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South African Educators Tour Jackson

South African Educators Tour Jackson

A group from South Africa got the “Fondren treatment” this weekend as they explored Jackson aboard the Fondren Express for a historical tour. Selena Swartfager of the Mississippi Council on Economic Education said the dozen participants were here as part of an exchange program of sorts, learning how the U.S. offers economic education to teachers […]

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Stovetop is Palette For Aspiring Artist

Stovetop is Palette For Aspiring Artist

He’s experienced kitchen prep in Chicago’s Tru Restaurant under Executive Chef Anthony Martin, a James Beard nominee. Just last weekend, he was in the Viking kitchen under Chris Hastings, owner and executive chef of Hot and Hot Fish Club of Birmingham. Tomorrow night, he brings his talents to the St. James Episcopal Church kitchen in […]

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Belmont Chamber Singers Coming to Fondren

Belmont Chamber Singers Coming to Fondren

The Belmont University Chamber Choir of Nashville, Tennessee will be performing a free concert at St. James’ Episcopal Church on Sunday March 6, at 5:00 P.M.  The Chamber Singers is a choral ensemble comprised of about twenty-five singers who perform a variety of music styles from Pre-Renaissance to Twentieth Century.  The ensemble embraces unaccompanied music […]

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Thankless Job Gets Kudos for Cowart

Thankless Job Gets Kudos for Cowart

Some said she didn’t belong. “I’m just a a country girl,” says Sue Cowart, owner of Empty Hamper, a full service ‘wash-dry-fold’ laundry in Fondren Corner. She is talking of former coworkers and even her closest friends who cautioned her before bringing her nine year old business to the eclectic neighborhood of Fondren. Formerly a […]

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“No-Nonsense” Watts Rallies Proactive Community

“No-Nonsense” Watts Rallies Proactive Community

Change can be a good thing, even if it’s change you don’t understand. When Jackson Police Commander Kenneth Goodrum was transferred to a different precinct last October, many were concerned that Fondren’s change-agent of the law was no more. Meet the proverbial “new sheriff” in Precinct Four. 44 year old Commander Wendall Watts doesn’t play […]

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Farm Bureau Helps Ronald McDonald House

Farm Bureau Helps Ronald McDonald House

A non-profit group is getting some much needed help.  The Ronald McDonald House in Jackson got a big gift Monday.  Representatives from ‘Mississippi Farm Bureau Insurance Agency’ donated food to the non-profit.  The company is celebrating its “National Food Checkout” week.  The food will be used for families staying at the house with sick kids […]

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Cups Offering Nutritious Breakfast Choice

Cups Offering Nutritious Breakfast Choice

There’s a new breakfast option in town by way of Roseburg, Oregon. Cups Coffee Shop now offers Umpqua Oats, a convenient “take it with you” cup of another kind, filled with oatmeal. Cups began carrying the product late last week and says feedback thus far has been extremely positive. Wanting to offer customers a healthy, […]

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New “Experience” To Be Had at Fondren Shop

New “Experience” To Be Had at Fondren Shop

Experience-based shopping. It’s something Ron Chane says you’ll get when you come to his Fondren Corner boutiques Swell-O-Phonic and Soma. There’s no cookie cutter, sellout store here. With kitschy, catchy shirt designs that poke fun and reminisce, Chane says they’re constantly evolving. So much so, the 13+ year old business has completed its 20th renovation. […]

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Architect Moves to “Neighborhood Like No Other”

Architect Moves to “Neighborhood Like No Other”

Before the neighborhood became what it is today, architect Jeff Seabold loved Fondren. So much so, he wrote his architectural school thesis on the subject. And late last year, the 36 year old Belhaven resident uprooted his Seabold Architectural Studio for a move to Jackson’s hippest neighborhood. The chairman for Mississippi’s chapter of the U.S. […]

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