Ask Vance July 2011

Estate sales can sometimes offer the most astonishing things. They're not always piles of vintage clothing, dusty books, and other mothbally knick-knacks left over from people who have "moved on."Case... more

Jul 28, 2011 10:58 AM Ask Vance

Tomorrow, July 23rd, marks the 57th anniversary of the death of a little boy named Ronnie Jones. His demise is remembered today with the fine swimming pool in Gaisman Park on Macon Road, and in the cu... more

Jul 22, 2011 11:59 AM Ask Vance

This week, demolition crews began pulling down the stately home at 680 South Lauderdale that housed the T.H. Hayes Funeral Home, considered the oldest African-American-owned business in Memphis.France... more

Jul 19, 2011 12:21 PM Ask Vance

If you don't remember Happy Hal, then you didn't grow up in Memphis in the 1950s, '60s, or even '70s. Because that's how long he was the "King of Toys" in our town. In fact, the photo here shows him i... more

Jul 18, 2011 2:58 PM Ask Vance 1 Comments

It's probably not common knowledge that the famed British author H.G. Wells played a role in one of our city's best-known restaurants.I'm referring to Britling Cafeterias, which occupied very impressi... more

Jul 13, 2011 1:52 PM Ask Vance

Maybe this doesn't completely qualify as "Lost Memphis" since the building has survived — sort of — but it's just a shell of its former self.Anyone driving along Summer close to the intersection of St... more

Jul 11, 2011 12:42 PM Ask Vance