Jackson County small businesses prepare for busy shopping season

By Tammy Leytham On a recent November day, Ashley Knecht was preparing her store, Gourmet Gurl, in Pascagoula for its one-year anniversary followed by the Christmas shopping season. She has give-a-ways and food samples planned and has shelves stocked with big sellers — like Captain Rodney’s Boucan Glaze, coffees and teas. And a new item […] [...]

Small Business Spotlight: Buon Cibo, Hernando

A success on his own: After more than a year, Belenchia’s first solo  project, by all standards, has been a total hit After working for several restaurants in Memphis and North Mississippi, Josh Belenchia was ready to open his own place. When he toured a vacant restaurant property in Hernando, the concept of Buon Cibo, which opened […] [...]

Small Business Spotlight: Complete Mobile Home Supply, Pearl

Becoming a ‘complete’ success Mobile home supply is largest in state with an eye on higher goals Customers walk into Complete Mobile Home Supply and, on many occasions, aren’t sure what they need. “They make a lot of hand gestures,” said Jotham McCauley, director of e-commerce. “They say, ‘It’s about like this,’ and we have […] [...]

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: 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: Cups, Jackson

by Published: July 25,2010


Espresso Empire Cups has been a coffee tradition since first shop in Fondren opened in 1993 Janice Cameron has an interesting story to tell from a 1998 visit she and her husband, Dennis, made to Pike Place Market, a Seattle, Wash. historic district overlooking the Puget Sound. One of the stops on their walk through the neighborhood […] [...]

Small Business Spotlight: Harkins Rocking Chairs & Furniture

Sleeping in sawdust Harkins takes art of furniture building to the days of old The old man was desperate. Tommy Bell had learned carpentry from German immigrants and had built his first rocking chair at the age of 11. By the time he reached his late 70’s, he knew that the Old World trade of […] [...]

Small Business Spotlight: Attic Gallery & Hwy. 61 Coffee

There’s a little bit here for everyone Art gallery and coffee house are Vicksburg traditions Nestled in the heart of the historic district of Vicksburg, just steps away from the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum and a refurbished Civil War cannon, the Attic Gallery and Highway 61 Coffeehouse offer visitors something for all of their senses. The two […] [...]

Small Business Spotlight: Relish, Madison

Relish, secretaries of the interior If there’s a need to re-decorate your old house or just decorate a new house, this is the place Relish, a furniture dealer and gift shop located on U.S. 51 between Madison and Gluckstadt, may be off the beaten path, but co-owners Kathy Cotten and her daughter Kayce Saik are […] [...]

Small Business Spotlight: Choctaw Books

Proud to be a Bookman Choctaw Books offers rare, used titles Before there was Choctaw Books. Bookworms in the Jackson metropolitan area looking for rare books prior to the advent of the Internet and online retail could drive over to a little wood frame house on North Street. The small driveway still only has […] [...]

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