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1. Retailers Prep for Black Friday, Onslaught of Holiday Sales -

Black Friday, taking place Nov. 27, is only a week away and local and national retailers are gearing up for the busiest day of the year.

The National Retail Federation predicts that 2015 will be a banner year for holiday shopping with sales in November and December expected to reach $630.5 billion, a 3.7 increase over 2014 and significantly higher than the 10-year average of 2.5 percent.

2. LEDIC to Open New Headquarters in East Memphis -

LEDIC, a Memphis-based manager, owner and developer of multifamily properties around the country, is building a new $10.2 million state-of-the-art headquarters facility in Memphis.

The company will create 300 new Tennessee jobs in the process, LEDIC announced Wednesday, Nov. 11. About 100 of the new jobs will be based at the new national headquarters at 555 S. Perkins Rd. The remaining 200, which include management, construction, maintenance and leasing positions, will be distributed throughout the state.

3. RiverArtsFest Celebrates Visual Art -

Lee Askew loves art festivals. He travels the United States to visit some of the best, regularly bringing back ideas for what he knows is possible in Memphis.

4. Oak Court Mall to Host Food Truck Rally -

Oak Court Mall is set to host a Food Truck Rally this weekend.

The event, the mall’s first such event for foodies, will take place Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Poplar Avenue parking lot.

5. New Restaurant Flying into Oak Court Mall -

A new eatery has spread its wings and landed at Oak Court Mall.

American Wing Co. is opening this fall in the mall, at 4465 Poplar Ave.

6. New Restaurant Flying Into Oak Court Mall -

A new eatery has spread its wings and landed at Oak Court Mall.

American Wing Co. is opening this fall in the mall, at 4465 Poplar Ave.

7. Cotton Tails, Sachi Stand Out With Customer-Centric Focus -

“I like to hide behind the scenes,” said Miki Brugge, the owner of children’s store Cotton Tails and women’s boutique Sachi. “Emphasis on ‘hide,’ please.”

While Brugge may prefer hiding, her Memphis retail presence certainly isn’t. Cotton Tails and Sachi cover 15,000 square feet, nestled in the northwest corner of upscale Laurelwood Shopping Center. Together the stores employ 22 local workers.

8. Archimania Moving Forward With South Main Plans -

Memphis architecture firm archimania is inching closer to building a new headquarters and apartment development in the South Main neighborhood Downtown.

Archimania hopes to build a 5,000-square-foot office building, a 20-space surface parking lot and a six-unit apartment building at 705 S. Main St., which is located southeast of the Main and East Carolina Avenue intersection.

9. Holding On -

The national outlook for traditional enclosed malls is bleak. No new enclosed mall has been built in the U.S. since 2006. More than 24 have closed since 2010, and an additional 60 are teetering on the edge, according to data from Green Street Advisors. Around 15 percent of malls nationwide are expected to close in the next decade.

10. Nashville’s Most Romantic Restaurants -

Romance means something different for everyone, but most people can agree that if there is low lighting, soft music, a charming companion and something delicious to eat, you’ve already got the makings of one outstanding evening.

11. EDGE Approves Incentives for Memphis Ikea Store -

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has been awarded an 11-year tax break to develop a $64 million store near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway that is expected to employ 175 people.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine on Wednesday, Jan. 21, approved the controversial payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive on an 8-1 vote, with Larry Jackson voting against the measure.

12. Council Raises Concerns With Ikea Tax Breaks -

The Economic Development Growth Engine board votes Wednesday, Jan. 21, on the $8 million payment in lieu of taxes for the Ikea retail store to open next year at Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway.

13. Concerns Raised About Ikea Incentives -

Some city of Memphis officials are concerned that offering tax incentives to Swedish furniture retailer Ikea could set a dangerous precedent, one that could open the door for other retailers, including large mall owners, to seek the tax breaks.

14. ’Tis the Season -

After the recession struck, desperate retailers competing for a shrinking amount of shopping dollars and market share began tinkering with time-tested holiday marketing strategies.

Good prices, great values, unique offerings and convenience no longer were enough to boost retail sales.

15. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will hold a volunteer expo Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

16. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will hold a volunteer expo Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

17. Events -

The Bridge, Memphis’ first street newspaper, will hold its “Under One Roof” fall fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 20, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom at Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway. The event will give community members and vendors of The Bridge a chance to mingle and enjoy a meal, and an auction will feature works by artists with experiences of homelessness. Tickets are $50. Visit thememphisbridge.com/fallfundraiser for details.

