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February 6-14, 2016 • The Racquet Club of Memphis

Celebrating 40 Years!

The Memphis Open, returns to the Racquet Club of Memphis Feb. 6-14, with a field of current and past champions, some exciting young players, the return of Tommy Haas and the Bryan brothers and the pro debut of Wimbledon junior champion Reilly Opelka.

Top-notch? How about:

Kei Nishikori, the returning 26-year old Memphis Open champion, and the highest ranked player in the field, with an ATP No. 8 ranking.

Kevin Anderson is No. 12 on the ATP. The pair met in last year's championship singles finale last year. Organizers say they're likely to meet again this year.

Also featured - top American players, including Steve Johnson, No. 32; Donald Young, No. 48; and Sam Querrey, No. 59.

Both Haas and Nishikori both can tie Jimmy Connors with most Memphis titles won by taking their 4th championship this year. A triumphant Nishikori would be the first to win four consecutive Memphis Open titles. Connors won the Memphis Open in 1978, 1979, 1983, and 1984.

If they win this year's doubles championship, the 15-time-Grand-Slam-Champion Bryan Brothers, can tie Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde with four Memphis Open doubles titles.

The Racquet Club of Memphis is at 5111 Sanderlin Ave. in Memphis, 38117.

Call 901-7654400, or visit www.rcofmemphis.com, or www.memphisopen.com.




The real thing? Sekisui Japanese Restaurants have it!

Fresh is the word you'll hear from Jimmy Ishii, owner of Sekisui Japanese Restaurants and several other authentic Japanese cuisine establishments.

"I buy good quality fish," he says. Fresh fish, fresh beef, chicken and vegetables. Quality is important.

Authentic is another word you'll hear from Jimmy. "I am Japanese," he says, "so it is important to me to try to be more authentic."

Jimmy's restaurants don't offer warmed-over buffets of Chinese/Japanese/American dishes. They serve authentic Japanese cuisine prepared by Japanese chefs, which is as it should be from Japanese-owned restaurants.

Jimmy calls it getting back to the basics: authentic, quality food, prepared  in the traditional ways of his country by those who know it best - Japanese chefs.

This is what's important to him.

"Since I am Japanese," he says, "I can educate the South."

Jimmy's authentic Japanese restaurants include:


EAST. 6696 Poplar Ave., 901-747-0001.

MIDTOWN. 25 S. Belvedere, 901-725-0005.

CORDOVA.1884 N. Germantown Pkwy. 901-309-8800.

COLLIERVILLE. 2130 Poplar Ave. in Collierville, 901-854-0622.

BARTLETT. 2990 Kirby Whitten Rd. in Bartlett, 901-377-2727.

SOUTH, MS. 1255 Goodman Rd. W. in Horn Lake, MS., 662-536-4404.


Also within the Sekisui family are these popular Memphis restaurants:


4724 Poplar, 901-767-7770, www.sprusa.com.


2116 Madison & Cooper, 901-410-8290, www.robatamemphis.com.

Visit www.sekisuiusa.com for more information.



Now open in Southaven, MS, Tanger Outlets features 70 outlet stores, owned and operated by the most popular, brand name manufacturers.

Buying direct from the manufacturer at Tanger means you'll always save more. Because you're making your purchases directly from the manufacturer (and avoiding the middleman), brand name merchandise can be bought at 30%-70% below retail prices every day at Tanger Outlets.

The great majority of merchandise at Tanger Outlets is first quality and in-season:  brand name and designer fashions, accessories for the entire family, jewelry, housewares and china, home décor, luggage, toys, books, compact discs, food specialties, and more.

Entire stores filled with merchandise from your favorite brands.

And because each store is owned by the manufacturer, store employees are very knowledgeable about their store's brand name merchandise.

Tanger Outlets Mall is at 5205 Airways Blvd. in Southaven, MS, off I-55 (exit 287) at Church Rd., and is open Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Call 662-349-1701 or visit www.tangeroutlet.com/southaven.

For information about other Tanger Outlets, including locations, directions, store listings, shopping hours, phone numbers, etc., go to www.Tangeroutlet.com/southaven or call 800-4-TANGER.

