• Prologue: Right Place at the Right Time

    Earlier this year when I caught wind of rumors that local blues legend Tommy ‘T-Bone’ Pruitt was contemplating retirement, I knew I needed to spring into action.

    For entirely selfish reasons, I wanted the opportunity to work with Pruitt while I still could – and perhaps more importantly – I just wanted to hang out with the guy.

    At 86 years young, he has literally been playing the blues for three-quarters of a century. Harry Truman was in the White House when Tommy picked up his first guitar.

  • BOPB 2019: Attractions and Lifestyles

    BEST AMBASSADOR OF THE AVENUES
    Mary Dryden

    Finalists: 
    Paul Sims • Hunter White • Bradley Myers • Jamers Iverson

    BEST DOWNTOWN HATTIESBURG AMBASSADOR
    Andrea Saffle

    Finalists: 
    Greg Prine • Harry Goff • Heath Kleinke • Keenon Walker

    BEST LAUREL AMBASSADOR
    Ben and Erin Napier

    414 Front St, Laurel
    laurelmercantile.com

    Finalists:
    Kenny and Carrie Mann • Christy Liverett • Chad Edwards

  • BOPB 2019: Food and Drink

    BEST APPETIZER
    Crabmeat Wontons,

    Crescent City Grill
    3810 Hardy St, Hattiesburg
    crescentcitygrill.net

    Finalists: 
    Cheese Rolls at Glory Bound Gyro Company • Debris Fries at Keg & Barrel • Fresh Rolls at Jutamas • Sully’s Sacks at Sully’s Tavern

    BEST BAR AMBIENCE
    Brass Hat

    103 South 30th Ave, Hattiesburg
    brasshatmidtown.com

    Finalists: 
    Branch • Keg & Barrel • Front Street Bar • Mahogany Bar

  • BOPB 2019: Recreation, Health & Beauty

    BEST BARBER SHOP
    JC Cook’s Barber Shop

    5266 Old Highway 11 #80, Hattiesburg
    facebook.com/jccooks39402

    Finalists:
    The Barber Studio • Guild and Gentry • Squared Up

    BEST CHIROPRACTOR
    Brandon Herrington, Herrington Chriropractic

    4700 Hardy St Ste M-1, Hattiesburg
    drbherrington.com

  • BOPB 2019: Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR
    "Desperate Times & Blind Eyes" by Midnight Revel

    Finalists:
    "The Sound" by Ty Trehern • "Fade" by Goth Dad • "Touro Street" by Brotha Josh and the Quickness • "A Feeling You Can't Get Back" by The Devil Music Co.

    BEST LOCAL PODCAST
    A Paranormal Chicks

    Finalists:
    Church of Tobey • District Sound Wave • Everything is OK! • To The Top Talk

    BEST BURLESQUE PERFORMER
    Amanda Robertson

  • BOPB 2019: Shops, Wares, & Services

    BEST ATTORNEY
    Elizabeth Porter

    301 West Pine St, Hattiesburg 
    elizabethporterlaw.com

    Finalists:  
    Lane Dossett • Robin Roberts • Shawn Lowrey • Tangi Carter

    BEST AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SHOP
    Phillip’s Car Care

    80 Rawls Springs Loop Rd, Hattiesburg 
    facebook.com/PhillipsCCC

    Finalists:
    98 Tire • Warrior Tire & Service • Bedrock Customs & Auto Repair • Affordable Auto Care

  • Friends Reunite: Fairley's Wings and More

    Reunited… and it feels sooooo good
    After a multi-month hiatus, the Food with Friends crew has finally teamed up once again to do what we do best – eat and chat. This month’s adventure brings us to Fairley’s Wings and More in Downtown Hattiesburg. We were excited to get the gang back together and enjoy a spread from the local wing joint. Jamie even showed up in his “I Am Fairley’s Wings” T-shirt that he got at the ribbon cutting when the business first opened its doors.

  • Meet Chris Cook

    Chris Cook is a cut above the competition as his barber shop, JC Cook Barber Shop, sheared the competition for Best Barber Shop in 2019 Best of the Pine Belt voting.

    Cook, 40, came by his profession honestly. As the shop’s Facebook page proudly proclaims, “the Cook name has been synonymous with barbering in the Pine Belt since the 1940s. I'm proud to carry on the family tradition in my shop since 2005.”

  • Prologue: And the Winners are

    Who won? Who won? Who won for Best Garden Center? And what about Best Female Vocalist? Chicken fingers? Best Ice Cream?
    I bet we all know who captured the Best Troublemaker title.
    No matter who you were pulling for in this year’s Best of the Pine Belt competition, everyone is a winner, not just during this time each year, but year-round.

  • hall of fame dinner & induction ceremony thursday, june 27

    A legendary blues musician, a champion of the disabled, a civil rights heroine, a Catholic priest with a heart of gold, and two iconic restaurant owners consist of this year’s group of inductees into Signature Magazine’s Best of the Pine Belt Hall of Fame.

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