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It’s Festival Time 7th Annual Southern Hot Wing Contest and Festival

Saturday April 18 beginning at 10 am South Main Street (between Linden St and St. Paul Ave)

Paul Gagliano created the annual hot wing event after discovering Memphis to be the number one consumer of hot wings in the nation. He decided to use the festivities to raise money for Ronald McDonald House, which provides a free place to stay for families of children receiving cancer treatment. Already the event has raised $25,000 for RMH and Paul anticipates equaling that amount this year. In additon to tasting some of the best hot wings in the South, the festival includes nine local bands on stage and a silent auction. Cost of entrance is $3 and is open to all ages.

17th Annual Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival Sunday, April 19 from 12-6 pm Wagner Place (between Union and Beale).

Featuring a large crawfish boil, with 500 pounds of free crawfish given away at noon, the annual Gumbo Cook-Off and Zany Cajun Contests. Admission is free, however, if you want to receive unlimited crawfish and drinks, plus a shady spot to enjoy the music, advance tickets are available for the Swamp VIP Tent for $50 per person. Mike Warr, representing PorterLeath, the benefactor of the event said, “This event gives people a chance to come out and enjoy an authentic Cajun event on the banks of the Mississippi – all while raising money to further PorterLeath’s mission.” For more than 150 years, Porter-Leath has been the primary resource for Memphis’ at-risk children and families.

Memphis in May May 1-3: Beale Street Music Festival May 14-16: World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest May 23: Sunset Symphony


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table of contents | 3 Since 1876

20 Farmer’s Bounty

A Saturday Sensory Treat | p4 Get fresh at Memphis Farmers Market.

Welcome to the Neighborhood | p6 Downtown’s newest businesses include disco, dining and decor.

Wrapzody: It’s all in the family| p10 Wanda “wonder woman” Russell wraps up delicious.

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Merchant Map | p18 Locate all our merchants with this easy-to-read map.

Since 1837 | p20 The Downtown District

A.Schwab has everything you didn’t know you needed.

GuDowntown antaround ide | p25 Getting erch MCarriages, trolleys and cabs make Downtown go. of Memphis

Neighborhood 4-1-1 | p31 A Family Thing

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Find helpful phone numbers for Downtown.

The Downtown District Downtown Memphis Museums & Attractions |p32

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Take advantage of one of downtown’s many cultural venues.

Publisher M. Glenn Roseberry Jr. glenn@themerchantguide.com Account Executive Laura Netten laura@themerchantguide.com Creative Director Pamela McFarland pamela@themerchantguide.com Creative Consultant Lauren Leggett Consulting Partner Van Roseberry

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The Downtown District

Photo Credits: Cover-Southern Hot Wing Contest; p4, TOC-MFM; p20-Elliott Schwab

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A Saturday Sensory Treat Visiting the Memphis Farmers Market on Saturdays is truly a treat for the senses. As you approach the pavilion between South Main and Front streets, you smell the aromas of roasting peppers and freshly ground coffee beans; you see the vibrant colors of recently picked wildflowers and heirloom tomatoes; you hear the upbeat notes from a banjo or harmonica, and you can certainly treat your taste buds to freshly baked goods or freshly picked produce. Going on its fourth year, the MFM continues to be run by an all volunteer board of directors as well as volunteers from every area of

Memphis who give, on average, 3 hours of their time every Saturday. The 2009 season promises the continued quality of local goods, ranging from fresh cut flowers and heirloom vegetables to organic meats. These offerings come from over 60 vendors who come from across the mid-south to be a part of the market. The mission of the MFM is to create a healthier community through education about eating local, supporting and enhancing the farmers and artisans that are our neighbors and provide area farmers and producers with sustainable business opportunities. continued on next page


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Situated alongside the tracks of the Central Train Station, the urban backdrop is a great contrast to the farmers and artisans and their products. This “contrast” is what the Memphis Farmers Market is all about: bringing local, healthy products to the Memphis community, most of whom would never have the option of buying produce that was harvested less than 24 hours earlier. Of course, it isn’t just about the food; the market offers an array of artisan goods like handmade Adirondack chairs and birdhouses, pottery, metal art, and soaps. If you haven’t visited the market, you are missing a great experienceconsider it, your senses will thank you!

