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1. Out-of-Town Investors Buy Gibson Guitar Factory
- Monday, December 11, 2017
145 Lt. George W. Lee Ave., Memphis, TN 38103: Investment firms in New York and Miami have purchased the Gibson Guitar Factory property in Downtown Memphis and an additional warehouse Gibson Brands Inc. owns in Nashville.
2. Food Fancy
- Saturday, December 9, 2017
Say what you want about the kind of city Memphis is or isn’t for foodies who prefer originality to the chains and knockoffs that are so familiar a sight in suburbia. But let it be known that 2017 was another year of ascendancy for Memphis’ singular, distinctive food scene, with the constant arrival of new concepts and experiences that in turn also says something about the city that patronizes those establishments.
3. Q&A: $69B Aetna Bid Pushes CVS Deeper Into Consumers' Lives
- Tuesday, December 5, 2017
A drugstore chain that used to hawk cigarettes behind the front counter now wants to offer nutrition advice and work with your doctor to keep you healthy.
CVS Health says it wants to use its roughly $69 billion acquisition of the insurer Aetna to dive deeper into managing customer health, with its nearly 10,000 stores becoming "front doors" for care. The companies plan to expand the health services offered through CVS locations and get more involved in helping patients stay on their medicines or manage their chronic conditions.
4. Stores Hoping People Keep Shopping Offer Cyber Monday Deals
- Tuesday, November 28, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – After offering online deals for days, retailers are rolling out even more promotions for Cyber Monday, hoping to keep people buying stuff on their smartphones or computers.
5. Walmart Sees Strong Online Sales Lift Third-Quarter Results
- Friday, November 17, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – A surging online business and strong food sales boosted Walmart's results Thursday ahead of the holiday season, a day after its rival Target offered a cautious forecast that overshadowed progress it has made in bringing more customers to its stores.
6. Last Word: Alexander on Trump, Gibson Sells and Chandler Home Sales Numbers
- Friday, October 20, 2017
If you tuned out at half-time in Houston Thursday evening, you may need to examine your committment and give me five sets of wind sprints from East Parkway to the fountain at the other end of Tiger Lane. And no drinking the blue water.
7. Last Word: T.A. Talks Memphis, EDGE Debate and Politics, Lots of Politics
- Thursday, October 19, 2017
Grizz season opener at the Forum Wednesday is a win over NOLA 103 – 91. And Tony Allen’s Grizz jersey is retired. The day before, Allen wrote a piece for The Players’ Tribune on the Memphis experience and it is just about the best thing that will happen to you all day. He just walks right off the court and into the soul of this place.
8. Nordstrom Puts the Hunt for a Buyer on Hold
- Tuesday, October 17, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – Nordstrom is halting, at least temporarily, the hunt for a buyer.
The Nordstrom family told a special committee at the upscale retailer that they may start up the search again after the end of the crucial holiday season.
9. Graham-Cassidy Bill Withdrawn Amidst Local Protest
- Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Ahead of an increasingly tentative vote on the latest Republican health care proposal in the U.S. Senate, about 100 critics of the Graham-Cassidy bill rallied Downtown Monday, Sept. 25, to call for U.S. Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee to vote against the proposal.
10. Last Word: Football In The Rain, Shakespeare in Cordova and The Grizz Roster
- Friday, September 1, 2017
There are moments in the history of sports amateur and professional that involve turn outs like the one Thursday at the Liberty Bowl for the Tigers football season opener. There were the people who ran the St. Jude marathon in the ice several years back even after the race was cancelled. Going back to the 1980s, there were those who came out in below freezing temps for Alabama Coach Bear Bryant’s last game that came at the annual Liberty Bowl.
11. Best Buy Rolls Out Consulting Service at People's Homes
- Wednesday, August 30, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – Best Buy is rolling out a free service next month where salespeople will sit with customers at their own homes to help make recommendations on TVs, streaming services and more.
12. Getting Started
- Saturday, August 12, 2017
Every journey of a thousand miles begins with that first single step. Every song, that first note; every long-lasting relationship can trace back to that first hello.
