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1. Amazon's Jeff Bezos to Start $2 billion Charitable Fund -

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said Thursday that he is giving $2 billion to start a fund that will open preschools in low-income neighborhoods and give money to nonprofits that helps homeless families.

2. Gordon, Never a Hurricane, Killed Child in Mobile Home -

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Alabama (AP) — Tropical Storm Gordon never became a hurricane but it was deadly all the same, killing a child by blowing a tree onto a mobile home as it made landfall. The storm later weakened into a depression on Wednesday but remained dangerous, dumping rain, spawning tornadoes and kicking up heavy surf in its wake.

3. It’s Lee’s to Win Unless He Makes a Rookie Mistake -

When Bill Lee drove a tractor through tiny Eagleville last October, hardly anyone noticed. Only a handful of supporters milled around in the parking lot of the Farmers Co-op in southwest Rutherford County that morning where Lee spent a few minutes talking to people inside the store before emerging to ride to another town as part of a statewide tour, a precursor to an RV ride he would take later in the Republican primary race.

4. Connect and Care to Grow Business -

Keynote from Conscious Capitalism Conference: Jeff Sinelli. Jeff is the founder of Genghis Grill and Which Wich Superior Sandwiches. This is his story. He starts by making two comments: “When you want something bad enough, the world will conspire to give it to you,” and, “This is an emotional stage for me, I may start crying.”

5. Connect and Care to Grow Business -

Keynote from Conscious Capitalism Conference: Jeff Sinelli

Jeff is the founder of Genghis Grill and Which Wich Superior Sandwiches. This is his story. He starts by making two comments: “When you want something bad enough, the world will conspire to give it to you,” and, “This is an emotional stage for me, I may start crying.”

6. Schowen Named Manager Of Baptist Ambulance -

Greg Schowen has been named general manager of Baptist Ambulance, a member of the Priority Ambulance family of companies that currently serves 10 Baptist Memorial Health Care facilities with interfacility transport, as well as six communities with 911 response. Schowen brings 25 years of experience overseeing operations for emergency medical service providers in high-performance 911 service areas, including Los Angeles County, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

7. Lake District Lands Malco Theater, Former Benchmark Seeks New Life -

3536 Canada Road,
Lakeland, TN 38002

Tenant: Malco Theatres Inc.

Tenant’s Agent: Michael Lightman, Michael Lightman Realty

Landlord: The Lake District

8. Malco Planning Theater For Lakeland’s Lake District -

More good news for Lakeland residents as Malco Theatres Inc. has signed a letter of intent to construct a “state-of-the-art” movie theater in The Lake District.

9. Malco Planning New 'State-of-the-Art' Theater for Lake District -

More good news for the residents of Lakeland as Malco Theatres Inc. has signed a letter of intent to construct a “state-of-the-art” movie theater in The Lake District.

The news of Malco’s 38,000-square-foot theater comes several months after the 160-plus-acre mixed-use Lake District project announced its first tenant would be The Stock Market, an upscale grocery store operated by independent retailer Jeff Burkhead.

10. Last Word: One for Graceland, Randy Boyd in Millington and Green Eyeshades -

From the distance of 50 years – half a century – it’s hard to relate what it was like to grow up in the 1960s – in particular the year 1968 in a city that figured prominently in the year’s turbulent trajectory.

11. Last Word: Veto Override Drama, Iran Reaction & Rise of the Rest Meets Soundways -

Shelby County Commissioners have a busy committee day Wednesday with a budget presentation – county mayor Mark Luttrell’s final one as the county’s chief executive, more discussions about the Graceland plan and a veto override.

12. Waffle House Suspect: Erratic Behavior Years Before Shooting -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Travis Reinking's erratic behavior began years before police say he showed up without pants at a Waffle House restaurant and killed four people with an assault-style rifle.

13. Amanda Dunham Talks Changes At East Memphis’ Grove Grill -

Twenty years after The Grove Grill opened in Laurelwood Shopping Center, the restaurant is reinventing itself with modernized decor and the recently launched Third Thursday monthly tasting series. Helping drive the changes are chef Chip Dunham – the son of Grove Grill owners Jeff and Tracey Dunham – and his wife, beverage director Amanda Dunham, who both joined the restaurant after moving to Memphis last July.

14. Around Memphis: Feb. 26, 2018 -

The Daily News offers a weekly roundup of Memphis-related headlines from around the web, adding context and new perspectives to the original content we produce on a daily basis. Here are some recent stories worth checking out...

15. Memphis Experts See Economic Growth Building Off 2017 Into 2018 -

With resolutions made and the new year now, another annual exercise rises to the forefront – predictions on what Memphis and its economy can expect in 2018.

