Shelby Toole transformed her love affair with making pottery and clay jewelry into her own business, New Albany-based SJ Ceramic Co.
Rooted in the soil of Bessie Johnson’s backyard is a longleaf pine tree. To see its tawny, rutted bark, you’ll pass two white churches – the kind of unembellished structures that sing of heritage and tradition – in the rural Tibbee Community of West Point, Mississippi. There, she keeps the craft of pine needle basket weaving alive, sharing with her community the art that is her foundation.
Paisley Hamilton is fluent in gratitude. She celebrates the power in it – power from claiming worth and intention over one’s life. Power made vivid by color and earth. At her conscious-goods shop, the Serendipity Hippie, she welcomes the community into her benevolent magic.
Around two-and-a-half years ago, Mori Freeze found herself at a crossroads in life.
“I just tried to figure out what I was going to do,” she said. “I needed something life-giving, something to look forward to, and I decided to start a flower farm.”
Robbie Fisher and Beth Mayeaux remember being enamored with Southern Living as little girls, “flipping through,” and looking at the different house plans the magazine has featured and sold since its first issue. Fisher was born and raised in Greenville, and Mayeaux in Jackson.