Friday, June 7, 2013

Janky John: Building a Brand and a Community, One Order at a Time

by Cyrus Webb

Clarksdale, MS native John Smith, Jr known to many as  Janky John is not just operating a business in Jackson, MS. The Wing Station (5038 Parkway Drive * Jackson, MS 39211) is the realization of not just a dream for himself but an example of what is possible. Offering over 20 signature flavors, it has become a place that offers great food, reliable service and a love for the community.

The 34 year old started The Wing Station in 2008 while living in Miami, and when he came back to Mississippi in 2011 he knew it was a business he wanted to continue. The result has been amazing, bringing in not just a diverse clientele but opportunities for the community as well. John also serves as  VP of the Gamma Pi Alumni Assoc. Of Kappa Alpha Psi and has been a sponsor of a youth basketball and football teams in the metro area donating jerseys and meal sponsorships. John has also began the process of empowering other young males with the knowledge of  entrepreneurship an opportunity to franchise The Wing Station and make them apart of the American Dream.

John told me that he sees the success of The Wing Station as a result of his hard work and dedication to the business paying off. "It makes me feel good to see the same customers coming in," he says. "They enjoy their experience with us and tell others about us as well." To show its appreciation  for its customers, The Wing Station runs a lunch special weekdays from 11-2p.m. that includes 6 wings and fries for only $5.00 (add a drink for $1 more). This way it is able to provide something for every one's budget.

Outside of running a business full-time Janky John is hoping to add another title to his name later this year, that of author. He is currently writing a book called A.S.U based on his experiences at Alcorn State University. "In 2000 I had been out of college about a year and began to reflect on my college years," he says. "I realized that what I had learned there was also helping me in building my business savvy aka my hustle. College taught me how to adapt to different perspectives and individuals as well as develop my customer service skills." It is his hope to release the book at the beginning of football season.

Janky John's advice for anyone with a dream? "Make a commitment to invest in yourself. Do what you love, follow your passion and you can't help but succeed."

Stay in touch with The Wing Station at as well as through social media on Facebook at and on Twitter at You can also call 1-888-769-WING (9464).

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