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1. Southern Growth Studio Adds Staff, Moves Office -

Southern Growth Studio is moving its offices from one Midtown Memphis neighborhood to another.

The growth strategy consultants are moving from 619 S. Cooper St. in Cooper-Young to 2508 Sam Cooper Blvd. in the Broad Avenue Arts District.

2. Memphis Mayoral Contenders Tout Endorsements, Snipe at Rivals -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen endorsed Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s re-election bid last week on the doorstep of his Midtown home with the incumbent mayor by his side.

3. UTHSC Pulls $20 Million Permit to Build Simulation Center -

26 S. Dunlap St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $20 million

Permit Date: Applied August 2015
Owner/Tenant: The University of Tennessee
Contractor: Flintco Inc.
Details: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is preparing for more construction as part of its campus overhaul.

4. Opera Memphis Brings Back ‘30 Days’ Series -

Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty takes an expansive view toward where his arts organization sits in a local entertainment landscape that presents abundant options for the public.

It’s not that he just sees Opera Memphis in competition for the same set of patrons who flock to The Orpheum Theatre or Theatre Memphis and the like. Rather, he’ll happily talk at length about how his organization is in competition with everyone and anything – every moment spent doing something like watching TV, in other words, is a moment not spent at Opera Memphis.

5. Eating Well -

Hannah and Amy Pickle’s Raw Girls food business is booming, with multiple projects in the works and a surge in demand for their Midtown food truck. But aside from a business boost, the healthy food-loving pair also happily finds themselves now confronted with a groundswell of community support.

6. Southern Growth Studio Adds Staff, Moves Office -

Southern Growth Studio is moving its offices from one Midtown Memphis neighborhood to another.

The growth strategy consultants are moving from 619 S. Cooper St. in Cooper-Young to 2508 Sam Cooper Blvd. in the Broad Avenue Arts District.

7. Cooper-Young City Market Opens, More On the Way -

A new grocery store and deli has now opened its doors in Cooper-Young. City Market’s second location, outside of its original Downtown spot, is now up and running, a result that stems from owners Sunny and Hamida Mandani developing their initial interest in the neighborhood toward the end of 2014.

8. Raw Girls Parking at Eclectic Eye This Weekend -

The Raw Girls food truck has changed the location of where it will be parked this weekend.

Instead of Muddy’s Grind House in Cooper-Young, the truck will be parked nearby, at Eclectic Eye, 242 S. Cooper. The truck’s hours there will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

9. Rocking for Love -

When Lahna Deering and Jason Freeman join the other musicians performing at the Rock for Love music festival next week, the gig will be a bit more meaningful for them than the shows they normally play.

10. UTHSC Pursuing Hotel-Conference Center in Medical District -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is looking for a developer to build a hotel and conference center at the southwest corner of Madison Avenue and South Pauline Street.

11. Raw Girls Food Truck Finds New Midtown Home -

Hannah and Amy Pickle, the owners of the Raw Girls food truck that recently had become a fixture at Overton Square, will be parked at Muddy’s Grind House in Cooper-Young this weekend.

12. City Council Rejects Summer-Graham Retail -

Memphis City Council members voted down Tuesday, Aug. 18, a planned development on the northeast corner of Summer Avenue and Graham Street that would have been a retail center anchored by a coin-operated laundromat.

13. Brookhaven Boom -

Downtown has the South Main Historic Arts District and the Main Street core. Midtown has Cooper-Young, Overton Square and the Broad Avenue Arts District, among others.

In East Memphis, defining a proper restaurant and entertainment district might seem to be more difficult, but in fact it’s existed all along on Brookhaven Circle. It’s just taken a few new restaurant openings to bring the neighborhood into full focus.

14. Memphis City Council Rejects Summer-Graham Retail Strip -

Memphis City Council members voted down Tuesday, Aug. 18, a planned development on the northeast corner of Summer Avenue and Graham Street that would have been a retail center anchored by a coin-operated laundromat.

