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Alex Reed and Muddy's Grindhouse | Memphis, TN Brand Lifestyle Session

"Let's talk about it."

Alex Reed is a woman not afraid to tackle the issues, and shake off the stigmas attached to her profession as a dietitian. You can even find her website here. 

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When I first moved to Memphis, I immediately looked up the Memphis brand of Tuesdays Together, a group of like minded men and women who create, build, and support eachother through small businesses and hobbies. Its a unique sort of networking, as it focuses on lifting each other up for the sake of the bettering Memphis as a whole. Their motto? Community Over Competition. 

Alex, also known as @NotAFoodCop on Instagram, talks bluntly and openly about the confusion that surrounds food in 2018. The Diet Culture that has consumed the American Woman (and man), can seriously mess with body image and stress. Obsessively counting calories, demonizing foods, and needlessly restricting make for a stressed out individual that can barely eat an ice cream cone without some serious guilt. And Alex is out there to help you, and whoever else wants to read or listen, debunk some serious diet myths. She writes as a dietitian for GirlBoss, and you can find her speaking at foodie events and leading food tours here in Memphis and in Nashville. She's a powerhouse.

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When she approached me about getting portraits, I instantly knew that she wanted to showcase her relaxed and fun outlook on food. She chose Muddy's Grindhouse, a memphis icon, for her shoot and I knew it was going to be a good session. We got there on a Saturday morning this fall and shared some coffee and pimento cheese scones while talking about some great Memphis finds. (Thanks for helping that new-to-memphis girl out!) She's a natural in the front of the camera, and introduced me to one of the best coffee shops in midtown.

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Muddy's Grindhouse has some of the best coffee, in the cutest mugs. 

Muddy's Grindhouse has some of the best coffee, in the cutest mugs. 

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Pimento Cheese scones are one of their specialities, and a delicious one at that!

Pimento Cheese scones are one of their specialities, and a delicious one at that!

Thanks again, Alex, for a great time at Muddy's Grindhouse, and for being a familiar face in Memphis when I'm exploring the city for myself. 

Best of luck out there-

Kaitlyn Becker Johnson

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The Newbie Guide to Memphis, TN {Part Two}

It's the middle of November, Josiah and I have moved into a rental house, and we've bought a planet fitness membership. Not too bad. Since everything is still new and we're still bobbing around in new waters without an anchor, the small things like a gym or a familiar couch to relax on, make all the difference.

If you haven't read about our first months in Memphis, be sure to check out my first memphis blog, and the Part One of this series.  

We've continued to explore as much as we can, and I've done a bit of exploring on my own as well. Check it out!

Shelby Farms Park & One and Only

I could easily break these up into two groups, but for the sake of these pictures, they go together. 

My husband and I love all sorts of food, from Tex-Mex to Barbeque and Memphis has no shortage of Barbeque. One and Only is right near us in Cordova, and conveniently located near the lake at Shelby Farms Park. We had a quick date of sandwiches and laughing until loud sirens told us that sunset was kicking us out. We ended up finishing dinner on the porch at my sister's house.

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Maybe this is his real smile, maybe its not. ;) 

Maybe this is his real smile, maybe its not. ;) 

Tamp & Tap on Poplar Avenue

This was a fun little stop on a Saturday morning. I was so happy to meet a new friend, Sarah Sherlock, for some coffee, and a breakfast sandwich. Of course, by around 10AM I was so ravaged with hunger that I ate it too soon to even remember to take a photo. It is a smaller version of the Tamp & Tap in downtown Memphis. I got a delicious iced americano and got to finally have a conversation with this beautiful lady who I found on LinkedIn (yes, people still used LinkedIn), who in turn gave my resume to a recruiter that helped me get my current job. A small connection that God worked together for his glory.

Sarah Sherlock is a spunky and intelligent person that you just have to know! She moved here over a year ago and just a few minutes into our conversation I realized she was determined to be a "Memphis Local!" Sarah and her husband, like me and my husband, both met at Liberty University and ventured out to what God had for us somewhere else. It was such a happy coincidence to see that other LU grads were in Memphis. Sarah told me about the great opportunities to be involved in ministry; God had truly provided for her family and it was encouraging to see someone really love Memphis like she does. She's an amazing public relations employee for St. Jude's ALSAC and head of the Memphis chapter of PRSSA. What a go-getter! Thanks again for meeting for coffee, Sarah!

City & State Coffee Shop, and Broad Avenue

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I was a bit too excited for coffee at City & State. 

I had looked at their new fall menu of drinks that included maple, pecan, caramel, and pumpkin as well as flavors like matcha and charcoal. I had been liking every post on instagram of theirs, and even figured out different routes I could use to get there. This was one of my "holy grail" coffee shops. As an amateur coffee connoisseur who appreciates good baristas and artistry (have you seen my coffee documentary?), I went for the first recommendation of both the barista, and my new friend Katie Davidson. I got the Iced Bon Bon coffee, which was like a creamy americano with a splash of cinnamon. YUM. Katie, got the hot version, above, which has a tactile experience; you have to pour the shot into the mug of the other half of the drink yourself. Fun! All together some amazing drinks!

 

City & State also has one of those instagram-worthy shops attached to the front. Selling all local artisan wares from clothing to stationary to some of the best all natural body products. What was great about the store was the variety. It wasn't just a few candles and a few gifts scattered in a nice display, but a robust amount of product. You knew if you left and were thinking about something later that you could definitely come back. Definitely a store you would need to check out on a visit to Broad Avenue.

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The best part of City & State was the company. Katie Davidson is another great story.

Katie came to me by the friendship of her friend and former bridesmaid, Kati Long, who ended up living in the upstairs apartment of our little house on Langhorne Lane in Lynchburg, Virginia. Kati worked in Marketing with me, and as soon as she was searching for a place to live, I knew she, and her husband Micah, would be great housemates to have. When I started the move to Memphis, Kati was gracious enough to connect me with her old friend over text message. When new Katie and I started texting, and I mentioned trying out City & State, she was already sold. It was one of her favorite places already! After some coffee and breakfast, she suggested looking at some of the cute shops along Broad Avenue. 

Falling Into Place Shop

This store is one of my favorites in Memphis. I'm a sucker for small gifts and local treasures. I like a store that has a well-crafted card section, simple art, and products that were intentionally picked to add to the overall feel of the store.  Your in store experience is just as important as selling. I only bought a few cards, but I'll definitely be back. I recommend Falling Into Place to so many others looking for a Memphis-local shop that is perfect for holiday gifts for friends....or yourself.

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One of my favorite Memphis banners.

One of my favorite Memphis banners.

Also part of "Falling Into Place."

Also part of "Falling Into Place."

Overall, another great exploration of other roads, alleys, and spots in Memphis, TN. 

I'd love to hear your suggestions on what I should see, where I should eat, or who I should meet next! Leave a comment and tell me below!

 

Sincerely,

Kaitlyn Becker