WELCOME…come see us:
889 South Cooper Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
We are primarily a working & teaching space, but we love to have you come by to visit and shop during our open studio hours, which are
- Wednesdays & Thursdays from 10 until 3
- Scheduled workshop days for pop-in, “self-serve” shopping (usually Fridays & Saturdays…please see dates listed below), and
- on other, non-workshop Fridays & Saturdays by appointment (and please don’t hesitate to call and set up a date. we are happy to open for you whenever possible.)
(Thank you for understanding that our students are our top priority during workshops, and that we can’t break away from class for long…so, if you need an in-depth consult on a product, project or colors, it’s best to make an appointment or drop in on an open studio day. )
A note about parking: when you come to visit, please use the spaces on the street. Parking spaces in the rear belong to my neighbors in the apartments. One exception…if you need access via the ramp at the back door, just call and we’ll make sure there is a place available there for you.
We’re open for most Cooper/Young Nights Out, too, so if you’re out and about on the first Thursday evening of the month, please confirm the date here, and drop by and say hello. There are always refreshments…come sip and shop between 5 and 8. (The next C/Y NO is on June 6th.)
me & mrs. jones is thrilled to be the Memphis-area stockist for Annie Sloan’s fabulous Chalk Paint® decorative paints. Chalk Paint® is the ideal medium for painting furniture, cabinets, floors, and fixtures, for everyone from weekend DIYers to professional artisans. An incredible range of beautiful, easy finishes is possible using Annie’s gorgeous palette of 30 colors along with her waxes and lacquer. The best part? No priming, sanding, or stripping is necessary. It’s environmentally kind: water-based, odor-free, and low-voc.
We carry the full line of Annie’s paints (in sample pots and quarts), brushes, waxes and lacquer, as well as her four most recent books. Just in: Annie’s brand new Color Recipes for Painted Furniture. We also have stencils from five different designers, brushes, books on decorative painting and interior design, and other creative sundries.
If you’re looking for Chalk Paint®, but are not in the Memphis area, please visit Annie Sloan Unfolded to find the retailer nearest to you.
And…Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint is here! We are over the moon to have all 12 of her beautiful colors (with six new hues coming this summer) in quart and sample sizes, along with her bonding agent, furniture wax, antiquing wax, hempseed oil and crackle. Milk paint is environmentally gentle, finishes beautifully with waxes and gilding, and is intuitive, creative and just plain fun to create a variety of looks with, from chippy and primitive to refined and elegant.
Due to the unique nature of our wares, all sales are final, and we unfortunately can’t accept any returns or exchanges.
(Please note: we’ve left workshop dates that are full listed here for two reasons: you may want to send in a registration form (below) and add your name to the waiting list – cancellations do occasionally occur – and, you are welcome to pop in to shop on a workshop day.)
chalk paint® 101 (**this course has filled, but we’ll offer it again soon – thank you!**)
friday, may 31st 9am until 2:30pm
roll up your sleeves and learn the basics of painting furniture and six different gorgeous finishes with chalk paint® and soft wax by annie sloan that you will use to transform your furniture, fixtures, cabinets and walls: distressed, blended, textured, washed, a flaw-covering rustic look and a smooth, modern finish. you’ll play with more than a dozen colors from her beautiful palette, and leave armed with samples you’ve created of each method, a notebook full of ideas, and the confidence to tackle all your projects.
coffee, cake & chalk paint® (the basics.) (**two spots left**)
saturday, june 8th 9:30am until 12pm
while you really can’t go wrong with annie sloan’s amazing chalk paint® and soft waxes, there are a few key things to know that will help your projects go more smoothly and quickly. spend an morning at the studio exploring the colors, products, and basic furniture painting techniques that ensure success. you’ll go home with samples of three techniques you’ve mastered, loads of recipes and hints, and a headstart on your projects.
the great frame-up
tuesday, may 21st 9am until noon (**this session is full, but we are taking a wait list**)
saturday, june 15th 9:30am until 12:30 (**we have two spots left for this date**)
learn annie sloan’s most popular chalk paint® and wax techniques, and plus the basics of stenciling and gilding at this project workshop. you’ll take home a fab wooden frame that shows off your new skills, to keep (or give.) choose from a wide variety of color schemes and stencil patterns, and copper, gold or silver leaf for the details.
chalk paint® 202 (**four spots available**)
friday, june 21st 9am until 2:30pm
master more methods using layers of chalk paint® and soft waxes by annie sloan! in this all-day hands-on workshop, we’ll teach you several new, gorgeous, sophisticated techniques developed by annie. you’ll take your chalk paint® finishes to new levels, from wonderfully distressed to refined and elegant. (either chalk paint® 101 or chalk paint® basics is a pre-requisite for this workshop, since we’ll be adding layers to what you’ve already learned, and moving quickly.)
the frosting on the cake (** two places left**)
friday, june 28th 9am until 2:30pm
spend a day learning how to add pattern and sparkle to your finishes. in this workshop, you’ll create gorgeous, layered samples using techniques with stencils and metallics (including metal leaf, gilding wax, and reactive metal paints.) the methods we’ll cover can be applied to walls, furniture, cabinets, and fabric. we’ll work with motif stencils as well as all-over patterns, and send you home with your samples and a notebook full of details and resources.
and, on Tuesday, July 23rd, Jennylyn Pringle (president of the Homestead Paint Company, maker of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint) is coming to Memphis for a special, fun, milk-paint filled day at me & mrs. jones. Please pencil it in, and watch this space (and our monthly newsletter) for details!
