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1. Elkington Promoted At ABO Marketing -

Jamie Elkington has been promoted to director of communications at ABO Marketing & Communications. In this position, she will direct and implement public relations plans for the nonprofit and business organizations the firm serves.

2. Pop the Cork -

On Nov. 4, 2014, voters in six of Shelby County’s seven municipalities approved wine sales in food stores effective July 1, 2016. The next day, Josh Hammond, president of Buster’s Liquors & Wines, put the gears in motion to acquire the restaurant adjacent to his Highland Street spirits store.

3. Law Firm Relocates to Oak Court Office Building -

Butler, Sevier, Hinsley & Reid, PLLC is relocating from Downtown to the Oak Court Office Building.

4. Collierville FedEx Center Getting $12.7 Million Renovation -

3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road
Collierville, TN 38125
Permit Amount: $12.7 million

Owner: FedEx Corp.
Tenant: FedEx Corp.
Contractor: Grinder & Haizlip Construction
Details: Contractor Grinder & Haizlip Construction has filed a $12.7 million building permit for renovations at the FedEx World Technology Center in Collierville.
In January, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen ratified a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive package for the FedEx center at 3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road.
A term of the PILOT agreement is that FedEx has to invest $40 million in real property and personal property upgrades.
The FedEx World Technology Center has been an economic driver for the city since its 16-acre campus opened in 1998. Currently, the tech hub is the largest employer in Collierville, with 2,500 total workers and a capacity for 3,200.

5. Law Firm Relocates to Oak Court Office Building -

Butler, Sevier, Hinsley & Reid, PLLC is relocating from Downtown to the Oak Court Office Building.

The law firm will move from 6,883 square feet at 88 Union Ave. to 7,704 square feet at the East Memphis office building, 530 Oak Court Drive.

6. One Family -

An unprecedented private investment aims to restore a commercial heart to the Soulsville USA neighborhood, where a pair of sprawling buildings take up nearly a full block across from the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. It isn’t an eyesore, but inactivity within those walls has been a drag on the community.

7. South Front Hits its Stride as Standalone Corridor -

South Front Street, which stretches Downtown from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Central Station, is emerging as its own standalone residential and commercial corridor. What was once a heavy industrial area and warehousing district for South Main’s department stores is undergoing a transformation into Downtown’s most residentially dense neighborhood.

8. Monogram Loves Kids Taking Grant Applications -

The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation, a charitable fund of Memphis-based Monogram Foods, has $25,000 in grants available for Memphis-area children’s charities.

The funds are part of $200,000 to be awarded to organizations in the eight regional areas in which Monogram does business.

9. Monogram Loves Kids Taking Grant Applications -

The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation, a charitable fund founded by Memphis-based Monogram Foods, has $25,000 in grants available for Memphis-area children’s charities.

The funds are part of $200,000 to be awarded to organizations in the eight regional areas in which Monogram does business.

10. Monogram Foods Acquires Progressive Gourmet -

Memphis-based Monogram Foods has acquired Progressive Gourmet. The Wilmington, MA-based company bakes and supplies appetizers to chains like Marriott, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Kroger.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

11. Last Word: Off and Running, Lawson Sticks and Downtown Office Space -

Now that you’ve had time to behold the large field of contenders in the Republican primary for the 8th Congressional District – all 13 – they are on the road campaigning on the way to the Aug. 4 election day.
And it’s quite a road with a lot of different scenery.
Former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff is one of the seven contenders in the race from Shelby County. He hit the road Monday for three days of stops in each one of the 15 counties in the district.

12. Monogram Foods Acquires Progressive Gourmet -

Memphis-based Monogram Foods has acquired Progressive Gourmet. The Wilmington, Mass.-based company bakes and supplies appetizers to chains like Marriott, Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Kroger.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

13. Gaskins Leads Engineering Office -

Wain Gaskins has joined consulting engineering firm Cannon & Cannon Inc. as manager of the company’s new Memphis office as well as director of West Tennessee operations and business development. 

14. Feds Support Local Farmers -

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has named Memphis as part of an initiative to bolster the supply chain for local food systems. The project, dubbed Food LINC, improves access to locally grown foods by connecting farmers connect directly with consumers. Memphis is one of ten cities participating in the federal program.

