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on the cover

Photojournalist Bob Williams PHOTOGRAPHED CIRCA 1965





Up Front


97 Broad Avenue Bites

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in the beginning spotlight fine print city journal front and center out and about

An eclectic mix of coffee, cuisine, and cocktails revitalizes a historic Midtown strip.

54 1986: The Way We Wrote

Shelby Foote on the art of nonfiction.

~ by hampton sides

106 the mind’s eye Bob Williams

58 fashion 67

Artesian Artistry great homes A Stylish Collaboration

Capturing the heart and history of Memphis.

~ by richard j. alley

139 travel

The Taste of Louisville!

An interior designer’s impact flourishes in this East Memphis estate.

Famed for its bourbon and horses, Kentucky’s largest city offers plenty of other unique attractions. ~ by lance wiedower

~ by anne cunningham o’neill Memphis (ISSN 1622-820x) is published monthly for $15 per year by Contemporary Media, Inc., 460 Tennessee Street, P.O. Box 1738, Memphis, TN 38101 © 2016. Telephone: 901-521-9000. For subscription info, please call 901-521-9000. Subscription customer service mailing address is Memphis magazine, P.O. Box 1738, Memphis, TN 38101. All rights reserved. • Periodicals Postage Paid at Memphis, TN. Postmasters: send address changes to Memphis, P.O. Box 1738, Memphis, TN 38101.


184 city dining

Tidbits: HM Dessert Lounge;

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plus the city’s most extensive dining listings.

Nadia Price Our trivia expert solves local mysteries of who, what, when, where, why, and why not. ~ by vance lauderdale


192 last stand

182 dining out

Family First

The Adventures of Pickleboy An origin story.

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At Andrew Michael, a flagship restaurant flourishes with fine dining inspired by Southern Italian roots. ~ by pamela denney MARCH 20 16 • MEMPHISMAGA ZINE.COM • 7

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In This Issue

you make our work possible.






Medical • Wellness • Outreach


After 28 years, our mission is unchanged.





MONA ESTHETICS >>> Mona Sappenfield

WATKINS UIBERALL >>> Serving Memphis for 45 years, Watkins Uiberall attributes its success as a full-service public accounting firm to its core philosophy of “exceeding client expectations.” The firm employs more than 70 individuals including an office in Tupelo, Mississippi. Through its qualified and responsive team

Thanks to the

of professionals, the firm continues to grow while maintaining its local identity and client relationships which are the driving force behind its mission as an organization. We look forward to providing the same exceptional service with quality and integrity for years to come.

25 Years in Memphis, Mona Sappenfield is at the forefront of anti-aging aesthetics and is dedicated to offering modern skin and body-care services and home care products in her Laurelwood Shopping Center, Mona Esthetics clinic. The luxury “facial” spa experience is combined with safe, LED, laser, oxygen, microdermabrasion,

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pages 30-53, 72-96, 116-138, 153-177 Profiles of the leading businesses in the area.

you, the Church Health Center will


continue to improve the health of our EXPRESS YOUR HOME

community for

pages 143-152 Your guide to remodeling and redecorating.

Start at the MidSouth Home Expressions Show. — BY SHARA CL ARK —


ave you been daydreaming about a spacious kitchen with more counter space and brand-new appliances? Or maybe an updated bathroom with a rainshower or a walk-in tub? Perhaps you’d like to create an outdoor oasis, complete with a fire pit, patio furniture, or even a pool. These projects are possible and can be made easy with a trip to the MidSouth Home Expressions Show. If you’re considering upgrading or remodeling your current space or even if you’re looking to build a new home from the ground up, this show is a perfect starting point. The long-running event returns this month, bringing with it opportunities for you to meet with the MidSouth’s top home professionals, explore their products and services, and get advice and ideas directly from experts to set you on the right path. Whether remodeling, updating, building, or redecorating, the MidSouth Home Expressions Show has everything you need to express yourself at home — all in one place! The event started at the Fairgrounds in Memphis more than 30 years ago and has been known as the Home Expo, the Memphis Home Builders Show, and the Best of Home Expressions Show at Agricenter International. It’s now the MidSouth Home Expressions Show, and for the second year in a row, the event will be held at Landers Center (4560 Venture Drive) in Southaven, Mississippi, just a short drive from Memphis. The 2016 show runs March 4th through 6th and is presented by the West Tennessee Home Builders Association (WestTNHBA) and the Home

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Builders Association of North Mississippi (HBANMS). Both associations work to unite all segments of the housing industry — builders, manufacturers, service providers, and other services connected to the industry — in their respective areas. WestTNHBA serves 21 counties in West Tennessee, and HBANMS serves DeSoto, Tate, and Tunica counties in North Mississippi. Together, they are bringing the most experienced home professionals in the area to Landers Center to showcase the latest and greatest in products and services and to help you on your journey to making your house a home. The three-day event features exhibitors in the areas of flooring, roofing, windows and doors, heating and cooling, home entertainment, home furnishings, kitchen and bath, stone, appliances, and much more. The thought of setting a home or yard improvement project in motion can be intimidating, but the MidSouth Home Expressions show has everything you need to ready yourself. This is where your journey begins. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (60 and older), and $4 for children (6-14). Admission is free for children under 6. The show runs Friday, March 4th, from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 5th, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 6th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can register to win up to three $25,000 home makeover prizes. For more information about the 2016 MidSouth Home Expressions show, including online registration forms for giveaways and contests, directions and parking info, printable coupons for discounted tickets, and more, visit

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GO RED F OR WOMEN Taking a stand against heart disease through awareness and prevention. Our annual special section encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease. Go Red for Women

celebrates more than ten years of fighting heart disease in women. F

With a passion for everything that makes our

or many years, women throughout the United States were suffering in silence. Heart disease was claiming one in three women, but little was being done to raise awareness of the issue. Then, the American Heart Association took charge.

city so special, our firm is the unrivaled leader

In February 2004, the American Heart Association launched Go Red for Women, a nationwide initiative designed to raise women’s awareness of their risk of heart disease while encouraging them to take charge of their own heart health. Due to the organization’s educational efforts, more than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved, but the fight is far from over.

in commercial real estate services in Memphis. Strategic, forward-thinking and results-driven,


Go Red for Women Luncheon

our professionals are committed to delivering the best of Memphis to our clients and the

During the luncheon, attendees will hear from a local heart disease survivor who will share her personal story. The luncheon will end with the annual survivor fashion show, which is presented by Macy’s Oak Court.

To learn more about how you can support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign in Memphis, e-mail

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emphis will celebrate its annual Go Red for Women luncheon at The Great Hall & Conference Center on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Prior to the luncheon, guests will be able to visit a number of sponsor booths to learn more about women’s health and what it takes to live a heart-healthy lifestyle.

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community we serve.

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The results of a national survey, we present the top-rated physicians in various fields, experts who can take care of you from head to toe.

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n case you haven’t seen, our website ( has an all-new look — designed to look great on any device and make it easier to find great articles from the Memphis staff. The redesign was a long time coming, and we’re quite proud of it. We’ll be able to present more longform web features, and our new site allows us to better showcase the photography that has made Memphis magazine such a visual treat over the last 40 years. The new Memphis site is really a platform to enable us to keep doing the good work you expect from us, and present it to you online in a way that’s just as beautiful as our print edition (and, after all, we still like print). The site is fully responsive — meaning no more separate mobile site — and its sections now feature a blend of print and web-only content, so there’s always something fresh on the home page.


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IN THE BEGINNING | by kenneth neill

Toys in the Attic


MARCH 2016

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s MEMPHIS approaches its actual Fortieth Anniversary next month, the editorial staff has been spending a lot of time rummaging in our figurative attic. We’ve started bringing odds and ends downstairs, reprinting at least one feature from our forty-year archives every month, something we plan to continue doing, well, until we run out of good loot upstairs. This month we found quite an heirloom in demean those who labor hard to write books, the attic, an artifact that, once we dusted it but good nonfiction oftentimes is simply good off, remains quite a jewel. The January 1986 magazine journalism writ large. In the magazine trade, we call these kinds story we’ve brought down into our pages this month (p. 54) is an exclusive interview of stories “long-form journalism,” generally with Shelby Foote, perhaps the most famous stories that take 3,000 or more words to tell. twentieth-century author to call Memphis Given that we all now live in an era of hyhis permanent home. Old-timers here reper-instant information retrieval and delivery, membered that a Shelby Foote interview it’s hard not to wonder about the future for was somewhere “upstairs,” but none of us this kind of writing. However, I don’t really could recall who exactly had have concern for long-form done the interviewing, until journalism at the national levwe looked it up. Imagine our el, or in large urban markets surprise when we discovered like New York or Los Angethat Shelby Foote had been inles. Indeed, this is something terviewed by Hampton Sides, of a golden age for thoughtthen a staff writer for Memphis. ful magazines which tell long The coincidence here is stories, as any subscriber to pretty striking. When this publications like The Atlantic, interview was done, Foote Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker was well into the middle of could tell you. By and large his career, while Sides was these are prospering, in print at the very beginning of his, and on-line, as are large-ciralthough the task that gave culation “national” newspaShelby Foote his greatest pubpers like The New York Times December 1985 lic recognition — serving as and The Washington Post, papers narrator of the PBS series directly derived that are healthy enough to continue investing from his three-volume history, The Civil War in long-form journalism in their pages. — was still four years in his future in 1986. But I do worry about the future of longHampton Sides, on the other hand, was just form journalism out here in “Fly-Over Amergetting started, he too later becoming a naica.” Outside the top ten or twenty media tional success, with titles like Ghost Soldiers, markets, daily newspapers are struggling to Blood and Th under, Hellhound on His Trail, and In adjust to the new media landscape; in that the Kingdom of Ice published in the first two debattle for survival, fewer and fewer publishers cades of this century. Books written by Foote find themselves with the resources to commit and by Sides have probably spent more weeks to significant stories that require length, time, on the New York Times’ nonfiction best-seller and resources. list than those of all other Memphis writers If anything, that has exaggerated the imcombined. portance of city magazines all across AmerIt seems only fitting, then, to include both ica; in many cases, they are the only outlets in this issue of Memphis. Those of us in the that continue doing long-form journalism city-magazine business have always felt a in their markets. This has always been a kinship with nonfiction authors. After all, strength of magazines like ours; I for one am the most significant difference between a impressed by how magazines like Portland superbly written nonfiction book and a suMonthly, St. Louis, and Indianapolis Monthly conperbly written magazine article is the number tinue doing such good work. And while we’re of words generated. The same kind of orgaproud you’re reading us, be sure to take a look nizational skills are required for both tasks; at other city magazines when you travel. I both require the same ability to distill large think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. amounts of what often seems random information into a coherent narrative that informs, Kenneth Neill publisher/editor excites, and entertains the reader. Not to

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the 2016 Inside Memphis Business CEO of the Year Awards were celebrated with a breakfast held in Hardin Hall at Memphis Botanic Garden. Tim Bass of Bass Consulting was emcee, and the guest speaker was Anthony Clark from presenting sponsor Dixon Hughes Goodman. For the fifth-annual awards event, honorees, categorized by number of employees, were Richard Shadyac Jr. of ALSAC, Russ Williams of Archer Malmo, Kevin McEniry of nexAir LLC, and Rolando Toyos of Toyos Clinic. According to IMB, these CEOs are “exemplars in their respective industries and on the stage of local, national, and international business.” 1 Richard Shadyac Jr. 2 Rolando Toyos and Nick Mullins 3 Russ Williams and Bill Vaughan 4 Laurel Williams and Kevin McEniry 5 Jeni Stephens and Tom Shadyac 6 Anthony Clark of sponsor DHG 7 Kathy Perkins and Erica Siddell 8 Andrew Bartolotta, Brenda Gregory, Allison Carson, Anita Price, Cathy Simons, Johnny Pitts 9 Todd Lochner, Tim Bass, and Mike Parker

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SPOTLIGHT | The Dixon Gallery and Gardens’ 40th Anniversary | February 1, 2016 | Photography by Chip Pankey


he Dixon Gallery and Gardens kicked off its 40th anniversary celebration with a free, community-wide event which began with the unveiling outside the Dixon’s entrance of a special honorary street named for founders Hugo and Margaret Dixon. It was a great party with cake and champagne, a performance by Opera Memphis, and many VIP attendees, including Mayors Jim Strickland and Mark Luttrell. Clearly everyone agreed with Dixon Director Kevin Sharp that the Dixon, with its 40 years of excellence, is “a jewel in the heart of Memphis.”








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8 Betty and Hal Padgett, Camilla Wilson, Jim Frommel 9 Patrick Demere and Mayor Jim Strickland 10 Don Gamblin and Mayor Mark Luttrell 11 Jim Rout, Sally Shy and David Lenoir 1 2 Worth and Allen Morgan 1 3 Martha Hess and son Will 14 Marina and John Bogan 1 5 Deborah Dunklin Tipton and Debbie Jacobson 1 6 Barbara Buford and Paula Polite 17 Chantal Drake and Susan Johnson










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Memphis Minded Thomas Mitchell ’18 In just two years at Rhodes, Thomas Mitchell, from Knoxville, has made a big impact on campus and throughout the Memphis community. The political science and educational studies dual major is a Bonner Scholar, student government senator, and the hunger and homelessness coordinator for the Kinney Program, Rhodes’ campus-wide effort to engage all students in service. Off campus, Thomas has interned at the Hospitality Hub, a social services center that provides resources for the homeless, and with the Memphis Teacher Residency, where he was a reading teacher for students in grades K-3. He also tutors Shelby County Jail inmates who are studying for a high school equivalency diploma. “From an early age, I was taught that everyone is important and has a story worth telling,” he explains. “I try to look beyond the surface to discover the best in people, regardless of their circumstances.”

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Parking for the Park We offer seven solutions — some serious, some not — for the Memphis Zoo’s parking dilemma.

by john branston

SHRINK THE GOLF COURSE. PARK ON OUR STREETS. Nobody who’s any good plays on There are lovely streets east of a nine-hole public course with McLean within easy walking distance of the zoo entrance, crummy greens, so what’s one less hole? A nine-hole course is and several more in the tidy Evan abbreviation of the standard 18 holes anyway. The number of golfers per acre of land is tiny compared to the thousands of park users who picnic, stroll, play Ultimate Frisbee, or let their dogs run loose. As an added benefit, these duffers would instantly improve their scores by seven or eight strokes per round. The obvious candidate for repurposing as Greensward Number Two An eighth option might be is Hole Number One to decorate parked cars with next to the clubhouse, beautiful plants and flowers. which would make a nice Starbucks. ergreen Historic District neighBUILD THE GARAGE. borhood west of McLean. Throw Nothing says harmony with Rhodes College into the mix and nature like a four-story parkget them to share their gated ing garage in a forest. The trick parking lot on North Parkway would be to keep it far enough on crowded weekends. What away from free parking on city better way to show off our city’s streets so that zoo patrons would assets to visitors? The residents actually use it. That and finding wouldn’t mind a little congesan alternate use on the 250 or so tion and litter 65 days a year if it days when the garage would not means saving the Greensward. be needed. An architecturally I know I wouldn’t, and I live in sensitive camouflage design and Evergreen, although far enough from the zoo that nobody would a few hundred parking spaces park in front of my house. shouldn’t cost much more than $15 million, which added to the NO FREE TUESDAY. city capital improvements budget, would add only a penny or In a misplaced gesture of comso to the Memphis property tax passion and generosity, the zoo rate. Who could object? has been letting people in free on

Tuesday afternoons some weeks for several years. This has resulted in dreadful traffic jams on North Parkway and other streets, mountains of dirty diapers and litter in neighbors’ yards, and parking a few hundred cars on the greensward. If the freeloaders can’t find $15 for admission, let them stay home. Or perhaps

offer just one or two free days a year, which would make them even more special! And parking problem solved, at least on FullFare Tuesdays. DOGS RULE, DONORS DON’T. The zoo board of directors includes several people who are on it for no other reason than that they gave a few million dollars to build special exhibits or played a part in bringing special attractions like the pandas to Memphis. This is very undemocratic. And the darn pandas, wolves, elk, grizzly bears, apes, and goofy looking birds have brought so many people to the zoo that we now have — you guessed it — a

parking problem. Expanding the board by adding members chosen in a lottery would bring the fancy-pants crowd down a peg. MOVE THE ZOO. There are hundreds if not thousands of vacant acres of land at the old fairgrounds and at Shelby Farms with abundant room for expansion and parking. The next move is so obvious it is a wonder it has not already been done. Simply load up the animals, box up the exhibits, put up some fences and moats and food trucks at the new site, and move the zoo part and parcel to one of those places. Then just ear down what’s left of the old one, plant some trees and grass seed in Overton Park, and you’d quadruple the size of the Greensward. MOVE THE MAINTENANCE. This would be a less radical alternative to all the above. The southeastern corner of Overton Park is used by the city vehicle maintenance department. The city has plans to move this to another site on Lamar Avenue, opening up the possibility of a new parking lot or a garage. The problem is that people would have to walk through the Old Forest with walkers and small children in tow or take a tram with all of its nasty pollution and interference with bicycles, birdwatchers, and runners to get to the zoo. C’mon Granny, speed up! See what I mean? Seven easy solutions. Controversial, perhaps, but nobody’s perfect.



ontrary to popular opinion, the zoo parking problem is not so difficult to solve. There are lots of solutions that would, as the signs say, SAVE THE GREENSWARD. Here are seven of them.

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The Creative Core Memphis can gain momentum by reaching out to its millennials.


uss Williams, CEO of Archer Malmo, has emerged as the most fluent advocate for the downtown core and the creative millennials who can shape its future. It’s a role that surprised many people, but not those who have been paying attention.

After all, in the 15 years he has been at the helm of Archer Malmo, his marketing firm has been the equivalent of the canary in the coal mine as it recruited more and more talent to the downtown core at the same time that so many companies were moving out. Williams’ strategy for “accelerating the downtown office market with a vibrant creative core,” is built on “three underlying economic truths”: 1) millennials will transform our economy, 2) creative millennials are essential to Memphis’ ability to compete, and 3) creative millennials are urban creatures. Customar i ly, ta l k ab out creative talent comes from mayors, researchers, wonks, and economic development officials, and it dates back 13 years to when Memphis led the conversation. Then, Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class, and urban expert Carol Coletta convened the Memphis Manifesto Summit, which in three days produced the priorities for cities competing for creative workers. Unfortunately, the Summit did little to set in motion a serious, comprehensive plan to keep and attract creative workers, but Williams’ businesslike approach gives Memphis the chance to regain momentum. Today, millennials — larger than the Boomer generation — are driving everything in their paths, and in recognition of this fact, Williams says he launched his crusade for a vibrant downtown core populated by creative millennials. His approach is equal parts ur-

Triumph of the City, said, “Regional economic growth is highly correlated with the presence of many small, entrepreneurial employers — not a few big ones. There is much to be said for the strategy of focusing on the quality of life that can attract smart, entrepre-

“We have to build a vibrant creative community in our urban core to compete in the new economy” — Russ Williams

gency and strategy. One, he’s not taking on all of downtown, but the area bounded by Riverside, Madison, Second, and Gayoso. Two, he’s focused on the core, which is often overlooked as bordering neighborhoods get attention. And three, he’s building on the existing strengths of the 350 creative workers in the target area at companies like Sullivan Branding, Red Deluxe, Start Co., Lokion, and Archer Malmo. In a speech several years ago to Leadership Memphis, Edward Glaeser, economist and author of

neurial people. The best economic policy may be to attract smart people and get out of their way.” It is an opinion modestly echoed by Williams — named 2016 CEO of the Year by Inside Memphis Business and recipient this year of the American Advertising Federation’s top award. “We need to empower, encourage, and support creative millennials and get out of the way,” he says. “That’s been a big part of my success at Archer Malmo and it can be the same for Memphis. I’m saying that as a community

and as a city as we try to make the right decisions and place the right bets, we have to put our chips down on this strategy. Memphis has affordability and accessibility, and just the right amount of funkiness and eccentricity. There is already early momentum and the tipping point could be closer than we think.” To move toward that tipping point, Williams calls for moving Josh Horton of Creative Works to the target area to develop a co-working space where entrepreneurs, startups, and small business teams can produce the creative collisions that drive innovative breakthroughs. In Williams’ opinion, it is about “intentionally designing a community to attract creative millennials and the people to do that are creative millennials.” The direct leadership of millennials is crucial, Williams says, because they are often frustrated by the lack of access and support they get in Memphis. “Action removes doubt,” he says. “We’re not economic development officials and real estate developers, but we are ambassadors for the creative community. It’s about the power of action and taking actions that inspire others. We need a dense urban area where creative millennials spill out of their offices into pubs, speakeasies, and public spaces, and where they collide with their peers and bounce ideas off each other. If they are more visible in the urban core, and we have all these exciting young people filling up the core, it will get noticed and build on itself.” More than anything else, it’s about our downtown taking charge of its own destiny. “Do we really have an alternative?” Williams asks. “We have to build a vibrant creative community in our urban core to compete in the new economy.”


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Judge Tim Dwyer with eileen townsend

largest drug court in the state of Tennessee, currently. We have almost 275 people that are participating in our program.


You’ve said the drug court was founded in 1997. In terms of the “war on drugs,” which began in 1980, there has been a big cultural change in terms of how things were thought about between 1980 and 1997, and even 1997 to the present day. Can you talk about the national conversation on how addiction is treated and prosecuted?


udge Tim Dwyer is an approachable man in his early sixties who speaks with an identifiable Memphis accent. A native of Frayser, Judge Dwyer has served as a judge in Shelby County since the mid-eighties, but is best known for his work with the Shelby County Drug Court, which he founded in 1997. The Drug Court was one of the first criminal courts in the country to embrace the rehabilitation, rather than punishment, of drug offenders. Over the course of more than three decades on the bench, Judge Dwyer has seen huge changes in the national and local conversation about drug use. We spoke about his work in Memphis and key issues that face the court today. Memphis magazine: Can you tell me a little bit about the history of Memphis’ drug court?

Judge Dwyer: We are going on our nineteenth year. We started in 1997. In the year 2000 we became a full-time drug court. It started out as a pilot project. I just did my regular docket and then I took about 50

cases that were drug cases — cases where we thought that people had a drug problem — and we worked with them. And we saw that it really was working, so then we made a move to expand it — to make my division a full-time drug court — which means that we can handle a lot more people. We’re the

Well, I think that we are way ahead of the curve. Because we’ve seen what they’re seeing now — that incarceration is not really the answer. So we go back to when we began to place the emphasis on treatment. When I first started, in 1997, there were very few drug courts in the whole country. Now there are thousands of them, because they are so successful. You can take people, even people who are not sympathetic to someone who has a drug problem, and they still buy into the drug court program because it saves the taxpayer a lot of money, because we are taking people out of jail who cost $50 or $60 or $70 a day with no treatment, and we put them into an outpatient program for about $15 a day. So it is a big tax saver. That’s part of it. Of course, our goal is to help people get their life back. That is our mission. How many cases would you see in a week, typically?

Per week, in our court, it is about 175 cases. The way drug court differs from other courts is that, in the old days, if I sentenced someone, I didn’t see them again until they were re-arrested. In drug court, they come back every week to see us, to make sure that they are going to their classes, to their Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, submitting to drug screens and testing negative. We have immediate accountability on that. We work with local programs for our treatment centers. We have two residential components [Serenity on Poplar and the Cocaine and Alcohol Awareness Program on Knight-Arnold] where the offenders actually go out there and live while they are getting their treatment, and then we also have the outpatient component. The majority of them are in the outpatient program. What is your success rate?

About 60 percent of the program participants graduate. Of the graduates, about

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25 percent have been re-arrested and convicted of a crime, post-graduation. We track it out for five years post-graduation. And so from tracking them out five years, our recidivism rate is about 25 percent, where it is normally about 70 percent to 80 percent if someone is sentenced to jail, depending on which statistics you look at. Have you heard criticisms about your court’s rehab-based approach to drug offenses?

Well, we really haven’t run into too many criticisms. Even the county commission — Democrats and Republicans — they feel like we’ve got a proven track record because we’ve been around for so long. When they first came out they said, “Oh, you’re being soft on crime, you’re coddling to the criminal.” But it is tough. Some people just say, “I want out, I want to do my time,” because they have to call three times a day to see if they are going to be drug tested. Because they have to go to AA and NA meetings they have to go to their groups, and that is pretty tough. And it should be tough. Because they have a chance to get a felony charge dismissed and cleared off their record. How did you come to do this work?

I’m proud of the fact that my family is one of the longest-running families in Shelby County politics. There has been a Dwyer in office since the 1950s. And that had to do with the fact that I had two uncles who were judges, and they inspired me. My uncle Buddy was the judge in Criminal Division 8. He was elected in 1982 and he passed away unexpectedly in January of 1984, and the County Commission appointed someone to fill out his term until the next election. I ran against that person and was fortunate enough to win, and so I have been here since 1984. What have you seen in terms of the changes in the landscape of drug use and criminality since 1984?

We’ve seen a lot of different trends, such as when cocaine was so prevalent. And now heroin is becoming so prevalent. Heroin use affects about 35 percent of our clients. Every year we have seen an increase in heroin use. Big time. I’ve seen a lot, and I learned early that putting people in jail was just a revolving door. So that is when I started experimenting with alternative sentencing and then that evolved into the Drug Court as we have it now. 

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Vivaldi Sessions

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra presents compositions by one of the foremost Baroque composers. The Venice-born Vivaldi is known mainly for his instrumental concertos. Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter, Germantown,


Celtic Woman

This all-female Irish musical ensemble performs a repertoire that ranges from traditional Celtic tunes to more modern music. Celtic Woman is just the ticket for the fiddle-and-harmony lover in all of us. The Orpheum, 2013 S. Main,


Memphis Black Restaurant Week

Houston Ballet at GPAC

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he dynamic second company of the acclaimed Houston Ballet visits Memphis with a wide array of dance works, from stunning contemporary pieces from leading choreographers to excerpts from the great classics. Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter, Germantown,



do it

Artists, writers, poets, and choreographers join together to re-interpret “scores” created by an

Crosstown Outside-In

A series of oil paintings by artist Tom Stem depict changes to the Sears Crosstown building since work began to remodel it. 430 N. Cleveland,


Blake Shelton

Fans of this Nashvillebased, multi-awardwinning country songwriter might recognize him from his recent work as a coach on NBC’s The Voice. Shelton is preparing to release his tenth studio record in 2016. FedExForum, 191 Beale Street,

Eight minority-owned restaurants offer special deals during this week. The event is planned to raise awareness of black-owned dining establishments in Memphis. Hometown

All the Way

do it international group of artists, more than 20 years ago. The show is a collaboration between the Art Museum of the University of Memphis and Crosstown Arts.

Participants will present more than two dozen interpretations of the do it instructions. Crosstown Arts Gallery, 422 N. Cleveland,

The winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play, Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way begins in 1963, when an assassin’s bullet has just catapulted Lyndon Baines Johnson into the presidency. A man with a towering ambition and appetite, LBJ finds himself embroiled in passing the Civil Rights Act as he campaigns for re-election, and searches for the recognition he so desperately wants. Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper,

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Spring to Art Camp at Dixon favorites such as creole/ cajun eatery DeJaVu and Scoops Parlor are among the restaurants that will participate. Various locations; more information is available on “Memphis Black Restaurant Week” Facebook page.


Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

This documentary offers insight into the life of art collector Peggy Guggenheim. Guggenheim was an heiress to her family fortune who became a central figure in the modern art movement. While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, now enshrined in her Venetian palazzo. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Avenue,


Annual Spring Book Sale

Germantown’s largest annual used book sale is held in the community room at the Germantown Community Library. More than 10,000 used books are available for as little as 50 cents apiece. There are also specially priced older books, some first editions, and other items. Proceeds from the sale go toward library activities and projects. Germantown Community Library, 1925 Exeter Road,


Diet Cig | Wildhoney | Slingshot Dakota | Expert Alterations

“I’m sick of hearing about your band,” sings Alex Luciano, half of the indie punk two-piece that is Diet Cig. Diet Cig burst onto the scene in 2015 and has made its mark as a band to watch. Baltimore bands Wildhoney and Expert Alterations, along with Pennsylvania-based Slingshot Dakota, round out the evening. Hi-Tone Cafe, 412 N. Cleveland,


Spring to Art Camp

This half-day camp experience for kids provides an opportunity for them to explore art and the gardens through hands-on activities, nature walks, and games. Reservations are required. Dixon Gallery & Gardens, 4339 Park Avenue,


Stylistics & Damien Escobar

Soul-music lovers shouldn’t miss this performance by the Philadelphia-originated Stylistics, one of the leading soul groups of the 1970s. The band will be accompanied by acclaimed violinist Damien Escobar, who has won recognition for his contemporary style. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main Street,

Saturday, April 16 • 6-9pm Memphis Farmers Market

Join us as we celebrate two commonly appreciated southern traditions:

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“I emphasize Mediation and Collaborative Law as the most appropriate methods to settle differences arising out of divorce,” says Sheree Hoffman, a Tennessee Supreme Courtapproved mediator and one of only a few Memphis attorneys specially trained in Collaborative Law. Our attorneys understand that it is in the best interest of our clients and their children to avoid litigation, whenever possible. But with over 30 years’ experience in the courtroom, Ms. Hoffman is capable and effective when litigation is necessary. We negotiate on behalf of our clients to reach equitable agreements without the expense, anger, fear, and time it takes to go through trial. We help our clients stay focused on the best interests of

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The owner of Van Atkins Jewelers, Chuck Cooper was in pre-med at Ole Miss in 1982. He could have been a fine medical doctor, but instead is a doctor of diamonds, fine gems and stone, gold, silver, and platinum. Chuck Cooper is so extraordinarily knowledgeable when it comes to jewelry. His passion of buying estate pieces and refurbishing them to exquisite pieces have made him especially popular with his customers. Van Atkins is located in a beautiful new shop in historic downtown New Albany. Come see an almostoverwhelming and gorgeous selection of antique and estate jewelry. At Van Atkins it is not unusual to find celebrities shopping here as they enjoy the hometown charm. 129 W. Bankhead Street New Albany, MS 38652 662.534.5012


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THE PALLADIO GROUP >>> For Frank and Mindy Roberts, antique collecting is not just a hobby, but an art form. They turned their passion into a fullfledged business that continues to expand in the Cooper-Young District on Central. With the help of their son Frank Jr., and their dedicated staff, Palladio Antiques has, over the years, opened CafĂŠ Palladio along with two showrooms: Palladio Interiors

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MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART >>> Left to right: Emily Neff, Executive Director, Judith Moore, Director, External Affairs, and Kim Williams, Director, Development The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is home to the oldest, largest and only collection of world art in Tennessee and the region. The Brooks turns 100 in May and will celebrate by hosting a year of surprising art exhibitions, compelling programming and fun social events. On May 7th, our Party for the Century, a free, daylong celebration, kicks off our centennial year. Activities will include the opening of Inside Art, a new, permanent family gallery dedicated to teaching visual literacy. Inside Art includes a climbing pod and other installations and activities designed to teach children critical thinking skills. Throughout our centennial year, the Brooks will exhibit captivating works from a diverse selection of groundbreaking contemporary artists. We will also move the museum beyond its walls with a citywide exhibition series called Brooks Outdoors. Visit and follow the centennial on twitter at #brooks100 to learn more about upcoming events.

