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DEPARTMENTS 17 | INTERVIEW The Duck Commander Local historian Jimmy Ogle fits the bill as the Peabody Hotel’s newest Duckmaster


20 | ARTS Magic & Music Memphis Symphony Orchestra joins Cirque de la Symphonie for an unforgettable holiday experience

22 | MUSIC Championing the Blues Bluesman Grady Champion’s musical growth shines through into his 10th Album, One of a Kind

24 | BOOKS Holiday Hospitality The Art of Entertaining lends inspiration just in time for holiday party planning

26 | RECIPES Stew’s On! A savory pair of stew recipes to take the chill off this winter

30 | FOOD Say "Cheese" The Hi Tone rings in the holidays with The Memphis Grilled Cheese Festival

94 | THE POUR Mulled Wine Fresh orange juice and zest with a tiny bit of honey makes for a cocktail that’s fruity without being cloyingly sweet

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Get Your Jolly On Christmas hits like a truck this time of the year. Early deadlines, neverending traffic jams and crabby retail customers as far as the eye can see. But it's not all seasonal suffering. No, dear readers, it’s all a marathon buildup to the onslaught of family and feasting that comes later this month. Trust me, the payoff will be worth it. This month’s wonderfully wintery issue is all about keeping your cool in these frosty months – shouldn’t be too hard, right? If you’re seeking some inspiration for your winter wardrobe, look no further than this month’s cover feature, “Bundled & Bold” on page 80. Special thanks go out to Madison Yen, Mary Conley, Alexandra Nicole, and our friends at the Visible Music College for assisting with this lovely fashion spread. And if you prefer comfort foods to comfy clothes, and I definitely don’t blame you. The Hi Tone’s second Grilled Cheese Festival is coming up and we have the details, see page 30 for our writeup. And while you’re out, don’t forget to check out the Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s Cirque de la Symphonie event (page 20) later this month – it’s a season spectacle that surely won’t disappoint. For those of you that are a little behind on your Christmas lists, take a peek at our Made in the Mid-South Gift Guide on page 72 for a selection of unique, handmade items that you can’t find anywhere else. In addition, we’ve got the latest how-tos of holiday entertaining, a pair of savory stew recipes and, of course, a selection of the coolest party pics in the Mid-South. So, from all of us to all of you: Happy holidays and bring on 2017! Read on,

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Event photos in this issue were captured by Click photographer Mike Lee. Mike started in news in 1971 as a TV writer, photographer, and art director. For 20 years, his work appeared on national and international television broadcasts, and was published in print media worldwide.

Andrea LeTard Andrea LeTard is a personal chef, cooking instructor, and creator of Andrea’s Cooktales, a recipe website and video series where there’s a story behind every recipe. Her recipes are what she calls “nextgeneration Southern” — fun and fresh with a modern twist using unexpected ingredients. Her recipes have been featured on The Today Show and she was chosen as a Top 100 contestant on MasterChef Season 6. She’s a regular cooking segment contributor on Local Memphis Live. Follow Andrea on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or read her blog and watch her video series at

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The Duck Commander Local historian Jimmy Ogle fits the bill as the Peabody Hotel’s newest Duckmaster Interview and photo by CASEY HILDER

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THE POSITION OF DUCKMASTER is not one to be taken lightly. Just ask Jimmy Ogle, who took on the official position with the Peabody Hotel this past September. Ogle, a native Memphian, will go down in history as the sixth official Duckmaster at the Peabody. Before donning the iconic red coat, Ogle, 64, has spent a lifetime in careers celebrating the rich history of Memphis and the Mid-South. He now leads the time honored tradition of guiding a quintet of North American mallards down the red carpet to the tune of John Philip Sousa’s “King Cotton March” five days a week at 11 a.m. sharp. Click Magazine: How did you score the job of Duckmaster? Chef Aryen: [The Peabody] called me about the position five years ago when I was working with the Riverfront Development Corporation to bring back the then-dormant cruise line industry. I had to tell them I was busy at the time, but when the job came open again I would make it the last job I ever had. Five years later they did, so here I am. It’s a fairy tale for me. The position is the ultimate greeting card for the city and like no other in this country. CM: What are the official duties of the Duckmaster? Did you know what you were walking into? CA: I didn’t know all of them, but I knew some. The ducks here rotate every three months and there’s always a team of five – one drake and four hens – provided by a local farmer. The previous Duckmaster, Anthony Patrina, was the ultimate coach and cheerleader. I greet the guests, talk history and stories to the people, give directions – this red coat works like a magnet. Of course, the first thing I do when I come in every morning is check the ducks on the roof. I always check for eggs and clean up some of the overnight activity. We roll out the red carpet and march them out for guests at around 11 o’clock every 18 DECEMBER 2016 |

day. I guess the defining moment was after I appeared on Food Network Star, Season 10. I knew after that experience that the culinary arts were what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

working as stat crew for the basketball games at Memphis State.

