Memphis Skate Park opens

By Barb Elder

The official opening of the long-awaited Memphis Skate Park was Wednesday, November 9. The park is located close to CY on Avery at Toby Fields next to the dog park. According to a press release from the Mayor’s office, “the park features 2 bowls, a snake run, as well as ramps and rails for skaters of all levels to enjoy.” If you are looking for a fun way to work off those holiday calories, look no further!


Santa poses with pets at Hollywood Feed

By George Grider

A Cooper-Young animal rescue group will be sponsoring Santa photos with pets this holiday season. Pet Matchmaker Rescue will be hosting the event at Hollywood Pet Stores the first two weekends of December. Photos are printed and delivered to jubilant shoppers in a smart frame. We request a $10 tax deductible donation.

Santa will appear during the first two weekends of December. He can be found at Hollywood Feed at 2648 Broad Ave. on Saturday, December 3 and 10 from 11am-3pm and at Hollywood Feed at 2015 Union Ave. on Sunday, December 4 and 11 from 12pm-4pm. Animal owners are invited to pose with their pets as well.


Rave reviews for Alchemy

By Barb Elder

I’ve been reading reviews and articles about one of the newest CY restaurants, Alchemy, all month. The Commercial Appeal, Memphis Business Journal, Memphis Magazine, and others seem to have nothing but good to say. But it wasn’t until I drove by 940 S. Cooper on a random Tuesday night and saw the place completely packed that I began to think, “Maybe this place is here to stay.” I guess it’s too early to tell, but they seem to be off to a great start.

Here are the bare bones facts that I gleaned from these articles. Alchemy takes great pride in their bar, which apparently has fantastic and original cocktails, and serves a variety of small plates. The atmosphere is also reportedly wonderful. Alchemy is open from 4pm-1am Monday through Saturday and 4pm-10pm on Sunday. You can call 901-726-4444 for more information or visit them on Facebook.


Weight management help from the Church Health Center

By Jeff Hulett

Free Healthy Bodies classes are being offered for the month of December at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Avenue, every Monday at 9am, Tuesday at 6:15pm, and Saturday at 8:30am. Healthy Bodies is a complete weight management program all about healthy lifestyle changes. Topics range from portion sizes to reading food labels, exercise, and emotional eating. For more information, call Carissa at 901-259-4673, ext. 1663.


Pamper yourself at The Polish Bottle

By Barb Elder

There is a new nail and skin salon in Cooper-Young called the The Polish Bottle. They describe themselves on their Facebook page, saying “The Polish Bottle is a full service nail and skin salon. We offer all phases of natural nail care, waxing, and facials. Come in and enjoy a margarita and a manicure or perhaps a glass of wine with a pedicure. If you want to brighten up your skin make an appointment for our signature Vita-C facial and walk away with that healthy skin glow. Parties and private events are scheduled by appointment.”

If this piques your interest, head over to 2163 Young Avenue or call 901-272-0920. They are open Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-6pm, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-7pm, and Saturday from 9am-3pm.


Classical concert at Grace-St. Luke’s

By Patricia Gray

The Luna Nova Ensemble will perform at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (1720 Peabody) on Monday, December 12 at 7:30pm. This free concert will feature music from the 17th through the 20th century and includes new arrangements of Renaissance dances by Praetorius, a movement from Bach’s suite set for vibraphone, a set of prayers by the French Impressionist composer Andre Caplet, and a new work for horn and vibraphone by Canadian composer Jan Jarvlepp. Performers are Esther Gray Lemus (soprano), Daniel Gilbert (violin), Nobuko Igarashi (clarinet), Robert Patterson (horn), David Carlisle (percussion), Wesley Emerson and Andrew Drannon (organ).

The concert will be followed by a reception in the parish hall. For more information, visit or call 901-493-0958.


Lou’s Pizza Pies to become Skunx Chef Pub

By Barb Elder does a great job covering local CY news. In a recent article by MicroMemphis reporter Adam Douglas, plans were laid out to slowly transform Lou’s Pizza Pies into Skunx Chef Pub. The qualities that everyone loves about Lou’s will remain, for example much of the menu will carry over. But the new manager Duncan Aiken is working to, among other things, improve the restaurant atmosphere, obtain a license to sell wine in addition to beer, and to make the restaurant a late night destination. The changes are being implemented gradually as the restaurant remains open. Skunx should be in full swing around the new year.