15. MEMFix East Targets Concrete Jungle Around i-Bank, Clark Towers -

East Memphis’ most prominent office towers, Clark Tower and the iBank Tower, are anchors in a strategy to make the Poplar Avenue-facing corner more walkable and memorable.

Late last year, In-Rel Properties purchased the iBank Tower, bringing both towers under the same ownership for the first time. The Florida-based real estate group plans to unite the 16-acre office campus with increased connections to the surrounding East Memphis restaurants and retail.

16. Glazed With Tradition, Gibson’s Keeps Customers Coming Back -

While word-of-mouth and nostalgia might get customers in the door of Gibson’s Donuts, great donuts and a commitment to customer service are what keep them coming back.

Gibson’s has been a Memphis icon since Lowell Gibson and his brother opened it in 1967 at 760 Mount Moriah Road, the East Memphis locale where it’s still going strong nearly 50 years later.

17. Memphis Gets Federal Recognition for Local Food Infrastructure -

Memphis has received national recognition as a site of entrepreneurship and innovation in the agriculture sector. Through the federal 2016 Local Foods, Local Places Initiative, Memphis will receive technical support to integrate local food into community development efforts, increase access to healthy goods and create economic opportunities for local farmers and food entrepreneurs.

18. Glazed with Tradition, Gibson’s Donuts Keeps Customers Coming Back -

While word-of-mouth and nostalgia might get customers in the door of Gibson’s Donuts, great donuts and a commitment to customer service are what keep them coming back.

Gibson’s has been a Memphis icon since Lowell Gibson and his brother opened it in 1967 at 760 Mount Moriah Road, the East Memphis locale where it’s still going strong nearly 50 years later.

19. Memphis Gets Federal Recognition for Local Food Infrastructure -

Memphis has received national recognition as a site of entrepreneurship and innovation in the agriculture sector. Through the federal 2016 Local Foods, Local Places Initiative, Memphis will receive technical support to integrate local food into community development efforts, increase access to healthy goods and create economic opportunities for local farmers and food entrepreneurs.

20. 'Bizarre Foods' Host Noshes Through Memphis -

A popular Travel Channel series will be showcasing some of Memphis’ iconic eats when it kicks off its third season later this month.

“Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations,” an extension of the long-running “Bizarre Foods” franchise hosted by James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Zimmern, explores the dishes that define various cities. But instead of simply spotlighting these quintessential eats – such as Philadelphia’s classic cheesesteaks and Tel Aviv’s traditional falafel – Zimmern digs into the origins of each dish, how it’s prepared and the right way to eat it.

21. 'Bizarre Foods' Host Noshes Through Memphis -

A popular Travel Channel series will be showcasing some of Memphis’ iconic eats when it kicks off its third season later this month.

“Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations,” an extension of the long-running “Bizarre Foods” franchise hosted by James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Zimmern, explores the dishes that define various cities. But instead of simply spotlighting these quintessential eats – such as Philadelphia’s classic cheesesteaks and Tel Aviv’s traditional falafel – Zimmern digs into the origins of each dish, how it’s prepared and the right way to eat it.

22. Muller: Memphis On Strong Footing, With Bright Future -

A key Greater Memphis Chamber official is preparing to retire this week after 15 years, at a time when he thinks the city of Memphis is on strong footing, and with a bright future that abounds with potential.

23. Four Memphis Taco Bell Properties Sell for $7.2M -

A Memphis-based owner of fast food properties has sold of a hefty part of its portfolio to California-based Realty Income Properties 22 LLC in four separate transactions totaling $7.2 million.

RGT Foods Inc. sold the Taco Bell property at 1447 Union Ave. to Realty Income Properties 22 for $1.5 million, while the location at 7964 Winchester Road sold for $2 million.

24. Events -

The Memphis Irish Society is enrolling for its 2016 Irish Gaelic class, set to begin Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Germantown area (contact for exact venue). The class is free, informal, and is open to all adults and children of middle-school age and older. It will meet most Saturdays throughout the year with some breaks. Email erin.shepherd@memphisirish.com for details.

