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6539 Honeybrook Road – Start Smart! Make this 3 Bedroom Home Yours!

by Melissa Thompson

Welcome home to 6539 Honeybrook Road, a charming, all on one level home situated in a nice quiet neighborhood. As you walk through the front door you are welcomed into the gracious entry. To the right of the entry is the huge living and dining room combination, which is perfect for entertaining guests. Snuggle up by the romantic fireplace in the spacious, warm and inviting great room open to the eat-in kitchen. Style and utility are masterfully fused together in the wonderful eat-in kitchen equipped with durable tile floors and a full complement of appliances. The romantic master bedroom is enhanced with a private bathroom complete with a walk-in shower. Relax outside on the delightful patio, perfect for cookouts and parties! This amazing home comes complete with fresh paint inside and out, 2 car garage with new doors and remotes, new carpet, HVAC less than 1 year old, and more! Do not miss out on this fabulous home!

Build your DREAM home on this 1.34 Acre Lot Situated in this award-winning, naturally preserved Gated Pinnacle of Germantown Community in the heart of Old Germantown positioned around approximately four acres of manicured park-like open spaces. Natural streams flowing under stone bridges and two ponds with fountains create spectacular natural views. This property is in the sought after Germantown School District - Riverdale Elementary & Houston High. Do not miss out on this amazing opportunity to have exactly what you have always dreamed of in a home, plus live in the sought after gated Pinnacle of Germantown Community!

101 Things To Do In Memphis #68: Memphis Italian Festival

by Melissa Thompson

Join in on a celebration of all things Italian this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 1-3rd for a “can’t miss” Memphis tradition - The Memphis Italian Festival!

For 25+ years the Holy Rosary Parish has hosted what is considered to be the finest family oriented, community event in the entire Mid-South, according to Memphis Parent Magazine. Demonstrating the value of family, faith and fellowship in the Italian-American tradition through music, food, events, games, and more for the benefit of the children of Holy Rosary Parish School. Take a seat on the lawn, visit with friends, listen to outstanding musical entertainment, and enjoy the food, beverages and all around good time! 

There are numerous vendors serving everything from toasted ravioli to cannoli, along with classic festival fair from funnel cakes to Pronto Pups. Escape the heat and enjoy your dinner in air conditioned Luigi’s Café overlooking the park and enjoying the music or grab a picnic basket from Luigi’s Market and have your supper on the field. Looking for a more interactive dining experience? Join one of the many area restaurants conducting cooking demos or participate in one of the team cooking contests including the Spaghetti Gravy Contest!

Step right up and try your luck on any of our carnival games including Plinko, The Great Pig Race, Roller Bowler, Potty Toss, Balloon Pop, and so much more!  Mini carnival rides are also back and have multiplied!  Adults and children can ride Pirates Revenge, Tubs of Fun, Mechanical Bull, Mini Ferris Wheel, and many more!  Smaller children can also enjoy our inflatable bounce houses. This year Luigi Land will have face painting, balloon artists, and special guest appearances by characters including princesses, superheroes, and many more!  901 Rocks will also be present. Come paint and hide your own 901 Rock within the festival and find 901 Rocks too!  During the evenings, Luigi Land will be showing short movies on our outdoor movie theater. Whether you want to play games, ride rides, paint rocks, or watch a movie, Luigi Land is the place for you.

No festival would be complete without live music! Rock out the Italian way on two stages of nationally renowned and local musical artists performing blues, rock, and pop acts. Get the full line-up here.

Admission is $8 on Thursday, $10 on Friday, $10 on Saturday until 4pm and $15 Saturday evening. Buy discount tickets on line at

Located at Marquette Park, on the corner of Mt. Moriah and Park Avenue. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 1st and at 11 a.m. on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd. Visit the website for more information. 

A little taste of Italy, right here in Memphis!


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Open Houses, Sunday June 4 from 2-4

by Melissa Thompson

Open Houses

Sunday, June 4 from 2:00 - 4:00

1321 Riverdale Road, Germantown, TN 38138

1617 Preakness Run Lane, Collierville, TN 38017

5315 Spruce View Way, Lakeland, TN 38002



Happy Memorial Day!

by Melissa Thompson

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

National Moment of Remembrance

To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”

101 Things To Do In Memphis #67: Hattiloo Theatre

by Melissa Thompson

Since 2006, Hattiloo has honored playwright August Wilson's contribution to America's literary canon by producing one of his plays each season. They stage celebrated musicals such as The Wiz, Ain't Misbehavin', and Dreamgirls, along with traditional plays like For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Colored Museum.

At Hattiloo, they value and celebrate the cultural diversity and rich history of Memphis and the Mid-South region. As a Black repertory, they focus on works written by and/or about African-Americans. They frequently partner with other arts organizations and nonprofits in collaborative projects that expand and diversify audiences. In the recent past they have collaborated with Ballet Memphis and The Dixon Gallery and Gardens.

Hattiloo maintains a robust slate of free community education and outreach programs as part of our “ArtReach” initiative, including live theatre staged in neighborhoods across the city, symposiums, panel discussions, and festivals. They also offer free, year-round youth programming, including Hattiloo Children's Theatre and Camp Awareness. Their productions and outreach programs are designed to complement each other in pursuit of their mission, serving as a lens into African-American culture for thousands of citizens, and as a gateway to the arts for thousands more.

