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101 Things To Do In Memphis #45: Alchemy Memphis

by Melissa Thompson

The appropriately-named Alchemy offers the kind of dim, sexy atmosphere and sophisticated cocktails you might associate with Manhattan rather than our Midtown area.

Located right in the heart of the Cooper & Young historical district, Alchemy provides it's guests with a delightful new american style menu created and prepared by Chef Nick Scott and Chef de Cuisine Scott McQueen. Two chefs that have created some of the most appealing menus in the city time and time again. 

From behind the spacious bar, bartenders produce craft cocktails with ingredients that might be new to you, like The Alchemist (Eagle Rare, Antica, Aperol, and Peychaud bitters), and there're bourbon and scotch lists and a small plates menu. 

940 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104

(901) 726-4444

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How to Preserve Precious Family Heirlooms

by Melissa Thompson

The holidays tend to bring out the sentimentality in all of us. Family heirlooms are treasures that evoke memories of the past and hold great sentimental value.  Keeping them safe and well preserved is important. There are many kinds of keepsakes. What may seem not very special to one person, might be the most cherished of items to another.  The following tips will help you preserve them and keep the memories alive:

Paper Documents

Don’t make the mistake of keeping precious papers in a box somewhere. Paper is vulnerable to crumbling and fading if it is exposed to too much light, heat or moisture.  You can keep documents safe by placing them in acid-free envelopes or folders.  When you want to look at them, make sure your hands are clean and dry. Avoid using lotion on your hands if you know you are going to be handling paper heirlooms.  Three ring binders are excellent for keeping documents organized and safe.  Keep them in temperature controlled parts of the house to avoid deterioration due to heat and moisture.

Books

Like paper documents, books need to be kept away from heat, bright light and anything highly acidic.  If you want to keep a book pristine, interleaf the pages with acid-free tissue paper.  If you keep favorite books on a shelf, make sure it is not exposed to too much sunlight.  They will fade over time, but keeping them out of harsh conditions will make them last longer.

Photographs

Many people have photographs stored in old-school albums where they are stuck on the pages by adhesive. Unfortunately, many of these old albums are not acid-free and will cause the photographs to deteriorate and fade over time. To preserve them, remove them from these albums and place them in PVC-free plastic sleeves, which can then be placed in binders.  If you are lucky enough to still have the negatives from old photos, keep them safe so that you can replace pictures if they are destroyed or lost. How to Preserve Family Archives

Textiles

When preserving textiles such as quilts, wedding dresses, baptismal gowns or antique linens, you want to make space for flat storage.  It’s vital that you keep them in an acid-free box and in an area free of pests.  If you get them cleaned and pressed, make sure starch isn’t used because bugs will attract bugs. Make sure your hands are clean and free of lotion when handling your cloth heirlooms.  Do your research and get professional advice on how to clean them before storing.

How to Handle Antique Textiles and Costumes

Regardless of what kind of treasure you are attempting to preserve, it is advisable that you never store them in the attic or basement. Extreme temperatures and humidity will harm stored artifacts.  Keep your boxes and binders of family heirlooms in a closet or on a shelf in your temperature controlled living space.  Make sure they are out of direct sunlight.  Not only will this keep them safer and preserve them longer, but it will also make it easier for you to get them out to look at when you want to take a trip down memory lane!

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 at 901-729-9526 today.

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11/23 through 12/31

  • Holiday Wonders at the Garden runs on select nights through December 31st featuring three distinct areas, each with a different theme but all catering to families, couples and groups.
    • Snowy Nights: Snowy Nights is the outdoor, interactive, family oriented venue. It is a continuation of the popular Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard.
    • Trees Alight: Trees Alight is sure to become a community favorite and features the City of Memphis Christmas Tree as well as a spectacular nightly LED light show. It will be located in the Conifer Garden.
    • Under the Stars Outdoor Lounge: This is a cozy location filled with welcoming couches, fire tables and holiday spirits. The lounge will be located in the heart of Holiday Wonders at the Garden and will have easy access to Trees Alight and Snowy Nights. Concessions and adult beverages will be a step away.
    • Tickets go on sale 11/12.

By and photo credit: https://www.memphisbotanicgarden.com/Wonders

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Now is a Great Time to Buy a House! Here are 5 Reasons Why

by Melissa Thompson

Buying a home during the holiday season might sound like a crazy idea, but the truth is now is a great time to purchase a home!  Here are 5 reasons to purchase a home during the holidays:

  1. Less Real Estate Market Activity: With lots of family, school, and work activities happening during the holidays, fewer real estate transactions are taking place.  Because fewer people are looking for houses, there is less competition for buyers.  And with less competition, buyers have more leverage when negotiating purchases.  People selling homes during the holidays must often lower asking prices or make other concessions to sell.  So, if you buy this time of year, you might get a bargain!
     
