As the crowd of attendees at a preview party Monday night for Broad Avenue’s newest enterprise relaxed on couches, ordered drinks at the bar, and played video games like Super Smash Bros. – several of which were projected on a 120-foot-wide wall for collective viewing – one thing was readily apparent.
49. City Files Blight Suit Over Downtown Property - Wednesday, March 25, 2015
A building on a block that was meant to serve as an example of Downtown’s rebirth is in such bad condition that it is endangering adjacent properties, the city of Memphis claims in a new lawsuit.50. I Choose Memphis: Gene Baker - Monday, January 12, 2015
“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.
Name: Gene Baker51. Fear of Trying - Saturday, January 10, 2015
The most complicated move in ballroom dancing is often the step that gets you through the dance studio’s front door.
Television shows like, “Dancing with the Stars’’ and “So You Think You Can Dance’’ are wildly popular and have contributed to a renewed interest in the glamourous art (skill? sport?) of ballroom dancing, but those high-energy, competitive programs or a movie like “Dirty Dancing’’ can also intimidate people and keep them glued to the couch.52. Vol Players See TaxSlayer Win as a Big Step for Program - Saturday, December 27, 2014
KNOXVILLE – Christmas break has come and gone for the University of Tennessee’s football team. Now it’s back to business.
The Vols return to campus for practice Saturday and, after a Sunday practice, fly to Jacksonville for the Jan. 2 game against Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl, formerly the Gator Bowl.53. Bass Pro Shops Preparing to Build Bowling Alley - Tuesday, December 02, 2014
1 A.W. Willis Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $600,000
Application Date: November 201454. Bass Pro Pulls Permit for Bowling Alley - Saturday, November 29, 2014
Completion: May 2015
Owner: Bass Pro Shops
Tenant: Bass Pro Shops
Architect: OT Marshall Architects
Details: Bass Pro Shops is preparing to install a bowling alley inside The Pyramid.
Bass Pro Shops is preparing to install a bowling alley inside The Pyramid.
The company has applied for a $600,000 building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a 13-lane, underwater-themed bowling alley, which will be part of Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill.55. Bass Pro Pulls Permit for Bowling Alley - Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Bass Pro Shops is preparing to install a bowling alley inside The Pyramid.
The company has applied for a $600,000 building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a 13-lane, underwater-themed bowling alley, which will be part of Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill.56. Bass Pro Ready to Build Bowling Alley - Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Bass Pro Shops has taken another step toward building a bowling alley inside The Pyramid.
The company has applied for a $600,000 building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a 13-lane, underwater-themed bowling alley, which will be part of Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill.57. School on ‘Nashville Nine’ List - Saturday, November 22, 2014
Historic Nashville Inc., a nonprofit devoted to promoting and preserving historic places in Nashville, has placed Hillsboro High School on its annual Nashville Nine list.58. Rogero Talks ‘Smart Growth,’ Democratic Politics - Saturday, November 22, 2014
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero became the first woman to hold that office when she won the election in 2011.
She’s been actively involved in a number of local issues since her election, from urban-core revitalization and business recruitment to broader social issues such as marriage equality.59. Inclinator Remains Elusive at The Pyramid - Tuesday, November 04, 2014
In the 23 years since The Pyramid was built and opened as an arena, some of the frustrations of developing the building for more than one use remain.
Its brief life as an arena now gone, The Pyramid is being converted to a Bass Pro Shops superstore with a hotel and other attractions inside, including restaurants and an aquarium at the top of the structure. There are also glass extensions at the top to view the city and the Mississippi River.60. Ben Little's: Service Station Service in Self-Serve World - Saturday, October 18, 2014
The gentle soul who used to get his hair cut by an Everly Father a couple of doors down – and who pumped 100 percent pure gas to keep country immortal Ernest Tubb movin’ on – has enjoyed the last four-plus decades next to what used to be called Hailey’s Shopping Center.61. Acura of Memphis Owner Buys Dealership, Land - Tuesday, October 14, 2014
2611 Ridgeway Road, 6055-6085 Acura Cove62. Developers Seek Permit for The Annex Lofts - Saturday, October 11, 2014
Memphis, TN 38119
Sale Amount: $12.4 million
Developers are preparing to move forward with The Annex Lofts project Downtown.