THE FINE PRINT…
To receive first notice of new courses being added to the schedule, please click on “contact” above, and add your email address to the mailing list. Our monthly newsletter contains all the details on upcoming workshops, events, news, and new products. (And please know that Mrs. Jones never shares her list!)
Tuition covers all materials, supplies, treats and refreshments.
Payment in full secures your reservation, and is non-refundable. If for any reason you can’t attend the course you’ve enrolled in, let us know at least 72 hours in advance, and we’ll apply your fees to a future class of your choice. If the workshop date must be changed due to weather or other unavoidable circumstances on our part, we will re-schedule it for the soonest mutually agreeable time.
Please wear clothes that you wouldn’t mind getting a little paint on…ditto your footwear. As Annie Sloan herself says: “Kindly leave your cashmere and tiara at home.”
To ensure that you leave having learned every little detail we can cover in a course, and with all of your questions answered, we keep classes to a maximum of eight people. Depending on the topic, some workshops may have even fewer spots available, so that everyone has plenty of working space. So, if you see something you like on the schedule, don’t hesitate.
Plenty of street parking is available near the studio. And, unless you’re unloading something large and/or heavy, please don’t park in our driveway…there are apartments in the rear, and my neighbors must be able to get in and out of their assigned spaces in back. If you must have access via the ramp at the back door, please give us a quick call ahead so that we can make sure there is a spot available for you when you arrive.
A final note: as Mrs. Jones is loathe to miss a meal, during full-day courses, we’ll take time for lunch. You’re welcome to break away, stroll the neighborhood, and take advantage of one of the many great spots within blocks of the studio, or stay in, and we’ll order something delivered.
If you prefer to bring something, there is a fridge here with room for you. No matter how long the class lasts, you’re always welcome to help yourself to coffee, tea, cold drinks and treats during breaks.
Please use the form below to sign up for a specific workshop at our studio. Once your sign-up form is submitted, you will receive an email from us with information on how to pay for your workshop and complete your registration. Thanks for understanding that we must receive payment within 10 days of confirmation in order to hold your spot.
If a course is listed as full, but you would like to be added to the waiting list, just make a note of that in the “Which Workshops?” field below, and we’ll let you know as soon as a space opens up. Thank you.
it’s a beautiful day in our neighborhood
While you’re in Cooper/Young, drop in and shop at Burke’s Books, Palladio, Market Central, Toad Hall, Graham’s Lighting, Loudean’s, Second Hand Rose, Urban Outfitters, Kindred Spirit Style, and Consignments. Close by and not to be missed is the Worlds Away outlet, Worlds Apart. They are having lots of fun around the corner at ArtjamN and Allie Cat Arts. And we are so excited that Sew Memphis is open, just down the other way off Central Avenue. (For other crafting supplies, Stash Yarn Shop has recently moved from Cooper/Young to down the street at 2157 Madison Avenue, at Overton Square.)
If you’re hungry, you’re in luck: Alchemy, Cortona, Stone Soup, Beauty Shop, Celtic Crossing, Mulan, Cafe Ole, Tsunami, Central Barbeque, Cafe Palladio, Young Avenue Deli, Jasmine Thai & Vegetarian, Imagine Vegan Cafe, and Soul Fish are all just steps away. A few blocks north up Cooper Street, you’ll find some other fantastic places to eat and play: Local, Chiwawa, Bosco’s, and more.
Need coffee? Java Cabana and Otherlands will fix you right up. For something sweet, scoot over to Yolo. If music is your beat, visit Goner Records, the Memphis Drum Shop, and Xanadu Music & Books…all within a few blocks. For healing/relaxing/pampering: Midtown Massage & Bodywork, and the Polish Bottle. And for the supplies you might need that we don’t carry, we can’t compete (nor would we!) with our friends at the Art Supply Center.
If you come for a Saturday appointment or workshop, pop down the street to the Cooper/Young Community Farmers Market, one of the very best in our area.
If you’re traveling to see us, the closest hotel is five minutes away at the Holiday Inn Suites at the University of Memphis. Downtown hotels are 10 to 15 minutes from Cooper/Young.