-Submitted by Memphis Farmers Market Memphis Farmers Market: Saturdays, April 18 – October 31 7am to 1pm Train Station Pavilion

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Memphis Tobacco Bowl 152 Madison Ave – Downtown 901-525-2310 Monday – Saturday 9 am – 6 pm

Everything for the Cigar & Pipe Enthusiast


welcome to the neighborhood SEE the Difference Interiors, LLC This award-winning design showroom has moved to South Main and their emphasis is on eclectic designs. The store carries sophisticated, distinctive and timeless pieces, as well as original art from the Jay Etkin Gallery. Their team specializes in unique furnishings, custom upholstery and fabrics, botanicals, accessories and lighting. Diane Gordon and her staff, with over 45 years of combined design

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experience, are always happy to assist you in selecting paint colors and fabrics to achieve your design goals. Open Wed. thru Fri. 11 – 6, Sat. 10 – 4. 431 S Main; 522-9696. Midtown Bike Company Daniel Duckworth has been working in a bike shop for 16 years, and now the owner of Midtown Bike brings his expertise to the Downtown community. Not only do Daniel and his staff carry a

wide selection of used and new bikes, they can repair anything on any style bike and order any special equipment that you need that they may not have in stock. Even better, they’ve added bike rentals, which is a great way to entertain out-of-town guests and tour Downtown. “We carry almost anything you can pedal or fix what you have.” 509 S Main; 726-4511. Beignet Café “New Orleans meets New York” at South Main’s newest eatery, a comfy café that serves homemade soup, salads and sandwiches. Be sure to try their salmon BLT, homemade mac-n-cheese balls, several vegetarian options, and of course, their beignets. Plans are also in the works to add a wine lounge and a jazz brunch on the weekends. Their walls hold work of local artists. Aaron Kipper handles the front of the restaurant and Charles Duke takes care of the kitchen. 124 GE Patterson; 527-1551. Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar Russ Graham and Tom Powers have a gorgeous location for their new restaurant and their goal is to offer “more bang for their buck” to patrons looking for a new dining experience. Flight originated from the idea of serving samples of beverages in a form called flights. The same idea for the alcohol flights is also offered with food, offering guests a variety of food at a single seating for the price of a single entrée. Dinner selections range from


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new Downtown businesses the finest cuts of meat to the freshest filets of ocean catch scaled down to an affordable and creative way to have a rewarding dining adventure. Mon-Sat 11-3 am. 39 S Main; 521-8005.

back as the entertainer, is “with a Paula twist.� The disco will be open Fri-Sat 10p-4 am and daughter Paula adds, “If we were open every day, people would get bored with it.� Asked why she chose to stay Downtown with her own

Primetime Sports Bar Preston Lamm is no stranger to Downtown and now the business developer has added an eighth Downtown business to his list—Primetime Sports Bar, which occupies the former space of Jillian’s, located at the corner of 2nd and Peabody. They now offer a bowling league and service industry specials on Sunday nights. Taylor Nelson, Primetime’s kitchen manager sums up what the sports bar, complete with big screen TV’s, an extensive memorabilia collection, pool hall, and event rental, offers: “a one-stop shop for sports fans.� 150 Peabody, Ste 119; 543-8800. Paula & Raiford’s Disco Downtown now boasts a second disco club, very similar to the original Raiford’s Hollywood that Robert Raiford opened in the 70’s (now operating as Hollywood Disco with different owners). Their new place, with Raiford

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place, Paula explained, “Downtown is Memphis. There’s room for everybody,� adds Paula. Raiford’s policy remains: treat customers like family. 14 S Second; 521-2494.

