Month: January 2011


All of us at GTP wish you all good news, the best of health and much happiness in 2011. The staff and I are working on some new surprises this year, and we look forward to keeping you “in the know” throughout 2011.  We appreciate the support of our advertisers and welcome new businesses to be a part of our growing family.
To kick off the new year, we thought it would be fun to revisit our favorite stories of 2010.  Melody will update her reports on the local Charity scene and we will check on further developments of Coast attractions. My very personal interviews with the biggest and brightest stars in the entertainment industry had everyone talking!  And our very impressive list of Movers and Shakers introduced you to people who really make a difference right here at home.
Life is all about change, and we all know nothing ever stays the same.  Unfortunately, some of the restaurants we featured in Taste Buds last year have closed their doors. Sadly in most cases, the oil spill was the culprit. Happily though, new and trendy eateries are popping up all over, featuring lots of very different and delicious choices. Our resident Foodie, Nancy Baker-Faul will keep you all well informed!
Be sure and pick up a copy of GTP each month – We promise you a fun, lighthearted yet spirited read, and you will always know what’s going on in South Mississippi.
Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor


By: Nancy Marchbanks
There is never a shortage of material or a lack of interesting subject matter to write about in the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Day after day, week after week, and month after month, there is always something happening here to capture the public’s attention. Go To Places Monthly chose a wide array of Cover subjects in 2010 to celebrate everything from Sports, Seasonal Events, and the Gaming Industry to Local Celebrities, New Beginnings, and Pastry Chefs!  A special thanks to our Production Manager, Jonah Blum, who never fails to design a beautiful cover to illustrate each and every issue.
Atlas Fights, MMA Fight Company was introduced through GTP in January of last year. Since then, it is well on it’s way to being very well known and a very well established business in the Southern region. President, Glenn Mattina Jr. surrounded himself with the best fighters and the best team in order to put Atlas Fights on the map. Mattina is a savvy business man, with family roots in promotion and entertainment. He was poised and ready to be a serious contender in this market. Having already been a huge fan of the sport, he understood what was necessary to bring in the crowds. “It’s in my blood. MMA Cage Fighting exploded onto the scene in 2009, and this is a great time to be involved with the sport. My company has raised the bar, and  I am very proud of that,” Mattina said. (more…)

Coast’s Movers & Shakers of 2010

The Gulf Coast of Mississippi is filled with all kinds of interesting people. Good will, good works, and generosity of spirit and of monetary means is delivered in huge doses here. Folks are always willing to give of themselves, do a little more, and go the extra mile for their fellow man. Our Movers and Shakers of 2010 introduced you to extraordinary people that don’t just talk the talk…they walk the walk.
We chose people for a myriad of reasons. For some it was because of their outstanding contributions in the business world. For others, it was because of their unique talent. We introduced you to natural born leaders who helped reshape and revitalize the Coast after Katrina. In 2011, we will continue to bring you fascinating stories about the exceptional men and women who embody strength of character, and give 110% each and every day for the betterment of South Mississippi. (more…)


What a year for great food and fun 2010 was! Go To Places Monthly searched the Coast to bring you the latest in dining news and we enjoyed every mouthful along the way.

Unfortunately, we could not profile every great eatery that South Mississippi has to offer, and I am sure that there are many more incredible restaurants yet to be discovered. Perhaps you can be of assistance! If you have a favorite dining destination that you would like to see  in the pages of Go To Places Monthly in 2011, contact us. We welcome your ideas!
Here is another peek at the places that we told you about.
Happy New Year and Happy Eating!!! (more…)

