Urban South Brewery: Tapping the Taproom to Grow Community

Jacob Landry, co-founder of Urban South Brewery (and its popular, kid-friendly taproom) in New Orleans, says he grew up hating beer. His dad drank Old Milwaukee, and the beer scene at LSU when Landry got to college wasn't anything particularly enticing. It wasn't until he had a study-abroad experience in Southern…

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Mama Nature’s Juice Bar: Fulfilling the Vision

T’Keyah Williams’ journey to a juice bar of her own began when her mother went vegan; Williams, already an adult with two children of her own, decided to try being a vegan herself and saw the benefits for her and her kids (now 5 and 10) who both suffered from…

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D.J. Baker: Partnering for Good Food and Gardens

D.J. Baker has an infectious energy that really comes across when he talks about good food. The former member of the FoodCorps moved to Mississippi in 2015 after growing up in a suburb of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and attending the University of Central Oklahoma. He worked first for FoodCorps in…

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Sweet and Sauer: Turning Passion into Products

Lauren Rhoades started her fermented-foods business in Mississippi—of all places—because she was jealous of a friend's social media feed. (She jokes that some key decisions in her life so far have been based on jealousy.) In this case, the friend was in FoodCorps, and was posting "amazing photos" of the…

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EasyKale: The Art (and Science) of Customer Discovery

When Bilal Qizilbash was studying for his Master's Degree in Medical Sciences at Mississippi College, he decided to study the effect of juiced leafy kale on melanoma cancer cells. In vitro (in a petri dish) he found that he could repeatedly get an astonishing result--the kale would attack melanoma cells,…

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