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101 Things To Do In Memphis #81: Cooper-Young Festival

by Melissa Thompson

The Cooper-Young Festival, hosted by the Cooper-Young Business Association (CYBA), is Memphis' most anticipated outdoor celebration. Held in Memphis' largest historic district, the Cooper-Young Festival is scheduled for September 16th, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In its 30th year, this event has grown tremendously and is one of Memphis' most highly attended Festivals. This year, over 130,000 guests will enjoy an appealing mix of art, music and crafts presented by over 435 artisans from around the country. The Cooper Young Festival is a true celebration of the arts, people, culture and Memphis heritage.

Cooper Young was named one of the "Top 10 Great Neighborhoods in America" by the American Planning Association in 2012. Come join the party and get to know why Cooper Young is Midtown!

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Because You Deserve this Collierville Home! 156 Upper Fields Lane

by Melissa Thompson

Welcome home to 156 Upper Fields Lane, an amazing Collierville home in the Rolling Meadows 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 wood floors, neutral colors, romantic fireplace, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, arched doorways, soaring smooth ceilings, security system, updated fixtures, 2 car garage, walk-in attic, and so much more! Enjoy comfortable everyday living in the captivating great room flaunting arched built-in bookshelves with cabinets, and a cozy fireplace, perfect for those cold winter nights. Cooking will be a delight in the incredible eat-in kitchen equipped with gorgeous cabinetry, desirable granite countertops, breakfast bar, pantry, and a full complement of stainless steel appliances. 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 formal dining room embellished with a lovely chandelier. You will rest easy in your romantic downstairs master retreat with his and hers walk-in closets, sitting area, and a spa-inspired luxury bathroom boasting an elongated dual sink granite vanity, relaxing whirlpool tub, and a divine walk-through shower. This home offers one additional bedroom downstairs and three more bedrooms upstairs. Relax outside in the large fenced backyard featuring a delightful covered patio with a cooling ceiling fan, perfect for cookouts and parties! This amazing home is in the Collierville Municipal School District!

Fall Curb Appeal

by Melissa Thompson

First impressions are crucial to successfully selling your home.  The first thing potential buyers notice when they drive past your house is your lawn and landscaping.  If you’re putting your house on the market this Fall, here are some tips for sprucing up your yard to make a fantastic first impression!

  • Rake, rake, rake.  Fall foliage is beautiful and can serve to make your property more attractive to buyers, but a lawn covered in leaves looks sloppy.  Keep up with raking so people notice the beautiful leaves ON the trees, not the dying leaves on the ground.
  • Plant Fall flowers.  An Autumn garden filled with vibrant color is a great way to add beauty to your yard.
  • Create a lush lawn by aerating so that water and nutrients can reach the roots.
  • When you do your last mow of the season, make sure to trim grass short.  Shorter grass helps prevent disease.  In addition, Fall leaves will blow across your lawn if they have nothing to cling to.
  • Trim ugly limbs.  There is nothing pretty about cracked, diseased or dead limbs. 
  • Get rid of annuals that have lost their luster.  Trim tired perennial foliage down to the ground.  This will prepare them for their next season and will tidy up your flower beds for a neater look.
  • Lay fresh mulch for cooler weather curb appeal.  Choose mulch that is aesthetically pleasing while also providing the benefits that keep your flower beds looking their best.

With summer winding down and Fall just around the corner, it’s a good time to start planning for creating beautiful curb appeal that will have potential buyers lining up to see your home!

Home Prices Up 6.64% Across the Country!

by Melissa Thompson

Some Highlights:

  • The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report.
  • In the report, home prices are compared both regionally and by state.
  • Based on the latest numbers, if you plan on relocating to another state, waiting to move may end up costing you more!
  • Alaska & West Virginia were the only states where home prices are lower than they were last year.

​​Contact your local expert’s at The Melissa Thompson Team 901-729-9526 or [email protected] for all your home buying and home selling needs!