18. Events -

ArtsMemphis will hold an opening reception for works from TOPS Gallery Friday, Sept. 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at ArtsMemphis, 575 S. Mendenhall Road. ArtsMemphis is lending its space to TOPS, a Downtown gallery, through Nov. 14. Visit artsmemphis.org.

19. Indmar Marine Engines Files Expansion Permit -

5400 Old Millington Road
Unincorporated Shelby County
Permit Cost: $2 million

20. Owner Quitclaims Grove Park Center -

Grove Park Center, the 94,200-square-foot office building at 4515 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis, has traded hands via quitclaim deed.

21. Cooper-Young Festival Returns in September -

The annual Evolve Bank and Trust Cooper-Young Festival returns next month.

The largest single-day festival in Memphis, now in its 27th year, will be held Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association to make the district known both locally and nationally and to draw homeowners and merchants to the neighborhood.

22. Cooper-Young Festival Returns in September -

The annual Evolve Bank and Trust Cooper-Young Festival returns next month.

The largest single-day festival in Memphis, now in its 27th year, will be held Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association to make the district known both locally and nationally and to draw homeowners and merchants to the neighborhood.

23. County Primaries Reflect Different Political Fortunes -

Former Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone will challenge incumbent Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in the August county general election after winning the Tuesday, May 6, Democratic mayoral primary.

24. Hillview Village Apartments Sell for $5.9 Million -

2051 E. Alcy Road
Memphis, TN 38114
Sale Amount: $5.9 million

Sale Date: March 27, 2014
Buyer: 2013 Hillview LP
Seller: Alcy Partners LP
Details: The 265-unit Hillview Village Apartments at 2051 E. Alcy Road in the Defense Depot neighborhood have sold for $5.9 million.

25. Oak Court Mall Transferred To Simon Property Spinoff -

Simon Property Group has transferred ownership of the Oak Court Mall to Washington Prime Group Inc. as part of a planned spinoff of some of its shopping centers and smaller malls.

26. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will hold its Volunteer Expo Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will be on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

27. Events -

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis will host a heart-healthy cooking demonstration Monday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the hospital, 5959 Park Ave. RSVP at 765-1849.

28. 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.

29. Boyle Sells More Lots at Spring Creek Ranch -

After an initial offering went so well earlier this year, a group of area homebuilders has acquired 17 more lots at The Village at Spring Creek Ranch from Boyle Investment Co.

30. June 14-20: This week in Memphis history -

2012: The project to build a pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk on the Harahan rail bridge across the Mississippi River won a $15 million grant from the U.S Department of Transportation. The key to winning the TIGER grant – Transportation Investment Generation Economic Recovery – from the Obama administration was to combine the boardwalk with a separate application for funding to upgrade Main Street from Uptown to the South Main district including the Main Street Mall.

31. Events -

Make-A-Wish Mid-South will host Wine for Wishes Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Cadre, 149 Monroe Ave. The fundraiser will include food and wine pairings, a silent auction and live music by The Will Tucker Band. Visit midsouth.wish.org.

32. Events -

The Gavel Club of Memphis will meet Friday, Feb. 22, at 11:30 a.m. in the Holiday Inn University of Memphis Medallion Room, 3700 Central Ave. Ron Reid, senior agency manager of Memphis Public Library LINC, will speak. Lunch is Dutch treat. Call Bob Gray at 494-8639.

33. Events -

Poplar Pike Playhouse will present “The Wiz” Thursday, Feb. 21, through March 9 at the theater, 7653 Old Poplar Pike. Visit ppp.org for times and tickets.

34. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 19, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Dr. Roland Gray, medical director of the Tennessee Medical Foundation, will discuss prescription drug abuse. Cost is $18. R.S.V.P. to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

35. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host former Vice President Al Gore, signing “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,” Monday, Feb. 18, at noon at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

36. Christmas Magic -

For Rick Jamison of Cordova, the transformation from corporate IT director to Santa Claus began with a hat.

37. Retail Therapy -

The retail business has been described in recent times as Darwinian in nature to those in the industry, meaning formats come and go as competition intensifies each year.

That concept is apparent in retail chains having trouble finding the best real estate for new locations as antiquated strip centers retain high vacancies. Or in the resurgence of upscale retailers, while dollar stores are simultaneously expanding at a rapid clip.

