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5 letters, two syllables and one phrase that echoes eternally — or appears to, should you reside in Memphis.

Aug. 16, 2021, will mark the forty fourth anniversary of the Memphis dying of the 42-year-old King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. 

A whole bunch, maybe hundreds of individuals will probably be right here for the previous night’s “Candlelight Vigil” at Graceland, to pay their respects to Elvis, to affix the hundreds of thousands who’ve visited the mansion because it opened for public excursions on June 7, 1982.

Elvis Presley posed with one of his cars outside Graceland in this photograph published March 7, 1965. Elvis complained of the long sessions with photographers making movie publicity stills:

Since that date, which arrived lower than 5 years after Elvis’ dying, the house that’s mentioned to be visited by extra individuals than some other within the U.S. excluding the White Home has been joined by an growing variety of complementary sights, together with a efficiency venue (the Soundstage), a museum complicated (Elvis Presley’s Memphis), a resort (The Visitor Home) and extra, along with the anticipated eateries and memento retailers. 

The place “Graceland” was as soon as merely the Whitehaven mansion retreat that Presley bought in 1957, “Graceland” now can discuss with a whole Elvis Presley Boulevard campus.

The alternatives might be daunting. So listed here are some useful hints, for novice and veteran Graceland guests alike — for Memphians in addition to for out-of-towners. A “Graceland Survival Information,” if you’ll.

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How a lot do tickets to Graceland price? What are the hours?

Graceland is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. An Elvis Week exception happens Aug. 15, when the gates reopen at 8:30 p.m. to allow followers to pay their respects to the Presley household by participating within the “Candlelight Vigil” procession that leads up the driveway and to the gravesites within the Meditation Backyard. The gates are anticipated to stay open till everybody in line has taken half, which usually happens within the early morning hours of Aug. 16, the day that marks the anniversary of Elvis’ dying in 1977. 

The displays at Elvis Presley’s Memphis open at 9 a.m. and customarily keep open till 4 p.m. 

The Graceland Exhibition Middle (at the moment residence to “Contained in the Walt Disney Archives”) is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

An Elvis Week sign sits in front of the entrance to Elvis Presley’s Memphis on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, at Graceland in Memphis.

An Elvis Week signal sits in entrance of the doorway to Elvis Presley’s Memphis on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, at Graceland in Memphis.
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Graceland ticket costs appear to be obtainable in as many choices as there are recordings within the Elvis discography. If you happen to say “All I wish to do is go to the mansion,” you are out of luck. The most cost effective ticket possibility that features the mansion is the “Elvis Expertise Tour,” which prices $75 for an grownup, with “grownup”  being quite liberally outlined as 11 and older. The fee for a child age 5-10 is $43. The “Elvis Expertise” consists of entry to Elvis’ two jet airplanes and to the Elvis Presley’s Memphis complicated.

On the high of the worth chart, an “Final VIP Tour” ticket is $190. In the meantime, many different ticket packages can be found, and Elvis Week is filled with occasions that require separate tickets. Nevertheless, there isn’t a cost for taking part within the candlelight vigil.

To buy tickets or for extra info, go to

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What all does Graceland embrace?

Graceland Mansion: Nonetheless the centerpiece of the Elvis expertise, followers can tour Graceland Mansion with the advantage of an interactive iPad tour hosted by John Stamos and that includes commentary and tales by Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie. The mansion tour permits guests to absorb the lounge, Elvis’ mother and father’ bed room, the kitchen, TV room, pool room, the well-known Jungle Room, his father’s workplace, the newly enhanced Trophy Constructing, the Racquetball Constructing — newly restored to the way it seemed in 1977 — and the Meditation Backyard.

Elvis Presley’s Memphis: Opened in 2017, Elvis Presley’s Memphis is a 200,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art leisure and exhibit complicated. Boasting a wide range of curatorial and particular choices, it guarantees to let followers expertise “Elvis’ life and profession like by no means earlier than — his roots, his influences, and his artistry.” 

March 2, 2017: A collection of Elvis Presley's jumpsuits is seen inside of the Elvis the Entertainer Career Museum at Elvis Presley's Memphis.

March 2, 2017: A set of Elvis Presley’s jumpsuits is seen inside the Elvis the Entertainer Profession Museum at Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
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Elvis: The Entertainer Profession Museum: A closely immersive expertise, the Profession Museum affords a whole lot of artifacts and photographs from vital occasions in Elvis’ life. Followers can tour the in depth Graceland Archives, together with Elvis’ large assortment of gold and platinum data, jumpsuits and stage clothes, memorabilia from his motion pictures, and a whole lot of different one-of-a-kind items. 

