This is Me: Allan Creasy

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My name is Allan Creasy. I'm 37 years old, a life-long resident of the 901, a graduate of the University of Memphis, a bartender, and last year I ran for public office. This is Me.

by Allan Creasy

There are many stereotypes that come with my vocation, however, the one that rings most true is that much of our time is spent listening to the problems of others. Often, it’s hearing the complaints about a significant other, about a tv show being cancelled, or the Tigers or Grizzlies not winning as much as we’d like them to. Sometimes the complaints are far more serious, about how someone couldn’t afford their healthcare or repay their student loans, or how their children’s school wasn’t what it should be, or how they had been the victim of a crime. I simply got tired of hearing these problems, and responding, “I wish there was something I could do.” Having volunteered for numerous non-profits and Campaigns, I decided that I needed to run for office, that there was “something I could do.”

Over the course of the last year, I personally knocked on about 3,000 doors of the constituents I wanted to represent, while volunteers for my Campaign knocked on another 17,000. I quickly discovered what people wanted most from their elected officials was to be listened to, to finally have someone hear their grievances and their wishes that their community become better.

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Allan Creasy was born and raised in Shelby County. He grew up in Bartlett and graduated from Bolton High School. “Being able to ride my bike to W. J. Freeman park, where I broke my arm on playground equipment as a child, playing t-ball, baseball, and soccer, was part of a suburban upbringing that shaped me. Seeing how the neighborhood has grown and evolved has been amazing.” He went on to study History at the University of Memphis on full academic scholarship.

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A Cougar’s Passion Recap [Mature]

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I am truly grateful an appreciative for all that this journey has afforded me, mainly the opportunity to meet so many wonderful and amazingly supportive as well talented people. February 23, 2019 was phenomenal, A Cougar’s Passion the stage production surpassed all my expectations. Thank you Memphis, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Georgia!!

by Ellen Butterflyy-Allen

Now I could start with my personal opinion but let me give a 5 star review by an auxiliary party.

YAMS Review: A Cougar’s Passion Stage Play
Bravo! I have to say it again “BRAVO!” Today was the debut for the hit stage play A Cougar’s Passion that opened at Circuit Playhouse in Overton Square here in Memphis. The title alone tells you what the story is about, that is if you know what the “term” Cougar means when it comes to relationships.

A Cougar is an older woman dating a man half her age or younger. Grawwwlll! So often women find themselves unexpectedly falling for a young, fine and sexy man who can fill her sexual desires while she nurtures his ambitions and dreams. A Cougar’s Passion tells this story of lust, lacking and longing between two people and all of the complexities of age, sex, lust, love and family.

This was first stage play written, directed and produced by Ellen Butterflyy-Allen that was adapted from her book with the same title and it was an amazing story full of surprise plot twists and superb acting. The excellent and talented performers on stage tonight proves that Memphis is definitely the NEW HOLLYWOOD! I can’t wait to see the next production from Ellen Butterflyy-Allen. A Cougar’s Passion is just the beginning for this talented and gifted writer.
5 of 5 Star YAMS REVIEW
Anfra – Editor-N-Chief YAMS MAGAZINE

I am truly grateful an appreciative for all that this journey has afforded me, mainly the opportunity to meet so many wonderful and amazingly supportive as well talented people. February 23, 2019 was phenomenal, A Cougar’s Passion the stage production surpassed all my expectations. Shoutouts go to Circuit Playhouse’s Bailee Michaels, what great show of professionalism coupled with enthusiasm a million thanks you from our production team you rock!! Next it is with tears if overwhelming gratitude that I shout-out my motivated and passionate Director Marsha “Sublime Sunshine ” Davis, she is for hire, however she belongs to ACP 2019 forever. The magic she envisioned and executed on stage speaks to her visionary qualities. Our wardrobe manager Tamera “ATK” Kelly played such an impressive role with helping these actors command the stage with 2 acts, 16 scenes and 15 wardrobe changes she flexed her organizational and time management skills well, bravo! Words escape when I shoutout my extremely hard-working cast, a team like no other, let me see how can I give homage? Forever enamored to leading lady, Lakesh Hollingshed, leading man, Jalen Moffitt, lead support actresses AD Payne and Latoya Parker, lead support actor James Cole along with our support team, Shanice Davis, Edward Lee McDaniel, Diane McGhee and Tony Xavier.