By: KCM Crew

101 Things To Do In Memphis #80: Indie Memphis Youth Film Festival

by Melissa Thompson

Come to the 2nd annual Youth Film Fest. You'll see films by young Memphis filmmakers Take part in workshops led by filmmaking professionals. And enjoy presentations by well-known Hollywood directors. Plus meet other student film lovers.

Saturday, Sept. 9th at The Halloran Centre at the Orpheum

Click here to see the full slate of workshops and screenings, including presentations from 'Tarzan' writer and 'Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer, and 'Ace Ventura' and 'The Nutty Professor' director Tom Shadyac!

Lunch and dinner provided by Aldo’s and Central BBQ

All students between grades 7 & 12 can attend for FREE.

Our Festival Prizes:

*Grand Prize Winner receives:
a full day production package from VIA Productions with equipment and crew, valued at $4000, to produce their next short film.
$500 in cash
Award Statue
Invitation to screen at the Indie Memphis Film Festival in November

**Audience Award:
$500 in cash
Award Statue

***Shangri-La Project Award:
$250 in cash

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When Only the BEST Will Do! 815 Woodland Trace Lane

by Melissa Thompson

When Only the BEST Will Do! This 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home situated on 4 acres in the Woodland Hills Estates Subdivision will impress you the moment you walk through the door. This stunning home features soaring smooth ceilings, wet bar, built-in bookshelves, 2 romantic fireplaces, remodeled gourmet eat-in kitchen, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, gleaming hardwood floors, updated fixtures, 2 laundry rooms, grand foyer, 3 car garage, serene setting, and so much more! Style and utility are masterfully fused together in this updated, remodeled, eat-in kitchen equipped with desirable granite countertops, island, breakfast bar, tile backsplash, Schuler cabinets, durable tile floors, large pantry, copper farm sink, and a full complement of stainless steel appliances. Host the finest dinner parties in the formal dining room embellished with a dazzling chandelier. The elegant living room is a great place for family and friends to gather. Make yourself a drink in the convenient wet bar in the spacious great room featuring a balcony overlook, built-in bookshelves, and an eye-catching floor to ceiling brick fireplace. You will rest easy in your master retreat enhanced with his and hers walk-in closets, sitting area, and a romantic fireplace for you to snuggle up beside. The spa-inspired master bathroom boasts and elongated double sink vanity with a make-up area, relaxing whirlpool tub, and a divine walk-in shower. This amazing home also offers four additional bedrooms upstairs, so no worries there is room for everyone! Enjoy working from home in your very own home office. Play, party or entertain in the huge bonus room. Sit back and enjoy the view of the backyard from the delightful 4-season sunroom. The serene backyard has a large patio, which is perfect for cookouts and parties! Not to mention the roof is only 2 years old. Do not let this one of a kind home pass you by! Call The Melissa Thompson - Your Key to Memphis Real Estate Team with any questions or to schedule a private showing (901) 729-9443.

Tips for How to Make Your Home Feel Secure

by Melissa Thompson

Let’s face it - it can be a scary world.  Your home should be a safe-haven for you and your family.  While safety can never be guaranteed, there are steps you can take to make your home feel secure.  Here are some tips for making your home as safe and secure as possible:

