger (1067 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite B, Ridgeland, 601-707-0093) / Finalists: Adobo (127 S. Roach St., 601-944-9501); High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road, 601-366-1513); Steve’s Deli (125 S. Congress St., Suite 103, 601-969-1119; 200 S. Lamar St., 601-714-5683)

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Cups: An Espresso Café opened in 1993 and has been a favorite among Jacksonians ever since, thanks to its casual but eclectic environment that is both warm and inviting. Cups’ ever-evolving menu always includes new flavors of coffee and tea, as well as Cups originals such as the Blondie (which combines flavors of coffee, caramel and white chocolate, topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel) and the Brunette (similar to the Blondie with darker chocolate and a hint of hazelnut). Cups also serves fruit smoothies made with low-fat yogurt, Italian sodas, hot chocolate, handcrafted espresso and pour-over coffee. The espresso café prides itself on using coffee beans roasted in Jackson, and you can purchase raw or locally roasted beans in the cafés or online as well. The company, which Janice and Dennis Cameron founded, is also involved with the local arts scene, displaying local artists’ work in each of its roastery locations. — Adriane Louie

Though some meat eaters may be skeptical when it comes to veggie burgers, vegetable-based patties can be just as delicious as the real thing. One, in particular, could make even the most carnivorous of Jacksonians admit its deliciousness: the garden patty at Burgers & Blues. You can get it with the basic burger toppings, or you can have your veggie burger with barbecue sauce, steak sauce, eggs—almost any topping. My personal choice? The Sonic Boom with a garden patty. The burger has lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, habanero mayo, mustard, ketchup, fried jalapeno peppers and hot pepper jack cheese. —Amber Helsel

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Best Place for Dessert: Primos Café

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Best Gumbo: Que Sera Sera

2801 N. State St., 601-981-2520, queserams.com

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In 1989, Boo Noble opened Que Sera Sera in a Fondren neighborhood that was far from developed. When asked about the future of his establishment, he simply said, “Whatever will be, will be,” and Que Sera Sera was born. The restaurant’s famous gumbo, which has become a neighborhood staple, highlights Noble’s New Orleans training. Current owner Perrin Noble, Boo’s son, says the gumbo is based on an original recipe from the Duggan family of the Duggan seafood company. “We’ve made modifications, but the gumbo will always special because it’s made from scratch,” the younger Noble says. The gumbo is always made fresh with quality ingredients including shrimp, crab, andouille sausage, oysters and crawfish, and features a plethora of different seasonings as well as celery and okra. Noble prides himself on Que Sera Sera staying true to his father’s tradition of affordability while also featuring quality menu items. “We really feel like our restaurant brings out the diversity of Jackson,” he says. “Since we got here, the neighborhood has become an attractive spot for all people in the Jackson area, and I like to think my father was partly responsible for the building up of the neighborhood,” Noble says. In addition to fresh food and sauces made in-house, Que Sera Sera also supports live music, hosting concerts called “The Party on the Patio.” —Greg Pigott

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You voted, and when someone else foots the bill, you want USDA Prime. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Ridgeland offers up that classic steakhouse experience you crave, starting with dark wood, leather-upholstered chairs, and a wine list from its Europeaninspired cellar that is heavy on reds. The restaurant, which started in New Orleans, also serves up a variety of steaks for you to enjoy at your companion’s expense, from filet and New York strip to the giant Cowboy Ribeye if you’re up for a challenge. Less red-meatcentric diners can enjoy lobster or seafood selections. Sides are a la carte and include traditional steakhouse staples such as spinach or broccoli au gratin and several takes on potatoes. Homemade desserts round out the decadent meal, which begs the question … if someone else pays, does that include the caloric damage, too? —Julie Skipper

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In 2004, Yoseph Ali looked at Jackson’s restaurant scene and noticed an opening he was glad to fill. Originally from Ethiopia, Ali had been living in Jackson since 1997. While attending Jackson State University for a master’s degree in hazardous materials management, Ali noticed Jackson had a distinct lack of the kind of food he had grown up enjoying in Ethiopia. “I always wanted to have food like the kind I had in my home country here,” Ali said. “I was living here in Jackson and saw there was room for good Mediterranean food here, since there were hardly any restaurants like that around. That gave me the idea to bring that kind of food home to Jackson, and I ended up starting Aladdin.” Ali opened the first Aladdin location in Fondren in 2004, and opened a second location in Flowood in 2007. Aladdin offers falafel and gyros; sheep, beef and chicken kababs; chicken and beef shawarma; hummus, lamb chops, tilapia, fried kibby, baba ganuj and more. For dessert you can enjoy fresh baklava, burma, baklava fingers, bird nests and tiramisu. Aladdin also offers excellent vegetarian options and frequently makes the top three for JFP’s Best Vegetarian Options category, with this year being no exception. Aladdin also has its own grocery store where customers can pick up ingredients to make their own great Mediterranean dishes at home. Ali is looking to make this year a special one for Aladdin. “We’re going into our 10th year of business, and I’m planning to have a celebration sometime this year for our customers to look forward to,” he said. “I appreciate being here and look forward to celebrating another year in Fondren.” —Dustin Cardon Second: Mr. Chen’s Restaurant (5465 Interstate 55 N., 601-978-1865) / Third: Thai House (1405 Old Square Road, 601-982-9991) / Finalist: Spice Avenue (4711 Interstate 55 N., 601982-0890)

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The lemon-pepper and original-hot wing flavors at Wingstop make my cheeks pucker and tongue dance. My family loves to order the family pack, which includes three choices of wing flavors, two dipping sauces, seasoned fries and veggie sticks. The good thing about the family pack is that we don’t have to limit ourselves on the number of wings we eat, and we always have leftovers. You can choose between boneless or bone-in wings—usually it’s bone-in for me. Wingstop also offers beer by the pitcher, which is the perfect complement to a basket of wings and a great game on the television. —Tam Curley Second: Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601-368-1919, salandmookies.com) / Third: Last Call Sports Grill (1428 Old Square Road, 601-713-2700, lastcallsportsgrill.com) / Finalists: Capitol Grill (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F, 601-899-8845, capitolgrillofjackson.com); Wing Station (5038 Parkway Drive, thewingstation.net)

