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101 Things To Do In Memphis #62: Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

by Melissa Thompson

The sign says "world-famous" and it's no exaggeration. Gus' secret recipe of crispy, spicy, juicy fried chicken is served on Styrofoam plates with beans, slaw, and Wonder Bread, of course. Since the 1950s when the first spot opened in Mason, Tennessee, right outside of Memphis, locals and tourists have been lining up alongside one another and waiting patiently for its made-to-order fried chicken. Now you can get it at seven locations in four states, though the unassuming Front St location is the best-known.

Store Hours:
Sunday – Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday – Saturday 11am-10pm

310 S Front St
Memphis, TN 38103


(901) 527-4877


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Open House 8015 Oxford Drive, Sunday, April 23 from 2-4

by Melissa Thompson
Please join Lance Vaughn for an OPEN HOUSE Sunday, April 23 from 2:00-4:00 at 8015 Oxford Drive in Olive Branch! Welcome home to 8015 Oxford Drive and amazing home situated on an oversized corner lot in the sought after established Plantation Subdivision featuring tennis courts, lake, clubhouse and a golf course! Quality features include 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, energy saver tinted windows, fresh paint, high ceilings, loft overlook, security system, attic, 2 car garage and more! Style and utility are masterfully fused together in the eat-in kitchen featuring durable tile floors, nice cabinetry, pantry, and a full complement of appliances including a dishwasher, range, oven, and microwave. Spacious, warm and inviting great room comes complete with gleaming wood floors, loft overlook and a cozy gas fireplace, perfect for those cold winter nights. Relax in your downstairs master retreat complete with a vaulted ceiling, cooling ceiling fan, wood floors, walk-in closet and a private luxury bathroom. The spa-inspired master bathroom features durable tile floors, an elongated double sink vanity, divine walk-in shower and a relaxing whirlpool tub. Play, party or entertain in the huge bonus room or fifth bedroom upstairs. Enjoy cookouts and parties outside on the delightful patio! List price: $189,900Call Lance Vaughn – Your Key to Memphis Real Estate Team with Crye-Leike Realtors to schedule your private showing 901-734-5583!

8150 Poplar Avenue - Great 2.09 Acre Lot in Germantown!

by Melissa Thompson

This amazing 2.09 acre Germantown lot is just waiting to be developed into a sought after Germantown Subdivision! Build your dream home and make other people’s dream come true by developing this hard to find Germantown land. This 2.09 acre corner lot is located at the corner of Poplar and Kimbrough.

The Origins of the Easter Bunny

by Melissa Thompson

While Easter is a Christian celebration of the resurrection of Christ, you will not find any references to an Easter Bunny in the bible.  So, where did the Easter Bunny tradition come from? Well, it’s hard to say. The theories of the origins of the Easter Bunny are mysterious and varied.  One theory is that the symbol of the rabbit stems from pagan tradition, specifically, the festival of Eostre. Eostre was a goddess of fertility whose symbol was a bunny. Rabbits, known for their energetic breeding, have often been symbols of fertility. 

 Another theory explains how the Easter Bunny came to America.  According to, the floppy-eared bearer of candy came over with German immigrants. Some sources say that the Easter Bunny arrived in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania. They brought with them the tradition of and egg-laying hare called “Osterhase”.  Children created nests in which “Osterhase” could lay his colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread throughout the country and the gifts from the Easter Bunny expanded to include candy and small gifts.  Decorated baskets replaced the nests. Children began to leave carrots out for the bunny, in case he got hungry from all that hopping.

So, the Easter Bunny may not directly represent the reason people celebrate Easter, but because rabbits symbolize fertility and new life, it makes sense that they would be the right animal to have around for the celebration of a spring holiday!

101 Things To Do In Memphis #61: Memphis Brewfest

by Melissa Thompson

A celebration of beer - Memphis Style!

The 8th Annual Memphis Brewfest will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017 in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. We'll be celebrating great American craft beer, and the finest, most exotic beers in the world. Beers, Breweries and Beer enthusiasts from the region will gather near the bluffs of the Mississippi River on a Spring afternoon for a sampling of fresh beers of all colors, styles and tastes.

ALL net proceeds of the Memphis Brewfest benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.

What: A world beer tasting festival.

April 22, 2017, 4:00 – 7:30 P.M.

