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1. Last Word: The Elvis Tradition, Cordova Brewery and Parkside Path -

For about three decades now, there has been a cultural and political tradition around the birthday of Elvis Presley. It used to be a proclamation by the Shelby County Mayor and the Memphis Mayor on the steps of Graceland with a birthday cake.

2. The Week Ahead: December 19-25 -

Good morning, Memphis! With only a few days left until Christmas, sparkling lights and holiday happenings are taking place citywide – and that’s not all that’s taking place this week, as the Memphis Tigers go bowling and the Electoral College makes the presidential election official. Check out what else you need to know in The Week Ahead…

3. October 14-20, 2016: This week in Memphis history -

2015: The University of Memphis Tigers football team beats Ole Miss 37-24 at a sold-out Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in a game televised on ABC. It’s a big day in the city. Some tailgaters showed up the night before, anticipating a colossal traffic back-up around the fairgrounds. The evening of the game, a smaller, sold-out crowd gathers at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts for the induction of the latest class to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Among those in attendance is late-night TV talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who is inducting Justin Timberlake. Keith Richards is present to induct Scotty Moore.

4. The Week Ahead: October 3-9 -

Well, Memphis, it’s a new month and your Grizzlies return to the court for another season of thrills under a new head coach, David Fizdale. The week starts off with a presidential visit – no, not one of the frontrunners, but a Green Party candidate who will be stumping in Crosstown. Here's what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

5. Last Word: The Debate, Arnold Palmer and an Analysts' Poll on First Horizon -

Monday evening is the first of the Trump-Clinton Presidential debates and it will probably be watched very closely for a number of reasons – not the least of which is vigorous fact-checking of both candidates and the unique nature of this campaign between the two major contenders who are by several standards the most unpopular Presidential candidates to run against each other in our lifetimes.

6. National Experts to Explore Parking, Transit Solutions for City’s Core -

Billions of public and private dollars being invested in the urban core of Memphis have civic leaders thinking about long-term transportation and parking solutions that will best serve the area as it evolves.

7. City Council Pot Ordinance Passes Its First Reading -

The Memphis City Council is one step closer to decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, passing an ordinance on its first of three readings at the body’s Tuesday, Sept. 6, meeting.

Councilman Berlin Boyd is the sponsor of the ordinance, which would allow Memphis police the option of writing a ticket with a $50 fine for possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana. Boyd has amended the ruling to increase fines for multiple offenders and exempt juveniles from its provisions.

8. City Council Pot Ordinance Passes Its First Reading -

The Memphis City Council is one step closer to decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, passing an ordinance on its first of three readings at the body’s Tuesday, Sept. 6, meeting.

Councilman Berlin Boyd is the sponsor of the ordinance, which would allow Memphis police the option of writing a ticket with a $50 fine for possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana. Boyd has amended the ruling to increase fines for multiple offenders and exempt juveniles from its provisions.

9. Enoble Business Capital Offices Sell in Foreclosure -

813 Ridge Lake Blvd.

Memphis, TN 38120

Sale Amount: $9.6 million

Sale Date: Aug. 31, 2016

Buyer: Merchants Capital Real Estate LLC

10. Memphis Brewers Say Success Breeds Success -

Three years after Memphis’ craft brewing scene exploded, the city is poised for immense growth.

“There’s no reason why dozens of breweries couldn’t open in the city,” said Drew Barton, co-founder of Memphis Made Brewing Co.

11. Blues City Brewery to Undergo Repairs -

The Blues City Brewery in South Memphis is getting an upgrade. McCon Building Corp. recently filed a $1.4 million building permit for “repairs to brewery” at 5151 E. Raines Road.

12. Council to Vote on Pot Ordinance, Hear Coliseum Proposals -

It may be one of numerous items on the Memphis City Council’s consent agenda Tuesday, Sept. 6, voted on all at one time.

Or the first of three readings of an ordinance that would allow police to write a citation with a fine for possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana could be met with an attempt to vote it down.