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FARMS CABINS RANCHES & OUTDOOR PROPERTIES >>> Joey Burch, Arkansas Principal Broker and Pat Burch, Horseshoe Lake Agent For almost 20 years Joey Burch, broker, has traveled the region networking with sellers and potential buyers of real estate. Joey specializes in traditional sales and listings, 1031 tax exchanges, auction services, cabin designs, and agri tours. If you’re in the market for real estate there’s a good chance that Joey has it in inventory! Whether you’re looking for a weekend home on HORSESHOE LAKE, a cotton plantation along the MISSISSIPPI RIVER, a trout fishing cabin near MOUNTAIN VIEW, a ranch on CROWLEY’S RIDGE, or a duck hunting club on the L’ANGUILLE RIVER, Joey can assist you. FEATURED LISTINGS: HORSESHOE LAKE — 2791 Horseshoe Circle,

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CENTRAL BBQ >>> Craig Blondis and Roger Sapp After competing in Memphis in May's World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and many other regional competitions, we made the leap from friends to business partners. The pit at our original location on Central Avenue was fired up in 2002 and has been a success for more than a decade now, thanks to our wonderful and loyal customers. Memphians know great barbecue, and won't settle for less. All our meats are rubbed

with a secret combination of dry spices, marinated for 24 hours, then smoked low and slow over a pit of hickory and pecan woods. Building on a successful recipe, we opened a second location on Summer Avenue in 2006. It's now a destination for banquets, parties, and Memphis Tiger fans young and old. And you can now find us downtown! Stop in before a basketball game for the best barbecue in town.

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Hampton Sides

editor’s note: One can reasonably argue that the two most famous and successful nonfiction writers to come out of this city in the past half-century have been Shelby Foote and Hampton Sides. Foote (1916-2005) achieved national acclaim in the 1960s and 1970s with his three-volume series, The Civil War: A Narrative, a story about the conf lict told so well that readers had an eerie sense that he had actually taken part in it. Two decades later, Foote became a household name after he appeared as the narrator for documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’ legendary 1990 PBS series, The Civil War. Resident in Memphis for virtually his entire adult life and forever protective of his privacy, he often lamented the fact the wildly popular PBS series had made him too much of a celebrity. Even before The Civil War became such a screen success, Foote rarely gave interviews, which is why it was something of a coup for Memphis when he agreed in 1986 to meet at his home with a young magazine staffer named, yes, Hampton Sides. A generation and half younger than Foote, Sides was born in 1962, just one year before the former published the second volume of his Civil War series. After graduating from Yale in 1984, Sides’ first job was with Memphis, where he published “Sad Song From the Hills” in our December 1985 issue, a crime story that still has the distinction of being (at some 20,000 words) the longest story ever published in this magazine. After leaving Memphis, Sides began a long and distinguished journalistic career with publications such as Vanity Fair, Washington’s City Paper, and Outside magazine. His first New York Times best-seller was Ghost Soldiers (2001), followed by other non-fiction classics, including Blood and Thunder (2006), Hellhound on His Trail (2010), and his most recent epic, In the Kingdom of Ice (2014), which traces the misadventures of a polar exploration voyage. But this was all in Hampton Sides’ future when he sat down with Shelby Foote for this interview that appeared in our January 1986 issue.

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helby Foote, 69, is perhaps Memphis’ bestknown writer. He is the author of six novels: Tournament, Follow Me Down, Love in a Dry Season, Shiloh, Jordan County, and September, September. Foote has also written a comprehensive three-volume history of the Civil War which was the product of over twenty years of meticulous research; The Civil War: A Narrative is considered by some critics to be the definitive account of the war. “What I wanted to do was to present the look and feel of the war, not just to summarize battles and movements,” explains Foote. Foote grew up in Greenville, Mississippi. He attended the University of North Carolina for two years, served as a captain of field artillery during World War II, and returned afterwards to the Delta to write fiction. He has lived in Memphis for over thirty years. We spoke with Foote in the study of his East Parkway home, where he has lived with his wife Gwyn since 1966. He is currently working on his seventh novel, which will be called Two Gates to the City.

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SIDES: We understand you’ve spent the last few years doing nothing but reading.

FOOTE: That’s right, but I’m about all read out now. I did that for about three years, and practically wrote nothing. I would spend six months on Dante, then six months on Chaucer, and so on, through all my favorite writers from the past. I read them all, the whole damn gamut. Reading like that is a wonderful thing to do. From the ages of 18 to 23, I read like that, about eight hours a day or more. I just went crazy reading in those days, like a colt in clover. So it was wonderful to get back to some of that great literature.

January 1986

Not many people seem to have the time or inclination to read so much these days.

I said I spent eight hours a day reading during my adolescent years. Well, I now spend about four hours a day watching television. I watch the news for an hour, I watch a movie at night, I watch As the World Turns every day. You can get out of the habit of reading and think it’s a whole lot more trouble. But the excitement you get from reading The Brothers Karamazov for example … there ain’t nothing that can match that still. Or read Shakespeare’s plays and really absorb what he’s saying. That’s an experience you’re not going to get off the television or radio or anywhere. You read Macbeth from start to

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finish, with an appreciation for the irony that’s loaded in every other line of the play, and you see that whole Macbeth universe open up. There’s nothing that’s going to replace that. But God knows, people don’t read anymore.

Do you think the reading you’ve been doing will influence your work now?

I’m not sure anything will influence my work. I’m old and set. And when you develop a style, the better you get at it, the more you’re locked in. Until finally, you can’t move except in your style. I think, “Well, I’m going to write something simple and forthright.” And you can’t do it. You get more and more skillful, but the borders shrink on you.

So you read more for pleasure than for influence?

In my fiction, I had always decided what color a man’s eyes were, what shape his fingernails were, what kind of tie he wore. Those things were always important to me. In the history, it didn’t bother me the least bit to have to look them up, instead of imagining them. So that I wound up with exactly the same approach doing the history that I had when I was doing the novels. With this added dimension: Who’s going to write a novel that’s got characters like Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and U.S. Grant in it?

Real life is richer than fiction at certain times? Infinitely richer.

Still, there must be plenty of academic historians who criticize your whole approach to writing history.

Read for pleasure and — to use a really fancy word on you — for Oh, sure. Professional historians resent the hell out of the absence of footnotes, for instance. And footnotes would have totally shatwisdom. I’m getting wise. But you know, in your early years, literature tered what I was doing. I didn’t want people glancing down at the can be extremely influential on your style. I believe that literature is bottom of the page every other sentence. The professional histoa progressive thing. All of the good writers I know came out of comrians have criticized it, but what they haven’t done is point out any bining things that appealed to them enormously. William Faulkner, errors. I’m not saying there are no errors, but there are damn few, on the simplest terms, is a combination of Sherwood Anderson and fewer than most history books that are just loaded with footnotes. Joseph Conrad. He absorbed what those two men had to give him and he came up with a third thing. Now, it’s a lot more complicated Professional historians resent it and creative writers don’t read it. than that. But basically, he found a way So I’m falling between two stools, you to combine those talents. ----------------see. But that doesn’t bother me. The I once told Faulkner, “I have every reabook makes its own claims. “FR EUD SA ID TH AT son to believe that I’m going to be a betWE WR ITE FOR THR EE ter writer than you ever were … ’cause Has the history done well for you? you had Anderson and Conrad, and I’ve It’s done enormously well, as a matR E ASONS: MONEY, FA ME , got you and Proust, and my writers are ter of fact. I can live on it. And I’ve A ND LOVE OF WOMEN. A ND got backed-up royalties at Random better than your writers.” He laughed about that. House, plenty of them. So I don’t have THER E A IN’ T NO OTHER. I any worries. It’s made a lot of money, THINK THER E’S A LOT OF Can you tell us anything about and continues to.

your new novel?



I don’t ever talk about a book that I’m working on. But it’s called Two Gates to the City. It’s a big Delta novel set in a town that I call Bristol. It’s based on the life that I know, so I don’t have to do any research. The novel’s about down home, and it concerns a family.

How long have you been working on it?

Off and on for a long time. I first conceived it before I started The Civil War, over twenty years ago.

The Civil War was quite a detour for you.

If I had known it was going to take twenty years, I never would have begun it. But I’m glad I did it. I enjoyed the history thoroughly, the whole time. I was never the least bit doubtful about whether this is what I should be doing. But it was not an interruption. I found no difference in writing history and writing a novel. The narrative history is very much like a novel. Nothing pleases me more than when somebody asks me whether I made something up in that history. It pleases me greatly. I didn’t make anything up in it.

But do you think that the discipline of writing narrative history is any different from the discipline of writing fiction?

I really don’t. There are differences, obvious ones. You can’t say Lincoln’s got gray eyes, unless you know that he did. And you do. But if he’s a fictional character, I’ll give him any color eyes I want to. But once I give him those eyes, those are his eyes. A good novelist would be no more be false to a fact dug out of his head — and they are facts — than a good historian would be false to a fact dug out of documents. If you’re not true to your facts, you’ve got a trashy book. You can’t go being false to what you’ve laid down as being a man’s nature. You can’t have someone arbitrarily doing something that he just would not do.

seller list. It stays around.

It’s hardly one of those flashy titles that enjoys one hot summer on the best-

Well, it now sells around 4,500 copies a year. It’s been very consistent. It’s in school libraries, and it’s used in college courses on the Civil War.

I imagine writing a work like that has made you a kind of resident expert on the Civil War.

Something like that. I got all kinds of offers from publishers to do the War of 1812, the American Revolution, and so on. I told them all, “Absolutely no, under no circumstances.” I said, “I’ve got my discharge from that war, and I’m out of it.” You see, I don’t want to be the Civil War expert. The day I finished that book I stopped having anything to do with the Civil War. And I’ve done my best to forget it.

But all the pressures of the mass media must conspire to make you the expert against your will.

They will do it. My God, they will do it. They will grab hold of you and squeeze you like a sponge. I might have ended up on television four hours a day every day of my life. And I’d be a shell after about two weeks of that. I’d be dead. If I had let them, they would have gotten me. There’s money to be made out of me, for one thing.

Hasn’t that been especially true with Southerners? The networks will say, “Let’s get some Southerner to comment on this or that problem.”

Oh, yes. Some Southerner will always pop up to explain how it really is down here. Like the man that I have been seeing who is a specialist on hurricanes down there. He’s on all the networks three times a day. They’ll wear him out like you wear out a tire on a car. Plain wear him out. People will just say, “Oh my God, here he comes again. I already know what he’s going to say.”

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Like Carl Sagan?

Right. He’s ridiculous. I mean, he’s just an absurd man. They wore him out. But the problem is, they hit you where you’re very vulnerable, in your pocketbook and in your desire for fame. It’s a lovely thing to be known in every household in America. You shouldn’t feel that way, but you do. Freud said that we write for three reasons: money, fame, and love of women. And there ain’t no other. That’s it. He said, “Don’t talk to me about talent. That’s foolishness.” I think there’s a lot of truth in that.

You write for fame yourself?

Sure. I would never deny that. I don’t think any other writer would either. You want to say, “Kilroy is here.”

Ever have the urge to write a best-seller?

Urge? I’ve been practically convinced that everything I write was going to be a best-seller. But I’ve never been on any best-seller list anywhere, except in France, where Follow Me Down did pretty well. I don’t think you can deliberately sit down to write one unless you are a best-seller writer to begin with.

Someone like Erich Segal in Love Story?

Yes. I didn’t mean it can’t be done by a bad writer. It’s hard to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, but it’s even harder the other way around. It’s a difficult thing to try to dope the market and anticipate a need.

In your last novel, September, September, you set the action against the backdrop of the Little Rock desegregation crisis of 1957. Why did you choose to focus on that historic episode?

It fit into the novel as a kind of demonstration of something that has been true throughout most of the South during the period of racial unrest. Somebody said once, “If you want turmoil and real bad trouble, all you have to do is let good people relax a little bit.” In Little Rock — as in other places in the South — what the good people did was turn their backs and let the trash take over. They said, “Let them handle it, let the Ku Kluxers and the White Supremacists take over.” I’m not claiming that “the good people” were integrationists. They certainly were not. But they were not rabid segregationists. They weren’t about to get out and fulminate against it. It would have been bad manners for one thing. So they just stood back and let the riffraff take over.

In September, September, you pay close attention to historical details. You weave in old headlines from The Commercial Appeal, old tv sitcoms from the Fifties, reports on Eisenhower and Sputnik. What role do you think historical accuracy should play in fiction?

I believe you owe two things: The place and the time should be accurate, absolutely accurate. And there’s no excuse for not making them so. The information is all there. But having said that, I do not think that the worth of any novel is simply in its historical accuracy. That alone won’t make a great novel. You might as well write history. Still, I would disagree with anyone who thinks that history has no place in the novel. When I was writing September, September, I kept a map of the city of Memphis 1957 on my desk at all times, so that if someone went somewhere in a car, I made them go to the right place. I think you owe that accuracy to the book. I always think that a historical error detracts badly from a book. Not just because it’s anachronistic, but because it’s wrong. But many of the great novelists have sidestepped that issue of time and place by creating their own little worlds. Faulkner, for instance. Faulkner was funny about that. He would not stop for an instant to look anything up. Accuracy that is achieved by research, he had no interest in. But he did try hard as hell to get into the frame of mind of those people at that time. Absalom, Absalom! is a lot better picture of what the Deep South was like around the Civil War than Gone With the Wind, which came out the same year. A lot more accurate. But not with regard to names and dates.

Names and dates are especially important to the journalist. Have you ever done any journalism?

I worked for the Associated Press in New York for about six months. I worked on the central desk there, and I really enjoyed it. But I knew not to stay there in much the same way that I knew not to stay in school. Now, journalism has a certain value. Names and dates, like you say. And learning how to meet a deadline is very valuable. Even if you don’t meet them, you’re at least conscious of them, and you know how to work under pressure. And that’s good. And you learn to purify your style, if you’ve got a good editor. Hemingway learned an awful lot working on The Kansas City Star. It taught him how to write. It’s good experience. But if you stay with it too long, you have a journalist approach to life, which is too flashy for the use of a novel.

You were raised in Greenville, Mississippi, a place that seems to have produced a disproportionate number of good writers and journalists. What was it like to grow up in a place like that?

Most people’s boyhood seems rather ideal to them, I suppose, even if it was spent on the Lower East Side of New York. They’ll say, “The richness of that experience … why, I wouldn’t swap it for anything else in the world!” Well, I feel the same way about Greenville. When I grew up there, the population was between 15,000 and 20,000. We had two high schools, one for black and one for white. But in that one white high school I attended, all the white boys and girls between the ages of 14 and 18 were together for six hours a day. So that when you grew up, you had been to school with everybody in that town. It was a particularly rich thing, because one of your best friends might have been the son of a banker; another of your best friends might have been the son of a janitor. So Greenville was a perfect place to spend those years, because I knew every person and even every dog in town. It was a wonderful, wonderful way to know all classes of society.

Hodding Carter, Walker Percy, David Cohn, Ellen Douglas, yourself — why so many writers from Greenville?

There was something conducive going on. It was not a literary society. There was no passing of manuscripts or anything like that. But there was a thing, and the number one thing was the presence of William Alexander Percy [author Walker Percy’s uncle]. Will Percy was a writer and a cultured man. One such man in a small town is enough to kick off a lot of reaction.

Did you attend college?

Eventually, for two years. I had been editor of the high-school paper in Greenville, and I spent most of my editorship attacking the principal of the school. It came time for me to go off to school, and I made the application to [the University of North Carolina at] Chapel Hill. They wrote my high school for my record, and the principal went to the trouble of writing a letter saying, “By no means allow this dreadful person in your school.” So I got back a letter from them saying, “We are sorry to inform you that you have not been accepted into the University of North Carolina.” So I got in the car and went up to Chapel Hill on the matriculation date and got in line. I got up to the table there, and they looked in the file and said, “We told you not to come.” And I said, “I know you did, but I couldn’t believe you meant it.” So they said, “All right, since you’re here …”

Did you know by then that you wanted to write fiction?

I guess I did. I certainly never had any notion of doing anything else. As for how I was going to make a living, I was perfectly willing to weigh cotton in gins or work as a carpenter’s assistant or anything that came along. Just as long as it didn’t interfere with my work. And that’s the reason that I never wanted to teach. I think it draws on some of the same resources. contin u ed on page 18 0 M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 57

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Our fashion couple loves downtown living and has great style. She sports the striped trend and he is showing off some color. On Brandy: navy jumpsuit by Parker, $330; striped blazer by Rag & Bone, $575; both from Oak Hall. Tiger-head leather belt by Gucci, $590; shoes by See by Chloe, $335; both from Joseph in Laurelwood. Estate gold and diamond earrings by Bulgari (pictured throughout), $2300, from A. Shaw Antiques & Interiors in Chickasaw Oaks Plaza. Peach quartz necklace by Brave Design, $185, from Spruce. Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses, $185, Sunglasses Hut Macy’s Oak Court. On Spencer: Sports coat with detachable vest by Hugo Boss, $795; denim by AG, $178; both from Baer’s Den in Laurelwood. Lavender t-shirt by Left Coast Tees, $65, from James Davis in Laurelwood. Sunglasses by Shwood Eyewear, $235; watch by AARK, $188; shoes by Clae, $100; all from Stock & Belle on South Main.


pring is about to bloom and this truly is the season when our fair city shines. The most exciting time of year in Memphis is just a few calendar pages away and the quest for a fantastic downtown location becomes top priority. Our fashion story takes place at Memphis’ most chic new address — The Artesian Metropolitan Residences. The rooftop offers commanding views of what everyone loves the most and the interiors are clean and sophisticated, bringing a brand of downtown living that is just as awe-inspiring. It’s urbane living in an urban setting and The Artesian is perfect for both the fashion in stores right now and the good times that are sure to come.

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The Artesian has every amenity one can think of — even an impossibly chic meeting room for gold and rhinestone Gucci shoes. Stripes make this mod dress perfect for the working woman. The shoes add personality and command attention. Dress by Nellie Partow, $1295; shoes by Gucci, $995; both from Joseph in Laurelwood. Bulgari earrings worn throughout from A. Shaw Antiques & Interiors in Chickasaw Oaks Plaza.

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menswear details Rich colors, dapper menswear details, and fashion for fashion’s sake are all in this ensemble. Pinstripe button-down, $680; turtleneck scarf sweater, $790; both by Rosetta Getty. Denim skirt by 3x1, $222; purse by m2malletier, $1165; all from 20Twelve on Broad Avenue. Shoes by Steve Madden, $120; from Macy’s Oak Court.


The Library at The Artesian is cozy but airy and just secluded enough to take in a special read while throwing some color into your wardrobe. Pale blue jacket by Hickey Freeman, $1295; dress shirt by Ike Behar, $89.50; pants by Coppley, $325; silk pocket square by Ferragamo, $85; all from James Davis in Laurelwood.

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The view from this condo is all about luxe living with tasteful design reflected indoors and out. On Spencer: Shirt by Billy Reid, $165; lavender tie by Dominique, $115; green denim by AG, $185; all from Oak Hall. Glasses and boots belong to Spencer. On Brandy: sky-blue silk top by BCBG, $158; white long vest by Blaque Label, $150; white flared jeans by AG, $178; all from Baer’s Den in Laurelwood. Coral and horn necklace by Brave Design, $185, from Spruce. Bulgari earrings from A. Shaw Antiques & Interiors in Chickasaw Oaks Plaza. See by Chloe shoes from Joseph in Laurelwood.

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thank you Woodard Studios Nicole Forsythe, model AMAX Talent Lucy Hadskey, hair stylist from Secret Services Salon Emily Van Epps, make-up artist from Gia Marina Susie Reuter, digital artist


An open lobby is anything but common with a cleverly designed sunken lounge and fire pit for cozy conversations. Spencer is wearing some very special pants made in Cleveland, TN, by Hardwick and more from this line will soon be available at Oak Hall. On Spencer: seersucker pants by Hardwick, around $145, Oak Hall. Shirt by Billy Reid, $95, from Oak Hall. Vest by Marmot, $120, from James Davis in Laurelwood. Shoes by Clae, $100; watch by AARK, $120; both from Stock & Belle on South Main. On Brandy: Supersoft chambray denim button down by Level 99, $126; gold lame pleated Grecian skirt by Silvian Heach, $160; both from Stock & Belle on South Main. Sterling earrings by Margaret Ellis, $595, from Joseph in Laurelwood. Estate sterling and gold wash double wrap cuff with onyx by Rubenstein, $795, from A. Shaw Antiques & Interiors in Chickasaw Oaks Plaza. Ring, Brandy’s.

leather Leather or the look of leather is everywhere and black is the new black. So, black leather is kind of a big deal right now and this dress is pretty unstoppable. Isabel Marant leather dress, $305; shoes by Aquazurra, $715; sterling and brass earrings by Margaret Ellis, $310; brass and sterling ball necklace, $515; snakeskin clutch by Carlos Falchi, $850. Everything from Joseph in Laurelwood.


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There’s an art to carving a steak. The way it’s trimmed affects not only the appearance, but the flavor as well. It’s a skill we take so seriously, we employ our own master carver. He’s on site every day, monitoring each steak as it ages for 21 days, then carefully preparing each one. What can our knife-wielding artisan create for you?

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The dining room is a perfect pairing of darker antique furniture and family silver matched with lighter wood chairs and neutral-colored walls, upholstery, and drapes — the magic is in the mix.

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eaders may well recognize this distinguished home as one of the lovely old estates lining Walnut Grove just east of Goodlett. The current owners bought this two-and-a-half-acre property with its pool, tennis court, and guest house in 2013. The interior needed some refreshing and personalizing, and it was decided to start the process with the downstairs living room, dining room, sunroom/reading room, and study. Luckily for them, the homeowners were pointed in the direction of talented local designer Leslie Cetingok by their good friend, Julia O’Keefe, whose historic home was featured in the pages of this magazine several years ago.

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Cetingok was hired, and it was the beginning of a wonderful relationship and a true meeting of the minds between client and interior designer which has resulted in the beautiful rooms on these pages. Cetingok is the owner and creative director of Designart, a company specializing in interiors and art. She provides design services ranging from new construction materials specification to furniture and art acquisition. A native of Huntsville, Alabama, she worked for Columbia University in New York City, and while there met her husband, Alper, who is from Memphis. Mindful that her Turkish married name might be a bit daunting for some, Cetingok told me she decided to call her company simply Designart. She is a woman of many talents, and it so happens she is having a showing of her own artworks at Palladio on April 14th. You may want to mark that date on your calendars. Cetingok’s modern, minimalist style is distinguished by clean palettes, simple lines, openness, and always “a bit of luxe.” On the other hand, the lady of the house is originally from Louisiana, and her great taste tended towards traditional classic furnishings and decor characteristic of her hometown. As a result there was a bit of yin-yang going on at first, which in decorating terms can be described as the traditional versus the transitional look. As an example, Cetingok likes “negative space,” which is the open area around objects in a room, a look that initially to her client’s mind felt a bit “sparse.” But

above: A satin accent wall paired with shapely sofas and mirrored tables from Worlds Away add up to the most sophisticated sunroom/reading room imaginable. below: Leslie Cetingok, the owner and creative director of Designart.

as you see, it all came together splendidly with Cetingok achieving a perfect blending of a minimalist aesthetic with family antiques and more classical tastes. And as an added bonus, over the many months of working together on the home’s interior, client and designer had great (and productive!) fun while shopping together throughout the South. For example Leslie had to try her best to keep their mission “on task” as they pounded the steamy pavements of one city's antique district. “We found some exceptional items for the project and had a ball to boot,” says Cetingok Cetingok also says that when she was on her own shopping for pieces at the best prices, she and her client would be phoning back and forth, reminiscent of the nail-biting auction house bidding between auctioneers and absentee buyers. Cetingok also researched and bought wonderful furnishings and accessories on, a website which bills itself as a place to find “some of the most beautiful things on earth.” Believe me, it is; check it out and you will be amazed! Cetingok’s vision for the home entailed updating the interior walls by using more current and neutral colors — soothing, creamy whites and grays, such as Benjamin Moore’s Classic Grey and Stonington Grey, as well as soft blues. The result is a calming, serene environment especially when contrasted with the original downstairs yellow walls. Also you see in these beautiful rooms pairs of matching tables, mirrors, stools, and chairs, which taken together create an overall stunning

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left: A corner close-up of the living room. below: The luminous living room is the perfect example of Cetingok’s luxe style with its soothing neutral color palette, exquisite fabrics, and overall sparkle.

effect of symmetry, balance and harmony. Cetingok saw the need to create more sources of lighting in the house, including the use of beautiful chandeliers. The word that kept coming to my mind to describe the finished look that has been achieved is “luminous.” Mirrors, mirrored surfaces, metallic, and gilt finishes add to the rooms’ sparkle as do the use of light, champagne-colored woods. The overall effect is dazzling and amounts to what Cetingok calls the home’s “icing,” achieved by lighting, paint, and interior styling. As we photographed the beautiful downstairs rooms, I was in awe of the exquisite fabrics that Cetingok had chosen for new upholstery and pillows to give texture to the surroundings. One accent wall in the sunroom/reading room is even upholstered in satin which provides a subtle sheen and sophistication. As you might imagine the homeowners were a bit hesitant to embrace this somewhat “daring”

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decorative idea, but now the couple really enjoys relaxing in this room, which also features two fabulous grey couches and French doors opening to the outside. The piano in the living room was purchased from the previous owners of the house and gives a nice bit of continuity and history to the home. It is in fact one of the few dark pieces in the otherwise light living room aside from the pop of black in the painting over the fireplace. This living room with its pale and peaceful color palette and the light streaming in reminds the homeowners in some respects of a beach — always their happy place. The lady of the house has moved a number of times in her life and declares this is definitely her last home. For one thing, she is a realtor and knows a beautiful place when she sees one. Based on the wondrous interiors that have already been created with Cetingok’s help, as well as plans for future enhancement, I think we can take her at her word. The home is “a little boy’s dream,” and you can imagine how much the family’s young sons love this property. They have a basketball hoop in the front driveway and a special little retreat out back which they call their fort. Happy children, happy mother and father — it looks like this family is here to stay! 

above: Paired identical mirrors, tables, and vases placed between the living and dining rooms give the downstairs design a calm sense of symmetry and harmony. right: A delightful detail of the sunroom/reading room as a sunbeam hits the upholstered satin wall.

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LAW OFFICE OF STEPHEN R. LEFFLER, P.C. >>> Stephen R. Leffler If you're facing a serious legal situation, you need an experienced trial attorney. Stephen Leffler leverages 32 years of successful practice devoted to aggressively protecting his clients. Leffler handles a full range of federal and state criminal charges and appeals. His civil practice has secured multi-million dollar judgments in

cases that involve automobile and premises injuries, wrongful death, and traumatic injuries. Leffler offers experienced, insightful counsel and remains personally involved with the details of the case from start to finish. The firm offers 24-hour assistance through investigator and litigation consultant Timothy Norris.

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PEDDLER BIKE SHOP >>> First established in 1971, the Peddler sold Hal Mabray a Gitane road bike in 1973. He became employed by the Peddler in 1986 and bought the company in 1990. After supporting many different brands over the years, the Peddler has become the largest

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Need a divorce? Consider yourself fortunate if you can hire the Rices. Their credentials show that they represent more than simply their three generations of family law experience. The ABA publishes the Rices’ Complete Guide to Divorce Practice. Fellow lawyers designated Larry as a Super Lawyer and Nick as a Super Lawyer Rising Star. NAFLA awarded Larry with its National Top Ten Ranking, while the AIOFLA placed Nick in the Tennessee Top Ten Under Forty in granting the Client Satisfaction Award. Avvo. com rates both with its highest ranking possible. Their divorce guide can be found at SPECIAL PROMOTION

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Locally established in 2007, BrownDog Lodge is the premier destination for the pampered pup, offering luxury boarding, grooming, and daycare, complete with shuttle service! Whether your dog needs a play day, spa day, or an overnight vacation of its own, your furry family member will enjoy the finest

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With over 78 years of combined hospitality and culinary experience, our management team invites you to experience Bleu Restaurant & Lounge. We serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily as well as Sunday Brunch. Bleu’s menu is both healthy, with a focus on Superfoods for a better you, and indulgent with social plates perfect for sharing, steaks, seafood, and pasta with

nuances of Asian, California, Creole, and Italian cuisine. Bleu’s Lounge features daily beverage specials from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., handcrafted cocktails with fresh botanicals and house-made syrups, a wide array of liquors, wine, bottled and draft beer as well as an inviting atmosphere. We encourage you to drop in out of the BLEU.

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THE BAILEY LAW FIRM >>> Olen M. "Mac" Bailey, Jr. We are all getting older. Father Time marches past birthdays, reunions, anniversaries and holidays, setting or re-setting the clock each time. As we age, our concerns and needs change. As an Elder Law Attorney, Mac assists clients with legal issues affecting older Americans in such areas as estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, long-term care planning, Medicaid eligibility, and probate.

A member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys since 1996, Mac has been recognized as a Super Lawyer, a Five Star Professional, and one of the Mid-South’s "Top 40 Under 40." Proving that education is not reserved only for the young, Mac recently earned his Master of Laws in Elder Law. Learn more about Mac and Elder Law at


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GROUP BENEFITS LLC >>> Tim Finnell, President and Founder

A Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist with 30 years of expertise, Tim Finnell and the team at Group Benefits LLC can customize employee benefits solutions to help your business succeed. Providing healthcare coverage is increasingly complex. From ever-changing regulations and reporting requirements to changes in benefits offerings, the details can overwhelm

businesses and detract from their focus. Let us guide you in choosing solutions that will reduce cost and streamline your processes with innovative benefits administration systems. With national resources and the buying power of one of the world’s largest brokers, we will help you make informed, cost-effective decisions that enable your company to thrive.

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THE CRONE LAW FIRM, PLC >>> Attorney Alan Crone, Founder There may be two sides to every dispute, but there are an endless number of angles. For business people who find themselves in the middle of an uncomfortable employment disagreement, having attorney Alan Crone on their side could prove to be the best hiring decision that person will ever make. His areas of expertise include business formation and litigation; human resources compliance, wrongful termination, shareholder/partner disputes, overtime, wage and hour disputes; intellectual property, noncompetes, trademarks, trade secrets and more. Alan helps his clients find solutions to complex legal challenges that go beyond just winning a lawsuit. 88 Union Avenue, 14th Floor Memphis, TN 38103 901.737.7740 SPECIAL PROMOTION

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HORNE AND WELLS, PLLC >>> Left to right: Carlissa Shaw, Murray B. Wells, Arthur E. Horne III, and Aaron A. Neglia Justice for all? Whether it’s forcing chemical companies to clean up contamination in homes and yards in north Memphis, obtaining a not-guilty verdict for a battered woman charged with 1st degree murder, or protecting the rights of those discriminated against for any reason, Horne and Wells have proven their dedication to the fight.

No challenge is too big or small for these relentless attorneys who have historically stood up for the little guy, and the notion that everyone deserves the same brand of justice. If you have been injured, discriminated against or find yourself in trouble, call the trial attorneys that remember why they are here.

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BARTLETT PERFORMING ARTS & CONFERENCE CENTER >>> Jason Sykes, director of BPACC (seated in center), with members of our TheatreKids program as they show us the many sides of theatre. The Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center is dedicated to connecting the arts and our community and is proud of the partnerships we continue to form with our youth programs. Our commitment makes the stage come alive throughout the year with our children’s theatre program (grades K-12), TheatreKids (grades 7-12) and summer drama camps (ages 8-16). Highlighted are participants in the performance of “An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” running March 17-20, 2016,



directed by Rebecca Sherrod (seated front, far right). The Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center is operated under the direction of the City of Bartlett, A. Keith McDonald, Mayor, and is one of the region’s most intimate performance venues and an ideal place for corporate meetings, luncheons and civic gatherings. As Bartlett’s leading cultural arts facility we have earned our legacy for offering world-class guest artists, while also making our facilities accessible to local performers.

