Downtown’s ‘Virginia Ave.’ district to launch with block party

It worked for the Broad Avenue Arts District; it worked for the Tennessee Brewery and for Crosstown Concourse. Now, another group of Memphians hope to activate a different dormant area of the city.

In the local tradition of pre-vitalization parties, five Downtown businesses will host an event to introduce the district they’re now calling “Virginia Ave.” on Saturday, July 29, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

According to Remember Media CEO Cori McCleskey, the purpose of the event is “for our entire Memphis community to celebrate the beginning of a new era (on Virginia Avenue).”

These 10 Memphis restaurants prove there’s more to the city’s food scene than barbecue

Memphis is famous for its rock, soul, blues, and civil rights history. And when it comes to food, barbecue is what most tend to think of. But while there’s no disputing the necessity of a visit to Central BBQ, A&R, or Elwood’s Shack, Memphis restaurants have so much more to offer. Nowadays, you can find Asian, Latin American, or Italian food just as easily as you can find smoked meat.

DMC’s ‘Open On Main’ Program Brings Three Women-Owned Businesses Downtown

The Downtown Memphis Commission has partnered with the Women Business Center South to give three women-owned businesses the support and resources to launch a physical storefront on, as a part of their “Open on Main” initiative.

Winners include:

• Tina Tilton of The Podcast Center, “a cutting-edge space dedicated to podcasting and creating audio content.” The Podcast Center will be located at 10 North Main Suite 100.

• Kristen and Lindsey Archer of ARCHd, who “specialize in creating high-quality, handcrafted goods made of wood and marble.” ARCHd will be located at 65 Monroe Suite A.

• Valencia Leonard of Oh So Sweets Skincare, who offer a “range of natural and high-quality skincare products.” Oh So Sweets Skincare will be located at 65 Monroe Suite B.

How a Memphis camp is using hip-hop to build the next generation of architects

Whether originating in Brooklyn, Oakland, Atlanta, Houston, Memphis or elsewhere, much hip-hop music is built upon pride of place.

Geographic identity is key, as artists represent their cities (in 2009, Jay-Z released “Empire State of Mind,” a tribute to New York), their neighborhoods (N.W.A.’s “Straight Outta Compton” arrived in 1988), and even their streets (“S.O.U.T.H. Parkway,” a Gangsta Blac track, debuted in 1999).

This week, inside Connect Music, a sprawling distribution-company headquarters and event space on Vance Avenue near Downtown, 28 Memphis young people, ages 10 to 16, reversed that historic connection. Hip-hop might be built on place, but these kids built places out of hip-hop, constructing dioramas of cityscapes inspired by the lyrics of songs by such artist as Lauryn Hill, Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.

Check out the new Sidewalk of Stars at the Halloran Centre in downtown Memphis

There’s a new set of stars honoring performers who have hit the stage in Memphis, now on display near Beale Street.

Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education unveiled its new Sidewalk of Stars on Wednesday, July 12, 2023.

The 29 stars honor the artists who have graced the Halloran stage since it opened in 2015, including the Bar-Kays, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and Keith Sykes.

Flame Ramen opening location Downtown

Downtown is about to get a little hotter.

Flame Ramen, which is owned by a Chicago-based company, is opening a new location on South Second Street. The company wants to capture more of the Memphis market, especially in the 18- to 45-year-old young professional demographic, according to one local manager.