15. Council Gives Final Approval To Forrest Statue Removal -

Memphis City Council members gave final approval Tuesday, Aug. 18, to an ordinance setting the stage for removal of the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park

16. Chiwawa Closes, Will Be Replaced by New Concept -

It would seem that Chiwawa, the Overton Square restaurant at 2059 Madison Ave. that opened in 2013, is closed and in the midst of a transition.

17. Rock for Love Adds Bands, Announces Expansion -

Rock for Love is expanding a bit, with just three weeks to go until the ninth annual concert-fundraiser for the Church Health Center kicks off.

Among the latest news, the University of Memphis Music Industry Division will curate and manage a stage at the Friday, Sept. 4, Crosstown Block Party. Lauren Moscato, Drew Erwin, Kyndle McMahan and Jeffery Jordan also will perform that night at Midtown Crossing Grill, at 394 N. Watkins St., starting at 6 p.m.

18. Indie Memphis Doubles Length, Adds Downtown -

The Indie Memphis Film Festival will extend its presence back Downtown this year – for the first time since 2006 – with a series of events scheduled on top of its Midtown offerings.

This year’s festival, set for Nov. 3-10, will also be bigger – up from four days in previous years. In addition to hosting screenings and events in Overton Square, this year’s festival will offer programs Downtown at the new Halloran Centre for Perfoming Arts & Education next door to the Orpheum Theatre.

19. Rock for Love Adds Bands, Announces Times, Expansion -

Rock for Love is expanding a bit, with just three weeks to go until the ninth annual concert-fundraiser for the Church Health Center kicks off.

Among the latest news, the University of Memphis Music Industry Division will curate and manage a stage at the Friday, Sept. 4, Crosstown Block Party. Lauren Moscato, Drew Erwin, Kyndle McMahan and Jeffery Jordan also will perform that night at Midtown Crossing Grill, at 394 N. Watkins St., starting at 6 p.m.

20. Chiwawa Closes, Will Be Replaced by New Concept -

It would seem that Chiwawa, the Overton Square restaurant at 2059 Madison Ave. that opened in 2013, is closed and in the midst of a transition.

21. Treated Like 'The King' -

Dr. Mark Castellaw’s clinic in Germantown not only treats its patients’ medical needs – it’s also home to a memorabilia-packed shrine in honor of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

22. Indie Memphis Doubles Length, Adds Downtown Presence -

The Indie Memphis Film Festival will extend its presence back Downtown this year – for the first time since 2006 – with a series of events scheduled on top of its Midtown offerings.

This year’s festival, set for Nov. 3-10, will also be bigger – up from four days in previous years. In addition to hosting screenings and events in Overton Square, this year’s festival will offer programs Downtown at the new Halloran Centre for Perfoming Arts & Education next door to the Orpheum Theatre.

23. Crosstown Concourse Taps Retail Leasing Agent -

Crosstown Concourse has added another member to its growing team: The Shopping Center Group LLC will be the exclusive retail leasing agent for the massive project.

24. Huey’s CEO Tapped as Restaurateur of the Year -

Huey’s Restaurant president and CEO Lauren McHugh Robinson is the 2015 Tennessee Restaurateur of the Year.

The Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association presented her with the honor at its annual awards banquet Tuesday, Aug. 4, after choosing her based on factors like her industry knowledge and experience and involvement in the Memphis community, among other things.

25. Midtown Easy-Way Could Become Locally Sourced Market -

The Midtown Easy-Way location at 596 S. Cooper St., a retail fixture in Cooper-Young for decades, could see new ownership and new life as a market for locally sourced meat and produce.

26. Fast Lane Flavor -

From a distance, Memphis' food truck operators like Terry and Allison LaRue might seem like the ultimate entrepreneurial renegades.

27. Crosstown Concourse Taps Retail Leasing Agent -

Crosstown Concourse has added another member to its growing team: The Shopping Center Group LLC will be the exclusive retail leasing agent for the massive project.

28. Huey’s CEO Tapped As Restaurateur of the Year -

Huey’s Restaurant president and CEO Lauren McHugh Robinson is the 2015 Tennessee Restaurateur of the Year.

The Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association presented her with the honor at its annual awards banquet Tuesday, Aug. 4, after choosing her based on factors like her industry knowledge and experience and involvement in the Memphis community, among other things.