CM: Your new position is kind of an evolution of your role in the city over the years, from working as deputy director of the Memphis Park Commission to giving walking tours around Normal Station and other neighborhoods. What's your resume like? CA: I’ve been giving the neighborhood tours since around 2008. I started as a recreation specialist with the Memphis Park Commission and worked my way up to Deputy Director in 1984. By 1985, I was working in Mud Island as the Interim General Manager. Over the years, I’ve worked with the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, I’ve done Gibson Guitar Factory tours, a few other things. All this time I was

CM: How did you get started with sidewalk tours? CA: In ‘08 I made a challenge to the Center City Comission that I could make a manhole cover tour that would draw in more people than the Court Square Program they were hosting that day. As it happens, I did. That’s what gave me the idea to start doing the sidewalk tours. Around that time, I was running a different tour every week – Beale Street, Overton Square, The Pinch. I did 64 free tours this year to celebrate my 64th birthday. The sidewalk tours are my bread and butter, but nowadays I’m getting better at speaking on almost any subject in the city.

CM: How did you find time for all this? CA: Oh, there’s always time.

CM: Where did your interest in history come from? CA: Working the local attractions back in the day taught me a lot and they kind of lead into each other. For example, if I had to speak about the history of Mud Island, I had to know a little bit about the river, and so on. CM: Have you had any celebrity encounters while giving these tours? CA: Sam Phillips came in while I was giving tours of the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul museum. “Sonny boy,” he says in a deep, booming voice, “Show me your museum.” I was scared to death. But I told him what we did at the museum and then I asked what it meant to him. I learned a lot by doing that. I did the same with people like Ernest Withers, BB King, Wink Martindale and Rufus Thomas. CM: What’s the toughest part of your job? CA: Trying to get the adults to cooperate. The kids are easy! CM: Where do you get your information? CA: I’ve read more than 400 books on Memphis in my life and still counting. I took one history class in my life and that was from Dr. Charles Crawford at Memphis State University in 1973. A few years ago, I competed with Dr. Crawford for the position of Shelby County Historian. CM: How’s life at The Peabody? CA: It’s the center of the known universe, right here. Not just Memphis -- but all the universe – here in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel. In 1981, this was the catalyst for bringing back the downtown district. There was a time when more people were living in jail than living downtown. So naturally, the city builds a bigger jail – one that is the only building in the city better known by its number than its name: 201. And that’s what we had -- no convention centers, no hotels,


nothing. Beale Street was fenced off from ’77 to ’83. Not a single business was open but A. Schwab. The Peabody was the first big project that opened. Followed by Mud Island in July of ’82 and part of Beale Street in ’83. Year by year, we started to see more things like the Civil Rights Museum, the trolley and before you know it, there’s 25,000 people living downtown, more than 100 restaurants, 15 museums and 10 million tourists a year. CM: What's going on at the Peabody this month?

CA: We’ve got the hotel decked out for the holidays and we’ll be hosting a different classical choir in the lobby from now until December 19. CM: What’s the secret to giving a good tour? CA: Be honest and know your facts. You can have a sense of humor, but I’d rather be known for telling the truth. CM: Do you ever plan to write a book? CA: Not with the way I talk – it’d be one long run-on sentence! | DECEMBER 2016 19

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Magic & Music Memphis Symphony Orchestra joins Cirque de la Symphonie for an unforgettable holiday experience Story by TONYA THOMPSON


agitated shoppers in long lines and traffic stretching for miles, imagine the sound of Holiday classics fills the performance hall as an acrobat hovers on aerial silk, twisting and wrapping herself in the fabric without a safety net. Contortionists’ adagio lifts and hand balances form along with the heart-stopping crescendos of a live, full symphony orchestra. And perhaps the best part of this picture is that magic-seeking Mid-South audiences can see the spectacle first hand this December, as Cirque de la Symphonie performs their debut collaboration with Memphis Symphony Orchestra in the 2016 Magic of Memphis Holiday Spectacular. “Cirque performances have been some of the most exciting and successful performances anywhere in the world over the past 25 years,” says Robert Moody, MSO’s Principal Director, who began his career as an apprentice conductor for the Landestheater Opera in Linz, Austria. “Adding the element of a full symphony orchestra makes the experience that much greater.” 20 DECEMBER 2016 |

MSO Principal Conductor, Bob Moody

Moody knows from experience that Cirque de la Symphonie’s cast of acrobats, gymnasts, contortion artists and cirque performers are a perfect complement to the sound of a full symphonic orchestra. “I have conducted them in numerous orchestras all over the United States,” says Moody. “Their acts are perfectly choreographed to live music from [an] orchestra, while comedy, amazing feats of strength and agility are all on display.”

“Cirque performances have been some of the most exciting and successful performances anywhere in the world over the past 25 years.”

