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Dining Out Spotlight: Parlor Market, Jackson

There is a reason for everything at the PM From the owner to the hostess stand and from the floors to the bar, nearly everything in Parlor Market tells a story. Owner Craig Noone got his start at the Palace Casino Resort on the coast after graduating from the Texas Culinary Academy. He then moved to Italy where he obtained ...

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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 Mississippi Delta soybeans,” she said. ...

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Dining Out Spotlight: Madidi, Clarksdale

A dream come true for Luckett and Freeman Ten years ago, when Bill Luckett and Morgan Freeman were preparing to open their Clarksdale restaurant, Madidi, they could park just about anywhere they wanted downtown. A few weeks ago as Luckett drove to the restaurant, he lucked out and got the only available parking spot on the block. “There used to ...

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Dining Out Spotlight: Fillin Station Grille, Southaven

Fillin Station Grille the fourth venture for RCM Four years after opening its first DeSoto County venture, Memphis-based River City Management Group has opened its fourth restaurant in the Northwest Mississippi County. The management group’s other DeSoto County properties include: the Mesquite Chophouse, a fine dining steakhouse; 10 Bones BBQ; and, Pa Pa Pia’s Authentic Italian Restaurant. Fillin Station Grille, ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Kelly's Kids, Natchez

Ashton James remembers standing on the front porch of his boyhood home with his cousin, Dan, as the only models for his mother’s new clothing company, Kelly’s Kids. The boys were paid a dollar an outfit — because they also had to try on the girls’ outfits, too. Today, the 32-year-old James serves as chief executive officer of the 28-year-old ...

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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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