Where: The courtyard of AutoZone Park (200 Union Avenue) (the corner of Third St. and Union Ave.), Memphis, Tennessee

Admission: Tickets are now on sale. Advance tickets: $45. After noon April 15, tickets: $48. Beer tasting is included in ticket price. VIP tickets: $100 (VIP ticket privileges include express entry, a goody bag, Memphis Redbirds Club level access for rare beers and a hors d'oeuvres buffet.) A maximum of 2,000 tickets will be sold. We expect this event to sell out. Please purchase your tickets early. Festival goers will receive a sampling glass and a program including a map of where beers can be found.

Age: You must be 21 years of age to enter and sample beers. A government issued ID will be required for entry. No refunds will be issued to underage purchasers of tickets. Babies and toddlers are not allowed.

Pets and Children: Pets and/or children are not allowed.

Rain: This fest is rain or shine. In the event of rain, the fest will be moved into the concourse area of the stadium.

Safety: This is a beer tasting and appreciation event. We encourage you to drink in moderation, monitor your intake, drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverage, eat frequently, and, if necessary, take a taxi to your post-fest destination. Taxis may be hired in front of the stadium or across the street at the Peabody hotel taxi stand. Or, why not make a night of it in downtown Memphis. We have negotiated favorable rates at some of the finest hotels.

Food: Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the fest.

Entertainment: Red Letter Day

Purchase tickets here.

Learn more by visiting

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Selling a Home in Spring 2017? Here’s What You Should Know!

by Melissa Thompson

  1. It’s a Seller’s Market - According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of research for The National Association of Realtors, this season is expected to be a great time to be a seller. The spring season is heating up for sellers as there are more buyers and fewer sellers than last year.  Since it is a high-demand, low-supply environment, people trying to sell their homes will see a lot of foot traffic from eager buyers. In addition, if they price their homes right for their market, they could end up with multiple offers for their homes. This trend looks like it will continue despite rising mortgage rates, Yun said, as job growth and the U.S. economy remain strong.
  2. The chief economist for Zillow, Svenja Gudell, says, “We’re seeing a lot of demand for entry-level homes and things that are a little less expensive, as many millennials and first-time buyers are very active.” While starter homes are in high demand and will likely sell more quickly, more expensive homes are selling more slowly. Homes that are priced over $500,000 are staying on the market longer.
  3. Timing is Everything.  Zillow conducted a study of listings in markets across the country and found that, nationwide, homes listed between May 1 and May 15 sold an average of nine days faster and for an average of 0.8 percent more than homes listed at other times. In most markets, listings posted on a Friday or Saturday performed best.
    "These times differ from one market to the next," Gudell said. "It's spread over March, April and May, and warmer markets will start earlier. Markets with deep, snowy winters tend to start a bit later."

  4. Aesthetically Pleasing Homes Sell Faster.  Spring is the perfect time of year to show off your home.  Take advantage of flowers blooming and trees blossoming by keeping your yard neat and tidy.  That first impression may be what draws people to look at your property.
  5. More Options=Greater Odds.  Some people may think that selling in the spring is a bad idea because there is less competition during other months of the year.  But less competition means fewer buyers.  Many realtors feel that competition is a positive thing in the real estate market and can assist homeowners in getting a better deal.
  6. School’s Out for Summer.  Many homeowners want to time their purchase of a new home with the end of the school year so that they are not moving their children to a different school mid-year.  If the closing occurs in early summer, it gives the family a couple of months to get acclimated to their new area before the new school year begins.
  7. More Buyers=More Offers.  The best thing that can happen for a seller is to receive multiple offers that result in a bidding war.  This is most likely to happen in the spring when more people are house hunting.

Spring is a time for new beginnings. The weather is nicer; the days are longer and people are excited to get out and look at homes. So, don’t miss out on this opportunity.  If you are thinking about selling your house this year, put it on the market now with The Melissa Thompson Team901.729.9526 or

Land for sale at 3543 Covington Pike

by Melissa Thompson

Excellent opportunity for developer! Residential development in the RU-3 District allows a variety of housing types including single-family detached, single attached and multifamily. Seller will consider owner financing.

