Shop Whole Foods Tuesday, August 19th!

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Whole Cities Foundation is the newest member of the Whole Foods Market family of foundations. This new non-profit organization is dedicated to supporting efforts that bring fresh, nutritious food and broader access to healthy eating education to underserved communities. By building collaborative partnerships with community organizations that are poised to make significant impact in their neighborhoods, Whole Cities Foundation aims to help improve individual and overall community health and wellness in the U.S.

“Providing fresh, healthy food has been a driving force for Whole Foods Market for 35 years, and as we’ve continued to expand, it’s become increasingly clear that there is a real and immediate need for more healthy choices and educational resources in underserved communities,” said Walter Robb, Whole Foods Market co-CEO and Whole Cities Foundation board chairman. “We founded Whole Cities Foundation to create solutions together with like-minded local partner organizations that will have a meaningful and lasting impact on health and wellness in the communities we serve.”

The Foundation is an expression of the company’s core values —serve and support local and global communities and promote the health of stakeholders through healthy eating education— in action and will complement the work of Whole Foods Market‘s individual store teams by providing additional resources for team members, customers, partner organizations and communities.

On Tuesday, August 19th, 5% of Whole Foods Market Jackson proceeds will go to the Whole Cities Foundation and to local Jackson charities. Plan to grocery shop or grab lunch on August 19th to support your community!

Hot Pick: Trina Turk Activewear

Screen shot 2014-08-05 at 8.27.04 AMTake it from us, working out is much, much more fun if you do it in effortless style. Embrace your wild side with Trina Turk Activewear, now available at Maison Weiss (Suite 109).

Bold, lively prints and colors make any work out fun. Trina Turk has long been known for easy, effortless California style with a colorful aesthetic that melds the best of classic American design with a California confidence. Now, Trina Turk takes style to the streets, gym or Pure Barre, wherever you choose to sweat!

Hot Pick: Old Gringo Boots

Screen shot 2014-07-28 at 11.14.47 AMIt may be hard to believe it, but Fall really is just around the corner. And, you know what that means, now is the time to snatch up a pair of Fall boots. One of our current favorites is Old Gringo Boots, available at DSquared (Suite 151).

For the past 14 years, Ernie Tarut (“The Old Gringo”) has been handcrafting leather boots. A collaboration with Yan Ferry resulted in the perfect way to showcase Ernie’s 30 years of leather manufacturing experience and Yan’s 30 years of European design and bootmaking mastery.

This passion is what pushes the traditional western envelope with artisan handcrafted boots that melds vintage charm with contemporary styles.

100% of OId Gringo boots are HANDCRAFTED in the Old Gringo factory in Leon, Mexico.

Coolsculpting at Mon Ami

Welcome__Luxurious_Spa__Non-Surgical_Cosmetic_Treatment__The_Botox_Docs__Mon_Ami_Spa_and_Laser_Center__Jackson__MSWe recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Valerie Nance, Aesthetician at Mon Ami spa located just off the courtyard in Highland Village, to chat about a very cool procedure they offer there called CoolSculpting!

We knew from following Mon Ami that CoolSculpting was ideal for men and women who are within about 15 or 20 pounds of their ideal weight, but are having trouble with a couple of stubborn areas. Valerie was kind enough to answer a few of the other questions we had.

Tell us about Coolsculpting for people who know absolutely nothing about it.
First, we would let the client know that the procedure is FDA approved for the reduction of the fat layer. It is very safe, and lots of people have done it. It’s been approved for six years and we have been doing it here for almost two years now. It’s truly sculpting. It’s not for people who are overweight, but is ideal for people who have exercise resistant or stubborn bulges. Out of the areas we treat, it can permanently destroy 25% of the fat cells in those areas. It takes about three months to see the full effect which is probably the only real down side of the procedure, but it’s non-invasive and you can go right on with your exercise routine and normal activities! There is a little numbness and redness that persists after the treatment. The redness doesn’t last as long, but the numbness can last several weeks.

So it’s just one treatment and three months later you see the results? Or is it a series of treatments over the three months?
No, with just one treatment you can see the results three months later. Now some people do need a repeated treatment in an area because they want more than a 25% reduction.

So one treatment can build on another?
It can! It won’t take 50% of what you originally started with! But it will take about 25% of what you have remaining each time. There is a firm suction that draws the tissue into a cup shaped device. And the device stays on your body for an hour in each area. Some people think it’s a little uncomfortable, but after about 10 minutes into the procedure, that discomfort subsides. There can be some bruising, so if you have a tendency to bruise easily, you might have a little more. There can be some inflammation that can last about two weeks as well.

Do people specify areas they want done or do you do the whole body?
It’s approved for the stomach area, flank areas (or love handles), bra fat area, and inner thigh. We also have a new piece that treats the outer thigh area. If a physician decides to, he or she can opt to treat arms as well.

