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Buying Local at Fondren After 5

Had a great time at Fondren After 5 tonight with lots of great local businesses and organizations. One Blu Wall in the Fondren Corner building has some great artwork, and Robin is super-cool. I dig their innovative business model towards showcasing and selling art, and young professionals with a little extra income can find some great pieces there. It’s always great to catch up with the Jackson Free Press.

I spent most of the night at Sneaky Bean, listening to Johnny Bertram play. The weather was perfect, and everything was great at the coffee shop’s patio. Caught up with Amanda of the new Jackson sensation ‘The Bachelorettes,’ promoting Saturday’s Wig Party. Awesome.

The community aspect of Jackson was on display in full force tonight. It’s possible here to go to an event and see literally everybody. As people are nervous about spending money, it’s a great opportunity to band together and use the trust gained from community connections to support local businesses. At the same time, it’s important for local businesses to respect the community by putting forth their best effort in food, price, or service.

For me, it means being professional with my design clients, getting things done well and on time, being responsive, and doing the most creative work possible. For my clients, it means showing customers a thought-out image that’s fun, innovative, and connects with them on a deeper level than any corporate brand possibly could.

Posted on Nov 06, 2008 - 11:30 PM

COMMENTS

As an out-of-towner, I was impressed by this month’s Fondren event (which I know was a bit bigger than usual for the Christmas shopping season). It brought together a bunch of artsy locals who enjoy good food, music, and conversation. As you said, it was also a chance for locals to buy from each other and keep the Jackson economy strong. I’m a big fan of the city and the Fondren After 5 event. I think other cities could benefit from starting a similar monthly tradition.

By Melia on Nov 22, 2008 - 07:19 PM

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