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Midtown showcase coincides with small business Saturday

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

If you think you have to go to a big city to find unique, hand-crafted gifts created by talented artisans and designers...well, you actually don't have to travel that far. 

One-of-a-kind holiday gifts can be purchased by small and up and coming business owners in and around Jackson.

"This is original you're not going to find it anywhere else you're not going to see any prints. I mean this is one of a kind," said Kira Cummings, a local Jackson artist with a passion for wood burning, painting and wire sculpture.

"It's a very exciting process," said Cummings.

Cummings is one of several artists and small business owners showcased throughout Jackson's Midtown neighborhood for the "Midtown Holiday Studio Tours." The event coincides with "Small Business Saturday," when consumers are encouraged to take advantage of buying local.

"These kinds of events really help them as far as their annual income," said Whitney Grant, the Creative Economies Coordinator for Midtown Partners, Inc.

Shopping local is nothing new for Jackson resident Mary Clay Morgan.

"The necklaces were very reasonable and they're real stone and silver and very pretty and different and something unique you won't find in a mall somewhere," said Morgan.

Shopping local also brings together the best of the new and the old. Take for instance the shop "Vintiqued" where artist Tony Woodard takes antique items and refurbishes them into new and amazing treasures.

"I find old salvage materials and you know give them a new life recycle, re-purpose, re-claim," said Woodard.

If you're into unique and trendy glass art, Midtown has that too at the Pearl River Glass Studio.

"One of the newest things we got is a kaleidoscope plate; we're making a dinnerware item," said Andrew Young, owner of Pearl River Glass Studio.

It's up to you where you spend your holiday dollars. But local vendors hope you'll think twice now that you know where to find some of them.

Contact information is listed below for some of the artists mentioned in this story.

Kira Cummings: www.kiracummings.com

Vintiqued, Tommy Woodard, tommywoodard@live.com

Pearl River Glass Studio, Andrew Young, http://pearlriverglass.com/.

Midtown Jackson http://madeinmidtownjxn.com


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