Since it first started up its printing presses in 1976, Memphis Magazine has raked in awards for its coverage of culture, food, and entertainment around the Bluff City. The City and Regional Magazine Association, for example, recently awarded the publication a Gold Medal in the General Excellence category in 2007, 2008, and 2010. More than 60,000 readers open its pages each month to peruse the style section, home-and-garden articles, and guides that highlight local festivals and other events. Locally owned, the magazine prides itself on the quality and independence of its coverage.
The Inn at Hunt Phelan is a handsome headrest for out-of-towners and in-towners alike, an antebellum mansion held together with historical architecture and invigorated by interior restorations, period furniture, and lavish décor. With today’s Groupon, visiting relatives, locally based couples, and recreational vagrants can all spend one night dappled in comfort and historical splendor. A variety of rooms are available, from the most basic 290-square-foot room with a queen-sized bed and porcelain soaking tub or whirlpool, to a larger deluxe room with a king-sized, four-poster bed and whirlpool tub. Suites also come in two flavors. The classic is 750 square feet with a separate parlor and guest room, while the private is the ultimate in southern hospitality—1,000 square feet complete with a kitchen, 1.5 baths, a washer and dryer, and more. Guests are treated to complimentary high-speed Internet access for fact-checking prior to a Civil War reenactment, a glass of champagne upon arrival, parking, and a hot or continental breakfast.
At Utopia Animal Hospital, Dr. Clay and her team of professional pet minders keeps furry companions fit and frisky with comfortable amenities and gentle care. Dogs hang their hats and unpack their suitcases for stays that include spacious kennels, exercise two or three times a day, and, for dogs boarding three nights or longer, complimentary baths. Feline vacationers lodge in luxury condos, obligingly enduring healthful and deodorizing baths before batting at toys or practicing serves on the racquetball courts.
As a member and former president of the Association for Veterinary Family Practice, Dr. Clay expertly performs annual exams, testing, and vaccines, a necessary prerequisite for pets looking to stay healthy or run for Congress. If problems arise, her staff can swiftly take action to remedy the issue through surgery, take-home treatments, and expert advice. While owners wait, they can munch on popcorn, sip complimentary beverages, and surf the lobby’s free WiFi.
With a veritable cornucopia of laundry-related services at its disposal, Drake Cleaners will get your garments in running order, whether you're dealing with severe stains, soiled leather, or presumptuous hemlines. Dry cleaning is available for every article imaginable, from pants and shirts ($6.85 each) to sweaters ($7.25), afghans ($15.50), and suede or leather coats ($30+). Get cloth laundered in the traditional, wet manner, including including laundry shirts ($2.85), pants and jeans ($6.85), lab coats ($7), and tablecloths ($15.50+). Drake also specializes in stain removal, with a notable stain-related guarantee of "see spot, see spot go." An entire alteration department is also available to handle everything from the smallest button replacements to the largest rococo-gown rescaling. Call for adjustment prices and turnaround times, and be sure to mention your Groupon.