If 2017 taught us anything, it’s that there’s so much we won’t be able to even remotely see coming, from Memphis bidding to become the potential home for Amazon’s second headquarters to action finally being taken on the Confederate monuments in city parks and so much more.

16. Gibson Guitar Factory Property Fetches $14.4M, New Midtown Tiki Bar Opening Soon -

145 Lt. George W Lee Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Sale Amount: $14.4 million

Sale Date: Dec. 27, 2017

Buyer: Somera Road Inc., Tricera Capital

17. Tiki Bar Joins List of New Memphis Restaurants -

Memphis’ restaurant community will get a little bigger almost immediately in 2018, with a new tiki bar concept in Midtown courtesy of Hi-Tone owner Brian “Skinny” McCabe and restaurateur Jeff Johnson.

18. Food Fancy -

Say what you want about the kind of city Memphis is or isn’t for foodies who prefer originality to the chains and knockoffs that are so familiar a sight in suburbia. But let it be known that 2017 was another year of ascendancy for Memphis’ singular, distinctive food scene, with the constant arrival of new concepts and experiences that in turn also says something about the city that patronizes those establishments.

19. Last Word: Cohen on Manafort, Collierville's Growth and The Quiet Jackson -

A close one for the best team in the NBA Monday evening at the Forum but the Grizz lose only their second game of the young season to the Hornets 104 – 99. Some of you went. Some of you watched. Still others opted for the Edgar Allen Poe biography on “American Masters” while getting your costume together and then made a late run for candy. You know who you are.

20. Serving Up Smiles -

Having moved Downtown a few years ago, Jeff Zepatos and his wife have familiarized themselves with the neighborhood’s restaurant scene by taking advantage of a crash course of sorts that comes around once a year.

21. Site of Amazon's HQ2 Has Much to Learn From Seattle -

SEATTLE (AP) – Memo to the many places vying for Amazon's second headquarters: It ain't all food trucks and free bananas.

For years, much of downtown Seattle has been a maze of broken streets and caution-taped sidewalks. Dozens of enormous cranes tower overhead as double-length dump trucks hauling excavated dirt rumble past pedestrians and bicyclists. The crashing and clanging of construction is the city's soundtrack on a perpetual loop.

22. Downtown Lofts to Begin Second Phase -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, 266 Lofts in Downtown Memphis begins its second phase, Peak Capital closes on a massive Cordova apartment complex, and a Chattanooga-based rock climbing gym purchases land in East Memphis.

23. Last Word: Sessions Notes, Lakeland Elects and Golf Classic Turns 60 -

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions doesn’t stick with the script he has when he makes a speech, like the one he gave Thursday at the federal building to a room full of federal prosecutors and local and state law enforcement. Some of that comes from his background as a former U.S. Attorney and Alabama’s Attorney General, not to mention his tenure as a U.S. senator.

24. Last Word: Sessions Visit, Election Day and Beale Street's Journey -

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Memphis Thursday to talk about crime in a city whose record homicide count in 2016 Sessions has recently mentioned. Sessions is in town to talk with local, state and federal prosecutors and law enforcement. When the Attorney General comes to town, he or she is usually coming with policy talking points from the White House.

25. Last Word: Basketball Capitol, Gang Fight in Southwest Memphis and Moving Polk -

There is something to be said for hosting a round of the NCAA’s March Madness without having a team in the playoffs. Much to be said against it. But after a weekend of what I think most of us here will call the most compelling of the regionals featured prominently on national television, you really can find very little to complain about. It might even have rekindled the intensity of our civic love of basketball.

26. Last Word: Bar Louie's Corner, Chucalissa and Shark Tank for Ag -

The key corner at the intersection of Madison Avenue and North Cooper Street is the southwest corner where since the opening of a renovated Overton Square several years ago Bar Louie has had the corner. And the restaurant chain wants to keep the corner although its landlord wants to make a change. That’s the bottom line in bankruptcy reorganization court documents filed in February.

27. Big Business Warns Trump Against Mass Deportation -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hard-line immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.

28. From Forest to Flooring, Cafe Ole’s New Deck Has ‘Seen the World’ -

This is a Memphis story. And by now it should be clear that Bill Courtney loves a Memphis story.

29. Hiring of New Beale Street Manager Nears -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority will soon know what it has to work with in selecting a firm to run the entertainment district on a day-to-day basis.

The deadline for real estate management companies to apply to the authority’s request for proposal or RFP was Friday, Dec. 18.

30. Holiday Inn Express Ready To Rise Near Graceland -

3411 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116

Loan Amount: $4.8 million

31. Jeff Johnson Leases Midtown Restaurant Space -

Jeff Johnson, the restaurateur behind Local, Oshi Burger Bar and Agave Maria, is bringing a new concept to a Midtown restaurant space.

