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Memphis is filled with history so, I wanted to share ways to really embrace and indulge in the culture!
Places to Visit
The museum that showcases 260 artifacts and interactive media covering five centuries of African American history, The National Civil Rights Museum. The museum is Located at the Lorraine Motel
Learn more about slavery when you visit one of the Underground Railroads safe haven stops for slaves on their way to freedom, Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum. Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum is housed inside the historic Burkle Estate that was owned by a German immigrant apart of the anti-slavery movement.
Now, at first I wasn't too sure about this one. I have always just walked straight passed this place because I wasn't certain what information it held but according to the website The Cotton museum will tell the complex history of cotton and it's contributions to the city. Let me know how it goes!
Take a trip Downtown and check out the Withers Collection Museum and Gallery located on Bale street. View photos taken by the legendary Dr. Ernest C Withers who was a trained military photographer and one of the first nine African Americans appointed to the Memphis Police Department. His collection features life during the Civil Rights movement, the 20th century, and present day.
Celebrate musician greats like B.B. King, W. C. Handy, Isaac Hayes, Hank Crawford and research the impact Memphis has had on music by going to the Blues Hall of Fame, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Sun Studio, Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum or W.C. Handy Home and Museum.
blues.org/ staxmuseum.com/ www.sunstudio.com/
Take a trip to the first African-American neighborhood and stop by "The CMPLX" to celebrate the art created by today's Memphis talent! Brought to us by way of The Collective, The CMPLX is a black owned art gallery and event space displaying the creations of native Memphians.
Events to Attend
Events will be posted as they are scheduled! You may find them here as well as on the event calendar.
This list continues to grow! Here are some Black Owned businesses for you to check out. I will leave an asterisk symbol (*) beside places I can give insight on. Think of it as your little black book, a directory to support your own.
Food and Beverages
Mot & Ed’s
1354 Madison Ave Memphis, TN 38104
1680 Madison Ave Memphis, TN 3810
288 S 4th Street Memphis, TN 38126
The Office at Uptown
594 N 2nd Street Memphis, TN 38105
Slice of Soul
1299 Madison Ave. Memphis, TN 38104
3279 Kirby Parkway Memphis, TN 38115
Mike's Hot Wings*
6825 Winchester Road Memphis, TN 38115
97 N. Main Street Memphis, TN 38103
Bluff City Crab*
3705 Malco Way Suite 102 Memphis, TN 38125
D. Arthur’s Catering*
901-300-0026 (Desmond A. Robinson)
106 GE Patterson Ave Memphis, TN 38103
Phillip Ashley Chocolates*
798 Cooper Street Memphis, TN 38104
MaKeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies (2 locations)
2370 Airways Blvd Memphis, TN 38114
Sweets by Chan
Contact Via Facebook and Instagram
ElectroLyfe Juice Bar
4466 Elvis Presley Blvd Suite 164 Memphis, TN 38116
Applesauce Bartending *
PO Box 16465 Memphis, TN
94 S Main Street Memphis, TN 38103
WKND Hang Suite
115 Vance Ave Memphis, TN 38103
I have included the flyer for Memphis Black Restaurant Week. There are some Black owned restaurants on the flyer that aren't listed on the blog. Also, I will add the link to the website so that you may get all the details for what will be taking place during the week.
