Maurices Small Town Charm Tour Day 2

Trip Start Aug 18, 2010
Trip End Aug 26, 2010

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Day 2 began a lot like day 1; beautiful weather and some stunning backdrops for our fashion.

Our first stop of the day was at an old truck stop landmark right off Highway 20-59.  While the diner itself is no longer standing, the "Red Hot" sign that marks the location still remains.  The Red Hot Truck Stop Diner was built in the 1950s and quickly became the place to eat for truck drivers heading through Meridian on their way to New Orleans, Birmingham and Atlanta.  We think our team captured some shots that truly live up to the "Red Hot" name.

The second site of the day was the Soule Steam Feed Works located at 402 19th Avenue.  The Soule Steam Feed Works has operational steam engines dating back to the late 1800s. We were welcomed with open arms by Greg Hatcher the Project Manager and Jim McRae the President who have painstakingly worked to restore and preserve this important part of our American History.  The Soule Steam Feed Works is available year-round for group tours by appointment and hosts the annual Soule Live Steam Festival which attracts thousands of visitors from all around the United States.  This year's Festival takes place on November 5th and 6th.  To make an appointment for a private tour please call 601-693-9905 and Greg will be happy to set one up. The chromatic/industrial backdrop that was supplied by the Soule Steam Feed Works complimented the fashion to perfection.  We think our crew captured the true beauty of both the surroundings and the clothing.

 A hidden treasure that we stumbled upon on our scouting trip to Meridian was the "delicious and refreshing" wall.  Located between two stores downtown, a beautiful deteriorating brick wall revealed the perfect photo opportunity.  Words simply cannot do justice to describe the location. Check out the photo of this cool place in the photos attached to this entry.

After a quick sandwich lunch break, we headed to take the final shots of the day at the newly renovated Riley Center Opera House.  After sitting dormant for nearly 80 years the theater was fully restored and reopened in 2006.  The renovations cost about $25 million dollars and the results were miraculous.   Gold trim, rich woods pillars and intricately painted details mark the opera house.  We had the privilege of meeting with local radio personalities Carol Bass and Scott Stevens who have been tremendously supportive of us throughout this shoot.  Christian from the local ABC affiliate also stopped by to capture some footage and did a quick interview with our Marketing Director.  Thank you, Christian!!  Mayor Barry also stopped by and shared a few words about maurices' visit to Meridian.  Take a look!  She is a wonderful role model to women everywhere!  Here's the link

It's a wrap from Meridian, MS.  We would like to thank everyone from Meridian who has been involved with this first leg of the shoot.  We could not have asked for more support from the community and it's leaders.  Thank you everyone!

After a good night's rest, it's on to Moberly, Missouri.  Stay tuned for our second stop on the Small Town Charm campaign.  We hope you are having as much fun keeping up with us as we are having on location.

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