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1. Holiday Spending Rises But Department Stores Lag -

Holiday spending got a boost in 2016, according to one analysis, as more people opted to shop by phone or computer – though department stores and clothing retailers still lagged.

Overall consumer spending grew 4.7 percent over last holiday season, while online retail purchasing grew 12 percent over the same period last year, according to First Data, which analyzed online and in-store payments for nearly a million merchants between Oct. 29 and Jan. 2.

2. Online Shoppers Help Holiday Spending; Department Stores Lag -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Holiday spending got a boost in 2016, according to one analysis, as more people opted to shop by phone or computer – though department stores and clothing retailers still lagged.

3. Operation Restart Gets Beale Bucks Grant -

Operation Restart, a summer jobs program with a blight-fighting element, is the latest nonprofit to receive a grant from the Beale Street Gives Back program.

The $5,000 grant awarded by the Downtown Memphis Commission, Beale Street Merchants Association and Beale Street Management comes from a pool of $55,000 collected from the Beale Street Bucks program.

4. Operation Restart Gets Beale Bucks Grant -

Operation Restart, a summer jobs program with a blight-fighting element, is the latest nonprofit to receive a grant from the Beale Street Gives Back program.

The $5,000 grant awarded by the Downtown Memphis Commission, Beale Street Merchants Association and Beale Street Management comes from a pool of $55,000 collected from the Beale Street Bucks program.

5. Beale Street ‘Stuck at Status Quo’ -

When the guitar drops on Beale Street to mark the start of 2017, it will also mark three years that the Downtown Memphis Commission has been running day-to-day affairs of the Beale Street entertainment district.

6. Beale’s Bucks Program Giving Back to Community -

The Downtown Memphis Commission, Beale Street Merchants Association, and Beale Street Management have awarded their fourth weekly donation through Beale Street Gives Back, an initiative to donate $55,000 collected from the Beale Street Bucks program to several local charities.

7. Beale’s Bucks Program Giving Back to Community -

The Downtown Memphis Commission, Beale Street Merchants Association, and Beale Street Management have awarded their fourth weekly donation through Beale Street Gives Back, an initiative to donate $55,000 collected from the Beale Street Bucks program to several local charities.

8. First Data: Thanksgiving, Black Friday Sales Up 9 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers put in a strong showing on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

Holiday spending rose 9 percent Thursday and Friday combined, compared with the same two-day period last year, according to First Data.

9. Coinsource Sets Up Bitcoin ATM In Memphis -

The self-styled “Wal-Mart” of the bitcoin ATM market has arrived in Memphis. Texas-based Coinsource, which co-founder Bobby Sharp says has ambitions of being as pervasive as the world’s largest retailer, has set up one of its machines at the Shell gas station at 967 Linden Ave.

10. Mississippi Asks Court to Uphold Law Affecting LGBT Rights -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's Republican governor is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a state law letting merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples.

11. Authority Sticks With DMC for Beale Street -

The Beale Street entertainment district is preparing for a Christmas parade and a New Year’s Eve celebration beyond Wednesday’s opening of the lucrative Memphis Grizzlies season.

The new year will mark a full two years that the Downtown Memphis Commission has been the interim manager of the district for the Beale Street Tourism Development Authority.

12. Beale Authority Ends Talks With 21 Beale -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority has ended contract talks with the 21 Beale group to manage the entertainment district. And the group voted Tuesday, Oct. 25, to continue the Downtown Memphis Commission’s interim management of the district indefinitely.

13. Google Launches Home Delivery Service in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Google has launched its home delivery service across Tennessee.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/2dFa2qc) reports that Google Express launched Tuesday and will connect shoppers with select retailers across the state.

14. Editorial: Big River Crossing Will Revitalize Both Sides -

When Big River Crossing, the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk on the northern side of the Harahan Bridge, has its grand opening Oct. 22, it will be a busy day.

The RiverArts Festival will be underway in South Main. St. Jude will be holding a bicycling event on the riverfront. And that evening, local officialdom will gather again to throw the switch on the LED lighting that will illuminate the Harahan, in addition to the regular lighting at a lower level on the boardwalk.