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ACI ENVIRONMENTAL ASSOCIATES, INC. >>> George A. Parks, President and George R. Payne, Jr., RA, Vice President For more than 28 years, ACI has provided its clients a full range of professional environmental consulting services including asbestos, lead-based paint and mold surveys and abatement design solutions; regulatory compliance assistance; and all phases of environmental property assessments from the

initial Phase I ESA through site remediation. Previous projects include the Bass Pro / Pyramid Redevelopment, FedExForum Site Selection, West Tennessee Area Mega Site, Liberty Bowl Stadium improvements, 157 Poplar Avenue Building Renovation and Seismic Modernization — VA Hospital Memphis.

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Kathryn A. Sneed DMD, MBA understands passion. As a wife, a mother of three, and an owner of a dental practice, it is obvious she is passionate about serving the needs of others. She is the founder and CEO of Sneed Dental Arts, located in Collierville. Dr. Sneed and her team of dental professionals provide gentle and compassionate care in a warm friendly environment. Dr. Kathryn Sneed is dedicated to staying at the top of her field, and has completed advanced training in dental implants, sedation, orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, and family and general dentistry. She is considered the “best of the best� with facial esthetics utilizing Botox and fillers. With over 4,000 Facebook likes, Kathryn A. Sneed DMD, MBA is known by her colleagues and her patients as a leader, both in the dental office and beyond. When not in the office, she can be found teaching exercise classes at Lifetime Fitness or teaching Bible Study at Central Church. Dr. Kathryn Sneed is a woman empowered, empowered by touching the lives of all those she comes into contact with. Come visit Sneed Dental Arts, and enjoy an experience unlike any other. 1122 Poplar View Lane N. Collierville, TN 38017 901.853.2575 SPECIAL PROMOTION

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Toyos Clinic provides the latest technology for eyecare: Custom Cataract Surgery, WaveLight LASIK Surgery, and IPL for Dry Eye Disease, to name a few. All doctors are board-certified and teach other doctors on various medical and surgical eyecare. Toyos Clinic has won awards for ground-breaking research, as well as Inc magazine's Fastest Growing Companies award and the Top 50 Best Workplaces award. MEMPHIS / GERMANTOWN 1365 S. Germantown Rd., Germantown, TN 38138 | 901.683.7255 SOUTHAVEN 391 Southcrest Cr., Ste. 104, Southaven, MS 38671 | 662.349.0320 FRANKLIN 600A Frazier Dr., Ste. #110, Franklin, TN 37067 | 615.764.1999 NASHVILLE 2204 Crestmoor Rd., Nashville, TN 37215 | 615.327.4015 Tristar Skyline Med Center, 3441 Dickerson Pike, Ste. #140, Nashville, TN 37207 | | SPECIAL PROMOTION

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PREMIER FABRICS GERMANTOWN >>> Eight years and going strong, family-owned Premier Fabrics of Germantown has moved to a new location. Manager Nell Weant says, “We want people to know we offer our own unique fabrics, which are printed in Mississippi, as well as other upholstery and linen fabrics.” Can’t sew? We can do it for you! The custom services offered include upholstered headboards, chairs, ottomans, pillows, drapery panels and much more. #supportlocal and the Premier Fabrics team. You will be happy you did! 7694 Poplar Avenue, Germantown, TN 38139 | 901.758.0090 | Like us on Facebook Premier Fabrics Germantown SPECIAL PROMOTION

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FAITH AND THE ARTS HARDING ACADEMY >>> Eddy Efaw, Fine Arts Division Leader and Director of Institute for Faith and the Arts In 2013, Eddy Efaw, fine arts division leader at Harding Academy, envisioned bringing to campus faith-filled artists who use their gifts to reveal God’s truth, and the Institute for Faith and the Arts was born. To date, IFA has brought 15 artists to campus, including recording artist Jason Gray, Broadway actors Stephen and Juliet Trafton, and DisneyHyperion-published writer Amber McRee Turner.

Efaw seeks out Christian artists who move beyond the contemporary Christian label. As he explains, “We want gifted painters and talented writers to understand that they don’t have to paint crosses or write religious books to be Christian artists. Students need to see that they can explore all areas of life through their art and glorify God in the process of creation.”

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SHELBY REESE LEE III >>> Shelby Reese Lee III is real, no nonsense and quite a talented fellow. His writing is colorful, admirable and to the point. Lee captures readers in an amazing way. His awardwinning book, All Points North, is a wideranging and ambitious collection of 14 short stories. It offers a remarkable and moving psychological journey into a complicated interior world. Mystifying untold and private stories of one's neighbors and families come to life. What were experiences in the

past Lee — with his extraordinary memory and attention to detail — puts on paper brilliantly and vividly. No wonder why Lee not finding his passion in his late 40s gives him more writing ammo than baggage in a 747. Shelby Reese Lee III considers himself a survivor. He is inspired by the literature of William Faulkner. He enjoys sailing, golden retrievers, and the opera. To obtain copies of All Points North, contact your local book store or Abbott Press. | SPECIAL PROMOTION

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LISA MALLORY INTERIOR DESIGN AND LINENS >>> Lisa Mallory Interior Design and Linens doubled its space in May 2015. The airy location on Poplar Avenue is filled with a diverse mix of antiques, furniture, upholstery, lighting, linens and other intriguing objects. A full-service interior-design studio is also located in the shop. Helping clients maintain their individuality, the Lisa Mallory look is refined yet livable and always comfortable. 3080 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111 | 901.452.5575 | SPECIAL PROMOTION

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FRIED CHICKEN JACK PIRTLE'S CHICKEN >>> Cordell and Tawanda Pirtle

2014 Memphis Distinguished Restaurateur of the Year. Since 1957, Jack Pirtle's Chicken has been serving the “Best Fried Chicken, Homemade Gravy, and Delicious Old Fashion Steak Sandwiches in the Mid South Market.” Founders Jack and Orva Pirtle turned the operation over to their only child, Cordell Pirtle, in 1979. At that time Cordell had been the manager of their Jack Pirtle Highland Store for 17 years. Today, Cordell and his wife, Tawanda, together with devoted team employees, enjoy the business of making people

happy by serving them great southern food at a reasonable price. Over the years, the Pirtles have loved sharing laughs, stories, and great food, with their customers. Jack Pirtle’s has eight Memphis Locations and is proud to say “Business is GREAT in MEMPHIS.” The Pirtles are very thankful for growing sales year after year and are also very proud to call Memphis home. The owners of Jack Pirtle’s believe in treating customers with loving care. Being active and giving back to community is one of the major keys to success.

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HOLLOWAY FURS >>> Jim and Casey Holloway Holloway Furs, located at 404 Perkins Extended, was established in 1992 by Master Furrier Jim Holloway after eight years of apprenticeship with four different Master Furriers. We specialize in custom-made garments, fur coat enlargements, reductions, and remodeling. All types of repairs, monograms and appraisals. Cold storage and cleaning/glazing are also offered by Holloway Furs. We have a newly remodeled cold storage

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edited by pamela denney | photography by justin fox burks road Avenue, built as the main street of Binghampton in the late 1800s, has seen its share of ups and downs since its annexation in 1919 by the city of Memphis. A longtime retail district, the street’s colorful history reflects the commercial needs of many generations: street cars, saloons, and butchers; grocers, upholsterers, and candy shops; manufacturers and industrial loading docks. With economies both weak and strong, the neighborhood plugged along until the 1960s, when a proposed freeway and the subsequent movement to save Overton Park isolated Broad Avenue from its residential neighbors, leading to a decline that lasted several decades. Fortunately, through benign neglect, many of the street’s original buildings held firm until their rediscovery by artists and entrepreneurs looking for affordable space to live and work. “Underneath the grime, we saw the street’s potential, and we felt a connection with the people who were starting to move in,” recalls Michael Wayt, who in 2006 established a landscaping business with his wife Melinda at Bingham and Broad. “But even I rolled my eyes when I first heard the idea of turning Broad Avenue into an arts district.” What a difference a decade can make. Today, the Historic Broad Avenue Arts Alliance has 72 members, and more than 5,000 people attend Friday night art walks twice a year to explore Broad’s restaurants and shops. “We needed restaurants; that was the missing part. We needed activity at night,” says Paul West, who with his wife Missy renovated the old Binghampton post office a decade ago for their business called West Memorials. As the president of the street’s arts alliance, West expects continued growth for the district from a

dedicated bike lane on Broad connecting Overton Park to the existing Greenline. “The development of the neighborhood has happened fast, and I’ve been amazed by people’s ideas every step of the way,” West says. “We hung our hat on art early on, and that continues to drive us, whether it’s a coffee shop that sells crafts or the cakes that come out of Muddy’s.” Curious ourselves about the businesses springi n g up a lo n g Broad, we decided to eat and drink our way down the street from Hollywood to Tillman. We found many surprises: beer at a bicycle garage; chicken and dumpling soup at a bakery; layer cakes at a pizza joint; and half-a-dozen empty storefronts waiting — we hope — for occupants who like art, food, and cocktails as much as we do. — pa mel a denney


Kearney Brothers Saloon, shown here in the early 1900s, is now The Cove.

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PERSONIFIES BROAD AVENUE’S CREATIVE SPIRIT. by michael robinson he kitchen is the heartbeat of the home, a place where we mix things together and see what happens, where we take pieces of ourselves, or bits of our culture, and share them with those around us. For the historic Broad Avenue Arts District, the Water Tower Pavilion is that kind of place. “We wanted to have an outdoor artis-

tic space that anybody in the community can come and use,” says David Brown, former president of the Historic Broad Avenue Arts Alliance and owner of Splash Creative, an advertising agency located in the neighborhood. Since its May 2014 opening, the new pavilion has hosted numerous community festivals and become an affordable rental venue for local creative types. Situated between two large warehouses,

the urban setting boasts ample room for large-scale functions, such as “Dance on Broad,” an inaugural six-part series that kicked off the pavilion’s unveiling. Neighborhood restaurants and food trucks also utilize the pavilion’s side service entrance to set up shop in the venue’s sunken courtyard for family-friendly Art Walks featuring live music accompanied by Memphis cuisine and an array of art. Annual food festivals are emerging as well, such as the Southern Salsa Festival held in Octobeber and September’s BreakFest, a celebration of all things breakfast food. The sold-out event featured food competitions in categories ranging from “Best Breakfast Sandwich” to “Make It with Bacon.” Not only do the large industrial loading docks make an ideal gathering place for events, but the Water Tower Pavilion’s unique identity sets it apart from other venues around the country. It is probably the only property in the nation that operates as an active truck-loading dock during the week and converts to an art and entertainment space on the weekend, providing the neighborhood with a space to do what it does best: create. Broad Avenue has been a long-

time hub for artists and creative types, including painters, sculptors, chefs, and entrepreneurs. Today, the denizens of the neighborhood still boast a colorful palette of personalities and passions. The creative team behind the Water Tower Pavilion wanted to reflect that mix. Murals by world-renowned French artist Guillaume Alby and local artist Tom Clifton adorn the sides of the adjacent warehouse buildings that encapsulate the plaza. The most recent artistic addition to the pavilion is the mural on the water tower itself, designed by Tylur French of Youngblood Studios, and more new projects are under way. Designs for the next phase of the pavilion feature a 38-foot-long “pocket park,” an urban green space featuring trees, seating, and a new sculpture. Taking their queue from the rest of the neighborhood, MATA’s new station located at Broad and Hollywood is actually a sculptural piece of art that doubles as a bus stop. Brown is excited about the district’s future and says “it’s all been grassroots” thus far. “No one came in from the outside and said, ‘Here’s $100,000. Turn this into a really interesting art district,’” he says. “We did it ourselves.”

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Are there any cultures that influence your food? I guess my food is truly American. I want the food to speak for itself. I don’t try to go in one direction as far as influences. I’ve always liked the ingredients in Latin food and then a little bit of Asian. Do you have a favorite item on the menu at Bounty? It is probably the trout. I love trout. I love to fish for trout. I fly-fish every chance I get. What is in your fridge right now? Besides beer? Food-wise, there’s a lot of yogurts and juices. A lot of drinks. I eat at work at least once a day. I went to the store and spent something like $200, but it was gone in a day. We try to eat vegetarian, but I did cook some chicken at home that night.

Chef Jackson Kramer

So you do cook at home? If I have all day and nothing to do, I’ll go to the grocery store and buy things. I work 10-plus hours a day so we like to go out to some restaurants at night. My wife [Carrie Kramer] is the general manager, so we are here a lot. You’re hungry after a hard day’s work. What are you going to eat? Nachos. Definitely a beer and nachos. Sometimes I eat them at Bounty. We were making breakfast nachos for a time. Even at home, they are so simple, and even better when you use good ingredients. 2519 BROAD AVE. (901-410-8131)


by joshua tucker t the corner of Broad Avenue and North Merlot Street sits Bounty on Broad, a restaurant that is helping to bring new life to an area rich in midtown history. Popular with Memphis magazine readers, who named Bounty 2015’s “Best New Restaurant,” the place is packed most every night. Much of the credit for Bounty’s success rests with chef/owner Jackson Kramer, who took time to sit down with us and talk about cooking, restaurants, and the trout tattoo on his left arm. Memphis: Is there a specific philosophy you use in the kitchen? Jackson Kramer: My personal philosophy on food is use real fresh food. I want to use as many local products as possible. I don’t like to use any of what we like to call commodities, or big farm meats. A lot of my background comes from the chefs I’ve worked for. I was out in Portland, Oregon, and Ashwood, North Carolina, using local farm goods. Memphis didn’t really have any restaurants doing that until recently.

What are the main differences between working under a chef to now being the executive chef? I think it’s learning. Times are changing when it comes to how young cooks look at chefs, or how they look at the progression to move through in this business. It’s slow going because you have to absorb the information. Instead, they want to go straight to the grill because it pays more than, let’s say, salad. But they are both equally important. People want their steak and their salad to taste good. I might even say salad and desert are more important because it’s the first and last thing that someone eats. Learning the appreciation of the food is important. Do you have any advice for a young chef? A steady progression is required. You can’t jump right in and do too much. Also understand that you have to struggle for a little bit. Work hard and get to a [good] place. A lot of time you need to have a break. Someone leaves and then you move up. Also, try to work hard every day.

The apple-green door of Bounty on Broad is 100 years old.

THE ZUNIGAS REBRAND THREE ANGELS DINER AS MAXIMO’S ON BROAD. by pamela denney emphis native Amy Zuniga always dreamed of owning her own bar. But when Bari’s Rebecca and Jason Severs decided to sell Three Angels Diner, a second restaurant they opened in 2010, that decision became a fortuitous opportunity for Amy, who is Rebecca’s sister, and her new husband, Cancun-trained chef Julio Zuniga. In October, the couple rebranded the restaurant as Maximo’s on Broad, and while the cozy interior of the restaurant is much the same, the menu is new, offering international flavors in tapas, entrees, and bar eats for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.

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Tell me about your cooking background, Julio. I don’t think I’ve ever met a native of Cancun. Julio: Cancun is very international, and people come from everywhere, so you have all kinds of food: molecular, Mayan, Italian, Indian. I started working at big five-star resorts in Cancun, and then I cooked for a cruise line for a couple of years and traveled everywhere, and then I came to Tunica to work at a casino. While waiting for this restaurant, I worked at Erling Jensen for a couple of months. He is an amazing chef. Your menu seems to be a synthesis of many different kinds of cooking. Julio: Yes, that’s true. I like fusion food. I try to bring something from everywhere I have worked, and end up with something new, but without losing the sense of what I start with. I like to change things. Like my pesto is not the same pesto like everywhere. I use pecans, not pine nuts. Well, that’s very Southern. What else do you put in it? Julio: Basil, of course, but I also add onions. Pesto needs a little onion. So a good example of your style might be the excellent salmon Wellington I ate here the other night. It was a throwback to the 1960s. Julio: Yes! First, I made beef Wellington on New Year’s Eve, then I thought, how can I make it different? So I thought salmon. I like to break the rules and make something real crazy. Do you have favorite dishes on the menu? Amy: I love the ravioli [stuffed with goat cheese and basil in roasted red pepper sauce topped with crispy prosciutto].

Julio: And the avocado fries [fried avocado wedges with cilantro chimichurri and chipotle coulis]. What separates your restaurant from other restaurants in Memphis? Julio [laughing]: I’m the difference. I’m here. I cook everything different from people I know in terms of technique and flavor and seasoning. Who comes up with the cocktails? Amy: They are all my recipes. Do you have a favorite? Amy: It’s probably the New Broad. It’s a champagne margarita with fresh lime juice. And I love The Rebel. It is rye whiskey, muddled basil, peach liqueur, and peach puree, and it is so good. I see a bottle on the bar called Big Gin. I’ve never heard of it. Amy: It’s a small batch gin from Seattle. I’ve been turning a lot of people on to it. It was two guys who were just making gin in their bathtub to drink themselves, and then they really turned it into something. How do you feel about the neighborhood? Amy: The neighborhood has changed for the better. It was really neat at Christmastime. People were out strolling and shopping and getting coffee and eating. It was like being part of one big happy family. I liked the feeling of that. And finally, what does Maximo mean? Julio: Some people are confused because they think Maximo is Italian, but it is Spanish. It means the best. 2617 BROAD AVE. (901-452-1111)

Julio and Amy Zuniga

Kellan and Davin Bartosch


by eric bourgeois n a once-forgotten neighborhood in the geographic center of Memphis, Wiseacre Brewing Co. is turning its unassuming Broad Avenue location into a destination, thanks in part to brothers Davin and Kellan Bartosch. Born and raised in Memphis, the brothers were groomed for the entrepreneurial route. Their father, who’d climbed the corporate ladder, wanted to spare his sons the frustrations he had faced. “Our dad always encouraged us to find our own paths, and we did,” Kellan says. For the next decade, these paths would take the Bartosch brothers far from home. Kellan, the younger of the two, worked in sales and marketing with the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. before he became only the second Las Vegan to earn the status of Certified Cicerone, the equivalent of a wine sommelier. Meanwhile, Davin studied in Chicago and Munich before graduating as salutatorian from the World Brewing Academy. He became a distinguished brewmaster at Chicago’s Rock Bottom Brewery, and earned a plethora of awards at various festivals for his brewing collaborations. But for all the Bartoschs’ success, the Bluff City was still calling them. “The city had started to take off and there wasn’t much of a beer scene,” recalls Davin. “The Grizzlies were doing great, and people were

getting very excited about Memphis.” With an obscure dream, the two returned home, moved back in with their parents, and poured their entire savings into the brewery. They settled on an abandoned bakery-turned-convenience store adjacent to the train tracks on Broad Avenue, a block or two away from the likes of Broadway Pizza and The Cove, longstanding neighborhood establishments that have weathered the neighborhood’s ebb and flow. Wiseacre grew quickly. Since tapping its first keg in September 2013, the brewery has expanded distribution to over 150 bars and restaurants throughout Tennessee and North Mississippi, and looks to expand further in 2016. Wiseacre was the first Memphis brewery with a taproom and the first in Tennessee to can its own beer, while its Tiny Bomb pilsner was named one of “The 101 Best Beers in America” by Men’s Journal. “We certainly have intentions and confidence to be one of the best breweries in the country,” Kellan says. The younger Bartosch doesn’t like to think of Wiseacre as “over-important” in the Memphis beer scene, but recurring taproom conversations make them confident about the future. “When people tell us they came to Memphis to check out Wiseacre, and then ask what else they should do while they’re in town, it’s a cool feeling,” Kellan says. 2763 BROAD AVE. (901-888-7000)

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Hadoken at the Rec Room

Bartender Adam Petrovsky learned to make a Bloody Mary years ago from a regular customer everyone called Hippie. “He told me the secret was a splash of draft beer,” Petrovsky says. “I still make it that way to this day.” Along with a splash of Wiseacre Tiny Bomb, Petrovsky’s Bloody Mary combines organic tomato juice, dill seasoning, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, and Jane’s Krazy Mixed-Up Salt, a salt and herb seasoning popular for more than 40 years. Petrovsky also serves his Bloody Mary neat — not over ice — so there is no chance of it getting watered down. One of almost 50 specialty cocktails served at The Cove, the drink is a delicious partner for a dozen Chesapeake Bay oysters, especially when you find yourself sitting at The Cove’s ship bar rescued from Anderton’s Restaurant. — sa r a h a r r ison 2559 BROAD AVE. (901-7 30-07 19) Hippie Bloody Mary at The Cove.

ON BROAD? AT BIKESMITH, GRAB A LOCALLY BREWED BEER WHILE YOU WAIT. The Bikesmith, a mobile bike repair truck you might have seen driving around Memphis, has found a permanent garage in the Historica Broad Avenue Arts District. Even better, riders can grab a cold beer while they wait on services ranging from tune-ups and wheel replacements to building bikes from scratch. “I’ve worked on unicycles and tricycles. Any brand of bike and any type of bike, we’ll work on it,” says owner Jim Steffen. Steffen opened the shop as an extension of his repair truck in hopes of getting more Memphians to ride bikes. He decided to sell bottled and canned beer from Wiseacre and Ghost River, two of the city’s five local breweries, because beers and bikes go handin-hand. “People get done with a long bike ride, and they want to relax and chat about the ride over a cold beer,” Steffen says. — k ita en jones

AT THE REC ROOM, ARCADE GAME ICONS GET A SPIRITED MAKEOVER. Feeling over-stimulated by the Rec Room’s 20-foot screens and a little confused about what to drink? Then head to the bar and make an attack with Hadoken, the Street Fighter’s iconic blue fireball reinvented with alcohol. “It’s one-third vodka, one-third sake, and one-third Curacao,” explains manager Dana Doggrell. “Our goal is to light it on fire, but we don’t know if the fire department will let us do it.” Honored with a digitized color mural behind the Rec Room bar, the Hadoken is one of several cocktails themed toward gaming, a recent addition to the venue’s rotating selection of local draft beers. The Mario-rita, a cherry-flavored margarita with Grenadine, Maraschino cherries, and a dash of Sprite on top, is another barcade favorite. “People say, ‘Give me something sweet,’ so I make them a Mario-rita,” Doggrell says. “It’s not fancy, but they love it.” — pa mel a denney

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Bikesmith owner Jim Steffan clinks a beer with mechanic David Evans.

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Agoud Nebk carries a tray of fresh cupcakes at Muddy’s Kitchen.

INTELLIGENTSIA COFFEE WITH ARTISAN CRAFTS. by callie compton ity & State, tucked away on the corner of Broad Avenue and Collins Street, is one of the few places in the neighborhood that is open in the mornings. In fact, it is the only place on Broad Avenue to grab a bite to eat before 11 a.m. Owned by Lisa Toro and her husband, Luis Toro, the hybrid coffee shop opened for business about a year ago. Lisa Toro says the opening was timed just right. “We got in on the street as it is still gaining momentum, and we want to be part of its longer-term growth,” she explains. City & State serves coffee and tea, but it also carries a wide array of carefully selected artisan goods from around the


by christine cabrera of them. A batch of 250 Prozac cupcakes he Prozac, a rich chocolate for the Sanderlin location is one of 29 cupcake topped with chocoflavors made at this time. late buttercream icing, is one All of Muddy’s baked goods made of Muddy’s best sellers. But during the midnight shift are prepared where does the Prozac come with fresh ingredients, including freefrom? How is it made? And how does a range eggs and organic milk. The bakery, bakery turning out some 2,300 cupcakes named one of the best bakeries in every day — plus cakes, cookies, and pies America by Travel+Leisure, does not use — keep it all straight? preservatives. To find out, I toured the Muddy’s While the overnight crew works on kitchen and distribution warehouse on baked goods, the 8 a.m. bakers focus Broad Avenue, meeting Bridget Carratt, on pre-orders, which are usually 6- or the production manager at Muddy’s 8-inch cakes and cupcakes in kitchen, at 8 a.m. sharp. two sizes. They bake cakes When I walk into the in 30 different flavors, kitchen, I feel like I and I am particularly am discovering a charmed by one of scaled-down version Muddy’s newest of Santa’s workshop. additions, the Unicorn Beautiful exposed red cake. The luscious brick walls boast white vanilla cake baked with accent features, and confetti sprinkles, iced gnome stickers decorate Kat Gordon with cream cheese cherry an enormous refrigerator. icing, and topped with gold Bakers and decorators work sparkles and a popping purple border at their designated stations, deeply looks like a party on a plate. focused, or scurry to their next task. Tom Like all the cakes at Muddy’s, the Petty favorites play from the speakers. Unicorn’s decoration happens in carefully As I tour the facility, Carratt gives me staged steps. First, cake decorators, or a breakdown of what happens at the cake finishers in Muddy’s lingo, get their Muddy’s kitchen. The first shift starts at orders for the day from a team leader. midnight, mixing and baking the cookNext, they count all of the cake layers ies, cakes, cupcakes, pies, and fillings, (remember the cakes are baked at night) and than icing the cupcakes — all 2,300

and make sure the layers meet Muddy’s standards. Then, they sandwich the layers together with the appropriate icing and let them sit a bit. While the layers rest, finishers go back to their earlier orders and finish the cakes with borders and personalized inscriptions. Throughout the day, the team at Muddy’s also delivers baked goods to two retail locations with a custom-built truck. “We have a truck that is outfitted with sleeves that fit our boxes perfectly,” Carrett says. “Our runs start with the Grind House because they open first, and we keep moving throughout the day.” The delivery driver typically starts at 6 a.m. and finishes around 2. Baked goods fill specific trays that are color-coded to match their destination: yellow trays are heading for the Grind House in Midtown; blue for Muddy’s Bake Shop in East Memphis. While the quality of Muddy’s offerings certainly depends on the skill of the bakery’s staff, owner Kat Gordon says something more ethereal also builds the brand: the staff’s passion for creativity and excellence. “These folks are incredible in their ability to do physically demanding work with an immense amount of joy, enthusiasm, and genuine care for the person who will ultimately enjoy the treats we prepare,” says Gordon.

Lisa Toro

country, ranging from bags and spices made in Memphis to hand-made soaps from Seattle. The coffee shop’s name references the eclectic retail approach. “We buy from all over,” Toro says. “I have leather providers from Indiana to San Diego.” More specifically, the store features between 40 and 50 brands and artisans at any given time, including familiar gifts such as T-shirts and bags, along with more unique items like cross-stitching patterns and tourism guides for different cities. Despite the broad range of retail goods, most customers initially come to City & State for its coffee, made with the lauded

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Intelligentsia brand from Chicago and served in a variety of pourovers and espresso drinks. The shop also serves perfectly steeped teas (try white peony) and sandwiches and baked goods from Porcellino’s on Brookhaven Circle. “Most people seem surprised when they find the retail store on their first visit,” Toro says. “Our original concept was all retail, but when we found this building, we wanted to make it a gathering space, and coffee just became a part of that idea.” Toro and her head barista, DJ Skipps, develop the shop’s coffee drinks based on what they like and what they think customers will enjoy. They use all organic ingredients. “We don’t copy anything, and we always try to throw in something surprising that people haven’t tasted,” Skipps says. For instance, the Smokey Salted Caramel Latte is made with organic whole milk and tastes a little smokey with notes of caramel. The drink’s hint of salt comes from smoked sea salt made locally. The bar’s deconstructed pumpkin latte combines pumpkin puree with special spices. But for both Skipps and Toro, coffee isn’t just about taste; it’s about bringing people together. “Coffee breeds conversation,” Toro says. “It’s all about the ritual of coffee. We also thought it was a way to bring more people out to Broad, since not much is open in the mornings.” 2625 BROAD AVE. (901-249-2406)

City & State sells assorted artisan crafts.

The sun sets along Broad Avenue

unique to Memphis.” Open since last summer, Relevant Roasters serves a menu of drips, cold brews, pour-overs, and espresso drinks. Coffee beans are imported from around the world, including Central and South America, Africa, and Indonesia. Lewis’ staff roasts the beans in-house, and packages single-origin coffees and blends. While traditional roasters use fire, Relevant Roasters prefers a convection method. “We are the only roasters in this region to use a Loring roaster,” says former roaster Micaela Watts. “We think the Loring gives an easy roast and a well-rounded taste.” Temperature matters, too. For a lighter taste, beans roast for about 12 to 13 minutes at a temperature in the

Jimmy Lewis


A NEW WAVE OF COFFEE TASTE AND APPRECIATION. by connor m ckenzie he best part of waking up doesn’t have to be Folger’s, thanks to Relevant Roasters, the first third-wave coffee shop in Memphis. An extension of the company’s coffee roastery on Tillman, the coffee shop focuses on the culinary appreciation of coffee, a nutshell description of the third-wave coffee manifesto. “Our role is to enlighten people of the potential of coffee and to try to change some of the wild misconceptions, like coffee never goes bad,” says owner Jimmy Lewis, who opened the first natural foods supermarket in Memphis more than three decades ago. “Coffee gets stale, which is why we put the date our beans are roasted on every bag.” Education and transparency

distinguish Relevant Roasters from corporate coffee shops like Starbucks. In fact, this business is so intent on coffee appreciation that customers can watch the roasting operation through a large picture window. “A Starbucks store will see in 20 minutes the number of customers I see in my coffee shop in seven hours, “ Lewis says. “And that’s okay, because the essence of coffee for us has nothing to do with speed and consistency. We want to explore the idiosyncratic qualities of coffee instead.” Relevant Roaster’s Brendan Larkin agrees. “We try to strip away syrups and get back to the coffee,” says Larkin, who handles logistical duties at the company. “Our market appeal is being locally roasted,” he says. “That is something

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low 400 degrees. For a darker roast, the Loring cranks up to about 450 degrees for a maximum of 16 minutes. Watts recommends that customers try the lighter roasts first for a more full-flavored experience. Jess Ajoc has been a barista at Relevant Roasters since September and says she likes sharing her knowledge and love of coffee with others. “I get to enlighten people,” she says. “People do not always know what they want.” (Pamela Denney contributed to this story.) 584 TILLMAN STREE T, SUITE 1 (901-458-5599)

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Mary Hughes and Adrian Ishee

WHEN ORDERING PIZZA AT BROADWAY, DON’T FORGET THE STRAWBERRY CAKE. by pamela denney ocal billboards may advertise “Broadway’s Legendary Pizza,” but the restaurant’s scrumptious layer cakes and the charming couple who bake them are shaping a far different culinary legacy. Together, 26-year-old Adrian Ishee and his girlfriend Mary Hughes turn out

40 to 50 cakes a week for the Broad Avenue store, in business since 1977. During holidays, their baking can double for the dozen or so flavors ranging from strawberry (the most popular) to lemon (Ishee’s favorite) to eggnog, an impromptu invention by Hughes that she likes the best. Ishee started baking cakes as a

youngster with his grandmother, the late Lana Cox, as a way to raise money for the grandchildren’s sports. “We sold them for a dollar a slice,” he says. Hughes got pulled into the kitchen more recently by circumstance. She liked to cook, but baking, not so much. “I didn’t have any training,” she recalls. “It was just, ‘There’s no baker now, so get back there and bake a cake.’ I couldn’t say no, because I have to live with him.” These days, both Hughes and Ishee are inveterate experimenters who toss around cake stories (the oversized Pokemon cake, the turtle cake that burned) with such easy rapport that I can’t help but ask, “So is cake the secret to a good relationship?” “Oh no, it’s pigs,” Hughes responds, pulling out her cell to show off seven new piglets born to a “very spoiled” mama pig named Maple Bacon Donut. “We made a Maple Bacon Donut cake after her, but it didn’t sell so well. We are always trying something new.” For instance, in February, the bakers offered heart-shaped cakes at Broadway with a riot of red and pink buttercream roses and voluptuous 9-inch layer cakes, tall, moist, and fluffy thanks to expertise, a little Crisco, and a lot of love. “We started off with a simple box cake wiping some icing on it with a butter knife,” Ishee says. “Now we are doing fondant and all sorts of fancy stuff I didn’t even know was possible. My grandmother would be so happy if she was still around.”


by pamela denney ppreciating a slice of cheesecake from Carol’s Cheesecakes & More is easy, but categorizing its style of baking takes a little more finesse. At first sight, cheesecake lovers will describe the cake with no topping as classic New York. But take a taste, and the luscious texture (ah, sour cream!) heads straight for Chicago.

