A Cup of Coffee: Unexpected visitors

Most of my life takes place in a coffeehouse, and I find that it has many stories. As someone who has always loved to read, I discovered early on that stories are a way of discovering worlds within worlds. Now after being in one place for a long time, I have come to believe the most meaningful stories, the kind that change us, or make us see our own life in a new light, aren’t hiding on pages to be discovered but instead are carried...

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A Cup of Coffee: Imperial Bowling lanes land at Java Cabana
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A Cup of Coffee: Imperial Bowling lanes land at Java Cabana

Cooper-Young’s Coffeehouse has a new floor, and not just any floor. Like most poets, I get a lot of crazy ideas in my head, and there’s just not enough room for them all. So sometimes I dismiss a few. But this idea made me restless and wouldn’t go away. From the beginning, I dreamed of having a hardwood floor at Java Cabana, but it never seemed feasible. As a small business owner, I took words of wisdom to heart from the previous...

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Dear City Council: Enough.

An open letter to the Memphis City Council: The house I live in has been in my family since 1937. My grandparents raised their baby here, my parents first raised their baby here, and my daughter first raised her baby here. The fact is that my people helped build Cooper-Young, starting with my great uncle in 1912, and we have maintained a continuous presence in the neighborhood for over a century ─ a legacy built upon our founding of...

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LED lights bring down trestle art utility bill

We are proud to say that the LED lights installed in early February have already had positive impact on the monthly energy use of the Cooper-Young landmark. Our bill for March 2013 was significantly lower than previous bills, decreasing by more than $20 from February 2013, and by more than $30 from March 2012. To truly realize the difference these energy efficient bulbs are making, let’s take a look at last year’s figures. Last year,...

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Trash from the Attic: Memphis movie theater history

By Matt Martin I remember it like it was yesterday.  Strange then, that it’s one of my first memories. In May of 1977, I was taken to my first movie theater. I was only 3 years old, with little understanding or interest in anything beyond toys, candy, and animated television. But my older brother was hounding my parents to take him to see this small little sci-fi movie that had just come out. My parents reluctantly agreed,...

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This month’s lesson: Music education on a couple of new releases

By Dr. D. Jackson Maxwell The articles I usually write deal with educational issues. However, all of my life I have had a fascination with music. While I have repeatedly tried to play instruments, I never succeeded — unless you count picking out the notes of “Yellow Submarine” on a guitar, a true musical accomplishment! Anyway, despite these failures I have maintained a close association with the music business. I worked for years as...

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