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1. Starbucks Calls Shifting-Color Drink a ‘Unicorn Frappuccino’ -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks is calling a limited-time beverage that changes colors and flavors with a stir of the straw a "Unicorn Frappuccino."

The chain says the drink was inspired by the trend of unicorn-themed food online and starts out purple with a sweet and fruity taste. It changes to pink and tart after it's stirred to mix in a blue drizzle. It will be available from April 19 to April 23 in the United States, Canada and Mexico, with a 12-ounce size containing 280 calories.

2. Pinnacle Ramps Up Investment in Memphis -

Since its entry into Memphis, Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Partners has been slowly ramping up and investing in its presence here, a trend that has continued unabated in recent weeks.

The bank, among other things, struck a deal to bring a Starbucks store inside its Wolf River office at 1264 S. Germantown Road. It’s also gone on a hiring binge in recent weeks, and it’s filed a $2.3 million building permit for interior tenant work for its Memphis headquarters at 949 S. Shady Grove Road.

3. MBX Teen Workforce Seminar, Job Fair April 1-2 -

The 21 percent youth unemployment rate in Memphis in 2015 is evidence of one challenge. It goes further.

“It’s an issue plaguing Memphis because a large population of teens are unemployed, but also a large population has no job training,” said community advocate Jaques Hamilton, who will be helping teens ages 16-19 with resume writing, interview preparation and other skills as part of the Memphis Black Expo (MBX) Workforce Ready Seminar and Youth Summer Job Fair at Hamilton High School.

4. Wolfchase At 20 -

For the shopping mall – that quintessential staple of American retail, the biggest of big boxes, a sprawling, multilevel marvel of commercial magnificence – these are most certainly interesting times.

5. Fred’s Brings on New Board Members -

Change continues to be the operative word at Memphis-based retailer Fred’s Inc., which has made some key additions to its board in recent days as the company continues pursuing a major turnaround that includes completing its acquisition of 865 Rite Aid stores.

6. McDonald's Lays Out Plan It Hopes Can Reverse Drop in Visits -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's acknowledged on Wednesday that it lost 500 million customer transactions in the U.S. since 2012 and laid out its plans to get more people back into its restaurants – including by letting them order and pay on their mobile phones by the end of the year.

7. State Of The Suburbs -

With its central location, unparalleled access to major roads, rails, runways and rivers and low cost-of-living, it’s no surprise that Memphis and the surrounding area is a popular destination for corporate headquarters, national retail brands and major industrial centers.

8. Temple Israel Expanding Into Crosstown Concourse -

495 N Watkins St.
Memphis, TN 38104

Tenant: Temple Israel

Details: In a letter that went out to its congregation over the weekend, Temple Israel announced plans to expand into the Crosstown Concourse this summer.
Officials said the new Crosstown campus won’t be a second synagogue, but will instead enhance the Temple’s community outreach programs.
“We believe that Temple will thrive in Crosstown and that you, the members, will be truly amazed by the collaboration in the years ahead,” Temple Israel president Elkan Scheidt said in the email. “Crosstown’s creativity, innovation, and social-action focus aligns seamlessly with Temple and Reform Judaism’s inclusive philosophy.”
Temple Israel formed a preliminary Crosstown committee, which included Cara Greenstein, Alex Shindler, Daniel Kiel, Meggan Kiel, Bruce Landau, Susanne Landau, Joanna Lipman, Josh Lipman, Liz Rudnick and Elton Parker to discuss the move before deciding to sign a lease for a 1,200-square-foot “Midtown Living Room” in the Concourse.
“By offering countless programming and Tikkun Olam opportunities, Temple Israel Crosstown will bring the celebrated Temple Israel spirit of 38120 to 38104,” the announcement went on to say. “It will also become a new member gateway for unaffiliated Downtown/Midtown Jews and newcomers to Memphis.”
“Tikkun Olam, Hebrew for “repairing this broken world,” expresses the fundamental Jewish idea that what we do to heal the hurt and help those who are suffering most – in our city and in this world – is what matters most to the one God who loves us all,” Rabbi Micah Greenstein, senior rabbi at Temple Israel, said.
The email outlined some of the programs Temple Israel could offer in Crosstown, such as partnerships with their Crosstown neighbors, lunch and learns, baby-and-me classes, Hebrew tutoring and Women of Reformed Judaism-Sisterhood knitting for the Manna House.
Temple Israel, which is located at 1376 E. Massey Road, was founded in 1854 as the first permanent Jewish house of worship in Tennessee and now serves 1,500 member families in the Memphis area. 