Goods and Services
City Tasting Tours*
Xpressive Designs 101
BeLeaf Cigar Lounge
4593 Elvis Presley Blvd Memphis, TN 38116
A. Lever Studio
Kinetics Media Group*
Facebook Unexpected Film
Corinthia Denise Fair Enterprise
(Real Estate & Credit Repair)901-843-8756One Stop Taxes DL
1138 Germantown Pkwy Ste. 101-284 Cordova, TN 38016
Marie's Goods and More
The Elephant Ear- Green Thumb Services
D&F Hilltop Liquors*
3277 Kirby Parkway Memphis, TN 38115
South Memphis Farmers Market
(Black Farmers Come to Sell Their Produce)
1400 Mississippi Blvd Memphis, TN 38106
Tri State Bank (3 Locations)
4606 Elvis Presley Blvd Memphis, TN 38116
Hair, Nails, and Skin
425 N Watkins Street Memphis, TN 38104
Gifts from Nature
80 Tillman St. Ste. 108 Memphis, TN 38111
Makeup by Paris Chanel *
Flawlessly Fierce Cosmetic Services by Heather Boddie
Beautifully Blended 901 by Kellee Miller
Glam Me Up Kena by Shekena Robinson
MakeUp By Dr. Nikki*
Instagram @dr_nikkiedwards @dr_nikki_makeup
Maddie's Minks by Andrea Teal
Natural Hair Affair* (Book Caresse)
2869 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 38111
KleSure Hair Studio
1200 Sycamore View Ste. 102 Memphis, TN 38134
Forever Young Beauty Bar
750 N Germantown Pkwy Suite 110 Memphis, TN 38018
D'Stinguished Hair Extensionz
Polish Girl Nail Café
2852 Poplar Ave Memphis, TN 38111
September Nail Salon*
2101 Merchants Row #1 Memphis, TN 38138
Wonderfully Made Beauty Supply*
8952 Mid S Drive Olive Branch, MS 38654
Starlings of Memphis Volleyball Club
This organization provides young girls from all socioeconomic
backgrounds the opportunity to play volley ball.
The S.O. What! Foundation*
This organization helps youth overcome obstacles and eliminate excuses
by providing hope, love, support, encourage, direction, and training.
Memphis Urban League Young Professionals*
This organization is a service oriented leadership organization promoting
the development of young professionals and serving their affiliates
through social and community actions.
This organization is a development organization for
high school and college students in the Mid-South.
This organization educates, promotes awareness, and provides a positive
outlet for individuals who have become prisoners to issues and roadblocks.
Perfectly Me & Proud LLC.
This organization is committed to eradicating stigma and low self-esteem
in women by embracing, educating, and empowering the total woman.
Facebook and Instagram @Perfectly Me & Proud
901 Natural Cutie
This organization's mission is to promote positive images, people
and activities in the African American community.
Cynthia Daniels & Co.
This organization creates events for urban professionals.
JUICE Orange Mound
This organization exist to unite, empower, and support each resident
in HISTORIC Orange Mound by finding and funding innovative ideas within the community.
The Collective (CLTV)
This organization's mission is to inspire and cultivate creativity within the
our community, to provide a platform for African American artists in Memphis to display
their talents, and use that creative expression as a vehicle to uplift our community.
The Connoisseurs of Chic TCOC Shop
Collections by T. Dish
A.J.'s Luxe Wear
Shop Paris Chanel
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!
When we talk about politics, we often refer to the lack of politicians fulfilling their duties, corruption, and our distrust for them. Some people even go as far as not voting because of all of the uncertainty that surrounds the process but last year a new face entered into the political ring with integrity, a heart for people, a plan for change, and a genuine soul. Even before this individual announced that she would be running for City Council for District 4 I watched as she ran a nonprofit, educate those who have been misinformed, teach our youth, connected with the people of Memphis, listened as she encouraged former Orange Mound residents to move back as she had done, and displayed her desire for making Memphis a better city for all. This was new for me, I had never seen someone with such an amazing spirit run for an elected position nor had I been able to witness them do the groundwork of politics. When it was finally announced that Britney Thornton would be running for City Council in District 4 I was excited, hopeful, but also worried. Getting the opportunity to get to know Britney personally, I knew firsthand how pure her heart was so I worried about how people would treat her and if they would try to discourage her from running. I didn’t want the vibrant person I had come to know and love to fall victim to the evils of politics. However, I quickly realized that when you are fulfilling your mission according to God’s will and way there is nothing man can do to stop or discourage you. After that, I knew she would be taken care of and that with the right support she could get through anything that came her way.
As election day approaches, I hope that she not only wins the seat that she has worked so hard for but that she knows that she has inspired so many others to fight for a better Memphis. I hope that she knows that she has the support of so many of her peers and that no matter what she is considered a hometown hero. Britney has shown us what type of leadership we need and I couldn’t be more proud of her! I wish I could vote for my sis but I’m not in her district so this blog is a continuation of my support for Britney! I encourage everyone to exercise their right to vote! If you are in District 4 or know someone who lives in District 4 and has yet to cast their vote be sure to tell them about Britney Thornton! Britney Thornton the native Memphian, licensed educator and social worker, graduate of Baylor University and the University of Pennsylvania, founder of JUICE Orange Mound, and a community activist! She’s going to fight for the residents of her district and bring change to EVERY neighborhood she represents!
Britney, we love you and there is only more success to come! Job well done!
For more information on Britney (because she needs a separate blog just to talk about all the work she’s done) please click on the highlighted links provided! SUPPORT HER, FOLLOW HER, GET TO KNOW HER! Sending you good vibes and good people only Brit!
Britney Thornton for Memphis
JUICE Orange Mound
October 3rd is election day and polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm! Please get out and exercise your right to vote. I’ll be sure to provide links for checking on registration, voting locations, and the viewing of sample ballots.
Shelby County Vote
There has been a rise in Memphis millennials working to bring change to our beloved city. We are aware of the issues and have acknowledged that it is time for new leadership so we are taking action. We will no longer wait for things to be done nor beg for progress, we are going to make it happen! I’ve been so inspired by my peers and I am looking forward to seeing what the future Memphis looks like. I hope we continue to support each other and know that our work is never done but it will be worth. We are truly better together! To all others out there doing the work and being an inspiration, I see you and I’m proud of you as well! Here’s to a progressive Memphis better for ALL!
Hey Memphis! So, I recently learned about a new annual event that will be taking place in the city and just from looking at the pictures used for marketing this event I had to share. Imagine a night where you get to eat some delectable treats, sit under the stars admiring nature, talking and enjoying others company all with a common purpose! Well, that perfect night has just been created!
This fall Edible Memphis and the Central Gardens Association will bring Memphis its first-ever seven-course, farm to table style neighborhood dinner. Dinner in the Gardens will be a night of full of food, fun, and fellowship, started with the purpose of bringing individuals from different backgrounds together to promote unity, build bridges between community leaders and residents, with the opportunity of giving back with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the surrounding communities. This 1,000+ person farm-to-table dinner will also be prepared for you by five of Memphis' very own extraordinary chefs, giving us all of those amazing taste and flavors we love so much.
Tickets are now on sale for $200 per person, there is a VIP option for $2,500 that includes the entry of 10 guest and admission to a pre-party. You may receive a $50 discount per ticket by supporting the Central Gardens Association for just $25. Seat selection is automatically assigned upon purchase however you do have the option to edit your seat assignment and instructions on how to do so can be found on the event website.
This event is 21+ so libations will be in attendance, you can expect a welcoming cocktail the amazing Old Dominick Distillery as well as unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks. Dinner in the Gardens will be a perfect night for networking, an opportunity to meet new people with a heart for their local community, or a just chance for a date night under the stars in amazing company. Whatever option you decide it will make October 19th a day you will never forget.
The dinner will take place on Belvedere Blvd. (between Peabody Avenue and Glenwood Place) from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM on October 19, 2019. Guest are encouraged to take an Uber or Lyft if they do not live in walking distance, there is parking available but it is limited because there is only street parking. Tickets are nonrefundable but organizers do have a rain date available, it is October 20th. Please don't miss out on an unforgettable night and opportunity to make a difference in the city we all love. So many businesses and organization are coming up with new innovative ways to not only give back but to show Memphis in a different light while creating a once in a lifetime experience. Do yourself a favor and take a chance on making new memories that will last a lifetime.
" We in Central Gardens are looking forward to sitting down with members of our surrounding communities to continue the community spirit and perseverance of this historic boulevard, using the dinner proceeds to provide a little financial boost to help those same communities we've invited to the table. It's going to be a beautiful evening.”
~Mark Fleischer, President of the Central Gardens Association
To learn more about Edible Memphis, Central Gardens Association, or Dinner in the Gardens please click on each name for the website link and follow the social media accounts.
