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1. FanBank Shop Local Program Launches in Memphis -

A new shop local rewards program has launched in Memphis, one that brings a different approach to the efforts featuring loyalty cards and aggressive discounting that tend to be the norm.

FanBank, on the other hand, is designed to connect customers with local businesses using an approach similar to that of an airline or hotel rewards program. Participating consumers leave their information on file, and then they go about their shopping habits as normal, incrementally benefiting from the program along the way.

2. Boyle Celebrates 80 Years, Sponsors Art Exhibit -

Boyle Investment Co. turns 80 this year, and has partnered with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art to celebrate.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Analyzing the Season -

Holiday Retail Sales: Ho Ho Hum or Ho-Ho-Ho? National retail results are in and, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), when all was bought and wrapped, year-over-year sales increased by 4.5 percent in December and 3.1 percent for the overall holiday season. While that’s pretty much on target with projections, it was the pace of sales that made this year a bit different.

6. Lululemon Athletica to Open in Regalia -

Yoga-inspired athletic apparel company Lululemon Athletica Inc. is opening its first Memphis store this week, following more than a year of market due diligence.

7. Memphis-Based XMC Adds Chief Financial Officer -

Memphis-based XMC Inc. has added a new chief financial officer, David Weant, to its executive team.

Weant has 20 years of financial experience and will work out of XMC’s corporate office in Bartlett. Before joining XMC, Weant was vice president of The Evans Cos. and served as the CFO of Oak Hall in Memphis.

8. Events -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, June 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thomas Center at Christian Brothers University, 650 E. Parkway South. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Register at afpmemphis.org.

9. AIA Honors Industry’s Local Activity -

Despite hard times, there has been a whirlwind of activity in Memphis’ design community over the past year.

That’s the message Josh Flowers, general counsel at Hnedak Bobo Group Inc. and president of the Memphis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, gave Saturday, March 31, at the annual Celebration of Architecture Gala and 2012 Design Awards at Circuit Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St.

10. 4Memphis Mag Launches With New Ownership -

4Memphis magazine, formerly VIP Memphis Magazine, is under new ownership.

The new entity, 4Memphis Publishing LLC, is comprised of publisher Jim Walker, owner of Eden Spa & Laser and an officer with Merchants & Planters Bank; the Levy family of Oak Hall Inc.; Jay Mednikow of Mednikow Jewelers; Joel Hobson of Hobson Realtors; Judy McLellan of Crye-Leike Realtors Inc.; and Amy Howell of Howell Marketing Strategies LLC.

11. VIP Memphis Relaunches as 4Memphis Mag Under New Ownership -

4Memphis magazine, formerly VIP Memphis Magazine, is under new ownership.

The new entity, 4Memphis Publishing LLC, is comprised of publisher Jim Walker, owner of Eden Spa & Laser and an officer with Merchants & Planters Bank; the Levy family of Oak Hall Inc.; Jay Mednikow of Mednikow Jewelers; Joel Hobson of Hobson Realtors; Judy McLellan of Crye-Leike Realtors Inc.; and Amy Howell of Howell Marketing Strategies LLC.

12. Back to Black -

The Friday after Thanksgiving, often dubbed, “Black Friday,” is considered by many to be the traditional start of the holiday season shopping in the U.S.

The origin of the term varies. Some sources attribute the Philadelphia Police Department’s coinage of the phrase in 1966 to describe the hectic traffic and chaotic crowds on the busy shopping day. Others deem the expression to reflect a retailer’s shift to profitability during the holiday season, when a boost in sales moves a business out of the “red” and into the “black.”

13. Priming to Improve Your Business -

Knowledge is stored in an associative manner. In plain English, that simply means pieces of information that somehow relate to each other are linked in your brain. For example, if I say the word Graceland to most longtime Memphis residents, it will probably trigger a series of linked thoughts: Elvis, Lisa Marie, airplane, stone fence, graffiti, Whitehaven, tourists, and so forth and so on.

14. Agape North Provides Charity Through Clothing -

With a classic sense of fashion and an idea to help people in need, Joe Williams created apparel company Agape North that donates a portion of the profit made to children in Peru as well as various nonprofit organizations.