Spectacular Renovated Germantown Home in Dogwood Trails!

by Melissa Thompson

Welcome home to 1915 Corbin Road, an amazing completely renovated, all on one level, Germantown home in the sought after Dogwood Trails Subdivision that you will have to see to believe! Built for entertaining, this spacious home offers an open floor plan with impressive formal rooms, plus comfortable everyday living spaces. Quality features include gleaming walnut hardwood floors, marble galore, 3 bedrooms, smooth ceilings, new updated fixtures, laundry room with cabinets, gracious entry, remodeled bathrooms, 2 car garage, arched doorways, and so much more! Enjoy comfortable everyday living in the captivating great room flaunting a soaring smooth tray ceiling, recessed lighting, dazzling chandelier, arched doorways, neutral color palette, TV niche and built-in shelving. Cooking will be a delight in this incredible eat-in kitchen with cabinet and counter space galore, desirable marble countertops, marble backsplash, gorgeous cabinetry, pantry, full complement of stainless steel appliances including a self cleaning oven, cook-top, microwave, dishwasher, double sinks, refrigerator and freezer. In addition, this kitchen offers a sunny breakfast area with designer pendant lighting and sliding glass doors. Host the finest dinner parties in the romantic dining room. You will rest easy in your master retreat with a walk-in closet, and an updated cooling ceiling fan/light. The completely renovated spa-inspired luxury master bathroom boasts a marble vanity with magnificent cabinetry, durable tile floor, European style track light fixture, and a divine walk-in shower with a complete tile surround. This home offers two additional bedrooms complete with smooth ceilings, walnut hardwood flooring, closets, cooling ceiling fans/lights, and a shared full hall bathroom with tile flooring, European style track lighting, marble vanity with beautiful cabinetry, and a walk-in shower with a complete tile surround. Relax outside in the fenced backyard with a delightful covered, tiled patio with a cooling ceiling fan, perfect for cookouts and parties! This amazing home is in the Germantown Municipal School District (Farmington Elementary, Houston Middle and High). Enjoy having Cameron Brown Park within walking distance from your home, with play areas, walking trails, tennis courts, baseball fields, and a lake!

Why Millennials Choose to Buy

by Melissa Thompson

Why Millennials Choose to Buy [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

Some Highlights:

  • “The majority of millennials said they consider owning a home more sensible than renting for both financial and lifestyle reasons — including control of living space, flexibility in future decisions, privacy and security, and living in a nice home.”
  • At 93%, the top reason Millennials choose to buy is to have control over their living space.
  • Many Millennials who rent a home or apartment prior to buying their own homes dream of the day that they will be able to paint the walls whatever color they'd like, or renovate an outdated part of their living space.

Learn more about buying Memphis Real Estate at 901.729.9526 or



101 Things To Do In Memphis #60: Easter Events 2017

by Melissa Thompson

Trees are blooming, bulbs are popping up and the weather is improving. Easter is sneaking up on us! Here’s a list of Easter-related happenings in the area. Pay attention to the registration deadlines for some of these events. Also – take note how many like the “Eggstravaganza” pun.

After-Dark Easter Egg Hunt
Cameron Brown Park
8628 Farmington Blvd, Germantown

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Kid’s Play
9155 Poplar Ave, Germantown
$12 per child, $9 per adult
Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, bagels, donuts, fruit, juices and coffee. Madison from Mad Photography will be available to take professional photos at an additional cost of $20 for 3 edited electronic prints.

Elmwood Easter Egg Hunt
Elmwood Cemetery
824 S Dudley, Memphis
The cemetery staff and volunteers invite our youngest of friends to join us for an Easter egg hunt! This fun event is open to kids from 1 to 10 years of age. Make sure to bring your Easter basket so that you can find plenty of eggs. We’ll hide a prize egg, too. The Easter bunny will even be joining us for photos! This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required! Simply email and let us know how many kids you are bringing. We will begin on time – parents, please be prompt! Call with questions at 901-774-3212.

Urban Egg Hunt by Hope Church
Multi-National Ministries
1548 Poplar, Memphis

Cameron Brown Easter Eggstravaganza
Cameron Brown Park
8628 Farmington, Germantown
Egg hunts: Up to 2 years, 10:30a; 3 to 4 years, 11a; 5 to 6 years, 11:30a; 7 to 8 years, noon. Hop on over and have some fun, look for eggs each and every one. Little ones can enjoy a free petting zoo, moon bounces and age-divided egg hunts with prizes. Meet the Easter Bunny and find candy-filled eggs. Don’t forget a basket and camera. Concessions are available for purchase. Rain date is Tuesday, April 11.

