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DUBAI Dubai Mall

Dubai has become a popular stopover, thanks to Qantas’s partnership with Emirates. When it’s searing heat outside, the locals flee to the malls, of which the Dubai Mall is the shiniest and best. Children will love the ice-skating rink, the cinema, the rides at Sega Republic, or the massive aquarium. The fashion stores are organised by districts and there’s plenty of gawking to be done at high-end stores, all set under beautiful atriums. Take a ride to see the sunset from the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, or sip coffee with the veiled ladies at Fauchon Cafe. thedubaimall.com.

Dubai Mall. Photo: Corbis

HONG KONG Horizon Plaza

You have to get a taxi and give the driver clear instructions to find this unprepossessing building in Hong Kong island’s Ap Lei Chau residential district, but it’s worth the effort. The building is crammed with outlets, high- and low-end, from the warehouses of top local retailers Joyce and Lane Crawford, to little shops full of ex-factory fashion items from the Chinese mainland. The elevators are slow, so it’s wise to head straight for Joyce, where some phenomenal discounts on designer clothing and homewares can be found. Work your way down from there. Bonus: the Prada outlet is just around the corner.

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The Denim Studio at Selfridges London. Photo: Selfridges

HONOLULU Ala MoanaCenter

In recent years, flocks of Australians have discovered the delights of this mostly outdoor mall in the Hawaiian capital. With the Australian dollar still trading well against the US, visitors can have a beach holiday in Waikiki, then walk or catch the bus a few blocks to the world’s largest open-air shopping centre. All the familiar US apparel brands are here, from Banana Republic to J. Crew, as well as big name department stores Macy’s, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.

There are plenty of places to pick up a burger or pizza or even a delicious mai tai if the bargain hunting gets too exhausting. alamoanacenter.com.

Jewellery in the Gem Palace, Jaipur, India Photo: Corbis

PARIS Galeries Lafayette

It’s probably the most spectacular department store in the world, with its enormous stained glass cupola and 10 storeys of galleries circling a bustling first floor. In fact, Galeries Lafayette is more than a shop – it’s a Belle Epoque landmark and a tourist attraction in itself, with a dedicated tax-free shopping office. Even if all you can manage to buy is a lipstick in the cacophonous cosmetics department, you’ll feel tres Parisienne. galerieslafayette.com.

ISTANBUL Grand Bazaar

Glassware in the souks of Marrakesh. Photo: Corbis

This 15th-century bazaar, which consists of 61 streets and more than 3000 shops and is visited by up to 400,000 shoppers a day, sounds daunting. In reality, it’s tremendous fun, with fewer hawkers and hassle than you might expect. Take it slowly, as the locals do, and stop frequently for tea (which is often offered by vendors when you sit down to do a deal). Types of shops tend to be clustered together – there’s a carpet district, a textile district and so on. The best buys are carpets, traditional ceramics (check they’re food safe) and textiles such as hammam towels. grandbazaaristanbul.org.

NEW YORK ABC Carpet Home

This landmark store on Lower Broadway near Union Square has long been a favourite with New Yorkers on the hunt for cushions, carpets, lighting and anything relating to the home, but it’s also a fabulous experience for those who just wish to gawk. A dazzling Aladdin’s cave of homewares spread over several floors, it not only showcases the opulent, but also the environmentally conscious, through special events at the Deepak Homebase, inspired by mindfulness guru Deepak Chopra. ABC Kitchen, by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, is the hot ticket for brunch, lunch and dinner. We dare you to leave without a trinket or two. abchome.com.

Plaza 66 shopping mall in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

LONDON The Denim Studio, Selfridges

Fond of the blues, faded or inky, baggy or stretch? This 24,000 square metre ode to everything denim stocks 60 denim brands from basic Levi’s to Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney. Find your perfect style with the help of one of 50 denim “experts”‘ and then have your jeans altered to fit you snugly by the on-site denim tailor. A personalised shopping service is free with no minimum spend but appointments need to be reserved. While you’re waiting, there’s an interactive Jeanius Bar, where you can educate yourself about the crazy world of jeans. selfridges.com.