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Presley Motors Car Museum: Followers will enjoyment of viewing a group of a few of Elvis’ favourite cars. This consists of distinctive and iconic automobiles like Elvis’ Pink Cadillac, a Stutz Blackhawk, a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado, Dino Ferrari, Mercedes Benz limousine, Rolls-Royce sedans and rather more.

Aug. 9, 2014: Tourists line up to board the Lisa Marie, Elvis' private plane, during a tour of Graceland in Memphis.

Aug. 9, 2014: Vacationers line as much as board the Lisa Marie, Elvis’ non-public aircraft, throughout a tour of Graceland in Memphis.
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Elvis’ Airplanes: No journey to Graceland is full with out a tour of Elvis’ custom-made airplanes. The Lisa Marie features a front room, convention room, non-public bed room and options gold-plated seatbelts, leather-covered tables, and Pure gold-flecked sinks. Elvis’ smaller Lockheed JetStar, the Hound Canine II, can also be on show. 

Elvis Discovery Reveals: A set of themed displays showcases Elvis’ passions, private influences and his impression on the historical past of rock ‘n’ roll and persevering with affect on the popular culture panorama. Among the many present displays are the Presley Cycles Exhibit, X’s & O’s: Elvis and His Love of Soccer, Icons: The Affect of Elvis Presley Exhibit, Elvis’ Tupelo Exhibit, Hollywood Backlot, Non-public Presley Exhibit, Archives Expertise, and the Lisa Marie: Rising Up Presley Exhibit.

Shelley Dorazio, left, embraces a picture of Elvis Presley while Jenny Furr laughs inside the Elvis Presley's Memphis installation at Graceland.

Shelley Dorazio, left, embraces an image of Elvis Presley whereas Jenny Furr laughs contained in the Elvis Presley’s Memphis set up at Graceland.
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Immersive and Interactive Experiences: Graceland has just lately launched 10 state-of-the-art, immersive experiences that supply followers dozens of interactive, shareable moments and one-of-a-kind custom-made photographs and movies that may be downloaded and shared with pals and on social media. A few of the present interactive experiences embrace the “Elvis Your self” Digital Costume-Up Expertise, the Elvis Album Covers Photograph Sales space and Elvis: Entrance Row — An Immersive Live performance Expertise.

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Graceland Mississippi Excursions: For these trying to journey somewhat farther and dig a bit deeper into regional music historical past, Graceland now affords day-long guided, luxurious motorcoach excursions of main Mississippi landmarks and museums as a complement to the Elvis expertise in Memphis. The luxurious coach expertise affords journeys to the town of Elvis’ beginning, Tupelo, Mississippi, and a separate Mississippi Delta Blues tour.

To buy tickets Graceland excursions, displays and packages, go to

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What are the meals choices at Graceland?


Guests have 4 choices on the property to seize a fast chunk to eat.

Vernon’s Smokehouse options genuine Memphis barbecue fare, together with pork ribs, rooster and beef brisket. As well as, basic Southern delicacies and Elvis’ favourite residence cooking — together with meatloaf, catfish and barbecue spaghetti — are served.

Gladys’ Diner serves up basic American delicacies, together with burgers, sizzling canines and pizza. Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches, one in every of Elvis’ favorites, are additionally on the menu.

Cease by Rock ‘n’ Go for espresso, freshly-made sandwiches, salads and snacks. The café affords a full line of espresso drinks made to your specs. The menu additionally consists of smoothies, iced coffees and shaken iced teas.

You’ll want to additionally go to Minnie Mae’s Sweets for hand-dipped ice cream, Root Beer floats, sweet and extra. Select from 16 ice cream flavors.

All 4 eating places are situated at 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd.

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EP's Bar and Grill at Graceland on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

EP’s Bar and Grill at Graceland on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.
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You don’t must be a resort visitor to dine at The Guesthouse at Graceland, 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd. The 2 eating places within the resort are open to everybody.

Delta’s Kitchen affords a la carte or buffet breakfast that includes up to date variations a conventional Southern breakfast. At night time, the restaurant turns right into a finer eating Southern-inspired restaurant that includes steak, double-bone pork chops and contemporary fish.

