Cox Street bungalow, second-generation owner share a long history
May02

Cox Street bungalow, second-generation owner share a long history

By Sharron Johnson Alas, May has arrived, and it is time for the Cooper-Young gardens to come alive. With so many types to choose from, where does one begin? Well, I receive nominations from neighbors and folks I come to meet that want the rest of the community to recognize the beauty that they appreciate. Sometimes, I stumble across a garden and just cold call them up. The reactions are all different. Some are ecstatic with joy and...

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New concert series has community focus
May02

New concert series has community focus

Memphis Made Brewing has started a concert series to support local musicians and benefit community organizations. Each month, the brewery, located in the Cooper-Young area, will host a local band with profits going toward a local non-profit organization. “We’re very focused on making Memphis a better place and this is a small way to do that while enjoying local beer and music,” said Andy Ashby, co-founder of Memphis Made. The first...

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Cooper-Young Pup Crawl  benefits Humane Society
May02

Cooper-Young Pup Crawl  benefits Humane Society

The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County will benefit from the Cooper-Young Pup Crawl on Thursday, May 11th, from 6-9 p.m. The Cooper-Young Pup Crawl is hosted by the Cooper-Young Business Association and presented by top sponsors Memphis Animal Clinic and Memphis Veterinary Specialists. Twelve Cooper-Young restaurants and bars will offer special canine-themed drinks during the Pup Crawl, and they will donate 10 percent of...

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Passion for gardening sparks  CY-er’s love of volunteering
Apr13

Passion for gardening sparks CY-er’s love of volunteering

By Stephanie Gonzalez Robbie Dixon, the Lamplighter’s April Volunteer Spotlight, inherited a love of gardening from his mother growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana. He started with house plants, but when he moved to Elzey Street in Cooper-Young in 1993 he greatly expanded his botanical palette and embraced a new love for volunteering rooted in his new passion. Now Dixon’s house features a variety of vegetable beds that he plants from...

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In early days of 20th century, lost rail lines linked Cooper-Young to burgeoning city
Apr13

In early days of 20th century, lost rail lines linked Cooper-Young to burgeoning city

In the 1970s, local preservationists and authors Peggy Jemison and Virginia Dunaway embarked on a project for the Metropolitan Interfaith Association (MIFA) to document the histories of eight historic Memphis neighborhoods, including Cooper-Young. Published in 1980, their work was the first real history of the area, which at the time was in a state of decay. Thirty years later, with the neighborhood having undergone a dramatic...

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Former lawyer practices judicious planting as manager of midtown nursery
Apr13

Former lawyer practices judicious planting as manager of midtown nursery

By Kim Halyak This is the fourth in several interviews with Memphis landscape designers. We hope these articles inspire you to create beautiful and functional gardens that best meet your family needs. This month’s designer is John Jennings, manager at Urban Earth Garden Center located at 80 Flicker Street and owned by Greg Touliatos. Jennings was kind enough to give all our garden walk hosts gift certificates to Urban Earth. Thank...

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