Arts & Culture

From Mississippi makers to fashion to Southern culture, we explore life in North Mississippi and beyond.

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Steele Magnolia Beard Co.

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.

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Clarke Gordon

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.”

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The Southside Gallery

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.

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Superior Artisan Wood & Slab

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.

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Helms Custom Knives

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.

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