Best Take-out: Room Service

4659 McWillie Drive, 601-362-4617, roomservicejackson.com

1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-707-3600, roomservicenorth.com Boasting 32 salads and 34 sandwiches—featuring ingredients ranging from pork loin to pimiento to smoked salmon and capers—the menu for Room Service offers an overwhelming assortment of lunch options. Besides the main items, you can round your lunch out with sides of chips, spuds, chicken salad, chili or soup, as well as desserts and drinks. The company, which Hays Thompson founded more than 25 years ago, prides itself on making all the food fresh each day—no prepackaged salads or preservative-packed meat that was cooked in California and shipped in. Room Service can serve much of the metro area between its two locations, one in Jackson and one in Ridgeland at the Renaissance, and it sticks to a simple formula. You order lunch Monday through Friday and it delivers, fast and fresh. —Kathleen M. Mitchell Second: Newk’s Eatery (Multiple Locations, newks.com) / Third: OEC Japanese Express (Multiple Locations, oecflowood.com) / Finalists: Mr. Chen’s Restaurant (5465 Interstate 55 N., 601-978-1865); Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601368-1919); Tokyo Express (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite D, 601-957-1368); Wok to Go (4329 N. State St., Suite F, 601-981-2112)

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Second: Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601-948-0888) / Third: Fat Tuesday’s Restaurant (6923 Old Canton Road, Suite 105, 601-956-2971) / Finalists: Broad Street Baking Company (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601-362-2900); Char Restaurant (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601-956-9562); The Islander Seafood and Oyster House (1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 100, 601-366-5441)

Second: Walker’s Drive-In (3016 N. State St., 601-982-2633); Third: Shapley’s Restaurant (868 Centre St., Ridgeland, 601-957-3753); Finalists: Char Restaurant (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601-956-9562); Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601-360-0090); Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601-420-4202); Tico’s Steak House (1536 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland, 601-956-1030)

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Best Italian: Amerigo Italian Restaurant COURTESY AMERIGOS

6592 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601-977-0563; amerigo.net

Best Kids’ Menu: Sal and Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint 565 Taylor St., 601-368-1919, salandmookies.com

Jeff Good and Dan Blumenthal opened Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint in Fondren in 2007 following a year spent developing a New Yorkstyle pizza recipe with Sal & Mookie’s Chef Jon Pixler and Andrew Robertson, and a three-day pizza-eating/research trip to New York’s best pizzerias to ensure they got it just right. Sal and Mookie’s offers a huge variety of specialty pizzas named for New York icons, such as the Empire State, the Andy Warhol, the Riker’s Island, the South Street Seaport and many more. The restaurant also offers dishes from gourmet grilled panini sandwiches and Italian-style pastas to New York submarine sandwiches and hamburgers. The menu appeals to kids and adults alike, with specialties like the mac-andcheese pizza (pictured). With approachable ingredients for young palettes mixed with more sophisticated tastes, it’s the perfect place to entice kids to try new foods. Of course, little ones likely think Sal and Mookie’s ice cream parlor is the main attraction, with its 24 flavors of ice cream, sundaes, splits, shakes, malts and floats. As for adults, they often find their dessert in the fully stocked PiE Lounge bar, which offers handmade craft cocktails, and more than 40 beers on draft or by the bottle. —Dustin Cardon Second: Burgers & Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601-899-0038) Third: The Froghead Grill (121 Clinton Center Drive, Clinton, 601-924-0725) / Finalists: Broad Street Baking Company (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601-362-2900); The Islander Seafood and Oyster House (1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 100, 601-366-5441); Primos Café (515 Lake Harbour Drive, 601-898-3600; 2323 Lakeland Drive, 601-936-3398)

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Best Steak: Shapley’s Restaurant

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868 Centre St., Ridgeland, 601-957-3753, shapleysrestaurant.com When I hear the name Shapley’s restaurant, I think “steak.” Clearly, I’m not alone in that, as Jacksonians have once again agreed that the Ridgeland restaurant has the best steak in town. Tucked behind County Line Road, Shapley’s has been grilling up some of the finest steaks in the Jackson area since 1985. The restaurant uses flavorful seasonings on only select beef, offering steaks weighing up to 40 ounces. This is not the kind of restaurant where diners have to worry about charred meat, overcooked or undercooked filets, overseasoning, or any of the other rookie steak mistakes. Be sure to ask one of the knowledgeable servers for advice on pairing your dinner with one of the wines from their impressive award-winning wine list. —Holly Perkins Second: Tico’s Steak House (1536 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland, 601-956-1030) / Third: Char Restaurant (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601-956-9562) / Finalists: BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601-982-8111); Ely’s Restaurant & Bar (115 W. Jackson St., Suite 2E, Ridgeland, 601-605-6359); Walker’s Drive-In (3016 N. State St., 601-982-2633)

Amerigo Italian Restaurant, which has been a local favorite since 1987, offers a combination of traditional and modern Italian dishes, including grilled paninis, fresh seafood entrees, five-layer lasagna and handcrafted pizza. Bon Appetit magazine even featured the restaurant’s famous cheese fritters. One of my favorite dishes at Amerigo is the Chicken Margarite, which is grilled chicken served over angel hair pasta with mozzarella cheese; I choose to top it with garlic butter sauce. I always finish my meal with dessert—the Tiramisu with vanilla cream and Kahlúa chocolate sauce is to die for. Amerigo also offers family-style catering that can accommodate a group of any size, featuring the same favorites patrons enjoy while dining in. —Adriane Louie Second: BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601-9828111) Third: Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano (970 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601354-6600) / Finalists: Cerami’s Italian Restaurant (5417 Lakeland Drive, Suite I, Flowood, 601-919-2829); Fratesi’s Italian Cuisine (910 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601956-2929); Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601-368-1919)

Best Seafood: Mayflower Café

123 W. Capitol St. 601-355-4122, mayflowercafems.com

Mississippi knows seafood, but you don’t have to head to the coast to get the best. Since 1935, Mayflower Café has provided Jacksonians with fresh, delicious seafood. The neon lights of the Mayflower Café shining down onto Capitol Street are an iconic part of the city’s history. The eatery is an icon of downtown Jackson, and for good reason. The self-proclaimed “Mississippi’s Original Seafood Restaurant” has so many seafood offerings that it’s difficult to choose just one. Luckily, you don’t have to—seafood platters offer a variety, or you can mix and match oysters, redfish, stuffed shrimp, soft-shell crab and fresh sea scallops, to name a few of the menu items. —Holly Perkins Second: Walker’s Drive-In (3016 N. State St., 601-982-2633) / Third: Crab’s Seafood Shack (6954 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601-956-5040) / Finalists: The Islander Seafood and Oyster House (1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 100, 601-366-5441); Sal and Phil’s (6600 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601-957-1188)

