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1. … and most memorable moments -

I was in a bar just outside Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta when the bomb went off at the 1996 Summer Games.

I immediately jumped up, went out the door and into utter chaos, where I interviewed anybody who would stop to talk.

2. Arcade Restaurant, a Memphis Fixture Since 1919, Still Thriving -

Situated at the corner of South Main Street and G.E. Patterson Avenue, at the intersection of tradition and quintessential Memphis culture, a diner that beckons guests with a retro sign over the door and similarly old-fashioned decor inside has found a way to endure.

3. Brooks Museum Unveils Free Wednesdays -

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is kicking off new hours in October that include a full free day every Wednesday.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, providing 10 hours of free access to everything the museum offers. Some of the museum’s ticketed evening programming, including Brooks Films, will also move to Wednesdays starting in October.

4. Brooks Museum Unveils Free Wednesdays -

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is kicking off new hours in October that include a full free day every Wednesday.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, providing 10 hours of free access to everything the museum offers. Some of the museum’s ticketed evening programming, including Brooks Films, will also move to Wednesdays starting in October.

5. Trader Joe's Confirms First Memphis-Area Store -

Trader Joe’s has confirmed plans for its first Memphis-area store. The specialty grocer ended months of speculation and announced Wednesday, Sept. 23, that it would open a 12,500-square-foot store in Germantown.

6. Unlikely Path -

It all started on whim. Cassius Cash was on his way to band practice at the University of Arkansas when he decided to practice his interview skills instead.

“Someone informed me the (U.S.) Forest Service was doing recruitment, but I had no intention of going in there and landing the internship,” says Cash of that interview for a wildlife biologist internship. “I thought the interview was about as far as I was going to go to chase my dreams.”

7. MPLOYment Opportunities -

John Hickman has been consumed lately by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s upcoming centennial celebration. Parties need to be planned. Showings and displays must be coordinated. Marketing must be launched. And the facility must look great.

8. Nashville’s Long, Hot, Delicious Summer -

Summertime brings us wedges of juicy watermelon and drippy ice cream cones. It yields pies piled with blackberries and peaches so fresh they can fill a room with their aroma.

It offers jewel-toned tomatoes for slicing and piling onto BLTs.

9. Stones Rock Music City -

Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed our name. Well, hell, Mick, if it’s puzzling you, it’s Nashville. Music City USA.

We’re the national media’s flavor of the day – the “It city,” which has gone from being a secondary concert market – remember The Beatles played Memphis, not Nashville – to one of the country’s prime touring destinations.

10. Perfect Timing -

She’s new here, both as a resident of the city and as the executive director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

So Emily Ballew Neff, while confident, ambitious and excited – everything the Brooks board of trustees would want her to be – is also careful not to overstep.

11. Central Station Project Relies on Local Institutions -

At $55 million, the proposed redevelopment plan for Central Station that debuted last week isn’t quite the “vertical village” that Crosstown Concourse is. The price tag, all except $3 million of which is private financing, is about a quarter of the $200 million cost of Crosstown.

12. Lasting Legacies -

A FedEx commercial that never made it past the storyboard stage portrayed company founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith as a child filling out an order form in the back of a comic book for a batch of Sea-Monkeys, sending it off and waiting for the delivery.

13. Retailers Setting Eyes on Memphis -

The Memphis-area retail sector, fueled by several new retailers entering the market and a massive amount of grocery-based activity, experienced a strong 2014.

Grocery store activity came into full bloom this year, with market leader Kroger investing heavily in its stores and higher-end, organic-focused chains targeting the market for growth.

14. Arcade Restaurant Plans Changes in 2015 -

The new year will bring some big changes to an iconic Downtown eatery.

