Turner Stone opens shop in CY
By Tamara Cook
Turner Stone recently opened its doors in Cooper-Young at 792 South Cooper. The company specializes in granite and marble countertops, interior and exterior stone and tile flooring, showers, brick and stone patios, and walkways. Founded in 2006, owner Jonathan Turner left his career as a boilermaker and opened his tile and stone business in South Memphis. Recognizing the need for expansion, Turner found a prime location in the Midtown area, opening his doors in late August. His new location now offers an inventory of marble slabs.
Turner has both residential and commercial experience. He is happy that his new location gives him the opportunity to be a part of a closely-knit business association, and he is optimistic about the future of his company. For more information on Turner Stone, visit their Facebook page

Madison bike lanes
By Barb Elder
No doubt many of you have noticed the repaving that is taking place on Madison Avenue in Midtown. Not only is Madison getting a fresh layer of asphalt, but the repainting of the street will include bike lanes. Not surprisingly, there are those on City Council and in the business community who are not excited about these new bike lanes, and some measures have been taken in an attempt to overturn the Mayors decision to include bike lanes on this portion of Madison. These efforts have been unsuccessful up to this point.

Revolutions Community Bicycle Shop is calling on those who support the bike lanes to help make Madison Avenue as prosperous and vibrant as possible by patronizing the businesses there. In a recent update they wrote, “We can work together and make this a great street for everybody. We’ll be working in the weeks to come on some special events to encourage people to support the business on Madison Avenue. Please keep an eye on our website for more details. We’re in for a fun fall, and we have every reason to be excited about the future of our community – but we’re going to need your help, and your precious purchasing power, to make that future happen. In the meantime, please continue to let Mayor Wharton know that you support his decision, and please support all of your locally-owned small businesses however you can!”
LifeQuest Benefit Concert
By Jim Pettit

The LifeQuest Benefit Concert, sponsored by Memphis Drum Shop and the Scott Nelson Pettit Foundation, will be presented on Friday, November 4, at 7pm in Stauffer Hall at Lindenwood Christian Church, 2400 Union Avenue, on the corner of Union and East Parkway. LifeQuest is a community counseling center at Lindenwood Church.
Prior to the show drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert will be served in the Grand Foyer at 6pm. The Memphis Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece big band, will provide the music with featured vocalists JoJo Jefferies, Tom Prestigiacomo, Marcella Pinilla, and Doug Saleeby. Tickets are $35 and are on sale until November 2 at Memphis Drum Shop at 878 South Cooper, 901-276-2328, or online at

Burke’s book launch event for Memphians
By Cheryl Mesler

Burke’s Book Store will be hosting a book launch and signing event for the publication of the new limited edition coffee-table book, Memphians ($45 hardcover, Nautilus Publishing, Richard Murff, editor). This event will be held Thursday, November 10 beginning at 5:30pm at 944 South Cooper Street (4 doors south of Burke’s Book Store).

More than 200 famous and infamous, notable, extraordinary, and little-known Memphians are profiled in this book. Categories include Memphis icons, movies, television, stage, music, sports, innovators and visionaries, entrepreneurs, writers and journalists, lawyers and politicians, little-known Memphians, colorful characters, and Memphis beauties. We are presently working on a guest list of people featured in this book who will be attending this event. We will release this information closer to the date of the event. If there are any questions, please contact Corey or Cheryl Mesler at 901-278-7484.

Japan Relief efforts continue
By Barb Elder

In May the LampLighter published an article about CY resident Asuka Taga Yow who was working hard to raise awareness about the ongoing needs in her home country, Japan, following the March earthquake and tsunami. One way she had been working toward this goal is by setting up a table the first Saturday of each month at the CY Community Farmers Market selling T-shirts and origami creations and taking donations.
October 8 was the last day for the Japan Relief Booth at the farmers market. Through all of her fundraising efforts (that include the farmers market table, a yard sale, CY Night Out, and a donation from LifeLink Church) Asuka has been able to raise $1650, all of which has been donated toward Japan Relief efforts either through the American Red Cross or the Japan America Society of Tennessee. Asuka is thankful for everyone’s participation and says that if anyone is interested in a T-shirt ($20) or a badge ($4), they are still available. Just contact her at

Company d and the Buckman Arts Center presents Let It Be A Dance!
By Darlene Winters

Company d is a nationally recognized dance company of young adults with Down syndrome, under the artistic direction of Darlene Winters. Founded in 2001, Company d is committed to creating awareness of the talents and gifts of all individuals. The ensemble is celebrated for their musicality, inspirational impact, and unique ability to alter the perception of individuals with disabilities. Company d strives to shape the culture of their community one step at a time.

Company d will perform Let It Be A Dance! at the Buckman Arts Center at St Mary’s School, 60 Perkins Extended, on Saturday, November 5 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission seating and can be purchased at or by calling 901-335-8388. This unique collaboration unites some of Memphis’ most talented artists working with the dynamic and impressive dancers of Company d. Guest choreographers include Tarrik Moore of Udig Dance Academy, Wayne Smith of Project Motion, and Kevin Thomas of Collage Dance Collective, with direction by Marques Brown.