15. Big River -

Jim Jackson had it planned. At the third annual Arkansas Delta Flatlander bicycle ride, the 100-kilometer bike ride would become what it was intended to be – a ride across the Mississippi River from West Memphis to Memphis across the northern side of the Harahan Bridge.

16. Beale Authority Talks Terms With 21 Beale -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority has sent its response to a term sheet from the principals of 21 Beale Street Inc., the only company still in the running for a contract to manage the entertainment district for the authority.

17. Beale Authority Talks Terms With 21 Beale -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is sending its response to a term sheet from the principals of 21 Beale Street Inc., the only company in the running for a contract to manage the entertainment district for the authority. The authority isn’t ready to say it represents even a tentative agreement and the leader of the 21 Beale management group is expressing frustration over the process.

18. Taylor to Head Beale Street Merchants Association -

The new director of the Beale Street Merchants Association will also work for Caissa Public Strategy in a partnership between the marketing firm and the merchants in the entertainment district.

Ken Taylor was named the new director on Monday, Sept. 12, by the board of the organization that includes tenants and business owners on Beale.

19. Taylor to Head Beale Street Merchants Association -

The new director of the Beale Street Merchants Association will also work for Caissa Public Strategy in a partnership between the marketing firm and the merchants in the entertainment district.

Ken Taylor was named the new director on Monday, Sept. 12, by the board of the organization that includes tenants and business owners on Beale.

20. Enoble Business Capital Offices Sell in Foreclosure -

813 Ridge Lake Blvd.

Memphis, TN 38120

Sale Amount: $9.6 million

Sale Date: Aug. 31, 2016

Buyer: Merchants Capital Real Estate LLC

21. Enoble Headquarters Sells in Foreclosure -

The four-story office building on Ridge Lake Boulevard that Enoble Business Capital spent $10 million to renovate has sold in foreclosure after its owner, Troika LLC, defaulted on a $9.8 million loan throughFirst Tennessee Bank.

22. Enoble's Headquarters Sells in Foreclosure -

The four-story office building on Ridge Lake Boulevard that Enoble Business Capital spent $10 million to renovate has sold in foreclosure after its owner, Troika LLC, defaulted on a $9.8 million loan through First Tennessee Bank.

23. The World at your Doorstep -

There is nothing you can’t get delivered these days. If you can imagine owning it, it’s only a matter of time before it can be in your possession, brought to your front door within minutes, hours or days from the first moment you even conjured the thought of having it.

24. MIFA to Hold Final ‘Feed the Soul’ Oct. 6 -

Feed the Soul, a public event initiated in 2008 by Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA), is slated to return for its final year Oct. 6 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“After eight great years, 2016 will be our final Feed the Soul,” said Sally Jones Heinz, MIFA executive director. “We’re taking a year off to plan a brand new event that will mark our 50th anniversary. We are grateful for the support Feed the Soul has received over the years, and we look forward to a landmark golden anniversary celebration in 2018.”

25. Make the Most of Your ‘Smart Chip’ Card -

Whether at the grocery store or your favorite local boutique, you may have noticed an increasing number of people “dipping” their bank or credit cards rather than “swiping.” This is thanks to the continued roll-out of the EMV, or “smart chip,” cards. 

26. Beer Festival Coming To Collierville Sept. 24 -

The Shops at Carriage Crossing has announced the launch of a new signature event: Collierville BrewFest, presented by RE/MAX.

BrewFest, which the lifestyle center says is the first event of its kind in Collierville, is taking place Sept. 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Carriage Crossing, 4674 Merchants Park Circle.

27. Beer Festival Coming To Collierville -

The Shops at Carriage Crossing has announced the launch of a new signature event: Collierville BrewFest, presented by RE/MAX.

BrewFest, which the lifestyle center says is the first event of its kind in Collierville, is taking place Sept. 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Carriage Crossing, 4674 Merchants Park Circle.

28. 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.