The 2016-2017 season is Moody’s first year working as Principal Conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, although he has often collaborated with MSO’s directors and musicians before taking on the role. Since Mei-Ann Chen stepped down as the orchestra’s Music Director, Moody has worked with MSO to move the orchestra forward in its mission to engage wider audiences in a city that is world renowned for its music. “Memphis Symphony is an exciting 21stcentury orchestra,” Moody notes. “We aim to connect to as much of 21st-century culture as we can. With a 70-piece orchestra on stage, playing so many different instruments, there are literally no barriers to the types of music we can play—classical, jazz, pop, rock, blues, country, and on and on.” Currently, along with his role in the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Moody is Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony, Artistic Director of Arizona Musicfest, and Music Director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Having worked with Cirque de la Symphonie before, he is excited to be a part of introducing the Cirque de la Symphonie experience to Mid-South audiences.  “I think audiences will be clamoring for more, once they’ve experienced their magic this year,” he says. The curtain goes up for Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s 2016 Magic of Memphis Holiday Spectacular on December 4 at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts in downtown Memphis. Performance time is 3pm to 5pm, and tickets are available through the Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s website, | DECEMBER 2016 21

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Championing the Blues Bluesman Grady Champion’s musical growth shines through into his 10th Album, One of a Kind Story by MARY ECKERSLEY

BLUES IS ONE WORD WITH MANY MEANINGS, AND a life for much of the South. To some it is lost love while and to others it is the struggle of day-to-day being. “It’s such an emotional word. You’re getting into emotions and stories and stuff like that. Blues says a lot to me,” says Mississippi Blues musician, Grady Champion. As a Grammy-winning songwriter, Champion lives up to his name. He is currently on tour promoting his 10th and most recent album, One of a Kind, which is an experience Champion refers to as “a blessing.” Growing up in Canton, Mississippi, Champion comes from a religious background and got his first start in music singing in his church’s choir – a trope almost as synonymous with the Blues as the harmonica, and just as influential. Before the fascination with the Blues, Champion was a rapper under the name MC Gold. It was at the age of 23 that Champion began his life-long affair with the Blues. “I was a rapper in my teens and I wanted to do a 22 DECEMBER 2016 |

“Basically, it’s about knowing that you’re leaving a legacy of people knowing what you’re about. Through your music, you can tell a lot about your life – that’s my favorite”

more mature music. When I heard how they played the harmonica and how when they played I would feel things, I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” says Champion. Champion has worn many hats throughout his career, from singer and guitarist to songwriter and producer. His most recent album is a celebration of his evolution over the past two decades. “I want people to take away growth: the growth of me and my career and my songwriting, the growth of being an artist. I love seeing the growth of artists,” says Champion. The album was produced under his label Malaco Records in Jackson, Mississippi, alongside a variety of artists, young and old, including Eddie Cotton and Elvin Bishop. From the very first note of the its leading track “Bump and Grind,” the album immerses you in the Blues

world of local juke joints found up and down the Mississippi Delta. For those unfamiliar with Blues, tracks like “House Party” are there to assure you that there’s more to the genre than grief and pain. Offering a little bit of everything, the albums namesake track, “One of a Kind” holds a ballad quality that can speak to the lover in everyone while “Stone in My Path” is a tune one cannot help but tap their feet along to. Then there are the harmonies on “Move Something” that highlight the genre’s strong ties with Gospel style and get you up and moving like you’re at an old-school church revival. There is no topic off-limit for Champion who writes as he goes, letting his feelings guide the way. “You just have to follow your heart. Your heart will lead you there and then you go,” says Champion. And as a touring musician, going is a large aspect to his career. “Being away from home is hard, but the touring has been great. The shows are getting a whole lot better; I love the folks that we have on this one. Just the way we’re going in it and the acceptance of this record – it’s great,” says Champion. Just this tour alone has seen him going anywhere from Lancaster, Penn. to Tel Aviv, Israel. Champion says he hopes to get the opportunity to work with more musicians and take advantage of missed opportunities as they come back around. Right now, it is just about enjoying what he has got going on. “Basically, it’s about knowing that you’re leaving a legacy of people knowing what you’re about. Through your music, you can tell a lot about your life – that’s my favorite,” says Champion.

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Holiday Hospitality The Art of Entertaining lends inspiration just in time for holiday party planning. Review by SHANA RALEY-LUSK



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Stew’s On!

