24 Hours in JXN: Cody Cox

If you had 24 hours to show off Jackson to visiting family or friends, what would be on your itinerary?

That’s the question we ask every guest of Soul Sessions, Visit Jackson’s monthly podcast featuring conversations on culture from the City With Soul.

Our November 2020 guest, Cody Cox, is a musician, barista and baker, and, along with wife, Molly West, owns Urban Foxes. The café is a small batch bakery and coffee shop in Jackson’s Belhaven Heights neighborhood.

So what’s on Cox’s “24 hours” list? With the caveat that this list would be “pre” or “post-Covid”…

Breakfast at Brent’s

“A nice leisurely breakfast” at Brent’s Drugs starts the day.

Brent’s delivers on substance as well as style. The coffee, served in classic off-white diner mugs, is good enough to warrant several “warm-ups.” The biscuits are flaky, buttery, and delicious. And whether you order your eggs over-easy or scrambled (with cheese!), you won’t be disappointed.

Give Offbeat a Spin

“Pick up some records, maybe a couple of comics at Offbeat,” Cox said.

Offbeat is an alternative culture store that specializes in designer toys, graphic novels, records, and art books in Jackson’s Midtown neighborhood. The space is also an art gallery that showcases the work of young minority artists from around the state. Owner Phillip “DJ Young Venom” Rollins and Cox are frequent musical collaborators and longtime friends.

Caffeinate at Urban Foxes

Shameless self-promotion? Nah, just darn good coffee and pastries. Cox invites you to his Urban Foxes in Belhaven Heights.

The shop uses Seeds Coffee out of Birmingham, AL and locally-roasted Thunderhead Coffee for bottled cold brew.

On the edibles side, the pie, cookie, and scone flavor selection vary each day, so check their Instagram each morning.

But, if you don’t stop at Urban Foxes, Cox says “Cups has my heart” after being a barista and later general manager the shop’s Fondren location.

Spend an afternoon unwinding or enlightening

What to do for a stretch of time later in the day? Cox said, “It’s a toss-up.”

Depending on the weather, the open green space of the Mississippi Museum of Art Art Garden makes for a relaxing activity. Featuring a welcoming lawn, seasonal foliage, native garden beds, permanent art installations, soothing fountains, and outdoor terrace dining, this versatile, open, outdoor space is open to the public daily during daylight hours. Currently on display outdoors – and free – is Leonardo Drew’s “City in the Grass,” an immersive outdoor sculpture that’s meant for interaction.

Or, Cox said, head to the Two Museums – the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights museums. Inspiring, education and eye-opening, both museums tell the Mississipi story – from the earliest times to more modern-day struggles and triumphs of the Civil Rights movement.

Back to Belhaven and Dinner at Fenian’s

“Go have some the Irish curry or a scotch egg” to cap off your day at the only Irish pub in the city, Fenian’s.

Chef and General Manager Ryan Cassell works hard to make Fenian’s the kind of place where everyone feels at home. “We want to make people happy, give them a little bit of that flavor of Ireland and a little southern charm with it,” Cassell said. Traditional Irish dishes live alongside creative new favorites.

And “some nice cocktail options,” Cox adds, of the ever-growing beer and cocktail list.