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JACI Event Supply and Rentals marries high fashion and southern hospitality

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Front row (from left) Columbus Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Holcomb, Carole Higgins, daughter Janay Higgins, Joy Green, husband James Green holding daughter Jolana Green. Second row, Zachary Higgins, Cierra Vaughn, Alan Polite, Gladys Polite and Whiteville Mayor Terry Mann.
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JACI Event Supply and Rentals officially opened its doors during a Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Tourism ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday surrounded by a large turnout of community support.

Located downtown at 710 S. Madison St., JACI bills itself as “Eastern North Carolina’s most exuberant service provider in event planning.” They cover a range of events including weddings, church anniversaries, and black-tie affairs. Customers can rent table settings, centerpieces, and other party needs at an affordable price.

Owner Joy Green says she got the idea from God two years ago to open an event planning business after helping a friend with their wedding and is thankful her vision has become a reality. She had to travel out of town for most of her friend’s needs and thought that Columbus County could benefit from having a local rental option.

“So many people tell me they have to go to Wilmington, Fayetteville — sometimes as far as South Carolina — for rental supplies,” Green said. “JACI is not just for Whiteville, but for the county as well.”       

The name “JACI” holds special meaning. Taken from the initials of Green, her daughter, and her business partner Carole Higgins, “JACI” represents the idea of creativity and originality.

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The business also marries high fashion with southern hospitality. Green and Higgins traveled to Paris for Fashion Week, and while the trip was for another business venture, the two were able to incorporate it into JACI; their logo depicts a miniature Eiffel tower. They work closely with customers to ensure their satisfaction.

“They are sweet people. They’ve been wonderful to work with,” said Pam Ward, who used the rental company for a wedding.

JACI is open weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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