A savory pair of stew recipes to take the chill off this winter Story and photos by ANDREA LETARD

Beef Stew over Polenta INGREDIENTS (4 TO 6 SERVINGS)  • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

1 tbsp olive oil 2 lbs beef chuck or stew meat cut into 1 in pieces 3/4 cup flour 1/2 tbsp salt 1/2 tbsp pepper  6 oz thick cut bacon - cut into lardons  2 onions - chopped  2 small parsnips - peeled and chopped into 1 in pieces  4 large carrots - peeled and cut diagonally into 1 in pieces  1 cup sweet potatoes - chopped into 1 in cubes  8 oz white mushrooms - stems removed and sliced  3 garlic cloves - minced  1/4 cup brandy  1 bottle red wine  2 cups beef stock  2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce  2 sprigs Rosemary  1 bay leaf 1 cup polenta 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan  4 tbsp butter - room temperature  Parsley (optional) 

DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large dutch oven. Pat stew meat dry with paper towels. Combine the flour, 1/2 tbsp kosher salt, and 1/2 tbsp of pepper in a bowl. Toss the meat into the mixture, shake off the excess, and sauté the meat until well-browned. Set the remaining flour to the side. Transfer the browned meat to a plate.  2. Over medium heat, sauté the bacon in the pot until crispy then transfer to the plate with the meat. Add the onions, parsnips, carrots, and sweet potatoes with 1/2 tsp of salt to the pot and cook for about 10-12 minutes or until softened. Add the mushrooms and garlic with another 1/2 tsp of salt and cook for about 2 minutes. Pour in the brandy to deglaze the pot, scraping up the brown bits off the bottom and let it reduce by half. Pour in the wine, beef stock, and Worchestershire sauce. Put the meat back in and add the rosemary and bay leaf. Turn heat to high and let come to a boil for one minute. Put the lid on and transfer to the oven. Let cook for 2 hours or until meat is tender and shreds easily.  3. About 30 minutes before you take the stew out, make the polenta. Heat 4 cups of water and 1 tsp of kosher salt in a large saucepan over high heat. When the water comes to a boil, slowly whisk in the polenta. Let boil for 1-2 minutes, constantly whisking. Turn heat down to low, cover pot and let cook for 20-25 minutes, uncovering and whisking occasionally. Polenta should be a creamy (not too watery, not too dry) consistency. Take off the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese and 2 tbsp of the butter. Taste and add more salt if needed.  4. In a small bowl, combine the 2 tbsp of the remaining flour mixture and the 2 tbsp of remaining butter and stir the paste into the finished stew. To serve, ladle a small serving (about 1/4 cup) of polenta into a bowl and top with the stew. Garnish with parsley if desired.

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Chicken Chorizo Soup INGREDIENTS (4 TO 6 SERVINGS) • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

1 tbsp olive oil 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken tenders Kosher salt Pepper   1 lb chorizo   1 large onion  - diced small  2 large or 3 small orange, yellow, or red bell peppers  - diced small 2 medium zucchini - diced small 3 garlic cloves  - minced  3 tsp ground cumin   1 1/2 tsp ground coriander   2 - 3 chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce - minced  1 (8 oz) can of tomato sauce   2 (14.5) cans of diced fire roasted tomatoes   4 cups chicken stock   Tortilla Chips, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream, Cilantro - for serving 

DIRECTIONS   1. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a Dutch oven or pot. Cut chicken tenders into small strips or cubes. Add to the pot and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Add the chorizo to the pot. Cook for several minutes until the chicken and chorizo start to brown and is cooked through, breaking up the meat into small pieces as it cooks.  2. Add the onion and bell pepper to the pot with a dash of salt and pepper. Let cook until softened. Add the zucchini and garlic with another dash of salt and pepper and let cook until fragrant and softened, about 3 minutes. Add the cumin and coriander, stir together and let cook for another minute.  3. Add the chipotle peppers with some of their sauce, the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil and let simmer. Before serving, taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed. Serve with crumbed tortilla chips, cheese, and green onions on top. | DECEMBER 2016 27



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“IT STARTED YEARS AGO WHILE joking around about how there is a festival for everything,” says McCabe, the organizer behind the Memphis Grilled Cheese Festival taking place this month. “While rambling off all the festival types, it just hit me! And almost everyone loves grilled cheese, right?” The festival debuted in 2015 with a cavalcade of interesting and appetizing grilled cheese renditions ranging from simple cheddar to barbecue macaroni. Since the concept was new, McCabe was surprised by a crowd of roughly 2,000 attendees. “We were so busy,” remembers Katey McCabe, Brian’s wife, who co-organizes the event and helps coordinate the cooking teams who sign up. “I was seven months pregnant, we planned on having it inside and then it just blew up! Not what we expected at all.” 2015’s cooking teams included Mulligans Kirby, MS Hippie Grilled Cheese Grillers and Chillers, Gruyere Disciples, Tamp & Tap and Newby’s, among others. As with last year’s festival, all participating teams in the 2016 event will be handing out samples of their unique spins on classic grilled cheese recipes. Among these samples, a “Fan Favorite” winner is chosen by the festival goers. With a nod to the cooler weather that has been strangely missing from the Mid-South, there will also be competing teams serving up homemade tomato soup—a traditional grilled cheese pairing. Judges will decide the winners of competition categories such as “Most Cheesiest” and “Most Ridiculous” grilled cheese concoction. Among last year’s oddities was a Twinkie stuffed inside the grilled cheese and topped with lobster. That ‘Most Ridiculous’ award later went to Mulligans Kirby, who also won third place in the “Grand Champ” category and first place in “Fan Favorite.” Proceeds from this event will benefit ALIVE Rescue Memphis, a nonprofit organization that focuses on animal rescue and rehabilitation. The Hi Tone will also host live music from The Cassette Set, Faux Killas, and The Sheiks, two bars, and a grilled-cheese eating competition. The event will take place on December 11, from noon to 6 p.m., rain or shine. General admission is $5 for a sampling of every grilled cheese the festival has to offer, with free admission for those who wish to bring an item to donate to ALIVE Rescue Memphis. A list of needed items is available on the festival’s website, | DECEMBER 2016 31

