This month I will be turning 30 and saying goodbye to my twenties so, to commemorate 29 here is a blog dedicated to the last year of a decade that brought me many things. 29 Days of Memphis is filled with things that scream Memphis, Memphis, Memphis, Memphis, Memphis the most beautiful land in the world. Also, each day of September I will TRY to post an activity from the list but remember this is my birthday month so don't be too hard on me if I miss a day! Be sure to follow me on Instagram as I explore and show you the real Memphis in 29 ways! Unfortunately some the activities listed we can't currently partake in but when we are Covid-19 free be sure to revisit this blog and have some good ole Memphis fun!
30. Plan a Stay-cation at a Popular Memphis Hotel
I decided to throw an extra in here since I'll be 30 this week! To start off this new decade I'll be blogging about a stay-cation I take at the end of September. Stay tuned to see what Memphis hotel I pick to spend the weekend at and what adventures I get into!
One Year to Grow on
Quench Your Thirst
There was absolutely no way I could finish this blog without mentioning something that has been the topic of many conversations and Memes, Memphis Water! I learned at an early age that all tap water was not equal! We would go out of town and have bottled water only but at home it could come straight out of the faucet! Later on I learned that was because of our sand aquifer. Memphis has some of the cleanest water in the world and some won't let you forget it. There is actually an organization dedicated to protecting our water supply. Click the link to read more about them! Protect Our Aquifer
Hey, hey!! Found out about some new stuff coming our way and wanted to share!!
A final decision has been made about what will happen with the Mid-South Fair Grounds! Liberty Park will be a mixed used development project including the Liberty Bowl, Tiger Lane, The Children's Museum of Memphis and The Kroc center. There will be a 227,000 square feet sports and events center for youth sports and events. Also located on the property will be commercial office space, retail, dining, two hotels, and up to 150 apartments. The opening phases are expected to begin in 2022. This is a major move for the city and I am excited to watch it unfold. For more information on this project please click the link below.
Wahlburger is coming to the Pyramid for the chains first ever " Wahlburgers Wild". This will be the first location in Tennessee and will have an outdoor theme. Originally the chain was supposed to be downtown but of course that one didn't happen. Construction is set to start soon but no opening date as of now.
Fun Fact about me I love ice cream!! It makes me feel better on bad days!
I was a Shift Leader at Baskin Robbins in college and I ate ice cream EVERYDAY!! I also made the best shakes and had the best night crew! But anyway when I heard that there was a new black owned Ice Cream shop that not only served ice cream but bomb ass waffles too I had to post about it! On August 15th Waffle Cream opened their brick and mortar location at 999 S. Cooper Street, Suite 103, Memphis, TN 38104! I haven't been able to go yet but I have been able taste a waffle and it was amazing! Be sure you visit soon!! Click the link for the website.
Current hours are
Tuesday - Thursday 12 pm-8 pm
Friday - Saturday 12 pm - 10 pm
Sunday 1 pm-6 pm
CupCake Cutie is back and opening a new location on Main Street! Last Saturday, August 29th from 10 am to 9 pm Cupcake Cutie kicked off their Grand Opening! During opening week there will be a food truck available on sight called Sea and Taste Food Truck. Be sure to stop by to grab some amazing cupcakes and tasty crab legs! The address is 300 S.Main St
Memphis TN 38103.
Front Door at The Poplar Plaza Shopping Center
Do you all remember Spin Street?? The poplar record store closed back in 2017 and I've been wondering what will take its place. Recently I came across an article stating that spin street (along with space around it) may be turned into an apartment complex called Front Door. Front Door is set to be two buildings at six stories tall, 282,093 square feet with 240 apartments, retail space and underground parking. This will give a much needed update to the seventy year old plaza. See Daily Memphian for their full article
City Tasting Box
Have you ever wanted to pack Memphis up in a box and take it with you?? Well now you can! City Tasting Box is now open for business and shipping boxes of packaged Memphis good all around the world! Click this link to read my blog on them and to get your very own City Tasting Box. Memphis has so much culture, spirit, and amazing food so this idea was well overdue! City Tasting Box
The Waffle Iron
Did you know that you could get most of The Waffle Iron's goodness online? Recently they opened an online store while they are closed. The online store includes their signature pancake mix, cakes, sage sausage, and more! Covid-19 has hit a lot of our favorites extremely hard but they are fighting through. Please be sure to support as much as you can and spread a little love.