25. Events -

Safer Shelby Summit, a roundtable discussion of criminal justice reforms the Tennessee Legislature will consider this year, will be held Thursday, Jan. 7, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Wade Auditorium at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. State Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Brian Kelsey has invited local leaders to participate.

26. Miss Cordelia’s Adapts To Customers’ Needs -

Amidst a constantly changing grocery scene in the Memphis area, Miss Cordelia’s keeps plugging along in Harbor Town on Mud Island.

But don’t think the neighborhood grocer is sitting back waiting on customers to walk through the doors. The business’ 35 employees aren’t paying as close attention to the national grocery brands expanding or joining the market farther to the east because they’re focused more on listening to customers to better understand what they want.

27. Events -

Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold a free tax workshop for new businesses Thursday, Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Renaissance Center’s Memphis Training Room, 555 Beale St. Tax specialists from local and state agencies will provide information and answer questions on complying with registration and tax requirements. Registration required. Visit tn.gov/revenue/article/tax-workshops or call 800-342-1003.

28. Four Memphis Taco Bell Properties Sell for $7.2M -

A Memphis-based owner of fast food properties has sold of a hefty part of its portfolio to California-based Realty Income Properties 22 LLC in four separate transactions totaling $7.2 million.

RGT Foods Inc. sold the Taco Bell property at 1447 Union Ave. to Realty Income Properties 22 for $1.5 million, while the location at 7964 Winchester Road sold for $2 million.

29. iBank Tower Sells for $19.2 Million -

The iBank Tower, located at 5050 Poplar Ave., has sold for $19.2 million, and for the first time, the same owner controls both the iBank Tower and the nearby Clark Tower at 5100 Poplar Ave.

30. Events -

Overton Square New Year’s Eve Bash will be held Thursday, Dec. 31, from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Enjoy outdoor entertainment, specials at Overton Square restaurants and businesses, and more leading up to a midnight surprise. Madison Avenue will be closed between Cooper and Diana streets from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visit overtonsquare.com for details.

31. Events -

Overton Square New Year’s Eve Bash will be held Thursday, Dec. 31, from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Overton Square businesses. Check out the inside scene at Lafayette’s Music Room (details below), and enjoy outside entertainment, beer vendors and more leading up to a special surprise at midnight. Madison Avenue will be closed between Cooper and Diana streets from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visit overtonsquare.com for details and specials.

32. 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.

33. Council Approves $4M Loan for Belz’s Midtown Market -

The mixed-use project at Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard got a $4 million federal boost with a proposal from developers Belz Enterprises and Harbor Retail Partners clearing the Memphis City Council Tuesday, Dec. 15.

34. The Week Ahead: Dec. 7, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from gift shopping at the Memphis Indie Holiday Market to the latest Beale Street developments ...

35. Memphis' Grocery Wars -

After Sprouts became one of the newest grocery chains to enter the Memphis market by opening stores in Lakeland and Germantown earlier this year, company spokesman Diego Romero described the chain’s arrival as practically a no-brainer.

36. St. Jude Files $10 Million Construction Permit -

650 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105

Permit Amount: $10 million

Application Date: Nov. 24, 2015

Owner: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Tenant: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

37. Post Brands Signs Major Lease In Marshall County -

Memphis is home to a distribution facility for Post Consumer Brands thanks to a 677,160-square-foot lease recently signed at the Gateway Global Logistics Center.

The second-largest industrial lease for the third quarter is housed at Panattoni Development Co.’s speculative Building II.

38. Post Brands Signs Major Lease in Marshall County -

Memphis is home to a distribution facility for Post Consumer Brands thanks to a 677,160-square-foot lease recently signed at the Gateway Global Logistics Center.

The second-largest industrial lease for the third quarter is housed at Panattoni Development Co.’s speculative Building II.