EP’s Bar & Grill is an off-the-cuff gastro-pub simply off the resort foyer. You’ll really feel proper at residence on this Memphis-inspired setting with a lot of Southern aptitude and loads of TVs to feed your sports activities cravings. There’s even a pool desk. The menu consists of every thing from gourmand burgers to seared salmon. The bar contains a choice of Elvis-themed cocktails. 

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Greatest Graceland souvenirs?

Elvis Presley themed socks inside one of the many gift shops at Graceland on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Elvis Presley themed socks inside one of many many present retailers at Graceland on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.
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After your journey to Graceland, you’ll want to convey residence a reminiscence from the expertise. Listed below are 5 of our favourite objects obtainable on the Graceland memento retailers.

Elvis Presley TCB Sun shades ($25) are a reproduction of the sun shades Elvis wore. They’re obtainable in gold or silver.

“Elvis Presley’s Graceland: The Official Guidebook” ($25) is a collectible hardcover tour ebook full of Elvis and Graceland photographs and data. It’s essential for all Elvis followers and Graceland guests.

Graceland affords dozens of things with Elvis’ signature TCB slogan. A pair of TCB Socks ($9.99) will maintain you “taking good care of enterprise” lengthy after your go to.

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An Elvis Bobble-Head ($29.99) is a enjoyable technique to keep in mind your journey. This mini reproduction of the King is ideal for a desk, bookshelf or mantel. 

Elvis Presley bobbleheads inside one of the many gift shops at Graceland on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Elvis Presley bobbleheads inside one of many many present retailers at Graceland on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.
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And, you may’t go away Graceland with out taking residence some Elvis music. The memento retailers supply a big choice of CDs. We advocate “ELVIS 30 #1 Hits.” Launched in commemoration of the twenty fifth anniversary of Elvis’ passing, this album  presents a career-spanning serving of the King’s chart-toppers.

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Suggestions for visiting Graceland and Elvis Presley’s Memphis

Past the displays: Graceland throughout the summer time and through Elvis Week specifically is a enjoyable and engaging place to go to even for these on a price range. Do not wish to spend a lot cash? Loaded with each high quality and kitschy representations of the King, with import file albums, with examples of the methods wherein an artist and movie star might be made into an icon and “model,” the memento retailers perform as Elvis and Americana displays in their very own proper. “Elvis tribute artists” typically carry out impromptu mini-concerts on sidewalks and in parking heaps, and Elvis Presley Boulevard exterior Graceland on “Candlelight Vigil” night time is an outside folk-art gallery, as followers create mixed-media tributes to the King on the street, utilizing chalk, candles and different objects.

Elvis Presley’s Memphis, pictured on Aug. 11, 2020, opened in 2017 and features restaurants, shops and museums located across the street from Graceland.

Elvis Presley’s Memphis, pictured on Aug. 11, 2020, opened in 2017 and options eating places, retailers and museums situated throughout the road from Graceland.
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Planning your go to: Give your self loads of time to discover Elvis Presley’s Memphis, the sprawl of eating places, retailers and museums situated throughout the road from the Graceland mansion. Opened in 2017 and maybe nonetheless underappreciated, the very best of the exhibit areas dedicated to costumes, automobiles, music and film memorabilia and different artifacts from the Graceland archives examine favorably with related showcases on the Nation Music and Rock and Roll halls of fame. 

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“Free Morning Stroll-Ups”: All yr ‘spherical, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. each day, early risers can take a free-admission stroll up the driveway of Graceland to the Meditation Backyard on the south facet of the mansion and go to the burial websites of Elvis; his mom, Gladys; his father, Vernon; and his grandmother, Minnie Mae Presley. (The backyard additionally incorporates a memorial to Elvis’ stillborn twin brother, Jesse Garon Presley.) Throughout Elvis Week, the walk-up is very fascinating, because the driveway and backyard are full of wreaths and flower preparations and art work and different fan-made tributes to the King. What’s extra, Graceland provides free-admission night walk-up hours to the Elvis Week calendar: The instances are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 11-14 and Aug. 16, and 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 17. (Why no particular hours for Aug. 15? As a result of that is the night time of the “Candlelight Vigil,” the annual ceremony and procession to the backyard that marks the anniversary of Elvis’ Aug. 16, 1977, dying, and which normally attracts a whole lot of followers.)

