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Jesse Houston | Mapping a Modern MS

Jesse Houston noticed Jackson’s desire and need for fresh seafood in the city. While working at Parlor Market, he worked a small oyster bar, and people’s reactions showed him that an oyster bar could be successful here. Located in Fondren, Saltine Oyster Bar has been named one of the best restaurants in the area multiple times, and Jesse has been recognized as a unique, talented chef.

“I wanted it in Fondren so I could be close to other great artists. I wanted to keep the price point low so that starving artists could come eat here and my friends could eat here. You know, I didn’t want to have a restaurant that was $30-50 a plate, which I’ve done before. It’s fun—you get use a lot of cool, fancy ingredients, but I wanted to do things that were more accessible, but still playful, still fun and artistic and creative.”-Jesse

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by ModernMS

Jeff Good | Mapping a Modern MS

Jeff Good is well-known in the Jackson area for co-owning several restaurants—Sal & Mookies, Bravo!, and Broadstreet Bakery are all Jackson favorites. Jeff moved here during high school, so he has come to consider himself a Mississippi native.

“Twenty-three years later, we’re not on the cutting edge anymore… We’re seen as much more traditional now, and we’re someplace that’s a place of safety and comfort for many. We’re still a very successful restaurant, but we are not on the cutting edge. And that’s okay. I think that kinda comes with the maturity of your art form.”-Jeff

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by ModernMS

Donna Ladd | Mapping a Modern MS

Donna Ladd is the editor of the Jackson Free Press, which is a publication highlighting the good in Jackson. While attending Columbia, she came back to Mississippi to work on a Masters project and eventually decided to stay. Focusing on the younger generations, Donna hopes that the JFP could inspire someone to stay in the state.

“You know, I have a chip on my shoulder as a Mississippian about what people think about Mississippi. If there’s anything us Mississippians have in common, it’s that chip on their shoulder of what people think of Mississippi whether or not you agree on anything else…So my thing is that if you can get native Mississippians to really believe that they can go the distance, you know, and that they can not just be okay, not just be good, but to be really good… I think what we will continue to see more and more are Mississippians, these young people especially, come out of Mississippi thinking—not but not in a defensive way—that I’m from Mississippi, and I’m great, and there great people in Mississippi, and I’m going to change the reputation of Mississippi....

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Posted on Monday, October 24, 2016 by ModernMS

Martha Whitney Butler | Mapping a Modern Mississippi

President of The Arts Hancock County, President/Founder of the Raw Oyster Marching Club, and owner of The French Potager, Martha Whitney Butler is a major asset to the city of Bay St. Louis.

“I think claiming the fact that you’re an artist is a hard thing to do and a hard thing to get your head around. But that’s something that I found that happened to me, and that’s kind of what I’ve made my goal here in Bay St. Louis to do, is to push that person over the line to make them say ‘I am an artist,’ and be confident in it. To witness this community where everyone is an artist… One of those places where you can find yourself, and it leads to incredible things.”- Martha Whitney

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2016 by ModernMS

Carlyn Hicks | Mapping a Modern Mississippi

Carlyn Hicks understands two essential things about Mississippians: We love to eat, and we love to talk. Inspired by this, she founded Jackson Foodies, a group that gathers food lovers across the area to patronize local businesses and to grow community.

“I think that Jackson is a ripe, fertile ground for creatives. You know, this is a creative economy because there is so much that can be done here in our city, but you do have to be a little creative in how you can do things. The different communities within our city really speak for themselves in an artistic way, in a community way. And I’m hoping that the Jackson Foodies can be a part of strengthening those communities and those economies around them.”-Carlyn

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by ModernMS

Tim and Barbara Alamsha | Mapping a Modern Mississippi

Tim and Barbara Alamsha own RockU2, the Ocean Springs Academy of Popular Music, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. They strive to instill a love of music in their students, while giving them opportunities to shine. Whether their students are there to pursue a career in music or to just have fun, Tim and Barbara want to give everyone who walks through their doors a taste of being a musician and hope that teamwork, confidence, and motivation are the overarching themes of RockU2.

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 by ModernMS

Andrea Saffle | Mapping a Modern MS

Andrea Saffle is tasked with maintaining the economic revitalization that Downtown Hattiesburg has seen in the past few years. Andrea sees her role as the one who tells the story of those who are daring to differ in Hattiesburg. A city that mixes its rich history with modern creativity, Hattiesburg is well-known for its community and modernity.

“There’s so much that Hattiesburg has going for it. There’s so many creative people and unique people in Hattiesburg, particularly in downtown, so I really see my role as just telling the story of the things that they’re already doing… Each person that comes lays down a piece of themselves.”-Andrea

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 by ModernMS

Matt Stebly | Mapping a Modern MS

Matt Stebly is a tattoo artist in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. He recently relocated Twisted Anchor Tattoo to the heart of Downtown Ocean Springs. Although he began a business that dared to differ, his roots run deep into the heart of the history in Ocean Springs. As Walter Anderson’s great-grandson, Matt has a rich heritage in the artistic community of Mississippi.

“If Ocean Springs is known for being an art community, you should have a tattoo shop of that caliber that I want to have in Ocean Springs. I’ve tattooed eighty year old ladies that have always wanted a tattoo, but now feel like they can because it’s a little more acceptable. And people are actually seeing the art form of it.”-Matt

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Monday, October 10, 2016 by ModernMS

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