In 1998, Juan Carlos Acosta moved from his hometown of Zacatecas, Mexico, to Tupelo to be closer to family. Along the way, he always knew he wanted to open a restaurant, but worked in construction for 18 years. In August 2015, he took the first steps to achieve his goals by opening Taquería Ferrus.
The day Jake’s Craft BBQ opened in Oxford was the day that the city announced they would be closing all dining rooms due to COVID-19.
“I was nervous there for a little while, but things worked out for me,” Jake Houston said.
About 15 years ago, Zane Alford started puttering in his kitchen, trying to find just the right ingredients to make a special sauce – not really a barbecue sauce or a marinade, but more like a condiment you could put on anything.
Growing up in New Albany, Ben Coleman always had his dream home in mind, even down to the exact plot of land. He even knew he wanted his lakefront property to have a basement with a walkout patio. Now, he and his high school sweetheart and wife of 20 years, have just that.
At 23, Mary Kathryn Decker has gained quite the following. Known as “the heart girl,” she sells her pieces all across the U.S., not just in the South. Her pieces are available in local retailers, but can also be seen in homes in New York, Texas and California. Her success? Social media.
Growing up in a family of artists, Batina Elliott remembers music always playing in the background. Eventually, she’d root her business in that memory. Little Wing Pottery’s name is a nod to her parents; and of course, Jimi Hendrix’s popular song (though her father prefers Stevie Ray Vaughan’s cover).