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The Mantle Team

622 Duling Ave
Jackson, MS, 39216

Mantle. is a city club and toolbox for entrepreneurs and city dwellers.

Whatever you need to advance your passion project - your pearl, as we call it around here - come start at the City Club and contribute to a culture that is worthy of both discussion and action.

Sometimes all your tools can't be found within the four walls of our City Clubs. So, Mantle. went out into your city and made the best restaurants, bars, retailers, and workout boutiques part of your club and put them into your wallet.

Other tools include a skills and work directory for growing a pearl on Mantle. Connect. Mantle. Groups is a great place to meet others into what you are into in your city.




The Long & Short of Fondren

Christopher Lomax

The Short: It's Jackson's Hippest Neighborhood™

Working at Mantle will put you at ground zero of the best food, drinks, and entertainment in the Capital City. Don't take our word for it - check out what local and national publications say about Jackson's Hippest Neighborhood. With tons of parking at Mantle, members can park in the morning and walk the rest of the day to all of Fondren's offerings. Talk about changing the way we work in Mississippi.

The Long: (Not the Walk).

Babalu (Under Your Feet)

Literally located below Mantle at Duling School, Babalu has become a must stop for eating, drinking, and general merriment in Jackson. They may be known for their tacos, but take our word for it and try the burger. It may not have won best burger in town, but it was a runner up! You can thank us later as long as you are awake!

Best Outdoor Dining - Mississippi Magazine - Best of Mississippi
Best Happy Hour; Best Place for Cocktails; Best Margarita; Best Mexican-Latin; Best Outdoor Dining; Best Place for a First Date - Jackson Free Press - Best of Jackson
Best Outdoor Dining - Clarion-Ledger - Best of Mississippi

Duling Hall (30 Steps Away)

Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ - George McConnell - JJ Grey and MoFro - Keller Williams - Lucero - North Mississippi Allstars - Robert Earl Keen - Southern Komfort Brass Band - St. Paul and The Broken Bones ... just to name a few of the top-flight acts going through Jackson & Mississippi's best live music venue.

Best Live Music Venue - Jackson Free Press - Best of Jackson
Best Live Music Venue - Clarion-Ledger - Best of Mississippi

Apothecary (60 Steps Away)

Don't worry when you think you have the wrong spot; just keep walking back. Ask for a Shine when you get there - Campari - Bulleit - Grapefruit.

Stop in Brent's Drugs before hand and get a double cheese burger with onion rings (Do you see a theme developing here!) to soak up the best craft drinks in the city. 

Best New Bar - Garden & Gun Magazine & Southern Living
Featured in Dwell Magazine

Saltine (60 Steps Away)

Another top-spot located right in Duling School. Saltine front-man Jesse Houston has been on a roll since he opened his first culinary effort only two years ago and he can't turn around anymore without a new publication singing his praises. 

James Beard Semi-Finalist - Best Chef South 2016
Best New Restaurants - Bon Appetite
The 10 Best Oyster Houses in the South - Southern Living
Featured in Garden & Gun Magazine
Best New Restaurant 2015 & Oysters - Clarion-Ledger - Best of Mississippi

Fondren Art Gallery (220 Steps Away)

A wide variety of well known artists and local ones make for a great place to get inspired or to fill up the blank space on all the walls in your house.

Best Art Gallery -  Jackson Free Press - Best of Jackson

Walker's Drive-In (315 Steps Away)

Derek Emerson has been impressing diners for a while now and nothing has changed with the passage of time. When the days grow longer and the weather thaws (or cools), grab a patio table, take in some people watching, and try the award-winning soft shells.

Want to feel a bit more cosmopolitan without getting on a plane? Try out Emerson's latest effort: CAET (200 Steps Away). Settle into a chic dining room or a sparkling outdoor space with an adult slushie and seasonal small plates, or try the stellar wine list and the $22 (totally-worth-it) CAET burger - o.k., we really like burgers!

James Beard Semi-Finalist - Best Chef South 2008, 2009, 2010
Best Restaurant - Jackson Free Press - Best of Jackson

Fondren Public (420 Steps Away)

Beer, Mules, and Bocce make this Jackson's number one place to have a cold one and meet up with your friends. Invite everyone you know, because they have a ton of space!

Best Bar - Jackson Free Press - Best of Jackson
Best Place to Have a Cold Beer - Clarion-Ledger - Best of Mississippi

Pig & Pint (420 Steps Away)

I haven't seen a burger on the menu, yet, but this new BBQ spot has disco fries (chicken, pork, or brisket), a deep beer list, and picnic tables for shaking off a day of uber-concentration.

Best BBQ - Jackson Free Press - Best of Jackson
Best BBQ - Clarion-Ledger - Best of Jackson

Bests of Jackson - Jackson Free Press

Best Barber Shop - Fondren Barber Shop (420)
Best Coffee - Cup's (420)
Best Yoga Studio - Butterfly Yoga (320)

Best of Mississippi - Clarion-Ledger

Bakery - Campbell's Bakery (200)
Coffee - Cups
Gym - The Club at St. Domenic's
Health Food Store - Rainbow Co-op (400)

Runner-ups - Best of Jackson - Jackson Free Press

Best Bakery - Campbell's - La Brioche (420)
Best Boutiques - Treehouse (340) - Blithe & Vine (420)
Best Breakfast - Brent's Drugs (60)
Best Happy Hours & Cocktails - CAET - Saltine - Apothecary
Best Liquor & Wine Store - Fondren Cellars (60)
Best Outdoor Dining - Pig & Pint - Walker's Drive-in
Best Sandwich - Basil's (420)
Best Yoga Studio - Studio-Om (60)


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