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The highly trained stylists at Barnette’s Salon are accustomed to hearing compliments from satisfied clients, but in the past few years they've also had to get used to reading praise in print. Along with being named a "Top 100 Salon 2011" by Elle Magazine and "Reader's Choice for Best Salon 2012" by Mississippi Magazine, the salon––which boasts three locations––has also earned the title of "Best Beauty Shop of Jackson 2012" from the Jackson Free Press](http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2012/jan/25/best-of-jackson-2012-urban-living/), who proclaimed, "the staff is not only friendly and professional, but also immensely talented, consisting of some of the top stylists in town."
Those top stylists owe much of their success to the salon's training program, which divvies the staff into five levels, according to experience, and inducts new stylists only after they have endured at least one year of extensive training and learned to identify each hair color by its smell. Specialists if precision cuts and custom color, the team reaches for products from Aveda, Bumble and Bumble, MoroccanOil, and CareTrico, and add instant length and volume using 100% human hair extensions by Great Lengths. For tresses in need of a new texture, they can also calm unruly curls with Keratin smoothing treatments or set strands with permanent waves to help cut down on time spent dealing with hot curling irons or hot rollers.
After selling a successful mosaic shop in her native Texas, artist Wanda Hendrix followed her daughter's family to Mississippi, where she and her husband opened The Mosaic Shop in 2006. One relocation and six years later, the large and colorful studio's walls burst with more than 150 wooden shapes—from simple trays to elaborate figurines—ready to be converted into colorful mosaics. Each of the work tables share a common midsection, where glittering piles of glass stretch from end to end in a variety of shapes and colors. Visitors glue these prismatic shards to their forms before filling in crevices with grout, the same way park rangers finally made the Grand Canyon passable for golf carts. The Mosaic Shop also hosts parties for groups of anywhere from 5 to 50 guests.
Among the bustling cafés, organic grocers, and colorful boutiques lining Jackson's hip Fondren district lies The Shoe Bar @ Pieces. Inside, its black-and-white checkered floor and splashy rugs echo the energy fueling the urban neighborhood outside. Shelves stretch from floor to ceiling, tight with shoeboxes from high-end brands such as Coconuts and bebe. Full-size mirrors reflect women draped in duds by Nightcap and Religion as they look for approval from the parrots perched on their shoulders. Along with shoes and clothing, the style-conscious retailers also hawk accessories including jewelry designed by local artists.
Inside Nevada Bob's, everything is dedicated to golf. For instance, one wall is lined with golf bags and another showcases rows of shimmering golf clubs from top industry brands such as Mizuno, Nike, and Callaway. Customers can roam in between this corridor of quality golf equipment to browse golf shoes, inspect the latest golf ball technology, and find the right pair of golf gloves capable of bench-pressing a golf cart. The store also features a repair facility, an indoor golf simulator, and private lessons with an accredited golf pro.
Brown's has been a leader in the picture framing industry nationwide since they opened in 1965.
Recognizing the need for preservation of all things being framed, Brown's only stocks the highest quality materials for framing.
Their artists are second to none and they proudly display the work of 30 artists from Miss.
The letter-masters at Monogram Magic imprint apparel and other accouterments with customized names and initials. Customers can bring in their own T-shirts, shower curtains, bath towels, or other belongings to have them emblazoned with their initials or the preferred initials of a future spouse ($10+ for outside items). Though the cost of the items themselves are not included in today's deal, Groupon buyers can also apply their vouchers toward monogramming cute and classy objects bought in-store such as angel dolls ($27.50) and teddy bears in pajamas ($34.95), with name-threading charges starting at $8. Tote bags, pillowcases, and clothing for adults and children fill the colorful store's painted shelves and racks.
We entered the jewelry business in 1971 with the opening of our first store in Mobile, Alabama. We expanded by opening stores in Mobile and in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Bill retired in the late 1980's, Joel went on to open several locations in Jackson, Mississippi. Today Joel Clarke & Sons in owned and oper
Trey and Mamie Herron of Skinny's Nutrition Studio—which was given a shout-out by Well-Being] magazine—work to make fitness something that touches each part of daily life. They host healthy happy hours, lead excursions into the outdoors, and fuel it all with protein-based meals and wellness plans. In the shop, glasses line the counters beneath verdigris walls, brimming with 41 smoothie flavors, aloe shots, and energy-boosting teas, and patrons discuss fitness goals after wellness assessments. Weight-loss challenges harness the healthy powers of competition, unlike a friend who claims to be able to swallow more Legos.
