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1. This week in Memphis history: April 18-24 -

1984: On the front page of The Daily News: Studebaker’s was about to open in the Overton Square space that had been Playhouse on the Square. The Dallas-based chain of diners featured a Memphis version that was heavy on the neon and Elvis and 1950s nostalgia decor with waitresses in poodle skirts or cheerleader outfits and doormen with white sports coats and carnations.

2. Museum Milestone -

When the National Civil Rights Museum formally reopens Saturday, April 5, it will be with the “breaking” of a ceremonial chain at the new entrance to the building that was once the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.

3. Hilton Garden Inn Planned for Former Bus Station -

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

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

4. Wharton Pitches ‘Bookend’ Convention Complex -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. calls it the “bookend approach.”

It’s a phrase his administration has used before to talk about linking The Pyramid end of the riverfront with the Beale Street end.

5. Belz Launches Hotel Management Venture -

The night before Conduit Global announced this week it will hire 1,000 people to staff a large call center in Shelby County, representatives of the company stayed at The Peabody hotel.

Not only did they let it be known they were impressed by the South’s Grand Hotel, they said they’d love to stay at the Peabody again when they come back to Memphis. Other groups also use the hotel for similar purposes – the University of Memphis men’s basketball team, for example, might bring recruits there, as might St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital when they bring a doctor to town they want to woo to the city.

6. Banner Year for East Memphis Office Space -

The Memphis office real estate market began showing signs of life in 2013, with the market for Class A office space in the East Memphis submarket fueling the resurgence.

While the city’s overall office market numbers may not appear very strong, the city’s most desired office submarket – East Memphis around Poplar Avenue and Interstate 240 – began showing strong signs of improvement in the second half of the year.

7. Events -

T.O. Fuller State Park will host its first hike of the year Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 9:30 a.m., starting at the visitors center, 1500 Mitchell Road. The 4-mile hike along the Discovery Trail will include a birds of prey program during the break. Cost is free; bring hiking shoes and water. Call 543-7581 or email michael.champagne@tn.gov.

8. Memphis’ Peabody Ducks Retire to Jack Daniel's -

LYNCHBURG – They are being called the luckiest ducks in the world -- retiring from one world-famous Tennessee landmark to another.

For the first time in 80 years, the ambassadors of The Peabody Memphis hotel will be enjoying their retirement at a location far from their traditional west Tennessee farm -- at the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg.

9. Events -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir and the Delta Sigma Theta Memphis Alumnae Chapter will hold “Home for the Holidays: A Housing and Economic Empowerment Collaborative” Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Road. The event will include a small-business resource center, legal clinic, Homebuyer’s Corner, H.O.M.E. financial literacy and budgeting workshop, and more. Visit memphisalumnaedst.org.

10. Don’t Take Ballpark, Team for Granted -

Way back in the 1990s, when Downtown Memphis was The Peabody hotel and a bus station and not much more, Memphis Redbirds founder Dean Jernigan went on a tour of major-league ballparks.

11. Overton Square Banner Hints at Music Return -

In the place where the marquee for Lafayette’s Music Room in Overton Square was once anchored, a new banner went up last week by Loeb Properties reading “The Music Is Back.”

Covered over with a blank tarp is another sign above it also by the Overton Square developers that bears a striking resemblance to the old marquee.

12. Oxford Mayor Talks Traffic Gridlock -

The mayor of Oxford, Miss., says University of Mississippi football fans should prepare for end-of-game gridlock similar to what happened after the Texas A&M game when the school plays Missouri on Nov. 23 in Oxford.

13. Logistics Limelight -

World-renowned as a logistics and distribution hub, Memphis will further raise its profile this month with events that showcase the city’s transportation assets and standing in the global economy.

14. Office Team Helps Colliers Expand Local Footprint -

As a part of the Colliers International office in Memphis’ growth strategy, the brokerage office has been expanding its presence in the office sector over the past year by adding a new office team consisting of Frazier Baker and Will Barden.

15. Peabody Hotel to Hold Fall Rooftop Parties -

The Peabody hotel’s Rooftop Parties are back for a four-party encore fall season.

The all-new fall season began Sept. 12 and ends Oct. 31 with a Halloween bash.

Craig Smith, The Peabody’s regional director of sales and marketing, said the addition of parties in September and October was in direct response to demand from guests who wanted parties when the weather cools off.

16. Peabody Hotel to Hold Fall Rooftop Parties -

The Peabody hotel’s Rooftop Parties are coming back this week for a four-party encore fall season.