29. Huey's CEO Tapped as Restaurateur of the Year -

Huey’s Restaurant president and CEO Lauren McHugh Robinson is the 2015 Tennessee Restaurateur of the Year.

The Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association presented her with the honor at its annual awards banquet Tuesday, after choosing her based on factors like her industry knowledge and experience and involvement in the Memphis community, among other things.

30. West-Ward Pharmaceutical Plans Distribution Center Expansion -

4750 Pleasant Hill Road
Memphis, TN 38116
Loan Amount: $6.1 million

31. Tobacco Corner Keeps Fire Going in East Memphis -

The Tobacco Corner Ltd. has been holding court at the corner of South Mendenhall Road at Poplar Avenue for more than 40 years.

“It’s a gathering place,” said Ken Robbins, general manager at the East Memphis store.

32. 'En Fuego' -

When Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite took office in June 2013, one of the first tasks that landed on his desk was a long-planned regional outlet mall.

The outlet mall, planned for a roughly 33-acre site at Church Road and Interstate 55 in the DeSoto County city, had been on the drawing board for some time, but the recession and its aftermath caused developers and Mississippi officials to put it on hold.

33. Warehouse At Perimeter Point Sells for $775,000 -

A Perimeter Point industrial building has been sold for $775,000.

Missouri-based Martabra Real Estate LLC acquired the flex warehouse building at 5055 Covington Way, just off Covington Pike south of Elmore Road, from CP Perimeter Point LLC, an affiliate of California-based Coastal Partners LLC.

34. Houston Levee Apartments In Cordova Fetch $17.5M -

9940 Paddle Wheel Drive
Cordova, TN 38016

Sale Amount: $17.5 million

Sale Date: July 9, 2015

35. ‘Play Together’ -

The Memphis Medical Center is a hotbed of nationally renowned research and health care, but after dark the area might as well be dead.

Despite a workforce of 16,000 and a student base of 8,000, there are limited residential facilities and only a handful of nearby restaurants. But that’s all poised to change thanks to a partnership with an outside consulting group.

36. Black Lodge Video Looking for New Home -

Black Lodge Video’s story has been one of improbable survival, as one by one over the years the independent movie rental shop saw its competitors fall and close their doors.

Today, Memphis-based Black Lodge is still standing. At the moment, though, it’s just that it’s looking for a new home – a bigger home, says co-owner Matt Martin – where it can resume doing so.

37. Camy’s To Relocate In Midtown -

Camy’s, the Midtown delivery and carry-out institution, will relocate soon.

Camy Archer, founder and owner of Camy’s, will move the business from 3 S. Barksdale to 2886 Walnut Grove Road, which is near the Union Avenue viaduct and was most recently occupied by the Love Shack.

38. East of Cleveland -

Consultants for the Memphis Area Transit Authority are exploring an extension of the Madison Avenue trolley line east of Cleveland Street to Overton Square and North Cooper Street.

It is one of seven Midtown routes the transit authority might change or enhance with a bus rapid transit concept that involves fewer stops, fewer turns off main thoroughfares and shorter travel times.

39. Artist Set to Unveil Cooper-Young Festival Poster -

Memphis artist Gino Barzizza says the inspiration that guided his creation of this year’s Cooper-Young Festival poster – which will be unveiled at a party Aug. 6 at CoWork Memphis – is the long-running Midtown festival itself.

40. Make a Mess -

If you eat a plate of ribs at Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous, you’re likely to walk away with messy fingers. You’re also likely to get messy at a new business in Overton Square, where sisters Anna Vergos Blair and Katherine Vergos Riederer have opened their kid-friendly creativity zone The Art Project.

41. Biomedical Company Expanding in Southeast Memphis -

Cognate Bioservices Inc. is launching a 32,500-square-foot expansion at its manufacturing facility at 4600 E. Shelby Drive in southeast Memphis near Lamar Avenue.

42. On Edge -

In February Sam Carolan was planning to move from Austin, Texas, to Memphis to become a digital sales specialist for Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc., which owns the ABC24 and CW30 television channels.

