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August 2013

Made in the

MidSouth 24 one-of-a-kind finds The Art of Craft Beer Interview

Pat Kerr Tigrett Royal collections, romance and international recognition



South of the

Head Coach Hugh Freeze gives Rebel fans a new reason to believe

“I love that Baptist understands the importance of education. We’ve partnered with them on so many projects — everything from resources for our teachers to educating students about a variety of health topics and even providing free flu shots and screenings to our staff. My favorite is their Shoeboxes for Soldiers initiative because it teaches our students about a world outside of their own and to appreciate our service men and women who are keeping us safe. With Baptist’s help, we’ve been able to purchase microscopes for our science programs, establish health councils in every school for our teens and provide early health education for our elementary students. Through hospital tours we’ve been able to expose students to a variety of careers in health care. Baptist knows strong health care equals strong teachers who shape strong students, and the result is a healthy work force that grows economic development for a thriving community. I truly appreciate Baptist’s commitment to education.”

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Hugh Freeze

With the Ole Miss Rebels football program back on track, the second-year head coach aims to make good use of time.

77 Made in the MidSouth

We scoured the region for the best in locally made products. Check out our review of the best finds from home and outdoor products

88 The Art of Craft Beer

Small, independent and painstakingly perfected: MidSouth microbreweries give new meaning to the art of craft and tradition.

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On the cover: Photo by Kevin Bain | Read "New Pride of the South" on page 15.


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La Belle Bakery

Holly Loomis’ quaint patisserie provides traditional French fare to the MidSouth.


The Como Mamas: Soulful Storytellers

Mississippi gospel trio sing their own story and we can’t wait to listen.


A Brush with Greatness

Internationally recognized, award winning wood sculptor Ron Koehler speaks about his signature paintbrushes.


Pat Kerr Tigrett


Internationally renowned designer, Pat Kerr Tigrett brings years of experience and sophisticated style to her work and life.


Southern Cross the Dog

A stranger to the South, Bill Cheng overcomes limitations of an outsider in a remarkable story of 1920s Mississippi.


Pimm’s Cup

An inviting tropical blend from across the Atlantic heads south for the summer.


Back-to-School Fashion

Everything you need for a stylish semester this fall.


Charlie: Shirt and shorts, Special Daze.

Door of Hope

A window of opportunity for the chronically homeless in Memphis.

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‘Hotty Toddy’ All the Way Home

Reflecting the Southern elegance of Oxford, Mississippi and the rich tradition of Ole Miss, Meagan Hill’s condo is rooted in history and charm.


Easy Outdoor Entertaining

Plan your next gathering with tips from award winning event design expert Amos Gott.


Nothing to Shrug Off

Fall Football and Shoulder Injuries can be a pain.


Business Plan Pitfall

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pride of place This issue is filled with so many great stories it’s hard to know where to start. I guess a good place is at the beginning. This month’s cover feature “The New Pride of the South” is about Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze. The Mississippi native, inspirational leader and head coach responsible for turning around the Rebel football program is making a name for himself in impressive time. While many may know the up-and-coming coach as the reason for Rebel fans to know attend games rather than tailgate all four quarters, I know him personally as Hugh Freeze coach of the Briarcrest Christian High School varsity football team where he led us to two state championships in 2002 and 2004 and as Hugh Freeze, dean of students. In that time, I can say not only was he an outstanding coach but he was also a leader among faculty in that he seemed to genuinely take an interest in students (whether athlete or not). I think a true testament to his success is that he has an uncanny ability to draw support from those he leads by inspiring students to be better both on the field and off. Read contributor writer Doug Gillon’s interview with him on page 15.

We also have a great interview with Patt Kerr Tigrett, Memphis philanthropist and designer who among other things can be credited with lighting the Memphis bridge. Her interview is on page 30. You’ll find another group of outstanding people in our feature “Made in the MidSouth.” Whether from an interest originating in quality, freshness or simply the ability to express their creative spirit, on page 77 you’ll find 24 items worth checking out from local artisans and craftsman. There are an abundance of outsanding individuals in the MidSouth that covering them all can sometimes seem a daunting task. If you have a story idea for us please don’t be afraid to share it! We love hearing from our readers!

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contributors AUGUST 2013

Lisa Elaine


Native Memphian Lisa Babb is a freelance writer with a passion for community journalism and social justice. An avid traveler, Babb loves touring the globe and also discovering new experiences and adventures her city has to offer. Babb recently returned from a short sabbatical in Albania, where she visited with family and took in the sights and sounds of Southeastern Europe. She is currently working as a news intern for The Commercial Appeal and finishing her studies at the University of Memphis, where she will earn her degree in International Studies and Political Science this fall. This month, she teams with freelance writer Michelle Corbet, as the two dive into the world of craft brewing (page 88).


Packard Turner

Nate Aaron

Nate Packard and Aaron Turner comprise the dynamic duo of Memphis-based fashion photographers featured in this month’s issue. Packard speciales in concert and portrait photography. Packard has been regularly published as a freelance newspaper and magazine photographer for various publications and recently received the Saul Brown Press-Scimitar award for his work at the Daily Helmsman, the University of Memphis newspaper. His fellow photographer Aaron Turner dabbles in a variety of different styles including music, fashion, commercial, news, fine art, documentary and portraiture. Turner is a graduate of the University of Memphis and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in visual communications from Ohio University.




Flip to page 47 to see photographer Joey Brent’s photos from last month’s event, the Hollywood Casino St. Jude Red Carpet Bash in Tunica, Mississippi. Originally from Nashville, Brent graduated from Memphis State University and has lived in Oxford for the past 24 years. Inspired by photography since high school, Brent photographs everything from weddings to sports to commercial photography. When not behind the camera, Brent works as Assistant Athletics Director for Information Technology at the University of Mississippi. While he debuts this month as a Click contributing photographer, Brent’s work has also appeared in numerous publications across the region, including the Clarion Ledger, Delta Magazine, Invitation Oxford, Game Time Rebels and The Oxford Eagle, just to name a few.

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A native of the MidSouth and rising senior at the University of Alabama, Lindsee Gentry serves as a contributing writer and assistant to the editor at Click magazine. This month, she sat down with Pat Tigrett for a candid interview on page 30, reviews a charming French patisserie on page 20, and gives an intimate home tour of a characteristically Southern abode in Oxford on page 68. Studying journalism with minors in Spanish and liberal arts, she recently returned from Spain and Portugal where she worked as the chief copy editor, staff writer and designer for Alpine Living magazine. Gentry will return to Tuscaloosa next month, where she will graduate this May.


This month’s entertaining feature, “Easy Outdoor Entertaining” on page 99, is written by award-winning event planner and designer Amos Gott. With over 20 years experience producing and designing events across the country, Gott has grown his company, AmosEvents, into a firm with clients and exposure nationwide. An event planner and floral designer whose aesthetic has helped create memorable affairs for Fortune 100 companies, weddings and parties for social clientele, he has also designed several of Nashville’s major non-profit galas. Gott serves on the boards of Nashville Ballet, HRC and the Community Foundation’s Brooks Fund. He has also volunteered or chaired events for the American Heart Association, the Belcourt Theater, Nashville Ballet, and several other Nashville organizations. For more information, visit his website at



Doug Gillon has traveled the world writing about fun things in fun places. During his almost 10-year career, he has covered and promoted awesome stuff like sports, video games, music, food and internet comedy in awesome places like Columbia, Missouri, Washington, D.C., Shanghai, China and Singapore. Oh and Memphis, TN, where he is mostly from. When not covering fun things for Click, Doug runs local branding firm GillonCreative, where he makes fun people and products look as great as they are. This month, Doug sat down with Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze in “The New Pride of the South” (page 62).

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9 PM - Corey Smith has been deemed one of country music’s hottest new artists by Country Weekly, among others, and his live shows are packed full of fan favorites like “Twenty-One,” “Maybe Next Year,” “Backroads,” and “If I Could Do It Again,” as well as new tunes and special surprises. See him at the Brickhouse Grill in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Call 870.336.2441 or visit

COCKTAILS IN THE GARDEN. MYRTLES AND MOONSHINE 6-9 PM Enjoy a cocktail at the city’s most beautiful happy hour at Memphis Botanic Garden. Take in some fresh air while tasting treats from a local chef and a specialty drink. Tickets $5-10. Call 901.636.4131 or visit



6:30 PM The 11th Annual Memphis Tri-State Blues Festival at the Landers Center will feature Bobby Rush and additional entertainment will be announced. Tickets $35-60. Call 662.470. 2131 or visit



5:30-7:30 PM The Baptist Memorial Health Center Foundation and the David Perry Smith Gallery will be hosting the annual art show at the University Club as a fundraiser to support Baptist Trinity Hospice and the Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Greif. Tickets $25. Call 901.227.7123 or


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6-8 PM Raising a million dollars for St. Jude was a goal Mary Jo Dietsch had at a very young age and her family and friends have continued to make this goal a reality in her memory. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is teaming with Yo Sweetz to continue its efforts to make Dietsch’s dream a reality. Both Yo Sweetz locations in DeSoto County are participating in this fundraising endeavor, which will feature custom-made Mary Jo’s Million T-shirts and some of the tastiest treats in town. A concert ticket raffle is also scheduled that includes some of the hottest live acts around.


7-9 PM The second Tunica Balloon Bash will be held August 9-11, as 50 hot air balloons and their pilots from across the country float in to Tunica. Attendees can take a tethered ride, view a nighttime balloon glow and watch a race of more than 50 hot air balloons. Call 888.488.6422 or visit



6:30 PM Hosted by River Oaks, Master chef José Gutierrez will prepare a three-course menu that will be paired with refreshing French wines. Cuisine offerings include such dishes as Beef Filet with Béarnaise Pomme Pont Neuf and Jura Tart Vacherin with fig, honey, vanilla and meringue. Tickets $75. Call 901.683.9305.




8:30 AM Compete for a $1,000 grand prize and more at the Gale Community Center. You must have a device that takes pictures and short videos. All ages are welcome and each team must have a driver. Tickets $20. Call 662.910.8538.


5-10 PM This bustling Byhalia summer arts festival will play host to a walking track and 5K Family Fun Run, in addition to live music, arts and crafts, a tractor/golf cart/ATV run and more. This event promises fun for the whole family and is sponsored by the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from the event will go toward Le bonheur Children’s Hospital, Marshall County Schools and other Byhalia municipal organizations.


5-9:30 PM Satisfy your sweet tooth and craving for fried pickles, fried green tomatoes and Mama’s Sunday Dinner fried chicken, then wash it all down with sweet iced tea at Veteran’s Park in downtown McKenzie, Tennessee. Call 731.431.5922 or 731.352.2292.


7-10 PM The LHC Jazz Soiree commands the participation from some of the industry’s most highly acclaimed Jazz artist like Grammy nominated Ben Tankard and Rachelle Ferrell at The Tower Room. Tickets $100. Visit


Cameron Mackintosh presents the 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, Les Meserables at Playhouse on the Square, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. Tickets $10-95. Call 901.726.4656 or visit

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10 AM-4 PM Animal Friends will host their annual Dog Day in the Pool at Marilla Pool. Join us for a day of fun in the sun and a tail wagging good time. All dogs must be on a leash and supervised at all times.


United Way of the Mid-South will round out the summer by hosting its four-person golf scramble at The Links at Cottonwoods Golf Course at Harrah’s Tunica. Registration is $275 per person or $1,100 per team and proceeds will benefit the United Way of the Mid-South. This year’s grand prize is a new 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe automobile granted to the first golfer to score a hole-in-one. Sponsors include BMW, Coca Cola, Harrah’s Casino, MLGW and Clark Beverage Company. | AUGUST 2013 11




7-11 PM The Children’s Heart Foundation will honor the life of Grant Michael Goughnour at the Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo. Tickets $60-75. Visit



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2-11 PM Join us for a fun-filled day with music, food, rides, vendors and more at the Agricenter. Tickets $5-10. Visit



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7-9:30 PM The Cochon Heritage BBQ series is coming back to Memphis for its second-annual event at the Peabody Hotel. The stand-up tasting event involves five chef teams challenged to use one whole heritage breed pig per team to win votes. Ages 21+. Tickets $125-200. Visit

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New Pride of the South Hugh Freeze’s commitment to quickness has brought a turnaround for Ole Miss Story by DOUG GILLON


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Freeze led Ole Miss to seven wins in 2012, including three SEC victories.

For about two minutes, Hugh Freeze doesn’t move. He’s staring out the window of his palatial second-story office; staring onto a mostly empty indoor practice field. Three people are here to see him. He doesn’t notice. For at least another minute, he watches. The 43-year-old head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels is wearing khaki slacks with an pristine Ole Miss pullover, the mix of athletic and Oxford casual punctuated with sneakers and a haircut taken from southern banker monthly. Some noise is made. The trance is broken. The coach turns, and on comes the charm. “Oh hey, I was just getting a look at [quarterback] Bo Wallace!” His quarterback has been recovering from shoulder surgery, but the window is as close as Freeze, starting his second year as the Rebels’ leader, can get on this day. It’s early June, and the NCAA doesn’t allow official practices to resume until August. “I can’t go down there,” Freeze says. “But I was going to peek out there and just see what he looked like.”

