VOL. 130 | NO. 180 | Wednesday, September 16, 2015
I Love Juice Bar Opening Saturday in Cooper-Young
A new fresh juice and smoothie bar is opening in Cooper-Young this weekend.
I Love Juice Bar is opening its doors at 553 S. Cooper St. Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 a.m., coinciding with the annual Cooper-Young Festival.
The business will focus on fresh juices and smoothies made to order with local ingredients; essential oil shots; and gourmet vegetarian fare like salads, spring rolls and soups. I Love Juice Bar also will give customers a “mix your own” option and offer juice cleanses.
Owner Scott Tashie also owns Cosmic Coconut in East Memphis.
In addition to the 1,800-square-foot Cooper-Young space with a seating capacity of 50, the I Love Juice Bar green Volkswagen bus will function as an extension of the concept, offering samples at events around town. There’s also an I Love Juice Bar app for iPhone and Android devices.
– Andy Meek
Memphis-Based Cabsolutely Expands Into Nashville
Cabsolutely, a 2014 graduate of Start Co.’s Upstart accelerator, has reached its first regional market. Now a partner with Nashville-area Kwik Cab, the service platform provides cloud-based dispatch software and an app for cab drivers to better compete with tech-savvy ridesharing platforms.
Cabsolutely currently is accepting beta testers for its upcoming passenger app, which will allow smartphone users to hail, pay for and rate a cab experience. It also has partnered in Memphis with Premier Transportation.
According to a statement announcing the deal with Kwik Cab, Cabsolutely plans to roll out in other national markets in the coming months.
– Madeline Faber
County Commission Confirms Orgel Appointment to DMC
Shelby County commissioners confirmed Monday, Sept. 14, county mayor Mark Luttrell’s appointment of Benjamin Orgel to the Downtown Memphis Commission board.
Orgel is among the partners behind the previtalization beer garden effort at what is being called Station 3: Memphis Firehaus. The event will take place throughout October and November in an old city firehouse at 200 Linden Ave.
The commission also approved Monday two contracts totaling $3.4 million in federal funding for McCrory Electric Co. Inc. to upgrade traffic signal systems. The federal funding is from the Congestion Management Air Quality program and comes to the county through the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
In other action, commissioners sent back to committee a proposed $135,000 contract with Rural/Metro Mid-South L.P. to provide nonemergency ambulance service for prisoners and inmates at the Shelby County Jail, Jail East and the Shelby County Corrections Center.
Commissioners had questions about the bidding process.
The commission also delayed action on a resolution by commissioner David Reaves urging the administration to call off plans to close a county fire station on Egypt-Central Road. The station serves part of the northeast unincorporated area of Shelby County.
The fire station is scheduled to be manned by the Millington Fire Department until Oct. 1 under a cooperative agreement with Shelby County.
The city of Millington is pulling out of the agreement because of the recent resignations of 11 firefighters. That has caused county government to reconfigure fire department coverage areas.
– Bill Dries
IMC Global Solutions Acquires Home-Furnishings Importer
IMC Global Solutions has acquired a home-furnishings importer that will more than double the size of the Memphis-based business.
IGS, a member of the IMC Cos., acquired Global Shippers Association, which will continue to operate with its existing leadership team as a home furnishings importer.
IMC is a national network of intermodal logistics businesses providing an array of services including container drayage, customs house brokerage, truck brokerage, freight forwarding, warehousing, chassis provisioning and secured container storage.
– Daily News staff
Orpheum to Sell Theater Memorabilia in Lobby Sale
Orpheum patrons looking to own a piece of the theater’s history will have the opportunity to purchase it Friday, Sept. 18.
Everything from memorabilia and Broadway merchandise to theatrical and office equipment will be available at a lobby sale hosted by the Orpheum Theatre.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Orpheum will open its doors for the free event with all proceeds benefiting the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education. Food trucks will be on site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drawings for door prizes will take place every hour.
“Over the past few years, we have amassed a unique collection of commemorative merchandise and equipment,” said president and CEO Pat Halloran in a statement. “We wanted to offer these items at great prices that will benefit the Orpheum while letting our patrons take home a tangible memory of the theater they know and love.”
– Madeline Faber
Saint Francis Medical Partners Launches New Website
Saint Francis Medical Partners has launched a new website, at sfmp.com.
It features patient-centric tools including the ability to communicate with doctors, schedule appointments and order prescription refills online. Other features include a secure patient portal with anytime access to medical history, lab results and more, plus a physician directory complete with photos and bios.
The site also is auto-responsive, meaning that it will automatically adjust itself to optimize the display based on the type of device on which it is being viewed – whether that be a laptop, tablet or mobile device.
– Andy Meek
High School Students to Host Mayoral Debate Saturday
Memphis youth will lend their voices to the city’s mayoral debate by hosting their own forum with the candidates.
The forum will take place Saturday, Sept. 19, at Christ in You Faith Temple, 3414 Reynard Road in Frayser. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the forum will begin at 5 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to interact with current Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and candidates Harold Collins, Jim Strickland and Mike Williams.
High school students from the Raleigh-Frayser area have organized the event and will moderate and serve as panelists. Schools participating in the Memphis Youth Mayoral Forum are Memphis Business Academy, Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High, Raleigh-Egypt High and Trezevant High. Northside High will kick off the event with a special presentation of the flag.
The forum is free and open to the entire community
– Don Wade