39. Paragon Bank Reports Strong Third-Quarter Results -

Paragon Bank saw record revenues in the third quarter, as well as the highest total loans in the bank’s history and an improved net interest margin, the bank announced this week. The strong quarterly performance stems from a 57 percent drop in nonperforming assets, which are at their lowest levels since 2007, and the continued progress of Paragon's Atlanta-based Small Business Capital Group. Due to increases in Small Business Administration income, mortgage income and solutions product income, core non-interest income for the first three quarters of 2015 increased 82.3 percent over the same period in 2014 to $910,000. Among highlights for the third quarter: • Total revenue for the quarter was $3.3 million, an increase of 3.1 percent over the second quarter of 2015 and 11.8 percent over third quarter 2014. • Nonperforming assets dropped 57 percent during the third quarter, from $5.7 million to $2.5 million. The ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets also dropped from 1.94 percent on June 30 to 0.84 percent on Sept. 30. • Gross loans increased $5.4 million, or 9.2 percent, during the third quarter to reach $237.5 million. Total deposits also increased 8 percent as of Sept. 30, while core deposits have increased 3.3 percent. – Andy Meek Gus's Fried Chicken Named

40. Gus’s Chicken Named Regional Finalist in Competition -

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken has been named as a regional finalist for the Best Bite Award in the inaugural US Foods Food Fanatics Awards.

Memphis-based Gus’s was chosen from nearly 1,000 entries and recognized for its 24-hour-marinated, hot and spicy fried chicken.

41. Crosstown Developer: Complicated Projects Can Be Transformative -

The Memphis-area commercial real estate market continues to trend upward, industry leaders say. All asset classes are trending toward pre-Recession levels, and Memphis is taking on more complicated projects like the Crosstown Concourse redevelopment.

42. Retail Market Boosted by Groceries, Small Business -

The third quarter of 2015 was a busy one for the retail sector with a lot of activity derived from grocery stores and small businesses.

Fundamentals are trending favorably with the total vacancy rate down to 12.6 percent compared to 12.9 percent in second quarter 2015. Net absorption rose from 134,251 square feet in second quarter to 160,229 square feet in the most recent quarter, and the rental rate increased from $8.62 to $8.72 per square foot, according to CB Richard Ellis Memphis data.

43. Memphis Retail Market Boosted by Groceries, Small Business -

The third quarter of 2015 was a busy one for the retail sector with a lot of activity derived from grocery stores and small businesses.

Fundamentals are trending favorably with the total vacancy rate down to 12.6 percent compared to 12.9 percent in second quarter 2015. Net absorption rose from 134,251 square feet in second quarter to 160,229 square feet in the most recent quarter, and the rental rate increased from $8.62 to $8.72 per square foot, according to CB Richard Ellis Memphis data.

44. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount will present “Getting Started With QuickBooks: Learn From the Experts” on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at its offices, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd., suite 100. The class will cover new company setup, entering/paying bills and more. Cost is $100. Register at cannonwrightblount.com/resources or 901-685-7500.

45. Events -

Cooper-Young’s Rocktober music series continues Monday through Thursday, Oct. 19-22, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the gazebo at Cooper Street and Young Avenue. Performers include Richard Jones (Oct. 19), Loveland Duren (Oct. 20), Anne Schorr (Oct. 21) and Nancy Apple (Oct. 22). Concerts continue throughout October. Visit cooperyoung.com.

46. Mixed-Use Midtown Market on Tap for Long-Vacant Corner -

Rumors and speculation have long run rampant about potential development at the southwest corner of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard, one of Memphis’ busiest intersections.

Some of the speculation involved keeping the eight-story hotel, which was built in the late 1960s, as the central feature of whatever came next. In other scenarios it would be demolished.

47. Fair Trade: The Mid-South Fair’s transition to Southaven -

A FedEx jet turned for Memphis International Airport just north of Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., on Saturday, Sept. 26, the opening weekend of the Mid-South Fair.

Below it, a ride on the parking lot of the arena made a perpetual turn in the other direction under the same overcast skies.

48. Steve Harvey, Easy Bacon Partner With Monogram -

When Easy Bacon makes its October debut in supermarkets, it will be the latest meat snack venture by Memphis-based Monogram Foods.

Easy Bacon is a partnership between Monogram and HarCal, the company created by comedian and television host Steve Harvey and Montgomery businessman Greg Calhoun.

49. 'Bring Trader Joe's to Memphis' Creator Thrilled by Announcement -

When Layla Rouse woke up Wednesday, Sept. 23, her phone was practically buzzing with texts and social media messages.