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Developed 10 years ago by owner Carol Minneci, the recipe is a hybrid, the result of her determination to find a no-bath cheesecake recipe with a creamy texture. “I messed with 10 or 12 recipes until I finally pieced one together from all of them,” she says. A week or two later, Carol made a second cake with Baileys Irish Cream and pulled her husband, Andrew Minneci, into the kitchen. “Her recipe was awe-

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A bike lane down Broad Avenue connects with the neighborhood’s Greenline.

One of three dozen cheesecake flavors available from Carol’s.

some,” Andrew recalls. “So I ran with it and came up with all the different flavors.” For the next six or seven years, the couple kept baking, turning out cakes for gifts, church bazaars, and special orders. Their business grew by word of mouth, as did the menu, directed by customer requests. “Someone would say, ‘Hey, can you make a Neapolitan cheesecake?’” Andrew explains. “So I would go home and make one, using chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla just like the ice cream.” A truck driver for 30 years, Andrew was anxious to come home and stay put, so a fulltime cheesecake business eventually made sense. The couple opened their bakery just north of Broad Avenue on Hollywood Street in October 2014, growing their cheesecake menu to three dozen different flavors and adding rum balls, graham cracker brittle, and housemade soups when the weather is cold. Distribution also grew with placement in local stores, including Miss Cordelia’s on Mud Island, High Point Grocery in East Memphis, and Isabella’s Pizza in Bartlett. “We don’t sell toppings, we sell cheesecake,” Carol says, pointing out a popular flavor called cinnamon roll and a pretty pastel slice of lemonberry. “If it’s good, you don’t need to dress it up.” 482 N. HOLLY WOOD ST. (901-323-2217)

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by richard j. alley

Bob Williams Capturing the Heart and History of Memphis


n his small office at his home in Kirby Pines Retirement Community, Bob Williams, 91, is surrounded at every turn by photos, most of which were taken by him. A photojournalist for The Commercial Appeal for 33 years, Williams retired in 1982 as the newspaper’s first photo editor. He’ll point out award-winning photos, sentimental favorites, and name off his children and grandchildren, his favorite models over the years. But there is something else in his work — his time as a photojournalist represents, not just an impressive, single-minded career the likes of which are rarely seen these days, but because of the nature of his work, it is a time capsule of Memphis history.


ABOUT THIS SERIES: Memphis has played muse over the years to artists across the spectrum, from the music of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Al Green, and the collective at Stax Records, to the prose of Peter Taylor, Shelby Foote, and John Grisham. But what about visually? The look of Memphis has been described equally as gritty, dirty, active, eerie, beautiful, and captivating. In this series, titled “The Mind’s Eye,” Memphis magazine will be taking a closer look at some of this city’s most prominent photographers, a few homegrown, many transplanted, but all drawn in by that grittiness, that activity, that beauty. Is there something special about the look of Memphis? We’ll ask each and, along the way, learn what makes these photographers tick, what got them started on their professional paths, and what it is that keeps them looking around every corner and down every alley. We’ll turn the camera on the cameramen, as it were, capturing their portraits and seeing what develops. At the same time, we will be showcasing each photographer’s own remarkable work. Hopefully, that will speak for itself. — Richard J. Alley

left: June 1, 1971 — Students at Bruce Elementary School, reports in hand, leave school for summer vacation. A decade earlier, on October 3, 1961, the “Memphis 13” — 13 African-American first-graders — were enrolled in all-white Bruce, Gordon, Rozelle, and Springdale elementary schools.

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“My life had been sort of a shambles up until the point I went to work for the paper, and I made up my mind right then that this is what I’m going to do for the rest of my life, and I’m going to tackle it with all of the vigor I have and make something of myself.”

above: While covering a department store fire in Marion, Arkansas, Williams was knocked backwards but managed to click the shutter button the moment an explosion rocked the scene.

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Williams’ interests and reputation lay in feature photographs. Examples of the photographer’s keen eye for composition and storytelling can be seen in these two opposing and conflicting pictures.

His original fascination Williams was in a liaiwith photography came son outfit that traveled overseas to Casablanca as a child and through a scoutmaster who taught and Oran in North Africa, a young Williams how to up to the island of Corsidevelop film. “You just ca, and to Italy, shooting can’t imagine, here you photos for historical and are with a negative, and military purposes. Once then you take it and you the war in Europe ended, make a contact print the his group was given imsame size as the negative, mediate orders to go to Okinawa in the Pacific, or you can put it in an enand he turned 21 while larger and blow it up,” he at sea. After the second says. “It was just magical and it grabbed my interest.” A Kodak Brownie box camera belonging atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, the ship he was on, the S.S. to his mother was his first camera. It’s among many vintage cameras Sea Owl, was ordered to change course and return to Boston. “We were Williams still owns. the first troopship to land in the States after the war was over,” he says. He learned more about the craft as an apprentice to a photographer He was in the service for three years before he returned to Memphis who rented space from his mother in a commercial building she owned and, he says, “I had so much photography under my belt, it would have in downtown Amite City, Louisiana, where the family lived. been ridiculous to change professions.” An incident as a teenager would cement his He was hired at 24 years old by editor Frank faith in God and strengthen his ability to live in Ahlgren of The Commercial Appeal in 1948 to replace “Anybody can take a camera the moment, a useful trait for any good photoga photographer who had gone to work for the first and go to the scene of a wreck television station in town. rapher. As a tornado destroyed his home, the 17year-old was miles away in Hammond, Louisiana, “My life had been sort of a shambles up until and get a couple of crumpled having hitchhiked there with friends looking for the point I went to work for the paper,” he says, cars . . . but feature pictures adventure. His mother and two brothers were in “and I made up my mind right then that this is the house, but were miraculously spared. “I was what I’m going to do for the rest of my life, and appeal to everybody.” I’m going to tackle it with all of the vigor I have protected because of doing something I’d never and make something of myself.” done before in my life,” he says. “I left home without anybody knowIt was a different time, to be sure. The daily paper of record was a ing. When I did get home, [I found] a pecan tree had fallen across my living, breathing machine, churning out features and spot news the bed, and that’s where I would have been; I would’ve been gone. My whole family was saved.” way the former automobile plant it operated in had churned out Fords. As a result of that destruction, Williams and his family moved to There were four photographers on staff covering a city that extended east only as far as Highland Avenue. The darkroom facilities, he says, Memphis in 1941, where his background in photography led him to were abysmal. He was told by Ahlgren that the newspaper business shooting portraits at Reynolds Studio in the Deluxe Arcade on Madwasn’t a well-paying industry, and to compensate he should feel free ison Avenue at Second Street. His only formal training would come to use the facilities and materials for any outside, freelance work, as during his time in the service with the Air Force photography school well as to sell prints he’d made for the newspaper. at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver. M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 109

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right: To get this shot of birds’ nests in a Millington traffic signal, Williams noticed that the adult birds would fly away every time he got near, but not when a truck or car would pass beneath. He stopped a truck and convinced the driver to allow him to climb on top. As the truck and Williams passed slowly below the light, he made the picture.

opposite: A good photographer must always have his equipment at the ready and live in the moment. Sometimes the photograph tells its own story. That was the case when Williams passed by these contradictory street signs while on the prowl for the human interest, feature photos that would become his signature.

“The harder you worked, interest, feature pictures. the more money you’d “Anybody can take a cammake,” he says. “They era and go to the scene of a wreck and get a couple didn’t realize how much; of crumpled cars in a picthey gave me a license to steal.” ture, or go to a fire and His newspaper photoget a picture of the smoke graphs acted as advertisecoming out,” he says. “But ments, eliciting calls from feature pictures appeal to organizations and individeverybody.” uals needing quality phoAnd nobody showtos, from marketing and cased human interest imadvertising agencies to ages better at that time family portraits. He took than Life magazine. “They that money made from his [Life] did everything so freelance work and began well, had so many good buying up real estate, at photographers they paid one point owning 14 rental great salaries to,” he says, homes and apartments around town. adding that the heralded publication once came knocking on his door. Photography has been an important element in Williams’ life. Not “They offered me a job for $50,000 a year when I wasn’t making but just for the career it’s given him, but for the life and family. As a proabout $6,000 or $8,000 a year, and it was a great temptation, but I’d started my family by then, and I couldn’t afford to make the move. It fessional photographer, Williams was once asked by a photography student to critique his work. Williams did, begrudgingly, and was was a great temptation and the dream of every photographer, but I mesmerized by a small photo of a young woman the man had taken. had to turn it down.” The image stayed with him and the next day when Yet he would soon see his images in those pages. Long before there was Flickr or Instagram or his boss mentioned a dogwood tree in full bloom “First thing you do when on Belvedere in Midtown that would make a good you arrive at the scene is any other photo sharing, social media networks, photo for the paper, Williams went on the hunt to Williams took a daily photograph of his son for a find this young woman to model in front of the tree. make a picture because you year beginning when the boy, born at St. Joseph He tracked her down, she agreed, and they got the don’t know when you’re Hospital, was only four minutes old. These days, picture. He asked her out to dinner while they await“365 photos” projects are ubiquitous among noved the 9 p.m. early edition, so she could see herself going to get run off or ice photographers who need a prompt to snap a in the newspaper and they hit it off. He married Jo what’s going to happen.” picture. Williams needed no prompt, the camera Pulliam a year later and the two have been together was always at hand, and he was always ready to for 61 years, with three children — David, president and CEO of Leadcapture what he saw. He took a picture of David every day just after he was born. “Pretty soon we had three months of pictures done and ership Memphis; Kristin Ammons, who, with her husband Doug, owns I said, ‘Let’s go for a year.’” the Shelby Forest General Store; and Paula Hartley, an advertising executive in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma — and four grandchildren. At the end of the year, Williams called the Life photo editor and told Williams’ interests, and surely his reputation, lay in the human him about the project; the editor asked to see them. In the era before 110 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • M A R C H 2 0 1 6

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below: James Meredith, surrounded by federal marshals, walked toward his first class in colonial American history at the University of Mississippi on the morning of October 1, 1962, after his historic registration at the allwhite school. Chief U.S. Marshal James P. McShane walked at his right elbow. Department of Justice attorney John Doar is at Meredith’s left.


right: District Attorney Gerald Chatham (center) placed a cotton gin fan on exhibit in the Sumner, Mississippi, courtroom on September 21, 1955. The fan was used to weight the body of Emmett Till in the Tallahatchie River. In closing arguments the State pressed for a conviction in the kidnap-slaying of Till. “They murdered that boy,” Chatham thundered, “and to hide that dastardly cowardly act they tied barbed wire to his neck and to a heavy gin fan and dumped him into the river for the turtles and fish.”


zip files or Dropbox, Williams snail-mailed those prints to New York. “When he got them, he called me back and said, ‘There’s not a wall in New York big enough to mount 365 8-by-10s.” Williams sent the negatives and someone at Life had to reprint them. The layout appeared in the magazine on November 22, 1954. Despite his love for the story-telling features, Williams also shot the hard news of the day with an eye for how the heart and scope of a picture might convey the import of an event. What he caught through his viewfinder was history in the making. He was working the photo desk the night of April 4, 1968. Realizing he was closer to the Lorraine Motel than anyone, he grabbed his own camera and headed out the door, snapping pictures of the ambulance carrying King as it sped

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left: One day after the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Memphis Mayor Henry Loeb — a shotgun visible beneath his desk — greeted about 300 black and white ministers in his office on Friday, April 5th, shaking hands with Rev. Joseph P. Toney while Father Nicholas L. Vieron (behind the clasped hands) looked on. The ministers, who represented congregations in wealthy East Memphis as well as the impoverished inner city, were impressed with Loeb’s cordiality in the face of such a potentially uncomfortable confrontation. The ministers were calling for an end to the sanitation strike and union recognition for the workers. But despite the meeting Loeb gave no indication he was willing to compromise with the strikers. Recalled Father Vieron in 1992: “I know this might sound corny, but it happened. I knelt before Jim Jordan (pastor of First Baptist Church — Beale Street) and said, ‘On behalf of we who represent the white race, I make a gesture of apology and ask for forgiveness.’”

above: Williams took this photo from the bathroom window of the boarding house at 418 1/2 South Main, through which police determined that James Earl Ray aimed when he shot Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, approximately 200 feet away. King was standing near the center of the view from the window on April 4, 1968, where a group is seen huddled the following day.

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left: Williams’ children were his favorite models. Here, David gets friendly with a neighbor.

above: May 15, 1956 — Maid of Cotton Patricia Cowden (left) and Memphis Cotton Carnival Queen Clare Mallory pass along

royal kisses to Elvis Presley just before the up-andcoming star takes the stage before a packed audience at Ellis Auditorium.

away from the scene, and of James Earl Ray’s perspective from the make a picture immediately, because you don’t know when you’re bathroom window of the rooming house from where he’d fired the going to get run off or what’s going to happen. As long as you’ve got one in your pocket, you feel safe, and then you start trying to improve shot. These were images that would be shared throughout the country it and do a better job.” in the days following the tragic event. Earlier, Williams was granted front-row access during the Emmett Williams spent the last 14 years of his career with The Commercial Till murder trial in 1955, capturing defendants and their wives talking Appeal as photo editor before retiring. In his duties as editor, he was at leisure while they awaited the jury’s return with a not-guilty verdict. off the streets and, he says, “I enjoyed making pictures, but I didn’t There are photos from the University of Missiswant to demote myself.” So after retiring, he went sippi as well, and James Meredith being escorted to “You just can’t imagine, to work for five years for the Baptist Hospital class by guard as he integrated that school in 1962. system as a staff photographer. here you are with a At 91 years old, Williams is still sharp. Flipping An aerial view shows U.S. Army trucks blocking Oxford Square in the wake of protests. negative, and then you take through a large album of his prints from the middle And there are lighter moments spent with of the last century is like touring the man’s mind. it and you make a contact Elvis Presley, who befriended Williams and Pictures elicit memories, and he shares details of granted him wide access. Then there are the print the same size as the how a photo came to be, or points out where the eye photos of the spectacle that ensued when a should go. For Williams, there should always be a negative, or you can put it 400-pound black bear showed up on a rooftop single point of interest. This isn’t basic composition, on Park Avenue, later captured and taken to the in an enlarger and blow it but the heart of a photo, the emotion buried within Overton Park Zoo. detail that connects it to a viewer. “Everybody up. It was just magical and aloves Williams’ advice for aspiring photojournalists: to be entertained,” he says, “so I tried to build “First thing you do when you arrive at a scene is it grabbed my interest.” my career around that.” M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 115

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MEMPHIS SURGERY ASSOCIATES, PC AN AFFILIATE OF SAINT FRANCIS MEDICAL PARTNERS >>> G. Randolph Turner, MD, FACS; William Scott King, Jr., MD, FACS; Carter E. McDaniel, III, MD, FACS; Hugh Francis, III, MD, FACS; Melvin P. Payne, III, MD, FACS; Justin Monroe, MD, FACS; D. Benjamin Gibson, MD, FACS; D. Alan Hammond, MD, FACS; Norma M. Edwards, MD, FACS; Joshua A. Katz, MD, FACS; Sirinya Prasertvit, MD; and Robert Jean, MD We’re more than surgeons. We’re your medical partners. At Memphis Surgery Associates, it is our mission to treat patients with the latest procedures and most specialized surgical skill sets in the region. But just as importantly, we pledge to treat every individual with the humility, equality, dignity, and respect they deserve. We serve most area hospitals and specialize in the following surgical procedures: General, Endocrine, Oncologic, Colorectal, & Robotic. 6029 Walnut Grove Road, Medical Plaza #3, Suite 404, Memphis, TN 38120 2996 Kate Bond Road, Suite 309, Bartlett, TN 38134 901.726.1056 | SPECIAL PROMOTION

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LUDY CALLAWAY — THE MORTGAGE LADY >>> "It's not just a house. It's your home. I get that! I know how hard you work to get the home you want." A Vice-President of Independent Bank, Ludy's passion is to provide successful, problem-free mortgage loans. With her radio program ("The Mortgage Lady," 8 a.m. Mondays, KWAM-AM990) and website, (YourMortgageLady. net), Ludy is able to finance homes throughout the United States and to help her clients make smart mortgage decisions that will affect them for years to come. To teach, guide and help. That's "The Mortgage Lady." 901.494.4400


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Kidney disease is an often unrecognized, silent disease caused by uncontrolled high blood pressure and diabetes. The diagnosis and treatment of kidneyrelated diseases requires an in-depth evaluation of various risk factors. Obesity, vascular abnormalities, autoimmune diseases, and kidney stones have been linked to renal failure. Dr. Pathak is a boardcertified Nephrologist and member of The American Society of Nephrology and The National Kidney

Foundation. He provides compassionate care with the highest-quality treatment of kidney disease. His goal is to provide early, preventive education along with diagnosis and relevant treatments of specific conditions to lessen the risk of progression to kidney failure and to improve a patient's quality of life. Dr. Pathak takes great interest in understanding the needs of his patients and providing them with quality care with the least invasive treatment.

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SHEA EAR CLINIC >>> Brian McKinnon, M.D., F.A.C.S. Neurotology is the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss and inner ear imbalance problems — both of which can negatively impact your normal interactions with family, friends and co-workers. Based upon the philosophy “Life is worth HEARING,” Dr. McKinnon diagnoses and treats these problems. As one of a very small number of Otolaryngologists who are Board-certified in Neurotology, Dr. McKinnon is unique to the Mid-South. For more information please visit For an appointment with Dr. McKinnon, please call 901.761.9720. 6133 Poplar Pike, Memphis, TN 38119


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MID-SOUTH OB-GYN A Division of Women’s Care Center of Memphis, MPLLC >>> Herbert A. Taylor, MD, Thomas D. Greenwell, MD, Judi L. Carney, MD, Paul D. Neblett, MD, Candace D. Hinote, MD, and Mary Katherine Johnson, MD Mid-South OB-GYN provides comprehensive Gynecological and Obstetrical health care for women of all ages. Some of our services include yearly wellness exams, fertility counseling, weight management, contraceptive options, MonaLisa Touch for vaginal atrophy and other in-office procedures. Our physicians deliver at Baptist Women’s Hospital and Methodist Germantown Hospital. All expectant mothers receive a complimentary 3D/4D ultrasound. Other services include mammograms, bone density, total body composition, PelleFirm body treatments and

cosmetic Laser procedures. The physicians of Mid-South OB-GYN have received award recognition from Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women for their leadership roles. They have also been recognized by The University of Tennessee for excellence in clinical teaching and have received certification by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology. At Mid-South we don’t believe in a one-sizefits-all approach to women’s health care; we treat each patient with personalized plans, courtesy and compassion. We look forward to caring for you.

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INTEGRITY ONCOLOGY FOUNDATION >>> Standing: Suhail M. Obaji, M.D., Aaron Harris, N.P., A. Earle Weeks, M.D., and Drew S. Dill, M.D. Seated: Margaret Gore, M.D. and Loretta Shamley, N.P. A cancer diagnosis can be a life-changing event for patients and their families. Patients need the most advanced treatment and doctors they can trust. The Integrity Oncology Foundation, a member of the Baptist Medical Group and the Baptist Cancer Center, offers comprehensive support in the areas of oncology, hematology, immunotherapy and rheumatology. Our board-certified team includes Earle Weeks, MD, Suhail M. Obaji, MD, Margaret Gore, MD and Drew S. Dill, MD. Each doctor offers an impressive depth of knowledge, familiarity with the latest technology and a compassionate culture to

personally tailor treatment to a patient’s diagnosis. Their work is augmented by three board-certified nurse practitioners; Amy Harris, APN, Loretta Shamley, APN, OCN and Aaron Harris, APN. Our qualified staff and state-of-the-art diagnostic and medical facilities offer a warm, comfortable and caring environment. Integrity Oncology Foundation offers four convenient locations in Memphis, Collierville, West Memphis, and Union City. Call 901.853.6012 to schedule a diagnostic consultation or visit us at


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At Taghavi's Oriental Rugs, we take great pride in our 60+ years in business and the type of services we offer, including sales, hand cleaning, reweaving, color-run restoration, mothdamage repair, stain and odor removal, and much more! With every customer, we are guided by our core values:

integrity, experience, excellence, and professionalism. We have not only the largest stock in new and antique rugs, but also the best cleaning and restoration method in the country. We have built our reputation for more than 60 years, not on false promises, but integrity and excellence.

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Campbell Clinic has helped Mid-Southerners reach their peak performance and get back in the game faster for more than a century. The organization has built a reputation of excellence since 1909 by providing care in Memphis and the Mid-South that touches the world. The practice serves as the Official Sports Medicine Provider for the Grizzlies, Redbirds,

and Tigers, along with Rhodes College, Christian Brothers University, and countless other athletic programs throughout the region. Whether we’re treating NBA All-Stars or local Little Leaguers, our patients trust us as the Face of Sports Medicine in Memphis and the Mid-South.


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MAYS AND SCHNAPP PAIN CLINIC AND REHABILITATION CENTER >>> Left to right: Moacir Schnapp, MD and Kit S. Mays, MD Kit S. Mays, MD, and Moacir Schnapp, MD, have been pioneers in the management of chronic pain for over 30 years. The physicians at Mays and Schnapp Pain Clinic and Rehabilitation Center are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care for patients suffering from chronic pain. Continually certified by the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities since its inception, it is still the only certified pain clinic within 500 miles of Memphis. The physicians' philosophy of care is to treat the whole patient by relieving

pain, restoring function and improving quality of life. That approach starts with taking a comprehensive and fresh look at each suffering individual. This unique multidisciplinary approach may include nerve blocks, physical therapy, and medical management, as well as psychological support when needed. Every patient is evaluated personally by a physician during each office visit. "When the problem is pain, we're here to help, offering world-class care in the heart of the Mid-South."

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NANCY A. CHASE MD, FAAP, FACC >>> Dr. Nancy A. Chase has been practicing Pediatric Cardiology in the greater Memphis area for over 30 years. She is proud to offer state-of-the-art office and hospital consultative care for the newborn, child, adolescent and adult with congenital heart disease, rhythm disorders or other cardiac concerns of childhood. She and her caring staff offer on-site EKG, Echo, and Holter as well as outpatient hospital-based syncope and exercise tests. Appropriate referral is made for in-patient heart catheter interventions and surgery. Always interested in promoting good education and life experiences, Dr. Chase, a 2015 Emissary of Memphis Music honoree, often gifts concert, theater, and sports tickets to her patients. She is proud and happy to help her young patients enter life's normal patterns and treasures the many announcements of commencements, career choices, marriages, and births she receives. 805 Estate Place, Suite 1 Memphis, TN 38120 901.287.4150


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StellaWare is the “Poochie Phashion” label under the guidance of Kathleen Carey, former Los Angeles Active Wear Apparel Designer. Kathleen’s high-energy and professional direction has gone to the Dogs and Cats in the last few years, concentrating on another choice to the rigid collars of yesteryear!

Among the numerous selection of prints and embroidered neckerchief’s, StellaWare offers custom creations, Sports inspired, Polar fleece shirts, Tee’s, Belly Bands and the “Poo Pouch”. Repurposing, recycling fabrications and supporting the local rescues with a percentage of sales is top priority.

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BAPTIST MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOR WOMEN AND THE SPENCE AND BECKY WILSON BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL >>> At Baptist, we are experts at taking care of kids. The 17,000-square-foot pediatric emergency department, housed within the Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital, gives the community another option in pediatric care. Conveniently located adjacent to Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, it features 10 rooms for patient care — with capacity to expand to 15 — and is staffed 24/7 with pediatric emergency medicine physicians, pediatric hospitalists and an array of other pediatric specialties, including

surgery and anesthesiology. Boasting a colorful and engaging nature theme designed to appeal to children, the emergency department features a 400-gallon fish tank; whimsical artwork; quilts featuring Baptist’s pediatric mascot, P.D. Parrot, and his gang of friends; and other child-friendly touches. Other pediatric services offered are inpatient and outpatient care, including surgery; diagnostics; and the Pediatric Eye Center, which offers the full spectrum of eye care under one roof.

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I believe that the story matters. No matter the business, the product, the person, the family, or the event — there is a story. The audience cares about the WHY. We are portrait photographers and videographers, working with executives, families, and amazing wedding clients.

We are commercial photographers and filmmakers, helping many of the best MidSouth corporations with their visual story. Above all, we are a team of artists and it is our joy to help our clients find a way to convey their heart, their passion, their glory to a watching world.

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The Taste of Louisville!




above: It would be hard to pick a favorite drink at Jockey Silks, one of Louisville’s oldest bourbon bars.


by lance wiedower

s I slid down onto the oversized chair, the creak of the leather brought to mind bourbon and cigars. It only made sense; I was getting comfortable in a corner of Jockey Silks, one of the oldest bourbon bars in Louisville. The opportunity to sip a great bourbon sitting in its spiritual home is akin to a sculptor sitting at the foot of Michelangelo’s David, and I wanted to get it just right. That only seems a stretch to those who don’t know about Kentucky bourbon. I knew all that, but I needed every drop of the coming taste to fulfill my lofty expectations. This dimly lit room features dozens of bourbon bottles adorning the walls, displaying labels with distillery names such as Woodford Reserve and Four Roses, answering bourbon’s royal roll call. M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 139

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nother iconic Louisville symbol is seen at baseball games around the world, where a Louisville Slugger bat likely is in use. Louisville Slugger bats have been made in the heart of downtown on Main Street since 1894. Known as Museum Row on Main, this four-block stretch features several museums that are towered over by the giant wooden Louisville Slugger just outside the factory. Louisville is a four-season destination where its symbols play a central role in the story, but certainly not the only one. I visited during Christmas, when downtown is trans-

you’re ready to party just show up the day of the race you want to attend and buy an infield ticket. You might not see an actual horse on the track because of the crowds, but you’ll find yourself in the middle of a huge party.


The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory lets visitors see where the most famous baseball bats in the world are made. It’s just part of the attractions along Museum Row in downtown Louisville.

formed into a winter wonderland centered on an outdoor ice skating rink, a magnificent tree, and a holiday marketplace. And over at the Galt House Hotel, it’s hard to top the seasonal display provided there, with its dancing toy soldier bellmen, Christmas dinner show, children’s activities, and elaborate decorations. But Louisville shines especially bright in May when the world’s attention naturally points to Kentucky during the Derby. The first Saturday of May brings the attention of the horse-racing universe to the iconic Twin Spires that adorn the top of Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby. Louisville celebrates this race in style with a two-week party, otherwise known as the Kentucky Derby Festival. It all begins with “Thunder Over Louisville,” North America’s largest fireworks display, and includes races of other kinds — hot air balloons, steamboats, and a mini- and full marathon. Attention on the Kentucky Derby Festival shifts to Churchill Downs the Sunday before the Derby, when the “Spring Meet” begins. The Kentucky Oaks is the Friday before the Derby, and the race for fillies arguably has become almost as popular as Derby day. Don’t have tickets for the Oaks or Derby? As long as

hether visiting Louisville during Derby season or not, do make time to check out the Kentucky Derby Museum any time of the year. Several tours of Churchill Downs are available through the museum, including one that checks out the barn and backside. If traveling with a family, Museum Row on Main provides a solid afternoon of fun. The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is a highlight for kids and sports fans. The Muhammad Ali Center pays tribute to arguably Louisville’s most popular son. This interactive museum tells the story of “The Greatest” across three levels filled with exhibits and galleries. Nearby at the Frazier History Museum (no, not Joe; he was from South Carolina), visitors can learn about another side of the bourbon story in Kentucky. Throughout 2016, the museum’s “Spirits of the Bluegrass: Prohibition and Kentucky” tells the story of the temperance movement’s “Noble Experiment” and its effect on crime, politics, and culture nationally but with an added focus on the region at every turn. There are 10 stops on Museum Row in a four-block stretch of Main Street, providing more than a few options for a day of culture and fun. Near Churchill Downs and the University of Louisville is the Speed Art Museum, which reopens this month after an extensive renova-


The bartender didn’t hesitate when I asked him for suggestions. He followed with questions about preferred tastes and styles, along with asking what I drink at home. He thought for a moment, and then offered up sampler suggestions for our small group. A few minutes passed before the drinks were delivered. Elijah Craig Single Barrel, Weller, Old Forester — names I’d heard, but knew little about. It was a whirlwind from the more traditional bourbons (Knob Creek, Jim Beam, and Evan Williams) to the high-rye recipes (Basil Hayden and Buffalo Trace) and the sweeter wheat recipes (Maker’s Mark and W.L. Weller). The smell of the Elijah Craig was as good as it tasted. The sweet finish of Blanton’s and the near perfection of the accessible Weller’s Special Reserve were standouts that must be added to my home bar. Sipping bourbon at Jockey Silks in the Galt House Hotel along Louisville’s famed Bourbon Row was just my appetizer for a three-day whirlwind visit I made this winter to Louisville and the surrounding region. It takes less than six hours to drive to Louisville from Memphis, and the city and surrounding region provide plenty of interesting options for an even longer stay. The heart of the Bourbon Trail is less than an hour’s drive southeast of Louisville, so it only makes sense that the state drink is celebrated in the city. A visit to Bardstown and the distilleries themselves provides the full-monte bourbon experience, but a real taste of the genuine article can be had in the Bluegrass State’s largest city as well. Four Louisville distilleries are open to the public for tours and tastings, three of which are downtown — Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Kentucky Peerless Distillery, and the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse. And about 15 minutes from downtown is the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience.

Perhaps one of the most recognizable horseracing tracks in the world — the twin spires of Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.

tion that has kept the state’s largest museum closed for three years. A special exhibit debuts with the reopening that focuses on the permanent Speed Collection. The renovated

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galleries will focus on contemporary art and works devoted to Kentucky. The museum is free on Sundays through 2016.



or adventurous types, Mega Cavern of Louisville takes visitors underground just south of downtown. The old limestone quarry was designated as a fallout shelter in case of nuclear attack during the 1950s. Today, the only shelter it provides is from the sun. Visitors have a variety of options, including the world’s only underground zip lines, a ropes course, and a bike course. A tram tour is available for those who want a more leisurely experience through the cavern. A Louisville visit during the holidays can include “Lights Under Louisville,” a 30-minute ride through part of 17 miles of underground passageways. Carloads pass through the cavern where nearly 900 lit

The Big Four Bridge, formerly a railroad span over the Ohio River, has been transformed into a pedestrian and bike bridge.

characters and some 2 million lights present a holiday explosion of color, all underground. Above part of the cavern sits the Louisville Zoo, where gorillas in the round and polar bears are the star attractions. Back downtown, visitors can get up close to the Ohio River. The Big Four Bridge is an old train bridge that connects downtown Louisville to Jeffersonville, Indiana. Walkers, runners, and bikers can pass between the two states on the pedestrian-only bridge that is free and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Bikes, surreys, tandems, and Segways are available for rent at the bottom of the bridge on the Kentucky side. If visiting Louisville in the late spring into the summer, Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay Water Park provide amusement rides and water park fun. And for sports fans, the Louisville Bats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, play downtown beginning in April.