29. Home Depot: US Credit Card Firms Slow to Upgrade Security -

ATLANTA (AP) – Visa and MasterCard are using security measures prone to fraud, putting retailers and customers at risk of thieves, The Home Depot Inc. says in a new federal lawsuit.

30. Last Word: ServiceMaster Incentives, Muvico Memories and the Beale Street Cover -

It looks like the conversion of Peabody Place mall to the new headquarters of ServiceMaster is a $33.3 million job. That could be a running total depending on a PILOT amendment to come.

31. Officials Seeking Solutions To Beale Street Stampedes -

Beale Street leaders can’t agree on a method to control overcrowding and violence among visitors.

Paul Morris, former manager of Beale for the Downtown Memphis Commission, tells local media that two back-to-back incidents occurred Sunday, the latest in a string of at least 18 stampedes since 2013.

32. Accounting Firm Marks Centennial With 100 Days of Giving -

Accounting firm Reynolds Bone & Griesbeck is turning 100 years old. Knowing it owes that longevity to support from local organizations, it is giving back to local charities for 100 consecutive days.

33. Officials looking for Solution To Beale Street Stampedes -

Beale Street leaders can’t agree on a method to control overcrowding and violence among visitors.

Paul Morris, former manager of Beale for the Downtown Memphis Commission, tells local media that two back-to-back incidents occurred Sunday, the latest in a string of at least 18 stampedes since 2013.

34. Five in One Social Club Opening on Summer Avenue -

The Five in One Social Club, a Midtown art studio, is opening a Summer Avenue location. Its 15,300-square-foot home in the former Bicycle Co. shop, a landmark along the Summer Avenue strip, will allow for more art classes and community events.

35. Google Maps Directions May Soon Lead You to ... More Ads -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – You might start seeing more ads when getting directions from Google's popular mapping service.

The ads, called "promoted pins," will highlight restaurants and other merchants located along your way. They'll show up inside the directions map as Google routes you to your destination.

36. Arlington Woman Indicted On Embezzlement Charges -

An Arlington woman has been indicted on felony charges of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the two businesses for whom she worked.

Amy Speight, 44, was indicted on charges of theft of property over $60,000 and forgery over $1,000, according to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich’s office. Speight is free on $50,000 bond.

37. Events -

Morton Museum of Collierville History will host an opening reception for “Portrait of Collierville: 1940-1945,” featuring research by 63 St. George’s Independent School students, on Thursday, April 21, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 196 N. Main St. in Collierville. The students’ research centered on the ways Collierville contributed to the World War II effort and was affected by the war. Visit colliervillemuseum.org.

38. Events -

Creative Aging will host its 2016 Senior Fun Day on Thursday, April 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Ave. Enjoy refreshments, manicures and a variety of games. Tickets are $5 cash or check at the door. Visit creativeagingmidsouth.org.

39. Events -

Start Co. will offer small-business mentoring sessions Tuesday, April 19, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. This free program offers one-on-one counseling about starting or managing a small business. Visit memphislibrary.org for details.

40. Beale Street Merchants Roll Out Seasonal Fast Pass -

The Beale Street Merchants Association has begun pre-sales of a seasonal all-access pass geared toward frequent patrons of the entertainment district.

The Beale Street Fast Pass, which costs $150, offers the cardholder and one guest a range of benefits from April 15 to Oct. 1. Among the features: free cover and the ability to skip club entry lines at participating venues; discounted parking in the 250 Peabody Place garage; immediate access to Beale after a security check-in; red-carpeted entrance at Third Street and Beale; and special incentives at participating venues throughout the season.

41. Last Word: Policing The Greensward, A Rural Oasis and Gene Chips -

The city of Memphis had 88 police staff and other city employees working an Overton Park detail Saturday and another 33 working Sunday on the same detail, according to the Strickland administration’s accounting on Monday.

42. Beale Street Merchants Roll Out Seasonal Fast Pass -

The Beale Street Merchants Association has begun pre-sales of a seasonal all-access pass geared toward frequent patrons of the entertainment district.