Production wise this was extraordinary for a first time production team made up of all females who had to build a set from scratch within 5 days patting g ourselves on the back, yes!

We had great support, being that I am the new kid on the theatrical block. Yes I would like to see packed auditoriums however that comes with time and exposure, making a name for ourselves is what motivates Memphians and we at A Cougar’s Passion are here for it.
Of Course we would like to do it again and again and again, we have to figure out the logistics, sponsorship and timing so for now it’s not goodbye but see you later.~Butterflyy

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Ellen “Butterflyy” Allen currently resides in Memphis, TN, where she is a GirlBoss. With ventures in the arts community as an author and poet, she credits being a native New Orleanian as the foundation for her welcoming nature. Ellen also finds great passion in the many hats she adorns as a writing coach, speaker, entertainment host, blogger, and talk radio co-host. She writes “To Her for Her”, the theme behind BSLinspire/Breaking the Silence through LIterature (the non-profit she founded in 2011). Ellen is also a mother of three and grandmother to three.

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Behind the Passion, Ellen Sits Down[Q & A]

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Hurricane Katrina was an extremely destructive and deadly Category 5 hurricane that made landfall on Florida and Louisiana, particularly the city of New Orleans and the surrounding areas, in August 2005. The life that Ellen Butterflyy-Allen knew would change forever. But this Hurricane was no match for her Passion!

by JR Robinson

Let me introduce you to Ellen Butterflyy-Allen.  She defines herself as an Author~Coach~Poet~Playwright. Daughter~Mother~“Lovie”. Created for all these passions.   To meet her is to be inspired.  She is a force of nature that plows through any challenge that life puts in her way.  Here at JustMyMemphis, we simply call her Butterflyy.  Lately Butterflyy can be found everywhere.  She is on Billboards, Radio Shows, Morning Talk Shows, and all over JustMyMemphis.  Why?  She has a new book out and a new stage show by the same name premiering this week at the Circuit Playhouse.

I sat down with Butterflyy to find out a little more about this amazing force of nature!  Butterflyy and her family were living in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina made landfall.  When Butterflyy heard the warning to get out of New Orleans, she did just that.  So on the day Katrina made landfall, Butterflyy had just arrived in Memphis after 13 hours on the road.

Tell us about the moment you knew you were in trouble

I didn’t know there would be any great trouble, however I am a heed the warnings type of gal. So me with my 3 babies and 2 arms there was never a second thought, my instinct was maternally, the safety of my children.

How did you end up in Memphis?

My husband then / co-parent now is a Memphian and we normally choose to be around family just in case trouble occurred. We never expected the type of disaster that hit.

How did life change for you after the Hurricane?

Life changed drastically, I had to adjust quickly which I did, that maternal instinct guide all my decisions, I settled in Texas within a week my children were in school and I purchased a house, emotionally I felt a true sense of lost however I knew my children needed the stability of knowing they were safe. I was never a materialistic person but seeing the home I had built and filled with love in such a hazardous condition definitely took a toll on me.

Talk to us about your inspiration to write?

Putting pen to paper is therapeutic for me and those that love me. If I don’t write I fail to give healthily. As an individual and part of a collective. My desire to be complete is the reason I write.

Take us back to the day you started writing A Cougar’s Passion

It was Feb 2017, I’m an in the moment pen and paper writer, when something comes to me I write. I sleep with my writing tools, I was experiencing life from the inside out, translation allowing my heart to see and hear things differently, after moving to Memphis 5 years ago, myself along with a few women of generational beauty were being approached about dating and relationships with younger gentlemen this unspoken anomaly sparked months of writing about the experiences of those women

Where did the passion, the ideas, and the lustful concept of the book come from?

1st there is no “lustful” concept, the book was written from the Heart of a young man that spoken to the Soul of an older woman. The passion came from the depth of their connection, the story was from experienced, embellished for reader cause and effect. We must know that Love vs Lust is not a competition but rather a balance of relationship equality.

You have turned this into a stage production, share with us the challenges of getting this to the stage and what the audience can expect to see

The major challenge is support. People tend to judge a book by it’s cover instead of embracing the beauty of creative artistry. My moniker is a “Butterflyy” which means to me all things beautiful. This play is about the Beauty of Love however different than we traditionally classify as acceptable.