Jeff Johnson Restaurant Group last month signed a 2,212-square-foot lease at 1545 Overton Park Ave. The property most recently housed the Evergreen Grill. Carson Claybrook, vice president of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, represented the tenant.

32. Jeff Johnson Leases Midtown Restaurant Space -

Jeff Johnson, the restaurateur behind Local, Oshi Burger Bar and Agave Maria, is bringing a new concept to a Midtown restaurant space.

Jeff Johnson Restaurant Group last month signed a 2,212-square-foot lease at 1545 Overton Park Ave. The property most recently housed the Evergreen Grill. Carson Claybrook, vice president of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, represented the tenant.

33. Madeline Patterson Joins Burson Campaigns -

Madeline Patterson has joined the Memphis office of Burson Campaigns, the corporate issues management unit of Burson-Marsteller, as a vice president. In her new role, Patterson will work with Burson clients on issues and crisis management, communications strategy, and integrated marketing and communications campaigns.

34. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will hold a roundtable discussion with Jeff Schultz, senior vice president of sales with APG Office Furnishings, Thursday, June 25, from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. The topic is “The Customer Buying Process.” Cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

35. Farm Feast -

The first elementary school students came to Agricenter International for some hands-on education more than a decade ago. About 80 students went on a literal field trip, walking through the cotton, soybean and cornfields.

36. Fresh Selection -

It would seem I Love Memphis blogger Holly Whitfield was correct last year with a forecast that called for a “permanent Foodnado” in Memphis.

37. Mississippi Casino Revenue Flat in December, Down for 2014 -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's 17 casinos along the Mississippi River won less than $1 billion for gamblers last year for the first time since 1994.

The decline along the river, punctuated by the June closing of the Harrah's Tunica Hotel & Casino, continued to drag down overall gambling revenue in Mississippi in 2014. The statewide total fell 3.2 percent to $2.07 billion for all of 2014, down about $70 million from 2013.

38. How Wealth Gap Complicates Sibling Relationships -

NEW YORK (AP) – When Jayson Seaver thinks about why he makes so much money while some Americans can't catch a break, he thinks of the sacrifices he's made, the jobs he worked to pay for college, the 12-hour days he spends at the office now.

39. HipD: Donelson Finds Its Cool Side -

The tag “Hip Donelson” evoked plenty of snickers, eye rolls and snarky comments when it first appeared. After all, the local joke goes, Donelson’s known for hip replacements – not hipsters.

40. Another Round -

Some time in October, lovers of local craft beers could enjoy a cold brew in a new tasting room at Memphis Made Brewing Co.’s facility in the Cooper-Young district.

41. Still Rock ‘n’ Roll -

When Jeff Nolan, the Hard Rock Café’s music and memorabilia historian, got to Memphis Sunday, June 29, to prepare for the next day’s preview tours of the new Hard Rock location at Beale and Second streets, he grabbed a bite to eat at nearby Rum Boogie Café.

42. Cooper-Young ‘Pup Crawl’ to Help Humane Society -

Ten Cooper-Young Historic District restaurants are teaming up for a pub crawl to benefit the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County.

The Cooper-Young Pup Crawl, presented by Memphis Animal Clinic, will be held June 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

43. Cooper-Young 'Pup Crawl' to Benefit Humane Society -

Ten Cooper-Young Historic District restaurants are teaming up for a pub crawl to benefit the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County.

The Cooper-Young Pup Crawl, presented by Memphis Animal Clinic, will be held June 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

44. 20twelve Brings Style to Broad -

There’s an energy in the Broad Avenue Arts District that Chantal Johnson insists “you just can’t bottle.”

The area, in other words, is bursting with enthusiasm from stakeholders such that it’s fast becoming a commercial and civic focal point in the city. So, in at least one sense, the location of Johnson’s new lifestyle store 20twelve, which is opening soon, was probably foreordained.

45. New Digital Pet Magazine Launches -

The number of new digital media outlets launching in Memphis keeps getting bigger. The newest addition is Bluff City Bark, a venture billing itself as Memphis’ first digital pet magazine. The first issue was published a few days ago, and the cover features Jeff Fioranelli, owner of Buckley’s restaurant, photographed with his two dogs, Teddy and Sam.

46. Tasting Success -

Jeff Johnson has cooked up for himself a busy schedule, considering his expansive and still-growing number of restaurant interests.

47. Core Focus -

The Great Recession silenced construction crews throughout the Memphis area, and that was especially evident Downtown, where ambitious, skyline-changing projects were put on hold, reconfigured or scrapped altogether.