9. Poplar Plaza Kroger To Get Starbucks -

Kroger has filed a building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for more renovations to its Poplar Plaza location, which includes a new Starbucks kiosk.

10. City Budget Season on the Way With Concerns -

One of the highlights of 2016 for the Memphis City Council that took office in January with six new members was a budget season in which there were no significant changes in the proposal by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, who also took office in January.

11. Starbucks to Boost Number of Shops, Add More Food to Menu -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks, looking to the future as its longtime CEO moves to other projects, plans to open 12,000 new locations within five years to boost its number of coffee shops worldwide by almost 50 percent.

12. Grocery Stores in Memphis Race to Transform Shopping Experience -

Grocery stores in Memphis are in a scramble to refashion the shopping experience they present to customers, via everything from digital services like pre-order and scheduled pickups to mall-like amenities inside the stores themselves.

13. Starbucks Sees Key Sales Measure Rise, Profit Increase -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks reported a 23 percent increase in its fourth-quarter profit Thursday, thanks to rising sales at its coffee shops and benefiting from an extra week in the period.

14. Open and Shut -

The office of the future hacks down cubicle walls in favor of modular furniture that encourages collaboration. As many business sectors, from banking to legal services, move to a tech-first approach, companies are turning away from traditional office configurations to attract the next generation of talent.

15. Shared Wisdom Starts With Conversation -

The drive to the meeting was inspirational. The weather was perfect, the lights were green, and someone even let me in the line of traffic right before it merged to the left. I had a newness of thought as I weighed possible solutions to the problem to be discussed at the meeting. I wondered what insights others would offer to the situation.

16. Kroger Set to Open First Memphis-Area Marketplace -

Kroger is set to open its first Marketplace store in Mississippi and the Memphis metro area.

The current Kroger store in Hernando will be replaced by the new Marketplace design, which will feature expanded grocery areas, home fashion and design, bed and bath, kitchen and small appliances, apparel and shoes, Baby World and the city’s first Starbucks.

17. Kroger Set to Open First Memphis-Area Marketplace -

Kroger is set to open its first Marketplace store in Mississippi and the Memphis metro area.

The current Kroger store in Hernando will be replaced by the new Marketplace design, which will feature expanded grocery areas, home fashion and design, bed and bath, kitchen and small appliances, apparel and shoes, Baby World and the city’s first Starbucks.

18. Use Instagram to Gain Share -

Now with more than a half-billion users, mobile photo-sharing site Instagram has surpassed Twitter in popularity. In fact, according to GlobalWebIndex, it is the fastest-growing major social media network.

19. Whitehaven’s Big Week Moves Needle on Long-Held Development Plans -

The land has been cleared for quite a while where apartment complexes once stood and a big back parking lot was. You can see parts of it from the steps of Graceland.

On Monday, Aug. 15, the day that Elvis fans mark the anniversary of his death with a candlelight vigil, leaders of Elvis Presley Enterprises will announce more details of the $45 million, 200,000-square-foot Graceland West project.

20. Guest House at Graceland Touts Impact on Whitehaven -

Whitehaven’s Main Street – Elvis Presley Boulevard – is getting four new restaurants, meeting and conference space and a multi-purpose theater when the $90 million, 450-room Guest House at Graceland resort opens in late October.

21. Wendy's Says Cheaper Groceries Keeping People at Home -

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) – Wendy's is the latest major fast-food chain to report weaker-than-expected sales growth, with the hamburger company saying people aren't dining out as much because it has gotten even cheaper to eat at home.

22. Last Word: Early Vote Turnout Numbers, The Starbucks Factor and New Blue Collar -

Monday is the day. So is Thursday. Thursday is election day and Monday is the first day you can turn left on Union Avenue onto McLean Boulevard.

One comes with stickers. The other is simply an absence of tickets for making an illegal left turn.

23. Left Turns at Union and McLean Debut -

Traffic signals aren’t normally an event. But then again, Union Avenue traffic can be its own event on a daily basis.

