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Old 03-20-2008, 07:24 AM
Status: "I'm an Unmherkun puppy-kicking Socialist" (set 23 days ago)
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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knomath,

There's a wide variety of opinion on this board as to whether outsiders can fit in (IMO, the answer is a "conditional 'yes', depending on how well you know what you want out of life, what your personal interests are, and how much effort you make to find it, etc.").

Then again, I'm from the "school of thought" that says "Ultimately, outlets for your personal interests and personal enrichment are more important than things like school test scores, property values, a precinct's education attanment, etc." You may have different priorities.

Suffice to say that extensive researching of past posts about the Jackson area in particular will give you the full array and types of opinions about metropolitan Jackson (which Canton borders, and according to the census bureau, is part of)
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:54 AM
 
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Hello to all of you. I just found this website. I am planning a move in 4 years; and would love to leave NJ sooner. My youngest is just starting H.Sl thus my decision to stay. Currently I have my own food business. I make homemade soups, sauces and baked goods. I really want to head south and was seeking a more artsy community, not concerned about schools because I will be relocating alone. Any suggestions? and any suggestions about transitioning my business which right now is "word of mouth" in my current community. ( I know there is a Food Innovation Center in Muscle Shoals,AL that helps food entrepreneurs) But I am looking along Ocean Springs, MS. Thanks for any help. I really want to leave the crazy northeast and find a simpler life-style. I live about 12 miles east of Philadelphia, PA jut beyond Camden, NJ both cities are a mess--- like the wild west. Taxes here on my 100x150 lot with 50 yr old 1400 sq. ft is $6600/yr. Auto insurance in NJ I pay $130/MONTH! so nothing could be as horrific as NJ. Thanks again. and thanks for reading my ramble. Patricia
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Old 08-24-2008, 10:30 AM
 
Location: The South
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I live in Ocean Springs and it is an artsy little community. It has a lot of restaurants and they stay busy. If you have a specialty,it could work. The big competation is the casinos. The buffet's at the casino's are very cheap. You should probably come down and look it over. Its a very nice town.
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:14 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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Currently I have my own food business. I make homemade soups, sauces and baked goods.

Yum. Sounds delicious.
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:28 PM
 
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maverickmamma I came south from Philadelphia some 30 yrs ago. hard to believe---but you will have some adjustments so be prepared--meanwhile I would suggest checking out Fairhope, Al. I think it would be a good fit for you.
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Central Mississippi
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Ocean Springs might be a nice choice for you. Also, you might consider the Reservoir area in Rankin County. Your business sounds like something that would do good there.
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Old 08-27-2008, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Jackson, MS
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Originally Posted by maverickmamma View Post
Hello to all of you. I just found this website. I am planning a move in 4 years; and would love to leave NJ sooner. My youngest is just starting H.Sl thus my decision to stay. Currently I have my own food business. I make homemade soups, sauces and baked goods. I really want to head south and was seeking a more artsy community, not concerned about schools because I will be relocating alone. Any suggestions?Patricia
If you're looking for artsy, I would highly recommend looking at Fondren, which is an historic community in northeast Jackson. Here is the website for Fondren:
Fondren Renaissance Foundation

Fondren use the be a suburb of Jackson, built in the early 1900's and has since been annexed including much more land to the north. Fondren still retains the small town feel that it sprouted from, and the neighborhoods are great, with old growth trees and within walking distance of many attractions. I should know, I just bought a house there in June. There are small town shops, painters, musicians, and much more.
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Old 09-04-2008, 03:17 PM
 
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Hello Everyone. Thank you all so much for your responses and very useful information! I will indeed take several trips to the area--all of the suggested locations.

Thank you. I am excited! Be well, Maverick Mamma
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Old 09-04-2008, 03:20 PM
 
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Fondren looks awesome. I want to move NOW!
I also looked at Fairhope, AL--someone mentioned that area. It's all good.
thanks again, MM
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Gulfport, MS
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As for artsy, both Vicksburg and the MS Gulf Coast cities have a reputation for local artists. Of course, there's an art and music scene in Jackson as well. I know a couple of people here in Raymond that work professionally in pottery and ceramics. I think Mississippians are artistic by nature -- we seem drawn to create art, music, dance, literature, all of that.
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