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Issues to do for the non-Elvis fan

“Contained in the Walt Disney Archives”: On the Graceland Exhibition Middle by way of Jan. 2, “Contained in the Walt Disney Archives” collects extra than 400 work, posters, dolls, props, costumes and different artifacts from the Home of Mouse and a few of its affiliated firms (together with twentieth Century Fox). Youngsters who love Disney cartoons in addition to severe grownup connoisseurs will get a kick out of such props as Julie Andrews’ “Mary Poppins” carpet bag, a Donald Duck animation cel, a Hugh Jackman “Wolverine” costume and a “mild cycle” from the world of “Tron.”

March 2, 2017: Scenes from the grand opening of Elvis Presley's Memphis, which includes Presley Motors Automobile Museum.

March 2, 2017: Scenes from the grand opening of Elvis Presley’s Memphis, which incorporates Presley Motors Car Museum.
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“Icons: The Affect of Elvis Presley”: So, you are detached to Elvis? You like Springsteen, Hendrix, Sam Cooke or KISS? You are in luck. “Icons: The Affect of Elvis Presley” is an exhibit at Elvis Presley’s Memphis that options clothes, devices, stage costumes and different objects that when belonged to or had been utilized by everybody from Dolly Parton to Submit Malone, together with Buddy Holly, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, Justin Timberlake and Gene Simmons of KISS, to call a couple of.

Presley Motors Car Museum: Vrrrrooooommmm! Certain, Elvis owned ’em. However you do not have to be a Presley fan to get a cost (from an alternator or in any other case) from collector’s merchandise automobiles and different motor automobiles on show at the Presley Motors Car Museum at Elvis Presley’s Memphis. A pink Cadillac, a pink Jeep, a 1973 Stutz Blackhawk, a 1975 Dino Ferrari, the purple MG from “Blue Hawaii,” bikes and go-carts and dune buggies and extra.

The Wall: The brick-and-stone wall that separates the grounds of Graceland from the sidewalk and road has by way of the years functioned as a journal, a condolence card, an artwork canvas and a billboard for Elvis aficionados to precise their emotions concerning the King. The phrases carry particular which means for followers, in fact, however anyone who walks its size needs to be impressed by these hand-scrawled expressions of affection and loss, which testify as certainly as does a Fb publish to the human must be heard.

Soundstage at Graceland: Situated throughout the road from the Presley mansion, the 1,500-seat Soundstage at Graceland has grow to be one of many Memphis space’s premiere leisure spots because it started internet hosting live shows commonly in 2019, in partnership with the Dwell Nation reserving company. Whether or not your style in music is nation (Tanya Tucker) or punk (X). Exhibits scheduled for 2021 embrace Low cost Trick, the Nitty Gritty Filth Band, “The Monkees Farewell Tour” (reuniting Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz) and the opposite Elvis, Costello; previous highlights have included Melissa Etheridge, Chubby Checker, the Violent Femmes and the 2020 Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants.

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Different Memphis music spots to go to

If you happen to’re visiting Graceland from out of city, listed here are 5 different spots in Memphis it is advisable to take a look at 

Solar Studio, 706 Union Ave.: No go to to Memphis is full and not using a journey to the legendary Solar Studio. Often known as “The Birthplace of Rock ’n’ Roll,” it was the recording residence to music legends from B.B. King and Elvis Presley to Johnny Money and Jerry Lee Lewis. See and listen to the historical past of the studio as a part of guided excursions that happen seven days every week. For extra info or tickets, go to   

Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave.: Situated on the unique web site of the Stax Information studio in Memphis, the Stax Museum pays particular tribute to the artists who recorded there, in addition to different American soul legends, with interactive displays, movies, stage costumes, musical devices, classic recording tools used at Stax, data, pictures, everlasting and altering galleries, and a uncommon and superb assortment of greater than 2,000 objects of memorabilia and artifacts. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday. For extra info and tickets, go to

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Blues Corridor of Fame Museum, 421 S. Foremost St.: Opened in 2015, the Blues Basis’s Blues Corridor of Fame Museum affords a lot for each blues diehards and informal followers to take pleasure in. That includes a mixture of displays and in-depth historical past, the story of the music and the greater than 400 Corridor of Fame inductees is advised by way of galleries, interactive touchscreen shows and one-of-a-kind memorabilia. Situated in Downtown Memphis, the Blues Corridor of Fame Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday. For extra info or to buy tickets, go to

Blues Foundation downtown museum on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020.