The Arcade Restaurant, at the corner of G.E. Patterson Ave. and South Main, is open until 3 p.m. now, but plans to open at night starting early next year. Owner Harry Zepatos Jr. told Memphis Magazine the plans also include serving cocktails. He added that the level of business on the weekends at establishments around the Arcade including Max’s Sports Bar and Earnestine & Hazel’s has not gone unnoticed, and the Arcade plans to tap into that demand.

15. Survival of the Fittest -

Back in 2010, as the video rental giant Blockbuster was circling the drain in the wake of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, the irony was inescapable to Matt Martin.

Martin, co-owner of Black Lodge Video in Memphis, told a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor how Blockbuster employees “literally laughed in our faces” when the independent video rental shop first opened its doors.

16. Nashville School News Briefs -

Montgomery Bell Student, Faculty Films Air

Films and videos by Montgomery Bell Academy students and one faculty member will be featured Oct. 23 on the Nashville Education, Community and Arts TV channel’s Artober celebration.

17. University School of Nashville Kicks Off Centennial -

It was the summer of 1915, and a young Nashville educator had the audacity to suggest that a basement schoolroom on the grounds of the George Peabody College for Teachers might serve as a model for preparatory schools.

18. Central Centennial -

Central Station is 100 years old, an age that most train stations never reach. And if they do, they get there with some really harrowing years in mid-life.

The landmark at South Main Street and G.E. Patterson Drive marked its centennial this month with hundreds of people taking a look around the now recovered and renovated station as well as Amtrak trains and Canadian National railroad locomotives on the tracks that run by the station.

19. University of Tennessee Students Help Design Nashville’s Future -

Nashville may be a city on the rise, attracting new residents by the droves. But it’s also a laboratory for students at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s College of Architecture and Design, where they are designing the communities of the future in partnership with the Nashville Civic Design Center.

20. Discover Labor Day Getaways Close to Home -

Labor Day, the traditional end to summer. Public swimming pools are closing and college football is getting underway.

It’s also time for one last getaway before fall settles in, especially if you have school-age children.

21. Canal Centennial -

History buffs may be especially interested in one of the newest exhibits on display at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, which commemorates the centennial of a triumph of engineering that represents a milestone in both U.S. and world history.

22. Centennial Crossing Parcels Sell for $3.4 Million -

Two parcels in the Centennial Crossing shopping center in Southeast Shelby County have sold for $3.4 million following foreclosure.

An entity called 7915 Winchester Road Holdings LLC, which is an affiliate of CWCapital Asset Management LLC, bought 7915 Winchester Road and an outparcel of the center in a July 25 substitute trustee’s deed from R. Spencer Clift III of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

23. Odyssey Building -

It’s fitting that the word “odyssey” is included in the name of Sarah Petschonek’s program she launched in March 2013 as a volunteering platform for job seekers.

That’s because her Volunteer Odyssey effort promises participants a robust volunteering experience, one that’s already seen 25 people complete the program and which is preparing to expand even more beyond its initial concept.

24. Two Centennial Crossing Parcels Face Foreclosure -

The owners of two parcels in the Centennial Crossing shopping center in Southeast Shelby County have defaulted on a loan and are facing foreclosure.

MLC Investors LLC (56.08 percent interest), EJP Investors LLC (38.71 percent) and EK Investors LLC (5.21 percent interest) defaulted on their $5.8 million loan through IXIS Real Estate Capital Inc. dated Nov. 17, 2006, according to a first-run foreclosure notice in the Tuesday, July 1, edition of The Daily News.

25. Aren Investments Buys Winchester Haverty’s -

6870 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38115
Sale Amount: $1.1 million

Sale Date: June 2, 2014
Buyer: Aren Investments LLC
Seller: Kirsch Associates LP
Loan Amount: $850,000
Loan Date: June 2, 2014
Maturity Date: Nov. 15, 2015
Lender: BancorpSouth Bank
Details: Local real estate investment firm Aren Investments LLC has paid $1.1 million for the Haverty’s furniture store at 6870 Winchester Road in Hickory Hill.