13. Concerts, Pop-Up Events and Beer Gardens Are Feeding Business at The TapBox -

A traveling beer-mobile with a variety of taps on the side for easy pouring might sound like a dream straight from Homer Simpson’s head, but partners McCauley Williams, J.R. Kingsley and Justin Brooks of The TapBox have turned that dream into a reality, creating several multi-tap refrigerated devices that are popping up at more events across Memphis.

14. Last Word: $60 Million, Frozen Graceland and Wreck It Ralph's Return -

The federal government’s problem with a law the Tennessee Legislature passed earlier this year is serious -- $60-million serious.

And Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, in Hickory Hill Thursday, said he’s working on a compromise that would have the Legislature undo what it did this year when the new legislative session begins in January.

15. City Council Approves Wiseacre's Coliseum Plan -

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Aug. 23, with an 11-0 vote a resolution setting forth a plan for Wiseacre Brewing Co. to lease the Mid-South Coliseum.

16. Coliseum, Residency Rules Top City Council Day -

Memphis City Council members talk about possible lease terms for the Mid-South Coliseum Tuesday, Aug. 23, during their executive session.

The item – “discussion of Coliseum lease terms” – was added to the committee session agenda on Monday. It comes two weeks after the owners of Wiseacre Brewing Co. outlined to council members a general concept of moving the brewery into the Coliseum and greatly expanding their operations.

17. City, Wiseacre Set to Discuss Brewery’s Proposal for Coliseum -

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.

18. Malco Theatres Project Lands $125K Grant -

Malco Theatres hopes to start construction next month on its boutique movie theater Downtown thanks to a hefty grant from the CCDC.

At its Aug. 17 meeting, the Center City Development Corp. approved a $125,000 grant for the “high-impact” project. The grant amount soars past what the CCDC, an affiliate board of the Downtown Memphis Commission, has awarded in the past. Most of the storefront improvement grants over the past few years have come in below $30,000.

19. Dixon Prepares For 21st Art on Tap -

Art on Tap will celebrate its 21st birthday on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. at Dixon Gallery and Gardens.

The popular Dixon fundraiser will feature live music by City Mix, food from local restaurants and the greatest beer in Memphis and beyond.

20. Last Word: Curry Todd, Crosstown Brewing and Cursive Comeback -

A word at the top of Last Word about campaign signs and what happens to some of them during a campaign.

There are a couple of sayings – bits of political wisdom by the judgment of some – that are uttered numerous times during every election season.

21. Blue-Collar High School -

For all of the changes in public education Memphis has seen in the past six years, there is at least one more big one still on the way.

And it is coming from the city’s post-recession economic development effort.

22. The Week Ahead: May 30-June 5 -

It's time to get this week started, Memphis! Here’s our roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from a Funkadelic party at the New Daisy to a Day of Merrymaking on the Greensward... 

23. May 20-26: This Week in Memphis History -

2006: Shelby County’s reliance on manufacturing jobs is dropping, according to state labor figures, which show that 14 manufacturing companies have closed or cut back their workforces in Shelby County since January 2003. The closings and cutbacks account for the loss of 1,240 jobs.
The losses include 98 jobs at Coors Brewing Co., 5151 East Raines Road; 112 workers at Memphis Hardwood Flooring Co., 1551 Thomas St.; and 327 employees at Great Dane LP at 1095 Harbor Ave.

24. Grant Touts Ghost River Brewing as Neighborhood Asset -

The Center City Development Corp. has awarded its largest storefront improvement grant to date to Ghost River Brewing Co., which plans to use the $65,500 to building an outside patio and taproom at its 827 S. Main St. facility.

25. Last Word: South of Crump, Council Day and Haslam on the Fed's Bathroom Memo -

Neon is coming back to E. H. Crump Boulevard and the momentum of development continues to move further south to the Crump border with South Memphis.

Ghost River Brewing Co. is making plans for a tap room that opens this fall as part of its existing brewery at South Main and Crump.

26. Ghost River Expanding in South Main -

Ghost River Brewing Co. is adding to its South Main presence with a planned taproom to launch this October.

27. Events -

Hollywood Feed and the North Shore Animal League will host the Overton Bark Adoption Tour on Sunday, April 10, from noon to 3 p.m. in Overton Park’s Overton Bark Dog Park, 2080 Poplar Ave. Attendees can meet pets available for adoption, preview dog treats from Hollywood Feed’s soon-to-open Midtown bakery, and learn how to support Overton Bark through the “Give Your Dog a Bone” campaign. Visit overtonpark.org.