The Waffle Iron
Apartments at 80 Virginia Ave
Apartments continue to pop up all over Downtown and Midtown Memphis. Soon renovations on a 3-story building at 80 Virginia Ave will be home to some Memphis residents! The building will have 24 residential units with 1,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. Completion is expected to be summer of next year.
150 Madison Ave
And here we have another residential space! A two story downtown building from the 1920s is being redeveloped! 150 Madison will include a coffee shop or commercial space and a single family residence.
Tomorrow is 901 Day!! It may not be the 901 celebration we are used to having but there will still be things to get into. Several local businesses are giving discounts and I'll be uploading a 29 Days of Memphis Blog to help you indulge in all things Memphis. Remember to check the calendar, my social media pages, and the blog site to find ways to make your 901 Day a good one! I'll list the businesses giving discounts below as well as putting them on my Instagram stories:
City Tasting Box
Feast & Graze
September Nail Salon
Blues City Donuts
My Cup of Tea
Fox Ridge Pizza
Riko's Kickin Chicken
Swanky Taco Shop
One of my favorite downtown eating spots has a new location. Fam's 521 S. Highland St Suite 101 was opened in February of this year! Fam is a modern and casual Asian restaurant serving healthy bowls, hibachi style rice, sushi, and more. The original location, 149 Madison Ave, is currently only open for take out and delivery but the new highland location is open for some dine in! Head down to visit either location soon!
South of Beale now has two locations and the newly opened East Memphis location is having a soft opening on September 8th. Be sure to stop by for lunch, dinner, or brunch on Sunday! I recommend trying the pan-seared salmon, shrimp and grits (if available), or general tso's cauliflower with sticky rice!
Have you ever wanted to take piece of Memphis with you? Take a box and put the culture, the food, and the spirit all together and seal it up for your keeping?!
Well City Tasting Box has done just that! Recently, owners Cristina McCarter and Lisa Brown launched a new business venture where you can purchase a thoughtfully crated box of packaged goods! This box will include some of Memphis' most popular treats from renowned restaurants and chefs, up and coming local food artisans, and other Memphis inspired crafts. Giving the world an opportunity to experience Memphis all while encouraging people to shop and support local businesses. City Tasting Box will be helping to bring some much needed attention back to the tourism industry and not only generate income for the owners but for all involved in the process! Which is something that is definitely needed during these uncertain times since Covid-19 has hit so many industries so hard.
Check out the link below to get more information on what's in the box and to cop your very own City Tasting Box! There are freebies and discounts available from now until August 31st so don't miss out! Boxes can be shipped all over the world so gift a friend, stranger, or do something nice for yourself! You won't regret it!
City Tasting Box
This is one of many examples of how creatives and entrepreneurs are adjusting to what 2020 has given them! They are creating new businesses, finally starting businesses, changing dining styles, making renovations, and more all to continue to do what they love and feed their families. If you are able to please support, share, and like! We could all use the love!
"Be Kind and Eat local"!
Follow them on Instagram and Facebook @citytastingbox
So, a month ago I received a call from a familiar voice telling me that they knew what they wanted for their birthday this year. Birthdays are my favorite even when it isn't my own so when a friend calls to tell me what they want I listen. The more that I listened the more that I realized that this gift wasn't your usual request. My friend wanted a blog written and not necessarily about him. His only requirement was that the blog had to focus on the number 33, which is how old he turned on July 25th. My friend explained that the point of this request was to highlight friends who he felt were living in their purpose and to draw more attention to what those individuals are doing. For my friend's birthday he wanted to bring attention to and support others. So in honor of this selfless request I came up with a blog that would keep that same energy!
Here you will find 33 things split up into two different categories. Category 1 will be things I believe will help to move Memphis forward and category 2 will be nonprofits/organizations that I admire and love! You can click on the name of each organization to be directed to websites.