26. Garden Ridge Buys Winchester Target -

Plano, Texas-based home décor retailer Garden Ridge has paid $4.6 million for the former Target store at 7697 Winchester Road in Southeast Memphis.

27. Vote of Confidence -

After experiencing a strong fourth quarter in 2013, confidence in the Memphis office market remains high so far this year.

First quarter leases signed outnumbered tenant move outs and the Memphis market ended the quarter with 54,989 square feet of absorption, according to CB Richard Ellis Memphis.

28. Graceland to Receive Japanese Cherry Trees -

The Japanese Consul General from Nashville is at Graceland Friday, April 25, along with a delegation from Japan to present three Somei Yoshino cherry trees for planting on the grounds of Elvis Presley’s former Whitehaven home.

29. Graceland to Receive Japanese Cherry Trees -

The Japanese Consul General from Nashville is at Graceland Friday, April 25, along with a delegation from Japan to present three Somei Yoshino cherry trees for planting on the grounds of Elvis Presley’s former Whitehaven home.

30. Dallas Company Buys Macon Road Center -

6100 Macon Road
Memphis, TN 38134
Sale Amount: $1.2 million

Sale Date: March 26, 2014
Buyer: PNL Cumberland LLC
Seller: Flagstar Bank FSB
Loan Amount: $862,500
Loan Date: April 1, 2014
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: Pinnacle Bank
Details: An affiliate of Dallas-based The PNL Cos. has paid $1.2 million for the 30,000-square-foot shopping center at 6100 Macon Road in Northeast Memphis.

31. Permit Filed for Marshalls Store at Centennial Commons -

Michael Lightman Realty Co. has filed a $2.1 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a Marshalls retail store in Centennial Commons.

32. Nelson Takes New Role at Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence -

Amanda C. Nelson has joined the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence as director of consulting, a newly created position. Nelson will oversee, coordinate and promote the alliance’s management consulting services, and manage its three-year capacity-building program, the Program for Nonprofit Excellence.

33. Embassy Suites Memphis Sells for $24.8 Million -

1022 S. Shady Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $24.8 million

Sale Date: Nov. 15, 2013
Buyer: 1022 South Shady Grove LLC
Seller: 1022 Shady Grove LLC
Loan Amount: $22.6 million
Loan Date: Nov. 15, 2013
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: Great American Life Insurance Co.
Details: An affiliate of Chicago-based hotel asset manager Lodging Capital Partners LLC has paid $24.8 million for the Embassy Suites Memphis hotel at 1022 S. Shady Grove Road in East Memphis.

34. Macon Cove Fairfield Inn Sells for $2.3 Million -

Minesh Patel of Memphis has paid $2.3 million for the 63-room Fairfield Inn & Suites at 6010 Macon Cove in Northeast Memphis.

35. Tax Dead Dilemma -

The brick church at 299 Chelsea Ave. in North Memphis shows up in records at the Shelby County Assessor’s office as “vacant land.”

36. Chamber Official: Transportation ‘Huge Part’ of Local Economy -

The Traffic Club of Memphis hosted its monthly luncheon on Tuesday at The Racquet Club of Memphis, welcoming Andre B. Dean, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s vice president of public policy and community affairs, as the guest speaker. The club also held its annual board member elections, with incoming President Carey Treadwell of Dynamex Inc. taking the helm for the next year.

37. UT Health Science Center to Outline New Campus Master Plan -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is set to revamp its campus, and the school will host a public information session on the development of a new master plan Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Student-Alumni Center Dining Hall, 800 Madison Ave.

38. Campus Connections -

The University of Memphis is in the early stages of updating its campus master plan, and it will seek input from its neighbors as it moves into its next century of higher education.

The U of M has hired the Smith Group JJR of Ann Arbor, Mich., to lead the effort with Memphis-based LRK Inc. serving as the local partner.