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Of course. Freeze is just exemplifying his adopted motto, ‘win the day.’ He may not be able to go coach his quarterback, but he can watch him, can think about what to tell him later, can be sure Wallace is putting in the work Freeze necessary to compete on college football’s biggest stage. “We don’t have things that are equal with opponents,” Freeze says, “We don’t have the same budget, the same facilities, the same talent, but we do have, that’s equal, is time. And what we do with our time is the one thing we can control. How do you win that time? You better win today. That’s the only thing you have is today.” Freeze has been winning his days since he graduated from Southern Mississippi in 1992, taking little more than two decades before taking the reins at Ole Miss. The rise started at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee, where Freeze was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach in just two years. Freeze installed a no-huddle spread offense and had consistent success over the next nine years, earning two state championship appearances, four regional championship appearances, and nine Coach of the Year awards. One of his final seasons was depicted in the book and film “The Blind Side” which focused on the High School career of Baltimore Ravens tackle Michael Oher. That success got the attention of Ole Miss, who hired Freeze as an assistant athletic director in 2008. “I took a $40,000 cut to come here, to be a gofer,” says Freeze. “I didn’t come here and just walk on the field and suddenly was a coach. I came here and was basically an intern, coming here from one of the best high school jobs in America. I had a great job and made really good money and my kids were in a good school. And I gave that up to come here to take a chance.” Freeze was soon promoted to tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, and acted as interim head coach after the firing of then-coach Ed Ogeron. Although he interviewed for an offensive coordinator position under Houston Nutt, Freeze was not selected for the job and instead became head coach at now-defunct Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee. There the success continued. A 20-5 record over two years got Freeze hired briefly at San Diego State and then at Arkansas State, leading the Red Wolves. In his second season there, and first as head coach, Freeze led the Wolves to a 10-2 record and their first Sun Belt Title since 2005. That got the attention of Ole Miss again. But this time, he was offered the top job. Suddenly, this Mississippi son, born in Oxford and raised in Independence, was going to be the head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels. “When I think about that I kind of get a smile because it’s still so surreal,” Freeze says, “I mean, seven years ago I was still a High School coach. I did take one short trip to the West Coast and that lasted about two months. I didn’t fit in there. I definitely am a Southern guy.” “But to be the coach here I feel very humbled, blessed, and like I’m living a dream.” One year in, Freeze is not only living, but also owning that dream. After almost a decade in turmoil, the Rebels, who won only two games in 2011 and had lost 14-straight SEC games, turned out a respectable 7-6 record that included an Egg-Bowl victory over archrival Mississippi State and a win over Pittsburg

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2013 Signing Day press conference with Hugh Freeze. Photo by Kevin Bain.

in the 2013 BBVA Compass Bowl. The Rebels showed dramatic offensive improvement, making the most of Freeze’s fast-paced, no-huddle spread offense and improving their YPG and PPG averages by whopping numbers of 143 and 15.4, respectively. To Freeze, this quick success wasn’t necessarily new. But to the fans, it was a big reason for excitement. The Rebels played close with Texas A&M Photo by Robert Jordan and LSU. They beat Mississippi State. They Close losses to Texas A&M (30-27), Vanderbilt (27-26) and LSU (41-35) gave fans a jolt of enthusiasm for the future of Rebel football. won a bowl game. And in the offseason? Freeze brought in the head in the right direction together,” Freeze fifth-ranked recruiting class in the country. says, “Recruiting and relationships and then “I mean we’ve won three national offensive football. If you give me a budget to championships and six SEC titles,” Freeze run, well that’s not my gift. That’s why I have says, “Now it’s been a while, but those fans someone else that does that.” remember that. So many people look at that The bigger idea behind those stadium and get pride about what’s going “relationships” is that of a big football family. on, and I want to deliver that pride to them.” When he meets with “young men and their And Freeze does that by playing to his parents,” he’s not pitching a school, or a strengths: teaching fast-offensive football; program, but a new family. disciplined, daily, work and effort; and a “I think what we try to bring to families family philosophy that appeals to recruits and recruits is attractive,” Freeze says, “I was and their parents. raised in a family and in a family if you truly “My gifts are in motivating a team to love one another then you care about how

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up front decisions affect those who are in that family. We take our core values from that word F is for Faith, A is for Attitude, M is for Mental Toughness, I is for Integrity, L is for Love and Y is for you.” That goes for his football family, and his real family as well. His three daughters are around the team often and, according to him, get pretty similar treatment. “There’s discipline that’s involved sometimes that’s not fun, it’s not fun when I do it with our team. But I do think that a father that loves his children, and his love doesn’t change. And I hope I do that with my daughters and with my football team.” The protective nature of the patriarch definitely applies to his team. When news of his recruiting success broke, social media exploded with disbelief, accusations and insults. Freeze took to Twitter to confront the tide with two statements: “If you know of wrongdoing, please report it, and if you want to insult someone, insult the coach. Don’t throw those words at the young men.” “I have to have tough skin,” Freeze says. “I mean some of it can bother you, some don’t. People that question calls that’s part of it. But when they start talking about integrity and things that are important that bothers you, but I can’t lash out at that. But I did want them to know they were insulting more than just me.” Freeze knows what’s coming, but that doesn’t mean his kids have to take it. And as to the substance of the accusations, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported Freeze’s request resulted in 85 email accusations but no proof of wrongdoing. And so Freeze’s Rebels move into the 2013 season with a focus on their field family. With a focus on winning not only each Saturday, but also all the days in between. With a focus on not just protecting the football, but also protecting each other. And with a focus not just on making the right decisions on a receiving route, but making the right decisions on the weekends as well. It’s this combination that has Hugh Freeze optimistic for the Rebels next season. As long as they win the day, they can win on Saturday. “That’s the only thing you have is today. You better win the little things like attitude and effort. So if we win today and then we win tomorrow and the next day and all the days up until [the Rebels’ first game on August 29, then we’ll have a chance.”

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La Belle

BAKERY A certain je ne sais quoi



Owner and pastry chef Holly Loomis.

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Stemming from a private unassuming patio, a sweet, distinctive scent fills the air. The aroma, with its alluring propensity, captivates anyone in its path, drawing unassuming passersby into a small bakery known as La Belle. The bakery — filled with fresh breads, pastries and other delicacies — is bringing the subtly and richness of fine French cuisine to the MidSouth. La Belle means “the beautiful,” a moniker that owner and pastry chef Holly Loomis thinks suitable for her take on French cuisine in a Southern location. Begun under the name Boulangerie Olivier, the shop is the product of Loomis’ extensive study of French culture and pastries. “While working as a cake decorator in high school, I realized that becoming a baker was what I wanted to do.” And while she is a first generation baker, Loomis found guidance at the French Pastry School in Chicago, Illinois. As part of her study, she enrolled in L’Art de la Boulangerie, a course that would enrich her baking and cultivate her ability to recreate authentic French pastries. “I had the opportunity to study under the leaders in the industry, including MOFs (Meilleurs Ouvriers de France), world champion bakers and master bakers. After graduating with honors from FPS [French Pastry School], I returned to the Memphis area to share my love of French breads and pastries with this part of the country.” Although French cuisine is not a highly practiced art in the MidSouth, Loomis has found a niche for her products in Hernando. Whether it is French gastronomy connoisseurs or locals with a sweet tooth, the bakery invites patrons to indulge in the delicacies of France and escape reality, even if for a moment. “Customers coming into La Belle can expect the ultimate European experience in the heart of the South. Customers can find the ultimate in quality and authenticity of European breads and pastries at our shop,” Loomis says. And while the pastries may seem like a simple, delicious treat, customers may not realize the study and practice behind the small desserts. “I have had the opportunity to travel to France and visit a lot of bakeries and patisseries

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to gain new ideas and inspiration and compare my products. I was very pleased to find that the quality of my pastries was equal and, in some cases, superior to what I sampled over there.” The bakery offers an education in French baking, as well as local Southern heritage and way of cooking. “One reason that I really enjoy French cuisine is because of the light subtle flavors. Unlike American cuisine that is overloaded with sugar to the point of tasting nothing else,

“Customers coming into La Belle can expect the ultimate European experience in the heart of the South. Customers can find the ultimate in quality and authenticity of European breads and pastries at our shop.” with French food, you can appreciate and savor all of the different textures and flavors in every bite.” Going so far as to relate the food to a work of art, Loomis says she particularly enjoys making croissants and breakfast pastries. The individuality of each croissant may make choosing just one a difficult task but also allows for each customer to satisfy his or her respective palate. But once finished enjoying the French creations, guests are not likely to want to leave quickly. Open only on | AUGUST 2013 21

up front weekends, La Belle is an escape from Southern traditions, sights and sounds. “The typical Saturday morning in the shop is a lively atmosphere of people stopping by to visit with friends over coffee and pastries on the patio, or to buy freshly baked bread to take home for a family gathering or party,” says Loomis. Playing traditional French music in the background, the bakery fully immerses its regulars and newcomers during their visit. “It can easily become crowded, but the patio is a great place to escape the crowds and just enjoy the beautiful summer days of the delta. I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of international travelers visiting the Memphis area who are missing their pastries from back in Europe and come to satisfy that craving!” Visiting boulangeries and patisseries in Paris, United Kingdom and Chicago has influenced La Belle’s menu, says Loomis. Some items remain constant while others

“The typical Saturday morning in the shop is a lively atmosphere of people stopping by to visit with friends over coffee and pastries on the patio, or to buy freshly baked bread to take home for a family gathering or party.”

transition based on which fruits are in season. Regardless of when a customer visits, they are sure to find the breakfast pastries to be the best in this part of the country, she says. While most of her time is spent in some way perfecting recipes and creating new ones, Loomis enjoys exploring the restaurant scene in Memphis, riding horses, traveling and scuba diving. Although she is the only baker, Loomis says her entire family has gotten involved with the bakery in some way. To satisfy more savory tastes, the bakery will soon feature a line of artisan cheeses made by her brother. La Belle’s delectable pastries are available at the main location on the Square in Hernando, but Memphians can also find her products at a more convenient location in the Memphis Botanic Garden Market, Cooper-Young Community Market and Germantown Farm Park Market.

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Soulful Storytellers Mississippi gospel group Como Mamas sing their own story Story by NATALIE TROUTT | Photos by ZACK SMITH


Left to right: Della Daniels, Ester Mae

Smith, Angela Taylor

Everyone has dreams of “making it” when they are young, but very few actually manage to turn those dreams into reality. The Como Mamas are watching their dreams unfold right before their eyes. The Mamas, a gospel group comprised of Ester Mae Wilbourn, 62, Angela Taylor, 44, and Della Daniels, 61, keep it all in the family. Daniels and Taylor are sisters, and Wilbourn is their first cousin. Wilbourn and Daniels are close in age, but there is about a 20-year gap between themselves and Taylor. The sisters grew up singing together in church and everywhere else that they could. When Wilbourn and Daniels were in their 40s and Taylor was in her 20s, the ladies formed a gospel group with several other female friends. They had no formal training, but they grew up singing gospel music in church, and did not really have a desire to sing anything else. The group sang wherever they could, mainly at different churches across the region. Over the years the group disas24 AUGUST 2013 |

sembled, leaving just Daniels, Taylor and Wilbourn. While the trio never sought out fame, the opportunity came knocking in 2007. Daniels had called many different companies lend an ear to Taylor’s son’s music group. Finally, a music scout by the name of Michael Riley, found through a mutual friend in Nashville, called to say he was coming to town. However, when he got there the boys were not prepared to sing. So Daniels, Taylor, and Wilbourn sang for him instead. After he heard a single song, Riley knew he had found something amazing. Riley told the three women that he just might come back and record them. “He said, ‘All of your voices are different, but when y’all sing together, it blends,’” Daniels says. He did listen to Angela’s son’s group sing that night (and helped them make a music video), but he already had his eye on Taylor, Wilbourn and Daniels. Several months later, he returned to make a recording. They recorded 20 songs that day in Wilbourn and Daniels’ Sunday morning stomping grounds, Mount Mariah Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. After that trip, Riley called them and said the people at Daptone Records, based out of Brooklyn, New York, wanted to hear even more voices from the Como area. Riley asked Daniels to round up singers for his next visit. Daniels did as she was told, and when Riley returned, he recorded Wilbourn, Daniels, Taylor, and the 14 other singers that showed up. Those 14 consisted of Tricia Edwards, Sandra Edwards, Georgia Edwards, George Edwards, Raymond and Joella Walker, Tambra Jones, Tara Jones, Tawana Jones, Dorothy Jones, Brittany Jones, Irene Stevenson, Robert Walker, and Mary Moore. The recordings from that day were compiled into an album titled Como Now: the Voices of Panola Co., Mississippi. Daptone Records signed The Como Mamas, and the three women have been living out their dreams ever since. They have performed at events all around the country and sang at a variety of music festivals in Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, Florida, and most recently performed at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. “It’s exciting how people receive us when we get up on stage to sing. They cheer us on, and it just

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makes you feel good when you’re doing something that’s filling people’s spirits,” Wilbourn says. When it comes to their own musical influences, all three maintain that they just enjoy music in general. “Music tells a story. It just depends on what mood I’m in,” Taylor says. The ladies name Dottie Peoples, Shirley Caesar, and the gospel tunes of Elvis Presley as favorites, however. In January of this year, The Como Mamas’ second album, an all-a capella record containing thirteen gospel covers, Get An Understanding was released. Most of the songs that the Mamas perform on the album are songs that they heard growing up in church, and songs that were sung by their parents and grandparents. “What you grow up with sticks with you,” Daniels says. The title of the album came from the

Released by Daptone Records in January 2013, the new album is the follow up to the 2008 acclaimed gospel compilation, “Como Now: The Voices

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women’s favorite book, the Bible. “I told Michael that one thing the Bible says is ‘above all, get an understanding.’ He liked it. We wanted people to get an understanding of what we’re saying,” Daniels says. Understanding is also the reason that Get An Understanding is an all-a capella record. They feel that oftentimes music can drown out the words in songs, and they wanted to make sure that their message was heard. They mentioned that there would probably be music accompanying their vocals on their next album, though. Samples of the ladies’ music can be found on YouTube, and anyone wanting to purchase either Como Now or Get An Understanding can do so through Amazon, or, as recommended by the Mamas, through the Daptone Records website at

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Pieced together Internationally recognized, award winning wood sculptor Ron Koehler speaks about his signature paintbrushes and how he got his start as a sculptor.