PARIS Sephora

It’s Cosmetic Nirvana. There are more than 1300 Sephora stores in 27 countries, but the Champs-Elysees store is the mothership. More than 6 million people visit a year, more than visit the Eiffel Tower. The concept is simple and appealing – wander through the aisles packed with perfume, skin care and makeup brands and freely try everything yourself, without a sales assistant breathing down your neck. Sephora’s own collection of makeup is very affordable if the high-end brands are too costly. Hard to resist dropping something in the shopping basket you’re handed at the door. sephora.com.

NEW YORK BH Photo

Worldwide, you can’t go past this superstore on Ninth Avenue for the best prices for cameras, video, computers and audio. It also has a formidable selection of products, so do go armed with the information about what you want, as past experiences have found the staff not all that helpful. It’s also best to check the store’s opening hours – the owners observe Shabbat and Jewish holidays. If you find they’re closed, there’s always the option to shop online and have goods delivered. The international service is efficient and speedy. bhphotovideo.com.

TOKYO Tokyu Hands

If you enjoy a visit to Bunnings, you’ll be knocked out by this amazing multi-storey Tokyo store devoted to things you do by hand – crafts, hobbies, home maintenance, hardware, stationery – as well as health and beauty products, travel accessories and souvenirs. There is an estimated 30,000 items stocked in each of the 20 department store branches and 10 specialty stores in Japan’s urban areas. The branch connected to Takashimaya Department store in Shinjuku is immense and you’ll find things you didn’t even know you were looking for. tokyu-hands.co.jp.

NEW YORK AND LONDON FAO Schwarz

These two stores on different sides of the Atlantic are paradise for children – and pretty entertaining for parents, too. Hamleys on Regent Street is the oldest and largest toyshop in the world, spreading over seven floors and stocking more than 50,000 toys.Indulgent parents can book an in-store Hamleys Dream Sleepover for their child and nine friends. Pricey F.A.O. Schwarz on Fifth Avenue has a real-life toy soldier on duty at the door and a clock that sings Welcome to My World. It has been making memories for New York kids since 1862. hamleys.com; fao.com.

JAIPUR The Gem Palace

Since 1852, the Pink City’s Kasliwal family has been making exquisite jewelry for India’s maharajas and maharanis. Dignitaries and celebrities such as Jackie Onassis and Mick Jagger have long made a beeline for the elegant shop on Mirza Ismail Road. But you don’t need to be a prince to visit. Browsing is encouraged. If you’re lucky, you might be invited to try on some of the extravagant diamonds that the family has been buying back from India’s royalty over recent years. The shop is as much gallery as store – the Metropolitan Museum in New York has a window devoted to the Gem Palace’s work. If you do fancy a jewel, it is reliable for quality and price. gempalacejaipur.com.

MILAN 10 Corso Como

High fashion shopping doesn’t get better than this store/bookshop/gallery and cafe in a converted garage. A radical “concept shop” when it was opened in 1991 by gallerist Carla Sozzani, sister of Italian Vogue editor Franca, it showcases the very best of international fashion design, edited down to the most covetable pieces. Sozzani calls it a “living magazine” incorporating art, music, food, lifestyle and design, and a meeting place between culture and commerce. Translated: a lovely place to hang out, even if you don’t buy anything. There’s an outlet at 3 via Tazzoli if you have an eye for a bargain. 10corsocomo.com.

SHANGHAI Dongmen Lu Fabric Market

Shanghai tailors have the reputation of being even better than those in Hong Kong, given the history of White Russian seamstresses arriving in the city after the Russian Revolution of 1917. This unprepossessing four-level fabric market is the place to go for bespoke clothing – anything from wool and velvet coats to copies of Chanel suits. It’s full of little shops where you can have something made to size from a selection of styles or have good copies made of your favourite pieces. Choose your own fabric, negotiate a price (it’s very cheap) and return in two days for the finished item, or have it delivered to your hotel. 168 Dongmen Lu, Huangpu District. smartshanghai.com.