Charity News at Go To Places

By Melody Worsham
Throughout the year, GTP features news and activities at our local nonprofit organizations.  We do this for a number of reasons, but the most important reasons are to keep you informed about how you can be more connected to your community, and to show you the many ways we celebrate humanity in our community.  Charities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast offer some of the finest entertainment events.  From galas to banquets, to sports events and celebrity performances, our local nonprofits provide things to do, people to see and places to go all year long.  And we don’t just report about local charities.  Staff members are active volunteers in the community, and GTP proudly sponsors events and fundraisers for a number of organizations.
In 2010, GTP featured a number of charitable activities and information.  We started by providing suggestions by the Humane Society of South Mississippi on how you can protect your pet from harsh weather.  HSSM is not just an animal shelter.  It is also a hub for pet-related news and information designed to enhance your family’s enjoyment of pet ownership.  HSSM provides training tips, vaccinations,  spay/neuter services, and educational programs for children.  HSSM is housed in a state-of-the-art facility on Highway 49 in Gulfport, where pet adoptions are a joy.  If you are not able to adopt at this time, you can sign up be a “foster parent” instead!  While you are visiting HSSM, stop in to see the bargains at the Thrift Store, and be sure to shop the The BowWow Boutique Gift Shop.  And don’t forget to bring a bag of pet food to donate.  You can also get your entire office involved in helping HSSM by collecting and donating shredded paper, which is used to pad the beds of the shelter’s furry residents.  Visit HSSM’s website to learn more about their programs and how you can get involved.
The next featured charity of 2010 was the Knight Nonprofit Center in Gulfport.  The center, designed to support local charities, is owned by four anchor organizations – The Gulf Coast Business Council, United Way of South Mississippi, the Coast Chamber and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.  With a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the building was renovated to be administrative office space for hundreds of nonprofits.  The Knight Center also provides premier meeting facilities of all sizes, a banquet kitchen, a mail room, and security, all at prices affordable to even the smallest nonprofit organization.  In the past year, the Knight Center has been host to the many state agencies and relief and volunteer organizations that set up on the Gulf Coast to serve those affected by the BP Oil Spill.  The center has been the meeting place of visiting out-of-state and national dignitaries and officials.  The Knight Center is currently inviting local businesses and nonprofits to use the facility for their next meeting or conference so they can showcase everything they have to offer.
GTP was also proud to report the grand opening of the new Boys & Girls Club in North Biloxi.  The center serves children of all backgrounds, ethnicities and income levels, and enrollment is a very affordable $25 per year.  With a substantial grant from IP Casino Resort Spa, the new facility is complete with art rooms, study areas, computer facilities, and unrivaled after-school programs and therapeutic behavioral programs for teenagers.  The Club’s staff is committed to providing the services and resources that will prepare today’s children to be tomorrow’s community leaders.  You can support the Boys & Girls Club of the Gulf Coast by attending one of their many fundraising events.  Enjoy a delicious steak dinner, play a round of golf, dance the night way, and you’ll be helping your community by strengthening the character and minds of our children.
Jay Leno stopped by in August to do a benefit performance for the victims of the BP Oil Spill, and GTP had the pleasure of featuring the exciting news about the late night TV star’s visit.  “It’s great to be able to do shows like this,” said Mr. Leno. “We tell a few jokes and help out people.”  The funds raised went to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, which in turn distributed the money to local nonprofit human services and animal welfare agencies to assist in the recovery process.  The Foundation provides grants to worthy causes, and develops and manages a comprehensive base of funds, totaling nearly $32 million dollars.  Leno’s show raised more then $100,000 for the Gulf Coast.  “Not only is Jay one of the country’s premier comedians, he and his wife Mavis are incredibly generous people,” said George P. Corchis, Jr., president of Beau Rivage in Biloxi.  To know more about the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, visit their website at
For the fifth year now, the Mississippi Gulf Coast was chosen to be one of only 30 locations nationwide to host the annual St. Jude’s Dream House Giveaway, and GTP was here to give you the details on how you could become the winner.  In the last 18 years, St. Jude has given away almost 200 homes across the country, and has raised more than $100 million dollars to care for children with cancer.  More than $650,000 was raised on the Gulf Coast in 2010.  Local partners of the fundraising campaign included Westin Homes, The Village at Tradition, WLOX, K99 FM, Sun Herald, Luckies Furniture, First Bank and Trust, New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton, Bill Homes, Allen Toyota, Edgewater Mall, Mississippi Coast Coliseum, and Sports Shack.  This year’s Dream House winner was Carlton Mayton of Biloxi.  Other prizes such as Saints tickets, $1000 shopping sprees, resort packages and Season Hockey tickets, were won by thirteen other Gulf Coast residents.
GTP ended the year with informational articles on how you can be more involved in your community and how giving to others can reduce stress and enhance your own quality of life.  Ben Franklin noted, “everyone has courage and enough to spare.”  There are ways for you to be a blessing, and to give courage, to others by giving.  As we move into the New Year, the staff at GTP hopes you will continue to stay informed and stay connected through our charity articles.  Dance, sing, laugh, walk the bridge or ride a bike… and do it for any number of good causes!
GTP would also like to encourage nonprofit organizations to reach out to us for event announcements, advertisements and sponsorships.  Let us know what we can do to help your cause.  If you know a charity you’d like for us to cover, send us an email or give us a call.  We look forward to sharing your things to do, people to see and places to go with our readers throughout the New Year.

How to Have Polished & Defined Eyebrows

By Dawn Mattina

Our eyebrows are very important facial features. Eyebrows give us expression, and frame the face.  They also assist the lashes to help protect our eyes from dust and dirt. They can be beautiful and expressive…or they can be too heavy and lifeless. Many tend to ignore proper grooming and upkeep of the eyebrows, but when properly cared for…they can light up the face and make a world of difference in the way we look.  (more…)

Preparing for Your New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

No matter how many times people make resolutions to get fit for the new year and then quit by March or April, most of us continue to make them. The new year signifies starting fresh and getting another chance to do things right. There is nothing wrong with using the coming year as your start date to better health. What is important is actually getting started and doing so in such a way that you continue long past the time most people quit. (more…)


By: Nancy Baker Faul
Where do you go on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for special times with your friends and family? We’d love to hear about your adventures. Where do you take the kids? Where might seniors enjoy going for a safe and fun respite and a change of pace?
Go To Places Monthly wants to hear from you…let’s talk!
Take a look back at some of the special attractions and fun activities that filled our GTP calendar last year…hopefully you and yours had the opportunity to enjoy them too. (more…)

Year End Tax Tips Tax Moves to Lower Your Tax Bill

Typically people rely on a standard set of year-end tax planning techniques such as deferring income to the following year and accelerating deductions into the current year. Examples of these types of tactics are holding off on selling investments with gains until later or paying tax deductions such as property tax or charity donations.
For the year 2010 there’s an extra twist on these traditional tax planning techniques. For one thing, we know with certainty what the 2010 tax rates are. But the exact tax rates that will be in effect for 2011 is somewhat uncertain. As the law is currently written, all the tax rates will change for 2011. (more…)