The Beale Street Fast Pass, which costs $150, offers the cardholder and one guest a range of benefits from April 15 to Oct. 1. Among the features: free cover and the ability to skip club entry lines at participating venues; discounted parking in the 250 Peabody Place garage; immediate access to Beale after a security check-in; red-carpeted entrance at Third Street and Beale; and special incentives at participating venues throughout the season.

43. Events -

Memphis Irish Society will host a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day parade in Cooper-Young on Thursday, March 17, at 10 a.m. The route starts at First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper St., and travels north to Memphis Made Brewing, 768 S. Cooper St. Visit memphisirish.com.

44. Events -

The Southern Women’s Show will be held Friday through Sunday, March 11-13, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The show will feature shopping, cooking, makeovers, seminars and celebrity appearances. Hours are Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit southernshows.com for updates and advance discount tickets.

45. Events -

A community job fair hosted by Agape Child & Family Services, New Direction Christian Church, Maximus and Right Resource Management will be held Thursday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Direction, 5777 Winchester Road. Resume assistance will be provided from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. For more information, call Jerrod Gunter at 901-333-6821 or Twana Whitlock at 901-323-3600, ext. 22.

46. Last Word: Rain & Votes, Setting Madison's Boundaries and The Rise of Renters -

Here comes the rain. Not a Beatles tune but close enough with the word late Tuesday that George Martin – to my mind at least, the closest thing to a fifth Beatle – has died.
Rolling Stone’s story and many links within to their coverage of Martin over the decades.

47. Madison Avenue Business Association Launches 'Meet Me' Event -

If you’re on or around Madison Avenue later this month with at least $20 to spend, there will be specials and deals aplenty as part of a new event to boost business to the street.

The Madison Avenue Business Association, a collection of businesses along the busy thoroughfare that launched their organization in 2012, is hosting its inaugural “Meet Me Along Madison” event March 22 and 23.

48. Events -

Carriage Crossing Restaurant Week will be held through Thursday, March 6-10, in The Shops at Carriage Crossing, 4674 Merchants Park Circle. Diners at participating restaurants (Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s, Firebirds, Hickory Tavern and STIX) can enjoy $40 prix fixe menus that include an appetizer, two entrees and dessert for two. Reservations recommended. Visit shopcarriagecrossing.com to preview menus.

49. Events -

Carriage Crossing Restaurant Week will be held Sunday through Thursday, March 6-10, in The Shops at Carriage Crossing, 4674 Merchants Park Circle. Diners at participating restaurants (Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s, Firebirds, Hickory Tavern and STIX) can enjoy $40 prix fixe menus that include an appetizer, two entrees and dessert for two. Reservations recommended. Visit shopcarriagecrossing.com to preview menus.

50. Events -

Memphis Public Libraries in partnership with Levitt Shell will kick off the 5 Fridays of Jazz series with “Memphis Standard Time” (family night) on Friday, March 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Enjoy local music, dancing, food and drinks under the stars. Admission is free; food may be ordered in advance. For details, call 901-415-2846 or visit twitter.com/memphislibrary.

51. Events -

Mid South Area Business Travel Association will meet Thursday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Marriott Courtyard-Collierville, 4640 Merchants Park Circle. The topic is “Travel Industry Jeopardy: How to Win in 2016,” featuring Will Tate of Goldspring Consulting. Cost is $25 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit msabta.org.

52. Last Word: The Trade, Hardaway-Todd Grudge Match and Tomato Aspic -

Jeff Green leaves the Grizzlies for the Clippers and Lance Stephenson leaves the Clippers for the Grizzlies.
That was the trade at the NBA’s Thursday afternoon deadline that caused much of Thursday’s deadline buzz as well as lots of social media reaction.
Some of the reaction was tempered by the other part, a protected lottery pick for the Grizz as well.

53. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host King Day 2016 on Monday, Jan. 18, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum, 450 Mulberry St. Activities will include family entertainment, youth-centered learning, Mid-South Food Bank and Lifeblood drives, and more. Admission is $5 for all ages, $3 with food bank donation, or free with blood donation. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

54. Events -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis will host the 14th annual Valero Memphis Refinery Tool Box Bash on Friday, Jan. 15, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. The event will include live and silent auctions, whiskey tasting, live music and more. Tickets are $60 at toolboxbash.com or 901-322-3532.

55. Events -

Beale Street Tourism Development Authority will meet Thursday, Jan. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Memphis Grizzlies office in FedExForum, 191 Beale St. Visit shelbycountytn.gov for an agenda.

56. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” Tuesday, Jan. 12, through Jan. 17 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

57. Events -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis will host the 14th annual Valero Memphis Refinery Tool Box Bash on Friday, Jan. 15, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. The event will include live and silent auctions, whiskey tasting, live music and more. Tickets are $60 at toolboxbash.com or 901-322-3532.

58. Last Word: Out With the Old, In With The River -

We end 2015 with an eye on the Mississippi River as the city marks the New Year with three major New Year’s Eve outdoor celebrations – one on Beale Street, another in the newly-awakened Overton Square and yet another in the Broad Avenue Arts District.
Two come with lots of memories of past New Year’s eves – with soon-to-be memories.
Overton Square’s comeback as a theater district has been a big story of the last two years.
But Beale Street at the end of 2015 is an institution that has also seen a lot of change in the last year with the move to a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority at year’s end.
Broad is a different story with a different context. The context is a diversified Memphis whose crowd is likely to be at least slightly more local than the mix in Overton Square and on Beale Street.
It's example could very well show us the path to a New Year's eve with public celebrations from Whitehaven to Frayser.

59. Chattanooga Nonprofit's Store Filled With Items From Africa -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The delicate Nativity scene made from banana leaves folded origami style, the sparkling jewelry, clothes and art in Chattanooga's Amani ya Juu store are created by women in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

60. Wal-Mart to Launch Own Mobile Pay System -

NEW YORK (AP) — The mobile payment wars are heating up.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said it's launching its own mobile payment system that will allow shoppers to pay with any major credit or debit card or its own store gift card through its existing smartphone app at the cash register.

61. Business Leaders Forging New Identity for Summer Avenue -

Summer Avenue was home to the city’s first McDonald’s, the world’s first Holiday Inn and a small part of what was called the Broadway of America when the completion of U.S. 70 in 1927 took it across the U.S.

62. Everyone Loves Same-Day Delivery, Until They Have to Pay -

NEW YORK (AP) — Everyone likes the idea of same-day delivery. But who wants to pay for it?

That's the problem merchants face as the busy holiday shopping season approaches. They want to offer customers the near-instant gratification that usually only comes with shopping in stores or via apps like Uber and Seamless. But the logistics and costs of same-day delivery — the fuel, labor, infrastructure and other costs — has been a difficult challenge to surmount.

63. Small Shops, Big Business -

Reese Witherspoon’s flagship boutique, Draper James, opened last week in the 12South area, and the reception was all Nashville.

Musical performances by Lee Ann Womack and Ruby Amanfu kept guests like Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Sheryl Crow, Mayor Megan Barry, Kacey Musgraves and Lily Aldridge entertained while they shopped (perhaps for the holidays?) and milled around the store’s back parking lot, which was transformed into a charming, Southern-style party.

64. Crackdown: Amazon Sues to Stop Phony Product Reviews -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is stepping up its fight against bogus product reviews on its site, suing more than 1,000 people for allegedly offering to post glowing write-ups for as little as $5 apiece.

65. Learning Provider Relocates To Carriage Crossing -

LearningRx, a self-described “brain trainer,” has relocated its Germantown location to Collierville’s Carriage Crossing retail center.

LearningRx uses game-like exercises through one-on-one training to help kids and adults increase the speed, power and processing function of their brains. It can help those struggling with reading and learning as well as those with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger’s syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders, among others.

66. Learning Provider Relocates to Carriage Crossing -

LearningRx, a self-described “brain trainer,” has relocated its Germantown location to Collierville’s Carriage Crossing retail center.

