Yard of the Month: 1980 Nelson

John and Tyrina Browning did not know that trying to save some azaleas from blight almost 20 years ago would lead to one of the most amazing yards in Cooper-Young: 1980 Nelson. They have been Cooper-Young residents for 20 years, living first on Elzey and then recently moving to Nelson. Shortly after moving onto Elzey, they noticed the azaleas were suffering. John says he must’ve spent more than $100 trying to figure out how to save...

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Yard of the Month: 1068 South Cox

Pride is something that Joe Calhoun of 1068 South Cox St. has in abundance. You can see it in the way that he maintains his yard, picks up trash on his street and watches out for his neighbors. Perhaps it is the result of being raised a “military brat,” as he calls himself. But there is nothing “brattish” about him. He takes pride in working in his yard every Saturday, with routine trips to the local gardening center, as well as...

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Hot deals and sounds hit streets Thursday

Get out this Fourth of July week and put some bang, sparkle and pop in your life. This month’s Cooper-Young Night Out, when independent business owners offer discounts at restaurants, retailers, vintage and record stores, tattoo shops, art and antique shops in the coolest neighborhood in Memphis, is set for 5-9 p.m. Thursday, July 5. The Soul Thieves will provide funk and groove in the gazebo at the intersection of Cooper and...

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Yard of the Month: Blythe Street beauty earns CY yard honor

By Sydney Ashby Despite its diminutive dimensions, June’s yard of the month is bursting with creativity— and trust me, the photograph does not do 899 Blythe St. justice. With help from a landscaper, painters and a design/construction expert, who also all happen to be Cooper-Young residents, Kim Halyak has designed a space that is at once inviting and also cozy and tucked away. Raised beds form a border around a winding walkway that...

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Perennials provide beauty year after year

By Sydney Ashby Do not let the fact that Sandy Furrh’s yard is composed mostly of perennials make you think that she doesn’t work hard each week to keep her yard beautiful. Although she is not planting flowers and shrubs each year, you can bank on the fact that she will be up early every Saturday morning weeding, trimming, mowing, edging, and watering. This consistent dedication has produced a colorful, tidy, and unique yard at 1993...

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CY family creates a refuge from the heat

By Sydney Ashby You would not notice it by walking or driving by 2072 Oliver, but there is an oasis just up the front porch steps. Lisa Marr and Steve Lancaster, along with her daughters, Brittany and Mallory, have created a lovely, shaded area on their front porch that is easily ten degrees cooler than the outside temperature. As you pass their home you will, however, notice the bright flowers at the end of their walkway, which...

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