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Things To Do In Memphis: Ultimate Guide to Halloween in Memphis 2019

by Melissa Thompson

The spooky season has officially arrived and there’s fun to be had all month long. Make the most of it with arts and crafts, movies, costume contests, terrifying tours, haunted boogie downs, and more.


Haunted Maze at Mid-South Maze
Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, 31, 7 – 10 PM

On Fridays and Saturdays after 7 PM, the ghouls and goblins take over the maze at the Agricenter. Have fun trying to find your way out while fending off whatever’s hiding in that corn.

Shadowlands Festival of Fear & Hysteria Haunted Hayride
Oct. 4 – 31
Fridays & Saturdays 7-11 | Sundays 7-10 | Oct. 31st 7-10

A horrific secret hides in the corn and woods behind Jones Orchard. This cursed land is swarming with monsters and mayhem. Can you make your way through the winding journey alive? Take on the corn maze, or get on board the Hysteria Haunted Hayride if you dare.

Monster Market 2019
October 1-31
Tue-Sat 12-8pm | Sun 12-5pm

The third annual Monster Market pop-up will be open all month on Main Street featuring art, apparel, and housewares from over 70 makers. Swing by the
Grand Opening Celebration on October 5th and enjoy spooky cocktails (both boooozy and non-alcoholic), freaky treats, and projected horror movies while you shop!

The Parting Paranormal Pop-Up Tour + Bar & Lounge
Oct. 11 – Oct. 19

Something wicked lurks below the Evergreen Theatre and this Paranormal Popup puts you right on the path of danger!

When the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811 occurred a mysterious sinkhole appeared at 1705 Poplar Ave. Reports of apparitions and strange creatures lurking in the area pre-date any human structure. The Ritz theatre, built over the sinkhole in 1927 brought the escape of the movies, but the glitz and glamour would quickly turn sinister. Visitors of THE PARTING are invited on an unusual and creepy encounter with the macabre and menacing inhabitants of the Evergreen Theatre.

Paranormal Cirque
Thursday, Oct. 17 – Sunday, Oct. 20

Paranormal Cirque is an innovative horror story for MATURE audiences featuring a truly unique fusion of circus, illusion, theatre, and cabaret in perfect harmony. The result is the evolution of a show that takes you into a world of dreams…….. or perhaps more accurately a world of nightmares and fantasies!

Zoo Boo
Oct. 18 – 31

Everyone’s favorite SPOOKtacular event is back for SEVEN nights of fright! Le Bonheur Zoo Boo happens the last two weekends of October. This event features candy stations and hayrides, straw mazes, and magic shows, plus so much more! Zoo Boo is fun for ghosts and goblins of all ages.

Boo-ingo & Costume Contest
Oct. 24 – 29

Make your way to bingo at one of four locations this month and get an extra card for wearing your costume. Prizes for Best Costume are up for grabs.

Hocus Pocus Trivia in Memphis
Wednesday, Oct. 9 & Tuesday, Oct. 29

Get ready for Halloween by flying your vacuum to play ‘Hocus Pocus’ Trivia. Play at Loflin Yard, LBOE, or Rec Room on October 9th, or head to Dan McGuiness Southaven, Railgarten, Or Highland Axe & Rec on Oct. 29th.

Memphis Ghost Walk
Weekends throughout October, 8 PM

The Memphis Ghost Walk explores the macabre and dark history of downtown Memphis. Escape into the past with the entertaining and knowledgeable guides of Historical Haunts Memphis. You’ll visit sites of hauntings taken from local legends, official records, and their own professional paranormal investigations.

Princeton James presents a “Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Experience” 
Oct. 26 at 12 PM & Oct. 27 at 8 PM

The “Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Experience” is an interactive event where you could possibly be dining with a murderer. Your package will include a theatrical experience, live music, poetry, comedy, and some amazing cuisine.