Instgram: @ediblememphis @centralgardens
Hey Memphis! Here are your top 10 things for the month! Some are a little late but still needed info!
The Juicy Crab
Memphis now has a Juicy Crab and it is officially open! Located at 7680 Winchester Road The Juicy Crab is a Cajun seafood boil style restaurants with lots of tasty things on the menu for you to try. If you love seafood as much as I do you’ve been waiting for this day since you saw the sign that they were opening!
Big Cypress Lodge Hotel
Big Cypress Lodge Hotel will be adding a rooftop patio this fall! This patio will be adding another rooftop to Downtown Memphis which I love! Big Cypress Lodge Hotel is in our beloved Pyramid (Now Bass Pro Shop) at 1 Bass Pro Drive. I can’t wait to sit out and enjoy some good fall weather, view, vibes, and drinks! This will be in addition to the Lookout at the pyramid also located in the same building. See Big Cypress Lodge Hotel’s Instagram page (@bigcypresslodge) for more information and updates.
In May a $40 million building permit was filed for Downtown’s One Beale project. This project is actually 13 years in the making and has had a couple of different plans submitted throughout the years but finally, 33 Beale Street will become the huge mixed-use development it always needed to be. One Beale is expected to house a parking garbage, apartments, restaurants, a 230 room Hyatt hotel, and an office tower. If you’ve been on Front Street you’ve seen that the construction which started this spring is well underway. I honestly can’t wait to see the finished product and other things they bring to it in the future. Check out the Memphis Business Journal for more information on the project.
If you google Dream Hotel you’ll begin to understand why it is so dope and exciting that Memphis is getting its own Dream Hotel. These hotels are gorgeous modern luxury hotels that anyone would love to stay in! Memphis’ Dream Hotel is expected to open in 2022 at 122 S. Main Street (historic royal furniture building). The New York-based hotel group will be building a 178 room midrise tower with dining and nightlife venues, a restaurant lobby lounge, coffee shop, and (my favorite) a rooftop bar with indoor and outdoor space. I definitely think this will be a popular selection with tourist and residents! For more information please see the Daily Memphian article provided.
This spring the city signed a letter of intent with Loews Hotel for a 500- room convention center hotel at 140 N Main Street. This convention center hotel will include 30,000 square feet of meeting space, restaurants, retail, and ballrooms. Construction for the Loews hotel could start this fall. Originally the Loews development was supposed to take place at 100 N Main and can possibly become the location again helping Memphis get rid of one it’s biggest blighted buildings. For more information on the Loews Hotel Convention Center Hotel please click the link provided.
The Container Store
Before today I had no idea what the Container Store was but now after reading about it I feel a little more educated. The Container Store is a Texas-based retailer that sells storage and organization products and soon Memphis will have one. You may purchase things such as drawer organizers, custom closet projects, file cabinets, items for your office, and so much more. The new store will be located on Exeter Road next to the recently opened Trader Joe’s. The 19, 300 square feet space will officially be opened for new customers on September 14th. For more details on products and the store click the website link provided.
So, if this one isn’t creativity at its best, I don’t know what is! Soon we will have our very own micro-retail and music lounge made out of shipping containers. Set to “UnBox” in September, Boxlot will be bringing the edge district temporary locally owned pop up shops at 607 Monroe. This project was designed to help small businesses expand, network, and gain profits to assist them in moving their business in their own brick and mortar. Please click the link provided to learn more about this amazing new concept!
Raleigh Farmers Market and Park
According to a WREG News Channel 3 article, there may soon be a Farmers Market and park on a vacant lot in Raleigh. The Corner of Austin Peay and Raleigh Millington Road will be used to address some of the neighborhoods food desert issues as well as clear out blight in an area that is overdue for some TLC. We all know the importance of a healthy and well-balanced diet so I hope that this plan comes to reality soon. Everyone needs and deserves access to fresh foods and produce so having residents live in areas that don’t have real grocery stores is unacceptable. See the article for more information and updates.
