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1. Wharton Outlines Possible Beale Board -

The Downtown Memphis Commission would continue to oversee day-to-day management of the Beale Street entertainment district for the rest of 2014, with a new five-to-seven member board forming later this year to oversee the hiring of a private management firm to run the district in the future.

2. Wharton Outlines Possible Beale Board -

The Downtown Memphis Commission would continue to oversee day-to-day management of the Beale Street entertainment district for the rest of 2014, with a new five-to-seven member board forming later this year to oversee the hiring of a private management firm to run the district in the future.

3. Appeals Court Upholds Cap on ‘Swipe’ Fees -

A federal appeals court has handed a defeat to a coalition of retail groups that challenged as too high the Federal Reserve’s cap on how much banks can charge businesses for handling debit card transactions.

4. Hilton Garden Inn Planned for Former Bus Station -

A Knoxville-based hospitality company has closed on the purchase of the vacant Greyhound facility Downtown and will transform the property into a Hilton Garden Inn.

Turkey Creek Hospitality completed the $1.7 million purchase of the 1.3-acre property Tuesday, March 18, and will bring a 140-room Hilton Garden Inn to the heart of Downtown Memphis. Hank Martin and Elliot Embry with NAI Saig Co. represented Greyhound Lines Inc. in the transaction.

5. Triumph Bank Meeting To Highlight Banner Year -

Triumph Bank is holding its annual meeting next month in a locale that’s different from the traditional conference room setting where banks tend to make their yearly presentation to shareholders.

6. Patching Up Poplar -

Its narrow traffic lanes are unforgiving and its storm water drain grates make driving the outside lane a perilous endeavor.

Sidewalks disappear and resume from block to block, while street crossings for pedestrians are daunting even for the most determined and fleet-footed runner who has to navigate stoplights and traffic.

7. Biting Cold Puts a Freeze on Restaurant Business -

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – The homemade matzo ball and beef barley soups are lost on customers walking into Rascals' NY Deli – because there just aren't very many of them.

"After it starts getting really cold and the sun goes down, the people don't want to come," said Randy Smith, manager of the restaurant in the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash.

8. Café Keough Owner Banking on Locale, Food for Success -

It’s tough enough to start a new business. Tougher still if that business is an independent restaurant. And tougher still if your vision for what it will be lives only in your imagination.

“I’m trying to make an old Memphis cafe,” Kevin Keough, owner of Café Keough at 12 S. Main St., said one recent afternoon as he sipped coffee and explained his dream. “But that doesn’t exist. So I had to make it up, what I think it could have looked like.”

9. Beale Merchants Helping Wet Willie’s Employee -

Beale Street merchants and employees are rallying to help one of their own fight a dangerous disease.

In December, Wet Willie’s employee Jessica Braddy was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkin’s disease, and Beale Street businesses are raising funds to help offset her medical costs.

10. Federal Judge Approves Swipe Fee Settlement -

A U.S. federal judge has approved a $7.25 billion settlement between merchants and Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. over credit card transaction fees.

11. Shopping Spree -

Retailers have been gearing up for a frenzied Black Friday, marking the beginning of the holiday shopping season, but industry experts expect a lukewarm year compared to moderate growth in 2012.

Both nationally and locally, many stores opened earlier than ever before in an attempt to capture customers before their competitors and maximize a shorter-than-usual shopping season.

12. Bitcoin Gains Popularity in Memphis -

Bitcoin has arrived in Memphis.

Businesses in the Memphis area and slightly beyond that are now accepting payment in the form of the new digital currency include Memphis IT Works, an information technology consultancy. The company, which provides systems management for companies of various sizes as well as offering computer safety consulting and testing, joins thousands around the country now accepting bitcoin, a number that’s continuing to grow.

13. $2.1 Million Loan Filed for Bent Tree Apartments -

An affiliate of the locally owned, faith-based nonprofit Global Ministries Fellowship has filed a $2.1 million loan for the 379-unit Bent Tree Apartments in Whitehaven.