NEW YORK Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Central Valley, New York

Outlet shopping has long been the favourite activity of bargain hunters and these days outlets are sprouting up everywhere, from Las Vegas to Florence. Woodbury Common, one hour north of New York City, is one of the best known, boasting a huge range of American and international brands in women’s and men’s apparel, children’s clothing and toys, homewares, luggage, cosmetics and accessories. It’s an outdoor mall the size of a small village, with a food court, foreign currency exchange and a VIP Shopping Club for extra savings. A Gray Line bus service will take you from Manhattan or splurge on a chauffeur from your hotel. premiumoutlets.com.

PARIS Merci

It’s hard to miss this store and cafe on Boulevard Beaumarchais – there’s usually a cute van in front laden with blooms. A recent addition (2009) to Paris’s vibrant shopping scene, the old wallpaper factory with a glass roof is a wonderful space to explore a vast collection of fashion, furniture, homewares, garden and stationery, most with an environmentally responsible twist. Traditional and modern, simple and costly, mass-produced and handcrafted are all brilliantly merchandised together, from a Swedish scrubbing brush to a linen-covered sofa. The emphasis is on natural and sustainable and proceeds go towards education projects in Madagascar. It has heart as well as style. merci-merci.com.

BEIJING Panjiayuan Flea Market

Anyone who enjoys garage sales and bric-a-brac will be over the moon at this fabulous market, also known as the a “dirt” market, in central Beijing. Although it’s also open on weekdays, on weekends vendors come from all over the countryside with personal items to sell. There are antiques shops around the perimeter, but it’s the stuff laid out on sheets on the ground you’ll want to investigate -ancient china teacups, genuine Communist memorabilia, family photo albums, old brushes and so on. Kids will love it too. It used to be “dirt” cheap, but since the Beijing Olympics, vendors have been a bit cannier. Go early (it’s open at 4.30am on weekends) and bargain hard. South East Third East Ring Road, Chaoyang District. thechinaguide.com.

TOKYO Isetan Department Store Food Hall, Shinjuku

You can’t visit Tokyo without missing a subterranean adventure in one of the food halls in the city’s marvellous department stores. Isetan is the most famous but you might want to check out Takashimaya and Mitsukoshi as well. The Japanese predilection for perfection and for wrapping everything, even the simplest item, exquisitely, means the fresh and packaged food on display presents mindboggling visual feasts of perfect melons, coloured sugars, French pastries, Japanese sweets, tins of tea and elaborate sushi. Stop at one of the ramen bars and small restaurants in the halls for affordable nourishment. isetan.co.jp.

NEW YORK Century 21

If you go early and avoid weekends, you’ll miss the crowds at this mecca of discount designer goods opposite the new Freedom Tower in downtown Manhattan. The flagship store was damaged when the World Trade Centre towers were destroyed in 2001, but recently it has concluded a facelift and extension, with added fitting rooms. Known for its fantastic prices on overstocks of designer bed linen, sunglasses, bags, lingerie and menswear as well as women’s designer brands and an enormous shoe department catering to men, women and kids, this is probably the best discount store on the planet. If you time your visit to coincide with sales, there are unbelievable bargains. c21stores.com.

NUREMBERG Christkindlesmarkt

In November each year this famous German Christmas market really lights up when the golden angel (Christkind) appears on the balcony of the Church of Our Lady, which overlooks the old market square. This is one of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets and is a feature of the itineraries of many river cruises, along with other popular Christmas markets at Dresden, Salzburg and Passau. More than 200 wooden stalls decorated with red and white candy-striped cloth fill the square and sell ornaments, crafts and Nuremberg Plum People, puppets made of plums and figs. Children will adore the stage coach that transports visitors around the square for a small fee; adults will enjoy the mulled wine and gingerbread. christkindlesmarkt.de/en.