Crosstown Arthouse Presents Double Horror Features
Oct. 10th, 17th, & 24th

The Crosstown Arthouse Weekly Film Series is screening double horror features in October that include a silent movie accompanied by live music! Screenings will take place at The Crosstown Theater on October 10, 17th, and 24th. Doors are at 7:00 and the first film will begin at 7:30. Entry is $10 for the double feature nights. Also, as a part of the Crosstown Concourse Trunk or Treat celebration on October 31st, they’re doing a free 6:00p screening of House on Haunted Hill.


Halloween Make & Take
Sunday, Sept. 29, 2 PM

Pop into Board & Brush and craft until your heart’s content. They’re offering 4 different projects at $20 each. Make one or all three at this family-friendly event.

Woodruff Fontaine 3 hr Lights Out Ghost Hunt!
Friday, Oct. 4, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Bring your digital audio recorder and camera to the historic Woodruff Fontaine House for an evening of learning how to set-up and conduct a paranormal investigation. Each group is led by a paranormal investigator to guide you on your own investigation. Reserve your spot at

CANDYLAND: A Costume Party
Saturday, Oct. 5, 7 PM

Kick-off Halloween season with a whimsical costume party at the Memphis Zoo with Chef Phillip Ashley Rix and friends. Wear your very best costume, enjoy catered fare, host bars and the night filled with 80’s and 90’s party music, all to the backdrop of hippos and crocodiles of the Zambezi River! There will be a grown-up trick or treat trail with gifts and prizes set up throughout the venue, a costume contest, and dancing.

Creepville Market
Saturday, Oct. 5, 12 PM – 6 PM

Join Mint Cream at Midtown Crossing Grill for a popup featuring Spooky Art, Oddities & Curiosities, Vintage Halloween, Creepy Crafts & more. Win prizes in the raffle, or try your luck spinning the wheel.

Crafts & Candy Apples – Parent/Kid Workshop – Ages 6+
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2 PM – 4 PM

Head to Board & Brush for a mini sign workshop and enjoy a complimentary Candy Apple Bar! Ages 6+. Select a design from more than 20 options. They provide all the materials and instruct you step-by-step to create an awesome wood project. Choose from a variety of paint and wood stain colors in the workshop. The cost for a workshop is $35 and pre-registration is required.

Monsters, Inc. Party at Primas
Sunday, Oct. 6, 1:30 PM – 3 PM

Join Primas Bakery and Boutique as they celebrate Halloween early with a Monsters, Inc. Tea Party! Enjoy “Monster” themed treats for 2 with a selection of tea, coffee, and punch while watching the movie! Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Halloween Male Revue Tour in Memphis
Friday, Oct. 11, 9 PM

Some gentlemen at the Tropicana want to get your heart racing with their moves if that’s what you’re into.

Cemetery Cinema: Ghostbusters
Friday, Oct. 11th, 7 PM

Head to to Elmwood Cemetery for a screening Ghostbusters, sponsored by Simmons Bank. Tickets are $20.

Film: Nightmare Before Christmas
Saturday, Oct. 12, 7 PM

Enjoy a free family-friendly movie at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. They also offer food and beverages for sale in the ShellEats community area.

Haunted Dinner on Stage
Thursday, Oct. 17, 6 PM – 8:30 PM

The Orpheum’s Haunted Dinner on Stage is back just in time for Halloween! See the Orpheum Theatre through a ghostly lens when you dine with the spirits and learn all about the paranormal activity that has been part of Orpheum lore since the 1920s.

The evening will include themed cocktails, a three-course meal with a variety of desserts, a self-guided tour of the backstage murals, and more.

Le Bonheur Pumpkin Run 5k
Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 AM 

Support Le Bonheur and the children they serve by participating in the Le Bonheur Pumpkin Run 5k & Family Walk. Kids 10 and younger can also participate in the 400m kids’ fun run. Children are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes and enjoy the post-race Boo Bash, which will include entertainment, food and many fun activities for kids of all ages!

Netflix & Drink: Halloween Bar Crawl Memphis
Saturday, Oct. 19th, 4 PM

We Love Pub Crawls invites you to dress up as your favorite ‘Flix-inspired character and bar hop starting at the Silly Goose. Enjoy food and drink specials the whole way and 80s & 90s DJ parties. 