28. The Week Ahead: March 14-20, 2016 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly roundup of local happenings you need to know about, from the first look at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s proposed diversity program to a truly Irish celebration of St. Paddy’s Day.

29. Old Dominick Built for Aging -

A block-wide warehouse at 301 S. Front St. is getting new life as the Old Dominick Distillery. When it opens to the public in December, the distillery will brew and bottle two kinds of vodkas and three kinds of whiskey. Plans for the historic 54,000-square-foot warehouse include two tasting rooms, a rooftop patio, restaurant and retail area in addition to best-in-class equipment.

30. Trailblazer -

Carolyn Chism Hardy is a trailblazer, a success story, an advocate for the poor and middle class, and now she’s one of the most influential people in the private sector.

31. Workforce Effort Leaders Talk About Skills Gap -

Before Olympus Corp. announced last month its plan to locate a service and distribution center in Bartlett, a bigger medical device manufacturing company was on the hook for the town.

32. The Week Ahead: Feb. 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.

33. Bendy Brewski: Yoga Offered to Memphians in Unconventional Spaces -

The unusual venture former Memphian Beth Cosi launched in Charleston back in 2011 – pairing yoga and beer, with classes held in local breweries – might at first sound like a cheap trick to convince people who’ve never hit the mat before to give it a try.

34. Bend and a Beer: Yoga Classes and Craft Breweries Team Up -

MIAMI (AP) — Call it detox and retox: Around the country, yogis are jumping up from savasana and hopping onto a barstool as yoga classes are making their way into breweries.

While the teaching is traditional, the classes tend to attract newbies, especially men, says Beth Cosi, found of Bendy Brewski in Charleston, South Carolina and Memphis.

35. Wharton Touts Memphis’ Emergence in Exit Interview -

He didn’t win re-election, but A C Wharton says he did change the city’s politics in his six years as mayor.

“It would be the epitome of naivete to say that there are not some folks who still try to thrive politically on dividing us. I guess that will always be,” Mayor Wharton said in a Tuesday, Dec. 8, exit interview with The Daily News. “But by and large, I am convinced that most people are set on saying, ‘Let’s get along.’ It’s tough enough out there with us working together. Imagine what it will look like if we don’t. … I believe we are on our way.”

36. Christmas in Kentucky -

A brisk late afternoon in early December is made more enjoyable under warm blankets while sipping bourbon ciders on a hayride through the Kentucky hills. The sun sets on a blue sky afternoon in Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, and the white lights hanging from the trees begin to flicker.

37. Ready for Launch -

Five hundred new companies in 10 years. That’s the idea that founded EPIcenter, short for Entrepreneurship-Powered Innovation Center, an organization looking to catalyze the entrepreneurial movement in Memphis.

38. Delta Blues Announces Memphis Legends Label -

Delta Blues Winery is launching two new wines under its “Memphis Legends” label honoring The Memphis Horns.

The “Memphis Legends” label was created to honor Memphis musicians who’ve made an impact in the city and around the world. Delta Blues Winery co-owner Jim Wilson says the idea had been brewing for a few years, but only began to take shape after a chance meeting between his wife and winery co-owner Sheila Wilson and Amy Jackson, the wife of Wayne Jackson, one half of the legendary Memphis Horns.

39. Delta Blues Winery Announces Memphis Legends Wine Label -

Delta Blues Winery is launching two new wines under its “Memphis Legends” label honoring The Memphis Horns.

The “Memphis Legends” label was created to honor Memphis musicians who’ve made an impact in the city and around the world. Delta Blues Winery co-owner Jim Wilson says the idea had been brewing for a few years, but only began to take shape after a chance meeting between his wife and winery co-owner Sheila Wilson and Amy Jackson, the wife of Wayne Jackson, one half of the legendary Memphis Horns.

40. Crosstown Brewing Founders Turn to Kickstarter -

The founders of the forthcoming Crosstown Brewing Co. have turned to Kickstarter to raise money.