Vince Smith Jr., who is teaming up with Robert Mallory, applied for a $1.6 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to begin converting the 38,776-square-foot space at 345 S. Front St. into 23 apartments. The Annex Lofts will also include an interior courtyard and basement parking.63. Developers Seek Permit for The Annex Lofts - Friday, October 10, 2014
Developers are preparing to move forward with The Annex Lofts project Downtown.
Vince Smith Jr., who is teaming up with Robert Mallory, applied for a $1.6 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to begin converting the 38,776-square-foot space at 345 S. Front St. into 23 apartments. The Annex Lofts will also include an interior courtyard and basement parking.64. TGI Fridays Franchisee Buys 3 Local Restaurants - Friday, October 10, 2014
A New Orleans-based restaurant group has acquired three local TGI Fridays restaurants.
Southeast Restaurant Group bought the restaurants at 8325 U.S. 64, 7733 Winchester Road and 176 Goodman Road in Southaven, part of a broader 20-restaurant deal.65. Silicon Valley Struggles to Speak FDA's Language - Friday, September 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar – Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many industries are now facing their own unexpected disruption: regulation.66. FedEx Decides Not to Renew a Renaissance Center Lease - Thursday, September 04, 2014
FedEx has decided not to renew a lease at a prominent East Memphis office building.
FedEx Services is not renewing a roughly 11,000-square-foot lease at the 189,644-square-foot Renaissance Center office building at 1715 Aaron Brenner Drive that expires Oct. 1. Employees affected by the decision will be moved to FedEx facilities, part of a broader consolidation and efficiency plan the company has been pursuing.67. Fight to Save Printers Alley a Family Affair - Saturday, August 16, 2014
“How does it feel to be on your own?” Fritz Hester turns Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” into a surging blues tune that spills out of the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar into the thick, cigarette and beer-flavored humidity stifling Printers Alley68. Events - Saturday, April 12, 2014
Ballet Memphis will present “Peter Pan,” a world premiere from the choreographer of “Cinderella” and “Wizard of Oz,” Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.69. April is Tennessee Valley Authority Energy Month - Saturday, April 05, 2014
The Tennessee Valley Authority is partnering with local power companies and five science museums across Tennessee, including the Memphis Pink Palace Family of Museums, to offer TVA Energy Month in April.70. Northgate’s Shift - Friday, February 21, 2014
When the Kroger store opened at Northgate shopping center in Frayser 58 years ago, the store gave away a Shetland pony.
When the store closed Tuesday, Feb. 18, it was the last of the original tenants in a center whose changing fortunes mirror those of the blue-collar suburb still feeling the loss of its blue-collar jobs.71. Café Keough Owner Banking on Locale, Food for Success - Monday, January 27, 2014
It’s tough enough to start a new business. Tougher still if that business is an independent restaurant. And tougher still if your vision for what it will be lives only in your imagination.
“I’m trying to make an old Memphis cafe,” Kevin Keough, owner of Café Keough at 12 S. Main St., said one recent afternoon as he sipped coffee and explained his dream. “But that doesn’t exist. So I had to make it up, what I think it could have looked like.”72. Council OKs Street Closures In Washington Bottoms - Saturday, January 25, 2014
The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Jan. 21, a set of six alley and street closures on parcels totaling 28 acres in the Poplar Avenue-Cleveland Street area. The area, once known as Washington Bottoms, was cleared of buildings in 2008 in anticipation of redevelopment by a Memphis division of WSG Development Co. of Miami Beach, Fla.73. Council OKs Street Closures in Washington Bottoms - Thursday, January 23, 2014
The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Jan. 21, a set of six alley and street closures on parcels totaling 28 acres in the Poplar Avenue-Cleveland Street area. The area, once known as Washington Bottoms, was cleared of buildings in 2008 in anticipation of redevelopment by a Memphis division of WSG Development Co. of Miami Beach, Fla.74. Council Gets Overview of Public Safety Spending - Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Memphis City Council members got a first and at times conflicting look Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the hard decisions they could make about city spending on public safety.
