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Memphians We Miss: The Creatives of Ixora

Nestled near the Crosstown community is a place named Ixora (ex-hor-uh) that has a little bit of everything that you could be looking for.

The consignment style store, owned and run by creative couple Carla and Gil Worth, is a hot spot where makers and creatives of all kinds can thrive. Not only that, but the space is also home to The OAM Network, an independent podcast and live production studio that hosts a number of shows including Spillit—a series featuring unscripted storytelling from anyone who has a story to share. 

Carla, owner of Apothecary Housekeeping and Illuminati Bath and Body, is no stranger to the vendor-and-maker set up. After many years of dealing with high fees setting up booths and getting little shelf time to sell her handcrafted products, she dreamt of a place where she could welcome other creators with open doors. Her dreams came to reality on February 8th when the Worth’s opened their labor of love, Ixora, to the public, offering items that are handmade with unique flair and appeal. Whether you’re looking for one-of-a-kind products or you’re looking to dip your toes into the world of making, this is the place to let your creative spirit grow and shine. 

“We want Ixora to be a hub where people can come in and experience alternative creativity. From theatre, to spoken word, improv comedy, podcasts… We want this to be a place where people can really use their imaginations.“ Gil explained. 

Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re not sure when we’ll get to walk through those welcoming doors again, but Ixora has all of their vendors’ merchandise featured in their online shop. Not only that, but they’ve stepped it up to reflect our current situation by selling masks, benefit merch for P&H and Black Lodge, and starting a new podcast called “Pandemic Parenting” to help you moms and dads out there. 

One day we’ll be able to return to Ixora, and when we do we’ll be bringing our coins, and a warm smile to say hello to the Memphians that we have missed. 

Keep up with how the peeps of Ixora are doing on Instagram and Facebook.

Peruse the podcasts of The OAM Network here, and follow their work on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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