15. ‘In This Together’ -

For some Memphis consumers, it’s a completely natural impulse to go out of the way to keep from going far away when there’s money to spend. Those particular consumers will run over a TCBY to get to YoLo, shove past a Starbucks to get their caffeine fix at Otherlands, Republic or Cafe Eclectic, hop over an IHOP to stand in line at Brother Juniper’s and dodge Dillard’s to suit up at shops like Oak Hall and James Davis.

16. Agape North Partners with Miss. Retailers -

Agape North, a Memphis-based clothing company that makes apparel and gives back to charity with each purchase, has established a partnership with two well-known department stores in Mississippi – Reed’s in Tupelo and Neilson’s in Oxford.

17. Restaurant Uproot -

If a prime time television show moves to a different day and time, there’s undoubtedly a risk factor involved.

But if the show’s good enough, it’s going to attract you, said Scott Gentleman, general manager of Jim’s Place East, who hopes that theory also holds true for a popular restaurant.

18. Nonprofit Holiday Gift List -

Ah, the holiday season is upon us! When people spend money they don’t have and receive gifts they don’t need. When we all get cranky with the overcrowded parking lots and stores and become stressed trying to figure out what to give that relative or friend when we don’t have a clue.

19. Personal Touch -

While big-box retailers prepare for Black Friday madness, smaller, locally owned stores are focused on providing holiday shoppers with a unique shopping experience anchored in exceptional customer service.

20. Sock Sale to Benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters -

New York-based designer V.K. Nagrani will be at Oak Hall’s fall Trunk Show Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to unveil an exclusive, limited-edition sock he designed as a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis.

21. Events -

The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter and University of Memphis Law Student Chapter of the Federalist Society will present a lecture by Wall Street Journal columnist and author John Fund titled “A Visitor’s Guide to an Alien Planet: Washington, D.C.” Wednesday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Wade Auditorium at the law school, 1 N. Front St. The event is free and open to the public.

22. 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.

23. ‘Holy Grail’ of Recording Uncovered -

A 52-year-old tape recorder described by some as the Holy Grail of the music industry has been discovered in the storage room of the owner of a used bus dealership in Marion, Ark.

But this isn’t just any bus dealership owner. Bob Tucker, owner of Bob Tucker Motors on Interstate 55, is a music industry veteran and one-time leader of the Memphis band that toured with the Beatles in 1964.

24. Events -

Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects will host “A Modernist Ouroboros” by Adam Geary & Anthony Lee Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the ANF Gallery, 1500 Union Ave. The show will run through July 23. For more information, call 278-6868.

25. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet today at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Gene Dattel, author of “Cotton and Race in the Making of America,” will speak. For reservations, e-mail Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

26. Events -

The Memphis Bar Association Access to Justice Committee will meet today at noon at the MBA, 80 Monroe Ave., suite 220.

27. Events -

A Holiday Book Signing Party will be held today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bluff City Bayou Restaurant, 694 Madison Ave. Photographer Jack Kenner, chef Les Carloss, Oak Hall owner Bob Levy and other Mid-South authors will be on hand to meet readers and sign copies of their books. For more information, call 722-8877.

28. Events -

The Economic Club of Memphis and the Memphis branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will hold a 2009 Economic Outlook Breakfast today from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn–University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Bruce Scherr of Informa Economics Inc. will provide the national economic outlook. Michael R. Pakko, an officer and regional economist in the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, will offer his views on the regional and local economy.

29. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet today at noon in Ballroom B of the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, will speak. Lunch is $18 per person, payable at the door. For reservations, e-mail Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

30. Enterprise Rent-A-Car Building 10,000-Square-Foot Facility -

2424 Appling Road
Memphis, TN 38133
Permit Amount: $2.3 Million

Project Cost: TBA
Permit Date: Applied November 2008
Completion: Summer 2009
Owner: Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Tenant: Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Contractor: Chris Woods Construction Co. Inc.
Architect: Renaissance Group

31. Founders of Grand Events Sell Company’s Warehouse -

3347 Pearson Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $2.5 Million

Sale Date: June 13, 2008
Buyer: Schwarz Properties LLC
Seller: Hoyt Mark White and John Stanley White
Loan Amount: $2.1 million
Loan Date: June 12, 2008
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: BankTennessee
Details: Asheboro, N.C.-based Schwarz Properties LLC has bought the 130,925-square-foot warehouse that houses Grand Events and Party Rentals, which now will lease the space.

32. Oak Hall Renovation Begins Monday - After lengthy financing delays from a shaky real estate market, the group planning to renovate the old Oak Hall building at 555 S. Perkins Road Extended is finally ready to move forward.