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HomeRun for Habitat The eighth annual HomeRun for Habitat fundraiser was held at Snowden Grove Park in Southaven. The family-friendly event kicked off with a race for all levels, including a 5K, 10K, and Kids Dash. Afterward, participants were invited to take part in a Fall Fest featuring a rock wall, bungee jump, inflatables, and more. Photos by MIKE LEE Kayla Cook & Ava Hall

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Joyce Cobb, Breeze Cayolle, and the Beverly Brothers were among the local talent to perform at this year’s Gala in the Gallery. The event served as a fundraiser for Creative Aging, a local nonprofit that brings art experiences to older adults across the MidSouth. Following a seated dinner, guests could hit the dance floor or participate in a silent auction. Photos by MIKE LEE

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December 9-11 The Nutcracker Presented by Ballet Memphis Orpheum Theatre, Memphis 7:30 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Sat, 2 p.m. Sun., Admission $10–$78 through December 10 Apocrypha The University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tues.–Sat., Admission $3–$5 December 10 Celtic Woman Home For Christmas Symphony Tour Horseshoe Casino’s Bluesville, Tunica 8 p.m., Admission $47–$67 Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors FedExForum, Memphis 7 p.m., Admission $100–$500 December 11 S’mores with Santa Memphis Botanic Garden, Memphis 5–7 p.m., Admission $12–$15 Memphis Grilled Cheese Festival 2 Hi-Tone Café, Memphis Noon to 6 p.m., Admission $5 December 14 Memphis Grizzlies vs. Cleveland Cavaliers FedExForum, Memphis 7 p.m., Admission $40–$400 December 17 Lucero Family Christmas Minglewood Hall, Memphis 8 p.m., Admission $21–$23

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Memphis Cigar Box

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THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE THE SOUND OF A GOOD OLD CIGAR BOX GUITAR. FEW ARE AS FAMILIAR WITH THAT SOUND LIKE MATT ISBELL, FRONTMAN FOR GHOST TOWN BLUES BAND. Isbell started his own business selling handmade guitar slides and cigar box guitars in 2013. “When I was a kid, I remember making a guitar out of a shoebox, rubber bands and metal brackets,” he says. Because many of the frames and bodies are built around found materials, Isbell has been known to a little fun with his designs. “When I started playing Beale Street and looking for ways to stand apart from the crowd, I thought to myself ‘Maybe I should try to make a guitar out of something interesting.’” The three-string cigar box prototype was inspired by Isbell’s first guitar – on which the other three strings were broken. “So I made another one. And another one,” he says. “Now I’ve made 376 of ‘em.” Isbell is no shame to blues lore, playing a central role in University of Memphis student Alexander Conrads’ short film, There Once Was a Cigar Box, a short film that delves into the history of the craft. “He followed me through the whole process of building one and trying it out on Beale Street in real life,” he says. The sound produced by a Memphis Cigar Box guitar can be described as “Grit ‘n’ growl, in a good way.” It definitely sounds like a guitar, but the thicker gauge strings lend themselves to a deeper, more primal baritone than the average guitar. “They have a deep, rich, warm sound,” Isbell says. And for Isbell, there’s no better sales tactic than showing people what these guitars can do onstage. Memphis Cigar Box Guitars have been purchased and picked by big-time players like Eric Schenkman of Spin Doctors, JL Fulks, Janiva Magness, and of course, Isbell himself. Memphis Cigar Box products can be special ordered online for $229.99 for a three-string acoustic, 339.99 for a three-string electric model and $449.99 for a six-string electric. || DECEMBER DECEMBER2016 2016 73 73

Barry Perkins


Perkins’ small business venture is a tribute of sorts to his son, Cohen, who was born with Downs Syndrome. Perkins, a former patrolman with the Senatobia Police Department, left the force to be at home to take Cohen to the myriad of doctor appointments and therapy sessions associated with his condition. “We had no idea what to do at the time,” he says. “You just gotta kind of take what He gives you and roll with it.” The idea for handcrafted crosses and signs stems from an old hobby Perkins had as a teenager and keeps him close to his son at all times. The crosses are hand cut, sanded and painted in Senatobia, Mississippi, and can be used as indoor or outdoor décor. Other popular creations include Mississippi-shaped signs and some subtle shout-outs to local college football teams. Perkins, 44, has hit a stride as a father of three through his craft and caretaking of Cohen. “He loves music, he loves getting out on the boat,” Perkins says. “He wants everybody to sing to him.” Cohen, now 11, delights in hearing “Let My Baby Ride” by R.L. Burnside. Perkins’ signage and crosses are made using 3/8 inch plywood and due to the nature of the craft, no two items are the same. “Ronnie Warren at Senatobia High School taught me woodworking about 26 years ago,” he says. “That stuff kind of sticks with you.” The crosses are the stars of the show, but Perkins has also dabbled in building cornhole tables, desks and dressers on commission. Perkins’ work can be found locally at Blue Olive Shop in Hernando and through wholesale orders.