Arts Access offers free arts tickets to the underserved

By Julia McDonald

ArtsMemphis announces that the 2011-12 Arts Access brochures are now available in more than 100 locations across the community. Arts Access is a program sponsored by Baptist Memorial Health Care that allows eligible individuals to experience arts exhibitions and performances at nearly 30 venues at no cost. The program is open to EBT cardholders, Church Health Center patients, TennCare patients, and Tickets for Troops member families. Information on obtaining a free Arts Access card and event brochure is available at

An Arts Access card allows a cardholder to reserve up to four tickets for 150 different arts events listed in the Arts Access brochure. Participating arts groups include Playhouse on the Square, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and Hattiloo Theatre.


Redeemer Presbyterian Church holds Christmas Eve service for the community

By Gil Brandon

Redeemer’s annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will take place from 5-6pm on Saturday, December 24, with great Christmas music and the always-popular children’s sermon! Redeemer meets in the auditorium at Snowden School (McLean and North Parkway). Nursery will be provided through age 2. Make this a part of your Christmas tradition. All are welcome to attend.


J.C. Graham fills Gallery Fifty Six

By Richard Kendrickson

Memphis artist J.C. Graham will present a new body of work at Gallery Fifty Six in December. His show is titled Sound Advice For the Parents of Unruly Children. The artist has relied heavily upon assemblage constructions for this exhibit, and has continued themes that have remained predominant in his work for several years – Southern US homonyms, rigid patriarchal familial structures, expectations, and the artist’s experiences with each during his upbringing in rural Arkansas.

The show is available for viewing from December 2 thru December 30, with an artist’s reception set for Friday, December 2 at 8pm. Gallery Fifty Six is located at 2256 Central Avenue. Regular gallery hours are Wed. – Fri. noon to 4pm and Sat. 11am to 4pm. Call 901-276-1251 for more information or visit their website at


Lindenwood Christian Church holiday events

By Chris Nemec

December means great music at Lindenwood Christian Church. Don’t miss these upcoming opportunities to stop and savor the season. On Sunday, December 4 at 7:30pm The Christmas Spectacular 2011! will take the stage. This is one of the Mid-South’s favorite holiday concerts, with the Lindenwood Chancel Choir, orchestra, soloists, trumpeter Ryan Anthony, organist Chris Nemec, and conductor Gary Beard. Included will be such favorites as “Hallelujah Chorus,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and familiar carols. Premieres to the Mid-South area include a new “Fanfare” by John Rutter and Nigel Hess’ “Christmas Overture.” General admission tickets are $12.

On Saturday, December 24 at 5pm there will be the Family Christmas Eve Service of Candlelight, Carols, and Communion. This free 45-minute service includes music by members of The King’s Choir and the Lindenwood clergy in a family-friendly atmosphere. Later that day, at 11pm, join us for A Service of Lessons and Carols. The Christmas story unfolds through word and music as the Lindenwood clergy, the Lindenwood Chancel Choir, and trumpeter Ryan Anthony usher in Christmas morning. Included will be Holy Communion. Preceding the service, at 10:30pm, will be caroling by Laudate! in the candlelit Grand Foyer. This event is also free.

Call 901-458-1652 or email for more information about these events. Lindenwood Christian Church is located at 2400 Union Ave. and is handicap accessible.


David Perry Smith Gallery December show

By Barb Elder

In a recent press release, David Perry Smith Gallery announced the opening of their new show called Creative Holidays that features new work from artists Greg Gustafson, Andy Reed, Charlotte Terrell, Bob Eoff, Jancie Alebertine, Warren Greene, Martica Griffin, Alex Walter, Mitchell Gaudet, Rod Moorhead, Robby Johnston, Mary Long-Postal, Laurie Samuels, and John Sadowski. The opening reception is to be held Friday, December 2, from 5-8pm, and the show will be available for viewing December 1 thru December 29. 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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