Easter Through the Looking Glass
2525 Central, Memphis
Members $5, Non-members $20
Hop on over for photos with the Easter Bunny and greet some very special characters throughout the museum. Meet Alice, her furry feline, a pale queen, and a hatter that’s gone mad! Decorate wooden eggs and don’t miss the chance to create your very own colorful Duct Tape Easter bucket to fill with deluxe Easter treats from the Candy Station. Enjoy themed face painting and balloon twisting from The Balloon Guy. Every child receives an egg-stra special plush bunny to take home. Advanced reservation prices: members are $3 and non-members are $18 and includes a museum visit. At the door pricing day of the event based on availability: members are $5 and non-members are $20. All sales final – tickets are non-refundable!

Easter Egg Hunt
St. Luke’s Methodist
480 S Highland, Memphis

Hope 4 Macky & Friends Special Needs Egg Hunt
Hope Church
8500 Walnut Grove Rd, Cordova

Easter Eggstravaganza!
YMCA at Schilling Farms
1185 Schilling Blvd E, Collierville
FREE for members; $5 Non-Members
Come prepared to get wet at the annual Easter Eggstravaganza in the indoor pool! Wear your swim suit and bring a towel, basket, and your own flotation device if needed. Activities following egg float in the meeting room. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Reserve your spot by April 6th. Space is limited. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Age 3-5 2pm; Age 6-9 2:15pm; Age 10-14 2:30pm

Easter Eggstravaganza!
Christ the King Lutheran Church
5296 Park, Memphis
Fun activities will include a petting zoo, face painting, balloon sculptures, bouncy house, ice cream sundaes, a traditional Easter Egg Hunt and, of course, the Easter Bunny himself!  The event is free and open to the community.  For ages 3-year-olds to 6th grade.  For more information, contact Lauren Gilchrist at


Easter Egg Hunt
Williamson Park hosted by Evergreen Presbyterian
250 Williamson, Memphis

Easter Eggstravaganza
Highland Church of Christ
400 N. Houston Levee, Cordova

Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt
Germantown Presbyterian Church
2363 Germantown Rd, Germantown

Easter Egg Hunt
Germantown Presbyterian Church
2363 Germantown Rd, Germantown

Easter Egg Hunt
Trinity Baptist Church
8899 Trinity Rd, Cordova

Calvary: The Dramatic Story of Christ
Buckman Performing Arts Center
60 Perkins Extd
The purpose of this play is to exhibit a musical presentation of the meaning of Spiritual Love and Sacrifice. The setting provides the audience an experience to see acting, music, dancing, and puppetry. The storyline centers a young girl named Libi who learns how Jesus gave his life for us through her mother Odelia; who recreates a visual painting of how Jesus suffered. This musically inclined journey challenges us to walk the footsteps Jesus faced traveling to Calvary and agonizing moments on the cross until his death. This fun-filled skit will set your souls to laughter as we comically illustrate a theatrical representation of how love saves a family and brought them together.


Easter Egg Hunt
Kid’s Play
9155 Poplar Ave, Germantown
The egg hunt is included with your daily admission of $9 per child.  BYOB – bring your own basket.

Bunny Hop
Collierville Square
125 N Rowlett, Collierville
Join JA of Collierville, Main Street Collierville and Town of Collierville for dancing, games, Easter Bunny and so much more!
Please bring canned food to donate to those in need within the Collierville community!

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
East Win Church
4350 Hacks Cross, Memphis
10a Egg Hunt

SRVS Bunny Run 
Independent Presbyterian Church
4738 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis
Race starts at 9am
Registration ranges from $10-$30
Walkers start immediately after, followed by the 1 mile Family fun run/walk. A great family event including children’s games, face painting, Easter egg hunt, a visit from the Easter Bunny!

Bunny Breakfast and Egg Hunt
Faith Presbyterian Church
8816 Poplar Pike, Germantown

Shelby Forest Spring Fest
The 6th Annual 2017 Shelby Forest Spring Fest will be held April 15th in the old UA Moore Ballpark (Shelby Forest State Park). There will be a sanctioned KCBS BBQ competition, live music, food, arts and crafts vendors, wildlife and cultural exhibits, activities for kids, crawfish boil, and a corn hole tournament! New things are being added every day!

Easter Egg Hunt
Germantown United Methodist Church
2331 S Germantown Rd, Germantown
Time TBD
Our annual Easter Egg Hunt is held the Saturday before Easter at GUMC’s McVay Gardens Park. This fun and festive event provides is a great opportunity for family and fellowship! In addition to the traditional egg hunt, children can enjoy a petting zoo, fun crafts, yummy snacks, and much more! The Easter Bunny makes an appearance as well. Parking is available at the Owings Life Enrichment Center.

