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1. Apple Watch Will Be Sold at Some Best Buy Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) — The Apple Watch is heading to some Best Buy stores ahead of the holiday shopping season.

Best Buy Co. says it will sell the Apple Watch at 100 of its stores and on its website on August 7. Another 200 Best Buy stores will offer the smartwatch before the end of the year. Best Buy, which has more than 1,000 stores in the U.S., says it's the first national retailer to sell the watch outside of Apple Inc.'s stores.

2. New Shoe Store Headed To Carriage Crossing -

A shoe store new to the Memphis market is planning to open a location in the Carriage Crossing retail development.

Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse is expected to open in Collierville later this year.

3. Ikea Buys Cordova Acreage For Planned Memphis Store -

41 Acres for
Future Ikea Store

Sale Amount: $5.7 million

Sale Date: July 10, 2015

Buyer: IKEA Property Inc.

4. Amazon Says 'Prime Day' Will Be Annual Event -

Amazon says its "Prime Day" sale led to a sales surge and "hundreds of thousands" of new signups for its $99 annual Prime loyalty program. The company said it plans to make the sale an annual event.

5. Merger Creates Opportunities for Nonprofit Communities Unlimited Inc. -

If a small business is seeking a loan, nonprofit Communities Unlimited Inc. will sell the fuel along with a free diagnostic checkup.

6. Vols, Titans Fight to Fill Empty Stadium Seats -

When it comes to giving the consumer what it wants, few sports programs can match University of Tennessee football.

Neyland Stadium, which 40 years ago could accommodate only 70,000 fans, has swelled to a capacity of 102,455, fifth largest in college football. It has a $4 million, 4,580-square-foot Jumbotron, W-Fi connections for fans and enough flashing lights around the stadium’s interior to shame the Las Vegas Strip.

7. Academy Sports to Open First Olive Branch Store -

Academy Sports + Outdoors plans to open its first Olive Branch store, along with a store in D’Iberville on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, this fall. The Olive Branch store will be located at the corner of Pleasant Hill and Goodman roads.

8. REIT Buys Sears Properties in Sale-Leaseback -

In part of a major transaction to increase cash flow and make their retail spaces more productive, Sears Holdings Corp. sold four Memphis properties to its newly formed public real estate investment trust, Seritage Growth Properties, for a combined $17.6 million.

9. Corky’s Offering Fresh Meals at New Germantown Kroger -

The new Kroger store in Germantown will offer hot dishes of Corky’s Ribs & BBQ when it opens next month.

Kroger reached an agreement with Corky’s to serve select items, including ribs, pork shoulder and chicken prepared onsite, at the new store at 7735 Farmington Blvd., which is set to open Aug. 12. Corky’s beans, potato salad, cole slaw and banana pudding also will be available.

10. Wal-Mart Sees Shopping Surge for Rival Sale to Amazon -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart says its counter-offensive against Amazon's big sale called Prime Day seemed to pay off.

The world's largest retailer, which discounted about 2,000 items on Wednesday, said that the last three days have been some of its best ever for online orders, but did not give specifics.

11. Apple's Updates iPod Touch Amid Declining Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – Although the iPod's popularity has waned, Apple is updating its music player for the first time in nearly three years by giving the flagship Touch model a faster processor and better cameras.

12. Academy Sports to Open First Olive Branch Store -

Academy Sports + Outdoors plans to open its first Olive Branch store, along with a store in D’Iberville on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, this fall.

The Olive Branch store will be located at the corner of Pleasant Hill and Goodman roads.

13. Panera Bread Opens New Bartlett Store -

Panera Bread has opened its newest bakery-cafe at 8340 U.S. 64, suite 101, in Bartlett. The new location, which opened Wednesday, July 15, features a drive-thru, free Wi-Fi for dine-in customers, and a children’s reading room – only the second among the chain’s stores.

14. REIT Buys Sears Properties in Sale-Leaseback Transaction -

In part of a major transaction to increase cash flow and make its retail spaces more productive, Sears Holdings Corp. sold four Memphis properties to its newly formed public real estate investment trust, Seritage Growth Properties, for a combined $17.6 million.

15. US Retail Sales Fall in June as Consumers Stay Cautious -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans cut back their spending at stores and restaurants last month, a sign that they remain cautious despite robust job growth in the past year.

Retail sales fell 0.3 percent in June, the Commerce Department said Tuesday, the weakest showing since February's harsh winter weather kept shoppers indoors. That followed a robust 1 percent jump in May, though that was revised down from a previous estimate of 1.2 percent.

16. US Business Stockpiles Rise in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added to their stockpiles in May, while sales rose for a third straight month.

Business stockpiles in May edged up 0.3 percent from the previous month on a seasonally adjusted basis, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The result may indicate that businesses are optimistic about future sales.

17. Wal-Mart Opens Counter Offensive Against Amazon This Week -

NEW YORK (AP) – The online price fight as well as the bickering is heating up between Wal-Mart and Amazon.com, and it's not even the holiday shopping season.

18. Corky’s Offering Fresh Meals at New Germantown Kroger -

The new Kroger store in Germantown will offer hot dishes of Corky’s Ribs & BBQ when it opens next month.

Kroger reached an agreement with Corky’s to serve select items, including ribs, pork shoulder and chicken prepared onsite, at the new store at 7735 Farmington Blvd., which is set to open Aug. 12. Corky’s beans, potato salad, cole slaw and banana pudding also will be available.

19. Donate a Backpack for Boys & Girls Clubs -

Parents looking to get a head start on back-to-school shopping can this week get a discount and support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis at the same time.

Gap stores at Carriage Crossing and Wolfchase Galleria will accept new or gently used backpacks that the Boys & Girls Clubs will give to its members.

20. Starbucks: Prices for Some Drinks to Go Up by 5 to 20 Cents -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks is raising prices again starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks, the company said.

The Seattle-based company also raised prices nationally about a year ago.

21. Dollar Tree Completes $8.5 Billion Purchase of Family Dollar -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dollar Tree has completed its $8.5 billion acquisition of rival discount chain Family Dollar after a year-long struggle that drew in antitrust regulators and rival bids.

22. Collierville Pharmacy Boasts Long List of Accreditations -

Collierville-based Benevere Pharmacy is a privately owned specialty pharmacy that now boasts an uncommonly extensive set of independent accreditations most chain drug stores can’t match.

The pharmacy, which serves patients, prescribers, health care organizations, payers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, has recently been approved for specialty pharmacy accreditation by URAC. That’s a leading nonprofit that accredits health care organizations in addition to focusing on education and measurement programs.

23. Memphis City Council to Vote on Forrest Statue Removal -

[Update: Adds specifics of City Council's proposal on Nathan Bedford Forrest. The council will vote on the Forrest statue removal today.] With the city budget season done, Memphis City Council members turn their attention Tuesday, July 7, to development in the Pinch district, the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest and redrawing council district lines.

24. Sweet Family Recipe Propels Makeda’s Cookies Expansion -

In its past 16 years of business, Makeda's Homemade Butter Cookies has learned to add a pinch of grit to the classic butter, sugar and flour recipe.

Husband-and-wife team Maurice and Pamela Hill, along with a host of other family members, bake nearly 20 kinds of cookies and cookie-crust pies in the longstanding store at 2370 Airways Blvd.

25. RadioShack Lives On: Closes $26.2 Million Deal to Sell Brand -

NEW YORK (AP) – RadioShack will live on after its bankruptcy.

Hedge fund Standard General said Wednesday that it closed its $26.2 million deal to buy the RadioShack brand. That means Standard General can use the name on the more than 1,740 RadioShack stores it bought in April. As part of the deal, Standard General will also acquire RadioShack's other brands, including Enercell batteries and Auvio speakers.

26. Boosting Overtime: Obama Calls for Broader Coverage -

WASHINGTON (AP) – They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise.

27. Financial Literacy for Young Adults -

We spend about 18 years preparing our children for the challenges they will face after setting out on their own. However, many parents forget an important detail: the value of preparing children for their financial future.

28. New Chip Credit Cards Putting Squeeze on Small Businesses -

NEW YORK (AP) — New credit and debit cards with computer chips are putting the squeeze on small businesses.