Last week in an anonymous one-story city government building in South Memphis, City Traffic Engineer Randall Tatum took reporters to a workroom in the maintenance shop dominated by traffic signal lights to show off the city’s newest equipment.

24. Last Word: Union Turns A Corner, Parkside's TIF and Bee Cause -

There hasn’t been this much excitement since right turn on red came to town 40 years ago.

In less than a week you will be able to make a left turn onto McLean Boulevard from Union Avenue eastbound and westbound. And the traffic signal that lets you do that will flash a yellow arrow that indicates you can turn left if there are no pedestrians and no cars coming the other way.

25. McDonald's US Sales Disappoint Amid Turnaround Efforts -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's is again looking for ways to win back customers, less than a year after launching a widely touted all-day breakfast menu that makes Egg McMuffins available around the clock.

26. McDonald’s, Starbucks Agree to Filter Wi-Fi Porn -

McDonald’s and Starbucks are implementing filtering technology that blocks customers using Wi-Fi from accessing pornography sites.

The move follows a campaign from anti-pornography groups Enough is Enough and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to demand the chains filter out pornography.

27. Plans for Self-Driving Cars Have Pitfall: The Human Brain -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Experts say the development of self-driving cars over the coming decade depends on an unreliable assumption by many automakers: that the humans in them will be ready to step in and take control if the car's systems fail.

28. McDonald’s, Starbucks Agree to Filter Wi-Fi Porn -

McDonald’s and Starbucks are implementing filtering technology that blocks customers using Wi-Fi from accessing pornography sites.

The move follows a campaign from anti-pornography groups Enough is Enough and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to demand the chains filter out pornography.

29. Starbucks to Increase Base Pay of Workers in October -

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks is boosting the base pay of all employees and store managers at U.S. company-run stores by 5 percent or more.

In a letter sent to workers Monday, CEO Howard Schultz said that the amount of the raise — which will occur in October— will be determined by geographic and market factors. Starbucks doesn't disclose specifics on starting salaries for employees, saying it's determined on a market by market basis.

30. Regional One Health Continues Building Out New East Campus -

One of the first indications that Regional One Health’s 50,000-square-foot East Campus does things a little differently is the digital map near the nurse’s station with rooms lit up in different colors and names moving around the image.

31. Last Word: The Fragile Compromise, Late by Train and NY Times on Chips Moman -

It looks like there is a deal to fully fund the Shelby County Schools system’s budget. But don’t look at the deal too long because it is very fragile.

It unraveled a bit within an hour after this got thrashed out in marathon Wednesday committee sessions by the Shelby County Commission.

32. 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.

33. New Starbucks Planned For Lakeland on U.S. 64 -

Starbucks is opening a coffee shop in Lakeland. The company recently filed a $500,000 building permit for an infill store at 9050 U.S. 64.

The nearest Starbucks is inside a Kroger at 9025 U.S. 64. That location is a licensed store staffed by Kroger employees and is not a standalone corporate store.

34. Kroger Breaks Ground On Arlington Maketplace Store -

Kroger Delta Division broke ground June 8 on its first Marketplace store in West Tennessee at the southeast corner of Milton Wilson Boulevard and Airline Road – the future site of the shops at Arlington Village. The current Kroger store in Arlington is being replaced by the new Marketplace design that features things like expanded grocery areas, home fashion and decor, bed and bath, kitchen and small appliances, apparel and shoes – and Arlington’s first Starbucks.

35. New Starbucks Planned for Lakeland -

Starbucks is opening a coffee shop in Lakeland. The company recently filed a $500,000 building permit for an infill store at 9050 U.S. 64.

The nearest Starbucks is inside a Kroger at 9025 U.S. 64. That location is a licensed store staffed by Kroger employees and is not a standalone corporate store.

36. Kroger Breaking Ground On Arlington Store Wednesday -

Kroger Delta Division is set to break ground Wednesday, June 8, on its first Marketplace store in West Tennessee.

The groundbreaking will be held at 9 a.m. in Arlington, at the southeast corner of Milton Wilson Boulevard and Airline Road – the future site of the shops at Arlington Village. The current Kroger store in Arlington is being replaced by the new Marketplace design that features things like expanded grocery areas, home fashion and decor, bed and bath, kitchen and small appliances, apparel and shoes – and Arlington’s first Starbucks.

