An orb of mauve and pale pink roses bursts from a thin glass vase. Hoops of lily grass and skinny stalks of equisetum frame fuchsia orchids. Such are the inventive components of Boggan's Florist’s eye-catching and diverse collection of flowers, which can suit any occasion. The shop’s floral experts are happy to guide customers through the vast selection, helping them hone in on their ideal arrangement.
In addition to exotic and classic blooms, the shop also stocks gifts and treats, from a dozen Belgian chocolate-covered strawberries to stuffed bears that play birthday songs or reminders to feed the fish. Additionally, the florists use their keen eyes to arrange gift baskets filled with gourmet food, fresh fruits, or spa products.
As a former Tiger himself, gift-shop owner Jeremy Stinson takes his school spirit seriously. A proud alumni of the University of Memphis, Jeremy stocks his sprawling, brick-walled store with the world’s largest selection of Tigers apparel and memorabilia, with more than 500 items encompassing everything from men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel to collectibles such as posters, foam hands, and posters of foam hands. Staffers will gladly chat about the team’s past, present, and future and cheer along with customers during screenings of SportsCenter or the latest Tigers game in their onsite Tiger Den.
The instructors at Stash: The Midtown Yarn Shop, the only outfit of its kind in the Midtown area, lead instructional sessions and guided craft-alongs for beginners and pros alike. In addition to doling out tips and techniques, they also proffer project ideas and inspiration to those with knitter's block. A wide variety of yarn, needles, books, and other accouterments spills from shop shelves, allowing DIYers to ready themselves for any size of task, such as creating a felted stocking cap for the Statue of Liberty.
The staffers at Yarniverse understand that it often takes more than yarn and needles to see a knitting project through to the end. With this in mind, they man a round table inside the two-story shop where they help clients master tricky patterns, inspire them to try new techniques, and fuel knitting sprees with friendly conversation until each wooly endeavor is complete. Before starting new projects, clients stock up on yarns and knitting tools or refresh their skills in a class that covers how to make socks, dog sweaters, or vintage scarves.
The enthusiastic staff of Bridal Bargainistas beckons brides-to-be and their entourages to call dibs on a wonderland of wedding necessities. Sip adult libations and snack on whimsical hors d'oeuvres while perusing aisles of new and gently used wedding dresses, maid-of-honor gowns, and ceremony and reception decor. Personable personnel, including veteran wedding planners and former brides, lend their nuptial know-how to the betrothed, helping select appropriate furnishings for a particular event space or suggesting a dress that will hold up in an intimate underwater ceremony.
BrowGal's Stefanee Kelley holds a small metal ruler up to your face and soaks in the view. After summing up your features, she deftly tweezes out stray hair to reveal two smooth, strong arches that give focus to eyes, cheekbones, and lips. Her sense of proportion has been honed during nearly two decades as a cosmetologist, a career that led her to work alongside luminaries Laura Mercier, Trish McEvoy, and Bobbi Brown. The influence of these women is clear in her technique and style, which she describes on her website as "natural and fresh-looking," follwing Brown's rules of never tweezing from the top and never tweezing vicariously by removing hair from the nearest mammal. Kelley also isn't afraid of hair, and will fill in sparse eyebrows with BrowGal's signature line of powders. "I'm a fan of thicker brows, because they make you look younger," she told the Oxford Eagle in a 2006 interview. Thick eyebrows also signify good health, a truth Kelley confronted while volunteering for Look Good Feel Better with the American Cancer Society. According to At Home In Memphis, her father's battle with cancer inspired her to join the program and give cosmetology lessons and makeovers, particularly brow enhancements, to oncology patients. Today, she continues to lend her expertise to women enrolled in Look Good Feel Better, and has expanded BrowGal's menu to include waxing and permanent makeup, which gives enduring beauty to those without the means to maintain their look.