Tanger, by the way, rhymes with hanger.


Mississippi You're On My Mind!  Hollywood Springs!

A short drive south out Hwy. 78 takes you to Holly Springs, MS, the Ante-Bellum capitol of the South, famous for its charm and beauty and its annual Holly Springs Pilgrimage (Apr. 8-10 in 2016). Holly Springs also hosts the Hummingbird Migration and Nature Celebration (Sept. 9-11, 2016), and, of more interest this time of year, Christmas Home Tours (Dec. 4-5, 2015).

Besides magnificent home tours, Holly Springs also features a host of historic antebellum churches, including the First Presbyterian Church, 164 S. Memphis St., built in 1860; Christ Episcopal Church,100 N. Randolph St., built in 1858 (the Pilcher tracker organ is the area's oldest still in use).

First United Methodist, 175 East Van Dorn Ave., built in 1849 and known for its twin circular staircases; the Church of the Yellow Fever Martyrs Museum, 305 E. College Ave., built in 1841.

Behind the Big House Tour takes you into still-standing slave quarters - a rare look into the lives of Holly Springs' slave population.

For more: www.visithollysprings.com; 662-252-2515; or 888-687-4765 toll free.


Discover the Hollywood Casino Difference!

Welcome to the A-list and all that goes with it. From unrivaled gaming action and award-winning dining, to our luxurious hotel and full-service RV Park, this is a place like no other. For the ultimate in star treatment, become a MARQUEE REWARDS® member and earn generous comps and Free SLOTPLAY®. The more you play, the more you earn. Signing up is fast, easy, and free.

Experience heart-pounding thrills with over 1,100 of the newest big-hitting slots, more than 30 world-class table games, and the hottest dedicated poker room around. All perfectly in view of our spectacular video wall.

Plus, every month we have the coolest promotions. In October and November, join in the fun of the $100,000 Big Draw and you could win $100,000 cash at the drop of a ball. Or if table game action is more your scene you can win your share of $5,000 every Friday thru the end of November. This fall you can make your dreams of fame and fortune come true.

When you’re ready for a break from the action, indulge at any of our incredible restaurants. Live it up with amazing food at Fairbanks Steakhouse, Celebrity Grill, or Epic Buffet. You’re sure to find something to satisfy every craving.

After an exciting night, settle into one of our lavish hotel rooms or suites. Each offers the comfort and style your celebrity status deserves. For those who prefer the privacy of their personal trailer, we offer a beautiful 123-space RV Park, all just steps away from the casino.

Once you’ve been here, you’ll know… there’s no place like Hollywood.

For information about Hollywood Casino, Fairbanks Steakhouse Celebrity Grill and the Epic Buffet, call 1-800-871-0711 or visit www.hollywoodcasinotunica.com. Hollywood Casino is just south of Memphis, off Hwy. 61.


A Quick List Of Key Favorites!

Stax Museum of American Soul Music. 926 E. McLemore, 901-942-7685, staxmuseum.com. Booker T., Otis, Rufus & Carla & more. Open Tues.-Sat.

Checkerberry Shoppe. 2247 S. Germantown Rd., Germantown, 901-754-3601. Boyds Bears, Cat's Meow - wonderland of treasures. Mon.-Sat.

Davies Manor. 9336 Davies Plantation Rd., 901-386-0715, daviesmanorplantation.com. Historic log house. Tues.-Sat. Apr.-mid-Dec.

Memphis Zoo. In Overton Park.901-276-WILD, memphiszoo.org. One of the best in the U.S. Open daily.

Autobahn Indoor Speedway. 901-300-3195, autobahnspeed.com. 6399 Shelby View. European style indoor kart racing! Open daily.

Woman's Exchange of Memphis. 88 Racine, 901-327-5681, womans-exchange.com. Unique consignment store: gifts, crafts, kids' clothes & great home-cooked luncheons! Mon-Fri.

Mr. Hats! 113 Highland at Poplar, 901-452-2099, mrhats.com. The most complete hat shop in the Mid-South! Mon.-Sat.

Rock 'N' Soul Museum. 191 Beale at 3rd., 901-205-2533, memphisrocknsoul.org. How music came out of Memphis. Open daily.

