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Small Business Spotlight: Seabold Architectural Studio, Jackson

Part problem-solver, part fireman…All architect: Good attitude, lots of experience make for fun, creative design projects Jeff Seabold believes in the power of positive thinking, and he uses that philosophy in approaching the architectural dilemmas he’s often called on to resolve. “I used to joke that I draw pretty pictures for a living, and I also put out fires,” Seabold said. ...

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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 what I was supposed to ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Dirty Hippie Soaps

‘Disgusting’ project now thriving venture: Mississippi family cleans up in soap biz A plan to create homemade soap for Christmas gifts went awry for two sisters and their mother, but the adventure later led to a successful family business. “My mom and sister were in Michaels or another craft store, and my mom saw a book on making soap. She said, ...

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Dining Out Spotlight: Vanelli’s, Tupelo

Vanelli’s a Tupelo mainstay for more than 30 years Vaz Vanelli’s passion is music and classical guitar, but his clear love of people has helped the restaurant opened by his father remain a Tupelo mainstay for more than 30 years. Vanelli’s father, Demetrios — known to most as Papa Vanelli — was born in Athens, Greece, and the family has ...

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Dining Out Spotlight: Café 51, Hernando

Investor returns to his restaurant roots Four decades after he watched his family’s Oxford restaurant burn to the ground, Jim Seay is back again in the restaurant business. His return to the industry was almost accidental. Seay owns an investment property firm called Diversified Investments in Hernando. His idea to open a restaurant came when one of the company’s properties, ...

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Small Business Spotlight: The Mustard Seed, Brandon

Planting a ‘seed’ of hope: Ceramic creations prove hot sellers Sales of the ceramic gifts made by “seedsters” at The Mustard Seed in Brandon help defray costs at the faith-based community while providing an artistic outlet for the clients. Established in 1981, The Mustard Seed is a community for adults with development disorders. Clients participate in a handbell choir and ceramics ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Mississippi Music

Music plays on: Johnson team has made music business a powerhouse Mississippi Music has weathered nearly 65 years in business by adapting and evolving to meet market demands in the state. The company was founded in Hattiesburg by Jim Johnson and his wife, Mac, who are both now in their 90s. Jim Johnson, an Alabama native, was a trombone player ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Taylor Creek Farm, Taylor

Green practices, lush produce pay for Taylor farmers The owners of Taylor Creek Farm grow flowers, heirloom vegetables and herbs while fostering green growing practices, education and community spirit. In 2003, Michelle McAnally and Jared Spears founded Taylor Creek Farm with the purchase of a former cotton farm in Taylor. Within two years, McAnally quit her full-time job as an ...

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Dining Out Spotlight: Sneaky Beans

Music, drinks flow at Fondren’s Sneaky Beans Sneaky Beans opened in Sept. 2008, fusing the relaxed atmosphere of a coffee shop with a music venue while encouraging community development. Owner Byron Knight returned to Jackson after his 2006 graduation from Middle Tennessee State University and decided to open a coffee shop with live entertainment after talking with developer Mike Peters. ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Derrick and Jennifer Emerson

DOING BUSINESS THE RIGHT WAY Emerson culinary success based on devotion to employees and expectation of excellence Disaster struck Walker’s Drive-In twice in 2005, but owners Derek and Jennifer Emerson consider the calamities blessings in disguise. On Feb. 18, 2005, a fire caused enough smoke damage to force a three-month closure. Then, Hurricane Katrina hit and power outages forced the ...

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