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A New Face for an Old Broad { Open Happiness }

For two days starting tomorrow, Memphis’s Broad Avenue Arts District will go beyond presenting paper ideas of progress for the area by transforming it to give Memphians the experience of what the future of Broad Ave could be. In addition to the great restaurants, art galleries and creative businesses that already exist, they are bringing in other businesses like Muddy’s Bake Shop, Café Eclectic, and Republic Coffee to temporarily set up shop in the empty storefronts to stage the positive progess. There will also be live music throughout and a bike parade for kids Saturday at 11. I know Atticus will proudly ride on his new bike.

Other pop-up shops to not miss is Strange Fruit Vintage there both days and Happiness on Saturday only. Happiness is a great shop concept by photographer Melissa Sweazy where yes you can buy happiness. Some charming examples include photographic prints by local photographers of things that make them happy, scalp massages, strolling musicians, a puppet kissing booth, DJ Kerry of I Love Memphis playing happy music, and treasure maps to secret spots in Memphis.

I volunteered to make the treasure maps which I want to be one secret spot of happiness per map with about 5 different spots per set. To be just as intriguing to locals as to tourists, the spots will not present the real names of places but will describe them with a magical but true description as to not allow the map holder’s previous perception of the place taint their journey. I hope to see you all there.

{Today's song "Open Happiness" perfect for the event message goes out to those who are putting this together especially Melissa Sweazy & her shop Happiness and everyone attending.}

A New Face for an Old Broad
Friday / November 19 / 3 to 10pm / Art Walk and Happy Hour, 4 to 6 pm
Saturday / November 20 / 8am to 10pm / Biker Babes Parade, 11am {10am decorating bikes}

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  1. I'm DJ-ing at Happiness from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m, playing all happy music, of course. Hope to see you!

  2. COOL added that to post. we'll probably see you and will try.


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