Best French Fries: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

122 Market St., Flowood, 601-983-5555; 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 2001, Ridgeland, 601-605-1115; fiveguys.com

When you walk into Five Guys, it’s a fairly original experience. The menu is simple—burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese and fries. The grilled cheese and burgers are great, but besides their famed burgers, Five Guys is also known for their fries. They take pride in their fried potato sticks, letting restaurant goers where they’ve sourced their current supply of potatoes by a sign on the wall. The homestyle fries are the perfect combination of crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, and the bits of potato skin give the fries that extra touch. You can get them Five Guys style or Cajun style, which is my favorite. And if you partake in the English tradition of using malt vinegar, Five Guys sets some out for you. —Amber Helsel Second: Rooster’s (2906 N. State St., 601-982-2001) / Third: Stamps Superburger (1801 Dalton St., 601-352-4555 / Finalists: Burgers & Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601-899-0038); Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie Drive, 601-713-3020); Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601-368-1919)


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Best Bar; Best College Student Hangout; Best New Bar: Fondren Public

One might not expect Jackson to be home of a talented New Orleans-style brass band. But with influences including Rebirth Brass Band and Soul Rebels Brass Band— two influential groups from New Orleans—the Southern Komfort Brass Band uses brass-band music as a base to which it incorporates covers of R&B, hip-hop and pop songs. Southern Komfort includes sousaphone player Jamie Abrams, percussionist Tim Boyd, trombone player Lorenzo Gayden, percussionist Gerard Howard, tenor saxophonist Cedric Eubanks, trumpet player Joseph Handy, trumpet player Terry Miller and trombone player Eric James. Trumpet player Corey Hannah and trumpet player and percussionist Dorran Thigpen serve as alternates. Since its formation in 2010, Southern Komfort has made an impression with its second line-style performances, which allow audience members to participate by dancing alongside the band, as well as energetic stage performances. —Briana Robinson Best Cover Band Second: Jason Turner Band (jasonturnerband.com) / Third: The Colonels / Finalists: Diesel 255; Kid Vicious; Otis Lotus

Best Jazz Artist Second: Cassandra Wilson / Third: Pam Confer / Finalists: Barry Leach; DimeBros; Lisa Palmer; Rhonda Richmond

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Best Rock Artist; Best Singer; Best Singer/Songwriter: Jason Turner

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Second: The Weeks (theweeksmusic.com) / Third: Chad Wesley Band (chadwesleyband.com) Finalists: Diesel 255; Furrows; Storage 24; Young Valley

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Best Singer Second: Pam Confer / Third: Kerry Thomas / Finalists: Akami Graham; Chad Wesley; Victoria Cross

Best Singer/Songwriter Second: Taylor Hildebrand / Third: Kerry Thomas / Finalists: Chad Perry; Chad Wesley; Zach Lovett

“This is like Facebook come to life,” Mark Ward said, describing Fondren Public one weekend in November. The bar—open just over two months at that point—was packed to capacity during a Homecoming weekend, with folks running into friends and acquaintances in every nook of the multi-room bar. The sound on the back porch was deafening, as laughing, chatting groups filled every table, bench, chair and rail. Fondren Public has enjoyed that type of scene more often than not since opening. The bar feels in some ways like a transplant from a much bigger city, with style to spare and a one-in, one-out policy when it gets full. Although the bar’s main focus is craft beer (especially local brands such as Lucky Town and Lazy Magnolia) and handcrafted cocktails, it also serves some pretty delicious food. The menu keeps it simple and creative, offering appetizers including truffle dip, salads, sliders, and “big bites” such as a fried chicken and waffle taco. The pub also offers beer by the growler starting at $12 a fill. Patrons can’t get enough, whether they are playing shuffleboard indoors or bocce ball on the outdoor back deck, sipping on a signature copper cup containing a Mississippi Mule—a take on the Moscow Mule featuring Cathead vodka—or watching a Saints game with friends. —Kathleen M. Mitchell Best Bar Second: Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601-948-0888) / Third: Metropolitan Bar Sports Grill (M-Bar) (6340 Ridgewood Court Drive, 601-398-0999) / Finalists: The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 769-257-3517); The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road, 601978-3502); Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601-948-0055)

Best College Student Hangout Second: Cups: An Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, cupsespressocafe.com) / Third: The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road, 601-978-3502) / Finalists: Club Magoo’s (824 S. State St., 601-487-8710); Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601-948-0055); Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St., 601-487-6349)

Best New Bar Second: Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 769-257-3517) / Third: Metropolitan Bar Sports Grill (M-Bar) (6340 Ridgewood Court Drive, 601-398-0999) / Finalist: Capitol Grill (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F, 601-899-8845)

Best LGBT Hangout; Best OpenMic Night: Fenian’s Pub 901 E. Fortification St., 601-948-0055, fenianspub.com

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Since he started performing live in the late ’90s, Jason Turner has played more than 2,500 shows, mostly solo gigs in Mississippi. Turner’s solo set, however, isn’t the average “guy singing with an acoustic guitar.” He goes to his shows also equipped with his harmonica and several effects pedals. Although he’s using only two instruments at a time—harmonica and guitar or vocals and guitar—his sound is massive. His loop pedal allows Turner to create layers of sound through his guitar playing. Constant performing has proved to be the right direction for Turner, as he wins and places in more Best of Jackson award categories each year. This year, in addition to winning three categories, he also got second place in Best Country Artist, Best Cover Band, Best Musician and Best Original Band. This summer, Turner plans to release “Like the Night,” an album he has been working on at Malaco Records with bassist Dan Joiner and drummer Murph Caicedo. Also in the next few months, Turner hopes to record a live solo album at New Orleans’ House of Blues. —Briana Robinson