Glen Bascom Jr., Glen Bascom Sr. and Chris Montesi – the trio who comprise the entity 555 Perkins LLC – have secured a $5.2 million construction loan with U.S. Bank NA to overhaul the 54,265-square-foot office building just south of the intersection at Poplar Avenue and Perkins Road Extended.

The renovation financing was orchestrated by Rick Wood, senior vice president for Financial Federal Savings Bank.

Construction on the 1966 property begins Monday, more than four months after the initial building permit was filed, although the partners’ interest in the property goes back much further. The group bought the ground lease of the building for $1.2 million from LaSalle Bank NA in December 2006, and Bascom Sr. had owned the land since the late 1980s.

Bascom Jr. has been champing at the bit to get the project under way, but he understood the hesitance of lenders, in these tight credit times, to front money for a building that’s only 15 percent preleased.

“I think a lot of big players are like that,” Bascom Jr. said. “Nobody wants to finance a spec building – either an apartment building, condo building or office building. They want to have tenants in place, and that was the hard part with us – we want to build it first and then get tenants.”

Looking for warm bodies

Getting tenants is the company’s goal over the next six months during redevelopment of the building, which will be renamed First Capital Center after the anchor tenant.

Germantown-based First Capital Bank will occupy 6,000 square feet on the ground floor with a branch that includes a drive-thru. The bank joins two existing tenants that are remaining in the four-story building, leaving about 45,000 square feet available for lease.

That task is being handled by Joe Steffner, president of the Memphis office of Grubb & Ellis Co. Steffner said he believes the renovated space of a well-known building along Poplar will make it a desirable locale for office users.

“When you compare the price with the amenities and the brand-new space in the building, it will be a relatively easy sell,” he said. “The Poplar corridor is where everyone has wanted to be. Over the past 15 years the market has grown and people have gone to the 385 corridor as kind of the second choice. Over the past several years, the tenants that either couldn’t find space on Poplar or didn’t want to be on Poplar for whatever reason have tended to come back to Poplar.”

Bascom Jr. agreed that the location along the high-density Poplar Avenue corridor should keep the First Capital Center insulated from what has been a generally soft market.

“Of all the deals that we have out there now, it’s a no-brainer,” Bascom Jr. said. “This one’s going to be successful. It’s a lot of money and time involved over the year or two, but it’s the one I feel most comfortable with of all the projects we’ve got going on.”

New and improved

Renaissance Group is architect and Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC is contractor for the project. Chris Ybos of Montgomery Martin said the expected completion date is about six months away.

Once the building is finished by the end of the year, it won’t look anything like the structure that formerly housed an Oak Hall clothing store. Upgrades include new HVAC, new roof, new shell, new windows, plus plenty of parking for tenants.

Steffner said pricing will be lower than other office space nearby because it’s an older building, but it will recapture the feel of a new product.

“It’s hard to take an older building and make it Class A, and yet they’re doing everything possible to make it A,” Steffner said. “It’s hard to argue with the amenities in the building, plus the bank on site. We think it will be an A-minus building with B prices. That will make it competitive.

“It’s exciting because it’s like having a brand-new building to lease on a speculative basis at below-market rates. We’ve never had an opportunity like this before. It will have a new name, but it’s a location everyone knows.”

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33. Permits Filed ForOak Hall Building -      The owners of the Oak Hall Building at 555 Perkins Road Extended have filed building permits for a renovation that will give the 42-year-old structure a fresh look.
     Glen Bascom Sr., a pa

34. Nicolette's Menswear Brings Beverly Hills Style To Memphis -

It wasn't Nicole Becton's bachelor's degree in criminal justice that determined her path in life. It was, rather, her eye for fashion.

The 34-year-old Becton is the owner of Nicolette's Menswear in Whitehaven. The store is what she said is a "Beverly Hills-style boutique where men can come in and find neckties and dress shirts that they can't normally find in other stores."

35. 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.

36. Will Vineyard VinesOpen Memphis Store? -      Bill Levy, owner and president of Oak Hall, has filed an application for a $732,415 building permit at 6150 U.S. 72 (Poplar Avenue), according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com. Application for the permi

37. Marketing Millington: City gears up for long-awaited growth -

These days, a drive through Millington might just surprise you.