39. Hilton Creates Endowment at University of Memphis -

Hilton Worldwide has created a $100,000 Endowment for the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management at The University of Memphis.

40. Summer of Cloar -

Stanton Thomas remembers his first encounter with Carroll Cloar’s art. It was eight years ago as Thomas, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s curator, was about to interview for the job he now has.

41. Martin Named Interim U of M President -

Brad Martin, the retired chairman and CEO of Saks Inc. and current chairman of the private investment firm RBM Venture Co., will be the interim president of the University of Memphis.

42. FAA Federal Credit Union Relocates Branch -

FAA Federal Credit Union is moving its retail branch at 3920 Whitebrook Drive to its existing Centennial Drive location in Southeast Memphis.

43. Green Line Marketing Doubles Office -

Green Line Marketing Group has outgrown its East Memphis office space due to its expanded staff and client roster.

The boutique agency has signed a 2,000-square-foot lease in Racquet Club Plaza, where it will relocate from its three 350-square-foot executive suites in Clark Tower by the end of the month.

44. Centennial on Tap for Traffic Club of Memphis -

The Traffic Club of Memphis is kick-starting its 100-year celebration with the introduction of its 2013 officers, led for the second straight year by president Mason Wilson.

The club’s activities this year will feature a series of local events, including the Traffic Club International annual conference in September.

45. Traffic Club Welcomes Witt to Kick Off Centennial Year -

The Traffic Club of Memphis kicked off the new year by welcoming Marshall Witt, senior vice president of finance for FedEx Freight, as the guest speaker at its monthly luncheon, held earlier this week at The Racquet Club of Memphis.

46. Events -

Families of Incarcerated Individuals Inc. will hold its small-business startup fair for ex-offenders Friday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Visit familiesofincarcerated.org.

47. Events -

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America will hold a panel discussion about its “Research in Your Backyard” report on Tennessee clinical trials Thursday, Sept. 13, at 11:30 a.m. at Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 Dudley St. Cost is free. Visit phrma.org.

48. Grant Entity Files $20M Loan For Collierville Construction -

25 acres north
Of Shea Road

Loan Amount: $20.4 million

Loan Date: July 31, 2012

Maturity Date: Aug. 1, 2017

Borrower: Westbrook Crossing GP

Lender: Magna Bank

49. Cheddar's Franchisee Buys Cordova Land -

Greer Cos., the largest franchisee of Cheddar’s Casual Cafe, has bought 2.7 acres at the southwest corner of North Germantown Parkway and Bellevue Parkway in Cordova.

Working as Greer Land Co.-Restaurants LLC, the company paid $1.4 million for the site, which is part of 8.7 acres seller South Bellevue Corp. bought in 2006.

50. Bush Talks Post-White House Life -

Though the main attraction at a private gathering at the Dixon Gallery & Gardens Monday, July 16, included former President George W. Bush, it was a mostly nonpolitical evening.

The 43rd president neither excoriated nor overtly praised President Barack Obama, for example, nor did he wade much into the health care debate despite the occasion of his visit being related to a hospital – specifically, to the 100th anniversary of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.

51. George W. Bush Talks Post-White House Life in Memphis -

Though the main attraction at a private gathering at the Dixon Gallery & Gardens Monday, July 16, included former President George W. Bush, it was a mostly nonpolitical evening.

The 43rd president neither excoriated nor overtly praised President Barack Obama, for example, nor did he wade much into the health care debate despite the occasion of his visit being hospital-related – the 100th anniversary of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.

52. Clients are the Big Fish At Nicholson’s Marketing Firm -

Tim Nicholson is the founder and owner of Bigfish, a Memphis-based branding, website development and social media-focused marketing company that celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

53. Baptist to Host Former President Bush -

Former President George W. Bush has stayed largely out of the limelight following his departure from office in January 2009, choosing to focus on writing his memoir and on other private interests.