The countless business startups in Memphis, many maturing thanks to the city’s myriad accelerators and entrepreneurship programs, likewise all unfold the same way. They all start, no pun intended, with that first idea that leads to the creation of an enterprise – hopefully a successful, money-making one.
13. A Million Reasons Not to Jump Into the Tennessee Governor’s Race
- Thursday, August 10, 2017
Republican gubernatorial candidate Mae Beavers is banking on the idea wealthy candidates won’t be able to buy voters in 2018.
14. Medicaid Cuts Could Hit Rural Children Hardest
- Thursday, June 15, 2017
As Congress fiddles with an Obamacare replacement, one likely to cut billions in Medicaid spending, health care experts warn a decrease in funding could be hard on Tennessee.
During a recent forum in Jackson, Andy Schneider of the Georgetown Center on Children and Families reported that 50 percent of Tennessee’s children in small towns and rural areas are covered by Medicaid, a higher percentage than the rest of the nation, and more than in Tennessee’s urban areas where 39 percent have Medicaid.
15. The Buying And Selling Of Memphis
- Saturday, May 27, 2017
Even before he went to federal prison for 25 years on a racketeering conviction in 1995, Danny Owens had a real estate portfolio. The strip-club kingpin who defined the industry in Memphis across a 20-year period owned the old Memphian movie theater and made possible its 1986 sale to Playhouse on the Square by donating $160,000 toward its purchase.
16. The Week Ahead: May 15-21
- Monday, May 15, 2017
Happy Monday, Memphis! This week, Downtown welcomes barbecue teams from around the world coming to compete in the Super Bowl of Swine. Plus, we’ve got details on the remembrance of a somber moment in Memphis history; a reading festival for kids of all ages; and more you need to know about in The Week Ahead…
17. Memphis Rep. Towns Attacks Drug Lobby
- Friday, March 31, 2017
Legislation designed to make oral chemotherapy medication more affordable is hitting a snag in the form a financial reporting amendment.
The holdup is raising the ire of state Rep. Joe Towns Jr., who believes the Legislature is running scared of big drug companies.
18. Victory Bicycle Studio Opening Companion Bike Shop on Broad
- Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Victory Bicycle Studio owner Clark Butcher is preparing to bring a new bike shop, under a different brand identity, to Broad Avenue.
19. Shhh! How to Stream March Madness When the Boss Isn't Around
- Tuesday, March 14, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – The 67-game March Madness basketball tournament begins Tuesday, with many games taking place during the day when you're, ahem, supposed to be working.
Fortunately for you – but not your bosses – all NCAA Tournament games will be available online. Many of the early round games, though, will require a password through your cable or satellite TV subscription. The television networks no longer offer a stand-alone subscription you can buy without cable.
20. Two Highlights From the Back End of Innovation
- Tuesday, March 7, 2017
“A Systems Approach to Creating an Innovation Funding Board,” Craig Wirkus, Cisco. Cisco’s five-pillar strategy for innovation: Build, buy, partner, invent and co-develop.
21. Lessons Learned
- Saturday, February 25, 2017
Kat Gordon had made up her mind. She’d decided she was at a point in her life where it was time to carpe diem, suit up and take a leap of faith, and she gave herself two options for doing so – literal (go skydiving) or figurative (start her own business).
22. View From the Hill: Haslam Plan Tilts Broadband Playing Field
- Thursday, February 2, 2017
State Reps. Pat Marsh and Art Swann emerged from a meeting underwhelmed by Gov. Bill Haslam’s legislation to spread broadband internet access across Tennessee.
“I thought there would be a lot more to it,” says Marsh, a Shelbyville Republican, calling the proposal “a drop in the bucket” financially but at least a starting point.
- Saturday, January 28, 2017
The 33rd annual International Blues Challenge will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31, through Saturday, Feb. 4, at various Downtown locations. The Blues Foundation’s annual international competition and showcase also features nightly jams, workshops, the Keeping the Blues Alive Awards ceremony and more. Visit blues.org for details and a daily schedule.