The cards being rolled out by banks and credit card companies are aimed at reducing fraud from counterfeit cards. As chip cards are phased in, magnetic stripe cards, which are easier for thieves to copy, will be phased out. Businesses of all sizes face an Oct. 1 deadline to get new card readers and software that can handle chips. Most estimates of transition costs for small companies vary from the low hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars due to the wide range of equipment used.

29. US Consumers Ramp Up May Spending; Largest Gain Since 2009 -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer spending surged in May with the biggest monthly increase in nearly six years – a sign of stronger economic growth ahead.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that consumer spending rose 0.9 percent last month, up from a revised 0.1 percent increase in April. May spending registered the biggest gain since August 2009, when the government's "Cash for Clunkers" program fueled auto-buying.

30. Dog Daycare Bringing New Life to East Memphis Retail Center -

A new doggy daycare and camp is coming to East Memphis.

Becky and Tim Simcoe have leased 8,875 square feet at the Balmoral Shopping Center at Quince Road and Ridgeway Road in East Memphis to open a Camp Bow Wow franchise.

31. Seeds of Nutrition in South Memphis -

Second in a series of profiles on the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ GiVE 365 grantees.

The community garden/urban farming concept literally took root years ago. Knowledge Quest founder and director Marlon Foster remembers well the 25-by-25-foot plot at the Fowler Homes housing project back in 1999. It was a humble beginning planted with a few seeds and a lot of faith and hope.

32. European Deal Creates US Grocery Giant -

NEW YORK (AP) — The owner of Stop & Shop and Giant will tie up with the parent company of Food Lion, creating a $29 billion grocer that will be in a stronger position to compete with Wal-Mart and other discount retailers.

33. US Economy Not As Bad in First Quarter, Paving Way for Rebound -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy contracted in the first three months of the year, just not as much as previously estimated. More recent data show that the weakness was largely temporary, with a rebound in the works for the April-June quarter.

34. Michigan Investor Pays $7.5 Million for Hickory Hill Apartments -

5995 Waterstone Oak Way
Memphis, TN
Sale Amount: $7.5 million

Sale Date: June 11, 2015
Buyer: RoCo-Lakes LLC
Seller: RRE Waterstone Holdings LLC
Loan Amount: $6.2 million
Loan Date: June 11, 2015
Maturity Date: June 11, 2017
Lender: Keybank NA
Details: RoCo-Lakes LLC, a Michigan limited liability company, purchased two parcels comprising The Lakes at Ridgeway Apartments on June 11.

35. Need Reason to Pay By Phone? Apple, Google Add New Features -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The tech industry has been saying for years that smartphones would make traditional wallets obsolete. But most people still use cash or plastic when they shop in stores.

36. Editorial: Music Comes First at Ardent -

Few industries can match the music business for uncertainty, volatility and instability.

It helps if a city has a music industry infrastructure ruled by music corporations and recording studios, both independent and controlled by the corporate giants.

37. Kroger First-Quarter Earnings Rise, Top Expectations -

CINCINNATI (AP) – Kroger's fiscal first-quarter profit rose, free of some pension-related charges that weighed it down last year.

A profit that beat expectations and an upgraded sales forecast helped push the supermarket chain's stock higher in premarket trading.

38. The Invisible Safety Net -

This week, the Internet is buzzing about the struggles of Gap Inc. and Lucky Magazine. Gap announced it will lay off 250 workers and close 175 stores. From the outside, Lucky appears to be going out of business or reducing operations considerably. At Lucky, there are rumors claiming many people were laid off without any severance. I received an email from a reader about just this issue, and what workers can do to prepare.

39. CVS Health Launches Health, Beauty Makeover for Drugstores -

CVS drugstores that quit tobacco sales last year are now getting health and beauty makeovers and a shot of ethnic diversity in some cases to attract customers who want more than a prescription refill.

40. Local Investment Group Files $11.4 Million Loan -

Radiant Group of Properties LLC filed an $11.4 million loan with BancorpSouth Bank on June 14 for 14 of its retail properties around Memphis and Shelby County.

41. Data Warehouse Raises HealthCare.Gov Privacy Concerns -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A government data warehouse that stores information indefinitely on millions of HealthCare.gov customers is raising privacy concerns at a time when major breaches have become distressingly common.

