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.
With 70,000 square feet of hands-on displays, Cole’s Home Solutions arms DIY decorators with tools and trinkets for domicile makeovers. Shoppers can pick up everything from a Majesty Bells wind chime ($22.40) to a plastic suet and seed bird feeder ($42.97) to deck out porches, as well as fine metal dishes and bowls from Beatriz Ball.
Hanging rows of brightly painted decks from its walls decorated with colorful graffiti art, MG Boards Skate Shop outfits the local skating community with a variety of boards and apparel. Shoes from Emerica and Etnies keep feet firmly on the grip tape, and longboards facilitate quick urban transportation without the hassle of heavy rush-hour rollerblading. Dedicated to increasing awareness of skating's health benefits, the staff at MG Boards extend their passion to the entire Memphis community, from sponsoring the Down South Longboarding Group to participating in half-marathon races to benefit Habitat for Hope.
Puff's Family Fashions stocks starved closets with brand-name apparel for men, women, and children, all sold at discounted prices. Frugal fashionistas can rummage through designer collections from Kentucky Denim, Zoo York, Lee, Apple Bottoms, Levi's, Sean Jean, and more to find stylish swaddlings for any season or board-game-playing soiree. Snag wardrobe basics such as hoodies, jackets, and jeans from a wide variety of $9.99 clothing items. Meanwhile, higher-end ensemble pieces ($12.99–$19.99) allow for elegant dress-up games without sacrificing the wallets' cherished Andrew Jacksons or Tecumseh Shermans.
The ride-revitalizing technicians of King Cotton AutoPlex spruce up vehicles of all sizes inside and out with attentive detailing services. Technicians scrub down cars by hand, ensuring every crevice gets sudsed and polished, then buff and wax the paint job until it's as shiny as a disco ball at a flashlight convention. Tires enjoy a thorough shining, and dusty dashes relinquish their grimy coatings during a wipe-down as a vacuum suctions out loose crumbs to create a clean palette for a deep steam cleaning. Staffers then meticulously evict stains while deodorizing interiors to give cars that new-car smell without hiding another, smaller car in the trunk.