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


34 Election 2015

Everything you need to know before you vote. ~ by jackson baker

37 The Comeback Tour

How music tourism is transforming our city.

~ by chris davis


44 Playing at the Pond

Musicians flock to the Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm for weekly house concerts and Sunday socials.

~ story and photography by karen pulfer focht

53 Senior Style at Kirby Pines

Residents say they feel “right at home” at one of our city’s best retirement communities.

~ by anne cunningham o’neill

66 Easy Rider

Uber and Lyft put you in the passenger seat. What’s it like to be behind the wheel?

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~ by eileen townsend

Kind Hearted Woman by George Hunt 24 x 32 in.; Acrylic & Collage on Canvas George Hunt is one of the most noted black artists in the South, focusing on blues music images, civil rights, and traditional African Women. His painting America Cares/Little Rock Nine was featured on a U.S. postage stamp in 2005, after the original painting had hung in the Clinton White House for almost five years. He is recognized locally having created 25 original paintings for the Beale Street Music Festival collectable posters. Hunt was named the official artist for The Year of the Blues in 2003, resulting in a national exhibit tour, and he was the first artist commissioned to paint an original image for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. REPRESENTATION & GALLERY:

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79 VESTA Kitchen, Bath, and Remodeling Show A guide to the latest in home improvement.

~ by shara clark

Columns/Departments 114 ask vance

Crash Landing Our trivia expert solves local mysteries of who, what, when, where, why, and why not.

~ by vance lauderdale

116 books

Search and Destroy


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 © 2015. 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.

A first novel from a Memphis SWAT-team member. Plus a coming-of-age novel set in postwar Germantown. ~ by leonard gill

118 dining out

European Staycation Tired of traveling? Let Cafe Keough whisk you away to a charming cafe seemingly lifted from the streets of Paris. ~ by amy lawrence

120 city dining

Tidbits: Blue Nile; plus the city’s most extensive dining listings.

128 last stand

My Time on Tennessee Street


A departing senior editor remembers 25 years. ~ by marilyn sadler


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Let the professionals at the VESTA Kitchen, Bath & Remodeling Show lead the way. by shara clark


ooking to turn your house into your dream home but don’t know where to start? Known for producing the biggest and best all-things-home shows in Memphis, VESTA is back this month with the Kitchen, Bath & Remodeling Show — a one-stop-shop for all of your upgrading needs. This is your chance to meet with the Mid-South’s top home professionals, explore their products and services, and get advice and ideas straight from the experts to get you started. Whether renovating, updating, or remodeling, the VESTA Kitchen, Bath & Remodeling Show has everything you need — all under one roof. The show runs September 26th and 27th at Agricenter International (7777 Walnut Grove Road) and is presented by the West Tennessee Home Builders Association (WestTNHBA), a proactive, not-for-profit trade association that unites all segments of the housing industry in 21 counties in West Tennessee. Produced by experts in the homebuilding industry, the event features exhibitors in the areas of flooring, roofing, windows and doors, heating and cooling,

home entertainment, home furnishings, outdoor living, kitchen and bath, stone, appliances, green building and remodeling, and more. Home trends change every year. New products, new services, and new technology emerge constantly. Much of this new technology is intended to save energy, be more cost effective, and aid in improving the lifestyle of the user, and you’ll have a chance to see these new and exciting products at the show. Beyond perusing exhibitors’ booths, attendees can ask experts for information and advice about the process and costs of remodeling and tips on home renovations and energy efficiency. Today, more people are choosing to renovate, update, and remodel their homes, and you can, too. If you’re considering a home upgrade, don’t miss this show! General admission tickets are $5. Admission is free for children under 6. The show runs Saturday, September 26th, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, September 27th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees can enter to win a $25,000 home makeover from the WestTNHBA. For more information about the 2015 VESTA Kitchen, Bath & Remodeling Show, visit S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 79

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ew of us have been spared some contact with cancer, a disease that can strike any part of the body. Even if we’ve never been handed the dire diagnosis ourselves, we’ve endured with loved ones the fear, pain, dread — and yes, heartbreak — the illness can inflict. On the bright side, however, success stories abound. We’ve heard the huge sigh of relief, seen the face light up with joy, as doctors share a cancer-free report.

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 14.5 million survivors live in the U.S. — and that number should increase to 19 million over the next decade. For that increase we can thank early detection, better treatments, and to some extent, patients’ willingness to alter their lifestyles in favor of healthy habits. In this section we introduce readers to three individuals with different types of cancer — in the pancreas, the cervix, and a tonsil. One has been cancer-free for a decade, another for a year, the other for five months. These brave folks tell us what helped them through the dark days and put them on a more vibrant, hopeful path. You’ll also find in this section recipes that can help prevent such diseases as cancer, as well as a calendar of events that contribute to health and fitness.

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TOPDENTISTS2014 This list is excerpted from the 2014 topDentists™ list, a database which includes listings for more than 125 dentists and specialists in the Memphis Metropolitan area. The Memphis area list is based on thousands of detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals by their peers. The complete database is available at For more information call 706-364-0853; write P.O. Box 970, Augusta, GA 30903; email; or visit

The Mid-South’s finest dentists, as chosen by their peers, are featured.

SELECTION PROCESS “If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?” This is the question we’ve asked thousands of dentists to help us determine who the topDentists should be. Dentists and specialists are asked to take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies, and of course physical results. The nomination pool of dentists consists of dentists listed online with the American Dental Association, as well as dentists listed online with their local dental societies, thus allowing virtually every dentist the opportunity to participate. Dentists are also given the opportunity to nominate other dentists whom we have missed that they feel should be included in our list. Respondents are asked to put aside any personal bias or political

motivations and to use only their knowledge of their peer’s work when evaluating the other nominees. Voters are asked to individually evaluate the practitioners on their ballot with whose work they are familiar. Once the balloting is completed, the scores are compiled and then averaged. The numerical average required for inclusion varies depending on the average for all the nominees within the specialty and the geographic area. Borderline cases are given careful consideration by the editors. Voting characteristics and comments are taken into consideration while making decisions. Past awards a dentist has received, and status in various dental academies (Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Periodontology, etc.) can play as factors in our decision. Once the decisions have been finalized,

the included dentists are checked against state dental boards for disciplinary actions to make sure they have an active license and are in good standing with the board. Then letters of congratulations are sent to all the listed dentists. Of course there are many fine dentists who are not included in this representative list. It is intended as a sampling of the great body of talent in the field of dentistry in the United States. A dentist’s inclusion on our list is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow dentists. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, we remain confident that our polling methodology largely corrects for any biases and that these lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate, and useful list of dentists available anywhere.

DISCLAIMER This list is excerpted from the 2014 topDentists™ list, which includes listings for more than 125 dentists and specialists in the Memphis Metropolitan area. For more information call 706-364-0853 or email or visit topDentists has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. Copyright 2009-2014 by topDentists, Augusta, GA. All rights reserved. This list, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without permission of topDentists. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list without permission. D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 4 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 81

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aving seen more than a few elections in this town over the past few decades, I often wonder, particularly when a Memphis municipal election comes around, if we just might be the Yard Sign Capital of the World. Mr. Google didn’t give me much help with answering that question, but I have to believe that we’ve earned that designation over the years, fair and square. For one thing, we are a city of yards; most of our people, rich and poor, live in single-family dwellings, and nearly all of those have a front yard of some sort. In the month before any major election here, our neighborhoods can start looking like funky corn fields, with messages-on-a-stick popping out of the ground almost everywhere.

This year I’ve noticed a new theme behind many of these areas. This month, we have the cardboard onslaught; for whatever reainvited for the third year in a row a mayor son, this season’s mayoral and city council from one of those particular cities to visit candidates seem to have come to the concluours, as part of Memphis magazine’s annual sion that bigger is indeed better. No matter “Summons to Memphis” series, and to tell that an exhaustive 2012 study in The Atlantic about his efforts to shape and transform his on the eve of the last presidential election deown urban landscape. Mick Cornett of Oklatermined that “lawn signs don’t homa City, the first-ever fourmake a discernable difference to time mayor in Oklahoma City, electoral outcomes.” Nope, this will be the keynote speaker at year’s crop of candidates has no this year’s “Summons” luncheon qualms about plunking down, on Monday, September 14th, at complete with sandbags, signs The Peabody. (This event is open so large that they’re beginning to the public; for tickets and to resemble casino billboards. other information, go to www. All this, just for the chance, or call to serve as members of the city 901.521.9000.) council or as mayor. Talk about During Cornett’s decade in thankless tasks. Mayor Wyeth office, Oklahoma City has atChandler (see inset) presided tracted an NBA franchise, inJuly 1981 over Memphis during arguably vested over $2 billion in schools its bleakest twentieth-century decade (1972and quality-of-life infrastructure, and devel1982). In the wake of the King assassination oped one of the most robust economies in here’s how Chandler, in this magazine, dethe country. A lifelong Republican, Mayor scribed the challenges of holding that posiCornett’s progressive policies on health and tion in 1981: “The mayors in the major cities wellness, urban design, and downtown redeof this country have the toughest job in all of velopment led him to be described in 2012 by Newsweek as one of “the five most innovative politics. Their funds are being cut, the sermayors in the United States.” vices that are being demanded are costing more, and the resentment against taxes is We deliberately scheduled this year’s “Sumgrowing by leaps and bounds.” mons” event in September, just a month before Sound familiar? Were he still with us our own municipal election. Our hope is that today, however, Wyeth Chandler would Mayor Cornett’s insights will prove valuable probably be amazed to see just how much in helping you decide how to vote in October. more difficult being Mayor of Memphis has At the risk of seeming self-serving, I am become in the past 30 years. With pension encouraging all our readers to consider atand health liabilities eating away at the tending; our last two “Summons” luncheons financial solvency of cities all across the (Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans country, with road, hospital, and school in 2013, Mayor Karl Dean of Nashville last infrastructures crumbling, and with proyear) were sellouts, and those of you who found national reluctance among citizens in have attended in the past know just how imurban as well as rural America to raise taxes portant it is to get this kind of perspective in order to pay for improvements that are on the issues that confront all of us as urban way beyond necessary, our urban places are Americans. Thanks for your consideration and support. more highly at risk today than ever before. Kenneth Neill There are a handful of cities, however, publisher/editor where genuine progress has been made in

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Memphis Minded President Charles E. Diehl When Rhodes College moved from Clarksville, Tennessee, to Memphis in 1925 under the leadership of President Charles E. Diehl, it was, Diehl said at the time, “the chance of a lifetime” to re-create an institution of excellence in a central location that provides easy access to students from all over, along with greater opportunities for them to learn both inside and outside the classroom. Ninety years later, President Diehl’s vision is being fully realized, as Rhodes students— who currently represent 47 states and 32 countries—are contributing to the Memphis community in immeasurable ways by fully engaging with the city’s culture, people, and causes.

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udio Video Artistry hosted a client event — the Blues Bash — on July 16th. Guests were entertained by the famed blues band, Ghost River, at AVA’s one-of-a-kind Design Studio on Trinity Road. Nationally renowned experts presented cutting-edge demonstrations of audio and video equipment. The event had a distinctly Memphis flavor, with food served by the Rendezvous.

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t. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was honored that the Nantucket, Massachusetts community united on a special night to join the fight against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The Stovall family from Memphis, who summer in this heavenly spot, helped to arrange this inaugural fundraiser at the Nantucket Dreamland Theater, as did honorary event chairs Katherine and John Dobbs, Jr. A number of other Memphians were on hand to enjoy this special evening which included incredible farm fresh tastings by well-known chefs, silent and live auctions and an appearance by a young St. Jude patient.

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The Data Game Comparing the tenure of school leaders Kriner Cash and Chris Barbic.


t’s September, school is back in session, and it’s time for an update on two tarnished leaders of public education in Memphis and Tennessee. Kriner Cash was superintendent of Memphis City Schools when it surrendered its charter and became part — make that a very big part — of the Shelby County system. He was not offered the job as superintendent of the merged system and took a buyout. In mid-August, Cash was hired as the new superintendent in Buffalo, New York. As I told a Buffalo reporter who called me for some background, nobody will beat Cash’s resume or throw anything at him that he has not seen before. Memphis was America’s test lab for “school reform” during his tenure, and even President Obama got into the act with a visit to Booker T. Washington High School. Like him or not, Cash is a superintendent superstar who can find plenty of data to make himself look good without the burden of those no-nonsense “Ws” and “Ls” that send coaches packing. When the merged system disintegrated after a year, he was gone. It was not his mess. He had, in fact, warned against it. Chris Barbic is head of the

Tennessee Achievement School District (ASD) since 2011 but announced in July that he will leave at the end of this calendar year. Two weeks later, the state Department of Education released test scores showing that the ASD schools, most of which are in Memphis, regressed last year and are far from meeting Barbic’s goal of making it into the top 25 percent of public schools. Buried in his letter of resignation (and apparently ignored in most media reports) was this important admission: “Let’s just be real: Achieving results in neighborhood schools is harder than in a choice environment. I have seen this firsthand at YES Prep and now as the

superintendent of the ASD. As Barbic’s goal was for the ASD to a charter school founder, I did take the lowest 5 percent to the my fair share of chest pounding top 25 percent in a few years. That over great results. I’ve learned didn’t happen. Not even close. that getting these same results In 2014-15, the ASD schools in a zoned neighborhood school in the “economically disadvanenvironment is much harder.” taged” subgroup, which is essenFor a first-year teacher to say tially all of them, did slightly betthis would be perfectly underter in grades 3-8 math but worse standable. For a 45-year-old vetin grades 3-8 reading and much eran of Teach For America and worse in high school Algebra 1 charter schools — and holder of (only 23 percent of students were one of the most important jobs in advanced or proficient compared public education — to say this as to 44 percent the previous year). if it were some sort of revelation is New school systems in Bartdeeply troubling. lett, Germantown, and CollierLet’s just be real. Barbic and ville all showed improvement among disadthe ASD failed. Barbic’s goal was for the vantaged stuA harsh word for sure, but dents in those ASD to take the lowest 5 one that’s apsubjects. Even percent to the top 25 percent the new Shelby plied to stuin a few years. That didn’t dents, teachCounty system outperformed ers, schools, happen. Not even close. and school disthe ASD. That tricts that don’t make the grade. was no surprise since the ASD But not once does Barbic use the had taken over the lowest perf-word in his resignation letter. formers. Simple math: If there are A “choice environment” is a ten students in a class and eight of them make an 80 on a test and school with some discretion over who gets in. A “neighborhood two of them make 20, the class school” takes all comers and is acaverage goes up if you put the countable for the no-shows too. 20s somewhere else. This is why the data game is rigged in favor of Nashville against Memphis, suburban school districts against SCS, and choice schools versus the ASD. In his resignation letter, Barbic wrote about hard work, writing new narratives, building foundations, and catalyzing changes in other schools. That lofty rhetoric might cut it for a superintendent interviewing for a job, but test scores and data make or break everyone else. Students, teachers, principals, and school districts can scream all they want about how unfair it is, but they get flunked, furloughed, fired, shamed, moved around, or taken over if they “underperform.” All in the name of accountability and school reform.


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here’s a vote taking place a few weeks before the October 8th mayoral election that is almost as important. It’s the vote to pick the next president of the Downtown Memphis Commission, and whoever gets the job will face problems as challenging in the microcosm of downtown as the mayor will face citywide: the use of 131 PILOTs that waive about $17 million in city and county taxes, thriving neighborhoods within walking distance of serious blight, patchy economic growth, and jobs sprawl. The job opening results from most — his unflinching advocacy Paul Morris’ resignation to head for downtown. In the past, many up his family’s business, and he of Memphis’ largest employers leaves downtown in better shape abandoned downtown and the than when he found it. The fo- velocity of the exodus was propelled cus on South Main and interim management of Beale Street cre- by a “go along to get ated new momentum, the focus along” attitude at the on “demonstration blocks” was Downtown Memphis smart strategy, art lighting un- Commission. der viaducts enlivens dead space, It’s an attitude that the $28 million renovation of the could never be used historic Chisca Hotel fulfilled to describe Morris. Clearly, he saw his a long-held dream, Commerce Square was kept from going dark, and the Paul Morris stepped-up fight against leaves his downtown blight yielded results. successor with For 15 years, Main a downtown Street was neglected and with improved became pockmarked by amateurish, unsightly basics, and most plywood repairs to broof all, with higher ken grates along the trolley tracks and bricks expectations for shattered by cars driving the future. on the pedestrian mall. Today, it has all been repaired, and best of all, it was largely paid for with the same federal grant that will add a pedestrian/bike lane to the Harahan Bridge. Despite these tangible examples of his five years at the helm of the development agency, perhaps it’s the intangible for which Morris will be remembered

job as an unrelenting cheerleader for downtown, and in that role, he often ruffled feathers with his “take no prisoners” emails to business leaders and politicians, admonishing them for failing to stand up for downtown and urging them to help. His sense of urgency was wellplaced. Despite the overblown political rhetoric that frequently refers to downtown’s “renaissance,” it lags behind downtown revivals in comparable cities and the jobs continue to move outward. The Memphis MSA is number-one in the ranking as the most decentralized MSA for smaller employment regions, with 12.4 percent of the MSA’s jobs within three miles of downtown, compared to the national average of 23 percent. Among the 100 largest U.S. cities, downtown Memphis ranked 38th in population growth from 2000 to 2010: +22 percent. The trend lines underscore the conundrums of downtown. Despite the momentum generated by Morris’ five years at the helm of the Downtown Memphis Commission, Main Street has unconnected nodes of vibrancy that are generally event-driven and location-specific while the street remains largely moribund. It has so many ingredients that should make it more successful — postcard-worthy

trolleys (when they finally run again), historic lighting fixtures, a bounty of historic buildings, and a downtown with a decidedly human scale. It remains home to 16.7 percent of the Memphis workforce on only 2 percent of the city’s land area, and it is the indisputable center of the region’s tourism industry with more than 8 million visitors a year to Beale Street and Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. A major priority for Morris’ successor should be finding a way to coax these visitors onto Main Street to support existing businesses and to spark new ones. Other priorities should be to evaluate whether downtown should continue to provide tax freezes for apartments now that occupancy rates are almost 95 percent; to find ways to improve the overall cleanliness of downtown; to develop a streetscape plan for more trees and green spaces; to activate Main Street with more activities and events beyond Court Square; and to improve connectivity between all of downtown. At this point, the track record of the Downtown Memphis Commission calls into question whether it should be given the responsibilities of the Riverfront Development Corporation in hopes of upgrading downtown parks by removing the jumble of Confederate markers and statues from Memphis Park (formerly Confederate Park); determining a better use for Mississippi River Park (formerly Jefferson Davis Park) that would move Bass Pro customers along the riverfront; and working with city government to invigorate Cossitt Library. Morris leaves his successor a downtown with improved basics, and most of all, with higher expectations for the future.


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Mid-South Book Festival

Bookworms unite! Over 75 journalists, novelists and poets are in town this September for the Mid-South Book Festival. Become an advocate for literacy at the festival’s Literacy Summit, or sip wine and meet your favorite author at “A Well Read Reception.” Guests include The Southern Vegetarian authors Justin Fox Burks and Amy Lawrence, novelist (and Inside Memphis Business editor) Richard Alley, Eric Barnes, and Ace Atkins. Playhouse on the Square and Circuit Playhouse, 66 Cooper St. and 51 Cooper St., 327-6000

The Little Prince at the Gardens


Ballet Memphis: The Little Prince at the Gardens ll grown-ups were once children ... but only few of them remember it,” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote in his 1943 classic The Little Prince. The novella has since sold 140 million copies and been reimagined into graphic novels, operas, films and ballets. Join Ballet Memphis at the Memphis Botanic Garden for their own playful production of Le Petit Prince, followed by the “colorful and festive” Water of the Flowery Mill.


Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Rd., 737-7322

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Rock for Love 9

Whether you’d rather rock out at the Hi-Tone, vibe with electronica at Crosstown Arts, or discover new singer-songwriters at Amurica photo studio, the ninth annual Rock For Love music festival has something for everyone. Lineup includes NOTS, North Mississippi Allstars, and Deering and Down. All proceeds go to support the Church Health Center. Various midtown venues,, 272-0003

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On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest

This diverse festival (formerly known as Memphis International Film Festival) showcases independent feature films, documentaries, and shorts from around the world. New this year is a film industry business expo, a line-up of industry speakers and local musicians. This year’s festivities will take place in Cooper-Young and Overton Square. Various venues,, 730-6220


Art on Tap

Art pairs well with beer. The Dixon describes this garden party and beer tasting as “The first. The original. The best.” Gus’s Fried Chicken, Boscos, Frost Bake Shop, and more will contribute to the culinary side of the evening. Beer lovers, art lovers, and food lovers need not look elsewhere — the Dixon has it all under one garden canopy. Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Ave., 761-5250


Zoo Rendezvous

Fans of Zimm the monkey and Le Le the panda bear can show their support for the Memphis Zoo by attending its largest fundraiser. More than 80 restaurants and bars will provide food and drink,

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Delta Fair and Music Festival

Onions are bloomin’ and the funnel cakes are fryin’ at the largest fair in the Mid-South. In addition to rides, “everyone’s fair” includes pig races, live country music concerts and culinary competitions. Or if you are in for something daring, you can check out the extreme bike competitions at the so-called Wall of Death. Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd., 213-7469

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Memphis Music & Heritage Festival

Memphians with an ear for Southern lore and a hankering for collard greens should spend their Labor Day weekend downtown at the Center for Southern Folklore’s annual Heritage Festival. A roster of storytellers, blues musicians, and other Southern talent will be on hand to remind us where we are really from. Center for Southern Folklore, 119 S. Main St., 525-3655

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26th Southern Heritage Classic

Memphians know that Southern heritage is about more than football, which is why the 26th Southern Heritage Classic features music (Gladys Knight, Fantasia, Johnny Gill, and Avery*Sunshine), networking events, and a battle of the bands. On September 12, Tennessee State University and Jackson State University will face off on the field. Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St., 1-800-745-3000

while live music on four stages will keep the night vibrant. This year’s theme is Viva la Zoo! Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place, 333-6500

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Congreso 2015: The Latino Memphis Conference

NPR and PBS Emmywinning journalist Maria Hinojosa is the keynote speaker at Latino Memphis’ Leadership Luncheon. Other special guests include J.R. Martinez, of Dancing with the Stars fame, and Dr. Juan Andrade, recipient of a Presidential Medal of Honor for his community

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service. This three-day conference seeks to bring together leaders in the Latin American community during Hispanic Heritage Month. Various venues, 270-0582


Cooper-Young Festival

The historic Cooper-Young neighborhood has grown a lot in the past decade, and its annual street festival has grown with it. Over 400 artisans from around the country will be in attendance to celebrate what the American Planning Association has called one of the “Top 10 Great Neighborhoods in America.” Cooper Street and Young Avenue, 276-7222

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Memphis is known worldwide for its garage rock scene, which has produced local music legends like the late Jay Reatard and Ty Segall, as well as current headliners Ex-Cult and NOTS. Goner’s weekend-long festival is held in dives around midtown, and features Quintron, Jack Oblivion, and DJ Baby Alcatraz, among others. Various venues, 722-0095

themselves in this Disney blockbuster turned ice show. Parents who like to sing Elsa’s “Let it Go!” as much as their kids should reserve tickets to see the princesses skate the night away. FedExForum, 191 Beale St., 205-2525

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Repair Days

Don’t worry about a ding! Bring your damaged and dented metal goods to the Metal Museum, where blacksmiths and metalworkers from around the country will fix them for reasonable rates. An annual art auction, demos, and artists talks are all a part of the festivities. Regular attendees know: Someone always brings moonshine to the Saturday night dinner. Metal Museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive, 774-6380


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Disney on Ice presents Frozen

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Tom Marshall with shara clark


Memphis architect since 1986, Tom Marshall has had a hand in designing many of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. His first design — the (unique for its time) Dryve Cleaners on Poplar — was a collaboration with his father, Oscar Thomas “O.T.” Marshall III, who founded O.T. Marshall Architects in 1957. He’s since worked on a number of high-profile projects, from St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett to Tiger Lane. More recently, he designed much of the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, including the hotel, the rooftop observation deck, and the 28-story elevator that leads to the top.

Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid must have been one of the most challenging designs you’ve worked on. Could you tell us about the process?

It was exceptional because we went in many different directions. It took six years to design and build, but thank goodness we didn’t build the first thing we drew because it was a much smaller idea. It was fortuitous that we were able to design bigger and better ideas and that there was an owner, John Morris, who had the vision to see the real potential of the Pyramid. The Pyramid has the tallest freestanding elevator in America, and it leads up to a sky-high observation level overlooking the Mississippi River. What were the logistics of designing that?

We first started with the idea of an inclinator, which was to take a glass elevator and slide it up the northwest corner of the building. We found a company in Italy that could do it, but they wouldn’t service it, so we abandoned that. The biggest challenge was to create a freestanding look. We had an inventive owner who decided he wanted a 10,000-gallon aquarium at the top, so the elevator structure had to do three things: get people up and down, create structural stability, and hold up a heavy aquarium — it’s 83,000 pounds. Some people are spooked by the glass-floored overlook. Have you gone to the top with family and friends?

We created glass balconies that are cantilevered out over the south and west facades to give people a bit of a thrill. Some people still won’t step out on that glass. Even my mother hesitated. But once you get up there, you see a view of the city you wouldn’t otherwise get to see. How do you feel about the finished product?

It’s pretty fulfilling. In fact, it might be — no pun

intended — the pinnacle of my design career. I assume growing up with an architect dad influenced you?

Of course. I remember the days when he had me on his lap showing me how one-point, two-point, and three-point perspectives worked. And at the end of his work day, he’d unfurl the drawings he’d done. At that time, everything was done by hand. He was a tremendous hand artist, and I learned to draw sitting on his knee. He was one of the first true modernist architects in Memphis and aspired to express avant-garde architecture. So, I got to witness architecture through my formative years seeing his work in action. Speaking of avant-garde architecture, your father designed a glass house in Raleigh that was recognized by AIA Memphis in A Survey of Modern Houses in Memphis, Tennessee from 1940–1980. You lived in that house?

Yes, I lived there until I was 16. I guess I was 11 or 12 before I realized other kids didn’t live in a glass house. It was second nature to me. Did you always want to be an architect?

I went off to college thinking that I was going to be something other than an architect. I loved to draw, but I thought that I was going to be an attorney. After taking a course in architecture, I knew that this was my calling. What’s next for you?

We are designing the Raleigh Springs redevelopment project — razing the Raleigh Springs Mall and adding a 12-acre lake, a library, a police precinct, a skate park, and hopefully a large retail component. When you aren’t working, what do you like to do for fun?

I like to play squash with my 12-year-old son who is almost able to beat me now. And we like to fish and hunt. So, the Bass Pro project fit in quite nicely. I was one of their biggest customers. Still am.



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TWO-PART     HARMONY Earnestine and Hazel,

meet Parker and Marshall. Our models are the twin musicians, singers, and producers known as

Mulherin, who are gaining national attention for their talents. The setting is Earnestine and Hazel’s at the corner of South Main and G.E. Patterson. Everything about this local landmark — its history, jukebox, and soul burgers — is legendary. Its funky interior provided just the right backdrop for the latest in men’s fall fashion, where we’ve mixed local retail offerings with the brothers’ own pieces. They harmoniously intertwine color with neutrals, break up a suit, and mingle casual with formal while letting their own strong sense of style shine.


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Well Suited Separating the pieces of an elegant suit and making them casual is on trend for men, and Parker and Marshall show us exactly how to break up in style. on parker: Hugo Boss navy suit pants, $795 for the suit, from James Davis in Laurelwood. Navy suede Oxford shoes by Cole Haan from Macy’s Oak Court, $150.

Vintage Rolex, his uncle’s. Sweater and socks, his own. on marshall: Hugo Boss navy suit jacket, $795 for the suit; silk pocket square, $25; both from James Davis in Laurelwood. Vintage Rolex watch, price available upon request, from Sissy’s Log Cabin in Laurelwood. White buttondown, skinny jeans, and loafers, all his own.

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Color Chords Marshall rocks a beautiful trim blazer in an unconventional color and super-modern “air tie.” Bordeaux blazer by Billy Reid, $625, from Oak Hall. Yellow plaid button-down, jeans, socks, and penny loafers, his own.

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Denim Duet Doubling up on denim can be as tricky as mixing a tuxedo jacket with track pants. But, yet again, Mulherin grooves with ease. on parker: Denim button-down by Peter Millar, $148; skinny knit tie, $135; both from Oak Hall. Jeans and watch, his own. S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 31

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Twin Set Parker and Marshall are so comfortable they seem to fade into the storied backdrop of Earnestine and Hazel’s. Never mind the penguin. on parker: Leather jacket, $450; dark jeans by Adriano Goldschmied, $195; both from

Lansky 126. T-shirt, socks, and Nike high tops are Parker’s. on marshall: Cashmere hoody, $575; knit jacquard joggers by Billy Reid, $175; both pieces from Oak Hall. T-shirt and white Vans sneakers are Marshall’s.

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by jackson baker editor’s note: Next month, on Thursday, October 8th, the City of Memphis holds its quadrennial election to fill the position of mayor and 13 city council seats. In light of next month’s festivities, we’ve asked Memphis Flyer political editor Jackson Baker, dean of this city’s political reporters, to answer for us some basic questions about the particulars of the municipal political process.

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Let’s start at the beginning. Why do we have city elections in oddnumbered years? And why do Memphians vote in October rather than November? For reasons that remain obscure, the referendum of November 1966 which established the city’s mayor/council form of government (see below) also chose to set the city’s election date as the first Thursday after the first Tuesday of October — leaving an unusually lengthy lame-duck period of nearly three months for every mayoral transition since then, with swearing-in ceremonies taking place on New Year’s Day following an election. As for why city elections occur quadrennially in odd-numbered years, that tradition goes way back to the late nineteenth century. Interesting. Now let’s get specific: next month, whom should we pick as mayor? That’s your own business, of course. But before choosing a candidate to vote for, everyone needs to know just what a mayor is — and does — in specifically Memphis terms. In our old City Commission form of government devised in the early twentieth century by Edward H. Crump, who ran the city for decades to suit himself, the mayor was a mainly ceremonial figure, a co-equal at best with five city commissioners, elected at large, who functioned as de facto division heads. All, of course, took most of their marching orders from “Boss” Crump. By the election year of 1967, some 13 years after Crump’s death, the citizens of Memphis finally got around to filling the power vacuum, giving themselves actual power, by establishing, via referendum, a mayor/city council form of government. They chose a “strong mayor” form, one in which the chief executive has real authority; he sets the city agenda, prepares budgets, appoints and oversees division

heads, and executes contracts. All that requires experience, ability, and demonstrably good judgment, right? So keep that in mind when voting. Okay, so what about the Memphis City Council? What exactly is it that they do? The 13 members of the council are elected from each of the city’s ethnically and geographically diverse areas on the theory that everybody in town, through their elected representatives, gets a say in how things are done. (How un-Crumpian is that!) The council gets to say Yes or No on a range of matters proposed by the mayor — and specifically must approve all expenditures. Since the council’s decisions are (a) truly significant and (b) require a majority vote, the ideal council member is loyal to his/her constituents’ interests; strong-minded enough to hold his/her own with the 12 others gathered around the trough; diplomatic enough to influence the decisions of those others; and independent enough to hold the mayor to account. It’s quite a tall order for those seeking what are essentially part-time jobs. Why are some council positions elected from single districts and others from at-large districts? Ah, the answer to that one tells you something about recent Memphis history, which, not to spill any secrets or anything, has involved some racially tense moments — especially, as it happens, in the half-century since the advent of mayor/city council government. As amended following a ruling by the late U.S. District Judge Jerry Turner in 1991, the city is divided into seven districts, more or less equally populated and drawn to ref lect an appropriate racial/ethnic balance overall. Each of these districts elects one member to the council for a four-year term. In addition, there are two “Super

Districts,” each one corresponding to a different geographic half of the city. Population shifts have diluted the percentage of white city residents overall, but Super District 9, which is roughly the eastern half of the city, is still predominantly white, while Super District 8, which tends westward, is even more predominantly African-American. Each of the two Super Districts elects three council representatives. I get that there are two kinds of city council districts. But why do some of them have run-offs between the top two finishers, and others don’t? This is where the race issue comes most into play. In the suit before Judge Turner in 1991, black litigants contended that runoff elections discriminated against their interests because white voters, at that time a bare majority in the city, would avail themselves of the runoff option — either consciously or unconsciously — to pare a crowded at-large field down to a showdown involving one white candidate versus one black candidate, in theory using their superior numbers to keep the black out of power. Q.E.D.: De facto discrimination. Judge Turner agreed with the litigants, and imposed a ban on run-offs in city-wide races, like those for mayor as well as for the two Super Districts. That solution put in place an electoral structure that, in its balance of district and at-large representation, would tilt decisively toward racial equity overall. All in all, Turner’s was a fairly Solomonic solution, and one of the first fruits of it was the epochal razor’s-edge victory of Willie Herenton, Memphis’ first elected black mayor, in a winner-take-all three-way race, held in October of the same year as Turner’s decision. Mayoral races since then have not had runoffs, as they had had for two decades previously.

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So is this electoral structure still working in the interests of fairness for the community? That’s maybe the most important question here, and there are two ways of answering it, depending on one’s vantage point. If the structure is seen as something designed to protect the interests of African Americans (who were, let us remember, the original litigants), the answer would be No. Population shifts over the last two decades have given blacks such a decisive voting majority in the city that the winner-take-all arithmetic of this year’s mayor’s race gives the one major white candidate a real shot against his three serious black opponents. But if the electoral structure is seen as a means of safeguarding the chances of a candidate belonging to a distinct ethnic minority (in this case the white mayoral candidate), then Yes, the plan still works. Okay, then, more times than not, the best man (or woman) should win, right? That’s a tougher one to answer than it seems. Because, well, nobody’s going to agree on what the word “best” means in a political context. The question is: best what? Best intentioned? Best educated? Best set of issues? Superlatives that run like that generally don’t survive the kind of pie-throwing contests that our elections are, much less do they win them. The kinds of advantages that do make a difference usually begin with a different adjective: “Most.” As in: Most money. Most campaign volunteers. Most seasoned networkers, etc. The thing to remember about politics is that it’s a collective activity. The point is not for you to win. It’s for your side to win. Most of the “best” people, real or fancied, make terrible candidates, because they see themselves as … well, better. They don’t fit in with common causes or ordinary folk. Every now and then some heroic personality emerges who expresses the best instincts or needs of a large group of people, maybe even of society at large, and wins. That’s when you can definitively say: “The system works.” Unfortunately, all too often the supposed heroic tribune of the people turns out to be a pied piper and/or a demagogue, who takes advantage of popular frustrations and takes off in absolutely the wrong direction, with everybody in tow. There are plenty of examples of this happening. Don’t get me started. What about charisma? Doesn’t that play a role in every election? Well, sure. And such a thing does exist. Although, all too often, what is billed as charisma isn’t the real thing. It’s just some advertising agency’s clever packaging of a none-too-spectacular personage. A nice contin u ed on page 113

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lvis Presley Enterprises CEO Jack Soden describes Memphis as a place where there’s a special something in the water supply that “makes everybody pick up an instrument or stand on a corner and sing.” Having said that, he then shares a bleaker memory from his own early days in Memphis during the summer of 1982, when Graceland first opened its doors to the public.

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“We opened in June, and Beale Street was still all authentic 1950s vibe in the room where rock-and-roll boarded up,” Soden says somewhat uncertainly, like was born. Honky-tonk torchbearer Dale Watson, for example, someone trying to recount the peculiar events of a lives in Austin, Texas, but he’s been recording at Sun vivid dream. “The Peabody had just reopened in the previous year,” he says. “And I think Gray Line Tours Studio for 20 years now. Watson — perhaps the quinteshad leased the space where Sun Studio was, and were sential “Texas country” singer — describes the sessions taking people by, but that was all. Not much else was there as “magical.” happening …” “A lot of it’s because of Elvis, Johnny Cash, As the primary creator of today’s well-esand Jerry Lee having been there,” he says. tablished Elvis Presley “brand,” Soden “But even more, it’s just the sound that acknowledges that Graceland itself was you get. It’s like nowhere else.” launched with modest expectations. Development has been gradual, but He and his small staff were hoping the once-questionable prospect of to attract fans of the recently deMemphis music tourism has blossomed into an interesting, symbiceased superstar, potential visitors otic industry for our city. By some who, if given a chance, might want to visit the place where Elvis lived. standards, that business is booming. Thirty-three years later, upwards The Stax Museum of American Soul of 600,000 people visit the Whitehaven Music, comfortably housed in an exmansion annually. They’re the kind of act replica of an old movie theater that Jack Soden tourists every city wants to attract, since was torn down in 1989, treats more than they tend to come from far away, and they 60,000 visitors annually to the sounds of spend considerable money in hotels, restaurants, and Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave, Rufus and Carla Thomas, retail establishments while they’re here. Additionally, and Booker T. & the MGs. The Smithsonian-affiliated 150,000 yearly visitors tour Sam Phillips’ Sun Studio, Rock ’N’ Soul Museum, which opened in the Gibson which is once again a functioning, full-service recordGuitar Factory in 2000 and moved into its current home ing facility, as well as a powerhouse tourist destination in FedExForum in 2004, sees similar numbers. And far giving music fans the unique opportunity to soak up an from being boarded up, Beale Street has evolved into


Elvis is everywhere: A visitor to Graceland wears Elvis stockings during the King’s 80th birthday celebration back in January 2015.

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the single most visited tourist destination in Tennessee, boasting nearly 6 million visitors annually. Meanwhile, the syndicated radio program Beale Street Caravan now reaches 2.4 million public-radio listeners weekly. Show host Pat Mitchell says tourists looking for things to do visit the show’s downtown office space, even though it isn’t open to the public. “People the world over know the show and just want to see where things happen,” she says. Figure Bass Pro, NBA basketball, and barbecue into that mix and it’s easy to see why, in spite of the city’s own historically negative self-image, national travel writers are paying attention and penning glowing articles with headlines like “Memphis Gets Its Groove Back,” as the Virtual Gourmet’s John Mariani did last month. In a follow-up article Mariani’s headline said

The music tourism business is, at the very least, “worth hundreds of millions of dollars” to Memphis.

it even more plainly: “Memphis Unmatched for American Music History.” “There are American cities with more art museums and natural history museums than Memphis,” he wrote, “but none has the cultural breadth and depth of museums devoted to American musical history.” Sun Studio’s public relations director, Jayne Ellen Brooks, has an explanation for this positive attention. “When you do something right, it pays off,” she says. While reluctant to place a specific dollar value on music tourism, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau President Kevin Kane concurs. Visitors to Memphis pump $3.2 billion into the local economy yearly, and music, Kane speculates, might be responsible for as much as 20 percent of that pie. “I can’t say for sure if it’s that much; that’s just shooting from the hip,” he allows. “But I do know it’s a strong foundation.” The safe answer, he concludes, is that the music tourism business is, at the very least, “worth hundreds of millions of dollars” to Memphis.


— Kevin Kane, Memphis CVB

Overton Park where Elvis once worked as a warm-up act for Slim Whitman, would have been demolished long ago if not for a 20-year vigil by Save Our Shell preservationists. But new music tourism opportunities seem to be popping up all the time. In the spring of 2014, the dilapidated home of piano legend Memphis Slim was renovated with help from the Community LIFT program. It has since reopened as a “music magnet” and gathering place for community residents. It’s not expressly a tourist destination, but the renovated home provides another rom the Beale Street music-related point of interest in blues to Big Star’s Third and the Stax/Soulsville neighborhood. all the grace notes in beEven more recently, a host of tween, music is Memphis’ defining new attractions has been unveiled, ranging in scale from two ambitious brand. It’s a calling card that opens doors for world travelers and a funky new “halls of fame” downtown (the sort of beacon, attracting more diverse Memphis Music Hall of Fame, on SecSTAX Academy visitors to this city with each passing year. ond Street, and the Blues Hall of Fame This has come to pass in spite of the city’s on South Main) to various public artworks celebrating the lives and legacies of local performers. spotty record of preserving cultural resources it doesn’t abandon and/or tear down. Important sites like Chips Each new addition becomes a bullet point on a tourMoman’s American Studios, and Willie Mitchell’s Royal ist’s to-do list, lengthening stays and sweetening the Studios have only recently been honored with historical economic impact of our region’s sweet music. As Kevin markers. The Levitt Shell, now an immensely popular Kern, Graceland’s public relations director, explains, music venue producing free events on the stage in Memphis has finally grown into something “more than

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Pierson’s tours are unlike any other. Instead of shuttling large groups of visitors from one attraction to the next, he boards only as many passengers as can fit comfortably in his beautifully preserved 1955 Cadillac. He dutifully drives clients past Graceland, Beale Street, and other name-brand attractions, but his destination is almost always some off-the-beaten-path neighborhood bar with cold beer and a hot band. “Memphis is a photogenic town,” Pierson says, expressing reservations about “history under glass,” pining over the loss of authentic things like Elvis’ favorite wooden roller coaster, the Zippin Pippin. He worries about the fate of the empty Mid-South Coliseum. As a guide to the city rather than its tourist attractions, Pierson stakes his reputation on an ability to deliver good tunes and authentic experiences. But he also loves to see people stop by for a selfie with Milton on his bench, or to grab a shot of a nearby op-art mural dedicated

“I love to see people hanging out on the bench with Little Milton.”

Tourists pose for selfies by the Jay Reatard mural in the South Main Arts District.

to the late punk-rock wunderkind, Jay Reatard. “You know, they want to build a statue of Johnny Cash in Cooper-Young,” Pierson says. “I hope they do it.” The statue to which Pierson refers is part of a bigger effort dubbed “The Johnny Cash Memphis Legacy.” That project is spearheaded by Memphis filmmaker and preservationist Mike McCarthy, working in conjunction with entities like Cooper Walker Place, Rhodes College, and the Visible Music College. If the project is fully funded, a bronze artwork by Mississippi-based a long weekend destination.” Adds Kern’s boss, Jack Soden, “Every time another music-related enterprise sculptor Bill Beckwith will be unveiled soon at the comes along, whether it’s Rock ’N’ Soul, or the Blues corner of Cooper and Walker, near the church where Museum, it’s [part of] a tide that raises all the boats, Cash and his band, the Tennessee Two, played their Eventually, it hits a critical mass.” first gig for a group of little old ladies in 1954. Tad Pierson says the tide hasn’t touched his boat yet, According to the project’s mission statement, “[the but he blames that fact on his being a one-man band, Beckwith sculpture] gives us the unique opportunianswering the phones, booking and conty to celebrate the location of Cash’s first ducting tours, and fixing his vehicle when performance with the Tennessee Two by it breaks down. Pierson is the sole proprierecting a statue and historical marker etor of American Dream Safari tours, that can serve, not only as a source of and he knows the sights and sounds of civic pride for Memphians, but as a Memphis and the Mississippi Delta location for tourists to visit as they better than just about anybody. His come to Memphis.” McCarthy says thoughtfully imagined excursions he wants to unveil the Cash statthrough Memphis’ best and worst ue May 1, 2016, to commemorate neighborhoods upend traditional the 60th anniversary of the Man in tourist industry models and can even Black’s iconic first Sun single, “I Walk make you rethink the value of superlathe Line.” tives like “best” and “worst.” McCarthy has a long history of proRufus Thomas mural “I’ll tell you something I love to see,” moting missed music tourism opportuPierson says. “I love to see people hanging nities in Memphis. He led the team that out on the bench with Little Milton.” Obviously, he’s not salvaged Red Hot & Blue dj Dewey Phillips’ booth from referring to the real Little Milton since the “Grits Ain’t the mezzanine of the Chisca Hotel, prior to the derelict Groceries” singer died in 2005. Pierson’s talking about building’s much-needed renovation. Phillips was the a seated, disconcertingly life-sized statue situated on manic WHBQ record jock who famously introduced the sidewalk in front of the new Blues Hall of Fame most Memphians to Elvis, and the real-life inspiration museum at 421 South Main. for the strange-talking Huey Calhoun character in the



— Tad Pierson, American Dream Safari

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Joe DiPietro/David Bryan Tony-winning Broadway extravaganza, Memphis: the Musical. With a Dewey-esque zeal, McCarthy also labored to save the Zippin Pippin, which avoided demolition only to be acquired by the Bay Beach amusement park in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in 2010, where it’s frequently described in the media as a successful attraction and local favorite. McCarthy is currently front and center in the battle to resurrect the Mid-South Coliseum, a storied music venue that has been closed since 2006. In addition to its historic role as the home for the United States Wrestling Association, the Coliseum hosted concerts by many of the classic-rock era’s most important artists, including Elvis, whose gloriously excessive RCA release Live on Stage in Memphis, was recorded there on March, 20, 1974.




lues Hall of Fame curator/manager Nora J. Tucker doesn’t know exactly how many people have toured the new, $2.5 million attraction since the comfortably appointed facility opened in May, but, as Tad Pierson will testify, she has first-hand experience with the power of a well-positioned sculpture. Tucker describes the museum’s Archimania-designed entrance, with its blue stretch of sidewalk and the Little Milton statue, as a kind of magnet. She says the museum’s opening month was “huge,” and subsequent months have been “strong.” The statue, created by artist Andrea Holmes Lugar, in conjunction with the Lugar Foundry and the Metal Museum, brings a lot of walk-ups to the door. The Blues Foundation has been inducting members into its Hall of Fame since the 1980s. The new brick and mortar museum was built, in part, as a conveniently located destination for music lovers who are already coming to town for Foundation-hosted events like the annual Blues Awards in May and for the four-day International Blues Challenge every January, which belonging to marquee artists like Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis. In the spirit of authenticity, the new museum is attracts more than 120 acts and a large multinational also housed on the exact spot where Lansky Brothers, audience. The cozy, two-story facility boasts a free upstairs gallery and a ticketed downstairs exhibit that Elvis’ favorite clothiers, once stored its formal wear, showcases a number of stage costumes, instruments, and where Johnny Cash was brought when he visitand personal effects once owned by blues giants like ed the downstairs shop brandishing a Prince Albert Howlin’ Wolf, Koko Taylor, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Stevie tobacco tin, and wanting to buy a dark frock coat just Ray Vaughan, and Muddy Waters. like the prince was wearing. “That may be Tucker says she’s impressed by the numthe beginning of the ‘Man in Black,’” Doyle ber of curiosity seekers Little Milton has speculates. brought through the doors. She’s even “There aren’t many cities that can more impressed by people who say support their own music hall of fame,” they visited the Blues Hall of Fame Doyle says, recalling an early brainbecause the staff at the Memphis storming session where Rock ’N’ Rock ‘N’ Soul Museum or the Soul board members easily listNational Civil Rights Museum ed more than 300 relatively well referred them. The attraction inknown artists for prospective memdustry, she explains, has proven to bership. That was when he knew the be far more collegial than competitive. project would work. He just wasn’t sure “Authentic” is the word John Doyle how it might work best. Beale Street busker uses to describe Memphis music tourism. “I asked myself what it might be like Doyle is the executive director of both the to hang out with the musicians that were Smithsonian-affiliated Memphis Rock ’N’ Soul Musebeing inducted each year,” Doyle says, wondering what um and its newly opened $1.3 million Memphis Music a cocktail party with all the inductees might look like. Hall of Fame exhibit, the latter of which is a deep dive “It would probably be weird,” he says. “So we’re positioning the Memphis Music Hall of Fame as a museum into the real heroes of Memphis music, showcasing where our exhibits are as outrageous as our inductees. folkie Jesse Winchester’s Vietnam draft notice and subsequent amnesty letter alongside flashier items In Europe, they’re protecting Rembrandts. In Memphis,

A bronze statue of Little Milton is a big draw at the new Blues Hall of Fame Museum on South Main.