42. Target Selling Pharmacy, Clinic Businesses to CVS Health -

Target will sell its pharmacy and clinic businesses to CVS Health in the latest twist behind a push from big retailers to become all things to all customers.

The nation's second-largest drugstore chain will pay about $1.9 billion to run Target's in-store health operations and expand what they offer for customers who have come to expect that they will be able to fill a prescription when they shop at Target.

43. Chism Political Picnic Offers Pre-Campaign Snapshot -

Memphis mayoral contender Jim Strickland saw a face he didn’t recognize Saturday, June 13, in the southwest Memphis crowd at former County Commissioner Sidney Chism’s annual political picnic.

44. Awards Spotlight Knoxville's Top Achievers -

The depth and strength of the Knoxville area business community was highlighted recently with the Knoxville Chamber’s 11th annual Pinnacle Business Awards presentation.

A dry cleaner, government contractor, clothing designer, technology innovator and media executive were among the Knoxville area companies and business leaders recognized for their achievements.

45. New Liquor Store Opens at Carrefour on Poplar -

A new, 9,000-square-foot liquor store is opening this week in Germantown.

Doc’s Wine, Spirits & More will host its grand opening Saturday, June 13, at noon. It is located at 6685 Poplar Ave. in the Carrefour at Kirby Woods retail center.

46. New Liquor Store Opens at Carrefour on Poplar -

A new, 9,000-square-foot liquor store is opening this week in Germantown.

Doc’s Wine, Spirits & More will host its grand opening Saturday, June 13, at noon. It is located at 6685 Poplar Ave. in the Carrefour at Kirby Woods retail center.

47. Walgreens, Insurers Push Expansion of Virtual Doctor Visits -

Millions of people will be able to see a doctor on their smartphones or laptops for everyday ailments once the nation's largest drugstore chain and two major insurers expand a budding push into virtual health care.

48. Why Americans Are Getting New Credit Cards -

NEW YORK (AP) – A big change is happening inside your wallet.

U.S. banks, tired of spending billions each year to pay back fleeced consumers, are in the process of replacing tens of millions of old magnetic strip credit and debit cards with new cards that are equipped with computer chips that store account data more securely.

49. Airline Group Suggests Smaller Carry-On Bags to Free Up Bins -

NEW YORK (AP) – Millions of fliers might soon want to buy new carry-on suitcases.

Global airlines announced Tuesday a new guideline that recommends shrinking carry-on bags, in an effort to free up space in packed overhead bins.

50. Apple Wants a Lead Role in Streaming Music -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple's iTunes helped change the way music-lovers bought their favorite songs, replacing plastic discs with digital downloads. Now the maker of iPods and iPhones wants to carve out a leading role in a revolution well under way, with a new, paid streaming-music service set to launch this summer.

51. Wal-Mart Keeps It All in the Family, Chair Passed to Penner -

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Wal-Mart is passing the chairmanship of the world's largest retailer from the eldest son of late founder Sam Walton to a third generation.

The company said that board Chairman Rob Walton will step down and be succeeded by Vice Chairman Greg Penner, who is his son-in-law.

52. 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.

53. CMA Fest a Blast for Artists, Merchants -

The Glimmer Twins wannabe in the white cowboy hat and the 21-year-old blonde who has worked her tail off to climb from the audience to one of the main stages at CMA Music Festival display different but genuine levels of excitement about Music City’s biggest week.

54. Buster's Boom: Popular Liquor and Wine Store Expanding -

Buster’s Liquors & Wines is expanding its footprint. The popular wine and liquor store near the University of Memphis is taking over the space occupied by La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in the University Center retail development at Poplar Avenue and Highland Street.

55. Apple Watch: Soon Available for Sale in Stores -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Soon you'll be able to buy an Apple Watch like you'd buy most other watches – in a store.

Two months after Apple began taking online orders for its newest product, the company said Thursday it plans to begin selling some models in its retail stores in two weeks. Apple also said it's cutting through a backlog of online orders, with most watches ordered by end of May shipping within two weeks.

