Business

A Pet’s Memory, The First Open Door Pet Crematorium on the Coast

petsmemorylogo2The death of a loved one is an inescapable part of life. Those of us who are completely devoted to our pets, feel the pain and loss as deeply as when a fellow human being passes on. It is a time of confusion, sadness, and often disbelief. It is a time when we need the compassion and caring of others, especially those who truly understand what we are going through. The owners of A Pet’s Memory Pet Funeral Home and Crematory, Linda and Glynn Sumrall, understand. They will provide your beloved companion with ultimate respect and gentle care. You can rest assured that your pet will be given a dignified and personal memorial, that will make you proud as well as help you through the grieving process. (more…)

INTRODUCING KRESS LIVE IN DOWNTOWN BILOXI

1383734_593422054055068_17327377_nKress Live is housed in a 20,000-square foot building that is steeped in history. Its namesake, Samuel H. Kress, was a department store pioneer and avid art collector in the 1900’s. It is being lovingly and painstakingly restored to reflect the extensive and eclectic history of music that helped shape the city of Biloxi as well as the entire state of Mississippi. This remarkable place is located in the Vieux Marche, at 814 Howard Avenue. The summer will kick off an illustrious parade of musical talent that will be showcased at the one-of-a-kind Kress Live venue.
The owners of Kress Live, Chase Taylor and Nick Quave, have been friends since they were kids and they grew up right here on the Coast. They have traveled all over the world and visited some of the most luxurious and well cultured destinations. They had numerous opportunities to pursue ventures in larger markets but have always had a vested interest in the Mississippi Gulf Coast. After the economic downtime following Katrina and the BP oil spill, Chase and Nick felt that someone from their generation needed to make things happen, take risks, and develop something brand new. “The Coast was lacking energy. This culture was in need of a transfusion. We began to look into concepts that could create the spark that we needed. The concept would have to inject new blood into Downtown Biloxi and evoke new emotions for our community. Art and music are the revolution that will inspire growth for this area. We wanted to revitalize the Coast,” Chase said. It was very important that the concept embody a strong connection and love of the Coast while paying homage to the culture of music and art. The dream began almost 3 1/2 years ago. (more…)

REJUVENATION STATION WELLNESS SPA IN THE VIEUX MARCHE BILOXI

photo-4Mark Garriga and Stacy Ely are partners in life and partners in business. An adorable couple you can’t help but like and their enthusiasm is infectious. They recently opened a brand new business venture in the historical Vieux Marche District in beautiful downtown Biloxi and it is a concept that has never before been introduced on the Gulf Coast. You could say they are pioneers of sorts! Welcome to Rejuvenation Station…sit back, relax, and enjoy because you are really going to like it here.
Rejuvenation Station is a wellness spa that specializes in IV infusion therapy. Although new to the Coast, it is an extremely popular practice used all over the country! It is a favorite “pick me up” used by athletes in every professional sport. It is a marvelous way to rehydrate the body and lift the spirits. IV infusion therapy is one of the safest and most effective methods to provide wellness, a new surge of energy, relief from illness and pain, and a sensation of overall comfort. If you have never tried it…you owe it to yourself to do so. Mark and Stacy have created a very special environment that envelopes you in southern charm and warmth the moment you walk through the front door. This is an experience for all the senses! You deserve to pamper yourself and enjoy the almost instantaneous affects of the many healthful choices available at Rejuvenation Station. (more…)

NEW BELGIUM BREWING COMPANY

6The craft beer market has exploded and it is particularly popular on the Coast. Beer drinkers love the unusual, daring new flavors. People are intrigued and want to try them, curiosity is at an all time high. Craft Beer has shaken up the status quo in a big, big way. The industry welcomed a new kid on the block in 1991, New Belgium Brewing out of Fort Collins, Colorado. It is nestled next to the Cache La Poudre River. Fat Tire Amber Ale arrived on the scene to rave reviews and with great anticipation. It is just one of their many, unique and distinctive brews you can find right here in South Mississippi. Each is quite memorable for color, body, and aroma, and the variation of flavors is like nothing you ever tasted before. An added bonus on each bottle and can is the wonderful, whimsical artwork that New Belgium is also famous for. (more…)

Kevin O’Brien, The New Executive Director of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art

Kevin-mugshot-1_9-18-2013-022-2Kevin O’Brien has brought a wealth of experience and expertise in the Art world to the Gulf Coast. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Art History from the University of Notre Dame, as well as a Masters in Fine Arts and Painting from Tulane University. For thirty years he has served as Executive Director of Art and History museums throughout America. “I have always made it a point to seek out unusual and different museum projects to be involved in. The artwork itself is very, very important but I am also extremely interested in who created the artwork. George Ohr was truly one of the greatest artists who ever lived, he was a true American Master, a genius, and way ahead of his time,” O’Brien said. (more…)

Kevin O’Brien, The New Executive Director of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art

Kevin-mugshot-1_9-18-2013-022-2Kevin O’Brien has brought a wealth of experience and expertise in the Art world to the Gulf Coast. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Art History from the University of Notre Dame, as well as a Masters in Fine Arts and Painting from Tulane University. For thirty years he has served as Executive Director of Art and History museums throughout America. “I have always made it a point to seek out unusual and different museum projects to be involved in. The artwork itself is very, very important but I am also extremely interested in who created the artwork. George Ohr was truly one of the greatest artists who ever lived, he was a true American Master, a genius, and way ahead of his time,” O’Brien said. (more…)