24. Turning the Page
- Saturday, January 28, 2017
When a bookstore decides to close its doors for good, the moment isn't always so immediate or possessive of the clean finality that comes with shutting a book at the end of the story.
In the case of The Booksellers at Laurelwood, it is a long goodbye. These final weeks of a liquidation sale that will stretch into February – the culmination of a decision that the store’s finances have become untenable – have meant the slow unwinding of a 32-year-old bookstore that’s closing up shop the same way you fall asleep, fall in love, get old – gradually, then all of a sudden.
25. Dave & Buster’s to Open Cordova Location
- Thursday, January 19, 2017
7930 Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38133
Landlord: Brixmor Property Group
Tenant: Dave & Buster’s
26. Last Word: Collierville Cold Feet, William Bell's Return and SCOTUS Rules
- Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Grizz beat the 76ers 96-91 Tuesday night at the Forum as Zach Randolph makes an emotional return to the court.after the death of his mother.
Don Wade has an NBA notebook with various stops around the league including the hardship rule that brought Toney Douglas to Beale Street. And Luke Walton came to town last weekend with the Lakers and Walton talked about his time working for Josh Pastner at the U of M.
27. Last Word: About Last Night, The Long Vote Count and New Homeowner Numbers
- Wednesday, November 9, 2016
If you followed John Podesta’s lead and called it a day sometime around midnight expecting this whole Presidential thing would get wrapped up later in the day Wednesday, you have some catching up to do.
28. Expanding Care
- Saturday, November 5, 2016
With the arrival of the holiday shopping season, dozens of major retailers – brands from Best Buy to Williams-Sonoma to Brooks Brothers and New York & Co. – as well as the consumers who patronize them will also be turning their attention to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
29. $47 Billion Offer to Create World's Biggest Tobacco Company
- Monday, October 24, 2016
LONDON (AP) — British American Tobacco has offered to buy out Reynolds American Inc. for $47 billion in an attempt to gain a strong presence in the U.S., a lucrative market where sales of electronic cigarettes are booming as traditional smoking fades.
30. Samsung Woes Show How Dependent We've Become on Smartphones
- Thursday, October 13, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – Tethered as we are to our smartphones, Samsung asking users of its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 to "power down and stop using the device" is not just an inconvenience. It's crazy.
31. The Eyes Have It
- Saturday, September 10, 2016
Years ago, Peggy White drove around town in a replica MG3. The car got a lot of looks, and White got a lot of compliments. Today, however, it’s White’s face that is turning heads. Specifically, her eyeglasses and the chameleon-like makeover she can create from one day to another.
32. Two Team Slots Left For Annual Burger Fest
- Friday, August 19, 2016
Only two slots for competitive teams remain for the fifth annual Best Memphis Burger Fest on Sunday, Aug. 28, at Tiger Lane, benefiting Memphis Paws Inc.
33. City, Wiseacre Set to Discuss Brewery’s Proposal for Coliseum
- Friday, August 19, 2016
The first order of business is to figure out what the city and the owners of Wiseacre Brewing Co. are negotiating about when it comes to Wiseacre’s proposal to convert the Mid-South Coliseum into a brewery.
34. Wiseacre’s Coliseum Plan Fueled By Growth
- Thursday, August 11, 2016
Council chairman Kemp Conrad noted the timing is “hot off Overton Park and the Greensward” – the protracted controversy the council was heavily involved in. “I do think it’s going to move fast one way or another,” Conrad said Tuesday, Aug. 9, of the concept of a new Wiseacre brewery in the Coliseum.
35. 'Student' Credit Cards Aren't for All Students, or Even Most
- Friday, August 5, 2016
As parents prepare their rising freshmen for life at college, many are leaving out a crucial piece of information: how to build credit.
The college years are the best time to begin the process. After graduation, adults with no credit history have a harder time renting apartments, obtaining car loans or, eventually, mortgages.
36. Verizon Buys Yahoo for $4.83B, Marking End of an Era
- Tuesday, July 26, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.83 billion, marking the end of an era for a company that once defined the internet.