Nicole Hall, a third-generation master jeweler, spent years creating and repairing fine jewelry before opening Buckingham Jewelers with her husband, Simon. To forge custom pieces, she works closely with customers to understand their vision before sketching ideas and compiling a small mound of precious stones and gems. Most of her designs are bold statement pieces, such as a necklace of diamonds circling a pale-green opal. When clients want to include family heirloom stones or enhance existing jewelry, Nicole draws from her repair experience to carefully renovate their precious items. She even welds with a laser to avoid potential heat damage from soldering or outsourcing the job to an amateur fire-swallower.
In addition to Nicole's custom pieces, she and Simon carefully curate their shop's display cases with bold European jewelry. Hard-to-find pieces from Orit Schatzman, a handmade line in Israel, glisten alongside Danish Skagen watches. They also carry Angelique de Paris's colorful resin bangles, which are fashioned with sterling silver, vermeil, and gemstones, and have been featured in In Style and Harper's Bazaar.
At Orange Peel, shoppers can peruse a cheery store filled with vintage and modern clothes sold on consignment, discovering great finds that fit their fashion aesthetic. Opened by owner Kristin Tubb to replicate her shopping experiences in Chicago and Saint Louis, the store features racks full of unique finds and brands that include Michael Kors, Seven for All Mankind, and True Religion. An air of playful whimsy permeates every visitor’s shopping experience due to the hand-painted orange signs that adorn the exterior and the bouncy tunes selected by staffer Mary. The store follows a price-reduction schedule that ensures that its inventory is consistently fresh, leaving no dress behind to languish alone. Orange Peel also operates an adjoining furniture shop that sells vintage furniture and home decor, such as carved-wooden side tables and vases.
Earth Walk Shoes’ stylish footwear from brands such as Dansko, Mephisto, Birkenstock, Merrell, Ecco, Brooks, Clarks, and Finn Comfort coddle feet and welcome accessories such as cushioning insoles and shoe polish. Earth Walk’s shoes are particularly great for working professionals who stand on their feet all day, including nurses, teachers, and restaurant staffers, as they cradle tootsies for all-day comfort. Though Earth Walk focuses on equipping patrons with comfortable clogs, sandals, and occupational kicks, its knowledgeable associates ensure that no matter which shoe a patron chooses, they’ll always receive a proper measurement with a Brannock Device or protractor to find a pair of clodhoppers that complements his or her style.
Sandra Mitchell, Clarke Jewelers' master jeweler and owner, grew up watching her father repair watches, jewelry, and guns in his jewelry shop. The fascinated youngster decided to attend jewelry school and has been repairing and custom designing baubles for 35 years, recently with the help of her daughter Nicole, a master jeweler who specializes in repairing sterling silver, a difficult metal other jewelers are afraid to touch. In addition to their handiwork, they stock high-quality fine jewelry and trendy items, including bridal sets by Gabriel & Co., Citizen Eco-Drive watches, and sterling-silver bangles, rings, and halos.
When Block and Crackle's owner, Ellison, lightheartedly claims his tables could hold a pickup truck, you get a sense he's not joking. Sturdiness has been at the business's core since the beginning, when Ellison and his wife had their first kids. In an effort to build a table that could withstand his youngsters' exuberance, Ellison—a former ad man whose hobby was building furniture—hammered together a 200 lb. table with a 3-inch-thick butcher-block top. Today, at Block and Crackle, he stamps his trademark top on an array of tables that are all crafted, painted, and distressed by mankind's original foam finger: the hand.
At three locations throughout Mississippi, Humidor & Havana Cigars' display cases brim over with premium hand-rolled cigars from esteemed manufacturers. Humidors, carrying cases, and maintenance products facilitate quality puffs from Perdomo, Excalibar, and Hoyo de Monterrey cigars, while the Humidor Cigar Club invites patrons into a filtered smoking room, equipped with private humidified lockers to stock their smoldering indulgences. Five LCD flat screens beam down upon the lounge's oversize ottomans and pool tables, and complimentary Internet access allows patrons to shop online for bulk boxes of Michael Bolton wigs.
For almost 35 years, the friendly staff at Continental Sewing Center has been pairing sewing enthusiasts with high quality accessories and equipment, as well as hosting hands-on classes that yield tote bags, dresses, and quilts. Armed with the shop’s colorful fabrics, threads, and buttons, students of all ages can learn both basic and advanced techniques, such as reading a pattern, applying ruffles to bloomers, hand-embroidering decorations on dresses, and sewing parachutes into jackets for epic 10th story exits.