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“College Hunks Hauling Junk” franchise opens in Capital City

College Hunks Hauling Junk. The company’s name itself is a conversation piece, according to owner Carl Carter. Carter opened the Jackson moving services franchise in January at the age of 50 after spending more than 20 years in the insurance industry. “Some people may find it a little crazy,” Carter says. “After you’ve done something […] [...]

Click Boutique revives Hattiesburg downtown retail district

If anyone was at Click Boutique on April 27, 2011, they would have thought they were on the set of the popular AMC series “Mad Men.” The show is based on a 1960s New York City advertising agency and the mod fashion of the time is a definite source of inspiration for the Hattiesburg women’s […] [...]

Small business owners take picture perfect advantages with Instagram

Instagram, a smartphone application that allows users to shoot, edit and publish photos online, was bought last spring by Facebook for $1 billion, and its no small wonder the social media giant was eager to gobble up the technology startup and its dozen employees. Founded by Stanford University alums Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the […] [...]

Froyo y’all: Couple brings ‘delicious’ dessert to Delta

The next time you’re on Cotton Row in Cleveland look for the two teachers serving frozen yogurt. Suzette Matthews and her fiancée Matty Bengloff decided to open up Delta Dairy Frozen Yogurt in April to introduce the region to a dessert that’s easily found in other college towns in Mississippi. “I dream of yogurt every […] [...]

Jackson model determined to grow agency in Mississippi

Growing up the daughter of a Simpson County Southern Baptist preacher probably isn’t in the biography of many high-end fashion models. That doesn’t matter to Jamie Ainsworth. The Magee native has graced the covers of Atlanta magazines and walked the prestigious runways of New York Fashion Week but is comfortable and confidant in her decision […] [...]

Meridian DJ group brings dubstep, EDM to Queen City

Armed with headphones and turntables, the modern DJ (or deejay) industry has really jumped off since the days of Studio 54 and Grandmaster Flash. Today’s deejays have become a fixture of the electronic dance music (EDM) industry and a select few have even made six-figure salaries mixing house music in clubs and on albums all […] [...]

Clinton’s Monument Coffee is a “glorified walk-in closet”

Typically when Monument Coffee Company owner Jerry Watson interviews job applicants he wants to know if they have any babysitting experience. While the Memphis native does consider the Clinton drive-thru coffee shop his baby, there is a deeper meaning to the question as he hunts for traits of stewardship and accountability in each potential employee. […] [...]

From Bibles to Bee Gees

Charles Sproles calls it “a God thing.” Norris Bookbinding Co. in Greenwood has spent more than half a century covering the bookbinding needs of the country from Bibles and rare books to periodicals and genealogy. “We give all the credit to God for keeping us around,” Sproles says. “I don’t know why He’s still got […] [...]

Blackberry Records executive, entertainment lawyer break down gospel industry’s roots and future

Gospel music has come a long way from the days of pews, robes and organs. While other music genres are seeing some sales decline, gospel sales are solid and more radio stations and labels are bending an ear to the next generation of the multi-million dollar industry while older performers continue to sell out venues […] [...]

Country Squire builds legacy as state’s oldest tobacconist

Tobacco is as much a part of the Old South as bourbon and blueticks. There’s a light-hearted exchange on the leaf’s virtue in the 2003 Civil War movie “Gods and Generals.” “Colonel Stuart, do you use tobacco?” Confederate general Stonewall Jackson asks a junior officer. “No sir, not in any form,” answers Stuart. “Neither do […] [...]

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