C-Boy's Design

By Michael Corcoran, Fri., Jan. 31, 2014

Steve Wertheimer outside C-Boy's
Steve Wertheimer outside C-Boy's
Photos by John Anderson

Steve Wertheimer summed up his instructions to the interior design crew for C-Boy's Heart & Soul with a simple suggestion: Make it look like it's been around 50 or 60 years.

C-Boy's Design

Designer Jennifer Long, who usually works as a set decorator on Robert Rodriguez movies, decided to use only vintage lighting at the upstairs and downstairs bars. There are also classic "chitlin circuit" posters, old record sleeves, and other visuals you'd expect to see at a Sixties Memphis juke joint, not a new club on SoCo.

The upstairs bar, dubbed the Jade Room, is decorated with an Asian feel, but the hardwood floor comes from an old Baptist church in Houston. As do the stained-glass church doors for the ladies room. Perhaps most significant is the bright red and white awning that leads clubgoers inside. The awning copies the front of the Continental Club circa 1973.

Every inch of C-Boy's has been thought out, even leaving part of the old Trophy's wall in the bathroom as an homage to the punk dive. "On a movie, you've got two months of preparation and three months of shooting and that's it," said Long, who worked with architect Ken Johnson of Clayton & Little on C-Boy's interior. "The beauty of C-Boy's was having time, a full year, to find just the right pieces."

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