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Three downtown businesses come together to offer special services

Many local business owners have created alternative means to provide goods and services to the community during the shelter-in-place order and as restrictions aimed at curtailing the spread of the COVID-19 virus are in place.

In an effort to expand its services, Cottonwood Public House and Key City Brewing Co. joined forces with 10 South Rooftop Bar & Grill to begin offering a variety of amenities.

Dubbed “Downtown Provisions,” the collaboration between the three downtown businesses offers to-go meals, libations and groceries, Jay Parmegiani, co-owner of 10 South Rooftop Bar & Grill, said.

“As a restaurant, our supply chain hasn’t been disrupted as much as the normal grocery store,” Parmegiani said, which allows Downtown Provisions to offer a variety of staple items including eggs, milk, butter, potatoes and toilet paper.

Also, fresh cuts of high-quality meat are available as well as freshly-baked sourdough and sandwich bread made by Parmegiani’s son, Blake, who is the executive chef at Cottonwood Public House.

Together, the father and son duo have also teamed up and created a diverse menu of family meals – enough to serve four – which include seared beef tenderloin, fried chicken with macaroni and cheese and rustic pork and beer stew. Homemade pizza is also offered.

Zack Erickson, owner of Key City Brewing Co., has continued to keep the fresh beer flowing during the pandemic, Parmegiani said, and to add to his brewed beer, pre-mixed cocktails are available.

“These libations are 100 percent ready for you to pour into your glass and enjoy, no equipment needed,” Erickson said. “Right now we have some wonderful classic cocktails like The Old Fashioned, margaritas, Hemingway Daiquiri, Aviation, and of course we had to include 10 South’s famous Ultimate Bloody Mary to the mix.” All drinks are sold in 16-ounce containers.

Erickson said he is also planning to do some cocktails of the week.

“I want to start to mix in some fun Tiki drinks because I think we could all use a little Tiki escapism right now,” he said.

Libations, family meals and groceries are subject to availability and change, Parmegiani said, “In an effort to grow and evolve as we learn how to better serve the public’s needs.”

A limited number of meals will be available each day, Tuesday through Sunday, with a different Family Meal offering each day.

Orders for meals and groceries must be placed the day before between 4 and 8 p.m. and will either be available at the front door of Cottonwood Public House, 1311 Washington St. or delivered to your car.

Orders can be made online at www.toasttab.com/cottonwoodpublichouse or by calling 601-501-7712.

Parmegiani said one of the assets of owning a small business has been the ability to “pivot and maneuver quickly,” which has served them well.

“The opportunity to provide staples for the community while getting some oxygen for the business was a no-brainer,” he said. “The tough part will be looking forward, not looking back.”

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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