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The decayed remains of Jim Dickinson’s piano constitute a hard-to-miss attraction at the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

we’re protecting a pink shorts set with a cape that Rufus Thomas wore at WattStax.” The museum will also protect and display a demolished and decomposing piano, courtesy of Hall of Fame inductee Jim Dickinson, who once told an interviewer

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that he just liked to “watch shit rot.” When it comes to authenticity, you can’t do much better than Dickinson, the late, great producer and provocateur who placed “decomposition” at the heart of his personal aesthetic. Dickinson worked with everyone from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones, and believed you could hear the sounds of entropy in songs he recorded with Alex Chilton. You can see all this represented visually in paintings he labored over, then left outdoors for nature to complete. The Memphis Music Hall of Fame’s most eye-popping exhibit has to be Dickinson’s piano, which spent years on exhibit in the yard outside his Zebra Ranch recording studio. In its former life, the crumbling instrument, propped up on cinder blocks like some old jalopy and covered in filth and leaves, belonged to the Stax recording studio. It was there when Isaac Hayes and John Doyle David Porter were songwriting partners cranking out hits like “Soul Man” and “Wrap It Up.” It was there when time got tight for Booker T. and the MG’s, and when Otis Redding wrote “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.” The decomposed piano also appears in the Big Star documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me, making it a trivial touchstone for Chilton fans as well. In a figurative flourish, Doyle describes the piano remains as being like “a piece of Dickinson’s soul,” because it represents an essence of the man not easily captured in words or even musical notation. It’s a perfect example of the “authentic” Memphis Music Hall of Fame experience, he says. Situated just off the corner of Second and Beale, in a two-story space that during the 1990s hosted a Graceland-run club called EP’s Memphis, the Music

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Musicians flock to the Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm for weekly house concerts and Sunday socials.

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T left: Sergio Webb plays his guitar for fans on a warm spring Sunday afternoon. The Frog Pond is an outdoor stage under a 200-year-old cedar tree on Blue Moon Farm, a property owned by Cathe Steele, who is a member of Folk Alliance International. Many of the country’s best singer-songwriters and musicians have graced the humble little “front porch.”

ucked away off a quiet, country road in southern Alabama is a music haven named the Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm. Each week, music enthusiasts come from surrounding states for music and an oldfashioned Sunday social. “Every week they are from everywhere,” says founder Cathe Steele. Guests bring a covered dish and put out their folding chairs in front of a homemade stage, where traveling musicians from all over the world stop, play, and tell stories through music and song. “The whole idea was to bring community and music together, so we developed community through music,” says Steele, who began this musical journey in 2010 on her 10-acre farm in Silverhill, about 10 miles east of Fairhope, Alabama, and Mobile Bay.

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top left: Fans sing and sway to the music on a Sunday afternoon at the Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farms. The core idea is to bring musicians and serious listeners together in an informal but respectful house-concert setting on the farm, where the focus is on the music and a community is built through artists and listeners.

top right: Grayson Capps on guitar is center stage during a recent show at the Frog Pond. bottom left: People are warmed during the cooler months by several fires located around the property. bottom right: Food is not sold on the property; guests are encouraged to bring covered dishes, seasonal fruit, or treats for a communal potluck.

While the event can draw up to 300 people, it is not public. The musical gathering is by invitation only. It takes place late on Sunday afternoons, usually October through March. You can gain an invitation by writing the owner, Cathe Steele via her website (www. People can camp on the farm overnight, bring their own chairs and beverages, and are encouraged to participate in a potluck covered-dish dinner. “Musicians create art here,” says Steele. “Visitors hear a story or a thought expressed through music and people

hear what they need to hear.” Steele has a passion for creating a unique and intimate musical experience for songwriters and listeners alike. “What happens at the Frog Pond you will never hear anywhere else. Once it happens, it’s just like magic; it is in and out the window and it is gone,” Steele says. “What’s left is that feeling people have when they leave here. I like passing that on.” The outdoor house concert is held on the grounds of Blue Moon Farm, her home in Silverhill, Alabama. The “Frog Pond” itself is an outdoor wooden stage set under

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This season The Frog Pond concerts will host Tony Joe White, Kinky Friedman, “Americana troubadour” Mary Gauthier, The Wet Willie Band, and many others. used to book music professionally and says that many of the country’s best singer-songwriters and musicians have graced the “humble little front porch” of the farmhouse, which was built in 1909. Each week four different musicians join Grayson Capps, an Alabama-based singer-songwriter, to create a unique and new musical experience. Musicians try out new

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support traveling folk musicians. Artists would stop and play while passing through the smaller towns as they journeyed from one gig to another. Today, the house concerts help them pay for food, gas, and hotels. People open up their homes, churches, and yards to provide an intimate space for folk music fans to come together, singing favorite tunes and listening to their favorite music and artists. “This is less about the money and more about the music,” says Steele. All funds donated at the door go to the artists. That is a stipulation with house concerts in Alabama; these are private gatherings and tickets can’t be sold. People find out about the Frog Pond house concerts mainly by word of mouth. Regulars donate common items such as toilet paper, wood, and coffee. During the off-season, people donate their time to help with venue chores and upkeep. “It’s amazing how we are all interconnected,” says Steele. “When we started the Frog Pond it was kind of to bring people together — to develop this community of folks who support each other and musicians who support each other and give back.” “The first time I went there and met Cathe I felt like I had known her all my life, and sitting in her back yard was like going home,” says Joe Fulmer, who lives in Fairhope. “It was the most relaxed I had been in 20 years.” Some of the guests have long hair, beards, sunglasses, hats, and boots. Baby boomers fill the majority of the chairs and they often

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“This is less about the money and more about the music.” Funds donated at the door go to the artists. That is a stipulation of house concerts in Alabama; they must be private gatherings and tickets can’t be sold. — Cathe Steele, owner Some of the musicians come often, others are just passing through, but they all entertain guests as they sing harmonies, perform original songs, and play guitars, fiddles, banjos, and even washboards on occasion. Steele would love to see her shows broadcast somehow, over the airwaves or posted online, and have the opportunity to share the special place that she has created with the rest of the world. “My hope here is to have the Frog Pond continue to grow, because as it grows, everybody grows.”  For more information:

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s we drove up to the stunning main building, my immediate impression of Kirby Pines Retirement Community, located at 3535 Kirby Road, was that I was entering an incredible botanic garden. Daffodils, irises, and azaleas dotted the 60 landscaped acres of the campus, which I later found out is overseen by Mike Rayder, director of grounds and landscaping, with a crew of ten gardeners. There is also a greenhouse and 150 feet of raised gardens for residents to both enjoy and plant.

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top: Mike Rayder, director of grounds and landscaping, works with ten gardeners to keep Kirby Pines green.

bottom: One of the many beautiful areas on the community’s 60-acre campus.

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above: The lobby of the main building at Kirby Pines, complete with sweeping staircase and crystal chandelier, resembles that of a grand hotel.

My next impression of Kirby Pines was the camaraderie and spirit of the place. During my visit, I met so many enthusiastic people, both residents and staff, all of whom feel lucky to be in such an excellent place, and who agree that they share a loving, family atmosphere. Michael Escamilla, executive director of Kirby Pines, says that it provides seniors a beautiful “life care” community with an independent upscale lifestyle, but also with the assurance that they will receive care down the road whenever they may need it. There are 18 therapists on the premises, including occupational, speech, and physical specialists. Escamilla explains that the entire complex includes 48 single garden homes ranging in size from 1,600 to 3,300 square feet; 396 apartment homes that include studios, and one-, two-,

During my visit, I met so many enthusiastic people, both residents and staff, all of whom feel lucky to be in such an excellent place, and who agree that they share a loving, family atmosphere. and three-bedroom units; 120 licensed nursing home beds (90 in the Gallery Manor Nursing Home and 30 in Job’s Way for Alzheimer care); and 64 assisted living suites. He adds that the entire community is gated, and a new entrance to the grounds is planned for Kirby Parkway to enhance safe accessibility. And now for the amenities! Daily, live action stations offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner in three different dining venues: casual, semi-formal, and bistro. Special “exquisite cuisine” is prepared once a month by executive chef Tim McNeil under the direction of Mark Simpson. The Kirby Pines monthly magazine, The Pinecone, has interviews with new residents and lists a dizzying array of opportunities for enrichment and fun. Other amenities include weekend movies, water aerobics in the indoor pool and other

exercise programs, line dancing, and bible study, to name a few. There is also a movie theater, performing arts center, billiard room, hobby shop, arts and crafts room, card rooms, and four hair salons. It certainly seems that Escamilla is entitled to bragging rights, since Kirby Pines has been voted the best retirement community in Memphis for nine consecutive years in The Commercial Appeal’s “Memphis Most” contest. The purpose of my visit was to meet and talk with several Kirby Pines residents, to get a feel for their experiences in the community and their quality of life. Happily, this was arranged by Nikki Schroeder, who consults with Kirby Pines on marketing and graphics. She is as enthusiastic about Kirby Pines as many of the residents themselves. Says Schroeder: “I love everyone here!” S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 55

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ur first visit was to Jacqueline Besteman, who has lived in her Kirby Pines apartment for two and a half years after moving from downtown’s South Bluffs; before that, she’d lived in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Besteman said she just liked “the feel of the lobby” from the first time she walked in and felt right at home. Jacqueline is someone with (as my grandmother used to say) “personality plus” and incidentally brains to burn (she has a law degree and a psychology degree). Besteman’s home has a wonderful view of the grounds, and it features bright colors and an eclectic décor, and she explains that interior designer Leslie Shankman-Cohn had helped her pull it all together. In particular she loves the vibrancy of the color red, both in décor and her own appearance — her hair is a fetching reddish shade. Fleetwood Mac is playing on her sound system, as she tells me that she loves to cook and regularly has wine shipped from her purveyor in D.C. (and yes, of course we enjoyed a glass). Besteman is proud of her work with Creative Aging, the group that brings the arts to senior citizens and the subject of a feature story in the September 2014 issue of Memphis.

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top: David Walters poses against the backdrop of his vintage advertising poster collection. bottom: Walters’ fantastic art deco furniture includes a couch from the 1939 World’s Fair.


ur next stop is at an apartment belonging to David Walters, who happens to be a dear friend of Besteman’s. He had moved to Kirby Pines from a large Overton Park home and before that from Miami. Walters has an impressive collection of art-deco collectibles, including mid-century modern furniture and incredible posters. The couch in the living room is from the 1939 World’s Fair, but we were also told that David made his apartment’s daybed in the Kirby Pines hobby shop.

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above: Longtime Germantown residents Tracy and Bettye Speake fell in love with Kirby Pines at first sight. right: The buttery-yellow living/dining area of the Speakes’ home is open-plan and airy. below: Their garden home includes a lovely yard and trees.


e were then chauffeured in a golf cart to visit with the incredibly hospitable Bettye and Tracy Speake, Germantown residents for 35 years and residents at Kirby Pines for the past year and a half. They loved the property at first sight, and their four-bedroom home is very comfortable downstairs with its light and airy open-plan, pale yellow walls, plantation shutters, and a cozy fireplace. (Actually, I would like to add that I first met Bettye Speake at an IRIS performance at GPAC ,where she was hard at work in her role as the group’s enthusiastic donor relations manager. At the time, I promised we would one day visit her at Kirby Pines. And here we were!) The Speakes told me that “one of the main reasons we chose Kirby Pines was for its life care.” They looked for a place that let them live their lives as they liked and found what they were looking for: a safe, financially smart, and healthy retirement setting. I feel sure that many of Kirby Pines’ residents would agree with the Speakes, who advise others to do what they did. “Make the choice sooner rather than later,” says Bettye. “Don’t delay a move to a retirement home.” If that decision is in your future, be sure to take a look at Kirby Pines.

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Uber and Lyft put you in the passenger seat. What’s it like to be behind the steering wheel? by eileen townsend


y first thought as Bobbie McGee and I pull up at East Memphis’ Hilton Hotel is that we’d accidentally interrupted some kind of Panhellenic, duck-themed nuptials. A swarm of wedding guests, fresh out of a reception, mingles with college kids, clubgoers, and corporate types in Ducks Unlimited polos. People stand around in small clusters, blocking traffic and drinking beer. It is 10:30 on a Saturday night in early August. The party is just starting.

An Uber driver, my new acquaintance McGee is looking for her next passenger, who, the GPS informs us, is somewhere in the throng. “Does that look like him?” she asks me, pointing at a bearded man standing on the sidewalk, surrounded by a group of college guys in golf shorts. I can hear bottles breaking on nearby pavement, following a chorus of whoopwhoops! She shows me a picture of her passenger on her phone for comparison, then waves out the window in the bearded man’s direction. He looks at his phone, waves back at us, and heads toward our car. We are about three hours into McGee’s overnight shift, in the part of the evening when she typically ferries people to bars. It will be the start of a long night. In the past, McGee has driven passengers too drunk to know where they live, some of whom were angry or sexually aggressive. But for the most part her passengers are friendly people who don’t want to drive under the influence. “I don’t mean to sound arrogant,” she had joked to me when we met that night, “but I’ve probably saved hundreds of lives.” McGee is a bubbly woman in her mid-thirties who was a stay-at-home mom before she began driving to earn extra cash. She has been

driving for 18 months, initially for Lyft and then for Uber, both companies that connect passengers to drivers through smartphone apps. On a good week, McGee can earn upwards of $700 before expenses. She enjoys the work. “I love meeting people,” she tells me as we wait, “and I feel like I always know what is going on in the city.” The bearded guy, his fraternity brother, and an energetic blonde girl all pile into her hybrid’s backseat, beers in hand. “What is this Midtown place people are talking about?” the bearded guy’s friend asks. “Take us to Midtown!” I introduce myself as a writer, and they introduce themselves as being from out of town (the bearded guy to me: “Just tell ’em Arkansas is the shit!”). Bobbie makes small talk while the blonde girl, a Texan, pulls out her phone to show me a video of her sorority sister twerking. “She’s great! She’s amazing! She’s not really this crazy in real life!” the girl says. We have known each other for less than five minutes, but it feels like we are on the fast track to becoming friends. “Let’s go! I’m trying to get drunk tonight!” shouts the bearded Arkansan, who seems well on his way to achieving his goal. McGee just smiles. “Welcome to my life,” she says.

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The last time I took a Yellow cab in Memphis was home from Beale Street at three in the morning, sometime in February of 2014. I was leaving Silky O’Sullivan’s with an intoxicated law student who had recently passed the bar exam, who informed our (saintly) driver at least 15 times during the ride that she was now “a [expletive redacted] lawyer!” The only other time I can remember taking a cab in Memphis was home from the airport for the holidays in 2008. Neither were particularly memorable experiences, but they stand out as rare instances that I took a vehicle for hire in my hometown. If this city has its Louis De Palmas from Taxi, cigar-chomping guys who fog the mirror as they crankily run up a meter, I wouldn’t know. Like most people in Memphis, I usually drive. But that was before the summer of 2014, when Uber and Lyft debuted in town. It happened quickly. One weekend people were complaining about having to sober up before driving home, and the next they were tapping away on their devices and saying

“People under-appreciate the professionalism it takes to be a driver.” — Yellow Cab's Ham Smythe

techy-sounding things like, “I’ll just order us a car via this new app. Hope there is no surge pricing!” I drank the Kool-Aid too. It seemed like common sense to pay $6 for a ride home if I felt I might have had a few too many, rather than risk a DUI. Uber and Lyft are largely successful (though whether they are worth their current multibillion-dollar valuations is debatable) because of drunk people. “Picking up drunk people is weird,” says Brandon Sams, a local comedian who sometimes works as an Uber driver. “But in terms of keeping drunk driving to an absolute minimum, I think the app is really successful.” As Memphis’ entertainment districts grow, so does demand for an alternative to what McGee calls the “antique system” of taxi cabs. Uber is easy to use if you have a credit card and live in a readily accessible area. All you have to do is download the app, sign a lengthy waiver, and press a few buttons. Your driver’s license picture gets displayed in a friendly 68 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5

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bubble at the bottom of the screen and you can watch your driver arrive via the GPS. Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), as Uber and Lyft are technically classed, also streamline the process of becoming a driver. People like McGee don’t have to push through a lot of red tape to start working. What results is a weekend market made up of casual drivers or, as traditional transportation company owner Ham Smythe puts it, the growth of “the gig economy.” The gig economy allows anyone with spare time, a decent driving record, and a four-door car to make a little money on the side. Drivers set their own hours, pay for their own gas, and maintain their own vehicles.


The difference between local cab companies and the TNCs lies in what Catherine Rampbell of the Washington Post calls “the shifting of risk off corporate balance sheets and onto the shoulders of individual Americans, who may not realize what kinds of liabilities they are taking on.” Both drivers and passengers assume the risk for getting in a car with a stranger. McGee will be the first to tell you that Uber doesn’t care about her. “They can’t. There are so many drivers. How could they?” she asks. But she says the perks outweigh the disadvantages. Besides the schedule flexibility, there are lots of opportunities to make extra cash. For instance, when Uber began operating in Oxford, Mississippi, the company gave bonuses to drivers from Memphis who spent at least an hour per night in the town. McGee drove to Oxford every day, hung around long enough to give a a few rides to Ole Miss students, and cashed in. “It was great,” she says. But it didn’t last. Uber and Lyft were only in Oxford for a couple months before the city banned their operations. “The police set up stings,” McGee tells me, “and we would go thinking we were going to get a ride, and instead we’d get a ticket.” Oxford has joined Eugene, Oregon, and Las Vegas as cities that have outlawed the companies, while New York City and Boston are in ongoing negotiations to regulate their operations. San Francisco and Atlanta have welcomed the TNCs. In many areas, Tennessee included, legal battles have moved from local to state courts. In Memphis, a proposal was briefly batted around the City Council that would have required Uber and Lyft to release information about their operations to the city, but it died this past spring. In April, the state of Tennessee passed friendly legislation that effectively declared the Volunteer State open for ride-share business. Local Councilman Kemp Conrad, who led the charge on the unrealized Memphis legislation, is an advocate

PAUSING TO CELEBRATE. At the 24th Annual Freedom Award, three more who have led us on this hard road will be celebrated. Their stories will be told, good and noble chapters in the larger narrative of human rights. The plot still unfolding, heroes yet to be introduced. The conclusion yet to be written. All the honorees are women. Another step taken, another milestone reached. Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was a Freedom Rider who desegregated Tougaloo College. Ruby Bridges Hall was the first black child to desegregate the Louisiana school system. Ava DuVernay brought Selma to the screen and the powerful story to new generations.


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At face value, riding in an Uber or Lyft is indeed not that different than accepting a ride from a friend. But “friend” only in the Facebook sense of the word, meaning someone with whom you have exchanged a nominal amount of personal data via the internet. After McGee and I drop off the drunk Arkansans in Overton Square (the bearded man’s parting words: “If y’all wanna get out of your little Uber car and learn how to two-step, just call me up!”), we collect a comparatively quiet couple who are headed home to watch a movie. “I like taking Ubers because the people are people,” a young woman tells me from the backseat. She says she disliked the formality of cabs. “You’ll meet the whole spectrum of humanity,” McGee elaborates later. “I’ve been a therapist, a shoulder to cry on, a temporary best friend and confidante … you name it.” I ask why people were so comfortable letting her into their lives. “Well,” she replies, “they’ve already given me their personal information. Maybe they feel like we already know each other?”


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Is it dangerous to be an Uber or Lyft passenger? Ham Smythe, owner of Premiere Transportation, the parent company of Yellow Cab, advocates for heavier regulation of Uber and Lyft in Tennessee. He points out that the companies’ background checks are not as thorough as those done by his company. “We do a fingerprint background check. We are required to do regular drug testing, and we are happy to do it. In a place like Memphis, at the confluence of three states, you can have a record all over the place. The kind of background checks Uber and Lyft do don’t catch that.” Richard Crawford, a longtime professional driver who contracts with Premiere, says he knows people in Memphis who drive for Lyft and Uber because they “can’t get back in the cab business.” But Crawford also says that unregulated driving in Memphis is nothing new. “This city is open for anybody,” Crawford tells me. “If your boyfriend ain’t got a job he can just go up to half these hotels and pretend to be a driver. Everything that can go on does go on in this city.” Smythe says that where his drivers have an edge is in their experience. “People under-appreciate the professionalism it takes to be a driver,” he says. “If you have already had a long day at another job and you are driving for Uber after work, how thoughtful are you going to be about driving someone? Maybe you will be. Maybe you won’t.”

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^6 After we finish a couple of rides downtown (a group of neurosurgery students whom McGee quizzes about her frontal cortex and an older couple who wanted to talk about Kansas City and barbeque), McGee and I head back east. She makes most of her money on long drives. Her usual circuit is back and forth from East Memphis to downtown until 5 a.m. every Friday and Saturday night. I found myself wondering how many women drivers (Uber reports that roughly 14 percent of its drivers are female) work an overnight shift like McGee. While Uber’s liability issues have received a lot of attention in terms of passenger safety, it struck me that the onus may actually be on drivers who welcome hundreds of inebriated strangers into their vehicles every week. McGee’s time driving has not been without incident. “Last night,” she tells me as we drove, “an older guy was trying to get with this 22year-old little thing, and she rejected him. So after I dropped her off, he sat in the front with me. He tried to put his hand down my shirt and grab my crotch. I pulled the car over and told him he could walk if he didn’t stop immediately. “[That] doesn’t happen often,” she continues. “It has happened maybe three times in 18 months. Most people are great.”

