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.
Party Works offers a bevy of costume and decoration options to deck out your home and appendages for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. With hundreds of costumes, wigs, and shoes, Party Works keeps men, women, and children camouflaged with the latest guises. Confuse doppelgangers by donning an Unknown Phantom costume ($19.99), or splurge on an Avatar-inspired Neytiri suit ($54.99). Kids can transform into Optimus Prime without scrounging for car parts ($19.99), and infants or toddlers can be outfitted as Goldie Locks ($28.99) or swaddled in a sweet Sweet Pea ($19.99) sleeper.
Like a hiker trapped beneath a Twinkie landslide, the Jackson-based blogger behind EatJXN nibbles, munches, and feasts his way through mountains of vittles, eventually presenting the tastiest and friendliest locally owned eateries to his reading public. The EatJXN Card allows readers to take advantage of those endeavors with discounts and perks at 19 different restaurants in the Jackson metro-area.
Earning a “Best in Category” honor from Entrepreneur magazine, Snap Fitness tones muscles and expands sweat glands with operations spanning 44 states. Members begin their voyage to vigor with a complimentary fitness consultation, where they'll be assigned a personal webpage to track their progress and blog about squats. Personages may warm up their gluteal masses through the use of the club's weights and cardio machines or by participating in a range of classes including boot camps, turbo kick, Zumba, and yoga.
Since 1973, Barnes Portraiture has specialized in children's photo sessions that don't just look fun—they are fun. In nice weather, children can pose outside, standing by the water, playing in a field of flowers, or even communing with a real live bunny in the springtime. During indoor photo sessions, on the other hand, children dress up in custom-designed costumes, which range from tiny sailor outfits to realistic mermaid tails.
In the beady paradise of Village Beads, a wonderland of twinkling jewelry greets the eyes, and a bevy of classes instills a love of beading in novice jewelers. During a beaded-jewelry-making session, crafters garner the skills necessary to construct a necklace and earring set using a $5 allowance to choose their own beads from the village's huge selection before following the guidance of the beadery's master designers. Wire-wrapped-ring classes highlight the subtle art of twisting metal wire into a ring—which students can crown with a single bead, a Swarovski crystal, or a small compartment for carrying an emergency ring—and the pearl-knotting-and-stringing class teaches customers how to shape a chic new necklace out of the shop's pearls and silk.