The creator of the Bring Trader Joe’s to Memphis Facebook page – a social media project Rouse started back in 2012 that’s attracted more than 10,000 fans – says she was in disbelief, at first. But there it was.

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

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

51. Easy Bacon Partners Steve Harvey With Memphis-Based Monogram Foods -

When Easy Bacon makes its October debut in supermarkets, it will be the latest meat snack venture by Memphis-based Monogram Foods.

Easy Bacon is a partnership between Monogram and HarCal, the company created by comedian and television host Steve Harvey and Montgomery businessman Greg Calhoun.

52. Superlo Finds Winning Formula in Sticking to the Basics -

Randy Stepherson recalls the advice his father once gave him.

It’s a bit of wisdom that on the surface was meant to help him navigate everyday life but which also reflects Stepherson’s conservative, no-frills approach to business.

53. Eating Well -

Hannah and Amy Pickle’s Raw Girls food business is booming, with multiple projects in the works and a surge in demand for their Midtown food truck. But aside from a business boost, the healthy food-loving pair also happily finds themselves now confronted with a groundswell of community support.

54. Southwest Adds Memphis Flights -

Southwest Airlines will add seasonal nonstop flights between Memphis and Austin, Texas, along with an additional seasonal flight to Orlando.

The nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will operate on Saturdays and Sundays starting Dec. 5 and move to Saturdays only starting Jan. 9. The route will continue being offered on Saturdays through March 5.

55. Georgia-Pacific Invests $20M in Memphis Mill -

Two years after Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific acquired Memphis-based Buckeye Technologies in a $1.4 billion deal, the combined company, GP Cellulose, has invested $20 million in capital construction and maintenance projects at its Memphis facilities.

56. Brookhaven Boom -

Downtown has the South Main Historic Arts District and the Main Street core. Midtown has Cooper-Young, Overton Square and the Broad Avenue Arts District, among others.

In East Memphis, defining a proper restaurant and entertainment district might seem to be more difficult, but in fact it’s existed all along on Brookhaven Circle. It’s just taken a few new restaurant openings to bring the neighborhood into full focus.

57. Georgia-Pacific Invests $20M in Memphis Mill -

Two years after Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific acquired Memphis-based Buckeye Technologies in a $1.4 billion deal, the combined company, GP Cellulose, has invested $20 million in capital construction and maintenance projects at its Memphis facilities.

58. Georgia-Pacific Invests $20M in Memphis Mill -

Two years after Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific acquired Memphis-based Buckeye Technologies in a $1.4 billion deal, the combined company, GP Cellulose, has invested $20 million in capital construction and maintenance projects at its Memphis facilities.

59. Georgia-Pacific Invests $20 Million in Memphis Mill -

Two years after Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific acquired Memphis-based Buckeye Technologies in a $1.4 billion deal, the combined company, GP Cellulose, has invested $20 million in capital construction and maintenance projects at its Memphis facilities.

60. Whole Foods Germantown Announces Opening Date -

Whole Foods Market will open its 41,000-square-foot Germantown store Aug. 18. The store, at 7825 Poplar Ave., will be the Memphis area’s second and Tennessee’s sixth Whole Foods location.

61. Whole Foods Germantown Announces Opening Date -

Whole Foods Market will open its 41,000-square-foot Germantown store Aug. 18. The store, at 7825 Poplar Ave., will be the Memphis area’s second and Tennessee’s sixth Whole Foods location.

62. Brown Missionary Baptist Opening Farmers’ Market -

A Memphis-area church is celebrating a new offering of fresh, healthy food for the community.

Brown Missionary Baptist Church this week opened its new Farmers’ Market at 980 Stateline Road in Southaven.

63. Monogram Buys $100 Million Frozen-Appetizers Maker -

Memphis’ reigning meat maker is moving forward with a huge acquisition that will boost revenue by 25 percent, employment by more than 30 percent and add frozen appetizers to its product portfolio.

64. Wonder Bread Bakery Under Contract -

The former Wonder Bread bakery at 400 Monroe Ave. could soon have a new owner.

The bakery, idled by a labor strike before being sold in 2013, is under contract to a potential buyer, according to a commercial real estate broker.

65. 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.