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ith an extra day or two in hand, make time for Bardstown. A stopover there isn’t really out of the way, especially if visiting Louisville via car. Take your time driving through the rolling hills, where you’ll quickly see the Jim Beam Distillery on the north side of the road. Separated by only 40 miles or so, Bardstown is a different world than Louisville. This town of about 10,000 residents rolls out all the charm for its visitors who travel here for bourbon, food, shopping, and relaxation. The streets surrounding Court Square are

Don’t miss our new movie: National Parks Adventure 3D, opens March 5 The Muhammad Ali Center pays tribute to Louisville’s most famous native son.

filled with shops, boutiques, art galleries, coffee shops, and restaurants. A great spot for a meal is the Harrison-Smith House, a 1780s building that houses a restaurant with a menu that changes weekly according to what meats and vegetables are available. Next door is the Kentucky Bourbon House. Take a mixology class or just order a mint julep from the tiny bar. The mint is grown just outside the back door. For a chance to get even more immersed in Kentucky’s bourbon heritage, check out Heaven Hill Distilleries, the largest family-owned bourbon producer in the U.S., or enjoy one of the complimentary tours at Barton 1792 Distillery. A visit to the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History reveals an abundance of historic bourbon artifacts. Step downstairs and visit The Rickhouse in Spalding Hall and sample one or two of the more than 100 bourbons at the bar. If time allows, consider extending a visit by a day or two and experience some of the other distilleries in the region that stretch east toward Lexington. After a night in one of the numerous bed-and-breakfast inns along the Bourbon Trail, you’ll probably be ready to hit the road south for home. Be sure you pack your souvenir bottles of bourbon carefully; they’ll provide fond memories of your Kentucky excursion for months to come.  

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EXPRESS YOUR HOME Start at the MidSouth Home Expressions Show. — BY SHARA CL ARK —


ave you been daydreaming about a spacious kitchen with more counter space and brand-new appliances? Or maybe an updated bathroom with a rainshower or a walk-in tub? Perhaps you’d like to create an outdoor oasis, complete with a fire pit, patio furniture, or even a pool. These projects are possible and can be made easy with a trip to the MidSouth Home Expressions Show. If you’re considering upgrading or remodeling your current space or even if you’re looking to build a new home from the ground up, this show is a perfect starting point. The long-running event returns this month, bringing with it opportunities for you to meet with the MidSouth’s top home professionals, explore their products and services, and get advice and ideas directly from experts to set you on the right path. Whether remodeling, updating, building, or redecorating, the MidSouth Home Expressions Show has everything you need to express yourself at home — all in one place! The event started at the Fairgrounds in Memphis more than 30 years ago and has been known as the Home Expo, the Memphis Home Builders Show, and the Best of Home Expressions Show at Agricenter International. It’s now the MidSouth Home Expressions Show, and for the second year in a row, the event will be held at Landers Center (4560 Venture Drive) in Southaven, Mississippi, just a short drive from Memphis. The 2016 show runs March 4th through 6th and is presented by the West Tennessee Home Builders Association (WestTNHBA) and the Home

Builders Association of North Mississippi (HBANMS). Both associations work to unite all segments of the housing industry — builders, manufacturers, service providers, and other services connected to the industry — in their respective areas. WestTNHBA serves 21 counties in West Tennessee, and HBANMS serves DeSoto, Tate, and Tunica counties in North Mississippi. Together, they are bringing the most experienced home professionals in the area to Landers Center to showcase the latest and greatest in products and services and to help you on your journey to making your house a home. The three-day event features exhibitors in the areas of flooring, roofing, windows and doors, heating and cooling, home entertainment, home furnishings, kitchen and bath, stone, appliances, and much more. The thought of setting a home or yard improvement project in motion can be intimidating, but the MidSouth Home Expressions show has everything you need to ready yourself. This is where your journey begins. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (60 and older), and $4 for children (6-14). Admission is free for children under 6. The show runs Friday, March 4th, from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 5th, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 6th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can register to win up to three $25,000 home makeover prizes. For more information about the 2016 MidSouth Home Expressions show, including online registration forms for giveaways and contests, directions and parking info, printable coupons for discounted tickets, and more, visit

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elcome to the 2016 MidSouth Home Expressions Show! Formerly known as the Best of Home Expressions Show, the VESTA Home Expo, and the Memphis Home Builders Show. Why do we keep changing the name and location? The simple answer is: We keep outgrowing ourselves! But it’s more than that. This is our second year as the new MidSouth Home Expressions Show, but it’s our 34th year of bringing you the best home expo show in the tri-state area. To keep bringing you the best home show, we have to grow and improve with the market. So, we’ve moved to Landers Center in Southaven. Our goal now is to outgrow it, too. We just hope there will be a bigger, better place to move when that happens. Our new name, the MidSouth Home Expressions Show, better reflects the communities we serve, and more importantly, by partnering with the North Mississippi Home Builders Association we can bring you even more of the region’s top home professionals. Now, whether you live in Shelby County, Fayette County, DeSoto County, or any other surrounding counties, you’ll find a local professional who will know your community and who will provide the

products and services you need. Southaven is not only a great neighbor to Memphis, it’s also an important part of the total Memphis market. Residents of Memphis and Southaven travel back and forth daily. Commerce goes back and forth daily. Southwest Tennesseans go to every type of event and activity imaginable in Southaven, and the same is true in reverse. And with the Tanger Outlet Mall now open just across from Landers Center, traffic between the two cities has already begun to grow dramatically. Last year we had attendees from as far south as Grenada, Mississippi, and as far north as Munford, Tennessee. Half came from Mississippi and half came

from Tennessee. It was a fabulous crowd, and they came with a mission: to find products and services to improve their homes — inside and out — and they wanted to do it now! Our goal is to bring you a home and garden show that will be the absolute best place to start your journey of a home renovation, landscape makeover, home redecoration, or any other home-enhancement project you have in mind. And you can be confident that you’ll be working with trustworthy, professional companies that will have your well-being in mind. Make plans now to visit the show and learn the many new ways you can express your home. Not only will you be able to talk directly to many of the area’s top professionals representing just about any issue impacting your home, you could win one of our $25,000 home makeover giveaways! We had a $25,000 winner before — so, yes, it does happen! And you can visit our new addition, the “Home Is Where the Art Is” arts and crafts exhibit and sale. Whether you need a product or service for your current home, a brand-new dream home built just for you, or even some new art to add that personal touch to your home, the 2016 MidSouth Home Expressions Show is THE place to be on March 4th, 5th, & 6th at Landers Center. Come join us!


Y O U R H O M E S AY S A L O T A B O U T Y O U . W E ’ R E H E R E TO L I S T E N . Your home is a reflection of you. Ferguson’s product experts are here to listen to every detail of your vision, and we’ll work alongside you and your designer, builder or remodeler to bring it to life. Request an appointment with us today.

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HOME SWEET HOME Update your space for comfort, style, and functionality. — BY SHARA CLARK —

ne minute you’re channel surfing, and the next, you find yourself in the middle of an HGTV marathon of Flip or Flop, Property Brothers, or Fixer Upper. Just how will they turn that completely hideous and outdated kitchen into a sleek, stylish, and spacious one? There’s no way they can bring that cramped, ’70s-style living room with shag carpet into 2016. Somehow, they always do. And every time, you think, “I want that house!” Granted, much of what you see on these shows includes a little movie magic and staged situations that don’t typically reflect real-life renovation experiences, but at the core, what they do is provide inspiration. And sometimes, a little inspiration goes a long way. Maybe you’ve gotten ideas on how to better use the space in your home from watching HGTV’s Jonathan Scott tear down walls and install new support beams in old houses, clearing the way for an open floor plan. You’ve seen the impossible lists of must-haves (walk-in closets, a Jacuzzi bathtub, wood-burning fireplace, man-cave, a pool) checked off and reimagined into finished projects that fit the families’ budgets — finished projects the families flip over. If these people can create their dream homes, so can you — even if you don’t have access to Jonathan Scott. At the MidSouth Home Expressions Show, you’ll find local, trusted professionals who are experts in the field — builders, licensed contractors, and retailers offering high quality work and products for all of your home-upgrading needs. Need new flooring? They’ve got you covered. Looking to install new cabinets or new countertops? Someone will be on-site to address those needs. No matter what you’re looking to do, inside or outside of your home, the people best qualified to help with those projects will be under one roof at Landers Center to show you the way. There, you can discuss ideas and set realistic expectations regarding start-tofinish project time, budget, possible challenges, and more. People choose to update or remodel their homes for a variety of reasons. Often it’s because we plan to stay put and want to replace outdated appliances, old cabinets, and worn countertops with newer, more stylish and functional products. Or with growing families, it makes sense to tear down walls to expand or add bedrooms or open up the kitchen for more space. These types of projects are great for resale value, too. If you’re thinking of selling your house but aren’t planning to move soon, updating the kitchen and bathrooms will allow you to enjoy those spaces more until you do. Even if you don’t have a big budget, it’s OK to dream big and start small. Some changes that require little effort can have a big impact and can be a good place to start. According to Caly Channell, who handles inside sales for Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Gallery, kitchens and master bathrooms play a key role if your house is for sale. “If you know these rooms need a new look, but you don’t have the budget to completely remodel, consider upgrading your lighting. Replacing



Updating your kitchen for style and functionality can include enhancements like these: beautiful marble countertops with waterfall edges, storage solutions, and butcher block countertops. M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 145

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pendants, flush-mount lights, and bathroom vanity lights can make all the difference in the world,” she says. “If your bathroom or kitchen is covered with brass, swap out the old fixtures with inexpensive chrome. Simply slapping on a new coat of paint and updating the knobs on your cabinets can give a fresh, new look.” Channell says many people have been impressed with hygienic, easy-to-use, “hands-free” faucets. “After prepping raw meats or finger-painting with your kids, it is extremely handy to not use your hands when turning on your kitchen faucet,” she says. And in bathrooms, “Old-school whirlpool tubs are being replaced with air tubs. Generic built-in vanities are being tossed aside for vessel sinks and pieces of refurbished furniture. Consumers are getting away from the plain-Jane, repetitive look in every bathroom of the house and giving each its own individual design.” Kitchens Unlimited design assistant Jacquelyn Sappenfield recently attended the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas, Nevada. She and Lana Zepponi, Kitchen and Bath Designer with Kitchens Unlimited, shared some take-aways from the show and insight on current kitchen and bath design trends and in-demand products. Sappenfield and Zepponi agree that updating fixtures such as light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and hardware

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Want to bring your bathroom out of the ’90s? It’s possible. The before and after photos of this master bath remodel show that complete transformations are within reach. PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY FERGUSON

901.870.1938 will refresh any space without requiring much, if any, construction. Changing cabinet hardware, for example, is an inexpensive fix you can most likely do yourself. “You’ll be surprised how much the tone of the room can change by changing metals,” Sappenfield says. “Just remember to make sure you’ll be able to match up with or cover old screw holes.” Another upgrade that can have a big impact visually is retiling your kitchen backsplash. “This is a great place to make a change because it’s typically the easiest thing to remove material-wise without risking damage to anything else,” says Zepponi. A new backsplash will provide a dramatic difference in the look of your kitchen and can be a nice jumping-off point for future kitchen enhancements. Sappenfield and Zepponi say Kitchens Unlimited customers want their kitchens to be as efficient as they are beautiful and that cabinet and hardware companies have answered that call by offering storage solutions that make cooking and cleaning easier. “Tray storage near ovens and ranges offers convenience that makes deciding which pan to use a no-brainer,” Sappenfield says. “Specialized drawer organizers for spices, knives, cutlery, storage bags, and even k-cups give everything a place to live and keep the kitchen clutter-free and user-friendly.”

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Other features Kitchens Unlimited clients want for kitchen upgrades include:

CUSTOM HOODS — These can be stunning focal points. Materials can range from sleek stainless steel to cast limestone, copper, brass, or reclaimed wood. SPACES CUSTOMIZED TO THE HOMEOWNER’S NEEDS — Kitchens Unlimited includes standard features and accessories, like pull-out trash bins, non-slip drawer mats, and cutlery dividers, in even their most basic designs. But it doesn’t have to stop there. Zepponi says, “We’ve hidden small step stools in the toe kicks of cabinetry for kids who love to cook with their parents. For taller clients, we’ve raised the countertops. And for shorter clients, we’ve lowered the wall cabinets closer to the countertops for easier reach.” MAKING KITCHENS MULTIFUNCTIONAL SPACES — This can be anything from keeping rooms with media centers to bars with breakfast nooks. “It’s essential to designate and differentiate areas of high and low usage,” Sappenfield says. “An active family of five might need an area specific to grab-and-go items. Designing a tall cabinet with refrigerator drawers and a pantry away from a main work area would allow the kids easy access to snacks and drinks after school while mom or dad prepared dinner.”

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For bathroom upgrades, Sappenfield and Zepponi say customers are looking for these features:

WET ROOMS IN THEIR MASTER BATH REMODELS — Having an open shower in a shared space with a tub (freestanding or integrated) can maximize how you use the space. INTEGRATION OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE BATHROOM — From heated floors to warming drawers to warm towels, this allows for a more spa-like experience. More sophisticated shower systems include body jets, steam, and rainshowers. FEATURES FOR AGING IN PLACE — These provide extra ease and stability while using wet spaces. This would include more attractive grab bars than the standard tubular stainless steel bars. They come in several lengths and styles and can even be used as towel bars in some instances. “We also encourage working in a hand shower system for large showers and wet room scenarios,” says Zepponi. “The slide rail for the showerhead can double as a vertical grab bar, so we typically place them near shower benches. Not only are they helpful for cleaning, but many of our clients are active, and therefore more prone to injury. Having the option to take a seated shower rather than getting in and out of a tub is more desirable to some.”


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s for current design trends, Sappenfield says stainless steel is popular. “It has a sleek, professional look, but to keep your kitchen timeless, consider paneling your appliances with cabinetry for an integrated, custom design.” Integrated appliances are being designed with a “modular fleet” look where all lines match up when installed side by side or in a stack. “With the fleet look, some appliance manufacturers are offering designer colors so that the product can essentially disappear with the cabinets

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in some installations,” she says. With more families considering healthy eating, Zapponi says steam ovens have become as common as convection ovens. “Cooking with steam preserves more nutrients in foods,” she says. “And baking with steam allows even the most amateur of home cooks to create bakery-quality breads and pastries.” In kitchens and bathrooms, brass hardware and plumbing fixtures have made a comeback. “But in a sophisticated, unlacquered look rather than the high gloss sheen of the 1980s,” says Zapponi. “The finish adds refreshing warmth to cool palates such as grays and white marble.” The use of texture is also on the rise in both kitchen and bath applications. “Three-dimensional tiles with relief patterns in modern geometric designs are replacing smooth, flat styles on backsplashes and shower walls,” she says. For countertops, “The options are ever-expanding due to the popularity of mixing materials,” Sappenfield says. “Concrete still remains a topic in our conversations with clients, but we’re also discussing the use of wood and metal. Waterfall edges where the material extends down the sides of cabinets are sought-after in more contemporary kitchens.” Of course with any project, there are potential challenges. Sometimes it can just be an overwhelming amount of choices. Seemingly endless options exist for cabinet styles, finishes, stone, and appliances. Depending on the scope of your project, you may not be able to use your kitchen or bath for an extended period of time. How long will it take? How big of a mess will it make? Hiring professionals with long-standing histories of quality work is the best way to embark on these projects. Qualified designers and consultants can help with narrowing down options based on your taste. Trustworthy and reliable contractors and subcontractors can work on a reasonable timeline based on when will work best for your schedule. Make your wish list and take time to seek advice and guidance from local professionals, like those you’ll find at the MidSouth Home Expressions Show. Before you know it, you’ll be living in comfort and style, just like the families on HGTV.


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WIN BIG AT THE MIDSOUTH HOME EXPRESSIONS SHOW! Express your home with $75,000 in prizes.


he MidSouth Home Expressions Show offers more than just an opportunity to speak with home-related experts and to shop for new home gadgets. It’s also a place to win big. From March 4th through March 6th, $75,000 in Express Your Home makeover prizes will be up for grabs at the 2016 MidSouth Home Expressions Show. Visitors will have three free chances to win. In fact, you could win all three $25,000 prizes — that’s $75,000 in home makeovers! Prizes include a $25,000 Home Makeover from BankPlus, a $25,000 Heat & Air Makeover from Conway Services, and a $25,000 Kitchen & Bath Makeover from the West Tennessee and North Mississippi Home Builders Associations. To enter, register at the WestTNHBA booth at the show or before the show online at Registrants will receive three Express Your Home tickets to present at the show for a chance to win. WIN FREE DOG FOOD FOR A YEAR! Sometimes a house just isn’t a home until it’s shared with a family pet. If you think your pup is the cutest cuddly thing around, be sure to enter the Most Adorable Dog Photo Contest. This contest is presented by the MidSouth Pets Foundation and Invisible Fence. First place wins a one-year supply of dog food, and second place wins a six-month supply. The winner will be picked by a special panel of judges and announced on the Earl Farrell Show on KWAM-AM 990. To enter, go to and look for the Most Adorable Dog Photo Contest regristration form. Bring the form and your pup’s best photo to the MidSouth Home Expressions Show and receive a discounted adult admission ticket and a chance to win free food for your furry best friend.


“HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS” INDOOR CRAFT FAIR A recent addition to the MidSouth Home Expressions Show, the “Home Is Where the Art Is” indoor craft fair gives you an opportunity to “Express Your Home” with original works of art and crafts by local and regional artists. Try your hand at home decorating with one-of-a kind works of functional and decorative art. Here, you can meet artists and show your support for our local art community. There’s no better way to express yourself and your home than with unique and beautiful original art.

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he most anticipated show of the year is back. The VESTA Home Show returns October 8th through 30th to the Ainsley Manor subdivision in the Hickory Withe community in Fayette County, Tennessee, where the two most successful VESTA Home Shows to date were developed. The VESTA Home Show is a showcase of newly built homes in sought-after areas. With the West Tennessee Home Builders Association’s top builders on board, including Kevin Yoon of Kevin Yoon Construction LLC and Barry Watson of Windsor Homes, five homes, each on 1- to 2 ½-acre lots, will be constructed for the show. Three of the homes are pre-sales. The site is being developed by Ainsley Manor developer Doug Swink of Renaissance Development Co. The development features only 46 large estate lots on 238 acres of land with beautiful vistas of sprawling fields and peaceful wooded areas. The site is located off of Highway 196 and is 2 ½ miles east of Milton Wilson Parkway and Collierville-Arlington Road. This year’s show is being supported by longtime advocates of the WestTNHBA and the VESTA Home Show. Developer Doug Swink has developed two VESTA Home Show sites for the association. Harold Byrd, founder, vice chairman and president of the Bank of Bartlett, announced earlier this week that the bank would serve as presenting sponsor, and Kent Ritchey, president of Landers Auto Group-Memphis, committed Landers as a sponsor again this year. “Having the support of Doug, Harold, and Kent, as well as our builders and association members, is going to make for one incredible VESTA Home Show,” says Keith Allen, president of WestTNHBA. “The economic impact of home building will only continue to increase in Fayette County, and we are excited to contribute to its growth.”

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BROADWAY PIZZA >>> Legendary Broadway Pizza, one of Memphis’ favorite family-owned-and-operated restaurants, was opened by Lana Jeanette Cox in 1977 at 2581 Broad. Third-generation family members now offer Broadway East at 629 S. Mendenhall. Elder family members raised in extreme poverty

find it important that faithful friends “get their money’s worth and don't leave hungry.” Not just a pizzeria, Broadway offers salads, whole wings, fish, spaghetti, chicken parmesan, burgers; homestyle plate-lunch specials. Cakes made in-house daily. Call-in orders welcomed.

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SUTTON REID >>> Steven Reid

Steven Reid is widely recognized as one of the best political strategists in the Mid-South. President of Sutton Reid Advertising, Reid has engineered some of the area’s most successful campaigns including those for Mayor Jim Strickland, D.A. Amy Weirich, Juvenile Court Judge

Dan Michael and City Council Chairman Kemp Conrad. After shaping public opinion and voter turnout for more than two decades, Reid remains a powerful force behind who’s in and who’s out when it comes to those running our government.

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JONES BROTHERS TREE & LANDSCAPE >>> Left to right: William Jurgens, Michael Jurgens, and Robert Jurgens EARN TRUST — PROVIDE VALUE — GUARANTEE ALL WORK. These are the business principles that Robert Jurgens, President of Jones Bros. Tree & Landscape Company, has practiced for over 40 years. Our mission is to use our knowledge, experience, and expertise to guide our customers through the decisionmaking process in tree care to promote good stewardship of our urban forest for generations to come. PROUDLY SERVING MEMPHIS AND THE MID-SOUTH 78 YEARS. 901.377.8733 | SPECIAL PROMOTION

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Combining a strong entrepreneurial spirit with a gift for public relations, Courtney Ellett set out in 2006 to fill a gap within the Memphis market. Ten years later, the firm has a strong presence in the region and works in a number of markets across the U.S. Her smart business approach, coupled with a sincere focus on public relations, has led the firm to serve more than 250 clients since its founding, many of which continue to call Obsidian their trusted partner. Courtney believes in balancing the scale between tried-and-true media relations strategy and ever-changing PR trends — blending the two to provide robust campaigns for some of Memphis’ most recognized small businesses, nonprofits and large corporations with a local presence. This philosophy has led to huge wins for Obsidian’s clients and for the firm itself. 493 S. Main St., Suite 101, Memphis, TN 38103 901.572.1042 |


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FLIGHT RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR >>> Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar has established itself as the premier venue in town for rehearsal dinners. The team at Flight, led by Jack Mahoney and banquet coordinator, Kristen Everson, ensures that your event will become a special memory. The beautifully designed Wine Cellar

sits below Main Street, offering private space for up to 100 guests. It's the ideal setting to host parties, corporate events and rehearsal dinners. High above the restaurant, the Loft accommodates 65 guests and features gorgeous views of downtown Memphis.

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FERTILITY ASSOCIATES OF MEMPHIS >>> Left to right: Paul Brezina, MD, Raymond Ke, MD, William Kutteh, MD, PhD, and Amelia P. Bailey, MD

Fertility Associates of Memphis is a state-of-the-art practice providing comprehensive reproductive healthcare to couples of the Mid-South and beyond . . . treating patients struggling with infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, and reproductive disorders. Our highly specialized team utilizes cutting-edge techniques, including in vitro fertilization with laser blastocyst biopsy, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, and fertility preservation. Our compassionate physicians, board-certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, have been bringing dreams to life for more than 20 years. 80 Humphreys Center, Suite 307, Memphis, TN 38120 | 901.747.2229 | SPECIAL PROMOTION

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RESIDENTIAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION SCC RESIDENTIAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION >>> Shari C. Carter, owner My company is a licensed and insured residential design and construction company that serves the Memphis area, including Germantown, Bartlett, and Collierville. We specialize in home remodeling and renovation projects, including additions, kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor spaces and attic conversions. Our mission statement is: “…to offer homeowners a Design/Build Approach that features attention to detail, communication

with the client, quality work, and timeliness in completing every project. We believe these qualities show our high level of commitment and care for our clients and their homes." We are the recipients of the prestigious Chrysalis Award for 2003 “Best Kitchen Remodel” in the Southern region. SCC Residential Design & Construction has received “Best of Houzz” in Customer Satisfaction for the past three years: 2014, 2015, and 2016.

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Joshua Spotts, a premier Memphis real estate specialist ranked as a top producing Realtor速 with Crye-Leike, Realtors specializes in residential real estate. Spotts uses his high-touch, personalservice style by keeping a maximum of 10 listings at any given time. Spotts uses years of market knowledge, the latest technology, a well-defined marketing plan, a cohesive network, energy, enthusiasm, and the excitement of a job well done to achieve great results. Crye-Leike, Realtors 6525 N. Quail Hollow Road Memphis, TN 38120 (E) (W) 901.361.4211 (C) 901.756.8900 (O)


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CHARLES RETINA INSTITUTE P.C. >>> Left to right: Steve Charles, M.D., Jorge Calzada, M.D., and Mohammad Rafieetary, O.D. The Charles Retina Institute, founded in 1984, is proud to serve the citizens of Memphis and the Mid-South with adult and pediatric retinal medical and surgical consultations daily. We specialize in the treatment of retinal detachments, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinopathy of prematurity, macular surgery as well as other retinal and vitreous problems. Our physicians are true leaders and authors on retinal surgery. Our

textbook, Vitreous Microsurgery, currently in its 5th edition, has been translated into six languages and has been a leading source of retina surgery education worldwide since Dr. Charles' first edition in 1981. We are committed to providing the best level of retina care available and to have the top medical technology for our patients. We are available for medical and surgical consults and second opinions.

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VILLAGE AT GERMANTOWN>>> Front row left to right: Dr. Jim Harkess, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Campbell Clinic; Mr. Chris McLean, EVP Finance and CFO, Methodist Healthcare; Mr. Mark Halperin, CEO and Executive Vice President, Boyle Investment Company; and Chairman of the Board, Mr. William Kenley, Vice President and CEO, Methodist LeBonheur Germantown Hospital. It takes a Village. The saying rings true at The Village at Germantown. Opened in October 2005, The Village has flourished under the guidance of the Board of Directors, maintaining average occupancy of over 96%. More important is The Village’s dedication to Resident Satisfaction. This passion for meeting and exceeding both Resident and Visitor satisfaction has

been a key component to The Village’s continued success. We now have a newly opened state-of-theart Assisted Living / Memory Care Building, along with an Adult Day Care Enrichment Center, and soon to begin construction on an additional Independent Living building. Come and experience "The Difference" at The Village at Germantown.

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M-TOWN CONSTRUCTION, LLC >>> Michael Ingalsbe Often described as the “roof whisperer,” Michael has been in the roofing industry for over 20 years. He started from the ground up building roofs in Buffalo, New York, but has called Memphis home for the past 10 years walking over 10,000 roofs. The MidSouth’s weather more and more frequently damages roofs, enough for replacement. Hail, wind, and storm damage are considered “an Act of God” and do not

count against you on your homeowner’s insurance policy. Most insurance policies will pay the entire cost of the roof and/or interior, less your deductible. Our involvement prevents you from receiving a settlement that won’t entirely cover your costs, or even worse, getting denied. When it comes to representing you, Michael’s unique background as a skilled roofer and a master adjuster sets him apart from all others.

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FLEET FEET SPORTS >>> Passion — defined as a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something — demands action. Passion for running, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle have continually inspired Fleet Feet Sports to be the local fixture for active Memphians. From training programs, fun runs, track workouts, and

sponsoring races to hosting yoga classes, paint parties, and fitness fashion shows; community is central to Fleet Feet Sports’ identity. What began 23 years ago as the journey to become the best place in Memphis to get fit for running gear has shaped a shop that strives to be so much more.

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AVISION INC. >>> Stanley Zitron, CFO Entrepreneur Stanley Zitron, CFO of AVISION Inc., is quoted as saying, “The secret to AVISION’s success in corporate SURVEILLANCE & SECURITY is our partnerships with the very best in the industry.” We chose AVIGILON, the most advanced security manufacturer in the world featuring a system of high density, megapixel surveillance cameras that see everything day or night including faces, license tags, and critical markings. One camera today can now see the same area that ten covered. Avigilon’s system excels in video management of limited bandwidth, and video ANALYTICS, providing security personnel the ability to watch (even in total darkness), track, and remove perpetrators. The system features PERIMETER PROTECTION

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that means “hope”) with a long A: NAY-dia. She was the older sister of Billy Price, who (perhaps better known as Billy Price Carroll) became one of this city’s most acclaimed painters. The family lived in Hein Park, and later moved to a bungalow on Central, and I assume Nadia had a pretty good life growing up. Photo albums and scrapbooks lovingly preserved by her Our trivia expert solves local mysteries of niece, “Pixie” Woodall, contain images of Nadia and who, what, when, where, why, and why not. Billy perched in fancy cars, riding horses, and enjoying outings at various camps in our area. Well, sometimes. Both sisters attended the old Memphis Art Academy, by vance lauderdale with Billy studying painting and Nadia taking classes in sculpting and drawing. When she was 16, her father gave her an old Speed Graphic press camera, and she DEAR VANCE: I’ve noticed DEAR P.K.: Oh, I wish I had hired Nadia to photograph told reporters, “Naturally, I photographed everything that old school yearthe various members of my family before they were books often carried ads hauled off to prison. The mugshots would have made I could capture on film. My favorite shots were ‘human for “Photography by the Lauderdale scrapbooks complete, and it would interest’ photographs. Thus began my collection.” She took pictures and also began to hone her sculptNadia.” Who was Nadia, have given me the chance to meet a most remarkable and what happened to woman — one of the most talented photographers and ing and painting skills while attending Miss Hutchiher business? artists in our region, and a person who was apparently son’s School. She graduated from there in 1937, and quite a character. — p.k., memphis. began an internship paying $12 a week with a local After all, this was a lady who once told a report- commercial photographer named Avery N. Stratton, er, “A photographer is the only person who can shoot where she first learned film processing, printing, and retouching skills. someone, frame him, hang him, and be thanked and paid for it.” Nadia would probably have stayed with that job, but below: Nadia Price displays the Nadia Price was born in Memphis in 1919, the daugh- when World War II started — that would be Decemfirst camera she ever owned, ter of Olive and Raymond R. Price, who owned South- ber 7, 1941, for my younger readers — she enrolled in a a battered Speed Graphic, in ern Motors, the largest Cadillac dealership in the Mid- drafting school (I’m not exactly sure where that was) front of a display of some of South. Let’s get one thing straight from the beginning: and began working as one of the first — and quite She pronounced her unusual first name (a Russian word possibly the only — female draftsmen (or should I say her favorite photographs. draftswoman?) for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She was fond of saying that her life “came in thirteens” and sure enough, she was employed by Stratton for 13 months, worked for the Army for 13 months, and then took an assignment that lasted — yep — 13 months as a photographer for the Fisher Aircraft Works, a former General Motors auto-body factory in North Memphis that had been converted to making parts for B-25 bombers. Working in a man’s world, she photographed the production lines, made ID tags for workers, and performed other duties, again making the news as quite possibly the only female photographer for the Army — and General Motors — until the war ended. In 1946, she teamed up with another photographer, Caroline Jenkins, and opened a studio in the basement of an old house on Union. They called the business “Photography by Nadia” and at first their specialty was children’s portraits, but they soon branched out to include all kinds of photography: commercial, architectural, family portraits, camp meetings, church groups, weddings — even insurance claims. By 1949, the two women were doing so well that they opened their own studio in a corner of the old Baggott Sheet Metal Works company at 187 South Cooper. With her distinctive touch, Nadia converted that corner of the hum-drum building into an eye-catching art-deco-style studio, complete with pink neon lighting and an apartment on the second floor. She had a special talent, it seems, for working with restless kids, even putting her little dog on a platform next to the camera to catch their attention. Jenkins left the partnership after a few years, and Nadia continued on her own. She was quite a success, in such demand that clients often had to book her services as much as a year in advance, and one client told a reporter, “Nobody seemed to have


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Nadia designed her own studio in Cooper-Young, and the bright-pink building, still standing today, became a neighborhood landmark.

a wedding photo in the paper unless it said, ‘Photog- ment and studio behind the home in Central Gardens raphy by Nadia.’” where her niece “Pixie” lived with her husband, Robert One of the few women in Memphis known only by Woodall. Still painting and sculpting, she passed away her first name, Nadia caught the attention of the Down- at home on September 27, 2013, at the age of 94. town Association of Memphis, which in 1966 named her More than 600 of her images that captured Afrione of the “Five Outstanding Women Who Work.” A can-American life in this region, part of an exhibition called “A Delta Era Gone By,” along with some of her newspaper reporter noted, “Capturing the essence of Nadia would equate to catching water in a sifter.” In ad- cameras and equipment, were donated to Arkansas dition to her photography, in her spare time she worked State University. Another large group of her photoon incredibly detailed drawings and paintings of plants graphs now comprise the Nadia Price Collection at the and flowers, illustrated cartoons, and sculpted animals Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. (usually horses, her favorite) in ceramic and bronze. At “Photos by Nadia were coveted and cherished,” her one time, she even hand-painted scarves that were sold niece recalls. “With one camera to her eye, and the othat Memphis department stores and produced a line of er over her shoulder, Nadia’s style was to flit around a picture postcards of Arkansas scenes. crowded room snapping every possi“I hope that through my Why Arkansas? Well, at the age of ble angle and expression. The result 52, she met William Bates, a sales exec- photographs people will feel was wonderful memories for those who were her subjects.” utive for Republic Steel, and they mar- inspired to love each other.” ried in 1971 and moved to the Bates Nadia was fond of saying, “God — Nadia family farm near Quitman, Arkansas. has been good to this chick” and she There they lived in what Nadia called their “bouse” — hoped others benefited as much from life as she did. She a custom-designed combination house and barn. She had a simple aspiration: “I hope that through my phoshut down her popular photography business in Coo- tographs people will feel inspired to love each other.” per-Young, but continued to take pictures of anything In a letter written to friends and family after the and everything that suited her. By the time she officially death of her aunt, “Pixie” had this to say about Nadia: retired in 1974, she estimated she had photographed “She was a pioneer. She was undaunted by challenges, more than 50 weddings a year (sometimes two in one never saying no to whatever she faced in life. She made day) and had filed away more than 100,000 negatives. use of every moment. If she wanted something done, Bates passed away in 1982. Still living in Arkansas, nothing and no one could get in her way. She was bold, Nadia had spent time in Heber Springs, where she met yet gentle. Wiry, yet feminine. … She genuinely wantOscar Strid, a retired railroad executive. They married ed everyone to love one another. So, she spent her life trying to show them how.”  in 1985, and moved to a lovely home on Greer’s Ferry Lake. But it wasn’t a sit-by-the-lake-and-fish kind of retirement. They purchased a 35-foot Airstream trailer Got a question for vance? and roamed the country, visiting almost every state and EMAIL: Canada, until Oscar’s death in 1995. MAIL: Vance Lauderdale, Memphis magazine, With her health finally beginning to decline, Nadia 460 Tennessee Street #200, Memphis, TN 38103 returned to Memphis in 2005, moving into an apart- BLOG: M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 179

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Your home is Greenville, but you’ve lived here in Memphis for a long, long time.