43. Historic Ashlar Hall in Limbo After ‘Renovation’ -

The owner of historic but troubled Ashlar Hall says he will move forward with plans to redevelop the property into a veterans center as questions continue to swirl around the state of the building, located at 1397 Central Ave.

44. Local Green News Piles Up, From Shelby Farms to CBU -

Chelsea Avenue Floodwall Becomes ‘Permission Wall’: The city’s renaissance of murals is taking a different form on the section of North Memphis floodwalls that are a border of sorts for the still developing Chelsea Greenline.

45. Editorial: Striking a Balance in Overton Park -

The Memphis Zoo has come a long way since a bear named Natch was chained to a tree in Overton Park a few years into the 20th century.

But that move by Robert Galloway, architect of the city’s park system, established the undeniable link between the park and the zoo.

46. Wild Side -

No chance of being attacked by a hippo, which despite its size can outrun a man and is responsible for more human deaths in Africa than any other large animal.

No chance of being caught between the powerful jaws of a Nile crocodile and dragged underwater, drowned and devoured like a wildebeest in a National Geographic video.

47. Ikea Seeks $16 Million Permit For First Memphis Store -

Future Ikea Store
On 42 Acres In Cordova
Permit Cost: $16 million

Application Date: July 2015
Owner/Tenant: Ikea
Details: Ikea is moving forward with its massive retail store in Cordova.

48. Cycling Ahead -

Unless you've seen the ubiquitous stations in cities like Knoxville and Nashville, it's difficult to imagine how bike sharing could connect Memphis.

Tourists and citizens can check out a bike on a per-ride or membership basis and return it to a separate station when they've reached their destination.

49. Nineteenth Century Club Owners Secure Loan -

The owners of the Nineteenth Century Club in Midtown have secured a $2.35 million construction loan to begin transforming the historic home at 1433 Union Ave. in Midtown into a restaurant.

50. I Choose Memphis: Isaac Rodriguez -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Dr. Isaac Rodriguez

51. Editorial: Ballet Memphis a Perfect Partner for Overton Square -

When news surfaced of Ballet Memphis’ impending move to Overton Square, it was met with mixed emotions.

Some groans, for sure. Midtown certainly could use a hotel, especially in the newly bustling district. And an independent, boutique hotel – which was the previous possibility for the primo real estate at the corner of Madison Avenue and Cooper Street – would have been a nice addition to the nightlife hotspot.

52. Fino’s Taking a Bite Out of East Memphis -

The Brookhaven Circle area, an emerging restaurant row in the heart of East Memphis, is welcoming a new neighbor.

Jerry Wilson, owner of Fino’s from the Hill at 1853 Madison Ave. in Midtown, has acquired the property at 703 W. Brookhaven Circle in East Memphis for $526,600.

53. Memphis Symphony Eyes Move to Midtown -

Memphis Symphony Orchestra president and CEO Roland Valliere is not shy when it comes to talking about the future of the organization.

After all, it wasn't that long ago that the symphony made the painful acknowledgement that its finances were in dire straits, that it needed support from patrons and the public more than ever and that its future was far from guaranteed.

54. Nineteenth Century Club Owners Secure Loan -

The owners of the Nineteenth Century Club in Midtown have secured a $2.35 million construction loan to begin transforming the historic home at 1433 Union Ave. in Midtown into a restaurant.

55. Building Ballet -

Ask Ballet Memphis CEO and founding artistic director Dorothy Gunther Pugh about her dance company's newly announced move to Midtown, and the conversation doesn't immediately turn to obvious things like the when and the why.

56. Developers Still Interested In Midtown Hotel -

Yes, the development team that had proposed replacing the French Quarter Inn at Overton Square is selling the property to Ballet Memphis, which plans on building a new performance center there.

But they say they still want to build a hotel in Midtown, according to a statement they provided to Brenda Solomito Basar, owner of Solomito Land Planning.

57. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden and World Forum Nature will celebrate International Mud Day Monday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Make mud crafts, including a take-home planting, mud mask and mud paintings. Cost is $3 plus MBG admission. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

58. Events -

The Gavel Club of Memphis will meet for a Dutch treat lunch Friday, June 26, at 11:30 a.m. in the Holiday Inn University of Memphis Medallion Room, 3700 Central Ave. The 2015 Memphis Gavel Award will be presented to Quota International president Beverly Burroughs, and the guest speaker is Moore Tech president Skip Redmond. For more information, call Bob Gray at 901-494-8639.