48. 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.

49. South Main’s New Life -

The history of the South Main Historic Arts District is as colorful as its present-day users, an alternating rhythm of sorts in Memphis’ songbook.

The area has oscillated from its ritzy suburban roots of the 1800s to the industrial era ghost town of the 20th century and now to its current status as Downtown’s flourishing arts and boutique district and the subject of some $100 million in investment. And it’s all due to stakeholders who braved the status quo in distinguishing the southern end of the Central Business District as that funky place with an indescribable vibe.

50. Maximizing Madison -

The Downtown strip of Madison Avenue from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law to Fielder Square Apartments in its prime was the city’s financial hub.

It’s seen some successes in recent times – new businesses opening, building renovations and the removal of the makeshift wall at Main and Second streets that interrupted traffic for two years.

51. Bike Lane Boost -

A year ago, city roads crews were wrapping up the installation of dedicated bike lanes on the two-mile stretch of Madison Avenue between McNeil and Cooper streets – the culmination of an extensive debate that included those radically for or radically against the two-wheeled route that entailed a major road diet and on-street parking.

52. Judge’s Ruling Moves Beale’s Future Forward -

For at least a year, a box containing copies of a report on the future of Beale Street has been in storage awaiting a settlement of the two levels of court disputes for control of the entertainment district.

53. First Tennessee Unit to Move Downtown -

First Tennessee Bank is preparing its Downtown Memphis headquarters for occupancy of one of its units.

54. Square Again Abuzz With Entertainment Options -

After three years of culinary success Downtown, owner Jeff Johnson is looking forward to taking his popular restaurant and bar Local Gastropub to the next level.

55. Local to Open Second Locale in Overton Square -

After having a popular Downtown presence for more than two years, Local Gastropub has inked its second location in Overton Square.

Local Gastropub will open in the former Yosemite Sam’s at 2126 Madison Ave., at the northwest corner of Madison and North Cooper Street. The 100-year-old, 5,826-square-foot, two-story building housed Yosemite’s Sam’s for 39 years before Loeb Properties Inc. acquired the property from Faye Pannell in August for $350,000.

56. Local Gastropub Picks Overton Square for 2nd Locale -

After having a popular Downtown presence for more than two years, Local Gastropub has inked its second location in Overton Square.

Local Gastropub will open in the former Yosemite Sam’s at 2126 Madison Ave., at the northwest corner of Madison and Cooper. The 100-year-old, 5,826-square-foot, two-story building housed Yosemite’s Sam’s for 39 years before Loeb Properties Inc. acquired the property from Faye Pannell in August for $350,000.

57. Local Gastropub Picks Overton Square for 2nd Locale -

After having a popular Downtown presence for more than two years, Local Gastropub has inked its second location in Overton Square.

Local Gastropub will open in the former Yosemite Sam’s at 2126 Madison Ave., at the northwest corner of Madison and Cooper. The 100-year-old, 5,826-square-foot, two-story building housed Yosemite’s Sam’s for 39 years before Loeb Properties Inc. acquired the property from Faye Pannell in August for $350,000.

58. Gather at the River -

About a year ago Memphians were drawn to one spot in particular on the city’s riverfront.

At the foot of Beale Street, the Mississippi River had risen last May to a level where the muddy water covered the intersection of Riverside Drive and Beale, offering a view of an uninterrupted river stretching three miles from the intersection to the levees in West Memphis.

59. Southland Sells Parcels To Bank For $1 Million -

A Downtown property that real estate investor Terry Lynch once planned for residential and retail space was sold back to the lender for slightly less than $1 million.

60. Crye-Leike Sells Properties, Land At Feb. Auction -

Multiple properties in the Memphis area have traded hands as a result of an auction held by Crye-Leike Auction Services in February.

Kays Nawaf Employee Pension Plan sold three flex warehouse buildings at 4652 Damascus Road, 4660 Damascus Road and 4668 Damascus Road, ranging from 7,450 square feet to 10,160 square feet. There was a published minimum bid of $83,000 each.

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

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

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

62. Double J Smokehouse to Open Friday -

Double J Smokehouse & Saloon will open Friday, March 2, in Downtown Memphis’ South Main Historic Arts District.

The eatery, owned by John Harris and Jeff Stamm (hence the “Double J”), is located at 124 G.E. Patterson Ave., taking over the space vacated by Beignet Café and Blues Bar earlier this year.

63. Elite Electric Relocates to Hickory Withe -

A local electrical designer is relocating its operations from Collierville to Hickory Withe.