56. Eat Fresher? Subway Also Dropping Artificial Ingredients -

NEW YORK (AP) – Subway wants to give new meaning to its "eat fresh" slogan by joining the list of food companies to say it's dropping artificial ingredients.

The sandwich chain known for its marketing itself as a healthier alternative to hamburger chains told The Associated Press it will remove artificial flavors, colors and preservatives from its menu in North America by 2017. Whether that can help Subway keep up with changing attitudes about what qualifies as healthy remains to be seen.

57. Pilot Flying J Reviewing Wine Sales at Tennessee Truck Stops -

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The truck stop chain owned by the family of Gov. Bill Haslam is reviewing whether to offer wine and high-alcohol beer at its Tennessee stores under a new state law.

58. Next Up for Wal-Mart Pay Raises: Department Managers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is raising starting wages for more than 100,000 U.S. department managers and workers in its deli and other specialized departments.

The moves mark the next wave of pay raises by the nation's largest private employer, which has been under pressure from labor-backed groups for the treatment of its workers. In February, it announced it was increasing minimum wages for entry-level and long-term hourly employees to at least $10 an hour by next February. That increase affected 500,000 of its 1.3 million U.S. workers.

59. Dollar General First-Quarter Profit Tops Street, Key Sales Metric Rises -

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Dollar General's fiscal first-quarter profit topped Wall Street's expectations, and a key sales measurement rose thanks to better traffic and shoppers spending more per transaction.

60. Justices Boost Workplace Religious Protections -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court strengthened civil rights protections Monday for employees and job applicants who need special treatment in the workplace because of their religious beliefs.

61. Dollar Tree Will Sell 330 Stores to Private Equity Firm -

NEW YORK (AP) – Dollar Tree said Friday that it has agreed to sell 330 of its stores to the private equity firm Sycamore Partners in order to get regulatory approval for its $8.5 billion purchase of Family Dollar.

62. Tom’s Tiny Kitchen Gets a Whole Lot Bigger -

By adding a pinch of passion to a tried-and-true recipe, Tom Flournoy has grown a family-run business to having a five-state reach.

After he was unexpectedly laid off from his executive position in the automotive parts industry, Flournoy fell back on an appetizing venture: homemade pimento cheese. To make ends meet, he started preparing pimento cheese at home and selling it to friends and farmers markets under the name Tom’s Tiny Kitchen.

63. Small-Town Shift -

Fred’s Inc. CEO Jerry A. Shore has been thinking bigger and smaller simultaneously.

“One of my key strategies after being named CEO was to upgrade talent,” said Shore, who had been the company’s CFO for more than 14 years before changing corporate hats a few months ago.

64. Dollar General Names New Chief Executive Officer -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Discount retailer Dollar General has named a new chief executive officer.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1J8UjXt) that Todd Vasos will replace Rick Dreiling on June 3.

65. Events -

South Main Trolley Night will be held Friday, May 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Visit restaurants, stores and galleries, enjoy live performances and more. Cost is free. Visit gosouthmain.com/trolley-night.html for details.

66. Conn’s Acquires Site for Third Memphis-Area Location -

A Texas-based retailer has acquired a fully leased shopping center in Southaven and will build a new store on an outparcel of the existing retail center.

Conn’s Appliances Inc. acquired the Stateline Square Shopping Center at 550 Stateline Road in Southaven for $5 million from Brixmor Commercial Real Estate, which was doing business as NPK Southaven LLC.

67. Events -

City of Memphis Storm Water Program will host a public forum Thursday, May 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Delta Gator Room at Bass Pro Shops’ Big Cypress Lodge, 1 Bass Pro Drive. Attendees can learn how storm water runoff affects the quality of water in streams and rivers. Cost is free; complimentary meals provided. For details, call 901-636-4349.

68. Taco Bell, Pizza Hut: Artificial Ingredients Getting Booted -

NEW YORK (AP) – Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing.

69. Events -

B.I.G. for Memphis, a business interest group that connects Memphis Police colonels and business leaders, will meet Wednesday, May 27, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Phelps Security, 4932 Park Ave. Laura Vaughn of the American Red Cross will discuss emergency preparedness. RSVP to bigformemphis@phelpssecurity.com or 901-365-9728.