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The Toffee

Amber Abney and Cassie O’Connell


“I was talking to a friend of mine about branding and she’s, like, the biggest toffee fan,” Abney says. “I didn’t want to be ‘The Germantown Toffee Company’ or anything like that since the recipe was originally from Louisiana. That’s when she says ‘Amber, you don’t need anything else. This is THE Toffee.’” Abney’s take on toffee consists of thick chunks of handbroken bark, lovingly branded with a wide assortment of packaging. The fancy packaging comes naturally for Abney, a freelance graphic designer. Her unique recipe, passed down from relatives in Louisiana, brought forth a trio of toffee treats that serve as the three pillars of her company: “original” milk chocolate with pecans, dark chocolate with pecans, and a nut-free variant of the original. “There are a lot of recipes in the family cookbook, and the one for toffee was pretty much the only one I could pull off,” she says. What was once a popular treat for Teacher Appreciation Days since 2012 became a small business February 1 of 2015 when Abney began accepting online orders. By Valentine’s Day, she had sold 116 pounds of toffee. “Those were crazy days,” she says. “I was making it one pound at a time, pouring it into a tin pan and doing the whole thing myself.” Longtime friend Cassie O’Connell now lends a much-needed hand in in the kitchen for larger orders. “When we make milk or dark chocolate toffee, we can make up to 120 pounds in three hours,” Abney says. The Toffee can be found online for personal orders, as well as various crafts fairs such as the Germantown Festival and Memphis Italian Festival.

¼ lb. box, $6 2 ¼ lbs. jar, $50 Tri-pack, $15 | | DECEMBER DECEMBER2016 2016 75 75


friends started the Downtown Memphis-based clothing store with a goal of selling garments that serve a purpose, but also tell a story. “We basically got a press and started T-shirt printing out of our garage in Cordova,” Evans says. “We were pressing shirts on cardboard boxes, it was great.” When Evans’ wife got pregnant, he knew he had to step things up. Sachë opened its doors in 2010 and gained local notoriety for its selection of unique T-shirts take on all things Memphis, from its iconic area code to the local legends known as the Memphis Grizzlies. “We are not officially partnered with the Memphis Grizzlies, but we do work with FanBank – we produce all their shirts. Every once in a while, we’ll get a call to work with the Grizzlies on some halftime shirts and, of course, we’re always willing to oblige.” The store, which got its name an old graffiti moniker used by Evans, began as a T-shirt shop focused on eco-friendly dyes and pigments. “I was looking for a name that had some meaning for me, something funky. It started as more of a graffiti approach to tie-dye,” says Evans, calling it a “look-feel-purpose” oriented approach to clothing. Not long after opening, Evans and his crew of 10 shifted to an emphasis on what they do best – screen printed T-shirts and tops. In 2012, Sachë incorporated a full-service salon run by Evans’ wife into the store, adding to its “one-stop street shop” vibe. With more than six years in business, Evans says the downtown location has proven a good fit, despite the usual rigors of running a small business. “Small business work can be hard, no doubt,” he says. “The absence of trolleys has hit us hard, but this area has always been prone to economic waves, but I think we’re on the upswing.”

901 World Cup T-shirt, $25 The Grindfather Navy T-shirt, $25 Memphis Vibes Women’s Baseball Tee, $30

Rachel Evans - Salon Manager, Meredith Brocato - Office Manager, Patricia Sewell Receptionist, John Hudson - Screen Printer, Eric Evans - Co-founder/President, Bubba Buxton - Co-owner/Chief Design Officer

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Northern Street Candles & Soap / northernstreetcandlesandsoap


of products was born when Turman’s favorite brand of Shea Butter soap was discontinued one week. Coincidentally, her favorite candle place went out of business soon after. Undaunted, the former realtor decided the next best thing to do was to make her own. “I’ve always been a hands-on, crafty kind of person,” says Turman. “I decided that it really couldn’t be that hard.” She began learning how to throws her own pots and candles under the tutelage of Hernando potter Joseph Eckles. Around this time, she was also learning how to compose her own scents, including the elusive chai tea fragrance that kickstarted her journey in candlemaking. Popular natural smells in the Northern Street line include magnolia, gardenias, jasmine and even kudzu. “That one was a request -- I didn’t even know kudzu had a scent until I looked into it,” she says. “It’s actually delightful.” She rarely makes candles that smell like food, with an few holiday exceptions: peppermint fudge and sugar cookie. The deep, bright colors of Turman’s pottery stand out from the subdued hues of her contemporaries. “When I look for a glaze, I look for something that isn’t drab,” says Turman. “I recently bought a white clay, which gives it even more of a ‘pop.’” Northern Street candles are 100 percent U.S. made, from the soy wax in the candles to the boxes they’re sold in. Turman also handles custom orders and refills. Her candles and soaps can be found local through Bon Von Gifts in Hernando, UpperCutz in Southaven, Impulse Boutique in Collierville and personal order. || DECEMBER DECEMBER 2016 2016 77 77