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Memphis’ oldest cafe serves the best of traditional and contemporary cuisine. Open from 7am till 3pm daily, with breakfast available all day. It doesn’t get more Memphis than this! 540 South Main 526-5757 arcaderestaurant.com

SEE the Difference Interiors, LLC We’ve moved! Stop by and see our eclectic furnishings, original art, botanicals, accessories and lighting. Our team of designers is always happy to assist you. We’re also the place to find that great last-minute hostess gift. Open Wed. thru Fri. 11-6, Sat. 10-4 431 South Main 522-9696 SEEthedifferenceinteriors.com.

Onix

Experience our “Outstanding Food with Original Flavor” while indulging in an intimate atmosphere, smooth jazz and friendly service. Onix is your Experience “Outstanding Food with destination forour soulful sophistication. Original Flavor” while indulging in an JAZZ. WINE. DINE. MINGLE. MIX intimate atmosphere, smooth jazz, and Lunch M-F 11-2 friendly service. Onix is your M-Th 11a-10p.forFr-Sa 5p-1a destination soulful sophistication. JAZZ. WINE.DINE.MINGLE.MIX. Lunch M-F 11-2 M-Th 11a-10p. Fr-Sa 5p-1a 412 South Main 901.552.4609 onixrestaurant.com

412 South Main 552-4609 onixrestaurant.com


MAIN Trolley Night

Visit historic South Main Street, where the last Friday of every month from 6pm-9pm is Art Trolley Night. Visit one of 15 art galleries, dine at one of the historic restaurants or shop any of the eclectic boutiques you’ll find lining South Main.

Midtown Bike A full service bicycle shop offering sales, service, and repairs. Now RENTING bikes for the spring at their NEW location. Same Shop. New Place. 509 South Main 726-4511 midtownbikeco.com

Hannah Davis Gallery

Experience our “Outstanding Food with Southern-inspired Original Flavor” while indulgingart, in anfolk, contemporary, intimate atmosphere, smooth jazz, and April-May: and assemblage. Shows: friendly service. Onix is your destination for soulful sophistication. Marcus McAllister (shown), Gary Cawood; JAZZ. WINE.DINE.MINGLE.MIX. May-June: Ann Laser, Laura Laser Lunch M-F 11-2 M-Th 11a-10p. Fr-Sa 5p-1a 412 South Main 901.552.4609 onixrestaurant.com

408 South Front, Suite 105 504-756-4657 hannahdavisgallery.com

Wanna get away? Find a way to escape the winter blues at the Hannah Davis Gallery, now featur-


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Wrapzody: It’s all in the family

A Memphis cop by night, Wanda Russell is not your ordinary restauranteur. Being a business owner is in her blood though-Wanda’s great grandfather was an entrepreneur

and Wanda continues the tradition operating Wrapzody, along with her daughter Erin. Just across the street, Pop Yates, Wanda’s father, runs Café Napoleon, which her brother began. Wanda started pitching in after her brother passed a couple years ago and it inspired Wanda to do her own thing. Though she loves an occasional serving of soul food that her dad dishes up, she says, “I’m not an advocate of eating fried chicken every day,” adding, “you are what you eat.” Wanda

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visit us online at www.themerchantguide.com support downtown businesses created Wrapzody with that philosophy in mind, desiring to give Downtowners a lighter alternative. The Wrapzody menu includes customer favorite Smokey Jack Wrap, which includes smoked turkey, ham, bacon, and provolone; the Thai Chicken Wrap with grilled chicken, Chow Mein noodles, and Asian ginger peanut dressing, and a dozen others. Not just a “white or wheat” girl, Wanda offers her patrons a variety of tortilla wraps: tomato basil, spinach herb, and garlic herb. Also served are Belgian waffles and breakfast croissants and a variety of fresh salads and desserts. Wrapzody celebrated its first birthday recently, and Wanda is pleased with

