Month: March 2012

Letter from the Editor – March 2012

This edition of GTP is going to take you into the brand new, soon to be open, Jones Park in Gulfport! The astonishing transformation of the old familiar site on Hwy 90 is nearing completion. It won’t be long before locals and guests alike can enjoy the beautiful, tropical, fun filled environment that is being created there.
Get to know Mr. Kenny Vest, Operations Manager for Triad Broadcasting and Mississippi Media, he is our Mover and Shaker for the month of March. Kenny is in charge of programming all your favorite radio stations and this is the guy who puts together CPR Fest year after year and is responsible for the line up at the Gulfport Music Fest. He never fails to bring the biggest and brightest stars to the Coast!
Local Chef, Rob Stinson will be hosting his own show on Mississippi Public Broadcasting called, “Fit to Eat.” It’s being touted as the freshest new cooking show to come along in years! Taste Buds has the scoop and will tell you all about it.
Spring is in the air! GTP will help you get your garden in tip top shape and you’ll be the envy of all your neighbors.
All This…And So Much More
Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor


I imagine the co-founder of the city of Gulfport, Capt. Joseph T. Jones, would be delighted with the remodel and beautification of his beloved coastal property. It is important to know the history of this remarkable man in order to fully appreciate his contribution to this area. We owe him a debt of gratitude. He was born in 1842, and hailed from Pennsylvania. During the Civil War, he sustained serious injuries to both feet and was discharged from the Service in 1864. Jones returned to his home in Philadelphia to recover. He used his war time savings as well as bank loans to began drilling for oil the following year. After twelve dry holes, he finally hit oil on the thirteenth attempt, it was now 1867. Joseph T. Jones became the largest crude oil producer in the United States. (more…)


Kenny Vest was born in New Orleans and grew up in Slidell. He spent much of his youth playing sports, and it was one of the most important aspects of his young life. His father was a radio personality in the Big Easy, who also worked for Mercury Records. Kenny was only six years old when his father passed away, but he has wonderful memories of listening to his dad’s voice on the radio. “It made me so proud, and I thought that it was the coolest thing ever! I knew right then and there that I wanted to be in radio someday,” he said. His world revolved around sports and listening to A.M radio stations, WTIX and WNOE. In his teens, Kenny discovered “The Rock of New Orleans” WRNO-FM, which he felt an immediate connection to and quickly became one of the station’s biggest fans. There was no question in his mind that he would somehow, someday, have a career in Broadcasting. The first step was to attend college at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. (more…)

The Milner Building Historic and Beautiful Offices Available

It seems like Downtown Gulfport has had new life breathed into it in the past few years. There is a definite attention being paid to historical detail and architectural quality that makes the city look much more appealing and enticing than it had years ago. Being the second largest city in the state, Gulfport is home to many businesses that prosper. Truly beautiful office spaces, in the downtown area, are hard to come by but we’ve found a place where history and quality have joined together in perfection. The Milner Building has a new 2nd floor space that is 4400 sq. ft. of pure historically detailed excellence.
These office spaces are light and airy with neutral and wood tones that make it a wonderful spot for medical or therapy based offices. The natural integrity was preserved by the owners, Gulf Coast Restaurants, LLC, and by builder/partner Jack Krongard. (more…)


Most parents will agree that children need time in the fresh air and the great outdoors. There is a safe and fun way to get kids psyched up about the world outside their four walls. Upward Soccer is on the coast and open to kids K-4 through 6th grade. One of the most active places for the kids to play is at First Baptist Church Gulfport.
Carol Leggett, Upward League Director, and Steven Mansell head up the program for kids that focuses on the whole child instead of just the sports aspect. “I’ve been at FBC Gulfport, as the Youth and Recreation Ministry Associate, for 2 ½ years. I felt that God was calling me to work with students and I really enjoy Upward soccer in the spring and Upward basketball in the fall,” Mansell said. (more…)

Fit to Eat with Rob Stinson

Growing up in the Deep South, we remember chefs like Justin Wilson, Paul Prudhomme, Emeril Lagasse, John Folse and Paula Deen coming to us on lazy, warm afternoons through the power of television. Mississippi Public Broadcasting has been a leader in bringing shows like those into our homes and making them part of our lives. The tradition continues April 5, 2012 at 7 p.m. with the freshest new cooking show to come along in years. “Fit to Eat” with local chef, Rob Stinson, is scheduled to air on MPB and boasts a new look at some old favorites. (more…)

Dippady Do Children’s Spa: Where Princesses (and Princes) Go to Party!

Inside the west entrance of Edgewater Mall, the sweet smells of bubble gum and brown sugar will lead you right into a magical and unique salon called Dippady Do Spa. And this isn’t just any spa… it’s a spa and salon just for children. From the mountains of beautifully handcrafted hair bows to the brightly painted furniture, this is a place to take your child for a day of pampering and preening. The brain-child of owners Brenda Blount and Cecelia Shabazz, Dippady Do Spa offers more than just services that focus on the outer beauty of a child, but also their inner beauty. (more…)