The all-new fall season starts Sept. 12 and ends Oct. 31 with a Halloween bash.

Craig Smith, The Peabody’s regional director of sales and marketing, said the addition of parties in September and October was in direct response to demand from guests who wanted parties when the weather cools off.

17. Events -

The Center for Southern Folklore will present the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Main Street between Peabody Place and Union Avenue. The event will include music, food, and arts and crafts vendors. Cost is free. Visit southernfolklore.org for a list of performers.

18. Events -

Business and Professional Women of Tennessee members will meet Friday, Aug. 30, at 11:30 a.m. at Jason’s Deli, 3743 Poplar Ave., to discuss re-establishing a Memphis chapter. The state organization is an affiliate of the BPW Foundation, an advocate for women on work-life balance and workplace equity issues. Email martha.ervin@ervinhypnosiscenter.com or call 489-5481.

19. Mission of Love -

Beginning Sept. 5, Memphis will once again come together to Rock for Love.

The seventh annual, three-day fundraiser for the Church Health Center, providing health care for the working uninsured, will kick off that Thursday evening with a VIP barbecue at Ardent Studios.

20. Sweet Noshings Store Fulfills Asbridge’s Business Dream -

Leena Asbridge has about two weeks left in her current work as a bank field examiner before she starts a new, sweeter chapter in her professional career.

She’s in the midst of preparing to open Sweet Noshings, the candy store that will occupy 1,750 square feet at 2113 Madison Ave. in Overton Square.

21. Cochon Heritage BBQ Event Shifts to Beale Street Landing -

The Cochon Heritage BBQ series has changed venues.

The series, which also is now being promoted by a different PR agency, originally was supposed to take place at The Peabody hotel. It will still happen Aug. 30, but the new venue it’s announced is Beale Street Landing.

22. Cochon Heritage BBQ Event Shifts to Beale Street Landing -

The Cochon Heritage BBQ series has changed venues.

The series, which also is now being promoted by a different PR agency, originally was supposed to take place at The Peabody hotel. It will still happen Aug. 30, but the new venue it’s announced is Beale Street Landing.

23. Plans Call for Fairview to Become Optional School -

Fairview Middle School would close after the upcoming school year and be repurposed as an optional school that nearby Peabody Elementary School feeds into under a proposal the countywide school board will consider next week.

24. Cochon Heritage BBQ Event Returns to Memphis -

Brady Lowe, founder of Cochon 555, said it was pretty much inevitable the Cochon Heritage BBQ series would return to Memphis this year.

The celebration of ’cue is coming back to the world’s unofficial pork barbecue capital Aug. 30 at The Peabody hotel. It’s a standup tasting event that involves several chef teams challenged to use one whole heritage breed pig per team to win votes from an audience of industry professionals, media and noteworthy judges.

25. State Delays Office Lease Announcement -

Groups hoping to garner the state’s real estate needs Downtown will have to wait a little longer to find out if they placed the winning bid.

The state had originally planned to issue a notice of awarding the lease for its office space needs Tuesday, July 23, but that date has been changed to Aug. 19, when the executive subcommittee of the State Building Commission meets.

26. Five Groups Bid for State Office Space -

Five groups have submitted bids to become the new home to roughly 900 state workers.

JP-Memphis, Memphis Commerce Square Partners, Peabody Tower GP, Peabody Place Gold GP and Hertz Memphis all submitted bids for the state’s real estate needs.

27. Ramsey Brings Wealth of Experience to Frayser School -

For a new school principal arriving in Memphis, this might seem like at least an interesting time and place to become a school administrator.

For Russ Ramsey, he is also starting a new school in August that is part of the state-run Achievement School District in an area of Memphis where all but one school is among the lowest performing in the state in terms of student achievement.

28. Events -

Southerland Place Germantown is hosting a free VA Aid and Attendance Benefit Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m. at 7701 Poplar Ave. The workshop is for wartime veterans or their surviving spouses who live in assisted-living facilities. Jim Austin of Veterans Financial Inc. will present. Seating is limited; call 752-8444 to reserve a spot.

29. International Interaction -

Memphians and out-of-towners are gathering Downtown throughout this month to hear the stirring sounds of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, savor the product of competitive barbecue cooking and watch major touring acts rock the stages at Tom Lee Park.

30. Harahan Bridge Project Plans Nearing Completion -

Design work on the “Main to Main Connector” project is at the halfway point. And the city team overseeing the project is due to complete plans by the end of May to trigger a $15 million appropriation of federal funding in June.

