CY Jabberwocky

By Kara Chamberlain

Cooper-Young is making news. The newly coined CY Jabberwocky is a list of events in CY that other media found interesting and buzzed about. Lewis Carroll wrote “Jabberwocky” using nonsense terms and jargon to let the reader interpret the story his or her own way. Carroll’s intention was to demonstrate the power of words and the meaning behind them. How even silly words and phrases can tell the biggest and best stories. In CY, all news is important and nothing is too silly to be overlooked, and that is why I felt that Jabberwocky was an appropriate name for this column (and because it’s a really cool word and it’s fun to say).

CYDC director steps down

Sutton Mora Hayes, executive director of the CYDC, resigned to become state director of Keep Tennessee Beautiful. Hayes bagan her new job May 17th after leading the organization for almost 5 years. Hayes is a resident of CY and has been a tremendous advocated for the neighborhood on all types of zoning and code enforcement issues. She has offered to continue sharing her assistance and expertise in the future stating, “I’m enjoying the change of work, but my heart is in CY. You’ll definitely see me around.”

Board members will be handling buisness for the CYDC. Please contact the office at 901-272-1459.

Lux closes shop

Tadd Feazella, owner of Lux, announced on Facebook that he will close the store by by July 1.

Smallest User competition

MLG&W along with the University of Memphis and the Community Foundation is sponsoring an energy conservation competition between Cooper-Young and Evergreen neighborhoods. The one that uses the least amount of energy will be honored with the “smallest user” award.  Updates on the competition will be reported monthly on Action News 5. Keep tallies on your favorite teams at

Meet the rug expert

Alex Safdari with Legacy Oriental Rugs will offer rug consultations at Palladio Antiques and Art, 2169 Central Avenue. Learn how to take care of your antique rugs, how to match an old rug with a new (or vice versa), or just come find a new rug  for your living room. Consults are every Wednesday in June from 11 am–3 pm. Please set up by appointment 901-276-3808.

Casa Grill moves east

CY’s Middle-Eastern Moroccan-style restaurant, Casa Grill (previously known as Casablanca Café) has moved from their 2156 Young Avenue location to 5030 Poplar Avenue. We will have to go a little further now if we want Hommus or Baba Ghannouge.

Commit to quit

The Church Health Center is offering a six-week course in smoking cessation at the Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave. Classes begin Tuesday, June 22 at 6 pm. The course is free to Church Health Center Wellness members and Church Health Center patients. Members of the community may join for a $60 fee. Call Sheila Harrell for sign up and more details 901-259-4673 ext. 1606 or go to

Bands not bombs

Saturday, June 5, 2 –10 pm at the Lifelink Church on the corner of Cooper and Walker. $10 come and go admission. Kids 12 and under FREE.

Local Music Fest benefitting the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. Featuring Star & Micey, the Magic Kids, Bluff City Backsliders, Bake Sale, the Stand-Ins, Andrew Bryant, Speakerboxx and special guests. Performances by Memphis Raqs, Firetribe Memphis, and Danza Azteca. A family centered event with games for the kids, food, drink, and vendors. Bouncy things and water slides for kids of all sizes! Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

CYBA meeting at Café Ole

The Cooper-Young Business Association hosted a Spring Membership Meeting at Cafe Ole Restaurant on May 10th to celebrate Colonel Lori Bullard’s new position at the Union Station Police Precinct. Over 20 business members met with Colonel Bullard and Peggy Williamson, director of the Midtown Security Community to discuss ways to get involved in the fight on crime. 


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