“I Was Never Fulfilled Working For Others” Joan Jackson .Candy store operator son, the store has been “like therapy.” That first year, most of the choco lates were bought from other companies. But things changed the next year. “I really wasn’t sa tisfied with the way some of the candies tasted. I felt that I knew what a ’good chocolate’ should taste like, so I decided to start making the chocolate my sdf.” -— -— : With no formal training in tbe'-art of makir^ cho colates, Ms. Jackson went out, bought a cookbook and began making the choco lates for her company. “Everthing I learned about making chocolates, I learned from my own mis takes and from books.” from the volume of re quests for chocolates that the business receives, there must not have been that many mistakes. “We receive requests from all over the world, Hawaii, Germany, you name it Our most demanded chocolate is omiudge.” What Ms. Jackson has also discovered is that she has developed a passion for making candy. “I really enjoy it and when I get feedback that others enjoy the candies as well, well that really makes me happy." That feedback has grown to such overwhelming pro portions that soon Ms. “Jackson and her parSer~ will be opening their se cond Just Chocolates store_ in the Latta Arcade in April. “When this store opens we won't be limited to what we sell; we’ll be able to expand our mer chandise to include cookies and pre-packaged candies. It’s like a dream come true," exclaimed Ms. Jackson. In addition to Just Cho colates, Ms. Jackson is involved in another busi ness, J. E. Jackson and Associates which handles accounts and advertising needs for businesses and arranges parties for record companies and individuals. A graduate of A&T State University, Ms. Jackson advises young people who are considering going into business for themselves to start taking economics and business courses as early as Junior high school. “Finish your education, in the long run, it pays off. When you start your own business, it’ll be hard, but keep at it.” Ms. Jackson’s ideas of honesty and hard work come from her mother, Gertrude Jackson, whom Ms. Jackson attributes to be the single influential— person in her life. "My mom gave me the insight to look at life realistically and to deal with people open ljr.” . , ' A single parent, Ms. Jackson now passes on those same attitudes to her five year-old son, Leonard Eugene. A lot of what she is - ~ working for today is so that he can have a brighter tomorrow. Her views on Black History Month praises the occasion as well as those special achievers: “I feel that it is good to set aside.a month to honor blacks: however, I also feel that blacks should consider themselves outstanding at' all times. Without a doubt, our accomplishments have been superior!” Morehead Licensed Medical OB-GYN Center » Specidis' Worried About Being Pregnant ? We Care. • Free Pregnancy Testing Daily cMm*,,. „„ (no appointment necessary) • Abortion “ • Birth Control ® Sexuality Counseling 1 334*132 | All Calls Strictly Confidential 1351 Durwood DriveMon.-Fri. 8-6; Sat. 8-2 W V - If Love at first sip. BACARDI.rum. The mixable one. Made in Puerto Rico.

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