31. Bryce to Keep 318 Workers in Memphis -

A packaging maker for retail brands like Frito-Lay and General Mills is getting a tax incentive worth $3 million to keep 318 workers in Memphis and add 95 new employees as part of a $21 million expansion here.

32. CBU Names Sumner-Winter Director of Stewardship -

Wendy Sumner-Winter has been appointed director of stewardship and donor engagement at Christian Brothers University. In the newly created position, Sumner-Winter will oversee planning, strategy development and implementation of initiatives to increase communication and connections with the CBU community, including donors, alumni and friends.

33. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Co. will present “Hamlet” Wednesday, April 3, through Sunday, April 14, at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Winegardner Auditorium, 4339 Park Ave. Visit tnshakespeare.org for times and tickets.

34. U of M Files Permit for New Residence -

3615 Central Ave. Memphis, TN 38111

Permit Cost: $43.5 million

Project Cost: $53 million

35. Leading the March -

Two times a day, every day, The Peabody hotel guests that Anthony Petrina is responsible for perform their time-honored routine, eliciting camera flashes and adoration from tourists while helping preserve the continuity of a popular tradition at the hotel.

36. Mark Weaver Elevated to Fellow of AIA -

Mark Weaver, principal with Hnedak Bobo Group, was recently elevated to a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

A past president of AIA Memphis and AIA Tennessee, Weaver was recognized for advancing the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice.

37. Carey Watermark Investors Buys Beale Hampton Inn -

The new owner of the Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street at 175 Peabody Place Downtown, has filed a $22.5 million loan on the property after acquiring the 144-room hotel.

38. Weaver Elevated to Fellow of AIA -

Mark Weaver, principal with Hnedak Bobo Group, was recently elevated to a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

39. Lawrence’s Background a Fit for Work at EDGE -

It might be said that John Lawrence has a background made to order for looking at the big picture – one of real estate, urban planning, marketing and organization management. Through the course of various career moves, he’s developed the tools necessary for the use in his position as manager of strategic economic development planning for Memphis and Shelby County’s Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE).

40. Pinnacle Departure Brings Real Estate Challenge -

Pinnacle Airlines Corp.’s relocation of its Memphis headquarters to Minneapolis by May should have long-term leasing effects on the Downtown office market.

41. CREW Memphis Hosts National Leadership Summit -

The 2013 Commercial Real Estate Women Network National Winter Leadership Summit and Council Meeting will take place this week at The Peabody hotel, as women in the industry network, learn more about Memphis and help the local chapter build its brand within the Memphis-area market.

42. Construction Nears for Crews Ventures Lab -

Construction is about to get under way on the University of Memphis’ Crews Ventures Lab, a business startup facilitator and incubator that will expand the possibilities available to the school’s entrepreneurially minded students.

43. Events -

The 54th AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic, featuring Iowa State University vs. University of Tulsa, will be held Monday, Dec. 31, at 2:30 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. The Temptations will perform at halftime. For a list of bowl week events, visit autozonelibertybowl.org.

44. Events -

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Dec. 28, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email info@southmainmemphis.net.

45. Events -

The South Main Art Trolley Tour will be held Friday, Dec. 28, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Email info@southmainmemphis.net.

46. Slam Dunk -

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

47. Musical Heritage -

There was a moment at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s annual luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 12, when the large crowd at The Peabody hotel got a sense for how much depth the city’s musical heritage has and what a complex story it can be.

48. Crews Ventures Lab Close to 2013 Launch -

The University of Memphis’ Crews Ventures Lab program, a business start-up facilitator and incubator, is well on its way toward launching in 2013.

Already the program, which is still in the development stage, nearly has reached its $2 million fundraising goal. It’s also opening a dedicated space in August, which will provide a place for University of Memphis-based technology startups to be built and launched.

49. Serving Memphis -

The hospitality industry is the nation’s largest private sector employer, yet many in its workforce do not have access to affordable and consistent health care, education opportunities or financial mentoring.

50. Center City Revenue Finance Corp. to Consider Brinkley Plaza Tax Break -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Center City Revenue Finance Corp. (CCRFC) has a full agenda for its Tuesday, Nov. 13, board meeting, with leasing and financing requests for Brinkley Plaza, Toyota Plaza and the Peabody Hotel Tract.

