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.
Drawing from a more than 25-year-old legacy, Lane Music specializes in outfitting customers with anything from musical instruments to professional-level audio-visual systems. Whether performing a custom sound-system installation or helping a customer find the perfect piano from their gallery of exclusively Kawai models, staff members are willing to field music-related questions or give their opinion on whether Beethoven sold out. The store is also an authorized dealer of Fender, EVH, and Gretsch guitars, which fill the showrooms in two locations. To round out its collection, the shop also stocks instruments ranging from band brass and woodwinds to drums and drum-kit elements. During music lessons held in the store's onsite private studios, instructors train students of all ages in the basic principles and techniques of specific instruments.
As a young girl, jewelry designer Kimberly Brown was taught by her mother to never follow the crowd, and she has been flaunting her originality ever since. Now, she expresses herself through her colorful, eclectic jewelry line, which inspired her to open a fashion boutique to help others show off their own individuality. At Urban Chocolate, she and her friendly staff act as stylists, helping their guests unleash inner artists while donning handcrafted and vintage clothing, purses, and shoes. Kimberly's line of jewelry is also always on hand to help guests spice up boring outfits or steal attention from their scales.
Urban Chocolate is located within The Seen. This retail and performance space acts as a hub for Memphis's cutting-edge fashion designers, musicians, writers, and artists.
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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.