August 21st, 2012

The Artfusion Open Air Market is on September 29th, noon-7 pm.

Buy art and enjoy music, food, and children’s activities. $5 for adults and children are free. For more information email:

Easter Monday

April 19th, 2011

The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace will be closed in observance of Easter Monday. We will reopen our normal business hours 7am-4pm Tuesday, April 26th. Thank you for your continued support.

Partick O’Dea Dance Workshop

February 11th, 2011


Monday, January 17th

January 13th, 2011

The Commons on North Congress St. will be closed Monday, January 17th in observance of Martin Luther King Day.  We will re-open for our normal business hours Tuesday, January 18th at 7am to 4pm.

Thank you for your continued support and patronage.

December 16th, 2010

Chimneyville Readers Theatre presents a reading of the Beloved Holiday Classic by Truman Capote, A Christmas Memory.

Adapted and narrated by James Anderson.  Featuring Bettye Edwards and John Howell. 

Join us Saturday, December 18th and Sunday, December 19th at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace, 719 N. Congress Street, Jackson, MS.

See the flyer here: A Christmas Memory


December 9th, 2010

It’s that time again…Best of Jackson 2011, the voting ends on next Wednesday, Dec. 15th, at 11:59 p.m. Don’t forget to vote for Welty Commons in multiple categories – Tattered Pages Bookstore, Congress Street Coffee, and more! A big thanks to our loyal customers!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24th, 2010

It is time once more to sit down with family, friends and a lot of food to offer thanks for all that we’ve been blessed with over the year.
I hope you all have amazing plans for this Holiday weekend.
We here at the Welty Commons will be doing the same so the Commons will be closed Thursday November 25th through Sunday 28th. We will be open for our usual business hours Monday 29th, 7am till 4pm.
Enjoy the Holiday spirit and visit us again next week. Thank you for your support and loyalty.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Gear Up for the 4th Annual Jackson Arts Collective Fall Showcase

October 19th, 2010

Its been a quiet start to the week so far here at the Commons.  However, I like to think that is because we are revving up for the awesome event going on this Saturday!  We will be hosting the fourth annual Jackson Arts Collective Fall Showcase and I’ll tell you, it will be a party. 

With nearly thirty visual artists, ten bands, various dance groups,  lots of poets and a comedy group I know you’ll find quite a few things to keep you entertained.  Many of our best local eateries will supply the food too.  It kicks off at 5pm and goes till midnight here at the Commons (719 N. Congress St.).  We’ll have a couple cash bars and I’ll be in the coffee shop to get you your caffeine fix. 

The more the merrier so bring your friends and family.  The best part?  This shindig is only five dollars to get in!  Not such a bad deal for the quality of entertainment and food. 

You can also find info on this event over at the Jackson Free Press website:

While you are here try our new fall themed latte, the Pumpkin Patch Spiced Latte.  It’ll warm you up on those cold nights and get you in the mood for the fast approaching holiday season.

As always I’m here to serve you your coffee and chat about news, rumors, writing, philosophy, music, religion or just about anything else I happen to find interesting.  Come on by and see me, browse our used books or just sit and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

~David “The Man” Rahaim

Columbus Day

October 8th, 2010

In honor of Columbus Day Congress St. Coffee and Tattered Pages Bookstore at the Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace will be closed.  We will be open for our normal hours, 7 am till 4 pm, on Tuesday October 12th.  We are always very grateful for your continued support and patronage and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Stop by and look through our nice selection of used books while you enjoy our signature fall drink, the Pumpkin Patch Spiced Latte.  We also have some great fruit smoothies like the Peaches, Pears and Apricot smoothie, the Blueberry Banana smoothie and the good old Strawberry smoothie.  These are made from 100% real fruit and are a great way to brighten your day.

