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Every piece is unique at Midnite Pottery

Midnite Pottery got its name because it was started by family members who had full-time jobs, and took up pottery making with a passion that left them often working until midnight or later. “My brother, Dean Webb, started the business,” said Midnite Pottery owner Jennifer Shelton. “He had just taken a pottery lesson. He didn’t really have a hobby. He ...

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Everyday Gardener great for giving and gardening

The Everyday Gardener in Fondren specializes in “the art of giving and gardening.” Whether you are looking for a gift for others or yourself, you are likely to find something among the store’s unique selection of home accents, vases, containers and works of art that will brighten a home or office. The business also carries a large selection of ferns, ...

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Hey Joe’s is making it hot in Cleveland

You might expect that a business like Hey Joe’s that specializes in burgers, live original music and a large draft beer selection would be a hit with the younger crowd including students from Delta State University. But Hey Joe’s has fans of all ages. “We had a lady celebrate her 90th birthday here the other day,” said owner Justin Huerta. ...

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Nehi Bottling Company has been a Cleveland fixture for 85 years

It was a far different world back in 1927 when the Nehi Bottling Company was founded in Cleveland. Most soft drink companies manufactured their products locally because dirt roads made it difficult to transport products very far. Today the soft drink industry has a far different model with most production consolidated in regional bottling centers. As the Nehi Bottling Company ...

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SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Whitehead Street Clothiers, Jackson

Before any man can develop his own style, he has to understand the simplicity of the basics. “The timeless prep look is the foundation for classic styling,” said Greg Rozina, manager of Whitehead Street Clothiers. “It is okay to break the rules once you understand them. Good taste, however, never changes. So the most important thing to remember is that ...

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SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Social Chair rocks Bay St. Louis

After Hurricane Katrina tens of thousands of Coast residents needed to replace their home furnishings. But about the only place open near Bay St. Louis for a while was Walmart. That is when interior decorator Yuki Northington, who owns the firm Art & Interiors in Bay St. Louis, decided to open Social Chair to help bring businesses back to Old ...

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Biggers Hardware still making customers happy — and keeping the downtown viable — after 94 years

CORINTH—In 1918, when the U.S. was still involved in World War I, Biggers Hardware was founded in downtown Corinth by J.D. Biggers. His ten children each inherited a tenth of the store that has been run continuously by a family member ever since its founding 94 years ago. “I had five great uncles who worked here, my father worked here, ...

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Mav6 on fast track

More soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are avoiding explosives hidden alongside roadways thanks to detection equipment developed by Vicksburg-based Mav6, a 4-year-old “systems integrator” whose more than 900 percent revenue growth gave it a ranking of 373 for Inc. magazine’s 500 fastest growing private companies nationally. Mav6 is proving you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to achieve business success; ...

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Banks pledge $20 billion hike in lending to small business

Regions Bank, Wells Fargo and 11 other large banks have committed to increase lending for small businesses by a combined $20 billion over the next three years. The banks made the announcement at a press conference joined by Vice President Joe Biden and Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills John Asbury, head of Business Services for Regions, said Birmingham-based Regions ...

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