I’ve lived here now for 31 years. But it wasn’t a move in the sense of moving to New York or Chicago or even New Orleans. Because Memphis was always just the city for me. I felt at home in Memphis all my life. Even when I was a little boy, I used to come up here with my aunt on shopping expeditions. So Memphis was just a bigger place in the Delta.

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When I was a boy, there was a common saying — and it was absolutely true — that you could go in the lobby of the Peabody, and if you sat perfectly still for five minutes, you’d see at least three people that you knew from town. And you would. You see, women used to come up here and buy their shoes at Levy’s. Men came up to get guns and hunting equipment. People from the Delta came to Memphis the way Japanese go to Tokyo, the way Frenchmen go to Paris. It drew people in. But I don’t think that’s nearly as true anymore, for all kinds of reasons. Like the lumber industry, for instance. Memphis used to be called “the hardwood capital of the world.” But so much of that Delta land is all timbered out now. And the cotton industry — it has changed so much. The government had nothing to do with cotton back in those days. Now, the price is fixed, and the brokers are not functioning the way they used to.

So somewhere along the line, the city sort of severed its ties with the outlying rural areas.

Yes, that’s true. It had something to do with the Chamber of Commerce style that first began to take hold when Crump ran the city and now has us on the road to becoming another Atlanta, another Houston. But it also has to do with a change in Greenville and all those other Delta towns. You can now get as good a pair of shoes in Greenville as you can get in Memphis. There’s no need to come here. There are shopping centers in all of those little towns. The homogenization of America has changed a lot of things like that.

Has the “homogenization of America” likewise changed the nature of writing? Critics speak of “a Southern style, a Southern voice, a Southern tradition” as if those things reflected a distinct spirit originating from a special kind of mythic locale. This Southern thing — is there anything left of it?

I don’t think that “The Thing” is dead, nor do I think that the South was a very special region. I think you’ll find that the northeast corner of Iowa would be a special region if you had a good writer there. Now the publishing world in the East helps to perpetuate a certain view of the South. They’re looking for sultry atmospheres and that sort of stuff. But “The Thing” is still there. We just don’t have the writers. You don’t get Faulkner all that often. I think that gothic novels always were inferior works, including War and Peace. A novel that has historical characters moving through it, saying things they never said, looking ways they never looked, is by nature a bad novel. They’re not out after the truth; they’re out after something else. So then the gothic novel was bankrupt to start with. A great artist could work with it and bring it off. Faulkner brought it off in Absalom, Absalom!, which was certainly a gothic novel. But what the hell couldn’t he bring it off, except maybe the French army mutiny?


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Still, the locale must make a difference.

I have always preferred writers who had a strong sense of place. That holds for Dostoyevsky in St. Petersburg, for Proust in Paris, for Faulkner in Yoknapatawpha. But it’s not that their place has made them special. It’s the other way around. They have made their place special. It’s the writers. It’s always the writers. If a sense of place is important for a writer, what does the homogenization of the country do to that sense of place? In other words, if Memphis, for example, is becoming less and less distinctively Memphis, how will that affect the quality of the work of a writer who is living in Memphis and writing about it? It need not affect it that much. There is always going to be a place, and there’s always going to be perceptive people to write about it. I don’t think the homogenization can ever be so great as to do away with the differences perceived by an artist.

You spent over twenty years immersed in the Civil War. What do you think are the legacies from that experience here in the South?

I used to be amazed when people would say, “Americans never lost a war.” Patton was famous for saying that, and yet his own grandfather was a colonel under Lee. If anybody ever lost a war, we lost that one. And few people have been so ground down after their defeat. Now here is the legacy: I think the Civil War gave us an enormous gift lacking in the rest of the country. It is a profound sense of the tragedy of life. Getting whipped is a hell of an experience. If you’re a kid in a fist-fight,

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and you really get beat up bad one time, you learn a lot from it. I’m not talking about being scared; I’m talking about what it feels like to be really defeated. And so it is with nations.

Do you really think people in the South still think about war in those terms?

Not consciously. I don’t think young Southerners today think about having lost a war; but I think the influences have been passed down through grandparents and parents in many subtle ways.

Do you find it necessary or even useful to keep in contact with a circle of literary friends?

No, I object to that as much as I do going to college. Now some writers thrive on that kind of thing, or seem to. Norman Mailer, for instance. I can’t imagine him living outside of a literary milieu. A good friend of mine practically associated his whole life with things like writer’s colonies, for God’s sake. I couldn’t get any work done that way. I think that the death of American poetry, which is a very real thing, is a result of all the poets now being writers-in-residence on college campuses. They’re not writing. They’re bull-sessioning at night, talking about their work — what time they’re not jumping the co-eds. It’s not a good life for a writer. They’d be much better off out on the road, riding freight trains or driving taxicabs or something. Anything but that. It’s a very dangerous thing to talk about your work. And all the old writers knew that. Nowadays, people sit around and talk about their work all the time. They’ll say, “This is what I’m doing now … I’m fixing to work out this problem ….” and so on. The next thing you know, you just talk it away. It can really happen. If you solve your problems, you’re not going to write about them. People don’t write books because they’ve got a great deal of wisdom to impart to somebody; they write books because they want to find the answers for themselves and share the search. It’s not, “I have a thing to tell you,” even if you say it is. It’s an exploration and a discovery. And once you’ve found out the answer, you’d think, “Now I can really sit down and write another book — even better — about this same thing.” But it’s not in you.

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In much the same way that you don’t want to become the Civil War expert and continue to write in that vein?

That’s right. The old question won’t engage your interest.

So what will you do next, after Two Gates to the City is finished?

Die, I expect. I don’t care. I’ve got about two million words between covers now. If I don’t do anything else, it’s all right with me.  M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 181

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on’t even try to sweet-talk Vickie Nethery into describing the dishes she serves on No Menu Monday, a monthly tradition at Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen where each course remains a mystery until after the meal. “Just play along and try to guess,” Nethery suggests, and so we do, starting with the amuse-bouche, a half-dollarsize bite of spiny lobster beautifully plated with ingredients we later learn are hazelnuts, tarragon, and Serrano peppers. (My husband guesses the lobster, but I’m not even close.) For our first course, we try again and listen for clues from wine director and general manager Ryan Radish, who pours Villa Matilde Falanghina, a white wine from Italy’s Campania region. We hear words like “chalkiness” and “minerality” and “no oak” as precursors for the next dish, which stacks textured and colorful layers. On top, a mild fish with an elegant taste reminds me of scallops. In the middle, potatoes and pork shoulder rest on what I assume is a deep green bed of kale. Tangerine colored ’nduja also meanders across the plate. For the fish, I guess cod or maybe halibut. My husband, who never eats fish, has no idea. Still, he praises the dish (he ate it all) until I announce on the drive home that

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SUCKLING PIG: It takes four days to turn a 35-pound suckling pig into a lovely terrine-inspired pork cake plated with nut ragu (walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, pistachios) and a salad made with bacon, apples, and frisee. declare with joyful conviction: “This pasta is heaven-sent.” A few weeks later, I talk to chef de cuisine Ryan Jenniges and sous chef Chad Harrison to learn how the pasta was made. Yes, the gnocchi were stuffed with black trumpet mushrooms cooked down with Taleggio cheese. And the gnocchi’s lovely emulsified sauce? Brown butter (Pam scores), black truffles, pasta water, and Parmesan cheese. And dessert served with florets of whipped cream? A Meyer lemon upside-down cake from Kayla Palmer, the pastry chef at Porcellino’s, a sister restaurant like Hog & Hominy located across the street. As the chefs continue to talk about seasonChef de cuisine Ryan Jenniges, al cooking and above, will move downtown Southern food, when Hudman and Ticer’s I see they are new restaurant, Catherine & simpatico, much Mary’s, opens later this year. like their mentors, chef/owners Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman. Certainly, Ticer and Hudman’s own story is one to embrace. Longtime friends, they come from big Italian families in Memphis and grew up celebrating food. They started talking about opening a restaurant as teenagers, and when they graduated from Christian Brothers High School in 1998, their trajectory together included culinary school, half a dozen years

CALABRIAN WINTER: Bartender Evan Potts mixes rye, lemon, Borducan liqueur, and Calabrian pepper honey for a warm and textured drink that feels like a favorite afghan, crocheted together with brown and orange squares.

CASONSEI: Sunchokes, horseradish, and mascarpone cheese fill tortellini-like pasta tossed in sage-infused brown butter and drizzled with saba made from Concord grapes. Naughty, rich, and unforgettable? Yes, yes, and yes.

cooking at Chez Philippe and Encore under For pasta lovers, half a dozen house-made the tutelage of chef Jose Gutierrez, and a pivoptions build the menu’s core. Pastas are otal trip to Italy to cook and study. Andrew Michael’s calling card, and for good reason. Potato gnocIn 2008, the chefs opened chi features short rib ragu, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, converting a post-war ramfresh basil, and a dusting of bler on Brookhaven Circle into baby bread crumbs infused with fried chili and garlic. the flagship for what will soon Mafalde with braised oxbe a five-restaurant group with upcoming locations in tail ruff les on the edges like New Orleans and downtown Christmas ribbon candy. And Maw Maw’s ravioli is a house Memphis. “Andrew Michael will alfavorite, culled from the kitchways be our baby. We start en of Hudman’s grandmother, ever y morning drinking Catherine Chiozza. Each dish is carefully coffee with our managers in While dishes are sized sufficonceptualized, with this room,” Ticer says about ciently to stand alone, I typically its own personality the light-filled private dining eat with such relish that I like to room, part of the restaurant’s slip out back for some air, where and flavors that ambitious renovation last year I find a French door off the deck, build, like a wellto expand the bar, the kitchen, a luminescent viewfinder into and the front of the house. the inner workings of Andrew told story, to a These days, many customers Michael’s kitchen. From my memorable finish. head intuitively for the bar, perch, I feel a little guilty, as if where the atmosphere is fun and boisterI’m eavesdropping on chef Jenniges, deeply ous but the restaurant’s menu and exemplary focused on a single plate. Around him, half a dozen other chefs orbit, and in the nighttime service are the same. Likewise, each dish is carefully conceptualized, with its own perquiet, the scene feels like a family, working sonality and flavors that build, like a welltogether to build a better whole. For Ticer and Hudman, the analogy is an told story, to a memorable finish. Some dishes apt one, a driving mantra for why they cook are comforting, like the medley of parsnips, farro, bok choy, and Dijon cream sauce topped and why their business continues to grow. by a boneless chicken breast with the dru“We want our people to get to the highest mette attached. Others are more playful, like level they can with our company and run one of our restaurants or open their own,” Hudthe menu’s tartare, a patty of cold-smoked man says. “It will be the biggest compliment swordfish, crème fraiche, paddlefish caviar, and fresh chives anchored by a tall stack of to us when one of our people opens their own house-made chips. restaurant. We are waiting for that day.”  M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 183

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The HM Dessert Lounge


by pamela denney

f you doubt the bond between food and friends, then you’ve never watched Fran Mosley serve Strawberry Temptation, a statuesque dessert as curvy and jubilant as the women who ooh and ahh while snapping Instagram photos. “I am dancing in my seat,” says customer Sheronica Prater, jumping up to admire a cocktail glass filled with berries, ice cream, whipped cream, caramel syrup, and a warm strawberry brownie. At HM Dessert Lounge, customer fun mat- Mae Clark, and great-grandmother, Annie ters to Fran and Casscius Mosley, the husband Bowers Thomas, were esteemed bakers in the and wife team who grew their new business Memphis neighborhoods where they lived. from an annual dessert bake-off for friends Likewise, Fran’s more contemporary leanings and family called Sweet Café. still respect her Southern roots, The first competition held in the both with baking and entrees couple’s home pitted two fruit served only at lunch. “Our niche cobblers: Fran’s apple crunch is to always look for something on and Casscius’ peach. Fran won. the savory side,” Fran explains. Tastings, cake sales, and Consider Waff le Wednescatering gigs eventually condays, when piquant cabbage vinced the couple to open their and a topping (fried chicken, cheerful cafe in Midtown, catty smothered pork chops, or corner from Minglewood Hall. pot roast cooked for 16 Casscius and Fran Mosley hours) ride atop a subShort for haute monde, the name HM is an apt comparison for desserts lime cornbread waffle, crunchy on its like Fru Fru Fran’s Way, a pineapple coconut ridges, but a little soft inside. Fran starts layer cake iced with pineapple buttercream with a buttermilk cornbread recipe and and topped with strawberries, blueber- adds onion, cheddar cheese, green peppers, ries, kiwi, and grapes. (Remember: roasted red peppers, and dashes of hot sauce at the end. “I don’t know how many dashes of Fruit is healthy.) hot sauce I use,” Fran says. “I just Other desserts, such as bakeep adding it until the batter nana pudding cake studded turns pink.” with vanilla wafers, pay homage to Fran’s fam1586 Madison Ave. ily. Her late grand(901-290-2099) $ mother, Willie

MEMPHIS STEW We celebrate our city’s community table and the people who grow, cook, and eat the best Memphis food.


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emphis magazine offers this restaurant listing as a service Angus steaks, duck, pasta, and seafood. Closed Sun.-Wed. 4715 Rd. W. (Nesbit, MS). 662-781-5100. D, X, $-$$$ to its readers. The directory is not intended as a recommendation of the estab- Church BOOKSELLERS BISTRO—Serves soups, sandwiches, quiche, lishments included, nor does it list every restaurant in town. It does, however, salads, pasta, and seafood, including shrimp polenta; a specialty is pesto include most of the city’s finer restaurants, many specialty restaurants, and a representative pasta.  The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Extd. 374-0881. B, L, D, WB, X, $-$$ sampling of other Bluff City eating establishments. No fast-food facilities or cafeterias BOSCOS —Tennessee’s first craft brewery serves a variety of freshly are listed, nor have we included establishments that rely heavily on take-out business. brewed beers as well as wood-fired oven pizzas, pasta, seafood, steaks, and sandwiches. 2120 Madison. 432-2222. L, D, SB (with live jazz), Restaurants are included regardless of whether they advertise in Memphis magazine. , MRA, $-$$   The guide is updated regularly, but we recommend that you call ahead to check on hours, X BOUNTY ON BROAD—Offering family-style dining, Bounty prices, and other details. Suggestions from readers are welcome; please contact us. serves small plates and family-sized platters, with such specialties as grilled pork loin and stuffed quail. Closed Mon. 2519 Broad. 410-8131. Email D (Tues.-Sat.), SB, X, $-$$ BOZO’S HOT PIT BAR-B-Q—Barbecue, burgers, sandwiches, BAR-B-Q SHOP—Dishes up barbecued ribs, spaghetti, bologna; ABUELO’S MEXICAN FOOD EMBASSY—Mejores de la and subs. 342 Hwy 70, Mason, TN. 901-294-3400. L, D, $-$$ also pulled pork shoulder, Texas toast barbecue sandwich, chicken casa — beef and stuffed shrimp — is a specialty here, along with BRAZIL FLAVOR—Offers daily buffet with traditional Brazilian tilapia Veracruz, quesadillas, chili rellenos, and chicken sandwich, and salads. Closed Sun. 1782 Madison. 272-1277. L, D, dishes. Closed Monday. 8014 Club Center Dr. 746-9855. L, D, $ medallions.   8274 Highway 64 (Bartlett). 672-0769. L, D, X, $-$$ X, MRA, $-$$ BRASS DOOR IRISH PUB—Irish and New-American cuisine ABYSSINIA RESTAURANT—Ethiopian/Mediterranean BARDOG TAVERN—Classic American grill with Italian influence, includes such entrees as fish and chips burgers, sandwiches, salads, and menu includes beef, chicken, lamb, fish entrees, and vegetarian Bardog offers pasta specialties such as Grandma’s NJ Meatballs, as well as daily specials. 152 Madison. 572-1813. L, D, SB, $ salads, sliders, sandwiches, and daily specials.  73 Monroe. 275-8752. dishes; also a lunch buffet. 2 600 Poplar. 321-0082. L, D, X, $-$$ BROADWAY PIZZA HOUSE—Serving a variety of B (Mon.-Fri.), L, D, WB, X, $-$$ ACRE—Features seasonal modern American cuisine in a stylish pizzas,including the Broadway Special, as well as sandwiches, salads, setting using locally sourced products; also small-plates/bar. Closed BARI RISTORANTE ENOTECA—Authentic Southeastern wings, and “soul-food specials.”  2581 Broad. 454-7930; 627 S. Italian cuisine (Puglia) emphasizes lighter entrees. Serves fresh fish for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. 690 S. Perkins. 818-2273. L, D, X, Mendenhall. 207-1546. L, D, X, $-$$ and beef dishes and a homemade soup of the day. 2 2 S. Cooper. $$-$$$ BROOKLYN BRIDGE ITALIAN RESTAURANT— 722-2244. D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ AGAVE MARIA—Menu items at this Mexican eatery include Specializing in such homemade entrees as spinach lasagna and lobster duck tacos, shrimp and scallop enchiladas, and salmon sashimi BAYOU BAR & GRILL—New Orleans fare at this Overton ravioli; a seafood specialty is horseradish-crusted salmon. Closed tostadas; also family-style chef’s seasonal selections. 83 Union. Square eatery includes jambalaya, gumbo, catfish Acadian, shrimp Sun. 1779 Kirby Pkwy. 755-7413. D, X, dishes, red beans and rice, and 341-2096. L, D, X, $-$$ DINING SYMBOLS MRA, $-$$$ muffalettas; also serves some favorites ALCHEMY—Southern fusion, locally grown cuisine features small BROTHER JUNIPER’S—Breakfast is from the former Le Chardonnay. 2094 and large plates; among the offerings is the pan-seared hanger steak B — breakfast the focus here, with specialty omelets, Madison. 278-8626. L, D, WB, X, $-$$ with duck-fat-roasted fingerling potatoes; also handcrafted cocktails including the open-faced San Diegan omelet; and local craft beers. Closed for dinner Sun.  940 S. Cooper. BEAUTY SHOP—Modern American L — lunch also daily specials, and homemade breads 726-4444. D, SB, X, $-$$ cuisine with international flair served in a D — dinner and pastries. Closed Mon. 3519 Walker. former beauty shop. Serves steaks salads, ALDO’S PIZZA PIES—Serving gourmet pizzas — including Mr. SB — Sunday brunch 324-0144. B, X, MRA, $ pasta, and seafood, including pecanT Rex — salads, and more. Also 30 beers, bottled or on tap.  100 S. WB — weekend brunch THE BRUSHMARK—New American crusted golden sea bass. Closed for dinner Main. 577-7743; 752 S. Cooper. 725-7437. L, D, X, $-$$ cuisine with a menu that changes seasonally; Sunday. 966 S. Cooper. 272-7111. L, D, X — wheelchair accessible AMERIGO—Traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine includes offers sandwiches, salads, soups, pastas, and SB, X, $-$$$ pasta, wood-fired pizza, steaks, and cedarwood-roasted fish. 1239 MRA — member, Memphis crepes. Closed Mon. and Tues. Brooks BEDROCK EATS & SWEETS— Ridgeway, Park Place Mall. 761-4000. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ Restaurant Association Museum, Overton Park, 1934 Poplar. Memphis’ only Paleo-centric restaurant ANDREW MICHAEL ITALIAN KITCHEN—Traditional $ — under $15 per person without 544-6225. L, WB, X, $-$$ offering such dishes as pot roast, waffles, Italian cuisine with a menu that changes seasonally with such entrees drinks or desserts BRYANT’S BREAKFAST—Three-egg enchiladas, chicken salad, omelets, and as Maw Maw’s ravioli. Closed Sun.-Mon. 712 W. Brookhaven Cl. 347omelets, pancakes, and The Sampler Platter more. Closed Sun. 327 S. Main. 409 $$ — under $25 3569. D, X, $$-$$$ are among the popular entrees here. Closed 6433. B, L, D, X, $-$$ ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE—Offering several varieties of $$$ — $26-$50 Tuesday. 3 965 Summer. 324-7494. B, L, X, BELLE-A SOUTHERN BISTRO— eggs benedict, waffles, omelets, pancakes, beignets, and other $$$$ — over $50 $ Brisket in a bourbon brown sugar glaze, breakfast fare; also burgers,sandwiches, and salads. . 6063 Park Ave. SHADED — new listing BUCKLEY’S FINE FILET GRILL— and chicken with basmati rice are among 729-7020. B, L, WB, X, $ Specializes in steaks, seafood, and pasta. the specialties; also seafood entrees and THE ARCADE—Possibly Memphis’ oldest cafe. Specialties include (Lunchbox serves entree salads, burgers, and more.) 5355 Poplar. such vegetables as blackened green tomatoes. Closed for dinner Sun. sweet potato pancakes, a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, 683-4538; 919 S. Yates (Buckley’s Lunchbox), 682-0570. L (Yates and all day Mon.  117 Union Ave. 433-9851. L, D, WB, X, $-$$$ and breakfast served all day. 540 S. Main. 526-5757. B, L, D only, M-F), D, X, MRA, $-$$ BENIHANA—This Japanese steakhouse serves beef, chicken, and (Thurs.-Sat.), X, $ BUNTYN CORNER CAFE—Serving favorites from Buntyn seafood grilled at the table; some menu items change monthly; sushi AREPA & SALSA— Offering Venezuelan dishes such as the Restaurant, including chicken and dressing, cobbler, and yeast bar also featured. 912 Ridge Lake. 767-8980. L, D, X, $$-$$$ namesake arepa (a corn-based dish with a variety of fillings) and rolls. 5050 Poplar, Suite 107. 424-3286. B, L, X, $ BHAN THAI—Authentic Thai cuisine includes curries, pad Thai tostones with shredded pork or black beans. Closed Sunday. 662 THE BUTCHER SHOP—Serves steaks ranging from 8-oz. fillets noodles, and vegetarian dishes, as well as seafood, pork, and duck Madison. 949-8537. L, D, X, $ to a 20-oz. porterhouse; also chicken, pork chops, fresh seafood.  107 entrees. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. and all day Mon. 1324 Peabody. ASIAN PALACE—Chinese eatery serves seafood, vegetarian items, S. Germantown Rd. (Cordova). 757-4244. L (Fri. and Sun.), D, X, 272-1538. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ dim sum, and more. 5266 Summer Ave. 766-0831. L, D, X, $-$$ MRA, $$-$$$ BLEU—This eclectic restaurant features American food with global A-TAN—Serves Chinese and Japanese hibachi cuisine, complete CAFE 1912—French/American bistro serving such seafood entrees as influences and local ingredients. Among the specialties are a 14-oz. with sushi bar. A specialty is Four Treasures with garlic sauce. 3445 grouper and steamed mussels: also crepes, salads, and French onion soup, bone-in rib-eye and several seafood dishes. 2 21 S. Third, in the Poplar, Suite 17, University Center. 452-4477. L, D, X, $-$$$ 243 S. Cooper. 722-2700. D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$ Westin Memphis Beale St. Hotel. 334-5950. B, L, D, WB, X, AUTOMATIC SLIM’S—Longtime downtown favorite specializes $$-$$$ CAFE ECLECTIC—Spanish omelets, and chicken and waffles are in contemporary American cuisine emphasizing local ingredients; also among menu items, along with sandwiches, wraps, and burgers.  603 BLUE DAZE BISTRO—Serving American cuisine with Cajun extensive martini list. 83 S. Second. 525-7948. L, D, WB, X, MRA, N. McLean. 725-1718; 111 Harbor Town Square. 590-4645; 510 S. flair; lunch entrees include the Black & Bleu Salad and a crab cake $-$$$ sandwich; dinner entrees range from salmon to Cajun cream penne Highland. 410-0765. B, L, D, SB, X, MRA, $ BABALU TACOS & TAPAS—This Overton Square eatery pasta. Closed for dinner Sun., and all day Mon.-Wed.  221 E. CAFE KEOUGH—European-style cafe serving quiche, paninis, dishes up Spanish-style tapas with Southern flair; also taco and Commerce St., Hernando (MS). 662-469-9304. L, D, SB, X, salads, and more.  12 S. Main. 509-2469. B, L, D, X, $ enchilada of the day; specials change daily. 2115 Madison. 274$-$$$ CAFE OLE—Now under new ownership, this 23-year-old eatery 0100. L, D, SB, X, $-$$ BLUE NILE ETHIOPIAN—Kabobs, flavorful chicken and lamb specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine; one specialty is the build-yourBAHAMA BREEZE—Baby back ribs, Jamaican chicken wings, stew, and injera (flatbread) are traditional items on the menu, along own quesadilla. 9 59 S. Cooper. 343-0103. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$ and coconut shrimp are among the entrees at this Caribbean-fusion with vegetarian options. 1  788 Madison. 474-7214. L, D, X , $-$$ CAFE PALLADIO—Serves gourmet salads, soups, sandwiches, restaurant. 2830 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 385-8744. BLUEFIN RESTAURANT & SUSHI LOUNGE—Serves and desserts in a tea room inside the antiques shop. Closed Sun. 2 169 L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ Japanese fusion cuisine featuring seafood, duck, and steaks, with Central. 278-0129. L, X, $ BANGKOK ALLEY—Thai fusion cuisine includes noodle and seasonally changing menu; also, a sushi bar and flatbread pizza. CAFE PIAZZA BY PAT LUCCHESI—Specializes in gourmet curry dishes, chef-specialty sushi rolls, coconut soup, and duck and Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. 135 S. Main. 528-1010. L, D, X, MRA, pizzas (including create-your-own), panini sandwiches, and pasta. seafood entrees. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. at Brookhaven $-$$ Closed Sun. 139 S. Rowlett St. (Collierville). 861-1999. L, D, X, location; call for hours. 121 Union Ave. 522-2010; 2150 W. Poplar BOMBAY HOUSE—Indian fare includes lamb korma and $-$$ at Houston Levee (Collierville). 854-8748; 715 W. Brookhaven chicken tikka; also, a daily luncheon buffet. 1727 N. Germantown CAFE PONTOTOC—Serves a variety of internationally inspired Cl. 590-2585. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ Pkwy. (Cordova). 755-4114. L, D, X, $-$$ small plates, as well as salads and sandwiches. Closed Mon.  314 S. BAR DKDC— Features an ever-changing menu of international BONEFISH GRILL—Serves wood-grilled fish,as well as steaks, Main. 249-7955. L, D, WB, X, $-$$ “street food,” from Thai to Mexican, Israeli to Indian, along with chicken and pork entrees. 1250 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). CAFE SOCIETY—With Belgian and classic French influences, specialty cocktails. Closed Sun.-Mon. 964 S. Cooper. 272-0830. D, 753-2220; 4680 Merchants Park Circle, Carriage Crossing serves Wagyu beef, chicken, and seafood dishes, including baconX, $ (Collierville). 854-5822. L (Fri.-Sat.), D, SB, X , $-$$$ wrapped shrimp, along with daily specials and vegetarian entrees. BAR LOUIE—Serves small plates, flatbreads, sandwiches, burgers, BONNE TERRE —This inn’s cafe features American cuisine with a Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. 212 N. Evergreen. 722-2177. L, D, X, MRA, salads, and such large plate entrees as blackened fish tacos and Southern flair, and a seasonal menu that changes monthly. Offers $$-$$$ baked mac-and-cheese. 2125 Madison. 207-1436. L, D, WB, X, $-$$ M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 185

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These establishments offer American cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. While some serve ethnic entrees, the emphasis is on steaks, salads, sandwiches, pasta, fish and seafood. Also some soul-food and homestyle cooking.

