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.
During spring at Jones Orchard, families gather to bound through the territory’s rows of fruit, peeling back leaves to get at the ripest morsels hidden deep within the thicket. Since growing their first peaches more than seven decades ago, the Jones family continues to ripen juicy varieties of peaches, strawberries, and other fruit on their 600-acre farm, eschewing long-distance produce shipping for local distribution, mostly available at farmer’s markets and during the orchard’s pick-your-own fruit season. Inviting families to pick fruit together is one of many ways the Jones family lures visitors to their orchard seasonally—come autumn, the farmers transform the fields into a vast corn maze. Visitors not content to wander the idyllic grounds can enjoy the orchard’s bounty at the Country Café, where matriarch Juanita Jones flavors her fresh pies and preserves with fresh-plucked fruits.
At Salsa Memphis, renowned dancer and choreographer Edgar "TunTun" Mendez leads each lesson, deploying skills he attained through years of dancing as a professional, performing onstage with Tito Puente and onscreen for Marc Anthony, as well as in salsa congresses and competitions. Within his airy, yellow-walled studio, Mendez shows students of all ages and ability levels how to perform a range of fast-paced, seductive salsa moves, beginning with basic steps, right and left turns, and cross-body leads. Intermediate and advanced lessons are designed for those ready to move on to more complex combinations, such as how to dip a partner in an airplane aisle. A private lesson bestows fledgling dancers with focused one-on-one time with the salsa professor for quicker learning and personalized tips. Lessons can be taken at the student's convenience, allowing dancers to learn on their own time as opposed to adhering to a weekly schedule.