Union Station has a new Colonel
By Barb Elder

According to the Memphis Police Department placed Russell Houston as Colonel of the Union Station in September. The officers at this station keep watch over much of Midtown, including Cooper-Young. We thank Colonel Houston for his service and look forward to getting to know him.

The Union Station is located at 1925 Union and the station phone number is 901-636-4631. As always, for police assistance call 901-545-2677.

Church Health Center fun fundraisers
By Jeff Hulett

Many people know of all the wonderful services available to the Memphis community through the Church Health Center (see to learn more). Well, in November there are two opportunities to show your support for the Church Health Center and get involved.

The 15th annual Race for Grace 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, November 5 at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5530 Shady Grove. For information or to sign up, call 901-272-7170 or visit In addition, the 25th annual Outdoors, Inc. Cyclocross Tennessee State Championship will be held at Green Belt Park on Mud Island Sunday, November 13. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Church Health Center. Registration starts at 8am with a race for children at 9am, a race for all women at 9:20am and a pro/expert race at 10am. For information call Joe Royer at 901-482-5998, email, or visit

Cuts for Cause
By Frank Wolff

Remington College-Memphis Campus is holding a food drive to benefit the Mid-South Food Bank and offering a complimentary haircut, manicure, or pedicure to anyone who brings in a can of food or other non-perishable food donation. The effort is called Cuts for Cause and will run throughout the month of November. The complimentary salon services will be provided by students and instructors in the Remington College-Memphis Campus cosmetology program.

Appointments can be made by calling The Student Salon at 901-396-8625; walk-ins are also welcome. The Student Salon is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm and adds Saturday hours based on demand. The salon is located at 2741 Nonconnah Boulevard.

Every Child Ready to Read workshops at the library
By Lillian Johnson

Early literacy is a fundamental building block for a child’s future success. The library is offering a free training to parents and caregivers aimed at helping them develop their toddler’s early literacy skills. According to Library Coordinator for Youth Services Mary Seratt, “The activities that are presented in the Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) workshops make helping their children’s early literacy development especially accessible to parents and caregivers. The activities we teach parents and caregivers are easy, free, and nourish healthy relationships between adults and children. They require no special equipment or videos and can even be used by parents who do not read well themselves!”

There are three free training sessions planned at area libraries: Cordova Branch, 8457 Trinity Rd., Saturday, October 29 at 11am (this workshop is geared to teen parents); Bartlett Library, 5884 Stage Road, Tuesday, November 8 at 6:30pm; Levi Branch, 3676 Highway 61 S., Saturday, November 12 at 10:30am. Additional workshops are planned at various branches in the coming months. Seratt added, “The more people we have following this program and telling their friends, the better prepared all our children will be to learn all subjects when they get to school.” For more information call 901-415-2739.

Sister Schubert book signing at Palladio Antiques & Art
By Mindy Roberts

Patricia “Sister” Schubert Barnes, will be in Memphis to sign her book, Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters, Thursday, November 10, at the upscale Palladio Antiques & Art showroom, located at 2169 Central Ave. Sister, as she calls herself, is best known for her delicious homemade rolls available in supermarkets everywhere. She has many faces as a devoted wife, mother, successful entrepreneur, and global philanthropist. In her book Cast Your Bread Upon The Waters, Sister shares her secrets of success, cooking, and living. Not only a cookbook, it is also an intimate look into the philosophy of a woman who, using her grandmother’s heirloom recipe, started making homemade rolls for a church fundraiser. Gradually Sister took her passion for baking and turned it into a multimillion dollar business. In her book, she shares her personal thoughts during the early days of Sister Shubert’s Homemade Rolls and how she was guided by faith as she navigated each step along the way. Cast Your Bread Upon The Water is also a call to all of us, to pay it forward. There are wonderful recipes throughout, but just as important are the tips and inspirational words from Sister that are sprinkled throughout the book.

Guests can meet Sister Schubert and have her personally sign a copy of her book, Cast Your Bread Upon The Water, ($40) at Palladio Antiques & Art, between 10am and 3pm, November 10. The book signing along with an art show later that evening featuring locally acclaimed artists, Emily Ozier and Paul Edelstein, are lead-in events to The Palladio Group’s much anticipated and highly popular Christmas Open House Weekend which runs Friday and Saturday, November 11-12 at Palladio Antiques & Art. For more information about the event or The Palladio Group, contact Mindy Roberts at 901-568-5591. For more information about Sister Shubert, call 334-222-2265.
David Perry Smith Gallery November show
By Barb Elder

In a recent press release, David Perry Smith Gallery announced the opening of their new show called Landscapes that features new work from artists Greg Gustafson, Andy Reed, Charlotte Terrell, and Bob Eoff. The opening reception is to be held Friday, November 4, from 5-8pm, and the show will be available for viewing November 1 thru November 28. David Perry Smith Gallery is located at 703 New York, and gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10am-5pm. For more information go to or call 901-606-9690

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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