37. 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.

38. Poplar Place Apartments Sell for $15.3 Million -

1669 Randolph Place
Memphis, TN 38120

Sale Amount: $15.3 million

Sale Date: May 6

Buyer: Poplar Place TN Townhomes LLC

39. Land Sold for Kroger-Anchored Arlington Strip -

Arlington’s upcoming shopping center at the southwest corner of Airline Road and Milton Wilson Boulevard is moving forward.

On May 6, Shop Development Co., acting as Arlington TN Ventures LP, purchased a 22.8-acre parcel. John Hyneman sold the vacant land for $3.6 million.

40. Lawsuit: Starbucks Overfills Cold Drinks With Ice -

A federal lawsuit claims Starbucks regularly overfills its cold drinks with ice instead of using the advertised amount of coffee or other liquid in its plastic cups.

The lawsuit was filed last week in Chicago on behalf of Stacy Pincus, a local woman who accuses Starbucks of misleading consumers. The lawsuit alleges that an iced beverage advertised at 24 ounces contains about 14 ounces of fluid, and that ice isn’t a fluid or beverage.

41. Lawsuit: Starbucks Overfills Cold Drinks With Ice -

CHICAGO (AP) – A federal lawsuit claims Starbucks regularly overfills its cold drinks with ice instead of using the advertised amount of coffee or other liquid in its plastic cups.

42. Farm-To-Table Restaurant For Shelby Farms -

415 E. Patriot Lake Road
Memphis, TN 38134

Permit Amount: $1 million

Owner: Shelby Farms Conservancy 

43. Arlington Gets New Shopping Center -

A new retail building is coming to Arlington. A recently filed $1.2 million building permit application lists the project as “new commercial retail shell building at The Shops.” Texas-based Shop Cos. is listed as the owner and tenant.

44. Arlington Getting New Retail Center Called 'The Shops' -

A new retail building is coming to Arlington. A recently filed $1.2 million building permit lists the project as “new commercial retail shell building at The Shops.” Texas-based Shop Companies is listed as the owner and tenant.

45. Starbucks to Offer Prepaid Cards to Boost Rewards Program -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks says it will introduce a prepaid card by the end of the year that lets people earn points for its rewards program.

The Seattle-based company plans to offer the card through Chase and says people would be able to use it wherever Visa is accepted.

46. Up, Up and Away -

The modern-day drone is both a high-tech military tool and a safer way to play humanitarian and deliver medicine and supplies to the suffering people of war-torn Syria.

The drone is everything from a stalking device to track poachers creeping through the South African bush hunting rhinos to the impetus for a potential commercial growth industry right here in Memphis.

47. Millennials Hire Computers to Invest Their Money -

PHOENIX (AP) – Computers help us decide what route to take to the grocery store, who to date, and what music to listen to. Why shouldn't they also decide how we invest?

Younger investors, particularly those born in the early 1980s to late 1990s known as millennials, are increasingly adopting apps and what are known as robo-advisers to make their retirement decisions for them. In the last year Betterment, Wealthfront, Acorns and others have brought in several billions of dollars in assets that used to be handled by traditional brokerages or wealth advisers.

48. Real Estate Vet: Kroger Looking to Spread its Wings -

Jimmy Lewis isn’t surprised by word that emerged in recent days about Kroger, the nation’s largest grocery chain, eyeing an acquisition of specialty grocer Fresh Market.

49. Belz Sells Linden Camilla Towers for $14.4 Million -

256 S. Camilla Street
Memphis, TN 38104

Sale Amount: $14.4 million

Sale Date: Dec. 6, 2015

50. Starbucks, Hollywood Feed To Join Lakeland Center -

The Lakeland shopping center anchored by gourmet grocery store Sprouts is getting an upgrade. The Country Bridge Shopping Center, located at the intersection of Highway 64 and Fletcher Trace Parkway, is getting extensive facade design, new tenants and additional LED lighting, signage and “landscaped islands,” according to a release.

51. Starbucks, Hollywood Feed Join Sprouts-Anchored Center -

The Lakeland shopping center anchored by gourmet grocery store Sprouts is getting an upgrade. The Country Bridge Shopping Center, located at the intersection of Highway 64 and Fletcher Trace Parkway, is getting extensive facade design, new tenants and additional LED lighting, signage and “landscaped islands,” according to a release.