CHILI’S—7810 Poplar (Germantown). 756-5203; 4609 Poplar. 685-2257; 8100 Giacosa Pl. 372-3132; 287 W. Goodman Rd. (Southaven). 662-349-7002; 237 Market Blvd. (Collierville). 853-7520; 1260 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 756-7771; 8526 Highway 51 (Millington). 872-0555. COLTON’S STEAKHOUSE—8030 J. ALEXANDER’S—2670 N. GermanHighway 64 (Bartlett). 383-8445; 8051 town Pkwy. (Cordova). 381-9670. Goodman Rd. (Olive Branch). 662-890-4142. APPLEBEE’S—2114 Union Ave. 725-7136; COMO STEAKHOUSE—203 Main St. 2890 Bartlett Blvd. (Bartlett). 213-5034; Como, MS. 662-526-9529. 710 DeSoto Cove (Horn Lake, MS). 662-772THE COVE—2559 Broad Ave. 730-0719. 5914; 7515 Goodman Rd. (Olive Branch, THE CUPBOARD—1400 Union. MS). 662-893-7555. 276-8015 AJAX DINER— 118 Courthouse Sq., ELWOOD’S SHACK—4523 Summer. Oxford, MS. 662-232-8880. 761-9898. BELLY ACRES—2102 Trimble Pl, 529EVERGREEN GRILL—1545 Overton 7017. Park. 249-2393. BLUE AND WHITE RESTAURANT—1355 U.S. 61 N., Tunica, T.G.I. FRIDAY’S—185 Union, Double Tree Hotel. 523-8500; 176 E. Goodman MS. 662-363-1371. Rd. (Southaven). 662-349-4223; 7733 BLUE PLATE CAFE—5469 Poplar. Winchester Rd. 752-1369; 8325 Highway 761-9696; 113 S. Court. 523-2050. 64. 372-2539. BLUE SHOE BAR & GRILL—Hotel KEM’S RESTAURANT—2751 New Memphis, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Brunswick Rd., Holiday Inn & Suites. 266362-6200. 1952. BON TON CAFE—150 Monroe. LBOE—2021 Madison Ave. 725-0770. 525-0883. LOGAN’S ROADHOUSE—2710 N. CAJUN CATFISH Germantown Parkway. 381-5254; 5901 COMPANY—1616 Sycamore View Poplar. 684-2272; 7755 Winchester Rd. Rd. 383-8958; 336 New Byhalia Rd. 759-1430; 6685 Airways Blvd. (Southaven). Collierville. 861-0122 662-772-5015. CHEDDAR’S—7684 Winchester. MAC’S BURGERS—4698 624-8881; 2147 N. Germantown Pkwy. Spottswood. 512-4604. 380-1119. MIDTOWN CROSSING THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY—2760 N. Germantown Pkwy, GRILLE—394 N. Watkins. 443-0502. O’CHARLEY’S—6045 Stage Rd., #74. Suite 193 (Wolfchase). 937-1613. 373-5602 (Bartlett); 1040 N. Germantown CAPITAL GRILLE—Known for its dry-aged, hand-carved steaks; among the specialties are bone-in sirloin, and porcini-rubbed Delmonico; also seafood entrees and seasonal lunch plates. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. Crescent Center, 6065 Poplar. 683-9291. L, D, X, $$$-$$$$ CAPRICCIO GRILL ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE—Offers prime steaks, fresh seafood (lobster tails, grouper, mahi mahi), pasta, and several northern Italian specialties. 149 Union, The Peabody. 529-4199. B, L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$$ CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL—Serves chicken Bryan, calamari, various pastas, and other “old-world” Italian entrees. 4600 Merchant’s Park Cl., Carriage Crossing (Collierville). 854-0200; 5110 Poplar. 685-9900. L (Sat.-Sun.), D, X, $-$$$ CASABLANCA—Lamb shawarma is one of the fresh, homemade specialties served at this Mediterranean/Moroccan restaurant; fish entrees and vegetarian options also available. 5030 Poplar. 7258557. L, D, X, $-$$ CELTIC CROSSING—Specializes in Irish and American pub fare. Entrees include shepherd’s pie, shrimp and sausage coddle, and fish and chips. 903 S. Cooper. 274-5151. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$ CENTRAL BBQ—Serves ribs, smoked hot wings, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken, turkey, nachos, and portobello sandwiches. Offers both pork and beef barbecue. 2249 Central Ave. 272-9377; 4375 Summer Ave. 767-4672; 147 E. Butler. 672-7760. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ CHEZ PHILIPPE—Classical/contemporary French cuisine presented in a luxurious atmosphere with a seasonal menu focused on local/regional cuisine. Afternoon tea served Wed.-Sat., 1-3 p.m. (reservations required). Closed Sun.-Tues. The Peabody, 149 Union. 529-4188. D, X, MRA, $$$$ THE CHOO— Serving train-themed dishes, including the Brakeman smoked sausage and the Baggageman, a BLT with bologna or bacon. Also serving salads, daily chef specials, and meat-and-two dishes. Closed Mon.-Tues. 3045 Southern. 324-3246. L, SB, $ CIAO BELLA—Among the Italian and Greek specialties are lasagna, seafood pasta, eggplant rolotini, gourmet pizzas, and vegetarian options. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. 565 Erin Dr., Erinway Shopping Center. 205-2500. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ CITY GROCERY—Southern eclectic cuisine; shrimp and grits is a specialty. Closed for dinner Sunday. 152 Courthouse Square (Oxford, MS). 662-232-8080. L, D, SB, X, $$-$$$

CLUBS/PUBS/SPORTS BARS Pkw. 754-6201; 357 W. Goodman Rd. 662-349-6663 (Southaven); 656 W. Poplar (Collierville). 861-5811. THE OLIVE GARDEN—7778 Winchester. 624-2003; 8405 Highway 64, Wolfchase Galleria. 377-3437; 6615 Airways (Southaven). 662-536-3350; 5679 Poplar, #1. 761-5711. OSHI BURGER BAR—94 s. Main. 341-2091. OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE— 1110 N. Germantown Parkway. 751-9800; 2255 Union Ave. 728-5100; 125 W. Goodman Rd. (Southaven). 662-349-7488. MRA. RAFFERTY’S—4542 Poplar. 374-0096; 505 N. Germantown Pkwy. 755-4799. RUBY TUESDAY—1653 Sycamore View. 382-9280;7535 Winchester. 7556570. SIDECAR CAFE—2194 Whitten. 388-0285. SILVER CABOOSE—132 E. Mulberry (Collierville). 853-0010. SKIMO’S—1166 N. Houston Levee, #107. 756-5055. MRA. SOUL FISH CAFE—862 S. Cooper. 725-0722; 3160 Village Shops Dr. (Germantown). 755-6988. 4720 Poplar. 590-0323. MRA. SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE—40 W. Huling. 521-0907. STONEY RIVER—7515 Poplar. 2071100. TUGS—River Inn, 51 Harbor Town Square. 260-3344. MRA. VINEGAR JIM’S—12062 Forrest (Arlington). 867-7568. WOLF RIVER CAFE—460 U.S. 194 (Rossville). 853-2586.

COLETTA’S—Longtime eatery serves such specialties as homemade ravioli, lasagna, and pizza with barbecue or traditional toppings. 2850 Appling Rd. (Bartlett). 383-1122; 1063 S. Parkway E. 948-7652. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ CORKY’S—Popular barbecue emporium offers both wet and dry ribs, plus a full menu of other barbecue entrees. Wed. lunch buffets, Cordova and Collierville. 5259 Poplar. 685-9744; 1740 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 737-1911; 743 W. Poplar (Collierville). 405-4999; 6434 Goodman Rd., Olive Branch. 662-893-3663. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ COZY CORNER—Serving up ribs, pork sandwiches, chicken, spaghetti, and more; also homemade banana pudding. Closed Sun.Mon. 745 N. Parkway. 527-9158. L, D, $ THE CRAZY NOODLE—Korean noodle dishes range from bibam beef noodle with cabbage, carrots, and other vegetables, to curry chicken noodle; also rice cakes served in a flavorful sauce. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. 2015 Madison. 272-0928. L, D, X, $ CURRY BOWL— Specializes in Southern Indian cuisine, serving Tandoori chicken, biryani, tikka masala, and more. Weekend buffet. 4141 Hacks Cross. 207-6051. L, D, $ DEJAVU—Serves Creole, soul, and vegetarian cuisine, including po-boys, jambalaya, and shrimp and grits. 51 S. Main. 505-0212. L, D, X, $-$$ DERAE RESTAURANT—Ethiopian and Mediterranean fare includes fuul, or fava beans in spices and yoghurt, goat meat and rice, and garlic chicken over basmati rice with cilantro chutney; also salmon and tilapia. Closed Monday. 923 S. Highland. 552-3992. B, L, D, $-$$ ECCO—Mediterranean-inspired specialties range from rib-eye steak to seared scallops to housemade pastas and a grilled vegetable plate; also a Saturday brunch. Closed Sun.-Mon. 1585 Overton Park. 410-8200. L, D, X, $-$$ EIGHTY3—Contemporary menu of steaks and seafood offers a variety of eclectic specialties; also weekly specials, small plates, appetizers, and patio dining. 83 Madison Ave. 333-1224. B, L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ EL MEZCAL—Serves burritos, chimichangas, fajitas, and other Mexican cuisine, as well as shrimp dinners and steak. 402 Perkins Extd. 761-7710; 694 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 7551447; 1492 Union. 274-4264; 11615 Airline Rd. (Arlington). 8671883; 9045 Highway 64 (Lakeland). 383-4219; 7164 Hacks Cross Rd. (Olive Branch). 662-890-3337; 8834 Hwy. 51 N.

From Beale Street night spots to neighborhood bars/grills, these places dish out a variety of food. Many offer live entertainment, and patrons can’t miss the large-screen TVs. ALEX’S TAVERN—1445 Jackson. 278-9086. ALFRED’S—197 Beale. 525-3711. MRA. B.B. KING’S BLUES CLUB—143 Beale. 524-5464. MRA. BEALE STREET TAP ROOM—168 Beale St. 576-2220. BELMONT GRILL—4970 Poplar. 767-0305; 9102 Poplar Pike (Germantown). 624-6001. MRA. BLIND BEAR SPEAKEASY—119 S. Main, Pembroke Square. 417-8435. BLUE MONKEY—2012 Madison. 272-2583; 513 S. Front. 5276665. BLUES CITY CAFE—138 Beale St. 526-3637. MRA. BROOKHAVEN PUB & GRILL—695 W. Brookhaven Circle. 680-8118. MRA. BUFFALO WILD WINGS—3448 Poplar. 324-9225; 3770 Hacks Cross Rd. 737-9463; 7188 Airways (Southaven). 662-3497776; 8385 Highway 64. 380-9294. DOUBLE J SMOKEHOUSE & SALOON—124 E. G.E. Patterson. 347-2648. EARNESTINE & HAZEL’S—531 S. Main. 523-9754. MRA. EAST END GRILL—7547 Highway 64. 937-1392; 7956 Winchester Rd. 432-4256. MRA. FLYING SAUCER DRAUGHT EMPORIUM—130 Peabody Place. 523-7468; 1400 Germantown Pkwy. 755-5530. MRA. FLYNN’S RESTAURANT & BAR—159 Beale St. 523-1940. FOX AND HOUND ENGLISH PUB & GRILL—847 Exocet Dr. 624-9060; 5101 Sanderlin Ave. 763-2013; 6565 Town Center Crossing (Southaven). 662-536-2200. GRAWEMEYER’S—520 S. Main. 800-1553. HADLEY’S PUB—2779 Whitten Rd. 266-5006. HARD ROCK CAFE—126 Beale. 529-0007. HICKORY TAVERN—4600 Merchants Park Cir. 861-0196. HIGH POINT PUB—477 High Point Terrace. 452-9203. HUEY’S—1927 Madison. 726-4372; 1771 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 754-3885; 77 S. Second. 527-2700; 2130 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-4455; 7090 Malco Blvd. (Southaven). 662-3497097; 7825 Winchester. 624-8911; 4872 Poplar. 682-7729; 7677 Farmington Blvd. (Germantown). 318-3030. MRA. JERRY LEE LEWIS’ CAFE & HONKY TONK—310 Beale St. 654-5171. KING’S PALACE CAFE—162 Beale. 521-1851. MRA. MEMPHIS SPORTS PUB—5012 Park Ave. 767-8632. MIDTOWN CROSSING GRILLE—394 N. Watkins. 443-0502. MURPHY’S—1589 Madison. 726-4193. MRA. NEIL’S MUSIC ROOM—5727 Quince Rd. 682-2300. OLD ZINNIE’S—1688 Madison. 726-5004. PATRICK’S—4972 Park Ave. 682-2852. MRA. P & H CAFE—1532 Madison. 726-0906. PIG ON BEALE—167 Beale. 529-1544 ROCKHOUSELIVE—2586 Poplar. 324-6300. 5709 Raleigh LaGrange. 386-7222. R.P. TRACKS— 3547 Walker. 327-1471. RUM BOOGIE CAFE— 182 Beale. 528-0150. SAMMY HAGAR’S RED ROCKER BAR & GRILL— Southland Park, 1550 North Ingram Blvd. (West Memphis). 872735-3670. SILKY O’SULLIVAN’S—183 Beale St. 522-9596. MRA. THE SILLY GOOSE—100 Peabody Place. 435-6915. THE SLIDER INN—2117 Peabody. 725-1155. SOUTH OF BEALE— 361 S. Main. 526-0388. T J MULLIGAN’S—8071 Trinity Rd. (Cordova). 756-4480; 2821 N. Houston Levee Rd. 377-9997. UBEE’S—521 S. Highland. 323-0900 WESTY’S—346 N. Main. 543-3278 . THE WINDJAMMER—786 E. Brookhaven Cl. 683-9044.

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CIT Y DINING LIST (Millington). 872-3220; 7424 Highway 64 (Bartlett). 417-6026; 9947 Wolf River (Collierville) 853-7922. L, D, X, $ EL PORTON—Fajitas, quesadillas, and steak ranchero are just a few of the menu items. 2095 Merchants Row (Germantown). 7544268; 8361 Highway 64. 380-7877; 65 S. Highland, Poplar Plaza. 452-7330; 1805 N. Germantown Parkway (Cordova). 624-9358; 1016 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-5770. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ EMERALD THAI RESTAURANT—Spicy shrimp, pad khing, lemon grass chicken, and several noodle, rice, and vegetarian dishes are offered at this family restaurant. Closed Sunday.  8950 Highway 64 (Lakeland). 384-0540. L, D X, $-$$ ERLING JENSEN—Presents “globally inspired” cuisine: specialties are rack of lamb, big game entrees,and fresh fish dishes. 1044 S. Yates. 763-3700. D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ EVELYN & OLIVE—Jamaican/Southern fusion cuisine includes such dishes as Kingston stew fish, Rasta Pasta, and jerk rib-eye. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun.-Mon. 630 Madison. 748-5422. L, D, X, $ EXLINES’ BEST PIZZA—Serves pizza, Italian dinners, sandwiches, and salads.  2935 Austin Peay. 388-4711; 6250 Stage Rd. (Bartlett). 382-3433; 2801 Kirby Parkway. 754-0202; 7730 Wolf River Blvd. (Germantown). 753-4545; 531 W. Stateline Rd. 662-342-4544 (check online for additional locations). L, D, X, $ 4DUMPLINGS—Chicken with celery and pork with Napa cabbage are among the hand-made dumpling varieties; also serves Asian tacos, and noodle and rice meals. Closed Sunday.  6515 Poplar. 762-4184. L, D, X, $ THE FARMER—Serving upscale Southern cuisine, with a focus on locally grown ingredients. Among the specialties are smoked beef tenderloin and shrimp and grits. Closed for dinner Sun.-Mon. 262 S. Highland. 324-2221. L, D, X, $-$$ FELICIA SUZANNE’S—Southern cuisine with low-country, Creole, and Delta influences, using regional fresh seafood, local beef, and locally grown foods. Entrees include shrimp and grits. Closed Sun. and Mon. Brinkley Plaza, 80 Monroe, Suite L1. 523-0877. L (Fri. only), D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ FERRARO’S PIZZERA & PUB—Rigatoni bolognese and capellini pomodoro are among the pasta entrees here, along with pizzas (whole or by the slice), with a variety of toppings.  111 Jackson. 522-2033. L, D, X, $-$$ FIREBIRDS—Specialties are hand-cut steaks, slow-roasted prime rib, and wood-grilled salmon and other seafood, as well as seasonal entrees. 8470 Highway 64 (Bartlett). 379-1300; 4600 Merchants Circle, Carriage Crossing (Collierville). 850-1637. L, D, X, $-$$$ THE FIVE SPOT—Tucked behind Earnestine & Hazel’s, this popular eatery features innovative bar food by chef Kelly English.  531 S. Main. 523-9754. D, X, $-$$ FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE—Serves wet-aged and dry-aged steaks, prime beef, chops, and seafood, including salmon, Australian lobster tails, and a catch of the day. 6245 Poplar. 7616200. D, X, MRA, $$$-$$$$ FLIGHT RESTAURANT & WINE BAR—Serves steaks and seafood, along with such specialties as pork rib-eye and roasted duck, all matched with appropriate wines; also gourmet plate lunches. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. 3 9 S. Main. 521-8005. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ FLYING FISH—Serves up fried and grilled versions of shrimp, crab, oysters, fish tacos, and catfish; also chicken and burgers. 105 S. Second. 522-8228. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ FOLK’S FOLLY ORIGINAL PRIME STEAK HOUSE— Specializes in prime steaks, as well as lobster, grilled Scottish salmon, Alaskan king crab legs, rack of lamb, and weekly specials. 551 S. Mendenhall. 762-8200. D, X, MRA, $$$-$$$$ FORMOSA—Offers Mandarin cuisine, including broccoli beef, hotand-sour soup, and spring rolls. Closed Monday. 6685 Quince. 7539898. L, D, X, $-$$ THE FOUR WAY—Legendary soul-food establishment dishing up such entrees as fried and baked catfish, chicken, and turkey and dressing, along with a host of vegetables and desserts. Closed Monday.  998 Mississippi Blvd. 507-1519. L, D (call to check hours.), $ FRATELLI’S—Serves hot and cold sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts, all with an Italian/Mediterranean flair. Closed Sunday.  750 Cherry Rd., Memphis Botanic Garden. 766-9900. L, X, $ FRIDA’S—Mexican cuisine and Tex-Mex standards, including chimichangas, enchiladas, and fajitas; seafood includes shrimp and tilapia.  1718 Madison. 244-6196. L, D, X, $-$$ FUEL CAFE—Focus is on natural “Americana” dishes with such specialties as bison burgers, grass-fed beef dishes, and wild-caught fish; also vegan and gluten-free entrees. Closed Sun.-Mon. 1761 Madison. 725-9025. L, D, X, $-$$ GERMANTOWN COMMISSARY—Serves barbecue sandwiches, sliders, ribs, shrimp, and nachos, as well as smoked barbecued bologna sandwiches; Mon.-night all-you-can-eat ribs. 2290 S. Germantown Rd. S. (Germantown). 754-5540. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$

GOLDEN INDIA—Northern Indian specialties include tandoori chicken as well as lamb, beef, shrimp, and vegetarian dishes. 2097 Madison. 728-5111. L, D, X, $-$$ GREEN BAMBOO—Pineapple tilapia, pork vermicelli, and the soft egg noodle combo are Vietnamese specialties here.  990 N. Germantown Parkway, #104 (Cordova). 753-5488. L, D, $-$$ GREENCORK—Wine-on-tap bar serves seasonal menu of modern Southern cuisine. Specialty is the picnic basket, which includes cheese truffles and daily selections of premium meats. Closed Sun.-Mon.  2156 Young Ave. 207-5281. D, X, $-$$ GRIDLEY’S—Offers barbecued ribs, shrimp, pork plate, chicken, and hot tamales; also daily lunch specials. Closed Tues. 6842 Stage Rd. (Bartlett). 377-8055. L, D, X, $-$$ FRANK GRISANTI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT— Northern Italian favorites include pasta with jumbo shrimp and mushrooms; also seafood, fillet mignon, and daily lunch specials. Closed for lunch Sunday. Embassy Suites Hotel, 1022 S. Shady Grove. 761-9462. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ RONNIE GRISANTI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT—This Memphis institution serves some family classics such as Elfo’s Special and chicken ravioli, along with lighter fare and changing daily chef selection. Closed Sun.  Sheffield Antiques Mall, 684 W. Poplar (Collierville). 850-0191. L (Mon.-Sat.), D (Thurs.-Sat.), X, $-$$$ THE GROVE GRILL—Offers steaks, chops, seafood, and other American cuisine with Southern and global influences; entrees include crab cakes, and shrimp and grits, also dinner specials. 4550 Poplar. 818-9951. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $$-$$$ GUS’S WORLD FAMOUS FRIED CHICKEN—Serves chicken with signature spicy batter, along with homemade beans, slaw, and pies. 310 S. Front. 527-4877; 215 S. Center St. (Collierville). 853-6005; 2965 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 373-9111; 730 S. Mendenhall. 767-2323; 505 Highway 70 W., Mason, TN. 901-294-2028. L, D, X, MRA, $ HALF SHELL—Specializes in seafood, such as King crab legs; also serves steaks, chicken, pastas, salads, sandwiches, a ”voodoo menu”; oyster bar at Winchester location. 688 S. Mendenhall. 682-3966; 7825 Winchester. 737-6755. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ HAPPY MEXICAN—Serves quesadillas, burritos, chimichangas, vegetable and seafood dishes, and more. 385 S. Second. 5299991; 6080 Primacy Pkwy. 683-0000; 7935 Winchester. 7515353. L, D, X, $ HAVANA’S PILON—Tiny eatery serving Cuban cuisine, including fried plantains in a pilon topped with shrimp, ropa vieja (shredded beef in tomato sauce), roasted pork, and a Cuban sandwich. Closed Sunday.  143 Madison. 527-2878. L, D, X, $ HERITAGE TAVERN & KITCHEN—Featuring classic cuisine from the country’s five regions, including lobster rolls, fried chicken, smoked tamales, Green Goddess shrimp, and more.  6150 Poplar, Regalia. 761-8855.L, D, WB, X, $-$$$ HIGH POINT PIZZA—Serves variety of pizzas, subs, salads, and sides. Closed Monday.  477 High Point Terrace. 452-3339. L, D, , X $-$$ HOG & HOMINY—The casual sister to Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen serves brick-oven-baked pizzas, including the Red-Eye with pork-belly, and small plates with everything from meatballs to beef and cheddar hotdogs;and local veggies. Closed for lunch Mon. 707 W. Brookhaven Cl. 207-7396. L, D, SB, X, $-$$$ HONG KONG—Cantonese and Mandarin standards are sweetand-sour chicken, and pepper beef. Closed Sunday. 3966 Elvis Presley. 396-0801. L, D, X, $ HOUSTON’S—Serves steaks, seafood, pork chops, chicken dishes, sandwiches, salads, and Chicago-style spinach dip.  5000 Poplar. 683-0915. L, D, X $-$$$  I LOVE JUICE BAR—Serving an extensive line of juices and grab-and-go lunch items. 553 S. Cooper. 612-2720. L, D, X, $ IMAGINE VEGAN CAFE—Dishes range from salads and sandwiches to full dinners, breakfast items served all day. 2299 Young. 654-3455. L, D, SB, X, $

INDIA PALACE—Tandoori chicken, lamb shish kabobs, chicken tikka masala are among the entrees; also, vegetarian options and a daily lunch buffet. 1720 Poplar. 278-1199. L, D, X, $-$$ INTERIM—Offers American-seasonal cuisine with emphasis on local foods and fresh fish; macaroni and cheese is a house specialty. Closed for lunch Sat. 5040 Sanderlin, Suite 105. 818-0821. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ INTERSTATE BAR-B-Q—Specialties include chopped porkshoulder sandwiches, ribs, hot wings, spaghetti, chicken, and turkey. 2265 S. Third. 775-2304; 150 W. Stateline Rd. (Southaven). 662-393-5699. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ ITTA BENA—Southern and Cajun-American cuisine served here; specialties are filet Oscar and shrimp and grits, along with steaks, chops, seafood, and pasta. 145 Beale St. 578-3031. D,X, $$-$$$
 JASMINE THAI AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT—Entrees include panang chicken, green curry shrimp,and pad thai (noodles, shrimp, and peanuts); also vegetarian dishes. Closed Mon.-Tues. 916 S. Cooper. 725-0223. L, D, X, $ JIM ’N NICK’S BAR-B-Q—Serves barbecued pork, ribs, chicken, brisket, and fish, along with other homemade Southern specialties. 2 359 N. Germantown Pkwy. 388-0998. L, D, X, $-$$ JIM’S PLACE/JIM’S PLACE GRILLE—Features American, Greek, and Continental cuisine with such entrees as pork tenderloin, several seafood specialties, and hand-cut charcoal-grilled steaks. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. 518 Perkins Extd. 766-2030; 3660 Houston Levee (Collierville). 861-5000. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ JOE’S CRAB SHACK—Serves a variety of seafood, along with chicken, steak, and pasta. 7990 Horizon Center Blvd. 384-7478. L, D, X, $-$$$ JULLES POSH FOOD CO.— The changing menu features seasonal “cooking light” dishes such as salmon-shrimp cakes with green salad and roasted sweet potato wedges; also cold-pressed juices, to-go dishes, and desserts.  6300 Poplar. 509-8675. B, L, D, X, $-$$ JUST FOR LUNCH—Serves sandwiches, quiche, salads, fresh fish including fried oysters, daily specials, and homemade rolls. Closed Sunday. 3 092 Poplar, Chickasaw Oaks Plaza. 323-3287. L, D (Thurs. only), X, MRA, $-$$ KOOKY CANUCK— Offers prime rib, catfish, and burgers, including the 4-lb. “Kookamonga”; also late-night menu. 97 S. Second. 578-9800; 1250 N. Germantown Pkwy. 1-8002453 L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ LA BAGUETTE—An almond croissant and chicken salad are among specialties at this French-style bistro. Closed for dinner Sun. 3088 Poplar. 458-0900. B, L, D (closes at 7), X, $ LA PLAYITA MEXICANA—Specializes in seafood and Mexican entrees, including red snapper, tilapia, oysters, chimichangas, tostados, and taco salad. 6194 Macon (Bartlett). 377-2282. L, D, X, $-$$ LA TAQUERIA GUADALUPANA—Fajitas and quesadillas are just a few of the authentic Mexican entrees offered here. 4818 Summer. 685-6857. L, D, $ LAFAYETTE’S MUSIC ROOM—Serves such Southern cuisine as po boys and shrimp and grits, and wood-fired pizzas; also live music.  2119 Madison. 207-5097. L, D, WB, X, $-$$ LAS DELICIAS—Popular for its guacamole, house-made tortilla chips, and margaritas, this restaurant draws diners with its chicken enchiladas, meat-stuffed flautas, and Cuban torta with spicy pork. Closed Sunday. 4 002 Park Ave. 458-9264; 5689 Quince. 8002873. L, D, X, $ LAS TORTUGAS DELI MEXICANA—Authentic Mexican food prepared from local food sources; specializes in tortugas — grilled bread scooped out to hold such fillings as brisket, pork, and shrimp; also tingas tostados and such sides as steamed corn. Closed Sunday. 1215 S. Germantown Rd. 751-1200. L, D, X, $-$$


In addition to gourmet coffees and drinks, these eateries generally serve pastries, sandwiches, soups, and salads, and some have a wider range of menu items. AVENUE COFFEE—786 Echles. 454-3348. BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSELLERS— 2774 N. Germantown Pkwy. 386-2468; 4610 Merchants Park Cl., #521 (Collierville). 853-3264. BELLA CAFFE—Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central. 3206320 BLUFF CITY COFFEE—505 S. Main. 405-4399. THE BOOKSELLERS AT LAURELWOOD— 387 Perkins Extd. 683-9801. CARITAS VILLAGE COFFEE SHOP— 2509 Harvard. 327-5246.. CITY AND STATE—2625 Broad. 249-2406.

JAVA CABANA—2170 Young. 272-7210. MUDDY’S GRIND HOUSE—585 S. Cooper. 683-8844. OTHERLANDS—641 S. Cooper. 278-4994. MRA. QAHWA COFFEE BAR—Claridge House, 109 N. Main.800-2227. REPUBLIC COFFEE—2924 Walnut Grove. 590-1578. SQUARE BEANS ESPRESSO + GELATO— 103 N. Center St. (Collierville). 854-8855. STARBUCKS—1850 Union Ave. 729-4288; 3388 Poplar. 320-1021; 5201 Poplar. 818-9954; 2955 Kirby Whitten (Bartlett), 266-2497; 180 Goodman Rd. E. (Southaven). 662-349-0342; 8140 Goodman Rd. (Olive Branch). 662-890-9507. For more listings, check online. TAMP & TAP—122 Gayoso. 207-1053 THE UGLY MUG— 4610 Poplar. 552-3165. M A R C H 2 0 1 6 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 187

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CIT Y DINING LIST LEONARD’S—Serves wet and dry ribs, barbecue sandwiches, spaghetti, catfish, homemade onion rings. and lemon icebox pie; also a lunch buffet. 5465 Fox Plaza. 360-1963. L, X, MRA, $-$$ THE LITTLE TEA SHOP—Downtown institution serves up Southern comfort cooking, including meatloaf and such veggies as turnip greens, yams, okra, and tomatoes. Closed Sat.-Sun.  69 Monroe. 525-6000, L, X, $ LOCAL GASTROPUB—Eclectic entrees with a focus on locally grown products include lobster mac-and-cheese and pork osso bucco. 95 S. Main. 473-9573; 2126 Madison. 725-1845. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$ THE LOOKOUT AT THE PYRAMID—Serves Southern fare, including catfish tacos and crawfish tails, atop The Pyramid with a panoramic view of the river. 1 Bass Pro Dr. 620-4600/291-8200. L, D, X $-$$$ LOS COMPADRES—Serves enchiladas, burritos, tamales, tacos, and vegetarian dishes; also Cuban entrees. 3295 Poplar. 458-5731. L, D, X, $-$$ LOST PIZZA—Offering pizzas (with dough made from scratch), pasta, salads, sandwiches, tamales, and more. 2855 Poplar. 5721803; 5960 Getwell, Southaven. 662-892-8684. L, D, X, $-$$ LOTUS—Authentic Vietnamese-Asian fare, including lemon-grass chicken and shrimp, egg rolls, Pho soup, and spicy Vietnamese vermicelli. 4970 Summer. 682-1151. D, X, $ LYFE KITCHEN—Serving healthy, affordable wraps, bowls, sandwiches, and more; entrees include roasted salmon and “unfried” chicken. 6201 Poplar. 684-5333; 272 S. Main. 526-0254. B, L, D, WB, X, $ LYNCHBURG LEGENDS—This restaurant with a Jack Daniels’ theme and Southern cuisine serves such entrees as Bourbon Street salmon, buttermilk-fried chicken, and grilled steak and wild mushroom salad. Double Tree Hotel, 5069 Sanderlin. 969-7777. B, L, D, X, $- $$$ MACIEL’S TORTAS & TACOS—Entrees include tortas, hefty Mexican sandwiches filled with choice of chicken, pork, or steak. Also serving fried taco plates, quesadillas, chorizo and pastor soft tacos, salads, and more. Closed Sun. 45 S. Main. 526-0037. L, D, X, $ THE MAJESTIC GRILLE—Housed in a former silent-picture house, features aged steaks, fresh seafood, and such specialties as roasted chicken and grilled pork tenderloin; offers a pre-theatre menu and classic cocktails. 145 S. Main. 522-8555. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ MANILA FILIPINO RESTAURANT—Entrees include pork belly cutlet with lechon sauce, and shrimp and vegetables in tamarind broth; also daily combos, rice dishes, and chef specials. 7 849 Rockford (Millington). 209-8525. L, D, X, $ MARCIANO MEDITERRANEAN AND ITALIAN CUISINE—Rack of lamb with roasted potatoes and demiglaze is among the entrees; also steaks, seafood, and gourmet pizza. 780 Brookhaven Cl. 682-1660. D, X, $-$$
 MARDI GRAS MEMPHIS—Serving Cajun fare, including an etoufee-stuffed po’boy. 496 Watkins. 530-6767. L, D, X, $-$$ MARLOWE’S—In addition to its signature barbecue and ribs, Marlowe’s serves Southern-style steaks, chops, lasagne, and more. 4381 Elvis Presley Blvd. 332-4159. D, X, $-$$ MARMALADE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE—Southern homestyle entrees include catfish, honey-baked ham, steaks, and shrimp, all with a choice of three vegetables. Closed Sun. and Mon. 153 G.E. Patterson. 522-8800. D, X, $ MAXIMO’S ON BROAD—Serving a tapas menu that features creative fusion cuisine. Closed Mon. and Tues.  2617 Broad Ave. 4521111. L, D, SB, X, $-$$ MAYURI INDIAN CUISINE—Serves tandoori chicken, masala dosa, tikka masala, as well as lamb and shrimp entrees; also a daily lunch buffet, and dinner buffet on Fri.-Sat. 6524 Quince Rd. 7538755. L, D, X, $-$$ MCEWEN’S ON MONROE—Southern/American cuisine with international flavors; specialties include steak and seafood, sweet potato-crusted catfish with macaroni and cheese, and more. Closed Sun., Monroe location.  120 Monroe. 527-7085; 1110 Van Buren (Oxford). 662-234-7003. L, D, SB (Oxford only), X, MRA, $$-$$$ DAN MCGUINNESS PUB—Serves fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, burgers, and other Irish and American fare; also lunch and dinner specials. 3964 Goodman Rd. 662-890-7611. L, D, X, $ MEDALLION—Offers steaks, seafood, chicken, and pasta entrees. Closed for dinner Sunday. 3700 Central, Holiday Inn (Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality). 678-1030. B, L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ MELLOW MUSHROOM—Large menu includes assortment of pizzas, salads, calzones, hoagies, vegetarian options, and 50 beers on tap. 9155 Poplar, Shops of Forest Hill (Germantown). 907-0243; 5138 Park Ave. 562-1211. L, D, X, $-$$ MEMPHIS BARBECUE COMPANY—Offers spare ribs, baby backs, and pulled pork and brisket, along with such sides as mac and cheese, grits, and red beans.  709 Desoto Cove, Horn Lake (MS). 662-536-3762. L, D, X, $-$$

