A few years ago, Jeff Jordan looked around Mobile's lower Dauphin Street district and noticed something missing.
In the birthplace of America's Mardi Gras, there were no stores solely devoted to selling Carnival-inspired merchandise downtown. No bead outlets. No T-shirt shops. No markets hawking feathered masks.
So the local artist and entrepreneur transformed his father's antiques store into a gift shop and printing business speckled with all things purple, green and gold -- arguably anything anyone would ever want to properly celebrate the pre-Lenten season.
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