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how she’s found a home in the neighborhood. Her customers love her and the wraps she creates. “She’s got the freshest sandwiches downtown,” bragged Jan Walker, one of her loyal customers. “I’ve told everybody about her chicken salad.” While Wanda loves running her deli, she continues to be committed to the Memphis Police Department, now in her eighth year of service. From locking ‘em up at night to wrappin’ it up all day, Wanda Russell, aka “wonder woman,” is here to save the day…and your figure. -Laura Netten


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Unique hand-crafted gifts at the National Ornamental Metal Museum 374 Metal Museum Dr. 774-6380 www.metalmuseum.org

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Hair, Skin, Nails

527-2233

110 Harbortown Square

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Café Napoleon

Catfish platter w/2 sides & a roll

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901-521-7446 Signdelivery Inc. 340 MONROE AVENUE

111 Harbor Town Square 590.2815 harbortowncoffee.com

Carson Tire & Alignment Complete Auto Repairs

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24 hr Towing & Roadside Service call 527-1674

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22 N. Front Street across from Family Dollar

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Nathan’s Coney Island Hotdog

1 Commerce Sq

· 590-4515

526-0244 · 691 Marshall Offer only valid with coupon. Some restrictions apply. Valid thru 7-15-09

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DOCTORS OF OPTOMETRY OPTICAL BOUTIQUE 103 South Main · 495-9900

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MaggieMoo’s Peabody Place Retail and Entertainment Center Only

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99 North Main

791-2512

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ONIX RESTAURANT & JAZZ LOUNGE

entire bill dinner only

412 S Main 552.4609

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SECOND STREET SHOPPERS Convenience Store ‘n’ Deli HOT FOOD-BREAKFAST-DELI 524-0450 SAUSAGE CHEESE EGG BISCUIT OR CHICKEN CHEESE EGG BISCUIT

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65 Union Avenue 531.7826

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Fire Museum of Memphis 118 Adams Avenue 320-5650

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119 South Main · 523-ARTS TUES-FRI 10-5:30 SAT-SUN 12-5

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The New Corkscrew Silly Goose Harbor Town Coffee A & R Bar-B-Que Miss Cordelia’s Table Sam’s Hamburgers & More 2nd Street Shoppers Onix Texas De Brazil Quetzal Internet Cafe Bardog Tavern Movie & Pizza Company The Happy Mexican Wrapzody Pyramid Wine & Spirits Red Rooster Arcade Restaurant Starbucks Shelton Clothiers Tobacco Bowl

511 Front 523-9389 100 Peabody Place 435-6917 111 Harbor Town Sq. 590-2815 24 N. Third St. 524-5242 737 Harbor Bend Rd. 526-4772 94 N Main St. 543-9977 99 S Second St. 524-0450 412 S Main St. 552-4609 150 Peabody Place 526-7600 668 Union Ave. 521-8388 73 Monroe 275-8752 110 Harbortown Sq. 527-2233 385 S 2nd St 529-9991 99 N. Main St. 791-2512 120 Auction Ste. 101 578-2773 140 Lt George W Lee Ave 521-1092 540 South Main 526-5757 201 S. Third 334-5940 147 South Main St. 522-9995 152 Madison Ave. 525-2310 SEE The Difference Interiors, LLC 431 South Main 522-9696 Hannah Davis Gallery 408 S Front, Ste 105 504-756-4657 Midtown Bike 509 S Main 726-4511 Gibson Beale St. Showcase 145 Lt George Lee Ave 544-7998 A Schwab Dry Goods 163 Beale St. 523-9782 Winfield’s 2 S. Main St. 528-2222 Executive Office Center 119 S. Main St. 312-5500 Cecil’s Automotive 683 Union Ave. 590-1252 Kelli Dumas, DDS 50 North Front 526-9111 Main Street Dental 99 S. Main St. 527-0716 Dr. Fordjour 910 Madison Ave. 526-3988 Van Wraps 340 Monroe Ave. 521-SIGN Carson Tire & Alignment 691 Marshall 526-0244 Downtown Animal Hospital 347 N. 3rd St. 577-9801 Bryan T. Schmidt, DDS 440 N Front, Ste 103 523-8614 Downtown Office & Storage 525 N. Main St. 529-0333 Berclair Animal Hospital 668 S Main St 685-8205 Extra Space Storage 395 Union Ave. 528-0505 Strings & Things 1555 Madison Ave 278-0500 Studio 1A 306 S Main St 523-7864 SEE Main St 103 S Main St 495-9900 Fire Museum of Memphis 118 Adams Avenue Cotton Museum 65 Union Ave STAX Museum of American Soul Music 926 E. McLemore National Ornamental Metal Museum/gift shop 374 Metal Museum Drive Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art 119 South Main Sun Studio 706 Union Avenue The National Civil Rights Museum 450 Mulberry Street Elmwood Cemetery 824 South Dudley Street Slave Haven 280 Hernando St. Race On 525 N Main St