Funds will go toward the brewery Will Goodwin and Clark Ortkiese want to open in the Crosstown neighborhood next year. So far, 116 backers have pledged $13,969 toward the $20,000 goal.

41. Crosstown Brewing Founders Turn to Kickstarter -

The founders of the forthcoming Crosstown Brewing Co. have turned to Kickstarter to raise money.

Funds will go toward the brewery Will Goodwin and Clark Ortkiese want to open in the Crosstown neighborhood next year. So far, 116 backers have pledged $13,969 toward the $20,000 goal.

42. Craving Cooper-Young -

If a neighborhood can be said to possess whatever the real estate equivalent is of that new car smell – a sense that there’s something new here to enjoy, of possibilities, of happy things to come – Cooper-Young would seem to have that, in spades.

43. Rocking for Love -

When Lahna Deering and Jason Freeman join the other musicians performing at the Rock for Love music festival next week, the gig will be a bit more meaningful for them than the shows they normally play.

44. Whiskey-Stained and Market-Bound -

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

45. Craft Brew Alliance Comes to Blues City Brewery -

This year, some 100,000 barrels of Craft Brew Alliance products will be produced at the Blues City Brewery in South Memphis in the second year of a five-year agreement between CBA and Blues City’s parent company, City Brewing Co., out of Lacrosse, Wis.

46. Unlikely Path -

It all started on whim. Cassius Cash was on his way to band practice at the University of Arkansas when he decided to practice his interview skills instead.

“Someone informed me the (U.S.) Forest Service was doing recruitment, but I had no intention of going in there and landing the internship,” says Cash of that interview for a wildlife biologist internship. “I thought the interview was about as far as I was going to go to chase my dreams.”

47. This week in Memphis history: May 29-June 4 -

1970: The “Shower of Stars” benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is held at the Mid-South Coliseum with Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, and hospital founder Danny Thomas and his daughter, Marlo Thomas. A year later, the bill includes Sinatra, Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Tennessee Ernie Ford and Vikki Carr.

48. Porcellino’s Finds its Rhythm -

The Porcellino’s restaurant in East Memphis has been open for about four months, but it’s established itself on the local restaurant scene in short order – so much so that foodies don’t even have to step inside the doors to enjoy something from chefs Michael Hudman and Andy Ticer.

49. Memphis Made Brewing Quickly Becomes Local Mainstay -

“I think we’re maybe a little rougher around the edges,” said Andy Ashby of his Cooper-Young brewery Memphis Made Brewing Co. “We’re really a do-it-ourselves, DIY kind of place.”

50. Beer Revived -

Revive the beer garden, and they will come. If the soft opening held on Tuesday night, April 7, was any indication, then Tennessee Brewery: The Revival will have a nice run this spring.

Taking advantage of warm temperatures, patrons packed the pop-up beer garden at the recently purchased Tennessee Brewery at 495 Tennessee St. Among those milling about: Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, city councilman Myron Lowery, and members of the Grizzlies’ front office.

51. Fresh Selection -

It would seem I Love Memphis blogger Holly Whitfield was correct last year with a forecast that called for a “permanent Foodnado” in Memphis.

52. New Brewery Venture Eyeing Crosstown -

When they launched a Facebook page at the end of January, the first post for which was simply the logo for the craft beer brewery they’re planning, Will Goodwin and Clark Ortkiese didn’t expect the flood of interest their concept would generate.

53. This Week in Memphis History: February 13-19 -

2005: Molson Coors Brewing Co. announced it would close its Memphis brewery in Hickory Hill in 2007 as a result of the Canadian company’s merger with Adolph Coors Co. of Colorado. At the time, the brewery and bottling plant employed 410 people. The phase-out was to begin in the second half of 2005. Today the brewery is known as Blues City Brewery, a part of City Brewing of Latrobe, Wis., producing beers and other beverages under numerous brand names.

54. Building the Base -

It was late September, and local officials were deeply engaged with retail giant Target as the company explored investing in an online fulfillment center in Memphis when the discussions turned toward a familiar subject.

55. Brewing Opportunity -

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.

56. Craft Beer Boom -

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.

57. Competition Calls -

Economic development and the quality of jobs coming to Shelby County are the dominant issues as county elected leaders begin a new four-year term of office this month.

