Mary Krevosh 
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Re: “The Vault Club

My parents owned the Vault Club at 81 Madison. I spend years 'down there' loving being downtown when Memphis was still the old guard and felt ever so much safer. The club was private to accommodate members ability to have libations since only 'private club' members could drink. It was considered a downtown extension of the county clubs (bars). The lay out was simple enough. There were two entrances - (not a death trap!!). One was through the main entrance of the 81 Madison Building and the other was to the west side of the building, a 'tunnel' like entrance down some steps by the alley. The main entrance brought you to the reception desk with the Vault entry into a lounge and further into the actual bar. (The bar also connected to the kitchen). I remember the lounge being very 'sexy' or maybe you'd call it, 'romantic'. Sofa's, club chairs, soft lighting. A very nice place to have a drink and 'flirt' your way into romance. Or, you could go to the left into the lovely dining room where lunches were served to the businessmen or fine dining at night. There was an entrance/exit in the dining room. It was the 60's. It was a very cool time. Beatles. Stones. Great R&B. Music was everything then. My mother ran the club/dining room along with a manager. I helped them keep the membership books. My dad was a career DuPont man, but he was also a musician and his group played at the club regularly. The Executives. Preservation Hall met there and jammed on a monthly basis - and (::gasp gasp::) on Sundays when most of Memphis was in church. My parents didn't care about color - so the club (closed to the public on Sunday) was open house for the fantastic blues musicians from NOLA to Chicago. They were friends as well as musicians. It was something I will always remember - that and the huge jars of freshly peeled shrimp and bacon wrapped petit filets the cook always had ready for us. And fountain cokes from the bar. If anyone has quesitons, please don't hesitate to reach out. Mary Gay Preslar

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Posted by Mary Krevosh on 03/03/2017 at 4:47 PM


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