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. walked the council through some ideas for cuts in city spending beyond larger changes in city retirement and health benefits. Those obligations are the “cornerstone” of the efforts to get the city’s financial house in order, said city Chief Administrative Officer George Little.75. MRG Sees Flurry of Activity at Marion Center - Friday, December 13, 2013
In 2008, Memphis-based Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC developed The Shops of Angelos Grove retail center in Marion, Ark.76. Events - Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Germantown Performing Arts Center will host a visual arts exhibition by Ron Olson and Saj Crone Tuesday, Dec. 3, to Jan. 3 in the GPAC lobby, 1801 Exeter Road. Cost is free. Visit gpacweb.com.77. Events - Monday, December 02, 2013
The WRVR Toy Truck will be at Bud Davis Cadillac, 5433 Poplar Ave., from Monday, Dec. 2, to Friday, Dec. 6 to collect gifts for children served by Porter Leath. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. Visit porterleath.org.78. Events - Saturday, November 30, 2013
Small Business Saturday will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, at participating small businesses across Memphis. The nationwide event includes retailers, restaurants, museums, entertainment venues and more. Visit shopsmall.com for a list of participating businesses.79. Rhodes Lecture Gives Insight Into ‘Genius’ - Wednesday, November 13, 2013
You don’t have to be a genius to appreciate Wednesday night’s lecture by author and historian Darrin McMahon at Rhodes College. 80. Boy Oh Boy - Friday, November 01, 2013
SONS AND FATHERS. AND BOYS. His sister never went to the emergency room.
Gaines went to the emergency room so much, three different shifts knew his name. Before he was 4, he almost hung himself once, almost poisoned himself three times, had me in an ice bath to bring his temperature down, and had his mother give him mouth-to-mouth running to the car while I tried to find my keys and pants.81. English Brings New Concept to Midtown - Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Five years after opening one of the city’s most popular restaurants, Kelly English is preparing to open The Second Line, a more casual restaurant next door to his original eatery, Restaurant Iris.82. Visible Music College Files $3.2 Million Loan - Tuesday, September 10, 2013
200 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Loan Amount: $3.2 million
Loan Date: Aug. 30, 201383. Visible Music College Files $3.2 Million Loan - Thursday, September 05, 2013
Borrower: Visible Music College
Lender: Renasant Bank
Details: Visible Music College has filed a $3.2 million loan on its Downtown campus at 200 Madison Ave.
Visible Music College has filed a $3.2 million loan on its Downtown campus at 200 Madison Ave.
The music and worship arts school filed the Tennessee deed of trust, assignment of leases and rents and security agreement Aug. 30 through Renasant Bank. Ken Dale Steorts signed the trust deed as president of Visible Music College.84. Building Permit Filed for Volvo of Memphis - Tuesday, August 06, 2013
7910 Trinity Road
Cordova, TN 38018
Permit Cost: $2.3 million
Project Cost: $3.5 million85. Printer’s Alley Owner Files Building Permit - Friday, August 02, 2013
Permit Date: Applied August 2013
Completion: Summer 2014
Owner: Wenco Properties LLC
Tenant: Volvo of Memphis
Architect: Fleming Associates Architects PC
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder
Details: The ownership group of Volvo of Memphis has filed a $2.3 million building permit for the company’s new dealership at 7910 Trinity Road in Cordova.
The developers bringing a $3.2 million loft-style apartment development called Printer’s Alley Lofts to 347 S. Front St. Downtown have filed a permit for the project.86. Bass Pro Wins Signage Approval - Thursday, August 01, 2013
Bass Pro Shops won overwhelming approval Tuesday, July 30, for its latest signage plans for The Pyramid, clearing a potential obstacle to the public-private initiative to turn the shuttered arena into a destination attraction.87. Design Review Board Approves Bass Pro Shops Pyramid Signage - Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Bass Pro Shops won overwhelming approval Tuesday, July 30, for its latest signage plans for The Pyramid, clearing a potential obstacle to the public-private initiative to turn the shuttered arena into a destination attraction.88. Fresh Market Eyes Midtown Property for New Store - Monday, July 22, 2013
The Fresh Market, the upscale specialty grocery store, has had its sights on Midtown Memphis for some time and may have found the right address.
