At the gazebo for our First Thursday Night Out party is Kris Acklen. Kris is a songwriting powerhouse with a list of hits waiting to be discovered. Kris writes country, pop, folk, and R&B, often fusing these genres into songs that connect with the masses. Kris is very interactive with his fans and you can find him on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and at KrisAcklen.com. Hailing from Memphis, TN, this 27-year-old multi-instrumentalist has spent decades soaking in the rich culture and history his hometown to offer.
Performing live since 2009, Kris’ smooth-yet-powerful voice gives him the versatility to deliver for whatever genre he’s writing. Kris can sing to you in his sweet falsetto during pop song “Easy to Love” or belt out the pain of getting over addiction in his ballad, “12 Steps.” After releasing the more indie/pop side of his songwriting at the end of 2011 with The Trainsets EP, Kris released one featuring smoother R&B songs at the end of 2013 titled Fall’n.
Area independent business owners stay open late and offer all kinds of specials and discounts on the First Thursday Night Out. Live music can be found at the neighborhood gazebo located at the corner of Cooper Street and Young Avenue and in other restaurant venues up and down the street. Browse and enjoy refreshments at local antique and retail shops while you are here. Be sure to sign up for drawings and giveaways. Night Out starts promptly at 5 p.m.
Cowork Memphis is having a pop-up show featuring Kakiman Candles, Guilt Free Pastries, and Silpada Jewelry! Burke’s Book Store will be open late with a sidewalk sale. Imagine Vegan is hosting a 2-for-1 special on all beer on this evening. Young Avenue Glassworks is giving 10% off all merchandise. Me & Mrs. Jones has a Sip-and-Shop on new paints, finishes, and jewelry 5-8 p.m.
Allie Cat Arts has a group exhibition featuring work by over 25 local artists! View their unique collection of paintings, printmaking, photography, sculpture, pottery, glass, handmade clothing, and more. Charvey McLemore is on the Café Ole patio starting at 7 p.m. The House of Mews is offering half-off approved cat adoptions and 20% off retail purchases for your pets. It’s a Ladies Night Out Party with free martinis at The Polish Bottle starting at 4 pm! Loudeans boutique is the only FLAX dealer in Memphis; go by and see the new items just in.
Alchemy, just voted Best Cocktail Bar in The Commercial Appeal Memphis Most Awards, has happy hour prices 4-7 p.m. on select wines, specialty cocktails, and domestic bottled beer! It is Throwback Thursday at Sweet Grass with a specialty priced three-course dinner of family recipes that Ryan Trimm grew up on. Sign up for a week of free kickboxing classes at Memphis Fitness Kickboxing. Peridot is filled to the brim with exciting new fashion options just in! And Beauty Shop has specialty cocktail and appetizer discounts on tap.
— Cooper-Young Business Association