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Most people are great, but crazy things happen. McGee says she has picked up someone from the scene of a crime (“A drunk driver had crashed and killed a mailbox, and called for an Uber to get himself home!”) and driven someone to the scene of a crime. (“He was trying to leave a note for his ex, and she had a restraining order against him. Cops swarmed my car.”) Every driver I’ve met has at least one harrowing experience under their belt: Brandon Sams remembers he once picked up a woman who was being forcibly evicted from her home by her former partner and his new girlfriend. “She was crying,” Sams says, “and they kept throwing all of her possessions in my car.” Uber and Lyft use a stringent rating system for both passengers and drivers that is supposed to promote safety. If you dip below 3.5 stars as either a passenger or a driver, you are banned from the app. While this may not contribute to the most accurate of ratings (“What’s the point of even having five stars?” a friend of mine asked. “Why not just have pass or fail?”), it provides for a feeling of transparency. Recent studies suggest that people feel more secure when they think a product has been peer-tested.




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Another name for the gig economy is the peer-to-peer economy. Or, in its most optimistic iteration, the sharing economy. But terms like “peer-to-peer” and “sharing” suggest a rosy vision of tech, one that whitewashes the more complicated economics of how technology rapidly changes industries. It is hard to say, at this point, whether companies like Uber and Lyft have proven themselves as sustainable businesses. “I’m an old-school business guy,” Ham Smythe says. “A lot of the way venture capital works and a lot of the way the tech economy works is very foreign to me … but I do know you can lose money, so long as people throw money at you.” Many critics have balked at Uber’s $50 billion valuation (Lyft is valued at a comparatively sober $2.5 billion.) Valleywag blogger Justin Singer, in an economic analysis of the companies, wrote, “What we are seeing is the very definition of an artificial market subsidized by huge infusions of outside capital.” But when I ask one of the neurosurgery students we drove what he thought of the $50 billion figure, he replied, “Are they overvalued? Absolutely not. I would pay $200 per ride to avoid the risk of a DUI.” If you think about it in this kind of light — that Uber may well be lowering the amount of drunk driving, which the DUI Foundation estimates to cost $114.3 billion in public funds each year — it seems the tech companies actually might not be overvalued, after all. But what does this speculation mean for drivers like McGee? Not a whole lot. The work is good now. But nothing is guaranteed. McGee and I give a couple a ride back to Germantown from a nice restaurant in East Memphis, then head back downtown to pick up what would be my final ride of the night (unlike McGee, I didn’t make it until 5 a.m.). Her phone pings, directing us to Main Street, where we meet a group of people dressed in traditional Indian formal wear. They are all leaving a wedding. A man comes over to the car and asks McGee if she could wait a minute. “We are going to send a bunch of kids with you,” he tells us. (“Driving kids can be tough,” she says. “But I know how to handle them because I have my own.”) We wait for five minutes, and then we wait some more. People exit bars on Main. It is now well after midnight, but the area shows no sign of calming down. It seems likely that McGee would have steady work all night. Eventually, the Indian gentleman comes back to tell us the kids decided to ride in another vehicle. “I’m sorry!” he tells McGee. “Charge me for the whole thing! Just please don’t give me a bad rating. I want to keep using Uber.”

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contin u ed from page 43 Hall of Fame doubles as a welcome center for a tourist destination desperately in need of one. Until now, Beale Street’s 6 million annual visitors have had nowhere to go for an indepth look at the street’s rich musical history, or to learn about Memphis’ other attractions. “We felt like we could assist in doing all that by having a presence here,� Doyle says.


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Otis Redding Boulevard, too.” Jayne Ellen Brooks at Sun Studio is also seeing more visitors than ever before. When she started working there nine years ago, the off-season could drag on for up to four months. During especially slow periods she and her co-workers might even slip outside and throw a softball around. “I can’t even imagine doing that now,” she says. The slow period has been whittled to two months at the most. Even then, she says, weekends can be slammed. “The South is ‘in.’ Kids who were 10-yearolds when the Johnny Cash movie, Walk the Line, came out are 20 years old now,” she

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When asked if there’s one single thing that Memphis needs to do better to seal its reputation as the music tourism capital, one common theme is echoed by everybody from Graceland’s Jack Soden to American Dream Safari guide Tad Pierson. We need more local live music, and those live-music

venues need to be more accessible. Week, when tourists f lock to Whitehaven “Even that is getting better,” the CVB’s to visit Graceland and celebrate the King’s Kevin Kane says, running down a list of life and legacy. “We sold tickets all over the newer venues like Lafayette’s Music Room world, from Australia to Japan,” he says. “A and the Levitt Shell that host earlier shows whole movie crew came in from the United in family-friendly environments. He’s also Kingdom.” Hillis lives in Memphis but has intrigued by the possibilities of the Memproduced large-scale music events from Sephis International Rockabilly Festival, a attle to Maryland. He co-founded the Delta new, soon-to-be annual event Fair and Music Festival with his business partner Mark Lovell. that promises to deliver something no other music festival “We really wanted this to in the world can: two solid be an experience,” Hillis days of live music and nossays of the new old-music talgia, all taking place festival that also featured a few hundred feet a hot-rod show, pin-up away from Sun Stugirls, a tattoo booth, and lots of vintage dio, where, on March vendors. “We wanted 3, 1951, Willie Kizart’s water-damaged guitar people to feel like they amp malfunctioned, givare walking back in time.” ing a recording of Ike TurnIn 1982 Graceland was Kevin Kane new, Sun was down, Beale er’s “Rocket 88” the distorted was desolate, and the abanguitar buzz that would forever doned building that had forseparate R&B from rock-androll. The inaugural festival last month was merly housed the Stax Recording Studio promising, and featured a fantastic lineup wouldn’t even be torn down for another of early Sun-era performers and contemseven years. “But even back then something porary artists. was there,” Soden says. “Even back then I Rockabilly Festival co-founder Darrin remember telling my friends in Kansas City Hillis says he has no idea why it’s taken so that Memphis wasn’t like any place else. long for someone to organize a major vinThe whole city was like a museum without walls. There was just so much history.” tage-rock event in Memphis during Elvis


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ooking to turn your house into your dream home but don’t know where to start? Known for producing the biggest and best all-things-home shows in Memphis, VESTA is back this month with the Kitchen, Bath & Remodeling Show — a one-stop-shop for all of your upgrading needs. This is your chance to meet with the Mid-South’s top home professionals, explore their products and services, and get advice and ideas straight from the experts to get you started. Whether renovating, updating, or remodeling, the VESTA Kitchen, Bath & Remodeling Show has everything you need — all under one roof. The show runs September 26th and 27th at Agricenter International (7777 Walnut Grove Road) and is presented by the West Tennessee Home Builders Association (WestTNHBA), a proactive, not-for-profit trade association that unites all segments of the housing industry in 21 counties in West Tennessee. Produced by experts in the homebuilding industry, the event features exhibitors in the areas of flooring, roofing, windows and doors, heating and cooling,

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don’t usually make a point of telling people what to do, but right now seems like a good time to do just that. If you’re even thinking about a renovation or remodeling project for your home, inside or out, the 2015 VESTA Kitchen, Bath & Remodeling Show coming up at Agricenter International is where you need to start. Research tells us that the large majority of homeowners have no idea how to begin a remodeling project. They have no concept of what it costs to add a room, update a kitchen, or build a deck. Research also tells us that too many people feel very intimidated and have a serious lack of trust when it comes to remodeling. In other words, they almost expect to have a poor experience because they’ve all heard the horror stories of unscrupulous contractors running off with the money, leaving a half-finished job. That’s what the VESTA Kitchen, Bath & Remodeling Show is all about. Putting homeowners interested in improving their homes in front of the professionals who provide the products and services they need. Yes, we want you to select our company to do the work for you. And yes, we participate in these shows to build our businesses. But any company that puts themselves in a booth for the general public to come meet and talk to face-to-face is one that you can trust and begin building a solid relationship with. And if they’re a member of the Remodelers Council of the West Tennessee Home Builders Association, then you can be confident that they make the effort to stay informed and keep up-to-date on the newest regulations and code issues that face the industry. They should also know about the newest technologies and products that add to energy efficiency, make housing safer, and highlight the latest styles and trends.

The VESTA Kitchen, Bath & Remodeling Show was designed from the beginning to be a resource for you — one place you can visit on a weekend that can put you on the right path and in front of the right people for answers to the questions you have about your home. We tell our exhibitors, “Don’t wait for your customers to come to your showroom. Take your showroom to your customers at the Kitchen, Bath & Remodeling Show.” And now I want to tell you, “Don’t drive all over town looking for all the different showrooms. We’ve got them here for you, in one place.” Trust me, it’ll make your weekend a lot more fun. By the way, this isn’t a kitchen show or a bath show. It’s a remodeling show. And we use the term “remodeling” pretty loosely. To the show, “remodeling” means everything from adding patio furniture — or even the patio or deck itself — to a new roof, a new room, a totally renovated kitchen or bath, a whole new home, new decoration, new paint colors, new landscaping . . . get the picture? Anything you want to do to improve your home can start at the VESTA Kitchen, Bath & Remodeling Show, September 26th and 27th, at the Agricenter. And it’s only $5 to get in. Come see us at the show. It’ll be the best $5 you ever spent on your home!

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n July, Don Glays received a call from a woman whose house was full of water. She was in need of a new roof and had hired a contractor off the street. She paid the contractor half his fee up front, then watched as he removed the shingles but did nothing else for three weeks. During those weeks, Memphis was hit by summer thunderstorms, which led to thousands of dollars of damage to the woman’s home. The woman needed work done immediately and no longer trusted the contractor to get the job done. So she called Glays. Glays, who heads the West Tennessee Home Builders Association (WestTNHBA), gave her the following advice (which he gives anyone interested in renovating their home): Before you hire a new contractor, call the Better Business Bureau. See if there are complaints against the company. Ask if they have liability insurance and workers compensation insurance. “She could have gone to the website for the Board of Contractor Licensing and looked up the company name or the individual’s name,” says Glays. “That would have told her if he was licensed to do work in the state of Tennessee.” This is the sort of matter-of-fact advice that Glays and the Home Builders contin u ed on page 85

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embracing a softer look, so you might consider a honed granite or marble to achieve this result. If your space has a lot of natural light, honed granite or marble accepts and redistributes the light with an incandescent effect. There are also several types of rough finishes. You’ll hear terms like leathered, brushed, and antiqued to describe these finishes. These finishes can be particularly appealing in an outdoor setting but can also be used to great effect in certain indoor settings as well. — Steve Limberg, Showroom Manager, Triton Stone Group. 901-259-2300.



lan and familiarize yourself with your specific budget. Take into consideration the layout of your bathroom. Be sure to pick a timeless design that will look good and be good for you. Consider updates that offer assistance, like grab-bars that act as towel bars or “Comfort Height” commodes. Find out what needs to be replaced behind the wall. Updated fixtures can only go so far until an old valve bursts. From there, find and discuss everything with a contractor, plumber, or designer. Ensure all your ducks are in a row before you completely reconstruct to mimic that Ferguson Showroom Pinterest board. — Your Ferguson Showroom Gallery Team, Ferguson Showroom. 901-759-3820.




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UHLHORN BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION CO., LLC Walker and George Uhlhorn make up the creative partnership Uhlhorn Brothers construction company. As third-generation homebuilders, the love of the business is in their core. They specialize in new construction, remodeling, and additions, and strive to maintain traditional architectural concepts, while incorporating fresh, new ideas in order to make each project unique and one of a kind. They work very closely with each client, guiding them through the building process and ensuring that the final product is exactly what the home owners envisioned. You will love your Uhlhorn home.

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BEFORE SELECTING A RESIDENTIAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR TO PERFORM YOUR NEXT BUILDING PROJECT: ◗ Interview more than one contractor. Rely on your architect, referrals, or your local Home Builders Association to determine what builders you want to consider. ◗ Be sure the candidates are licensed and insured and verify that their license limit and insurance coverage are sufficient for your project. ◗ Make sure the contractor has performed similar types of projects in the past and ask for references. ◗ Asking the candidates to provide a bid is generally not productive since pricing methods, subcontractors, materials, and allowances can vary greatly from one contractor to the next. Instead, hire a contractor you are comfortable with and ensure that their billings, cost reporting, and fees are transparent. Ultimately, you get what you pay for. ◗ Once you have selected a contractor, they can then go through the exercise of pricing the job. If the pricing is over your budget, work with the contractor to find ways to reduce the costs through alternate subcontractor bids, material substitutions, or scope reductions. ◗ Once the budget is finalized and you are ready to begin construction, ensure that you have a signed contract with your builder. ◗ Lastly, try to keep an open mind as you jump into the project. Construction is a difficult and sometimes messy process that is not always perfect. Challenges exist around every corner and working

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patiently with the builder is important. You will need to make timely decisions and be available for questions as the project progresses. With the right builder, the project can and should be enjoyable. — Ryan Anderson, RKA Investments. 901-674-5522. When choosing ironwork for security or for enhancing the appearance of your home, make sure the company custom-fabricates your order and uses solid steel bars for doors and window guards. I like to offer my customers a chance to come to my shop to watch the blacksmiths hand-make their projects and answer any questions or make changes to ensure customer satisfaction. On fence panels, make sure the pickets are punched through the center of the bar channel and that the pickets are equally spaced to ensure the job was custom-fabricated for your home and not bought overseas and modified. — John C. Pickle, Pickle Iron. 901-452-3754.


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Lighting plays a key role in decorating a small space. Without the proper lighting, a room can appear dull and claustrophobic. Focus on putting in some great lamps and a cool light fixture or recessed can lights to heighten the ceiling. Let there be light!

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Don’t pack the room full with furniture. Keep it to a minimum, only using key pieces. Going light on your accessories will also help keep the room open and airy. Clear the clutter! — Meredith McKinney and Carly Gray, Designers, First Fruit Collection. 901-861-7111.



hen considering remodeling a home, most people think about the way their home is going to look, but what about how it’s going to feel? Nice homes should have clean, crisp air, even temperature in rooms, minimum dust problems, and low energy costs. Sealing your ducts is the first step in ensuring your air conditioning system runs at manufacturers’ specifications. We recommend sealing your duct system with aeroseal duct sealant. According the Department of Energy, 90 percent of homes leak, and 25 to 40 percent of conditioned air is lost through leaky ducts. Leaky duct work tied to an A/C system causes high utility bills — it’s considered to be the number one cause of energy waste in the U.S. — and can lead to respiratory health problems. In many homes in the Mid-South, builders allow HVAC contractors to use the “house structures” (chase wall, attic flooring, custom-made boxes above rooms) to move conditioned air to and from your air conditioning unit. Many of these are not sealed during installation. Make your home more efficient by sealing your whole duct system. — Kevin Yee, Save Energy Solutions. 901-492-1649. Decorating styles can reflect your personality and the character of your home, so choosing the right products to fit your style is important. Classic colors are often inspired by nature — consider

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travertine for a timeless look. Rustic floors add warmth and character to a space — consider hand-scraped hardwoods to show off the wood’s natural beauty. If your style is more contemporary, you can create a visually stimulating interior design with bold color blocks, square edges, linear floors, and geometric shapes — a good option might be a porcelain tile designed to look like Myrtle Beach Wood. — Floor & Decor. 901-800-5670.

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Remodeling is an investment in your home. Metal roofing gives you both immediate and long-term benefits to your investment. It immediately gives you curb appeal and increases your resell value, as it drastically changes the overall appearance of your home. Long-term, you gain energy efficiency, which saves energy dollars and insurance dollars, as well as maintenance and upkeep expenses. So where do you start? There are various styles of metal roofing that will work for various styles of homes. If you prefer the look of asphalt shingles but don’t want to keep replacing your roof, consider metal shingles. If you like the traditional look of metal, consider standing seam metal. It’s truly a unique, smart, energy-efficient way to immediately change the look of your home. — Misty Risner, Co-Owner, Roofing Specialists, LLC. 901-446-ROOF.

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When it comes to working with designers/contractors, be sure to team up with one you can easily communicate with. Building or renovating can be a long process, with or without bumps in the road, and clear communication is crucial with so many decisions to be made and put into action. It is also a great idea to get a jump start on checking out showrooms weeks in advance to awaken your creative muse for the decision making process. With so many options available, you want to make the best choice for you and your home. — Alina Jackson, Designer, Venice Tile & Marble. 901-547-9770.

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More than 400 NKBA designers participated in a study conducted online in late 2014 to produce the 2015 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends report. According to the report, these are the top 10 kitchen design trends for 2015: ◗ Clean with an overall contemporary feeling, a fusion of styles and multiple colors in one kitchen ◗ European-styled cabinets ◗ Multiples of appliances in one kitchen ◗ The rise of steam ovens ◗ Furniture “look” pieces ◗ Outdoor kitchens ◗ Fewer standard kitchen tables, replaced by counters or tall gathering tables ◗ TVs and docking stations ◗ Wine refrigerators ◗ Focus on the user experience, from easy maintenance to accessible design, considering the needs of all users in the space, including pets For the bathroom, NKBA cites these top 10 trends: ◗ Clean, white, contemporary designs ◗ Floating vanities ◗ Open-shelving ◗ Electric heated floors ◗ Purple haze (color scheme) ◗ Trough sinks ◗ User experience (ease of use and maintenance) and accessibility ◗ Amenities ◗ Innovative storage ◗ Showers and freestanding tubs The report showed white as the most common color scheme for both kitchens and bathrooms, with designers reporting that kitchens with multiple color schemes were gaining popularity. More than 70 percent of respondents specified white and gray as the dominant colors for bathrooms, though several commenters referenced purple, lavender, and lilac. For more information, visit

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MEMBERS Bodine School Bornblum Jewish Community School Briarcrest Christian School Christ Methodist Day School Christ the King Lutheran School Christian Brothers High School Collegiate School of Memphis Evangelical Christian School (ECS) Fayette Academy First Assembly Christian School (FACS)


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Since 1956, the Memphis Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) has served families and schools in the Mid-South by providing a firstclass education to thousands of students. Today we have more than 30 schools in the association with members from across the Mid-South, including schools in DeSoto, Fayette, Tipton, and Madison counties. Each school serves different grade levels. Some are single-sex. Some are religious in nature, and others are not. Some schools serve a very specific type of student while others have open enrollment. One of the uniting factors of independent schools lies in the fact that independent schools have a unique drive to fulfill their missions. Independent schools are fully accredited schools and operate under the governance of their own board of directors or trustees. All MAIS schools are 501(c)3 organizations and are held accountable by the accrediting standards of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Southern Association of Independent Schools, or must be approved by the Tennessee Department of Education. The independence that MAIS schools enjoy allows each school to develop programs, craft curriculum, and hire teachers and administrators who are purposefully chosen to fulfill the unique needs of students within their school. You will find a strong sense of community, a feeling of school pride, a belief in character development, and a commitment to community ser vice within each independent school. Additionally, a high number of teachers with advanced degrees, who are often leaders within

the field of education, are found in independent schools. Many independent schools are also on the cutting-edge of educational initiatives and new developments in the field of education. Teaching pedagogy within MAIS schools can be as varied as the students they serve. Some schools are traditional in their approaches to education while others are more progressive. Some are heavy users of educational technologies while others are committed to more traditional approaches. One thing unites all MAIS schools: a commitment to provide the best educational experience for the students they serve. The students from independent schools come from a variety of ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. Most independent schools offer some form of financial assistance to qualified families. Education is very personal, and no matter what you are looking for in a school, you are sure to find an independent school among MAIS members that meets your student’s needs. On behalf of my colleagues and as president of the Memphis Association of Independent Schools, we appreciate the opportunity to partner with Memphis magazine in providing information to the Mid-South about the exceptional educational opportunities that await independent school students. If you are interested in finding out more about MAIS schools, we encourage you to visit our website,

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Students come to Bodine School because they display an unexpected difficulty learning to read, write and spell. To remediate their unique struggles with reading, writing and spelling, we offer students an individualized, Orton-Gillingham (O-G), multi-sensory, research-based approach to instruction, while fostering the many advantages that come with the dyslexic mind.

Embracing Dyslexia

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A 4th-grade public speaking assignment from last year articulates how a dyslexic student at Bodine perceives her learning difference. For this assignment, students were asked to write and present a speech about their favorite gift. Some children wrote about a pet or family vacation. Others described a much-desired toy. But Mary Wilkes had a different gift in mind. Here is an excerpt of her speech: Do you have trouble reading and spelling? This may seem like a bad thing, but it can be a gift. I have dyslexia. Dyslexia is my favorite gift ever. I go to Bodine School for kids who have dyslexia. Bodine gets great teachers to help us learn in a special way. If you have dyslexia it’s hard to spell and read. However, having dyslexia makes you different and creative. I love having dyslexia. When you have dyslexia you have to set your self up for a challenge. A lot of famous people have dyslexia like Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, and more. I love having dyslexia because it makes me feel special and cool. When I did not know I had dyslexia, I felt dumb, but Bodine helped me find my confidence and my skills. I think having dyslexia is great.

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While life-changing transformations are taking place in the classrooms at our Germantown campus, The Erika Center at Bodine School is focused on bridging Bodine’s approach to instruction and the tens of thousands of kids in Shelby County who need what Bodine offers. This is done through teacher training and tutoring or remediation services.

Thanks to a grant from an anonymous donor, Bodine recently began a 24-month teacher training program with teachers from Teach for America (TFA) and KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools. Children who do not attend Bodine can still benefit from our transformative instruction through our Summer Reading Program held each June, and through one-on-one tutoring and remediation services.

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Prospective families, educators, and members of the community are invited to visit Bodine during one of our Open House events:

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Empowering individuals to seek their own journeys! Lausanne Collegiate School is the only independent PK through 12th grade, International Baccalaureate World School (IB) in Tennessee. Parents and students are attracted to Lausanne for its inspiring and supportive faculty, small class sizes, global diversity, co-education and innovative research- and inquiry-based college-preparatory curriculum. Lausanne’s student body of 860+ students represents 58 different countries and distinguishes itself in college placement, academic achievement, arts and athletic performance. With a 100% graduation rate and a 100% acceptance rate to colleges and universities, our 314 collegians from the last four classes are enrolled in 121 different schools and received 1,416 acceptances to 590 schools. They were awarded $45.4 million in merit scholarships. Children thrive in the joyful and challenging learning environment at Lausanne and wherever their lifelong love of learning takes them.

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Visit our House For more information or toOpen schedule a tour, Visit our Open House on Saturday, Oct. 3

call our Admissions OfficeSaturday, at 901-842-4695. Oct. 3, 1pm photo courtesy of The Scout Guide

For more information or to schedule a tour, call our Admissions Office at 901.842.4695.

