Found: Be Gone Oil
Don’t bring any jinxes over here, because I’ve got a bottle of Jinx Remover and I know how to use it.
I stopped by A. Schwab on Beale Street a few days ago to pick up the little bottle (and some allegedly lucky candles) for the scavenger hunt.
A. Schwab is a really interesting place. It’s a dry goods store that’s been open on Beale Street since 1876. I’ve always sort of questioned their motto (“If you can’t get it it at Schwabs, you don’t need it”), but there’s really no reason to, as A. Schwab has everything.
Here’s a short list of items for sale at the three-story store: Pine Sol, Tennessee flags, St. Jude candles, Happy Valentine’s Day plates, gigantic granny panties, mardi gras beads, party hats, buttons, plastic dinosaurs, frying pans, barbecue sauce, and umbrella hats. You know how there are always random boxes of soap and socks and seasoning salt at flea markets? Schwab’s has those, too.
If you go to A. Schwab, make sure you stop by the Beale St. Museum on the second story landing. The museum is a collection of random objects from Memphis’s past (and the best part – you can touch everything).
There are clothes, yearbooks, office supplies, ball jars, and maps. The items are set out on tables and hanging on racks. Unlike a normal museum, nothing is explained. There are no notecards or organizational clues as to the significance of a lot of the items.
Stop into A. Schwab next time you’re on Beale – it’s one of those bizarre, completely lovely, very Memphis sort of places.