It is the second time in as many years that Verizon, extending its digital reach, has snapped up the remnants of a fallen internet star. The nation's largest wireless carrier paid $4.4 billion for AOL last year.
37. Outlook Dims for Mall Stores as Online Shopping Intensifies
- Monday, May 16, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – Online shopping is reaching such a critical mass with American households that many of the icons of the traditional mall –from Macy's to The Gap and J.C. Penney – face an increasingly uncertain future.
38. Bank Seeks Receiver for Warren, Tulane Apartments
- Thursday, May 12, 2016
The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. wants a federal judge to appoint a receiver for the Warren and Tulane Apartments owned by Global Ministries Foundation, citing “an appearance of fraud” by GMF in a memorandum filed with the call for a receiver.
39. Bank of New York Seeks Receiver for Warren and Tulane Apartments
- Wednesday, May 11, 2016
The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. wants a federal judge to appoint a receiver for the Warren and Tulane Apartments owned by Global Ministries Foundation citing “an appearance of fraud” by GMF in a memorandum filed with the call for a receiver.
40. Startup Teams Announced for ‘Summer Of Acceleration’
- Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Monday, May 2, marked Day One of Memphis’ first “summer of acceleration,” a joint program of seven startup accelerators running concurrently that have collectively drawn the participation of 18 startup teams and dozens of founders hailing from as far away as Slovenia and Israel.
41. Insure Tennessee: In Like A Lion, Out With A Committee
- Thursday, April 21, 2016
What started with a roar is ending with a whimper.
On the first day of the 2016 legislative session, dozens of Insure Tennessee supporters rallied, shouted and sang songs outside the House chamber.
42. Southern Yankee
- Saturday, April 16, 2016
To best understand another man’s baseball passion, you must first understand his baseball pain. So if you hope to truly understand Peter B. Freund, new majority owner of the Memphis Redbirds, you must travel back to his youth.
43. Metropolitan Bank Putting Focus on Mergers & Acquisitions
- Friday, April 1, 2016
The leadership at Metropolitan Bank is feeling confident enough about its balance sheet, its talent bench and its future prospects that it let shareholders know in recent days – we’re looking for banks to buy.
44. March Is a Good Month to Find Deals on Japanese Cars
- Thursday, March 24, 2016
DETROIT (AP) – If you're in the market for a Japanese car, March is a good time to buy.
Unlike U.S., European and Korean automakers, which end their financial year on Dec. 31, Japanese companies such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. close their books on March 31. In order to hit their annual sales targets, Japanese automakers usually ramp up the promotions and deals in March.
45. Pugh’s Cites Marketing In 40-Year Success
- Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Pugh’s Flowers co-owner Michael Pugh might have seemed out of place a few weeks ago when he stood in front of an audience of marketing professionals to address the Memphis Public Relations Society of America’s Memphis chapter.
46. Retail Projects in Memphis Suburbs, Oxford Staple of Trezevant Realty Corp.
- Saturday, February 27, 2016
Germantown-based Trezevant Realty Corp. has deep roots in the Mid-South commercial real estate market, and the uptick in the economy has more projects moving full-steam ahead.
47. UPS Invests in Same-Day Delivery Company Deliv
- Thursday, February 25, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – UPS, looking for ways to get goods to shoppers faster, is investing in same-day delivery company Deliv.
Deliv, founded nearly four years ago, works with Macy's Inc., Kohl's Corp. and other retailers to deliver online orders within the same day. Shoppers select same-day delivery when they're about to buy something from the retailer's website and Deliv's workers get it delivered. Retailers pay Deliv for its service and the stores usually charge customers. At Kohl's, for example, shoppers pay $9.95 for same-day deliveries on orders above $75 and $14.95 for orders below $75.
48. When Your Ship Doesn’t Come In, High Gear Says, ‘Swim to It!’
- Saturday, February 20, 2016
One of the most exciting – and also challenging – things about business ownership as an entrepreneur is that things are always changing, creating both opportunities as well as threats.