  • Light it up!  While there is no reason to fear darkness itself, it is true that when bad things happen to people, they often happen under the cover of darkness.  So, brightening up your surroundings can help discourage people from lurking around your home.  Install energy-efficient bulbs in your outdoor lights and keep them on when it’s dark, or have motion sensors so that lights come on when there is movement near or around your property.  At night, keep some lights on inside so your house doesn’t appear completely dark.
  • Close window coverings when it gets dark.  You may not be able to see what’s going on outside in the dark, but people outside can clearly see in your house if your windows are exposed.
  • Get to know your neighbors. You certainly won’t feel safe if you are surrounded by strangers!  Knowing your neighbors will provide you with the security of having someone to call on if you are feeling unsafe.
  • Keep emergency numbers handy.  Many people use mobile phones exclusively these days, so it’s a good idea to create contacts for emergency numbers so all you have to do is touch a screen or push a button to call for help.  If you haven’t gotten rid of your landline yet, you may want to consider keeping it for safety reasons.  With a landline call, a 911 operator will receive your locations immediately, whereas it might take a bit longer to pinpoint your location with a cell phone.
  • Eliminate hiding spots.  Make sure your shrubs are trimmed and well-spaced so that they don’t provide hiding spots for burglars.
  • Don’t hide a key outside.  I’ve locked myself out enough times to know that it is a good idea to have a spare key somewhere, but people looking to invade your home will find it no matter how well you think you have hidden it.  Instead, leave a spare key with a trusted neighbor.
  • Make sure you have quality locks.  The lock is the weakest part on a door.  You will want a grade 1 or grade 2 dead-bolt lock that penetrates the door frame.  It’s important to have a duty strike plate that is made of solid metal or brass. 
  • Use signage to scare strangers away.  Whether or not you have a security system (or a big watch dog) you can place signs in your yard or by your doors that say you do.  You can also have a no soliciting sign to discourage salespeople (or someone pretending to be a sales person) from knocking on your door.
  • Invest in a security system.  There are many options for home security systems.  Do some research and choose the one that works best for your family.  Many security companies will come out and inspect your home to give you an estimate of what you will need and how much it will cost. Nobody wants an added household expense, but feeling of being safe in your home is priceless!

To Stage...or Not to Stage? That Is the Question!

by Melissa Thompson

Some Highlights:

  • The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Annual Profile of Home Staging.
  • 50% of staged homes saw a 1-10% increase in dollar value offers from buyers.
  • 77% of buyer’s agents said staging made it easier for buyers to visualize the home as their own.
  • The top rooms to stage to attract more buyers are the living room, master bedroom, kitchen, and dining room.

If you are debating listing your home for sale, contact your local expert’s at The Melissa Thompson Team 901-729-9526 or [email protected]

By: KCM Crew

101 Things To Do In Memphis #79: Southern Heritage Classic

by Melissa Thompson

Are you ready for some football! The Southern Heritage Classic presented by FedEx is the annual college football game between the Tigers of Jackson State University and the Tigers of Tennessee State University since 1994. However, The Southern Heritage Classic is so much more than the annual football game. It's also a weekend long celebration that includes golf tournaments, music, fashion shows, marching bands, comedians and tons of tailgating.

Thursday, September 7

Classic Tailgate 10 a.m., Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium parking lot and Tobey Park. Friends, Football and Food. Premium Tiger Lane, RV and tailgating packages available. On sale now at Ticketmaster outlets or online at
To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000. For more information, call (901) 729-4344.

Classic VIP Party 5 p.m., Halloran Centre. Hosted by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.
Music by Trio Plus. Invitation only.

Classic Concert 8 p.m., Orpheum Theatre. Enjoy LIVE at THE ORPHEUM with an evening of Classic soul starring Jeffrey Osborne and Stephanie Mills with Jammin Jay Lamont. Tickets: $98, $78, $68 and $58 plus service charges. On sale now at Ticketmaster outlets, Orpheum Theatre Box Office or online at To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000.


Friday, September 8

The Tom Joyner Morning Show 5 a.m. Tiger Lane at the Fairgrounds. Live broadcast on V101 of the TJMS with
Tom Joyner, Sybil Wilkes Stormy, Mike Evans and Stan Bell.

Classic Tailgate 8 a.m., Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium parking lot and Tobey Park. Friends, Football and Food. Premium Tiger Lane, RV and tailgating packages available. On sale now at Ticketmaster outlets or online at
To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000. For more information, call (901) 729-4344.

Classic College & Career Fair 9 a.m., Pipkin Building at Tiger Lane/Fairgrounds. Presented by the City of Memphis Office of Youth Services. Regional college and university representatives will be available to provide information about attending college. For information and a list of participating schools, call (901) 636-6264 or (901) 417-4919 or online at
Free admission.