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St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School A Catholic tradition since 1851

4830 Walnut Grove Road • Memphis, TN 38117 901.435.5819 •

St. Agnes: 2K-12 (Girls) • St. Dominic: 2K-8 (Boys)

Learners to Leaders

school experience that thoroughly prepares them for high school. The program seeks to inspire in each student a love for learning, an attitude of inquiry, and a passion for truth. In our Upper School program girls in grades 9-12 At St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School, each student is called to pursue excellence every day. are offered a rigorous and balanced academic Through award winning innovation in technology, a program. The numerous Honors and Advanced commitment to the highest academics and a Placement Courses enrich the curriculum, and dedication to the Four Dominican Pillars of Study, outstanding fine and performing arts, athletics, and Prayer, Community and Service, we prepare a plethora of clubs enhance the student experience. students to be leaders who make the world a better Our graduates attend some of the finest institutions in the country earning numerous scholarships, and place. Learning begins in the two-year-old program at many enter college with 20 or more hours of the R.D. “Johnny” Davis Early Childhood Center for college credit. As the oldest continuously operating school in our Littlest Stars and Suns. Caring, talented faculty members create a loving, secure, and challenging West Tennessee, St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic environment, crafting a program that provides our School is truly a family where all students learn the youngest students with the opportunity to explore values of justice, respect and peace. their first experience as a community of learners. Girls and boys learn separately in grades one through six. Students follow a similar curriculum at St. Agnes and St. Dominic, while attention is given where needed to allow each group to learn and October 28 grow in its own unique way. In both schools, the 9th Grade Preview Day strong academic program is balanced with November 4 comprehensive enrichment activities and after Grades 5-8 Preview Night school clubs. In junior high, our boys and girls learn together. November 10 Our curriculum offers a challenging, well-balanced Grades 2K-4 Preview Night

Open House Dates

Westminster Academy 2500 Ridgeway Road • Memphis, TN 38119 901.380.9192

What makes Westminster distinct? Westminster stands alone as Memphis’ only junior kindergarten through 12th grade full-time classical Christian school. Our mission is to help you teach your children to reason, discern, and apply Truth by way of the classical liberal arts. We strive to avoid the common issue in most of today’s schools where students are spoon-fed information and knowledge. Your children will need the skills to think, decipher, and actively learn; rather than memorize and regurgitate facts.

Our Christian Worldview We incorporate our Christian faith into our entire curriculum, helping your children view life through the lens of Scripture and, in turn, reflect God’s character in their lives. We believe that because God created the universe, the subjects we study provide unending opportunities to learn more of the very nature and character of God. To that end, we integrate our subjects, to more accurately portray reality.

Preparing for the Future We ensure your students receive an education of the highest quality in a single-track, honors curriculum; which prepares them to attend the best colleges and universities; however, our aim is to prepare them for life. “Non scholae, sed vitae, discimus.” – Not for school, but for life, we learn.

Open House Dates: November 11: 9:00am – 2:00pm November 12: 6:00-8:00pm November 19: 6:00-8:00pm


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Christ the King Lutheran School

Fayette Academy

5296 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38119 901.682.8405 •

15090 Highway 64, Somerville, Tennessee 38068 901-465-3241 •

Equipping Children for Christian Leadership

technology. Advanced honors classes allow our graduates to enroll in Memphis’ finest private high schools.


Christ is why we exist. Whether or not one has a church home, our school is a family where the love of Jesus, prayer, and praise, is shared on an ongoing basis each day by classmates and teachers.


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For over 50 years, Christ the King To schedule a personal tour or to has been equipping children for the attend our open houses, contact next level of learning. Accredited by Felicia Calhoun, Admissions AdvanceED and NLSA, students Counselor. receive opportunities to become all they can possibly be. Classrooms are equipped with 21st centur y

Celebrating 50 years of excellence, Fayette Academy was established as a Christian-based, co-educational, college-preparatory school where a familycentered learning environment helps students reach their full potential. Serving students in grades PreK3 – 12, Fayette Academy offers elementary students weekly enrichment in music, wellness, library, art, and Spanish as well as science, math and computer labs. Middle and high school students have the opportunity for honors, advanced placement, and dual credit classes. Students are urged to participate in a variety of fine arts, athletics, and service-based activities. We are excited to be introducing FA as an Apple 1:1 school. To schedule a personal tour or to attend the Community Open House at 7:00pm on Thursday, November 12, 2015, please contact Charlotte Karcher, Admissions Director, at 901.465.3295 or

Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School An Anchor for Life Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School

Incarnation Catholic School

246 Memphis, 38104 246 S. S. Belvedere, Belvedere, Memphis TNTN 38104 901.278.0200 • 901.278.0200 •

360 Bray Station Road • Collierville, TN 38017 901.853.7804 •

An Anchor for Life

Grace-St. Luke’s, founded in 1947, is a co-ed, Episcopal school located in the heart of Midtown’s beautiful Central Gardens, serving approximately 550 students from Preschool (2-yearold) to Grade 8. Our mission is to prepare boys and girls to become creative problem solvers, confident lifelong learners, and responsible citizens in their communities and the world. With a top-notch academic and extracurricular program, we are Grace-St. Luke’s is a co-ed, Episcopal school located in the heart of Midtown’s well known for our caring school beautiful Central Gardens, serving 550 students from Preschool (2-year-old) community and for in our1947, excellent to Grade 8. Founded our mission is to prepare boys and girls to outcomes. Our graduates are sought become creative problem solvers, confident lifelong learners, and responsible after byinhigh throughout the world. With a top-notch academic and citizens theirschools communities and the city. Call 278-0200 today or email extracurricular program, we are well known for our caring school community to learn more and for our excellent outcomes. Our graduates are sought after by high about our exceptional and schools throughout the program city. all that we have to offer!

Call 278.0200 today or email to learn more about our exceptional program and all that weOpen have to Houses: offer! Admissions

Nov. 5,Events 8:30am, Anchor Center 2015 Tuesday, Admissions

Saturday, Nov. (Ages 9, 10:00am, Miss Preschool Preschool Open House 2-4): Sat., Nov. 14,Lee’s 9am, Miss Lee’s

Christ-centered, child focused.

Christ-centered, child focused education is what defines Incarnation Catholic School. Established in 2000, ICS is a co-educational, pre-K through 8th grade, church-affiliated school in Collierville. Students benefit from small class sizes and a rigorous curriculum that is evidenced by high standardized test scores and scholarships offered to graduates. The inspiring faculty views each child as a gift from God and nurtures the strengths of each individual student. The challenging curriculum includes an Enrichment Program, Technology Resources (Google Chromebooks, iPads, laptops, desktops and Mindstorms) and special classes (Technology Lab, Spanish, Music, Art, Library and PE) in addition to the classic curriculum. Religion is taught on a daily basis and is integrated throughout all subject areas. At Incarnation, students live out their Christian values by giving back to those in need. As a school, students participate in monthly service & collection projects for charitable organizations such as the Mid-South Food Bank, St. Jude and Birthright.

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Northpoint Christian School 7400 Getwell Road, Southaven, MS 38672 662.349.5127 • 662.349.3096

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School 2100 N. Germantown Pkwy, Cordova, TN 38016 901.388.7321 St. • Francis of Assisi Catholic School

A Proud Heritage and a Rich Future

Solid Foundation Strong Future

Unleash Your Child’s Potential Grades PreK-8

Northpoint Christian School is a Christ-centered college preparatory school located in North Mississippi just minutes from Memphis, Collierville, and the surrounding area. Our students are taught to know and honor Jesus Christ, grow in knowledge and wisdom, and reach their God-given potential through every aspect of student life. We provide a distinctive Christian education for students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade in a safe, nurturing environment with low teacher-pupil ratio. Our fully accredited program offers well-rounded extracurricular opportunities through academics, athletics, and arts at the elementary and high school level. We seek to enroll well-rounded, academically motivated students without regard to race, color, creed, sex, ethnic or natural origin. Call today to set up an appointment to tour the campus and meet with our admissions department.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School is committed to promoting academic Challenging classes and programs for advanced students Specialized programs to support students with learning differences excellence, individual responsibility, and spiritual awareness for grades Pre2100 N. Germantown Pkwy., Cordova, TN 38016 Kindergarten through eight. 901-388-7321 • Our curriculum utilizes techniques and activities to challenge students and prepare them for a college-preparatory high school. We offer advanced classes in middle school and enrichment in the lower grades to develop creative and critical-thinking skills. Our PLUS program is for students with average or aboveaverage intelligence who experience difficulties in a traditional setting. We also incorporate Physical Education, Art, Fine Arts, Spanish, Computer, and Library. SFA offers over 30 academic and extracurricular clubs and 120 athletic teams for students to discover their talents. In November 2010, SFA was recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. We were one of 50 private schools nationwide to receive the award, which identifies truly exemplary schools. SFA students scored among the top 10 percent in the nation on standardized tests.




YOURSELF At Briarcrest we believe in the journey of discovery. The stops and starts. The frustrations and the breakthroughs. Whether it’s music, arts, academics or sports, we are with every student all the way.

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President, Memphis Association of Independent Schools

Tell us about MAIS and its role in uniting member schools. If parents are looking for an independent school for their child, could they look to MAIS for information and assistance with choosing the best fit? As stated in the MAIS bylaws, the Memphis Association of Independent Schools was organized in 1956 for the purpose of interpreting the role of the independent school to the public, to provide a forum for discussion of common concerns, to strengthen the total educational program of the member schools, and to elicit cooperation between public schools and independent schools. MAIS does not work with parents directly in choosing a school, but a listing of all MAIS schools can be found at To explore the varied options in independent schools, MAIS suggests contacting the schools for more information or to schedule a campus tour. Direct web links to each school can be found by visiting the MAIS website.

plans, teachers are often at the forefront of innovative and cuttingedge teaching and learning practices. In a rapidly changing world, independent schools are often pioneering new developments in the field of education. Independent school teachers are not only consumers of professional development but in many cases are developing, teaching, and leading conferences, seminars, and workshops to advance the teaching profession, not just in the Mid-South, but nationally and internationally. The best teachers are lifelong learners, and the teachers of independent schools are continually seeking the most effective techniques to serve their students.

Many independent schools offer community service or service learning opportunities. Why is this important and how do students benefit from these types of opportunities? Many MAIS school mission statements have a social service component, which provides countless opportunities for students to serve in a variety of capacities. Many schools offer local and even international opportunities for service. Service learning is just one example of how independent schools strive to provide unique opportunities to students to develop them in all areas. Teaching students to serve and training future leaders to think beyond themselves is critical in shaping productive, service-minded citizens. The benefit of service learning opportunities for students across What are the main differences between independent schools and all grade levels lies in the simple fact that unless students are taught traditional public schools? Independent schools are typically free from the top-down reforms to be considerate of others and provided opportunities to serve and and regulations that many traditional schools are subject to. give back, we miss a great opportunity to develop a generation that Independent schools have more freedom to choose curriculum, is prepared to make an impact in communities across the globe. create unique lessons, develop specific programs, and offer specific extra- and co-curricular activities that are “best fits” for the students In what ways do independent schools prepare students for success that the individual schools serve. Most independent schools choose in college and beyond? testing programs that are designed to best meet the needs of their Students at independent schools are typically geared toward high students and to provide the most valuable feedback to their group of achievement and have common goals of acceptance at colleges and universities, creating a positive peer pressure to strive for excellence. students and teachers. An independent school can be thought of as its own school district, Independent schools strongly believe that a well-rounded education, and each independent school has its own board of directors or not just in academics, but in the areas of leadership and service, trustees that provide governance. The National Association of along with the development of strong moral character, are invaluable Independent Schools (NAIS) helps clarify the most important role of for preparing students for life beyond high school. In addition, most the board: to actively support and promote the school’s mission, independent schools have highly qualified college counselors who vision, strategic goals, and policy positions. Beyond the board are will begin working with families and students early in their middle the school-level administrative structures at the individual schools; school years and high school careers to ensure they’re prepared for each designs and organizes itself in a way that best meets the needs the college application process and college selection. Due to the unparalleled preparation students receive in independent schools, of the school and its students. our alumni are today’s leaders, and within the current student bodies Could you highlight some of the benefits of choosing an independent of independent schools are the future leaders of our communities. school (in regard to academics, specific student needs, teachers, and teaching techniques, etc.)? Each independent school has a unique mission, philosophy, and culture intentionally designed to meet the needs of the students and families they serve. When comparing one independent school to another, there is never a one-size-fits-all approach. Due to the freedom independent schools have to design curriculum and lesson


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When learning begins at Hutchison, there is no limit to where a girl can go. Values, leadership development, and commitment to service are at the very heart of learning. Outstanding academics, competitive athletics, and a wide array of arts programs open worlds of opportunity. World-class teachers cultivate young women with a passion for achievement and the confidence to think for themselves. Graduates develop the resilience to meet life’s challenges and the determination to realize their dreams. Discover the strength of a Hutchison education. Call 901.762.6672 to schedule your personal tour.

1740 Ridgeway Road | Memphis, TN 38119 | 901.762.6672 | PK2-12 Hutchison welcomes qualified students regardless of race, religion, or ethnic origin.

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FACTS AT A GLANCE Provided by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

More than half a million families each year choose independent schools. The schools that belong to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) share a commitment to providing safe environments in which young people can learn academic skills plus the importance of hard work, leadership, and good citizenship.

WHY DO FAMILIES CHOOSE THESE SCHOOLS? The Right Match At independent schools, you can choose the education that’s the best match for your child. Whether you’re looking for a specific style of teaching, a particular class or sport, or a community that shares your values, you can find an independent school that meets your child’s needs. Great Teachers The tight-knit communities at independent schools allow teachers to develop a full understanding of how each student learns and what

motivates each individually. The High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE), conducted by Indiana University, found that more than twice as many students at NAIS schools received helpful feedback from teachers on assignments, compared to students at all other types of schools. Students who attended NAIS schools were more than twice as likely as students at other schools to say that the school contributed “very much” to their growth in critical thinking. An Involved Community The families who choose independent schools are active and involved in the life of the school. Independent schools promote regular communication among students, parents, and teachers to ensure everyone is working toward the same goals for the student. Success in College Independent schools provide challenging academics and opportunities to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, SEPTEMBER 2015 • MAIS GUIDE • 11

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which prepares students for success at the next level. A study from the U.S. Department of Education found that 99 percent of students at NAIS schools graduated from high school, and 90 percent of graduates attended four-year colleges. Independent schools employ counselors who help students and their families explore all their options for college or secondary school, ensuring that the next school is a great match for the student’s needs. The Freshman Survey Trends Report, an annual study conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute, found that NAIS school graduates felt more prepared for the academic demands of college than their

public school counterparts. As college freshmen, NAIS graduates reported that they were more likely to ask questions in class and explore topics on their own, even though it was not required for a class. Preparation for Life The Higher Education Research Institute also found that graduates from NAIS schools were more likely than public school graduates to have had an internship and to have accepted an offer of employment before graduating from college. Independent education benef ited graduates in adulthood too. The National Educational Longitudinal Study (NELS) found

AFFORDING AN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL EDUCATION An education at a private school can be a big expense, but most families use a variety of strategies to pay for it. Schools often offer a number of options to pay tuition: lump-sum payment, semester billing, or a payment plan that spreads tuition over nine or ten months. Some grandparents or other family members may also contribute to a student’s tuition. In addition, need-based financial aid is available at most independent schools. Financial aid at independent private schools usually takes the form of grants that do not need to be paid back. The money for these grants comes directly from the school’s budget and demonstrates the school’s commitment to having a socioeconomically diverse student

ADMISSION QUEST: APPLYING TO INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS Independent schools ask students to apply for admission, and the admission process typically begins almost a year before the student wants to enroll. In the fall, families investigate school websites, visit school open houses, and narrow down a list of the schools they’d like to apply to. Most applications are due in the winter, but deadlines vary from school to school. It’s important to check the deadline for each school. Independent schools often require: • A completed application form, available from the school website or by calling the admission office • Your child’s most up-to-date academic transcript with grades from his or her current school • Teacher recommendations • Results of a standardized admissions test and/or a school-administered entrance exam • A formal interview with your child

that NAIS graduates were more likely to exercise regularly, volunteer in their communities, and read newspapers and magazines daily as adults. SAT Students at NAIS member schools scored substantially higher scores on the SAT than their peers at other types of schools. In 2013, NAIS students had a 92-point advantage in critical reading (588, versus 496 overall), an 88-point advantage in mathematics (602, versus 514), and a 102-point advantage in writing (590, versus 488).

population. In 2014-2015, 22.5 percent of all students in NAIS schools received need-based financial aid. The amount of aid a family receives may vary considerably from school to school. The size of its endowment, its tuition costs, and its philosophy of awarding aid affect how much a school offers. Each school may offer different strategies and may have different policies. It is important to ask each school about the specifics of its various options. The best way to find out about financial aid is to ask the admission or financial aid director at each school your family is interested in. Financial aid directors can tell you more about the process and let you know about the school’s deadlines.

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Depending on your child’s age, some schools may also ask for parent statements describing the child, student essays, and/or student artwork, writing, or portfolios. The admission office is also the best source of information about various options for paying for an independent school education. Many schools ask families to submit an application for financial aid at the same time as the admission application. Admission interviews with students and their families take place in the fall and winter. For very young children, schools often conduct group interviews or have the child visit a class to help gauge whether the school is the right fit for the student’s needs. Each school works hard to assemble a student body that will benefit most from the type of education it offers. They also look for students whose strengths and personalities will complement those of other admitted students. Some schools weigh academic performance most heavily, but other schools look primarily at a student’s potential. Overall, each school aims to admit students who are the right fit for the school, just as parents are looking for schools that are the right fit for their children and families. Independent schools t ypically send notification about admissions decisions in the spring, but some schools offer rolling admissions (offers of admission are made until the class fills up).

For a student who’s accepted into several schools, a new challenge emerges — how to choose which to attend. Many schools allow admitted students to visit on a special day or provide some opportunity for students to visit the campus again. Sometimes, shadowing a current student can give the best sense of what it would be like to attend. For parents of prospective students, talking to current parents may help, too. Many schools provide contact information for parents who’ve agreed to speak about their experiences at the school. Reading the school’s newsletters and following it on social media can also help you get a sense of the school’s offerings and culture.

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Woodland combines small class sizes, dedicated teachers, and personalized instruction to help grow your child’s success. Call 901-685-0976 to schedule a tour, or email A co-ed, Pre-K — 8 independent school in the heart of East Memphis.

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2015 MAIS DIRECTORY Bodine School

2432 Yester Oaks Drive Germantown, 38139 754-1800 Grades/gender: 1st-8th/coed Religion/specialty: Nondenominational/dyslexia Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 95; 8:1 Tuition: $20,500 Before- and after-school care: yes

Bornblum Jewish Community School

6641 Humphreys Boulevard, 38120 747-2665 Grades/gender: K-8th/coed Religion/specialty: Jewish Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 102; 6:1 Tuition: $18,750 (grant given to every child; $6,500-$9,500 parent responsibility per child) Before- and after-school care: yes

Briarcrest Christian School

76 South Houston Levee Road, Eads, 38028 6000 Briarcrest Avenue, 38120 765-4600 Grades/gender: PK2-12th/coed Religion/specialty: Nondenominational Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 1,670; 12:1 Tuition: $5,295-$14,295 Before- and after-school care: yes

Christ Methodist Day School

411 South Grove Park Road, 38117 683-6873 Grades/gender: 2K-6th/coed Religion/specialty: Christian Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 420; 9:1 Tuition: $2,250-$11,825 Before- and after-school care: yes

Christ the King Lutheran School

5296 Park Avenue, 38119 682-8405 Grades/gender: PK-8th/coed Religion/specialty: Lutheran Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 260; 15:1 Tuition: $7,000-$10,000 Before- and after-school care: yes

Christian Brothers High School 5900 Walnut Grove Road, 38120 261-4900

Grades/gender: 9th-12th/boys Religion/specialty: Roman Catholic Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 850; 9:1 Tuition: $12,000 Before- and after-school care: no

Collegiate School of Memphis 3353 Faxon Avenue, 38122 591-8200

Grades/gender: 6th-12th/coed Religion/specialty: Christian Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 339; 14:1 Tuition: $10,000-10,150 Before- and after-school care: yes

Evangelical Christian School (ECS)

Middle & Upper School Campus 7600 Macon Road, 38018 754-7217 Grades/gender: K-12th/coed Forest Hill Campus 1920 Forest Hill-Irene Road, 38139 754-4420 Grades/gender: JK-5th/coed Ridge Lake Campus 735 Ridge Lake Boulevard, 38120 683-9013 Grades/gender: JK-5th/coed Religion/specialty: Nondenominational Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 1,000; 6:1 Tuition: $5,610-$13,125 Before- and after-school care: yes

Fayette Academy

Hutchison School

Grades/gender: PK3-12th/coed Religion/specialty: Nondenominational Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 600; 15:1 Tuition: $6,200 Before- and after-school care: yes

Grades/gender: PK2-12th/girls Religion/specialty: Nondenominational Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 885; early childhood - 8:1; lower school, middle school, upper school - 16:1 Tuition: $5,920-$19,240 Before- and after-school care: yes

First Assembly Christian School (FACS)

Incarnation Catholic School

Grades/gender: PK-12th/coed Religion/specialty: Christian Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 775; 10:1 Tuition: $4,729-$9,275 Before- and after-school care: yes

Grades/gender: PK-8th/coed Religion/specialty: Catholic Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 175; 16:1 Tuition: $6,600 Before- and after-school care: yes

Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School

Lamplighter Montessori School

P.O. Box 130 15090 Highway 64, Somerville, 38068 465-3241

8650 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova, 38018 458-5543

246 South Belvedere Boulevard, 38104 278-0200 Grades/gender: 2 years-8th/coed Religion/specialty: Episcopal Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 540; 9:1 Tuition: $2,800-$15,200 Before- and after-school care: yes

Harding Academy

Upper School Campus 1100 Cherry Road, 38117 767-4494 Grades/gender: 7th-12th/coed Cordova Campus 8360 Macon Road, 38018 624-0522 Grades/gender: 2 years-6th/coed White Station Campus 1106 Colonial Road, 38117 767-2093 Grades/gender: 2 years-6th/coed Religion/specialty: Christian Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 1,040; 12:1 Tuition: $4,895-$12,395 Before- and after-school care: yes

1740 Ridgeway Road, 38119 762-6672

360 Bray Station Road, Collierville, 38017 853-7804

8563 Fay Road, Cordova, 38018 751-2000

Grades/gender: Toddler-8th/coed Religion/specialty: Montessori Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 120; 12:1 Tuition: $4,000-$13,400 Before- and after-school care: yes

Lausanne Collegiate School

1381 West Massey Road, 38120 474-1000 Grades/gender: PK-12th/coed Religion/specialty: Nonsectarian Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 860; 8:1 Tuition: $12,900-$19,750 Before- and after-school care: yes

Madonna Learning Center 7007 Poplar Avenue, Germantown, 38138 752-5767

Grades/gender: Non-graded/ ages 3 to adult/coed Religion/specialty: Nondenominational/special needs, including Down syndrome,


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developmental delays, and intellectual disabilities Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 65; 5:1 Tuition: $12,200 Before- and after-school care: yes

Grades/gender: PK-12th/coed Religion/specialty: Christian Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 1,045; 15:1 Tuition: $4,450-$9,325 Before- and after-school care: yes

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School

Trinity Christian Academy

Margolin Hebrew Academy - Feinstone Yeshiva of the South

Presbyterian Day School

Grades/gender: PK-8th/coed Religion/specialty: Catholic Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 750; 14:1 Tuition: $6,685-$10,660 Before- and after-school care: yes

Grades/gender: 24 months-12th/ coed Religion/specialty: Christian Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 793; 10:1 Tuition: $3,350-$8,990 Before- and after-school care: yes (including holidays)

390 South White Station Road, 38117 682-2400 Grades/gender: PK-8th/coed Upper School: Goldie Margolin High School for Girls Grades/gender: 9-12/girls Cooper Yeshiva High School for Boys Grades/gender: 9-12/boys Religion/specialty: Jewish/ college preparatory Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 187; 4:1 Tuition: $7,231-$19,170 Before- and after-school care: yes (after- only)

