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“That’s something I take pride in. I hate the term ‘crossover,’ but we do cross over.” —Lorenzo Gayden of Southern Komfort Brass Band 11 JXN Calling all party people! 12 PEOPLE Good’s Luck Think you could spend a day keeping up with Jeff Good? 14 Meet Chef Brown Get the secrets behind the perfect pizza pie and that glorious moustache.

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16 Dancing Queen Kennitra Thompson’s determination to overcome inspires and 18 Waters-color Dig into the artistic past that inspires Wyatt Waters’ present. 24 COMMUNITY Broadway Schmoadway New Stage Theatre is bringing stories to life onstage. 26 Turtle Power Six reasons to get down to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

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Art Director Kristin Brenemen Managing Editor Kathleen Morrison Mitchell Assistant Editors Amber Helsel // Briana Robinson Editorial Writers Tommy Burton // Carmen Cristo Andrew Dunaway // Jim Ewing // Lisa Hedges Michael Jacome // ShaWanda Jacome Genevieve Legacy // Molly Lehmuller // Greg Pigott Julian Rankin // Julie Skipper Listings Editor // Latasha Willis Stylist // Nicole Wyatt Interns Brittany Sanford // Demetrice Sherman Photography Staff Photographer // Trip Burns Photographer // Tate K. Nations Ad Design Zilpha Young Design Intern Jesse Flowers Business and Sales Advertising Director // Kimberly Griffin Account Executives // Gina Haug // David Rahaim Director of Operations // David Joseph Executive Assistant // Leslie La Cour Distribution Manager // Richard Laswell Bookkeeper // Aprile Smith Operations Assistant // Caroline Lacy-Crawford Publisher Todd Stauffer CONTACT US Story ideas and pitches // editor@boomjackson.com Ad Sales // ads@boomjackson.com BOOM Jackson P.O. Box 5067, Jackson, MS 39296 p 601.362.6121 f 601.510.9019 Would you like copies of BOOM Jackson for recruiting, welcome packets or other corporate, institutional or educational uses? Call 601.362.6121 x16 or email davidjoseph@jacksonfreepress.com. BOOM Jackson is a publication of Jackson Free Press Inc. BOOM Jackson, which publishes every other month, focuses on the urban experience in Jackson, Miss., emphasizing entrepreneurship, economic growth, culture, style and city life. © 2014 Jackson Free Press Inc.

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welve years ago this fall, the first is- from winning restaurants from throughsue of BOOM’s sister publication out the metro, art exhibits, karaoke by the heralded Jackson’s “Creative Class unstoppable Josh Hailey (our cover model Rising.” Publisher Todd Stauffer this issue), music by DJ Phingaprint and wrote that cover story back when there were a guest appearance by Mr. Lee King of about four of us with no clear way of getting “Black Gold” fame (see page 11). paid tiptoeing around a Every year, we small apartment on Forchoose a location for tification Street, piecing the Best of Jackson together the first Jackson party to get the nowFree Press and trying not 1,500+ party-goers into to anger the neighbors a remarkable place they (we did anyway). may not always visit, or In that piece, Todd a part of town they’re talked about Richard not used to visiting— Florida’s high ranking from the old Coke of Jackson’s “creative plant on Highway 80 class” potential, includto Metrocenter. But no ing his admonitions to location has tickled me cities that they embrace more than the JSU StuBOOM Editor Donna Ladd reclaimed diversity of all kinds in her ‘70s hair for the 2014 Best of dent Center. order to explode their Jackson party at JSU. Pictured with All night, I Best Artist Wyatt Waters. economic development. heard people walk One of our primary around, expressing awe goals for the JFP was to at what JSU is in celebrate this city’s rich diversity and build 2014—a modern, urban university to rival bridges between communities, creatives and any in the state. It is also ours, Jackson. professionals who had so much in common, It’s just that sense of ownership that the but didn’t know each other. JFP and now BOOM Jackson want to plant In that piece, Todd talked about the into the entire metro’s residents. Jackson is need for the entire metro, and state, to em- the capital city and, thus, the center of our brace our role as a college town, with more state’s political and cultural scenes. Every than 30,000 students. In particular, he called week, I hear about more young people leavout the need to wrap our arms around Jack- ing other parts of the state to move here, or son State University and squeeze hard, in- returning after living in other states and not cluding supporting its efforts to emerge as a finding the same can-do community spirit. major urban university that plays a vital part Put simply, if you want to change the in our economy. world, not to mention Mississippi, our city is Fast forward nearly 12 years, and guess the best place to do it from. what? JSU has a newish (and female!) dyTodd likes to call our publications “an namo of a president in Dr. Carolyn Meyers. invitation.” Every week, we invite you to The university has renovated itself with the experience a new person or spot in Jackson help of well-deserved Ayers settlement mon- and to look at our city, and its devoted resiey (to make up for what it didn’t get in the dents, with new eyes. Allow yourself to feel darker days of our past). It even has an Apple the energy of hope and possibility that instore in its gleaming student center, with im- fuses Jackson as we forge forward together, pressive retail and restaurant businesses lined working to be the best we can be. There’s no up across the street. feeling quite like it. Join us. I feel the Tiger pride every time I walk onto the JSU campus. They’ve come a long way in a decade, as have we. In January, the JFP celebrated our annual Best of Jackson winners in the JSU Student Center, filling two floors with food

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or 12 years, the Jackson Free Press—and now, BOOM Jackson—has honored the best of our fair city with annual readers’ choice awards. Then, to celebrate the winners, the finalists and our readers, we throw a huge party. The 2014 celebration brought out the city’s grooviest side, with a Soul Train-esque theme and a legendary emcee—Lee King, the man behind “Black Gold,” Jackson’s own long-running dance program. He helped bring ’70s fever to the Jackson State University Student Center—afros, bell-bottoms and all. Have a great theme idea or location for the 2015 Best of Jackson party? Email donna@ jacksonfreepress.com, and don’t forget to subscribe to JFPdaily.com to get an invite to next year’s party, sure to be the biggest and best, yet. Read more about Lee King, at jfp.ms/leeking, and see more photos from the 2014 Best of Jackson bash at jfp.ms/BOJparty2014. Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

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Jackson when he was getting started, is what motivates him to be an agent for restoration in his city. A day that he doesn’t have a board meeting is a rarity with all the committees he serves on. When the muffin was gone, we launched into a day in the life of Good, where there was business to tend to and more bread to taste. We huddled behind the counter with Broad Street’s pastry chef to try the new sourdough with olives and rosemary. After a few moments of debating whether it needed more salt, we agreed that it didn’t and squeezed in a tour of the dining room before heading out. I scanned the cases full of sweet treats as he told me about Sol Blumenthal, his business partner Dan’s grandfather, for whom the bakery is named. Blumenthal opened his own bakery in the ’40s on Broad Street in Trenton, N.J. We visited one of Good’s rental homes in Fondren next. We took the scenic route to the house and stopped by Fondren Park, where he explained why he was invested in seeing the area restored. “You can see where restoration is slowly taking over the area,” he said. “This is a place where everyone is welcome.” The home was charming in a way only old houses can be, with mint-green steps and a picture window. As we talked about it, In between running three restaurants, I began to notice a common Jeff Good makes neighborhood and thread of restoration that circommunity building a priority. cled through most of Good’s ideas and conversations. “My wife’s favorite story to tell to embarrass Good reminding someone of their importance. He quoted “The Help”: “You is kind. You is smart. me—and trust me, there are many—is from the You is important.” first time she took me to Europe,” Good says. While I finished my muffin, Good told “We were eating at a restaurant and arguing over me about his childhood in Salt Lake City, Utah, whether the exterior was the original brick. When which taught him the importance of the minority the waiter came to the table, she chatted with perspective (Good being not Mormon) and how him for a moment in Italian. He turned and said that, paired with the kindness he received from to me, ‘Your wife asked me to tell you that this is

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he Jeff Good business plan is simple: Love your city, and your city will love you back. One recent morning, Good sat across from a friend at Broad Street Baking Company and Café, a smile on his face and coffee in hand. He had just wrapped up a meeting with friends and investors who were looking for a new idea, and hoping that he had one in mind. The tables had certainly turned since 1992, when he was making calls and hosting dinners, trying to gather investments for his first “million-dollar idea.” Good brought me a lemon poppy seed muffin, and his friend David Watkins Jr. got up to leave. For the first of many times that day, I heard