59. Developers Still Interested in Midtown Hotel -

Yes, the development team that had proposed replacing the French Quarter Inn at Overton Square is selling the property to Ballet Memphis, which plans on building a new performance center there.

But they say they still want to build a hotel in Midtown, according to a statement they provided to Brenda Solomito Basar, owner of Solomito Land Planning.

60. Ballet Memphis Turns to Overton Square -

Scratch those plans for a new Hotel Overton where the French Quarter Inn now sits in Overton Square.

Ballet Memphis has a sales contract on the property at the northeast corner of Madison Avenue and Cooper Street and plans to build a new two-story structure fronting on Madison with parking in the rear and on the eastern end.

61. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will hold a roundtable discussion with Jeff Schultz, senior vice president of sales with APG Office Furnishings, Thursday, June 25, from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. The topic is “The Customer Buying Process.” Cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

62. Events -

Memphis Blues Society and Overton Square will host a Bluesday Tuesday concert featuring John Nemeth with guest Eric Hughes Tuesday, June 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Tower Courtyard, 2101 Madison Ave. Cost is free. Visit overtonsquare.com.

63. Truck Stop Restaurant Plan Hits End of the Road -

The developers behind the proposed Truck Stop restaurant on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Cooper Street have pulled the plug on the project after a year and a half of regulatory hurdles and different standards involved in using intermodal shipping containers.

64. Events -

The Metal Museum will exhibit “A Kind of Confession,” showcasing critical and contemporary metalwork from African-American artists, Saturday, June 20, through Sept. 11 at the museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. Visit metalmuseum.org.

65. Passion for Architecture Fuels Looney Ricks Kiss' Norcross -

Rob Norcross, a principal at Memphis architecture, planning and design firm Looney Ricks Kiss, has increasingly enmeshed himself into public service, holding positions on several key boards or committees.

66. Events -

Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Festival will be held Friday, June 19, through Sunday, June 21, in Robert R. Church Park, at Beale and South Fourth streets. The festival will feature live music, car show, kids zone and more. Admission is free. Visit memphisjuneteenth.com for a schedule.

67. Celtic Crossing Updates Look, Goes Smoke-Free -

It’s been a decade since the sign above the front doors at Celtic Crossing – which reads “Cead mile failte,” a Gaellic phrase that means “a hundred thousand welcomes” – greeted the first visitors to the Irish pub in Midtown.

68. Events -

National Black MBA Association, Memphis chapter will host an entrepreneur session Thursday, June 18, from 6:10 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. at International Paper headquarters, tower 3, 6420 Poplar Ave. The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) will discuss basics of entrepreneurship and successful business ownership. Guests welcome. Visit nbmbaamemphis.org.

69. Sprock n’ Roll to Host Grand Opening Friday -

A new party bike is hitting the streets of Midtown Memphis this week as Sprock n’ Roll hosts its grand opening.

Sprock n’ Roll owner Ashley Coleman said Midtown, with its dynamic nightlife scene and diverse clientele, is the “perfect place” for the party bike business.

70. Memphis Restaurants ‘Love Their Patios’ -

The warm weather means it's that time of year again for Memphis diners.

Patios have begun filling up around the city as restaurant patrons flock to outdoor dining settings where they can people-watch, enjoy drinks and nosh on smaller, simpler menu items.

71. Truck Stop Restaurant Plan Hits End of the Road -

The developers behind the proposed Truck Stop restaurant on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Cooper Street have pulled the plug on the project after a year and a half of regulatory hurdles and different standards involved in using intermodal shipping containers.

72. Meals on Wheels America Gives MIFA $2,500 Grant -

MIFA has received a $2,500 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in the 13th Annual March for Meals campaign.

Subaru of America Inc. made this year’s grants possible through its seventh annual “Share the Love” event. During the event, Subaru donated $250 to the owner’s choice of participating charities for every new vehicle purchased or leased.

