For 4-year-old fashionista Makayla, putting on high heel boots and a party dress is more than playing dress-up. It's part of her role as stylist and sales girl at the South Main boutique K'PreSha. Her vibrant personality and love for style made her natural for the role. "The Lord gave me the absolute perfect child for the environment that I am in," says her mom and boutique owner Kimberly Taylor.
Behind the Five in One's deep red-facade on Broad Avenue, owners Alice Laskey-Castle and Michael Andrews provide Memphis artists and creatives a space to collaborate and share their work with each other and to the public. Essentially an art studio and gift shop, Five in One Social Club (also known as vini) hosts several art socials, including the upcoming holiday events such as the W(rappin) Party tonight at 9 p.m., and Soda Can Cookie Cutters social tomorrow. The purpose is to go home with a completed art project you'd want to show off to your friends. Think their tagline: "Kindergarten for Grown Folks!"
The retail shop carries products and art pieces from all local artists and vendors — everything from note cards to posters, jewelry to hats, including the Made in Memphis brand made by vini. Consider this the ultimate gift guide for virtually everyone on your list.
View the slideshow to see what caught my eye. The Made in Memphis trucker hat topped my list that, sure, may be perfect for your bearded man, but one of the vini friends Chelsey, a hair and make up artist, shows that authentic Memphis attitude can be paired with a good pair of boots and a classy bib necklace.
There will be special holiday hours until Monday, December 23rd - noon to 9 p.m.
You can also shop the online store: fiveinone.org/shop.
Five In One Social Club
2535 Broad Avenue
Today we get a rare glimpse of food/lifestyle blogger Cheryl Hurley's kitchen as she prepares chocolate vegan cupcakes.
Fittingly, Cheryl is dressed for comfort to whip up this comfort food — hair tied back, ballet flats, and thick-framed eyeglasses unintentionally masking her other persona of certified vixen. (She's a burlesque performer and pin-up instructor.)
Her at-home look exudes a sense of intrigue and, with the right apron, the type of allure that is completely charming.
“They’re still here!” exclaimed a couple of enthusiastic women jogging past the CrazyBeautiful downtown storefront yesterday, echoing my own delight after discovering the pop-up shop’s extended stay. As it turns out, shop owner Eryka Smith didn’t expect it either.
The ground floor of a previously vacant building on South Main next to Spindini was transformed into the CrazyBeautiful pop-up for the RiverArts Fest in October. Eryka only planned on being open for the three-day length of the festival.
The pop-up drew such a great response that it was re-opened in mid-November in the same location and will be open through January 10th.