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Hall’s is growing and thriving where it is now planted

For years Hall’s Gifts And Floral Design called a spot on Cherry Street home. But since January, the business has been a fixture of the Vicksburg Mall — now known as Uptown Vicksburg — and has thrived.

The move, owner Jacke Hall said, was an effort to broaden his reach in the community, and it has worked.

“There is more traffic out here and better visibility,” Hall said.

Hall opened his business in 2008 after deciding he wanted to strike out on his own and has grown the business into a full-scale florist, offering floral designs and gifts for everything from weddings, funerals to parties and home decorating for the holidays.

“It was entrepreneurship that made me open the shop. It had been something I wanted to do because I like to see people smile and make people happy, and I had always done it for other companies, so I wanted to do it for myself,” Hall said. “I wanted to have my name and my brand upon the happiness of others.”

The business, part of a wave of small businesses that have started filling vacant suites in the mall in recent months, is now looking to expand.

In the coming weeks, Hall said he plans to open another retail store and a restaurant in the same area of the mall as his current shop.

“We are opening a paparazzi jewelry store, which is a $5 jewelry store, and a soul food restaurant called Mama Lee’s and Mrs. Sheila’s kitchen,” Hall said.

Exact expansion and opening dates for these new businesses were not yet finalized.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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