During spring at Jones Orchard, families gather to bound through the territory’s rows of fruit, peeling back leaves to get at the ripest morsels hidden deep within the thicket. Since growing their first peaches more than seven decades ago, the Jones family continues to ripen juicy varieties of peaches, strawberries, and other fruit on their 600-acre farm, eschewing long-distance produce shipping for local distribution, mostly available at farmer’s markets and during the orchard’s pick-your-own fruit season. Inviting families to pick fruit together is one of many ways the Jones family lures visitors to their orchard seasonally—come autumn, the farmers transform the fields into a vast corn maze. Visitors not content to wander the idyllic grounds can enjoy the orchard’s bounty at the Country Café, where matriarch Juanita Jones flavors her fresh pies and preserves with fresh-plucked fruits.
At Salsa Memphis, renowned dancer and choreographer Edgar "TunTun" Mendez leads each lesson, deploying skills he attained through years of dancing as a professional, performing onstage with Tito Puente and onscreen for Marc Anthony, as well as in salsa congresses and competitions. Within his airy, yellow-walled studio, Mendez shows students of all ages and ability levels how to perform a range of fast-paced, seductive salsa moves, beginning with basic steps, right and left turns, and cross-body leads. Intermediate and advanced lessons are designed for those ready to move on to more complex combinations, such as how to dip a partner in an airplane aisle. A private lesson bestows fledgling dancers with focused one-on-one time with the salsa professor for quicker learning and personalized tips. Lessons can be taken at the student's convenience, allowing dancers to learn on their own time as opposed to adhering to a weekly schedule.
Jody Herndon believes that portraits should reveal as much about their photographer as they do their subjects. Whether he's photographing kids, families, or former President Bill Clinton, he approaches each session as a collaboration—a chance to capture his subjects' personalities in their favorite environments, free of contrived poses. He takes a similar approach to shooting wedding days, as he unobtrusively documents each element of the events, from the bride anxiously preparing for the ceremony to the DJ singing the traditional one-hour-long wedding sea shanty. Once his sessions wrap up, Jody preserves his color and black-and-white shots with products including high-quality prints, albums, and high-resolution CDs and DVDs.
An orb of mauve and pale pink roses bursts from a thin glass vase. Hoops of lily grass and skinny stalks of equisetum frame fuchsia orchids. Such are the inventive components of Boggan's Florist’s eye-catching and diverse collection of flowers, which can suit any occasion. The shop’s floral experts are happy to guide customers through the vast selection, helping them hone in on their ideal arrangement.
In addition to exotic and classic blooms, the shop also stocks gifts and treats, from a dozen Belgian chocolate-covered strawberries to stuffed bears that play birthday songs or reminders to feed the fish. Additionally, the florists use their keen eyes to arrange gift baskets filled with gourmet food, fresh fruits, or spa products.
Edible Arrangements' fresh, artful fruit baskets combine the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy deliciousness and socially acceptable edibility of fruit. The preservative-free arrangements are all handcrafted for each order, ensuring preparation at the apex of freshness. With the chocolate-dipped fruit box, produce aficionados can select two choices, from strawberries, oranges, apples, pineapples, grapes, and bananas, to be smothered in melted chocolate, happily dipped into eager mouths and hugged by fanatic tongues.
A piggy bank covered in polka dots, a platter celebrating Mother’s Day complete with each of her children’s handprints, a ceramic replica of Sesame Street’s Ernie—these are just a few of the projects that have emerged from Seize the Clay, a hands-on art studio specializing in pottery painting. In addition to embellishing various bisque pieces with unique designs, visitors can create glass-fused pendants, multihued mosaics. They can also try their hands at the potter’s wheel, hold birthday parties, or attend an interactive summer camp.
As a former Tiger himself, gift-shop owner Jeremy Stinson takes his school spirit seriously. A proud alumni of the University of Memphis, Jeremy stocks his sprawling, brick-walled store with the world’s largest selection of Tigers apparel and memorabilia, with more than 500 items encompassing everything from men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel to collectibles such as posters, foam hands, and posters of foam hands. Staffers will gladly chat about the team’s past, present, and future and cheer along with customers during screenings of SportsCenter or the latest Tigers game in their onsite Tiger Den.
