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May 1, 2012 12:05 AM Columns


photo courtesy Special Collections, University of Memphis Libraries

Dear Vance: My mother says that when she worked downtown many years ago, the best place to get doughnuts and cakes was the Federal Bakery. What happened to this establishment? — F.T., Memphis D... more

May 1, 2012 12:05 AM Ask Vance

At Mark Luttrell Correctional Center, Reverend Diane Harrison leads inmates in worship.

photograph by Amie Vanderford

Guided by one determined minister, these inmates serve others while serving time. more

May 1, 2012 12:05 AM Columns

They said it couldn't be done, but that hasn't stopped political gadfly John Willingham from thinking big. more

May 1, 2012 12:05 AM Columns


photograph by Amie Vanderford

Shelby County's longtime mayor reflects upon his career, and half a century of great and not-so-great Memphis moments. more

May 1, 2012 12:05 AM Features

Spring 2012 ushers in a strong trend that is front and center with local retailers — tribal and ethnic prints. In a sense, springtime patterns have always been lively and colorful, but mainly flora... more

May 1, 2012 12:05 AM

The light-filled conservatory off the kitchen provides a dose of bright sunlight with morning coffee.

photography by Andrea Zucker

A Memphis couple builds <i>This Old House</i> celebrating the past and embracing the future. more

May 1, 2012 12:05 AM Great Homes

Remembering "Boss Lee" of Arkansas and Will Percy of Mississippi. more

May 1, 2012 12:05 AM Arts

Pet resorts offer all the comforts of home. more

May 1, 2012 12:05 AM Features

Three experts weigh in on why our dogs weigh so much and what to do about it. more

May 1, 2012 12:05 AM Great Homes

A native Memphian returns with powerful images of the place she still calls home. more

May 1, 2012 12:05 AM Features


Photo courtesy MUS

I believe I've pondered this issue before, but I was reminded to ponder it again while looking through the curious old ads in the back pages of a Memphis University School yearbook from the late 19... more

Apr 30, 2012 10:25 PM Ask Vance

In a spontaneous move to get out and do something on Saturday night, Tony and I opted for a first time visit to Jack Magoo’s Sports Bar & Grill on Broad Avenue. It was a fine decision. We met Mike ... more

Apr 30, 2012 6:43 AM Dining Out

Buy a cupcake, save an animal. Does it get any better than that? Certainly not for the bakers and buyers in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, who will contribute all proceeds from tonight's event to t... more

Apr 27, 2012 11:15 AM Dining Out

"Come, gentle Spring! Ethereal mildness. Come!"  — James Thompson May fashion reflects the pastel trend in clothing right now — fresh mint, light aqua, pale pink, soft yellows. All of those swe... more

Apr 27, 2012 10:42 AM Style

As I'm typing this blog posting, the clock has just struck 10 a.m. That means it's the beginning of the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County's innaugural 36-hour Mega Adoptathon, which wraps u... more

Apr 27, 2012 10:16 AM Columns


Photo courtesy Chris Weide

In our February issue, I told the dramatic and heart-rending story of the Whistle Bottling Company, a soft-drink manufacturer that operated on South Main in the early 1900s. I ran a  nice photo of ... more

Apr 26, 2012 11:44 AM Ask Vance


Britton Deweese with a tray of buttermilk drops at Gibson's.

During my last visit to Gibson’s Donuts in East Memphis, I overheard a young man with a distinct Louisiana accent say to his friend, “I sure hope they have some buttermilk drops left.” They did, an... more

Apr 25, 2012 10:58 PM Dining Out


Image courtesy Memphis Hotel & Motel Guide

Memphians have gotten into disputes before about the oldest restaurant in town — an argument that usually boils down to the Arcade, the Little Tea Shop, and even Dyer's Hamburgers — depending upon ... more

Apr 24, 2012 6:14 PM Ask Vance

I know most of you have got the heat on tonight even if you don't fess up. Still, it's spring, and time to celebrate the iris, the state flower of Tennessee.   As most Memphis foodies know,... more

Apr 23, 2012 8:32 PM Dining Out