Classic Coaches Luncheon Noon., Sheraton Memphis Downtown/Heritage Ballroom.
A Classic salute to TSU head football coach Rod Reed and JSU head football coach Tony Hughes.
Special guest speaker: Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland. Invitation only.

Classic Music Festival 8 p.m., Landers Center. Enjoy Classic performances by Fantasia and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds with Jammin Jay Lamont. Tickets: $125, $95, $85, and $55. On sale now at Ticketmaster outlets, Landers Center Box Office or online at To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000.


Saturday, September 9

Classic Tailgate 8 a.m., Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium parking lot and Tobey Park. Friends, Football and Food. Premium Tiger Lane, RV and tailgating packages available. On sale now at Ticketmaster outlets or online at
To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000. For more information, call (901) 729-4344.

Classic/NIKE Kids 3K 9 a.m., National Civil Rights Museum. Run/Walk for ages 6-14. For registration CLICK HERE.

Classic Parade 9 a.m., Presented by the Orange Mound Parade Committee as a salute to the Southern Heritage Classic. The parade route is along Park Avenue from Haynes to Airways featuring area high school marching bands.
For information, contact Claudette Boyd at (901) 413-7109 or online at

Classic Fashions & Brunch 11 a.m., Guest House at Graceland, 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
“Rockin’ & Rollin’ On The Runway” presented by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Memphis Chapter. 
Tickets: $50. For tickets and information, contact Tammie Miller at (901) 413-8515.

Southern Heritage Classic Football Game 6 p.m., Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. A great football rivalry featuring TENNESSEE STATE and JACKSON STATE. Tickets: $53, $38 and $23. On sale now at Ticketmaster outlets or online at
To charge by phone, call 1-800-745-3000.

AutoZone Halftime Show
TSU’s Aristocrat of Bands
and JSU’s Sonic Boom of the South

Classic 5th Quarter
A grand finale for the Southern Heritage Classic football game featuring a battle of the bands.

Classic After Party 11:30 p.m., Minglewood Hall. Rapper and actor T.I. with DJ Envy. Tickets: $50-$20. On sale now online at Must be 21 and over. Presented by Coors Light.


Visit for additional information, tickets, merchandise, and so much more!

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Home Maintenance - Projects You Should Start Now

by Melissa Thompson

Summer is winding down and the kids are back in school. Before you know it, crisp Fall weather will be here.   Don’t wait to start preparing your home for the colder seasons.  Take advantage of warm weather and longer days to get the jobs done now.  Here are five home projects you can do now to prepare for Fall and Winter:

  • Get your heating system serviced.  Now is the time to have a technician come out to inspect your heating system and make sure it is clean and in good repair.  You will be glad you did this when that first cold night arrives.  Try to find a heating/air conditioning contractor that belongs to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America and employs certified technicians.
  • Caulk and weather-strip windows and doors.  Caulking is an inexpensive and simple way to save energy and improve comfort in your home. Be sure to seal any areas where water and air can slip into your home.  The prime places where this can happen are gaps between the foundation and siding, cutouts for electrical conduits and pipes and all around windows and door frames. Replace any damaged weather stripping at the base of doors and windows to make sure they are effectively sealed. 
  • Make sure your roof is in good shape. Trust me, you are not going to want to go up on the roof in cold weather.  Take the time now to inspect it and make any repairs necessary.  It will serve you well to deal with roof issues now so that you’re not scrambling to get things fixed before the first big winter storm.
  • Make sure your fireplace is in good working order.  There’s nothing better on that first, cold Fall day than curling up in front of a warm fire.  And there would be nothing worse than trying to light that fire and discover that something is not right.  Make sure your fireplace is safe and ready to go.
  • Seal your driveway.  Check it for cracks and use driveway filler to repair any damage. Then coat it with a commercial sealer.  Sealing your driveway will protect it from the elements of cold-weather and extend the life of the asphalt.

Getting these projects done before the weather changes and the days get shorter will allow you to enjoy all the fun that Fall brings with it rather than spending every weekend doing chores!

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