Happy 901 Day! 60 Reasons To Love Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 1st 2016 6309 0

Happy 901 Day, Memphis!

Today I have a special post. In the early days of I Love Memphis (circa 2010) one of the first series on the blog was a huge list of reasons to love Memphis.

I went way back in the archives and – using a combination of these old posts and newer posts – I’ve put together a sort of refreshed list. Some of the links may be a little old, but for the most part I didn’t include anything totally outdated.

We all know that we could probably make a list of 5,000 reasons to love Memphis, so keep in mind that this is just for fun and not in any particular order. There’s no point in getting miffed that your favorite thing isn’t on here; it was always meant to be a work in progress.

So, if you have an idea, tell me all about it in the comments! Let’s make the rest of this list together. (100 reasons? 200?)

1. Southern hospitality

2.  Memphis music…just…all of it

3. National Civil Right Museum

4.  Levitt Shell

5. Jerry’s Sno Cones

6. Shelby Farms

7. farmers markets

8. Mud Island River Park

9. Stax Academy

10. Goner Fest

11. Public art, including all the murals

12. 100 year old grease at Dyer’s

13. Barbecue…all of it

14. Indie Memphis Film Festival

15. Independent Bookstores

16. LeBonheur Children’s Hospital

17. Elmwood Cemetery

18. Memphis water

19. Rock For Love

20. Urban Art Commission

21. the Flashback Christmas display

22. the Greenline

23. Orange Mound

24. Caritas Village

25. The Bass Pro Pyramid

26. snow days

27. Artistik Lounge

28. Old Forest at Overton Park

29. volunteer radio

30. macaroni is a vegetable

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31. Calvary Waffle Shop

32. Crosstown Concourse

33. the first week of spring

34. our collected history

35. midtown’s art yards

36. the Chinese Sub Shop

37.  the songs about us

38. the world’s most awesome drum shop

39. Memphis makes you stronger

40. the riverfront

41. Tony Allen’s Twitter Account

42. cheap parking

43. Tigers Basketball, for better or worse

44. Winchester Farmer Market

45. Gus’ Fried Chicken

46. The New Daisy Theater

47. All Heart. Grit. Grind. aka the Grizzlies

48. our ghosts

49. Cooper Young Festival

50. Summer Avenue

51. the documentary “Undefeated”

52. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

53. these 53 photos from the most Memphis weekend ever

54. the Harahan Bridge

55. Southern Heritage Classic

56. Local beer

57. Memphis Slim House

58. Memphis In May

59. AutoZone Park

60. 901 Day!

And that’s where the list ends. We have plenty of room to add to this list to make it 100 reasons. What would you add?

Ed. Note: Despite what the “author” setting says, many of the posts in these links were written by my predecessor and I Love Memphis founder (and 901 Day co-founder) Kerry Crawford. This post was updated in 2017.

I’m coming up on four years of blogging for I Love Memphis, and I hope I’ve done a good job of carrying on what she started while also growing and changing this blog to fit today’s Memphis. Thank you so much for hanging with me and continuing to read, follow, and interact with me. Here’s to many more years of Memphis-loving!

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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  1. Rebecca Dinstuhl says:

    Dinstuhl’s…Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Cashew Crunch, Caramel Apples…and so much more.

  2. Ann Zaner says:

    I love this cute pottery/art studio on Germantown Pkwy called Pitter Potter Studio. Making my own art in Memphis is super cool!

  3. Cynthia says:

    901 Rocks

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