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101 Things To Do In Memphis #55: The Beauty Shop Restaurant

by Melissa Thompson

“Look Good. Eat Good.” are the words emblazoned on the front windows at the Beauty Shop. This hip and trendy restaurant in the Cooper-Young district of midtown Memphis does both, as it conjures up images of a ‘50s-style beauty shop, formerly Priscilla Presley’s curl-and-dye spot. It’s a camp wonderland where the façade is Jetsons-era Vitrolite, and choice seating is offered beneath hooded Belvedere hair dryers.

Nostalgia is served with a sense of humor here. The beauty shop flashback comes complete with original mint green wash basins filling in as sinks behind the hand built bar, made of tiger maple wood. The terrazzo floor is original. Glass brick stalls serve as intimate booths. Mixed with the retro renderings are modern touches such as hand-blown art-glass lights, and glamorous copper and silver-leaf walls.

At this offbeat restaurant, the décor pays homage to the space’s beauty parlor past, while the food offers flavors from around the globe. The Beauty Shop’s fabulous menu is not for the faint of flavor. The cuisine is clean-cut sophistication. The sights, scents and flavors of the Beauty Shop are both bold and quirky, and make for an out of the ordinary dining experience. The menu has a down home American stance with world-beat tints and edges.

The Beauty Shop is yet another labor of love for chef/ restaurateur/ food artist Karen Carrier, who has created a constant buzz in her hometown city with exotic themes and dishes since her return from New York City in 1987.

“I don’t know what words, say, Dr. Johnson or Woodrow Wilson used when they wanted to assert that something was cool and hip, but those are the words we have, so I might as well use them. Beauty Shop is about the coolest, hippest restaurant around. It scream “Memphis,” yet does so with ingenuity and originality; it plays a wacky theme to the limit, but doesn’t stream beyond the pale; it makes you feel good to be there, part of the fun, part of the animated crowd, and leaves you well-fed to boot. What could be cooler that that?”

Touch up your highlights another day, and pencil in an appointment here.

966 Cooper St. Memphis, TN 38104
T: 901.272.7111

Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11-2
Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5-10
Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5-11
Brunch: Sunday 10-3

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #52: Half Pints for Half Pints

by Melissa Thompson

Drink Memphis Made beer. Eat Midtown food. Bid on cool stuff from local businesses. And the best part? It all benefits Cooper-Young’s Peabody Elementary PTA to support the arts and technology at our favorite neighborhood school!

Wait — there’s more. It’s all happening inside one of Cooper-Young’s favorite haunts — Memphis Made Brewing Company’s Tap Room!

Your ticket will get you Memphis Made brews and food from Central BBQ, Sweetgrass, Mulan, Aldo’s and Celtic Crossing. Silent auction items from local businesses. Music by DJ Zac Ives of Goner Records.

Check out our Facebook Event Page to see the latest silent auction items.



Get your tickets now. Just click this Eventbrite link to order!

This is an age 21 and up event. 

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #83: Alchemy Restaurant

by Melissa Thompson











Alchemy is one of those rare combinations of excellent restaurant with a hopping bar - a late-night spot in the Cooper-Young neighborhood with a scene that includes everything - classy and casual, hipster and refined, and fits the midtown vibe to a tee with an upscale twist.  

A menu of New American dishes, many served tapas-style, filled with unique tastes and textures. You have about 40 different tapas to choose from.  They are all unique to themselves and you do not see many repeated ingredients, so each entree was designed just for itself. From the Cheesy Chorizo Hushpuppies, to the Chili Roasted Fish Tacos and Pan Seared Hanger Steak - there is something for everyone to try.

The drink menu is inventive and Memphis-themed. 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) or The Naughty Sundress (tequila, elderflower, Punt e Mes, and lemon juice). There's also an extensive bourbon and Scotch list, wine and beer, and dessert drinks!

This trendy Southern spot exudes big city confidence with plenty of sophistication. The decor is something like shabby chic industrial, and it all comes across as modern yet comfortable.   

Alchemy’s mission is to restore dignity and distinction to cocktails; to serve remarkable and memorable food; all the while creating a social atmosphere that drives people in and keeps them coming back again and again.
940 S. Cooper St. Memphis, TN 38104


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