Mahogany Chef Christoper Hudson (Photo: Isaac Singleton)
TSD #Access901 columnist Joy Doss. Photo: Demarcus Bowser

As we weather this “Ronapocolypse,” as my friend calls it, let’s try to support each other and our businesses as well. And on that front, I have some suggestions.

Pyramid Liquors: Owner Rick Farwell has been in the Downtown-Uptown space for several years now. The store has a full range of product. And – bonus – Rick is very knowledgeable about wines. See him for some really good recommendations. Call ahead for curbside. (901) 578-2773

My Cup of Tea: Straight Outta Orange Mound. They have so many varieties of teas! Hot tea can be calming and soothing, especially during these troubling times. Order online:

Any Body Yoga: Yo Clark is the owner of this East Memphis yoga studio and is offering virtual classes online to help keep the anxiety – and Rona-induced splurge eating — at bay.  She has been a practicing (and popular) yogi for

Follow on Instagram for updates and class times @anybodyyogamemphis or visit the website

Mahogany: Mahogany is open for curbside, delivery, in-restaurant pick up, which includes beer and wine to go! They are open Wednesday through Saturday, 11a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Follow them on Instagram for the virtual DJ party details! @mahoganymemphisdining

To view the menu or order ahead:

My favorites: crab fingers, brussels sprouts, fried chicken, salmon croquettes, seafood pasta.


City Tasting Tours: The virtual food experience. Cristina McCarter has re-orged her walking tour to accommodate our social distancing requirements. You can have dinner for two delivered from three of South Main’s most revered restaurants while watching the tour via an exclusive video link. No contact delivery. Visit for more details!

Curry N Jerk: For something different and delicious, visit this Jamaican eatery located in Downtown Memphis. Curbside pick up available. Oxtails! Visit the website for the menu and options:

Dee O’s Seafood: Conveniently located in Midtown and Cordova. Offering all of the seafood you could want – shrimp bowls, crab legs, lobster, salmon filets, shrimp boil, fried catfish. Everything! Call ahead to order. 901.443.5312

Trap Fusion: Situated right in the heart of the “The Haven” (WhiteBlackhaven that is), Trap Fusion offers options in the somewhat of a food dessert. They serve mostly healthy alternatives to your garden variety fast food options in the area.

My faves: jerk chicken fettucine alfredo, roated broccoli, trap wings, stuffed turkey burger.

Call ahead to order.  (901) 207-5565 Follow them or Facebook or Instagram for menus, specials. @trapfusion901

The Wing Factory: Sometimes you just gotta have some chicken wings! Memphis has no shortage of chicken joints but the Wing Factory serves up some of the city’s best, especially the honey gold/honey hot and the seasoned wings. Worth the quick run over to “The Mound” or Orange Mound, TN as my mama calls it.

Call ahead to order. 901-454-4710

Tutor Memphis: I highly recommend Cicely Odom Rose if you need a little help as we all are saddled with figuring out homeschooling out of the clear blue. My own daughter has greatly improved under her watchful eye. During this period, she is working with kids over FaceTime and can receive payments by CashApps. FYI: she starts prepping them for the ACT in 6th grade! And yes, her bonafides are in place. Just the kick in the pants your kids need! You can reach her at [email protected] or 901-574-2709.


Uncle Sam waits for no one and rarely extends this sort of grace! For those of you that are taking advantage of the postponed tax deadline and need some assistance and a reputable accountant:

Shelley Lyles Madison at Ideal Biz Solutions. She does work for several small businesses and nonprofits as well as taxes for individuals. I recommend! Email her at [email protected] or call 901-337-3248

Robert Wells at Wells & Wilson Financial, great with individuals an independent contractors like me. He’s my guy so I can comfortably recommend his services as well!

You can handle everything electronically or by phone.

And of course, support The New Tri-State Defender! The city’s oldest newspaper focused primarily on us is covering this viral pandemic with us top of mind.