Coffee Prose, a combination coffee shop and used bookstore located inside The Monastery in Midtown (1619 N. West St.), held its grand opening on Feb. 7.
In addition to coffee and used books, Coffee Prose also sells tea, muffins, cupcakes, biscotti, cereal bars, cakes and more. The shop also sells baked goods from Heavenly Sweetz in Jackson; Mississippi Cold Drip coffee; and savory breakfast tacos from FEAST Specialty Foods in varieties such as chorizo sausage, bacon or potato. Coffee Prose also has both canned and bottled beer from Lucky Town Brewery and stained-glass pieces from Pearl River Glass Studio.
Coffee Prose is also planning to install a drive-through for coffee, craft beer, wine, sweets and even books based on a customer's request.
The Monastery also opened four loft apartments inside the building in February 2019.
For information, call 769-208-0230 or visit coffeeprose.com.
Mississippi Arboretum Trail
The Canadian Railroad recently donated $25,000 to Jackson and five other cities in Mississippi to support the Mississippi Arboretum Trail, an initiative to establish community parks and green spaces throughout the state.
The Mississippi Urban Forest Council, a statewide nonprofit, is working with national nonprofit America in Bloom to create the Mississippi Arboretum Trail, an initiative to establish community parks and green spaces throughout the state.
Five other cities—Byram, McComb, Canton, Yazoo City and Terry—are also involved in the trail.
The Canadian Railroad donated a total of $25,000 to the six cities to help fund the arboretum trail in January 2019.
In Jackson, MUFC will focus its efforts on converting previously abandoned properties into parks. The Jackson arboretum will include a fruit tree orchard, flowers and pollinator plants, and shrubs.
MUFC began small planting efforts on Monday, Jan. 21.
For more information on the Mississippi Urban Forest Council, visit msurbanforest.com. To find out how to volunteer for or get more details about the Mississippi Arboretum Trail project, visit the MUFC Facebook page.
Cultivation Food Hall Opens
Cultivation Food Hall, located inside The District at Eastover (1200 Eastover Drive, Suite 125), opened for business on Sunday, Jan. 13. The food hall features food vendors Ariella's NY Delicatessen, Bocca Pizzeria, Fauna Foodworks, Fete au Fete StreEATery, Local Honey, Poke Stop, and Whisk Creperie, as well as il Lupo Coffee and Gold Coast Bar.
The venue is on the ground floor of the BankPlus Building in The District at Eastover. It has complimentary WiFi, a dedicated event space, and both indoor and outdoor seating.
For more information, call 601-914-0800 or visit the Cultivation Food Hall Facebook page.
City to Develop New Transportation Corridor
The Federal Transit Administration awarded the City of Jackson $1 million for a transportation-focused corridor the City is calling ONELINE. It will connect 20 square miles along a route stretching from Fondren to downtown Jackson, then turn west and head out to Jackson State University. The corridor will include new infrastructure for pedestrians, bicycles, scooters and a bus rapid-transit system in Jackson. Mukesh Kumar, the City's planning director, said that construction in the area will begin around August 2019.
South Street Live Reopens
Jackson natives Mario Nocentelli, John Thurmond and Chadrick Odie purchased the lease for the South Street Live nightclub in downtown Jackson and started working to revamp the venue in November 2018. The three held a grand opening for the space in December.
The 9,500-square-foot venue, which previously housed Club 110, is on the corner of Farish Street and West South Street next to Cathead Distillery. The new South Street Live features three bars and a restaurant that serves small-plate Cajun, Creole and soul-food dishes, as well as specialty wings, gumbo made from a recipe from Chadrick Odie's mother, and sweet potato pie that Nocentelli makes himself.
South Street Live has a VIP lounge with a private cash bar and free Champagne for guests who reserve a booth.
The club is open Wednesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, call 601-980-3006 or find the club on Facebook.
StateStreet Group Opens The Quarter Lofts
Jackson-based real estate development company StateStreet Group recently opened The Quarter Lofts on Lakeland Drive. Renovations began on what were once upstairs office spaces of buildings along Lakeland over summer 2018 and finished in December. The renovations included changes to the buildings' exterior facades, an expansion for Wine & Spirits in The Quarter and converting the offices into 12 residential loft spaces.
The lofts come in one- or two-bedroom units and feature Nest thermostats, white quartz countertops, kitchen islands, stainless-steel appliances, walk-in closets, full-sized washers and dryers, and balconies. The five one-bedroom lofts range from 650 to 1,000 square feet, while the seven two-bedroom lofts range from 880 to 1,250 square feet. Business tenants in the Quarter include Cups Espresso Cafe, specialty tobacco shop The Country Squire, and Wine & Spirits in The Quarter. For more information, or visit thequarterlofts.com.