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At age 17, ‘the flagpole kid’ is already a business success story

At the age of 17, Emily Waldon is already a business veteran earning about $100,000 over the past 11 years selling flagpoles, a business she began at age six after wanting to do something patriotic after 9/11. “It has truly been great,” Waldon said, whose business is called Flagpole Express. “I’ve had so many9/11 opportunities that normal 17-year-olds could never ...

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For Serious Bread not all breads are created equal

Al Jensen worked as an oceanographer at the Naval Oceanographic Office at Stennis Space Center for 37 years. When he retired in 2003, he pursued a long-time interest in baking bread. “I was baking bread for parties for four or five years before I retired,” said Jensen, who with his wife, Vivian Jensen, owns Serious Bread Bakery on Main Street ...

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Brent’s Drug Store preserves the feel of a bygone era

The building housing one of the South’s oldest soda fountain drug stores was in danger of becoming vacant when the pharmacist owner sold Brent’s Drug Store to a chain in 2009, and the pharmacy part of the business was relocated. A local attorney and Fondren resident, Brad Reeves, who as a kid was taken by his parents to the soda ...

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Cash mobs mean dollars for downtown Tupelo

Small businesses are important to Tupelo. That’s why the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association is busy doing what it can to promote local retailers. One of their most innovative promotions is Cash Mobs, a take off on the Flash Mob where people meet at a designated place for a particular happening such as singing or dancing. In downtown Tupelo the ...

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Belmont Dixie Queen celebrates 57 palate-pleasing years

If you are the kind of person more interested in good eats at a reasonable price than dining in fancy surroundings, the Belmont Dixie Queen may be just the ticket. The diner housed in a building originally used as a gas station and to store caskets has now been serving up burgers and other comfort food to several generations of ...

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Owners of small businesses know how to keep customers coming back

For many people, shopping has become increasingly more impersonal in these days of big box and chain stores. Much of the allure of these retail giants is the array of merchandise, prices and convenience. So how do small, hometown business owners compete? Often it’s by keeping the personal touch in shopping. In Cleveland, Marion Jordan continues the tradition of customer ...

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Alluvian breakfast stands up to the stellar reputation of Viking Range

At some hotels the best thing about the complimentary breakfast is that it is free. And while it may get you through until lunch, it certainly won’t be a memorable experience. Breakfast at The Alluvian Hotel, in contrast, is an experience that many guests remember fondly for a long time. The buffet menu includes just about all the made-from-scratch breakfast ...

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Fondren's Treehouse Boutique is a pipeline to fashion

The Treehouse Boutique in Fondren is known for being a pipeline to the latest fashions and gift trends while providing a unique shopping experience in a customer-friendly store housed in a home that is 100 years old. “Whenever you come into our store, you are coming into our home,” said owner Jude Muse. “It is a unique shopping experience. I ...

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Customers have been coming back to Mayflower Café for generations

It is only fitting that the Mayflower Café is particularly well known for its “comeback sauce.” That is because the café regarded as one of Jackson’s favorite seafood restaurant has been attracting back diners now for generations. “Many generations of hometown people have come through here,” said Mayflower Café owner Jerry Kountouris. “Parent brought their kids, who grew up and ...

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