The Haven has all kinds of restaurants popping up! The latest is called Bala Bistro and is located at 2160 East Raines. Bala Bistro was opened in May by West African native Bala Tounkara and will be filling your bellies with some delicious West African treats as well some of your American favorites. Please click the link provided to the article by the Daily Memphian for more information on Bala Bistro!
I can’t believe I didn’t post this one sooner but in April construction started on the new Aloft Hotel. Located in Downtown Memphis at 161 Jefferson Ave the 156 guest room hotel is set to open in the summer of next year. It will include a full-service restaurant, three banquet facilities, a W XYZ Bar, an indoor swimming pool, a large fitness center, 6, 000 square feet of retail space and a private viewing theater. Memphis Business Journal can give you more details if you just click on the link provided.
According to an article in the High Ground, The University of Memphis will soon have a new initiative called Access Memphis dedicated to making secondary education more affordable to students who live in households earning under $50,000 annually. Please see link for the full article.
The University of Memphis finally built a pedestrian bridge over the tracks on southern and walker so that students won’t have to wait on the train or hop the train trying to get to class. They are having a bridge lighting ceremony tonight, August 30, at 7 pm with treats for you to purchase! Join the Tigers tonight at 3270 Alumni Avenue!
The Waffle Iron is now located at 4969 Park Avenue after a fire in the old building. I will definitely be sending them good energy and prayers. I hope they find even more success with their new location
So, it's almost the end of the summer, things feel like they are slowing down and the big events and festivals seem to be coming to a close but not for Memphis. We still have quite a few things to go to before the year is up and one of the city's must-attend events for all of my seafood lovers is Vintage901's second Underground Low Country Seafood Boil. Staying true to their mission of community, culture, and purpose, Vintage901 is throwing yet another event that will fill your bellies as well as give you the opportunity to socialize among your peers in your community and learn more about the culinary and wine culture. Vintage901 will be partnering with Common Table Health Alliance, a community-based, non-profit, regional health and healthcare improvement collaborative serving Memphis, Shelby County, and the Mid-South Region, for an intimate evening of live music, wines, craft beer, seafood, and many other treats.
On September 28, 2019, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, you can expect to indulge in wines from West Tennessee Crown, regional craft beer by Jackalope Brewing, Rock’N Dough, Crosstown Brewing and Diamond Bear Brewing Co., some Central BBQ and Nikki’s Hot Products, MemPOPS Moscow Mule and Strawberry Margarita “adult” popsicles, and even witness a live art installment by Jamond Bullock of AlivePaint, which will be auctioned at the end of the evening. Vintage 901 is creating the ultimate backyard community seafood boil and putting our little cookouts to shame. My advice to you would be to take a break from eating that entire day and not starting back until the event starts so that you can get the full experience and all of the flavors!
Tickets are on sale now so make plans to get out of the house to enjoy some fall weather and purchase your tickets while they last! General admission is $75 and includes family-style seating under cafe lights. A limited amount of VIP tickets are priced at $125, they include reserved indoor seating with table service and take-aways by Pop-ARoos. There is also a reserved corporate table option for $1,000 or you could be a sponsor, for those who are interested in those two options please email Vintage901 at firstname.lastname@example.org. New vendors and other announcements about the event can be found on Vintage901's social media pages so follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter. Please remember that the event location is not disclosed until 48 hours before the actual event!
For more information about both Vintage901 and Common Table Health Alliance please click on the links proved below. Please be sure to drink responsibly and never drink and drive. Guest may always use Uber or Lyft for transportation as well as Vintage901 selected luxury car service Guardian Concierge car service (mention Vintage901 for an event discount). New vendors and other announcements about the event can be found on Vintage 901's social media pages so follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter (socila media handles are pictured below). Please remember that the event location is not disclosed until 48 hours before the actual event! Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
I've been slacking on informing you all of what is going on but I'm going to do better. This list is full of all recent finds but I'll be posting another top things you need to know with some older finds! New things are happening everyday and I hope you all are in the know!