38. Crew Training International Names Woodward Director -

Steve Woodward has joined Crew Training International as director of learning. In his new role, Woodward will manage CTI’s core learning centers, oversee professional development programs and develop metrics to measure and manage the most efficient learning systems.

39. Events -

The Daily News will hold a sustainable energy seminar and panel discussion as part of its 2012 seminar series Thursday, Aug. 2, at 3:30 p.m. at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave. Cost is $25. Register at seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

40. Baldwin Joins Trumbull Labs as Pathologist -

Dr. Heather Sehnert Baldwin has joined Trumbull Laboratories LLC as a pathologist. In her new role, Baldwin will practice a full range of pathology with a focus in hematopathology.

41. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 31, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. David Rutherford will present “Global Warming in the U.S. South,” a collaboration among the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Cost is $18 per person. Email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org for reservations.

42. Events -

The Arc Mid-South will hold a self-advocacy workshop and panel discussion for individuals with disabilities Monday, July 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library meeting room A, 3030 Poplar Ave. R.S.V.P. to bcarter@thearcmidsouth.org or ljones@thearcmidsouth.org.

43. Creative Aging Mid-South Honored by Huffington Post -

Creative Aging Mid-South, an organization dedicated to promoting vital aging through the arts, is one of 10 arts-focused nonprofits across the country being saluted this month by The Huffington Post, in partnership with GreatNonprofits.org.

44. Finding a Niche -

This is the second in a two-part series looking at the state of the local travel agency industry. The first story ran in The Daily News June 29.

The age of self-service travel, in which customers are performing every task, from booking flights and hotels online to checking themselves in electronically at the airport, has forced many travel agencies in recent years to close their doors.

45. East Joins Carriage Crossing As Marketing Coordinator -

Kendra East has joined Carriage Crossing as marketing coordinator. East’s new responsibilities include creating and implementing the lifestyle center’s yearly marketing budget, spearheading onsite events and leading merchant communication.

46. Dillard's Shares Rise on Strong Q1 Results -

Shares of Dillard’s Inc. rose on Friday after the department-store operator reported its first-quarter net income rose 24 percent as customers bought spring clothing and other merchandise.

The strong results sent shares up nearly 9 percent in midday trading.

47. Honor The Fallen MPD ‘Blue’ -

Last week we discussed how building your sphere of influence is intertwined with community engagement. This week let us refocus on our May 16 column (“A Monument to Fallen Officers”) and provide some personal insight into the progression and recent public unveiling of the Memphis Police Department Fallen Officer Memorial.

48. Fallen Police Memorial to be ‘Lasting Tribute’ -

Men and women in blue were joined by friends, family and supporters at the Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave., Friday, Dec. 16, for the unveiling of the mockup of a Fallen Officer Memorial that will honor the Memphis Police Department officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

49. Fallen Officer Memorial to be Dedicated Friday -

Plans for a new memorial to fallen Memphis Police Department officers will be unveiled Friday, Dec. 16, at Oak Court Mall.

MPD brass and the families of fallen officers as well as community and business leaders will unveil a smaller version of what the memorial could look like Friday at 11 a.m. at entrance two of the East Memphis mall.

50. Events -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council will serve as host for a breakfast Wednesday, July 27, at 8:15 a.m. at One Commerce Square Annex. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will speak. Cost is $5. For reservations, call 818-2400.

51. Events -

The GOTV Club will present a seminar titled “Healthcare Reform for Business Owners” Tuesday, July 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., suite 909. Philip Johnson of Argyle Benefits Consultants will speak. Cost is $25. To register, visit thegotvclubjuly.eventbrite.com.

52. Best Times to Host Senior Expo -

The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active, mature Mid-Southerners, will host a Senior Expo and Health Fair on Wednesday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave.

53. Events -

The Memphis Library and Information Center board of trustees will meet Monday, July 25, at noon at the Frayser Branch, 3712 Argonne St. For more information, call 415-2846.

54. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “The Mastermind Principle” Wednesday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Hyatt Place, 9161 Winchester Road. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

55. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop Tuesday, June 28, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., suite 502. Participants will learn how to search for and find the most promising grant opportunities for their organizations. Cost is $60 for members, $110 for nonmembers and $55 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

56. Events -

Visible Music College and the Cooper Young Business Association will present Visible Live, a free live concert featuring Visible students, alumni and staff, Monday, June 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the corner of Cooper Street and Young Avenue. The Teacher’s Lounge Trio will perform. For more information, visit www.cooperyoung.biz.