Talk to us about how you make time to take care of yourself, your needs, your desires.

I do but I haven’t in 16 weeks because of this production, normally I do well at pacifying myself spontaneously, I understand the benefits of self-care so much so that others think I go overboard with me time.

Are you Candice Billings?

I am, along with so many other beautiful women who love life and embrace their fails those far in order to accept wins.

What qualities do you share with her?

Her internal conflict is something I identify with. Her Strength to keep moving. Her sexy, her wit, her zeal.

You have a book, a stage play, you are all over social networks. Have you reached the life you set for yourself?

I never expected this, all things being given me are purely magical. The life I set for myself is being written daily, after the devastation of Katrina I completely recognize and understand that this life is worth living and I will not Pre-write to re-write my outcome.

Where is your Passion going to take you next?

We shall see!!!!

Be real with us, why do you work so much and what advice do you have for other women?

I work hard for me, the vision is mine, others can help and assist but none will sacrifice more than the visionary and right now with and for “A Cougar’s Passion “ I go hard. To my women out in this thing we call life, go hard, through the tears, setbacks and struggles know that the outcome is yours own it, if you ever need this Butterflyy I am here to help you see the beauty of your plan.

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Ellen “Butterflyy” Allen currently resides in Memphis, TN, where she is a GirlBoss. With ventures in the arts community as an author and poet, she credits being a native New Orleanian as the foundation for her welcoming nature. Ellen also finds great passion in the many hats she adorns as a writing coach, speaker, entertainment host, blogger, and talk radio co-host. She writes “To Her for Her”, the theme behind BSLinspire/Breaking the Silence through LIterature (the non-profit she founded in 2011). Ellen is also a mother of three and grandmother to three GrandKings.

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Chasity Nicole: Her Mother’s Daughter

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I was always unsure about what the future would hold for me. Being a single mother of two wonderful children (my daughter is in the play), I want to make sure they receive the things that I never had or experienced as a child.

by Chasity Williams | 6th Grade SPED, SMS

My name is Chasity Nicole. I am a Mississippi native, but I’ve been in the Mid-South for a few years now. I’m an educator but most importantly, I’m an entertainer. Actress, singer, and now playwright and director have been added to my roster of talents. I started acting when I was five years old. My dad (whose also an actor) started recording me telling stories and acting as different characters. I fell in love with acting and becoming other people. I started doing community theater with Theater Oxford and have performed in many plays for years, including being showcased in the Oxford Film Festival for two years. As trained as I was in theater, I decided to pursue film in 2012. I fell in LOVE with it! It was so much more to it than theater. I started doing Indie movies and it took off pretty quickly. Writing was always a passion of mine but like Erykah Badu said “ I’m sensitive about my shhh”… (smile). I’d written so many things but I was afraid to let others read it. I was at a church program one day and one of the speakers kept saying that now was the time to start walking in your purpose. “Somebody out there is about to write a book, or a play.” I said, if she says this two more times I’ll start fresh. She said it like six times, so I obeyed. I wrote the stage play Her Mother’s Daughter in SIX days, praise be to God.

The title, to me, means that we pick up things from the people in our families. Little girls are mirror images of their mothers. We grow to watch our mothers and follow in their footsteps, whether it be bad or good. People always coin the phrase, “you look or act just like yo mama”. We are our Mother’s Daughters. Mary McLeod Bethune said “For I am my Mother’s Daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart”. That’s also where I got the title from. Never forget where you come from. I’ve gone through a lot in my life. Addictions, personal abuse from myself and physical abuse from others, not knowing where mine or my kids next meal would come from, depression, you name it. I would never wish those things on people, no matter how badly they treated me. So in writing this story, I had to put every emotion into it so it could be as real as possible.

The story is about breaking generational curses, finding love, exploring friendships, and handling drama. My motivation for this play came from personal experiences. Of course I had to add a little and stretch a little, but it was MINE. This was my BABY. I wanted people to know that it was okay to tell your story, no matter how embarrassing it was or how it made you feel. Somebody out there could relate to YOU. My cast—-OMG, they are so amazing! They took my platform and made the show a success! The packed house and the audience’s reactions was only confirmation for me to KEEP WRITING.

