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    Served with love

    Photography by Brandi Stage Portraiture The start of each day at El Agave is a “good morning” and represents a new beginning for Mercedes Carranza.  Before diners arrive at the Gulfport restaurant, where Carranza is managing partner, he ensures he has enough staff to serve them and carry out operations. He also checks that the […]

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    Team Tootle

    Photography by Brandi Stage Portraiture As Kyle and Stephanie Tootle can attest, home is more important than ever.  And that has kept the couple, co-owners of Tootle Homes, very busy lately. With real estate inventory low during the pandemic, clients are turning to the couple to design and build their perfect home. MAKING DREAMS REALITY  […]

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    “My family is my ‘why'”

    Short-term sacrifices have started paying off for mompreneur Courtney Jacobs.  Time has been the biggest concession for the wife, mom of two and owner of IDR Agency as she launched her Biloxi-based insurance firm.  “Two years in, I have figured out how to obtain a healthy balance, but prior, it was hard,” Jacobs admits. “When […]

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    Grit and gumption

    Photography by Brandi Stage Whether she’s wearing workout gear or in full glam mode, Angela Singletary feels beautiful most of the time.  “I don’t always wear makeup, and my hair isn’t always done, but I appreciate my eyes, my freckles, my shape,” she says. “Of course, I would love to be a little more toned […]

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    Chic success

    Photography by Brandi Stage Portraiture Sharon Weeks realizes that even in the digital age, nothing beats tried-and-true sales techniques, especially during the Christmas shopping season.  That’s why the large windows at Grant’s for Her, which she’s owned since 2018, are her favorite feature of the store — and the perfect place to display the store’s […]

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    Leading the way

    Photography by Brandi Stage Portraiture Beating breast cancer one screening at a time Radiologist says we’re making headway against disease Dr. Lisa Smith has an urgent message for women everywhere: Mammograms save lives. “Breast imaging is very important, and I truly consider it a privilege doing what I love,” says the radiologist — a partner […]

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    Designer of dreams

    Photography by Brian Pearse Photography As an architect, Leah Watters isn’t on the front line of any war, and rarely will someone in her line of work be called a hero. In fact, she knows her services are a luxury for most people — but they matter greatly to those who hire her. She’s creating […]

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