Downtown welcomes workers displaced by St. Jude construction

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is relocating 500 office workers into 150 Peabody Place as its six-year, multi-billion dollar expansion gets underway.

The hospital is leasing the space most recently occupied by Terminix.

“Managing the logistics of wide-scale expansion plans, while ensuring day-to-day functions are uninterrupted, takes significant coordination,” said Dr. James R. Downing, St. Jude president and CEO.

By Aisling Mäki

Quintessential Sweets brings its treats to Downtown Memphis

Choose from an assortment of flavors of ice cream and frozen “snow” (a kosher, fat-free, cholesterol- and dairy-free Italian ice). A favorite order is to add soft serve ice cream to a cup or cone of Italian ice.

Fried-to-order treats include Funnel Cakes, Deep Fried Oreos and Deep Fried Twinkies. Funnel Cake flavors include such indulgent creations as a Turtle flavor topped with caramel and chocolate, S’mores and Strawberry Cheesecake.

by Jennifer Chandler

Casa Creative Club founder Andrew Puccio finds content’s cadence and rhythm

While Puccio has been in the field for a few years, he just established Casa a few months ago. In establishing the business and bringing in clients, they’ve been connecting via social media or through established marketing firms.

“When the client reaches out to us, we usually have a conversation about where they are in the process — ‘How much of a strategy do you have already developed? What are your goals? What are we trying to accomplish with this content in this video or photo?'” Puccio said. “The strategy for me isn’t the most exciting part. What is really exciting is the content.”

Memphis Grizzlies look to be a hot ticket at FedExForum after standout season

With the regular season fast approaching, the Memphis Grizzlies franchise expects a jump in home crowds at FedExForum to go along with an exciting team on the court.

The Grizzlies are coming off an impressive season that saw the team land the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs and advance to the second round before falling to eventual champion, the Golden State Warriors.

All-Star guard Ja Morant pushes forward the franchise and is a top draw across the league and in merchandise. His No. 12 jersey is a top-seller ahead of the 2022-2023 season, and the Grizzlies finished fourth in the league in road attendance, helping to draw 17,740 fans per game last season to opponents’ home courts.

Loews Development No Longer Moving Forward

Joint statement from City of Memphis and Downtown Memphis Commission:
While we are disappointed that Loews Hotels will not be coming to Memphis as planned, we remain encouraged by the continued growth of the industry, particularly in our Downtown core.

With the recent success of several hotels opening downtown, including the Hyatt Centric and a Hyatt Grand on the way, we are confident that our city and newly renovated convention center will continue to entice new development in this space.

Additionally, we are further encouraged by planned improvements to the Sheraton, and the potential of a hotel to the development plan of 100 N. Main.

Memphis and our Downtown remain in a strong position, and we’re excited about what the future holds.

CHOOSE901 HOSTS DOWNTOWN COCKTAIL CONTEST IN CELEBRATION OF WORLD BARTENDER DAY Spirited by Old Dominick Distillery

MEMPHIS, TN—In partnership with Old Dominick Distillery and the Downtown Memphis Commission, Choose901 is gearing up to give local bartenders a chance to showcase their skills during the Choose901 Downtown Cocktail Contest.

From February 24th, which is recognized as World Bartender Day, until the end of March —cocktail connoisseurs working in Harbortown, South Main, North Main, Crosstown, and the Edge District neighborhoods are invited to demonstrate their creativity using Old Dominick spirits.

Be it a refreshing take on an Old Fashioned, a mule, a martini, a French 75, or the like—participants are encouraged to submit one recipe that represents their craft by no later than February 4th. Each submission will be vetted by representatives from Choose901 and Old Dominick..

During the month-long celebration, Memphians are encouraged to hit up each spot to enjoy a sip, and vote for their favorite cocktails. Winners will be crowned in categories such as: Best Overall, Best Name, Best Use of Garnish, Best Presentation, Best Gin Drink, Best Whiskey Drink, and Best Vodka Drink.

The culmination will come together on Thursday, March 31st during a special industry night hosted at Old Dominick Distillery where the winners will be announced, and discounted cocktails will be served to participants and fellow restaurant industry representatives starting at 12PM.

The Grand Prize for Best Overall Cocktail includes an award for the host restaurant and a prize for the participating bartender. Other prizes to be announced.

Innovation: The Hallmark of Excellence

DAVID T. DOWNEY, CAE, ASSOC. AIA, PRESIDENT & CEO, IDA

We continue to draw inspiration from this year’s Annual Conference & Marketplace, sharing ideas, solutions, challenges and the meaningful work we do every day. And a great example of the tremendous work you’ve produced over the last year is evident in the Innovative Projects showcased in this year’s awards. We had a record-setting amount of award submissions in 2021, and today, IDA recognized 36 award-winning projects during the Downtown Achievement Awards ceremony in Tampa, Florida.

These award-winning projects highlight IDA members’ flexibility, creativity, and ability to address the gaps and challenges from the past year. Momentum is being gained while rewriting the playbook, leaning into technology, and rebuilding our cities. Winning projects showcased plans to build resilient downtowns and city centers; designs for plazas and parks to serve the next generation; events to revitalize districts; grants to spur economic growth; and more.

Congratulations to the 2021 Downtown Achievement Award winners! Visit IDA’s Innovative Projects webpage to gain ideas and inspiration for your district. The Knowledge Center is also loaded with 33 new best practices and 29 Excellence award-winning projects, including collateral to help you replicate these concepts in your city. Start thinking about your own work and prepare to submit next year to contribute to this growing body of knowledge.

Downtown Memphis Commission’s recent IDA Awards:

2021
BuildDowntown – Downtown Memphis Master Plan – Award of Excellence
South City Good Neighbor Grant – Award of Excellence
Downtown Memphis Parking Study – Best Practice

2020
Open on Main – Pinnacle Award Winner
Downtown Memphis Big Birthday Bash – Best Practice
Central Bark Dog Park – Best Practice