LearningRx uses game-like exercises through one-on-one training to help kids and adults increase the speed, power and processing function of their brains. It can help those struggling with reading and learning as well as those with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger’s syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders, among others.

67. Events -

Metal Museum will host Repair Days Weekend Thursday, Sept. 24, through Sunday, Sept. 27, at the museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. Metalsmiths from around the country will be on hand to repair broken metal objects; all proceeds benefit the museum. Visit metalmuseum.org for a schedule of activities.

68. Events -

The Daily News will host the 2015 Small Business Seminar and panel discussion Thursday, Sept. 10, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Brooks Museum auditorium, 1934 Poplar Ave. Chef Jenn owner Jennifer McCullough will deliver the keynote. The seminar will be followed by a wine-and-cheese reception with the panelists. Tickets are $25. Visit bit.ly/MEMbiz15.

69. City Council Rejects Summer-Graham Retail -

Memphis City Council members voted down Tuesday, Aug. 18, a planned development on the northeast corner of Summer Avenue and Graham Street that would have been a retail center anchored by a coin-operated laundromat.

70. Events -

Saint Thomas Health, a nonprofit Middle Tennessee health care system, will host a clinical recruitment fair Friday, Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Memphis Marriott East, 5795 Poplar Ave. Visit sths.com.

71. Memphis City Council Rejects Summer-Graham Retail Strip -

Memphis City Council members voted down Tuesday, Aug. 18, a planned development on the northeast corner of Summer Avenue and Graham Street that would have been a retail center anchored by a coin-operated laundromat.

72. Events -

Page Robbins Adult Day Center will host a “Wine & Unwind” event with attorney J. Anthony Bradley on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 4 p.m. at Page Robbins, 1961 S. Houston Levee Road. Bradley will discuss VA Aid and Attendance benefits for veterans and their spouses. RSVP to info@pagerobbins.org or 901-854-1200.

73. Council Gives Final Approval To Forrest Statue Removal -

Memphis City Council members gave final approval Tuesday, Aug. 18, to an ordinance setting the stage for removal of the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park

74. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will host the Great Wine Performances wine tasting Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Characters in full costume will describe the wines. As guests sip, they can test their theatrical expertise for wonderful prizes. Tickets are $50 in advance or $65 at the door. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

75. Events -

Touchdown Club of Memphis will meet Monday, Aug. 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. Sportswriter and broadcaster Tony Barnhart, “Mr. College Football,” will speak. Cost is $60. Visit tdcmemphis.com.

76. Beale Board Looks at 3-Month Window to Set Up Shop -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is looking at a narrow three-month window to get its lease agreement with City Hall signed and, in effect, begin its work for the city and hire some kind of day-to-day manager for the entertainment district.

77. Whiskey-Stained and Market-Bound -

Remember the old Levi’s plant off Magnolia? Marcus Hall does, and he’s taken a family history that involves clothing-factory work, fashion sense and a can-do attitude to stitch and rivet together a denim line that’s scooping up local awards and garnering national attention.

78. Two Jumbo Phones From Samsung Ahead of Expected New iPhone -

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung has unveiled two new Android smartphones with jumbo screens as it seeks to recapture some of the sales lost to Apple after larger iPhones came out last year.

Samsung said Thursday that the new Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus will start shipping Aug. 21. Usually, Note phones don't come out until well after Apple's new iPhone models in September.

79. Events -

Kirby Pines Retirement Community will host attorney J. Anthony Bradley for a free seminar titled “The 7 Things Every Senior Needs to Know About Estate Planning & Long-Term Care” Thursday, Aug. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at 3535 Kirby Road. A free lunch will follow. RSVP to erochelle@kirbypines.com or 901-369-7340.

80. Events -

Central Defense Staffing will host a job fair Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marion Hale Community Center, 4791 Willow Road. CDS is hiring various positions for large accounts in Memphis and North Mississippi. Applicants should come prepared for an informational interview. For details on available positions, call 901-473-6385.