Blues Basis downtown museum on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020.
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Memphis Music Corridor of Fame, 126 S. Second St.: The Memphis Music Corridor of Fame museum and exhibition spotlight a bunch of musicians from the Bluff Metropolis and its environs who had been chargeable for shaping fashionable music and altering the world without end. A enjoyable, fascinating and academic exhibition, the Corridor options never-before-seen memorabilia, uncommon video performances and interviews, interactive displays, and rather more. Situated Downtown, on the nook of Second and Beale, the Memphis Music Corridor of Fame is at the moment open Wednesday-Sunday. For extra info or to buy tickets, go to

Dale Watson performs with the Hernando Swang Orchestra on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Hernando's Hideaway in Memphis.

Dale Watson performs with the Hernando Swang Orchestra on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Hernando’s Hideaway in Memphis.
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Hernando’s Hideaway, 3210 Previous Hernando Street: A famed and iconic Memphis nightspot situated close to Graceland, Hernando’s Hideaway affords meals, drinks and loads of reside music. This yr’s Elvis Week choices embrace performances by Linda Gail Lewis, Rosie Flores, Jason D. Williams, James Intveld and Dale Watson, amongst others. For a full schedule or to buy tickets, go to

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Should-try eating places in Whitehaven?


Valle’s “Italian Insurgent” has been serving Whitehaven since 1977.
Jennifer Chandler

Whitehaven is residence to Graceland — it is also residence to a number of the finest eats within the Bluff Metropolis. Listed below are a few of our favorites.

Lure Fusion (4637 Boeingshire Drive, 901-207-5565) is understood for its from-scratch, more healthy variations of soul meals. Influences of Cajun and Caribbean fare are evident in most of the objects at this Whitehaven restaurant that opened in 2019. Dishes like Jerk Hen Pasta, Fish & Grits and Stuffed Turkey Sandwich have prospects returning usually.

Though the signal out entrance says Valle’s, most individuals know this Whitehaven restaurant because the “Italian Insurgent.” Valle’s Italian Insurgent (1636 Winchester Street, 901-345-5164) opened again in 1977. For 44 years, proprietor Louie Valle has been on the helm of this lunch-only eatery. Valle makes every thing from scratch — together with breads, sauces and Italian sausage. Cease by for one of many thick-crust, rectangular pizzas and a facet of toasted ravioli, or one of many many pasta dishes.

Marlowe’s Ribs & Restaurant (4381 Elvis Presley Blvd., 901-332-4199) could be the most well-liked eatery on the town for Elvis followers. Situated down the road from Graceland, Marlowe’s has been serving Memphians and Elvis followers since 1974. In reality, Elvis even ate right here. Ribs, brisket and an Elvis-inspired burger are a number of the eats you may take pleasure in at this classic eatery. Save room for the Crispy Crème Banana Foster Sundae. It’s Marlowe’s model of his favourite sandwich served as a dessert. And, if staying at a resort within the space, Marlowe’s fleet of Elvis-inspired pink limousines will shuttle you out of your resort proper to the restaurant and drive you again once you end.

Marlowe's Ribs & Restaurant has been in Whitehaven since 1974.

Marlowe’s Ribs & Restaurant has been in Whitehaven since 1974.
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Deep Fried Candy Spicy Love. With a reputation like that, you understand the rooster must be good. Lou Martin, the “Uncle Lou” behind Uncle Lou’s Fried Hen (3633 Millbranch Street, 901-332-2367), began promoting his now world-famous spicy fried rooster again in 1992 on the Liberty Bowl, the place he has been a vendor ever since. In 2001, he determined to open store at his present location on Millbranch Street. His rooster — which is a favourite of movie star chef Man Fieri — is crispy, spicy and candy all on the similar time.

Suga Mama Snoballs (1717 East Holmes Street, 901-474-8711) is understood for its Southern-inspired signature flavors. One-of-a-kind snoballs come topped with cheesecake or strawberry shortcakes. Probably the most well-known snoball is the Banana Pudding taste. A banana-flavored snoball is filled with banana pudding ice cream and garnished with cookies and whipped cream identical to a basic banana pudding. If the temper for one thing savory, proprietor Marci Clark additionally makes killer nachos (we love the seafood nachos) and over-the-top loaded potatoes.

And in spite of everything these nice eats, should you want a pick-me-up, cease by Muggin Coffeehouse (1139 Brownlee Street 901-529-7759). The one unbiased espresso store in Whitehaven affords a full espresso menu and options enjoyable espresso creations with Memphis themes.  We advocate the Zippin Pippin. Named after Elvis’ favourite Libertyland curler coaster, it is a white mocha topped with caramel.

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