51. Voices of the Past -

A new crop of historical markers and monuments is sprouting across the city in a move by several groups to broaden the span of the city’s recognized history.

Last week the UrbanArt Commission formally dedicated a statue by artist Vinnie Bagwell in Chickasaw Heritage Park that is the image of a Native American woman. Her sculpted cloak bears images from some of the history that followed the Native Americans who built the ceremonial mounds in the park around 1500 A.D.

52. Events -

The fifth annual Leadership Memphis Multicultural Breakfast will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The event will include a roundtable focusing on how the performing, visual and literary arts define cultures, bring communities together and promote skills to be successful in the 21st century. Call 278-0016.

53. Electric Charging Stations Create Driver Options -

Twelve of the parking spaces outside the visitors center at Shelby Farms Park come with a roof.

Construction of the solar-assisted electric and hybrid vehicle charging stations was completed in September.

54. Why Memphis Rocks: Part 2 -

Last week we started sharing some of your responses to the question, “Why do you think Memphis Rocks?” Since your perspectives articulate it best, this week let us continue with more artful narratives and feedback.

55. Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Installed in Garages -

The Downtown Memphis Commission, through its Downtown Parking Authority, is now offering 12 electric vehicle charging stations for public use in six parking garages.

The equipment and installation costs were funded by San Francisco-based ECOtality, a company that develops environmentally friendly energy systems, and its partner company Blink Network. The Blink Network offers its members discounted access to electric vehicle charging stations throughout the country.

56. Events -

Catholic Charities of West Tennessee’s Mobile Food Pantry will be holding a nonperishable-food drive during the grand opening of the fred’s Super Dollar at 7143 Winchester Road Friday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact Alie Lifsey at alie.lifsey@acc.cdom.org.

57. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Co. will present “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” Thursday, Sept. 20, to Sunday, Oct 7, at Poplar Pike Playhouse, 7653 Old Poplar Pike. Visit tnshakespeare.org.

58. Belz' Hanover Inducted Into Peabody Hall of Fame -

Jerry Hanover, senior vice president at Belz Enterprises, was inducted into The Peabody Memphis’ Duck Walk Hall of Fame Thursday, Sept. 6.

59. Business Focus -

Memphis’ small-business community got a shot in the arm earlier this month.

Tennessee’s three-day sales tax holiday ran from Aug. 3 through Aug. 5, and it drew shoppers to retailers that carry certain clothing items, school supplies and computers.

60. 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

61. Fairwood Finances Hampton Inn Beale -

Fairwood Investors, the entity that acquired Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street in early 2010, has filed a $15 million leasehold loan through Magna Bank for the hotel and adjacent parking garage.

62. Resource Entertainment Group Plans Growth, New Offerings -

Resource Entertainment Group is continuing a steady growth path and looks to expand thanks to a new website as well as management of a new Downtown event space called The Columns.

The entertainment services company specializes in live entertainment, production services, entertainment consulting and event programming expertise. The company manages some of the Mid-South’s most popular entertainers and provides bands, DJs, speakers, audio systems, concert lighting, staging and tech crews.

63. Earnest Loves Touting The South’s Grand Hotel -

Kelly Earnest moved to Memphis almost a decade ago to take a job in public relations that involves constantly spreading the word about “the South’s Grand Hotel.”

64. Sanders Keeps Busy in Memphis Tech Scene -

Beth Sanders is one of those people almost anyone knows if they’ve spent a significant amount of time in Memphis’ technology community.

65. Big-Box Vacancies Prove Hard To Fill -

The closing of big-box stores in recent years belonging to the likes of Borders Group Inc., Circuit City Inc. and others has left suburban shopping centers around the country with lots of space to fill.

66. Slice of the Pie -

Come mid-July, local restaurateur Aldo Dean will launch Aldo’s Pizza Pies, his group’s third concept in Memphis and second in Downtown’s Central Business District.

Dean is one of three partners behind the new 3,900-square-foot restaurant on the ground floor of Henry Turley Co.’s Barboro Flats at 100 S. Main St. Adam Slovis of Slovis & Associates LLC represented Dean and his group in its seven-year lease for Aldo’s Pizza Pies.

67. ‘Fun Food Fast’ -

After a five-year hiatus, fast-casual restaurant Foozi has returned to the I-Bank Tower at 5050 Poplar Ave. while retaining its other location next door at Clark Tower.

68. AIRfair? -

Two frequent-flyer businessmen booked side-by-side seats on Delta Air Lines flights from Minneapolis to St. Louis last month, with one of them getting charged a higher price than the other each time they tried booking it.