Wine & Spirits Bar and grill Eco-friendly coffee shop Bar-b-que Deli & Grocery Burgers, Pizza, Tacos, Wraps Convenience Store and Deli Restaurant & jazz lounge Grill/Steakhouse In-house Roasted Coffee Neighborhood bar & grill Pizza & Salads Mexican Cuisine Gourmet Wraps, Deli & Desserts Wine & Spirits Bar and music hall Classic Memphis cuisine Specialty Coffee Retailer Better Men’s Clothing Cigars & Pipes; Free Wi-Fi Interior design and furnishings Art Gallery Bicycle sales, service, repairs Music Instruments & Tours Souvenirs & Dry Goods Men’s Shoes, Clothing & Accessories Office Leasing Auto Repair Cosmetic & General Dentistry Dental Care Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon Sign Printing Auto Repairs Veterinary Care Laser/General Dentistry Full Service Storage & Offices Complete animal care Storage Rental Custom guitars and audio services Full service hair and nail salon Optometrists and optical boutique 320-5650 531-7826 942-7685 774-6380 523-ARTS 521-0664 521-9699 774-3212 527-3427 1-866-4RACEON


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Beale Street is known as the home of the Blues, but existed long before blues was the recognized form of music we know today. Beale Street was named in 1841 after an unknown war hero. In the 1920’s it became a local and national focal point known for gambling, prostitution, voodoo, drinking and, of course, great music. Filled with night clubs, restaurants, theatres and pawn shops, those businesses and the notorious reputation that went with them are long gone. Situated in the 38103 zip code, the safest address in all of Memphis, there has remained one constant: A.Schwab’s dry goods store. Started in 1896 by Abraham Joseph Schwab, dry goods were sold on planks suspended over barrels as a men’s haberdasher and dry goods store. The store expanded to hardware, baby clothes, cosmetics, uniforms and boots. During the fuel crisis of the 70’s they sold oil lamps, and added

lap handkerchiefs for the ladies when short skirts came in vogue to spare the pastors of local churches the distraction during church

services. One quality that hasn’t changed about A.Schwab’s owners is their willingness to listen to customer demands. Elliott Schwab, fourth generation proprietor, now runs the store and shares that during hard economic times customers


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Since 1876 wanted “mojo candles”. When lit they promised everything from prosperity to fertility. At the height of the candles’popularity A.Schwab sold 70 to 80 tons of candles a year. The Schwab’s were trendsetters, constantly changing inventory to reflect the times. Now, however, they carry many items truly unique to their store. While many of the items can be found in specialty stores from time to time, only A.Schwab has combined the eclectic mix of dry goods, novelty items, souvenirs and eccentric items in such a fashion to make the most robust flea market envious, from Mardi Gras masks to books on redneck yoga and everything in between. On a recent visit I saw Aunt Bee’s Mayberry Cookbook, leather belts, sombreros, walking sticks, BBQ sauce and brass Buddhas. Their tables and display cases, many over a hundred years old, are a result of the frugal nature of the founders of this long-standing establishment. Each year the Schwab’s would evaluate the books and determine if they could afford fancy displays like their competitors, and each year the family decided to wait another year. Now when a you walk in it feels like you are going back in time. This is part of the charm of A. Schwab’s. You are seeing a

