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Vets team up to bring new pizza concept to Mississippi

Business partners Dee Broadwater and John Henry come from similar professional backgrounds. Both served in the military and then as defense contractors overseas. As college students, they both “did their time” working in restaurants. Now the two are getting into the restaurant business by introducing the Your Pie pizza franchise in the Jackson area. More locations are planned in other ...

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‘Life changing chicken’ coming soon to Mississippi

By LISA MONTI Construction will begin soon on the first of six restaurant locations for a franchise new to Mississippi that promises “life changing chicken.” Father and son franchisees Ricky Bagwell and David Bagwell will build the first Slim Chickens store in Ridgeland. Two more are planned in the Jackson area, two in the Hattiesburg area and one in Oxford. ...

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Coast Roast perking despite two hard blows

By LISA MONTI Shawn and Lynn Montella started their Coast Roast coffee business 16 years as a modest venture centered on Shawn’s interest in roasting coffee beans. “We never had big plans, we were just doing it on the fly, adjusting as we went,” Shawn Montella said. “It just grew on its own.” Grew it did. In spite of the ...

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Biloxi, Coast seeing more non-casino hotel rooms

By LISA MONTI Biloxi and other tourist-friendly coastal cities are seeing new investment in non-casino hotel rooms with more planned. For a tourism market that had to comeback from Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill and then the recession, the additional rooms and new brands are making 2017 look promising. In the past year, Biloxi added about 500 rooms, mainly ...

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Staffing symposium set for Feb. 23

by LISA MONTI The 2017 American Staffing Association Mississippi Council Symposium will be held Feb. 23 at 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. at the Jackson Hilton Garden Inn, located in The Dogwood shopping area of Flowood The agenda for the second annual symposium on staffing, recruiting and workforce solutions will include presentations on how the staffing industry can help Mississippi employment and ...

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Hotel Pass Christian is big on amenities

By LISA MONTI Hotel Pass Christian, under construction on the beachfront in the small town it is named for, will open late next month with plenty of amenities plus more to come in the spring. Owner Jourdan Nicaud’s Bacchus on the Beach restaurant, across Scenic Drive from the boutique hotel, will prepare all room service for guests. Nicaud also owns ...

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New steakhouses heading to Coast

By LISA MONTI In the heart of the seafood loving Mississippi Coast, where menus tend to be top- heavy with shrimp, oysters, crabs and fish dishes, a couple of new restaurants are specializing in sizzling steaks served with traditional sides and top brands of wine and liquor. In Pass Christian, restaurateur Thomas Genin has opened a small steakhouse on the ...

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New year could mean changes in legal world

By LISA MONTI  Who provides legal services, how much clients pay for those services and how data can predict future cases are among changes forecast for the legal profession in the new year and beyond. “Over the past five years, we have seen new techniques gain popularity as methods to help lawyers improve the business side of their practice,” said ...

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Biloxi Brewing gets its own production facility

By LISA MONTI Mississippi’s newest craft beer maker is about to start production in its new facility, a converted warehouse on Bohn Street in Biloxi. Biloxi Brewing Co. has been contracting with Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co., the oldest beer maker in the state, to make its products at the facility in Kiln. Production began in April 2015. Biloxi Brewing was founded ...

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