July 1-12: Celebrate Independents Week

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It’s Independents Week! From July 1-12, we are celebrating the entrepreneurial, American-dream-pursuing spirit and freedom embodied by independent, locally-owned businesses in the Jackson metro area.

During your pursuits of happiness between July 1 and July 12, we invite you to document your local shopping finds the same way you shamelessly Instagram food. Share your local spirit with us on social media by taking a selfie in one of the participating stores listed above. Upload it with the hashtag #JXNIndyWeek and you could win up to $350 in prizes!

Here is a list of participating stores (links indicate Best of Jackson 2015 honorees):

McDade’s Market
Briarwood Wine and Spirits
Nandy’s Candy
LD’s Beer Run
Broad Street Baking Company and Cafe
High Biscuits
Patty Peck Honda
Kats Wine & Spirits
Bravo! Italian Restaurant & Bar
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McDade’s Wine & Spirits
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Deep South Pops
Cuticle’s Nail Studio
Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint
Joyflow Yoga & Wellness Center

Jackson Free Press is a proud supporter of locally-owned businesses. In 2014, we made a change to our Best of Jackson rules that better reflects our Think Local culture. This hyper-local focus enables us to showcase homegrown businesses, honor hardworking entrepreneurs, and celebrate local success stories, such as:

Best Locally Owned Business: Studio ChaneRon Chane was a local-business revolutionary in Jackson long before many people thought twice about it. Viva la Chane!

Finalists: Maurice’s Barber and Style (398 Highway 51, Suite 60, Ridgeland, 601.856.2856) / The Nail Bar (4800 Interstate 55 N., Suite 20, 769.216.2152) / Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.) / VIP Fitness(119 Colony Crossing Way, Suite 660, Madison, 601.717.2429; 1139 Old Fannin Road, Brandon, 601.624.5757)

Best Rising Entrepreneur: Steven O’NeillThe Manship Wood Fired Kitchen (1200 N. State St., Suite 100, 601.398.4562). Steven O’Neill long dreamed of owning his own restaurant—and he has opened a popular locally owned favorite that gives back to the community.

Finalists: Anthony Reppond (VIP Fitness, 119 Colony Crossing Way, Suite 660, Madison, 601.717.2429; 1139 Old Fannin Road, Brandon, 601.624.5757); Mario Tolliver (Pro Accurate Tax Service, 407 Briarwood Drive, Suite B4, 601.209.7124); Phillip Rollins (Offbeat, 151 Wesley Ave.); Tyler Raborn (Raborn Media, 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5203, Ridgeland, 601.624.3494)

Best Local Business Owner: Jeff Good (Mangia Bene, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601.362.2900). Restaurateur and urban warrior Jeff Good is hard to beat—because he loves so much on the community and other locally owned businesses.

Finalists: Chris Paige (Custom Cuts & Styles, 2445 Terry Road, 601.321.9292) / Mario Tolliver (Pro Accurate Tax Service, 407 Briarwood Drive, Suite B4, 601.209.7124) / Phillip Rollins(Offbeat, 151 Wesley Ave., offbeatjxn.com) / Stephanie Barnes(LaCru Salon, 5352 Lakeland Drive, Suite 600, Flowood, 601.992.7980)

Small businesses stimulate the local economy and keep your dollars closer to home. And they’re good for their workers, too: independently-owned businesses create more jobs in many sectors, pay higher wages and provide better benefits than big box retailers.

We encourage you to discover what your local business community has to offer. Think outside the big box store. Find out more about why local is better.

And we thank you. After all, Jackson Free Press is an independently owned and operated business, and you–our readers–keep us going.

Now, go shopping at our JXN Indy Week stores! Don’t forget to upload a selflie. #hashtagit #sowecanfindit #JXNIndyWeek

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