Omaha, Nebraska native John Tierre came to Jackson to study and play tennis at Jackson State University in 1995. It was here that he found his home.

“After college, I chose to stay in Jackson because of the people,” he said. “The hospitality, along with the overwhelming support I received from my first small business, showed me that there was no way I could pass up the opportunity to plant my roots in the capital city.”

Tierre settled in Jackson and started his career as an entrepreneur, opening a t-shirt printing business, Block Wear.

In 2006, he opened a barbershop and hair salon while working in the music industry as a promoter and local producer. His success as an entrepreneur-led him to venture into the restaurant industry.

He set his sights on the building that was once Crystal Palace in the historic Farish Street District of downtown Jackson. Now it is home to his successful venture, Johnny T’s Bistro and Blues, which draws visitors from all over the world to the historic district.

“Farish Street is on the horizon and that makes me super excited,” Tierre said.

“The Farish Street area is so rich in history that it’s truly an honor to be a part of its renaissance.”

Tierre is featured in the 2020 Visit Jackson Tour Guide