Midtown Holiday Studio Tours is back!

Save the date and plan to start your holiday shopping on "Small Business Saturday" in Midtown Jackson.

Midtown's Holiday Open Studio Tours and art market in the Midtown Arts District is back again.  Midtown's art district originated on Millsaps Ave. in the 1970's and began with the recently expanded Pearl River Glass Studio and a number of other artists.  Over the past five years, creative entrepreneurs have been reinvesting in the area and our creative business and arts district now spans across 8 blocks and contains over 25 businesses/studios!

During the Holiday Open Studio Tours, we will be welcoming Lucky Town Brewery to their new location on Mill St., teaming up with Stray at Home  for a pop-up art market, and introducing an number of new art studios.  

November 30 is Small Business Saturday, which was introduced in 2010 to promote the support of small local businesses on the craziest shopping weekend of the year. So, join us to get your holiday cheer and shopping off to the right start!  We will have live music, food vendors, craft beer sponsored by Capital City Beverages and Lucky Town, some other warm treats and exciting new endeavors. 

2013 Midtown Holiday Studio Tours Map

2013 Midtown Holiday Studio Tours Map


Participating Studios:

Open Studios/Venues/Shops Include:

Pearl River Glass Studio (142 Millsaps Ave.)

Tours of the new facility every hour!

North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.)

  • Lotus Editions
  • Amy Clay, Artist
  • Shambe Jones, Artist
  • Adrienne Domnick, Photographer

133 Millsaps Ave

  • Jackson Community Bike Shop

N.U.T.S (100 Millsaps Ave.)

140 McTyere Ave.

  • SwingLab
  • Studio2Concrete
  • D+P Design Build
  • San Marco Designs
  • Beanfruit Coffee / Pop-up Coffee Shop

The Hangar (140 Wesley Ave)

  • Stray at Home Pop-up Art Market 
  • Purple Word Center for Book and Paper Arts
  • Midcity Print
  • Gifted and Talented Hands
  • Emily Hobart and Nora Costley

The Hatch (126 Keener Ave)

  • ELSEworks and Indiegogo campaign launch.

Turn Up Studios (155 Wesley Ave)

  • Artwork and Studio GRAND OPENING!
  • Live Music
  • Video Projection

200 Wesley Ave

  • DJ Young Venom
  • And more.....

Corner of Wesley Ave and Wightman St. (Look for the beautiful fence!

Vendors: (Food for Sale)

  1. Capitol City Beverages
  2. Lucky Town Brewing
  3. Lurny D’s 
  4. Cheesin’ For No Reason
  5. Chef Phillip Brown
  6. Skinny’s 
  7. Soulwired Cafe


5:00 pm: 

Lizzie Wright at The Hatch @ 126 Keener Ave.  Crowdsource fundraising campaign launch!


England 1819

The Chinese Connection Dub Embassy 

Dime Bros

Surprise bands and music can be found in the studios throughout the day.


FREE!...but bring your pocket book to pick up handmade gifts for everyone on your Christmas list.

Project Contact:

Alicia Corley - Event Co-chair -

Whitney Grant - Marketing Chair -










Blender Series Vol. 4 Tonight!


Performers include the Vintage Noize Crew, the Southern Komfort Brass Band, That Scoundrel and Kamikaze. Proceeds go toward medical expenses for performer James Crow's wife, Helena Walker Brown. Doors open at 8 p.m.

  • When: Friday, September 13, 9 p.m.
  • Where: Soul Wired Cafe, Jackson
  • Cost: $5
  • Contact Name: Samantha Ledbetter
  • Contact Phone: 601-720-3422
  • Contact E-mail:
  • Categories: AllCharity FundraisersHip-hopJazz

From the Greater Jackson Arts Council:


the Jackson creative community needs your help..

On September 13, the music and arts community of Jackson will come together to donate their time and talents to help raise money for the family of Jackson Hip Hop artist James Crow (Herbert Brown)**. The benefit will be the centerpiece to Volume 4 of the Blender, the series of Jackson concerts that for the past year has brought together artists from different genres to collaborate and perform together!! 

**A little background info... In April of 2013, Helena Walker Brown, wife of Jackson hip hop artist James Crow (Herbert Brown) received a heart transplant at a New Orleans hospital. While insurance will go on to cover the majority of the hospital bills, there are an immense amount of associated out-of-pocket costs associated with such a procedure, such as traveling costs to and from New Orleans, hotel rooms, etc. This financial burden adds up quickly, especially to a young family of 3 with an income taken out of the picture for at least a year.

The line-up for the Blender Volume 4 includes: 
the Vintage Noize Crew (7evenThirty, 5th Child, James Crow, Jaxx City), 
Southern Komfort Brass Band, 
Skipp Coon, 
That Scoundrel, 
and Mr. Franklin (aka Kamikaze).

All proceeds from the concert, in addition to art sold at the show, will be donated to the Brown family as a way to show support from the Jackson creative community..

If you or someone you know is interested in donating artwork to this benefit please respond via email or phone (my cell is listed below). If you cannot donate work, please plan to attend the Blender volume 4 anyway!! It is always a wonderful event and an exciting mix of local talent! I hope to see you there. Be on the lookout for a facebook event with more information!

Thank you all!

Samantha Ledbetter
Greater Jackson Arts Council

601.720.3422 (cell)



Midtown Welcomes Bean Fruit Coffee!


Midtown Welcomes Bean Fruit Coffee!

BeanFruit Coffee can be found in coffee shops and retailers around the Jackson Metro area.  BeanFruit is roasted in Midtown at the North Midtown Arts Center. To find out more about his roasts and business, you can visit his website at or check out the video below created by Midtown filmmaker, Robby Piantanida.  


From a cup of joe to a late night show...

From a cup of joe to a late night show...

For so many, Midtown is  a home grown experience that is built on sharing talents, ideas and of course, meals.  Once called Factory Hills, this neighborhood has a rich history of production and working class families. While we've seen a shift over time of the kinds of production and the people who live here, some things remains constant.  People of Midtown like to eat, garden and share stories over a good cold beer or hot cup of coffee. 

For decades, Midtown has grown a food and drink culture of locally owned and operated establishments to solve most any craving.

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