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Being voted Best LGBT Hangout doesn’t mean that Fenian’s is now a gay bar; it’s actually a testament to the bar’s open and welcoming environment for all people. Patrons of all different backgrounds come together there peacefully to have a good time. The bar’s weekly open-mic night is probably one of the most organized in the city. Prospective performers must call the bar after 4:30 p.m. on open-mic nights to schedule a time to play. A local musician, such as Joe Carroll and Jason Bailey, hosts the event starting at 9 p.m. and keeps the night running smoothly. —Briana Robinson Best LGBT Hangout Second: Bottoms Up (3911 Northview Drive, 601-981-2188) / Third: Club Metro Reloaded (4670 Highway 80 W., 347-685-9745) / Finalist: JC’s (425 N. Mart Plaza, 601-362-3108)

Best Open-Mic Night Second: Last Call Sports Grill (1428 Old Square Road, 601-713-2700) / Third: Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St., 601-960-2700) / Finalists: Martin’s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St., 601-354-9712); Soul Wired Café (111 Millsaps Ave., 601-863-6378)


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Best Musician: Hunter Gibson

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Cherokee Inn has been a staple landmark of the Jackson landscape for more than seven decades. After several moves on State Street, previous owner Chip Angelo moved the business to its current location on Old Square Road in 2003. Hayes and Blake McMillan, current owners, bought the establishment in October of 2006. Cherokee Inn boasts a laid-back staff, most of which have worked at the restaurant and bar for more than a decade. With such a staff on hand, it’s easy to see how Cherokee Inn earned its regular patrons. The restaurant and bar has daily lunch specials, such as Monday’s homemade chicken and dumplings or Friday’s country-fried steak with rice and gravy. Cherokee also makes its own award-winning comeback dressing. Happy Hour at Cherokee Inn is from 4-7 p.m. every day, and domestic long necks are $1.75 on Throw Back Thursdays. Cherokee Inn also offers corporate catering and rentals for private parties. —Briana Robinson

For as long as he can remember, Hunter Gibson has had diverse musical tastes. “I started really being influenced by Elton John and Billy Joel,” he says. “But I was also really influenced by piano players from the 1970s, like Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman and Pete Wagner.” The keyboard sensation plays everything from Elvis to The Black Eyed Peas. Gibson, a Jackson native, says playing the piano, rather than the guitar, allows him more range than other artists in the Jackson area. “It gives me something different,” he says. You can hear Hunter Gibson play at Jackson-area spots such as Olga’s, Shucker’s on the Rez and Shea’s on Lake Harbour. No matter where he is, he strives to give the crowd a great experience. In addition to original songs, he often plays covers of popular songs. “If people request a song, they probably like it the way it was played by the original artist,” he says. “I also think it’s important to pay tribute to the original artist to play the song the way it was written.” To hear more of Gibson’s music, visit his website or find him on Facebook. Gibson also plays for private events across the metro. —Greg Pigott

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Second: Jason Turner (jasonturnerband.com) / Third: JaVontá Young / Finalists: Barry Leach; Chad Wesley (chadwesleyband.com); Cody Cox; Scott Albert Johnson (scottalbertjohnson.com)

Best Dive Bar Second: Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601-948-0055) / Third: Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St., 601-960-2700) / Finalists: Martin’s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St., 601-354-9712); Pop’s Saloon (2636 S. Gallatin St., 601-961-4747); Sam’s Lounge (5035 Interstate 55 N., 601-983-2526)

Best Place to Dance: Underground 119 119 S. President St., 601-352-2322, underground119.com

When it’s time to break out the dancing shoes and glide across a smooth dark floor, no place is more inviting than Underground 119. The basement restaurant and bar is the ideal place to fill your belly, quench your thirst and satisfy your need to move. Let your body rock to the rhythm of blues, jazz, bluegrass and classical music. Underground 119 offers live music most nights of the week from artists such as Time to Move Band, Grady Champion, Southern Komfort Brass Band and Swing de Paris. And don’t let the size of Underground 119’s dance space fool you into thinking this is a sit-down bar—although the genres change from night to night, every act is booked with one thing in mind: getting patrons to hit the dance floor. —Brittany Sanford

Best Jukebox Second: Last Call Sports Grill (1428 Old Square Road, 601-713-2700) / Third: Sam’s Lounge (5035 Interstate 55 N., 601-983-2526) / Finalists: The Green Room (444 Bounds St., 601713-3444); Peaches (327 N. Farish St., 601-354-9267)

Best Place to Drink Cheap Second: Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601-948-0055) / Third: Martin’s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St., 601-354-9712) / Finalists: Fondren Public (2765 Old Canton Road, 769-216-2589); Sam’s Lounge (5035 Interstate 55 N., 601-983-2526)

Second: Club Magoo’s (824 S. State St., 601-487-8710, clubmagoos.com) / Third: Freelons Bar and Groove (440 N. Mill St., 601-949-2535, freelons.com) / Finalists: Bottoms Up (3911 Northview Drive, 601-981-2188); Martin’s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St., 601-354-9712, martinslounge.net); Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St., 601-960-2700); Shucker’s on the Rez (116 Conestoga Road, Ridgeland, 601-853-0105, shuckersontherez.com)

Best Live Music Venue: Hal & Mal’s

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Best R&B Artist: Jarekus Singleton

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It’s hard to imagine something as universally reviled as Mondays, but those in the know in Jackson have found a way to beat the weekend hangover, and the answer comes from a familiar spot. Hal & Mal’s, the winner of Best Live Music Venue for the past several years, hosts the Central Mississippi Blues Society every Monday night. It serves as a kick-start to what promises to be another week of good music at one of Jackson’s downtown landmarks. Commerce Street has been home to Hal & Mal’s for 29 years, and the venue has hosted everyone from Leon Russell and B.B. King to Snoop Dogg. The atmosphere is rough around the edges, but its unmistakable character is what makes it great. —Tyler Cleveland

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Second: Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave., 601-292-7121) / Third: Underground 119 (119 S. President St., 601-352-2322) / Finalists: Burgers & Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601-899-0038); Club Magoo’s (824 S. State St., 601-487-8710); The Penguin Restaurant and Bar (1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 6A, 769-251-5222)

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It’s tough to be a blues musician in Mississippi. Many giants of the genre hailed from the small towns scattered throughout the state. Jarekus Singleton, 29, has done his homework and risen to become one of the most exciting names playing blues in 2013. His live concerts feature a blend of slow jams to outright funky soul from his debut release, 2011’s “Heartfelt.” He was a featured artist at 2013’s R&B Festival, in addition to frequent shows at local haunts such as Underground 119. The Clinton native’s diverse range appeals to live audiences and critics alike. Blues and Rhythm magazine in the UK said he is “destined to be the next big thing in the blues world.” The future of blues music is all right as long as musicians like Jarekus Singleton keep playing. —Tommy Burton Second: Kerry Thomas (soundcloud.com/kerrythomasmusic) / Third: Victoria Cross / Finalists: A1; AJC & the Envelope Pushers; Akami Graham