I was always unsure about what the future would hold for me. Being a single mother of two wonderful children (my daughter is in the play), I want to male sure they receive the things that I never had or experienced as a child. I’m claiming ALL KINDS of victories: awards, nominations and all of that. I hope to continue acting because that’s where it started. I am also excited about writing. It’s so new to me but if I can birth greatness out of a production that I wrote in SIX days? I think God wants me to write more:) I see traveling, I see success, I see LOVE.

To every woman out there, regardless of color, who is afraid to put themselves out there: you will never know unless you TRY. Be confident that your work is the BOMB. The worst anyone can say is no. And I know this! One “yes” can take you exactly where you want to be. Her Mother’s Daughter was that “yes” that I needed. For that, I am grateful:)

House of Hollywood Productions Presents Her Mother’s Daughter Stage Play
Sun, March 3, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM CST
Buckman Performing Arts Center
60 Perkins Extd
Memphis, TN 38116

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Organizer of House of Hollywood Productions Presents Her Mother’s Daughter Stage Play.

Chasity Nicole is a seasoned actress, singer, and entertainer who has been in the business for over 10 years. With her first directed play, Her Mother‘s Daughter, she hopes to bring in a range of other self written productions as well as novels and short stories to her company. A native of Oxford, Mississippi , She has participated in many community theater productions, including the head community film, Firemax, at the Oxford Film Festival. She has been in the independent film industry for six years, and pretty much prefers film to the stage . There will be much more out of her, as she sits this play off for 2019. Keep a lookout on this fire cracker!

House of Hollywood Productions Presents Her Mother’s Daughter Stage Play

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2:00 PM – 4:30 PM CST

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60 Perkins Extd
Memphis, TN 38116

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Amazon’s Past Reveals the Future of FedEx

I was sitting down with a friend who works in sales at FedEx a few years ago and I brought up the question of Amazon replacing FedEx as a dominant player in shipping. My friend said that would never happen. FedEx isn’t worried about Amazon. At that time Amazon Prime was new. Amazon had just purchased a fleet of jets and trailers for shipping. A look at Amazon’s past was like the handwriting on the wall for me.

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From Books to AWS!
There was a time when the business belief was that Amazon could never outsell traditional bookstores. Today bookstores are almost a thing of the past. I could host a local tour of national bookstore buildings that are simply empty or have been converted into something else. Who believed that Amazon Prime would be such a game changer? Because of Prime, Amazon today is an award-winning production company with shows and movies that have become equals in quality and viewership with traditional television and cable networks. But one of Amazon’s biggest success stories can be found in three little letters, AWS! This headline from Zdnet.com tells the whole story: “All of Amazon’s 2017 operating income comes from AWS.”

Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky was asked about what factors were driving AWS results. He said:

“AWS, yes, if you remember last year, we did have price increases in December of last year towards the end. So ithad a partial impact on the quarter. But generally, just strong usage growth — usage growth continues to be strong growing at a higher rate than our revenue growth rate, and customers continued to add workloads and expand. And as I said, we’re adding new services and features all the time, over 1,400 in 2017 alone. So it’s a number of factors, I would say. It’s not as simple as lapping a cost error — excuse me, price decrease last year, but we’re very happy with the performance in the AWS business. Now over a $20 billion run rate.”
CNBC had this to say about AWS for the fourth quarter of 2018: “Amazon’s cloud-computing division said revenue jumped 45 percent in the fourth quarter, as the company continued to cement its lead over Microsoft and Google.

Sales at Amazon Web Services climbed to $7.43 billion from $5.11 billion a year ago, topping the $7.29 billion consensus estimate among analysts polled by FactSet. AWS revenue represented 10 percent of total quarterly sales at Amazon.

The cloud business has become crucial to the success of its parent, not only for revenue but also for profits.

Operating income for AWS in the quarter was $2.18 billion, exceeding the $2.09 billion FactSet consensus estimate. The unit accounted for 58 percent of Amazon’s overall operating income. AWS’ operating margin was 29 percent, shrinking from 31 percent the prior quarter.”