Elite Electric & Lighting Inc. has purchased 5,000 square feet of the former John Deere Landscapes facility at 2875 U.S. 64 from K&L Highway 64 Investments LLC for $425,000.

64. Charity Finds Use For Unspent Gift Cards -

Emily Thomas wants the neglected gift cards that have been languishing for months in your wallets, desk drawers and purses.

65. Double J Smokehouse Replacing Beignet Cafe -

Beignet Café and Blues Bar in Downtown Memphis’ South Main Historic Arts District is being replaced with a new restaurant venture.

The two-story dining room at 124 G.E. Patterson Ave. is being filled by Double J Smokehouse and Saloon. The new eatery – owned by Jeff Stamm and other investors – will feature a variety of ribs and steaks, said building owner Norma Crow, who leases the space.

66. Double J Smokehouse Replacing Beignet Cafe -

Beignet Café and Blues Bar in Downtown Memphis’ South Main Historic Arts District is being replaced with a new restaurant venture.

The two-story dining room at 124 G.E. Patterson Ave. is being filled by Double J Smokehouse and Saloon. The new eatery – owned by Jeff Stamm and other investors – will feature a variety of ribs and steaks, said building owner Norma Crow, who leases the space.

67. Heart of Memphis -

The day before Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was the keynote speaker this summer at the Downtown Memphis Commission’s 2011 Annual Luncheon, he went for a jog in Nashville wearing his “Believe Memphis” Grizzlies T-shirt.

68. Brewing Company Decides No Brewery in East Tenn. -

ALCOA, Tenn. (AP) – A Blount County economic development executive says the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has decided against locating a brewery in Alcoa, even after state lawmakers changed a law to entice the venture to East Tennessee.

69. Groupon Newest Deal to Reward Customer Loyalty -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Groupon has come up with another way for bargain hunters to save money as the online coupon distributor prepares to raise money from wary investors.

The additional savings will be offered through a customer loyalty program that Groupon unveiled Wednesday.

70. Venture Off Kid’s Menu Every Once in a While -

So, you’re in the restaurant, the family and the kids. Everybody is behaving well, speaking in “inside voices,” including the adults. So far, so good, but the point is, what is everybody going to eat? The kids take one peek at the menu and look as if they’re beginning to tune up: “Mom, Dad, we hate tilapia with Southwestern succotash and mango-jicama relish!” Mom says, hopefully, “Look, Dick, look, Jane, there’s a kid’s menu! You love kid’s menus!” Signaling the helpful waiter for another martini.

71. JLS Enterprises Buys SE Market Warehouse -

A 51,000-square-foot industrial building in the Southeast submarket has traded hands. JLS Enterprises LLC purchased 4021 Delp St. in Airport Industrial Park for $850,000. The warehouse currently houses Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. and is 100 percent occupied.

72. Rollin’ on the River -

With the announcement that two grand steamboats will soon begin trolling the Mighty Mississippi past Memphis – one of which will make the city its home port – the last few weeks have brought news for the city’s riverfront that’s definitely made some waves.

73. Local Investors Buy SE Memphis Office Condos -

A portfolio of office condominiums in Southeast Memphis have sold to a group of local investors.

Winchester Office Plaza at 5501, 5507 and 5489 Winchester Road has sold to QSM Holdings LLC for $273,333.

74. History on the Block -

If the walls of the commercial building at 371 Carroll Ave. could talk, what a story they could tell.

The story would begin around 1900, when property records show the Downtown structure was built. It would include a mention of former occupants – like a riverboat captain and even a relative of Elvis Presley – as well as the building’s odd but colorful assortment of uses.

75. Southern Belle Restaurant Opens on Madison -

Southern Belle: Take-Out Hot Lunch and Catering has recently opened at 1329 Madison Ave.

Owner and chef David Johnson is serving hot Southern plate lunches Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Menu items include blackened chicken pasta and crawfish etouffee over rice. All food is served as take-out, but seating is available for customers who prefer sit-down service. The restaurant will begin offering delivery services this month.

76. Ga.-Based Coastal Logistics Signs Lease -

A budding Savannah, Ga.-based third-party logistics firm is expanding into the Southeast Memphis industrial market. Coastal Logistics Group Inc. has signed a new 50,000-square-foot lease at 5715 Distribution Drive.

77. Midtown Changer -

By the end of 2011, Bardog Tavern owner Aldo DeMartino will have two new Memphis restaurant concepts up and running.

First, The Slider Inn, 2117 Peabody Ave., will fill the 1,200-square-foot space formerly occupied by Bluff City Bayou. The owners, Les Carloss and Jeff Corrigan, moved from the Edge District to the Midtown spot in 2009 and closed it shortly after to pursue catering endeavors.

