Richard Colton Armstong wasn’t looking for a business in 2017 when he created Steel Magnolia Beard Company at his eponymous barber shop in Tishomingo. He was looking for a simple, quality way to make his beard grow better.
Arts & Culture
From Mississippi makers to fashion to Southern culture, we explore life in North Mississippi and beyond.
When it comes to rodeos, bull riding is probably the first thing that comes to mind for a lot of people. But not for Clarke Gordon and his family. “It’s been around in our family for a long time, and it’s what we do,” he said. “Every day, when we wake up, we go feed the horses and start saddling.”
The Southside Gallery on Oxford’s Square has been around since 1993, when now-nationally recognized photographer Milly Moorhead West opened its doors. In 2002, Moorhead left Oxford to get her MFA in Tulsa, Oklahoma; that’s when the Cooks stepped in.
As the only certified Urban Wood supplier in the state, Chad Fletcher takes great pride in rebirthing timber into professional-grade slabs of wood. Wholesalers or artists buy slabs and create functional artwork, such as tabletops or cutting boards. Perhaps most importantly, though, is that customers aid in Fletcher’s vision: To reclaim timber to preserve the history and integrity of communities, families.
On any given weeknight, you’ll find Spence Helms asleep in a leather-torn ivory recliner. After a long day as a lineman for 4 County Electric in Starkville, the knifemaker needs a nap.