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Shake Up Shrimp and Grits

Some things were just made for each other: sweet tea and lemonade, peanut butter and jelly, and of course, shrimp and grits. We’re here to make one of these classic pairings even better with a little bit of added flair. Shrimp and grits is a go-to pick for chefs of all levels, and the versatility of the dish makes it a tasty option for the most discerning of palettes. One of the easiest ways to… read more

Making Whiskey Work Appropriate

You like Jack Daniel’s whiskey as much as the next guy, but are you ready to wear it to work? We’re not talking about that old logo tee at the back of your closet; we’re talking about a timeless piece you can wear at work and after hours. Donald J. Fuss Woodworking in Forest, Virginia, creates handmade cufflinks and tie bars out of Jack Daniels and other wooden barrels with no shellac,… read more

Hi/Mid/Low: Tortoise Chic

Dare we say classic is the new trendy? Don’t stop reading just yet – going classic is like shopping in your closet and finding a whole new outfit without spending another penny. This season, we’re embracing the comeback of the ever-timeless tortoise shell jewelry. There’s something about wearing tortoise shell accents that makes you feel like Audrey Hepburn (or is that just us?), but there’s always room to modernize a classic… read more


the craft of brotherhood

Beautiful transformations happen at Lamon Luther. Salvaged wood becomes exquisite pieces of furniture, and once-broken and hopeless men metamorphose into skilled artisans with dignity and purpose. This is the story of those craftsmen and the reclaiming of their futures.    


Banjo Ballads

Not many bands can claim that they single-handedly created their own genre of music, but that’s exactly what Grace & Tony did. Formed in Florence, Alabama, the now-married couple combined their two styles to create the “Punkgrass” sound they perform today. Says frontman Tony White (brother of John Paul White formerly of the Civil Wars), “Punkgrass is simply a natural fusion of my punk-rock background and Grace’s Southern gospel and… read more

STEWpendous Garden Stew

We’re only a few weeks into fall, and yet, some of us (including every store for some reason) already have our minds on Christmas. As annoying or exciting as that might be (depending on which side you fall), let’s ease our way into the cooler months of the kitchen with this Garden Stew recipe from The First Mess. Like most foodies, we recommend the freshest ingredients, and the corn makes for a good opportunity… read more

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