GMF-Bent Tree LLC filed the leasehold deed of trust, security agreement and assignment of leases and fixture filing Oct. 30 through Merchants Bank of Indiana.

14. Events -

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Oct. 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email info@southmainmemphis.net.

15. Beale Street Deal Would Pay Handy Park Debt -

The settlement of the last remaining item in the bankruptcy petition of Beale Street developer Performa Entertainment hasn’t gone by any of the scripts the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has written and rewritten.

16. ‘Handle With Care’ -

Once the settlement of a lawsuit over control of Beale Street is complete, the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. plans on issuing requests for firms to manage and develop the thriving entertainment district.

17. MEMFix Goes South -

Of the neighborhoods in which the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team has been working to build retail and commercial trade, none has the amount of history, turmoil, potential and perception problems found in the two blocks east and west of Mississippi Boulevard and Walker Avenue.

18. Council Gives Early Approval to Solid Waste Fee -

The Memphis City Council sent a proposed lease of Handy Park on Beale Street back to committee Tuesday, Sept. 3, for more discussion about the details.

And the council approved on the first of three readings a restoration of the city’s solid waste fee to $25.05 a month. But there were conflicting explanations about which part of an overhaul of sanitation services the restoration of the fee is supposed to fund.

19. Council Approves Solid Waste Fee, Delays Vote On Handy Park Lease -

The Memphis City Council sent a proposed lease of Handy Park on Beale Street back to committee Tuesday, Sept. 3, for more discussion about the details.

And the council approved on the first of three readings a restoration of the city’s solid waste fee to $25.05 a month. But there were conflicting explanations about which part of an overhaul of sanitation services the restoration of the fee is supposed to be aimed at.

20. August 23-August 29, 2013: This week in Memphis history -

2012: Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell vetoed a referendum on a half-cent countywide sales tax hike and the Shelby County Commission overrode the veto putting the item to voters in the city of Memphis and the unincorporated county on the Nov. 6 ballot. Voters defeated the sales tax hike.

21. Wal-Mart Pushes ‘Made in America’ at Summit -

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is hoping for a groundswell "made-in-America" movement.

22. Oklahoma Hotel Group Buys Baymont Inn -

6020 Shelby Oaks Drive
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $2.1 million

Sale Date: Aug. 6, 2013
Buyer: Champion Regional Development LLC
Seller: BRE/LQ Properties LLC
Loan Amount: $2.1 million
Loan Date: Aug. 7, 2013
Maturity Date: N/A
Borrowers: Sunny Management LLC; KNSB LLC; Jansa LLC
Lender: InterBank
Details: An affiliate of Oklahoma City-based Champion Hotels has paid $2.1 million for the 103-room Baymont Inn & Suites Memphis East hotel at 6020 Shelby Oaks Drive in Northeast Memphis.

23. Hickory Hill Facility Sells for $1.8 Million -

A manufacturing and distribution facility at 5195 Bledsoe Road in Hickory Hill has sold for $1.8 million.

24. Mortgage Market Rises 22 Percent in July -

The month of July may help buoy expectations among optimistic participants in the mortgage industry that a housing recovery is taking hold in Shelby County.

Mortgage volume for the month was up almost 22 percent in July, climbing to almost $173 million last month from $142.2 million in July 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

25. Triumph Bank Acquires Merchants & Planters Mortgage Unit -

Memphis-based Triumph Bank has reached a deal to acquire the mortgage division of Merchants & Planters Bank.

26. Triumph Bank Acquires Merchants & Planters' Mortgage Division -

Memphis-based Triumph Bank has reached a deal to acquire the mortgage division of Merchants & Planters Bank.

27. Retailers See Slow Start to Back-to-School Season -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers are holding off on back-to-school shopping, and those who delay long enough might be rewarded with some steep discounts from desperate retailers.