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the original brick.’ I couldn’t believe it. I am afraid that here, in an effort to develop, we have become accustomed to tearing things down and building new instead of improving upon what we have.” Our next stop was the Mangia Bene house in Fondren, which contains offices for Good and Blumenthal, as well as five other employees. Excited conversation revolved around the new Sal & Mookie’s that a couple is opening on the coast. Good’s marketing coordinator brought up his proverbial “million-dollar idea” folder again. “I like to start things and finish them,” she said. “But Jeff, he wants to do several things at once. He will come to me with this idea, and I will say, ‘We can’t do this right now.’ He’ll say, ‘Oh, but we’re going to.’” Good entered the room with a handwritten note and a gift card. “When a customer has a complaint, I handle it personally,” he said. I accompanied Good and Realtor Cecilia Bullock to lunch at BRAVO! next. We chatted about the housing market in Fondren between bites of polenta, bruschetta and salad. “Jeff is the kind of seller that every realtor wants to work with,” Bullock said. Good introduced me to his staff and showed me around the restaurant, pointing out the open kitchen, a tangible representation of the accountability and transparency of his business. It was no wonder that so many passersby stopped to say hello in his restaurants and on the street, and that his phone rang dozens of times throughout the day. Our final stop was Sal & Mookie’s, where the staff was preparing for a Girl Scout troop visit. Good wrapped his arm around the manager’s shoulder. “How lucky I am,” he said of his team of nearly 200 people across three businesses. Good dropped me off at Broad Street, where our busy day had begun, and left for BRAVO! to interview a job candidate. His day still wasn’t done, though. He soon would return home for his most important and most loved task—spending time with his wife and teenage daughters.

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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 Catering (bestjacksoncatering.com)

Best Local Business Owner 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 (Nathan’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)

Best Urban Warrior Second: Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin / Third: Josh Hailey / Finalists: JaVontá Young; Julie Skipper; Ron Chane

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

Best Campaigner for the Best of Jackson Award Second: Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin / Third: JaVontá Young / Finalists: Griff Howard; Herbert Brown, aka James Crow; Janis Boersma; Jean Powers

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Best Public Figure; Best TV Personality: Maggie Wade (WLBT) Best Public Figure Second: Barbie Bassett / Third: Malcolm White / Finalists: Chokwe Lumumba; Haley Barbour; Jeff Good; Melvin Priester Jr.; Phil Bryant

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Sexiest Bartender (male) Second: Jamie Moss (Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub, 901 E. Fortification St., 601.948.0055) / Third: John Ingram (Parlor Market, 115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090) / Finalists: Austin Ford (Capitol Grill, 5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F, 601.899.8845); Rob Toombs (The Apothecary at Brentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drugs, 655 Duling Ave., 769.257.3517); Robert Arender (The Apothecary at Brentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drugs, 655 Duling Ave., 769.257.3517)

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Third: Nick Wallace (Palatte CafĂŠ 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, 601.899.8845); Luis Bruno (Adobo, 127 S. Roach St., 601.944.9501); Tom Ramsey (La Finestra, 120 N. Congress St., 601.345.8735)

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he first time I saw Kennitra Thompson, 24, glide across the African dance. Presently, she is an instructor at the Dollhouse stage to the song “Take Me to the King” at the Dollhouse Dance Factory. “Now for me, the most rewarding part of dancing is teaching,” Dance Factory spring recital, I was moved to tears. To watch this graceful and petite dancer interpret the song so beautifully Thompson says. “I love when my students challenge their creativity. I was stirring, given what Thompson had recently survived. love it when my students finally get a concept of doing technical dancIn March 2013, Thompson was in a coma for two weeks after ing correctly,” she says. As a person who spent the last 10 years of her life immersed in a contracting Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a rare and serious disorder in which the skin and mucous memworld that revolved around external branes react severely to a medicabeauty—she won her first pageant tion or infection. For Thompson, at age 13—SJS challenged Thompthe disorder began with flu-like son’s definition of beauty. She’s still symptoms, and progressed to a working to figure it all out. “(My experience with SJS has) rash and blisters that covered her face, mouth, tongue and body. definitely given me a new sense of The disease affected Thompson’s confidence,” she says. “It lets me ability to breathe and, while in inknow that confidence is really true tensive care at the University of beauty. Physicality helps the eyes Mississippi Medical Center, she with accepting what is beautiful, but flat-lined. She has no recollection confidence puts you in a league of of what happened while she was your own.” in a coma, but woke to find herself unrecognizable—covered in Dancer Kennitra Thompson has burns and lacerations, disfigured, come back from a life-threatening disease determined to be better and unable to walk or talk. than ever. Thompson is still recovering from her harrowing ordeal, and A former Miss Junior Teen experiences flare-ups that cause her throat and mouth to break out, Jackson, Miss Black Mississippi, and her eyes to crust over. But she Miss Rankin County Southwest, is happy to be alive and is learning Miss Metro Jackson and Miss to embrace her new reality. Mississippi contestant, Thompson “There is nothing the doctors struggled with whether she would can tell me (in regards to) when return to pageantry now that she this will end or how many flare-ups has SJS. Initially, she found it diffiI will have a year—it’s just one of cult to be faced with a constant rethose things,” she says. minder of a flaw that she was learnWith her body and face still ing to embrace. But these days, she scarred with what she now affecis ready to put a crown back on. “I’m at a point that I want a title. I’ve got to be the Cheetah tionately calls her “cheetah spots,” Thompson has good days and bad days. Her dancing helps her face her challenges head-on. Queen again, she says. “I’ve got to talk about it and have a gate“Whenever I’m free to express my innermost feelings, that’s how way to talk about it. Being Miss So-and-so gives me a chance to I cope. Before I learned anything about the proper way to dance, I had have a platform with SJS. I definitely miss it.” my passion and my freedom of expression, and that came through performing,” she says. Thompson, who started Most Soulful Dancer: Kennitra Thompson dancing in the fourth grade Dollhouse Dance Factory (1410 Ellis Ave., 601.969.4000, dollhousedancefactory.com) at Power APAC, has trained Second: Rachel Myers / Third: Bridget Archer / Finalists: Johnny Burgess (UniverSoul Circus, in ballet, en pointe, jazz, moduniversoulcircus.com); Tiffany Jefferson (Dance Works Studio, 3247 Davis Road, Terry, 601.720.1885; 1104 E. Northside Drive, Clinton, 601.720.1885) ern, lyrical, and some tap and

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Best Professor: Noel Didla Jackson State University (406 College of Liberal Arts Building, 601.979.5864, jsums.edu)

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JSU professor Noel Didla brings a multicultural, international perspective to teaching in her adopted city of Jackson.

Best Barista: Amanda Ivers Cups Fondren (2757 Old Canton Road, 601.362.7422, cupsespressocafe.com) 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., 601.487.6349); Caitlin McNally Cox (Sneaky Beans); Kevin Smith (Sneaky Beans)

Best Rising Entrepreneur: Byron Knight Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St., 601.487.6349) Second: Nathan Coughlin (Nathanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Salon, 101 W. Washington St., Suite C3, Ridgeland, 601.707.7015) / Third: Marissa Simms (Royal Bleau Boutique, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 8, 601.

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Best Facialist/ Esthetician: Rachel McDuffie Aqua the Day Spa (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 8001, 601.898.9123, aquathedayspa.com) 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, 601.212.0955); Laya Parisi (Remedy True Health, 655 Lake Harbour Drive, Suite 900, Ridgeland, 601.898.0911); Rosmari Kruger (Sun Gallery Tanning Studio, 2720 N. State St., 601.366.5811)

Best Fitness Trainer: Paul Lacoste Paul Lacoste Sports, paullacoste.com

Dorsey Carson has spent most of his nearly 18 years of law practice at big firms across the Southeast, where he has been recognized as a top construction lawyer and commercial litigator by Chambers USA, the Best Lawyers in America, SuperLawyers, and the Mississippi Business Journal, among others. Now Dorsey has established the Carson Law Group, a small boutique law firm located in downtown Jackson that is committed to serving its business clients with solutions-based legal experience.

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)

Best Hair Stylist: Nathan Coughlin Nathan’s Salon (101 W. Washington St., Suite C3, Ridgeland, 601.707.7015)

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Second: Crystal Williams (HeadGames Hair Studio, 6712 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601. 956.5052) / Third: Nikki Henry (Ritz Salon, 574 Highway 51, Suite H, Ridgeland, 601.856.4330) / Finalists: Griff Howard (Ritz Salon); Kate McNeely (Trim Salon, 419 E. Mitchell Ave., 601.982.5575); Lauren Ellis (Trim Salon)

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Best Server/Waitperson: Chandler May Babalu Tacos and Tapas (622 Duling Ave., Suite 106, 601.366.5757, babalums.com) 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)

Best Massage Therapist: Martha Howell Baptist Health Complex (717 Manship St., 601.968.1766, mbhs.org) Second: Jermaine Sims / Third: Kali Horner (Jackson Posture Center, 3670 Lakeland Lane, Suite 23, 601. 842.8221) / Finalists: Courtney Mansell (Professional Massage Therapists Group, 16 Northtown Drive, Suite 106, 601.966.1459); Jessica Hollis Edwards (Mellow Inc., 2906 N. State St., Suite B4, 769.226.9166); Karl Bombich (AcuCare, 644 Lakeland East Drive, Suite F, Flowood, 601.345.8621); William Boren (Mississippi Medical Massage Therapy, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 239, 601.942.5014)

Read about amazing Jacksonians every week in the Jackson Free Press and at jfp.ms/people. Perhaps you’ll see some of their names in these pages next year. Subscribe (free) at jfpdaily.com to get on invitation list for Best of Jackson party in January and other JFP-BOOM throwdowns year-round.

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Class of 2014 // by Briana Robinson

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Adam Brown (Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint) Craig Noone ‘Rock It Out’ Best New Chef: First Place (see page 14)

AJC & the Envelope Pushers Best R&B Artist: Finalist Best Hip-Hop Artist: Finalist Best Original Band: Finalist

Kennitra Thompson (Dollhouse Dance Factory) Most Soulful Dancer: First Place (see page 16)

Chokwe Lumumba Best Visionary: Second Place Best Public Figure: Finalist

Diane Henson (Skin Care by MD) Best Facialist/Esthetician: Finalist Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

Lance Gammill (Capitol Grill) Best Chef: Finalist Craig Noone ‘Rock It Out’ Best New Chef: Finalist

Nathan Coughlin (Nathan’s Salon) Best Hair Stylist: First Place Best Rising Entrepreneur: Second Place Best Business Owner: Finalist

Arden Barnett Best Visionary: Finalist

Noel Didla (Jackson State University) Best Professor: First Place (see page 19)

Melvin Priester Jr. Best Visionary: Finalist Best Public Figure: Finalist

Victoria Cross Best R&B Artist: Third Place Best Singer: Finalist

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he blood that spewed from the Civil War amputee wasn’t real—just a saw blade prop and a bit of fabricated tubing. The lights went black during “The Whipping Man,” and when the actors came back, a costumed nub was all that one of them had left of the his limb, his actual leg hidden beneath a trap door in the chaise on which he lay. While a theatrical performance is by definition a conjuring, Jackson’s New Stage Theatre makes authentic contributions to the community through this type of storytelling. “The power that you’ll find in live theater, you can find in other places,” says Francine Reynolds, artistic director at New Stage. “You, as an actor, are the vessel for the words and for the writer. There’s power in having those words said aloud.” Performances before an audience, plots sanguine or fantastical or humorous, make real on stage things whose possibilities were only imagined. In storage at New Stage, box labels include “Animal Heads and Centaur Bottom” and “Indian Headdresses.” Period costumes are marked by their century. Hollow now in the depths of the building, these fabrics and synthetics are reanimated when the house lights dim, and Narnia and the Wild West and other worlds come alive. “It’s sounds like a cliché, but every year we do shows, and I think, ‘This (play) is the best thing we’ve ever done,’” says Chris Roebuck, education director at New Stage. “Is it part of that artistic mindset of always trying to do better that makes it happen? I can’t say. But we’re improving every year.” 24

brings professional performances to Jackson audiences. In addition to the seven or so mainstage productions each season, it puts on a handful of other plays in their second performance space on site, and at a smaller off-site venue a few blocks away, the Warehouse Theatre. This variety makes the medium accessible for any number of age groups and demographics. New Stage also cultivates an appreciation for the art in a new crop of young people with educational programming. Each school year,

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its professional intern troupe stages more than 60 performances at schools throughout the state. Roebuck emphasizes the importance of that spark of the arts at an early age. “Every time a kid experiences a piece of art, it evokes some sort of response from them, and maybe the response is that they think they might want to do this one day,” he says. “They might want to be an artist one day.” “It’s really important,” Reynolds adds. “Especially in a community like Mississippi that has such a rich tradition of storytelling.” Reynolds is passionate about choosing plays of narrative diversity, mixing the classical with the innovative and contemporary. She makes these choices with Mississippians in mind. “Our growth in programming has to do with the community’s support and their trust,” she says. “They can trust that what they see on stage is something they can appreciate. And I look forward to telling more Mississippi centered stories.” The 48th season continued in April with an adaptation of native Jacksonian Beth Henley’s “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” followed by the crowd pleaser, “Shrek the Musical,” in May. No story is ever the same twice, especially in live theater. It is, ultimately, all about the people—the ensemble of theater staff, actors, technicians and ticket buyers—that make the magic possible. Soon, New Stage will announce next season’s lineup. Another best-yet-year lies ahead, no doubt, moving toward the theater’s 50th anniversary in the 2014-2015 season.

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“Hairspray” was a smash hit for New Stage’s 2013 season.

Best Local Live Theater/ Theatrical Group: New Stage Theatre 1100 Carlisle St., 601.948.3531, newstagetheatre.com 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)

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Each season, New Stage includes a kid-friendly production, most recently “Goodnight Moon.”

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Best Community Garden/ Nature Attraction: Mississippi Museum of Natural Science 2148 Riverside Drive, 601.354.7303, mdwfp.com/museum.aspx 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 Radio Personality or Team; Best Radio Station: Nate and Murphy, Y101 y101.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)

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

Best Arts Organization: Mississippi Museum of Art 380 S. Lamar St., 601.960.1515, msmuseumart.org 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)

Best Stage Play: “A Christmas Carol” by New Stage Theatre 1100 Carlisle St., 601.948.3531, newstagetheatre.com

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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, 601.664.0930); “Grapes of Wrath” by New Stage Theatre; “Mahalia” by New Stage Theatre; “Steel Magnolias” by Actor’s Playhouse

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Best Nonprofit Organization: Stewpot Community Services 1100 W. Capitol St., 601.353.2759, stewpot.org 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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, soul brothers and soul sistas came together for a stone groove at the Jackson State University Student Center, celebrating those people and businesses our readers deemed the best. More than 1,500 guests noshed on bites from nearly 30 local restaurants, cocktails from Cathead Vodka, wine from Kats Wine and Spirits, and beer from Capital City Beverages. Emcee Lee King got the party started with a dance line and costume contest, before the winners of 137 categories received their awards.

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Angels, Performers and Coordinators: Dr. Carolyn Meyers, Dr. David Hoard, JSU Events Director Dadra Driscoll, Dr. Kimberly Hilliard, Capt. Andrews and JSU Police, DJ Phingaprint, Lee King, The Southern Komfort Brass Band, Stephen Barnette, Davaine Lighting, Nat Duncan, sound, Duane Smith and Servitude Bartenders, David Joseph, Ariss King, Briana Robinson, Zilpha Young, Kristin Brenemen, Kathleen Mitchell, Wendy Shenefelt, Amber Helsel, Caroline Crawford, JFP Staff, Joe Watson, Jessica Spears, Clif Hogan, Michele Husbands, Rose Kasrai, Jessica Gordon, Jennifer Gilmer, Tamika Renell, Catalina Rodrigue, Nneka Ayozie, Tara Hunter, LaTonya Miller, Tony Davenport, Ignacio Zambrano and Dancers, Andy Culpepper, Josh Hailey, daniel johnson, Valerie Short and Nadine Restaurants: Aladdin, BRAVO!, Broadstreet, Sal and Mookies, The Bulldog, Cafe Olé, Char, Amerigo, Sombra, Anjou, Cool Al’s, Georgia Blue, Hal and Mal’s, Hungry Howies, Jaco’s Tacos, JSU Catering, The Penguin, Pizza Shack, Primos, Sal and Phil’s, Sweets By CC, The Islander, Two Sisters, Underground 119, Walker’s Drive-In, Shea’s on Lake Harbor

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The Sharp Influence // by Demetrice Sherman