73. Truck Stop Restaurant Plan Hits End of the Road -

The developers behind the proposed Truck Stop restaurant on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Cooper Street have pulled the plug on the project after a year and a half of regulatory hurdles and different standards involved in using intermodal shipping containers.

74. Del-Nat Sells Warehouse, Newby’s Makes A Comeback -

Del-Nat Tire Co. has unloaded a 500,000-square-foot warehouse in Southwest Memphis.

Sunhill Holdings LLC acquired the warehouse at 2365 Texas Drive for $6 million from Del-Nat Realty.

75. A Door of Their Own -

Maybe during the four-plus years that Jackie Hinton was living on the streets of Memphis, you drove past her as she was walking to a shelter for a meal or a bed and a shower.

76. ULI Fairgrounds Panel Has Busy Schedule -

A team of eight out-of-town planning experts has a busy week ahead as it wades into the simmering local debate about plans to recast the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

And the first hard copy of something the Urban Land Institute-assembled group is likely to get are the comments from four town hall meetings held in different parts of Memphis over two evenings last week.

77. Editorial: A New Fairgrounds is Already Taking Shape in Memphis -

As an Urban Land Institute panel spends a quick week in Memphis June 8-12 to offer recommendations on the Mid-South Fairgrounds, we hope they will color outside the lines City Hall has set so far for its revitalization.

78. Overton Park to Celebrate Itself With ‘Merrymaking’ -

Since its inception late in 2011, the Overton Park Conservancy has been in motion: removing the invasive and harmful vegetation in old-growth forest, finishing out the dog park, renovating a jogging trail, and completing Rainbow Lake Playground, among other projects.

79. Cooper-Young Festival Poster Artist Chosen -

The Evolve Bank and Trust Cooper Young Festival has announced Midtown-based creative Gino Barzizza as the poster artist for the 2015 festival.

80. Coliseum Fans Push for Roundhouse Reconsideration -

The city’s effort to either restart or reconfigure its plan for the Mid-South Fairgrounds began Saturday, May 23, on the steps of the south entrance to the Mid-South Coliseum.

And it continues Monday and Tuesday, June 1-2, with a set of four town hall meetings – two each evening.

81. Cooper-Young Festival Poster Artist Chosen -

The Evolve Bank and Trust Cooper Young Festival has announced Midtown-based creative Gino Barzizza as the poster artist for the 2015 festival.

82. THE PRESENT: Overton Square Development Going Strong -

As Overton Square prepares to blow out 45 candles as part of a milestone anniversary celebration May 23, development activity at the Midtown landmark is still going strong.

Bob Loeb, president of square developer Loeb Properties, says “another performing arts existing provider in town” wants to relocate to the square, something addressed as part of a local Urban Land Institute technical advisory panel convened earlier this month to look at that prospect, among other issues.

83. Square Roots -

Lucy Woodson and George Saig went to lunch recently in Overton Square.

They chose Babalu, the site where the entertainment district began in 1970 with the opening of the former TGI Friday’s, just months after Memphis voters approved “liquor by the drink.”

84. Men’s Salon Opening in Germantown -

Germantown is getting an upscale styling salon and grooming service made just for men.

Owners Dara Vongphrachanh and Donald R. Johnson II are opening Baron’s Man Cave in 2,250 square feet in suite 102 at the Poplar Collection, located at 9289 Poplar Ave. in Germantown.

85. Greenstein Touts Doug Carpenter & Associates' ‘Connection Factor’ -

Cara Greenstein serves as public relations coordinator of doug carpenter & associates, where she practices her passion for connection through the pen, on the screen and at the table. Equal parts researcher, writer, administrator and collaborator, Greenstein advances social media engagement and helps cultivate relationships between clients, media and the community.

86. I Choose Memphis: Matt Harrell -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Matt Harrell

Job title and company: International Treasury Manager, AutoZone Inc.

87. Council OKs Graceland Tourism Surcharge -

Memphis City Council members approved on third and final reading a 5 percent Graceland tourism surcharge on all items bought on the 120-acre Graceland campus.

The revenue stream will go toward financing the three-phase Graceland expansion project including the construction of a $90 million, 450-room hotel north of the mansion.