What do most people come in wanting to get worked on?
It’s usually the tummy. I think it’s because that’s what you see the most. We see a lot of women who have had babies and no matter what they do, they have that area that just won’t respond. Now the second would be muffin top area because you see that when you put on your jeans.

What is the age range of people who get this done?
It’s safe for almost anyone who still has some elasticity in their skin. It’s not as successful if you have a lot of loose skin. You would have to be at least 18 years old (younger if you have parental consent) or anywhere up to around 65. Most of the people we treat are in that mid range, right around and after child birth… 30’s, 40’s… That’s probably our ideal candidate. And this is not only for women! We treat plenty of men as well.

We sure are intrigued! Find out more at www.monamispa.com and feel free to give their friendly staff a call if you have any further questions!

Meet the Villagers: Erika Berry of Pure Barre

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Meet Erika Berry, Pure Barre’s newest instructor. We had the chance to sit down with her to talk exercise, particularly in the LTB sense!

Where are you from?
Brandon, Mississippi

Have you always exercised? What did you do, if so?
Growing up, my mother always told me that proper little southern girls didn’t play sports. Needless to say, exercise did not come naturally to me. Outside of a few 5K’s, one 10K, and two half-marathons, exercising felt more like a chore than an enjoyable activity.

In three sentences, what is Pure Barre?
I can describe Pure Barre in three words: Lift. Tone. Burn. In just 55 minutes you will feel every major muscle group burn and/or shake at some point. Even doing the smallest, lowest-impact movements, your heart rate increases as if you were doing a high-impact cardio routine. In a nutshell, Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective way to change your body!

How did you get involved with PB? Walk me through it step-by-step.
I took one barre class (not Pure Barre) when I lived in Nashville and was so intimidated by the “expertise” of other clients that I never returned. When I moved to Jackson, I didn’t realize we had a barre studio until my sister bought me 20 classes at Pure Barre-Jackson for Christmas. After those first 20 classes, I knew I wanted more!

How long have you been involved?
I started taking in March 2013 and I try to take four to five classes every week. Anything less, and I get in a bad mood. Pure Barre is addictive!

How many participants are in an average class?
An average class has about 15 clients.

What are the differences for you in teaching versus participating?
As a teacher I notice the “cues” a lot more – those suggested modifications that remind you what muscle you should be working. I am also much more aware of the Pure Barre national brand and how respected it is. I think I took that for granted as a participant.

Do you encourage non PBers to come try out classes? If so, why?
Yes! It can’t hurt to try! Just stick with it. Give it at least 10 classes before making a decision. After just a few classes, those “awkward” movements will begin to make sense, and you’ll feel much more confident in your work.

What is the most rewarding aspect of teaching PB? What is the most rewarding aspect of being a client, since you’ve been on both sides?
One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching is seeing the clients improve, class by class. As a teacher, I’m able to cue challenges, and it’s always rewarding to challenge someone! As a client, the most rewarding aspect is the personal sense of accomplishment. Class after class, you start to feel stronger, and you are able to stay in the positions longer, giving the final 10 counts your best 10 counts. You will also see more lean, toned muscles, and that’s always rewarding!

Any tips for newcomers who are not sure what to expect?
Just listen to the cues that the instructor gives. Listen to how the instructor sets up the positions and from where all the movement should be happening. Just be patient. Don’t do what I did at my first barre experience in Nashville: go for one class, give up and never return. If you have questions about a section of class, ask the instructor! We love questions! Have fun with it. Let the music drive your work (we have AWESOME music).

If someone would like information on attending class, how should they do this?
Call us (769-251-0486) or visit us at the studio or online (http://purebarre.com/ms-jackson/#healcode).

Hot Pick: Tom’s Sandals

Screen shot 2014-06-10 at 11.02.27 AMThe Tom’s brand is widely known and celebrated and millions are devoted to the comfortable canvas slip on shoes. Now, while you can still get those comfy shoes we all know and love, Tom’s has evolved to include other styles, like these more summer friendly sandals, all while still carrying out their “One for One” mission of providing shoes to kids in need.

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This unique style of shoe, the Playa Sandals, are simple, chic and versatile enough to throw on with jeans or a maxi dress or dress down a pair of trousers. Grab your own pair now at Buffalo Peak Outfitters, Suite 115.

Father’s Day Gift Guide

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A day of celebrating Dad is just around the corner. But don’t sweat it, we’re here to help! Our list of gifts are sure to please and are conveniently located, you guessed it, right here at Highland Village!