“Balanced Diet with Chicken Leg & Cracker” – wood and paint

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The handle of the brush is carved into a neat handhold and refined into a smooth surface, the rich brown sheen contrasting with the lightly colored bristles. The paintbrush is one of close to 300 covering the walls of the Main Street Gallery during Ron Koehler’s reception. If not for the two miniature paintbrushes — one cream colored and one dark brown — carved into the brush, it is almost as if you could take the brush from its place on the wall and immediately dip it into a bucket of paint. Look to the left and you will see a set of paintbrushes arguably more realistic than the last. There’s just one problem: these “brushes with Halo Objects” are embedded along the sides with shotgun shell caps, nails and barbed wire, among other objects. To the uninformed passerby looking into the gallery’s windows, it would be understandable to assume you have stumbled across a home improvement store. No, these are not tools; these are just a few of Koehler’s more than 5,000 paintbrushes he has sculpted with wood. “I have gone down many different directions,” Koehler says, referring to his ventures into mixed media and his diverse artistic vision. “I sculpted my first paintbrush for my 3D Art class in ’95 and I kept going. I kept asking myself ‘what would 50 look like (hanging) on the wall? 100? 500?’ Two or three times, I have had more than 1,000 on the wall at a showing.” Koehler says he favors sculpting paintbrushes because it gives him the opportunity to create something in the spare moments he has scattered throughout his day. “If I have 5 or 10 minutes, I can go out and get something done versus the half-hour minimum I need to work on a larger piece,” Koehler says. “It’s easy to go out and get something done. It’s kept me going.” Koehler got his start in 1972, when he graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in Art Education. He went on to teach a high school art class and took sculpture classes at night. “You can take a piece of wood that could be hauled

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“Icon Brush Boxed” - wood

off to the dumpster or into a fireplace and make it into something beautiful,” Koehler says, recalling his early fascination with the art form. “Some artists are just freeing and unmasking what is already there, and for a while, I worked that way; but on other works I have a specific direction. One of my first works was a figurative piece with lots of texture,” Koehler says. “It was a human figure sitting with its knees

“Some artists are just freeing and unmasking what is already there, and for a while, I worked that way; but on other works I have a specific direction. One of my first works was a figurative piece with lots of texture.”

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to its chest and its arms around the knees. There was also a stone piece, a model made of figuring clay and a plaster piece. I couldn’t wait to go to class each week.” Koehler went on to receive a master’s degree in Sculpture from the University of Memphis. He has taught sculpture at Delta State University for the past 31 years and serves as chair of the art department. Koehler’s works of sculpture have been shown in more than 600 exhibitions in 38 states and have received more than 60 awards, including 20 purchase awards. His works have also been included in many public collections throughout the country, most notably a series of “Artists Brushes”

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“Brush Grid #1” – wood, paint, mixed media

in a six-year installation as part of John Hechinger’s “Tools as Art Collection” at the Smithsonian’s National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. “It was supposed to be on permanent display at the Smithsonian until [Hechinger] passed away a few years ago,” Koehler says. “His son retrieved the pieces and put them into another collection and it’s being displayed all over.” One such place is the Main Street Gallery, which is owned and operated by the Como Arts Council. The Como Arts Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the arts in all forms and educating the community and entire North Mississippi area. “Our responsibility is to give back to the community as much as we can in the form of arts,” Special Projects Chairperson David Marsh says. The Como Arts Council was pleased to put on a sculpture show, Marsh says,

because there have been very few in the past. “The Council does multiple shows throughout the year. It was a good time to insert a different medium into the schedule and I’m real pleased with the results.” Marsh estimates 100 to 125 attended the showing over a oneweek period. “Koehler sold quite a bit at the show. The Gallery attracts some very unique artists and has a very good record of selling the works the artists bring to the gallery. Our objective is to give them an outlet for their work.” Koehler’s next show will be during Delta State University’s annual faculty art exhibition held in the Wright Art Center Gallery on campus. He will show standing male human figures created of wood. Opening with a public reception on Sunday, November 11, from 4 – 6 p.m., the show will continue through January 7, 2013.

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Pat Kerr Tigrett From royal collections, romance and international recognition, Pat Kerr Tigrett shares her Southern Cinderella story



Long romantic summers in London, elegant dinner parties and a private royal collection with pieces from Princess Diana and Marilyn Monroe— these are the elements that weave themselves into all young girls’ dreams. But for Savannah, Tennessee native Pat Kerr Tigrett, these seemingly fantastical dreams have materialized in remarkable ways. A local bridal couturier and serious collector of royal memorabilia, Tigrett has lived a life that she describes as her own Cinderella story. That story becomes only richer this summer as she celebrates her part in the Kensington Palace “Fashion Rules” exhibit in London. Tigrett has come a long way from days spent playing with acres of fabric provided by her mother. Unaware at the time, she now credits her mother as having placed her in the right places to cultivate her design skills. From private art classes four days a week to pageants and road trips to Memphis for modeling opportunities, Tigrett grew up in the world of design and fashion. “I never really wanted to look like anyone else,” she says. “I would stay at my aunt’s house. We would cut out fabric freehand, and I would have a new outfit for school the next day. That’s how I learned.” Under the hand of strong female leads, Tigrett was introduced to lace, embroidery, quilting and knitting from the time

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she entered the world. Her creative ability, cultivated over years of personal inquiry, has resulted in her own bridal designs as well as the expansive Pat Kerr Private Royal Collection. “We are what we’re taught as little children,” she says. “Mother never said no to any creative thought that I had as a child, so I had freedom to fail because there were never any mistakes. You just keep on going, you do something

with it.” That confidence allowed her to enter a multitude of pageants, which would naturally segue into the modeling industry. From there, Tigrett would become heavily involved with the Miss U.S.A. program, as Miss Tennessee, and then as the owner of the program for 12 years. That decision to purchase Miss U.S.A. would lead Tigrett to become the worldrenowned collector that she is, with historians and museum curators alike recognizing her impressive collection. Ori “I was invited to go to the Orient with Miss Universe and Miss U.S.A before I bought it [the pageant] for three months. That’s when I began collecting.” Her amazement at the delicacy of embroiembroi dery in the Orient and her sense of security instilled in her by her family, led Tigrett to begin accruing a massive collection of royal memoramemora bilia including items from Princess Diana, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Queen Victoria and King George III, among others. In addition to that collection, Tigrett has incorporated laces and textex tiles into her exquisite colcol lection. “My mother taught me to appreciate and care for the really fine textiles, and I’m so grateful for that because I carried it with me.” Her eye for delicate materials and high quality textex tiles would lend her severely disappointed at a pivotal time in her personal life — her wedding. “When I marmar ried it was so painful trying to find something, everything looked alike and they were all primarily polyester. I had been traveling all over the world, wearing couture — it’s just another level of clothing.” Unable to find a gown that suited her exquisite palate, she created Pat Kerr designs. The line would become internationally recognized, having been worn by royals and locals alike. With elegant laces as delicate and distinctive as the bride wearing them, Tigrett has created an iconic and timeless look for her gowns.

up front “I really look at the wedding gown as something that is totally different than other gowns. It isn’t just another dress that was cut in black for a cocktail dress and then cut in white for something else. There are very few times in one’s life that you are required to take vows, and I do ‘vow dressing.’” Her commitment to detail and the significance of vows is a tangible thread in her 2013 line, which includes a veil embroidered with the words “from this day forward.” Instead of moving with the trends, Tigrett embraces traditions, like the veil and family heirlooms. “I want to design something that is so special, it can be really pure or really simple or it can be very elaborate, but something that is so meaningful that the bride will want to treasure it and keep it to pass down for generations to her family.” As such, Tigrett’s dresses are not “cookie-cutter” designs. They require planning, time spent creating the delicate gown and most importantly a deep understanding of the bride and her family. “I’m very much involved in the tradition of family and heirlooms and collecting. I’m always encouraging my brides, if you have anything from your great grandmother’s dress, even if it’s in shreds, bring it to me. It doesn’t matter, I can find anything even if it’s buttons, a wedding ring pillow or garter.” The designer thinks not only about the past, but looks to her bride’s future as well. For brides who may lack family heirlooms, Tigrett helps create a new tradition for their children to come. “I think it’s part of our Southern heritage, and we’re really blessed with that more so than other areas.” Southern traditions are deeper than the physicality of family heirlooms, as Tigrett has learned time and again. Acting more as a mother than a fashion designer is one facet of working with Southern wedding belles. “I feel so lucky because I’m called into the most personal, private periods of life for people to be nervous or stressed, searching for guidance. They come to me and tell me the most amazing parts of their lives. I could write a book on mother in laws and mothers and their daughters. It really does bring an interesting window in your life.” Tigrett has learned a method for creating the perfect look for each of her belles, which will include her only niece in the near future. Though her touch is sure to be more sentimental than with other clients, Tigrett will assume the same method to anticipate her niece’s dress. “They give me parameters and then within five minutes I pretty much have a capsule of what I’m going to suggest. And | AUGUST 2013 31

up front invariably, most of the time, the gown I bring out first is what they end up with. I take them full circle.” Tigrett’s royal collection has mimicked her methods, coming full circle as well. Opening July 4 at Kensington Palace in London, “Fashion Rules” is an exhibit celebrating the trend-changing styles of some of history’s most striking women. Showcasing the dynamic collections of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margret and Diana, Princess of Wales, throughout the decades, the exhibits’ royal opulence abounds. As a serious collector of textiles and royal memorabilia, Kensington has requested Tigrett’s collection to be part of such an exhibit for years. But for Tigrett, the third time was the charm. “For me it was just too soon. You have to listen to the whispers of your heart. I am honored and thrilled to be a part of it because it’s the largest one they [Kensington] have done.” Showcasing the iconic style of Diana’s 1980s look, the exhibit includes two dresses never before displayed in the United Kingdom. One of these, a midnight blue strapless evening gown designed by Murray Arbeid, is one of four gowns in the Pat Kerr Private Royal Collection. The dress features dramatic layers of tulle netting, a theatrical fishtail skirt and brilliant diamante stars. Immortalizing the rich style of Diana, another of Tigrett’s gowns has been incorporated into a wallpaper tribute at Kensington. One of 10 caricatures of Diana, the depiction features Diana in a Victor Edelstein dress with a long strand of pearls, the way she wore it to Hamburg in 1987. As a designer and friend of the Princess of Wales, Tigrett appreciates the simplicity and elegance of Diana’s style. “It was delightful to watch her develop her own style. Being a new bridal designer, what her wedding gown said really influenced my gowns in the 80s with the big sleeves, long trains and detachable trains. It had a clear impact on the wedding industry because it really 32 AUGUST 2013 |

took you back to the ceremony and the traditions of life.” While sharing her collection of Diana is a significant part of Tigrett’s life today, she has not always been as open. Appalled by the “feeding frenzy” after Diana’s death, Tigrett became even more protective of her items. “I was getting so many calls offering vast amounts of money for the gowns,” she explains. “I just decided to do nothing at all.” Tigrett would wait 15 years before sharing the treasured gowns. At the request of her friend and governor Don Sundquist, she decided to unveil her collection at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. “I thought, ‘What better way to have the governor of my state be the patron for the first time they were shown?’ I really wanted them to be shown in my state.” Tigrett’s attitude towards her state, and Memphis specifically, could be likened to a long-lasting marriage full of romance and compassion. She has devoted much of her time to the betterment of Memphis in the form of the annual Blues and Jingle Bell Balls and serving as the chairperson of the lighting of the Memphis bridge 25 years ago, among other tasks. Balancing her couture line, exhibition openings featuring pieces from her collection and charity events, Tigrett still finds time to play dressup with her 3-year-old granddaughter. Though she may have vacationed for one month in Europe this summer, she is all the while planning for the 20th and 25th anniversaries of the Blues and Jingle Bell Balls, respectively. The largest balls of their sort, the events celebrate Memphis’ soulful sound and the magic of Christmas while giving back to local charities. Tigrett may just be one of the busiest people around, but she would have it no other way. “Mother always said that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop, and I believe that. I can’t encourage young people enough to be multifaceted. Don’t just do one thing, do several and do them all well.”

Q&A CLICK: As a bridal designer, what did you think about Kate’s wedding dress and her style in general? Pat Kerr Tigrett: It was fabulous for me to see Princess Kate select lace. It spoke volumes for the ongoing importance of lace in the wedding world. I think she’s very confident and secure and her style is a pure, simple look that allows her beauty to be predominant. C: Which designers have influenced your personal designs and that of your bridal line? PKT: I tend to go back to Charles James — the really beautiful ball gowns. I like the pureness of Cardin things. I’m not necessarily impressed by celebrity designers that just get in it for the bottom line, but that’s why we have chocolate or vanilla. But I go for more the more traditional trained designers like Galliano, Givenchy and Worth. C: What is your personal style like? PKT: My taste goes from wearing tights and jeans everyday to glamour gowns. When I was living in London, we dressed every night. The world has totally changed, but I hope there’s going to be a return to elegance.

C: How did your design career really begin? PKT: Neiman Marcus started me 30 years ago. I took some things up there and they bought everything. It completely sold out, which was remarkable. I was so naïve, I thought, ‘Well this is easy,’ not realizing how extraordinary it was. C: When you’re not busy, if there is a time, what do you enjoy? PKT: I love to paint and walk on the beach. I find my center around water, and I think that’s why I love this view so, she says as she looks out her bay windows at the vast Mississippi River. C: Do you have other items on display? PKT: I have two Marilyn Monroe dresses that were at the Ferragamo in Italy and have now moved to Prague. I have a black Chapman dress on display. The red lace dress she wore so much, though, that they couldn’t even put it on display.