And there are plenty of indications the local strategy is about to change, or at least shift, in response to the resurgence in manufacturing and distribution in North Mississippi.

58. Turning Five -

When she was first handed the reins of the I Love Memphis blog almost a year ago, Holly Whitfield said she planned to keep the blog’s brand intact and to keep reminding Memphians why the city is worth their affection.

59. Flying Saucer Celebrates 17 Years in Memphis -

The explosion of Memphis’ beer scene and the enthusiasm for unique craft beers is pretty hard to miss.

From events such as Zoo Brew to a growing number of retailers offering growlers on tap to expansions like that of Wiseacre Brewing Co. – which this week said it’s adding 20 employees to its brewery and taproom – it’s clear the local interest in beer is widespread.

60. New Partners Sign On to Tennessee Brewery Effort -

This weekend, volunteers will return to the Tennessee Brewery property to continue getting it ready for Tennessee Brewery Untapped, a six-week series of community events that will run April 24 through June 1.

61. Tenn. Brewery Announces New Partners, Beer Sales -

The Tennessee Brewery Untapped project’s organizers have been granted a license to sell beer during the event by the Memphis Alcohol Commission.

In keeping with the local nature of the event, locally made craft beer will be available during Untapped from participants including High Cotton Brewing Co., Ghost River Brewing, Wiseacre Brewing and Memphis Made Brewing.

62. Pouring It On -

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.

63. Memphis Made, Reverb Unite for Coffee Stout -

A partnership between a small production brewery in Memphis and a micro coffee roastery hints at new developments for each venture in 2014.

Memphis Made Brewing Co., which launched in mid-October and is based in Cooper-Young, has teamed up with Reverb Coffee Co. to produce Reverberation, a Belgian-style coffee stout.

64. Memphis Made, Reverb Unite for Coffee Stout -

A partnership between a small production brewery in Memphis and a micro coffee roastery hints at new developments for each venture in 2014.

Memphis Made Brewing Co., which launched in mid-October and is based in Cooper-Young, has teamed up with Reverb Coffee Co. to produce Reverberation, a Belgian-style coffee stout.

65. Here’s to Memphis Made -

THIS SEASON, RAISE A GLASS TO US. “Have a beer. When you can find something we can all agree on, something we can all be proud of, something unifying, you should drink to it. Seriously. Drink to it.”

66. This week in Memphis history: November 8-14 -

1963: Mass immunizations against polio using the new Sabin oral vaccine began in Memphis and Shelby County

1933: The Tennessee Brewing Co. reopened for the first time in 15 years with the first bottles of Goldcrest beer, brewed and bottled in Memphis, delivered to stores by the Memphis company. The final state necessary to ratify the 21st amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the amendment that repealed the 18th amendment and ended national prohibition, would not approve the amendment for another month. But a Tennessee Constitutional convention had ratified the amendment in August.

67. Start Co. Gearing up for Trio of Entrepreneurial Events -

Global Entrepreneurship Week is around the corner, and Memphis’ Start Co. organization – a hub of related local entrepreneurial initiatives – is gearing up to participate in its own way in the international week-long celebration and support of entrepreneurs.

68. Memphis Made Brewing to Debut This Weekend -

Memphis Made Brewing Co., the latest brewery in a growing Memphis-based beer scene, will make its official debut this weekend.

69. Health Care’s ‘Lost Opportunity’: A Q&A with Phil Bredesen -

More than two years after leaving state office, Phil Bredesen, the popular former governor and mayor of Nashville, is still on the go. While enjoying a post-political life in Nashville that includes gardening and grandparenting with his wife, Andrea Conte, Bredesen remains active in promoting bipartisan solutions to issues such as the national debt as a speaker and as a member of the Governors’ Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.- based think tank.

70. This week in Memphis history: September 13-19 -

1973: Wayne W. Pyeatt assumed the duties of chief executive officer of National Bank of Commerce. He had been president and chief administrative officer. The decision by the bank’s board left Lewis R. McKee as board chairman.

71. Beer Fest Taps Creativity of Local Brewers -

Dixon Gallery and Gardens will host its annual Art on Tap event for the 18th consecutive year on Friday, Sept. 6. The beer-tasting extravaganza will feature offerings from local breweries and eateries, as well as live music and other entertainment.