Revenue at stores open at least a year – an industry measure of a retailer's health– rose 3.8 percent in July, the slowest pace since March, according to a preliminary tally of 10 retailers by the International Council of Shopping Centers. The figure, which excludes drugstores, was below a 5.5 percent increase in June.

28. Branding Highlights South Main’s Mosaic -

With a website launch this week and a year’s worth of preparation, the Downtown Memphis Commission is taking the next step in a developing awareness effort and branding campaign for the South Main Historic Arts District.

29. Court Rules for Amex in Dispute With Merchants -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled against merchants Thursday who object to having to accept American Express debit and credit cards along with the company's iconic charge card.

30. Retail Resurgence -

When leaders of the Delta Division of Kroger kicked off the $5 million renovation of the chain’s Whitehaven supermarket, some of the area’s community and business leaders were looking beyond the store’s parking lot.

31. Grizz Game to Air on Outdoor Screens -

The sold-out Grizzlies-Spurs playoff game Saturday, May 25, at FedExForum will be seen on several large outdoor LED screens in the Downtown area including Beale Street.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced the plans for the outdoor public viewings Thursday afternoon.

32. Grizz Watch Party Planned for Saturday in Handy Park -

The Memphis Grizzlies-San Antonio Spurs basketball playoff game at FedExForum Saturday, May 25, is sold out.

But the game will be broadcast on big LED television screens a block away in Handy Park, in the Beale Street entertainment district.

33. Saturday Grizzlies Game to Air on Outdoor Screens -

The sold-out Grizzlies-Spurs playoff game Saturday, May 25, at FedExForum will be seen on several large outdoor LED screens in the Downtown area including Beale Street.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced the plans for the outdoor public viewings Thursday afternoon.

34. Parking Permit -

The first elected official to drop hints about a Cooper-Young parking garage was Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., who is frequently seen in the restaurants in the district on Saturday mornings or mid-afternoon.

35. Couple Moves to Memphis to Launch Startup -

Pam and Tom Cooper are the co-founders of Boosterville, a Memphis-based startup with an app that helps school fundraisers raise money by connecting them with local businesses.

36. Basketball Boon -

Before the Grizzlies began their first-round playoff series with the Clippers in Los Angeles, Dennis Flanagan looked ahead to Game 3, which was to be played on Thursday night, April 25, in Memphis.

37. The New Beale -

Over the last four years, the next chapter in the development of Beale Street has been a stop-and-go affair. First would come announcements followed by silence from official channels.

Along with that silence, though, was quiet activity on the side, a movement that culminated with the March announcement of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s strategic planning committee’s report, “A Framework for Beale Street.”

38. Events -

New Ballet Ensemble will present Springloaded Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The annual event fuses ballet, contemporary and urban dance with works by local and guest choreographers. Visit nbespringloaded13.eventbrite.com for times and tickets.

39. Events -

New Ballet Ensemble will present Springloaded Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14, at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. The annual event fuses ballet, contemporary and urban dance, with works by local and guest choreographers. Visit nbespringloaded13.eventbrite.com for times and tickets.

40. CBIZ Expands Payment Data Security Service -

CBIZ Security & Advisory Services LLC has expanded its payment data security service offering by obtaining the Qualified Security Assessor certification from the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council.

41. Beale District Future Mapped Out in Report -

Whatever comes next for the Beale Street entertainment district, the city of Memphis isn’t likely to turn over the three blocks of real estate for several decades to a developer and the nonprofit middleman, Beale Street Development Corp.

42. Nonprofit Proposed for Beale -

A strategic planning committee on the future of the Beale Street entertainment district has recommended to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. a new nonprofit foundation to serve as the purveyor of the street’s culture and history.

43. Beale Street Plan Recommends New Nonprofit -

A strategic planning committee on the future of the Beale Street entertainment district has recommended to Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. a new nonprofit foundation to serve as the purveyor of the street’s culture and history.