In addition to the organizations listed above here you'll find links with information about voting and other ways to help evoke change. There are so many organizations making a difference in this city please find your favorite and show them love! All of these are links and can be clicked on to go directly to websites.
Info for Volunteering
Missions to get behind
Adopt A Block
Info for Voting
Shelby County Election Commission
Rock The Vote
Tennessee State of Secretary
Sheleah Harris for District 5 School Board
Dominique Primer for TN State Rep 84
Follow @Respectmyvote901 on Instagram
Sites to Help You Stay Informed
We Are Memphis
The Commercial Appeal
The Daily Memphian
Memphis Business Journal
I Love Memphis
*To help with shopping local follow @walkingplate on Instagram! She is a connoisseur of all things local. Also, I often post about local businesses and finds! There are also highlights on my Instagram page dedicated to black businesses, happy hours, events, and local experiences!
Tim, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Thank you for being you! Playful, goofy, greedy, and extremely selfless! (just to name a few) This birthday wish displays who you are as a person, always thinking of others and motivating those around you! Thank you so much for all of your support and encouragement. Thank you for always pushing me to continue to write and reminding me that this is apart of my gift to the world. I truly appreciate it! May your next year around the sun be one that you never forget and may the love you give to so many others be reciprocated!
Be sure to follow Tim @mr_memphisstate for the entire Unmzzld docuseries featuring personal stories from Tim and the talents of his friends. Link below!
Hey Hey!! With so much going on I thought that it was only right to bring back the "Top 5 Things You Need to Know" to try to bring a little joy and positivity to your day! There is still a lot going on and I want to make sure we all stay informed!
Muggin’ Coffee House
Muggin Coffee House has officially opened and is ready to take all your monies!! Opened by Memphians Ken and Mary Olds, Muggin’ had its grand opening this Monday bringing White Haven its first and only Black Owned Coffee Shop! I was able to stop by last Friday for the soft opening and instantly fell in love with the Peaches & Cream Scone and the Iced Muggin Mane with Almond Milk, they were both delicious. The atmosphere is super chill and a vibe! It is good for meetings, grabbing a quick bite and coffee, or catching up with friends! Be sure to pull up and show your support whenever you can! For more information and hours of operation click here! Muggin Coffee House is located at 1139 Brownlee Road Memphis, TN 38116. Be sure to follow them @muggin_coffee on Instagram and Muggin Coffee House on Facebook.
Beale Street Brewing Co.
I recently found out that we have a Black-Owned brewing company in Memphis! Beale Street Brewing Co., founded by Kelvin Kolheim, made its debut in early 2017 and has recently released two new IPAs. The most recent being Space Age Sippin, paying homage to Memphis rap legends and Orange Mound heroes 8ball and MJG. Space Age Sippin (named after my favorite 8ball and MJG song) is said to be a hazy India pale ale with hints of peaches, papaya, mango, and passion fruit! I do not drink beer, but I will be going to pick these beers up today! They have also partnered with Weathered Souls Brewing Co. for their Black is Beautiful initiative where Beale Street Brewing Co and other Memphis Breweries teamed up to craft a beer and donate the proceeds to a local organization of their choosing. For more about Beale Street and Co click here! Be sure to follow them @bealestreetbrewingco on Instagram.
*Click here for the full article on the Black is Beautiful initiative
So! Yesterday was the last day to register to vote for our August election date in TN. I hope you all are registered and PREPARED to vote in both August and November elections. In August we will be voting in our picks for the TN House and Senate Primaries and November will be our state general election. Absentee ballot deadline for the August election (for TN House and Senate Primaries) is July 30th and early voting will be July 17th - August 1st. Registration deadline for the November 3rd election is October 5th, absentee ballot request deadline is October 27th, and early voting is from October 14th – October 29th! Please get out and vote and DO NOT vote for Kanye West for anything…do not! I have included links and social media handles that contain helpful information.
Follow @tnelections on Instagram and visit https://sos.tn.gov/
You can also follow Up The Vote on Facebook!