66. Monogram Foods Buys $100 Million Frozen-Appetizers Maker -

Memphis’ reigning meat maker is moving forward with a huge acquisition that will boost revenue by 25 percent, employment by more than 30 percent and add frozen appetizers to its product portfolio.

67. 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.

68. This week in Memphis history: June 12-18 -

1984: On the front page of The Daily News, Tennessee Rep. U.A. Moore of Millington is optimistic about plans for riverboat tours between the Mud Island park – which had opened in the summer of 1982 – and Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, even though his bill to fund a Memphis State University study of the idea is vetoed by Gov. Lamar Alexander. Alexander instead directs the state Conservation Department to study the idea.

69. Last Chance to Register for Whole Foods Job Session -

Whole Foods Market is hosting informational sessions for workers interested in landing a job at the grocer’s new Memphis-area store, and Tuesday afternoon is your last chance to register.

Whole Foods plans to hire 100 to 120 workers for its new store on Pete Mitchell Road in Germantown. It will host the sessions Wednesday, June 10, at the Goodwill Job Connection Center, 3830 Austin Peay Highway.

70. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Company will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Thursday, June 4, through June 21 in the University of Memphis Mainstage Theater, 3745 Central Ave. Buy tickets at tnshakespeare.org.

71. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board will meet Wednesday, June 3, at 4 p.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

72. Memphis-Based Monogram Foods Expanding Virginia Operation -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says a Memphis-based food company is adding a warehouse and logistics center to its Henry County manufacturing operation.

The governor said Monday that Monogram Food Solutions LLC will invest $7.2 million and create 101 new jobs. The company has been making meat snacks at the Henry County Patriot Centre Industrial Park since 2009.

73. 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.

74. AutoZone Among Top 10 Arts-Supporting Businesses -

AutoZone Inc.’s commitment to the arts has earned it a place in Americans for the Arts’ top 10 business partners.

75. 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.

76. AutoZone Named in Top 10 of Arts-Supporting Businesses -

AutoZone Inc.’s commitment to the arts has earned it a place in Americans for the Arts’ top 10 business partners.

77. 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.

78. 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.

79. Proveaux’s Fuel Cafe Brand Covers Multiple Platforms -

When Erik Proveaux opened Fuel Café, it was because he wanted to set up roots after traveling the country for years doing film production catering. Five years later those roots have spread, and now he operates a multimodal brand that covers the restaurant, catering, food truck and small-batch production industries.

80. Logistics Firm Opening Downtown Sales Office -

A fast-growing logistics firm will invest $1 million to open a sales office in the heart of Downtown Memphis.

Total Quality Logistics will invest $1 million to open the office in the 100 Peabody Place building Downtown, a move that is expected to create at least 100 new jobs over the next five years.

81. Logistics Firm Opening Downtown Sales Office -

A fast-growing logistics firm will invest $1 million to open a sales office in the heart of Downtown Memphis.

Total Quality Logistics will invest $1 million to open the office in the 100 Peabody Place building Downtown, a move that is expected to create at least 100 new jobs over the next five years.

82. Memphis Aims to Expand Recycling Efforts -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear weekly throughout April in honor of Memphis and Shelby County’s Sustainability Month.

This Earth Day, the City of Memphis has much to celebrate. Over the last several years, we have seen a growing demand for walkable, healthy neighborhoods, vibrant public spaces, access to fresh foods, and energy efficient buildings. As mayor, I have worked to meet this demand and position Memphis to lead by example in environmental sustainability. This work is being recognized nationally as Memphis-Shelby County was recently designated a 4-STAR sustainable community, in the same company as places like Austin, Texas, and Portland, Ore.

83. State Agriculture Department Gets 53 Hemp Applications -

Tennessee’s Department of Agriculture says it has received 53 applications seeking approval to grow industrial hemp.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the applicants will serve as test cases for the state law if the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration gives its approval to the project.

84. Monogram Loves Kids to Award $140,000 -

The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation will award $140,000 to charitable organizations that sponsor programs benefiting children in the six regional areas where Monogram does business.

The regions are Memphis; Martinsville, Va.; Chandler, Minn.; Bristol, Ind.; Schulenburg, Texas; and Harlan, Iowa.