Memphis University School 6191 Park Avenue, 38119 260-1300

Grades/gender: 7th-12th/boys Religion/specialty: Nondenominational/college preparatory Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 640; 15:1 Tuition: $19,950 Before- and after-school care: after- only (7th-8th grade)

New Hope Christian Academy

3000 University Street, 38127 358-3183 Grades/gender: PK3-6th/coed Religion/specialty: Christian Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 394; 16:1 Tuition: Sliding scale based on family size and income. Before- and after-school care: yes (after- only, K-6th)

Northpoint Christian School (formerly SBEC)

7400 Getwell Road, Southaven, MS, 38672 662-349-5127

4025 Poplar Avenue, 38111 842-4600 Grades/gender: PK2-6th/boys Religion/specialty: Presbyterian Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 600; 9:1 Tuition: $9,900-$18,860 Before- and after-school care: yes

Rossville Christian Academy

280 High Street, Rossville, 38066 853-0200 Grades/gender: JK-12th/coed Religion/specialty: Nondenominational Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 337; 12:1 Tuition: $5,755-$5,970 Before- and after-school care: no

St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School 4830 Walnut Grove Road, 38117 435-5819

Grades/gender: 2K-12th/girls (St. Agnes), 2K-8th/boys (St. Dominic) Religion/specialty: Catholic Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 820; 9:1 Tuition: $4,000-$15,500 Before- and after-school care: yes

St. Benedict at Auburndale High School

8250 Varnavas Drive, Cordova, 38016 260-2840 Grades/gender: 9th-12th/coed Religion/specialty: Roman Catholic/PLUS (learning differences program) Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 990; 18:1 Tuition: Traditional: $10,070, PLUS: $10,620 Before- and after-school care: no

2100 N. Germantown Parkway, Cordova, 38016 388-7321

St. George’s Independent School

Collierville Campus 1880 Wolf River Boulevard, 38017 457-2000 Grades/gender: 6th-12th/coed Germantown Campus 8250 Poplar Avenue, 38138 261-2300 Grades/gender: PK-5th/coed Memphis Campus 3749 Kimball Avenue, 38111 261-3920 Grades/gender: PK-5th/coed Religion/specialty: JudeoChristian Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 1,150; 9:1 Tuition: $5,760-$18,470 Before- and after-school care: yes (PK-8th)

St. Mary’s Episcopal School

60 Perkins Extended & 41 North Perkins Road, 38117 537-1472 Grades/gender: 2 years-12th/girls Religion/specialty: Episcopal Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 870; 10:1 Tuition: $2,550-$19,280 Before- and after-school care: yes (after- only)

Tipton-Rosemark Academy

8696 Rosemark Road, Millington, 38053 829-6500

10 Windy City Road, Jackson, 38305 731-668-8500

University School of Jackson

232 McClellan Road, Jackson, 38305 731-664-0812 Grades/gender: 2 years-12th/ coed Religion/specialty: Nondenominational/college preparatory Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 1,130; 13:1 Tuition: $3,626-$9,950 Before- and after-school care: yes (after-school care and summer daycare)

Westminster Academy 2500 Ridgeway Road, 38119 380-9192

Grades/gender: 4K-12th/coed Religion/specialty: Classical Christian Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 275; 5:1 Tuition: $7,165-$12,700 Before- and after-school care: no

Woodland Presbyterian School 5217 Park Avenue, 38119 685-0976

Grades/gender: 2 years-8th/coed Religion/specialty: Presbyterian Enrollment/student-faculty ratio: 364; 8:1 Tuition: $2,200-$12,856 Before- and after-school care: yes

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contin u ed from page 3 6 blue suit. A photogenic family. A smile that photographs well. And there you go. But there is such a thing as charisma, for sure. Take the two most popular U.S. presidents of the last century: FDR and Reagan. To a fair-minded person, it is inarguable that both of them had what we call charisma — although they couldn’t be further apart in what they represented politically. Well, surely, it goes without saying that one problem with our elections — in Memphis as well as in the nation at large — is that the media gets too wrapped up in “horse race” coverage rather than in dealing with the issues. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Of all the observations people make about the political process — and this one gets made all the time in one form or another — this one may be the most misguided of all. The worst mischief the media make is when they try to decide what the issues are. That’s why they’re always being blind-sided when the voters do something they’re not supposed to do. But let’s assume that the issues in a given race are clear to everybody. Who should win the election: the candidate whose staff puts together a perfectly stated collection of position papers on those issues? Or the candidate whose endurance, flashes of humor, and hints of solid character somehow show through the wear and tear of the stressful human experience that a campaign is? You can guess the answer. The current Memphis mayoral race has been going on since late winter (even earlier for some candidates) and will have lasted the greater part of a year when it concludes on October 8th. (Council candidates involved in runoffs will have to keep hacking it out for another four weeks, until November 5th.) At the very least, whoever can swim out of that goldfish bowl in one piece has proven something important. Can money buy an election? Now, there’s a nitty-gritty question. And this year’s Memphis city election will put it to the test. Money certainly can pay for yard signs and TV and radio spots and mailers and robo-calls and people to go door-todoor for a candidate, in great quantity. In at least two council races this year, there are candidates whom nobody has ever heard of before who have raised (or been favored with) almost as much money as the two biggest spenders among the mayoral candidates. If these candidates end up winning in races where some of their opponents have spent years building up reputations in political or civic activity, it will answer that question.


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Crash Landing Our trivia expert solves local mysteries of who, what, when, where, why, and why not. Well, sometimes.

by vance lauderdale DEAR VANCE: You’ve written before about a number of airplane accidents in Memphis. What do you know about the crash of a small plane in the middle of West Memphis sometime in the late 1950s? – l.m., memphis. DEAR L.M.: Our city has seen a surprising num-

The Press-Scimitar newspaper showed passenger Paul McKinney in the hospital with his wife (above). Witnesses managed to pull him and the pilot from the crumpled wreckage of the Cessna (below).


ber of airplane disasters. Probably the worst took place on April 29, 1944, when a B-25 bomber plunged into a house just west of Cleveland, killing everyone in the home and aboard the plane. And I’ve been told about the stormy night of March 15, 1963, when a

military transport plummeted to the ground near Millington, narrowly missing a row of homes in a new subdivision. That event had a happier ending; the 33 crewmen escaped with cuts and bruises, and nobody in those homes was hurt. The West Memphis crash in the early afternoon of March 7, 1955, was a disaster for the plane itself, which was totally destroyed. But it was a lucky break for the pilot and his passenger, who received only minor injuries, and no one on the ground was hurt at all — a miracle considering the plane somehow missed smashing into

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a gas station on the busiest street in town. they encountered a problem with the fuel building at the corner of Walker and College, On that morning, Joe Bowen, a skilled pilot pump. operated by a fellow named T.A. Lamb, and who operated the Bowen Flying Service in Now what about this controversy I men- later by another gentleman named W. Oliver West Memphis, and Paul McKinney, a profes- tioned earlier? Well, the owner of the gas King. This would have put it close to the (now sional photographer, hopped into a four-seat- station told the Press-Scimitar he didn’t hear closed) south gate of Elmwood Cemetery. It’s er Cessna 170. Now I don’t have a clue about the plane “but did see it hit the high wire and possible the firm actually opened many years the various models of Cessnas, flip over.” Newspaper photos earlier, because a few of their ads say “Since or Beechcrafts, or other small (as you can see here) showed 1855” but they don’t make that remarkable “Two men are alive planes, but I tossed the model the Cessna, “like a dead bird,” claim consistently enough to convince me today because of lying crumpled on its back in number into the story so you it’s true. the air know-how of the street, one wing apparentOver the years, the greenhouses remained would see the kind of detail that I provide at no extra cost, veteran West Memphis ly ripped off. there, but as other owners took over, the shop Well, in a follow-up newspa- itself moved to various locations downtown: if you are curious about such pilot and airport per story the next day, Bowen things and have a special fond77 South Main, 54 South Main, 130 Union, and ness for Cessnas. claimed he landed the plane 124 Union. In the 1950s, the company moved operator Joe Bowen.” Anway, the two men flew that way on purpose: “Two to Midtown, to 1332 Overton Park and later around eastern Arkansas for several hours, men are alive today because of the air know- 1235 Union Avenue. It stayed in business, prohow of veteran West Memphis pilot and air- moting itself as “Memphis’ Headquarters for taking aerial photographs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Something went wrong port operator Joe Bowen, who cushioned Cut Flowers” and always offering “Prompt around 1:30 that afternoon, and the various the fall of his Cessna 170 in the middle of Attention and Artistic Execution” until the newspaper accounts include some interesting downtown West Memphis.” In fact, “Bowen mid-1980s, when it became Methodist Flowcontradictions. More about that in a minute, had often discussed just such an emergency ers and Gifts, located in the hospital complex. if you have the time. What everyone does landing with Press-Scimitar Aviation Editor So, if despite all the changes in owners and agree on is the plane’s engine stopped. “I’m a Hilmon Pinegar.” pilot,” an eyewitness, Paul K. Doyle, told reThe story continued: “Bowen’s porters later. “I looked up and saw this plane theory was this: Letting the plane coming in from the west, no power, the prop down on one wing absorbs impact windmilling.” and cushions the fall. And putting I’m no pilot, but I gather that means the the plane on its back allows the rudder to absorb some of the shock and propeller was just spinning in the breeze, and keeps the cockpit from striking the the plane was in trouble. “She came in under some high power lines,” continued Doyle, ground, providing a further mea“but was unable to miss one, hit it, and flipped sure of protection to the occupants strapped in their seats.” over. It crashed into a light pole and the street at the same time.” As I keep reminding everyone, I’m The plane smashed into Missouri Street, not pilot, but since the photos show right in front of the old Crittenden Theatre, the cockpit smushed completely flat and slid to a stop only 200 feet from Leg- into the asphalt, I’m not so sure I agree with locations, we say it’s the same company, and if gett’s Esso Station on Broadway. The Memphis this “theory.” In fact, anyone looking at the it indeed opened in 1855, that would make this Press-Scimitar observed, “If it had gone another picture probably wonders how the men inside little flower shop one of the oldest businesses 25 feet it would have crashed into five gas survived at all. And since eyewitnesses saw in Memphis. storage tanks behind the service station.” the plane flip over after it hit the wire, I’m Where and when was your photograph Again, I’m no pilot, but I think we can agree not certain Bowen “put the plane on its back.” taken? The shop seems to be tucked away in that would have changed the way this whole Not intentionally, anyway. But I certainly give the basement of a substantial building, so thing ended. him credit for a skilled job in a bad situation, I’d say this was 1918-1920, when it was at 77 because sure enough he glided a dead plane Men and women rushed to the crumpled South Main and the city directories specified plane and gently pulled the two men out. past a gas station and beyond the cars and “basement.” This would have put it at Main They were unconscious but alive. A Citizens trucks along Broadway. As a result, he was and Union, below the old Security Bank and Ambulance took them to the Crittenden Me- the pilot in the best kind of crash landing — Trust Company. Look carefully and you’ll morial Hospital, where they were treated for the one passengers walk away from. see a poster for the silent movie Nobody Home, a 1919 comedy starring Dorothy Gish. At the shock and minor lacerations, and firemen washed leaking gas off the street, so there Memphis Floral Shop same time, I feel somewhat uneasy about this was no fire or explosion. The next day, the DEAR VANCE: I found a snapshot (right) for date. The woman’s clothing seems to be from plane, or what was left of it, was hauled away. the Memphis Floral Company pasted in that period, but were men wearing such dapper Mad Men hats almost a century ago? As I said, everyone was fortunate, and an old scrapbook. Where was the shop the newspaper thought it was important to located, and when was it in business? And I know you’re waiting for me to tell mention that “a new and expensive camera — t.f., germantown you this, but I have no idea who the man McKinney had on the jaunt was not damaged and woman in the photo are. Haven’t I done enough work for one afternoon?.  in the crash.” Well, thank goodness. I’m sure DEAR T.F.: It’s a tiny photo, barely 2 inches wide, that was a relief to every man, woman, and and it would have helped if it had shown more child in West Memphis. The camera was okay! of the background, but judging from the Got a question for vance? In the hospital, Bowen told his wife, “We light-bulb-illuminated sign, you can see that EMAIL: this flower shop obviously offered ROSES. didn’t get fuel,” and some people thought he MAIL: Vance Lauderdale, Memphis magazine, 460 Tennessee Street #200, Memphis, TN 38103 meant the Cessna simply ran out of gas — but As best I can tell, the Memphis Floral Comlater somebody figured out he was explaining pany opened in the late 1800s, in a little brick BLOG: S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 115

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Search and Destroy A first novel from a Memphis SWAT-team member. Plus a coming-of-age novel set in postwar Germantown. And local architecture? It’s a dog’s life.

by leonard gill


ould there be a skill set more impressive than the one possessed by Master Sergeant Mason Kane, former member of a U.S. Army topsecret program that was “off the books” and “off the grid” in the wartorn Middle East? Kane’s reflexes are lightning-quick. His aim is extraordinary. His knowledge of the latest weaponry is second-to-none. His questionable methods of extracting information is CIA-approved. And bodily wounds can’t keep him from fighting the good fight. He speaks Arabic too, and in appearance, he can blend into a crowded North African street and not be targeted as an enemy American.

So Hood knows what sudden violence on and off the battlefield looks like, and he knows how war in this technologically advanced age of ours is waged. Some scenes in Clear by Fire more resemble violent video games. Or are violent video games simply reflecting the actualities of contemporary battle? Weaponized drones and brain-altering biologics, detonating cell phones and remote-controlled bombings: These are elements of today’s warfare, and Clear by Fire features its share of them.

Weaponized drones and brain-altering biologics, detonating cell phones and remote-controlled bombings: These are elements of today’s warfare, and Clear by Fire

Joshua Hood

No surprise, then, that Kane was once a respected fighter in the war on terror. But when Clear by Fire (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster) opens, Kane himself has been labeled a terrorist — the only American to earn a killon-site order, handed down from the highest reaches of the U.S. government, for the simple reason that Kane knows too much. He’s seen too much. He watched as his superior, Colonel Barnes, gunned down innocent civilians in cold blood in Afghanistan, and he knows now that an increasingly unhinged Barnes is set on prosecuting the war against radical Islam on his

own terms. If that means Barnes murdering his own men, so be it. The ends, according to Barnes, justify the means. Clear by Fire is a military thriller by Collierville resident Joshua Hood — the first book in a two-book deal — and this action-packed story is in the right hands. Hood studied writing at the University of Memphis, and after graduating, he entered the military and served for five years in the 82nd Airborne Division. He participated in multiple operations in Iraq. He was decorated for valor. He is currently a full-time SWAT team member with the Shelby County Sheriff ’s Office.


features its share of them.

The book also features Renee Hart, a warrior-woman from Mississippi, and she’s as tough as any alpha male but human enough to earn a tender gesture or two from Kane, who’s trying to forget his ex-wife and their sham of a marriage. What readers are not likely to forget is Hood’s attention to detail: the sound of boots making their way over drying, sticky blood; the wax spray on the chair of a detainee being interrogated, the slippery seat aggravating an already tense situation. Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood are in these pages to add to the high tension.

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But where is ISIS? You won’t find that murderous organization here, but it does figure in Hood’s second book, which he’s already turned over to his publisher. And besides, there are bad guys enough in Joshua Hood’s fast-moving first book — politically and religiously motivated bad guys from Algeria, Libya, and Chad, all the way to Syria, Jordan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. In true thriller fashion, readers will find some untrustworthy, unsavory types up to no good in Washington and California too. n the front end of freedom and the back end of slavery.” That’s how Audrey Taylor Gonzalez describes the South in the late 1940s in the preface to her debut novel South of Everything (She Writes Press). The story is set on a sprawling family farm in pre-suburban Germantown during the decade after World War II — a decade during which the wealthy white owner of the farm still refers to his black employees as “the help.” His wife prefers “the servants.” “Truth from a privileged young girl’s point of view” is how Gonzalez in her preface also describes South of Everything, and yes, daughter Missy Sara does have it good on the face of it, but she feels like a perpetual outsider at her private girls’ school in Memphis and beside the pool of the Memphis Country Club. Her father, who heads a successful securities firm in downtown Memphis, is often away at work or on the country club’s tennis courts. Her mother just as often disapproves of Missy’s adventurous ways and unladylike taste for barbecue ribs. But Old Thomas understands the girl. He’s a black “hand” on Wild Grass Farm, and he acts as father figure and moral guide. He also introduces Missy to the magic of the farm’s mysterious Lolololo tree, which can work wonders. Mammyrosy, the family cook, works her own wonders: She acts as Missy’s watchful mother figure — often scolding, more often loving. Some troubling goings-on take place at


Wild Grass Farm, though, and Missy witnesses and seeks to understand them, whether it’s the disturbing behavior of a snake-handling white boy named B-Budd, the nighttime activities of the Ku Klux Klan, or the gentle encouragement of an African-American horse trainer hired to teach Missy the proper way to ride. Before she can ride, she needs to learn how to lift herself up, and that she does. As she does in key scenes throughout South of Everything, thanks in no small part to the example set and magic provided by Old Thomas and the girl’s active imagination. Gonzalez knows this territory well. She grew up in Germantown on a large piece of land very much like Wild Grass Farm, and she became an accomplished horsewoman in her own right. She went on to study writing, art history, and theater. She’s traveled the world. And today she serves as a deacon at Calvary Episcopal Church. Gonzalez’s work on behalf of Memphis’ Juvenile Court and the Soulsville Foundation, as an advocate for foster children, and as a member of the Memphis Police Department’s crisis intervention team are only a few examples of her commitment to bettering the community. South of Everything is also Gonzalez’s tribute to the men and women who taught her, growing up, how to love “Jesus-style.” And though this is not a religious story per se, it is a story rich in the customs and attitudes of the day and in the ways of the spirit — spirit to perhaps lift your own spirits despite the inequalities and injustices still facing us today. And with South of Everything, Gonzalez is continuing her charitable work. A majority of the book’s proceeds will support programs for disadvantaged youth in Memphis, including the Stax Music Academy. One more thing: The book is a case where the jacket art could not be more evocative of the story told. It’s a painting by Carroll Cloar that you might say is also Taylor-made.


hat’s a lovable Golden Retriever doing inside an architect’s high-rise office overlooking the Mississippi River? Or riding in the passenger seat of a sporty mid-’60s Porsche? Or relaxing on the sunny patio of a “really cool house”? That house (from 1967) looks a lot like the one in Midtown that was designed by and once belonged to the late Memphis architect Francis P. Gassner (that’s Gassner’s Porsche too), and on the closing page of Frank, An Architect’s Dog (Pounders Publishing), Frank is thinking he might some day like to be an architect as well. (He’s already wearing I.M. Pei’s signature eyeglasses to prove it!) Frank, An Architect’s Dog is a new children’s board book by Memphis architect Louis R. Pounders (who once worked in the Pei offices in New York and Boston and for the local firm of Gassner Nathan & Browne), and the book’s watercolor illustrations are by retired architect Terry DeWitt. The distinctive buildings pictured include not only the Gassner house but also downtown’s Donnelley J. Hill State Office Building, the Shelby County Administration Building, and C&I Bank (now the Visible Music College), all designed by Gassner. In renderings and models, we also see (along with Frank) area buildings designed by Pounders when he was co-partner at Williamson Pounders Architects and at ANF Architects, where he continues to practice. Pounders’ MIFA building in Memphis, Tunica RiverPark in Mississippi, the UT-Martin Fine Arts Building, and the Southwest Tennessee Community College Library are projects referenced here too. All of which make Frank, An Architect’s Dog a fun (and sturdy) introductory guide for young readers to some of Memphis’ and the region’s best contemporary architecture. It’s a good reminder too for adult readers of the quality work of Francis Gassner (Pounders’ mentor) and the equally fine work of Pounders (winner in 2014 of AIA Tennessee’s William Strickland Lifetime Achievement Award for architectural excellence) himself.  S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 117

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European Staycation Tired of traveling? Let Café Keough whisk you away to a charming café seemingly lifted from the streets of Paris.

by amy lawrence | photography by justin fox burks


e set out for lunch at downtown’s Café Keough earlier this summer on a Saturday, and the restaurant was in full swing: multigenerational families with small children; still-sleepy millennials sporting what was left of their eye make-up from the night before; out-oftowners swiveling their heads to take in the sky-high ceilings; and quite a few couples, all of which made for a diverse crowd.

Our first impression of Café Keough, rier’s Cooper-Young mainstay Beauty Shop with its palpable European vibe, couldn’t for nearly 12 years now and took care of have been better. The restaurant occupies day-to-day operations there until he opened a breathtaking space, once a the doors of Café Keough in bank dating back to 1904 that December 2013. Keough unhas been re-imagined. It feaearthed details about the building’s history and hontures tall windows, a jaunty mint-colored bar, giant colored the café’s original space umns with cornices that look during its meticulous restolike frosting, horseshoes and ration. He and Chef de Cuibottle caps pressed into cesine Demitrie Phillips have ment, and reclaimed architecworked out a menu that’s tural accent pieces here and straightforward and classic there. Outside, woven French in style. bistro chairs and small tables Service at Café Keough is Kevin Keough are clustered behind short informal: Order and pay at the front register and then x-patterned iron gates. Kevin Keough owns the namesake café. food is brought to you. I wasn’t fawned over He’s been a minority owner of Karen Car- — I’m fine with that and actually prefer it —

and our order arrived at the table quickly. We selected two salads to start. My beet salad featured French feta cheese, candied pecans, expertly supremed orange, mixed baby lettuce, and citrus vinaigrette. It was a generous portion with balanced f lavors, an uncomplicated dish that still shone. My dining companion chose a quinoa salad with pecans, cranberries, tomatoes, and buttermilk dressing atop quinoa and baby kale. He found it hearty and filling, possibly even enough for lunch on its own. The portobello mushroom sandwich on French bread with goat cheese, peppers, black olive tapenade, and basil pesto might seem to be typical vegetarian fare, but the mushrooms were well-marinated in balsamic and f lavorful and meaty. I ordered the smoked salmon sandwich on ciabatta with sliced cucumbers, capers, onions, and crème fraîche. I appreciated that it wasn’t ice-cold. On a whim before leaving, I also ordered a green tea latte with almond milk, my first drink ever of the sort. Not too sweet, herbal and refreshing, this is a drink I would order


CHOCOLATE CROISSANT: Served with jam, this flaky, airy croissant is buttery perfection with chocolate shavings on top and a warm chocolate center.

GREEN TEA LATTE: New to lattes made with tea? Try this one: a depth of grassy, savory flavor along with the creaminess of almond milk.

CREPE WITH SPINACH, MUSHROOM, AND RICOTTA: Savory crepes are a favorite, especially when made with rich cheese, marinated mushrooms, and wilted spinach topped with roasted garlic cream sauce.