Katrina 8 Years Later

logoIt is hard to believe that the 8th anniversary of hurricane Katrina is here. Those of us who experienced Katrina and lived to tell the tale have much to be thankful for. Many of us lost everything, many lost their lives, and non of us will never be the same. It was a life changing moment in time yet we discovered we were stronger and more resourceful than anyone could have imagined. We learned how to survive during the most dire of circumstances. We reached out to one another with love and compassion and everyone truly cared about their fellow man. We discovered that the value of personal possessions means very little in the grand scheme of things and that faith means everything.
As horrific as Katrina was and as deep as the scars will forever be, there was actually a silver lining to the monster storm of 2005. The advancements and beautification are evident up and down the entire coastline. Cities are still healing, repairing and rebuilding but they are coming back bigger and better than before. Our leaders have done their utmost to restore our beloved Mississippi Gulf Coast and they deserve our thanks. Tremendous progress has been made and there is great of optimism for the future. (more…)

THE DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES

 

Jamie Miller 1Jamie Miller is the Executive Director of the DMR and he is responsible for overseeing all operations which encompasses several divisions. The Department of Marine Resources became a state agency in 1994. It is lead by Miller and a five member commission. The DMR manages all marine life and public trust wetlands and adjacent uplands. The agents monitor all recreational and commercial fishing and provide education in these areas. Conservation and preservation of land also falls under the jurisdiction of the DMR. They are the regulatory arm and keep watch over all coastal development as it relates to coastal waterways and the marine environment. A marine patrol of approximately 50 officers share the duty of enforcing local fishing regulations. Inspections of seafood processing plants takes place on a regular basis as well. “The DMR is in charge of the research that goes into understanding our environment and marine resources that we have here, as well as setting policy and laws and enforcing those laws all along the Gulf Coast,” Miller said. (more…)

Atlas Takes MMA Action to New Heights

AtlasFightsLLCLogo_v2Atlas Fights produced their first fight in February 2009 at the IP Casino Resort Spa which was promoted as “USA vs Brazil.” The contract was for one fight but because it was so successful, the IP executives wanted to arrange another Atlas event right away. The original business plan was to feature USA fighters against fighters from other countries but the expenses were prohibitive. Atlas went back to the drawing board. It was from this shift of the business plan that brought about the new brand,”Cage Rage.” The new Atlas brand was the perfect name and illustration for the big, rough and raw excitement of MMA. Atlas was off and running, ready for it’s second event at the IP with “Cage Rage 1.”
Cage Rage 1 brought in a huge crowd of crazed MMA fans and blew the lid off the IP. Atlas was offered the opportunity to sign a multiple fight deal at the venue that started it all. The casino wanted to feature an Atlas MMA event once per quarter. “We had evolved into a full fledged MMA promotional company and from that moment on, Atlas Fights took on a life of it’s own. “We are very grateful to the IP for it’s early faith in us. Thanks to the IP we were able to open our doors and bring this new kind of entertainment to the Coast,” owner Glenn Mattina said. With the success of the “Cage Rage” series, other opportunities for the Atlas Fights brand began. (more…)

Great Southern Club

The Great Southern Club is where fun meets elegance. Perched high atop the Hancock Bank Building in downtown Gulfport is the Great Southern Club. Amazing views abound in the dining room and ball room. The private club is open to non-members in the ballroom and banquet hall where the lights of the city can be breathtaking by night and the scenic landscape can seem to go for miles in the daylight. (more…)

CIGGY OUTLET – Roll Your Own

If you are a smoker you’ll want to listen closely to the words of this article. You can now save up to 50% on your cigarettes! Go to Places has found a store where you can save money and feel better about yourself doing it. There is a new shop in town called Ciggy Outlet where you can get premium cigarettes for half the cost of your regular name brands.
Ciggy Outlet is a franchise owned by Neo Lin. Mr. Lin has two stores in Florida and one in Biloxi. The latest craze in the cigarette community is the roll your own and save money phase. Sandy Lin, Neo’s sister, manages the store located at 280 Eisenhower Drive next to Hobby Lobby. A most welcoming and informative lady, Sandy will let you try different tobaccos and filters until you have found the one that is the perfect blend for your taste.
Although the shop has only been open about a month, they have regular customers that swear by their products. The tobacco is very fresh and grown only in the United States and purchased from American Cooperatives that American farmers sell to. It is blended in the U.S. without the addition of chemicals. Its quality that you can see and pure tobacco flavors you can taste. (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…)

New Managers Named for Margaritaville Casino & Resort Biloxi

Margaritaville Casino & Resort Biloxi continues to hire management staff in anticipation of a Spring/Summer 2012 opening.
Amberely Etheridge, originally from Gulfport, MS is the new Employment Manager. She previously worked in the hospitality industry in Birmingham, Alabama, focusing on event management. During this time, she successfully planned and managed more than 200 events annually. Etheridge holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Millsaps College. (more…)