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When Angela Pittman started doing karaoke around 15 years ago, she was just a singer who wanted to make sure the people listening to her had a great time. Now she’s the “Queen of Rankin County Karaoke” and has developed a local following. The Jackson native says female country singers like Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline are her biggest influences, but makes no secret that she loves all music genres. Pittman is a paralegal by day, but puts on karaoke events throughout the Jackson area, including Monday nights at Burgers and Blues, and Friday nights at Alumni House in Pearl. Pittman also plays monthly at restaurants, events and festivals. She likes her events to have a family atmosphere, and says building relationships with the regular singers is her favorite part of the experience. She also loves learning about new music. “Some of these songs I had never heard, but I hear someone sing them at karaoke, and I wind up really liking it,” she says. “We love doing this, but it’s not about the money. We just want to have a great time.” —Greg Pigott

Follow David Banner on Instagram as I do, and you’ll see that the rapper-turnedactor has come a long way from his childhood as Lavell Crump, miles from his local Crooked Lettaz duo days in Jackson, even a distance from his early national “On the flo, on the flo” success when he would come home to Freelon’s and show out and show off. I met and trailed Banner, who turns 40 this year and has produced six studio albums, around for a story (jfp.ms/banner) in the very early years of the JFP when his “Mississippi: The Album” was climbing the charts. What I liked about Banner then—beyond his more meaningful recordings like “Cadillac on 22’s”—was that he was bent on both succeeding and using that success to give back. He was also, like many other commercially known hip-hop artists, a deep thinker who seemed to both regret and accept that the industry forced him to do the kind of recordings that would give him a platform to effect social change—from his local Boys & Girls Club support to his post-Katrina charity concerts to his get-out-the-vote efforts. The Provine High School and Southern University graduate even appeared before Congress in 2007 to defend violent, misogynistic rap lyrics: “I can admit there are some problems in hip-hop, but it is only a reflection of what’s taking place in our society,” he said. “Hip-hop is sick because America is sick.” Since 2007, he has piled up 14 acting credits (including Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” and the now-filming “The Last Punch”). Banner also has 11 soundtrack credits under his belt, and has produced music for several big-brand commercials. —Donna Ladd Second: Hollywood Luck / Third: 5th Child / Finalists: AJC & the Envelope Pushers; James Crow; Tricky LT 45

Best Place to Watch the Game: Burgers & Blues 1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601-899-0038, burgersblues.com The only thing more difficult than choosing what game to watch on one of Burgers & Blues’ many television screens is deciding what burger to have with it. Large televisions hang at the bar, making it the perfect place to make friends with those cheering on your favorite team. Or you can load up on one of the family-style picnic tables with a cadre of jersey-clad friends to make an afternoon of it. Within its 3,000 square feet, Burgers & Blues provides something for every type of sports fan, no matter who you’re watching with or which team you’re cheering on. —Michael Jacome

Best Place to Shoot Pool: The Green Room

Best Gospel Artist: Mississippi Mass Choir

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With drink specials that offer to fill your cup for less than three George Washingtons and billiards tournaments that could fill your pockets with thousands of dollars, The Green Room proves once again it is the best place to shoot pool in Jackson. While other locales might offer a felt-top table tucked away in a corner, The Green Room centers its entertainment on billiards—and local pool sharks know it. The bar and restaurant, which Truett Hawkins owns and operates, is a member of the American Poolplayers Association, and regularly offers 8-ball and 9-ball singles, doubles and team events. The Green Room has also hosted world-renowned pool players such as hall of famer and trick shot champion Mike Massey for exhibitions. With so much to offer in the world of pool sports, The Green Room is right on cue. —Kathleen M. Mitchell Second: Cherokee Inn (1410 Old Square Road, 601-362-6388) / Third: Last Call Sports Grill (1428 Old Square Road, 601-713-2700) / Finalists: Reed Pierce’s (6791 Siwell Road, Byram, 601-376-0777); Sam’s Lounge (5035 Interstate 55 N., 601-983-2526)

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Second: The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road, 601-978-3502) / Third: Metropolitan Bar Sports Grill (M-Bar) (6340 Ridgewood Court Drive, 601-398-0999) / Finalists: Capitol Grill (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F, 601-899-8845); Fondren Public (2765 Old Canton Road, 769-216-2589); Last Call Sports Grill (1428 Old Square Road, 601-713-2700)

Like the God who is at the center of its soulful praise, the Mississippi Mass Choir seems omnipresent. Franklin Delano Williams, a Smithdale native and record company executive, formally organized the choir in the late 1980s and produced its first studio album in 1988. Since recording its first album, “The Mississippi Mass Choir Live,” the choir has been central to African American Christian and American musical experiences. Today, the mass choir tours internationally, including a multi-city stop in South Africa in 2011, the group’s first time performing in Africa. In October 2013, a quarter-century after its inception, the Mississippi Mass Choir completed its 10th live recording. —R.L. Nave Second: Dathan Thigpen / Third: Laurie Walker / Finalists: Benjamin Cone III and Worship; Chandra Wise; Darius Brown and FreshWind; Larry Johnson

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DJ T. Lewis, born Terrell Lewis, has been bringing beats since 2002. He began as a student at Callaway High School and continued his passion while as a student a Jackson State University, where he graduated with degrees in speech and mass communications. “I would have annual birthday parties every year, and I would be the host of my party. And I would have parties in high school after football games and dances,” Lewis says. “When I deejay, I want to give people that are feeling bad a better feeling about life. I like hearing everyone singing the songs and having a good time. … It’s all about the memories.” Lewis now works full-time as a DJ traveling throughout Mississippi and other states, especially through college towns. You can find him at Freelon’s, where he’s been working since 2008, every weekend. If you can’t make it to the club, tune in to 97.7 FM WJMI to hear him spin live Saturday nights. “I’m really trying to perfect (my) craft ... to be a better show DJ,” he says. “I want to be one of the people who helps define Jackson’s party culture and Mississippi’s party culture.” —ShaWanda Jacome