The city of more than 10,000 people is working hard to attract businesses and residents and could someday compete with the likes of Collierville and Bartlett.

38. Archived Article -

3845 Crowfarn Drive
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $2.8 million

Sale Date: Dec. 14, 2006

Buyer: Cabot II-TN1W09 LLC

39. Oak Hall Purchase BringsBuilding, Land Under Same Owners -      Oak Hall, a five-story, 91,000-square-foot office building at 555 Perkins Road Extended, has been transferred to a new ownership group, marking the first time the building and the land have been under the same ownership.

40. Dixon Teapot Exhibit Neither Short nor Stout; Runs Through Sept. 24 -

May 15

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens hosts "The Artful Teapot: 20th Century Expressions from the Kamm Collection" through Sept. 24 at 4339 Park Ave. The exhibit examines the teapot as an inventive vehicle for artistic expression in the 20th century. All the works in the exhibit have been chosen from the celebrated Kamm collection, husband and wife Gloria and Sonny Kamm's person trove of more than 6,000 teapots. For more information, call 761-5250 or visit www.dixon.org.

41. Events -

The Memphis Pink Palace Family of Museums presents the 33rd annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair today through Sunday at Audubon Park. For more information, call 320-6362 or 320-6408.

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council presents "USA Patriot Act & Commercial Real Estate" as part of its broker forum series from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday in the Martin Edwards Jr. Education Center at MAAR, 6393 Poplar Ave. Cost is free for Commercial Council members; $15 for non-members. Call 818-2428.

42. Regalia Financedfor $12 Million - BTE Partners has financed the Regalia shopping center at 6140 Poplar Ave. through AIG Life Insurance Co. for $12 million. Tenants of the property, which is located near Shady Grove Road, include Oak Hall, Reverie Fine Linens & Down and Ruth's Chris S

43. Archived Article: Events - The University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology hosts Oak Ridge National Laboratory associate director Dr

The University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology hosts Oak Ridge National Laboratory associate director Dr. Lee Riedinger at ...

44. Archived Article: Events - The Kiwanis Club of Memphis meets at noon today in Grand Salon C at the Peabody, 149 Union Ave

The Kiwanis Club of Memphis meets at noon today in Grand Salon C at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. Judy Peiser, executive producer for the Center for Sout...

45. Archived Article: This Week - Councilman Ricky Peete to hold town hall meeting

CCC Hosts Public Meeting on Streetscape Plan

Feb. 28

The Shelby County Commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Call 545-4301. Memphis City ...

46. Archived Article: This Week - AC Wharton Hosts a Town Hall Meeting

Wharton Hosts Bartlett Town Hall Meeting

Jan. 31

The Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross hosts a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northwest Mississippi Community College, 5197 W.E. Ross Parkw...

47. Archived Article: This Week - Reception Honors General Assembly

Small Business Group Hosts Legislative Reception

Jan. 24

The National Federation of Independent Business/Memphis Area Action Council hosts a reception to honor Shelby County members of the 104th Tennessee G...

48. Archived Article: Events - The Womens Foundation for a Greater Memphis hosts executive coach Jeanne Carr from noon to 1:30 p

The Womens Foundation for a Greater Memphis hosts executive coach Jeanne Carr from noon to 1:30 p.m. today at Regions-Union Planters Bank, 6200 Popl...

49. Archived Article: Real Focus - Real

Court Square Project to Help Restore City Center

LANCE ALLAN

The Daily News

When Downtowns Court Square was designed, it was meant to serve as the center of the city, a living room of sorts and a gathering place for all.

That gat...

50. Archived Article: Market Focus - Fathers Day gives retailers a mid-year boost

Fathers Day gives retailers a mid-year boost

By ANDREW BELL

The Daily News

Politically correct or not, retail business related to Fathers Day involves stereotyping.

Just as a mothers heart ...

51. Archived Article: Daily Digest - Northwest to release results Wednesday

Northwest to release

results Wednesday

Northwest Airlines will conduct a live audio webcast of a conference call to discuss first quarter results at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A webcast can be accessed a...

52. Archived Article: Marketplace Focus - All that glisters is not gold In slow economy, local jewelry trade still lacks luster

By MARY DANDO

The Daily News

Its the time of year when viewers are assailed nightly with television ads suggesting only a Scrooge could resist buying a pr...