81. MIFA’s Feed the Soul Fundraiser Is ‘Memphis At Its Finest' -

Each year after MIFA’s Feed the Soul event, Sally Jones Heinz has the same thought.

“You come to this party and it really is Memphis at its finest,” said Heinz, executive director of the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association. “It’s such a diverse group of people having a really good time. Every year after the party’s over, I think this is how it needs to be – Memphis all together.”

82. This week in Memphis history: August 7-13 -

1985: The Black Merchants Association is promoting black businesses directory of all of the black-owned businesses in town. “One of the major problems facing black businesses, even among black consumers, is the belief that our products and services are inferior,” said Roscoe Dixon, BMA executive director. “Most black businessmen are fighters and scrappers – they’ve had to be because they couldn’t get those bank loans.”

83. Poll: Few in US Have Received Credit Cards With Chips -

Even as an Oct. 1 deadline approaches to replace Americans' out-of-date credit cards with new cards embedded with computer chips, the vast majority of Americans still have not received their new cards and only a small minority are using the chips at all, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows.

84. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board will meet Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 4 p.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

85. Donation Opportunities to Help Boys & Girls Clubs -

Memphians interested in helping out the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis have a couple of opportunities this week.

The Shops at Carriage Crossing is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs as a donation location for school supplies Monday through Saturday, Aug. 3-8. People who make a donation will receive a $20 gift card to The Children’s Palace, Gapkids, Gymboree or Justice.

86. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will continue the 2015 Vine to Wine tasting series with “Viva la Vino! Italian Wines” Tuesday, July 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Each event features eight wines or cocktails in and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 for members or $35 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

87. Events -

The Farms at Bailey Station will host a free seminar titled “The 7 Things Every Senior Needs to Know About Estate Planning and Long-Term Care,” presented by J. Anthony Bradley of The Bradley Law Firm, Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 25, at 10 a.m. at the Farms at Bailey Station model, 10013 Grand Central Circle E. Email mmotes@farmsabs.com or call 901-328-4850.

88. Events -

Central Defense Staffing will host a recruitment event Wednesday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven. CDS is hiring various positions for large accounts in Memphis and North Mississippi. Applicants should come prepared for an informational interview. For details on available positions, call 901-473-6385.

89. Events -

On Location: Memphis Shorts Festival will continue with screenings of short live-action films Tuesday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at Hard Rock Café, 126 Beale St. The audience will give on-the-spot reviews to determine which is screened in the OL:M International Film and Music Festival in September. Cost is free. Visit onlocationmemphis.org.

90. Beale Authority Prepares to Negotiate Lease With Memphis Leaders -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is at what Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris describes as an “awkward interim stage.”

91. Beale Group Plans for Lease Agreement Instead of District Ownership -

The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is dropping the idea for now of a fee simple ownership of the entertainment district.

Members of the authority board, which met Thursday, July 9, will instead pursue the leasehold agreement with the city of Memphis, as contemplated in the city ordinance that created the authority as the new long-term planning group for the district.

92. Events -

POTS@TheWorks will present the world premiere of “Mountain View,” a winner of the NewWorks@TheWorks competition, Friday, July 10, through Aug. 2 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.com.

93. 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.

94. 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.

95. 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.

96. 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.

97. Making the Connection -

Archie Willis III had just earned his master’s degree in business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when he returned to Memphis in 1981 to help his father, A.W. Willis Jr., redevelop the Adler Hotel Annex.

98. 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.

99. Condo Dwellers Loving Restaurant Choices -

It’s Saturday afternoon, and the Bakersfield taco bar, located at the bottom of the Encore condominium building downtown, has drawn a lively crowd.

With the country music cranked and servers delivering platters of four-inch tacos displayed on trays like pizzas, guests of all types look to be on vacation.

100. Rieger Begins Work at Memphis Chamber -

Tom Rieger recently joined the Greater Memphis Chamber as senior vice president of member development, a role in which he will oversee major fundraising activities, conduct membership drive campaigns and implement revenue enhancement opportunities.