Best Karaoke DJ: Angela Pittman

Best Hip-Hop Artist: David Banner

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Best Country Artist: Skylar Laine Fans of Skylar Laine, better known as Skoutlaws, have been following her rise as a country artist since her appearance on Season 11 of “American Idol.” Last year was an exciting one for the talented and spirited performer. She relocated to Nashville to continue writing, performing and pursuing her dream of a music contract. Creative Artists Agency and The Cirlot Agency currently represent her, and she launched a swanky new website in April where she debuted two new songs: “Renegade” and “Miss You in the Morning.” Laine played shows all over Mississippi, and even made a trip up to New York in July to sing the national anthem for the Syracuse Chiefs game. She also stopped by Woodville Heights Elementary in south Jackson for Dr. Seuss/Read Across America Day, where she read “Green Eggs and Ham” as a special celebrity guest. She chatted with teachers and staff, and posed for tons of pictures; she is one of the kindest young ladies you’ll meet. In 2014, Laine will marry her long-time love Coty Holifield—our hats areoff to her for a great new year! —ShaWanda Jacome Second: Jason Turner / Third: South of 20 / Finalist: Shaun Patterson

Best Place for Cocktails: Julep Restaurant and Bar 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 105, 601-362-1411, juleprestaurant.com

If you are looking for a place to unwind after work, take a date, or just hang out with friends, Julep Restaurant and Bar is the place to be. This Highland Village staple serves up fresh ingredients in classic drinks and unique cocktails. The restaurant offers an extensive wine list and a martini menu—try the Wedding Cake Martini, it’s my favorite. Other martinis include the Jolly Rancher, the Francotini and the classic variety, in gin or vodka. But the real appeal is in the knowledge of the bartenders, who can mix up just about anything you ask for. At Julep, no one goes thirsty for long, whether ordering a drink or two with dinner, celebrating with a group of friends into the evening, or sipping on two-for-one mimosas or bloody Marys with brunch. If you’re lucky enough to snag a seat at the bar, catch Brad’s eye and he’ll make something special. —Pamela Hosey Second: Babalu Tacos and Tapas (622 Duling Ave., Suite 106, 601-366-5757) / Third: The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 769-257-3517) / Finalists: Capitol Grill (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F, 601-899-8845); Library Lounge at Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St., 601-948-3429); Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601-360-0090); Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601-420-4202

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Actor Jack Nicholson once said, “The blues and jazz will live forever ... So will the Delta and the Big Easy.” Jackson-based jazz guitarist Jesse Robinson is one artist who helps to keep blues going strong year after year. Robinson was born in Benton and grew up on a farm until his family moved to Jackson when he was 15 years old. His childhood was filled with music, and he eventually started playing guitar in church. These days, you’ll find Robinson playing solo as well as with a band at various venues around Jackson including Underground 119, Peaches Restaurant, F. Jones Corner or at special events. In 2013, Robinson released “Stray Star,” a collaboration with Brazilian guitarist, producer and composer Robertinho de Recife. The music, recorded in Jackson and Rio de Janeiro, is based on Brazilian poetry. Mississippi singers including Jewel Bass, The Williams Brothers and Rhonda Chambers, as well as Brazilian singers, provided backup vocals. As part of the Two Rivers Cultural Exchange program, Robinson also played at the Virada Cultural Festival São Paulo. —ShaWanda Jacome Second: Jarekus Singleton / Third: Grady Champion / Finalists: Chad Wesley; Jason Bailey


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WEDNESDAY 1/22 James R. Crockett signs copies of “Power, Greed, and Hubris: Judicial Bribery in Mississippi” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $40 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@lemuriabooks.com; lemuriabooks.com. … Jewish Cinema Mississippi starts today at Malco Grandview Cinema (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). Films include “David: One Boy, Two Faiths” Jan. 22, “Footnote” Jan. 23, “The Wonders” Jan. 25 and “Road to Eden: Rock and Roll Sukkot” Jan. 26. “Road to Eden” filmmaker Doug Passon and musician Dan Nichols speak and perform after the Jan. 26 showing. All showings: $40, $20 students; individual showings: $15, $5 students; call 601-956-6215; jewishcinemams.com. … “Martha” is at 7:30 p.m. at Wells United Methodist Church (2019 Bailey Ave.). Free; email admin@wellschurch.org; fishtalegroup.org.

The Jackson Free Press’ annual Best of Jackson Party is Jan. 26.

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Unity in Music Concert is at 8 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 BY BRIANA ROBINSON S. Commerce St.). $15; wear a plain purple shirt for a $5 discount; call 601-832-3575 or JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM 601-951-9377; email jane@ FAX: 601-510-9019 halandmals.com; find “The Unity In Music Concert” on FaceDAILY UPDATES AT book. … ‘90s Party: Part Deux JFPEVENTS.COM is at 9 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Enjoy music from DJ Young Venom and DJ Jonasty. ‘90s attire encouraged. $8 in advance, $10 at the door; call 601-292-7999; ardenland.net.

Straight to Ale Beer Dinner is at 6 p.m. at Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St.). RSVP. $55 per person; call 601-368-1919; email maggieb@salandmookies.com; salandmookies.com. … The Future of Southern Studies: What Does It Mean to Be a Southerner Today? is at 6 p.m. at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). $60; call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted.

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AJC performs at the Unity in Music Concert Jan. 24 at Hal & Mal’s. That Scoundrel, Cody Cox, Kamikaze, 5th Child, Victoria Cross and ‘Lectric Company also performs. Proceeds benefit the anti-hate nonprofit The Fate of Hate.

THURSDAY 1/23

Mystery Happened Here: An Evening of Intrigue is at 5:30 p.m. at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). $40; call 601-576-6920; oldcapitolmuseum.com. … Community Movie Night: “The Fragile Promise of Choice” is at 7 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson (4866 N. State St.). The documentary is an examination of the erosion of abortion rights and access in the U.S. Free; call 60160 519-6998; email uucj@uujackson.org.

and Heather Wertheimer is at 6 p.m. at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). The duo performs traditional kirtan music. $20; $15 in advance; call 601-594-2313; butterflyyoga.net. … Best of Jackson Party is from 6-10 p.m. Invitation only. Finalists can email party@jacksonfreepress.com to get on the list.