44. Mortgage Activity Slows in February -

Mortgage activity in Shelby County began 2013 by shifting into a higher gear, but someone tapped the brakes in February.

Total mortgage volume countywide had started the year showing double-digit percentage growth over the same period one year earlier. But in February, volume was up just 1 percent over the same month in 2012.

45. Six New Seed Hatchery Teams Chosen -

Six new teams have been lined up for the 2013 Seed Hatchery cohort.

Seed Hatchery is Memphis’ high-growth tech startup accelerator and puts entrepreneurs through a 90-day boot camp, with a crash course in customer discovery, business development, go-to-market strategies and investor pitches. And this year’s cohort marks the third collection of founders to go through the program.

46. Beale Bankruptcy Terms Nearly Done -

A federal bankruptcy court judge has adopted a settlement on the bankruptcy case involving control of the Beale Street Entertainment District.

But all sides in the legal action will be reading the fine print of the coming written court order carefully as one part of the long-running legal drama over the storied district nears an end.

47. Mortgage Gains Point to Solid 2013 -

Shelby County’s mortgage market made decent strides during the past 12 months, posting gains over 2011 and foreshadowing a healthy 2013.

Banks and mortgage lenders made 8,028 purchase mortgages in Shelby County during 2012, a 17 percent improvement from the 6,862 mortgages during 2011, according to the latest data from real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

48. Slam Dunk -

Historically, December isn’t the kindest month to Downtown Memphis’ economy. That’s compared to the summer months, when Beale Street and its surrounding areas are bustling with people visiting attractions, dining at restaurants and spending money on retail items.

49. Retailers Report Weak Sales Gains for November -

NEW YORK (AP) – Black Friday was no match for Sandy.

Major retailers such as Kohl's, Target and Macy's on Thursday reported weak sales in November as a strong start to the holiday shopping season – including a good showing on the day after Thanksgiving – wasn't enough to fully offset the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy earlier in the month.

50. Retail Rebranding -

Collierville has lost an avenue. The town’s 60-acre “lifestyle center” – the largest in the Memphis metropolitan area – has changed its name as part of a transition started this spring, when Memphis-based Poag Lifestyle Centers bought what then was known as The Avenue Collierville.

51. Gen X Inks State’s First Location on Austin Peay -

A trendy Vernon, Calif.-based retailer has inked its first Tennessee location in Austin Peay Plaza.

Gen X Clothing Inc. signed a 35,000-square-foot lease at 3252 Austin Peay Highway. The space was formerly occupied by Big Lots.

52. Time for Memphians to Rejoice Yet Again -

Each year, a Chicago firm called Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. publishes a tongue-in-cheek report on the nation’s lost productivity during March Madness.

53. More Retailers Object to Credit Card Settlement -

NEW YORK (AP) – A group of retailers and trade groups has launched a last-ditch effort to stop a settlement worth at least $6 billion that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers for alleged fee fixing.

54. Wal-Mart to Accelerate Small-Store Growth -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is accelerating the expansion of small stores, particularly its Neighborhood Market stores, as it looks to compete with a variety of rivals from dollar stores to drug chains.

55. Events -

Mistletoe Merchants will be held Friday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 7, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Visit themarketshows.com.

56. Retailers Report Slower Sales Growth in September -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans may have slowed their spending in September after splurging during the start of the busy back-to-school shopping season in the month before. But most importantly, they were still spending.

57. Holiday Sales Seen Rising 4.1 Percent in 2012 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans are expected to spend more during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, but they're not exactly ready to shop 'til they drop like they have been in the past two years.

58. Wal-Mart's Holiday Hiring to be Up Slightly -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Friday it expects to hire more than 50,000 people this holiday season and will be offering more hours to its existing employees.

59. Events -

The Federalist Society Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter and University of Memphis Law Students’ Chapter will present a free Constitution Day program Monday, Sept. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. Pepperdine University professor Dr. Gordon Lloyd will speak. R.S.V.P. to Greg Grisham at gregory.grisham@jacksonlewis.com or 462-2616.

