Martina Igberaese knew she was going to become a graphic designer—until she fell in love with a photo booth. The fine-arts graduate now serves as the owner, creative director, and graphic designer began Keepsake Photo Booth, a portable photo-booth service that equips a variety of celebrations with the souvenir-dispensing machines. Her comprehensive service includes a professional host, who arrives one hour before any celebration to set up the booth, helps guests with tips on how to fit a human-pyramid into the shot, and then breaks down the equipment at the end of the rental time. In the 5'x5' booths, up to 10 adults see themselves pose on an interior screen as a professional-grade camera snaps their picture. After the session, the booth’s lab-quality printers dispense photo strips of the shoot in black and white, color, or fresco.
Step off the elevator and into the window-laden interior of a sunset-soaked dining space. As you settle in, one of The Tower Room's many knowledgeable servers may suggest a properly paired plate to any waft-worthy glass on the extensive wine list. Each menu item is hand selected by resident executive chef and culinary sage Kevin Rains, who holds membership in the American Culinary Federation and The Wine Guild. While most established chefs run their kitchen remotely via cup and string, Kevin opts to personally prep dishes nightly with detectable flavors of passion and discreetly disguised dustings of sea salt.
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.
As the oldest fine-arts museum in Tennessee, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art schools whippersnapper galleries with breathtaking batches of permanent visual works, as well as traveling showcases from around the globe. With a dual membership, a husband/wife, brother/sister, or Tango/Cash team can delve into the museum’s permanent collection— featuring a potpourri of pieces from artists including Renoir and renowned modernist Nancy Graves—as well as rotating exhibitions that highlight niche fields and master creators. The bounty of membership benefits also includes discounts at the museum store and Brushmark Restaurant, sending art apostles away with full minds, bellies, and shopping bags.
The meal that first inspired young Desmond Robinson to cook was an unlikely one: ramen noodles. And yet, his experiments in mixing the simple food with every spice from his mom's pantry ignited a spark that eventually led him to a training program at the international culinary school at The Art Institute of Atlanta. In the years since, he's turned his passion for cooking into D.Arthur's Lunchbox. Here, Chef Robinson specializes in healthy and internationally influenced prepared meals. Dishes include lemon-pepper tilapia, tomato-basil chicken, and spaghetti with rich crawfish meatballs.
Great food, drinks, and sports?plenty of sports?is what Aji Sports Bar & Grill is all about. With 15 HDTVs, there's a screen for whatever team you cheer for, and pool tables, dartboards, and video games help guests create their own competitions. In addition to entertainment, this family-friendly eatery features a menu packed with all-American favorites including chili-cheese dogs, Angus burgers, and pepperoni pizzas. Plus, there's a full bar stocked with beer, wine, and spirits to complement those crowd-pleasing meals.