MONDAY 1/27

Soup’s On! is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church (4419 Broadmeadow Drive). $5-$10; email bnasoup@gmail.com; topoffondren.com. … Multi-plate Collagraph Printmaking is at 1 p.m. at Purple Word Center for Book and Paper Arts (140 Wesley Ave.). For ages 18 and up. $50, $35 members; purpleword.org. … Power of the Mic Comedy Show One-year Anniversary is at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Mediterranean Fish and Grill (6550 Old Canton Road). $10; like Power of the Mic on Facebook.

Jackson Audubon Society Chapter Meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Dr. Dave King discusses the results of the Christmas Bird Count. Free; call 601-832-6788; jacksonaudubonsociety.org. … Floral Design Class is from 6:30-8 p.m. at A Daisy a Day (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 194). Registration required. $50 plus $30 materials fee; call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted.

SUNDAY 1/26

Best of Mississippi 2014 Cook-off is from 7-9 p.m. at Old Capitol Inn (226 N. State St.). $39; call 228-493-6555; eatyall.com. … Natalie Long’s Singer/Songwriter Night is at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Free; call 601-9480888; halandmals.com.

Shirley Simpson on Stage as Erma Bombeck is at 2 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). $20; call 601-9483531; newstagetheatre.com. …Shantala: The Music of Benjy

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GEEKONOMICON Jewish Cinema Mississippi Jan. 22-25, 7-9 p.m., and Jan. 26, 2-5 p.m., at Malco Grandview Cinema (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). Films include “David: One Boy, Two Faiths” Jan. 22, “Footnote” Jan. 23, “The Wonders” Jan. 25 and “Road to Eden: Rock and Roll Sukkot” Jan. 26. “Road to Eden” filmmaker Doug Passon and musician Dan Nichols speak and perform after the Jan. 26 showing. All showings: $40, $20 students; individual showings: $15, $5 students; call 601-956-6215; jewishcinemams.com. Best of Jackson Party Jan. 26, 6-10 p.m., Jackson State University. By invitation only; email subscribers should check their inboxes for details. Finalists can email party@jacksonfreepress.com to get on the list; others can get on the invitation list for next year by subscribing to jfpdaily.com.

#/--5.)49 Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted. • Affordable Care Act Forum Jan. 23, 12:30 p.m., in the Leggett Special Events Center. Topics include policy questions, legal challenges and Medicaid expansion. Free; call 601-974-1019. • The Future of Southern Studies: What Does It Mean to Be a Southerner Today? Jan. 27, 6-7:30 p.m. Topics include southern traditions, roles, folklore, mythology and stereotypes. Classes meet Mondays through Feb. 10. $60. • Backyard Astronomy Jan. 28, 6-8 p.m. Topics include basic concepts, observation tools and strategies for a successful observing session. Classes meet Tuesdays through March 4. Registration required. $100 plus $5 materials fee. Events at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). Registration required. Call 601-968-0061; msnonprofits.org. • Advancing Your Cause Through Lobbying Jan. 22, 9 a.m.-noon. Learn the ins and outs of lobbying for your organization. $109, $69 members. • The Right Way to Start Your Nonprofit Jan. 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn the legal and practical steps to organize and secure government approval to operate as a tax-exempt organization. Includes guidebook. $139. • Lunch and Learn: 21st-century Fundraising Jan. 29, noon-1 p.m. Learn how to use texting, apps, social media and more for fundraising. $15, free for members. Events at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601576-6998; mdah.state.ms.us.

• History Is Lunch Jan. 29, noon Mississippi writer John Pritchard talks about his new novel, “Sailing to Alluvium.” West Jackson Community Development Expo Jan. 22, 3:30-7 p.m., at Amazing Institutional Church (2603 W. Capitol St.). The Zoo Area Progressive Partnership hosts the show-and-tell event that includes discussions on revitalization plans, proposals, ideas and visions. Free; email newmsian@hotmail.com. Mississippi Main Street Association’s Back Stage Pass Conference Jan. 23-24, at Hilton Garden Inn, Starkville (975 Highway 12 E., Starkville). The conference includes concurrent sessions, an exhibitor reception, an artist showcase and networking. Registration required. $125; call 601944-0113; msmainstreet.com. Precinct 4 COPS Meeting Jan. 23, 5:30 p.m., at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0004. Germantown High School Maverick Stampede Jan. 25, 8 a.m., at Germantown High School (200 Calhoun Parkway, Madison). The race includes a 5K run/walk, a 10K run, a one-mile fun run for ages 12 and under, and a Kiddie Gallop for ages 8 and under. Registration required. $30 run/walk, $15 fun run, free Kiddie Gallop; call 601-859-6150; email ghsstampede2014@ gmail.com; find Germantown Maverick Stampede 5K on Facebook. Homebuyer Education Class Jan. 25, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at Jackson Housing Authority Homeownership Center (256 E. Fortification St.). Topics include personal finances, home inspections and the role of lenders and real estate agents. Registration required. The class is required to qualify for a Jackson Housing Authority loan. Free; call 601398-0446. Mississippi Leadership and Vision Round Table Forum Jan. 25, 6-8 p.m., at Alcorn State University (1000 ASU Drive, Lorman). Duvalier Malone Enterprises hosts the program in the Purple and Gold Room. The purpose of the forum is to discuss ways to move Mississippi forward in areas such as economic development, education and youth mentoring. Free; call 601-877-6100; email duvaliermaloneenterprise@yahoo.com. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University Class Jan. 26, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Pinelake Church (6071 Highway 25 N., Brandon). Learn simple steps of how to get out of debt. For ages 18 and up. Chilcare provided. Free first class, $93 for

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eight-week program; call 601-829-4500; daveramsey.com/fpu. Lil’ Miss Diva Pageant Jan. 26, 3-6 p.m., at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Girls ages 2-13 compete for prizes such as cash, trophies and medals. Categories include casual wear, swimsuit, formal and talent (ages 8-13). $10-$12; call 601-291-5216. Hybrid Kickboxing and Jeetkunedo Class Jan 29-April 2, at Mississippi Basketball and Athletics (2240 Westbrook Drive). The course is designed to teach basic self-defense and includes an introduction to Jeetkunedo. Classes meet Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Registration required. For ages 18 and up. $150; call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted.