HONG KONG Lane Crawford

This fashionista favourite might be the most enticing department store anywhere if you’re in the market for high-end designer duds. More than 800 brands covering womenswear, menswear, accessories and lifestyle are gathered here, which makes it the largest collection in greater China. What’s best about Lane Crawford’s flagship store in the IPC building in Central is the brilliant merchandising of collections, which are laid out in gallery-like spaces. Personal styling services are available and Cafe Costa has wonderful views of Victoria Harbour. lanecrawford.com.

MARRAKESH The souk

This is hands-down the most dazzling, sensual shopping experience in the world – especially if you’re looking for something handmade. Inside the fortified walls of the old city, hundreds of picturesque lanes offer a breathtaking array of tiny boutiques, stalls, artisan workshops and herboristes selling spices and medicinal herbs. Sixty per cent of the city’s working population is an artisan and the standard of manufacture of lamps, leather goods, clothing, carpets and pottery is exceptionally high. There’s junk here, too, but good stuff is fantastic value even if you don’t bargain much. It’s a little daunting – a guide helps the first time – but the best way to navigate is simply to plunge in. visitmorocco.com.

MADRID Gredos

Spain is the place to go for shoes, right? This huge store stocks shoes mostly made in Spain, which means the quality is excellent, even if the prices are amazingly cheap. Much of the shop is laid out like a normal shoe store but there are also discount racks and bins, which make it all a bit frenetic. Everything from classic espadrilles to high-heeled boots are sold here but the best value are men’s and women’s brogues in the supplest leather and suedes.

SINGAPORE ION Orchard, Singapore

It descended on Orchard Road in 2009 like a giant spaceship, but ION Orchard is a shopping mall, albeit Singapore’s most glamorous. No less than six luxury brands have their flagship stores in this building. The $2 billion structure spreads over eight floors – at last count there were 333 retailers in the complex. The Sephora flagship even includes a spa. Luke Mangan operates the Salt Grill on the 55th floor. Singapore’s legendary sales in May to June mean ION is either heaven or hell at the time of year. ionorchard.com.

BANGKOK Siam Center, Bangkok

They call it the “Ideaopolis”. In 2013, Bangkok’s first modern shopping mall was reimagined as a meeting place for art, fashion, technology and lifestyle, with playful interactive technology at every turn, exclusive shops and collaborations, and an emphasis on shopping as a creative activity. Customers can try out clothes via a “digital closet” and there is a staircase made of LED-lit piano keys. Stores Playhound, Greyhound, Soda and Painkiller are popular with teens, who will love it so much they may want to move in.

siamcenter.co.th.

ABOUT THE WRITER

Author and columnist Lee Tulloch has an expert eye for a bargain, honed over many years living in New York and Paris. She rarely pays full price, likes items that are unique to the destination, and isn’t afraid of a little dust or grime in hunting down something really special.

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FIVE SHOPPING TIPS FOR TRAVELLERS

Check the flea markets in every city and you can find some unique souvenirs.

In big department stores, go to the racks at the back of each display as there will often be periodic reductions.

Try to plan your trip to coincide with the big sales in cities like New York and Hong Kong – often prices are 50 to 75 per cent cheaper.

Check the local Time Out or similar weekly magazines for notices of designer sample sales or shopping events.

Plan a visit to one of the big outlet malls in Europe or America as there are some good discounts, but do your homework on regular retail prices first.



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Cosmic art: Ancient process used by Tupelo artist to capture views from space

TUPELO, Mississippi — Artist Jean Russell can draw a line from Homer’s epic poetry to the United States’ space program.

She was at Cape Canaveral on Oct. 15, 1997, when the Cassini spacecraft launched. Its destination was the ringed-planet Saturn and its moons.

The invitation to see the launch was made possible by her husband, Clark Russell, who worked for a company that made parts for the rocket that fired Cassini into space.

“I looked at him,” said Russell, 73, “and told him, ‘I will never be able to wait seven years for it to get there.’ I was so excited.”

The pair lived in Napa Valley, California, at the time, where Russell was, indeed, able to wait until 2004, when Cassini beamed back three different views of Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, and activated her imagination.

“It was the same view, really, with different filters to get different colors,” her husband said

Russell has worked with oils, acrylics, charcoal and more, but eventually decided those media didn’t fit her artistic approach.

