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‘Lifestyle stores’ popularity on the rise in retailing

JACKSON — When you look through the windows of The South, open for eight months in Pear Orchard Village, you see bedding, beaded lamps, leather and upholstered chairs and original art displayed throughout. Further into the store, shoppers find china and flatware patterns, tabletop accents and even a selection of high-end menswear — all under one roof. But The South ...

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Cut flower business starting to bloom in Mississippi

LUCEDALE — If you go into a supermarket in Mississippi and purchase a bouquet of flowers, most likely those flowers are labeled “Product of Columbia” or “Product of Ecuador.” Or, they came from California or Florida. Yet Mississippi has a favorable climate to grow types of cut flowers and dried flowers. And some growers in the state are trying to ...

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Tunica takes a look at a decade of sound success

TUNICA — Twenty years ago Jesse Jackson toured Tunica County and said the abject poverty in the area qualified it to be known as “America’s Ethiopia.” What a difference 10 years of gaming has made. The “Tunica Miracle” has included total capital investments of more than $4 billion. Average income has more than doubled from $9,000 in 1991 to $20,000 ...

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