Reason #1 to Love Memphis: Warm Welcomes

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 26th 2009 1573 0

I went to Little Tea Shop on Monroe yesterday with Ryan and Ramona (my internet cohorts here at the CVB). When we walked in, at least three of the women working there immediately came over to greet us.

They called Ryan and Ramona by name, hugged them and there was plenty of talk about families and work. Before Ryan had a chance to introduce me to the waitresses, they were standing by my chair, ready to give me the same big hugs.

That’s not uncommon here – you go somewhere, you run into someone, there’s lots of hugging. And if you meet someone, chances are that by the time you’re ready to part ways, a hug will be in order.

Ever been to Alcenia’s at lunch time? Miss B.J. passes out hugs like they’re going out of style.

What I love about all of the hugging is that it’s indicative of Memphis’ personality. We might not know you, but you’ll be welcomed with open arms.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  3. Kristy says:

    If you are from out of town or new in town, this is not true. You only get treated like this if you are a Memphian! You got treated well by the waiters because obviously they knew your friends/co-workers…

  4. Kristy says:

    Oh, and I noticed a lot of men that obviously were not taught manners such as opening doors for ladies…

  5. Cathy says:

    So true, Kristy.

  6. David says:

    Sorry Kristy, have to disagree with you about the hugs. The first time I went to Alcenia’s I was by myself and was greeted by BJ with a big hug. She had no idea who I was or whether I was from Memphis or the moon. I left there physically and spiritually nourished! I guess some folks’ negative vibes prevent others from trying to get close to them or even open doors.

  7. Robyn says:

    One of the things I love about Memphis, is that I can find someone I know just about everywhere. Midtown, Downtown Harbor town… Someone is there to show me the love. If anyone is new to Memphis, just say so, the people here are happy to talk it up, help you out, cheer you up. Welcoming is the way.

  8. Eseana says:

    i picked this as my favorite because its true. warm heartfull hugs is a main reason i stil live in memphis

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