Move over, Pat Kerr Tigrett. D.I.Y. designers are taking over the Bluff City. Who needs fancy name brands when you can make your own duds with some vintage fabric and a few safety pins?
Light Years Vintage on Cooper is holding an open-call for aspiring designers for their Summer D.I.Y. Fashion Bazaar to be held the second week in June. Theyre looking for handbags, reconstructed clothing, screen-printed tees, whatever.
Herd up your Stitch n Bitch buddies and get to work fast because the deadlines May 15th.
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In more evolution news, is it just happenstance that Dembskis visit coincides with the opening of Theatre Memphis run of Inherit the Wind? Read Flyer staff writer Chris Davis take here.
Rotan Lee, who became something of a household word in Memphis in 1998 as a consultant on MLGW, died this week of heart failure in Philadelphia. He was 57.
Lee came to Memphis at the invitation of Mayor Willie Herenton, who wanted to explore the possibility of selling publicly-owned MLGW. The study never went anywhere, and Lee soon became a lightning rod for criticism. He was paid $150,000 plus expenses.
Lee was a well-known figure in Philadelphia. He was school board president, newspaper columnist, and radio talk-show host among other things.
It wasnt just Lees imposing 6-foot-4 stature that made him hard to ignore, wrote the Philadelphia Inquirer in an editorial Wednesday. He was one of the most articulate champions of educational achievement for all children that Philadelphia has ever had.
Four years ago, the Valenti Management Group purchased the property to build a Wendys and donated the 1954 diner to the American Diner Museum. They allowed the neglected eatery to remain on the site during construction of the fast-food restaurant. Just long enough for diner buff Ronald Fezz Linden to learn about the former Community Diner, purchase it, move it to a new location, and restore it. Oh, and to rename it Fezzs Diner.
Its a complicated story with a happy ending. Read more about it here:
So which one goes best with a peanut butter and banana sandwich?
Owners Corey and Cheryl Mesler mailed a letter to the stores customers this week, saying we are not generating enough revenue to pay our bills. They cite a number of reasons: Sales are down. Superstores are soaking up every available book dollar from independents. And people are shopping online instead of browsing.
The Meslers say they are searching for a way to save the store, located at 1719 Poplar. Among other things, they are encouraging people to do more shopping there. In the long run, however, it must be said right now that we need cash in the form of donations. This may seem like a desperate move, but they point out that other communities have saved bookstores this way.
And Burkes, we are sorry to say, has come to that, concludes their letter. This is our plea for help. We are hoping for a positive response.
For more information, visit the Burke's Book Store Web site here.