A sea of purple will roll this way on Saturday from 11am – 4pm as Fondren welcomes Millsaps students, faculty, alumni and friends for the first ever Millsaps Day in Fondren. The event is a joint endeavor for the school and the Fondren Association of Businesses (Fab) and is welcomed by Find It In Fondren™. Fab president David Waugh says Fab has always been interested in promoting the business area to students at all colleges. “They often don’t discover us until their junior or senior year,” he says. Senior Jennifer Goebel of Dallas, Texas agrees and is thankful for the special emphasis. “Fondren has come a long way,” she says. “Even since my freshman year, I’ve seen a lot more being offered in this area.”
Many Fondren businesses will offer discounts for Millsaps students, employees and alumni. Kids activities, including a space jump and face painting, will be provided at St. Luke’s Methodist Church on Duling Avenue. Representatives from Millsaps will be available there, too, to answer questions about the college. Captain Ron Mills of the Fondren Express Trolley says he will offer a shuttle from 11am – 4pm from campus to the neighborhood. Live music will be hosted on two stages: Taylor Hildebrand at Sneaky Beans and Zach Lovett at Fondren Guitars from 12-2pm.
Megan James, director of First Year Experience and Fraternity and Sorority Life at Millsaps, says the event is intended to further engage the Millsaps community with Fondren. “We’re fortunate to have such a vibrant community near our campus,” she says. “Orientation leaders are encouraged to take all new students out to lunch and then spend the afternoon shopping and exploring.”
Here are the discounts and specials we know about thus far:
15% off at Sal & Mookie’s restaurant
10% off at circa. URBAN ARTISAN LIVING
10% off at Fondren Art Gallery
25% off any one regular price item, shoes, clothes, or jewelry all day at Shoebar
15% off all regular priced items, $100 off all bikes with college ID at SwellOPhonic
15% off all used vinyl & new CD’s, 15% off select new vinyl, and 10% off new record players and stands at Morningbell Records
Buy one get one free milkshakes with a college ID from 2pm to close at Brent’s
15% discount at Zoubir Tabout Antiques and Interiors
$5 posters and prints at Brown’s Fine Art
10% off at SpiritHouseGlass (Fondren Corner Lobby)
15% discount at Quiznos
10% discount at Belgique
10% with college ID at Treehouse Boutique
50% discount w/ a college ID every Saturday to their Latin dance party at 10pm. Normally $10 cover but w/ college ID it is only $5 at Salsa Mississippi
20% off sale on all clothes and lamps, and 10% off the entire store at The Green Room
15 % discount at midtown and Fondren locations of N.U.T.S.
Free soda or tea with food purchase with college ID at Rooster’s and Basil’s
Students, faculty and staff can redeem the discounts using their college ID. Alumni can visit the Millsaps table in the parking lot of St. Luke’s to pick up an alumni discount coupon redeemable at all participating Fondren businesses.
With Fondren businesses rolling out their purple carpets, Waugh hopes students will discover what Fondren has to offer. “We want them to know there is a place that welcomes them and wants to cater to them through their college years and beyond.”