So what is AWS?
Because JustMyMemphis is planning it’s own expansion into 200 markets, we had to look for a web service platform that could grow with us. This is the point I realized what a powerhouse Amazon Web Services had become. But what is AWS and why should FedEx and Memphis City Leaders be concerned? I turned to TechCrunch.com for a look at the making of AWS and how it came about:

“There are lots of stories about the formation of AWS, but this much we know: 10 years ago, Amazon Web Services, the cloud Infrastructure as a Service arm of Amazon.com, was launched with little fanfare as a side business for Amazon.com. Today, it’s a highly successful company in its own right, riding a remarkable $10 billion run rate.

In fact, according to data from Synergy Research, in the decade since its launch, AWS has grown into the most successful cloud infrastructure company on the planet, garnering more than 30 percent of the market. That’s more than its three closest rivals — Microsoft, IBM and Google — combined (and by a fair margin).

What you may not know is that the roots for the idea of AWS go back to the 2000 timeframe when Amazon was a far different company than it is today — simply an e-commerce company struggling with scale problems. Those issues forced the company to build some solid internal systems to deal with the hyper growth it was experiencing — and that laid the foundation for what would become AWS.

Speaking recently at an event in Washington, DC, AWS CEO Andy Jassy, who has been there from the beginning, explained how these core systems developed out of need over a three-year period beginning in 2000, and, before they knew it, without any real planning, they had the makings of a business that would become AWS.”

FedEx CEO: It’s ‘fantastical’ to think Amazon Air is a threat
Fantastical to think Amazon is a threat. Since day one for Amazon, business leaders have shared the thinking of FedEx CEO who had this to say on the subject:

So I don’t know what I can say other than what I just said. I think the prospects that this company is going to be “disrupted,” which just occurs over and over again, to quote a previous statement, is fantastical. So I’ll leave it at that.” FedEx CEO Frederick Smith

It is easy to dismiss a threat like Amazon when as a competitor, they are small potatoes. But Memphis is the Distribution Center of the World! We are proud of that fact. Thousands of jobs, community support, and local economic stability are all based on the success that Memphis has had as a leader in Distribution. FedEx is the number one reason for this. Time and time again, the media and business leaders have said what Amazon could not do. Recent headlines show both the confidence that FedEx has in its business model and the questions the market has about the future of Amazon Shipping.

But FedEx is very confident that Amazon is not a threat.  Check out the headlines:

Is FedEx Confidence Misplaced?  Look at these headlines:

Four Letters to Remember, AMZL!
AMZL is Amazon Logistics and Amazon Logistics is Amazon’s delivery service. Why is this a concern for Memphis and FedEx? AWS was once just an idea to help Amazon deal with internal systems growth. Today AWS not only serves Amazon, but it serves 1000’s of companies around the world. Amazon simply walked in and took business from Google, Microsoft, and IBM. The success of AWS wasn’t because Amazon wanted to steal business from other companies. It was because they had a problem they needed to solve.

Amazon Logistics is, in fact, the same thing. Amazon wants you to get fresh produce delivered to your door in under an hour. If you run out of diapers for the baby, Amazon wants to get them to you. Amazon even wants to deliver packages to you free! This is good for their business and it is good for you the consumer. But Amazon is not stopping at delivering their own packages. Why would they? Amazon is now shipping packages for small businesses all over the country. So if a company can take a business function that is a large operating cost and turn it into a service that adds millions in revenue to their bottom line. I have to ask, isn’t this just good business?

Can Memphis and FedEx find a Happy Ending?
Now, this is just my thoughts, Memphis we are a city that knows how to grind! We got this. So instead of focusing on what Amazon is doing, why don’t we focus on dominating the future of distribution in new ways? What if FedEx bought Walmart or Target, then teamed up with Google to build an international local delivery service. Buy Uber while you are at it. What if FedEx, Uber, and Retailers teamed up to deliver almost anything you wanted in an hour or by the next day? What if a completely new ecosystem was created where FedEx/Uber drivers could deliver your meds from the local Walgreens as soon as they are ready? Think Uber Eats for everything but delivered with the backing and organization of FedEx!

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Let’s put the Love back in Valentine’s Day

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Let’s put the Love back in Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day at its core is a day to express love about someone or something, but thanks to social media and the commercialization of this holiday, it has become the most dreaded time of the year for so many people.

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Valentine’s Day at its core is a day to express love about someone or something, but thanks to social media and the commercialization of this holiday, it has become the most dreaded time of the year for so many people. So how do we redefine the universal day of love? With social media brainwashing us with their unrealistic concepts of love and loving, the task can seem daunting. Let’s break it down.