53. Archived Article: Pottery (lead) - Pottery studio poised to market to communities creativity

New pottery studio fires imagination

By SUE PEASE

The Daily News

When Collierville resident Jennifer VanDyke visited a pottery studio in Franklin, Tenn., a few months ago to paint...

54. Archived Article: Comm Briefs - Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton will give his state of the city address at the Jan Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton will give his state of the city address Tuesday at the meeting of the Memphis Rotary Club beginning at noon at City Hall. Upcoming speaker...

55. Archived Article: Market Briefs - Legal issues in advertising will be addressed by Doug Wood, an executive partner in the New York law firm of Hall Dickler Kent Legal issues in advertising will be addressed by Doug Wood, an executive partner in the New York law firm of Hall Dickler ...

56. Archived Article: Calendar - Calendar of events: June 5 11 Calendar of events: Nov. 6-Nov. 12 Nov. 7 First Tennessee is offering a free Estate Planning 2001 seminar at First Tennessee Oak Court auditorium, 4385 Poplar Ave., next to Oak Court Mall. The one-hour seminar will be o...

57. Archived Article: Gov't Bott - Park expansion Bids to be opened Friday for OBrien Park expansion By KATHLEEN BURT The Daily News Despite traffic hustling nearby, Robert O'Brien Park in south Memphis is quiet. Two men talk as they sit on the picnic table under a small pavilion on ...

58. Archived Article: Memos - Vastera Adds Dennis Jones, FDX CIO, Dennis H. Jones, executive vice president of information technology and chief information officer for FDX Corp., has been appointed to the board of directors for Vastera Inc. Ernst & Young announced the follow...

59. Archived Article: Memos - ResortQuest International Appoints Paul Manteris has been appointed vice president of operations for ResortQuest International Inc. He most recently held senior management and training positions with Colorado-based Premier Resorts Inc./Village Resor...

60. Archived Article: Oakgrove (lead) - Construction underway Construction underway on Oak Grove sanctuary By KATHLEEN BURT The Daily News A local church is seeing a big return on investment with the construction of a new 700-seat sanctuary at 183 Joubert in southwest Memphis. The new san...

61. Archived Article: Milestones - Chandler, Ehrlich & Co Chandler, Ehrlich & Co. has been selected by Oak Hall to handle the retailers advertising, public relations, direct mail and media placement. Oak Hall has been in Memphis for more than 135 years and has been family-own...

62. Archived Article: Retail.st - Despite predictions that national retail sales this holiday season would be a disappointment to merchants, some Memphis merchants said they have experienced record sales. Specialty retailers prosper during Christmas season DEC. 27, 1996 -- Despite p...

63. Archived Article: Retail - Despite predictions that national retail sales this holiday season would be a disappointment to merchants, some Memphis merchants said they have experienced record sales.   Specialty retailers prosper during Christmas season By Suzanne Thompson...

64. Archived Article: Virtual Mall Lj - lj 10/5 cates Virtual mall offers database for goods and services By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News In the near future, Internet browsers searching for the perfect pair of black suede pumps, a 1992 blue four-door Honda Accord, or even a tax lawyer, w...

65. Archived Article: Hollywood Video - By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE Oak Hall building 100 percent leased, adds Hollywood Video By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News The Oak Hall building at Poplar Avenue and Perkins Extended is now 100 percent leased with the addition of a Hollywood Video store, N...

66. Archived Article: Env Briefs - Thousand Oaks Business Center received the Mayors Award of Excellence at the Beautiful Business Awards ceremony on Thursday Thousand Oaks Business Center received the Mayors Award of Excellence at the Beautiful Business Awards ceremony on Thursday. ...

67. Archived Article: Johnny Rockets - 5-13 chg johnny rockets Construction starts on new 50s-style restaurant By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News Construction has started on the new Johnny Rockets restaurant being built at 567 Perkins Extended by franchisee David Kaplan of Mission Contr...

68. Archived Article: Oak Hall - oak hall Oak Hall to open Thursday at Poplar and Ridgeway Oak Hall, a Memphis retailer of fine mens and womens clothes, announced it will open the companys new store in the Regalia at Poplar and Ridgeway on Thursday at 10 a.m. Oak Hall has spent mor...

69. Archived Article: Milestones - 11/17 benchmark The Daily News wants to hear about the accomplishments and campaigns of local communications professionals. Each Friday, this column serves as a forum for recognizing the efforts of local agencies or in-house communications departmen...