“I’m a minimalist,” she said. “I like to do abstract paintings, using one or two or three colors. Or you use one color and different shades.”

More than a decade ago, she dove into encaustic painting, and here’s where the story goes back in time.

“This is one of the oldest art forms known,” she said. “It was mentioned by Homer in 800 B.C., talking about great sailing ships. They would paint the ship in wax so it would be buoyant and wouldn’t sink. They actually added pigment and had beautiful paintings on ships.”

Such beeswax paintings migrated to Egypt, where artists captured portraits of the dead to stay with their mummies. Some of those richly detailed paintings have survived 2,000 years underground.

It was a similar process of beeswax, resin, pigment and heat that Russell applied to the three colored versions of Titan.

“It probably took three or four months just to do the three of them,” she said.

Once finished, there was the obvious question: What should she do with them?

“For years, I have been wanting to donate them to NASA,” she said.

The plan seemed far-fetched after she spoke with a fellow artist whom she respects a great deal. He’d tried in the past to donate to NASA, but couldn’t get past the review committee.

Russell decided to take “No” for an answer without actually asking the question.

But times changed.

Some five years ago, she and her husband moved to Mississippi, which is somewhat centrally located between family members in New Orleans and Atlanta. They moved to Corinth first, then to Belden.

Clark Russell started what he called his “third career” teaching science at Tupelo Christian Preparatory School. He wanted to take the eighth-grade class to Huntsville, Alabama, to visit the U.S. Space Rocket Center.

In setting up that trip, he asked that delayed question about the three paintings, and the eventual answer from the review committee was “Yes.”

He delivered the paintings during the field trip in April, but it will be a while before anyone gets to see them.

“They’re working on a new display that will have images of planets and moons that have been sent back by space vehicles,” Clark Russell said.

A spokesman with the Space Rocket Center confirmed that Russell’s paintings will be included, but said no date had been set for completion of the new display.

Thankfully, Russell is used to waiting because of the seven years from when Cassini launched until the first images returned to Earth. She also had a roughly eight-year lag from when she finished her paintings and they were accepted into NASA’s care.

Russell said she’s just happy things have moved forward this far.

“I wanted to give back,” she said. “I was so impressed and excited at the launch. I didn’t want to sell them. I wanted to give them back to my country.”

As she waits for the chance to see her pieces on display, she has more work to do at her studio in downtown Tupelo.

There’s an electric fan in the window that constantly drones on, and every so often Russell has to plug her ears when a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train blows by a few feet away.

Under the watchful eye of Captain Jack Sparrow, a cardboard cutout her husband saved from a trash bin, Russell is once again turning beeswax and pigment into another view of the cosmos.

She uses electric skillets to melt colored blocks of beeswax then mixes it with resin.

“Some people use paraffin, but that makes it a little more brittle,” she said. “Besides, I want to do it the way they did it in 800 B.C. with the resin.”

Heat must be applied to each layer of wax to make it stay in place. Sometimes, she uses a heat gun to shoot out warm air; other times, she reaches for a torch.

“The torch is what I fuse it with when I want something really smooth,” she said.

Encaustic is a slow, painstaking process that’s almost equal parts art and craft. It’s also expensive. A block of colored beeswax that fits in the palm of Russell’s hand can cost $40 or more. That’s why she scrapes off her mistakes to be melted down and used again.

There shouldn’t be any problems once a piece is completed unless temperatures drop below freezing. That causes the wax to pull away from the support.

Since it’s wax, people often ask about melting, and Russell has a ready answer.

“The melting point is 150 degrees,” she said. “If the painting melts, you have bigger problems than the painting melting. Your house is on fire.”

The encaustic process means her artwork has a dollop of history, and her choice of subjects adds science to the equation, but religion underlies it all, including the opportunity with the Space Rocket Center, Russell said.

“I don’t believe in coincidences. I honestly believe in my heart this is all God-driven,” she said. “But for the glory of God, this would have never happened.”


Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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Perkerson’s Corn Meal and the perfect cornbread

When I was growing up I could count on a cake of cornbread sitting on the kitchen counter waiting around for the next meal. Sometimes I would luck up and find a warm skillet fresh from the oven. When Mama wasn’t paying attention I’d sneak a pinch or two away from the crunchy edge – my favorite part.

I have several black iron skillets, but I’ve never felt that I’ve mastered the art of making really great cornbread like my mother or grandmother.

Ask a few long time Douglas County folks about the best way to make cornbread, and I guarantee several of them will tell you that you have to have Perkerson’s corn meal, but by the time I moved to Douglasville in the mid-1980s Perkerson’s was getting harder and harder to find.

Today’s journey back in history takes us across the Douglas-Cobb border into Austell. Our starting point is in the 1830s before Austell was even a thought – approximately 50 years before the charter for the city of Austell was written.

During the 1830s white settlers were flocking to this area of the state as lands were opened up for settlement. Jack Barnes was one such settler, and he soon built a mill for grinding corn along the banks of Sweetwater Creek. Barnes operated his mill for nearly twenty years before selling it in 1851 to John Samuel Perkerson who had recently moved to the area.

Even though Perkerson had the water power of Sweetwater Creek and a millstone to do the work of grinding the corn, it was still boring and repetitive work. Folks would deliver their dried corn crop for grinding, and the corn had to be fed ear by ear to the millstone over and over again. Boring work, but so very necessary as cornbread was a mainstay for meals, and Perkerson charged a fair price for grinding the local farmer’s corn.

Perkerson’s only fee was to keep one-eighth of everything he ground. He could use it for his family, and the remainder he began to bag and sell to folks who had no corn crop.

Not only was the price fair, people preferred Perkerson’s corn meal over other mills due to the taste. It’s said the secret was due to grinding the entire kernel.

There are stories that relate how during the Civil War the Union occupied the Perkerson home as the soldiers moved through the Austell area. The soldiers rolled the millstones into the creek and burned the mill, but as soon as it was safe, the community helped the Perkerson family rebuild the mill.

In fact, some sources state the mill was the first structure to be rebuilt in Cobb County once the Union forces were gone.

In 1870, John Dempsey Perkerson took over the mill’s operation and expanded the business by adding a wheat mill, saw mill, and cotton gin. He changed the name of the business to J.D. Perkerson Sons since eventually John Dempsey Perkerson’s two sons, Ernest and Claude, would follow in the family business.

By 1928, the Perkersons had had enough of the Sweetwater overflowing its banks interrupting mill operations. They moved the entire business to Austell where the millstones would be powered by gasoline.

They also made some changes that set their cornmeal apart even further from their competitors. They sifted the meal before it was sacked up, and they were the first to develop a formula for self-rising corn meal.

As the 1960s rolled around the Perkerson brothers decided it was time to retire. The business was sold to Joe Kelly, a former auto dealer from Marietta. He decided to take on the ancient profession of miller during his own retirement years.

Perkerson Mill was said to be the oldest continuous business in Cobb County when Kelly finally sold the famous Perkerson formula and name to the Martha White Company in 1976. Martha White was glad to have a worthy competitor out of the mix. The manufacturing moved to Tennessee and for the first time in 125 years the Perkerson Mill was quiet. A few years later the mill complex was demolished and gradually, the Perkerson corn meal became harder and harder to find.

Lisa Cooper writes the stories from Douglas County history in the Sunday Sentinel. Watch for her news of a her new book that is set to hit shelves in the coming weeks. For information email Cooper at historyiselementary@gmail.com.

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Perkerson’s Corn Meal and the perfect cornbread

When I was growing up I could count on a cake of cornbread sitting on the kitchen counter waiting around for the next meal. Sometimes I would luck up and find a warm skillet fresh from the oven. When Mama wasn’t paying attention I’d sneak a pinch or two away from the crunchy edge – my favorite part.

I have several black iron skillets, but I’ve never felt that I’ve mastered the art of making really great cornbread like my mother or grandmother.