60. Forecast Points to Solid Holiday Growth -

After wrapping up a decent back-to-school shopping season, merchants are expected to see healthy sales gains for the critical winter holidays, though the pace should be slightly below last year, according to one of the first forecasts issued for the holiday sales season.

61. 'Unveil South Main' Artwalk Calls for Regional Artists -

Twenty artists will be selected from across the region to exhibit in 20 spaces in the South Main Historic Arts District for 20 days as a part of “Unveil South Main” – an artwalk taking place Nov. 30 through Dec. 19. The deadline for artist submissions is Sept. 21.

62. Historically Hip -

There will be meandering crowds, hand-made art, funky tunes, political campaigning, locally sourced foods and a fireworks display.

More than 400 vendor booths are slated to celebrate this year’s 25th anniversary of the Cooper Young Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the corner of Cooper Street and Young Avenue.

63. Retail Group Opposes Card Fee Settlement -

The National Retail Federation is opposing a proposed $7.25 billion settlement that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers for alleged fee fixing.

64. Kmart Waives Layaway Fee, Joining Rivals -

NEW YORK (AP) – The layaway wars are heating up ahead of the winter holidays.

Kmart, a division of Sears Holdings Corp., said Friday that it's waiving the fees that shoppers pay to open its interest-free pay-over-time program at its discount stores and online through Nov. 17.

65. Wal-Mart Brings Back Holiday Layaway -

NEW YORK (AP) – After seeing high customer demand for layaway during last year's winter holiday season, Wal-Mart is expanding the interest-free pay-over-time program for Christmas.

The new program will last a month longer than last year's and will include more items than the toys and electronics featured last year.

66. Major Retailers to Launch Mobile App for Payments -

NEW YORK (AP) – A bevy of big-name retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best-Buy Co. and Target Corp., are teaming up to create a company that will give customers another way to make purchases: with their cellphones.

67. Dot-Com Moves Distribution To Memphis -

Wilsonville, Ore.-based LinenTablecloth.com has entered the Memphis industrial market, leasing 82,500 square feet at 3046 Datsun Drive for its new distribution center.

68. Amro Music Honored For Music Advocacy, Store Layouts -

Memphis-based Amro Music has been recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants for its contributions to music advocacy and for its merchandising and displays.

The 90-year-old family business was awarded the Support Music Local Advocacy Award for the organization’s support of local music and music advocacy. The store won the category of Best Merchandising & Display, thanks to the way it makes stores visitor-friendly by breaking its sales floors into easy-to-find sections each featuring touch-screen monitors where shoppers can learn more about the products on display.

69. State Grant Includes Walker Ave. Improvements -

On one very hot afternoon, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s effort to break public-private development projects out of Downtown got a $1.5 million boost.

With two food delivery trucks passing by on the crowded parking lot of Garibaldi’s Pizza, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam came to the University of Memphis area Thursday, July 26, to deliver three checks from transportation enhancement grants in the Walker Avenue area where Garibaldi’s and other locally owned businesses coexist in a compact area as well as the fourth phase of the Wolf River Greenway in North Memphis and the Highway 61 Blues Trail project.

70. Haslam Awards Trans Grants, Visits Frayser School -

During a day in West Tennessee Thursday, July 26, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam talked about higher education on the campus of the University of Memphis-Lambuth campus in Jackson and dropped in on preparations for the first day of classes next month at Corning Achievement Elementary School.

71. Wal-Mart Opposed to $6B Card Fee Settlement -

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. urged retailers to reject a proposed $6 billion settlement that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers for alleged fee fixing.

72. Beale Street Blues -

Last September, a working group appointed by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. completed its work on recommendations for the future of Beale Street.

The report has been printed and boxed up – but it won’t be released until a judge settles the federal bankruptcy case embroiling the entertainment district.

