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"If your travels ever take you to northern Mississippi, be su
re to stay
at Inn On The Square in Ripley..."

Jack Schultz, BoomtownUSA

Accidental InnKeepers
DeSoto Magazine

Karen Ott Mayer (March 27, 2007)

Insomnia can strangely affect the sufferer.  Few insomniacs, however, evolve into an innkeeper as a result of late night, sleepless wanderings. One night a few years ago, Joel Bennett couldn't sleep, so he decided to drive around Ripley.  That's when he discovered the former Ripley Feed & Seed Store. 

Coming Back Home to Invest
Boomtown USA
Jack Schultz

Joel and Donna Bennett (formerly) live in Las Vegas where Joel sells Caterpillar equipment. They return often to Ripley, MS and on one of their visits Joel couldn’t sleep so he drove around the town. When he stopped in front of the old Ripley Feed and Seed Store, it brought back many memories, “I remember coming into this building as a young boy and looking up into the circle in the ceiling and up into the second floor where they stored all of the seed.” 

Small Town Spotlight
Mississippi Magazine
Lucy Schultze (July/August 2007)

Where in Mississippi is ... Ripley? Famous for its long-running flea market, this northeast Mississippi city is touting its downtown, too. Locals point to the recent debut of the Inn on the Square, an elegantly modern downtown hotel featuring three guest suites and a private loft above. Owned and operated by Joel and Donna Bennett, whose personal touches include welcoming guests with a slice of homemade cake. 

Open House
Southern Sentinel
Jane Mathews (November 8, 2006)

Finger Building highlights area businesses' preseason shopping, hospitality The historic Finger Building located on Ripley downtown square, will celebrate its 103rd Christmas this year; and in its new life as a small hotel, will be a part of the area's traditional open house event set for this Sunday 1-4 p.m. The latest resotration in Ripley's Historic downtown area, the now-small hotel is owned by Donna and Joel Bennett who purchased one of downtown's treasures and completely renovated and redesigned the interior of the building.