Sun Studio. 706 Union, 901-521-0664, sunstudio.com. The birthplace of rock & roll. A national landmark. Open daily.

Graceland. 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd, 901-332-3322, graceland.com. Where The King lived. Street name says it all! Open daily.

Texas de Brazil. 150 Peabody Pl., 901-526-7600, texasdebrazil.com. Brazilian steakhouse, incredible array of delicious meats! Dinner nightly, lunch Wed.-Fri., Sun. Brunch.



The Painter of Light, the Master of Southern Scenery & the Queen of Elvis Portraiture! All at Inspiration Art Gallery!

Bring your home to life with the inspirational paintings of America's most collected artist, Thomas Kinkade.  Kinkade, known as "The Painter of Light," painted over 1,000 masterworks including cabin and cottage scenes, beautiful gardens, sports, inspirational paintings, powerful seascapes - all classically American.

He won numerous awards, 22 from The National Association of Limited Addition Dealers; for whom he raised several million dollars with one of his paintings, to benefit 9/11 victims. 

Communicating with the world through his art, he was known for sending hidden inspirational messages. "My mission as an artist," said Thom, "is to capture those special moments in life adorned with beauty and light; to project a serene simplicity that can be appreciated and enjoyed by everyone. That's what I mean by sharing the light."  

Inspiration Art Gallery features the largest collection of Thomas Kinkade artwork in the Mid-South.

And more.

Look for the works of Robert Finale at Inspiration Art Gallery as well. Known primarily - but not entirely - for his wide-ranging scenery of the South, Robert's distinctive style is a colorful blend of impressionistic romance and realistic beauty makes all U.S. locations beautiful.

Inspiration Art Gallery is in Wolfchase Galleria, 2760 N. Germantown Pkwy, just north of I-40. Call 901-257-1212 or visit www.InspirationArtGallery.com. For more on Thomas Kinkade visit www.ThomasKinkadeMemphis.com.

Backbeat Tours!

Backbeat Tours offers an upbeat variety of tailor-made Memphis excursions, complete with rockin tour guides who know Memphis as well as their instruments. Hop aboard the Backbeat Bus & let'em sing you some history! Tours depart from the Backbeat ticket window at Blues City Cafe, 2nd & Beale. Call 901-527-9415, 1-800-979-3370, or www.backbeattours.com.

Delicious, Flavorfully Roasted Meats At Texas De Brazil

At 150 Peabody Place in downtown Memphis, Texas de Brazil offers a fixed price menu that features select cuts of Certified Angus beef, lamb, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage.  Slowly roasted over an open flame and served with garlic mashed potatoes, fried bananas, Brazilian cheese bread and a variety of specialty sauces, any cut is a meal fit for a king. 

There's also a 40-item seasonal selection bar offering a Texas-sized variety of appetizers, soups, salads and side items. Selections include imported cheeses, made in-house salad dressings, fresh buffalo mozzarella, steamed asparagus with strawberry sauce, shrimp salad, imported Italian salamis, spicy surimi sushi, soup du jour and more. 

Stuffed? Have some Brazilian cheesecake anyway. Texas de Brazil has an extensive wine list, and offers hand-rolled cigars.

Texas de Brazil is open daily for dinner; lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wed.-Fri.  Major credit cards accepted. 901-526-7600 or www.texasdebrazil.com.



A nightlife transportation service connecting two of Memphis' favorite nighttime destinations, Overton Square & Cooper Young, Ride the Roo offers 12 stops, bringing passengers within a short walk of the area's restaurants, pubs, theatres & shops!

And what do you find at either end of a Roo-Run? Overton Square,midtown at Madison & Cooper, features a host of restaurants, plenty of boutique shopping, four live-performance theaters & a multi-screen movie theater.

The Cooper Young District also offers great shopping & dining as well as art galleries, spas & more.

So Ride the Roo & see for yourself!

Ride the Roo runs Fri. & Sat. 5 p.m.-2 a.m., from Overton Square to the Cooper Young District. Only $2 per ride. Get more information at ridetheroo.com. You can even track it on the web – www.ridetheroo.com – or follow on Facebook & Twitter: @RideTheRoo!