72. Wiseacre Set to Open City’s First Taproom -

The city’s newest craft brewery will be officially open for business at the end of the week.

Wiseacre Brewing Co. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 28, for its 13,000-square-foot brewery at 2783 Broad Ave., and the fledgling brewery will unveil its taproom and some of its craft beers to the public Friday, Aug. 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

73. Wiseacre Brewery Cuts Ribbon Wednesday -

A ribbon-cutting ceremony set for Wednesday morning at Wiseacre Brewing Co. is about a business vision coming to fruition – but also something more.

Wiseacre, at 2783 Broad Ave., will be officially open for business at its taproom at the end of the week. Wiseacre is opening a 13,000-square-foot brewery with a taproom and patio, and it announced a few months ago it will package its two year-round beers, Tiny Bomb American Pilsner and Ananda India Pale Ale, in a can, making it the first craft brewery in Tennessee to can beer.

74. Hardy Pushes Intermodal Sites for New Jobs -

Carolyn Hardy admits she pushed hard to get the intermodal container yard that opened this week in Hickory Hill completed faster than the two years many contractors told her it would take.

75. All Aboard -

Central Station is poised to ride Downtown’s development momentum into its next phase of life.

Memphis Area Transit Authority officials are now reviewing requests for proposals for the next round of redevelopment at the iconic Downtown property.

76. May 31-June 6: This week in Memphis history -

2012: The Overton Bark dog park opens in Overton Park between Rainbow Lake and the park’s golf course. The 1.3-acre area whose construction was funded by Hollywood Feed is divided into two sections – one for smaller dogs and the other for large dogs.

77. Phipps Named Vice President, COO at American Esoteric Laboratories -

Dr. Amber R. Phipps has joined American Esoteric Laboratories, the Mid-South division of Sonic Healthcare USA, as vice president and chief operations officer. In her new role, Phipps will oversee all operations for AEL, which includes nine laboratories and more than 800 employees in six states. A captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, Phipps most recently served as a medical operations officer stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

78. South Main’s New Life -

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.

79. Maximizing Madison -

The Downtown strip of Madison Avenue from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law to Fielder Square Apartments in its prime was the city’s financial hub.

It’s seen some successes in recent times – new businesses opening, building renovations and the removal of the makeshift wall at Main and Second streets that interrupted traffic for two years.

80. Brothers to Open Brewery on Broad -

A new craft brewery is coming to one of Memphis’ up-and-coming areas – the Broad Avenue Historic District.

Wiseacre Brewing Co., a concept from brothers Kellan Bartosch and Davin Bartosch, has leased 13,000 square feet at 2783 Broad Ave. and is planning to open by late 2013. They chose the old warehouse for its “big open space” and the Binghampton neighborhood for its community appeal.

81. Expanding Distribution -

Budweiser of Memphis is dedicated to expanding the craft beer segment in Memphis following its acquisition of Southwestern Distributing’s sizable craft beer portfolio last October, making Budweiser of Memphis the largest wholesaler of craft beer in the Memphis market.

82. Chism Hardy Moves Deeper Into Logistics -

The certified public accountant who bought the old Coors Belle brewery in Hickory Hill seven years ago and turned it into Hardy Bottling Co. has taken the supply chain lessons from the business into the logistics industry.

83. High Cotton Brewing Kicks Off Renovations -

Plans are moving forward for High Cotton Brewing Co. LLC’s facility in Memphis’ Edge District.

84. High Cotton Brewing Kicks Off Renovations -

Plans are moving forward for High Cotton Brewing Co. LLC’s facility in Memphis’ Edge District.

85. Restaurants See Plenty of Activity in 2012 -

There were new restaurant openings, expansions and major milestones celebrated.

Alliances were formed, events were debuted and, of course, a few joints were shuttered.

In most respects, 2012 was a banner year for the Memphis food scene, and 2013 could be even more promising, said Patrick Reilly, owner of Majestic Grille and president of the Memphis Restaurant Association.

86. New Brewery on Tap for Cooper-Young -

A new brewery is headed to Cooper-Young. 