C: Which of your Diana dresses is your favorite? PKT: Each of them came to me in their own way. For instance, one was described in the catalog incorrectly. The catalog listed the dress as honiton lace when it was clearly handmade. So it’s kind of like a coin or piece of money that has been imprinted wrong so it becomes, in my mind, more of a collector’s item. The fact that it was the most hyped up royal sale in the world and they made a mistake. That’s life. C: Will you buy any more of Diana’s gowns? PKT: I’m happy with what I’ve bought and don’t have any real desire to buy more. I buy other pieces of hers that come up like silver, crystal and wedding memorabilia. | AUGUST 2013 33

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Cross THE DOG A powerful trip



Author Bill Cheng's imagination, like his first novel set in the Mississippi Delta, "Southern Cross the Dog," is as fertile as the dark, rich alluvial soil that has made the region's literary landscape legendary. The poetry of his prose lays as thick on the tongue as the intoxicating brown liquid in the bottom of a honky tonk whiskey glass. It is a novel meant to be savored to the last drop —or page, as the case may be. Cheng is able to channel the personalities of 1920s Prohibition-era Mississippi into a sprawling, rollicking novel that spans 10 years and just a few square miles. Cheng's plot is as twisting as the mighty river itself. Young Robert Chatham, the great floodwaters of the Mississippi having receded into his memory, $20, is all alone in the world, his ert enparents dead. A lady named counters bluesmen, witch doctors and Miss Lucy who runs a hotel/brothel is his sultry temptresses all the while guided and surrogate in the hill country town of Bruce, protected in his travels across the rural Misfar away from the river's raging waters. Rob34 AUGUST 2013 |

sissippi Delta landscape by a mojo amulet of sorts. "Southern Cross the Dog," a literal lifting of a name given to a spot in the Delta where legendary bluesman Robert Johnson was said to have traded his soul to the devil in order to miraculously play the blues like a virtuoso, is the title of this first literary effort by the Queens, New York-born Cheng. The reader is introduced to a salon of interesting characters. A girl claiming to have a dress as a gift from the King of Spain tasks young Robert with removing a rust stain from it, and he relentlessly tries to no avail, scrubbing away as if he were trying to remove a painful blotch from the young woman's past. He becomes skilled at helping others escape torment and free themselves from their own sins and transgressions but not necessarily his own. Eli Cutter is a Mississippi bluesman with a gift for song and women. "They said he was a black jinx, that when you shook his hand, you could feel a bad wind move through you. Chill you to the core.� Miss Lucy, the hotel owner/brothel madam, is described as a "sexy woman — plump and heavily bosomed with a voice that rang deep and sooty." Duke, Eli's handler, is portrayed as as a slick huckster who is part showman, part "shaman." Cheng pulls off a feat not accomplished in recent years by native-born writers of the Southern milieu. Just as one might have been led to believe the fertile soil of the Southern literary landscape had been plowed fallow, the fecund prose of Bill Cheng snaps one's head around like a prison overseer's bullwhip. During the course of the novel, young Robert realizes he will never return to his lost Delta home, that the pig trails and cow paths he left behind on his way to the hill country have been lost in a maze of misbegotten memories. He must simply survive with his own wits and cunning. It is a lesson the reader takes to heart as Robert encounters one mysterious stranger after another. Cheng, who lives in Brooklyn with his wife, is an Asian-American who grew up about as far away from the Mississippi Delta as the Silicon Valley-made Martian land rover now probing that distant planet. In a recent interview, Cheng said he has nothing but sympathy for critics who insist one has to be born in a region like the American South to write convincingly about its evocative and often exotic nature. Cheng not only turns that premise on its head, he blows it out of the water. Southern Cross the Dog is written

up front by someone, who appears to be an old soul at first glance, until one turns over to the inside of the dust jacket to reveal the youthful face of its author. Cheng strikes one as a well-traveled, well-seasoned storyteller, when in fact he is a wunderkind of sorts, imbued with a fantastical imagination who perfectly captures the power of lust and love, danger, compassion and good and evil that hovers across the heat-blistered Mississippi Delta like a shimmering mirage. Cheng conjures up the visual imagery of late afternoon thunderstorms with all of their wild fury, and the god-awful texture of lye hominy as it slides down the back of one's throat. The writer skillfully and deftly navigates his way through the towns and hamlets of Mississippi with such ease that one forgets he has only been a literal visitor on just a few occasions. There are echoes of Southern greats in his work like "powder blue church dress," which reminds this writer of Eudora Welty and the "way her dress flowered up around her," which is reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor. There are idiosyncratic intricacies inherent in Cheng's prose which point to someone who has meticulously studied an alien culture and become a creature of that world himself. Life's journey can be particularly bruising as Robert, who progresses from age eight to 13 in the novel, discovers after being brutally beat up by a gang of white boys. There is a musky eroticism which is evoked from his female characters and a certain impotent fury from his male characters, with the exception of Eli Cutter, who possesses extraordinary passion and talent, and Cheng's own personal favorite character in the novel. Eli Cutter can play the blues with such mysterious power that it leaves his honky tonk audiences slackjawed. The same can be said about Bill Cheng's writing. It is as if Cheng himself writes under the spell of a little backwater magic. Let us hope that unlike Robert Johnson, Cheng outlives this early inspirational figure. Whatever promises he has made to be able to write like this will likely remain with Cheng to the grave. Let us hope that Cheng continues to take hold of the literary plow and guide us along other journeys and other landscapes in the years to come. Southern Cross the Dog is published by Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, in New York. | AUGUST 2013 35

up front with their own blend of oranges, cherries and strawberries for a one-of-a-kind twist on an old favorite. Since its inception in the mid-1800s, this drink has become the quintessential cocktail of the Wimbledon tennis tournament is consumed by the pitcher at social gatherings, polo matches and summer garden parties. Created by James Pimm as one of six other liqueurs based on rum, brandy and vodka, Pimm’s No. 1 is a gin-based European liqueur lightly flavored with various fruits and evokes a spicy sweetness alongside an alluring aroma of florals and orange peels. At just 25 percent proof, the low alcohol content of Pimm’s No. 1 provides a perfectly posh blend for pitchers and other large-scale serving endeavors. This classic drink has a variety of interpretations, from the “busy” cup, which consists of mounds of fruit floating like flavorful glaciers, to the more toned down “clean” version comprised of a stripped-down


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When seeking a cool drink to sooth the palate during the steamy MidSouth summer, the last place one might look to is the muggy streets of London. However, that’s exactly where this month’s cocktail of choice hails from. The Pimm’s No. 1 cocktail is a relatively simple concoction, perfect for lazy poolside afternoons and late-night patio parties alike. Originally a drink geared toward British moneymakers and classy gentlemen, this alluring blend has gained infamy stateside for its unique look and distinct hints of fruit and spice. This cupful of tea-tinted goodness also allows patrons to customize their cup 36 AUGUST 2013 |

model that eschews a floating fruit cocktail in favor of a simple, iced tea-like aesthetic garnished with mint leaves and topped with a slice of cucumber. When the Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur stands alone, its provocative crimson evokes a citrusy, bitter taste not quite suited for everyday imbibing. However, when mixed with the right combination of ginger ale and a squirt of lemon or orange to add an extra splash of citrus, this mix really shines. While 7 Up or any lemon-lime soda is generally accepted as a substitute for ginger ale, expert mixologists advise against Sprite due to its high sugar content.

Three Angels Diner in Midtown Memphis serves a variation of this classic concoction, which has become quite popular among some local patrons. “It’s not our most popular drink, but some people come here and order exclusively,” says Three Angels server Serafina Wooten. As one of the few locales in the Bluff City that serves this unique drink, the staff at Three Angels takes pride in serving up a new-age twist on Southern standbys including beef brisket, scrambled tofu and a number of delectable breakfast options. In addition, Three Angels recently earned accolades in the pages of Click for its infamous twist on brunch mainstays like the mimosa.

up front Ingredients 1 cup cubed ice 5 Mint leaves 2 oz Pimm’s No. 1 3 oz Ginger Ale or lemon-lime soda (1/3 cup) 1 cucumber, sliced Add additional fruit (oranges, strawberries, cherries etc.) to suit tastes ¼ inch sliced lemon

Preparation 1. Chill an 8-12 oz. highball or collins glass. 2. Line bottom of glass with mint leaves. 3. Add ice to glass. 4. Mix Pimm’s No. 1, preferred mixer and squeeze of lemon together in a tumbler. 5. Add preferred fruit mixture to chilled glass 6. Gently muddle ingredients in glass. 7. Pour over ice, garnish with a sprig of mint and cucumber slice. 8. Enjoy! | AUGUST 2013 37



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Hank: Shirt, Orvis. Logan: Tank and Jeans, The Bunker; bag, Turkoyz. Ivy: Dress, More Therapy; necklace, Turkoyz; earrings, Stella Ivy. Anna: Dress and necklace, Lola B; bracelets, Paisley Pineapple; shoes, Sumethin' Savvy. Taylor: Shirt, Pink Zinnia; jeans, Lola B; bag, Sugar Plum; bracelets, Pink Zinnia. Zoe: Shirt, Center Stage; tank, The Bunker; shorts, Somethin' Savvy; shoes, Upstairs Closet; bag, Keepsakes by Melony; bracelets, Stella Ivy; watch, Blue Olive; earrings; Paisley Pineapple. Hunter: Shirts and shorts, Tommy Bronson.

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Hank: Shirt and belt, Orvis. Logan: Shirt, jeans and shoes, Center Stage; necklace and earrings, Lori James; bag, Turkoyz. Taylor: Shirt, Paisley Pineapple; pants,

Lori James; shoes, Sachi; bag, Janie Rose; bracelet, Paisley Pineapple; earrings, Blue Olive. Zoe: Dress, On a Whim; shoes, Upstairs Closet; earrings and bracelets, Paisley Pineapple; necklace, More Therapy. Ivy: Dress, Lori James; bag, Paisley Pineapple; necklace, Lola B. Hunter: Shirt and belt, Orvis. | AUGUST 2013 41


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All Things Social

Carrie and Jeff Strang

Meredith and M

att Perkins with

Kristin Gatman

St. Jude Red Carpet Bash T

he Hollywood Casino in Tunica, Mississippi certainly set the stage for this year’s 12th Annual St. Jude Red Carpet Bash. The swanky Monte Carlo themed extravaganza was complete with festive cocktails, a live auction, and an incredible dinner selection. Black-tie clad partygoers were able to spend the night dancing to the sounds of DJ Mark Anderson’s Party Train all while helping to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Photos by JOEY BRENT | AUGUST 2013 47

parties Pat and Tony Walten

bra Towns

Janice Story and De

Nick and Meredith Canale

Helen Beaty, Ken Hall and Catherine Harris

Anthony and Jeany


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Brian Stweart, Katherine Fincher, Lisa Kercher and Dallas Palmer Larry Lombardo and Royce Miller

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Ella Hernandez and Nataliya Bobylyova

parties Linda and James Gattas

in Byrd

fe and Just

Jessica Wol

Garret Shouse and Rachel Joines

Betty and Jason Bradley


Kim and Ron


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Morgan Johnson and Dameron Leonard

Sharon Wilson, Alicia and Mark Parr

Elaine and Kenny Sparks

“Rockin’ On The

Roost” O

live Branch Old Towne sponsored a free summer concert series every Friday night during the month of June. Guests were invited to

lounge on the lawn while listening to the sounds of local bands like Sing for Glenn, who performed on June 7. Photos by CASEY HILDER Curtis, Penny and Millie Martin

Megan and Michelle Owens

t and

Kim Terrell, Pat Hamilton, DeeDee Erfurd Dena Richardson

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KayJawon Houston, Kevin Diehl and Ben Evans

DeeDee Erfurdt, Crash Robinette, Chris Burris and Dena Richardson

Alyssa Avent and Ricky Weaver


Marcia Moncrief, Ron Schoggen and Cindy Childs

Art and Sandy Penticoff

Dawn Wilson and Kenny Johnson Toto, Lauren and Wade Dykes | AUGUST 2013 51

Ellis Confer, Curtis Amos, Demarcus Confer and Frazier Bowman

Jerry White and Robert Earl Phillips

Steve Moore and Jeremy Savage

Ray Dennison, Brad Evans, Bruce France and Rick Gross

Autism Golf Tournament


n June 20, over 130 golfers turned out at North Creek Golf Course to participate in this year’s “Give a Kid a Chance to be a Kid” Autism Golf

Tournament. The tournament, now in it’s 14th year, has raised over $275,000 for programs which fund autism-related causes throughout DeSoto County. Photos by SHERRY ROSS

Michael and Ellen Hovanec

Paul Alford and Eddie Burks

Battle of




his year marked the 150th anniversary of the famed

Dore Dorris and Lynn Butrum

Billy and Diane

Battle of Hernando and as a tribute to this 1863 Civil War fight, the Bonnie Blue Brigade took to the figu-

rative stage of the historic Mussacuna Plantation on June 15 and 16. Performing near the original site of the battle, re-enactors donned authentic military dress and weaponry as they marched through the field creating a realistic interpretation of the battle, complete with the booming sounds of cannons and muskets. Photos by ROBERT LONG 52 AUGUST 2013 |

Joe Tamboli and Paul Alford

Paul Alford and Eddie Burks



Melody Dandridge, Ashley Puckett, Johnny Thompson and Stephanie Vinzant Lizzy and Paula Lambert

Papa John's Megan and Rebekah Scotty's Smokehouse Crew Scott, Niki, Ricky, and Tabetha

Brittany Cox

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and Stephan

Sunset on the SQUARE H

ernando’s Summer Concert Series, presented by First Tennessee Bank and Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce, featured four fun-filled eve-

nings of music during the month of June. Lawn chairs, blankets and coolers covered the Courthouse lawn on June 27, where guests in attendance listened to music from Erek Stone & the Fabulous Steeler Band and were treated to dinner provided by Scotty's Smokehouse and Papa John's Pizza. Photos by ROBBIN CARNELL

Erek Stone & the Fabulous Steeler Band

parties Melanie Dupree and Diane Smith

Ginger Adams and Ken Reid

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Sheri Ehlers of DeSoto Appeal, Dick Mauhauer, and Joseph Pickler

Heath and Varina Harpper

Vickie Dupree, Michael Bellipanni, Elizabeth Winn, and Emily and Jimmie Black


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40th Anniversary


Olive Branch Chamber & Mayor Sam Rikard’s 24 Years of Service


he Whispering Woods Hotel was home to a very special event on June 20; the Olive Branch Chamber celebrated its 40th Anniversary and hosted a one-of-a-kind reception for the lucky

200 people in attendance. Guests were not only treated to an elegant seated dinner and live music from the Memphis Jones Band but also they were able to witness Mayor Sam Rikard receive the McCauley Award for his 24 years of dedicated service to the city of Olive Branch.