70. Budding Business -

When you enter the freshly opened Sprouts Farmers Market store in Lakeland, look up.

What you won’t see in the airy, openly designed grocery store are the aisle signs with numbers and product listings found in most grocery stores and retail outlets.

71. AutoZone Reports Quarterly Revenue, Earnings Increase -

AutoZone Inc. reported Tuesday morning a 35th consecutive three-month period of double-digit earnings per share growth.

72. Wal-Mart's Push on Animal Welfare Hailed As Game Changer -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say.

Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products are made and sold across the retail industry.

73. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will continue the 2015 Vine to Wine tasting series with “Ooh, La La! French Wines” Tuesday, May 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Each event features eight wines or cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 for members or $35 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

74. Daisy King Still Serving Tearoom Favorites -

Like a proper Southern hostess, Daisy King of Miss Daisy’s Tearoom had trouble turning on the “closed” sign. If guests wanted to snag a table after hours, she couldn’t help but oblige.

75. Target Beating Wal-Mart in Race for Turnaround -

NEW YORK (AP) – Target is beating Wal-Mart in the race to beef up sales.

Target Corp. on Wednesday reported a nearly 52 percent surge in its first-quarter profit on strong sales of more profitable items like fashion and baby products, evidence that its efforts to turn around its business are paying off.

76. Not Your Ma's Bell: AT&T Evolves Beyond Phones -

NEW YORK (AP) – The company whose name has long been synonymous with telephones is looking for new ways to reach out and touch someone.

AT&T, which had a popular "Reach Out and Touch Someone" slogan in the 1980s, now wants to be on your TV, car and even trashcan.

77. Relevant Roasters Adds Subscription Service -

For Jimmy Lewis and the rest of the crew at Relevant Roasters, a specialty wholesale coffee-roasting business in the Broad Avenue Arts District, selling coffee is about a lot more than, well, selling a cup of joe or bags of coffee beans.

78. Wal-Mart to Test Unlimited Shipping for $50 Per Year -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will test a new unlimited shipping service for online shoppers this summer that will be priced below Amazon’s $99 per year Prime service.

79. Nashville Emerging ‘As a Regional Tech Leader’ -

Two very different startups speak volumes about how much the Nashville venture capital scene has changed over the years and how things are still evolving.

When Franklin-based Cybera began with three employees in 2001, it set up voice and data networks for small to medium-sized companies, using leased space on traditional telecom companies’ high-speed digital subscriber lines.

80. Wal-Mart to Test Unlimited Shipping for $50 Per Year -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will test a new unlimited shipping service for online shoppers this summer that will be priced below Amazon’s $99 per year Prime service.

81. Men’s Salon Opening in Germantown -

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

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

82. US Retail Sales Flat-Line in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. shoppers kept their spending in check in April, as modest wage growth over the past year keeps family budgets tight.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that retail sales were unchanged last month after rising 1.1 percent in March. Sales have risen just 0.9 percent over the past 12 months. Steady hiring has yet to spark significantly higher incomes.

83. Price of Cigarettes Going Up in Tennessee Under New Markup Law -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The price of cigarettes is going up in Tennessee, but the proceeds won't be landing in state tax coffers.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that under a new law signed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, the minimum markup on cigarettes – which retailers say covers the "cost of doing business" – will rise from 41 cents on each pack of cigarettes to 76 cents per pack over the next two years.

84. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Smart Mirrors Boost Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – Imagine a fitting room with a "smart" mirror that suggests jeans to go with the red shirt you brought in. It snaps a video so you can compare the image side-by-side with other colorful shirts you try on. It might even show you how the shirt will fit without you having to undress.

85. Gun Shops Targeted in Suicide Prevention Campaign in Tennessee -

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is targeting gun shops as part of its public awareness campaign to try to prevent deaths.

An example is a poster on display in a Memphis gun store noting that suicides in Tennessee far outnumber homicides, and firearms are the leading method, The Commercial Appeal reported. The sign lists a crisis hotline.

86. County Budget Season Reflects Priorities, Angst -

It’s that time of year in Downtown’s Civic Center Plaza.

