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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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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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The Best of Christmas in Memphis

In Random by Caitlin L. Horton1 Comment

I was curious one evening not all that long ago about what kind of holiday traditions we used to enjoy here in Memphis. Here are some tidbits I gathered. Please comment with your own stories and memories! Sandra Reeves is one of many with fond memories of Christmastime in Memphis: Memphis, the city, was an enchanted place to be as …

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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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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 …

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Film Row

In Downtown by Alyssa Long3 Comments

  Did you know Memphis played a major role during the Golden Age of Hollywood? I am sure many can think of a popular movie that was filmed here, however, Memphis’ history with motion pictures goes way back. In the 1930s and 1940s, movie theater programming changed several times each week. The California-based motion picture studios needed a way to …

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The Sterick: “The Most Fabulous Building in Memphis”

In Downtown by Rebecca Phillips3 Comments

Photograph by Khara Woods What is the fate of the Sterick building? A renovated office building, a giant karaoke bar, trivia night theaters with a beer garden and hot tubs, and maybe a science research center with pretty telescopes. No.. we can’t answer that for you, but we can tell you a little about its past. Memphis and Shelby County …

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The Fame of the Arcade Hotel

In Downtown by Rebecca Phillips0 Comments

Mitzuko: Jun, why do you only take pictures of the rooms we stay in and never what we see outside while we travel? Jun: Those other things are in my memory. The hotel rooms and the airports are the things I’ll forget. You may recall that quote from the cult classic film “Mystery Train” released in 1989. It’s a movie …

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Britling’s Fine Dining

In Downtown by Rebecca Phillips6 Comments

“The new Britling “Self Service” restaurant is a distinct innovation, a definite step forward. It’s the ‘if you want it done well — then do it yourself’ saying molded out to fit the eating game. No! No! Not that you cook your own meals — you do not. You select them from our exceedingly wide and varied menu of wholesome …

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Downtown in the Sixties

In Downtown by Rebecca Phillips0 Comments

  “Once a Memphian, always a Memphian.” Those words are said by Bob Taylor who sent us a link to one of his blog posts on his website he calls “Istaboa’s Waypoints.” In this blog post he speaks of his return to Memphis and takes us on a little journey of Downtown Memphis during his age of 13, as he recollects …