As owner of four businesses on South Main and as senior pastor of St. Timothy United Methodist Church, Cynthia Grawemeyer will still routinely take her time looking through her closet and trying on outfits until the right one fits her mood. You will rarely find her in sweats or jeans.
I met up with her at Grawemeyer's, her restaurant serving her family's German-American recipes.
Grawemeyer pegs her love for fashion to her mom's creativity and skill as a seamstress. "She made my prom dress and it looked so unique and high-end that everyone wanted to know where I bought it," she says.
She says her love for classic and vintage style developed as a child watching movies and admiring the overall glamour.
With her two boutiques, Sir Samuels and Everleah's, she hopes to offer Memphis with vintage pieces and more forward-fashion pieces.
She's wearing a green classic form dress with navy shoes she purchased in Paris. This outfit is what she defines as her typical look, transitioning easily from delivering a sermon to greeting her customers at her two boutique and two restaurants, Grawemeyer's and Rizzo's Diner.
Grawemeyer predicted some of the big fall trends: classic prints like houndstooth appearing in modern designs, and classic blazers paired with riding pants as well as hats.
"The items we carry are what I would wear or my daughters would wear," she says.
Sir Samuels is going through a renovation but be sure to visit Everleah's boutique on South Main. Both are adjacent to Grawemeyer's restaurant.
Everleah's and Sir Samuels: sirsamuels.com