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n the midst of Jackson’s Belhaven district is a prominent white mansion set off from a road that shares its name. Despite its proximity to the well-trafficked State Street, a major hospital and a university, once you turn into the driveway, any lingering reminder of any of these things disappears, leaving just the chirping of birds and an air of serenity. But that’s the appeal of the Fairview Inn. The Fairview was constructed in 1908 for Cyrus C. Warren, vice president of the Warren-Goodwin Lumber Company. The Colonial Revival-style residence joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The main house and carriage house were subsequently connected in 1986 with the addition of an enclosed garden room, which has since served as a wedding and reception space. The property transitioned to a bed and breakfast in 1993 when then-owner William Simmons began using the front rooms to accommodate brides and visitors. In response to growing demand, the east Wing came in 2000, which added 10 new guest rooms to the Fairview Inn. “We have all the amenities people typically look for when they’re looking for a luxury experience, but because of our size—we have 18 rooms—it’s more intimate,” proprietor Peter Sharp says. “People feel like it’s home as opposed to staying in a cookie-cutter hotel.” Sharp has worked in the hotel business for most of his life, including 16 years with Hyatt. His wife, Tamar, has worked in both 30

the hotel and spa businesses. While residing in Celebration, Fla., the couple developed an interest in acquiring their own inn. They visited 14 different properties in the southeast before deciding on the Fairview. “We just felt the opportunity was better here, both for growing the business and the community at large,” Sharp says. Since purchasing the Fairview in 2006, the Sharps have worked to make efficient use of the approximately 27,000 square feet of space. While maximizing the space is important, the Sharps still aim to retain the rich history of the residence evident at every turn—from the front woodwork original to the 1908 construction, to the garden’s French-English influence, which resulted from its renovation decades earlier under owner W.E. Guild, who purchased the Fairview in 1921. In their first year as owners, the Sharps added a restaurant and the nomiSpa. More recent changes include the Library Lounge, a bar set in the inn’s actual library, and 1908 Provisions. Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, 1908 Provisions was the result of a threeweek around-theclock restaurant overhaul. It opened Jan. 20 replacing the first eatery the Sharps opened, Sophia’s Restaurant (prior to Sophia’s, the Inn’s restaurant was only open intermittently). “We were looking for a way to reinvent ourselves, re-brand ourselves for the public,” says Executive Chef Gary Hawkins, who has been with the Fairview for the past eight years.

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The menu for the new restaurant is summed up in four words: California inspired, Southern rooted. “It’s just a natural for innovative, inspiring food,” Hawkins says of California, citing the area’s abundance of seafood and remarkable farmers markets. “The things we use today, they were using 15 years ago.” Ingredients for 1908’s menu, which Hawkins expects to change several times a year, are sourced from local suppliers and beyond— from dairy and olive oils from California to stone-ground grits from Water Valley, Miss. The restaurant bar also underwent an extensive upgrade, eliminating Sophia’s white tablecloths to help foster a more welcoming environment. Hawkins has also lowered the menu’s price point to encourage patronage outside of special occasions. “We want them to come more regularly,” Hawkins says. In the near future, he hopes to host more special dinners including one for wine makers. The restaurant is closed Saturdays to allow additional space for weddings—the Fairview hosts up to 40 a year. The Fairview is known as a wedding location, with its themed suites, Jacuzzi tubs and gazebo—but the inn welcomes a wide range of events each year, from parties to corporate meetings. The public area spaces are flexible for small and large gatherings from a sit-down dinner for 200 to a stand-up reception for 650. As for the inn itself, Sharp deems the current size as sufficient, although he would like to add a conference room for corporate visitors. More than anything, he is pleased with the direction that the Fairview has taken, especially as it pertains to promoting a more inclusive environment. “When we first bought the inn, the perception was, ‘You have to wear a jacket and tie to go to Fairview.’ We’ve tried to make it more accommodating to everybody,” Sharp says.

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Though its roots are still firmly in the traditional, the Fairview Inn is looking forward, upgrading and innovating to attract a new generation.

Best Place to Book a Party or Shower; Best Place to Get Married: Fairview Inn 734 Fairview St., 601.948.3429, fairviewinn.com

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, 601.956.9562); Sanctuary Body Spa of St. Dominicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (340 Township Ave., Suite 200, Ridgeland, 601.790.2222)

Best Place to Get Married Second: St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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, 601.366.5552); 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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Quinn Healthcare Staff came well known among my peers because of my achievements on the basketball court, on the softball field, and in the classroom. I was the first female athlete from Madison Central chosen to play on the Mississippi All-Star basketball team. Disappointment struck my senior year. During a team practice, I injured my ACL and could not play in the All-Star game. What could have been a traumatic moment instead made me more determined to pursue medicine. Over the years, I have learned so much. Many have asked if I ever felt like giving up. Sure! Perhaps I felt that way after becoming pregnant my senior year in college. Or possibly after losing my aunt—my best 32

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Doctor Amanda Rice and Patient friend—to breast cancer when she was only 35. Or even while juggling being a medical student, a wife, and a mother of 3 children. However the words of my father echoed in my mind, “make no excuses because anything worth having takes hard work.” My life is not perfect, but it does serve a purpose. I want my life to serve as an example for other young people. As a practicing physician at Quinn Healthcare, I want to spread awareness to our community to help educate others on diseases such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. I want to encourage people to live healthy and provide helpful avenues for them such as the walking program held every Saturday morning at Parham Bridges Park. I want to encourage youth to have yearly physicals, value their education, and realize that achieving their dream requires determination and hard work. From the granddaughter of a housekeeper and a pastor, to the wife of Awia, and mother to Jalin, Jasmine, and Jasleen, I hope my journey will encourage others to strive for their dreams and focus on their spiritual, emotional, and physical health.

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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)

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)

Best Art Gallery: Southern Breeze Gallery 500 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601.607.4147, southernbreeze.net 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)

Best Dance Studio: Salsa Mississippi Studio & Club 605 Duling Ave., 601.213.6355, salsamississippi.com 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, 601.201.6090)

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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, 601.856.0015 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 Annual Event: Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade March, malsstpaddysparade.com 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)

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)

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

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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), by appointment; Interior Spaces (5060 Interstate 55 N., Suite B, 601.956.4199); Interiors Market (659 Duling Ave., 601.981.6020)

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Second: Nathanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Salon (101 W. Washington St., Suite C3, Ridgeland, 601.707.7015) / Third: Barnetteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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, 601.856.4330); 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)

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Best Boutique: Material Girls 182 Promenade Blvd., Flowood, 601.992.4533; 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 7005, Ridgeland, 601.605.1605, shopmaterialgirls.com Second: Treehouse Boutique (3000 N. State St., 601.982.3433) / Third: Fondrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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., 601.364.2244); Royal Bleau Boutique (1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 8, 601.321.9564)

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PUBLIC PARTY Photographer: Tate K. Nations Stylist: Nicole Wyatt Location: Fondren Public (2765 Old Canton Road, 769.216.2589) Special thanks to Brad Dreher and the staff of Fondren Public.

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e got together a few of the winners in the Best Visual Artist category and let them loose in Fondren Public in some fresh thrift-store finds. Between Josh Hailey’s complete lack of camera shyness and the creative-juice-spurring space inside Jackson’s latest hit bar, the shenanigans flew fast and furious. Our artist models traded jokes, compared sketches and made plans to create collaboratively in the future. Jackson’s best thrift stores offer a wide range of looks at crazy-cheap prices (no piece of clothing in these pages is more than $25, and no pair of shoes more than $45—most are much cheaper!). Plaid is making a comeback, and there’s a version out there to match any personality.

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PUBLIC PARTY Best Thrift/Consignment Shop: Repeat Street 242 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601.605.9123, repeatstreet.net 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)

From pages 34-35:

Jason is wearing a Lacoste T-shirt from the Orange Peel, a plaid Patagonia button-down from Repeat Street, and his own jeans and shoes. Jerrod is wearing a pink shirt and Kenneth Cole loafers from Repeat Street, and his own pants and belt. Tony is wearing a Cremieux Collection linen button up from Repeat Street, a denim blazer from N.U.T.S, khakis from the Orange Peel, and his own shoes. Josh is wearing a plaid button-down from Repeat Street, and a T-shirt and shoes from N.U.T.S, and his own pants.