Juice Orange Mound Community Garden
Every Sunday from 9:00 am – 11:00 am JUICE meets up in their community garden for a little TLC and mandatory maintenance. Juice started this garden two years ago and it is thriving! They have mint, sage, tomatoes, peppers, blueberries, and more all growing in a community garden in Orange Mound! Activities in the garden range from weeding, planting seeds, watering, cleaning up the garden, and decorating. So, if gardening is your thing or you want to get some community service in stop by and lend a hand. They are also accepting gardening supplies and new seeds to plant as donations. If you would like to donate monetary items, please donate through their website! Also, see the website for more information on Juice Orange Mound!
I will continue to add black-owned businesses to my blog page and will soon upload the restaurant guide I have been working on. There will be a tab dedicated to the black-owned restaurants in Memphis. I also added a new highlight for black-owned businesses on the blog IG page so, if you need to access them quickly, they will be there and I will continue to add businesses to that highlight as well.
A mobile coffee truck opens on July 10th. This Friday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm you can find JoJo’s Espresso truck at Residences a Thornwood 7794 Kings College Ave Memphis, TN 38138. The truck is super cute, and I am excited to try more local coffee! Be sure to follow them @jojosespresso on Instagram
If you have any information you feel should be added to a Top 5 Things You Need to Know blog feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey Loves! So I wanted to share some thoughts and ideas with you. I've been struggling with what to do and say, as I'm sure most of us have. I haven't been sure of what to do or how to do it. I've felt guilty for trying to be happy and have normal days, like how can I be joyful when the world is crumbling around us. I've felt guilty for not protesting and even questioned my commitment to my own people. However, I had to tell myself that there is more than one way to bring about change. That I've always been someone that has been an advocate for my people and for my community. I also had to tell myself that it is okay to make sure that I am mentally stable because you are of no use to others if you are not good yourself. So, while things are crazy please don't be so hard on yourself. Find your own way of bringing change and know that whatever you do to bring about change to the world is enough!
Below you'll find ways I think will help us continue the fight and continue to be the change this world and our community needs.
Get Involved in Your Community
Follow and volunteer with these change agents! These organizations invest time, money, and resources back into the black communities. They also educate and inform residents on subjects that affect the black community, as well as putting in time with our youth and giving black artist a platform. Also see black owned businesses link for other organizations!
Memphis Urban League Young Professionals
JUICE Orange Mound
The Collective (CLTV)
Mid-South Peace and Justice Center
Support Each Other
Here are some links to support those protesting! Lets not fight about which methods are right or wrong but try to understand each other and assist where we can. You'll also find other links that have been shared by varies friends for assisting on a more universal level.
Memphis' Bail Fund
Universal Bail Funds/Legal Help
Support Guide From CNN
Black Lives Matter Resource List
Suggestions From President Obama
Circulate the Black Dollar
Memphis is a Black Ass City with Black Ass Businesses, support them! Give loving advice and assistance where you can. Click the link below to get a list of black owned businesses in Memphis or scroll down to the ways to honor black history blog. Please let me know if I have missed some! Also see the flyer at the that has a list of black owned restaurants in Memphis! Click on the picture to increase the size of the photo!
Black Owned Businesses
EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE!!
If we don't understand the importance of voting by now I don't know what else to say. We CANNOT fight laws, court rooms, racism, police brutality, poverty, or whatever else without first voting, especially locally!! The presidential election is of course a big deal! We currently have an idiot running our country but a lot of decisions that affect us directly and daily come from local leadership. We have to stop allowing people to just walk into positions!! If you need a break down of the chain of command and how things work locally let me know, I will work on getting that together! PLEASE...PLEASE DO NOT STAY AT HOME IN NOVEMBER!!! These last 4 years have been HORRIBLE and we cannot let chester cheeto and his minions continue to make America worse! No vote is a vote for Trump! I understand the feelings people have for Biden BUT November is not the time to let us know that you don't like him! We can hold Biden accountable once in office, Trump is a threat to society! To make sure you're registered click here!
The fight is hard and it's long but it is worth it and it is going to take all of us and many efforts!! LETS GET SHIT DONE!
