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VOL. 130 | NO. 113 | Thursday, June 11, 2015

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Old Dominick Distillery Moving Forward

D. Canale & Co. is moving forward with plans to build a $5 million distillery on Front Street Downtown.

Operating as Dominick Properties LLC, the Memphis-based company has applied for a nearly $4.6 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build Old Dominick, a spirits distillery and public tasting room at 301 S. Front St.

The name is a nod to Dominick Canale, who founded D. Canale & Co. in 1866 after emigrating from Genoa, Italy. The company bottled its own portfolio of fine whiskies, a practice that ended with Prohibition.

After Prohibition, Anheuser-Busch began seeking out food distributors with refrigerated storage so their suds would remain cold, and D. Canale built the company into a longtime Memphis food and beverage wholesaler.

D. Canale is seeking to tap into the growing demand for premium spirits. Company officials have said the family’s decades of experience in distribution, sales and marketing within the food and beverage industry, combined with an authentic, up-from-the-bootstraps family and business story, will help propel the business forward.

Crews from Archer Custom Builders have been busy working on the roughly 100-year-old former Memphis Machinery and Supply Co. building. Old Dominick is expected to produce several whiskies, including a bourbon, multiple vodka lines and whiskey-based liqueurs.

– Amos Maki

Downtown Memphis Commission Searches for New Leader

The Downtown Memphis Commission is stepping up its search for a new president and chief executive to replace the outgoing Paul Morris.

The DMC, the organization charged with advancing Downtown investment and development, has released an “Opportunity Profile” that outlines the scope and leadership requirements for the position.

DHL International, the firm selected by the DMC’s board to lead the search, is seeking a “visionary, high-energy” leader for the Downtown organization. Among other things, the president is responsible for staff management, budget preparation and oversight, and maintaining and fostering relationships with Downtown property owners, businesses, residents, public officials, the media and the general public.

Morris announced earlier this year that he would be stepping down to lead his family business, Jack Morris Auto Glass, after a new candidate is selected.

The Opportunity Profile can be viewed and downloaded at DowntownMemphisCommission.com.

– Amos Maki

New Liquor Store Opens at Carrefour on Poplar

A new, 9,000-square-foot liquor store is opening this week in Germantown.

Doc’s Wine, Spirits & More will host its grand opening Saturday, June 13, at noon. It is located at 6685 Poplar Ave. in the Carrefour at Kirby Woods retail center.

Doc’s owners are taking advantage of new laws that have allowed liquor stores to expand their product offerings. The laws were approved as a tradeoff to permit grocery stores to sell wine starting in July 2016.

In addition to wine and liquor, Doc’s will sell pre-packaged foods from Porcellino’s and chocolates from local chef Phillip Ashley. It will have a 28-tap growler station, and stock a selection of on-site kegs and party supplies. It also will include round-the-clock wine tastings, live music and even a smelling station, where shoppers can smell 88 aromas found in wines.

“Everything from the decor, to the scents, to the sounds is geared towards providing a clean, spacious environment that is nice without being intimidating,” said Doc’s general manager Ryan Gill. “If you want to get in and out quickly, our five registers can take care of that. If you want to listen to music, taste some wines, and learn some new things while you’re at it, then we’ve got that covered too.”

The new store comes on the heels of another local liquor store’s sizable expansion. Buster’s Liquors and Wines, at 191 S. Highland St., is adding 6,000 square feet – and further expanding its product offerings – to its current footprint at the University Center retail development.

After the expansion, which is expected to start this summer, Buster’s will maintain 16,000 square feet at Poplar Avenue and Highland Street.

Local vendors onsite for Doc’s grand opening include the head brewer for Ghost River Beer, Pyramid Vodka’s master distiller, chocolatier Ashley and Porcellino’s chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman.

– Daily News staff

FedEx Tops for Brand Value in Tennessee

FedEx Corp. is the nation’s 39th most valuable brand and the highest in Tennessee, according to new data from Brand Finance.

The Memphis-based delivery giant’s brand value is worth $13.7 billion in 2015, an increase from $13.5 billion in 2014.

London-based Brand Value is a brand valuation and strategy consultancy. It annually releases the US 500, which ranks the nation’s most valuable brands.

AutoZone Inc. and International Paper Co. also made the list at Nos. 158 and 209 respectively. AutoZone’s brand is worth $3.6 billion while International Paper’s is worth $2.8 billion, according to Brand Finance’s report.

In total, Tennessee had seven brands included on the US 500. It ranked 18th in total brand value across all states.

Other Tennessee brands on the list are Dollar General at No. 140; Jack Daniels at No. 307; Tractor Supply at No. 319; and Hospital Corporation of America at No. 451.

– Daily News staff

Orpheum to Screen ‘Space Jam’ Friday

The Orpheum Theatre’s Summer Movie Series will bring basketball back to the Bluff City with a special matinee screening of “Space Jam” on Friday, June 12, at 1:30 p.m.

Appearances from team mascot Grizz and the Grizz Girls will highlight the screening.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets available for purchase online at www.orpheum-memphis.com, by phone at 901-525-3000, or in person at The Orpheum Box Office or the ticket counter at The Booksellers at Laurelwood.

Fans are encouraged to don their best Grizz gear and arrive early to hang out with Grizz and the Grizz Girls, take photos at the Orpheum’s signature “selfie station,” and enjoy a pre-show concert on the Orpheum’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Movie-themed coloring activities will be available for children and families; costumes are encouraged.

Space Jam is sponsored by Kroger. The Orpheum’s 2015 Summer Movie Series is presented for a fourth year by Orion Federal Credit Union. The series runs through Sept. 4.

– Don Wade

Germantown Dental Group Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Germantown Dental Group holds its 40th anniversary celebration next week.

The business – founded in 1975 by Dr. Mickey Bernstein which has grown into a major cosmetic and restorative care practice – will hold its event June 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at 2165 West Street. The party will include food, inflatables and face painting for children, as well as live music and door prizes.

The principal owners of the business today are Dr. John Whittemore and Dr. Todd Gruen, with 13 team members.

Gruen and Whittemore became owners in 2008.

– Andy Meek

BlackGirls CODE Hosts Game Design Workshop

The Memphis Chapter of the BlackGirls CODE organization will host a game design tutorial on June 20 at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway South.

The event will take place in the Nolan Engineering Building and is intended for girls ages 10 to 17.

The workshop will focus on game design and development using Oracle Academy’s Greenfoot Tutorial, and will be taught by the Memphis chapter curriculum lead, Karen Farrell-Shikuku.

Check-in begins at 9:15 a.m. and the event starts at 10 a.m. The cost of the workshop is $35 per child, with limited scholarships available.

– Andy Meek

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