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    Treating customers like family

    She recently was among the decorators who beautified the White House for Christmas.  And back home on the Coast, Theresa Cuevas brings happiness daily to customers of her business, Forget Me Not Florist and Gifts.  “I still try to make a few deliveries every now and then just so I can see that smile,” Cuevas […]

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    Weidner signs off

    By Mike Lacy We all know the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.  But that’s boring. Life’s journey needs a side trip with a few hills and curves – and maybe a 9G blast through the sky with the Thunderbirds.  Rhonda Weidner has made many of those side trips and taken us […]

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    Lockett-Williams eases grief, gives back

    The Coast boasts a number of black-owned businesses that have served the community for generations. In honor of Black History Month, we’re highlighting the legacy of LOCKETT-WILLIAMS MORTUARY.  When George W. Lockett founded his mortuary with wife, Lillian, in 1948, he realized a vision: providing premier mortuary services to the Gulfport area. The couples’ genuine […]

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    How I started my business: Leigha Malone

    In June 2020, I started my boutique estate planning and business law practice with the mission of bringing innovative, creative and proactive legal counsel to coastal Mississippi. After extensively researching firms on the Gulf Coast, I realized that most lawyers offered services based on antiquated models and high overhead costs. This usually meant poor client […]

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    ‘It seemed like a dream!’

    2020 was Stephanie Anne Box’s breakthrough year.  In early June, the kindergarten teacher at Pecan Park Elementary in Ocean Springs sent a writing sample to an editor at Rourke Educational Media. Within a week, she had a contract to write her first book for the publishing house.  “I had waited over two decades to hear […]

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    A force of good

    Thanks to Jodie Picciano-Swanson, many formerly homeless veterans have shelter and sustenance. Victims of relationship violence have relocated and started new lives. Cancer patients and their families have found some measure of peace.  The Ocean Springs resident strives to be a force for good as a licensed clinical social worker. Since 2015, she has served […]

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