Tour Like a Local: Jessica Davenport

Born and bred here in Jackson, Jessica Davenport has worked in the hospitality industry for over 15 years and is a familiar face in the city’s food scene.

These days, she works in marketing at The Tell Agency and is the owner of Sugar Ray’s, an online and pop-up shop offering delectable cinnamon rolls, confections and specialty gifts.

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Davenport. Image: Drew Dempsey

Where’s the best spot for a girls’ night out?

Aplos is the best place for my girls and me. We love their frozen cocktails and shareable appetizers. At any time, you can easily grab a table with your girlfriends and have a good time.

With your well-known affinity for sweets, what dessert should no one miss while in the city?

The bread pudding at Lou’s Full-Serv is the best bread pudding around. Even if you aren’t a bread pudding fan, this is the one to try. You can’t take just one bite. You’ll go back for more. It has a praline streusel and a brown sugar caramel ice cream topped with caramel and vanilla white chocolate sauce. I guarantee it will be one of the best things you’ve ever put in your mouth!

Favorite places to shop in the city?

I like shopping at all farmers’ markets, especially at Magnolia Sunset Markets and JXN Flea at The Ecoshed. At both markets, I have found consistent vendors that are now a part of my daily well-being, with everything from body care to fresh produce. It’s a one-stop shop where everything is local.