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CAFÉ KEOUGH 12 S. Main St. 901-509-2469 STARS: e

e e 1/2 (out of five)

FOOD: Classic café choices such as fresh salads, big

sandwiches, European breakfast plates, and excellent pastries. PRICES: Breakfast items ($2.50 to $8.00), appetizers, mainly soups and salads ($4 to $11.50), and sandwiches ($6.50 to $9.50). DRINKS: Espresso drinks, specialty cocktails, full bar, and wines by the glass or bottle. SPECIAL EVENTS: New tapas menu during happy hour. ATMOSPHERE: The restaurant is spacious, with an international, we’re-not-in-Memphis-anymore vibe. SERVICE: Casual and quick. NOISE LEVEL: Quiet with conversation able to be carried on in low voices. RESERVATIONS: Only for large parties. OPEN: Serving breakfast, lunch, and also tapas in the late afternoons and early evenings Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

again. My companion sipped a coffee cocktail, unusual and bright-tasting with lemon. Desserts looked pretty, so we took a few with us. We tried one of each macaron f lavor available that day: raspberry, pistachio, lemon, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. When we asked, we were told they’re not made in-house. We also shared a brownie that was good but oddly cakey and missing the chocolate f lavor. The peanut butter cookies featured a base like a sugar cookie and peanut butter chips and overall were very sweet. I looked forward to trying a pastry or two during my next visit at breakfast since those seemed to be the real star of the show. The next time we headed to Café Keough, it was for an early Friday morning breakfast. Ravenous and desperate for caffeine, everything sounded amazing, and we feasted for $45 including gratuity. Coffee was ex- hiding on the inside. actly to our liking: dark espresso roast for The Bavarian Breakfast also caught my the macchiato and the cappuccino, which attention because I like a dish composed had plenty of foamed milk. A of pieces that I put together Biscoff cookie accompanied myself. The plate included each cup. buttered triangles of black bread , br ie, sliced hardThe Parisian Breakfast we ordered consisted of coffee, boiled egg, turkey, and thin hard-boiled eggs, orange circles of radish; a fruit cup juice, and a croissant. So the with pineapples, red grapes, item that I’m still thinking strawberries, cantaloupe, and about today, the one I wish I honeydew was on the side. We had in front of me right now, shared this dish and found it the one that evoked visceral novel and fun. When crepes are on a menu, memories of my one and only Chef Demitrie Phillips time in Paris? It’s the chocoit’s a must-order situation. Out late croissant. It arrived warm with a little of three savory choices, we selected the cup of strawberry jam, f lecked with choc- spinach crepe with mushrooms and ricotta olate on the outside, and melted chocolate with a roasted garlic cream sauce on top

plus a small side salad. The best crepes are somewhere in between an omelette and a tortilla, and this one hit that note. It’s definitely possible to procure a healthy breakfast at Café Keough. We had the homemade granola, a bit plain but well-rounded with yogurt and fruit, and added a little salt to a cup of the soup du jour, cantaloupe gazpacho. I’ll be going back to Café Keough often, especially for breakfast or brunch. They’re offering new cocktail selections and have started to develop a tapas menu with an eye on being a late afternoon/early evening destination. The atmosphere, the reasonable prices, and, lastly, the fact that I got to listen to an entire Billie Holiday album during one of my two meals there are all great reasons to try Café Keough soon. This place is a keeper. S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 119

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Owner Ermyias Shiberou


Blue Nile Ethiopian Kitchen


Red snapper, fried whole

Injera, traditional Ethiopian flatbread

Vegetarian platter and shiro wat, a chickpea stew

by pamela denney

fter sharing plump kabobs, soulful stews, and a whole red snapper — fried crispy, head on, and wide-eyed on its plate —tiramisu, the only dessert on Blue Nile’s menu, may seem out of place. Order it anyway. Owner Ermyias Shiberou turns the ubiquitous Italian dessert into a sensuous slice of fluff y perfection using cocoa, rum, ladyfingers, mascarpone, French press coffee, and cream hand-whipped with organic vanilla. The tiramisu also comes with a history lesson, reflecting the culinary cultures that blended after Mussolini invaded Ethiopian before the start of World War II. “People move around, and the food comes with them,” Shiberou explains. “My mom makes spaghetti sauce that is so good, you would think she’s Italian.” Integral to the Blue Nile kitchen, Yemesirach Sahle saves the spaghetti sauce for home, focusing instead on injera, the spongy flat bread rolled like napkins and used to scoop up traditional dishes such as kitfo, a type of steak tartare seasoned with spicy clarified butter and served with collard greens and soft house-made cheese. Made with a tiny fermented grain called Teff, injera’s slightly tangy taste makes easy friends with Blue Nile’s unique spice combinations, which include turmeric, garlic, rosemary, cloves, chili peppers, and other imports not easily translated into English. Located on Madison Avenue next to The Bar-B-Q Shop, the restaurant for Shiberou follows his popular food truck Stickem, a business he still operates. He spent a year turning Blue Nile from a Pizza Hut delivery kitchen into a pleasing restaurant space with repurposed materials (the brass lion head bar railing came from Southland Park) and a colorful folk art mural painted by local artist Gina Sposto. Crowds have been brisk and appreciative since Blue Niles’ opening in late June, thanks in part to help from Shiberou’s wife and son, Jennifer and Jonathan Shiberou, and sister-in-law, Tamara Krausser, who all work at the restaurant. Blue Nile’s generous policy on wine is another crowd-pleaser, Shiberou says: “People love not having to pay corkage fees, and I love to see customers coming back.” 1788 Madison Avenue (901-474-7214) $-$$

Addis Shiberou (one of the owner’s sons) tackles the lentil sandwich.

Kabob platter with shrimp, steak, and chicken

Tiramisu,a popular dessert in Ethiopia

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emphis magazine offers this restaurant listing as a service BONNE TERRE—This inn’s cafe features American cuisine with a flair, and a seasonal menu that changes monthly. Offers to its readers. The directory is not intended as a recommendation of the estab- Southern Angus steaks, duck, pasta, and seafood. Closed Sun.-Wed. 4715 lishments included, nor does it list every restaurant in town. It does, however, Church Rd. W. (Nesbit, MS). 662-781-5100. D, X, $-$$$ include most of the city’s finer restaurants, many specialty restaurants, and a representative BOOKSELLERS BISTRO—Serves soups, sandwiches, quiche, pasta, and seafood, including shrimp polenta; a specialty is pesto sampling of other Bluff City eating establishments. No fast-food facilities or cafeterias salads, pasta. The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Extd. 374-0881. are listed, nor have we included establishments that rely heavily on take-out business. B, L, D, WB, X, $-$$ BOSCOS—Tennessee’s first craft brewery serves a variety of freshly Restaurants are included regardless of whether they advertise in Memphis magazine. brewed beers as well as wood-fired oven pizzas, pasta, seafood, The guide is updated regularly, but we recommend that you call ahead to check on hours, steaks, and sandwiches. 2120 Madison. 432-2222. L, D, SB (with live jazz), X, MRA, $-$$ prices, and other details. Suggestions from readers are welcome; please contact us. BOUNTY ON BROAD—Offering family-style dining, Bounty Email serves small plates and family-sized platters, with such specialties as grilled pork loin and stuffed quail. Closed Mon. 2519 Broad. 410BAR LOUIE—Serves small plates, flatbreads, sandwiches, ABUELO’S MEXICAN FOOD EMBASSY—Mejores de la 8131. D (Tues.-Sat.), SB, X, $-$$ burgers, salads, and such large plate entrees as blackened fish tacos casa — beef and stuffed shrimp — is a specialty here, along with BOZO’S HOT PIT BAR-B-Q— Barbecue, burgers, sandwiches, and baked mac-and-cheese. 2125 Madison. 207-1436. L, D, WB, tilapia Veracruz, quesadillas, chili rellenos, and chicken and subs. 342 Hwy 70, Mason, TN. 901-294-3400. L, D, $-$$ medallions. 8274 Highway 64 (Bartlett). 672-0769. L, D X, X, $-$$ BRAZIL FLAVOR—Offers daily buffet with traditional Brazilian $-$$ BAR-B-Q SHOP—Dishes up barbecued ribs, spaghetti, dishes. Closed Monday. 8014 Club Center Dr. 746-9855. L, D, $ bologna; also pulled pork shoulder, Texas toast barbecue sandwich, ABYSSINIA RESTAURANT—Ethiopian/Mediterranean BRASS DOOR IRISH PUB—Irish and New-American cuisine chicken sandwich, and salads. Closed Sun. 1782 Madison. 272menu includes beef, chicken, lamb, fish entrees, and vegetarian includes such entrees as fish and chips burgers, sandwiches, salads, 1277. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ dishes; also a lunch buffet. 2600 Poplar. 321-0082. L, D, X, $-$$ and daily specials. 152 Madison. 572-1813. L, D, SB, $ BARDOG TAVERN—Classic American grill with Italian influence, ACRE—Features seasonal modern American cuisine in a stylish BROADWAY PIZZA HOUSE—Serving a variety of Bardog offers pasta specialties such as Grandma’s NJ Meatballs, as well setting using locally sourced products; also small-plates/bar. Closed pizzas,including the Broadway Special, as well as sandwiches, salads, as salads, sliders, sandwiches, and daily specials. 73 Monroe. for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. 690 S. Perkins. 818-2273. L, D, X, wings, and “soul-food specials.” 2581 Broad. 454-7930; 627 S. 275-8752. B (Mon.-Fri.), L, D, WB, X, $-$$ $$-$$$ Mendenhall. 207-1546. L, D, X, $-$$ BARI RISTORANTE ENOTECA—Authentic Southeastern AGAVE MARIA—Menu items at this Mexican eatery include BROOKLYN BRIDGE ITALIAN RESTAURANT— Italian cuisine (Puglia) emphasizes lighter entrees. Serves fresh fish duck tacos, shrimp and scallop enchiladas, and salmon sashimi Specializing in such homemade entrees as spinach lasagna and lobster and beef dishes and a homemade soup of the day. 22 S. Cooper. tostadas; also family-style chef’s seasonal selections. 83 Union. ravioli; a seafood specialty is horseradish-crusted salmon. Closed 722-2244. D, X, MRA, $-$$$ 341-2096. L, D, X, $-$$ Sun. 1779 Kirby Pkwy. 755-7413. D, X, MRA, $-$$$ BAYOU BAR & GRILL—New Orleans fare at this Overton ALCHEMY—Southern fusion, locally grown cuisine features BROTHER JUNIPER’S—Breakfast is the focus here, with Square eatery includes jambalaya, gumbo, catfish Acadian, shrimp small and large plates; among the offerings is the pan-seared specialty omelets, including the open-faced San Diegan omelet; also dishes, red beans and rice, and muffalettas; also serves some hanger steak with duck-fat-roasted fingerling potatoes; also daily specials, and homemade breads and pastries. Closed Mon. 3519 favorites from the former Le Chardonnay. 2094 Madison. handcrafted cocktails and local craft beers. Closed for dinner Walker. 324-0144. B, X, MRA, $ 278-8626. L, D, WB, X, $-$$ Sun. 940 S. Cooper. 726-4444. D, SB, X, $-$$ THE BRUSHMARK—New American cuisine with a menu that ALDO’S PIZZA PIES—Serving gourmet pizzas — including BEAUTY SHOP—Modern American cuisine with international changes seasonally; offers sandwiches, salads, soups, pastas, and Mr. T Rex — salads, and more also 30 beers, bottled or on tap. 100 flair served in a former beauty shop. Serves steaks salads, pasta, crepes. Closed Mon. and Tues. Brooks Museum, Overton Park, 1934 and seafood, including pecan-crusted golden sea bass. Closed for S. Main. 577-7743; 752 S. Cooper. 725-7437. L, D, X, $-$$ Poplar. 544-6225. L, WB, X, $-$$ dinner Sunday. 966 S. Cooper. 272-7111. L, D, SB, X, $-$$$ AMERIGO—Traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine BRYANT’S BREAKFAST—Three-egg omelets, pancakes, and includes pasta, wood-fired pizza, steaks, and cedarwood-roasted BELLE-A SOUTHERN BISTRO—Brisket in a bourbon The Sampler Platter are among the popular entrees here. Closed brown sugar glaze, and chicken with basmati rice are among the fish. 1239 Ridgeway, Park Place Mall. 761-4000. L, D, SB, X, Tuesday. 3965 Summer. 324-7494. B, L, X, $ specialties; also seafood entrees and such vegetables as blackened MRA, $-$$$ green tomatoes. Closed for dinner Sun. and all day Mon. 117 Union BUCKLEY’S FINE FILET GRILL—Specializes in steaks, ANDREW MICHAEL ITALIAN KITCHEN—Traditional Ave. 433-9851. L, D, WB, X, $-$$$ seafood, and pasta. (Lunchbox serves entree salads, burgers, and Italian cuisine with a menu that changes seasonally with such entrees more.) 5355 Poplar. 683-4538; 919 S. Yates (Buckley’s Lunchbox), as Maw Maw’s ravioli. Closed Sun.-Mon. 712 W. Brookhaven Cl. BENIHANA—This Japanese steakhouse serves beef, chicken, and , 682-0570. L (Yates only, M-F), D, X, MRA, $-$$ and seafood grilled at the table; some menu items change monthly; 347-3569. D, X, $$-$$$ sushi bar also featured. 912 Ridge Lake. THE BUTCHER SHOP—Serves steaks ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE—Offering several varieties 767-8980. L, D, X, $$-$$$ ranging from 8-oz. fillets to a 20-oz. of eggs benedict, waffles, omelets, pancakes, beignets, and other DINING SYMBOLS porterhouse; also chicken, pork chops, fresh breakfast fare; also burgers,sandwiches, and salads. . 6063 Park Ave. BHAN THAI—Authentic Thai cuisine seafood. 107 S. Germantown Rd. includes curries, pad Thai noodles, and 729-7020. B, L, WB, X, $ B — breakfast (Cordova). 757-4244. L (Fri. and Sun.), D, vegetarian dishes, as well as seafood, THE ARCADE—Possibly Memphis’ oldest cafe. Specialties L — lunch X, MRA, $$-$$$ pork, and duck entrees. Closed for lunch include sweet potato pancakes, a fried peanut butter and banana D — dinner Sat.-Sun. and all day CAFE 1912—French/American bistro sandwich, and breakfast served all day. 540 S. Main. 526-5757. B, Mon. 1324 Peabody. 272-1538. L, D, X, SB — Sunday brunch serving such seafood entrees as grouper and L, D (Thurs.-Sat.) X, $ MRA, $-$$ steamed mussels: also crepes, salads, and AREPA & SALSA— Offering Venezuelan dishes such as the WB — weekend brunch French onion soup, 243 S. Cooper. 722-2700. BLEU—This eclectic restaurant features namesake arepa (a corn-based dish with a variety of fillings) and X — wheelchair accessible D, SB, X, MRA, $-$$ American food with global influences and tostones with shredded pork or black beans. Closed Sunday. 662 MRA — member, Memphis local ingredients. Among the specialties CAFE ECLECTIC—Spanish omelets, Madison. 949-8537. L, D, X, $ Restaurant Association are a 14-oz. bone-in rib-eye and several and chicken and waffles are among menu ASIAN PALACE—Chinese eatery serves seafood, vegetarian items, seafood dishes. 221 S. Third, in the items, along with sandwiches, wraps, and $ — under $15 per person without dim sum, and more. 5266 Summer Ave. 766-0831. L, D, X, $-$$ Westin Memphis Beale St. Hotel. burgers. 603 N. McLean. 725-1718; 111 A-TAN—Serves Chinese and Japanese hibachi cuisine, complete drinks or desserts 334-5950. B, L, D, WB, X, $$-$$$ Harbor Town Square. 590-4645; 510 S. with sushi bar. A specialty is Four Treasures with garlic sauce. 3445 $$ — under $25 Highland. 410-0765. B, L, D, SB, X, MRA, BLUE DAZE BISTRO—Serving Poplar, Suite 17, University Center. 452-4477. L, D, X, $-$$$ $$$ — $26-$50 $ American cuisine with Cajun flair; lunch AUTOMATIC SLIM’S— Longtime downtown favorite entrees include the Black & Bleu Salad and $$$$ — over $50 CAFE FONTANA— Hearty Italian specializes in contemporary American cuisine emphasizing local a crab cake sandwich; dinner entrees cuisine features pizzas, pasta, and several SHADED — new listing ingredients; also extensive martini list. 83 S. Second. 525-7948. L, D, range from salmon to Cajun cream penne seafood dishes, including pesce al forno and WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ pasta. Closed for dinner Sun., and all day fish of the day special. Closed for lunch Sat. BABALU TACOS & TAPAS—This Overton Square eatery Mon.-Wed. 221 E. Commerce St. Hernando (MS). and all day Mon. 8556 Macon Rd. 529-7526. L, D, SB, X, $-$$$ dishes up Spanish-style tapas with Southern flair; also taco and 662-469-9304. L, D, SB, X, $-$$$ CAFE KEOUGH—European-style cafe serving quiche, paninis, enchilada of the day; specials change daily. 2115 Madison. 274BLUE NILE ETHIOPIAN— Kabobs, flavorful chicken and salads, and more. 12 S. Main. 509-2469. B, L, D, X, $ 0100. L, D, SB, X, $-$$ lamb stew, and injera (flatbread) are traditional items on the menu, CAFE OLE—Now under new ownership, this 23-year-old eatery BAHAMA BREEZE—Baby back ribs, Jamaican chicken wings, along with vegetarian options. 1788 Madison. 474-7214. L, D, X, specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine; one specialty is the buildand coconut shrimp are among the entrees at this Caribbean-fusion $-$$ your-own quesadilla. 959 S. Cooper. 343-0103. L, D, WB, X, MRA, restaurant. 2830 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 385-8744. BLUEFIN RESTAURANT & SUSHI LOUNGE—Serves $-$$ L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ Japanese fusion cuisine featuring seafood, duck, and steaks, with CAFE PALLADIO—Serves gourmet salads, soups, sandwiches, BANGKOK ALLEY—Thai fusion cuisine includes noodle and seasonally changing menu; also, a sushi bar and flatbread pizza. and desserts in a tea room inside the antiques shop. Closed Sun. 2169 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, Central. 278-0129. L, X, $ seafood entrees. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun. at $-$$ CAFE PIAZZA BY PAT LUCCHESI—Specializes in gourmet Brookhaven location; call for hours. 121 Union Ave. 522-2010; BOMBAY HOUSE—Indian fare includes lamb korma and pizzas (including create-your-own), panini sandwiches, and pasta. 2150 W. Poplar at Houston Levee (Collierville). 854-8748; 715 chicken tikka; also, a daily luncheon buffet. 1727 N. Germantown Closed Sun. 139 S. Rowlett St. (Collierville). 861-1999. L, D, X, W. Brookhaven Cl. 590-2585. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ Pkwy. (Cordova). 755-4114. L, D, X, $-$$ $-$$ BAR DKDC— Features an ever-changing menu of BONEFISH GRILL—Serves wood-grilled fish,as well as steaks, CAFE PONTOTOC—Serves a variety of internationally inspired international “street food,” from Thai to Mexican, Israeli to chicken and pork entrees. 1250 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). small plates, as well as salads and sandwiches. Closed Mon. 314 S. Indian, along with specialty cocktails. Closed Sun.-Mon. 964 S. 753-2220; 4680 Merchants Park Circle, Carriage Crossing Main. 249-7955. L, D, WB, X, $-$$ Cooper. 272-0830. D, X, $ (Collierville). 854-5822. L (Fri.-Sat.), D, SB, X, $-$$$ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • 121

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CIT Y DINING LIST CAFE SOCIETY—With Belgian and classic French influences, serves Wagyu beef, chicken, and seafood dishes, including baconwrapped shrimp, along with daily specials and vegetarian entrees. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. 212 N. Evergreen. 722-2177. L, D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ CAPITAL GRILLE—Known for its dry-aged, hand-carved steaks; among the specialties are bone-in sirloin, and porcinirubbed Delmonico; also seafood entrees and seasonal lunch plates. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. Crescent Center, 6065 Poplar. 6839291. 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. 725-8557. 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, $-$$ CHEZ PHILIPPE— Classical/contemporary French cuisine presented in a luxurious atmosphere with a seasonal menu focused on local/regional cuisine. Afternoon tea served Wed.-Sat, 1-3 p.m. (reservations required). Closed Sun.-Mon.-Tues. The Peabody, 149 Union. 529-4188. D, X, MRA, $$$$ CHIWAWA—American-Mexican street food includes tacos made with hand-pressed tortillas, bacon-wrapped deep-fried hot dogs, and “Juan-tons” stuffed with smoked chorizo and cream cheese. 2059 Madison. 207-1456. L, D, WB, X, $ CIAO BELLA—Among the Italian and Greek specialties are lasagna, seafood pasta, eggplant rolotini, gourmet pizzas, and vegetarian options. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. 565 Erin Dr., Erinway Shopping Center. 205-2500. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ 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, $$-$$$ 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, $ 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, $-$$ EDO—Traditional Japanese cuisine includes shrimp tempura, nagiri, and chicken teriyaki. Closed Mon. 4792 Summer. 767-7096. D, X, $ EIGHTY3—Contemporary menu of steaks and seafood offers a variety of eclectic specialties; also weekly specials, small plates, appetizers, and patio dining. 83 Madison Ave. 333-1224. B, L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ 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). 755-1447; 1492 Union. 274-4264; 11615 Airline Rd. (Arlington). 867-1883; 9045 Highway 64 (Lakeland). 383-4219; 7164 Hacks Cross Rd. (Olive Branch). 662-890-3337; 8834 Hwy. 51 N. (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). 754-4268; 8361 Highway 64. 380-7877; 65 S. Highland, Poplar Plaza. 452-7330; 1805 N. Germantown Parkway (Cordova). 6249358; 1016 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-5770. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ ELFO GRISANTI’S—Specializing in northern Italian cuisine, including pasta, fish, beef and nightly specials — all made in-house. Closed Sun. 2285 S. Germantown Rd. 753-4017. D, X, $-$$$ 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, $-$$ FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE—Serves wet-aged and dry-aged steaks, prime beef, chops, and seafood, including salmon, Australian lobster tails, and a catch of the day. 6245 Poplar. 7616200. D, X, MRA, $$$-$$$$ FLIGHT RESTAURANT & WINE BAR—Serves steaks and seafood, along with such specialties as pork rib-eye and roasted duck, all matched with appropriate wines; also gourmet plate lunches. Closed for lunch Sat.-Sun. 39 S. Main. 521-8005. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ 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, $-$$ FOLK’S FOLLY ORIGINAL PRIME STEAK HOUSE— Specializes in prime steaks, as well as lobster, grilled Scottish salmon, Alaskan king crab legs, rack of lamb, and weekly specials. 551 S. Mendenhall. 762-8200. D, X, MRA, $$$-$$$$ FORMOSA—Offers Mandarin cuisine, including broccoli beef, hot-and-sour soup, and spring rolls. Closed Monday. 6685 Quince. 753-9898. L, D, X, $-$$ 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