This season, they open with In the Heights, a musical that presents the ‘inner-soul’ of Caribbean immigrants and their children. The Brother/Sister Plays will show us the ‘inner soul’ a black community and its African origins. Free Man of Color teaches us about the ‘inner-soul’ of the abolitionist movement. Radio Golf and my own play If Scrooge was a Brother will illustrate the ‘inner-soul’ of successful Blacks. And they will celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Wiz, which epitomizes the ‘inner-soul’ of the creative Black community.

Click here for tickets and more info!

Hattiloo Theatre
37 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104

901-525-0009 - Box Office
901-502-3486 - Administration

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130 Tate Drive - Enjoy low Fayette County Taxes!

by Melissa Thompson

Welcome home to 130 Tate Drive, an amazing home in Fayette County 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 hardwood floors throughout, fresh paint, 3 bedrooms plus a huge bonus room, 2 bathrooms, updated fixtures, gracious entry, romantic fireplace, laundry room with cabinets, fenced backyard, nice hot tub, 2 car garage, and so much more! Enjoy comfortable everyday living in the captivating great room flaunting a romantic, cozy gas log fireplace, perfect for those cold winter nights. Cooking will be a delight in this incredible eat-in kitchen with cabinet and counter space galore, breakfast bar, pantry, full complement of appliances including a microwave, dishwasher, double sinks, stainless steel oven, and smooth cook-top. In addition, this kitchen offers a sunny breakfast area, which is the perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee! Host the finest dinner parties in the romantic dining room embellished with a dazzling chandelier. You will rest easy in your romantic master retreat enhanced with a coffered ceiling, walk-in closet, and a spa-inspired updated luxury master bathroom boasting an elongated dual sink vanity, durable tile floor, relaxing whirlpool tub and a divine walk-in shower. This home offers two additional bedrooms downstairs. Upstairs you will find the fabulous bonus room offering a great space for a home office and recreational fun. Relax outside in the fenced backyard with a nice storage shed, lush landscaping, great hot tub and a delightful extended patio, perfect for cookouts and parties! Enjoy low Fayette County Taxes!

How Much Do Schools Matter When Buying Your Home?

by Melissa Thompson

When choosing a new home, there are usually several items on the buyer’s list of priorities, but when kids are involved, school systems often top that list.  People are often willing to pay more and sacrifice other desires to make sure they are in the best school district for their children.  Private schools may be a feasible alternative for some, but that is not the case for many. Even if buyers don’t have children (or plan to have them), they may want to buy in where the schools have the best reputation because it will have a positive effect on resale value down the road. However, it’s important to remember that a poorly ranked school district does not automatically mean that the overall quality of local education in an area is poor.  You have to do your research. Consider the age of the schools, their physical condition, the student-to-teacher ratios and standardized test scores. Understanding how the school system works in Tennessee will be helpful in your search as well. In Tennessee, your child can attend any school in your district (called “intradistrict choice”), and students at low-performing schools, as designated by the state, can attend a different school in their district.  Some districts allow student to transfer to schools either in or outside their district (“interdistrict choice”).  There are also charter schools available.  Low-income students are eligible for scholarship funding to attend private schools.  Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, students attending a Title I school designated as “in need of improvement” have the right to attend a higher performing in the district.  So, as you can see, there are a lot of options!

Finding the best place to live near Memphis for you and your family is something the real estate professionals at Your Key To Memphis can help you do. Contact Melissa Thompson and begin your search today!

Why Americans Consider Moving to Another State?

by Melissa Thompson

Some Highlights:

  • In a recent Harris Poll, Americans listed "change in climate/weather" as their top reason for wanting to relocate.
  • 41% would move for a “better job opportunity.”
  • Being closer to loved ones filled out 3 of the top 6 reasons why Americans move.

If this is your year to make a move - contact The Melissa Thompson Team at yourkeytomemphis.com901.729.9526 or [email protected]



101 Things To Do In Memphis: #66: 901 Fest

by Melissa Thompson

Serving as a celebratory cap to the city’s most festive month, 901Fest will exalt everything that makes Memphis wonderful - food, music, merchandise, people. 

901Fest will showcase many of our city’s most positive elements in one day at one festival: live 901-based entertainment on multiple stages, local area artists, local food & beverages, an airshow, and a 901-themed Fireworks Finale!

901Fest promises to be a bigger and better celebration for the great city of Memphis in 2017!

Additional Elements
Air Show
 - Set up a blanket and prepared to be wowed with an air show over the Mississippi River beginning at 6:00 pm.

Fireworks - Stick around for the close of 901Fest for a spectacular Memphis-themed fireworks show.

Knockerball - Free for all ages and available from 4-8 pm. In addition, Zorb ball will be available for children.

Memphis-themed mural - A 45’ bus will be parked in Tom Lee Park and we're letting you help us paint a Memphis-themed mural on it!

Art to Grow - Dixon Gallery & Gardens will have their Art to Grow van onsite with hands-on art activities for children from 3-6 pm.

Water on Wheels from the UofM - Walk inside the WOW and learn more about our watery world that looks like a blue marble from space. The exhibits are colorful and interactive, designed to enlighten and motivate visitors AND learn more about the important Memphis Aquifer. Check out more here.

Cornhole - Grab a beer and some friends to toss the bags around next to the river.

Contact Info: website
Phone: 901.525.4611
Email: [email protected]


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