After 52 years, Golf & Games Family Park has the same focus on family fun, the same commitment to customer service, and the same eye towards building for the future to service their guest, as when the park first opened.

Golf & Games not only offers 3 Putt-Putt Golf courses but a host of terrific family features, including: Lighted Golf Driving Range with chipping and putting greens (golf lessons are available), Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, Kiddie Rides, Sky-Trail Ropes Course, Game-room the Maxflight Virtual Roller Coaster and Lasertron, "The Ultimate Laser Action Game."

One of the great features of Golf & Games is the Golf Shop of Memphis. The Golf Shop features used clubs and complete tune-up services for your current clubs.

Golf & Games Family Park serves a plentiful menu of delicious foods, including chicken sandwiches, cheese nachos, hot wings and funnel cakes. 

And Golf & Games hosts birthday parties! And church groups, school groups, lock-ins, and approximately 100 corporate and family reunion picnic events throughout the year.

New this year is Golf & Games Summer Camp. For ages 6-13, it starts June 1.

Open at 8 a.m. daily and as late as 1 a.m. on weekends during the summer season, Golf and Games Family Park is ready to provide a summer of fun in its 52nd year. To join our email club go to www.golfandgamesmemphis.com. You can also stay in touch with the park on Facebook and Twitter.

Golf and Games Family Park is at 5484 Summer Avenue at Bartlett Road. Call 901-386-2992 for more information, or visit: www.golfandgamesmemphis.com.



Gear up and get ready! Autobahn Indoor Speedway - one of the nation's premiere indoor go-karting facilities - is now opened at 6399 Shelby View Dr. in Memphis.

Do you dream of speed? Well, you'll find the ultimate racing experience at Autobahn Indoor Speedway. Autobahn's Formula One inspired go-karts are designed and manufactured in Italy, home to some of the best race cars in the world.

They're the fastest in the industry. Adult karts can reach speeds up to 50 mph.  Junior karts top out around 25 mph.

Because electric go-kart technology is continuously revolutionized, they're durable, reliable, easy to handle, modern and fast.

"We are honored by the excitement and enthusiasm we have seen so far from the Memphis community," said Anthony Dillard, General Manager of Autobahn Indoor Speedway.  "We pride ourselves on being able to offer racing fans a cool, modern facility with a unique and real racing experience."  

Autobahn Indoor Speedway Memphis boasts a 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility. Inside, racers test their racing abilities on a Grand Prix style track full of straight-aways and tight turns.

Corporate racing packages are available for small to large corporations looking to enhance corporate culture.  

Autobahn, the perfect entertainment destination for any occasion, is open to the general public 7 days a week for "Arrive and Drive" racing. It's also great for birthday parties, corporate events, reunions . . . hey, if you're looking for a fast-paced thrill-a-second, one-of-a-kind experience, Autobahn Indoor Speedway is perfect anytime!  

Autobahn Indoor Speedway is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-midnight Fri., 10 a.m.-midnight Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.

Autobahn Indoor Speedway is at 6399 Shelby View Dr. in Memphis, between Sycamore View and Raleigh Lagrange, just north of I-40. For information call 901-300-3195, visit AutobahnSpeed.com, or Facebook.com/AutobahnMemphis.

Enjoy All The Things Memphis Has To Offer!

The Half Shell.


Two locations: 688 S. Mendenhall, Memphis 38117, 901-682-3966; & 7825 Winchester, Memphis 38125, 901-737-6755. Offering the freshest quality seafood in the Mid-South, as well as hand-carved steaks, sandwiches & salads. Open daily for lunch & dinner. Week-end brunch, Sat. & Sun. til 3 p.m.

Gold Strike Casino.


1010 Casino Center Dr., Tunica Resorts, MS 38664; 662-357-1111 (room reservations 1-888-245-7829).

50,000 square foot casino floor features all your favorite games & top-notch service. Live entertainment offered at Stage2 at Gold Strike. Catch today's top headliners at Gold Strike's Millennium Theatre

Catch all your favorite headliners live at the Millennium Theatre.

Rooks Corner, Hilton Memphis.