In late April, May and into June, the budget committee sessions of the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission become the stage for the priorities – political and financial – of both bodies.

87. Lipscomb-Area Jewelers Dazzle Both Sides of Granny White -

When the blonde left-fielder skidded across the outfield grass attempting in vain to catch a tricky hit, she likely didn’t know she was “visiting” – belly down – a well-fertilized, close-cropped living memorial to the man who spread love of Lipscomb from his jewelry store a couple hundred yards away.

88. Simply Fashion, Dots Stores Closing -

Simply Fashion and Dots stores nationwide are closing, and going-out-of-business sales are starting Thursday.

Simply Fashion, a discount retailer of women’s clothing, accessories and footwear, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month. The privately held company currently runs about 243 stores under the Simply Fashion and Dots names.

89. Simply Fashion and Dots Stores Closing Nationwide -

Simply Fashion and Dots stores nationwide are closing, and going-out-of-business sales are starting Thursday.

Simply Fashion, a discount retailer of women’s clothing, accessories and footwear, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month. The privately held company currently runs about 243 stores under the Simply Fashion and Dots names.

90. Events -

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church will host the 57th annual Greek Festival Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the church, 573 N. Highland St. The event will feature Greek food (on site and drive-thru), marketplace, sanctuary tours and live entertainment. Tickets are $3; get $1 off admission for each canned good brought for Mid-South Food Bank. Visit memphisgreekfestival.com.

91. Simply Fashion and Dots Stores Closing Nationwide -

BOSTON (AP) – Simply Fashion and Dots stores nationwide are closing, and going-out-of-business sales are starting Thursday.

Simply Fashion, a discount retailer of women's clothing, accessories and footwear, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month. The privately held company currently runs about 243 stores under the Simply Fashion and Dots names.

92. Cannabis Oil Bill Could Lead to More ‘Evil Weed’ Wins -

Logan and Stacie Mathes were on "pins and needles" as they waited for Gov. Bill Haslam to sign legislation into law allowing cannabis oil to be used to treat seizures and similar medical problems in Tennessee.

93. Strong Dollar Means Europe Savings -

A trip to Europe isn’t a spur-of-the-moment happening. If you don’t have your week in Italy for June booked already, odds are it’s not on your radar.

But maybe it’s time to reconsider and start checking out airfare deals to Europe for the summer or even fall travel. A strong U.S. dollar means euros and even British pounds are more affordable and making European cities grow in popularity. It hasn’t made this much economic sense to travel to Europe in years.

94. Welcome to the New Era of Automation -

When Netflix put the video rental retail stores in their coffins, there was still a sizable segment of people who missed the convenience, were suspect of a mail-order or streaming subscription service or simply didn’t have the connectivity to enjoy it.

95. Get Ready to Step Inside Bass Pro at The Pyramid -

Last-minute preparations inside Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid Tuesday, April 28, revealed a lot of detail work still underway as well as training for some of the 600 employees who go to work once the ribbon is cut.

96. Mobile Merchants Gets Retailers, Chefs Rolling -

Barry Lichterman and Blake Lichterman own a small fleet of retail and food trucks, but you won’t see their name on any of the vehicles.

97. AutoZone Executives Talk Up Growth Prospects -

AutoZone chairman, president and CEO Bill Rhodes doesn’t often participate in investor roadshows.

The meetings between a company’s executives and analysts who cover that company’s stock can serve up insights not always found during the more formal question-and-answer sessions that accompany earnings presentations.

98. Wendell Smith’s: Charlotte Avenue's Safe Zone for Sinners, Saints -

Other than the fact the roads outside – 53rd and Charlotte – are paved, not much has changed at Wendell Smith’s Corner, a monument to a short life well lived.

99. Salinger Lawsuit Reflects Larger Issues of Literature -

When 22 of his short stories and other writings were published in 1974, J.D. Salinger broke a 20-year public silence and explained his feelings about his early works before he wrote “The Catcher in the Rye.”

100. Memphis Taking Big Steps -

BIG STEPS. Part of our vacation ritual involves underwear, kitchen gadgets, camp shirts, socks and shoes – all items available in branded abundance on the cheap at Tanger Outlets.