69. HQ Rumors Latest Hurdle For Pinnacle -

It was almost two years ago that Pinnacle Airlines Corp. began a transition. And it was a very different transition than the one the Memphis-based regional air carrier is now working its way through with supervision from a federal bankruptcy court judge in New York.

70. Culinary Passion Began at Early Age for Doty -

A usual day for Jason Doty starts at about 2:30 a.m. The 38-year-old pastry chef is due at Bluff City Coffee’s new commercial kitchen in Pembroke Square by 4 a.m. to begin “the load for the day.”

71. Global Connections -

Although the Memphis in May International Festival is widely known for its Beale Street Music Festival and World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the festival’s focus on developing international economic trade and fostering Memphis companies’ global business relationships remains central to its mission.

72. Biz Licenses Drop 2 Pct. in Q1 -

The number of business licenses filed with the Shelby County Clerk’s office decreased by about 1.8 percent to 1,528 in the first quarter compared with 1,556 in first quarter of 2011, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

73. Service Top Priority for Maitre d’Hotel Brainos -

Philippe Brainos sits at a table at Chez Philippe – yes, he jokes about guests who say, “So this is your restaurant!” – making notes about the wine list. When a reporter approaches for an interview, Brainos stands and slips on his black jacket before extending his hand in greeting. That’s the Old School sort of gentleman, Frenchman and restaurant maitre d’hotel that he is; service is his life.

74. Center City Board Grants Incentives -

A new loft-style apartment development, a retail renovation and a new clothing store all got a helping hand from a Downtown development board this week.

The Center City Development Corp. approved an $85,000 development loan for what will be a roughly $3.2 million mixed-use development Downtown called Printer’s Alley Lofts that will be anchored by loft-style apartments. It’s in the works for the northwest corner of Front Street and Talbot Avenue.

75. Downtown Board Grants Incentives -

A new loft-style apartment development, a retail renovation and a new clothing store all got a helping hand from a Downtown development board Wednesday.

The Center City Development Corp. approved an $85,000 development loan for what will be a roughly $3.2 million mixed-use development Downtown called Printer’s Alley Lofts that will be anchored by loft-style apartments. It’s in the works for the northwest corner of Front Street and Talbot Avenue.

76. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount certified public accounting firm will continue its series of seminars about QuickBooks accounting software Wednesday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the firm, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd. Each two-hour class costs $75. Seating is limited. To reserve a place, visit www.cannonwrightblount.com/resources, and for more information, call Debbie Bossé or Cathy Russell at 685-7500.

77. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 6, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, will speak. Cost is $18 per person. Email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org for reservations.

78. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 6, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, will speak. Cost is $18 per person. Email Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org for reservations.

79. Sullivan Inks Lease For Toyota Ctr. -

Sullivan Branding has finalized its lease in the Toyota Center, where it will move about two-thirds of its workforce by the end of the week.

About 40 of Sullivan Branding’s 65 Memphis employees will relocate from 400 Union Ave. to occupy approximately half of the sixth floor of the 175,000-square-foot, eight-story Downtown office building at 175 Toyota Center, near the intersection of Third and Union.

80. Sullivan Branding Inks Toyota Center Deal -

Sullivan Branding has finalized its lease in the Toyota Center, where it will move about two-thirds of its workforce by the end of the week.

About 40 of Sullivan Branding’s 65 Memphis employees will relocate from 400 Union Ave. to occupy approximately half of the sixth floor of the 175,000-square-foot, eight-story Downtown office building at 175 Toyota Center, near the intersection of Third and Union.

81. Navy SEAL Shares Missions for Success -

David Rutherford had an epiphany in the laundromat during his fourth year of college. He had turned down the wrong path in life, partying too hard and studying too little. He was going astray, so he made a drastic change.

82. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount certified public accounting firm will continue its series of seminars about QuickBooks accounting software Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the firm, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd. Each two-hour class costs $75. Seating is limited. To reserve a place, visit www.cannonwrightblount.com/resources, and for more information, call Debbie Bossé or Cathy Russell at 685-7500.

83. Events -

The Better Business Bureau Breakfast Series will continue Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the BBB, 3693 Tyndale Drive. Lori Turner-Wilson of RedRover Sales & Marketing will discuss reaching and keeping customers through generational marketing. Cost is free for BBB-accredited businesses and $10 for guests. To register, contact Susan Harris at 757-8617 or sharris@bbbmidsouth.org.

