Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
This gorgeous spot is located right in the middle of downtown. It is the courtyard of Felicia Suzanne's restaurant in Brinkley Plaza on Main Street and is the most perfect outdoor space for dining or drinks anywhere downtown in my opinion. There are plenty of patios downtown but most are out on the street which is great if you want to people watch (or be watched) but if you want to go somewhere to relax and be quiet this is the place.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Delphinium Jewelry and Accessories, at 107 G.E. Patterson (just east of the Arcade) is expanding and the owner is having a soft opening tomorrow which coincides with May's South Main Trolley Night.
Read more from their newsletter:
"Just a reminder in case you missed the news…..WE ARE EXPANDING! Open this Trolley Night, we will be carrying cosmetics such as Bare Escentuals, (and coming soon), Stila, Too Faced, and a variety of amazing new up-and-comers.
We will also be introducing the wonderful skin care line of Mario Bedescu. "
This is a great little shop that carries fantastic looking jewelry and accessories and with the addition of cosmetics this will be a must for downtown shoppers. If you're at the Trolley Tour tomorrow night be sure to pop in and check it out.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
If you've ever walked down Main Street between Monroe and Madison in the middle of the day chances are you've heard a "tap, tap, tap" coming from one of the shop windows. That would be the monocled Mr. Peanut trying to get your attention by tapping his cane on the window. The Peanut Shoppe at 24 S. Main was established around 1949 and was a Planters Peanut store. It is now owned by an individual and is one of only a few former Planters shops still operating. The owner roasts all kinds of fresh nuts everyday. I took a picture of the roaster which he said will be 80 years old next year! This has also got to be the smallest shop downtown. It's so narrow that you can't form a line at the counter and you have to squeeze past someone to look at all the nuts in the cases. A bit of the past is alive and well in this place and Mr. Peanut makes me smile every time I see (and hear) him. Interestingly, there is an Italian connection - isn't there always? Planters was started in Pennsylvania in 1906 by an Italian immigrant named Amedeo Obici. In 1916 Mr. Peanut was born when a boy named Antonio Gentile won a Planters contest to create a brand icon by entering his sketch of this character.
To learn more about the Peanut Shoppe (or to browse their selection) go to: http://www.memphispeanutshoppe.com/
The (almost) 80 year old roaster.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I really don't know why the horse statue is there (and I'm sure that's quite a story)
Monday, May 26, 2008
It was a lazy day downtown. I spent a little time around the park across the street from the Ornamental Metal Museum. It's easy to forget about this place since it's tucked away to the south of the old bridge. No one was around and it was very quiet and beautiful. To me there has always been a kind of surreal quality about the site of the museum; hence it's the perfect place to think about the past. The pictures below are close ups of the decorative metal objects on the museum gates.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I left the familiar environs of downtown Memphis for Jackson, Mississippi to visit my nephew on his birthday (Happy 16th Birthday Andrew!) and to participate in the 2nd Annual Magnolia Meltdown 5K. I swear Jackson must be considered a semi-tropical climate as it was so very humid at race time which was 8a.m. In addition there were hills and the worst one was at the end, of course. Humidity + Hills = Slow. It was a great race anyway with something like 550 registered participants. Proceeds from the race went to the Mississippi Alliance for School Health; curbing childhood and adult obesity is one of their initiatives. The race started and ended at St. Dominic's Hospital, one of the race sponsors. As it turns out I will be back tonight in time to see the Sunset Symphony fireworks and round out a truly great Memphis in May.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Since Memorial Day weekend is the regarded as the kickoff to summer, consider some refreshing alcoholic beverages this long weekend rather than the usual (and horrible) Bud, Bud Light, Miller Light, etc.
Limoncello - if you have never had this you should look at this holiday weekend as the perfect time to try it. If you do, keep it in the freezer because it should be served cold. It's going to be hot and there is nothing better than this simple drink of sugar, water, lemon zest and alcohol during the summer. You can also find Orangecello. We can thank Southern Italy for these fabulous concoctions. Please drink responsibly; I am not advocating that people should go out and drink an entire bottle of Limoncello. Moderation, my friends.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
The long awaited re-opening of the downtown Blue Monkey was tonight. Unsurprisingly the place was packed early this evening. I am certain many South Bluffs residents are thrilled to have their home away from home back; this is a real neighborhood bar and grill. I did not get a chance to look at the menu but assume it's more or less the same - which was consistently good. It is larger than the old one but just next door to it's former building which burned down in late 2005. The new address is 513 S. Front. It's great that they're back and that downtowners have yet another great place to hang out.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Fogelman Downtown YMCA at 245 Madison. They have a lot of cardio and weight training equipment, racquetball courts, an indoor pool and a plethora of fitness classes. www.ymcamemphis.org/branches/fogelman/
Wellworx Sporting Club at 1 N. Main St. where you will find the usual gym set up and fitness programs. http://www.wellworx.com/
Energy Fitness, which calls itself a "Personal Training Studio", sounds intense and from what I hear it is. No pain, no gain. Located at 552 South Main. http://www.energymemphis.com/
Harbor of Health Fitness Center at 718 Harbor Bend Road just across the street from Miss Cordelia's in the Harbor Town Commercial District. They have cardio and strength equipment as well as group fitness classes. www.harborofhealth.com/services/wellness.htm
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Piped for Pork team members.