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Ritchie and Devra Hampton


Taffy Baron and Cathy Brooks

Trisha Standard, Te

rri Esther and Laura


Stephanie West and Donna Zenker

Shanda, Emilee and Michael Flynn


Ruth Ann H

Chris and Will Scmiedt




nimal lovers unite! On June 8, The DeSoto Animal Rescue Society hosted the cleverly named SPAYghetti Dinner. Guests were treated to a spaghetti

supper and activities that included a cakewalk and silent auction. Approximately $2,000 was raised to support the DeSoto Don and Gay Lancaster

Animal Rescue Society’s mission to provide assistance and medical care for stray and abandoned animals. Photos by CASEY HILDER

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Fashion Show Host Donna Sularin

Rachel Stigler, Gabby Moore, and Ashley Knotts

Stepanie and Rachel Hughes

Gabriella and Bella Moore

Through the Roof T

Tonya and CJ Simpson

he nonprofit organization Through the Roof Pediatric Therapy held a fashion show on June 1 to help fund their mission of offering “help and hope” to special needs children and

their families. The children Through the Roof works to assist modeled the latest spring and summer fashions from local boutiques, walking hand-in-hand with their mothers down the runway. Several Hernando restaurants provided finger foods and all proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction went directly to Through the Roof’s operation. Photos by CHARLISHA RENATA

Clark, Laney and Theri Hamilton

Cydney and Jack Mahoney

Felica and Omarion Scott

Cannon Belue

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Lauren and Lucas Guynes

Tadd Baxter

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d Ethan Vau

an Todd Baker

Rebekah, Trey and Dexter Akins

Rebecca Ray and Cynthia Vaughn

Sierra Hirt, Lauren Hollingsworth, Nicki Storey, Kevin Mayer and Kathy Storey

“Diggin' the Music” O

n June 7, the Hernando Public Library hosted "Diggin' the Music", the first of a four-part concert series held by the library to promote their new summer program. Locals gathered on the Hernando Public Library’s front lawn to enjoy live music by Cassandra and Absentease, as well as a hot dog supper provided by Texas Roadhouse. The library’s summer program is geared toward introducing young readers to new stories. Photos by CASEY HILDER

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parties Michelle and Ella McLeod

Melissa Brassfi eld, Mason Page and Gavi n Brassfield

Shea, Ashley and Izzy Staten


Fireworks on the Farm Independence

Day Parade Photos by GERALD THOMAS

Isabelle Dulaney and Sunny


Blair and Jack Harre


Picnic & Parade

Coby, Jennifer, Clark and Carter Conlee Gloria Gifford and Amy Redden Smith

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14th Annual

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Ambere Ginn and Jake McGinnis

Patriotic Parade Photos by APRIL BEASLY

Samanth a, Elizabeth Melissa and Guerrero

Nancy Nail and Caroline Barnette

Spring and Hayden Carlini

12th Annual

Olive Branch July 4th Celebration

Robert, Suzy and Sarah Holmes

Photos by MIKE LEE

Brooke and Jayden McKinney

da Carson

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it Megan Tibb

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Photo by Shannon Maltby Andrew Jacuzzi Executive Director of Door of Hope (foreground) stands with Roderick Baldwin and Cynthia Crawford CC at the Memphis Arts and Crafts Festival last spring. Many of the guests of DOH are talented artists who rely on festivals such as this one to exhibit and sell their original creations.

Door of Hope A window of opportunity for the chronically homeless in Memphis


For many of the chronically homeless in Memphis, Door of Hope represents the final step in a long and painful journey. The organization serves an ever-expanding and disenfranchised element of the local community, which is now being inundated with issues more complex than a lack of shelter or fiscal disintegration. Andrew Jacuzzi, Executive Director of

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Story By EUGENE PIDGEON Door of Hope confirms that the majority of homeless citizens served by DOH hail from Midtown and Downtown Memphis. “There are plenty of homeless here,” Jacuzzi says. “Our outreach workers will go into these areas to build relationships and to invite the homeless into our support center. We start right away to find them help, whatever the need.”

Through grants from the federal government and the City of Memphis, assistance offered by Door of Hope includes everything from accessing medical care and permanent housing to determining eligibility for available benefits. Assistance can be as simple as restoring personal identification. “Many of the people we serve have been out on the street for so long…they’ve lost

causes their wallets; they’ve lost every social attachment,” says Jacuzzi. “They really are invisible.” The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines a chronically homeless person as one who has been without shelter for a year and suffers from a disability. Moreover, anyone who has experienced four episodes of homelessness over a three-year period is also considered to be chronically homeless. “The root cause for chronic homelessness varies with every individual,” Jacuzzi says. “If you lose your job and don’t have money saved…you lose your apartment. If you don’t have family to support you… it is a quick spiral downhill. Once you hit bottom, you look for whatever comfort you can find…and often that’s drugs and alcohol.” To this equation, add the myriad disabilities that often accompany chronic homelessness. Jacuzzi maintains the gamut of disabilities range from the abuse of drugs and alcohol to any number of crippling physical and mental problems. He cites depression and severe schizophrenia as two of the most prominent disabilities afflicting the guests of Door of Hope. “We even have people who have been homeless for so long they suffer from frostbite and must have part of their feet amputated,” he says. Without raising his voice, Jacuzzi addresses a failing system. “People go to the MED and get the work done…but once they are released, they are still homeless. Many we serve have been through every organization and shelter and have outgrown their welcome. DOH is their last chance.” In his seven years as Executive Director, Jacuzzi estimates that more than 90 percent of the approximately 500 guests served by Door of Hope have successfully re-entered society and are now thriving. May 2013 marked the sixth anniversary of the Door of Hope Creative Writing Program, a service offered by Door of Hope that aids in the resurrection and repair of the human voice. Ellen Prewitt is a volunteer facilitator at Door of Hope and one of the innovators behind the creative writing program. “We are a writing group that comes together on a weekly basis to share our thoughts and feelings with each other in a supportive environment,” she says. When detailing the evolution of the program, Prewitt is candid and soft-spoken. | AUGUST 2013 63

causes “I was in a class at the Memphis School for leadership,” she reminisces. “They asked class participants to develop relationships with those people who had been made poor and pushed to the margins of society. I could not figure out a way to do this that didn’t seem false.” Prewitt considered the idea of just wandering up to any person who would fit these criteria to be a condescending proposition. “What am I gonna do? Just say ‘Hey, you’ve been made poor and abandoned by society and I need to build a relationship with you?’” One day in class, a student made a suggestion. “Ellen, you yak so much about writing…you need to go start a writing program at Door of Hope.” The fellow student in question was the Reverend Joe Porter of Grace St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Midtown Memphis. “Grace St. Luke’s is one of the churches that helped found Door of Hope,” explains Prewitt. “When the Reverend made the suggestion…I thought to myself ‘Well, this I can do.’” It is not quite the Algonquin Round Table or a presidential cabinet meeting, but every Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. sharp, the community dining room is

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“Many of the people we serve have been out on the street for so long… they’ve lost their wallets; they’ve lost every social attachment. They really are invisible.”

transformed into a forum of creative writing and a collaboration of language. One by one, each member of the group grasps to find their voices once again, one word at a time. And with a grand eloquence, these renewed voices are redefining the concepts of forgiveness and gratitude. The Advocate: A Voice of Experience is a free newsletter written and published by participants of the creative writing program and offered to everyone as a service of Door of Hope. In one of the more recent issues, contributing writer and Door of Hope guest Cynthia Crawford, who is struggling to return to society as a mother of four children, posts an original piece titled “My Forever Valentine”: “Are you in a mess? God will bless! So don’t hate. Just wait! God didn't promise us a smooth road. But He will help carry your load.” At Door of Hope, this idea and others, which so negatively affect a guest’s social and spiritual demeanor, are lovingly and attentively chiseled away. Crawford, as well as everyone who participates in the creative writing program at the Door of Hope, is learning to live a full and productive life alit with simple truth.

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‘Hotty Toddy’ all the Way Home Reflecting the Southern elegance of Oxford, Miss. and the rich tradition of Ole Miss, Meagan Hill’s condo is rooted in history and charm. Story By LINDSEE GENTRY | Photos by TERRY SWEENEY 68 AUGUST 2013 |

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rom its historic beginnings to tailgating traditions, Oxford, Mississippi’s Southern heritage is as rich as the personalities who have passed through the town. Known for its most important asset, the University of Mississippi, Oxford is home to students for at least four years, though many return each fall as football season begins. As a city populated by numerous students, Oxford is overflowing with apartments and houses to accommodate its young residents. Combining functionality with style is not always an easy task. However, builder Brian Hill created a condo that would provide his daughter with all desired aspects of student living.

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Bricks, from 20th century business Oxford Brick & Tile, line the walls of the outdoor patio.

Providing 2,500 square feet of indoor space and 350 outdoors, the condo is home to Meagan and her roommates. Built in 2012, the condo in Provence Park is minutes from campus and has a shuttle that services to and from campus and the square on weekends. Though other condos and apartments feature similar conveniences, one aspect was missing. “There were no other condos that featured reclaimed materials like we used,” says Brian Hill, the builder of the condo and Meagan Hill’s father. “I’ve seen places that used one or two pieces [that were reclaimed] but not as many as we wanted to incorporate.” As a contractor, Brian is familiar with finding reclaimed materials, including wood and bricks that were used in historic buildings throughout Mississippi and Tennessee. “In the outdoor patio and entry hall, we used old handhewn beams from a Federal Cotton Compress in Covington, Tennessee,” he says. “I love the old charm of Oxford and I wanted to use a lot of old materials like the French Quarter.” The old world enchantment carries from the beams on the ceilings, to the handcrafted kitchen island and the bricks on the patio. Bricks, from Oxford Brick and Tile, open from 1905 to 1911, line the walls of the outdoor patio. Three bricks imprinted with “Oxford” show their origin from the local company. One of the most frequented spaces in the condo, the outdoor patio, features modern appliances alongside pieces that reflect Ox-

ford’s heritage. An outdoor fireplace, builtin barbecue and swing provide a comfortable place for friends and families to gather. Whether a Monday night studying for an exam on the swing, or a Saturday spent preparing for the game, the space is an inviting place to gather. The popularity of the outdoor patio, the creation of Brian, has led many other condo owners to request a similar retreat. While Brian has recreated similar condos for others in the neighborhood, none are quite as authentic and historical as his family’s. One of the most exceptional pieces in the condo, the kitchen island, draws its materials from its Mississippi roots. The island, the workmanship of Dr. Jason Coleman in Hernando, is the most treasured accent in the condo. “Dr. Coleman enjoys woodworking, and we wanted him to build an island for the kitchen. When the Gatekeeper’s Lodge, directly across from Faulkner’s house and one of a few not burned down in the Civil War, was remodeled, we got some of the wood from home.” Dr. Coleman then crafted the one-of-a-kind island to fit the condo’s dimensions. But the furnishing far exceeds its original purpose as a place to prepare for tailgates and dinners with friends. The focal point of the home has become topic of conversation, as a piece of art and history, says Brian. “We know the home was built in 1841 so the tree was cut then. But we can tell by the growth rings that the tree had been growing from the 1700 or 1600s.”

“Dr. Coleman enjoys woodworking, and we wanted him to build an island for the kitchen. When the Gatekeeper’s Lodge, directly across from Faulkner’s house and one of a few not burned down in the Civil War, was remodeled, we got some of the wood from home.”

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Red and blue accents are scattered throughout the residence, paying homage to the Ole Miss Rebels.

The Hills’ aspiration to emulate the old style of building, as well as the beauty of Oxford’s past, continued into the living area. Aside from their Oxford ties and passion for all things Ole Miss, the family spends any free time at the beach. Whether relaxing on the boat or deep-sea fishing, the Hills find solace by the water. When the condo was nearly furnished, lacking only pieces on either side of the fireplace, their passion for water came to mind. Inspired by the beach and proximity to the Mississippi River, Debbie gathered driftwood to be incorporated into the home. She discovered mirrors, framed by driftwood, on Pinterest and began pieces to enhance and outline the bricked fireplace. “They were inspired by the beach but they really go with the house,” Brian says. “A lot of driftwood goes down the Mississippi River into the Gulf. So while we got it from the beach, it could have come from the Oxford area.” The attention to detail and fine craftsmanship the family employed in the home has allowed the condo to take on a revitalized view into the past. “We were truly trying to make something that is brand new, with modern and contemporary conveniences, look old.” From details only a historian or builder may notice, such as door casings and trim work, to larger structures like the wooden beams, the Hills overlooked no element in recreating the past. “We wanted it to look like homes a hundred years ago. The trim was done like homes a long time ago and the cabinets we used weren’t the raised panel style that is more contemporary.” Having all elements of a traditional Oxford home a century ago, the condo looks as if it had been designed from an old photograph and the Hills hope that the condo will continue to create memories well into the next century. “We hope that Lexi will live there 72 AUGUST 2013 |

next year. We want to keep it in the family; we love it for game days.” But there is one more family member that would certainly be disappointed were they to sell the condo. Swayze, a goldendoodle and graduation present to Meagan, has his own space built into the condo. Located underneath the stairs is a gated room specifically invented for Swayze. Named for the Ole Miss baseball field, Swayze is living proof of the family’s die-hard love for their team. “My favorite space is probably Swayze’s ‘room,’” says Meagan. “I think it’s really cute and he loves to lay in there.” While Swayze may find happiness inside his room, his owner, Meagan, is happiest on the patio. “I think something that really makes my condo different is the patio. I know my friends are always wanting to come over, grill and just hang out outside.” Her vibrant personality and love for socializing is also depicted in Meagan’s personal style. On the porch hangs a window painted with the famous “Hotty Toddy” chant, which was ingrained in the Hill girls at an early age. Meagan used the reclaimed window as a canvas and visible sign of her devotion to her school and tradition. From handmade pieces to those bought in the Oxford area, the Hill women combined the Ole Miss theme and Meagan’s own style to achieve the décor. “We decorated with a lot of red and blue to keep it festive and Ole Miss-looking. The glass cabinets show off the Ole Miss platters and trays used on game days. The condo is really fun and exciting and matches Meagan’s style.” Whether a home for their daughters during college or a weekend getaway, the condo is sure to continue to serve as a visible reminder of the Hills’ love for the city of Oxford and Ole Miss.