57. A Monument to Fallen Officers -

Last week, we discussed the Memphis Police Foundation, which is helping to fund essential equipment and training for the Memphis Police Department, while also serving as the conduit to construct a monument to those MPD officers who have lost their lives protecting our city. This week, let us spotlight that monument: the MPD Fallen Officer Memorial.

58. MLGW Unveils Electric Vehicle Charging Stations -

Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division officials Wednesday unveiled a set of 69 proposed sites for stations to charge electric vehicles.

The sites across Shelby County include seven Memphis public libraries as well as the Millington public library and seven MLGW facilities that would add the electric charging stations.

59. Two Memphis Malls Get New Leadership -

Oak Court Mall and Wolfchase Galleria have been assigned new general managers, Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. said Thursday.

60. Volunteer Expo. Thursday at Oak Court -

Volunteer Mid-South’s Volunteer Expo will take place Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave.

61. Grubb & Ellis to Lease Oak Court Office Building -

Simon Property Group Inc. has selected Grubb & Ellis Memphis as the leasing agent for Oak Court Drive, a 136,000-square-foot Class A office building on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.

Grubb & Ellis president Joe Steffner and vice president Greg deWitt will handle the leasing for the property, which sits next to Oak Court Mall and currently has up to 13,000 square feet of contiguous space with smaller suites available for other prospective tenants.

62. Angel Tree Brings Christmas Joy to Needy Kids, Seniors -

Lured by the Memphis Academy of Health Sciences choir’s high-energy gospel rendition of “O Come All Ye Faithful,” a lunchtime crowd of curious onlookers filtered into the center of Oak Court Mall Friday during the official launch of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.

63. Nasty Customers Should Make You Smile -

Poor service seems to always be on our radar, but what about poor customer behavior? I had a chance to watch that during a recent trip to Macy’s.

I was being helped at the checkout desk when a customer approached sales associate Emadeline Harris with an exchange. There are many ways I could describe the customer’s attitude, but let’s just say she had a chip on her shoulder and was on the offense. I tried to concentrate on my own transaction, but I was mesmerized by her loud and attacking manner. She all but accused Ms. Harris of trying to cheat her. I wish I had thought to use my video phone to record the event; it would make an awesome training video.

64. Millennium Expands, Eyes Additional Growth -

Times are tough in the furniture industry, but at least one Memphis-area furniture retailer has been scaling up during the recession rather than scaling back.

This summer, Millennium Home Furnishings opened a 12,000-square-foot showroom at 3164 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road, just south of Poplar Pike in Germantown. The new store replaces Millennium’s former 4,500-square-foot store at The Avenue Carriage Crossing in Collierville.

65. Brighter Future -

The financial services industry in Memphis is apparently back to thinking about tomorrow, rather than simply making it through today.

Firms are hiring again, deepening their bench strength in key areas, recommitting to a focus on customer relationships – and, in some cases, once more turning a tidy profit.

66. First Tennessee Renovating Ron Terry Center -

First Tennessee Bank is renovating its Ron Terry Center by the Oak Court Mall, at 4385 Poplar Ave. The building is in the process of getting new paint, wallpaper, carpet and furniture. Work will be finished by November.

67. Wolfchase Files New Appraisal Challenge -

The owner of the most expensive piece of real estate in Shelby County isn’t finished challenging its 2009 appraisal.

Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, the owner of Wolfchase Galleria, is filing another appeal of the mall’s price tag, which the Shelby County Board of Equalization in March pegged at $150 million.

68. Simon Says It Improved Offer For Rival -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Mall owner Simon Property Group says it has improved its offer to help finance the bankruptcy exit of its biggest rival, General Growth Properties.

The Indianapolis company, which owns and operates Oak Court Mall and Wolfchase Galleria, will backstop a $1.5 billion credit facility General Growth needs to emerge from bankruptcy, waive a $12.5 million fee and limit its governance rights.

69. Magna Strikes Balance With Conservative Approach -

In baseball terms, Magna Bank’s just-released annual report depicts a bank that stepped to the plate in 2009 after several innings of bad omens and knocked a few solid base hits.