78. Long History Follows Paulette’s to Harbor Town -

Georges Falls has seen many changes come upon Overton Square since the entertainment district’s heyday in the 1970s and ’80s, but one of the most startling changes is one he is bringing himself.

Paulette’s, his Continental restaurant that has been a flagship, even a beloved attraction near Madison Avenue and Cooper Street since 1974, is moving to Harbor Town, about as far west as you can get from Midtown and not fall into the Mississippi River.

79. Chef’s Journey Brings Him Back to The Grove Grill -

If you question the notions that we return to our beginnings, that wheels go full circle, that, um, time is a river and so on, look at Joshua Laban Perkins.

Perkins, 37, was sous chef at The Grove Grill when that restaurant opened in Laurelwood in 1997. Shortly thereafter, he went to Europe, studied at a culinary academy in Piedmont, worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in northeastern Italy, returned to this country, ran several successful restaurants in Atlanta and now is back in Memphis as Grove Grill’s executive chef.

80. Biz Licenses Down From Year Ago -

Business licenses issued during the first quarter of this year plunged 31 percent from a year ago – a steep drop that could be an anomaly.

An unusually high number of permits was issued during the first quarter of 2009 compared to the same period in 2010.

Desperation and misrepresentation could be factors, according to local experts.

Jeff Jacobs, manager of the business tax division of the Shelby County Clerk’s Office, said he thought several individuals may have obtained permits in the first quarter of 2009 just to claim federal income tax deductions.

However, Mark Taylor, an adviser at the Tennessee Small Business Development Center in Memphis, said many more people were looking to start their own businesses during that period.

“I’m sure for the first quarter of last year there was a big surge in business licenses,” Taylor said. “Everybody was desperate. I think people were just scrambling.”

A total of 1,590 business licenses were issued during the first quarter of this year, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

That compares to 2,316 in Q1 2009.

Taylor said fewer people are inquiring about opening businesses now because of the tight credit market.

Banks are reluctant to loan money for startups.

“Money is still tight,” Taylor said. “We’re not seeing any real big shift on that yet.”

That trend could be changing, said an official from the research division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

David C. Wheelock, a vice president at the Federal Reserve who is an adviser on financial markets, in a recently published essay said, “Business lending may be poised for a rebound.”

His essay was based on quarterly surveys of banks by the Fed concerning lending activity.

“The percentage of respondents reporting tighter standards has declined in recent surveys,” Wheelock wrote. “In the January 2010 survey, no banks reported tighter standards on loans to large- and medium-sized firms,

while 5.5 percent reported that they had eased terms somewhat.

“This was the first survey by the Fed that reported a net percentage of banks easing terms for loans to large- and medium-sized firms since 2007:Q2.”

However, he also noted that 3.7 percent of banks had tightened standards.

Wheelock found a silver living to this number, pointing out that it was the lowest percentage of bank tightening since the second quarter of 2007.

During the prolonged credit crunch, many people have financed startup endeavors mostly from their own pockets.

Keith and Jill Forrester, the owners of Whitton Farms in Arkansas, are about to expand their operation into Downtown Memphis with the Trolley Stop Market at 704 Madison Ave. Keith Foster said they’ve borrowed only $10,000 and drawn on savings for the rest.

“It’s been a hurdle,” he said. “We’ve just been able to piece it together here and there.”

The couple had hoped to have the farm-fresh market and restaurant open by now. The opening depends on how quickly some interior renovations can be completed, such as the installation of a kitchen venting system.

The business will hire 10 to 12 people initially, he said. It could open by the end of April or in May.

In Memphis, lending by banks to small businesses remains tight, Taylor said.

“Here recently, the biggest surge of interest I’ve had in small businesses has been due to the Hickory Ridge Mall reopening,” he said.

“It sounds like the mall may make a goal of it. At least one client quoted a low rental per square foot. They obviously are making some deals.”

The Hickory Hill North ZIP code of 38115 was where the most business permits were issued during the first quarter. A total of 93 permits were issued.

The Oakhaven/Parkway Village ZIP code of 38118 had the second most with 92, followed by the Bartlett ZIP code of 38134 with 85.

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81. Lasting Legacy -

His name is emblazoned on the modest sign identifying 52 S. Second St. as the home of the world-famous barbecue establishment he founded in 1948.

82. Restaurants Embrace New Normal -

“For 2010, I’d like to see a 20 percent increase in revenue,” said Jeff Dunham, owner and chef at the popular Grove Grill in East Memphis.

83. Main Street’s ‘Big Hole’ Reaches Symbolic Milestone -

Today’s topping off ceremony for what once was a giant hole at 100 S. Main St. represents a milestone. By next summer, the property will be the site of a parking garage and 92 apartment units.