52. Memphis Banking Officials Brace for Changes In New Year -

As he chatted about the Memphis banking market with a few guests in a conference room at his bank’s headquarters on Quail Hollow Road back in 2010, Magna Bank chairman, president and CEO Kirk Bailey looked into the future and imagined how local mergers must surely be on the way.

53. Office Gift Giving -

It’s that time of year again. The time of year that you’re required to attend an awkward holiday party with your co-workers during the day. I’ve gotten the sense that most people mainly are looking forward to receiving any sort of holiday bonus and leaving work early for the day.

54. 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.

55. 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.

56. How to Fly Free Forever: Put $170 Million on Your AmEx -

NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian, who doesn't exactly struggle to afford a plane ticket, can now likely fly free, in first class, with his whole family, anywhere in the world, for the rest of his life.

57. KFC to Deliver Buckets of Fried Chicken on Demand -

NEW YORK (AP) — Colonel Sanders wants to come to your home: KFC said it will start delivering its buckets of fried chicken to customers in two U.S. cities.

It will be the first time the chicken chain has delivered in the United States. Starting Thursday, people in Los Angeles and San Francisco will be able to have food delivered. KFC said it expects to expand the delivery service into Houston by the end of this year. More cities may come later.

58. International Paper CEO: 'Find a Way to Be Relevant' -

International Paper chairman and CEO Mark Sutton, who’s been the top executive at the Memphis-based paper and packaging products giant for almost a year now, has some pretty basic guideposts for being a good leader.

59. Delayed Midtown Kroger Details Unveiled -

With completion of the Union Avenue store now 18 months past initial projections, Kroger Delta Division officials say that the store is on track and “not anywhere near your standard Kroger.”

60. Walking a Mile in Her Shoes -

“What size shoes do you wear?” That was what we heard. We saw a well-dressed woman casually take off her sneakers and give them to a woman who appeared to be homeless. Both were getting cream and sugar for their coffee at the Starbucks on Union Avenue. One walked out with designer sneakers on her feet and the other got into her car wearing socks.

61. $9.5 Million Permit Filed For Downtown Hotel -

310 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Cost: $9.5 million

Permit Date: Applied August 2015

62. Best Hotel Rooms in Nashville – With or Without Helicopter -

Tod Roadarmel, director of sales and marketing for the nearly 2-year-old Omni Hotel downtown, is awestruck by the vitality of Nashville’s hospitality industry. In town since 1988, he remembers when pre-Bridgestone Arena Broadway was not a place you’d want to be late at night.

63. The Shops of Collierville Sells for $7.4 Million -

Mount Pleasant, S.C.-based Ziff Properties Inc. has acquired The Shops of Collierville for $7.4 million, according to a special warranty deed filed Aug. 3.

64. The Shops of Collierville Sells for $7.4 Million -

Mount Pleasant, S.C.-based Ziff Properties Inc. has acquired The Shops of Collierville for $7.4 million, according to a special warranty deed filed Aug. 3.

65. Redbirds-Turned-Cardinals Enjoy The Big Leagues While They Can -

June 26, 2015. Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Mo. Rookie Cardinals infielder Greg Garcia is pinch-hitting for the pitcher in the eighth inning of a game the team trails, 2-1, against the Chicago Cubs.

66. Kroger Launching New Concept in Hernando -

The new Kroger Co. store in Hernando will be the first in the Memphis area to offer clothing, shoes, bed and bath supplies and home goods.

67. Kroger Launching New Concept in Hernando -

The new Kroger Co. store in Hernando will be the first in the Memphis area to offer clothing, shoes, bed and bath supplies and home goods.

68. Biomedical Company Expanding in Southeast Memphis -

Cognate Bioservices Inc. is launching a 32,500-square-foot expansion at its manufacturing facility at 4600 E. Shelby Drive in southeast Memphis near Lamar Avenue.

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

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

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

70. Business in Politics -

One of the first things Shea Flinn noticed when he left the Memphis City Council this year was that benches for audience members in the council chamber are less comfortable than council members’ seats.

71. 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.

