The 9:01: New coffee shops at Crosstown/Edge, R. Kelly and Memphis, more

The 9:01: New coffee shops at Crosstown/Edge, R. Kelly and Memphis, more

Adjacent to Edge District third-place pioneer High Cotton Brewery, Edge Coffee Co. is at the center of the space, surrounded by four glass-enclosed retail bays. You can look across the big L-shaped bar at the back of the shop to see a big open kitchen and coffee roasted on site. Two long, wooden community tables are at the center of the room, with a colorful green booth along one wall. Natural light pours in from a window at the center of the ceiling, which, with the building’s near floor-to-ceiling front windows and white subway tile interior makes for a bright, engaging environment.

Microretailers, meant to be an incubator of sorts for start-up retail businesses that might move on to more permanent spaces, include My Heavenly Creations (organic bath/body products), Paulette’s Closet (clothing), HWD Goods (home décor) and the familiar to many 901 Shop (Memphis- and often Grizzlies-themed gear from T-shirts to mugs to more).

Edge Alley Names 1st Micro-Retail Tenants

Edge Alley Names 1st Micro-Retail Tenants

Even though the focus in the Memphis Medical District is often on incremental development, one of the neighborhood’s more unique projects is about to take a big step forward. Edge Alley, the Medical District’s mixed-use coffeehouse/micro-retail incubator concept, has formalized its inaugural lineup of tenants and expects to set a grand opening date soon.

My Heavenly Creations, Paulette’s Closet, HWD Goods, and 901 Shop were chosen as the first retailers to complement the in-house coffee roaster and café, which will be located in a century-old former chrome-plating shop next to High Cotton Brewery on Monroe Avenue.

This Week In Memphis: July 17 – 23, 2017

This Week In Memphis: July 17 – 23, 2017

Looking for something to do in Memphis this week? Here are a bunch of events, including lots of live music.

Monday, July 17
– Amy Lavere & Will Sexton at Lafayette’s

Tuesday, July 18
– Lip Sync Battle at The Bayou
– Marcella Simien at Lafayette’s

Wednesday, July 19
– Jason D. Williams at Lafayette’s

Thursday, July 20
– Jana Jana at Lafayette’s
– Songwriters at Stanley’s BBQ

SCS and Volunteer Memphis teaming up for back to school cleaning project

SCS and Volunteer Memphis teaming up for back to school cleaning project

Shelby County Schools needs volunteers to help clean up schools in the Memphis area.

Volunteer Memphis, Clean Memphis, and Memphis City Beautiful are teaming up with SCS to spruce up nine schools before the first day of school starts, the district said in a press release.

No supplies will be necessary for volunteers who are interested. Cleaning supplies and refreshments will all be provided.

Principals at Dexter Elementary, Highland Oaks Elementary, Hamilton Elementary, Scenic Hills Elementary, Richland Elementary, Rozelle Elementary, Sharpe Elementary, A.B. Hill Elementary and Vollentine Elementary all have projects they need help with. Those tasks include gardening, painting, and moving furniture.

Volunteer Memphis set to hold SCS Day of Service, looking for volunteers

Volunteer Memphis set to hold SCS Day of Service, looking for volunteers

Volunteer Memphis is hoping the Memphis community will answer the call to volunteer their time to help spruce up several Shelby County elementary schools. 

The Shelby County Schools Day of Service is set for Saturday, July 22, when volunteers will paint, plant flowers, and do other areas of work at elementary schools in each of Memphis' nine districts, between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.

See Inside: Edge Alley, the Edge District's new cafe/coffee roaster/retail incubator

See Inside: Edge Alley, the Edge District's new cafe/coffee roaster/retail incubator

The Edge's District's new cafe/coffee roaster/community space/retail incubator officially opens in a couple of weeks. But, today MBJ is giving readers a sneak peek.

Chef and restaurant consultant Timothy Barker, along with Phil Massey, co-owner of High Cotton Brewing Co., partnered on the project located next door to High Cotton, at 600 Monroe Ave. The nearly 100-year-old building once was home to an ironworks facility, an auto upholstery business and a chrome plating shop. The interior design has subtle odes to its auto history, including a banquette that was custom-designed to look like the backseat of a Cadillac.

The Weekender: June 30 – July 2

The Weekender: June 30 – July 2

With all the great things going on in the 901 these days, have you ever been overwhelmed with choices? Well, you’re in luck! Every week we curate The Weekender, a post filled with a handy schedule to help you hit some of our best bets for an amazing weekend.

You can follow this schedule to a T, or use it as a launching point to plan your own adventure! The Weekender is not meant to be exhaustive, but will include our suggestions to help you plan the weekend ahead. 

Pet Friendly Memphis

Pet Friendly Memphis

It wasn’t that long ago, maybe a decade, that most Mexican food you found in the states was some variation on a national chain doing nachos. Not anymore. Babalu Tacos & Tapas serves, obviously, tacos and tapas, as well as salads, tortas, table-side prepared guacamole. Oh, and the drinks are killer. There’s a patio that wraps around the building that is dog-friendly, but make sure you bring a leash.

Guide to 4th of July Events in Memphis 2017

Guide to 4th of July Events in Memphis 2017
  • Join Overton Square for a family-friendly Independence Celebration concert in the Tower Courtyard on Sunday, July 2.
  • Enjoy the rockin’ sounds of the Jackson Regiment from Mississippi’s 41st Army Band as they tell the Army story through their toe-tapping, upbeat music. The Fire Museum of Memphis joins the party with fun vintage fire trucks, and will be on hand to teach our youngest visitors more important summer fire safety tips.
  • A selection of local beers and seasonal refreshments will be available for purchase. Folding chairs and blankets are welcome; no coolers or outside alcoholic beverages, please. This concert is free and open to the public.
  • The Independence Celebration is proud to welcome Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Inc., helping Memphis’ homeless and disabled military veterans through support services.

Barbecue Spaghetti, The Memphis Specialty You Need To Try

Barbecue Spaghetti, The Memphis Specialty You Need To Try

The Vernon family has been operating the Bar B Q Shop in Memphis since 1983, and closely guarding its secret BBQ sauce recipe for even longer. You’ll definitely want to slather that sauce all over the restaurant’s ultra-tender ribs, a longtime menu mainstay.

The other signature offering of the restaurant is one that you probably haven’t seen before — barbecued spaghetti, a dish that was allegedly invented at the restaurant and is now a Memphis staple. It’s exactly what it sounds like: spaghetti, tomato sauce, and a whole lot of BBQ pulled pork. You’ll never want to go back to bolognese again.

Father’s Day Weekender: June 16 – June 18

Father’s Day Weekender: June 16 – June 18

With all the great things going on in the 901 these days, have you ever been overwhelmed with choices? Well, you’re in luck! Every week we curate The Weekender, a post filled with a handy schedule to help you hit some of our best bets for an amazing weekend.

You can follow this schedule to a T, or use it as a launching point to plan your own adventure! The Weekender is not meant to be exhaustive, but will include our suggestions to help you plan the weekend ahead. 

Editorial: What’s in Overton Square's name? That which Loeb decides

Though Loeb Properties owns a majority of the property that the casual visitor would describe as Overton Square, there are also parcels — such as the site of Maggie’s Pharm — that aren’t owned by Loeb and aren’t technically Overton Square.

Kresge Foundation announces awardees of new grantmaking initiative in Memphis

Kresge Foundation announces awardees of new grantmaking initiative in Memphis

The Kresge Foundation announced today that 10 organizations will receive a total of $1.3 million in grant support to boost opportunity for residents of Memphis.