Open Mic Poetry Night

June 29th, 2010

Its that time again.  Stop on by Congress St. Coffee and Tattered Pages Bookstore tonight starting at 6:30 for our Open Mic Poetry Night.  It should promise to be a relaxing evening with plenty of time to read your own work as well as listen to the works of others.  Don’t forget we have some refreshing iced coffee in the cafe as well as fruit smoothies, whirls and most any other coffee related drink you can think of.  We’ve got a great used bookstore upstairs as well so take a moment to browse our shelves.


June 9th, 2010

Open Mic Poetry Night is the last Tuesday of every month, with the addition of some specially scheduled poetry nights….because we just can’t get enough of your amazing talent!  Please be sure and check out our blog and our calendar to keep updated on what events we have going on at Welty Commons!

And if you would like to be sent emails to alert you to upcoming events, then be sure and “Join Our Mailing List” in the upper right hand corner of our website.

Crossroads Film Screening and Open Mic Poetry Thursday Night May, 27th

May 24th, 2010

Stop by the Commons this Thursday night starting at six thirty for a Crossroads classic film screening.  The movie should begin at seven and costs only $7.  We will also hold an Open Mic Poetry session so dust off your old work or bring some new poesy.  The gallery will also be open this evening for those who wish to view the show currently hanging.  This is the last week for this show so check it out.  We are serving a great iced french roast for these hot Mississippi days and of course we have all your favorites like our sweet and creamy Turrtle Whip and the ever popular Toffee Nut Latte.  Of course we also have a variety of non-coffee bevarages so there should be something for everyone to enjoy.  Tiller Baking Company provides our biscotti and cookies and I must tell you the White Chocolate Pecan cookie is fantastic.  Take my word for it. 

It is bound to be a night of fun so we hope to see you here!

Open Mic Poetry Reading

April 30th, 2010

There is a misprint in this week’s Jackson Free Press. Open Mic Poetry Reading is not scheduled for tonight.  This will take place on the last Tuesday of each month.  Please join us for our next reading on May25, at 6:30 pm.

April 21st, 2010


The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace is now selling “Nice Glass by Lizz”.  These beautiful glass pendants  are only $7.00 and would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift! Come by and look at our selection.  We are open Monday-Friday, 7:00 am – 4:00 pm.

HoLgA photography

April 16th, 2010


Upcoming Art Opening at Commons Gallery: A Holgatastic Photographic Expose’

Thursday, April 22 6:30pm

A Holga is basically an inexpensive plastic toy camera. The camera uses medium format film, which is about twice the size of the old 35mm film. As far as cameras go, they are very low tech and primitive. Unlike other film cameras, there is only one shutter speed and one aperture setting. A photographer is really left to the mercy of the camera as to how it will render a particular scene. For new photographers, the camera seems be much less intimidating than other manual cameras. The new photographer does not have to worry with whether they have their camera set up correctly to take a shot.  For seasoned photographers, the camera’s vignetting (extra exposure around the sides of the image resulting from light leaks in camera) and the extra soft focus stir creative juices.

Ridgeland High School photography students will be holding a Holga show called “A Holgatastic Photographic Expose” The show will be held at the Eudora Welty Commons at 6:30, April 22, 2010. Every image shown will have been taken with one of these Holga cameras.

Ashleigh Andrews, Haley Britt, Jordan Walker, Katie Hammond, Meredith Walker, Shelby Barham, Veronika Jager, Quinith Kipchumba Anna Howard, and Savannah Holman are all students expected to have pieces on display. 

Their teacher, Justin Rives, will also have some pieces on display.  Justin Rives has been a photographer for over the past 15 years, starting with a film camera his father bought him. While now he mostly takes portraits and wedding photography with a digital camera, when he is photographing for himself, he chooses film. Ever since he experienced the excitement of developing his own pictures in a darkroom, he has not been able to totally let go of the film medium. He tries to instill this excitement in his students at Ridgeland High School, where they have a fully operating darkroom for the the Photography I and II classes.   

In a world of digital photography, traditional silver based photo endeavors are becoming rare. Please encourage others to come and see these interesting pieces at Commons Gallery.