The Holiday Pop-Ups You Can’t Miss

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Emily Dunn is a native Memphian who returned to Bluff City just last year after spending time in Austin, TX. It was during her five years there that she honed her makers’ market skills while pursuing her own artistic endeavors. When she returned to Memphis to be closer to family, Emily wanted to continue her market work here, so she launched Memphis Modern Market, a series of pop-up markets held at various locations throughout town. Memphis, she discovered, has a lot of younger, more modern makers than people realize, so her new pop-up markets, which launched in August 2019, allowed the artists a space to showcase their work and earn a living.

As with so many things this year, COVID hit, and Emily’s business model had to adapt. She began hosting virtual markets each month via Instagram. She was then approached by the Pink Palace to launch the Pink Palace Crafts Fair Pop-Up Shop two months ago. This coming Thursday, she’s launching yet another pop-up shop downtown in partnership with the Downtown Memphis Commission’s “Open on Main” initiative. Find out more about these unique shopping opportunities and the woman behind them. Welcome Emily Dunn as our newest FACE of Memphis. Read full story here

COVID-19 forced one Memphis group to totally rethink its approach to homelessness. The results were life-changing

Fast Company. November 11, 2020. For Roberds and the Hospitality Hub, the process of creating this pandemic-related shelter has ended up informing the organization’s longer term housing design strategy. It was a fast-forward adaptive reuse version of the shelter the organization had planned to build–and it sparked some ideas of what else could be done quickly to serve the city’s homeless population in the long, pandemic-stricken months before its new shelter would be finished.

Soul-n-Love: Alcenia’s to celebrate 23 years of love and soul food with a block party

The Commercial Appeal. November 2, 2020. For more than two decades, B.J. Chester-Tamayo has been delighting her customers at Alcenia’s with her made-from-scratch soul food with a generous side of Southern hospitality.

On Saturday, Alcenia’s will celebrate its 23th anniversary with an outdoor block party. The Soul-n-Love party will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the restaurant.

Memphis Park Now Hosts a Peace Project

The Commercial Appeal. October 30, 2020.  If you head down to Fourth Bluff Park, you’ll no longer be met only with car horns, snippets of pedestrian cellphone conversations and the other usual sounds of Downtown Memphis life.

Thanks to a recent auditory art installation, dubbed the Memphis Peace Project, visitors to the park will now be met with sound recordings meant to inspire peace, relaxation and introspection, according to the artists behind the venture.

Downtown Dining Week in a year whose number must not be spoken

The Daily Memphian. October 26, 2020.  Downtown Dining Week is back, but it’ll be a bit different this year. It started out with a handful of restaurants and three-course dinners, priced to the year: $20.08, $20.09 and so on.

But like Deni Reilly of The Majestic Grille and Cocozza American Italian said: “Who wants anything to be $20.20?”