The Ground Up Initiative + 275 Food Project
Soon Memphis will have a culinary mentoring program geared towards helping food professionals of color own their own business. The Ground Up Initiative is an 18-month program and partnership between 275 Food project and Chef David Krog and his wife Amanda Krog. It will be giving participants access to tools, training, and the financing they would need to acquire a business. The location will be a shipping container restaurant in South Memphis at 939 Walker Ave with an outdoor area for games and mingling. The first round of the selection process will be in August of this year. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to apply their talents as chefs in residence in partner restaurants that offer great value in the community that they serve. For more information check out Daily Memphian article written by Elle Perry and the 275 Food project website.
Daily Memphian 275 Food Project
A new seafood restaurant has opened where the old Indian Pass used to be. 2059 Madison Avenue is now Saltwater Crab. Saltwater Crab will be giving us coastal dining with a taste of the south as well as offering some land dishes for those who want other options besides seafood. The menu is coastal seafood-focused including sushi and seafood boils. There will be a covered patio, a full bar with fresh ingredients and seasonal cocktails. Saltwater Crab will be opened until 1 AM on Fridays and Saturdays giving Midtown a little late night seafood. Check out the here to access the Commericial Appeal article for more information.
El Mero Taco
Popular food truck El Mero Taco will open its first restaurant on today. El Mero Taco will be located at 8100 Macon Station Drive Suite 102. They will be offering vegetarian and vegan options, beer, wine, and cocktails. Restaurant hours are Tuesday – Thursday 11 AM – 9 PM and Friday – Saturday 9 AM – 10 pm.
Coastal Fish & Cheffie's Café
Late last year we lost one of my favorite hideaways, The Kitchen, located in Shelby Farms. The Kitchen closed after being open for only two years and I was super sad. However, last week I read that soon there will be 2 new restaurants taking up for the absence I feel from the missing one. Cheffie’s Café, a grab and go option and Coastal Fish Company which will have a similar dining style to The Kitchen serving dinner, lunch, and brunch. The two restaurants are set to open this fall.
Bar Ware & Juice Brothers
Last Friday Downtown got a new restaurant (bar) and juice (smoothie) bar duo! Bar Ware and Juice Brothers are sharing building 276 S. Front Street bringing health and relaxation all in the same building. While Bar Ware will be serving up trendy cocktails with not your average small plated bar foods Juice Brothers will be giving you all the fresh produce and vitamins your body can handle. Both businesses offer brunch on Sundays as well.
In May Whitehaven welcomed Trap Fusion into the neighborhood! Located at 4637 Boeingshire Drive Trap Fusion offers you southern flavor with healthier food options. Trap Fusion was opened to give residents more to choose from then fast food while still giving food with flavor.
Last week it was announced that soon Downtown Memphis would be getting a literature café and I’m geeked. Café Lit will be a three-story lounge highlighting the work of African American writers/artist such as Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, and more. The location is set to be 111 Madison Ave but there is no completion date at this time but if all grants and incentives are approved construction and renovation of the building could start next month. Café Lit will have live music, an open mic night(s), food and cocktails. Hopefully, they will include a bookstore so that I can live my best life.
Last Month Cooper Young got the cutest wine bar! Knife Bird is located at 2155 Central Ave next door to Urban Outfitters so that they can get even more of your money. Its chic modern-day décor is perfect for a girls night out or date night. The ambiance creates great opportunities for nice photos with cute outfits with you sitting at the bar or one of the cute tables posing for your “off-guard”
3rd & Court Diner
Hotel Indigo, one of Downtown’s newest hotels added a diner last month. This upscale diner serves some of your breakfast favorites as well as lunch with everyday specials. The diner is located on the ground floor of the hotel at 24 N. BB King Boulevard. The diner is opened weekly from 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM, weekends 6:30 AM – 12:00 AM with daily Lunch specials is from 11 AM - 2 PM.
Porch & Parlor
Porch and Parlor will be taking over the space that once housed Bar Louie. If you’ve passed by 2125 Madison Ave you’ve seen the sign and construction. Purchased by the owners of Flight Restaurant and Bar and Southern Social, Porch and Parlor will also be fine dining with the restaurant design channeling energy from the glamorous styles of the 1920s.