The Greensboro, N.C.-based grocer and retailer is eyeing the vacant office building and hotel at the southwest corner of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard, according to several sources, who said the property is under contract to be purchased.89. Memphis in the Meantime - Saturday, May 25, 2013
The city’s tourism and travel industry is thriving as a one-of-a-kind destination for leisure and business travelers, but industry insiders believe a larger, technologically updated convention center is needed in years to come if Memphis wants to remain competitive in bringing larger groups to town.90. Club 152 Makes Appearance in Environmental Court - Monday, May 20, 2013
The owners of Club 152 in the Beale Street entertainment district are due in Shelby County General Sessions Environmental Court Monday, May 20, for the first hearing on the injunction that closed the popular nightspot Thursday afternoon as a public nuisance.91. Fairgrounds Events Grow as Klan Protest Nears - Friday, March 29, 2013
As Memphis Police have been planning in preparation for the Saturday, March 30, Ku Klux Klan demonstration at the Shelby County Courthouse, the Mid-South Fairgrounds has been a busy place for organizers of several alternatives to the Klan protest including a “Heart of Memphis” gathering there.92. Downtown Investment - Thursday, March 14, 2013
Downtown’s housing market is seeing more sales, less time on the market, lower price points and inventory shortages.
There were 51 home sales year to date through February for Downtown’s 38103 ZIP code, a 104 percent increase from the 25 sales through the first two months of 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.93. Exterior Plans for Bass Pro Approved - Friday, March 08, 2013
Bass Pro Shops’ exterior building and site improvements for repurposing the city-owned Pyramid as a destination retailer were approved by the Design Review Board Wednesday, March 6, but the board asked for more time to digest the company’s controversial signage requests.94. Exterior Plans for Bass Pro Approved - Thursday, March 07, 2013
Bass Pro Shops’ exterior building and site improvements for repurposing the city-owned Pyramid as a destination retailer were approved by the Design Review Board Wednesday, March 6, but the board asked for more time to digest the company’s controversial signage requests. 95. South Main’s New Life - Saturday, March 02, 2013
The history of the South Main Historic Arts District is as colorful as its present-day users, an alternating rhythm of sorts in Memphis’ songbook.
The area has oscillated from its ritzy suburban roots of the 1800s to the industrial era ghost town of the 20th century and now to its current status as Downtown’s flourishing arts and boutique district and the subject of some $100 million in investment. And it’s all due to stakeholders who braved the status quo in distinguishing the southern end of the Central Business District as that funky place with an indescribable vibe.96. Granddad, Hambone and the KKK - Friday, February 22, 2013
IF THE KLAN DOESN’T LIKE YOU, PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK. An Exalted Cyclops of the KKK – must be just one hole in his hood – recently told Channel 5, also quoted in The Huffington Post, “Y’all are going to see the largest rally Memphis, Tennessee, has ever seen. It’s not going to be twenty or thirty – it’s going to be thousands of Klansmen from the whole United States.”97. Green Line Marketing Doubles Office - Friday, February 15, 2013
Green Line Marketing Group has outgrown its East Memphis office space due to its expanded staff and client roster.
The boutique agency has signed a 2,000-square-foot lease in Racquet Club Plaza, where it will relocate from its three 350-square-foot executive suites in Clark Tower by the end of the month.98. Arena Transformation - Wednesday, February 13, 2013
As the city of Memphis is nearing completion of its preparation of The Pyramid for Bass Pro Shops, the Springfield, Mo.-based retailer is slated to start its part of the project in March.
The city and Bass Pro Shops in January filed two building permits with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for $21.5 million and $7 million for renovations to 32-story The Pyramid arena at 1 A.W. Willis Ave. 99. Filling the Voids - Saturday, February 02, 2013
Last year was a banner year for adaptive reuse projects in Midtown and Downtown.
Developers announced plans for the Sears Crosstown building, Overton Square, Hotel Chisca, James Lee House and old United Warehouse in the South Main Historic Arts District. Construction began on The Pyramid, turning it into a 220,000-square-foot mega-Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World, and Memphis in May moved into its new headquarters at 56 S. Front St., a 14,600-square-foot building that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.100. CREW Memphis Hosts National Leadership Summit - Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The 2013 Commercial Real Estate Women Network National Winter Leadership Summit and Council Meeting will take place this week at The Peabody hotel, as women in the industry network, learn more about Memphis and help the local chapter build its brand within the Memphis-area market.