Velvetina’s Blood Moon Revue
Saturday, Oct. 19, 6:30 PM

Velvetina Taylor returns to Mollie Fontaine Lounge with an intriguing, immersive production, right in time for Halloween. You’re invited to Velvetina’s Blood Moon Revue, an alluring, interactive dinner show experience, unlike any other. Enjoy the spine-tingling mix of lively burlesque, magic, tarot, and spooky surprises.

5th Annual Memphis Monster Mash
Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 PM

One of the hottest Halloween parties in Memphis is back, with proceeds benefitting Mystic Krew of Pegasus – Memphis who are raising money for Shelby County Drug Court!

Enjoy an OPEN BAR, OPEN DANCE FLOOR, a DJ, DRAG SHOW and finger foods, eye-pleasing bartenders, cash prizes for best costume, and a chance to win tickets to see Elton John in Memphis.

Friends Halloween Trivia in Memphis
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7 PM

Invite your friends to play “Friends” Trivia (The One with Questions About the Halloween Episode and Other Spooky Stuff from Friends) at LBOE, Loflin Yard, or Rec Room.

Haunted Happenings: A Victorian Carnival
Friday, Oct. 25, 6 PM

The resident spirits of Woodruff-Fontaine Mansion request the pleasure of your company for dining and dancing to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve! For Your Pleasure: Paranormal Investigators,
Tarot Readers, Magician Jeffrey Day, Games, Face Painting, Food Trucks, and Poleluminati Performing Arts.

Join them as mischief unfolds and walk the darkened halls as spectral docents lead the way. Hear the stories of people long past, as the dead become living for one night only!

Big Top Tease: Vol. VI: Freak Show
Friday, Oct. 25, 9 PM

QCG Productions is back at Dru’s Place for their monthly variety show, but this time, things are going to be a little more freaky! Join them for a night of Circus acts, drag performances, shock shows and more!

Hocus Pocus Macaron Tasting Event at Primas
Saturday, Oct. 26th, 5 – 6:30 PM

At this fun event, you’ll get to try Primas Bakery’s Spooky Macarons, sip Autumn Sangria while shopping the boutique, and watch Hocus Pocus! Feel free to dress in costume. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance.

Halloween Bar Crawl
Saturday, Oct. 26th, 4 PM

Tickets for this Halloween Crawl come with 2 free drinks, access to 5+ venues with food and drink specials, and a crazy afterparty.

Transmission: Halloween Party!
Saturday, Oct. 26th, 9 PM

Dance your bones off with your fellow ghouls and goblins to the best of new wave, synth pop, freestyle, and more, with DJ’s Plastic Citizen and Alpha Heather at Lamplighter Lounge. Dress to impress, because at midnight they’ll be giving away spooktacular gift bags from Two Rivers Bookstore in the first-ever Transmission costume contest!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 PM

Watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the Orpheum’s big screen. Get there early to purchase your prop bag, and enter the on-stage costume contest.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 PM

Dress up as your favorite meme and party the night away at Rec Room. Enjoy a live DJ, Costume Contest w/ Prizes, Black Lights, Body & Face Paint, Pizza Party, Spooky Drinks, Glow Sticks
MEMEs on 20′ Screens & More.

Trunk or Treat on Tillman Street
Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 AM – 2 PM

The annual Trunk or Treat on Tillman Street Fall Festival is a safe, family-friendly event hosted by United Way of the Mid-South to connect with the community. This event provides free flu shots, community resources, meals and a fun way for families to enjoy Halloween. Everyone is welcome.

The TaKeOver: Halloween Edition
Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 PM – 12 AM

Team TKO returns to Side Street for one of the biggest, hottest Halloween events in town. Entry is free to party down with all your friends. Enjoy the costume contest, games, and shaking it to the best music.

Spaceface Halloween with the UpsideSown Ensemble
Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 PM

The local psychedelic anomaly Spaceface is ready to haunt your dreams during their double set at the Crosstown Theatre along with w/ The Upside Down Ensemble ft. Harlan, and DJ Chandler Blingg.