part of Beale Street as it was over a hundred years ago. The Beale Street Museum on the second floor is full of old photographs and remnants of a time long gone by. Stop in and visit a true Memphis landmark and see if Elliott is around. He is proud of his family’s store and is the unofficial historian and guide at A.Schwab. Who knows, you might just walk out with a rubber band rifle or homemade chow chow sauce. One thing is for sure, you will never see another place like it. Remember, “If A. Schwab doesn’t have it, you’re probably better off without it. “ -M. Glenn Roseberry Jr


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CECIL’S AUTOMOTIVE Complete auto repair and diagnostic center · foreign and domestic · clean and convenient location · free shuttle service to and from work

683 Union

590-1252 Family owned and operated since 1979

Executive offices without the executive expense. The Executive Office Center at Peabody Place offers a luxury office setting without the overhead of a large corporate office. 119 South Main Street • Suite 500 • Memphis, TN 38103 901-312-5500 • www.executiveofficecenter.com


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Doctors of Optometry Optical Boutique · Dr. Gerald Eisenstatt · Dr. Greg Usdan · Dr. Leonard Hampton · Dr. Marc Helmy 103 South Main · 495-9900

Green and Groovy You’ll love us not only for our Fair Trade, organic coffee, eco-friendly packaging, and locally baked goodies, but also for our special neighborhood happenings. Call us or check out the schedule on our Facebook page for free Friday night music, a Japanese tea ceremony, and more! 111 Harbor Town Square

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article | 25 The clip-clop of horse’s hooves, the rumble of the trolley on Main, and the sight of a yellow cab whizzing by—these are some of the modes of transport awaiting you in Downtown Memphis. A beautifully lit “Cinderella” horsedrawn carriage stands at a street corner, ready to receive its next

the oldest company in the city and each carriage has a dog on board. According to owner Chrissy Saylor, the dogs were originally for protection, but are now for tradition only. The canines are all very friendly and enjoy the attention they receive, added Chrissy. Anyone concerned about the horses’ care and health need not

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passengers. Soon a couple emerges from the hotel and they are off on an enchanting tour of Downtown. It may not be the fastest way to get around, but a carriage ride is arguably the most romantic. There are five carriage companies in Memphis and each provides various tours of Downtown, including Carriage Rides by River City’s voodoo tour, which takes passengers to little-known spots. The drivers are remarkably knowledgeable about the history of Downtown, but can also let you absorb the sights and sounds on your own. Operating since 1980, Carriage Tours of Memphis is

be alarmed; Dave Sydnor of Carriage Rides by River City indicates that the draft horses hauling most carriages actually double their lifespan in their line of work. Weather permitting the carriages are available 365 days a year. Premier Transportation, Yellow Cab and Checker Cab provide transportation 24/7/365. This locally owned and operated company has decades of experience in moving people, whether one person or hundreds. Premier provides service to the entire Memphis Metro area; with their state-of-the-art digital dispatching system, they quickly continued on page 26


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dispatch cabs and also have Yellow and Checker taxis stationed at several downtown businesses. Premier’s chauffeured black executive sedans are another way to get around town and are perfect for a special night out or provide car and driver service for a VIP. The company has transportation services for groups of all sizes, including vans, minibuses and buses for any event: business or social meetings, sightseeing tours, trips to Graceland, and group excursions. Whether it’s a cab ride home after a night of partying, an anniversary celebration, a family get-together or a corporate meeting, Premier Transportation, Yellow Cab and Checker Cab companies help get you around safely and quickly. For a buck you can hop on the Trolley for a scenic tour on the Riverfront Loop that circles the north around the Pyramid and the south through historic South Main. The Madison Avenue Loop will take you to the medical district and the Main Street Trolley goes up and down the main drag. The MATA (Memphis Area Transit Authority) Trolley is a heritage railroad streetcar system operating since 1993, put into use after Memphis’ original streetcar network was dismantled in the 1940s. Transportation downtown brings you history, convenience, and speed, no matter what mode you choose. Come ride with us! -Rhonda Westphall