73. Biz License Filings Rise in Q2 -

The number of business licenses filed with the Shelby County Clerk’s office increased 2.7 percent to 1,397 in the second quarter of 2012 from 1,360 for the same period last year, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

74. Midtown Merchants Form Madison Biz Association -

Merchants along Madison Avenue from Cleveland to Cooper streets are forming a business association.

A group of 50 business owners and operations on what is Midtown’s Main Street gathered at Minglewood Hall Wednesday, July 18, to get acquainted and kick off the effort.

75. New Welfare Restrictions Target Booze, Tattoos -

BOSTON (AP) — Taking aim at what they call an abuse of the taxpayers' money, a growing number of states are blocking welfare recipients from spending their benefits on booze, cigarettes, lottery tickets, casino gambling, tattoos and strippers.

76. StyleCraft Signs Lease At Airways Building E -

Home decor company StyleCraft Home Collection Inc. has signed a 167,600-square-foot lease at Industrial Developments International’s Airways Distribution Center Building E.

77. Fred’s, Other Retailers Report Tepid Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers, worried about jobs and the overall economy, pulled back on spending in June, resulting in tepid sales for many retailers, including Memphis-based Fred’s Inc.

78. City Kicks Off Neighborhood Innovation Effort -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration is set to begin a concerted effort to bring back neighborhood retail in three parts of the city.

Wharton and his Innovation Delivery Team, funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies of New York, rolled out the first moves Monday, July 2, for parts of South Memphis, Binghampton and the Madison and Cleveland area.

79. Google Sells Small Tablet, Challenges Kindle Fire -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is unveiling a small tablet computer bearing its brand in a challenge to Amazon's Kindle Fire.

The Nexus 7 is designed specifically for Google Play, the online store that sells movies, music, books, apps and other content – the things Amazon.com Inc. also sells for its tablet computer.

80. Alternative Sound -

When the Flaming Lips perform in Handy Park Wednesday, June 27, it will be a different sound for the street where the blues were born but showmanship of all kinds is a tradition.

The alternative rock band is kicking off an eight-stop, 24-hour tour to New Orleans in the Beale Street outdoor venue. It is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most performances in multiple cities in a 24-hour period.

81. Export Growth Earns Mallory ‘E’ Star Award -

Mallory Alexander International Logistics has capped eight years of successive export growth with the President’s “E” Star award to go with the Presidential "E" award the company earned in 2006

82. Poag, N.Y. Investor Buy The Avenue -

The Avenue Collierville – the largest lifestyle center in the Memphis metropolitan area at Houston Levee Road and Bill Morris Parkway – has been bought by an affiliate of Memphis-based Poag Lifestyle Centers.

83. Poag, N.Y. Investor Buy The Avenue -

The Avenue Collierville – the largest lifestyle center in the Memphis metropolitan area at Houston Levee Road and Bill Morris Parkway – has been bought by an affiliate of Memphis-based Poag Lifestyle Centers.

84. Outdoor Sounds -

Summer is nearly here. Partygoers have begun packing rooftops, while shoppers and restaurant diners also are keen on a little musical entertainment to help liven up predictable experiences.

And that means Memphis-based Resource Entertainment Group sees opportunity – literally – high and low.

85. Forum Addresses Latest HUD, Real Estate Trends -

People who receive housing counseling before they borrow are much less likely to default. Research shows that 75 percent of at-risk homeowners who meet with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development housing counselors and attend loss mitigation programs won’t be foreclosed.

86. April Retail Sales Worst Since 2009 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans' spending – much like the economy – continues to yo-yo.

Major retailers such as Costco and Macy's reported on Thursday that April revenue rose less that 1 percent in the worst performance since 2009 when the U.S. economy was just coming out of a bad recession.

87. Chandler Event To Highlight Q1 Housing -

Shelby County home sales increased 20 percent from January to March compared to last year, but that number requires some reading between the lines.

That’s why real estate information company Chandler Reports is hosting its “Master Your Market: First Quarter Update” event for local agents, appraisers, builders, investors and bankers Thursday, May 3.