84. Q3 Biz Permit Dip Not as Steep -

Recession casualties in the business sector could be easing, according to the most recent numbers for privilege licenses in the greater Memphis area.

The number of business permits issued during the third quarter slipped by 2.8 percent from the same period a year ago, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com. That compares to an 8.8 percent drop in the second quarter.

85. Ground Zero Pushes To Increase Daytime Business -

You don’t have to wait until darkness falls to walk into a juke joint, especially when the fragrance of green tomatoes frying can be smelled around lunch time at the Ground Zero Blues Club.

Natosha Huffstickler, the managing partner at the Memphis restaurant founded by actor Morgan Freeman, believes everybody needs a daily blues blast and soul food nourishing. So why wait for the weekend?

86. Bach’s Lunch Celebrates Anniversary, Business Growth -

Just as the kitchen is the heart of the home, Bach’s Lunch is the heart of the office tower.

The restaurant’s four locations in Memphis serve as gathering spots for office workers or places to grab a quick meal. Bach’s Lunch also brings its signature dishes, like bourbon-brown-sugar salmon salads or chicken enchilada casseroles, directly to places of business through its catering service.

87. ‘I’m Not Some Idiot,’ Says Whalum Jr. -

The Rev. Kenneth Whalum Jr. is aware that some people regard him as a vocal lightweight with zero political skills and no chance of winning the Oct. 15 special election for Memphis mayor.

“I’m not some idiot,” Whalum told a group of more than 100 supporters this week at the Hickory Hill opening of his campaign. Whalum, the pastor of New Olivet Baptist Church, has a law degree and is a graduate of Memphis Theological Seminary. “I’m not some fly-by-night, jack-legged preacher. I am well prepared. … They’re scared of this kind of candidate because I don’t owe anybody anything at all.”

88. CCC Loan Program Attracts More Applicants -

To bounce back from a more than 30 percent slide in sales from 2007 to 2008, Jeff Johnson has several changes in the works for Sauces, the Downtown restaurant he’s owned since last year.

The former general manager and bartender at Newby’s on Highland Street wants to add an outdoor awning, lights and fans to Sauces’ patio, which he also wants to keep open during more of the year. A new bar also is planned for the downstairs dining area at 95 South Main St.

89. Obama Taps NYC Health Commissioner to Head CDC -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday appointed New York City's crusading health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Frieden, to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disease-detective agency that spearheads the nation's fight against threats from AIDS to obesity.

90. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will meet today at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Mayor Willie W. Herenton will speak on the “State of the City.” Lunch is $18 per person and reservations are required. For reservations, e-mail Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

91. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Center City Commission office, 114 N. Main St. The agenda will include a request of Linden Yards LLC for approval of payment of closing fees in phases in connection with a PILOT agreement for property at 680, 708 and 713 Linden Ave. For more information, call Andy Kitsinger at 575-0540.

92. Courtyard Hotel Construction Picks Up for ’09 Opening -

The area surrounding North Main Street and Jefferson Avenue just got busier as construction finally started on the eight-story, 131-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel at the intersection’s southwest corner, on the edge of historic Court Square.

93. LoLo’s Table Closes Downtown -

Another Downtown Memphis business has closed.

The owners of the 3-year-old bistro LoLo’s Table at 128 Monroe Ave. decided their restaurant can’t survive, a decision hastened by the broader slowdown in the economy. The last day of business was Saturday, after which the restaurant joined other Downtown businesses that have closed this year, including Muvico, Pat O’Brien’s and EP Delta Kitchen and Bar.

94. 62-Bed Alzheimer’s Facility Coming to Germantown - 3179 Professional Plaza
Germantown, TN 38138
Permit Amount: $5.6 Million

Project Cost: $5.6 million
Permit Date: Applied October 2008
Completion: October or November of 2009
Owner: Alexander Enterprises
Tenant: Alexander Enterprises
Contractor: Patton and Taylor Enterprises
Architect: O.T. Marshall Architects

Details: An Alzheimer’s facility called the Gardens of Germantown soon will rise at 3179 Professional Plaza, which runs between Poplar Avenue and Poplar Pike near the Germantown/Collierville border.

Developer Alexander Enterprises has filed a permit application with the city-county Department of Construction Code Enforcement to build the 30,500-square-foot, single-story facility. The Gardens of Germantown will be a 48-unit, 62-bed facility that sits on roughly half of a 4.36 acre-parcel backing up to the Village Shops of Forest Hill retail center. Beacon Communities Inc. of Cumming, Ga., will manage the facility.

