Open eyes, open minds.
J5 Caffe’ started earlier this year, and the company is already making an impact in Mississippi.
Jabari Edwards, founder of J5, started the new coffee bean business after searching in Tanzania for the best coffee beans that pair with a smooth cigar. The cigar and coffee connoisseur is now selling roasted coffee beans online with J5 Caffe’.
But for Edwards, it’s not just about the coffee. It’s about making an impact in the process. A percentage of proceeds go toward helping minority businesses as well as creating scholarships for students wanting to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
According to an Edwards Facebook post, Travis Hunter, the top-ranked high school football recruit, just signed an NIL (name, image and likeness) deal with J5 Caffe’. On National Signing Day, Hunter shocked the sporting world when he switched schools and signed with Jackson State University. For Edwards, supporting students and HBCUs is simply a part of J5 Caffe’.
“I started J5 Caffe’ because I love coffee and I saw this as a way to help send kids from economically distressed areas to HBCUs in Mississippi,” Edwards said in a statement to The Dispatch. “This ties into my overall mission of building Black wealth.”
Folks can shop for J5’s coffee online at https://www.j5caffe.com.
Moving on, Real Premium Aesthetics, a luxury spa, will start accepting clients on Monday.
Owner, Diamond Gordon, said she’s hosting her ribbon cutting on Saturday from 2-4 p.m.
“It has always been a dream that chose me,” Gordon said.
Gordon will offer facials, non-invasive lip fillers, yoni steaming, sauna domes and much more. The spa will accept walk-ins and you can find the available slots on its social media account. You can also use the link online to schedule appointments.
The spa is located at 3504 Bluecutt Road and is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday, 3-6 p.m.
“I specialize in dry skin conditions like rosacea and eczema,” Gordon said. “Our clients’ relaxation and safety is our No. 1 priority. We have several COVID restrictions in place for the safety of our clients. We would love to have them in the home of the finest services where everything is premium.”
Also in Columbus, if you’re looking for someone to hear you out, Chit Chat is officially open.
Chit Chat, a non-clinical venting and befriending service, opened in February at 2401 Hwy. 45.
Owner Mignon Isaac, wanted to share her gift of communication with other Columbus residents. Though not a replacement for a mental health service, Isaac said, Chit Chat offers a fun side of healing through conversation.
“I decided to open because lots of people would always reach out to me for my advice and my opinion on their life,” Isaac said. “…I am big on communication. I’m a talker and a thinker and I like to help people.”
Chit Chat is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. with some flexibility. You can call and make an appointment with Isaac for a one-on-one session or sign up for a group session. Isaac added she can bring in licensed therapists for the group sessions.
“It’s just simple conversation,” she said. “…People need to just talk. You’d be surprised how far simple conversation will take you.”
If you have any questions or would like to speak with Isaac about making an appointment, you can reach out at 662-364-1786.
Moving to Starkville, we have a new nutritionist in town.
Katelyn Wolfe, founder of Wolfe Nutrition LLC, has opened her nutrition counseling practice for the Starkville area. For Wolfe, nutritional advice isn’t a stringent menu or an extremely limited diet.
“Food is not black and white; it’s not good or bad, “Wolfe said. “I’m not here to judge you. I’m here to help you, guide you. …I want to teach you skills, so you have the ability to make healthy choices for your lifetime.”
Wolfe offers consultations, either virtually or in person. She provides nutritional counseling for people looking to lose weight, who are hypertensive, diabetic, gestational diabetic, celiac, failure to thrive, gastro conditions and more.
If you’re interested in making healthier decisions while keeping a menu that’s sustainable, reach out to Wolfe on social media about scheduling a consultation.
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