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1 The kitchen island, built from Civil War era wood speaks to the rich southern history of Mississippi. 2 The brick fireplace, complete with salvaged pieces of driftwood, adds a rustic touch. 3 Megan's dog, Swayze relaxes in his very own “condo� tucked under the stairs. 4 The Ole Miss theme resonates throughout the house, especially in the front entrance where an original painting of the university hangs. 5 A mirror framed by Mississippi River driftwood creates a beach-like decoration.


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Resources Builder/Architect

Brian Hill of Lifestyle Homes, LLC 1074 Thousand Oaks Dr., Hernando 662.429.2332,

Interior Design

Debbie Hill 901.409.0788,


Leland Dye of Superior Lawn Care 6174 Elmore Rd., Southaven 662.349.0543

Kitchen (design/appliances)

Garrison Custom Cabinets 2045 1st Commercial Dr. S., Southaven 662.393.7010

Kitchen Island & Bed Swing Dr. Jason Coleman


Metro Appliances 580 Tillman St., Memphis 901.458.5450, *visit website for more locations


Heath’s Custom Floors 1074 Thousand Oaks Dr., Ste. 4, Hernando 901.647.4986

Flooring Contractor

Heath’s Custom Floors 1074 Thousand Oaks Dr., Ste. 4, Hernando 901.647.4986


Green Family Materials 9575 Macon Rd., Cordova 901.758.2606,

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1. Charles Force’s Local Honey Unlike the ultra-filtered stuff sold in stores, the honey produced by Nesbit beekeeper Charles Force is the real deal. To qualify as local honey, the product must have significant traces of pollen from the area in which it is made. The presence of pollen in Force’s fresh-fromthe-hive blend affects the product twofold, most immediately in the unique taste that reflects the bees’ steady diet of local wildflowers. But the sweet taste isn’t all it’s good for, either. Local honey culled from the region has shown to alleviate some of the allergenic woes that many suffer during spring and summer due to the light dose of pollen that many become accustomed to through mixing it in tea or using it as a spread.

2. Dinstuhl’s Chocolate-covered Fruits Delectable doesn’t begin to describe the confections cooked up at Dinstuhl’s. For five generations, the Memphis-based Dinstuhl family has produced the finest chocolates and candies in the MidSouth. Headed by owner Rebecca Dinstuhl, this company has been known to take on a number of unique custom orders, including a variety of custom molds and one-of-a-kind wedding candies to make that special day even more so. In addition, Dinstuhl’s offers overnight shipping for its famous chocolate-covered fruit treats including cherries, strawberries and grapes.

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feature 4. Delta Grind Grits

3. Aunt Lizzie’s Cheese Straws

For the past 12 years, Delta Grind Grits have been a MidSouth mainstay for those who prefer to rise bright and early. Founders Georgeanne and John Ross deliver the goods straight from Water Valley, Mississippi using a restored flywheel engine and stone grist mill to give their grits a unique taste that recalls a bygone era where the natural way was the only way. Delta Grind’s product is currently featured as a menu item in more than 50 restaurants in the MidSouth, including the mandatory Memphis breakfast stop, Café Eclectic.

Cheese lovers in search of a product that doesn’t offer the unnatural neon tinge and foamy taste of commercial snacks need look no further than Aunt Lizzie’s Cheese Straws. Now in her 30th year of business, owner Ann Randalls preserved and perfected her mother’s recipe for an old family favorite and generously took to manufacturing it for the masses. Randalls’ product is made exclusively in her Bluff City bakery using all-natural sharp cheddar with no preservatives, coloring or artificial flavors. This dinner party favorite comes in several varieties including jalapeño, tomato and low-carb.

5. Rendezvous BBQ Sauce When it comes to ‘cue with a kick, Memphis is in a class of its own. The world-famous Rendezvous Restaurant packs a variety of dry rubs and sauces that have become famous across the nation. Perfect for pork shoulders, steak, deviled eggs and hamburger patties, the packaging boasts Rendezvous’ signature sauce as having the potential for an allpurpose seasoning along the lines of Worcestershire sauce or ketchup. And many ‘cue connoisseurs agree, as the restaurant’s signature sauce has been featured on The Today Show, Food Network and many more nationally syndicated programs.

6. McCarter Coffee Company Another morning favorite comes in the form of Millington-based McCarter Coffee’s signature blend. This former farmer’s market favorite has grown over the years and gained a presence in restaurants across the region. The company was founded in 2007 by Shelby County native Jim McCarter after he traveled to famous java joints in places like Hawaii and Seattle seeking the perfect cup of joe. McCarter Coffee produces several unique blends from around the world, including the ever-popular Louisiana Style French Roast with Chicory and the inviting South American Espresso. | AUGUST 2013 79



7. Don’t Blink

Don’t Blink is a modern, vintage inspired, handmade accessory line that uses pattern work and color blocks to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. Creator of the local startup, Brittney Boyd, started “Don’t Blink” five years ago when a shopping trip for a charm bracelet led her to create one for herself. Boyd’s designs are created from wood and vinyl, and altered to suit Boyd’s unique aesthetic. Each piece has been cut, sanded, painted or sewn, then made in to unique piece of art that can be worn or displayed. Don’t Blink merchandise can now be purchased at Hoot + Louise in downtown Memphis. To learn more about Don’t Blink accessories, visit

3. Elly Deyhle

2. Earth Grace Artisan Jewelry W.A. “Al” Stanford, Jewelry Designer and Artisan, works from his studio near New Albany. Mississippi to produce unique hand forged jewelry using natural materials. A lifelong outdoorsman, Al’s designs are still made the way they have been for thousands of years. Using only fire, basic hand tools, and natural elements he produces jewelry with a rare “Earthy” quality. “I believe that ‘simple’ designs have a timeless beauty and the imperfection of our handmade pieces incorporates a very organic design element that reconnects us to the natural world. I create jewelry using what the Earth provides, Copper, Silver, Brass, Leather, Semi-Precious Gemstones, Fresh Water Pearls, Coral and Fossils,” she says. Earth Grace Artisan Jewelry can be purchased at Paisley Pineapple in Olive Branch, MS. 80 AUGUST 2013 |

Growing up the daughter of an interior designer, Deyhle’s style is influenced by the talented architects she knew growing up. At a young age, she began collecting textiles meant for use on interior upholstery pieces and later realized the fabrics would make beautiful purses. While pursuing a marketing and journalism degree at the University of Mississippi, she worked with a local handbag maker, who had a shop in his garage, to produce the first of many prototypes. It took three years to perfect the clutches, done in two sizes. However, the work paid off and in 2012 Deyhle left her 9-5 job in marketing to pursue a career as a handbag designer full-time. Much like the architecture profession, the construction of her bags is meticulous. The fabric is hand cut and bags are lined with Spinneybeck leather with magnetic closures at corner flaps. Her 2013-2014 collection is influenced by a recent trip to Spain where she studied the work of architect, Antoni Gaudí. Deyhle’s collection of luxury handbags are sold at James Davis and Hoot + Louise in Memphis and continues to expand.

feature 4. DeNovo Style With more than a decade of design and pattern expertise, Elizabeth Holliday, owner and designer of DeNovo Style, creates beautiful coats from pattern to finish. Originally from San Francisco, Holliday started her company in 2001, and continued to increase focus on outerwear when she moved to Memphis in 2007. Enjoying every minute of the design process, Holliday personally tries out each piece for insight into fit, functionality and the overall aesthetic quality of each style. Fabrics and closures are carefully hand picked by Holliday, then sewn with meticulous detail. While Holliday admits she does work with a small sewing house in Los Angeles, she does make a significant number of coats with the help she has in Memphis and continues to do a lot of the sewing herself — especially on her custom design and custom fit orders. Today, the DeNovo line can be found in stores all over the country from San Francsico to Chicago, Pasadena to Suthampton, New York to Philadelphia. To purchase a coat visit the website or shop online at

6. Southern Girl Jewelry 5. Kyle Taylor Memphis artist Kyle Taylor is a graphic designer among many other things, with some popular tees. His current designs include the Shelby Farms buffalo T-shirt which features the face of a bison and his Tennessee T-shirt which features the letters TN formed by the shape of the state can be purchased at Hoot+Louise in downtown Memphis.

Southern Girl Jewelry, formed in May of this year by Oxford native Annie Thomas features unique designs inspired by the South and its natural surroundings. After college, Thomas moved to New York with her husband where she studied the art of metalsmithing and jewelry design. Today, Thomas works in her studio in Oxford where she handcrafts each design through various techniques of metal fabrication. Her debut line includes three distinct collections: Flora, Fauna and Southern Ways. Each collection features earrings and necklaces accompanied by a card describing the design and the meaning it holds, such as: love, new beginnings, luck and family to name a few. Southern Girl Jewelry is currently sold at LuLu’s in Oxford and The Levee Shack in Tunica. | AUGUST 2013 81



1. Jason Coleman’s farm tables Hernando resident Jason Coleman’s craftsmanship is present in several local banks, restaurants and homes in the form of custom-made farm tables. These sturdy dining room tables are handmade from the sides of old barns, many of which Coleman deconstructs himself. Unlike most cherrywood or oak tables, Coleman’s tables are made from hardy barnyard cypress that doesn’t rot and can potentially last for generations. In addition to dining room tables, he also crafts custom pieces designed specifically to hold the infamous Big Green Egg ceramic grills, perfect for the barbecue enthusiast.

2. Graham’s Lighting Graham’s Lighting is a Memphis-based company that stocks a variety of sconces, chandeliers and lanterns manufactured right in the Bluff City. For more than half a century, Graham’s has scoured the globe for inspiration regarding the best and most elegant European-style style lighting. From interior wall sconces for small bedrooms to exterior lanterns for entryways and extravagant ceiling centerpieces, Graham’s has the stuff to help any home shine bright.

4. Iron Dawg Metal Iron Dawg Metal based in Amory, Mississippi features a line of handcrafted and emblematic pieces, perfect for showcasing Bulldog pride. Perfect for a wall hanging or tailgating function, these iconic works display many of the symbols that have made MSU a highly recognizable part of the history of college athletics.

3. Tennessee Pewter Company Malleable metal maven and Somerville, Tennessee native Kathleen Armour Walker heads Tennessee Pewter Company, a business that produces a bevy of classy custom crafts. All of these handcrafted and lead-free products serve as the perfect gift to accent wedding receptions, graduations and baby showers. In addition to a wide selection of jewelry, Tennessee Pewter Company also stocks a line of tableware such as tea sets and decorative candlestick holders. 82 AUGUST 2013 |


1. Al Hambelin’s custom Duck Calls

Al Hamberlin of Paleo River Duck Calls has broken the mold with his exclusive line of individually handcrafted custom duck calls. Built in the Mississippi Delta, these one of a kind calls are made of trophy deer antlers, giving them a unique look and feel where no two calls are alike. Single and double-reed designs are available.

3. Southern Chimes During the steamy summer months, the tingle of wind chimes often heralds the coming of a cool breeze and a much-needed respite from the sweltering Southern humidity. These custom wind chimes come courtesy of Karen Crumpton, a Hernando craftswoman and enterprising farmer’s market mainstay. Made from recycled wine bottles and other found materials, Crumpton crafts each piece individually to suit her clients’ preferences. She takes a good deal of commission orders, most of which are emblazoned with popular sports teams or Alma maters.

feature 2. Nick’s Tackle Tadpoles Bait Shop in Hernando stocks a variety of lures handcrafted by locals, including a special line personally crafted by owner Robbie Franks’ son. Nick Franks, a 19-year-old cancer patient currently undergoing treatment at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, makes the lures in his spare time to earn a little extra spending money. These local lures are expertly crafted to catch what’s lurking in the waters of Mississippi getaways like Sardis Lake. Nick’s tackle is best suited for those seeking bream and crappie, although he has an upcoming line of spinner baits in the works.

4. All Decked Out Patio Furniture Bright colors and elaborate wicker designs are the signature style down at All Decked Out in Amory, Mississippi. This outdoor emporium packs gifts and bouquets, although the stars of the show have always been their uniquely crafted handmade chairs, benches and hammocks.