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We’ll Guide Customers to Your business You Get Around. . . With the Guide • Downtown hotels provide the Merchant Guide to their guests upon check-in. • The Blue Suede Shoes Brigade passes the Guide out to tourists every day. • Trolley stops have bright yellow dispensers stocked with free Guides. * Residential mailings are sent to the entire downtown district! • Downtown advertisers provide the Guide at their businesses. • 20,000 magazines are printed and distributed every quarter.

Special Events Distribution • Included in event orientation packages. • Included in Convention Center Visitor Packets. • Booth distribution at selected events.

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Important numbers for Downtowners

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Public Safety Officers

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Better Business Bureau 759-1300 Center City Commission 575-0540 Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce 543-3500 Cook Convention Center 576-2256 Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office 576-6000 County Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office 545-4500 Orpheum Theatre 525-3000 Ticket Master 525-1515 Poison Center 800-222-1222 Community Services 2-1-1 Yellow Cab Taxi 577-7777 Downtown Neighborhood Assoc. 527-3621 South Main Association 578-7262 Memphis L G & W Emergency Line (24 hrs) 528-4465 Electric Outage Hotine 544-6500

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Downtown Memphis National Ornamental Metal Museum 374 Metal Museum Drive 901-774-6380 www. metalmuseum.org

Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art 119 South Main Street 901-523-2787 www.belzmuseum.org

Sun Studio The Birthplace of Rock ‘N’ Roll 706 Union Avenue 901-521-0664 www.sunstudio.com

The National Civil Rights Museum 450 Mulberry Street 901-521-9699 www.civilrightsmuseum.org Elmwood Cemetery 824 South Dudley Street 901-774-3212 www.elmwoodcemetery.org Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum (Burkle Estate) 826 N Second St 901-527-3427 Safehouse for runaway slaves escaping to freedom


Museums & Attractions Fire Museum of Memphis 118 Adams Avenue 901-320-5650 www.firemuseum.com STAX Museum of American Soul Music 926 E. McLemore 901-946-2535 www.staxmuseum.com 9-4 Monday-Saturday; 1-4 Sunday Museum gift shop open daily until 5 p.m. (Admission not required). Cotton Museum

Discover the plant that changed the world, built Memphis, and influenced everything you will discover in our city. Group Tours Welcome. Facility Rental Available. Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday Noon-5pm 65 Union Ave at Front Street 901-531-7826

www.memphiscottonmuseum.org

Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memphis Tours 901-481-3877 www.mikesmemphistours.com

Race-On 525 N. Main 1-866-4RACEON www.4RACEON.com

Hattiloo Theatre 586 Marshall Ave. 901-529-0009 www.hattilootheatre.org


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The Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art collection spans many cultures and time periods. Chinese art primarily from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), contemporary Judaica, a selection of natural history objects and various examples of art and craft from around the world are always on display.

TUE-FRI 10-5:30 • SAT-SUN 12-5 GROUPS WELCOME 119 S. Main, Pembroke Square Building, Concourse Level • Downtown Memphis 901-523-ARTS • belzmuseum.org

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Race-On Motorsports is the ultimate NASCAR experience!!! Drive or ride a NASCAR on the track! Contact us today! 1-866-4RACEON or www.4RACEON.com


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Take the Gibson guided factory tour. Shop for your favorite guitars and gear in the exclusive Gibson Shop. Located one block south of Beale Street in the heart of the Memphis Historic District. Call 901.544.7998 ext. 4075 for details and reservations. www.gibson.com


The Merchant Guide Spring '09