T UNICA TA BLES CHICAGO STEAKHOUSE AT THE GOLDSTRIKE—1010 Casino Center Dr., Robinsonville, MS, 1-888-24KSTAY /662-357-1225. DON B’S STEAKHOUSE AT THE FITZ —711 Lucky Ln., Robinsonville, MS, 1-888-766-LUCK, ext 6501. FAIRBANKS AT THE HOLLYWOOD—1150 Casino Strip Blvd., Robinsonville, MS, 1-800-871-0711 JACK BINION’S STEAK HOUSE AT HORSESHOE—1021 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, MS, 1-800-303-SHOE. MEMPHIS PIZZA CAFE—Homemade pizzas are specialties; also serves sandwiches, calzones, and salads. 2087 Madison. 7265343; 5061 Park Ave. 684-1306; 7604 W. Farmington (Germantown). 753-2218; 797 W. Poplar (Collierville). 861-7800; 5627 Getwell (Southaven). 662-536-1364. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ MESQUITE CHOP HOUSE—The focus here is on steaks, including prime fillet, rib eyes, and prime-aged New York strip; also, some seafood options. 5 960 Getwell (Southaven). 662-890-2467; 88 Union. 527-5337; 3165 Forest Hill-Irene (Germantown). 249-5661. D, SB (Germantown), X, $$-$$$ MISTER B—Features New Orleans-style seafood and steaks. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. 6655 Poplar, #107. 751-5262. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ MOLLIE FONTAINE LOUNGE—Specializes in tapas (small plates) featuring global cuisine. Closed Sun.-Tues. 679 Adams Ave. 524-1886. D, X, MRA, $ MOLLY’S LA CASITA—Homemade tamales, fish tacos, a vegetarian combo, and bacon-wrapped shrimp are a few of the specialties. 2006 Madison. 726-1873. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ MORTIMER’S—Contemporary American entrees include trout almondine, several chicken dishes, and hand-cut steaks; also sandwiches, salads, and daily/nightly specials. Closed for lunch Sat.Sun. 590 N. Perkins. 761-9321. L, D, X, $-$$ MOSA ASIAN BISTRO—Specialties include sesame chicken, Thai calamari, rainbow panang curry with grouper fish, and other Pan Asian/fusion entrees.  850 S. White Station Rd. 683-8889. L, D, X, $ MULAN—Hunan Chicken, tofu dishes, and orange beef served here; some sushi, too. 2059 Houston Levee (Collierville). 8505288; 2149 Young. 347-3965. L, D, X, $-$$ NAGASAKI INN—Chicken, steak, and lobster are among the main courses; meal is cooked at your table. 3951 Summer. 4540320. D, X, $$ NAGOYA—Offers traditional Japanese cuisine and sushi bar; specialties are teriyaki and tempura dishes. 7075 Malco Blvd., Suite 101 (Southaven). 662-349-8788. L, D, X, $-$$$
 NAM KING—Offers luncheon and dinner buffets, dim sum, and such specialties as fried dumplings, pepper steak, and orange chicken.  4594 Yale. 373-4411. L, D, X, $
 NAPA CAFE—Among the specialties is miso-marinated salmon over black rice with garlic spinach and shiitake mushrooms. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. 5101 Sanderlin, Suite 122. 6830441. L, D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ NEW ASIA—Specializing in authentic Chinese food, including roast Peking duck. 2075 Exeter, Suite 90. 758-8388. L, D, X, $ NEW HUNAN—Chinese eatery with more than 80 entrees;also lunch/dinner buffets. 5052 Park. 766-1622. L, D, X, $ THE OFFICE@UPTOWN— Offering sandwiches, wraps, pizza, soups, salads, and several vegetarian options. Closed Sunday. 594 N. Second St. 522-1905. B, L, D, X, $ OLD VENICE PIZZA CO.— Specializes in “eclectic Italian,” from pastas, including the “Godfather,” to hand-tossed pizzas, including the “John Wayne”; choose from 60 toppings. 368 Perkins Ext. 767-6872. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$ ON THE BORDER—Dishes out such Tex-Mex specialties as fajitas and Southwest chicken tacos; also fresh grilled seafood specials. 8101 Giacosa Pl. (Cordova).881-0808 ; 4552 Poplar. 763-0569; 6572 Airways (Southaven). 662-655-4750. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $ ONE & ONLY BBQ—On the menu are pork barbecue sandwiches, platters, wet and dry ribs, smoked chicken and turkey platters, a smoked meat salad, barbecue quesadillas, and more. 1779 Kirby Pkwy. 751-3615; 567 Perkins Extd. 249-4227. L, D, X, $ ONIX RESTAURANT—Serves American seafood and pasta dishes. Closed for lunch Sat., all day Sun., and for dinner Mon. 412 S. Main. 552-4609. L, D, X, $-$$ ORR RESTAURANT—Serves Mediterranean/African cuisine, such as lamb Kowzi flavored with raisins and roasted nuts and served with white bean soup. 661 N. Mendenhall, Suite 101. 275-8692. L, D, X, $-$$ OSAKA JAPANESE CUISINE—Featuring an extensive sushi menu as well as traditional Japanese and hibachi dining. Hours vary for lunch; call.  3670 Houston Levee (Collierville). 861-4309;

3402 Poplar. 249-4690; 7164 Hacks Cross. 662-890-9312; 2200 N. Germantown Pkwy. 425-4901. L, D, X, $-$$$   OWEN BRENNAN’S—New Orleans-style menu of beef, chicken, pasta, and seafood; jambalaya, shrimp and grits, and crawfish etouffee are specialties. Closed for dinner Sunday. The Regalia, 6150 Poplar. 761-0990. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ PANCHO’S—Serves up a variety of Mexican standards, including tacos, enchiladas, and mix-and-match platters; also lunch specials. 3600 E. Broadway (West Memphis). 870-735-6466. 717 N. White Station. 685-5404. L, D, X, MRA, $ PANDA GARDEN—Sesame chicken and broccoli beef are among the Mandarin and Cantonese entrees; also seafood specials and fried rice. Closed for lunch Saturday. 3735 Summer. 323-4819. L, D, X, $-$$ PASTA ITALIA—Northern Italian cuisine features homemade stuffed pastas; a specialty is rosetta al forno; also serves fish and steaks. Closed Sun.-Mon.  8130 Macon Station Dr., Suite 106. 7510009. D, X, $$$-$$$$ PAULETTE’S—Presents fine dining with a Continental flair, including such entrees as filet Paulette with butter-pepper cream sauce and popoovers with strawberry butter; also changing daily specials. River Inn. 50 Harbor Town Square. 260-3300. B, L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ PEARL’S OYSTER HOUSE—Downtown eatery serving seafood, including oysters, crawfish, and stuffed butterfly shrimp, as well as beef, chicken, and pasta dishes. 299 S. Main. 522-9070. L, D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$$ PEI WEI ASIAN DINER—Serves a variety of Pan-Asian cuisine, including Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Thai. Noodle and rice bowls are specialties; a small plates menu also offered. 1680 Union Ave., #109. 722-3780; 2257 N. Germantown Pkwy. 382-1822. L, D, X, $-$$
 PETE & SAM’S—Serving Memphis for 60-plus years; offers steaks, seafood, and traditional Italian dishes, including homemade ravioli, lasagna, and chicken marsala. 3886 Park. 458-0694. D, X, $-$$$ PETRA CAFÉ—Serves Greek, Italian, and Middle Eastern sandwiches, gyros, and entrees. Hours vary; call. 6641 Poplar Ave. (Germantown). 754-4440; 9155 Poplar (Germantown). 755-5440; 1560 Union. 505-2812. L, D, X, $-$$ PINK DIVA CUPCAKERY & CUISINE— Vegetarian/vegan fare, including cupcakes and build-your-own ramen and mac and cheese bowls. Closed Thurs. and Sun. 936 Florida. 946-0056. L, D, $ PF CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO—Specialties are orange peel shrimp, Mongolian beef, and chicken in lettuce wraps; also vegetarian dishes, including spicy eggplant. 1181 Ridgeway Rd., Park Place Centre. 818-3889. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ PHO BINH—Vietnamese, vegetarian, and Cantonese specialties include lemon tofu and spring rolls. Closed Sunday. 1615 Madison. 276-0006. L, D, $ PHO SAIGON—Vietnamese fare includes beef teriyaki, roasted quail, curry ginger chicken, vegetarian options, and a variety of soups. 2946 Poplar. 458-1644. L, D, $ PIG-N-WHISTLE—Offers pork shoulder sandwiches, wet and dry ribs, catfish, nachos, and stuffed barbecue potatoes.  6084 KerrRosemark Rd. 872-2455. L, D, X, $ PORCELLINO’S CRAFT BUTCHER—Small plates, charcuterie selections, specialty steaks, house-made pastries, and innovative teas and coffees are offered at this combination butcher shop and restaurant featuring locally sourced menu items.  711 W. Brookhaven Cl. 762-6656. B, L, D, X $-$$ PRESENTATION ROOM, THE—American bistro run by the students of L’Ecole Culinaire. Menu changes regularly; specialties may include such items as a filet with truffle mushroom ragu. Closed Fri.Sun. 1 245 N. Germantown Pkwy (Cordova). 754-7115. L, D, X, $-$$ PYRO’S FIRE-FRESH PIZZA—Serving gourmet pizzas cooked in an open-fire oven; wide choice of toppings; large local and craft beer selection. 1199 Ridgeway. 379-8294; 2035 Union Ave. 208-8857; 2286 N. Germantown Pkwy. 207-1198. B, L, D, X, $ RAVINE—Serves contemporary Southern cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, locally grown foods and a menu that changes weekly. Closed Mon.-Tues. 5 3 Pea Ridge/County Rd. 321 (Oxford, MS). 662-2344555. D, SB, X, $$-$$$ RAY’Z WORLD FAMOUS DR. BAR-B-QUE—Serves dry-roasted barbecue, pulled or chopped pork, beef brisket, ribs, salads, and more. Closed Mon. 302 S. Main. 527-9026. L, D, X, $ RED KOI—Classic Japanese cuisine offered at this family-run restaurant; hibachi steaks, sushi, seafood, chicken, and vegetables.  5847 Poplar. 767-3456. L, D, X $-$$ RED LOBSTER—Specializes in crab legs, lobster, and shrimp dishes; also pastas, salads, steaks, and chicken. 8161 Highway 64 (Cordova). 387-0056; 6535 Airways (Southaven). 662-536-1960; 7750 Winchester. 759-9045. L, D, X, $-$$ RENDEZVOUS, CHARLES VERGOS’—Menu items include barbecued ribs, cheese plates, skillet shrimp, red beans and rice, and Greek salads. Closed Sun.-Mon. 52 S. Second. 523-2746. L (Fri.Sat.), D, X, MRA, $-$$

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Fresh cuisine prepared while you wait and served in an upscale setting. Not your typical fast-food restaurants, most serve beer, wine, and liquor. BONEHEADS—555 Perkins Extd. 746-8867. BURRITO BLUES MEXICAN—156 Beale. 528-1055. CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL—5865 Poplar, Ridgeway Trace, #104. 416-1944; 2760 N. Germantown Pkwy. 620-0469. CRAZY ITALIANS—1250 N. Germantown Pkwy., #105 (Cordova). 347-2449. CREPE MAKER—4630 Merchants Park Cir., #731 (Collierville). 861-1981. GENGHIS GRILL—2362 N. Germantown Parkway. 584-0412; 7706 Winchester. 522-5048; 5849 Poplar, #117, Ridgeway Trace. 308-4040. HUMDINGERS—6300 Poplar. 260-8292; 1134 N. Germantown Parkway (Cordova). 271-2912. MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL— 465 N. Germantown Parkway (Cordova). 737-5058. 6300 Poplar Ave., #108. 685-5685; 3660 S. Houston Levee (Collierville). 457-7227; 3546 Walker. 590-0192 SWANKY’S TACO SHOP—6641 Poplar (Germantown). 737-2088. 4770 Poplar. 730-0763; 711 Southcrest Pkwy, #101 (Southaven). 662-655-0662. MRA. TAZIKI’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE— 540 S. Mendenhall. 290-1091. RESTAURANT IRIS—French Creole cuisine includes shrimp and delta-grind grits, and New York strip stuffed with fried oysters and blue cheese. Closed Sun. 2146 Monroe. 590-2828. D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ RIVER OAKS—A French-style bistro serving seafood and steaks, with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. 5871 Poplar Ave. 683-9305. L, D, X, $$$ RIVERFRONT BAR & GRILL—Beale Street Landing eatery serves Southern American specialties, including Tom Lee Catfish, and Tennessee Caviar, a fresh veggie salsa of black-eyed peas and cilantro with pimento cheese and toast points; also sausage-cheese appetizer. Closed Monday.  251 Riverside Dr. 524-0817. L, D, X, $ RIZZO’S DINER—Chorizo meatloaf, lobster pronto puff, and brisket are menu items at this upscale diner, Closed for dinner Sun. and all day Mon.  492 S. Main. 304-6985. L, D, WB, X, $-$$ ROBATA RAMEN & YAKITORI BAR— Serves ramen noodle bowls and Yakitori skewers as well as rice and noodle dishes, and sake.  2116 Madison. 410-8290. D, WB, X, $ ROCK’N DOUGH PIZZA CO.—Specialty and custom pizzas made from fresh ingredients; wide variety of toppings. 3 445 Poplar Ave., Ste. 1. 512-6760. L, D, X, $$ ROMANO’S MACARONI GRILL—Serves MediterraneanItalian cuisine, including hand-crafted pasta Milano and penne rustica, and create-your-own pasta; also steaks, seafood, and salads. 2859 N. Germantown Pk wy. (Cordova). 266-4565. L, D, X, $-$$ ROYAL PANDA—Hunan fish, Peking duck, Royal Panda chicken and shrimp, and a seafood combo are among the specialties.  3120 Village Shops Dr. (Germantown). 756-9697. L, D, X, $-$$ RUSSO’S NEW YORK PIZZERIA AND WINE BAR— Serves gourmet pizzas, calzones, and pasta, including lasagna, fettucine Alfredo, scampi, and more. 9087 Poplar, Suite 111. 755-0092. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE—Offers prime steaks cut and aged in-house, as well as lamb, chicken, and fresh seafood, including lobster.  6120 Poplar. 761-0055. D, X, MRA, $$$-$$$$ SABROSURA—Serves Mexican and Cuban fare, including arroz tapada de pollo and steak Mexican.  782 Washington. 421-8180. B, L, D, X, $-$$ SAIGON LE—Vietnamese/Chinese specialties include calamari with ginger, and pork chops with mushrooms; vegetarian options too. Closed Sunday. 51 N. Cleveland. 276-5326. L, D, X, $-$$ SAKURA—Sushi, tempura, and teriyaki are Japanese specialties here. 2060 West St. (Germantown). 758-8181. 4840 Poplar. 572-1002. L, D, X, $-$$ SALSA—Mexican-Southern California specialties include carnitas, enchiladas verde, and fajitas; also Southwestern seafood dishes such as snapper verde. Closed Sun. Regalia Shopping Center, 6150 Poplar, Suite 129. 683-6325. L, D, X, $-$$ SCHWEINEHAUS—Serving Bavarian-influenced fare with a Southern twist; includes wurst platters, pork schnitzel, sauerbraten, and more; also a wide variety of beers. 2110 Madison. 347-3060. L, D, X, $-$$ SEASONS 52—This elegant fresh grill and wine bar offers a seasonally changing menu using fresh ingredients, wood-fire grilling, and brick-oven cooking; also a large international wine list and nightly piano bar. Crescent Center, 6085 Poplar. 682-9952. L, D, X, $$-$$$

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CIT Y DINING LIST THE SECOND LINE—Kelly English brings “relaxed Creole cuisine” to his new eatery; serves a variety of po-boys and such specialties as barbecue shrimp, and andouille, shrimp, and pimento cheese fries.  2144 Monroe. 590-2829. L (Sat.-Sun. only), D, WB, X, $-$$ SEKISUI—Japanese fusion cuisine, fresh sushi bar, grilled meats and seafood, California rolls, and vegetarian entrees. Poplar/Perkins location’s emphasis is on Pacific Rim cuisine. Menu and hours vary at each location. 25 Belvedere. 725-0005; 1884 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 309-8800; 4724 Poplar (between Perkins & Colonial). 767-7770; 2130 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-0622; 1255 Goodman Rd. (Horn Lake). 662-536-4404; 2990 KirbyWhitten (Bartlett). 377-2727; 6696 Poplar. 747-0001. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT—Entrees include tempura, teriyaki, and sushi, as well as grilled fish and chicken entrees. 2 324 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 384-4122. L, D, X, $-$$ SIDE PORCH STEAK HOUSE—In addition to steak, the menu includes chicken, pork chops, and fish entrees; homemade rolls are a specialty. Closed Sun.-Mon. 5689 Stage Rd. (Bartlett). 3772484. D, X, $-$$ SKEWER—Japanese yaikitori cuisine features bite-sized meat and vegetables served with dipping sauce, along with sushi, ramen, and donburi — rice bowls topped with a variety of foods. Closed Monday. 5101 Sanderlin, #105. 682-9919. L, D, X, $-$$$ SOUTH MAIN SUSHI & GRILL— Serving sushi, nigiri, and more.  520 S. Main. 249-2194. L, D, X, $ SPINDINI—Italian fusion cuisine with such entrees as wood-fired pizzas, gorgonzola stuffed filet, and fresh seafood; pizza specials on Mon.; large domestic whiskey selection.  383 S. Main. 578-2767. D, X, $$-$$$ STAKS— Offering pancakes, including Birthday Cake and lemon ricotta. Menu includes other breakfast items such as beignets and French toast, as well as soups and sandwiches for lunch. 4615 Poplar. 509-2367. B, L, WB, X, $ STIX—Hibachi steakhouse with Asian cuisine features steak, chicken, and a fillet and lobster combination, also sushi. A specialty is Dynamite Chicken with fried rice.  4680 Merchants Park Circle, Avenue Carriage Crossing (Collierville). 854-3399. L, D, X, $-$$ STONE SOUP CAFE— Cooper-Young eatery serving soups, salads, quiche, meat-and-two specials; and daily specials such as Italian roast beef. Closed Monday. 993 S. Cooper. 922-5314. B, L, SB, X, $ STRANO SICILIAN KITCHEN & BAR—Presenting a Sicilian/Mediterranean mix of Arab, Spanish, Greek, and North African fare, Strano serves small plates, wood-grilled fish, and hand-tossed pizzas such as the King Alaska, with salmon and chevre. Closed Mon.  948 S. Cooper. 275-8986. L, D, SB, X, $$-$$$ SWEET GRASS—Low-country coastal cuisine includes such specialties as shrimp and grits. Closed Mon. The restaurant’s “sister,” Sweet Grass Next Door, open nightly, serves lunch Sat.-Sun. 937 S. Cooper. 278-0278. D, SB, X, $-$$$ TANNOOR GRILL—Brazilian-style steakhouse with skewers served tableside, along with Middle Eastern specialties; vegetarian options also available.  830 N. Germantown Pkwy. 443-5222. L, D, X, $-$$$ TART—Combination patisserie, coffeehouse, and restaurant serving rustic French specialties, including baked eggs in brioche, topped with Gruyere, and french breads and pastries.  820 S. Cooper. 725-0091. B, L, WB, X, $-$$ TERRACE—Creative American and Continental cuisine includes such entrees as filet mignon, beef or lamb sliders, five-spice salmon, and grilled vegetarian eggplant; also small plates. Rooftop, River Inn of Harbor Town, 50 Harbor Town Square. 260-3366. D, X, $$ TEXAS DE BRAZIL—Serves beef, pork, lamb, and chicken dishes, and Brazilian sausage; also a salad bar with extensive toppings. 150 Peabody Place, Suite 103. 526-7600. L (Wed.Fri.), D, SB, X, $$-$$$ THREE LITTLE PIGS—Pork-shoulder-style barbecue with tangy mild or hot sauce, freshly made cole slaw, and baked beans.  5145 Quince Rd. 685-7094. B, L, D, X, $ TOPS BAR B-Q—Specializes in pork barbecue sandwiches and sandwich plates with beans and slaw; also serves ribs, beef brisket, and burgers.  1286 Union. 725-7527. 4183 Summer. 324-4325; 5391 Winchester. 794-7936; 3970 Rhodes. 323-9865; 6130 Macon. 371-0580. For more locations, go online. L, D, X, $ TROLLEY STOP MARKET—Serves plate lunches/dinners as well as pizzas, salads, and vegan/vegetarian entrees; a specialty is the locally raised beef burger. Also sells fresh produce and goods from local farmers; delivery available. Saturday brunch; closed Sunday.   704 Madison. 526-1361. L, D, X, $ TSUNAMI—Features Pacific Rim cuisine (Asia, Australia, South Pacific, etc.); also a changing “small plate” menu. Specialties include Asian nachos and roasted sea bass. Closed Sunday.  928 S. Cooper. 274-2556. D, X, $$-$$$


Serving sandwiches and salads, burgers and bagels, wings and chicken, these are popular spots. BOGIE’S—715 S. Mendenhall. 761-5846. MRA; 2098 LaSalle Place. 272-0022. MRA; 80 Monroe. 525-6764; 2028 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-8555. CHEFFIE’S —483 High Point Terrace. 343-0488. CHING’S HOT WINGS—1264 Getwell. 743-5545. CITY EAST BAGEL & GRILLE—6698 Poplar at Kirby. 754-2660. CITY MARKET—66 S. Main. 729-6152. CORDELIA’S TABLE—737 Harbor Bend Rd. 526-4772. FINO’S FROM THE HILL—1853 Madison. 272-3466; 703 W. Brookhaven Cir. 334-4454. MRA. HOLIDAY HAM—2087 Union. 881-6433; 585 Erin Dr. 7634499; 7652 Poplar (Germantown). 869-6650; 3750 Hacks Cross Rd., #112. 624-4848 JASON’S DELI—1213 Ridgeway. 685-3333; 1585 Chickering (Cordova). 844-1840; 3473 Poplar. 324-3181. KWIK CHEK—2013 Madison. 274-9293. LENNY’S SUB SHOP—2893 Poplar. 320-0022; 7424 Stage Rd. 937-0800; 22 N. Front. 543-9230; 521 S. Highland. 454-7077; 2095 Exeter, Suite 30 (Germantown). 755-0750; 4970 Raleigh-LaGrange. 371-9979; 1016 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-8299; 4726 Spottswood. 202-4800; 4740 Showcase. 3684215; 8950 Hwy. 64 (Lakeland). 12 S. Cooper. 6300 Poplar, #111. 761-2403. MRA. LETTUCE EAT SALAD COMPANY—6641 Poplar, Suite 106. (Germantown), 552-5604. LUCCHESI’S BEER GARDEN—84 S. Reese. 452-3002. LUCCHESI’S RAVIOLI—540 S. Mendenhall. #3. 7669922. LUNCHBOX EATS—288 S. Fourth. 526-0820. MCALISTER’S DELI—3482 Plaza Ave. 452-6009; 7990 Trinity Rd. (Cordova). 737-7282; 7710 Poplar (Germantown). 753-1507; 975 580 S. Mendenhall. 763-2711; 3855 Hacks Cross. 881-6068; 6600 Stage Rd. (Bartlett). 213-3311. 9091 Poplar (Germantown) 756-5292. PANERA BREAD—714 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 754-5813; 4530 Poplar. 767-3116; 5865 Poplar, Ridgeway Trace. 683-9384; 7850 Poplar. 759-1439; 7501 Goodman Rd. (Olive Branch). 662-890-1985. PARADISE CAFE—6150 Poplar, Suite 120. 821-9600. JACK PIRTLE’S FRIED CHICKEN—3571 Lamar. 7941254; 2520 Mt. Moriah. 565-0203 RAFFE’S DELI—3358 Poplar. 458-5110. SCHLOTZSKY’S DELI—4758 Poplar. 763-0741. UNCLE LOU’S FRIED CHICKEN—3633 Millbranch. 332-2367. WHOLE FOODS MARKET—5014 Poplar. 685-2293. YOUNG AVENUE DELI—2119 Young. 278-0034. TUSCANY ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE—Filet mignon, beef tenderloin, and various seafood and pasta dishes are served up here.  5910 Goodman Rd. (Olive Branch, MS). 662-895-3663. L, D, WB. X, $-$$$ TWILIGHT SKY TERRACE—Offers small plates of tostados, nachos, flatbreads, paninis; also hand-crafted cocktails and sweeping rooftop views of the downtown Memphis skyline. Open, weather permitting.  The Madison Hotel, 79 Madison. 333-1224. L (Sat.-Sun.), D, WB.X, $ TYCOON—Among the Asian entrees are spicy garlic shrimp, Thai gumbo, and special house noodle soup. 3307 Kirby Parkway. 362-8788. B, L, D, X, $ UNCLE BUCK’S FISHBOWL & GRILL—Burgers, pizza, fish dishes, sandwiches, and more served in a unique “underwater” setting.  Bass Pro, Bass Pro Drive, 291-8200. L, D, X, $-$$ WANG’S MANDARIN HOUSE—Offers Mandarin, Cantonese, Szechuan, and spicy Hunan entrees, including the goldensesame chicken; next door is East Tapas, serving small plates with an Asian twist.  6065 Park Ave, Park Place Mall. 763-0676. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ WOMAN’S EXCHANGE TEA ROOM—Chicken-salad plate, beef tenderloin, soups-and-sandwiches, and vegetable plates are specialties; meal includes drink and dessert. Closed Sat.Sun. 88 Racine. 327-5681. L, X, MRA, $ ZAYTOON—Serves such Mediterranean cuisine as shish kebabs, falafel, hummus, and gyros. 694 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 754-6366. L, D, X, $            


more that you read,

the more things you will know.

The more that you learn,

the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss

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The Adventures of Pickleboy An Origin Story


stumbled into my fifties. Agoraphobia was more than a heavy coat, it was a straitjacket. Had I made peace with it, after suffering for more than a decade? No, I made no peace. Every time I wanted to do something that my anxiety prohibited I bled as if it were my first wound. I was alone a lot. My wife, Cheryl, told me that agoraphobia fit our lifestyle, so I stayed home and read and wrote. I reduced my time at the bookstore my wife and I own by about 70 percent and became what I had always said I’d be good at: a househusband. Being athletic has always been a touchy subject for me. When I was very young I was small and wispy and uncoordinated. I did not learn to ride a bike till I was a shameful 11. I could not throw or catch a ball. There was only one way for a boy to be in 1960s America and that was tough and athletic. I wanted to die. This life was too hard and I was not cut out for it. But wait, the peers I grew up with in Raleigh were also the kindest boys I’ve perhaps ever known. They all were very good athletes, fast, graceful, strong, and tough. All things I was not. But did they exclude me? They did not. I played every game of street football, backyard basketball, corkball, kickball, whiff le ball. They did not judge. I played, and gradually gained some physical dexterity, because they were kind and patient and includ-

ed me. I pay tribute here to the boys of Kenneth Street. In high school I began to play tennis seriously. I wasn’t great but I had fun and, every once in a while, I pulled off a whipcord backhand that split that sliver of space between net and opponent’s racket. I lived for these moments. They made up for the whiffs, the double faults, the poor net play. I discovered I loved racquet sports. In the middle of 2015 sat a hurdle in my life: my 60th birthday. I did not vow to exercise more or to try and find a tennis partner or to pick up jogging again. I assumed I was on the downward slope of life, and who starts something new at 60? But, friends, I was not busy dying. Something was about to enter my life that would be my best discovery since my wife. That something was pickleball. Pickleball is like geriatric ten-

nis, played with paddles and a even joyful. They play for the pleawhiffle ball. It is not new; it be- sure of the game. Winning is lagan, like so many good American gniappe. And I found a new me, one revolutions, on the West Coast in that had not shriveled or crashed the late 1960s. But recently it has the way I had thought. exploded, for whatever reason. And so I have become a pickIn Memphis you can find myriad leball player. Not great but with places to play. f lashes of bright All these beautiful, performance like I believe I read older people give about it first in a diamonds in a junk newspaper. Oldheap. Sometimes I me hope that I can sters were playing go on a good run play for a long time, of play and it’s a it. And, by a coinheady, intoxicatcidence that Jung and I can, with ing feeling; it ’s would surely say humility bred by was not coincisimilar to the rush my sissy past, call dence, the great of writing for an hour or more and wheel of existence myself an athlete. dropped off an anlosing track of the gel in my bookstore, in the form real world. I play pickleball twice of my friend, Peggy Owen. a week. I miss it when I am not Peggy Owen played pickle- playing. I even dream about playball. It’s very low-key, she said. ing. It’s for folks even older than you. The moral of this story? It’s Her group was now playing at never too late to have a happy Idlewild Church, twice a week. childhood. My friend, Lisa, has She invited me. Don’t bring a given me my new sobriquet, Pickleboy. Pickleboy I am and paddle or ball. Just show up. For some reason, the first Pickleboy I shall remain until my day I decided to drive myself body can compete no more. All to Idlewild, dressed in old gym these beautiful, older people give clothes, which had served mostly me hope that I can play for a long as pajamas, I did it with no antici- time, and that I can, again, with patory anxiety. I was in the mood humility bred by my sissy past, to find a sport after not playing a call myself an athlete. Some days, sport for more than 25 years. friends, I kick agoraphobia’s And I not only found the sport, ratty ass.  I found a group of people I quickly became fond of. Since 2000, Corey and his wife, They are grand, mag- Cheryl, have been co-owners of nanimous, welcom- Burke’s Book Store, a Cooper-Young ing, fair-minded, landmark that was established in fun and funny, Memphis in 1875.


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Regional One Health is creating a new concept for care at our new location in east Memphis, where 385 crosses Kirby Parkway. This modern and convenient health care campus will not only provide primary care, but specialty care, too. New services include internal medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, rheumatology, reproductive medicine, urogynecology, an outpatient rehabilitative medicine center, imaging center, and a pharmacy. It’s not just our job to create new, convenient services that help you live a healthier life; it’s what we love to do.


a new campus IN EAST MEMPHIS.

Learn more at

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Your life. Our passion. Regional One Health 2/19/16

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Trunk Show MARCH 7-21

474 Perkins Extended, Memphis | 3384 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta | 2160 Bandywood Drive, Nashville

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2/18/16 1:44 PM

Profile for Contemporary Media

Memphis magazine, March 2016  

In this issue: Forty years of photojournalism by Bob Williams, grab a bite on Broad Ave., an interview with Shelby Foote by Hampton Sides, a...

Memphis magazine, March 2016  

In this issue: Forty years of photojournalism by Bob Williams, grab a bite on Broad Ave., an interview with Shelby Foote by Hampton Sides, a...