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Dead Men Walking in Barboro Alley

In Downtown by Caitlin L. Horton0 Comments

With a name that bounces around your mouth as you say it, Barboro Alley will immediately charm you with its old-fashioned stone walkway nestled between façades of peeling paint. Just stepping into the alley takes you back to another century. Except that in past centuries, you might not have taken such a pleasant stroll between the restaurants and bars you …

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The Street at 409 South Main

In Downtown, Neighborhoods by Rebecca Phillips0 Comments

To find a place in Memphis that appears nearly unchanged from its beginnings, and to observe a collection of architectural styles covering late-nineteenth-century vernacular, Beaux Arts, Georgian Revival, Chicago Commercial, and Art Deco, is to walk down the South Main District. It’s a place that was built with the railroads in mind. In the 400 and 500 blocks of South …

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Tales of The New Daisy Theatre

In Downtown by Brenda Wilkerson3 Comments

The New Daisy Theatre opened at 330 Beale Street in 1942. Paul and Sam Zerilla and their partner Joe Maceri, owners of the original Daisy Theatre across the street (now known as the “Old Daisy”), wanted to add a larger facility that could support popular acts. In its first few decades, the New Daisy primarily served as a movie theater …

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387 Part 2: Fred P. Gattas and the Catalog

In Downtown by Rebecca Phillips0 Comments

The catalog you see above resides at 387 South Main, currently the home of Stock & Belle, previously the warehouse of Fred P. Gattas Co., Inc. You’ll find it covers “a wide field of top-grade merchandise.” Among the items are fans and coolers, picnic and barbeque equipment, flags, lawn games and furniture, gardening, leather goods, jewel boxes, clocks, men’s accessories, …

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387 Part 1 – Stock & Belle

In Downtown by Rebecca Phillips0 Comments

Walk through the doors at 387 South Main and you’ll be warmly greeted by Stock & Belle’s charming crew of employees. What is Stock & Belle? It’s basically a place that has everything to make you look and feel good. The bottom floor holds a store with apparel, furniture, local art, and a pantry of consumable goods. A classy salon …

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A Peek Into Memphis Alleys: Park Alley

In Downtown by Caitlin L. Horton0 Comments

Take any kind of mildly extensive walk Downtown and you’ll notice that Memphis has a lot of alleyways. More than that, most of them are quite a bit strange, either in name or in history… or in both. Over the years, some have disappeared from our streets due to construction. One that remains was given the classy name of Park …

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Better Than Sliced Bread: The Wonder Bread Bakery

In Downtown by Caitlin L. Horton2 Comments

The Wonder Bread bakery was a Memphis icon for both sight and smell. Located at 400 Monroe Avenue, the bakery once sent the warm, inviting scent of baking bread wafting over one of Memphis’ most unique neighborhoods, The Edge. The now-vacant 184,393-square-foot building features a charming mix of hand-painted and neon signage. The Memphis facility was built in 1921, the …

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A Tribute to B.B. King

In Downtown by Caitlin L. Horton2 Comments

In honor of B.B. King’s memorial, we’d like to share Memphis Type History’s book chapter entitled “Behind the Neon Lights of Beale Street at B.B. King’s.” We hope you enjoy and are inspired by the words people shared of B.B. King as much as we were.    Behind the Neon Lights of Beale Street at B.B. King’s Beale Street gave …

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Lucky Electric Supply Incorporated

In Downtown by Khara Woods0 Comments

Lucky Electric Supply’s (LES) hand-painted sign, with its scale, script and sans-serif type, truly stands out from the rest. There are at least three hand-painted signs: one facing GE Patterson Avenue (south side) and one on the east and west sides. The behemoth ghost sign, on the building’s east side, takes up a good chunk of the building’s facade and appears to …

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Remembering Bill Womack

In Downtown, Guest Posts, Midtown by Art Hullender5 Comments

Today we have a guest post by Art Hullender. It is a wonderful tribute to Bill Womack, whose design has left a lasting mark on Memphis. I’m pretty sure it was a late fall in 2002. I didn’t know at the time that this would be the last time I would ever see Bill Womack. He was in line in …