Easter Egg Hunt
Dixon Gallery & Gardens
4339 Park Ave, Memphis
Members $8, Non-members $10
Hunt begins promptly at 10:45am. Light refreshments will be provided.

Easter Eggstravaganza (site may be down as they’re launching new site April 5 week)
Kroc Center
800 E Pkwy S, Memphis
Hop to the Kroc for Easter Hunting for ages 0-12. The fun starts at 10am.

Easter Egg Hunt
Emmanuel Methodist Church
2404 Kirby Rd, Memphis

Easter Celebration
Christ Church
4488 Poplar
Egg Hunt, Carnival Games, Food, Family Fun

Second Presbyterian Egg Hunt
Second Pres. Church
4055 Poplar Ave, Memphis
Easter egg hunt on the Poplar football field for children in third grade and under.

Easter Egg Hunt
Humane Society
935 Farm Rd, Memphis
$10 donation per child or dog
This isn’t your typical Easter Egg Hunt event – it’s for both kids and pets! We’ll have eggs hidden all over the spacious Humane Society property, and it’ll be an afternoon to remember. Don’t forget to bring your Easter baskets!
A $10 donation per child or dog includes egg hunt entry and a treat bag filled with goodies. Don’t worry, we’ll have separate treat bags for pups and kids. There will also be free face painting and more fun activities for the whole family. The HSMSC mascot, Hugh the Rescue, can’t wait to see you!
Wildflowers Photography will be on site for pet, children, or family photos. For a $10 donation, you’ll receive professional photos emailed to you that evening. Baby chicks and ducks are available for the photos.
Event schedule:
Dog Easter Egg Hunt @ 10:30am (All dogs must be on leash)
Child Easter Egg Hunt @ 11:30am

Easter Egg Hunt
Cornelia Crenshaw Library
531 Vance

Easter Family Fest
First Assembly Memphis
8650 Walnut Grove, Cordova

Easter Eggstravaganza!
Immanuel Lutheran Church
6325 Raleigh Lagrange Rd, Memphis
Free to go, but you must register to attend.

Family Easter Eggtravaganza
Calvary Church
1851 Houston Levee, Cordova


Family Egg Hunt
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Rd, Memphis
MBG members $6, non-members $8. Under 2 free. Tickets $10 at the gate, based on availability.
Spring wouldn’t be the same without the Garden’s annual Egg Hunt, complete with age-friendly areas, live music and magic, and a 96-acre hunt with prizes for the adults as well! Bring the little ones to the 2-and-under Bunny Hop area for a mellow, hunt-at-your-own-pace space, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. 3-4 year olds will have their own hunt at 2:30 pm; 5-7 year olds at 2:45 pm, and 8-10 year olds at 3:00 pm. Family prize egg hunt begins at 1:00 pm, and ends at 4:00 pm, or when all eggs are found. (1 prize egg per family, please!) Everyone will enjoy kids’ crafts, lawn games, and outdoor activities throughout the day. Photos with the Easter Bunny and concessions available at additional cost. Advance tickets online and also available at the front desk.Call 636-4100 for information.

Shelby Forest Egg Hunt
Shelby Forest, Millington
Big Egg Hunt on the Lake!  Free to the public, for children 12 and under.

Easter Eve Concert
Hosted by Independent Pres. Church
Levitt Shell
1928 Poplar Ave, Memphis
Everyone is welcome to attend this FREE event at the historic Levitt Shell, located in Overton Park. Invite your family and friends to enjoy a spring evening on Easter Eve featuring singer/songwriter, Sam Mooney.

Easter Sunrise Service at the Garden
Hosted by Second Presbyterian Church
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Rd

Easter Sunrise Service at Levitt Shell
1928 Poplar Ave

70th Annual Crystal Shrine Grotto Easter Sunrise Service 
Memorial Park Crystal Shrine Grotton
5668 Poplar Avenue
An ecumenical service at the historic Crystal Shrine Grotto. Light refreshments (i.e. doughnuts and juice for the kids) will be served. For more information, please call 901-767-8930. 

Easter at the Island
Mud Island
Downtown Memphis
Come spend Easter at Mud Island River Park Family Fun – more details to come soon.

Redbirds Dropping Easter Candy from Helicopter
AutoZone Park
200 Union Ave, Memphis
12noon Brunch
2:05pm Gametime
After the game – Kids ages 12 and under will be allowed onto the field to hunt for Easter candy, dropped from a chopper! Easter special package tickets available.



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