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Facing page:

Josh is wearing an Aztec shirt from Silly Billyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, shoes from N.U.T.S., and his own T-shirt and pants. (Also on the cover.) Jerrod is wearing a plaid Ben Sherman shirt, Kenneth Cole loafers from Repeat Street and his own pants and belt.

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Jason is wearing a plaid shirt from Silly Billyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and his own pants and shoes. Tony is wearing a pastel plaid shirt from Repeat Street, dress pants from N.U.T.S. and his own shoes.

READ MORE about the first-place winner in the Best Visual Artist category, Wyatt Waters, on page 18. Finalists William Goodman, Ginger Williams-Cook and Ellen Langford could not make the photo shoot. Read more about Fondren Public on page 64.

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Tony is wearing a Cremieux Collection linen button up from Repeat Street, khakis from the Orange Peel, and his own shoes.

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Jerrod is wearing a plaid buttondown from the Orange Peel, shoes from N.U.T.S. and his own pants. Jason is wearing a western-style button-down from Silly Billyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and his own pants and shoes.

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

Scenic City // by Kathleen M. Mitchell

4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202, 601.366.7619, lemuriabooks.com

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or a long time, Lemuria Books has stood out in Jackson, not merely holding on as an independent local bookseller, but also improving on the bookstore experience. Lemuria hosts author signings and readings, organizes book clubs, and packs an impressive selection of books into COURTESY LEMURIA BOOKS

The Eudora Welty House is one cover option for Ken Murphy’s new photography book, “Jackson: Crossroads of the South.” its quaint location in Banner Hall. The nearly 40-year-old bookstore is the city’s go-to for first editions, signed copies and regional favorites, among the national bestsellers it carries. Now, Lemuria is helping spotlight its home through a new photography book called “Jack-

son: Crossroads of the South.” John Evans, owner of Lemuria, teamed up with photographer Ken Murphy for the project, which photographed iconic locations and events around the city for the better part of last year. This is Murphy’s fourth book of photos in the state, following one that covered all of Mississippi and two more that focused on the Gulf Coast and blues music, respectively. “It’s a little different in strategy and in technique,” Murphy told BOOM Jackson last fall. “We are having a hard time finding as many scenic shots as are in (the other books), especially the Gulf Coast book.” Evans and Murphy hope the book will increase Jackson pride in not just Jacksonians, but across the state. “I hope people will pick it up (on the Coast) and say, ‘I didn’t know that about Jackson,’” Murphy says. “I get that with my books anyway. (People say,) ‘I didn’t know Mississippi was this, that and the other thing.’ And I go, ‘That’s why I did the book.’” The book has a standard cover depicting downtown, but Murphy and Evans also opened the project to local businesses, which could brand the book with a cover shot of their choice. Some of the options include Lemuria, of course, Fondren Corner and the Eudora Welty House. Although the duo couldn’t include every-

Best Locally Owned Business Second: McDade’s Market (Multiple Locations, mcdadesmarkets.com) / Third: Fondren Public (2765 Old Canton Road, 769.216.2589) / Finalists: Capitol Grill (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F, 601.899.8845); Custom Cuts and Styles (2445 Terry Road, 601.321.9292); 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, 601.707.7015); Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St., 601.487.6349)

Best Place to Buy Books Second: The Book Rack (1491 Canton Mart Square, Suite 7, 601.956.5086; 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)

thing they wanted to (“It’s a taste, its not an all-inclusive everything about Jackson,” Murphy said), they hope it will give readers an overall view of what Jackson has to offer. “We’re trying to not make it a postcardy representation,” Evans said. “We’re trying to make it fun and iconic, beautiful and …” “... a little funky,” Murphy added. Just like Jackson.

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Stylists: Nikki Henry, Brock Freeman, Griff Howard

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A New Best Tradition // by Tommy Burton

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Tab Benoit was just one of the nationally recognized R&B artists at the inaugural Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival.

f the first Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival was any indication, it could become one of the finest music events in Mississippi. For two days in August, guests can enjoy some of the grooviest music by both national and local acts, as well as local cuisine and art. Last year’s event brought musical acts ranging from Dr. John, Mint Condition and Bettye LaVette to local legends Dorothy Moore and Bobby Rush. The festival location at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum was ideal, offering outdoor stages for grass-lounging listeners and indoor stages for those who wanted to beat the heat. No matter where you were on the grounds, something entertaining was going on. Fans could sip a cocktail outside where Tab Benoit was playing and then go inside to see Grady Champion tear it up.

Best Bridal/Formal: David’s Bridal 1039 E. County Line Road, Suite 105, 601.957.0505, davidsbridal.com 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)

Best Flower Shop: Greenbrook Flowers 705 N. State St., 601.957.1951, greenbrookflowers.com 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, 601.957.6983); 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 Category We Left Off: Best Photographer Second: Best 5K/Running Event / Third: Best Attorney / Finalists: Best Actor; Best Car Detail Shop; Best Nail Technician

Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

This year’s event promises to be no different. In addition to the returning local artists, the festival is bringing in heavy hitters such as American Idol winner Fantasia, Ziggy Marley (son of the legendary Bob Marley) and Bell Biv DeVoe. Don’t miss this festival—several years from now, you’ll be able to tell people that you were there when it all started. The 2014 Rhythm and Blues Festival will be at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive, 601.432.4500) Aug. 15 and 16. For the full lineup, tickets and more event information, visit jacksonrhythmandbluesfestival.com.

Best Music Festival: Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival August, jacksonrhythmandbluesfestival.com Second: Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights (August, greaterbelhaven.com) / Third: Jacktoberfest (October, jacktoberfest.com) / Finalists: CelticFest (September, celticfestms. org); Wellsfest (September, wellsfest.org)

Best Caterer: Wendy Putt, Fresh Cut Catering and Floral

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

108 Cypress Cove, Flowood, 601.939.4518, wendyputt.com

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, 601.919.9717, childrensplace.com

Second: Mangia Bene Catering (3317 N. State St., 601.362.2900) / Third: Cool Water Catering & Events (1011 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601. 919.7622) / Finalists: Cosmopolitan Catering and Café (2947 Old Canton Road, 601.983.4450); Julie Levanway (601.506.7454)

Best Fitness Center/Gym: Baptist Healthplex 717 Manship St., 601.968.1766; 102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton, 601.925.7900, mbhs.org Second: Courthouse Racquet & Fitness (Multiple Locations, mscourthouse.com) / Third: YMCA (Multiple Locations, metroymcams.org) Finalists: 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)

Best Reason to Live in Jackson: The People Second: Fondren / Third: Cost of Living / Finalists: Food; Music

Second: Leap Frog Children’s Consignment & More (104 Village Blvd., Madison, 601.898.0727) / 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, Ridgeland 601.427.5821); 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)

Best Day Spa: Aqua the Day Spa 4465 Interstate 55 N., 601.362.9550; 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 8001, Ridgeland, 601.898.9123, aquathedayspa.com 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, 601.790.2222) / 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) 41


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If the Shoe Fits // by Julie Skipper

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’d like to have a different shoe every day of the week,” says Becki Hicks of The Shoe Bar at Pieces. Shoes are the foundation of her wardrobe and what she builds an outfit around, depending on her mood. “Some days, you want to feel sexy; other days, sophisticated and powerful,” she says. At The Shoe Bar, which celebrates its 21st birthday this year, Hicks helps customers find just the shoe to fit their mood or create a feeling. Some selections are an easy pick—such as a strappy lace-up blue suede stiletto. “You can’t put that on and not feel hot,” she says. Others can be a surprise. Hicks says that “sexy” doesn’t have to mean a high heel, pointing out a flat leather sandal by Cocobelle with a strap that circles up the ankle and calf. In a playful mood? Something by designer Jeffrey Campbell, who often makes custom designs only available at The Shoe Bar, might do just the trick. On display at the store is a popular silver bootie featuring a clear acrylic wedge heel that lights up when you walk. If you want to add a little sparkle to a basic outfit, the store carries another Jeffrey Campbell that’s not quite as over the top: a pretty gold bootie with a deep V front and wood heel. In a tougher mood? Perhaps a black snakeskin T-strap thong with a square heel and silver buckle accent. This year for spring and summer, when you’re feeling feminine and flirty, Hicks recommends pastel. “I think lavender will be the ‘It’ color this year, but mint (green) and white will also still be big,” she says. She also predicts the return of the “true sandal,” rather than a peep toe or wedge. Whether you start with shoes for every look or just need a perfect finishing touch, The Shoe Bar is happy to help your feet convey how you feel.

