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Williams Brothers General Store is something to count on

The Williams Brothers General Store that is 105 years old is one retailer with absolutely no fear of Walmart. “My granddaddy was doing a big business here before Sam Walton was even born,” said Sid Williams, who owns the store with his Aunt Peggy Dees and her daughter, Jane Crosswhite. “The store has been here […] [...]

Black & White Department Store has icon status in downtown Yazoo City

by Published: August 12,2012

Tags: Black & White Department Store, retail, Yazoo City

For 73 years the Black and White Department Store has been a mainstay of the downtown area, providing clothing and other goods to generation after generation. Even after most retail moved out of the downtown, the Black and White Store has continued to attract customers with a wide selection of brand name merchandise at good […] [...]

Bottle caps turn into 3D artwork in the hands of Natchez artist

Brandon McCranie has a degree in art from Delta State University (DSU) and spent two years studying classical art in Florence, Italy. So what is he doing creating art out of bottle caps? Making a good living while making people happy to own an original, three-dimensional (3D) piece of art that is affordable and a […] [...]

At age 17, ‘the flagpole kid’ is already a business success story

At the age of 17, Emily Waldon is already a business veteran earning about $100,000 over the past 11 years selling flagpoles, a business she began at age six after wanting to do something patriotic after 9/11. “It has truly been great,” Waldon said, whose business is called Flagpole Express. “I’ve had so many9/11 opportunities […] [...]

For Serious Bread not all breads are created equal

by Published: July 22,2012

Tags: baking, Bay St. Louis, Serious Bread Bakery

Al Jensen worked as an oceanographer at the Naval Oceanographic Office at Stennis Space Center for 37 years. When he retired in 2003, he pursued a long-time interest in baking bread. “I was baking bread for parties for four or five years before I retired,” said Jensen, who with his wife, Vivian Jensen, owns Serious […] [...]

Brent’s Drug Store preserves the feel of a bygone era

The building housing one of the South’s oldest soda fountain drug stores was in danger of becoming vacant when the pharmacist owner sold Brent’s Drug Store to a chain in 2009, and the pharmacy part of the business was relocated. A local attorney and Fondren resident, Brad Reeves, who as a kid was taken by […] [...]

Belmont Dixie Queen celebrates 57 palate-pleasing years

by Published: July 8,2012

Tags: Belmont, Dixie Queen, hamburgers, Tina Gray

If you are the kind of person more interested in good eats at a reasonable price than dining in fancy surroundings, the Belmont Dixie Queen may be just the ticket. The diner housed in a building originally used as a gas station and to store caskets has now been serving up burgers and other comfort […] [...]

Alluvian breakfast stands up to the stellar reputation of Viking Range

by Published: July 1,2012

Tags: Greenwood, The Alluvian, Viking Range

At some hotels the best thing about the complimentary breakfast is that it is free. And while it may get you through until lunch, it certainly won’t be a memorable experience. Breakfast at The Alluvian Hotel, in contrast, is an experience that many guests remember fondly for a long time. The buffet menu includes just […] [...]

Fondren’s Treehouse Boutique is a pipeline to fashion

by Published: June 25,2012

Tags: Fondren, Jude Muse, Treehouse Boutique

The Treehouse Boutique in Fondren is known for being a pipeline to the latest fashions and gift trends while providing a unique shopping experience in a customer-friendly store housed in a home that is 100 years old. “Whenever you come into our store, you are coming into our home,” said owner Jude Muse. “It is […] [...]

THE MECCA: Ground Zero Blues Club attracts national and international visitors

On a recent Wednesday night, there was something of the atmosphere of the United Nations at the Ground Zero Blues Club. There were visitors from 11 foreign countries and 15 U.S. states enjoying a club that has become a magnet for blues music lovers across the world. “We have a high level of international branding […] [...]

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