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Buying Mississippi

MBJ Editorial

In a bind about what to buy for the holidays this year? Have you been wandering the mall since the day

after Thanksgiving, muttering to yourself and wondering what to buy the boss, the spouse, the kids?

Here are a few words of advice: When in doubt, buy Mississippi.

While the holidays are about much more than maxxxing out credit cards and consumers running amok,

the economic impact is vitally important to the millions of Americans and thousands of Mississippians

earning their livings in retail. Or, for that matter, manufacturing. And transport. And, yes, even


We tend to indict the shallow consumerism of December, but that gift buying and spending keeps folks

working and a healthy economic cycle spinning.

And now back to buying Mississippi. The next few weeks offer us the perfect time to take a look at

unique products and services from Mississippi companies.

It might be cheese straws from the Mississippi Gift Company. Hand-painted dishware or home

accessories from Gail Pittman. Edam cheese from Mississippi State’s dairy science program. A

high-tech kitchen appliance from Viking Range.Objets d’art from Shearwater Pottery. Your dream

guitar from Peavey Electronics. Books from University Press of Mississippi or Quail Ridge Press.

Pralines from the Indianola Pecan House. A new PC from Howard Computers.

Our downtowns abound with specialty shops brimming with perfect gifts. Mississippi artists and

craftsmen are also worth consideration and support. So, happy holidays, happy shopping and buy



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