At an event in Memphis next month to help Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. celebrate its centennial year, the 43rd president will shed a little light on some of those things that he and his family have been up to since leaving the White House.

54. Semmes-Murphey Turns 100, Looks to Next Century of Care -

Semmes-Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute this year celebrates a century of improving the quality of care for patients with neurological and spine disorders.

The Memphis-based institute, which today employs about 275 people – including about 40 doctors – was founded in 1912 by Dr. Eustace Semmes and Dr. Francis Murphey.

55. Dots Opens Two New Memphis Stores -

National retailer Dots is bringing a pair of women’s fashions locations to two of the city’s booming shopping centers.

On Thursday, May 10, Dots opened at Ridgeway Trace Shopping Center, 5847 Poplar Ave. Dots’ presence in Memphis will grow again on Thursday, May 24, with a second grand opening at Centennial Commons, 7682 Polo Grounds Blvd.

56. U of M Adds Iconic Symbols to Campus -

As workers began adding the platforms to the Beale Street Landing project on the city’s riverfront over the weekend, on the other end of the riverfront, workers prepared to move the Ramesses statue from the front of The Pyramid.

57. Matlin Discusses Overcoming Disabilities -

Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin was in Memphis Thursday, April 19, to discuss overcoming disabilities.

Her appearance was at a fundraiser for Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), held at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

58. Events -

The University of Memphis will host its Centennial Reunion Weekend Friday, April 20, through Sunday, April 22. For details, visit memphis.edu/centennial/events.php.

59. Events -

On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest will be held Thursday, April 19, through Sunday, April 22. Visit onlocationmemphis.org for locations, show times and ticket prices.

60. U of M Reunion to Feature Sculpture -

The University of Memphis campus will feature a new icon later this month to be unveiled during the university’s centennial reunion weekend April 20-22.

The 100th anniversary of the university has been marked with various decorated versions of the school’s Tiger mascot at different locations across Shelby County.

61. 100 Years of Design -

Evans Taylor Foster Childress, which celebrates its centennial in March, can trace its origins to two distinguished Memphis architectural firms.

62. Benz Repair Shop to Open On Cooper St. -

A high-end automobile maintenance and repair shop soon will be added to Cooper-Young’s booming portfolio of local businesses.

Shane Herbers, founder of Midtown Motor Werks, has leased 5,000 square feet at 795 S. Cooper St. from Richard Sullivan.

63. Bigfish Finds Bigger Pond in Midtown -

Editor’s Note: Per Bigfish’s request, this entire interview was done via Twitter. Certain words and phrases of Tim Nicholson’s responses will appear in parentheses, due to slang used during the course of the interview given the medium through which it was conducted.

64. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. board of directors will meet Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 9 a.m. at 114 N. Main St.

65. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board of directors will meet Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 9 a.m. at 114 N. Main St.

66. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board of directors will meet Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 9 a.m. at 114 N. Main St.

67. U of M Stages ‘Phantom’ for Centennial -

The University of Memphis will celebrate its centennial year in part by producing one of the monoliths of modern Broadway musicals, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera.”

68. Business Licenses Rise Slightly in 2011 -

The Shelby County Clerk’s Office issued 5,751 business licenses in 2011, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com. It’s about a 5 percent increase from 2010, when 5,489 were filed in the county.

69. 100 Years of Higher Learning -

You can find the origins of the University of Memphis in the 19th century – the 19th Century Club, that is.

It’s because the idea for the institution took root more than 100 years ago among a group of women who were members of the service and philanthropy group that still exists today.

70. Baptist Story Speaks to City’s Rich Past -

The making of modern Memphis is an ongoing story that now has some age on it.

And with age we all rediscover some important things we probably already knew but had our doubts about before.

The centennial of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. is a reminder of who we really are as a community.

71. A Century of Health Care -

Memphians packed the new Dr. H. Edward Garrett Auditorium at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis last month to listen to music icon Patti LaBelle discuss her struggle with diabetes and the grief she experienced after losing three sisters to cancer.