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A Business Woman With a Giving Nature As a mother of two, and president of Moore Advanced Staffing, LLC, Kayla Moore might seem to have barely enough time to maintain her own rigorous schedule. Yet, according to her office manager, Michelle Rayborn, Moore makes time to give more of herself to neighbors, community organizations, local schools, and most importantly, those in need. “Kayla is known throughout the community as someone who is quick to send a care package and handwritten note of encouragement to neighbors, friends or employees who are sick, going through some sort of difficulty or just celebrating some special event,” Rayborn said. “It’s one thing to be helpful and thoughtful to friends and neighbors, but Kayla goes out of her way to help her employees,” Rayborn said. “Time and time again, she has generously donated money, furniture, food, toys or other essentials to individuals going through a crisis.” Moore, a self-described country girl from Desoto County, credits her late father with her giving nature. “Anything positive in my personality, I owe to my daddy – he never told me what to do; he showed me.”

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Bundled Bold

Heat up the holidays with luxurious layers, metallic tones and jazzy gems


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Left: Fur Vest $79, Center Stage; Blouse $40, Mozelle Boutique; jeans $79, The Ivory Closet; Choker $8, Mozelle Boutique Clutch $54, So Co Apparel; Shoes $139, Center Stage Boutique; Bracelet $15, Mozelle Boutique; Bar Ring $8, Mozelle Boutique; Triangle Ring $6, Mozelle Boutique  Right: Sweater $56, The Ivory Closet; Jeans $79 The Ivory Closet; Hat $30, Paisley Pineapple; Earrings $26, So Co Apparel; Bag $150, Paisley Pineapple Shoes $96, The Ivory Closet | NOVEMBER 2016 81

Jacket $42, Lizzie B Boutique; Top $37, Magnolia Boutique; Jeans $72, Magnolia Boutique; Headband $14, Paisley Pineapple; Necklace $23, Lizzie B Boutique; Bag $98, Sugar Plum Consignments 82 NOVEMBER 2016 |

Sweater $52, Magnolia Boutique; Leggings $42, Magnolia Boutique; Scarf $29, Center Stage Fashion; Boots $65, So Co Apparel; Necklace worn as a bracelet $42, Paisley Pineapple | DECEMBER 2016 83

Left: Sweater $42, Magnolia Boutique; jeans $98, So Co Apparel; Necklace $36, So Co Apparel; Scarf $22, Paisley Pineapple; Boots $47, Lizzie B Boutique Right: Top $25, Sugar Plum Consignment; Jean $79, The Ivory Closet; Necklace $22, Paisley Pineapple; Shoes $30, Sugar Plum Consignment

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Top $50, Mozelle Boutique; Jacket $44, So Co Apparel; Pants $45, Magnolia Boutique; Clutch $128, So Co Apparel; Shoes $109, Center Stage Fashions; Necklace $64, Center Stage Fashions; Bracelet $58, Center Stage Fashions; Ring $74 Center Stage Fashions | DECEMBER 2016 85

Coat $72, The Ivory Closet; Dress $45, Lizzie B Boutique; Leggings $42, Magnolia Boutique; Head Wrap $10, Paisley Pineapple; Bracelet $16, So Co Apparel; Boots $48, Mozelle Boutique; Clutch $38, Magnolia Boutique

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Coat $60, Sugar Plum Consignment; Top $26, So Co Apparel; Jeans $64, Magnolia Boutique; Necklace $12.99, Sugar Plum Consignments; Clutch $38, Magnolia Boutique; Shoes $38, Mozelle Boutique | DECEMBER 2016 87


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LIZZIE B 7124 Kerr Place Olive Branch, 662.890.6133

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MOZELLE 9076 Poplar Pike # 101, Germantown, 901.758.3330