The recent explosion in technology advances have allowed businesses to become more flexible, more mobile and definitely more efficient. I have recently shifted my business accordingly and have been able to increase my bottom line while reducing overhead through technology. Women who own businesses must balance their time and prioritize important tasks constantly.
49. The Big Uh-Oh: Global Economy Shaky and Cavalry May Not Come
- Wednesday, February 17, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – Eight years after the financial crisis, the world is coming to grips with an unpleasant realization: serious weaknesses still plague the global economy, and emergency help may not be on the way.
50. The Week Ahead: Feb. 8, 2016
- Monday, February 8, 2016
Guys, there’s an important holiday coming up that forgetting about would mean immense trouble for you. Luckily, City & State is coming to the rescue. Head over to the Broad Avenue retailer on Friday, two days before Valentine’s Day, for “BYOB” (Bring your own Bailey’s).
Bring something like Bailey’s, Irish cream, whisky, whatever, and City & State will add it to any item you order over on the coffee side of the shop. Meanwhile, the shop has also invited the makers behind Paper & Clay and Question the Answer to be on hand with their wares to take some of the pressure off trying to decide what to buy your significant other for Valentine’s Day.
51. Ford's 2015 Pretax Profit Jumps on Stronger sales
- Friday, January 29, 2016
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Higher sales in most of the world helped Ford Motor Co. achieve a record pretax profit in 2015, but investors remain skittish that the good news won't keep coming.
52. Is That Credit Card With the Annual Fee Really Worth It?
- Thursday, January 21, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) — The biggest months for adding and dropping credit cards are December and January, so now's the time to make sure that $95 annual fee is really worth it.
Chances are, it's not.
53. Retailers Prep for Black Friday, Onslaught of Holiday Sales
- Friday, November 20, 2015
Black Friday, taking place Nov. 27, is only a week away and local and national retailers are gearing up for the busiest day of the year.
The National Retail Federation predicts that 2015 will be a banner year for holiday shopping with sales in November and December expected to reach $630.5 billion, a 3.7 increase over 2014 and significantly higher than the 10-year average of 2.5 percent.
54. Best Buy Reports Weak 3Q Sales, Cautious Outlook
- Friday, November 20, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy shares plunged Thursday after reporting disappointing quarterly sales and a cautious outlook for the key holiday shopping season as it faces price pressures and tougher competition from online stores.
55. Consolidation of Tennessee’s Newspapers Bad for Taxpayers
- Thursday, November 5, 2015
The federal government isn’t likely to descend on Tennessee with trust-busting vengeance once three of the state’s four largest newspapers are owned by the same company.
Newspapers are too far down a virtual slippery slope of monopolism to retrieve from the hands of Gannett, which recently announced it plans to pay $280 million for Journal Media Group, the owner of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis and Knoxville News Sentinel.
56. Conference Aims to Spark Positive Change, One ZIP Code at a Time
- Thursday, November 5, 2015
The world can be a big place, even within one city or a single ZIP code. But the world also can be made smaller when the right kinds of lines are crossed.
Steve Nash founded nonprofit Advance Memphis in 1999, beginning an ambitious project without end. His goal: bring economic sustainability to the people living in and around the Cleaborn/Foote Homes public housing developments in South Memphis’ 38126 ZIP code, the poorest urban ZIP in Tennessee.
57. From Costumes to Candy, Halloween Means Green for Select Retailers
- Monday, October 26, 2015
Halloween is big business for the retail industry, whether it’s costumes, candy or party supplies.
The National Retail Federation reports more than 157 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year. Its Halloween Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics reports the average person will spend $74.34, with total Halloween spending expected to reach $6.9 billion.
58. New Mayor in Town
- Saturday, October 17, 2015
Jim Strickland has some big decisions to make.
At the top of the list: make sure the toilets are flushing, the lights are coming on at night and the stoplights are flashing red, yellow and green.
59. Affordable Homes in an Unaffordable Market
- Saturday, August 22, 2015
The gold rush of residential development throughout Middle Tennessee conceals what some in the region say is a growing crisis in affordable housing.
