Zach Dougher started Rebels On The Move last summer as a way to curb boredom and earn extra cash. Little did he know his idea would make him self-employed by graduation.
Rebels On The Move is a moving service in Oxford. Dougher has 10 movers and three utility trailers to help move students and Oxford residents to and from dorms, houses and storage units. This summer the business has already completed 60 moves.
“I saw this as a niche,” said Dougher. “…and at the same time, I could employ my friends and kids taking summer classes.”
The moving company is one of the most affordable in Oxford. Customers pay $35 an hour per worker and an extra $30 a day for a utility trailer. Dougher joked that packing the trailers is like a game of Tetris. He said, “We’ve got it down to a science.”
After Dougher finishes his last class at Ole Miss in August he’s going back to Raleigh, North Carolina. He will manage and advertise the business from home. This summer he’s been prepping his team to take on operational management positions for when he leaves.
Dougher wants to expand his moving company. He plans to set up a similarly structured business in Raleigh to cater to North Carolina State students.
“My dad’s a contractor so we’ve always done stuff ourselves. I’ve always been a hands-on type of person,” Dougher said.
Schedule a move through Rebels On The Move on their Facebook page.
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Meet Elizabeth Heiskell
Heiskell is partner and chef at Woodson Ridge Farms in Oxford, Mississippi. The farm is known for its local produce sold to restaurants and families around the area. Woodson Ridge also rents out its barn for dinners and events.
Last summer she was in charge of a cooking for a small dinner party at Rowan Oak. NBC chairman, Andrew Lack, attended the dinner, eating at William Faulkner’s dining room table.
Heiskell recalls Lack telling her that she is “wildly talented!” He said to her, “I have been a lot of places, and I have eaten a lot of food (but) this was incredibly memorable.”
Throughout the course of the meal, the dinner guests told Lack about Heiskell’s dreams of being featured on the TODAY Show. The NBC Chairman promised he would call Heiskell about a cooking segment.
Next stop: Today Show
A month went by without Heiskell hearing anything from TODAY. She decided to take action and make Lack a gift basket filled with cheese straws, pimento and cheese spread, “Debutante Farmer Bloody Mary Mix” and a note.
She said, “I sent him this little to-do list. It said, number one: Call Matt Lauer and get Elizabeth Heiskell on the Today Show. Number two was write Elizabeth Heiskell’s name on the back of your hand, so you don’t forget. Number three was take this pad with you and stick it in your pocket and don’t lose it.”
Soon after sending the gift basket, Heiskell received a call from TODAY’s senior producer telling her Erica Hill was flying down to Oxford to shoot. Heiskell was excited, but “the dream was for [her] to be on the Today Show before Matt Lauer retires doing a cooking segment.”
The senior producer promised her she’d be flown out for the show. That promise came true last Thanksgiving. Heiskell cooked her grandmother’s pillowcase turkey recipe with Matt Lauer.
Lauer had just finished interviewing, comedian, Chelsea Handler. Handler came over to Heiskell asking her opinions on tv food star chefs. Heiskell couldn’t respond.
“I literally just went blank. I couldn’t speak…It all just kind of hit me right there and then. And [Handler] said ‘well you better get it together, because he is coming and you’re about to be on.’”
As soon as the cameras started rolling, Heiskell was at ease. “They’re just as nice as they can be,” said Heiskell.
After the segment Heiskell turned to Lauer and said “Thanks Mattie!” She remembers Lauer turning around and asking, “What did you just call me?” She had responded, “Um…Mattie?” and then he said “No, that’s fine, I actually kind of like it.”
Tomato season is here
Now Heiskell films segments with “Mattie” every six weeks. His favorite dish is her “Fancy Pants Macaroni and Cheese”. Heiskell’s next on-air appearance is July 27 where she’ll be making her famous tomato pie with produce from the farm.
Heiskell is hosting a tomato dinner at Woodson Ridge Farms on July 15. The menu will include “Debutante Farmer Bloody Marys,” fried green tomatoes with pimento and cheese, double cut pork chop with tomato jam and many other tasty tomato treats.
Tickets for the event are fifty dollars.
With temperatures rising, Greenline has a new way for customers to cool off for the summer. The restaurant introduced King of Pops popsicles to its menu during the Double Decker Arts Festival weekend in April.
Operational manager, Virginia Hendee said, “getting fresh popsicles in here, made with organic ingredients…gives everyone a taste of something sweet.”
Try something sweet!
Greenline sells several flavors of the popsicles ranging from Banana Pudding to Strawberry Lemonade to Chocolate Sea Salt. The icy treats sell for $3.50 a pop. Popsicles such as the Key Lime Pie and Cookies-n-Creme both have a cookie at the bottom- a sweet surprise!
Atlanta tested and approved
The Greenline team discovered the popsicle line in Atlanta, Georgia. King of Pops popsicles is sold in local grocery stores. “They keep it really fresh and really fun,” Hendee said.
Two brothers from Atlanta came up with popsicle line idea while on a trip to Central America. Steven and Nick fell in love with the latin-america ice pops and fruit. Steven who had been laid off from his job created a popsicle cart in 2010. His brother, Nick, later joined the King of Pops team, quitting his job as a lawyer. King of Pops now distributes its popsicles in Oxford, Athens and Nashville.
From Atlanta to Oxford
Members of the King of Pops team personally deliver the popsicles to Greenline.
“I think it’s exciting for them to see their business expanding and have people who are Atlanta based and like the popsicles,” Hendee said. “They want to bring it wherever they’ve moved and started a business.”
Greenline is open Mondays through Sundays at 11 a.m. on the Square.