85. Monogram Foods Charitable Fund to Award $140,000 -

The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation will award $140,000 to charitable organizations that sponsor programs benefiting children in the six regional areas where Monogram does business.

The regions are Memphis; Martinsville, Va.; Chandler, Minn.; Bristol, Ind.; Schulenburg, Texas; and Harlan, Iowa.

86. Harahan Bridge Could Get Brighter -

Memphis civic and business leaders are in the early stages of talking with an anonymous donor about lighting the Harahan Bridge while a Memphis-based movie theater titan is exploring building a new theater Downtown.

87. MATA Head Draws Heat on Trolley Delays -

The president and CEO of the Memphis Area Transit Authority told a group of South Main residents and business owners this week the trolley system is “starting all over from scratch” and won’t be operational any time soon.

88. Building a Brand -

Six years ago, Jennifer McCullough was an entrepreneurial Memphis chef with a passion for food, preparing soups in her kitchen and selling them to friends.

89. Harvest Creative Celebrates 10 Years of Plowing Creative Ground -

As they were finishing up brand work for the new Porcellino’s restaurant in East Memphis, plus completing two Whole Foods store décor packages and preparing to dive into a branding project for Wendy’s, the team at Harvest Creative recently took some time to soak up the moment.

90. Roy’s Events Take Wine, Travel, Even Chocolate to New Audience -

Entrepreneur Maja Djorcev Roy knows the value of connecting people, sharing stories and developing an appreciation for artisan quality goods

Roy, a native of Slovenia, follows her passion and shares her knowledge of wine and the stories of the vineyards through her business, Wine Forté.

91. Tennessee Opposes Sysco-US Foods Merger -

The state of Tennessee has joined nine other states and the Federal Trade Commission in opposing the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, in announcing the state’s participation in seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction barring the merger, specifically cited the impact of the merger in Memphis.

92. Real Estate Pros Upbeat -

After finally latching on to the broader national economic recovery in 2013, the Memphis-area commercial real estate market shook of the last vestiges of the Great Recession and roared back to life in 2014 with the office, retail, industrial and apartment sectors all producing solid gains.

93. Tennessee Opposes Merger Between Sysco, US Foods -

The state of Tennessee has joined nine other states and the Federal Trade Commission in opposing the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, in announcing the state’s participation in seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction barring the merger, specifically cited the impact of the merger in Memphis.

94. Sweetie Pie’s Approached as Possible Mall Tenant -

Sweetie Pie’s, the St. Louis soul food institution in a standoff with its Beale Street landlord, has been approached by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as a tenant for one of two malls the administration wants to convert to “town centers.”

95. Sweetie Pie’s Could be Tenant at Raleigh Springs Mall -

Sweetie Pie’s, the St. Louis soul food institution in a standoff with its Beale Street landlord, has been approached by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as a tenant for one of two malls the administration wants to convert to “town centers.”

96. Sweetie Pie’s Approached as Mall Tenant -

Sweetie Pie’s, the St. Louis soul food institution in a standoff with its Beale Street landlord, has been approached by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as a tenant for one of two malls the administration wants to convert to “town centers.”

97. Monogram Foods to Give $100K to Local Charities -

Memphis-based Monogram Foods is marking its 10th anniversary by donating $100,000 to 10 local charities at $1,000 a year for the next decade.

The Impact 10 effort involves charities picked randomly by the company, with nominations being submitted through the effort’s website, www.impact10.com.

98. Monogram Foods to Give $100,000 to Local Charities -

Memphis-based Monogram Foods is marking its 10th anniversary by donating $100,000 to 10 local charities at $1,000 a year for the next decade.

The Impact 10 effort involves charities picked randomly by the company, with nominations being submitted through the effort’s website, www.impact10.com.

99. Best Rubber Stamp Presses On -

In an age of online printing and paperless workplaces when commercial printers are struggling and transforming their businesses, you would think a company that makes rubber stamps would have a tough way to go.

100. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden and Artists’ Link will host the Incognito Art Exhibit, featuring unsigned works by 100 Mid-South artists, Friday, Jan. 8, through Jan. 30 at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. The show will culminate in an art gala and silent auction Jan. 30. Admission to the exhibit is free; tickets to the gala are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/incognito or call 901-636-4131.