7%,,.%33 Events at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). Call 601-594-2313; email info@butterflyyoga.net; butterflyyoga.net. • Yoga Therapy for Health and Healing Jan. 24, 6-8:30 p.m., Jan. 25, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3-6 p.m., and Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Yoga expert JJ Gormley-Etchells is the instructor. Learn yoga moves that will help reduce stress and restore the immune system. Registration required. $210, $50 Jan. 24 only, $60 Jan. 25 or Jan. 26 only. • Gentle Yoga Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m. Ronni Mott is the instructor. Learn yoga poses that can be done in a seated position or with sturdy props. $15 per session (prepay for more than one class to receive a discount). Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). • Zumba Class Jan. 29-March 5, 6-7:15 p.m. The fitness program combines international rhythms with easy-to-follow moves. Classes meet Wednesdays through. Registration required. $60; call 601-974-1130; millsaps. edu/conted. • Dance for Parkinson’s Mondays, 6-7 p.m. through March 3, at the Hall Activity Center. Participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. For ages 18 and up. Free; email danceforparks@millsaps.edu; call 601-974-1755.

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Events at Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). • Beginning Insight Meditation Course Jan. 22-April 9. Held Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. The 12-week course is based on the teaching of Rodney Smith of the Seattle Insight Society. Space limited. Suggested donation of $20; email jackson.insight.med@gmail.com. • Jackson Insight Meditation Group Meetings.

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The group meets Mondays from 6-7 p.m. for metta (lovingkindness) meditation practice, and Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. for silent meditation and Dharma study. Free, donations welcome; call 601-201-4228; email bebewolfe@ juno.com. Zumba Fitness Classes through June 1, at Lindsey Claire Dance Company (4149 S. Siwell Road, Byram). Licensed instructor Paula Eure leads the Latin dance-inspired aerobics class. Adult classes are Mondays at 7 p.m. and Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Zumba Kids (ages 4-12) is held Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Limited space; reservation recommended. $5; call 601-209-7566; email lcdanceco@yahoo.com; peure.zumba.com. Kickboxing Fitness Class Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Kimberly Griffin instructs the weekly kickboxing fitness class. $30 for eight weeks, $5 drop-in fee; call 601-884-0316.

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Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). More at newstagetheatre.com. • Shirley Simpson on Stage as Erma Bombeck Jan. 26, 2 p.m. Actress Shirley Simpson presents the one-woman show. A champagne reception follows. The event is a fundraiser for the theater and its Eudora Welty New Play Series. $20, $100 sponsorship; call 601-948-3531. • “Goodnight Moon” Jan. 25 and Feb. 2, 2 p.m., and Jan. 31, 7 p.m. The musical is about a young bunny’s struggle to stay awake and enjoy the wonders of his room. $15, $10 ages 12 and under; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222 Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m., at Bologna Performing Arts Center (Delta State University, 1003 W. Sunflower Road, Cleveland). Enjoy the comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the talents of his 25 cats and dogs. All animals in the show are shelter rescue pets. $15-$25; call 662-846-4626; bolognapac.com. Storytelling Festival Jan. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Storyteller Doris Jones reads from and performs based on children’s books. Other local celebrities serve as guest readers. $8, children under 12 months and museum members free; call 601-981-5469; mschildrensmuseum.com.

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#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Cooking Class Jan. 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Raindrop Turkish House (900 E. County Line Road, Suite 201A, Ridgeland). Learn to make Turkish appetizers, entrees and desserts. Registration required. $15 per session; call 769251-0074; email jacksonrwa@turkishhouse.org; raindropturkishhouse.org. Line Dancing for Fun and Fitness Jan. 27-March 3, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Learn choreographed steps for several genres of music. Classes meet Mondays from 7-8:15 p.m. Registration required. $80; call 601-974-1130; millsaps. edu/conted. • Creative Non-Fiction Writing 101 (Capitol Towers, 125 S. Congress St., Suite 1324) Donna Ladd’s popular writing class series meets Feb. 8;

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DIVERSIONS | jfp sports the best in sports over the next seven days

by Bryan Flynn

THURSDAY, JAN. 23 College basketball (6-8 p.m., ESPN 2): The Florida Gators might be the best team in the SEC this season—you can see for yourself as they take on Alabama in Tuscaloosa. FRIDAY, JAN. 24 NBA (7-9:30 p.m., ESPN): Two possible playoff teams collide as the LA Clippers travel to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bulls. SATURDAY, JAN. 25 College basketball (3-5 p.m., CBS): Ole Miss looks to avenge its 76-72 loss in Starkville while Mississippi State looks to sweep the Rebels in basketball on the road. … College football (3-6 p.m., NFL Network): Check out the next crop of NFL stars in this year’s Senior Bowl. SUNDAY, JAN. 26 NFL (6:30-10 p.m., NBC): The NFL Pro Bowl is different this season—instead

of NFC or AFC squads, hall of famers Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice pick teams for the NFL’s All-Star Game. MONDAY, JAN. 27 NHL (6:30-9 p.m., NBCSN): The best team in the Eastern Conference, the Pittsburgh Penguins, hosts the worst team in the east, the Buffalo Sabres. TUESDAY, JAN. 28 College basketball (6-8 p.m., ESPN): A top-25 matchup in the Big Ten highlights the night as Michigan State looks to take down the Iowa Hawkeyes on the road. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29 College basketball (7-9 p.m., CBS): The Ole Miss Rebels are playing their fourth out of six SEC games on the road as they face the Tennessee Volunteers. Follow Bryan Flynn at jfpsports.com, @jfpsports and at facebook.com/jfpsports.

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Comegy’s $200,000. Belhaven also made a splash hire, naming Hal Mumme the Blazers new coach. Mumme is best known for his time at Kentucky, when he brought his “Air Raid” offense to the SEC. His time in Kentucky didn’t end pretty—he was forced to resign amid a NCAA scandal. But Mumme is considered an offensive innovator, and he has been successful just about everywhere he has gone. He’ll will make the Blazers a fun team to watch as they sling the ball all over the field. Given time, Mumme should be able to win at Belhaven. Mississippi College named John Bland the 14th coach in school history. Bland might have the hardest job of three because the Choctaws are transitioning from Division III to Division II. The Choctaws will play in the very competitive Gulf South Conference, and MC will have a natural rivalry once more with Delta State. Mississippi College will have to give Bland time as the team transitions to a higher level of college football. After all, it wasn’t like MC was dominating their current conference, the American Southwest, before deciding to move up a division.

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