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

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

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

73. Starbucks Hopes 'Mini Frappuccino' Tempts New Customers -

NEW YORK (AP) – If a small Frappuccino seems like too much of an indulgence, Starbucks is now selling a more petite version of the sugary coffee drink.

The Seattle-based coffee chain says it will start selling a "Mini Frappuccino" starting Monday through July 6. The new size is just 10 ounces, compared with 12 ounces for the company's "tall" or small size.

74. Investors Buy Poplar Starbucks for $1.6M -

Tennessee investors have acquired a Starbucks location at 3388 Poplar Ave. in the University of Memphis area for $1.6 million.

75. Shops at Kirby Gate Sells for $3.4 Million -

A California-based investor has purchased the Shops at Kirby Gate in East Memphis for $3.4 million.

An affiliate of Los Angeles-based Westwood Financial Corp. acquired the shopping center at the northwest corner of Quince Road and Kirby Parkway from Shops at Kirby Gate LLC, according to public records.

76. Investors Buy Poplar Avenue Starbucks for $1.6 Million -

Tennessee investors have acquired a Starbucks location at 3388 Poplar Ave. in the University of Memphis area for $1.6 million.

77. In Battle for Coffee Pod Market, It's Keurig vs. Recyclables -

LINCOLN, Calif. (AP) – One measure of how heated the environmental battle has become over coffee giant Keurig Green Mountain's $5 billion-a-year plastic pods is how often the company's opponents use galactic comparisons.

78. Digital Marketing for All Generations -

A few years ago when speaking to the Vancouver Board of Trade, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz talked about the need for companies to use social media to build a “reservoir of trust” rather than just to sell more products.

79. High Flyer -

She does not want to tell this first story, the one that could have meant there would be no more stories. There is fear in sharing the story about how two airplanes nearly collided because she never wants to say anything that might dissuade people from flying.

80. McDonald's New CEO Faces Onslaught of Competition -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's new boss must feel like a freshly crowned king under siege.

The world's biggest hamburger chain is facing an onslaught of competition, from better-burger chains like Five Guys to brands like Chipotle that tout the superior quality of their ingredients.

81. Bad Santa? 5 Tips to Tackle Your Holiday Gift Returns -

As anyone who's received a drugstore cologne gift set well knows, even Santa Claus gets it wrong sometimes.

Friends and relatives? Yes, them too.

Hence the throng of customers who flock to shopping malls soon after the holidays to exchange or return less-than-ideal presents. Retailers generally try to accommodate their wishes, or provide store credit. But it's not always easy.

82. Starbucks to Push More Food, Offer Mobile Ordering -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks plans to let customers across the U.S. order ahead on their smartphones over the next year, a move that should help shrink lines as it pushes more snacks, sandwiches and even wine.

83. Handling the Stress of Thanksgiving Air Travel -

Do you plan on traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday? You’re not alone, as Airlines for America has projected 24.6 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines during the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period.

84. Microsoft Unveils Fitness Gadget, Health Tracking -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices.

85. Retail Skirmish Blocks Apple Pay at Checkout Line -

NEW YORK (AP) – Plan on paying in stores with your shiny new iPhone 6? Not so fast.

Retailer resistance to Apple Pay had been expected because Apple hasn't offered incentives to install pricey point-of-sale terminals and train staff on its new mobile payment system. But the decision to not accept Apple Pay by retailers that already have contactless terminals in the checkout line is a "skirmish" rooted in competition.

86. Take Time to Connect and Share -

The drive to the meeting was inspirational. The weather was perfect, the lights were green, and someone even let me in the line of traffic right before it merged to the left.

I had a newness of thought as I weighed possible solutions to the problem to be discussed at the meeting. I wondered what insights others would offer to the situation. I took my place at the table and looked down at the agenda. There was no discussion planned. It was just a report of what had been, what is and what will continue to be.

87. Where Should I Take My Nashville Visitors? -

Getting into the short-term rental game also means being a tour guide for Music City.

Guests will want to know where to find Nashville’s hidden gems, those can’t-miss places every visitor should be lucky enough to experience.

88. McDonald's to Sell Packaged Coffee Nationally -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's plans to start selling its packaged coffee at supermarkets nationally by early next year, a move intended to help raise the profile of the coffee sold at its U.S. restaurants.

