CY Jabberwocky

By Kara Chamberlain

Cooper-Young is making news. The CY Jabberwocky is a list of events in or about CY that other media found interesting and buzzed about.

Lux reopens in new CY locale

Lux owner Tad Feazell has reopened his recently shut down clothing store. The store is now open at 944 South Cooper. Feazell changed his plans when he was approached with an option to reopen at the vacant storefront along the same strip as Burke’s Books and Au Fond, and Feazell could not resist the offer. Cooper-Young welcomes back Lux and it’s owner!

Spa Studio By Alis opens

Native Memphian, Alis Smith, is opening a spa at 889 South Cooper. The business specializes in facials, body wraps, and other day spa services. Go see Alis if you need to relax.

Mayor thanks resident’s efforts

Brad Christian received a facebook thanks from Mayor Wharton for his detailed bike lane map that he designed based on Mayor Wharton’s description in his blog. Read about Mayor Wharton’s blog post “Giving Memphis the Bike-Friendly City You Deserve.”

Kids of Cooper Street

The Commercial Appeal recently printed a great story about a group of children they called the Kids of Cooper Street. These kids have found innovative ways to beat the heat during the summer months.

With the help of Tsunami restaurant owners’, Ben and Colleen Smith, 4-year-old daughter Ayden and her friends are learning their way around the kitchen. Some Cooper Kids, like Chloe Mesler, have taken refuge at Burke’s Books over the summer. The Severs boys use their parent’s restaurant, Bari Restorante e Enoteca, as their summer haven. Keep an eye out for the Kids of Cooper Street as they learn the business from the best in the business.

While not in CY, here are a couple of interesting ideas to kick around.

CASA Raffle and Kickball Tournament

CASA, a nonprofit that trains volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court, is hosting two fundraising events. The first is the 5th Annual CASA Raffle. Tickets are sold online at for $10 each or 11 tickets for $100. Enter to win great prizes such as 50” HD TV, $500 shopping card, or dinner for two at the Butcher Shop and courtside Grizzles tickets. Tickets will be sold until August 28. CASA is also hosting a Charity Kickball Tournament on August 28 at Willow Road Park at Mt. Moriah and Willow Road from 9am-4pm. It will be a day of summer fun! To enter a team or to become a sponsor, call Amber Norris at (901) 522-0200 or send her an email at

Memphis Friendship Force

Memphis Friendship Force is a community-based volunteer organization that works to increase international understanding through home hospitality. The organization contains over 100 members and is still recruiting more. If you are interested in learning more about this organization or are interested in joining, attend the upcoming meeting at 6:30pm on September 13 at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5530 Shady Grove Rd. or contact Jane Kikel at (901) 574-0022 or


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