70. The Biggest Spenders -

David Simon, chairman and CEO of the nation’s largest public real estate firm, told analysts a few weeks ago during Simon Property Group’s fourth quarter earnings conference call that 2009 was a challenging year. And he doesn’t think 2010 will be much better for the company, which owns two malls in Memphis.

71. Area Malls See Different Reappraisal Results -

When The Avenue Carriage Crossing opened in Collierville in 2005, its open-air, lifestyle center concept was touted as a hot new retail trend that would dramatically reshape the traditional mall experience.

72. Simon Properties Offers General Growth $10B Buyout -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The nation’s largest shopping mall owner, Simon Property Group, made a $10 billion hostile bid Tuesday to acquire its ailing rival, General Growth Properties.

Simon has a large footprint in Memphis, where the company owns 94.5 percent of Wolfchase Galleria in Cordova and 100 percent of Oak Court Mall in East Memphis, two of the most successful area malls.

73. Shelby County’s Malls Fight Tax Appraisals -

In a sign of the rattled state of commercial property owners amid the lingering downturn, the owners of most of Shelby County’s major shopping malls are contesting their 2009 property appraisals.

The new values, which will determine the properties’ tax bills, were sent out earlier this year as part of the 2009 countywide reappraisal of property. The area’s five most prominent shopping centers – Wolfchase Galleria, The Avenue Carriage Crossing, Oak Court, Raleigh Springs Mall and Southland Mall – all saw their appraisals rise this year.

74. Raleigh Springs Mall Sells for $650K -

The Raleigh Springs Mall has a new owner. Whether that owner can breathe new life into the beleaguered shopping center remains to be seen.

Angela Whichard Inc., a company related to Raleigh, N.C.-based Whichard Real Estate, has bought the mall at 3390 Austin Peay Highway for $650,000 and the JCPenney department store plus an outparcel on the north side of the mall for $100,000.

75. The Salvation Army Seeks Participants in Angel Tree -

The Salvation Army is seeking organizations interested in participating in its Angel Tree program this Christmas season.

The Angel Tree program will benefit more than 7,000 underprivileged children and senior citizens.

76. Braking Point: Inside MATA's identity crisis -

The bus system in Memphis has an undeserved “mythology,” according to the people who run it. However, some who ride Memphis Area Transit Authority buses everyday – and many who don’t – contend the system is far from perfect.

77. Youth Villages Names Rutschman Director of Communications -

Echelle Lane Rutschman has been named director of communications at Youth Villages. Rutschman joins Youth Villages after 10 years serving as senior communications officer and system director of corporate communications at Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.

78. Reappraisal Notices To Go Out Friday -

Some of the most expensive pieces of commercial real estate in Shelby County are the area’s shopping malls. Reappraisal notices sent out last week to the mall owners show the degree to which that’s the case.

79. 667K New Jobless Claims Filed Last Week -

New jobless claims rose more than expected last week and the number of Americans continuing to receive unemployment benefits has topped 5.1 million, fresh evidence the recession is increasingly forcing employers to shed jobs.

80. Events -

The Memphis Chapter of the Society of Information Management will present its annual Strategy Series for Executives today from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Esplanade Conference Complex, 901 Cordova Station. The theme of the series is “Charting a Course Through Challenging Times.” For more information or to register, visit www.hmgstrategy.com/events.

81. Events -

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners will hold committee meetings today at 8:30 a.m. in the fourth floor committee room of the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

82. Retailers Slash Prices To Entice Holiday Shoppers -

Shoppers hit the stores Friday to return unwanted gifts and take advantage of drastic price cuts offered by retailers desperate to get rid of old merchandise and boost their less-than-cheery holiday sales.

83. Retailers With Strong Local Ties Report Losses -

More signs of economic woe appeared Wednesday with news of sagging sales from retail behemoths Macy’s Inc. and Best Buy Co., both of which have a significant presence in Memphis.

84. Salvation Army Launches Annual Angel Tree Program -

The Salvation Army is offering Memphis companies and organizations a chance to participate in its Angel Tree program.

85. While Most Q1 Biz Licenses Down, Hickory Hill Area's Up 14 Percent -

Despite the negative news surrounding the Hickory Hill area since a tornado struck there in February, business owners still seem to view it as a good place to have a business.

The 38115 ZIP code in Hickory Hill had the largest number of business license filings in first quarter 2008, with 99 filings, a nearly 14 percent increase from the year-ago period.