84. Eating In -

Before a restaurateur nails down a concept, builds a menu or begins the financing process, solidifying a location reigns supreme.

The rule of thumb is especially prominent within Downtown Memphis, where many eateries are tucked away into office buildings and operate within hours that capitalize on daytime traffic and repeat business.

85. Events -

Talk Shoppe will present “10 Tips to Hiring the Right Person” Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.

86. Logan New Director Of AHA Heart Ball -

Sarah Logan has joined the American Heart Association as director of the Heart Ball.

Hometown: Hernando, Miss.

87. Events -

The second annual Farm to Table Conference for Mid-South Producers will be held Monday, Feb. 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Memphis Bioworks Foundation conference enter, 20 Dudley St. The conference is a forum for farmers, consumers, entrepreneurs and other interested groups to discuss ideas for developing the local food system of Memphis and the Mid-South. For more information, visit www.growmemphis.org.

88. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis Central will meet Friday, Feb. 3, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Deborah Hester Harrison, president of Girls Inc., will speak. To reserve a place, call Dick Wieland at 270-3778.

89. Events -

The 25th Rhodes Institute on the Profession of Law will be held Thursday, Feb. 2, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center on the Rhodes campus. The program will overview the civil liability organizations face when child sexual abuse accusations surface and will examine recent cases. For more information or to register, visit www.alumni.rhodes.edu/lawinstitute.

90. MED Foundation Announces Gala Lineup -

The MED Foundation has announced the lineup for its upcoming gala, “Med Night, A Soul Celebration – Soul Food, Soulful Sounds and The Soul Train Scramble Board.”

Thelma Houston, The Temptations, The Four Tops and The 5th Dimension are slated to perform at the event, which will take place March 31 at The Peabody hotel.

91. Sprouting Up -

It sounds like a simple enough project. Put solar panels over 10 parking spaces on the lot of the Shelby Farms Park Visitors Center and let electric vehicles and hybrids using electricity recharge there.

92. Work Begins on Shelby Farms EV Charging Station -

Local leaders break ground in Shelby Farms Park Tuesday, Jan. 24, on the region’s first solar-assisted electric vehicle charging station.

93. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount accounting firm will continue its series of seminars on how to use QuickBooks accounting software Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the firm, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd. The two-hour class costs $75, and seating is limited. To reserve a place, visit www.cannonwrightblount.com/resources. For more information about the QuickBooks seminar series, call Debbie Bossé or Cathy Russell at 685-7500.

94. Events -

The National Association of Women Business Owners will meet Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave. The discussion will focus on topics of the audience’s choice. For more information or to register, call Nita Black at 413-1315.

95. Patrick Travels Long Road Before Opening Rizzos -

Michael Patrick came to Memphis in 1997. Things are finally starting to look up.

“Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration,” the chef said, sitting at the front sun-drenched table in his three-month-old Rizzos Diner. “At certain times, my time in Memphis has been disappointing. Sometimes it was going great, and then I had the carpet pulled out from under me. I got the rep of a person who had too many jobs.”

96. New Dishes -

Memphis’ eyes were bigger than its stomach in 2011, but in a good way.

Some local restaurateurs launched completely new concepts; others entered new submarkets with additional stores. Even a handful of national retailers entered the Memphis market after having locations elsewhere in Tennessee for years.

97. Changes in Dining Scene Highlight Dynamic Year -

On Thanksgiving Eve, we drove to the airport to pick up my stepson, one of whose flights had been delayed, so it was after 10 by the time he emerged from baggage claim. All being hungry, I drove to Cooper-Young, thinking we could easily get in at the recently opened Alchemy at 10:30.

98. Thomison Joins PGM/Trumbull -

Dr. John Thomison has joined Pathology Group of the Mid-South/Trumbull Labs LLC.

Hometown: Nashville

99. Pick of the Litter -

The Downtown Memphis Commission and its staff are bringing an interior designer’s eye for reusability and for the possibilities that abound in vacant spaces to two new Downtown sites.

Where someone might see only a vacant tract of land that’s little more than a hole bordered by a crumbling sidewalk, the DMC thought – aha! – a future dog park and food truck landing area. Where someone else might see underused buildings, the DMC foresaw an art gallery.

100. Touch and Go -

In the aviation industry, Memphis International Airport is considered a fortress hub, an airport where a single airline – in Memphis’ case, Delta Air Lines Inc. – handles 70 percent or more of the passenger flights.