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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 […] [...]

The little publishing house that could

“We are in a world that is changing at a faster pace,” says Gwen McKee, editor-in-chief of the small Brandon publishing company Quail Ridge Press. Publishing in America has changed in the last quarter century with the rise of the Internet and e-readers, the decline of local bookstores and ebb of even larger retailers like […] [...]

Simple, stately Old Capitol Inn is a hallmark of style and comfort

by Published: March 1,2013

Tags: hospitality, Mende Malouf Alford, Old Capitol Inn

Since it first opened in the fall of 1996, the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson has prided itself as Jackson’s only designer boutique hotel. From weddings to legislative breakfasts to Gov. Phil Bryant’s election night victory party in 2011, the 24-room Old Capitol Inn stands ready for any intimate occasion. The charming facility has five […] [...]

Grocery veterans decided to do it on their own in Jackson

Older customers may still call their local grocery store “Sunflower” or “Jitney” but Greg and Kathy McDade don’t mind. The Arkansas-born couple has operated the McDade’s Markets grocery chain in central Mississippi since 1996 when they sold everything they had to buy the old Sunflower grocery at Jackson’s Maywood Mart. “I’m the pessimist, Kathy’s the […] [...]

Back Yard Burgers founder went from grill to boardroom

by Published: February 15,2013

Tags: Back Yard Burgers, hamburgers, Lattie Michael, restaurants

When incoming Back Yard Burgers CEO Dave McDougall said he wanted to take the burger chain from bankruptcy back to the basics, he meant it. The company’s original founder Lattimore “Lattie” Michael had dinner with the newly minted executive recently and says McDougall wants to focus on the quality of the fast food restaurant’s products […] [...]

Jackson printer takes old-school printing into Internet marketplace

When Jackson printing enthusiast Kristen Ley was trying to come up with a name for her vintage printing and design startup, she thought of thimbles. The Mississippi State University graphic design graduate remembered traveling around the country with her family as a child and collecting sewing thimbles from gas stations and gift shops in each […] [...]

Kirkland Hair is staying on the cutting edge

Jim McFadden still chokes up when he tells the story of Jackson barber Jeri Kirkland’s funeral. “She was a great lady,” he says of his mother-in-law. “She had a congressman be her pallbearer. She had some of the top Jackson businessmen carry her to her grave. Kings carrying their servant to her grave.” Business would […] [...]

Rustic Papazu Salon dazzles customers with creative, fun atmosphere

by Published: November 2,2012

Tags: Flowood, hair salon, Papazu Salon, small business

The Papazu Salon, located at 612 Liberty Road next to a horse pasture just a short distance from Lakeland Drive, has a charming, laid-back atmosphere that has won the beauty salon a loyal following. Papazu Salon makes hair care fun, said customer Carol McDill. “The motif of the salon is pleasantly unique,” McDill said. “I […] [...]

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