88. Amazon Telling Tennessee Customers About Owed Tax -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) – Online retailer Amazon.com has begun emailing Tennessee customers, telling them they might owe taxes on their purchases.

89. Colonnade at Germantown Sells for $23 Million -

7491 Wyndhurst Place or 7455 Wolf River Blvd.
Germantown, TN 38138

90. Virginia Run Warehouses Sell for $1.4 Million -

Memphis-based TI Properties LLC has bought four warehouses totaling about 26,300 square feet near the intersection of Virginia Run Cove and Summer Avenue for $1.4 million.

91. Paytopia CEO Seeks to ‘Fix’ E-Commerce -

Editor’s note: This is the first in a six-part series on entrepreneurs in the current round of Seed Hatchery’s boot camp.

This is how it starts.

An entrepreneur like Mike Hoffmeyer has a moment when the light bulb flashes. An idea is born, and possibilities for a new way of doing something – and the itch to build a company to do that new thing – start to germinate.

92. Strong Retail Sales are Sign of Improving Economy -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans stepped up their spending in February, boosting sales at many stores and offering the latest sign that shoppers are feeling more confident in the economy.

As merchants reported their monthly sales figures Thursday, a diverse group including Target and Macy's reported sales gains that exceeded Wall Street estimates. Even Gap Inc., long mired in a sales slump, posted an unexpected increase.

93. Sauvignon Blanc True To its Grapes -

Awine of purity and intensity is one that is faithful to the grapes from which it is made and that displays the character of those grapes with marked eloquence and lack of interference. Such a one is the Hall Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Napa Valley.

94. ‘Washington Courtyard’ Sells For $900K -

A trio of office buildings at Washington Avenue and Danny Thomas Boulevard has traded hands for $900,000.

Investment group 301 WA LTD LLC of Arizona purchased the assets from Gregory Realty GP. Brian Califf of NAI Saig Co. represented the seller.

95. Turning Point -

In World War II, it was the beaches of Normandy. During the Great Recession, it was the collapse of Lehman Brothers. In Shakespeare's “Hamlet,” it's the reaction of Claudius when he storms out of the play that Hamlet staged in an attempt to guess whether his uncle killed his father.

96. Retailers Deliver Solid Sales Gains for January -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans were shopping in January, but not every store was feeling the love.

Retailers reported mixed sales results for the month in a sign that U.S. consumers continue to be cautious about when and where they spend their money in the shaky economy

97. Balmy Winter Brings Plenty of Economic Surprises -

NEW YORK (AP) – Out of a relatively balmy winter have sprung some economic surprises. People have more cash in their pockets because they aren't turning up the thermostat. Airlines don't have to de-ice planes or battle blizzards. And shoppers are finding great deals on coats and boots.

98. Retailers Report Solid Finale to Holidays -

NEW YORK (AP) – Many retailers are reporting solid sales gains for December, capping a decent holiday season, but shoppers bent on discounts exacted a high price.

Merchants had to mark down coats and other gifts to get shoppers to buy in a challenging economy. A mild winter also didn't help, wilting shoppers' appetite for cold-weather merchandise. That resulted in a string of retailers, including Target Corp., Kohl's Corp., J.C. Penney Co. and The Children's Place Retail Stores Inc., reducing their earnings outlooks.

99. Uninsured Turn to Daily Deal Sites for Health Care -

NEW YORK (AP) – The last time Mark Stella went to the dentist he didn't need an insurance card. Instead, he pulled out a Groupon.

Stella, a small business owner, canceled his health insurance plan more than three years ago when his premium rose to more than $400 a month. He considered himself healthy and decided that he was wasting money on something that he rarely used.

100. Dining on the Go -

The local food truck scene is proving to be a viable alternative for Downtown lunch-goers, with plenty of repeat customers.

And with the ability to change locations daily, mobile kitchens have appealing real estate implications.