  2. Highly Motivated Sellers:  If someone is selling their house at the end of the year, it’s because they need to.  Usually sellers avoid the end of the year due to shorter days and cold weather, so if they are selling this time of year they are likely under pressure and motivated to make a deal. Motivated Sellers
     
  3. Lower Interest Rates: Because of limited demand during the holiday season, there is greater competition among lenders so there is a general trend of lower rates. 
     
  4. Tax Perks: Buy a house before the end of the year and you can deduct any points you paid upon closing.  You can also deduct property taxes and mortgage interest.  Learn about the tax benefits of purchasing a home and find out if it is to your advantage to buy before year’s end. While your decision to buy a home shouldn’t be made solely for tax reasons, you certainly want to take advantage of the perks that exist! Tax Benefits of Buying a Home
     
  5. Faster Closings: Everybody involved in the home buying/selling process has incentive to complete transactions before the end of the year.  Lenders want to close their books; Realtors want to receive their commissions before the new year and sellers are anxious to move on.  Since everyone is so motivated, and there is less real estate activity, closings should happen quickly and efficiently.

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 at 901-729-9526 today

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #43: Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park

by Melissa Thompson

11/22 through 12/28

  • Closed on Monday, November 26
  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 6pm-9pm | Friday-Saturday: 6pm-10pm
  • Cost: $20 per car | $50 per van | $150 per bus
  • Special Theme Nights:
    • November 29: Tacky Sweater Night ($5 off)
    • December 3: Run Walk Bike ($5 per person); Starry Nights closed to cars
    • December 6: Decorate Your Car Night ($5 off)
    • December 6:  Member Night (Free Petting Zoo entry + free s’more kit.  Must show Member ID)
    • December 10: Walkin + Woofin ($5 per person; free for four-legged friends!): Starry Nights closed to cars
    • December 13: Scout Night ($5 off)

By and photo credit: http://www.shelbyfarmspark.org/starry-nights

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Happy Kids = Happy Holidays!

by Melissa Thompson

With Thanksgiving just over a week away, the holiday season is upon us and we all know what that means…holiday break for kids is coming. Holiday break.  It sounds like fun. It should be fun. You start the break with images of snuggling up to read stories, making hot cocoa and going for adventures outdoors.  But sometimes it can be challenging for parents to figure out how to fill the hours of free time kids have over the holiday break. Before you know it, you are in survival mode – just trying to get through the break with your sanity intact.  That is why it is a prudent idea to start the break with a plan in mind. It certainly can’t hurt to have a few activities planned to fall back on to keep your kids entertained and engaged. Now is the time to plan ahead.  Here are five budget friendly ideas to keep your kids busy during the holiday break.

1. Creative Coloring 

A box of crayons and some paper can keep toddlers occupied, but as children grow, they may need a few more creative ideas for how to use those crayons to stay busy. Here are some creative coloring options:

  • Coloring wrapping paper. Who doesn’t need more wrapping paper for the holidays? This is a twofold activity. You get your wrapping paper at a low price, and you keep your kids busy awhile. Just buy rolls of cheap, plain-colored wrapping paper. (The cheap kind is thin, so darker colors work best.) Roll it out a few feet at a time on a table or a hard floor, and let the kids go to town.
  • Upside down coloring. Turn coloring on its head – literally – with this easy activity. Just tape coloring sheets to the bottom of a table, and turn your child into a tiny Michelangelo. This is a great way to keep them busy and build upper arm strength.
  • Color the windows. Kids love being able to use crayons on surfaces that are usually off-limits. Crayola makes some crayons specifically for coloring on windows. Grab a pack of these, and let kids decorate the windows for the holidays.
  • Try complex coloring sheets. Older kids may think freestyle coloring is boring. Try printing off complicated geometric coloring sheets. Kids can create gorgeous designs, and the challenge keeps them engaged longer. (Note: They may need colored pencils and a good sharpener to be able to tackle these detailed designs.) 30 Interesting Geometric Coloring Pages

2. Indoor Games

Probably the worst part of the holiday season is that it might be too cold to play outside for very long. And you probably don’t have a gym like your kids’ school does, where they can release their pent-up energy. Luckily, with some creativity and basic supplies, you can create your own indoor gross motor games to burn off that extra energy.

  • Obstacle courses. Obstacle courses are surprisingly easy to create, and you can customize them for kids of any age – even elementary-aged kids would love a superhero obstacle course. These can be heavy on the prep work, but one course could keep your kids busy the entire day. Worth it! Indoor Obstacle Course for Kids
  • Hopscotch. What better way to burn off energy than with hopscotch? Crafty parents can put together this adorable indoor hopscotch mat to use again and again! Here are some more ideas for indoor hopscotch: Indoor Hopscotch
  • Scavenger hunts. You may think scavenger hunts are just for outside play, but you’d be surprised. You can put together some fun indoor scavenger hunts. These are a great way to get kids to play independently or in teams while you get other stuff done. (Or just relax with a cup of coffee for 20 minutes!) You can come up with any number of scavenger hunts tailored to your kids’ ages and interests. Holiday Scavenger Hunt Ideas