New homes and condos come on to the market every day, and even more are under construction or still in the planning stage, but those homes are often on the higher end of the price scale.
60. Apple Watch Will Be Sold at Some Best Buy Stores
- Tuesday, July 28, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The Apple Watch is heading to some Best Buy stores ahead of the holiday shopping season.
Best Buy Co. says it will sell the Apple Watch at 100 of its stores and on its website on August 7. Another 200 Best Buy stores will offer the smartwatch before the end of the year. Best Buy, which has more than 1,000 stores in the U.S., says it's the first national retailer to sell the watch outside of Apple Inc.'s stores.
61. JULY 24-30: This week in Memphis history
- Saturday, July 25, 2015
2010: After being missing for several days, the body of Lorenzen Wright is found near Hacks Cross Road in a wooded area known as Callis Cutoff. The center and power forward for the University of Memphis basketball team and NBA professional had been shot numerous times. To date, no one has been charged in his murder.
62. Hops Growers Rush To Meet Rising Demand From Craft Brewers
- Monday, June 15, 2015
MOXEE, Wash. (AP) – These are good times for growers like Ben St. Mary. He stood at his family's farm in Washington state recently and watched as employees built trellises where a new field of hops, the key ingredient in the flavoring of beer, will grow.
- Monday, June 15, 2015
Page Robbins Adult Day Center will host a free dementia care presentation Monday, June 15, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Germantown Presbyterian Church, 2363 Germantown Road S. David Troxel, co-founder of the Best Friends Approach, will speak followed by a Q&A. Cost is free. Visit pagerobbins.org.
64. CMA Fest a Blast for Artists, Merchants
- Saturday, June 6, 2015
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.
65. Collins Plots Different Course for Memphis Mayoral Bid
- Friday, April 10, 2015
Backers of Memphis mayoral contender Harold Collins are referring to his campaign as a crusade in which incumbent Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Collins’ City Council colleague Jim Strickland may have claimed most of the contributions and support of business leaders.
66. Comfy Camping
- Friday, February 20, 2015
The way Andy Cates explains it, camping out hasn’t changed a lot in about half a century.
And while “roughing it” appeals to many of those in search of outdoors experiences, for others – sometimes in the same family – it doesn’t or it isn’t possible.
67. Nashville’s Most Romantic Restaurants
- Saturday, February 7, 2015
Romance means something different for everyone, but most people can agree that if there is low lighting, soft music, a charming companion and something delicious to eat, you’ve already got the makings of one outstanding evening.
68. Haslam's Insure Tennessee Health Plan Fails in Legislature
- Thursday, February 5, 2015
Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans has failed during a special legislative session.
The Senate Health Committee defeated the Republican governor's Insure Tennessee plan Wednesday on a 7-4 vote.
69. Word of Mouth Still Crucial for Adding Sales
- Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Building the customer base of a small business is not the same challenge it was 10 years ago. As digital content grows and it becomes more affordable to access, business owners are competing with more voices to be heard by potential customers.
70. Both Sides Dig In for Insure Tennessee Special Session
- Monday, February 2, 2015
Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 280,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.
71. Both Sides Dig In For Insure Tennessee Special Session
- Saturday, January 31, 2015
Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 200,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.
72. Music Takes Center Stage for Nashville's New Year’s Eve
- Saturday, December 27, 2014
Cynics and service industry folks might call it “amateur night.” And one can hardly blame them as New Year’s Eve can turn even the most unassuming guest into a rowdy reveler for a night.
73. Bad Santa? 5 Tips to Tackle Your Holiday Gift Returns
- Monday, December 29, 2014
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.
74. Brewing Opportunity
- Saturday, December 13, 2014
When Memphians like Jimmy Lewis are leaving established careers to remake themselves as coffee roasters, it’s one sign that coffee culture in Memphis is abundant with opportunity and steadily coming into its own.
