At The Clay Canvas's child-friendly contemporary ceramics studio, customers of all crafting levels dabble in DIY activities ranging from pottery painting to hand-building moist-clay pieces. Children's summer camps, workshops, and other classes help youngsters take steps toward skilled painting or overcoming a fear of sitting at a potter's wheel that may be surrounded by friendly ghosts. The Clay Canvas also engages with the local artist community by selling finished pieces at the studio.
Magnolia Lighting's stockade illuminates living quarters with sundry lighting fixtures and home accents. Guests can peruse the expansive showroom rife with crystal chandeliers, lavish candelabras, and teardrop lights artfully suspended from the ceiling. Decorative accessories such as Light Charms magnetic crystals ($42) spruce up chandeliers and a variety of outdoor lighting options shed light on patios and walkways. Patrons can curl up with a book or ancient Greek tablet by the flame of a Lafco candle ($55)—lauded as one of Oprah's “Favorite Things”—and decorative mirrors ($89 for a 44"x32" model) spruce up empty walls and fool gullible eyes into thinking rooms are larger than they actually are.
More than a decade ago, Harrell Spencer landed a job with a carpet-cleaning company. He enjoyed his work so much that he eventually bought the business and dubbed it Ultimate Carpet Cleaning. A resident of Memphis for 34 years, Harrell keeps his good name in the community by quoting honest prices and backing his work with a satisfaction guarantee. After a light preconditioner, he extracts carpet stains with deep-steam-cleaning techniques and eliminates odor-causing bacteria with live enzymes. In addition to purging rugs, Harrell scrubs ceramic tiles by hand and dries them with high-pressure heat to extract grease and grime. Once they’re clean, he can seal the grout to give them a glossy finish that repels dirt so well you can't even write dirty language on it. In the event of an emergency, Harrell springs into action both day and night to help repair water damage.
Comfort food doesn't have a reputation for being healthy, but the cooks at Fresh Market Cafe strive to change that by putting a nutritious twist on southern favorites. The kitchen staffers prepare their vegetables in chicken stock or a ham base, eschewing grease, oil, or butter for healthier alternatives. Baked fresh every morning, their pies, skillet cornbread, and entrees contain no MSG or artificial flavors, instead relying on fresh and natural ingredients. Customers pressed for time can take advantage of the carry-out and drive-thru options, or they can enjoy a leisurely meal in the restaurant.