3. Arts and Crafts 

Before the holiday break starts, plan some crafts for your kids to do during the break. Then, hit your local craft store sans kids, and pick up the supplies you need. Stick supplies for each craft into a gallon-sized bag, and write the name of the craft and any necessary instructions on it with a marker. This may seem over the top, but when your kids are in the throes of boredom two days into break, you’ll be glad you have an activity to pull out and run with. Here are some craft ideas to try:

4. Service Projects 

This is the time of year when many of us are trying to find ways to give back. Why not involve your kids in giving back this year? Some ideas include raking leaves or shoveling snow for older neighbors, baking cookies for local police officers or firefighters, or making up boxes of goodies for ill children through a program like The Jared Box Project. Another option is to make cozy fleece scarves for a local hospital or nursing home. Older kids can even plan, shop for and make a meal for ill or elderly neighbors, or the couple down the street with a new baby and no time to cook.

So, if your kids are bickering or complaining that they are bored, save the day with these fun, inexpensive activities and enjoy the holiday break!

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 at 901-729-9526 today!

Photo Credit: firstfridaykokomo.com

101 Things To Do In Memphis #42: Zoo Lights at the Memphis Zoo

by Melissa Thompson

     - Open select nights from November 16th through December 30th, 5:30pm to 9:30pm

     - Snow is back at this year’s SunTrust Zoo Lights! You’ll see snow in the Courtyard, the return of the 90-foot LED Ferris wheel, see Santa in his shop, go ice-skating, see live reindeer, enjoy thousands of LED holiday lights and more.

  • Things to know:
    Zoo Lights are open at 5:30pm on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
    Zoo Lights admission is $7/members, $9/nonmembers, children under 2 are free
    Ice skating is $6/person
    Ferris wheel is $5/persion
    Annual tree lighting ceremony is 11/18 (time TBA)
    Get tickets online

By and photo credit: https://www.memphiszoo.org/suntrust-zoo-lights

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You Are Invited to Our Open Houses, Sunday, November 11 from 2-4!

by Melissa Thompson
 
 
1594 LINDEN AVE, Memphis, TN | $274900
 
Open House:
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
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1513 PAINTED HORSE PASS, Collierville, TN | $719900
 
Open House:
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
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1512 PAINTED HORSE PASS, Collierville, TN | $729900
 
Open House:
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
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Tips for Buying a Home FAST!

by Melissa Thompson

If you are in the market to purchase a home right now, I am sure you would like to be moved in and settled by the time the holidays arrive.  Does that sound too good to be true?  Well, no promises, but there are steps you can take to buy a home fast.

Whether you are buying a house for the first time, or you have navigated the home buying process before, chances are you know that it can be lengthy and complicated.  But there are certain strategies you can use that will speed things up. Here are some tips to help you get started:

           - Chose the right type of house.  There are certain types of homes you will want to avoid if you’re in a hurry.  Co-ops, for example, can be problematic because it can take six to eight weeks to get a board interview scheduled, finalized and approved.  You should also avoid bank-owned homes or foreclosures, which generally take much longer to close.  The fastest way to go is to focus on condos or new developments. Closings for condos and new developments can take as few as three to four weeks to happen.

           - Get pre-approved for a mortgage.  This is a strategic move that will give you a head start so that when you do find a house you want to purchase; you will already be approved for a mortgage loan and can make an offer right away.  This will also help you to stay within your budget when looking at homes because you won’t want to waste time looking at properties that cost more than what you are pre-approved for. 5 Things You Need to Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

           - Have your documents in order and ready to go.  Get all the paper work that you will need organized so that it is ready and waiting when you find the right home.  Generally, a home buyer will need the following: federal tax returns for the past two years, supporting information such as W-2, 1099, or other tax forms for the past two years, two months’ worth of bank statements for your checking, savings, 401K, retirement and other accounts, and pay stubs from the past month. Closing Day: What a Buyer Needs to Do and Bring

           - Find the right Realtor to guide you through the process.  You will want an experienced, professional Realtor who knows the area well and can use their expertise to get you into a home quickly.

           - Offer to shorten contingency deadlines.  Don’t risk waiving home inspection or financing contingencies, but consider a shorter time frame to effect a faster closing.

           - Be prepared for your move.  Don’t wait until you have closed on your new home to start packing and preparing for your move.  Start early so that as soon as you close, you are ready to go!

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 at 901-729-9526 today!

Open House in Collierville TN - The Stables Subdivision!

by Melissa Thompson
 
 
1513 PAINTED HORSE PASS, Collierville, TN | $719900
 
Open House:
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
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1512 PAINTED HORSE PASS, Collierville, TN | $729900
 
Open House:
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Click for more information or to schedule a private viewing
Click for Directions!
Get Your Free Home Value Now!
 
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Crye-Leike Realtors
901-729-9526
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License #: 231600
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