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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Giveaway marks Compost Fairy expansion

Over the past year, the Compost Fairy has accepted hundreds of pounds of compostable food scraps at the weekly Cooper-Young Farmers’ Market. Now they’re excited to expand these efforts and work towards even more positive, sustainable practices throughout Cooper-Young. In celebration of this expansion, the Compost Fairy is giving away free, ready-to-use compost on Saturday, May 6th, at their CY Farmers’ Market location at First Congo....

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Landmarks update: voting process explained

Many of the questions surrounding the proposed landmarks status in Cooper-Young continue to revolve around the process required to achieve this status. In order to attain landmarks status with the Memphis Landmarks Commission several steps have to be accomplished. Currently, several members of the neighborhood are hosting public meetings and receiving feedback on proposed guidelines in order to create a document that represents the...

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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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