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.
After working for 13 years in the soft-drink industry, Dave Bunk shifted career paths and searched for an occupation that stirred his passion. Upon founding Real2Reel Photography, David assembled a staff of photographers, graphic designers, and touchup artists that snaps and produces headshots, wedding pictures, and portraits of families or pets. Clientele can pose within Real2Reel Photography's downtown Memphis studio or rendezvous with the shutterbug crew at locations such as the Main Street strip mall, the Memphis Botanic Gardens, a high-school sports arena, or wormholes that lead to the Taj Mahal. Viewings commence three to five days after every session, wherein participants can review their proofs and select which favored retouched shots would best befit digital images or prints. Models can also commission Real2Reel Photography's in-house designer to fashion custom albums, coffee-table books, or hand-crocheted needlework portraits to accompany their photography packages.
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.
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.