MBJ: New Crosstown brewery announces IBO — initial beer offerings

MBJ: New Crosstown brewery announces IBO — initial beer offerings The brewery set to open next door to Crosstown Concourse in November has unveiled its initial beer lineup. Crosstown Brewing Company, founded by Will Goodwin and Clark Ortkiese, will start by offering a West Coast-style IPA called “Traffic” and a blonde ale called “Siren,” according to a news release. “Having spent so much time in the Crosstown neighborhood, we’ve become very familiar with the sights and sounds of our home,” Ortkiese said in the release. “Cleveland Street is very busy, and the 42 is one of the busiest bus routes … Continue reading MBJ: New Crosstown brewery announces IBO — initial beer offerings

CA: Fairgrounds planning adds to whirlwind of Memphis redevelopment

CA: Fairgrounds planning adds to whirlwind of Memphis redevelopment … When I graduated from high school in the early 1990s, Memphis looked much different than it does now. I saw concerts and Memphis Tigers basketball games at the pointy Tomb of Doom down on the river and Memphis Chicks games at comparatively tiny Tim McCarver Stadium at the Fairgrounds. I no longer remember what was on the parcels of land that became AutoZone Park and FedExForum (and Gibson Guitar Factory and the Westin Hotel). South Main was the seedy end of Downtown where “Mystery Train” had been filmed. Overton Square … Continue reading CA: Fairgrounds planning adds to whirlwind of Memphis redevelopment

MBJ: Cafe Cossitt concept — a coffee shop in the historic riverfront library — could be coming soon

MBJ: Cafe Cossitt concept — a coffee shop in the historic riverfront library — could be coming soon In the next 12 months, Downtown’s underutilized public library is expected to be transformed into a new community hub. Thursday, July 20, the Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) board received an update on the Fourth Bluff revitalization project from Carol Coletta, a senior fellow with the Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Practice. As Downtown has expanded, more neighborhoods have emerged, including the Edge, the Pinch and South City, but a number of public assets — the Cossitt Library, Memphis Park and Mississippi River Park … Continue reading MBJ: Cafe Cossitt concept — a coffee shop in the historic riverfront library — could be coming soon

MDN: Memphis Music Initiative To Occupy Old Downtown Firehouse

MDN: Memphis Music Initiative To Occupy Old Downtown Firehouse … The old firehouse at the corner of B.B. King Boulevard and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue has gone through many incarnations since the 1800s, including stints as a recording studio, nightclub and pop-up beer garden. Now it can add one more to the list – office. The Memphis Music Initiative (MMI), a local nonprofit organization, recently signed a 10,000-square-foot lease to move its headquarters into the iconic Downtown structure, marking a new chapter in the building’s long history.   … Most recently the building was used to host a … Continue reading MDN: Memphis Music Initiative To Occupy Old Downtown Firehouse

MDN: ‘Great Streets’ Experiment Opens Between River and FedExForum

MDN: ‘Great Streets’ Experiment Opens Between River and FedExForum The sun umbrellas are on the way for the tables and chairs on the northern side of Peabody Place between Front and Main streets, and so is a temporary mural wall and some kiosks for a marketplace. A Times Square-meets-Broad Avenue experiment at the southern end of Downtown’s Main Street Mall got underway this week with reggae music, popsicles and, of course, bicycles. Most of that activity was on the last block of the 40-year-old Main Street Mall, but some of it also turned the corner onto Peabody Place. Angled parking … Continue reading MDN: ‘Great Streets’ Experiment Opens Between River and FedExForum

HGN: Gestalt Community Schools plans citys first community rugby field

HGN: Gestalt Community Schools plans citys first community rugby field The city of Memphis’ first community rugby field and its first turf rugby field will open up this fall at Gestalt Community Schools’ Power Center Academy in the Hickory Hill area thanks to a $250,000 grant from Republic Services through its National Neighborhood Promise community engagement initiative. Republic will work in collaboration with the school and Memphis Habitat to complete the field along with additional volunteer and neighborhood revitalization projects. “We started rugby about five years ago through the Memphis Urban Rugby League,” said Yetta Lewis, co-founder and CEO of … Continue reading HGN: Gestalt Community Schools plans citys first community rugby field

Flyer: “M” Bridge May Get New Lights Soon

Flyer: “M” Bridge May Get New Lights Soon Last year an anonymous donor gave $12 million to the city to upgrade the lights on the Harahan Bridge and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge. While the Harahan has been lit for some time, the “new bridge,” or the “M bridge” may get its turn soon. An application was submitted this week to the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board for the project. Details are below but feast thine eyes on what engineers at Phillips have planned. If you want more details, here’s the project summary submitted to the DRB this week: “Project … Continue reading Flyer: “M” Bridge May Get New Lights Soon

MDN: Memphis Airport to Receive $5.3 Million Federal Grant

MDN: Memphis Airport to Receive $5.3 Million Federal Grant The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority will receive a $5.3 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The grant will help Memphis International Airport meet design requirements and install energy efficient materials for its Concourse B modernization project. … This grant will fund phase two of the design process and phase one of the construction, mobilization and demolition process. The multiphase, multiyear modernization plan includes passenger-friendly additions such as moving walkways, wider corridors, larger … Continue reading MDN: Memphis Airport to Receive $5.3 Million Federal Grant

CA: Elvis, Isaac, B.B. and Otis were card-carrying members of this venerable Memphis institution

CA: Elvis, Isaac, B.B. and Otis were card-carrying members of this venerable Memphis institution Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding and B.B. King were card-carrying members. So were vaudeville performers, accompanists to silent movies, rockabilly artists and makers of radio jingles. They’re part of a musical lineage that traces to 1873, when Mississippi River showboat performers and others formed the forerunner of the Memphis Federation of Musicians. It hit the bigtime in the 1960s, riding the popularity of Memphis-style soul music typified by Booker T. and the MGs, the Bar-Kays, Eddie Floyd and Wilson Pickett. A new union hall opened … Continue reading CA: Elvis, Isaac, B.B. and Otis were card-carrying members of this venerable Memphis institution

Choose901: “RiverPlay” Pop-Up Park Opening at Memphis Riverfront

Choose901: “RiverPlay” Pop-Up Park Opening at Memphis Riverfront RiverPlay will have a variety of features including playing fields, basketball courts, a skating rink, and an area for Memphis’s best food trucks. At this new downtown hotspot in Memphis you will be able to rent roller skates, check out basketballs, ping pong paddles, chess pieces and other games for kids and adults. There will also be different programs you can participate in like yoga, fitness boot camps, 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, theatre, live music and more. RiverPlay is a place for anyone and everyone who wants to get out and be active or for … Continue reading Choose901: “RiverPlay” Pop-Up Park Opening at Memphis Riverfront