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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 […] [...]

Taste of something different

To appreciate the appeal of The Sycamore House restaurant, first consider the unique 140-year-old Acadian cottage with a screened porch and live-oak shaded outdoor courtyard that are extremely popular when the weather is nice. That is the backdrop to a menu that contains unusual, gourmet items along with familiars like pizza —although even the pizza […] [...]

Southern Bath Products attract customer senses with affordable natural products

Ever noticed that the longer the list of ingredients on a personal care product, the higher the price? And that the higher price and long list of unpronounceable names of chemicals doesn’t mean the product will actually perform as advertised? That was the experience of Southern Bath Products owner Kim Thornton, who was looking for […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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