Construction on the building, set to begin in December, should take 10 months, said Michael Alexander of Alexander Enterprises, with an opening projected for October or November 2009. The property has been divided into two lots, with the Gardens of Germantown slated for the northwest corner of the property.


1.46 Acres in Commons at Dexter Lake
Cordova, TN 38018
Loan Amount: $1.2 Million

Loan Date: Oct. 2, 2008
Maturity Date: April 22, 2009
Borrower: Commons at Dexter Lake LLC
Lender: First Citizens National Bank

Details: A $1.6 million retail center with a French Quarter motif is being built in Cordova. The Commons at Dexter Lake LLC has filed a $1.2 million construction loan to build a 10,400-square-foot retail center, dubbed Vieux Carré, south of Dexter Road and west of Chickering Lane. Construction started last week. The development team bought the land from John B. Maxwell Jr., trustee for the sellers, for $334,541 and filed the construction loan through First Citizens National Bank. Commons at Dexter Lake LLC principal Nancy Waddell signed the trust deed. The center will sit on a 1.46-acre parcel near the Commons at Dexter Lake retail center and the Reserve at Dexter Lake apartments. A spokesman for the developer said the seven-bay center already has five leases signed. Tenants include a Belle Meade salon, financial planner Martin Hearn, a Crown Trophy store and a florist/gift shop. Jeff Blackledge is architect for Vieux Carré. KT Construction LLC, whose partners are Scott Turnage and Riley Kail, will be the general contractor. Turnage said the company is “stripping the lot off right now and pushing hard for the first of the year” to complete the center. “We’re going to go for kind of a hybrid French Quarter style – we’re going to be doing more of a Bourbon Street look,” Turnage said. “It’s going to be a strip center, but we’re going to try to give each space individuality, using depth and height offsets to try to give each space somewhat of a unique appearance.” More retail space will be coming to the site soon.


6075 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38115
Sale Amount: $1.4 Million

Sale Date: Oct. 23, 2008
Buyer: World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church Inc.
Seller: Carlyle Rock Ridge LLC
Loan Amount: $1.2 million
Loan Date: Oct. 24, 2008
Maturity Date: N/A
Lender: Tri-State Bank of Memphis

Details: World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church Inc. has bought the Hickory Ridge Mall for $1.4 million from Carlyle Rock Ridge LLC. The roughly 500,000-square-foot Hickory Ridge Mall sits on 44 acres at 6075 Winchester Road in Hickory Hill. It was damaged by a tornado during the Feb. 5 storms that ripped through the southern and southeastern areas of town. World Overcomers will retain its congregational home at the former Central Church at 6655 Winchester Road, down the road from the mall. The church bought that property in 2001 for $10 million. Church pastor Alton Williams has announced plans to turn the mall into a Christian community center, replete with a restaurant, banquet hall, theater and other services for the neighborhood. The Hickory Ridge Mall opened in 1981 to much fanfare, but it steadily declined over the years as newer malls opened in other parts of town and tenants departed. The February storm proved to be a death knell for the mall. Although the city of Memphis considered buying it and turning it into a satellite office for city services, the renovation proved too costly.


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95. Trolley Lambasted During Main Street Mall Meeting -

The idea of allowing car traffic on the Main Street Mall Downtown was panned at the first public hearing held by the Center City Commission this week.

But most in the crowd of 50 who attended were far more emotional as they trashed the operation of the Memphis Area Transit Authority’s Main Street Trolley that runs along the mall.

96. Officials Deny Rumors That Peabody Place Theater to Close -

Two employees at Muvico Entertainment LLC in the Peabody Place Retail and Entertainment Center shot a glance at each other when they were approached Friday and asked about the theater's imminent closure.

97. In Limbo -

The two-story brick building at 400 N. Main St., once home to the Downtown coffee shop Cafe Francisco, is on the market with a listing price of almost $700,000.

The building, which dates back to 1905, has been listed by its current Realtor for at least a year, though the cafe's recent closure may alert more potential buyers about the building's availability.

98. National Restaurant Associates Connects Business Sellers, Buyers -

There's a saying in the food and beverage industry: Everyone who owns a restaurant wants to sell a restaurant. It's just a matter of timing.

In other words, every owner is a potential seller.

99. Luxury on the River -

Its 28-room hotel opened in late October and its two restaurants opened last week. Now, the River Inn of Harbor Town is poised to become one of Downtown's premier destinations for business and leisure travelers - and also for Memphians looking for a quick getaway or gourmet meal.

100. City Council Races Overflow With 83 Candidates Filing -

It's the year of the open seat on the Memphis City Council.

With seven incumbents not running for re-election and the resignation last month of an eighth, it is already the biggest turnover of council seats in the 40-year history of the mayor-council form of government.