Best Women’s Shoes: The Shoe Bar at Pieces 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) Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

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A Blooming Family Business TRIP BURNS

// by Jim PathFinder Ewing

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)

Go organic with natural fertilizers found at Callaway’s Yard & Garden Center.

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t’s no wonder that Callaway’s Yard & Garden Center is considered “best” among garden shoppers in the Jackson area. It has been around for a long time—the store opened in 1954—and counts customer service among its top priorities. Still family owned and operated, the garden center is at 839 Pear Orchard Road, off County Line Road, near Northpark Mall (from when that was considered “out in the country” from Jackson). David Callaway was in junior high school

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when it opened, but started working there early on. He and his wife, Betty, are still involved in the store’s operation, along with their daughter, Alison Callaway Richardson, their son, Brint Callaway, and his wife, Annette Callaway. During a recent visit, store employees were gearing up for spring, setting out plants and gardening materials. In addition to plants, the store features outdoor furniture and rugs to make outdoor living seem like an extension of the home.

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Annette Callaway says she is most proud of the store’s relationship with shoppers. “Our main thing is customer satisfaction,” she said, adding that a big part of that is “pride in our employees,” many of whom have been with the company for more than two decades— one manager for 30 years. Four generations of family have worked at Callaway’s. A big shift in customer interest, the staff notes, is an emphasis on natural and organic gardening. Not only does the company sell such natural products as worm castings and bat guano to fill this niche, but it even offers certified organic rose food fertilizer—a relatively rare offering in the Jackson area.

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Best Mechanic: Tony’s Tire & Automotive Inc. 5138 N. State St., 601.981.2414 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)

Best Men’s Clothes: The Rogue and Good Company 4450 Interstate 55 N., 601.362.6383, therogue.com Second: Kinkade’s Fine Clothing (120 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601.898.0513) / Third: Great Scott (4400 Old Canton Road, Suite 100, 601.984.3500) / Finalist: Mozingo Clothiers (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 140, 601.713.7848)

Best Tailor: Custom Tailoring by Al 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 4004, Ridgeland, 601.607.3443, customtailoringbyalofms.com 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, 601.933.0036); Tom James Company (1775 Lelia Drive, 601.713.2034)

Best Veterinarian or Vet Clinic: Briarwood Animal Hospital 1471 Canton Mart Road, 601.956.5030, briarwoodhospital.com 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, 601.956.6144); 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)

Best Tattoo/Piercing Parlor: Squench’s Tattoos, Ltd. 3780 Interstate 55 S., 601.372.2800, squenchstattoos.com Second: Electric Dagger (2906 N. State St., Suite B-6, 601.982.9437) / Third: Twiztid Images (557 Highway 49 S., Richland, 601.664.0000) / Finalist: Pristine Ink (5735 Interstate 55 N., Suite C, 769.251.0569)

Best Yoga Studio: Butterfly Yoga 3025 N. State St., 601.594.2313, butterflyyoga.net 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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THE BEST LOC AL DINING — IN JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI

WHEN IN ROME… The best way to experience Jackson is to do like the locals do! For the best food, the best atmosphere, and a true taste of Jackson — the locals know the best places to go. Ask around — one of our award-winning restaurants is sure to make the list!

ITALIAN RESTAURANT & BAR

PASTA & SEAFOOD BEEF, PORK, VEAL WOOD-FIRED PIZZA SALADS & ANTIPASTO FULL BAR & LOUNGE #1 WINE LIST

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Tues-Thurs 11AM-9:30PM Fri-Sat 11AM-10PM, Sun 11AM-9PM

Mon-Thurs, 7AM-8PM Fri-Sat 7AM-9PM, Sun 7AM-3PM

601.982.8111

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INDOOR / OUTDOOR SEATING • DINE IN / TAKE OUT • CATERING

Visit our websites to view our full menus.

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TRIP ADVISOR’S #1 RESTAURANT IN JACKSON

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

WAGYU STEAK OF THE DAY ARUGULA, PICKLED ONIONS, CONFIT FINGERLING POTATO, CRISPY ONIONS, RED WINE SAuCE MISO-MARINATED SEABASS FORBIDDEN BLACK RICE, DAIKON & CARROT SLAW, COCONUT-CURRY BROTH PAN ROASTED GULF GROUPER PEPPER JACK CHEESE GRITS, CRAWFISH-CORN SALAD, ROASTED CORN SAUCE EVERYTHING CRUSTED #1 TUNA SPICY CHEESE GRITS, CHIPOTLE GLAZE, TOMATO RELISH

Artist Series: Jacqueline Ellens southern breeze gallery

PAN SEARED JUMBO “DRY-PACKED” SEA SCALLOPS SHRIMP & FETA RISOTTO, TOMATOCUCUMBER SALAD, CHARRED TOMATO LEMON BUTTER SAUTEED GULF SHRIMP ARUGULA-PESTO RISOTTO, PAN ROASTED HEIRLOOM TOMATO, PARMESAN BROTH, SMOKED TOMATO AOILI CRISPY POULET ROUGE RED CHICKEN-SEMI BONELESS, ROSEMARY ROASTED POTATOES, THIN BEANS, SPICY THYME JUS REDFISH ANNA WITH LUMP CRAB MEAT GARLIC MASH, THIN BEANS, CHARRED TOMATO LEMON BUTTER

DRIVE-INARTS DISTRICT 3016 NORTH STATE STREET - FONDREN 601.982.2633 - WALKERSDRIVEIN.COM

Dinner Reservations Welcome. Private Dining & Catering Services Available. Walkers Also Serves Lunch Monday Through Friday.

TRIP ADVISOR’S #1 RESTAURANT IN MADISON

Selected Entrees

Redfish 463 with sauteed crabmeat, garlic mash, thin beans and a charred tomato-lemon butter Crispy Jumbo Shrimp with pink slaw, french fries, cilantro and corn fritter and a chipotle tartar sauce Apricot-Teriyaki Glazed Grilled Salmon on sesame spinach, with shiitake mushrooms and soy lemon butter Pan Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops on roasted poblano, green tomato, and feta risotto with crawfish and corn salsa and a charred tomato lemon butter The “Original” Honey-Rosemary Fried Chicken all natural chicken breast in a Mississippi honey-rosemary with garlic mash and thin beans

Lunch

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

Dinner

MONDAY - SATURDAY, 5:30PM - UNTIL

121A COLONY CROSSING - MADISON, MS 601.707.7684 - LOCAL463.COM

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

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

Walker’s Drive-In and Local 463 are owned and operated by Derek & Jennifer Emerson. Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

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FOOD & DRINK

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Babalu Behemoth // by Kathleen M. Mitchell

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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

Best Happy Hour Second: Last Call Sports Grill (1428 Old Square Road, 601.713.2700) / 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)

601.919.0448); Sombra Mexican Kitchen (140 Township Ave., Suite 100, Ridgeland, 601.707.7950)

Best Mexican/Latin 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., 769.524.3627); La Cazuela (1401 E. Fortification St., 601. 353.3014); 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: 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)

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 Margarita

Best Place for a First Date

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, 601.898.3242) / Finalists: La Cazuela (1401 E. Fortification St., 601.353.3014); Papitos Mexican Restaurant and Grill (111 Colony Crossing Way, Suite 400, Madison, 601.605.0275; 173 Promenade Blvd., Flowood,

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., 769.257.3517); Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090); Walker’s Drive-In (3016 N. State St., 601.982.2633)

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BEST OF JACKSON 2014: FOOD & DRINK Best Meal Under $10; Best Sandwich Place: Newkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eatery Multiple Locations, 601.709.4990, newks.com

Best Meal Under $10 Second: Georgia Blue (Multiple Locations, georgiablue.net) / Third: Brentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 601.366.3427) / 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, 601.944.9888); CafĂŠ OlĂŠ (2752 N. State St., 769.524.3627); Gloriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen (2855 Bailey Ave., 601.362.0009)

Best Sandwich Place Second: Room Service (4659 McWillie Drive, 601.362.4617; 1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 104, Ridgeland, 601.707.3600) / Third: Broad Street Baking Company (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601.362.2900) / Finalists: Basilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (2906 N. State St., Suite 104, 601.982.2100; 120 N. Congress St., Suite L1, 601.944.9888); 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, 601.856.4377); Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deli (125 S. Congress St., Suite 103, 601.969.1119; 200 S. Lamar St., 601.714.5683)

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Best New Restaurant; Best Plate Lunch: Georgia Blue

