When she was growing up, the owner of Southern Charm Sweets never once helped her grandmother bake a cake. It wasn’t that she didn’t enjoy baking; she just wanted to make her own cake rather than serve as a helper. This independent spirit pushed her to go into business for herself, and with a little help from her family—many of the recipes she uses have been passed down from her grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and aunts—she opened her own home-based bakery.
Today, she creates baked goods and candies in her kitchen, then delivers them for free to nearby homes, businesses, and horses trying to wean themselves off sugar cubes. Her cupcakes and cakes come in nearly 50 flavors, including a line of “drunken” flavors inspired by popular cocktails such as appletinis, fuzzy navels, and strawberry daiquiris. She’ll also set up sweet tables at parties and events where guests can fill bags with homemade buckeyes, peanut brittle, and other treats.
The state-of-the-art equipment, convenient amenities, and variety of exercise classes at Courthouse Racquet & Fitness's six locations earned the club several of Jackson Free Press's Urban Living awards in 2011 and 2012, including Best Fitness Center/Gym and Best Yoga Instructor. Visit the flagship Lakeland location to swim in a pool of professional athletic proportions. Explore the 13,000-square-foot Madison 51 facility's yoga, spin, and boot-camp classes or the Northeast center's indoor and outdoor tennis courts.
The newest location in Brandon boasts more than 100 treadmills, elliptical machines, rowers, and other pieces of cardio equipment. Women can take advantage of the Downtown site's ladies-only cardio area. Three locations offer childcare, and the Byram facility has launched an afterschool program, where kids can do arts and crafts and engage in healthy physical activities in an environment devoid of teddy-bear drill instructors.
During Artful Hours’ painting workshops, students learn not just from a master, but from two: their instructor, and the famed painter whose brushwork their instructor helps them copy. During each session, students recreate a classic painting—such as Edvard Munch's The Scream or Van Gogh's Almond Blossom—on their own canvas, adding personal flourishes such as a new color scheme or a couple of whale sharks in the background. Budding artists can hone their craft in BYOB adult sessions, kid sessions, or private-party lessons.
The pitmasters at Tays Barbeque have been barbecuing meats the old-fashioned way since the 1940s, when Millard Taylor opened first started serving up St. Louis-style ribs to the people of Columbia, Mississippi. What does "old fashioned way" mean? At Tays, it means hand-coating meat in a special dry rub, then letting it smoke for hours over a hickory-wood fire until the ribs are tender enough to break in half. The rest of the menu?comprised of recipes from two barbecue-loving families?gets just as much love and attention. Chefs smoke sausages and hot wings, compile pulled pork sandwiches, and carve up beef brisket for sale by the pound. All of Tays meats are served dry unless otherwise requested, and each is paired with two sides, like coleslaw or mac-n-cheese, a slice of bread, and a choice of original or spicy white barbecue sauce. Of course, man cannot live on smoked meat platters alone, which is why the chefs also serve up sweet helpings of banana pudding and peach cobbler, made fresh daily and topped with a choice of vanilla ice cream or an entire ham.
DeShelia V. Hughes tailors her massage style for every client. Every session starts with a discussion of any complaints clients have had recently, after which DeShelia decides what techniques from a wide range of massage modalities she'll use to dissolve their stress or pain. Her repertoire of techniques includes Swedish massage, lypossage, and myofacial, which she uses to knead away knots more effectively than Alexander the Great's favorite cat. Whether she’s performing a reflexology treatment or practicing deep-tissue or lymph-drainage massage, DeShelia makes sure to explain her approach to clients and answer any questions. At the end of a session, clients often enjoy less pain and improved mobility.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.