5. Curtis Taylor Birdhouses What began as a church fundraising effort seven years ago has become an ongoing passion for Byhalia craftsman Curtis Taylor. Using discarded cedar fencing and a variety of other found materials, Taylor produces high-quality and intricately detailed birdhouses that have quickly become the envy of every avian in the county. He spends the winter months of every year devising and assembling an array of birdhouses based on iconic local landmarks such as the Hernando water tower and several local diners, municipal buildings and gas stations. Taylor has been known to take commissions and his intricately detailed works recreate his subjects to the smallest degree, from slightly discolored bricks to the type of cars usually parked outside an establishment. He produces a number of houses geared toward sparrows, chickadees and wrens, as well as larger, bluebird-specific lodging and even a few bat nesting hideaways. | AUGUST 2013 83


Just For Fun

1. St. Blues Guitars

St. Blues Guitar Workshop is located right in the heart of the blues Mecca of Downtown Memphis. True bluesmen know the St. Blues name, as veteran pickers and enterprising strummers alike have been drawn to these topquality handcrafted guitars. The sounds from the stings of original St. Blues guitars echo throughout the halls of juke joints and stadiums nationwide and have been held by the likes of Eric Clapton, Albert King, Bono and Billy Gibbons. The workshop also crafts a line of custom cigar box guitars, which produce a one-of-a-kind sounds that replicate the rhythm of legendary blues guitarists like Lightnin’ Hopkins, Harry Manx and Tom Waits.

3. Heart of Eden Soaps The healing properties of goat’s milk have been shown to be just the soothing touch needed for delicate skin. These are true lye soaps that don’t use any petroleum or artificial dyes and no two bars are alike, but all are smooth and colorful, each one bearing a unique marble look. They are lightly scented and handmade, as part of a line of products from Daily Blessings Farm in Hernando. Heart of Eden blends a variety of natural oils to produce a number of unique fragrances, from cranberry to cashmere and even a special formula for gardeners and hunters that replicates the distinct aroma of Mississippi dirt.

4. Scatterbrained Pet Accessories Scatterbrained pet accessories are handcrafted with the discerning pooch in mind. Enterprising entrepreneur and Southaven resident Jordan Clark weaves her own collars and leashes in an array of colorful designs. Clark draws inspiration from famous accessory designers like Amy Butler and Joel Dewberry to create the most fashionable accessories for four-legged friends of all sorts, from the tiny Chihuahua to the lumbering Great Dane.

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2. Mrs. Post Stationary Mrs. Post Stationary a line of stationery produced exclusively in Memphis and distributed to more than 600 stores across the country. Their Poplar Avenue location stocks a number of whimsical sketchbooks and notepads in fun and functional designs. In addition, the team at Mrs. Post offers custom greeting cards, wedding notifications and invites to make every special occasion a truly unique experience right from the start.

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Food & Drink Aunt Lizzie’s Cheese Straws

Outdoor Southern Chimes

1531 Overton Park Ave., Memphis, TN 800.993.7788,

Hernando Farmers Market 2535 Highway 51 South, Hernando, MS

Charles Force’s Local Nesbit Honey

All Decked Out Patio Furniture


Dinsthul’s Chocolate

5280 Pleasant View, Memphis, TN 901.337.2650,

Delta Grind Grits

Water Valley, MS 62.202.6822,

Paleo River Duck Calls


Nick’s Fishing Lures

McCarter Coffee Company

Rendezvous BBQ Sauce

Just for Fun

52 S 2nd St., Memphis, TN 901.523.2746,

Heart of Eden

4540 Smith Rd., Hernando, MS 662.233.0112,

Mrs. Post Stationary

Style Southern Girl Jewelry The Levee Shack, Tunica, MS Lulu’s, Oxford

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1858 Oliver Ave., Memphis, TN,

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Hoot+Louise, Memphis, TN

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Hoot+Louise, Memphis, TN

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645 Marshall Ave., Memphis, TN 901.578.3588,

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Southaven, MS 901.334.7144,

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Man has been making beer from malted cereal grains since the beginning of civilization, but a recent trend in specialty craft beer is changing the way people think about the age old tradition. The craft brew revolution is sweeping the country, and the MidSouth is no exception. By LISA ELAINE BABB AND MICHELLE CORBET

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Leslie Henderson wasn’t sure what to get her husband Mark for Christmas in 2000. As she flipped through the pages of a catalog, she settled on a homebrew kit. Soon after, the couple’s house was overrun with 5-gallon glass jugs filled with their homemade creations. With the encouragement from family and friends, who were huge proponents of the Henderson’s beer, the couple began their journey to establish Mississippi’s first brewery — Lazy Magnolia Brew-

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feature entering the American Brewers Guild Brewing School in July 2003 followed by an apprenticeship at Crescent City Brewhouse in the Spring of 2004. Her dream became a reality in late 2005 when Lazy Magnolia brewed its first batch of beer, the smooth and nutty Southern Pecan. Since then, five other Mississippi brewing companies have popped up across the state. “Leslie and Mark, they are the perfect people to pave the pathway,” says Skyler Hatch, MidSouth brand manager for Lazy Magnolia. “It makes them proud to know they started something that others can follow in their footsteps.” Beginning in the Western United States, the number of small, independent microbreweries began to sharply rise in the 90s and has boomed ever since. As of March, there were 2,360 craft breweries operating in the country according to the Brewers Association. Craft beer is known for its unique flavors and high-quality ingredients. While the MidSouth has been slow to keep up with the national trends in the beer-based revolution, both brewers and consumers are catching on. In the last decade, three breweries have consistently provided MidSoutherners with unique and handcrafted beers: Boscos Brewing, Ghost River Brewing and Lazy Magnolia. Changes in legislature are keeping up with trend, the rise of craft beer. In 2012, the Mississippi legislature passed a law that raised the legal alcohol weight in beer from five to eight percent. This opened a new market for craft beer in Mississippi; at least 75 new beers became available. “Mississippi was extremely limited until the passage of the law,” says Jeff Brasher, vice president of sales and marketing over the alcoholic beverage division of Clark Beverage Group in Mississippi. To celebrate, Lazy Magnolia hosted a midnight bash the night before the law went into effect. They toasted to Timber Beast, an Imperial Rye Pale Ale

with 8.9 percent alcohol by volume, ushering in the first high-gravity beer brewed in Mississippi. “We threw a big party, and in six months, it became our second best seller next to Southern Pecan,” says Hatch. Lazy Magnolia is well known for its signature craft beer, Southern Pecan. Based in the southern Mississippi town of Kiln, the brewery has grown from its roots as a humble mom-and-pop shop to serving craft beer throughout the MidSouth in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Their unique beers include Southern Pecan made with whole roasted pecans, Southern Gold infused with honey, Deep South Pale Ale with a crisp taste; Jefferson Stout brewed with sweet potatoes, Indian Summer with orange peel and coriander and Southern Hops’pitality with fruits and a special hops blend.“It was a hobby at first, but they knew they had something good on their hands, and they kept going with it,” Hatch says. Another significant brewing law went into effect on July 1 that has the potential to change the face of beer in Mississippi. Home brewing was federally legalized in 1978, but it was left up to each state to regulate it. With the passage of Senate Bill 2183, Mississippi became the 50th and final state to legalize home brewing. However, home brewing is no new phenomenon in the state according to Hatch. “I’ve known quite a few people to home brew — one a preacher. It will just be more open now,” Hatch says. He sees the passage of this law as a benefit to the region. “It will allow more shops to open up and bring a bigger awareness of where beer is heading, which is to the craft.” Memphis currently has one craft brewery, Ghost River Brewing, and one brewpub, Boscos which opened in 1992. Chuck Skypeck and Jeremy Feinstone, founding partners of Ghost River Brewing and Boscos’ parent company Roma Pomodori, Inc., opened Ghost River Brewing in downtown Memphis

“I’ve known quite a few people to home brew — one a preacher. It will just be more open now.”

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“It’s better to start with great water. It’s like starting out with a great canvas. With a fresh canvas, we can make great beer. Coors advertises its pure, mineral spring water, but they don’t have anything on Memphis water.”

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in 2007. They attribute their beer’s great taste to something Memphis is known for: its great tap water. The only other city in America with better tap water, according to Boscos’ brewmaster Adam Hargrove, is New York. Hargrove has served as Boscos’ brewmaster for three years and has been home brewing for over five years. Two factors make Boscos’ beer stand out to Hargrove: “It is craft brewed so each batch is different. We use local water, which is some of the best ground water for brewing in the entire nation.” Feinstone has seen MidSoutherners’ appetites for craft beer increase firsthand. “We started off with a couple thousand barrels, and by the end of this year, we’ll have 12 thousand-plus barrels a year,” he says. Ghost River and Boscos Brewing get their water from the Ghost Section of the Wolf River. This pure water is naturally forced up from the Memphis’ sand aquifer. Feinstone attributes the great taste and quality of the companies’ beer to this ingredient. “It’s better to start with great water. It’s like starting out with a great canvas. With a fresh canvas, we can make great beer,” he says. “Coors advertises its pure, mineral spring water, but they don’t have anything on Memphis water.” Ghost River makes a generous donation for every barrel of beer sold to help conserve the Wolf River, an essential source of Memphis’ artisan water supply, Feinstone says, an echo of the company’s slogan “think global, drink local.” In 2011, the brewing company underwent a $750,000 expansion project with bottling system that doubled their production from 2,500 to 5,000 barrels annually. Ghost River also won their first silver medal in 2011 for their Cooperhead Red in the Irish-Style Red Ale category of the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colo. By the end of 2013, Feinstone estimates the brewery will be producing 24,000 kegs, or 372,000 US gallons, of beer a year. With such a high demand, the brewery is currently operating on a seven day a week production schedule. Ghost River was once known to give public tours of the brewing facility, but had to postpone tours indefinitely due to high demand. “We’re trying to keep up with the great people of Memphis and their love for great beer,” Feinstone says.

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Ghost River beer has permeated the city of Memphis and began to move Northeast of the city toward Jackson Tenn., but Feinstone says the beer is so well liked it’s having a hard time getting out of Memphis. “We’re working as hard as we can seven days a week to satisfy the thirst of Memphis,” he says. Ghost River has spilled over into Mississippi servicing a hand full of restaurants in Southaven, Clarksdale, Hernando, Como, Horn Lake, Leland, Olive Branch and Tunica. It has yet to be served in any of the Boscos chains in Franklin, Tenn., Nashville, Tenn. or Little Rock, Ark. Feinstone says he hopes by next year, the compnay will have grown enough to be selling beers as far away as Texas. In addition to these well-established crafters, there are three more microbreweries in the works in Memphis: High Cotton Brewing Company, Wiseacre Brewing Company and Memphis Made Brewing Company, all of which are scheduled to open this year. High Cotton Brewing will serve beer to the community from their location in Downtown Memphis. Wiseacre is planning to open in Memphis’ Broad Avenue Arts District. Memphis Made brews in the heart of the Cooper-Young neighborhood in Midtown. Last July, High Cotton helped to change the city of Memphis’ alcohol code that required brewpubs and microbreweries to serve food if they planned to have tasting rooms or allow the consumption of pints on the premises. The brewing company, created by Mike Lee of Mid-South Malts, lawyer Brice Timmons, engineer Ryan Staggs, United Airlines pilot Ross Avery and a silent donor, plans to have a tasting room that will feature 10 to 12 different varieties of beer at its downtown headquarters

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feature at 598 Monroe Ave. Wiseacre is the brainchild of two local brothers, Davin and Kellan Bartosch both of whom have worked for years as professional brewers. They will open a 13,000 square-foot tap room at 2783 Broad Ave that will be named after a term of endearment their grandmothers often called them as children - wiseacre. In July, the brothers made the announcement that they will be packaging two of their beers year-round in aluminum cans, making Wiseacre the first brewery in Tennessee to can their beer. One will be an American pilsner named Tiny Bomb, the other Ananda India Pale Ale. Memphis Made will not sell directly to the public when it first opens, instead it will sell kegs to local restaurants. However, founder Drew Barton has plans to create a tasting room where patrons can sip their brew by the I Love Memphis mural in their Cooper-Young location. It didn’t take long after brewing his first batch of beer for

Barton to figure out he wanted to turn it into a career. “Right after I made it, I knew that it was what I wanted to do,” Barton says. “It just got me; I was hooked right away.” Barton left his job brewing for French Broad Brewery in Asheville, N.C. to start his own brewery in the Bluff City from 768 S. Cooper. To most brewers, crafting ale is about more than just bypassing the gas station checkout line and making beer at home. It is a creative process that involves time, patience and a bit of sweat. Hopefully, the product is a big batch of unique handmade beer and memories that will last for years to come. It can be a hobby, a passion or even turn into a fruitful career. To Feinstone, this is only the beginning of the craft beer revolution in the MidSouth. “In Memphis, it is getting to be an exciting time, attracting others to come to Memphis and brew beer,“ he says. “It will create an interesting beer environment.” | AUGUST 2013 95

feature CRAFT BEER Craft beer is an alcoholic beverage produced on a small scale by independent brewers. Many craft beers eschew the traditional Americanstyle lager for a drink that is heavier and hoppier than traditional fare. HOME BREW Home brewers are the brave men and women who take up the task of concocting the perfect beer right from their own kitchens. A far cry from the moonshiners of old, home brewers ferment and bottle their own beer for noncommercial use, either purely as a hobby or a treat for entertaining guests. Many start with a simple kit and continue by forging their own personal equipment and brewing style to suit individual tastes. BREW PUB A brew pub microbrewery is any sort of commercial operation that produces its own beer on a small scale. This is defined by the Brewers Association as an organization that produces fewer than 6 million barrels a year. A good example of one of these would be Boscos in Midtown Memphis. MICROBREWER A microbrewer crafts, bottles and distributes a signature type of beer. These are different from home brewers in that they typically produce several thousand barrels annually, not just a few kegs.

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Easy Outdoor Entertaining Entertaining guru Amos Gott shares some tips for pulling together an easy summer party, right from the aisles of the grocery store.

