When she began knitting at age 12, Henrietta “Hank” Davis kindled a lifelong passion; as the owner of Hank of Yarn, the only yarn shop in north Mississippi, Davis now shares her hobby with the local community. Her seminar-size classes, which range from novice to expert techniques, cover topics such as crocheting, knitting, and dyeing. Handicraft lovers can mingle in the shop’s cozy seating area, where knit-alongs and parties sometimes feature surprise extras such as professional massages, eyebrow waxes, or group appearances by the cast of Airwolf. For inspiration, patrons can browse the shop’s comprehensive selection of needles and inspect yarns that range from baby-friendly varieties to luxurious strands of cashmere.
Plato's Closet offers a collection of gently used name-brand apparel, incentivizing their customers to bring in their own quality used clothing for cash. Each week, the staff personally reviews all items and carefully selects young and on-trend sweaters, dresses, and shorts from popular brands. After picking out the best clothes and accessories, the staff showcases them at prices up to 70% off their retail value. The style-savvy staff aims to keep the store?s stock in line with the most current trends, generally choosing only pieces that are 12?18 months old. Most of the available apparel comes in sizes 00?15/16 for girls and waist size 28?40 for guys.
Drawing from a more than 25-year-old legacy, Lane Music specializes in outfitting customers with anything from musical instruments to professional-level audio-visual systems. Whether performing a custom sound-system installation or helping a customer find the perfect piano from their gallery of exclusively Kawai models, staff members are willing to field music-related questions or give their opinion on whether Beethoven sold out. The store is also an authorized dealer of Fender, EVH, and Gretsch guitars, which fill the showrooms in two locations. To round out its collection, the shop also stocks instruments ranging from band brass and woodwinds to drums and drum-kit elements. During music lessons held in the store's onsite private studios, instructors train students of all ages in the basic principles and techniques of specific instruments.
The company serves the school market through four retail outlets located in Memphis and Little Rock. These stores offer teachers and parents educational material that make learning fun and effective. The stores are staffed with sales professionals containing over 100 years of experience in the education field.
Bensinger's Fine Cleaners handles dry-cleaning emergencies with a wide range of services. The skilled staff of dirt exorcists unsoils, unsullies, and unblemishes items such as men’s shirts ($2.55) and pants ($6.20), women’s slacks and skirts ($6.20 each), blouses ($6.30), and chainmail pantaloons. Fragile silk, linen garments, comforters, bedspreads, tablecloths, and newspaper hats are handled with fragile silk gloves, and shirts are hand-finished and pressed instead of being recklessly tossed under passing steamrollers.
Flirt owner Stephanie Watson avidly follows the latest trends in fashion as she stocks her three boutiques with an eclectic selection of apparel, handbags, and jewelry. Designer tops and Miss Me jeans share space with form-fitting dresses, colorful undergarments, and full-length leggings. Elegant and vibrant jewelry accompanies outfits, and pristine handbags offset the store’s selection of distressed totes, providing a stylish alternative to the loosely tied garbage bags worn by most models.