Summertime in the 901 is in full force, so let’s embrace it. These local FINDS just might inspire you to float on Patriot Lake, take home a houseplant, light a Memphis-themed candle, learn to sew, and more. Here’s to celebrating all that July has to offer!

FOR YOUR HOME

Kayaker sculpture

Show your enthusiasm for the outdoors by displaying this whimsical art piece in your living room or at your lake house — or gifting one to your favorite kayaking fanatic! Find this handmade sculpture and others by Memphis artist and former Navy SEAL Gary Jackson for $40 at Lake’s Edge Gift Shop at Shelby Farms Park.

Memphis FINDS July: Kayaker sculpture from Lake's Edge Gift Shop

Kayaker sculpture, $40, at Lake’s Edge Gift Shop

Ceramic planter + plant

Add some Memphis-made pottery to your home, office, or now seemingly ubiquitous home office. The slip trailed designs of Olivia Avery’s ceramics pair well with the variegated lines of a Philodendron Birkin. Find both the 6-inch pot ($34.99) and plant ($12.99) at Urban Earth in Midtown.

Memphis FINDS July: ceramic planter and plant from Urban Earth

Ceramic planter, $34.99; plant, $12.99, at Urban Earth

Throw pillows

Bring the outdoors inside with a bold leaf design. These soft but sturdy pillows will brighten your couch with a pop of greenery. Find them at First Fruit Collection in Collierville for $276 each.

Throw pillows from First Fruit Collection

Throw pillows, $276 each, at First Fruit Collection

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Quilting-weight fabric

Textile lovers, we’re here for you! With dozens of fabrics designed by Memphis artist Jenean Morrison, you’ll want to get started on a new upholstery, quilting, or sewing project. Peruse the many patterns at Cooper-Young Gallery + Gift Shop; they run $12 per yard, $6 per half-yard, and $3 per fat quarter.

Memphis FINDS July: quilting-weight fabric from Cooper-Young Gallery + Gift Shop

Quilting-weight fabric, $12 per yard, $6 per half-yard, or $3 per fat quarter, at Cooper-Young Gallery + Gift Shop

Wall painting

A Judy Vandergrift original, this abstract painting is dying to be the focal point of a lucky space in your home or office. Make a statement with this colorful stunner, which would bring vibrance to any lone wall needing some love. Find it for $900, along with some of her other paintings, at Palladio Home and Garden.

Wall art by Judy Vandergrift

Wall painting, $900, at Palladio Home and Garden

Soy candles

These candles are the perfect “treat yo’ self” item. Named for beloved Memphis streets such as South Main and Highland, New Harbert Candles are hand-poured in 38014. Each 9-ounce scented candle sells for $15 and can be purchased online or at the following events this month: the Memphis Crafts and Drafts Festival at Crosstown Concourse on Saturday, July 10; the candle making class at Arrow Creative on Friday, July 30; and Memphis Modern Market at Loflin Yard on Saturday, July 31.

Memphis July FINDS: Four New Harbert Candles

Soy candles, $15 each, at New Harbert Candles | Image: New Harbert Candles

FOOD & DINING

Resin servers

Show off your good taste at your next cookout! Prop these Lily Juliet Grand Slam servers in your salad or side dish, and make your casual fare a bit fancier. Find them for $145 per pair at Social in East Memphis.

Resin servers from Social

Resin servers, $145 per pair, at Social

Beekeeper’s Garden Honey

Did you know to make one pound of honey, bees must collect nectar from over a million flowers? George Waldrup, a beekeeper at Memphis Botanic Garden, cares for the hives and harvests honey from the recently opened Beekeeper’s Garden. You can purchase the honey for $8 at the Memphis Botanic Garden Gift Shop.

Beekeeper's Garden Honey from Memphis Botanic Garden

Beekeeper’s Garden Honey, $8, at the Memphis Botanic Garden Gift Shop | Image: Memphis Botanic Garden

FASHION & ACCESSORIES

Striped shorts

Every Memphian should have a good pair of shorts on hand for our prolonged summers, and these lightweight, pull-on Rails Leighton shorts fit the bill. Grab a pair for $98 at Oak Hall.

Summer dress

This versatile dress is the perfect pick for a steamy summer day in the Bluff City. Handmade in Uganda, the “Olivia” dress comes in various patterns and sells for $110 at Mbabazi House of Style, a fair-trade business in the Broad Avenue Arts District.

Memphis FINDS July: summer dress from Mbabazi House of Style

Summer dress, $110, at Mbabazi House of Style

Summer lounge pants

Stay cool with ZAGS’ Low Tide Lounger. The pull-on styling and smoothing waistband make throwing these on a breeze. The best part? The pants also include UPF 50+ UV protection. Available in five colors, find a pair for $108 at SB Shop.

Woman wearing ZAGS Low Tide Lounger on boat

Summer lounge pants, $108, at SB Shop

Handmade necklace

This 39-inch necklace by Memphian Ashley Quinn is a neutral piece that layers well over any top. It’ll be your go-to necklace in no time. Find it for $33.99 at SY Wilson in Arlington.

Memphis FINDS July: Handmade necklace at SY Wilson

Handmade necklace, $33.99, at SY Wilson

Lattice purse

Bring some tropical energy to your summer wardrobe with this handcrafted lattice and leather handbag. With its neutral tones, the purse pairs with almost any outfit. Find it for $65 at Mrs. Post Stationery in East Memphis.

Lattice purse from Mrs. Post Stationery

Lattice purse, $65, at Mrs. Post Stationery

SUMMER SUN PROTECTION

Sunscreen

If you’re planning to lounge in the summer sun, don’t forget to stock up on sunscreen! This lightweight option by SkinMedica offers UVA and UVB protection without clogging your pores. Find it for $38 at Levy Dermatology.

SkinMedica sunscreen from Levy Dermatology

Sunscreen, $38, at Levy Dermatology | Image: Levy Dermatology

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Protective hair veil

It’s equally important to protect your hair this summer. This Aveda protective hair mist is lightweight, water-resistant, and protects your hair from sun damage. Find it for $32.50 at Pavo Salon.

Memphis FINDS July: Aveda sun care hair mist from Pavo Salon

Protective hair veil, $32.50, at Pavo Salon | Image: Pavo Salon

Sunglasses

Set sail in these stylish sunglasses. Their retro look makes them perfect for everyday wear. Find a pair in black, gunmetal, gold with a green tint, or gold with a purple tint for $25 at Shelby Jewel.

Sunglasses from Shelby Jewel

Sunglasses, $25, at Shelby Jewel | Image: Shelby Jewel

Let loose a little this July — but not too loose! Enjoy some water sports, don a smocked waistband, and ALWAYS wear sunscreen.

All photography by Courtney Shove unless otherwise noted.

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