Best Hangover Food; Best Pizza: The Pizza Shack

223 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601.919.1900; 111 Colony Crossing, Suite 130 Madison, 601.898.3330, georgiablue.net

Best New Restaurant 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: CafĂŠ OlĂŠ (2752 N. State St., 769.524.3627); Miso (3100 N. State St., Suite 102, 769.251.0119)

Best Plate Lunch Second: McDadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market (Multiple Locations, mcdadesmarkets.com) / Third: Primos CafĂŠ (515 Lake Harbour Drive, 601.898.3600; 2323 Lakeland Drive, 601.936.3398) / Finalists: Cherokee Inn (1410 Old Square Road, 601.362.6388); Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (200 S. Commerce St., 601.948.0888); The Trace Grill (574 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601.853.1014); Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drive-In (3016 N. State St., 601.982.2633)

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Best Hangover Food Second: Burgers & Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601.899.0038) / Third: Brentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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, 601.919.2000) / Finalists: Basilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 904 (904 E. Fortification St., Suite B, 601.352.2002); Hungry Howieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza (7157 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601.898.5008; 1060 Spillway Circle, Brandon, 601.706.0418; 105 Highway 80, Clinton, 601.708.0001); The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen (1200 N. State St., Suite 100, 601.398.4562)

   

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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, 601.856.5678, nagoya-ms.net

Best Asian Restaurant Second: Mr. Chenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant (5465 Interstate 55 N., 601.978.1865) / Third: Wasabi Sushi and Bar (100 E. Capitol St., Suite 105, 601.948.8808) / Finalists: Edo Japanese 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, 601.982.9991)

Best Sushi/Japanese Second: Little Tokyo (876 Avery Blvd., Ridgeland, 601.991.3800) / Third: Sakura Bana (4800 Interstate 55 N., Suite 11, 601.982.3035) / Finalists: BonsĂĄi 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, 601.899.8518); 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)

Best Lunch Buffet; Best Soul Food: Mama Hamilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Southern Cookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 480 Magnolia St., Madison, 601.856.4407

Best Lunch Buffet Second: Two Sistersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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, 601.982.9991)

Best Soul Food Second: Two Sistersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Kitchen (707 N. Congress St., 601.353.1180) Third: Peaches (327 N. Farish St., 601.354.9267) / Finalists: Collins Dream Kitchen (1439 University Blvd., 601.353.3845); Gloriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen (2855 Bailey Ave., 601.362.0009)

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BEST OF JACKSON 2014: FOOD & DRINK Best Barbecue; Best Place for Ribs: E&L Barbeque 1111 Bailey Ave., 601.355.5035

Best Barbecue Second: Hickory Pit (1491 Canton Mart Road, 601.956.7079) / Third: Chimneyville (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: Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q (2603 Highway 80 W., 601.355.7434; 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 Ethnic Restaurant: Aladdin 730 Lakeland Drive, 601.366.6033, aladdininjackson.com

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., 601.982.0890)

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Best Place for Healthy Food; Best Vegetarian Options: Rainbow Co-op 2807 Old Canton Road, 601.366.1602, rainbowcoop.org

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., 601.944.9501)

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, 601.982.8111)

Best Greek Restaurant; Best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern: Keifer’s 705 Poplar Blvd., 601.355.6825; 120 N. Congress St., 601.353.4976

Best Greek 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)

Best Local Burger: Stamps Superburger 1801 Dalton St., 601.352.4555 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)

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Best Beer Selection: The Bulldog 6111 Ridgewood Road, 601.978.3502, bulldog-jackson.draftfreak.com Second: Fondren Public (2765 Old Canton Road, 769.216.2589) / 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)

Best Place for Dessert: Primos Café 515 Lake Harbour Drive, 601.898.3600; 2323 Lakeland Drive, 601.936.3398, primoscafe.com 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)

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Best Doughnuts: Shipley’s Do-Nuts

Best Take-out: Room Service

103 Highway 80 E., Clinton, 601.925.0020, shipleydonuts.ws 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)

Best Local 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 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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4659 McWillie Drive, 601.362.4617, roomservicejackson.com 1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601.707.3600, roomservicenorth.com 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., 601.368.1919); Tokyo Express (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite D, 601.957.1368); Wok to Go (4329 N. State St., Suite F, 601.981.2112)

Best Steak: Shapley’s Restaurant 868 Centre St., Ridgeland, 601.957.3753, shapleysrestaurant.com 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)

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Cracking Eggs // by Amber Helsel Another Broken Egg reigns for both breakfast and brunch this year. We started thinking: How many eggs does the eatery actually break?

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Best Breakfast; Best Brunch: Another Broken Egg 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 1009, 601.790.9170, anotherbrokenegg.com

2 eggs in the most popular dish—The Traditional breakfast (two eggs, an English muffin and seasoned country potatoes, plus optional meat)

Best Breakfast Second: Primos Café (515 Lake Harbour Drive, 601. 898.3600; 2323 Lakeland Drive, 601.936.3398) / Third: Broad Street Baking Company (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601.362.2900) / Finalists: Brent’s Drugs (655 Duling

Ave., 601.366.3427); 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: Nick’s Restaurant (3000 Old Canton Road,

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

Best Place to Eat When Someone Else Pays: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601.982.8111, bravobuzz.com

1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 6001, Ridgeland, 601.853.2734, ruthschris.com

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)

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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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); Sophia’s Restaurant at Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St., 601.948.3429); Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601.420.4202)

Best Italian: Amerigo Italian Restaurant 6592 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601.977.0563; amerigo.net Second: BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601.982.8111) Third: Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano (970 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601.354.6600) / 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)

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Best Veggie Burger: Burgers & Blues

Best Local Fried Chicken: Two Sisters Kitchen

1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601.899.0038, burgersblues.com 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)

Best Seafood: Mayflower Café 123 W. Capitol St. 601.355.4122, mayflowercafems.com 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 Gumbo: Que Sera Sera 2801 N. State St., 601.981.2520, queserams.com 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)

Best Place to Get Coffee: Cups: An Espresso Café Multiple locations, cupsespressocafe.com 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)

Best Wings: Wingstop Multiple Locations, wingstop.com

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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)

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707 N. Congress St., 601.353.1180 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., 601.982.2001)

Best Bakery: Broad Street Baking Company 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601.362.2900, broadstbakery.com 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 Kids’ Menu: Sal and Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint 565 Taylor St., 601.368.1919, salandmookies.com 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)

Don’t see your favorite local restaurant among this year’s winners? Be sure to nominate and vote for what you think is the best in the 2015 Best of Jackson contest. Subscribe (free) at jfpdaily.com and watch bestofjackson.com for the announcement of next year’s contest later this fall.

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fter playing together under a different moniker, the men of Southern Komfort Brass Band formed the band in the summer of 2010. Since then, the brass band has gotten Jackson crowds out of their seats and moving to New Orleans-style music. Southern Komfort Brass Band is sousaphone and tambourine player Jamie Abrams; percussionist Tim Boyd; trombonist Eric James; trumpeter Joseph Handy; tenor saxophonist Cedric Eubanks; trombonist Lorenzo Gayden; percussionist Gerard Howard; trumpeter Terry Miller; and alternate trumpeter Corey Hannah. “We decided that since we were all here, we were all horn players, (and) there was nothing like this in the city at the time, that we would get serious about it and start practicing and get a repertoire,” Gayden says. They all have a variety of day jobs. Miller, Eubanks, Handy and James are band directors; Boyd is a social worker; Gayden owns Sanaa Gallery; and Hannah works in customer service. Handy, Eubanks, Boyd, Abrams and James each have multiple academic degrees. Each of the men, who range in age from 28 to 46 years old, were in marching or jazz bands, or other performing ensembles in college. “This is pretty much the only gig a sousaphone player is going to get,” Gayden says. “Just in general for us horn players, bands either take or leave us. We really wanted to play, (but) our opportunities were limited. So why not do something … where (what we do is) the feature? The brass-band format was perfect for that.” Gayden’s introduction to brass-band music 60

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was in college during the early ’90s with a Rebirth Brass Band cassette tape. “(Rebirth Brass Band) gives credit to Dirty Dozen for being the band that brought brass bands from the traditional black suit to being contemporary and incorporating a bunch of different genres,” he says. Abrams is from south Mississippi, so he grew up around similar music. One of his favorite artists is Keith Frank, a zydeco musician. Accordions and washboards characterize zydeco, and the music is all upbeat. “Anywhere they enjoy us playing, that’s our favorite,” Abrams says. Southern Komfort Brass Band can adapt its sound and performance to match various occasions. The band performs at celebrations and funerals alike, locally and regionally. It played for former Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s memorial service at the Jackson Convention Complex in March. At the beginning of such a service, the band plays dirges while the family mourns, and

