ABOUT TSG MEMPHIS & OXFORD EDITOR STEPHANIE STEPHENS:

Born and raised in Memphis, Stephanie didn’t stray too far from Bluff City to attend college at Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi, where she studied marketing and minored in entrepreneurship with the intention of running her own business one day. Throughout college, Stephanie enjoyed the small town of Oxford with the great shopping on the square, the antique malls, and wonderful restaurants.

After graduation, Stephanie returned home to Memphis with a newfound love of the city she had grown up in. She first worked as a trade assistant at a commodity trading firm, and after spending the day watching the ups and downs of the futures markets, she would research everything happening in Memphis—planning out her weekends and happy hours accordingly. Family and friends soon began asking her for suggestions on what to do and where to go in the city, and her husband, Paul, quickly got used to Stephanie dragging him to new breakfast spots, festivals and fairs, and shopping events.

On the weekends, you will find Stephanie and Paul walking their golden doodle, Gus, at The Big River Crossing (usually stopping at a dog-friendly bar on the way home for a seasonal cocktail), cheering on the Grizzlies at The Fedex Forum, or sitting by a bonfire at her parents’ ranch, located about an hour outside of Memphis in Senatobia, Mississippi.

When the opportunity arose to be Editor of The Scout Guide Memphis & Oxford, Stephanie couldn’t pass it up. As Editor, Stephanie loves connecting with the local business owners, artists, and curators who make Memphis and Oxford wonderful and unique. She can’t wait to celebrate and highlight the two very different, but equally captivating towns that made her who she is today.


STEPHANIE’S THREE FAVORITE REASONS TO VISIT MEMPHIS AND OXFORD:

  1. The people. “In 2017, Memphis was ranked the most philanthropic city in the nation. The people of Memphis are generous, support one another, and care about the city’s development. You are sure to meet a friend any time you visit.”
  2. “Memphis is only a day trip away from multiple cities, including the charming town of Oxford, Mississippi. Take a day trip to visit the shops on the square, have a drink on the rooftop of The Graduate Oxford, or take a tour of William Faulkner’s historical home. You will definitely want to return!”
  3. The culinary scene. “Something people don’t realize about Memphis until they visit is the magnificent outdoor scene. Memphis is home to Shelby Farms Park, one of the top 20 largest urban parks in the country. It’s a great place for a picnic, biking, and other fun activities. Memphis also has the Greenline, the Wolf River Greenway, and Big River Crossing— all trails that connect different parts of the city and get everyone outside and moving.”

WORDS STEPHANIE LIVES BY:

“Be silly, be honest, be kind.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson