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The Weavers: Successful Humans

November 13, 2017 - articles

story & photo by Robin Beaudoin   The Weaver family sits down for breakfast at Edge Alley. Mom, Terri, and dad, Harold, tease their millennial daughter Jessica, who gazes over her avocado toast, “I just really love avocados.” The theatrical, spirited clan is so at…

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Rio Mix Fit: Midtown Nursery is Growing a Food Truck Business!

October 16, 2017 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin | photos by Joan Allison Inspired by the beautiful Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rio Mix Fit Food truck has brought a tropical taste of Brazil to midtown Memphis. Sarah Ishisaki grew up in Brazil’s shoreline state of Sao Paolo,…

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SEPT + OCT MUST-DO EVENTS

September 5, 2017 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin   WITH AUTUMN COMES FESTIVALS AND HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS IN EVERY CORNER OF THE MID-SOUTH. MANY EVENTS ARE FREE OR LOW COST. SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SOAK UP SOME CULTURE AND HOLIDAY SHOPPING.   SEPT 8-14 OUTFLIX FILM FESTIVAL The annual Outflix Film…

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14 Years of Fun, Mid-South Pride Festival is Back, September 29-30

September 1, 2017 - articles

story by Phillis Lewis & Robin Beaudoin | photos courtesy of Mid-South Pride ‘Mid-South Pride Presents: The 14th Annual Memphis Pride Festival’ for a weekend of fun, acceptance, and love September 28th through October 1st. On September 29th, Friends For Life will be throwing the…

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Pegasus Party Planner

July 28, 2017 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin & Brandon Leslie   Mystic Krewe of Pegasus 2017-2018 King Brandon Leslie shares with Focus Mid-South some of the exciting new events added by the Mystic Krewe of Pegasus coming up this summer and fall. In order to raise the most funds…

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What to Do: July + August

June 30, 2017 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin   Summer in Memphis means fun in the sun, as well as some incredible cultural experiences, via food, music, and theatre. Make sure you experience all Memphis has to offer!   JULY 1 Star Spangled Celebration Shelby Farms Park 12-10 p.m. See…

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Cameron Rogers: Trans Teen Finds Equity Assisting Legal Case

May 26, 2017 - articles

by Robin Freeman Beaudoin | photo by Chellie Bowman   Rick Mula is an Equal Justice Works Fellow (sponsored by the Mansfield Family Foundation) with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2016, Mula visited Memphis and presented the “Know Your Rights:…

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Tiny Homes and Big Dreams

May 12, 2017 - articles

Story & photo by Robin Beaudoin   Standing in front of a charming red-shuttered 832-square-foot new home, flanked by azaleas, is Reverend Dwayne Jones, preacher, architect, and general contractor, fresh from leading a mission trip to Haiti. He is gentle and stalwart with his arms…

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what to do: may + june

May 2, 2017 - articles, Uncategorized

Celebrate living in the Mid-South with these fun events!   MAY 4 MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET PLAYHOUSE ON THE SQUARE, 7PM This preview night for the opening of Million Dollar Quartet will benefit Friends for Life Tickets: brownpapertickets.com MAY 5-JUNE 4 FLORENCE EXHIBITION MEMPHIS COLLEGE OF…

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Phillip Ashley – Cooper Young’s Sweetest Neighbor

April 14, 2017 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin As a premium chocolatier, Phillip Ashley Rix has embraced the opportunity to lift up and endorse fellow local businesses with partnerships in philanthropy and flavor. “If I have to pick one thing that successful businesses have, it’s the relationships and the network…

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