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. 527-6665. 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. 5231940. 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. 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). 662-349-7097; 7825 Winchester. 624-8911; 4872 Poplar. 6827729; 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. 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). 872-735-3670. 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 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, $-$$$ HAPPY MEXICAN—Serves quesadillas, burritos, chimichangas, vegetable and seafood dishes, and more.  385 S. Second. 529-9991; 6080 Primacy Pkwy. 683-0000; 7935 Winchester. 751-5353. L, D, X, $ HAVANA’S PILON—Tiny eatery serving Cuban cuisine, including fried plantains in a pilon topped with shrimp, ropa vieja (shredded beef in tomato sauce), roasted pork, and a Cuban sandwich. Closed Sunday.   143 Madison. 527-2878. L, D, X, $ HERITAGE TAVERN & KITCHEN—Featuring classic cuisine from the country’s five regions, including lobster rolls, fried chicken, smoked tamales, Green Goddess shrimp, and more.   6150 Poplar, Regalia. 761-8855.L, D, WB, X, $-$$$ 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 $-$$$  IMAGINE VEGAN CAFE—Dishes range from salads and sandwiches to full dinners, breakfast items served all day. 2299 Young. 654-3455. L, D, SB, X, $ INDIA PALACE—Tandoori chicken, lamb shish kabobs, chicken tikka masala are among the entrees; also, vegetarian options and a daily lunch buffet.  1720 Poplar. 278-1199. L, D, X, $-$$ 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, $-$$$ INTERSTATE BAR-B-Q—Specialties include chopped porkshoulder sandwiches, ribs, hot wings, spaghetti, chicken, and turkey. 2265 S. Third. 775-2304; 150 W. Stateline Rd. (Southaven). 662393-5699. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ 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, $-$$ JIM’S PLACE/JIM’S PLACE GRILLE—Features American, Greek, and Continental cuisine with such entrees as pork tenderloin, several seafood specialties, and hand-cut charcoal-grilled steaks. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun.  518 Perkins Extd. 7662030; 3660 Houston Levee (Collierville). 861-5000. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ 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


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 soulfood and homestyle cooking. J. ALEXANDER’S—2670 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 381-9670. APPLEBEE’S—2114 Union Ave. 7257136; 2890 Bartlett Blvd. (Bartlett). 2135034; 710 DeSoto Cove (Horn Lake, MS). 662-772-5914; 7515 Goodman Rd. (Olive Branch, MS). 662-893-7555. AJAX DINER— 118 Courthouse Sq., Oxford, MS. 662-232-8880. BELLY ACRES—2102 Trimble Pl, 529-7017.. BLUE AND WHITE RESTAURANT—1355 US 61.N., Tunica, MS. 662-363-1371. BLUE PLATE CAFE—5469 Poplar. 761-9696; 113 S. Court. 523-2050. BLUE SHOE BAR & GRILL—Hotel Memphis, 2625 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 362-6200. BON TON CAFE—150 Monroe. 525-0883. CAJUN CATFISH COMPANY—1616 Sycamore View Rd. 383-8958; 336 New Byhalia Rd. Collierville. 861-0122 CHEDDAR’S—7684 Winchester. 624-8881; 2147 N. Germantown Pkwy. 380-1119. 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 Highway 64 (Bartlett). 383-8445; 8051 Goodman Rd. (Olive Branch). 662-8904142. COMO STEAKHOUSE—203 Main St. Como, MS. 662-526-9529. THE COVE—2559 Broad Ave. 7300719. THE CUPBOARD—1400 Union. 276-8015 ELWOOD’S SHACK— 4523 Summer. 761-9898. EVERGREEN GRILL—1545 Overton Park. 249-2393. T.G.I. FRIDAY’S—185 Union, Double Tree Hotel. 523-8500; 176 E. Goodman Rd. (Southaven). 662-349-4223; 7733 Winchester Rd. 752-1369; 8325 Highway 64. 372-2539.. KEM’S RESTAURANT—2751 New Brunswick Rd., Holiday Inn & Suites. 2661952. LBOE—2021 Madison Ave. 725-0770. LOGAN’S ROADHOUSE—2710 N. Germantown Parkway. 381-5254; 5901 Poplar. 684-2272; 7755 Winchester Rd. 759-1430; 6685 Airways Blvd. (Southaven). 662-772-5015. MAC’S BURGERS—4698 Spottswood. 512-4604. MIDTOWN CROSSING GRILLE—394 N. Watkins. 443-0502. O’CHARLEY’S—6045 Stage Rd., #74. 373-5602 (Bartlett); 1040 N. Germantown

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. 7285100; 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. 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.


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.

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Mulligan’s Babalu Tacos and Tapas EAST MEMPHIS Coletta’s O’Charley’s Bar DKDC Acre Colton’s Steakhouse Olive Garden Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen Bar Louie Dixie Cafe On the Border Bar-B-Q Shop Asian Palace El Porton Osaka Japanese Bari Bangkok Alley Exlines’ Best Pizza Outback Steakhouse Barksdale Restaurant Belmont Grill Firebirds Pasta Italia Bayou Bar & Grill Blue Plate Cafe Gridley’s Pei Wei Asian Diner Beauty Shop Booksellers Bistro Hadley’s Pub The Presentation Room Belly Acres Broadway Pizza La Playita Mexicana Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza Bhan Thai Brookhaven Pub & Grill O’Charley’s Rafferty’s Blue Nile Ethiopian Buckley’s Fine Filet Grill Ruby Tuesday Red Lobster Boscos Carrabba’s Italian Grill Sekisui Romano’s Macaroni Grill Bounty on Broad Casablanca Side Car Cafe Sekisui Broadway Pizza House Central B B Q Side Porch Steakhouse Shogun The Brushmark Chili’s Tops Bar B-Q Cafe 1912 Ciao Bella CHICKASAW GARDENS/ Skimo’s Tannoor Grill Cafe Eclectic City East UNIV. OF MEMPHIS Zaytos Cafe Ole Corky’s A-Tan Cafe Palladio Dixie Cafe DOWNTOWN Brother Juniper’s Cafe Society El Mezcal Agave Maria Cheffie’s Celtic Crossing El Porton Aldo’s Pizza Pies Derae Central B B Q Folk’s Folly Alfred’s El Porton Chiwawa Fox & Hound The Arcade The Farmer The Cove Fratelli’s Automatic Slim’s Just for Lunch Cozy Corner The Grove Grill Bangkok Alley La Baguette The Crazy Noodle Half Shell Bardog Tavern Los Compadres The Cupboard Hog & Hominy B.B. King’s Blues Club Lost Pizza Dino’s Houston’s Belle — A Southern Bistro Medallion Ecco Huey’s Bleu Osaka Japanese El Mezcal Interim Blind Bear Speakeasy Pete & Sam’s Evergreen Grill Erling Jensen Blue Monkey R.P. Tracks Fino’s from the Hill Jim’s Place Bluefi n Woman’s Exchange Frida’s Las Delicias COLLIERVILLE/WEST TN. Blues City Cafe Fuel Cafe LYFE Kitchen Bon Ton Cafe (ARLINGTON, COVINGTON, Golden India Lynchburg Legends Brass Door Irish Pub MILLINGTON, OAKLAND) Greencork Dan McGuinness Pub Burrito Blues Mexican Grill Bangkok Alley Huey’s Marciano Cafe Eclectic Bonefish Grill Imagine Vegan Cafe Mayuri Indian Cuisine Cafe Keough Bozo’s Hot Pit Bar-B-Q India Palace Mellow Mushroom Cafe Pontotoc Cafe Piazza Jasmine Thai Memphis Pizza Cafe Capriccio Cajun Catfish Company Java Cabana Mortimer’s Central BBQ Carrabba’s Italian Grill Lafayette’s Music Room Mosa Asian Bistro Chez Philippe Chili’s LBOE Napa Cafe City Market Corky’s Local Neil’s Cozy Corner Crepe Maker Memphis Pizza Cafe New Hunan DeJaVu El Mezcal Midtown Crossing Grille Double J Smokehouse & Saloon Old Venice El Porton Molly’s La Casita On the Border Earnestine & Hazel’s Emerald Thai Mulan Chinese Bistro One & Only BBQ Eighty3 Firebirds Murphy’s Patrick’s Felicia Suzanne’s Ronnie Grisanti’s Italian Old Zinnie’s Porcellino’s Craft Butcher Ferraro’s Pizzeria Restaurant Otherlands Rafferty’s Five Spot Gus’s Fried Chicken Outback Steakhouse Sekisui Pacific Rim Flight Huey’s P & H Cafe Skewer Flying Fish Jim’s Place Grille Pei Wei Asian Diner Soul Fish Cafe Flying Saucer Manila Filipino Pho Binh Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe T.G.I. Friday’s Mulan Pho Saigon Three Little Pigs Grawemeyer’s Osaka Japanese Restaurant Iris Whole Foods Market Gus’s Memphis Pizza Cafe Robata Ramen & Yakitori Bar GERMANTOWN Happy Mexican Pig-N-Whistle Saigon Le Belmont Grill Hard Rock Cafe Sekisui Schweinehaus Chili’s Havana’s Pilon Silver Caboose The Second Line City East Huey’s Stix Sekisui Elfo Grisanti‘s Itta Bena Vinegar Jim’s The Slider Inn El Porton King’s Palace Cafe Wolf River Cafe Soul Fish Cafe Exlines’ Best Pizza Kooky Canuck CORDOVA Stone Soup Germantown Comm. Little Tea Shop Bahama Breeze Strano Sicilian Kitchen Maui Brick Oven Local Bombay House Sweet Grass Mellow Mushroom Lookout at the Pyramid Bonefish Grill Tart Memphis Pizza Cafe McEwen’s on Monroe Brazil Flavor Three Angels Diner Mesquite Chop House The Majestic Butcher Shop Tsunami New Asia Marmalade Cafe Fontana Young Avenue Deli Petra Cafe Mesquite Chop House Cheddar’s Royal Panda Mollie Fontaine Lounge NORTH MISSISSIPPI Chili’s Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Ajax Diner The Office@Uptown Corky’s Wine Bar Onix Applebee’s East End Grill Sakura Oshi Burger Bar Blue and White El Mezcal Soul Fish Cafe Paulette’s Blue Daze Bistro El Porton West Street Diner Pearl’s Oyster House Bonne Terre T.G.I. Friday’s Rendezvous, Charles Vergos’ MEDICAL CENTER Chili’s Flying Saucer Rizzo’s Diner City Grocery Arepa & Salsa Green Bamboo Rum Boogie Cafe Colton’s Steakhouse The Cupboard Gus’s Silky O’Sullivan’s Como Steakhouse Evelyn & Olive Happy Mexican South of Beale Corky’s Sabrosura Hunan Palace Spaghetti Warehouse Fox & Hound Tops Bar-B-Q Huey’s Spindini Huey’s Trolley Stop Market J. Alexander’s The Terrace Lee’s Family Restaurant MIDTOWN Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe Texas de Brazil Logan’s Roadhouse Abyssinia & Honky Tonk

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CIT Y DINING LIST chicken enchiladas, meat-stuffed flautas, and Cuban torta with spicy pork. Closed Sunday. 4002 Park Ave. 458-9264; 5689 Quince. 800-2873. 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, $-$$ LEONARD’S—Serves wet and dry ribs, barbecue sandwiches, spaghetti, catfish, homemade onion rings. and lemon icebox pie; also a lunch buffet. 5465 Fox Plaza. 360-1963. L, X, MRA, $-$$ 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. 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, $- $$$ THE MAJESTIC GRILLE—Housed in a former silent-picture house, features aged steaks, fresh seafood, and such specialties as roasted chicken and grilled pork tenderloin; offers a pre-theatre menu and classic cocktails. 145 S. Main. 522-8555. L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ 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. 7849 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, $-$$ MARLOWE’S—In addition to its signature barbecue and ribs, Marlowe’s serves Southern-style steaks, chops, lasagne, and more. 4381 Elvis Presley Blvd. 332-4159. D, X, $-$$ 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, $ MAUI BRICK OVEN— Serving an all-gluten-free menu with grain bowls, pizzas, and more. Among the specialties: the vegan Barefoot Bowl and the Paradise Pesto Pizza. 7850 Poplar. 505-2525. L, D, X, $-$$ MAYURI INDIAN CUISINE—Serves tandoori chicken, masala dosa, tikka masala, as well as lamb and shrimp entrees; also a daily lunch buffet, and dinner buffet on Fri.-Sat. 6524 Quince Rd. 753-8755. L, D, X, $-$$ 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. 4694 Spottswood. 761-3711; 3964 Goodman Rd. 662890-7611. L, D, WB (Spottswood), 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, $-$$$ MELLOW MUSHROOM—Large menu includes assortment of pizzas, salads, calzones, hoagies, vegetarian options, and 50 beers on tap. 9155 Poplar, Shops of Forest Hill (Germantown). 907-0243; 5138 Park Ave. 562-1211. L, D, X, $-$$

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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, $-$$ MEMPHIS PIZZA CAFE—Homemade pizzas are specialties; also serves sandwiches, calzones, and salads.  2087 Madison. 726-5343; 5061 Park Ave. 684-1306; 7604 W. Farmington (Germantown). 753-2218; 797 W. Poplar (Collierville). 861-7800; 5627 Getwell (Southaven). 662-536-1364. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$ 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). 662-8902467; 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. 7515262. 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, $-$$ OSAKA JAPANESE CUISINE— Featuring an extensive sushi menu as well as traditional Japanese and hibachi dining. Hours vary for lunch; call.   3670 Houston Levee (Collierville). 861-4309; 3402 Poplar. 249-4690; 7164 Hacks Cross. 662-8909312; 2200 N. Germantown Pkwy. 425-4901. L, D, X, $-$$$   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

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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. 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. 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, $-$$ PASTA ITALIA—Northern Italian cuisine features homemade stuffed pastas; a specialty is rosetta al forno; also serves fish and steaks. Closed Sun.-Mon.   8130 Macon Station Dr., Suite 106. 751-0009. D, X, $$$-$$$$ PAULETTE’S—Presents fine dining with a Continental flair, including such entrees as filet Paulette with butter-pepper cream sauce and popoovers with strawberry butter; also changing daily specials. R iver Inn. 50 Harbor Town Square. 260-3300. B, L, D, WB, X, MRA, $-$$$ 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, $-$$$ PETRA CAFÉ—Serves Greek, Italian, and Middle Eastern sandwiches, gyros, and entrees. Hours vary; call. 6641 Poplar Ave. (Germantown). 754-4440; 9155 Poplar (Germantown). 755-5440; 1560 Union. 505-2812. L, D, X, $-$$ 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, $-$$ PHO BINH—Vietnamese, vegetarian, and Cantonese specialties include lemon tofu and spring rolls. Closed Sunday. 1615 Madison. 276-0006. L, D, $ PHO SAIGON—Vietnamese fare includes beef teriyaki, roasted quail, curry ginger chicken, vegetarian options, and a variety of soups. 2946 Poplar. 458-1644. L, D, $ PIG-N-WHISTLE—Offers pork shoulder sandwiches, wet and dry ribs, catfish, nachos, and stuffed barbecue potatoes.   6084 KerrRosemark Rd. 872-2455. L, D, X, $ PORCELLINO’S CRAFT BUTCHER—Small plates, charcuterie selections, speacialty steaks, house-made pastries, and innovative teas and coffees are offered at this combination butcher shop and restaurant featuring locally sourced menu items.   711 W. Brookhaven Cl. 762-6656. B, L, D, X $-$$ 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. 2088857; 2286 N. Germantown Pkwy. 207-1198. B, L, D, X, $

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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. 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. 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). 662-234-4555. D, SB, 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 $-$$ RED LOBSTER—Specializes in crab legs, lobster, and shrimp dishes; also pastas, salads, steaks, and chicken.  8161 Highway 64 (Cordova). 387-0056; 6535 Airways (Southaven). 662-5361960; 7750 Winchester. 759-9045. L, D, X, $-$$ 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, $-$$ RESTAURANT IRIS— French Creole cuisine includes shrimp and delta-grind grits, and New York strip stuffed with fried oysters and blue cheese. Closed Sun. 2 146 Monroe. 590-2828. D, X, MRA, $$-$$$ RIVER OAKS—A French-style bistro serving seafood and steaks, with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients. Closed for lunch Sat. and all day Sun.  5871 Poplar Ave. 683-9305. L, D, X, $$$ 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. 1243 Ridgeway. 435-6238. 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, $-$$ SAKURA—Sushi, tempura, and teriyaki are Japanese specialties here. 2 060 West St. (Germantown). 758-8181. 4840 Poplar. 572-1002. L, D, X, $-$$ 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, $-$$ SCHWEINEHAUS— Serving Bavarian-influenced fare with a Southern twist; includes wurst platters, pork schnitzel, sauerbraten, and more; also a wide variety of beers. 2 110 Madison. 347-3060. L, D, X, $-$$ 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, $$-$$$ 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, $-$$ SEKISUI—Japanese fusion cuisine, fresh sushi bar, grilled meats and seafood, California rolls, and vegetarian entrees. Poplar/Perkins location’s emphasis is on Pacific Rim cuisine. Menu and hours vary at each location. 2 5 Belvedere. 725-0005;1884 N. Germantown Pkwy. (Cordova). 309-8800; 4724 Poplar (between Perkins & Colonial). 767-7770; 2130 W. Poplar (Collierville). 854-0622; 1255 Goodman Rd. (Horn Lake). 662-536-4404; 2990 KirbyWhitten (Bartlett). 377-2727; 6696 Poplar. 747-0001. L, D, X, MRA, $-$$$ 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, $-$$ SIDE PORCH STEAK HOUSE—In addition to steak, the menu includes chicken, pork chops, and fish entrees; homemade rolls are a specialty. Closed Sun.-Mon.  5689 Stage Rd. (Bartlett). 377-2484. D, X, $-$$ 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, $-$$$ SPINDINI—Italian fusion cuisine with such entrees as woodfired pizzas, gorgonzola stuffed filet, and fresh seafood; pizza specials on Mon.; large domestic whiskey selection.   383 S. Main. 578-2767. D, X, $$-$$$ STIX—Hibachi steakhouse with Asian cuisine features steak, chicken, and a fillet and lobster combination, also sushi. A specialty is Dynamite Chicken with fried rice.   4680 Merchants Park Circle, Avenue Carriage Crossing (Collierville). 854-3399. L, D, X, $-$$ 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

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.

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 ANGELS ON BROAD—Global cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients; menu includes sandwiches burgers, pastas, seafood, and steaks. Closed for dinner Sun. and all day Mon.   2617 Broad Ave. 452-1111. L, D, SB, X, $-$$ THREE LITTLE PIGS—Pork-shoulder-style barbecue with tangy mild or hot sauce, freshly made cole slaw, and baked beans.   5145 Quince Rd. 685-7094. B, L, D, X, $ TOPS BAR B-Q—Specializes in pork barbecue sandwiches and sandwich plates with beans and slaw; also serves ribs, beef brisket, and burgers.  1286 Union. 725-7527. 4183 Summer. 324-4325; 5391 Winchester. 794-7936; 3970 Rhodes. 323-9865; 6130 Macon. 371-0580. For more locations, go online. L, D, X, $ TROLLEY STOP MARKET—Serves plate lunches/dinners as well as pizzas, salads, and vegan/vegetarian entrees; a specialty is the locally raised beef burger. Also sells fresh produce and goods from local farmers; delivery available. Saturday brunch; closed Sunday.   704  Madison. 526-1361. L, D, X, $ TSUNAMI—Features Pacific Rim cuisine (Asia, Australia, South Pacific, etc.); also a changing “small plate” menu. Specialties include Asian nachos and roasted sea bass. Closed Sunday.   928 S. Cooper. 274-2556. D, X, $$-$$$ TUSCANY ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE—Filet mignon, beef tenderloin, and various seafood and pasta dishes are served up here.  5910 Goodman Rd. (Olive Branch, MS). 662-895-3663. L, D, WB. X, $-$$$ 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, $

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My Time on Tennessee Street A departing senior editor remembers 25 years.


ack in 1988 I took a freelance writing class taught by Ed Weathers, who at the time was manuscripts editor of this magazine. I saw the class listed in a continuing education brochure from then-Memphis State, and decided, “Why not?” With a degree in English, I held jobs that required writing, and as a child, scribbling stories to amuse my family, I told my sisters, “I want to be an author when I grow up.”

Apparently I took the long route to that stage of life; I was approaching 40 when I attended the class. But what a gift it was, and how amazed I am when I realize where it led me: to a brief stint at freelancing, then to a career I’ve loved for 25 years. Back then, I read Memphis magazine, per used its masthead, enjoyed its stories. Never did I think I’d be published in its pages. But there I was, in the fall of 1990, first compiling the monthly calendar, and trying not to be intimidated by editors with degrees from Northwestern and Yale, Princeton and Columbia. Soon, however, they assigned me in-depth features, and I was interviewing people I never expected to meet. Even better I was working with then-art director Murry Keith, whose keen creative eye never faltered, and whose “Hey, Mare!” greeting always made me smile. So here I am today, a quarter of a century later, looking back — but also forward. As I write this in July, I have given my notice of retirement, and by the time you read it I will have bade farewell. It’s a hopeful time for me, but sad and unsettling too. I’m not

altogether sure how I will fill my days, but a pattern will emerge. Right now, it’s hard to let go of the old familiar pattern. Though I’m tired and in need of a change, I’ll probably still wake up and want to see my friends and colleagues, among

Marilyn Sadler them Michael Finger, who tells a story like no one else; Frank Murtaugh, who knows how testy I can get but loves me anyway; and staff writers Richard Alley and Shara Clark, who have found their own roles in our zany cast of characters. Throughout the century-old building that houses

Contemporary Media, Inc., various wits and wags produce fine work in their exuberant fashion, while others perform with a quiet grace. Among the latter is Memphis’ creative director Brian Groppe, who is either the calmest guy on the planet or is taking good meds he needs to pass around. Together we laugh and (some of us) cry, we revel and we bitch, we lift the others up and have each other’s backs. The latter includes catching errors that make a writer cringe. True, some slip past the usually sharp editorial process, but I have stuffed mine into a mental drawer labeled “mistakes that keep me humble.” A friend recently exclaimed about my “body of work” and at first I had to laugh; a term like that is reserved for folks with greater stature than I can claim. But maybe a few hundred stories do constitute “a body” and mine ranges far and wide. On the lighter end, I’ve covered homes and gardens, arts and travel, a daycare for dogs, and pilots who formed a rock band. At the heavy end: stories of a death row inmate, a missing Rhodes College student, veterans with traumatic brain injuries, a cotton broker whose bankruptcy turned the industry on its head. One of the toughest was the 2007 twopart story titled “A Murder in Central Gardens,” a torturous, tangled tale of Emily Klyce Fisher, whose son’s drug addiction led to her terrible death. One endearing fact I learned is

how willing most people are to talk about themselves. From the movers-and-shakers of big city projects to families trying not to succumb to grief, most have opened their hearts and hopes to me. I’ve also been touched by the kindness of readers. Some are siblings, and God bless all five of them for their unfailing interest and support. Others are good friends and faithful subscribers. And I will not overlook my sweet, late husband, who surprised me one day in 1991 with a computer to replace the old typewriter I’d been banging on awhile; he bragged about me to anyone who’d listen and put my frustrations in perspective when hard assignments got me down. But the readers who touch me most are those I’ve met through notes, cards, and emails, or who called to say how much an article meant to them. I have saved many such messages — even a couple of rants about opinions I expressed — as gratifying reminders that my words made a difference. I hope to freelance from time to time, and to keep a connection to the magazine-sponsored fiction contest. I’m indebted to the judges who have helped me spot talent that rises to the top each year, and to my colleague and past winner Richard Alley for accepting the coordinator role. And who knows? Maybe I’ll decide this is still where I belong. As our ever-ebullient publisher and editor Kenneth Neill kindly told me, “We hope you’ll come back in a few months, rested and better than ever!” What the future holds is anyone’s guess, but about the past I’m certain: These 25 years have been some of the best of my life. Thanks to you all for making it so.


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