Ptolemy Fall Party
Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 PM

Celebrate Halloween at Local on the Square with the Grand Krewe of Ptolemy Memphis. Wear your favorite costume and get down on the dance floor to music by DJ Tree. Your ticket gets to access to an open bar and delicious late-night snacks by Local.

Loflin Graveyard
Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 AM – midnight

Halloween weekend, get spooky at Loflin Yard at an all-day event with food, drinks, and games. They’ll have a live DJ in the Barn, pumpkin decorating in the Yard, and 3 costume contests with cash prizes for the adult costume contest.

Halloween Party @ Soccer City 901
Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 PM – 3 AM

The new Soccer City 901 is hosting a Halloween party complete with a DJ and a costume contest.

Zombie Walk and Undead DJ Party
Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 PM – 11 PM

Kick off Saturday before Halloween with an “Undead DJ” Set at Carolina Watershed followed by a Costume Contest + a Zombie Walk to the Loflin Yard Barn.

All Hallows Eve Bloody Masquerade feat. G-REX, Z-Dougie & more
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 9 PM

Growlers presents All Hallows Eve Bloody Masquerade featuring G-REXZ-DougieDudeCalledRobDon Twan, and BasSick.

Murder Mystery Party
Thursday, Oct. 31, 8 PM – 11 PM

Crosstown Brewing is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner Party. Sign-up now to be part of a night of mystery and fun. There are two options for tickets and you will be assigned a character based on your ticket purchase. The cost includes a catered dinner, dessert and two full pours of beer. Ticket sales end on Wednesday, October 28th at noon. Event is 21+.

Halloween – Devil  In I (Slipknot Tribute), Burn the Witch & More
Thursday, Oct. 31, 8 PM

This Halloween all the ghouls, ghosts, clowns, and metal heads alike will be roaming Growlers as The Devil In I (a Slipknot Tribute), Burn the WitchMudhole and The Murdering Crows bring you a night of thrills and incredible music.

SilverPro & Alchemy bring u (DJ Colette & Pete Moss) Halloween
Thursday, Oct. 31, 10 PM – 3 AM

SilverPro Events and Alchemy Of Memphis team up to bring you an Absolutely Wicked Deep House Party featuring the legendary Colette on her Dreams tour with Pete Moss giving us a 4 Hour set. Entry is free. Costumes are encouraged.

Trick or Trivia Spooktacular at Memphis Made Brewing
Thursday, Oct. 31, 7 PM – 9 PM

Celebrate Halloween night by playing a special spooky edition of Cerrito Trivia featuring a team costume contest, cake walk and more at Memphis Made Brewing Co.

Costumes & Cocktails On The River: Halloween Happy Hour Edition
Thursday, Oct. 31, 6:30 PM – 11 PM

THIRD Annual Costumes & Cocktails on the River at Jack Robinson Gallery includes an open buffet, open bar, live entertainment, DJ, vendors, Costume Contest, in a safe, and mature adult atmosphere. Event is for age 25+.


When Only the BEST Will Do! 80 Lafayette Cove, Rossville, TN

by Melissa Thompson

80 LAFAYETTE CV, Rossville, TN

OPEN HOUSE Sun, 2:00PM to 4:00PM

$ Click for current price
5 BEDROOMS | 5 Baths (4 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS |

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. When Only the BEST Will Do! Situated on 1.29 Acres in Rossville this Custom Built One of a Kind Home has it All...5BR,4.5BA,2-Story Library,1,000Bottle Wine Cellar,Game Rm w/Kitchenette,Media Rm w/Audio Visual Equipment,Granite Galore,3Laundry Rms,Generator,Outdoor Kitchen,4Car Garage,Smooth Ceilings,Intercom Sys,Fire Sprinkler,Brazilian Hardwood Flrs,New Carpet,Bonus Rm w/Wet Bar,Gourmet Kitchen Opens to Great Rm,Formal Dining Rm,Master w/Huge Closet & Luxury BA w/Tanning Lights & Heated Flrs!