89. Centennial Crossing Parcels Sell for $3.4 Million -

Two parcels in the Centennial Crossing shopping center in Southeast Shelby County have sold for $3.4 million following foreclosure.

An entity called 7915 Winchester Road Holdings LLC, which is an affiliate of CWCapital Asset Management LLC, bought 7915 Winchester Road and an outparcel of the center in a July 25 substitute trustee’s deed from R. Spencer Clift III of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

90. Two Centennial Crossing Parcels Face Foreclosure -

The owners of two parcels in the Centennial Crossing shopping center in Southeast Shelby County have defaulted on a loan and are facing foreclosure.

MLC Investors LLC (56.08 percent interest), EJP Investors LLC (38.71 percent) and EK Investors LLC (5.21 percent interest) defaulted on their $5.8 million loan through IXIS Real Estate Capital Inc. dated Nov. 17, 2006, according to a first-run foreclosure notice in the Tuesday, July 1, edition of The Daily News.

91. Starbucks Hiking Prices on Drinks, Bagged Coffee -

Starbucks is raising prices on some of its drinks by 5 cents to 20 cents starting next week, and customers can also soon expect to pay $1 more for the packaged coffee it sells in supermarkets.

The Seattle-based chain also raised prices on some of the drinks sold in its cafes a year ago. The latest hikes don’t seem to be driven purely by the surging bean costs that have pressured other coffee sellers to raise prices, however, since Starbucks has said it already locked in its coffee contracts for the rest of this fiscal year and much of the next.

92. Starbucks Contribution to Scholarship Overstated -

NEW YORK (AP) – It turns out Starbucks isn't contributing any upfront scholarship money to an online college degree program it introduced this week.

The Seattle-based company unveiled a program Monday that included a scholarship it described as "an investment" between Starbucks and Arizona State University. The program is designed to allow Starbucks workers to earn an online degree at the school at a steeply discounted rate.

93. Starbucks Clears College Degree Path for Workers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks is giving its baristas a shot at an online college degree, an unusual benefit in an industry where higher education is often out of reach for workers.

The coffee chain is partnering with Arizona State University to make an undergraduate degree available at a steep discount to 135,000 U.S. employees who work at least 20 hours a week.

94. Poetry in Motion -

Darius Clayton was one of the few people at a recent NAACP political forum who wasn’t running for Shelby County office this year or working for a candidate.

Clayton came to the event at Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church as part of his immersion into the city’s political environment.

95. Starbucks to Roll Out Beer, Wine to More Cafes -

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks plans to turn more of its cafes into a destination for beer and wine in the evenings.

The coffee company says it is looking to expand alcohol sales to "thousands of select stores" over the next several years, although it didn't provide details on an exact timeline.

96. Low-Wage Jobs Unexpectedly a Way of Life for Many -

WASHINGTON (AP) – For years, many Americans followed a simple career path: Land an entry-level job. Accept a modest wage. Gain skills. Leave eventually for a better-paying job.

The workers benefited, and so did lower-wage retailers such as Wal-Mart: When its staffers left for better-paying jobs, they could spend more at its stores. And the U.S. economy gained, too, because more consumer spending fueled growth.

97. Cowork Memphis Opens Workspace Venture -

Freelancers and other busy professionals who work remotely, outside of a traditional office setting, probably know the feeling.

Their coffee shop is loud and sometimes a difficult place to work. Perhaps a phone call comes in that they need to step outside to take – while being stuck leaving papers spread out and a computer on the table inside. And working from home, of course, brings its own distractions.

98. Starbucks Hit by Migration to Online Shopping -

NEW YORK (AP) – For marathon shoppers, stopping in at Starbucks is often a quick way to refuel. So where does that leave the cafes as more people decide to shop online from their couches?

99. Memphis Airport Loses Two Restaurants -

An Interstate Bar-B-Que restaurant and a Starbucks store are the latest casualties of reduced traffic at Memphis International Airport.

One of the two Interstate locations at the airport will close next month, along with one of the four Starbucks locations. Declining passenger traffic at the airport played a role in the closures.

100. Veteran Marketer to Discuss Loyalty at Chamber Lunch -

Chris Malone, a veteran marketer who has worked with organizations such as the NBA and The Coca-Cola Co., will be the featured speaker this month at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Small Business Council program launch luncheon.