75. Beacons Pop Up in Stores Ahead of Holidays
- Friday, December 5, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – From American Eagle to Apple Stores, beacons are popping up everywhere. Are they a shopper's best friend or another pesky Big Brother monitoring our every move?
The square or rectangular devices, smaller than a smartphone, can hang on a wall or be placed on a machine and communicate with your phone via Bluetooth signals. Accessed through apps you download to your smartphone, beacon technology can do everything from guide you to the correct airport terminal to turn on your coffee maker as you sleepily enter the kitchen. In retail, beacons aim to entice you to spend money. As you enter a store, your smartphone might light up with a sale alert. Stand in the dress section for a while and a coupon may pop up for something on a nearby hanger.
76. Craft Beer Boom
- Saturday, November 29, 2014
Looking to replace that regular beer with something more exotic? Get hoppy and explore Knoxville’s craft-beer scene, because by bottle and tap, growler and flight, the national beer movement has come to East Tennessee in a very substantial way.
77. ’Tis the Season
- Saturday, November 29, 2014
After the recession struck, desperate retailers competing for a shrinking amount of shopping dollars and market share began tinkering with time-tested holiday marketing strategies.
Good prices, great values, unique offerings and convenience no longer were enough to boost retail sales.
78. Stonewall Jackson's Little Slice of Heaven in Brentwood
- Saturday, November 22, 2014
“Everybody has to meet his Waterloo,” sings honky-tonk hero Stonewall Jackson in his breakthrough No. 1 hit back in 1959.
Of course, that line, the entire song really, means everybody must meet his or her fate someday.
79. Major Retailers Step Up to Support St. Jude
- Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Several national businesses including major retailers have begun lining up to again raise money during the holiday season for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
For St. Jude, the holiday shopping season doubles as a time when the hospital works to raise awareness – and funds – for its battles to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Along those lines, its annual “Thanks and Giving” campaign that runs through the end of December gives the public a way to support the hospital and its mission while also shopping at a variety of businesses.
80. HipD: Donelson Finds Its Cool Side
- Saturday, September 27, 2014
The tag “Hip Donelson” evoked plenty of snickers, eye rolls and snarky comments when it first appeared. After all, the local joke goes, Donelson’s known for hip replacements – not hipsters.
81. Seniors and Student Loan Co-Signatures – Should You?
- Thursday, September 11, 2014
Ray’s take: Your grandchild has been accepted to his or her college of choice. Great news! But now that the celebration of acceptance is over, it’s time to do a realistic budget and figure out where the money will come from to pay for tuition and all the other expenses associated with attending college.
82. Web Sites Can Take Some Hassle Out of Car-Buying
- Monday, June 30, 2014
DETROIT (AP) – Want to take some of the stress and mystery out of the car-buying process? Get on the Internet.
Auto Web sites – once filled mostly with reviews and advice – are getting more sophisticated, connecting potential buyers with dealers and offering instant price guarantees. Some let buyers estimate their trade-in values and turn in credit applications online. One company even lets buyers complete the entire sale online and get cars delivered to their door.
83. Apple's Beats Buy is Two-Sided for Music Streaming
- Friday, May 30, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats sheds light on a rarely recognized reality in the streaming music industry: It's hard to succeed in the business without offering other products and services.
84. Median CEO Pay Crosses $10 Million in 2013
- Wednesday, May 28, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – They're the $10 million men and women.
Propelled by a soaring stock market, the median pay package for a CEO rose above eight figures for the first time last year. The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012, according to an Associated Press/Equilar pay study.
85. AstraZeneca Rejects $119 Billion Offer From Pfizer
- Tuesday, May 20, 2014
LONDON (AP) – The board of AstraZeneca on Monday rejected the improved $119 billion takeover offer from U.S. drugmaker Pfizer, a decision that caused a sharp slide in the U.K. company's share price as many investors think it effectively brings an end to the protracted and increasingly bitter takeover saga.
86. US Says Average Airfares Rising Slowly
- Wednesday, April 23, 2014
DALLAS (AP) – The average price of an airline ticket for travel within the U.S. rose by just $1 last year, although prices are still modestly higher than they were five years ago.