Please share ideas, organizations, links and other things you think will be helpful to make this world a better place! I have gathered screenshots from varies individuals (pictured above and below) that have usual information on them so please read them!! Also tag the person who created the information that I have taken screenshots of if you know where the information originally came from!
I hope this blog is helpful!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
It's 2020 and the year is already gearing up to be a fun one filled with all kinds of events to get into and of course, I'll be here to help you navigate through what all is going on in the city!
Now, we all know, and if you don't you are about to find out, that one of my favorite parts of being an adult is brunching. I often post about the brunch places I find, and I've even created a brunch spot quick guide on my Instagram page under my highlights for easy access. So, of course, when I found out that there was going to be an entire BRUNCH FESTIVAL this spring, I was all ears.
My favorite foodpreneur, Cristina McCarter, has created a festival dedicated to nothing but brunching. On Saturday, May 30th from 11 am - 3 pm Bluff City Brunch Festival will bring out some of your favorite chefs/restaurants for brunch inspired dishes priced at $3-$5. They'll be brunch cocktails, games, live music, a DJ and a 30ft Old Dominik Bloody Mary Bar. Tickets are priced as low as $35 for general admission (when purchased in advance) per person to $50 for VIP.
General admission tickets include festival entry, 12 beverage tasting tickets, and a Bluff City Brunch Festival Souvenir Tasting Cup. VIP tickets include 12 beverage tasting tickets, a Bluff City Brunch Festival souvenir tasting cup, access to the VIP Tent & Lounge, and priority entry. The VIP Tent and Lounge will have complimentary brunch bites from Chef Phillip Dewayne of Park + Cherry, complimentary brunch cocktails and seating. Remember food must be purchased separately for $3-$5 during the actual event.
FOOD IN THE VIP TENT WILL END AT 1:30 PM. ALCOHOL WILL CUT OFF AT 2:45 PM
Brunch cocktails include mimosas, beer, Irish coffee, bloody mary's and more! I’ve provided the breakdown of beverage tasting tickets below:
1 Ticket will get you 4 oz. pour of your choice of Craft Beers & Ciders or a Mimosa
3 Tickets will get you a regular or spicy Quick Service Station Bloody Mary, Screwdriver, or Irish Coffee
5 Tickets will get you a journey down the Old Dominick 30 Ft Bloody Mary Bar
I can't tell you how excited I am to attend this festival. I'm all for a good festival vibe so to combine the festival atmosphere with brunching is simply brilliant!! I'm already telling my friends to buy their tickets because we absolutely can't miss out on this. In addition to this just being a dope idea proceeds from The Bluff City Festival will be benefiting A Step Ahead Foundation. A Step Ahead Foundation is an organization committed to “empowering women to reach their life goals by eliminating barriers to voluntary, long-acting, reversible birth control through educational programming, services, and funding.” So, hit up your brunch crew to grab tickets for a downtown spring adventure to Fourth Bluff for four hours of brunching for a cause!
This event will sell out!
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!!
Click here to purchase.
This isn't the only event Cristina has in-store for us this year so get your pockets in order! To keep up with what she has planned be sure to follow City Tasting Events , Craft Food and Wine Festival (tickets are also on sale now), Charc Week (Charcuterie), Midsouth Restaurant Week, and City Tasting Tours if you don’t already!! I attended the Craft Food and Wine Festival last year and had an amazing time. I’ve also attended two City Tasting Tours, those are full of some much culture and just a great way to experience Memphis. You can read more about The Craft Food and Wine Festival and City Tasting Tours by clicking on the archives links on the right-hand side of my page. The Craft Food and Wine Festival is in the February 2018 archives and the City Tasting Tour can be found under August of 2017.
For more information on the events mentioned, Cristina McCarter's other ventures, or The Step Ahead Foundation please click the links provided above!
Social media handles for Facebook and Instagram:
@bluffcitybrunchfestival @Citytastingtours @charcweekmemphis @midsouthrestaurantweek
@citytastingevents @Feastandgraze @astepaheadfoundation
Remember to always drink responsibly and to NEVER drink and drive! Have fun, be safe, support your city, and explore Memphis!