Misspelled signs are becoming more and more common. What’s really scary is that these signs likely got past several people without the error even noticed.
Saturday morning I decided to try City Bagel in East Memphis for breakfast, and I’m glad I did. This small restaurant specializes in bagels, but has a full breakfast menu. I tried a bacon and mushroom omelet which was amazingly-good, as was the toast made from the freshly-baked bread. Prices are reasonable, but the place fills up quickly. They are open every day from 7AM-2PM, and are located in East Memphis on Poplar at Kirby.
Morning Bell Records in the Fondren neighborhood of Jackson, Mississippi is that city’s only independent record store, and it is a unique treasure. The focus of the store is vinyl, and there is a great selection of both new and used vinyl records. Of course, there is also a wonderful selection of Jackson and Mississippi music in both CD and vinyl formats, and a small selection of new and used CD’s, primarily indie rock. Besides the record store items, Morning Bell stocks craft beer and artisan sodas, and is also a recording studio for local bands and a record label. My brief browsing yielded some absolute jewels, including a Lightning Malcolm CD on Jimbo Mathus’ old Knockdown South imprint, the latest CD from Jackson hip-hopper 5th Child and a used CD of Neon Bible by Arcade Fire. Morning Bell Records is located in the old Duling School at 622 Duling Avenue in Fondren. You can visit them at http://morningbellrecords.com/.
Bama’s Record Shop on Bailey Avenue in Jackson, Mississippi has been the premiere place to buy blues, soul, gospel and rap music in Jackson for well over 20 years. Formerly a location of James Bennett’s BIP Records, the store still features a considerable amount of vinyl, and a good selection of both new and used discs, including some that are hard-to-find discontinued items. The selection of oldie rap is especially good. Bama’s is located just north of the Virden Addition neighborhood at 2618 Bailey Avenue Extended and can be reached the old-fashioned way at (601) 983-2040.
Cameron Bethany (@ShoobyDoowah) and Brittany Shelby close out an evening’s entertainment at Onix Restaurant in Memphis, January 10, 2013
Cameron Bethany (@ShoobyDoowah) and Brittany Shelby sing with the Hard Hitters band at Onix Restaurant in the South Main Arts District in Memphis, January 10, 2013
Mike Mosby’s Hard Hitters band performs at Onix in Memphis on January 10, 2013
Despite the nasty,wet weather, Thursday night I headed down to the Onix Restaurant in the South Main Arts District to check out my man Mike Mosby’s band the Hard Hitters. The band features two vocalists, Cameron Bethany (@ShoobyDoowah) and Brittany Shelby, and was playing to a packed house, which is no small accomplishment during a rainstorm.
People probably don’t often think of Mississippi and coffee bars together, but Jackson has some great ones, including this youngster on the block, Sneaky Beans, a fixture in the burgeoning Fondren district. Sneaky Beans has delicious coffee drinks, but it’s also a venue for local bands and musicians, and even has a small corner for compact disc and vinyl album sales, where I noticed a CD from Jackson hip-hop artist Fifth Child for sale. Visit them in Fondren on State Street, or at http://sneakybeans.com/.
Swell-O-Life/Project Chane is a clothing and lifestyle store in Jackson, Mississippi’s ultra-hip Fondren district. While not technically a skateboard shop, it does appeal to the local skateboard culture, as well as selling lines of Jackson and Mississippi shirts, some positive, some ironic, along the lines of New Orleans’ Dirty Coast. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the Jackson area, or online at http://www.chane.com/