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License #: 231600

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Improvements that Won’t Increase the Value of Your Home

by Melissa Thompson

Preparing to sell your home can be a stressful process.  Often you will find yourself making improvements just for the sake of the sale.  While some of these enhancements may boost the look of your property and make it easier to sell your home, you will be surprised to discover that they do not increase the value of your home.  In fact, some improvements might actually detract from it.  Here is a list of home improvements that do not increase the value of your home:


Landscaping choices are a personal preference.If you are going to invest in elaborate landscaping, you should do it for your own enjoyment, because no matter how grand your yard is, it’s not going to bring you big bucks upon resale.


There are certainly buyers in the market who will be looking for homes that have newer features, but they won’t pay more for them.Replacing things that are broken or past their life expectancy is considered home maintenance and not something buyers expect to pay for. Home Improvement vs Home Repairs and Maintenance


While water-related improvements can provide a lot of fun and entertainment for your family, the cost of installing a pool or spa never finds its way back to you. In fact, some buyers will ask that you take the spa with you or won’t purchase a house with a swimming pool.Installing a pool or spa should only be done for your own pleasure.


If you think you might be selling your house, you need to be careful about making improvements that are not in style. For example, you might love white appliances in your kitchen, but because these are not currently trendy, potential buyers are not likely to feel the same way. 7 Home Decor Trends for 2020


Painting may be the single most cost-effective improvement you can make before selling your home, but it won’t get you any bang for your buck unless you do the painting yourself. Fresh paint on the exterior or interior of your home absolutely makes the home more saleable, but an appraiser will not give you a credit boost for it.


The people selling you those solar panels will tell you that they will improve the value of your home and add to your bottom line profit, but it’s not true. You get zero approved value for solar panel installation.

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

Things To Do In Memphis: MemphoFest

by Melissa Thompson

Discover good times and great music in one of the largest urban parks in America! Mempho Music Festival features two days of entertainment, fun and outdoor lounging — all within the beautiful Shelby Farms Park.


Kick Back. Bring a chair or blanket, arrive early and find a shady spot among the trees or make yourself at home in the sunshine. Either way, you’ll enjoy some prime outdoor lounging—accompanied by some great music.

Have Fun. Enjoy the open spaces of Shelby Farms Park—located off Great View Drive North.


With a focus regional cuisine, we’ll be offering several onsite food options. Multiple food truck and concession areas will be stationed across the park. Past vendors have included world-famous BBQ, brick-oven pizza, gourmet burgers and handcrafted popsicles.


Stock up on your 2019 Mempho gear by visiting our Retail Marketplace at the festival. We’ll be loaded down with exclusive, high-quality and eclectic festival gear—including limited-edition posters and apparel. This area will also feature regional artists and makers with original goods for sale.


The Mempho Music Festival is committed to efforts that contribute to the betterment of our community. We understand music events can generate a substantial amount of waste, and we’re taking a proactive, carbon-conscious approach to help minimize our impact on the environment.

Get your Super VIP, VIP or General Admission tickets here.

The Festival grounds are located off Great View Drive North at Shelby Farms Park.

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Enjoy Country Living at its Best! 2333 George R James Road, Eads, TN

by Melissa Thompson


Just Listed

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Crye-Leike Realtors
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License #: 231600

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3 BEDROOMS | 2 Baths (2 full ) BATHROOMS |

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. Country Living At Its Best! Welcome Home to this Charming 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Brick Home Situated on 5.53 Beautiful Acres Featuring an Abundance of Storage Space, Nice Barn for Animals & Equipment, Each Room w/2Closets, 2 Storage Buildings, Carport w/Storage Shed, Attic, Laundry Room w/Cabinets & Pantry, Spacious, Warm & Inviting Great Room w/Romantic Fireplace, Lovely Dining Area Opens to the Large Kitchen, w/Full Complement of Appliances, Gracious Entry! Escape the City & Make this Your Home!