Photography by Ashley Hylbert

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Summer entertaining is

all about casual and comfort— nothing too complicated, nothing too fussy. Whether having friends over to enjoy the pool, sit on the patio or relax inside in the air conditioning, here are some easy shopping and entertaining tips to create a lazy, hazy and easy outdoor summer party.

Hungry yet? (Candelabra, salad bowl and tray for fries from Obelisk. Ceramic French guinea hens, votives, vases, Turkish T towels and kebab tray from AshBlue.)

Every grocery store has a few items that you can take from freezer to oven to table. Here are some tips for navigating the typical supermarket to come up with items that will be effortless but will wow guests. Start with an appetizer that could actually even be a main course on a larger scale. Southern comfort food is huge right now. There’s nothing more relaxing than the tastes we grew up with or the flavors we associate with family. So a tray of mini-chicken and waffles would not only be satisfying, but a conversation starter, as well. Purchase a box or two of the Eggo Minis along with a bag of frozen chicken tenders or boneless buffalo wings. Follow directions to bake, then top the mini waffle with a piece of the tender and spear with a skewer. Have a little syrup on the side or drizzle a little over the platter. The result: mini-chicken and waffles! Wow your guests with an impressive beverage. Whether alcoholic or not, all you need is your favorite punch recipe (today we made Watermelon Margaritas), a large watermelon, a spigot you can order from, and a few kitchen tools to complete your Watermelon Keg. Typically, the main time consumer of any party is the entree and one of the easiest ways to cook it

is on the grill. The grocery meat department typically has beef and chicken kebobs already skewered and waiting for purchase. Just crank up the grill and throw them on, rotating a few times. It couldn’t be easier! For an easy salad, try a Very Berry Delicious Summer Salad. Toss together 8 cups mixed salad greens, 2 cups fresh blueberries, 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola or blue cheese, and 1/4 cup chopped and toasted walnuts or pecans. Drizzle with the desired amount of bottled vinaigrette (such as Newman’s Own Light Raspberry & Walnut Vinaigrette). Remember not to add the oil until the last minute, as you don’t want to serve overly wilted/ wet greens. Serve out of a large bowl, or individually in bowls or thin rocks glass (aka Old Fashioned) tumblers. You’ll be amazed at what you can find in the freezer section at the grocery store—a check plus in the “keep your party easy” department. And who doesn’t love sweet potato fries? The waffle cut variety is my favorite. (The ones we use are the Alexia brand from Publix.) Serve them directly on a platter, or even put them in cute chevron bags from Buchanan Ink on a tray for individual servings. Grill up some Texas Toast (or let’s call it Tennes-

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Simple accessories and natural elements interspersed along the buffet table add visual appeal.



2 1 Beef and chicken kebabs from Publix are delicious and effortless. (Tray and vases from AshBlue.) 2 A watermelon keg filled with margaritas. (Glassware and tray from Obelisk. Pitcher–for flowers–from AshBlue.) 3 Dulce Dessert’s Strawberry Cupcakes (Linen napkin from Obelisk.) 4 Easy dessert selections. 5 The party-ready buffet. Dig in! 6 Sweet potato waffle fries in individual parchment paper bags. (Berry containers from AshBlue. Tray from Obelisk.)




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entertaining see Toast) while you’re grilling the kebabs and you’ll have an easy, satisfying meal that will wow your guests—not just because of the menu, but because they were able to enjoy your company outside of the kitchen. And we can’t forget about dessert. To complete the meal with a special touch, purchase or whip up some cupcakes. Here, I’ve used strawberry cupcakes from Dulce Desserts. Into a shallow drinking glass or canning jar, like the Weck ones pictured below, spoon two tablespoons of strawberry jam into the bottom of each jar and place the cupcake on top, sans paper wrapper. The presentation will make an easy dessert look unique, as well as keep the bugs away from the sweet treats until it’s time to eat. For the kids, or even the young at heart, purchase Dove ice cream sandwiches and roll the edges in colorful sprinkles. They’ll love having their own special treat. Finish up the table with items around the home. Arrange silverware in glasses next to plates and bright napkins at the start of the buffet.

Next, line up the buffet with easy delicacies. For this party, the salad is placed in a beaded pewter bowl, the bags of waffle fries on another pewter tray, and the kabobs on a ceramic platter, ending with the Tennessee Toast on a rattan charger. To round out your table, decorate it with candles and a few fun artifacts to keep it interesting. Flowers, fern fronds, ivy and herbs from the garden, grocery or local flowers arranged in colored glass vases make the table pop with color. For a beverage station, place the Watermelon Keg on the edge so guests can pour from the spigot into brightly colored glasses. Don’t forget the ice, along with other beverages that are being served. For this party, acrylic wine goblets from Obelisk are used for the wine and a rustic beer carrier from Ash Blue complete the table. Entertaining for large groups is fun. However, there’s nothing like a casual, easy party where the focus is on a few friends; the food comes easy, but still impresses; and the décor is simple but still striking.


This reclaimed wooden box from AshBlue makes for an interesting beer container.

SOURCES Event design: Amos Gott 615.481.7900, Photography: Ashley Hylbert 615.426.0265, Thanks also to: French King Properties 615.292.2622, The Patton Family for providing the lovely backdrop for our shoot.

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And many thanks to AshBlue (615.383.4882, and Bradford’s (615.386.0502, bradfordsinteriors. com) and Obelisk, as well, for providing our fabulous entertaining accessories.

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The Dish

Tried-and-true recipes from fellow readers.

Chicken, Sausage and Seafood Gumbo Recipe Recipe Courtesy of SHELLY JOHNSTONE | Photos by MICHAEL HENSLEY

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Yield: About 20 appetizer servings (1 8 oz. cup serving per person).


1½ cup chopped bell peppers 1 cup chopped celery 2 cups chopped onions 1 pound fresh okra

Seasoning mix:

2 whole bay leaves ½ teaspoon each: white, cayenne and freshly ground pepper ¼ teaspoon dried oregano leaves 2 teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves ¾ cup of flour ¾ cup of oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic 6 to 8 skinless chicken thighs 1 lb. Andouille or Kielbasa sausage 1 lb. medium shrimp, preferably with heads on 1 dozen medium to large oysters in their liquor ¾ lb. crabmeat or crab bodies 2½ cups hot cooked rice 5½ cups mixed chicken and shrimp stock (can adjust based upon the consistency you want)

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food Directions:

Prep: • Chop bell peppers, onions and celery; reserve trimmings from onion and celery to make chicken and shrimp stock. • Poach chicken thighs with half of the onion skin and celery trimmings; reserve stock and chop chicken. Put aside in the refrigerator. • Peel, devein and dehead shrimp. Make stock from shrimp shells, heads and remaining onion and celery trimmings. • Put shrimp in the refrigerator until needed. • Slice okra and put aside. • Slice Andouille sausage and put in refrigerator until needed. • Mix seasonings.

The roux:

1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over high heat until it begins to smoke, about 5 minutes (I use a cast iron skillet). 2. Gradually add the flour, whisking constantly with a long-handled metal whisk. 3. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the roux is dark red-brown/brown (but not burned – adjust heat if need be, or take on and off burner), for about 10-15 minutes, being careful not to let it scorch or splash on your skin. 4. Immediately add the chopped vegetables and stir well (switch to a spoon). Continue stirring and cooking about 3-5 minutes. 5. Stir in the seasoning mix and continue cooking about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic; stir well, then cook and stir about 1 minute more. Reserve the skillet as is to cook the okra. 6. Meanwhile, place the chicken/shrimp stock in a stock pot. Bring to a boil. 7. Add the roux/vegetable mixture by spoonful to the boiling stock, stirring until dissolved between each addition. 8. Bring mixture to a boil for 5 minutes and then turn to medium. In the skillet in which you made the roux, add the okra and sauté until hot. Add to gumbo. 9. Sauté the sausage, drain on paper towls and then add to gumbo. 10. Add the chopped chicken. Return to a boil for 15 minutes. 11. Reduce heat and simmer until you like the consistency – at least for a couple of hours, but I generally cook mine at least 4 hours. Stir occasionally.


When you are ready to serve, add the seafood and return to a boil for a few minutes, stirring occasionally until the seafood is just done. Mound ¼ cup of rice in the middle of each serving bowl (wide, low bowls are best). Spoon 1 cup of gumbo around the rice, making sure each person gets an assortment of the seafood and sausage. Serve with your favorite beverage and a fresh baguette from your farmers market!


A darker roux makes a thinner gumbo, which I prefer. If you want it thicker, don’t cook the roux as long (only to a peanut butter color). You cannot leave the roux for long without whisking, so make sure all distractions are taken care of beforehand. | AUGUST 2013 105

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Nothing to SHRUG OFF Fall Football and Shoulder Injuries



With the return of football season, we look forward to the cooler weather of autumn and watching our favorite teams chase down a championship. No matter which team you support, football always seems to provide us with fun and entertainment. Unfortunately, the competitive season also brings unwanted injuries. Intense shoulder pain can be the consequence of a diving catch or an aggressive football tackle. Oftentimes, a player is heard of “dislocating” his shoulder or “separating” his shoulder following one of these plays. Contrary to popular belief, these terms do not mean the same thing. They are different and distinct injuries. When a player dislocates his shoulder, the head of the humerus (upper arm bone) comes out of its normal socket in the shoulder. It is exceedingly painful and often requires a trained medical professional to put the shoulder back in place. The shoulder has an extremely wide range of motion, which increases the likelihood of dislocation. In fact, the shoulder is the most commonly dislocated joint in the body. Depending on how the shoulder is injured, the shoulder can be dislocated in many different directions. Yet over 90 percent of the time, the head of the humerus moves forward out of the socket, causing an anterior dislocation. Initial treatment consists of promptly putting the shoulder back in place, since the blood supply to the shoulder and arm may be compromised. Once stabilized, treatment for the shoulder ranges from conservative measures to operative treatment. Conservative measures consist of an arm sling, physical therapy and activity modification. Surgery is not always needed for an uncomplicated, first-time shoulder dislocation. However, when surgery is necessary, it typically involves arthroscopic repair of the torn and stretched soft tissues of the shoulder joint. On the other hand, when a player separates his shoulder, the junction of the collar bone and shoulder blade is disrupted. Con-

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trary to a dislocation, the ball and socket of the shoulder joint remain in place. The disruption or separation of the collar bone and shoulder blade typically causes pain at the front part of the shoulder. It usually occurs after a direct fall onto the shoulder and does not need to be put back in place on the field or in the emergency room. The injury can range from a mild sprain to severely torn ligaments (soft tissue). Usually, a shoulder separation can be treated non-operatively with an arm sling and proper physical therapy. However, when the injury is severe and multiple ligaments are torn, a surgical reconstruction is required.

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You Want To Do What, Where?

Whether required by a lending institution or used simply as a necessary tool for prudent decision making, every prospective business venture should formulate a business plan. While there are many areas routinely addressed in most business plans, such as initial capitalization and expenditures, the demographics and scope of the relevant market, existing and anticipated competition, projected revenue and expenses, zoning and/or use restrictions applicable to the desired location are frequently overlooked. As a result, many prospective businesses have invested significant time and capital in pursuing a new business venture, only to later discover that the particular type of business is prohibited in the desired location; this is often after property has already been purchased or a lease has been executed. Most counties and municipalities enact zoning ordinances, which designate specified areas within its boundaries with particular classifications such as “commercial,” “residential” and “agricultural.” Within each designated zone, only specific types of businesses and uses are allowed without special permission from the governing body (commonly referred to as conditional uses or special exceptions). If the new business venture involves activities not allowed within the particular zoning district in which the business wishes to locate, the governing body will not allow that business activity to occur absent the business obtaining special permission to do so. Further, even if a particular business use is allowed, certain activities within that use may be prohibited. For example, a restaurant may be a permitted use at a particular location, but special permission may be required for live entertainment to be pro-

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vided in the restaurant. Significantly, the approval required from the governing body is by no means automatic or simply a “rubber stamp.” A new business venture should never presume that its particular business or a specific desired activity to be offered by the business will comply with the applicable zoning ordinance or, if not, will be approved by the governing body. Zoning ordinances include specific requirements that must be satisfied, and a public hearing is necessary in order to allow neighboring residents and businesses to object to the proposed use before a conditional use or special exception can be granted. And, yes, the governing body has the lawful authority to prevent a non-conforming business or specific use from opening, and to shut down a non-conforming business or prohibit a specific use — even if substantial funds and long term commitments have already been invested in the business. An integral part of any prospective business venture is a comprehensive business plan, and an integral part of any business plan should be to verify that the nature and scope of the prospective business’ activities will be allowed in the desired location. If a conditional use or special exception appears necessary, legal counsel should be consulted to assist in the application process and the required hearing(s). In today’s ever-increasing climate of government regulation of private property, “location, location, location” is only the first consideration. ______________________________________ This article is not intended to be legal advice. Legal advice is dependent upon the facts of any particular situation and the state of the law at any given moment. The information provided should only be used as a guide regarding the issues individuals may face and should not be relied upon as legal advice.

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S D Cochon Heritage BBQ & National Bourbon Month Bringing food, farmers and friends together, COCHON Heritage BBQ will return to the MidSouth on August 30. Focusing on local farmers and heritage breed pigs, the event will feature interactive demonstrations by chefs, butcher demonstrations, panel discussions and, of course, tons of barbecue. Accompanying the renowned chefs are craft brewers, winemakers and acclaimed distillers that will be serving up their own masterpieces all night long. The event ventures beyond celebrating friendly competition and the love of barbecue, and looks to raise awareness for local and sustainable food. Guests can be a part of this one-of-a-kind event at the Peabody Hotel for $125, general admission, and $200, VIP.

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CLICK magazine-August 2013  

August 2013 Issue- The monthly magazine for people, places and parties in the Mid-South.

CLICK magazine-August 2013  

August 2013 Issue- The monthly magazine for people, places and parties in the Mid-South.