72. UTHSC Graduates 71 Health Care Students -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis graduated 71 health care students at its winter commencement, including 25 students from the College of Allied Health Sciences, 25 from the College of Graduate Health Sciences, one from the College of Medicine and 20 from the College of Nursing.

73. Inconclusive Prognosis -

It was a mixed year of highs and lows for the Memphis area health care industry – which employs one out of seven workers locally – as the nation’s uncertain economy and changing health care system prompted hospital networks and biotech companies to realign, restructure and rethink the way they operate.

74. LaBelle Kicks Off Baptist’s Centennial -

Legendary recording artist Patti LaBelle was in Memphis Thursday, Dec. 8, to help kick off Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.’s yearlong centennial celebration with a fundraiser for its new comprehensive cancer care center.

75. U of M Professor Graesser Awarded for Research -

Dr. Art Graesser, professor of psychology and founding co-director of the Institute for Intelligent Systems at the University of Memphis, will receive the first Presidential Award for Lifetime Achievement in Research from the University of Memphis.

76. UTHSC Communications Dept. Wins MarCom Awards -

The communications and marketing department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center was among the winners in the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals’ 2011 MarCom Awards.

77. Recorded History -

It began as a handwritten single piece of paper hand-delivered to 25 people in what was once the city of Memphis.

It was 125 years ago that the publication now called The Daily News was founded.

78. Events -

Bank of America will host a free customer outreach event at which customers can meet face to face with home retention specialists to review options for home loan modifications Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. To register or for more information, visit www.bankofamerica.com/homeownerevent or call 1-855-201-7426.

79. Girl Scouts Prepare to Celebrate Centennial -

In the age of Photoshopped billboard images, teenage breast augmentation and “Toddlers & Tiaras,” the Girls Scouts of America is preparing to celebrate 100 years of countering the latest trends through building girls’ courage, confidence and character.

80. UTHSC Unveils New Pharmacy College -

For more than a century, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy has served as center of pharmacy education, practice and research in the Mid-South.

And on the eve of UTHSC’s September Centennial Gala, the College of Pharmacy – previously housed in six buildings on the sprawling, urban campus on Madison Avenue – is finally getting a home of its own.

81. UTHSC Has $2.3B Impact in State -

A recent study concludes that the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s total economic contribution to the state of Tennessee amounted to more than $2.3 billion for the 2010 fiscal year.

The main campus of UTHSC, which celebrates its centennial this year, is located in the Memphis Medical District.

82. Campbell Clinic Rolls Out New Identity -

An established brand in Memphis health care has undergone a makeover. Campbell Clinic, a household name in orthopedic care for more than 100 years, is introducing its new brand identity to patients and the health care industry through its website, signage and billboards.

83. Business License Activity Improves 11.4 Percent -

The number of businesses licenses filed with the Shelby County Clerk’s office increased by more than 10 percent to 1,360 in the second quarter of 2011, up 11.4 percent from 1,221 in the second quarter of 2010, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

84. Lynnfield Place Apartments Sell for $22.4 Million -

1400 Lynnfield Road
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $22.4 million

Sale Date: June 14, 2011
Buyer: Lynnfield Holdings LLC
Seller: Lynnfield Place Tennessee LLC
Details: Lynnfield Place Apartments, on the east side of Lynnfield Road about halfway between Park Avenue to the north and Quince Road to the south, has sold for $22.4 million.

85. Physician-Turned-Astronaut Returns to UTHSC for Gala -

Memphis-trained physician-turned-NASA-astronaut Dr. Margaret Rhea Seddon will return to her alma mater – the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis – to deliver the address at the UTHSC Centennial Gala Sept. 17.

86. Hacks Cross Center Sells For $1 Million -

A shopping center in the Southeast submarket has traded hands. AAK Ventures LLC acquired the 10,500-square-foot Players Crossing Retail Center, 3285 Hacks Cross Road, from BancorpSouth for $1 million.

