Bow Ties from Doggone Bow Ties Give the men in your life the gift of style this season with a Doggone Bow Tie handmade by Memphian Courtenay Elliott. Simple, sleek, colorful, or creative — she’s got a bow tie for any guy. She’ll even refurbish an old sentimental necktie into a bow tie. $18-$55, depending on style.
Lucky or Strong by Ca leb Swe a zy Caleb Sweazy’s fourth studio album was recorded at Memphis’ Music+Arts Studio by producer Kevin Houston (Sid Selvidge, North Mississippi Allstars). Recorded completely live, Lucky or Strong finds Sweazy recalling bittersweet tales that cover everything from an old Model A Ford to WWI. Sweazy claims to like songs that make the listener feel happy and sad at the same time, and this collection of guitar-driven, bluesy folk rock is sure to do just that. Available at various music retailers and on CD for $14 .98 at archer-records.com.
Available locally at Guy’s Formal Wear (539 Perkins Extended), The Booksellers at Laurelwood, the Cotton Museum, and doggonebowties.com.
No Less Worthy by Dorchelle T. Spence Written by a lifelong Memphian, the young-adult novel is a brave comingof-age story that features many recognizable Memphis institutions while focusing on the broader theme of finding one’s place in the world. A great holiday gift idea for the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends of tweens and teens who seem to already have everything they want. $12.95. Available at Barnes & Noble and amazon.com.
Coffee from J. Brooks With over a decade of experience producing artisan coffees, the folks at J. Brooks melded their passion and potential to bring Memphians “the best coffee, period.” John Pitman (the “J”) is the roastmaster responsible for roasting each carefully sourced bean to perfection. The Spirit of Memphis is a medium roast, with full-bodied flavor and traces of sweetness. Starting at $10.38 for a 12 oz. bag. Available at Miss Cordelia’s, City Market, Whole Foods, High Point Grocery, and other select grocers and retailers. jbrookscoffeeroasters.com. 44 • M E M P H I S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 5
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In this issue: Our Homegrown Holiday Gift Guide, the Memphis street racing scene, and 901 Health on how to age gracefully.