Getting Started: Business advice for founders

Getting Started: Business advice for founders

Shannon Little left her job in marketing with the Huey's restaurant chain in Memphis to start her own solo marketing and social media venture. Such ventures at first glance might seem like a dime a dozen, leaving her with a task that had to be addressed before meeting with her first client.

She now handles marketing and social media efforts for several small businesses and is able to juggle all the tasks that go with that because she took the time to form a plan for herself at the very beginning.

"Define your target audience, your offerings and what value those offerings can bring to that audience," Little said, "My business became stronger, and my processes more streamlined, when I was able to define those terms."

The Memphis Weekender: August 11 – 13

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. 

Going to Memphis for Elvis Week? If so, check out these family-friendly spots

Going to Memphis for Elvis Week? If so, check out these family-friendly spots

Let’s get two things straight. One, barbecue is not what happens when you cook hamburgers in your backyard; that’s grilling. Two, there is no more delicious and tender barbecue than what can be eaten in Memphis. The good people of Texas, Missouri and the Carolinas will tell you otherwise. Bless their hearts.

Many visitors gravitate to The Rendezvous downtown, which certainly puts on a memorable show. The food is good, but the place is crowded. One feels rushed at the table, instead of invited to linger over succulent ribs. A better choice for a table service is The Bar-B-Q Shop. Order your ribs dry, your pulled-pork topped with slaw and your tea sweet. Spend a while savoring the flavors.

If you’ve got picky eaters to think about, Central BBQ offers smoked turkey, chicken and Portobello mushrooms along with the standard pork options. It’s worth a trip just for their home-cooked potato chips. Grab an extra bag on your way out.

But if you want the absolute gold standard, go to Cozy Corner. This places doesn’t put on airs, but it does make unbeatable ribs. Try the Cornish hen or bologna if you’re feeling adventurous. And if you’re feeling downright reckless, order the Super Hot sauce — just not on the ribs, please!

The Bluff City’s Biking Revolution: Improving Memphis’ Livability & Sustainability

The Bluff City’s Biking Revolution: Improving Memphis’ Livability & Sustainability

In 2010, Bicycling magazine rated Memphis one of the worst cities in America for cycling. Two years later, it was rated one of the most improved. Just seven years from our low point, Memphis has made dramatic progress in becoming bike-friendly, and thanks to city planning and grassroots efforts, biking is now a realistic and enjoyable option for everything from work commutes to weekend adventures. Whether you’re a confident rider or just getting started, there are always new ways to get rolling.

Tennessee Makes A Way To Give Charity Pharmacies Unused Drugs

Tennessee Makes A Way To Give Charity Pharmacies Unused Drugs

Tennessee health officials are writing new rules that would give people a way to donate unused drugs to charity. The legislature passed a bill earlier this year modeled after a statute in Iowa.

The proposal came from Rep. Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, whose wife is a pharmacist. The legislation sailed through with most seeing it as a no-brainer.

Phillip Baker runs Good Shepherd Pharmacy in Memphis, which is one of the only nonprofit drug counters that has expressed interest in using the new law. And he says people come to him with cabinets full of perfectly good medicine.

"It was probably a weekly occurrence," he says. "Somebody would call and say, 'my grandfather died and I have all this unopened medicine.' And in the state of Tennessee, I was having to tell them, 'I'm sorry, I can't accept donations. You're just going to have to throw that stuff away.'"

Memphis neighborhood recognized by Nextdoor app

Memphis neighborhood recognized by Nextdoor app

A Memphis neighborhood was recognized Saturday for its connectedness and sense of community by the social network Nextdoor.

Leaders for both the city and Memphis Police Department hope it can be an example for other areas when it comes to stopping crime.

“This neighborhood at East Buntyn is one of our best in the city,” said Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

The social network app Nextdoor picked Memphis’s East Buntyn neighborhood as one of 10 across the country they’d celebrate for their sense of community spirit.

East Buntyn is located near the University of Memphis, and Nextdoor said it was the first neighborhood in Tennessee to fully sign on for their service.

“We’re just blessed with many assets in this neighborhood. We have three churches in our boundaries, and they’re very helpful to us,” said Shannon Langellier, president of the East Buntyn Historic District Neighborhood Association.

The neighborhood is well known in Memphis for its Art Walk each spring. The neighborhood association also hosts events like clean-ups and yard sales, along with a Fourth of July parade.

The Memphis Weekender: July 28 – July 30

The Memphis Weekender: July 28 – July 30

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. 

The best of Texas barbecue invades Memphis, Margo Price’s surprise EP and more

The best of Texas barbecue invades Memphis, Margo Price’s surprise EP and more

Memphis is still a pork town, but it seems like brisket is a lot more common on Memphis barbecue menus than it used to be. I still don’t order it much here -- I want to maximize my barbecue meals -- but I’ve heard good things about the brisket at Bar-B-Q Shop, One & Only and Tops, among other places. When I get brisket in Memphis, it’s usually at the Rendezvous concession at FedExForum. Rendezvous is known for dry rub ribs, but the brisket might be the low-key MVP, and the Rendezvous brisket plate is the best concession meal you’ll find at the Forum.

Eat, Shop, and Drink Coffee at The Edge Alley

Eat, Shop, and Drink Coffee at The Edge Alley

The Edge Alley is officially open. I stopped by the coffee shop/cafe/workspace/shopping spot in The Edge District last weekend for a look around and some java.

The Edge District is the area around the intersection of Marshall and Monroe (near Sun Studio) on the, well, edge of Downtown.

The “Alley” isn’t a literal alley. It’s just a space in the building next door to High Cotton Brewing, and essentially it’s a room with smaller rooms all around it.

Now Open: Edge Alley

Edge Alley has opened its doors at 600 Monroe Avenue. It features a small restaurant with a coffee roaster and coffee bar, as well as four retail spaces, all under one roof.

Edge Alley will act as its own community development engine — each of its retail tenants will be given one-year leases, after which they will be encouraged to move out and into their own storefronts within the Edge neighborhood.  

167 1 3 Volunteers help beautify nine Shelby County elementary schools

167 1 3  Volunteers help beautify nine Shelby County elementary schools

There are easier ways Dawn Peterson could have caught a glimpse of the prekindergarten class room she'll soon occupy at Dexter Elementary in Cordova. 

But instead of waiting until July 31, when she and her fellow teachers are expected to report to work for the new school year, Peterson elected to spend one of her last summer Saturdays at Dexter this weekend pulling weeds.

"It was nice to just kind of get a feel for the school," the first-year teacher said. 

She certainly got a feel for the gardens.

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.