86. Magna Bank Invests in Growth Despite Flailing Economy -

1st Trust Bank for Savings officially became Magna Bank in May after the executives and directors of the eight-year-old institution decided the original name didn't stand out, but merely blended in with all the other financial institutions containing "1st" in their titles.

87. Events -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will sponsor free glaucoma screenings today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hamilton Eye Institute parking lot, 930 Madison Ave.

The Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School will present "Magic Carpet Ride: The Sounds of West Africa" Saturday at 10 a.m. at the center, 60 Perkins Extended. The event, for children ages 2 to 8, will transport participants to West Africa, where they will explore musical traditions, dance and visual art. The event is $5 for children and free for adults. For more information, call the center 537-1483 or e-mail cyounker@stmarysschool.org.

88. Events -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors will hold a seminar titled "WHM: Getting Your Buyer Qualified For Affordable Financing" today from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the MAAR offices, 6393 Poplar Ave. Cost is $40 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Registration is available by visiting www.maar.org/ce.

89. Chick-Fil-A SlatedTo Come to Midtown -      Chick-Fil-A Inc. has filed a building permit application for a new restaurant at 61 S. Rembert St. in Midtown, according to The Daily News Online.
     The $1 million permit was filed with th

90. Southaven Destination -

Sam Mitchell probably would be the first person to say commercial success in DeSoto County isn't limited to Goodman Road. The business lineup at Town Square at Snowden Grove in Southaven proves it.

91. Paragon to Open Fifth Memphis Branch -      Paragon National Bank has announced plans to open a fifth Memphis branch near Oak Court Mall.
     Paragon's Grove Park Banking Center will occupy the ground floor of a five-story office buil

92. Events -

Brentano's Bookstore will host a book-signing by Alma Westfield, the Bartlett author of "Unlocking the Door," Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the bookstore inside Oak Court Mall at 4465 Poplar Ave.

93. Quest for Greatness at Heart of Magna Name Change -

Inspiration can come from anywhere, and for Magna Bank president and CEO Bill Menkel it came in the form of a book.

When Menkel worked for the old National Bank of Commerce (NBC), he became familiar with a guide for business leaders called "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ... and Others Don't," and he brought the principles outlined in the book to Magna - or 1st Trust Bank for Savings as it was called for eight years before changing its name last week.

94. Shop Talk -

Editor's note: This is the second in The Daily News' five-part Retail Reinvented series about the past - and future - of the local shopping landscape.

Over the last few years, a trend toward more open-air type malls has grown with the emergence of lifestyle centers across the nation. Still, traditional, enclosed malls seem to be holding their own.

95. Frontier Airlines' Entrance Into Memphis Market Means Even More Than Low Fares -      When Frontier Airlines announced earlier this month it would begin offering flights from Memphis to Denver, Las Vegas and Orlando this May, the buzz around town sounded more like a Cessna than a 747.

96. Events -

The National Kidney Foundation of West Tennessee presents its annual Chocolate Fantasy event Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Oak Court Mall. Tickets are $16 in advance and can be purchased at Chick-fil-A, TCBY and Dinstuhl's. Tickets are $18 on the day of the event. Call 683-6185 for more information.

97. Events -

eWomenNetwork holds an accelerated networking meeting today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave. Susan Kyles, executive director for Dress for Success, is the guest speaker. Marybeth Conley, host of News Channel 3 Live @ 9, is the guest hostess. Admission is $55. Call 210-9582 for more information.

98. Memphis Exodus? Not Exactly. -

The casual observer could be forgiven for looking at Shelby County as the black sheep in a family of eight counties, all of which are jockeying for attention and favor.

By some accounts, Shelby is antisocial (driving residents away with high taxes), irresponsible with money (letting debt accumulate) and generally adrift, at least when it comes to solving recurring issues like the cost of school construction, suburban sprawl and consolidation.

99. Events -

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of the Mid-South celebrates its inaugural "Life Without Limits" radiothon beginning today and tomorrow from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Q 107.5 FM. The Karson and Kennedy Morning Show will kick off the radiothon live at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave., and deejays will be taking donations and raising awareness about UCP's programs and services. For more information or to donate, call (866) 296-2130 or visit www.ucpmemphis.org.

100. Events -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors presents "The Three F's of the New Starting Point Program" today from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Martin Edwards Jr. Education Center at MAAR, 6393 Poplar Ave. Visit www.maar.org.