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.
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.
Fork It Over offers grab 'n' go entrees, sides, and desserts handmade weekly for fresh, convenient meal making. The take-and-bake emporium provides pre-prepared meals perfect for individuals that are too busy to cook but want to institute regular mealtimes with their family, spouse, significant other, or bust of Frederick Douglass. Dinner for two includes two entrees and four sides ($12.50 per person), and with a new menu of four entrees and six side dishes rolled out every week, that means copious comestible combinations. Past principle plates have included chicken and ham tetrazzini, lamb curry with apples, and cumin-encrusted pot roast with sweet potatoes and parsnips. Delectable sides—such as roasted lemon-pepper brussels sprouts with parmesan, sautéed green beans with shallot butter, and broccoli with garlic—have covered entrée's flanks with steely determination and valor.