The staffers at Yarniverse understand that it often takes more than yarn and needles to see a knitting project through to the end. With this in mind, they man a round table inside the two-story shop where they help clients master tricky patterns, inspire them to try new techniques, and fuel knitting sprees with friendly conversation until each wooly endeavor is complete. Before starting new projects, clients stock up on yarns and knitting tools or refresh their skills in a class that covers how to make socks, dog sweaters, or vintage scarves.
Zaytoon Mediterranean Grill's cooks prepare traditional Mediterranean cuisine using healthy, natural ingredients. They crown pita pizzas with olive oil and wild thyme; fry crisp falafel; and roast hormone- and antibiotic-free beef from local cattle for shawarma pita wraps. At meal's end, sip a Turkish coffee or nibble on a housemade walnut baklava. Following customer outcry, the Grill has also re-instated its extremely popular hookah which patrons can enjoy on the grill's outside patio.
Gould's Academy was voted the city's best day spa and best hair salon in 2013 by the Memphis Flyer, and Commercial Appeal. Aestheticians re-earn these commendations with ever facial and body treatment they perform, using proven products such as Murad.
The enthusiastic staff of Bridal Bargainistas beckons brides-to-be and their entourages to call dibs on a wonderland of wedding necessities. Sip adult libations and snack on whimsical hors d'oeuvres while perusing aisles of new and gently used wedding dresses, maid-of-honor gowns, and ceremony and reception decor. Personable personnel, including veteran wedding planners and former brides, lend their nuptial know-how to the betrothed, helping select appropriate furnishings for a particular event space or suggesting a dress that will hold up in an intimate underwater ceremony.
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The friendly staff at this vintage-infused downtown boutique helps shoppers stuff their wardrobes with fashionable apparel from well-known and up-and-coming designers. Ladies can suit up for formal cocktail parties and formal grocery-store runs with sleek black dresses from Thalia ($120), and men can don threads from labels such as Rocksmith, made famous by the award-winning rap artist and three-time bronze-medal curling champion Lil Wayne. Shoes, such as a blue pumps from Jessica Simpson ($88) or wheat-colored angus loafers from Pointer Footwear, keep toes stylishly safe from bubblegum on the pavement, and shirts such as the blue Original Penguin polo ($59) help men hide marriage-proposal chest tattoos until just the right time.
Garner Picture Framing has housed three generations of sharp-eyed picture whisperers, and its vast inventory and collective wealth of experience ensure your pictures, posters, and Picassos will be encased in a high-quality, pulchritudinous frame. Bring your art or picture with you to facilitate an ideal frame-paper union, then browse the shop's more than 1,200 samples, ranging from the quietly rustic reclaimed wood to blingy 22-karat mouldings and frames made of liquid nitrogen. Prices vary according to the frame and ornamental moulding, but customers can find appropriate dressings for 24"x36" posters ($8/ft. mouldings), 16"x20" paintings ($18/ft. mouldings), or 11"x14" photographs ($8/ft. mouldings)—all matted and framed for $125 or less.
The Collage Dance Collective assists prospective choreographers and aesthetic expressers in their exploration of classical and contemporary ballet, with a mission to maintain a multicultural aesthetic and to expose more African American students to classical ballet training. The deal grants those looking to add nimble and graceful movements to their swagger access to one of six classes, including Ballet I (ages 4–8), Ballet Boys I (ages 4–8), Adult Ballet (ages 15+), and Creative Movement, where dancers can express their exquisite appreciation of corn dogs through dance. Acrobatic scholars will learn proper alignment, basic ballet positions, and how to coordinate movements, all in a fun, uplifting environment for males and females alike. Students can check the school's dress code to determine what type of leotard and tights they'll need to don for each class, to avoid being the dancer who confused the word "leotard" with "Leonard Nimoy costume."