It’s 2019 and we are in the age of seeking alternative options to assist us in obtaining great mental and physical health. We, especially the black community, are paying more attention to how we feel and what we put into our bodies. That’s why when I heard about Elle’s Elixirs I had to know more and even tell you all about it. Founded in April of 2019, Elle’s Elixirs is a wellness & lifestyle brand that provides creative health solutions, started by Memphis’ very own Lauren Williams-Batiste. Lauren, a 32-year-old mother, wife, and holder of two degrees, a Bachelors of Arts in History focused on African American Studies and a Masters of Science in Educational Theory and Practice, wanted to bring the women in the City of Memphis (and region) something that would give them a renewed sense of wellness by offering 3 innovative approaches to promote relaxation, creativity, and fulfillment. These gems are natural, hand bended, loose leaf tea mixtures that can be sipped, soaked in or smoked.
“I want to bring women in our city and region a renewed sense of wellness by discovering how the beneficial properties of natural wellness alternatives such as our herbal elixirs, hemp, and CBD can bring vitality, balance, relief & calmness into their busy lives. We are a lifestyle brand that knows self-care and wellness look different for different women. We provide creative solutions making self-care simple and attainable.”
Containing hemp and CBD these teas are for those looking to lessen anxiety, stress, soreness, inflammation, and pain. They have also been said to assist with sleep deprivation, improve your moods and weight loss with most regular users finding relief within 48 hours. You can pair the Elixirs with other herbs, sip as tea, make your bath a spa day by adding them to your water or burn as incense. When you order from Elle’s Elixirs you can expect a small batch of organically sourced herbal based products and don’t worry each purchase comes with an instruction card to aid you in using the products. Some of the Elixirs you have to choose from are Elixir No. 1 (hibiscus, peppermint, raspberry leaf & roses) priced at $12, Elixir No.2 (hibiscus, peppermint, raspberry leaf, blue cornflower & hemp which has 143 mg of CBD per serving sizes) priced at $22 plus tax and shipping, and one other CBD product, CBD (25 mg) bath bombs.
Talking to Lauren was extremely educational. After hearing all of this I was geeked! I’m not sure if I’m the only one that was late to the tea party, but my mind was blown. I had never heard of wellness teas that you could sip, soak, or smoke! I love to drink tea and know that there a certain type of teas to help with sleep and relaxation but I never really thought about its real power or that it could be used in a form of medicine. I’m very open when it comes to new ideas that strengthen you mentally, physically, and spiritually. I believe that when it comes to healing the body there are many natural solutions to solving our problems so finding Elle’s Elixirs was perfect for me. I don’t have a lot of ailments but I know others who suffer from inflammation and pain. I’m always googling natural supplements for family members and encouraging them to try new things. Prescribed medication often times have side effects that make things worse, so I encourage everyone to do more research and find new natural ways to deal with ailments.
Elle’s Elixirs is a company founded on love, inspiration, wellness and the desire to help others. Named after some of the women who have been an inspiration in Lauren’s life, Elle’s Elixirs is a business built on family values, strength, entrepreneurship, and tradition.
“Ada [Lauren’s daughter] is named after my maternal great grandmother, Ada Johnson (Elle is her sister's nickname) an entrepreneur who rose from the plantation fields of Mississippi as a sharecropper into a political organizer and entrepreneur/small business owner in her North Memphis Community. They are the inspiration, namesake & the motivation behind Elle’s Elixirs.”
Be sure to follow Elle’s Elixirs on the social media platforms listed below, buy some elixirs, share this post and spread the word! We need more individuals taking concern with the well-being of others and finding new solutions for living a healthier happier life! You can purchase products on the official website elleselixirs.com. You can also purchase products in person at local pop up shops, markets & community wellness events. If you have any questions, feel free to email them at email@example.com. If you are a local business and would like to wholesale or retail Elle's Elixirs in your store contact Elle's Elixirs by email address as well. Lauren is a hemp extraction specialist and can create custom formulations for businesses that are looking to incorporate hemp (CBD) into their product offerings.
Elle's Elixirs social media handle is @elleselixirs on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Pinterest & Elles_Elixirs on Twitter.