939 Ridge Lake Blvd., Memphis 38120, at Poplar & I-240; 901-684-6664. Atmospheric bistro features a menu of classic American cuisine. Daily breakfast buffet offers made-to-order omelettes & waffles. Rooks Corner also offers an affordable lunch buffet Mon.-Fri., & nightly dinner specials. Open daily, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Major credit cards accepted.

Ride the Roo.


A nightlife transportation service offers 12 stops, bringing passengers within a short walk of the area's restaurants, pubs, theatres & shops. Shuttle runs Thurs. 5 p.m.-midnight; Fri. & Sat. 5 p.m.-2 a.m., from Overton Square to the Cooper Young District. Only $2 per ride.

Sheraton Memphis Downtown.


Newly renovated downtown hotel, at 250 N. Main St., Memphis 38103 (901-527-7300), the Downtown Sheraton is next to the Memphis Cook Convention Center & offers superior city views from 600 guest rooms. Located at a Main Street Trolley stop, it's convenient to the FedEx Forum, National Civil Rights Museum, the South Main Historic Arts District & just a short walk from the Mississippi River & Beale Street. Crossroads Tavern & Grille offers full dining service daily, featuring handcrafted cocktails & artisanal wines.

Dixon Gallery & Gardens.


Across from Audubon Park, at 4339 Park (901-761-5250), the Dixon features one of South's finest collections of French Impressionist art, antique furniture, & 17 acres of formal & informal gardens. Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m., closed Mon. Admission $7 adults, $5 seniors 65 & over, $5 students with ID, $3 children 7-17. See page 6 for more on Dixon's current exhibition.

#1 Barbecue in Memphis? Corky's!

Corky's ribs have been voted #1 throughout the South! Lean, tender, hickory-smoked, Memphis-style ribs. Rubbed with Corky's famously flavorful dry shake and served wet or dry, they are the flavor of Memphis, and a must-eat if you're in town. Just as delicious are Corky's wonderful barbecue sandwiches - pork or beef. And both deserve to be enjoyed with a side of Corky's fantastic barbecue beans. Corky's also offers barbecue salad, barbecue chicken, barbecue & spaghetti, hot tamales, chili and Cajun shrimp.

And don't forget to get a loaf of onion rings for everyone at the table to share.

And just remember, when you're licking your fingers to get every bit of that delicious flavor, say you saw it in Key Magazine!

Corky's serves lunch & dinner daily. Beer is available. M.C., D.C., Visa, Amex, Discover accepted.

There are 4 Corky's BBQ Restaurants in the Memphis area: 5259 Poplar, 901-685-9744, near Poplar and I-240 in Memphis; 1740 Germantown Rd. at Dexter, 901-737-1988, in Cordova; 743 W. Poplar, 901-405-4999, in Collierville; & 6434 Goodman Rd., in Olive Branch, Ms 38654; 662-896-3663. Visit www.corkysmemphis.com for information.

One more thing: fudge pie and ice cream anyone?­­

Premier Transportation Services

For more than 150 years Premier Transportation Services has been transporting Memphis area residents safely and securely to their destinations, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Yellow and Checker Cabs, manned by experienced, professionally trained and permitted drivers, are clean and well-maintained; drivers are experienced and professional, helpful and polite. Twenty-four hour, on-demand Courier and Package Delivery Services are also available. MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted. Call 901-577-777 or order on-line at www.yellowcabofmemphis.com.

Premier also offers airport shuttle services (call 901-577-7700 or 1-800-796-7750); group and meeting transportation;  and VIP Executive Sedan Services -- no airport lines; no hassle. Chauffeured sedans are also a worry-free way to enjoy a night on the town -- no parking hassles; no designated driver. A minimum 24 hour notice for all service is requested. Office hours are 8 a.m-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Metro Cab & Advantage Cab

901-322-2222. Fast, friendly, professional service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The area’s largest fleet features a professionally trained staff & safe, clean sedans & vans. Serving Collierville, Cordova, Germantown, Olive Branch, Millington, Southaven, West Memphis & Memphis. Quick access; local or long distance fares; fully insured. Visa, MasterCard & American Express accepted; corporate direct billing available

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