The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that the average domestic airfare rose to $381 in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 0.3 percent increase from a year earlier.
- Thursday, April 10, 2014
Rhodes College will host Gary Schmitt, co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, Thursday, April 10, at 4 p.m. in the Frazier Jelke Science Center on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Schmitt will present “In the Wake of Edward Snowden: Security, Civil Liberties and American Intelligence.” Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.
88. Caught in the Middle
- Saturday, March 29, 2014
Even before the Affordable Care Act came along, Deborah Casey was living between a logistical rock and an economic hard place. Casey, a 61-year-old widow, draws a monthly Social Security check based on her husband’s earnings. She works part-time for Shelby County (no benefits), and to continue receiving the same amount in that Social Security check, she has to keep tabs on how much she makes. This is exactly how someone who wants to provide for herself winds up on a “fixed income.”
89. Warren Buffett Offers Lesson in Value Investing
- Tuesday, February 25, 2014
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Warren Buffett is offering a refresher course on his approach to investing in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders.
90. Pouring It On
- Thursday, February 13, 2014
The Cash Saver store on Madison Avenue in Midtown had begun to show its age, its weather-beaten exterior presenting a less-than-inviting entrance and its dated and worn interior lacking the displays and amenities found in most modern grocery stores.
91. Shopping Spree
- Saturday, November 30, 2013
Retailers have been gearing up for a frenzied Black Friday, marking the beginning of the holiday shopping season, but industry experts expect a lukewarm year compared to moderate growth in 2012.
Both nationally and locally, many stores opened earlier than ever before in an attempt to capture customers before their competitors and maximize a shorter-than-usual shopping season.
92. Wal-Mart Steps Up Competition for Holiday Shopping
- Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Tuesday that it will start offering its holiday deals at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving at its stores – two hours earlier than last year.
93. Suburban Prospects
- Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Walker Taylor’s business philosophy is a simple one, and it’s helping keep his Germantown-based restaurant a must-visit for diners from around the world.
94. Affordable Care Act
- Saturday, September 28, 2013
On Oct. 1, a new shopping website will launch in Tennessee.
Much like Amazon.com, it will offer a place where consumers can compare products from different sellers and buy the one that best suits their needs.
95. BlackBerry Weighs Putting Itself Up for Sale
- Tuesday, August 13, 2013
TORONTO (AP) – BlackBerry will consider selling itself after the long-awaited debut of its new phones failed to turn around the struggling smartphone maker.
The company said Monday that its board has formed a special committee to explore "strategic alternatives" in hopes of enhancing the company's value and boosting adoption of its BlackBerry 10 platform.
96. Medical Mergers
- Saturday, July 27, 2013
In January, The Medical Group, an adult internal medicine practice in Germantown with seven physicians: Drs. Todd Overby, Alison Pomykala, Richard Jordan, Terinell Beaver, Steven Wener, Mark Castellaw and Dana Wright sold to Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. after being independent since 1956.
97. Rosen Donates Books to ‘Leverage Power of Library’
- Monday, July 22, 2013
The CEO of New York-based Rosen Publishing Co. could have given away the 10,000 books he donated to the Memphis Public Library and Information Center last week any number of ways.
98. Pryor Preparing to Launch First Campaign Ads
- Thursday, May 30, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's campaign said Wednesday it is preparing to launch the first campaign ad for his re-election bid as he faces a high-dollar television blitz from groups on the left and the right.
99. Steady Groove
- Tuesday, April 23, 2013
This year’s Record Store Day, an international celebration held the third Saturday in April, brought casual music fans along with diehards and vinyl evangelists into music shops around the country, including Goner Records and Shangri-La Records in Memphis.
100. Signs of Life
- Saturday, April 13, 2013
Home sales activity picked up in the first quarter of this year across the Mid-South, and brokers believe the market recovery is gaining traction.
Shelby County home sales rose 6 percent during the first quarter, with 3,382 sales from January to March compared to 3,179 during the first quarter of 2012, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.