Parents:
Show your kid(s) the importance of self-love. Be their Valentine and try to shed the notion of Valentine’s Day being limited to romance. Have a day date with your kids and discuss their thoughts on love. What they think it means? How people show their love, etc. The goal is to understand your child’s point of view about love, attention and gifts in relation to what they see on television, YouTube and social media. Kids (and adults) are obsessed with social media attention. If they believe likes and follows signify popularity, their mood and personal values will be impacted by the options of strangers. Help your kid(s) understand what love really means.

Singles:
Do something that makes you feel good. This goes back to the importance of self-love and boosting your own confidence and esteem. Why not send yourself flowers, treat yourself to a set of lingerie or go to the spa? Your options are endless, and the best part is you are the only person you need to please.

“Lonely Heart’s Day” is a made-up concept designed to keep single men and women in a negative mindset. Contrary to social media trends, you are completely capable of being your own Valentine—and doing so doesn’t make you desperate or a fraud, it makes you smart. Self-love is more important than any romantic love.

Couples:
Expecting your significant other to perform a large act of love only sets you up for disappointment. Combat this stereotype by having an honest conversation with your partner about Valentine’s Day. If you want to do something special (comedy show, concert,etc.) take the initiative and buy the tickets. This is vital if you know your significant other isn’t great at gift giving. Take the pressure off the day entirely by communicating what you both would like to do, then compromise. Don’t fall for the fake reality social media shows you. Nothing is ever as it seems.

Dating:
Valentine’s Day is often the most fun for those who are just dating. Aside from some women expecting reality to match Hallmark movies, this day of love can be spent doing just about anything. There are tons of fun, low pressure activities and events happening throughout the city. Once again communication is the key; and always ask, don’t assume. There’s also nothing wrong with spending the day apart and meeting for dessert at the end of the night. Whatever your plans are, be flexible and have fun!

Memphis is a place like no other, so I encourage you to celebrate love in a way a unique as this city. Need some inspiration? I’ve got a few ideas for Valentine’s Day and the following weekend that you and your Valentine will love.

Put on your Dancing Shoes
There are plenty of places you and your sweetheart can get dizzy feet, but to spice things up on the day of love I recommend a night of sultry dance lessons at Blue Suede Ballroom. Salsa, Rumba and Tango classes are available at 5, 6 & 7pm, for only $35 per couple. Don’t worry about your skill level, this is a beginner’s class.

Day date at Go Ape
Avoid the awkward first date dinner and opt for adventure instead. At Go Ape, you’ll fly through forest canopies at Shelby Farms Park making memories and laughing the entire time. Have fun and enjoy each other’s company without the pressure of dressing to impress. First date jitters will be gone by the time you cross your first zip line.

Solve a Murder
Experience live music, comedy and delicious food while learning information that could help you solve a murder. Princeton James Productions’ Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Experience is an interactive event that is sure to challenge and entertain you and your Valentine. Everyone will go to dinner, why not solve a murder while you’re at it? Available February 14-17.

Mix and Mingle
For entrepreneurs looking to expand their network, head to the Epicenter for business and a quick bite. They’re celebrating their love of entrepreneurs on Valentine’s Day with coffee and pizza for all. If this sounds like an event you’d like to attend, bring your appetite and plenty of business cards.

Get a little Risqué
Sock It to Me Burlesque has their annual Valentine’s Day Show, Heartbreakers vs. Knockouts February 16, 9-3am. This is an encore of their original performance featuring burlesque, drag, belly dance, ballet, opera, aerial and comedy! Fair warning, Heartbreakers vs. Knockout is not for the faint of heart, so prepare for all night entertainment.

Dine your Valentine
If you are looking for a romantic evening. Sage, a soul food fusion restaurant, located off 94 S. Main has everyone in Memphis talking about Chef Elijah Townsend’s amazing food.

A few other ideas? The circus is in town from the 14-17 or catch the Grizzlies game. Whatever you and your loved one decided to do, have fun and stay safe and remember you are celebrating a day of love.

About

Jennifer J. Hayes has a varied educational background in Communications, Education, a Bachelor’s in History, and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology. She earned both of her degrees from the University of Houston. Her work of published articles can be found in WorldOfLongmire, RelevantMagazine, and Single Lifestyles Magazine.

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