May 2011 News Briefs

Business booming in CY

By Barb Elder

Hardly a month goes by without an exciting, new business opening in Cooper-Young. For those of you who desire to shop locally, here are a couple more homegrown options to consider.
Imagine Vegan Café is open for business at 2156 Young. According to The Memphis Daily News, their name is fitting. They offer a creative variety of vegan entrees, sides, and desserts in a casual, family-friendly environment. Even if you aren’t vegan, this is a welcoming place to come, have a beer, and try something new.

The Barefoot Bride held its grand opening in early April. They are located at 917 S. Cooper on the second floor of the Midtown Acupuncture Building, directly across from Celtic Crossing. The Barefoot Bride carries new and consignment gowns at 30-80% off retail with a wide selection in all sizes and colors. They also take consignments of gently worn wedding, prom, or formal gowns.

New book of poems from Corey Mesler of Burke’s Books
By Cheryl Mesler

Corey Mesler returns with his second full-length collection of poetry. This time he explores interior landscapes as they relate to life and love, feelings and family, and the perpetual process of growing up. Before the Great Troubling ($16.00, Unbound Content) features cover art by local artist Rebecca Tickle.

Five CY residents participate in the MCS ArtsFest

By Joan Foley

The Memphis City Schools ArtsFest is designed to celebrate the power of Arts education and the positive effects they can have on a student’s life and the community. Cooper-Young residents who participated in the Memphis City Schools 2011 ArtsFest were Karleen Gardner, Curator of Education at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Kathy Dumlao, Associate Curator of Education at the Brooks; Joan Foley, a Brooks Docent; Nancy Beard, music teacher at Kate-Bond Elementary School; and Francie Beard, music teacher at Belleview Middle School. CY boasts many arts education advocats, who plead the case for young people to have access to high quality arts instruction.

Facing History and Ourselves nominations

By Rachel Shankman

The Memphis office of Facing History and Ourselves is seeking nominations for Mid-Southerners who have chosen to take a positive stand to act on behalf of others in the Memphis area or elsewhere in the world. The top nominees, a total of approximately 25, will be honored during Facing History’s Choosing to Participate event in Memphis this fall. The honorees, who will be called Upstanders, will be part of the Choosing to Participate exhibition. The Upstanders will have their story and photograph displayed during the exhibition which will run from September 6 to November 30 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar.

To nominate someone for Upstander, Mid-Southerners are asked to describe in 300 words or less how their candidate has made, or is making, a difference in the Mid-South or elsewhere in the world. Nominations may be made online at or mailed to: Facing History and Ourselves, Campus Box 354, 650 East Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104. To learn more, visit

Virtual Dementia Tour

By Cindy Metcalf

There are nearly 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in the US. Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia requires a special kind of caregiver – one who is empathetic, patient, and kind. As a caregiver, how can you understand what the person with dementia experiences?

On Thursday, May 26, Alzheimer’s Day Services of Memphis, Inc. (ADS) will host their annual Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) workshop. The aim of the VDT workshop is to place professional staff, caregivers, and family members in the minds and feelings of a person with dementia, thus enabling them to understand the daily emotional, mental, and physical struggles a person with dementia experiences. You can register for a 30 minute training session that will take place from 9am-3pm at Dorothy’s Place, 3185 Hickory Hill Road. The cost is $10 per person to participate.  For more information, please contact Cindy Metcalf at 901-372-4585.

Memphis lands two of the best record stores in the US

By Sherman Willmott

According to rock ‘n roll tastemaker Rolling Stone magazine, Memphis is one of only 5 cities that landed 2 record stores in the Best Record Stores in the USA listings. Shangri-la Records on Madison, Memphis’ oldest new and used record store, and Goner Records in CY, begun by former Shangri-la Records’ manager and buyer Eric Friedl, were both singled out in this year’s National Record Store Day proclamation. Just one more thing for Memphians to brag about. Congratulations!

Senior Expo at Agricenter

By Cindy Metcalf

The Senior Expo, presented by the Professional Network on Aging (PNA), will take place from 9am–3pm, on May 11, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove. This free event includes health screenings, 100 vendors with informative exhibits, informational speakers, educational workshops, live entertainment, cooking and dance demonstrations, a ladies fashion show, hands-on activities, and an afternoon tea dance. Document disposal and prescription drug take-back services will also be available. Call 901-515-2066 for more information.

Open your home to a foreign exchange student

By Cathy Marcinko

Hosting an exchange student from another country is a good thing to do for your family, your community, and the world! PAX (Program of Academic Exchange) is a nonprofit foreign student exchange program. PAX students, ages 15 to 18, come from more than 40 different countries and live for 10 months with a PAX host family. For information on hosting, contact PAX community coordinator Cathy Marcinko at 901-596-8149 or, or visit

HIV/Aids’ photography exhibit

By Jeff Hulett

Award-winning professor and theologian Kimberly Vrudny will speak about her photography exhibit, 30 Years/30 Lives: Documenting a Pandemic at 4pm on Thursday, May 12 at Methodist Healthcare’s Center of Excellence in Faith & Health at 1265 Union Ave. An artist reception will follow at 5:30pm at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave. The 30 Years/30 Lives exhibit marks HIV/Aids’ three decades and will run simultaneously at the Church Health Center, Methodist Healthcare, and St. John’s United Methodist Church April 15- July 31. For more information call Rachel Thompson at 901-272-7170.

For a full listing of Church Health Center events, classes, and activities, many of which are free to the public, visit

John Grisham 20th anniversary special offer from Burke’s

By Corey Mesler

Burke’s Book Store is now taking orders for signed copies of John Grisham’s newest young adult novel, Theodore Boone: The Abduction (Penguin, $16.99), due out in early June. This is the second book in his young adult series.
2011 marks the 20th anniversary of John Grisham’s first book signing at Burke’s Book Store for his breakthrough legal thriller, The Firm. In celebration of this, we are offering a special promotion for his 2011 books. Until May 31, if you pre-order at least one autographed copy of the new Theodore Boone title, you may pre-order Grisham’s forthcoming adult legal thriller at a 20% discount. This as-yet-untitled book will be published in November. We will also host a drawing for various autographed John Grisham memorabilia. Orders for signed copies may be placed online at or by phone at 901-278-7484.

Plug into Mid-South Peace and Justice Center at monthly community potluck
By Jacob Flowers

Join us on Tuesday, May 10, from 6-8pm at our office (1000 S. Cooper) for a delicious meal and some meaningful conversation. Hear about upcoming events, tell us what you’re up to, and meet some new friends. We have had to move the May potluck due to a scheduling conflict, but future potlucks will be held on the first Tuesday of each month, so mark your calendars now!

Free prom night makeovers allows students to look their best
By Frank Wolff

High school students want to look their best on prom night, but not everyone can afford the cost of a trip to the salon. That’s why Remington College-Memphis Campus is offering complimentary salon services for local high school students.

The event is called Prom Night Makeover. Staff and students in the Remington College Cosmetology Program are offering several complimentary services including haircuts, updos, manicures, pedicures, and makeup. High school students in the Memphis area can visit The Student Salon located at the Remington College-Memphis Campus (2741 Nonconnah Blvd.) from May 6 through May 14. Appointments are recommended and can be made by calling 901-396-8625.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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