88. Council Approves Graceland Campus Tourism Surcharge -

Memphis City Council members approved on third and final reading a 5 percent Graceland tourism surcharge on all items bought on the 120-acre Graceland campus.

The revenue stream will go toward financing the three-phase Graceland expansion project including the construction of a $90 million, 450-room hotel north of the mansion.

89. Council Questions Administration's Intent on Southbrook Mall -

Memphis City Council members questioned Tuesday, May 5, whether the Wharton administration’s plan for a town center at the Southbrook Mall site in Whitehaven was set up to fail.

The reaction came as citizens on the board of the nonprofit organization that owns the mall complained that the terms of $2.1 million in bond money they got for HVAC and roof repairs changed.

90. Renowned Farm-to-Table Restaurant Hitting Memphis -

A restaurant chain known for propelling the national farm-to-table dining movement will serve up its acclaimed fare at two high-profile Memphis locations.

The Kitchen, which focuses on serving healthy, locally sourced meals, will operate restaurants at Shelby Farms Park in East Memphis and Crosstown Concourse in Midtown.

91. Larger Hotel Overton To Replace French Quarter Inn -

The idea of an Overton Square hotel has long been a part of plans for the Midtown entertainment district, which marks the 45th anniversary of its founding this month.

Seven years after the district’s first hotel, the French Quarter Inn, closed its doors for good, there are plans for a new five-story, 134-suite Hotel Overton on the same northeast corner of Madison Avenue and North Cooper Street.

92. Germantown Parkway Parcels Sell for $3.4 Million -

789 and 725 N. Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38018
Sale Amount: $3.4 million

93. Council Begins Hearings on Operating Budget -

The Memphis City Council is down a member as its budget committee begins hearings Tuesday, May 5, on the $656.5 million operating budget proposal of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

Council member Shea Flinn resigned Thursday effective immediately to take a position as vice president at the Greater Memphis Chamber in charge of the Chairman’s Circle.

94. Central Animal Hospital Grows With Midtown -

Entering its 10th year of business under the care of wife-husband team Dr. Jennifer Karnes and Steve Karnes, Central Animal Hospital has a new building, new branding and a strengthened presence as Midtown’s animal hospital.

95. Stringfellow Taking Memphis Back to the Basics -

Alex Stringfellow believes it’s time for Memphis to get back to basics.

As chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders division, he’s noticed at lecture events that questions from the audience always return to the same core subjects. This need for information, coupled with a perceived negative attitude among Memphians about the city’s issues, drove him to organize ULI Memphis’ May 4 event, “Getting Back to Basics: The Real Deal of Schools, Crime & Taxes.”

96. Midtown Momentum -

Kroger Co., buoyed by the Crosstown Concourse development and increased investment in Midtown as a whole, has purchased properties associated with the long-dormant Washington Bottoms project at Poplar Avenue and Cleveland Street.

97. Porcellino’s Finds its Rhythm -

The Porcellino’s restaurant in East Memphis has been open for about four months, but it’s established itself on the local restaurant scene in short order – so much so that foodies don’t even have to step inside the doors to enjoy something from chefs Michael Hudman and Andy Ticer.

98. Wal-Mart Moves Forward With New Supercenter -

6790 Raleigh Lagrange Road
Memphis, TN 38134
Permit Amount: $600,000

Permit Application Date: April 2015
Owner: Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Tenant: Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Architect: Carlos Perez
Details: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is moving forward with plans for a new supercenter near Interstate 40 and Whitten Road.

99. Memphis Made Brewing Quickly Becomes Local Mainstay -

“I think we’re maybe a little rougher around the edges,” said Andy Ashby of his Cooper-Young brewery Memphis Made Brewing Co. “We’re really a do-it-ourselves, DIY kind of place.”

100. This Week in Memphis History: April 17-23 -

2014: The formal dedication of the Overton Park Bike Gate on the western edge of the Midtown landmark draws a crowd of several hundred people, dozens of whom come with their bicycles for a ride from the gate on East Parkway to Shelby Farms Park. The nearby Hampline connecting the park to the western end of the Greenline was still under construction at the time.