Meet Stephanie Stephens

Most people might say, Stephanie was born and raised in Memphis, but what Stephanie likes to say is that she was born in Memphis, but Memphis raised her. When Stephanie left Memphis to earn her BA in Business at Ole Miss, she realized that was the furthest she ever wanted to live away from her hometown. Upon her return to Memphis, she realized her true passion in discovery— discovery in what makes Memphis “tick”. The local businesses, artists, festivals, sports teams (GO GRIZZ!) and the culinary scene, is what makes the “Bluff City” what it is, and Stephanie wanted to be part of it all. In becoming the Editor of The Scout Guide Memphis in 2018, her dream came true. Stephanie is able to spend her days frolicking around town, meeting small business owners, trying new food, and learning more and more about what makes Memphis the city that it is. Stephanie and her husband, Paul, and their Goldendoodle, Gus, now have a little boy named Walter. They can’t wait to have the people of Memphis help raise baby Walter as well!

Stephanie’s Favorite Reasons to Visit

Reason 1

The Southern Hospitality & Philanthropy. Memphis has been ranked the most generous and charitable city in the U.S. multiple times by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. With St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital being in Memphis, plus all of the other wonderful organizations that make our city great, the people of Memphis truly come together for beautiful causes. You are sure to see the generosity of Memphis when you visit.

Reason 2

The Food. The culinary scene is one-of-a-kind in Memphis. We are most known for our BBQ—our city has no shortage of pork ribs. If BBQ isn’t your craving, there are many talented chefs in Memphis to keep you satisfied. Whether you crave Italian, French, New American, or classic Creole, you won’t leave Memphis hungry!

Reason 3

The Music Scene. Memphis is home to the roots of many genres, including the blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll. To learn more about Memphis music history, you must visit the famous Sun Studio, where artists such as B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley produced their music. Today, you can find live music all over Beale Street downtown and at the other amazing venues around the city.

WORDS TO LIVE BY:  “Be silly, be honest, be kind.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson