Licensed childcare director Kristal Bailey serves as mayor of The Play Place's toddler metropolis, complete with a bustling rush hour of kiddie commuters and free WiFi for parents (all-day admission $6). The tots' town is equipped with miniature versions of civic institutions, including a bite-size boutique for dress-up, a hardware store for blossoming builders, free toy-truck parking, and state-of-the-art climate-control technology. On Tuesdays and Fridays, Bailey frees harried parents to run their errands or just get a morning off with indoor childcare ($10/hour), where tykes can meet and play with other local little ones. On certain upcoming dates, The Play Place will host a four-hour Parents' Night Out, granting moms and dads with 2-year-olds and older a Friday-night freedom that once seemed more fictitious than a fairy-princess rap battle.
You don't have to be a model to look like one in one of Will Sterling's photographs. A regular contributor to Denim Magazine and other publications, Sterling takes the techniques that have made him well-sought in fashion, beauty, and entertainment circles and applies them to his wedding and family shoots as well, creating memories that would look as at home on the newsstand as they do on the mantel. When it comes to senior portraits though, he encourages kids to be themselves, snapping them smiling as they listen to headphones, strum a guitar, or forge permission slips.
Since 1987 David Johnston has made his living capturing the complexity and emotion of everyday life, turning milestones—such as a new birth, a graduation, or a wedding—into a tangible touchstone that lasts forever. Though he first entertained his artistic passion by snapping photos of scenic landscapes, Johnston tired of the vistas devoid of living subjects, the panoramas free of warm smiles, and the meadows indifferent to the joy of high-school graduations and engagements. David’s photos—with subjects framed in a soft, almost dreamy level of contrast brought to life with tasteful splashes of color saturation—speak to his own appreciation for human connection and sense of community.
Dogs tussle over a rope during daycare at The Perfect Pooch while staff members look on, reluctant to pull them from play so they can go home. After tying a bow or bandana around each pup—a keepsake given to every visitor—they pick up the toys and ready dinner for their overnight boarders.
In the pumpkin-colored salon, senior groomers with more than 15 years of experience gently stencil designs and weave feathers into coats. Although the decor is utilitarian (there's no pretense that dogs need satin to live as humans do), groomers include a free conditioning treatment with every wash.
Furniture Depot's collection of Ashley-brand Director-style recliners, available in three different colors, stretch nest featherers into pillow-topped decadence. Sink supinely into plush, stylish cushions while the rocking abilities of the chair sway its newly serene cargo. The camel-hued recliner swaddles sleepy legs and smarting backs in soft, tan upholstery without the spitting of its desert beast counterpart. Sage- and chocolate-colored thrones join their camel brethren in showing off earth-toned hides that complement a variety of color schemes. Though this deal does not include shipping, Furniture Depot will deliver recliners for an additional fee.
J.S. Iupe's stocks officially licensed athletic apparel and customizes shirts, hats, and promotional items for teams and businesses. The garment specialists help athletes, athletic supporters, and peripheral trees magnify team spirit with Ole Miss T-shirts ($30) and hats ($28), as well as blue-and-crimson-embroidered wristbands ($10). Official Under Armour clothing items such as compression shorts ($24.99) and shirts ($24.99) utilize advanced textile technology to regulate body temperature. A full array of collegiate accessories includes neckties ($22.95) and key fobs ($12), which bolster Mississippi State pride during everyday errands and business-casual scrimmages. In addition, J.S. lupe's stocks Jaguar apparel and accessories including license plates ($4) and polo shirts ($32.50).