87. Madison Office Building Sells for $1 Million -

158 Madison LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company with a mailing address in Abbotsford, British Columbia, has bought a five-story vacant office building at 158 Madison Ave. from Centennial, Colo.-based CHITI LLC.
Built in 1961, the 62,377-square-foot Class C building is on 0.3 acres at the northeast corner of Madison Avenue and an alleyway between North Second and North Third streets to the west and east.
CHITI LLC bought the property in December for $695,000. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2011 appraisal is $1.3 million. No financing documents were filed at the time of sale.

88. Restaurants, Retail Enter Memphis Market -

It’s perhaps the most cliché phrase in the real estate business: location, location, location.

So far in 2011, Memphis has seen a plethora of household names enter the market – Chipotle, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Urban Outfitters and Staples Inc., among others. And by the close of the year, the perfect location is a critical contingency that even more nationally recognized brands are hoping to have settled.

89. Investors Buy Stalled Lamar Crossing Apartments -

2881 Lamar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38114
Sale Amount: $1.5 Million

Sale Date: May 11, 2011

90. Future Cheddar’s Site Bought for $1.4M -

Lexington, Ky.-based Greer Land Co.-Restaurants LLC has bought 2.6 acres on Polo Grounds Boulevard from Michael A. Lightman for $1.4 million with plans to build a Cheddar’s Restaurant on the site.

91. U of M Alumni Association Launches Celebration -

The University of Memphis Alumni Association is calling on Memphians to help it celebrate the Tigers Around Town Centennial Celebration by designing one of the 100 tiger statues that will be displayed around Memphis.

92. Brand Strategy -

It was two years ago at a Five Guys Burgers and Fries franchisee conference when license rights to Memphis were up for grabs.

Mark Moseley, director of franchising for the Lorton, Va.-based burger chain and friend of FedEx Corp. founder Fred Smith, approached Alabama franchisee Seth Hargett about putting together a package and asked him if he wanted Memphis.

93. UTHSC Celebrates Career of First Black Student -

The first African-American to be admitted to and graduate from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine will revisit his Memphis roots during Black History Month to share his story of success.

94. Book Takes Look at Local Health Care -

As the national battle over the future of American health care legislation rages, the Memphis Medical Society has published a comprehensive look into the extensive history of an industry deeply rooted in the city’s commerce and culture.

95. Daily News Marks 125th Anniversary -

A birthday cake would have had too many candles.

So the symbol on the masthead of The Daily News starting this week will be one way the newspaper you are reading marks a milestone.

It was 125 years ago that the publication now called The Daily News was founded.

96. MAAR Presents 2010 Realtor Awards -

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors has named Mary Sharp of Crye-Leike Inc. Realtors as its Realtor of the Year.

97. 100 Years of Medicine -

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis is kicking off its 100th anniversary celebration with the publication of a commemorative hardcover book.

“The Legacy The Future: A Centennial Portrait of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center” will be available for sale this week at the campus bookstore, 930 Madison Ave.

98. Cheddar’s Casual Café Comes to Memphis -

Cheddar’s Casual Café has recently filed for a $1.4 million building permit for about 8,600 square feet at 7684 Winchester Road in Michael Lightman Realty Co.’s Centennial Commons development.

99. Who Will Dance First in The Economic Recovery? -

Editor’s Note: DiNicolantonio is the West Tennessee area president for Regions Bank.

“It’s better to be an optimist who is sometimes wrong than a pessimist who is always right” –Anonymous

100. High Note -

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the University of Memphis’ Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music has planned a concert that will blow the roof off, assuming the walls don’t burst at the seams first.

The fact that Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection), which was chosen for the concert, is too big both sound-wise and size-wise for the school’s Harris Concert Hall is reminiscent of the growth that has taken place since the former “music department” became a “school of music” in 2000.