A Homebuyer’s Guide to Choosing the Right Neighborhood

by Melissa Thompson

When you are searching for a new home, location is one of the most important factors to consider.  You might love a house, but if it’s not in the right neighborhood, it may not be the right house regardless of how much it appeals to you.  So, before you start scrolling through home listings online, it’s smart to have an idea of WHERE you want to live.  Here are some things to consider when searching for the right neighborhood:

  • You may have heard this saying before: “It’s better to have the worst house in the best neighborhood than the best house in the worst neighborhood”. While nobody really wants to live in the “worst” house anywhere, there is some good logic behind this statement.  If you ever plan to sell your home, it’s value will be impacted by the surrounding homes in the neighborhood.  For that reason, you will have better resale value if you’re surrounded by homes that are similar to yours.  So, it is a good idea to research home values in the neighborhoods that appeal to you.  How to Buy the Worst House on the Best Block
  • How important is convenience to you?  Some people prefer living in more rural areas, but others desire close proximity to things like major interstates, shopping areas, medical facilities, and schools.  Before you start your home search it’s important to decide how much convenience matters to you.  In addition, you may want to think about the fact that having a home that is convenient to highways and such can have a positive impact on your resale value.
  • Are home values rising or falling in the neighborhood? If a neighborhood has home values that are climbing, that’s a positive indication that it’s a good place to buy.  However, if a neighborhood has stagnant or falling home values, it might not be the best place to look for a home.  Many things can have an impact on home values; for example, if an area is growing with new businesses, the career opportunities involved can lead to rising home values in the area. Memphis Home Prices & Values
  • Does the neighborhood have an HOA? (Home Owners Association)?  Some people love an HOA.  They appreciate how it protects home values by establishing rules for maintaining the appearance of the homes and neighborhood. They also enjoy perks such as a neighborhood pool and clubhouse, parks, and walking trails.  However, for other people, an HOA is a deal breaker. They don’t care for the rules and regulations (and payments) that come with it.  HOA regulations and costs vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, so it’s important to research them before you decide to live in a community with an HOA.
  • How are the schools rated?  Whether you have children or not, the school system is an important factor when choosing where to live. If you plan to send your children to public school, you will definitely want to live where schools are highly rated.  You may think that if you don’t have kids in school, that it doesn’t matter how the school system is rated. But that thinking is a mistake. The truth is that the rating of a school system can have a huge impact on your resale value; positive or negative. Memphis TN Public School Ratings
  • How safe is the neighborhood?  Safety is important to everyone. Nobody wants to live in a neighborhood that isn’t safe.  You can research crime statistics for neighborhoods online.  If you are relocating to a new state and you’re not familiar with the area, an experienced local Realtor is a great resource to help you determine what areas are safe for you and your family.

There are so many factors involved in the home buying process, but determining the right location is a decision that requires thought and research.  Once you have found the right place, then you can start searching for the right house!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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Things To Do In Memphis: Puppies + Yoga

by Melissa Thompson

Yep ...we're doing it! Practice your down dog with puppies!
Help support local animal rescues and help adorable puppies socialize!

We're getting our downdog on in the courtyard at Tennessee Brewery with puppies in need of love, handling, and socializing! This is an all-levels yoga class. Yoga + snuggles....what could be better?! Please bring an old mat in case of puppy messes :)

All proceeds benefit local animal rescues.

Saturday, October 5th from 10 am to 11:30 am

Tennessee Brewery
495 Tennessee St, Memphis, Tennessee 38103

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A Guide to Keeping the Flu Out of Your Home

by Melissa Thompson

Most people have a favorite season. But there is one season that everyone can agree is the absolute worst. Flu season.  It’s that time of year again and chances are if one member of your household gets the flu, everyone will get it.  Germs can start spreading even before any symptoms appear, meaning your family can be infected up to a week before anyone starts actually feeling sick.  However, there are some things you can do to help keep the flu from spreading:

  • First things first. GET VACCINATED.  According to health experts, getting a flu vaccine is the single most important thing you can do to prevent flu.  The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends flu vaccines for everyone 6 months and older who hasn’t had a previous bad reaction or isn’t allergic to egg or mercury. Who Needs a Flu Vaccine and When
  • Cover your mouth and nose.  It is believed that flu germs via droplets from the nose and mouth.  When you cough or sneeze, use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth.  Be sure to throw away the tissue right away and wash your hands immediately.  If you don’t have a tissue available, use the crook of your elbow to cover your mouth and nose. 
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.  Per the CDC, flu germs can live for two to eight hours on hard surfaces. That means that it’s easy to pick up flu germs just by touching something that has been touched by someone who is infected. So, keeping your hands away from your face is vital!
  • Wash, wash, wash your hands!!  Not only do you need to wash your hands, you need to wash them properly.  When and How to Wash Your Hands
  • Stay away from other sick people.  I know it can be easier said than done, but if you know someone is sick with the flu, try to steer clear.  If you are the one who is sick, STAY HOME!  Don’t try to push through at work or school, not only because you need rest, but because you will infect others.  Avoid sharing personal items with the infected person such as washcloths, towels, dishes, toys, and utensils.
  • Clean your house. Now is the time to break out the disinfectants!  Since the flu germs can live on hard surfaces, it’s more important than ever for you to keep them super clean.  Take special care with germ hot spots such as kitchen sponges, dish cloths, sinks, toilets, and cutting boards. 
  • Live a healthy lifestyle.  By living a healthy lifestyle you are better equipped to fight off germs.  Get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, eat fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly, and manage your stress.

Follow these tips and keep you and your family healthy this flu season!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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Things To Do In Memphis: Vintage901 Underground: Low Country Seafood Boil

by Melissa Thompson

Join Vintage901 and Common Table Health Alliance, along with Host and Wine Educator Shelby County Commissioner Michael Whaley, for a Memphis-style low country seafood boil prepared by chef David Johnson of Southern Table Catering.

This intimate evening will be filled with amazing wines by West Tennessee Crown Distributing Co., craft beer by Rock'n Dough Pizza + Brewery, Crosstown Brewing Company Diamond Bear Brewing Company and Jackalope Brewing Company, snacks by local Memphis maker including Central BBQ, Nikki's Hot Products and Cheffie's Café, live music by Memphis' own Susan Marshall and a live art installment by Jamond Bullock of AlivePaint, which will be auctioned at the end of the evening. Guests will enjoy MEMPopS Moscow Mules and Strawberry Margarita 'adult' popsicles. Take home a little piece of the night with a chance at our wine and bourbon pulls. Dress code is outdoor-casual. Stay tuned for new vendor announcements and sneak peaks!

**As with our past underground experience, we will announce the location to ticket holders (via email) 48 hours prior to the event. [Event is rain or shine. No refunds. Must be 21+]

General admission tickets ($75) include family-style seating under cafe lights. VIP tickets (SOLD OUT) include reserved, ‘indoor' seating with table service and takeaways by Pop-A-Roos Gourmet popcorn shoppe. If you are interested in a reserved corporate table ($1,000) or sponsorship, email [email protected]

Tickets are online at Come gather around the table for the common good…

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Beautiful East Memphis Home! 556 Melody Lane

by Melissa Thompson

556 MELODY LN, Memphis, TN

Just Listed

$ Click for current price
4 BEDROOMS | 4 Baths (4 full ) BATHROOMS |

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. Impressive 4BR Home Nestled in One of the City's Most Sought After Neighborhoods w/Everything Your Heart Desires! Granite Galore, Screened Patio w/Speakers & TV Wiring, Gleaming Hardwood Flrs, Storm Shelter for 8, 2nd Flr Addition Makes Great In-Law Quarters w/Kitchenette, 2nd Laundry Rm, 2BAs & 2BRs, Game Rm, Media Rm w/All Equipment, Smooth Ceilings, Spacious Great Rm w/Cozy Fireplace, Wonderful Kitchen w/Stainless Steel Appl, Formal Dining Rm, Fenced Backyard, MudRm, Sec Sys, 2Car Garage!


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