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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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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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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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