Memphis native and craft beer enthusiast Drew Barton plans to open Memphis Made Brewing Co. LLC at 768 S. Cooper St. near York Avenue along with two other silent partners by mid 2013. The 6,000-square-foot space is adjacent to Signworks and owned by Richard Sullivan.

87. New Brewery on Tap for Cooper-Young -

A new brewery is headed to Cooper-Young.

Memphis native and craft beer enthusiast Drew Barton plans to open Memphis Made Brewing Co. LLC at 768 S. Cooper St. near York Avenue along with two other silent partners by mid-2013. The 6,000-square-foot space is adjacent to Signworks and owned by Richard Sullivan.

88. Training Day -

The pursuit of economic development comes with code names, secrecy and mysterious visitors.

Without a doubt, the last two years have been eventful when it comes to the city’s civic leaders luring companies to town with the promise of jobs for Memphians. In that regard, the local debate about tax incentives and the competition with other cities, some nearby, was vigorous.

89. Boscos Teams With Cyclists To Battle Multiple Sclerosis -

Boscos Brewing Co. is preparing to launch a limited-edition ale whose sales will support the Mid-South Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

90. City’s Past Filled with Blueprint of Success -

Go to any public meeting where plans for an area are being made, buzz words are flying, big sheets of paper are being written on and “stakeholders” are sitting in various clusters, and you will hear numerous people suggest that all the area needs are spaces for shops.

91. Shipyard, Mike’s Hard Lemonade Added to Local Brewing Scene -

Blues City Brewery is now producing two malt beverages for well-known national brand names – Shipyard and Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

The brewery at 5151 E. Raines Road, owned by City Brewing Co. LLC, makes and bottles numerous brand name beverages – alcoholic and non-alcoholic – but doesn’t disclose those names.

92. Loeb Makes Progress on Square Plan -

The blue banner that hung until recently at the curved building at Cooper Street and Madison Avenue and read “Returning in 2012” will soon ring true for Overton Square and its developer, Loeb Properties Inc.

93. Craft Brewery on Tap for Edge District -

A new microbrewery has its sights set on Memphis’ Edge District for a September opening.

High Cotton Brewing Co. – which its partners say will be housed in a Monroe Avenue property, though a contract has yet to be finalized – will join Boscos and Ghost River Brewing in bringing locally crafted beers to the Memphis market.

94. Craft Brewery on Tap for Edge District -

A new microbrewery has its sights set on Memphis’ Edge District for a September opening.

High Cotton Brewing Co. – which its partners say will be housed in a Monroe Avenue property, though a contract has yet to be finalized – will join Boscos and Ghost River Brewing in bringing locally crafted beers to the Memphis market.

95. That's a Wrap -

If the grand sweep of 2011 could be captured on celluloid and presented to an audience on the big screen, all the components of a great film would be readily apparent.

There was drama, in the form of a deluge and historic flooding that led the Mississippi River to crest at nearly 48 feet early in the year. One of the year’s big surprises saw President Barack Obama give the commencement address for the Booker T. Washington High School class of 2011 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

96. Message of Hope -

Bruce Hopkins, First Tennessee Bank’s president of banking for West Tennessee, couldn’t attend last year’s Greater Memphis Chamber annual chairman’s luncheon.

97. Chamber Luncheon Highlights City’s ‘Medical Miracles’ -

Bruce Hopkins, First Tennessee Bank’s president of banking for West Tennessee, couldn’t attend last year’s Greater Memphis Chamber annual chairman’s luncheon.

98. Pulling the Strings -

Long before the first widgets roll off the assembly line, way back before the ribbon cutting and the first shovels break ground, and even before executives quietly slip in to scout out a prospective piece of land, someone like Mark Sweeney gets a phone call.

99. Successful Year -

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s annual chairman’s luncheon next month is expected to draw more than 1,000 business leaders and elected officials to a celebration of the economic and cultural health of the city.

100. Region’s Best Beer on Tap at Festival -

The Cooper-Young Festival, annually attended by 100,000 Memphians, has already passed, but the eclectic Midtown neighborhood hasn’t finished partying yet.

The second annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, set for Saturday, Oct. 15, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. will cater to a more intimate crowd.