Ask a few long time Douglas County folks about the best way to make cornbread, and I guarantee several of them will tell you that you have to have Perkerson’s corn meal, but by the time I moved to Douglasville in the mid-1980s Perkerson’s was getting harder and harder to find.

Today’s journey back in history takes us across the Douglas-Cobb border into Austell. Our starting point is in the 1830s before Austell was even a thought – approximately 50 years before the charter for the city of Austell was written.

During the 1830s white settlers were flocking to this area of the state as lands were opened up for settlement. Jack Barnes was one such settler, and he soon built a mill for grinding corn along the banks of Sweetwater Creek. Barnes operated his mill for nearly twenty years before selling it in 1851 to John Samuel Perkerson who had recently moved to the area.

Even though Perkerson had the water power of Sweetwater Creek and a millstone to do the work of grinding the corn, it was still boring and repetitive work. Folks would deliver their dried corn crop for grinding, and the corn had to be fed ear by ear to the millstone over and over again. Boring work, but so very necessary as cornbread was a mainstay for meals, and Perkerson charged a fair price for grinding the local farmer’s corn.

Perkerson’s only fee was to keep one-eighth of everything he ground. He could use it for his family, and the remainder he began to bag and sell to folks who had no corn crop.

Not only was the price fair, people preferred Perkerson’s corn meal over other mills due to the taste. It’s said the secret was due to grinding the entire kernel.

There are stories that relate how during the Civil War the Union occupied the Perkerson home as the soldiers moved through the Austell area. The soldiers rolled the millstones into the creek and burned the mill, but as soon as it was safe, the community helped the Perkerson family rebuild the mill.

In fact, some sources state the mill was the first structure to be rebuilt in Cobb County once the Union forces were gone.

In 1870, John Dempsey Perkerson took over the mill’s operation and expanded the business by adding a wheat mill, saw mill, and cotton gin. He changed the name of the business to J.D. Perkerson Sons since eventually John Dempsey Perkerson’s two sons, Ernest and Claude, would follow in the family business.

By 1928, the Perkersons had had enough of the Sweetwater overflowing its banks interrupting mill operations. They moved the entire business to Austell where the millstones would be powered by gasoline.

They also made some changes that set their cornmeal apart even further from their competitors. They sifted the meal before it was sacked up, and they were the first to develop a formula for self-rising corn meal.

As the 1960s rolled around the Perkerson brothers decided it was time to retire. The business was sold to Joe Kelly, a former auto dealer from Marietta. He decided to take on the ancient profession of miller during his own retirement years.

Perkerson Mill was said to be the oldest continuous business in Cobb County when Kelly finally sold the famous Perkerson formula and name to the Martha White Company in 1976. Martha White was glad to have a worthy competitor out of the mix. The manufacturing moved to Tennessee and for the first time in 125 years the Perkerson Mill was quiet. A few years later the mill complex was demolished and gradually, the Perkerson corn meal became harder and harder to find.

Lisa Cooper writes the stories from Douglas County history in the Sunday Sentinel. Watch for her news of a her new book that is set to hit shelves in the coming weeks. For information email Cooper at historyiselementary@gmail.com.

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The evolving outdoor kitchen

The evolving outdoor kitchen

A pergola helps to shade an outdoor lounge designed by Flynn. Paired with draperies, the structure can give a dining space a luxurious feel at minimal expense.

The evolving outdoor kitchen

A mobile cart for your outdoor living area can be used as a cocktail station or for serving dishes and is easy to bring inside during bad weather, says designer Brian Patrick Flynn.



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The evolving outdoor kitchen

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For years, it was enough to park a barbecue grill next to a picnic table on a patio and call it an “outdoor kitchen.” But in the past decade, Americans have taken backyard cooking and dining to a new level, adding elaborate cooking islands, outdoor sinks and refrigerators, even outdoor TVs.


Unless you have a really tall fence, this is the one “room” at your house that neighbors will see whether you invite them to or not, notes designer Sarah Fishburne, director of trend and design for The Home Depot. That inspires many homeowners to pay extra attention to their outdoor entertaining area.

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