Amarilys Carter and Tiffany Kinslow consider themselves sisters. Friends for nearly 17 years, the two Magee women have so much in common they nearly complete each other’s sentences.
The two met as workout buddies when Dr. Denver and Amarilys Carter moved to Magee to open his podiatry practice, Magee Family Foot Care. “We met in Arizona and his (Denver’s) main goal was to come back to his home town to provide a service that was not here. That always stuck in my mind,” said Carter.
Over the years the women have discussed dreams and goals watching as some came to fruition and others were put on hold. In January of this year, they saw their individual dreams coalesce into one when Beans and Sprouts took root. They opened the doors in March 2021.
Kinslow explained that many years ago she and her husband Raynold wanted to open a coffee shop on Main Street in Mendenhall. All the pieces were in place. “But it didn’t work out because it wasn’t God’s time.”
Almost in unison where Beans and Sprouts is concerned they stated, “God’s timing is perfect.”
Currently Beans and Sprouts boasts a variety of offerings including a garden center, floral arrangements, a gift shop, specialty coffees and treats, and fresh produce. In addition, the renovated house provides seating and free internet access to accommodate students and business personnel alike. And the shop recently began advertising that it will host specialty events including soap making and painting classes.
A recurring theme in all they hope to offer is to be the destination venue for Simpson County residents rather than travelling to Jackson or Hattiesburg, whether it’s for a cup of coffee on the outside deck or a fun class with friends.
The final decision to bring this dream to fruition included the husbands. Carter and Kinslow were determined that it would be a true partnership between all four and it continues to be. No decision is made solely by one person of the group. All must be in agreement. They all, including their children, poured into the renovation of the former house. “When we tell you that it is a partnership there is nothing that not any of us doesn’t do. We complement each other very well,” shared Carter.
They are determined that God is foundational and will be honored. In the coffee kitchen is written on an exterior wall Proverbs 16:3, “Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established (NKJV).” Kinslow stated plainly with Carter in agreement, “This is a business that will serve the Lord.”