PAISLEY PINEAPPLE 6542 Goodman Rd. #115 Olive Branch, 662.896.2111

SO CO APPAREL 2521 Caffey St. Hernando, 662.298.3493

SUGAR PLUM CONSIGNMENTS 6100 Primacy Pkwy Memphis, 901.763.7799

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A Country Christmas Tips to take your holiday hosting and dÊcor to the next level this season STORY BY MICHELLE HOPE | PHOTOS BY BRIAN ANDERSON The lovingly decorated home of Mark and Lydia Sharpe in Atoka, Tennessee, is quite a sight this time of the year. The couple’s Mediterranean-style home was a custom designed by Mark himself and nestled in the only gated community in Atoka. Mark and Lydia's son, John Mark, decorates the home each holiday for his parents and hosts an annual Christmas Open House in the home just before Thanksgiving. Shoppers get a chance to tour the home and gleam ideas for their own homes, as well as purchase unique home decor items. The following tips from John Mark and Michelle Hope should be sure to provide some much-needed inspiration for decking your own halls. | DECEMBER 2016 91

Set the Scene

• Put on the Christmas tunes and pour yourself a glass of Eggnog to get you into the Christmas spirit. If you set the tone and get organized, you’ll be done in no time. • If you did not organize your decorations previously, set out to do so this year. A little organization will make your life so much easier when this time rolls around next year. • Cut down on clutter by storing your lights wrapped around pieces of cardboard and bagged in plastic grocery sacks, having your ornaments labeled and put in small clear containers, and wreaths stored in large plastic bins.

Change Things Up

• If you feel like you are in a rut and tired of the same old décor, yet don’t want to invest in new stuff, try swapping out the decorations to another room in your home. The change will give everything new life and a new look. • If that doesn’t work, try using arranging your existing decorations in a monochromatic color scheme with all-green or all-red ornaments and lighting. • Less is more, so rather than put out everything you have, eliminate what you didn’t use the year before and focus on what counts -- the front entry, your tree, and a mantle or dining room table are the bare basics.

Light Up Your Life

• Christmas lights are a classic tradition and they add so much ambiance and elegance to a home. When it comes to lighting your tree, most artificial trees come pre-lit, but they can always stand some extra lighting. Add lights to the trunk area to ensure all the ornaments are well lit. For a real tree, make sure you start in the center and wrap

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the trunk area first. Then move to the outer branches, wrapping each major branch all the way out to get truly a truly magical look. • For outside your home, we recommend classic white lights that don’t blink. You can add to your front porch or roofline, over your doorway or adorn several trees. Wrapping each tree branch is time consuming, but worth the effort if you can do it. • Hang long strands of lights from the top of a tall tree’s branches for a waterfall effect. It’s lot less time consuming, but usually requires a tall ladder.

Tannenbaum Tricks

• For every foot of tree height, you need a minimum of 100 lights (more is always better here), 9’ of garland, and 20-30 ornaments in varying sizes. • Trees need ribbon! This is an affordable way to add a special touch to your tree. Using some larger statement pieces will help add

Put on the Christmas tunes and pour yourself a glass of Eggnog to get you into the Christmas spirit.

volume and give your tree that department-store look. Large width, wired ribbon can be used to create a garland and also for making a bow topper and some larger bows for statement pieces. If you want to tie all your décor together, you can use the same ribbon for each room. • If you plan on purchasing a real tree, be sure to snap a needle or a branch from the prospects to check for freshness. The needle should be crisp and smell like pine. Once you get it home-place it in water asap before a seal forms. Real trees need at least 1 gallon of water per day, so be sure your stand can accommodate that. • Elevate your tree if you can -- it makes everything seem much grander. Wooden boxes or milkcrates, urns or even cinder blocks covered with fabric are all options. | DECEMBER 2016 93


Recipe and Photo courtesy of SERENA WOLF

Fresh orange juice and zest with a tiny bit of honey makes for a cocktail that’s fruity without being cloyingly sweet


1 bottle red wine (I recommend a Merlot or a Cabernet Sauvignon)

¼ cup brandy (optional)

1 orange, juiced and zested

3 cinnamon sticks

2 star anise

8 whole cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground all spice

1-2 tablespoons honey (depending on the sweetness of your wine)

Garnish (optional) Orange zest, Cinnamon sticks, Star anise

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DIRECTIONS: Pour your red wine into a medium saucepan. Add the remaining ingredients to the wine. I like to wrap the cloves in cheesecloth, so that I can easily remove them when the wine is ready. If you don’t have cheesecloth, relax. You can always strain your mulled wine before serving. Bring the wine to a simmer and allow is to simmer gently for 30 minutes. If you have longer, by all means keep it simmering away! Ladle your warm mulled wine into glasses (straining if necessary) and garnish each with a little orange zest, a cinnamon stick and a star anise if you’re feeling fancy. Drink and be merry!


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Cedar Hill Farm, Hernando

Christmas Tree Farm Thursday, December 1, 2016 through Thursday, December 22, 2016 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.–Sat., Noon to 5 p.m. Sun. Catch a hayride out into the tree fields and peruse the would-be Christmas trees until you find the one that makes your heart sing. The folks at Cedar Hill Farm can help you cut your tree of choice, bundle it up, and haul it out to your car for you. If you prefer something a little smoother, you can pick out one of the pre-cut Fraser fir trees from the tree stand. Tree prices are $8 per foot. The last hayride out into the field is at 4:30 p.m. each day.

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