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as the family celebrates at the end, they’ll play more upbeat songs such as “Down by the Riverside.” Wedding receptions are the band’s most popular events. “They were dancing from the first note we played until the last note we played,” Abrams says about a recent wedding reception at The South Warehouse. “Anytime we perform where the people are looking for what we’re doing, they’re going to dance pretty much from the first song until the last,” Gayden says. The band’s secret to success is doing what they love. “If it seems that you enjoy what you’re doing, then people enjoy (it),” Abrams says. “We put a lot of time and effort into preparing what we do,” Gayden says. “We practice regularly and work through our arrangements so the stuff makes sense, and we get comfortable with it. When we get in front of our audiences, we aren’t focused on remembering harmonies. That’s already taken care of.” Southern Komfort does all its own promotion and booking. “We have a pretty robust social-media following,” Gayden says. The band members got started by going to events to get exposure. Now they even sell T-shirts. “We play at different functions for at least four or five ethnicities. That’s something I take pride in. I hate the term ‘crossover,’ but we do cross over,” Gayden says. “The genres of music that we play that are endemic in brass band music and that have been added to contemporary brass band music—traditional New Orleans brass band music, R&B, blues, hip-hop, pop—the music speaks to a lot of different people.”

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Best Cover Band; Best Jazz Artist; Best Original Band: Southern Komfort Brass Band Best Cover Band

Best Original Band

Second: Jason Turner Band (jasonturnerband.com) / Third: The Colonels / Finalists: Diesel 255; Kid Vicious; Otis Lotus

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

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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, 601.978.3502); Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601.948.0055)

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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)

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Best Dive Bar Second: Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601.948.0055) / Third: Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St., 601.960.2700) / Finalists: Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St., 601.354.9712); Popâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saloon (2636 S. Gallatin St., 601.961.4747); Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge (5035 Interstate 55 N., 601.983.2526)

Best Jukebox Second: Last Call Sports Grill (1428 Old Square Road, 601.713.2700) / Third: Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge (5035 Interstate 55 N., 601.983.2526) / Finalists: The Green Room (444 Bounds St., 601.713.3444); Peaches (327 N. Farish St., 601.354.9267)

Best Place to Drink Cheap Second: Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601.948.0055) / Third: Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St., 601.354.9712) / Finalists: Fondren Public (2765 Old Canton Road, 769.216.2589); Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge (5035 Interstate 55 N., 601.983.2526)

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Best LGBT Hangout; Best OpenMic Night: Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub 901 E. Fortification St., 601.948.0055, fenianspub.com

Best LGBT Hangout Second: Bottoms Up (3911 Northview Drive, 601.981.2188) / Third: Club Metro Reloaded (4670 Highway 80 W., 601.665.3839) / Finalist: JCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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: Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St., 601.354.9712); Soul Wired CafĂŠ (111 Millsaps Ave., 601.863.6378)

Best Musician: Hunter Gibson huntergibson.com Second: Jason Turner (jasonturnerband.com) / Third: JaVontĂĄ Young / Finalists: Barry Leach; Chad Wesley (chadwesleyband.com); Cody Cox; Scott Albert Johnson (scottalbertjohnson.com)

Best Live Music Venue: Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 200 S. Commerce St., 601.948.0888, halandmals.com 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 Magooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (824 S. State St., 601.487.8710); The Penguin Restaurant and Bar (1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 6A, 769.251.5222)

Best Place to Dance: Underground 119 119 S. President St., 601.352.2322, underground119.com Second: Club Magooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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); Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St., 601.354.9712, martinslounge.net); Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St., 601.960.2700); Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the Rez (116 Conestoga Road, Ridgeland, 601.853.0105, shuckersontherez.com)

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Best R&B Artist: Jarekus Singleton

Best Hip-Hop Artist: David Banner

Best Place for Cocktails: Julep Restaurant and Bar

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Second: Kerry Thomas (soundcloud.com/ kerrythomasmusic) / Third: Victoria Cross / Finalists: A1; AJC & the Envelope Pushers; Akami Graham

Best Place to Watch the Game: Burgers & Blues 1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601.899.0038, burgersblues.com 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)

Best Place to Shoot Pool: The Green Room 444 Bounds St., 601.713.3444 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)

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

Best Blues Artist: Jesse Robinson Second: Jarekus Singleton / Third: Grady Champion / Finalists: Chad Wesley; Jason Bailey

Best Club DJ: DJ T-Lewis Second: DJ Young Venom / Third: DJ Cadillac / Finalists: DJ Jonasty; DJ Phingaprint; DJ Spre; DVDJ Reign; The Nasty Sho

Best Country Artist: Skylar Laine Second: Jason Turner / Third: South of 20 / Finalist: Shaun Patterson

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19 — Raise Your Pints Monthly Meeting 6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Meeting to go over club business and events, brewer education, and homebrew tasting. Free; raiseyourpints.com.

june 10 — Big Jim Adam in Concert 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., at Hearts of Madison (123 Jones St., Madison). The blues singer-songwriter is a two-time finalist in the International Blues Challenge. $10; call 601.862.1763; partiesatheartsofmadison.com.

2 — “The True Gospel Preached Here” 5 p.m., at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Bruce West signs books. $35 book; call 601.366.7619; email info@lemuriabooks.com; lemuriabooks.com.

12 — High Note Jam 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The Greater Jackson Arts Council and the Mississippi Museum of Art present an evening concert series in the Art Garden featuring performances from local musicians of all genres. Refreshments served. Free; call 601.960.1515; msmuseumart.org.

6 — The Revivalists 7:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The indie rock band from New Orleans performs. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, additional $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601.292.7999; visit ardenland.net.

7-21 — FestivalSouth at Downtown Hattiesburg. The two-week, multi-genre arts festival includes music, dance, exhibits and theater, and takes place at several venues. Headliners include Marty Stuart and Mac McAnally. Admission varies per event, some events free, all-access passes available; call 601.296.7475; festivalsouth.org.

13 — Summer Jam 2014 7:30 p.m., at Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton). Performers include Trina, the Swagg 101 Team, Hollywood Luck, Bambino and Golden Child. $20, $35 floor chairs, $50 VIP floor tables; call 800.745.3000.

14-29 — USA International Ballet Competition at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The quadrennial event includes performances, a dance school, a teacher training program, an art exhibition featuring works from Andrew Bucci and an awards gala. $7 and up for individual performances, ticket packages available, fees vary for dance school and teacher training; call 601.973.9249; usaibc.com.

20-21 — Bentonia Blues Festival at Blue Front Cafe (107 E. Railroad Ave., Bentonia). The 42nd annual festival includes food, arts and crafts, and blues performers including festival founder Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. Details pending. Free; call 662.528.1900; visityazoo.org.

24 — Freedom in Mississippi Series Lecture 6 p.m.-7 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In Trustmark Grand Hall. Artist Mary Lovelace O’Neal talks about her painting, “Angel of the Hood,” and shares her views on social injustice. Cash bar at 5:30 p.m. Free; call 601.960.1515; msmuseumart.org.

25-29 — Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.) and Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road). The Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and the Mississippi State Conference NAACP host the conference is to recognize civil rights workers who fought for equality in 1964, and to recognize the need to continue the effort. Ticket prices vary; call 601.977.7914 or 601.918.7809; visit msfreedomsummer50th.com.

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5. Great Harvest Bread Company (5006 Parkway Drive, 601.956.4406). It smells good every time I go in. 6. Jackson Zoological Park (2918 W. Capitol St., 601.352.2580). I remember going to the zoo as a child, and taking my children and the children of Wednesday’s Child—and now I will get to share it with my granddaughter, who loves animals. 7. Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St., 601.960.1550). The planetarium is probably the closest I will ever get to outer space! 8. Pilates of Jackson (1491 Canton Mart Road, Suite 13, 601.991.3201). My friend Angela Brown, whom I met back when I did a story on her son, has helped me shape up and feel better—and I promise to get back on schedule soon! 9. Historic Fondren District. You can almost always hear music, and everyone seems happy. Food, music and shopping! bestofjackson.com | boomjackson.com

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