1. Vagabond Decanters – Dad can pour a drink in style with these rustic yet sophisticated decanters from Annelle Primos & Associates (Suite 126)

2. Montana Artisan Collection Wine Opener – These handcrafted wine openers are perfect for the connoisseur, as they’re so much more than simply a corkscrew! Find it at Mozingo Clothiers (Suite 140)

3. Yeti Rambler – Keep beverages piping hot or frosty cool in this stainless steel tumbler from Buffalo Peak Outfitters (Suite 115)

4. M-Clip Money Clip – Hand polished and something dad would be proud to carry. Grab yours at Mozingo Clothiers (Suite 140)

5. Southern Marsh Oxford Shirts – Lightweight and a traditional tailored fit, get one for Dad at Buffalo Peak Outfitters (Suite 115)

6. Jingle Coins – Visit the Highland Village office for the perfect gift that fits every Dad (and everybody else, too)

7. Bittermilk – Premium cocktail mixers. Just add spirits! Whole Foods Market’s Merchant of Vino.

Vegans Rejoice!

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Are you a vegan or vegetarian? Yes? Then lean in closely… BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar (located on the upper level of Highland Village) has a Vegan Thursday Night menu that will blow your eco-friendly socks off!

Each Thursday, chef Matt Mabry, a vegetarian himself, creates a three-course prix-fixe menu that people have been absolutely raving about. If you’re of the mindset that vegan has to be boring, then think again! Chef Matt inspires creativity among vegans and meat lovers alike with menus like the one he started off the very first Vegan Thursday Night.

Try this on for size: Course number one was an appetizer of sesame glazed sugar snap peas with peanut sauce! The crisp peas… The nutty sauce… The tang of the ginger… Nothing short of a festival of flavors to open up the palette!  Follow that with an entree of eggplant-stuffed portabella with grilled asparagus and a potato and caramelized onion hash. To marry all of these items, Chef Matt tops the plate with a savory port wine sauce. And if all of that isn’t enough to make your mouth water, there’s still dessert! Coconut and strawberry pudding in a pastry cup, topped with a balsamic syrup. Sounds like something any food lover, vegan or not, would fully enjoy!

Since orders are limited, be sure to get a seat early on Thursday nights to ensure you get to enjoy Chef Matt’s vegan creation for the week (which you can check ahead of time on bravobuzz.com under Chef Specials, or on the BRAVO! Facebook page – Facebook.com/bravobuzz!) And don’t forget about BRAVO!’s early bird special— 15% off the tickets of those who dine between 5 and 6 p.m.! See you at the next Vegan Night!

Faith in Design: Rebecca Lankford Designs

Screen shot 2014-05-12 at 10.41.05 AMWhen something you love turns into your career, you’ve discovered a holy grail of sorts. 15 years ago, Houston, Texas based Rebecca Lankford took up jewelry design as a hobby. Soon, when she enrolled in the Glassell School of Art to study photography, she found herself gravitating toward her newfound love of jewelry design.

“I grew up with a mom that was extremely creative,” says Rebecca, crediting her mother with her love of creating. In 1993, Rebecca officially launched her jewelry line and has continued to grow, now being sold in galleries and boutiques throughout the world, including Europe, Japan, Mexico, and Jackson’s own Maison Weiss. Now, the full-fledged designer handcrafts all of her work in her Houston studio.Screen shot 2014-05-12 at 10.40.55 AM

Rebecca Lankford Designs is simple, well-made jewelry featuring crosses, leather, soft golds and antlers, but the design is constantly evolving. Rebecca says she is inspired by her faith and the nature that surrounds her. “I love what I do. I am inspired constantly. I’m moved to design.”

What’s Happening at the Village: Turkoyz is Moving on Up!

photo-174For some time now, Fran and Alan Weeks have called Highland Village home. Eight years ago, they made their mark on Jackson with the opening of their jewelry and accessories store, Turkoyz. Quickly, the people of Jackson flocked for their unique selection.

After success with Turkoyz, the Weeks opened Turkoyz at Home four years later.  The home décor store just across the way from their original store and has helped make Turkoyz a household name in Jackson. Since that time, the Weeks have opened nine more stores throughout Mississippi and Alabama. This year, Turkoyz will grow even more with a move and expansion within Highland Village. The jewelry store will be relocating to Suite 136 and the home store to Suite 130 in Center Court.

“We sell a lot of jewelry and have always known that with more square footage, we could sell that much more,” explains Alan. “This move allows our stores to be side by side and share a back room which will make our day to day operations much easier.”

Alan says Highland Village was and continues to be the perfect place for both stores. “We looked at other places but we knew that this is where we should be,” he says. “Going anywhere else would be just like starting over. Our customers love Highland Village because they can park, run in and grab a quick gift or they can linger after a lunch at Highland Village. Being here just makes sense for us.”

According to Alan, the “secret of success” so to speak is that they carry 50% Mississippi made products and eight lines of pottery in their home store. “That really is what sets us apart from many other jewelry and home stores,” he says. Turkoyz and Turkoyz at Home will make their new home in Highland Village this June.