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Small Business Spotlight: SoDelta, Greenville

Idea for came to Hamilton ‘like a bolt of lightning’ The idea for SoDelta candles struck Lea Margaret Hamilton “like a bolt of lightning” one fall afternoon on a drive to the City of Greenwood. “Combines were on both sides of the highway cutting soybeans and I just thought, ‘nobody is doing candles made with […] [...]

Dining Out Spotlight: Madidi, Clarksdale

by Published: March 6,2011

Tags: Bill Luckett, Madidi, Morgan Freeman

A dream come true for Luckett and Freeman Ten years ago, when Bill Luckett and Morgan Freeman were preparing to open their Clarksdale restaurant, Madidi, they could park just about anywhere they wanted downtown. A few weeks ago as Luckett drove to the restaurant, he lucked out and got the only available parking spot on […] [...]

Dining Out Spotlight: Fillin Station Grille, Southaven

Fillin Station Grille the fourth venture for RCM Four years after opening its first DeSoto County venture, Memphis-based River City Management Group has opened its fourth restaurant in the Northwest Mississippi County. The management group’s other DeSoto County properties include: the Mesquite Chophouse, a fine dining steakhouse; 10 Bones BBQ; and, Pa Pa Pia’s Authentic […] [...]

Small Business Spotlight: Kelly’s Kids, Natchez

by Published: February 27,2011

Tags: Ashton James, Kelly’s Kids, Lynn James

Ashton James remembers standing on the front porch of his boyhood home with his cousin, Dan, as the only models for his mother’s new clothing company, Kelly’s Kids. The boys were paid a dollar an outfit — because they also had to try on the girls’ outfits, too. Today, the 32-year-old James serves as chief […] [...]

Small Business Spotlight: Seabold Architectural Studio, Jackson

by Published: December 19,2010

Tags: Jeff Seabold, Seabold Architectural Studio

Part problem-solver, part fireman…All architect: Good attitude, lots of experience make for fun, creative design projects Jeff Seabold believes in the power of positive thinking, and he uses that philosophy in approaching the architectural dilemmas he’s often called on to resolve. “I used to joke that I draw pretty pictures for a living, and I also […] [...]

Dining Out Spotlight: Purple Parrot, Hattiesburg

St. John: Restaurant biz was love at first site While sitting out a few semesters from his studies at the University of Southern Miss, Robert St. John took a job at a local restaurant. “I fell in love with it,” he said. “I knew from pretty much when I started working there that that was […] [...]

Small Business Spotlight: Dirty Hippie Soaps

by Published: December 12,2010

Tags: Amanda Quarles, Dirty Hippie Soaps, Gwen Long, Jessica Long

‘Disgusting’ project now thriving venture: Mississippi family cleans up in soap biz A plan to create homemade soap for Christmas gifts went awry for two sisters and their mother, but the adventure later led to a successful family business. “My mom and sister were in Michaels or another craft store, and my mom saw a book […] [...]

Dining Out Spotlight: Vanelli’s, Tupelo

by Published: December 12,2010

Tags: Vanelli’s, Vaz Vanelli

Vanelli’s a Tupelo mainstay for more than 30 years Vaz Vanelli’s passion is music and classical guitar, but his clear love of people has helped the restaurant opened by his father remain a Tupelo mainstay for more than 30 years. Vanelli’s father, Demetrios — known to most as Papa Vanelli — was born in Athens, […] [...]

Dining Out Spotlight: Café 51, Hernando

by Published: December 5,2010

Tags: Café 51, Jim Seay

Investor returns to his restaurant roots Four decades after he watched his family’s Oxford restaurant burn to the ground, Jim Seay is back again in the restaurant business. His return to the industry was almost accidental. Seay owns an investment property firm called Diversified Investments in Hernando. His idea to open a restaurant came when […] [...]

Small Business Spotlight: The Mustard Seed, Brandon

by Published: December 5,2010

Tags: Kit Barksdale, The Mustard Seed

Planting a ‘seed’ of hope: Ceramic creations prove hot sellers Sales of the ceramic gifts made by “seedsters” at The Mustard Seed in Brandon help defray costs at the faith-based community while providing an artistic outlet for the clients. Established in 1981, The Mustard Seed is a community for adults with development disorders. Clients participate in […] [...]

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