Monday News Update: Trader Joe’s, Newby’s Goodbye, Football News, and JT

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 8th 2014 3009 0

Today in Memphis, we have free tickets to a concert, lots of football news, a moment of silence for Newby's, a lot of yelling about grocery stores, and Justin Timberlake.

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Giveaway alert!! I have two tickets to see Eli Young Band at Minglewood Hall this Thursday. Save yourself $26 a ticket by leaving me a comment on this post telling me you want to go. I'll do a random drawing tomorrow at noon.

Congrats to Carrie Huggins – you won the tickets!

Many thanks to everyone who came to the St. Jude Marathon Poster Party and Cheering Section this past weekend You can see marathon results here (congrats to winners Erik Orberg and Alyssa Bloomquist). 

We cheered on Chewbacca (and a few thousand other runners) on Saturday at the St. Jude Marathon. See more pictures here.

According to the Commercial Appeal, this year's marathon is projected to raise $8 million for St. Jude, which is the hospital/research center's largest annual fundraiser. No family ever receives a bill for treatment at St Jude, which has drastically increased childhood cancer survival rates. I'd say that's worth the inconvenience of one morning's traffic delays. Thank you to all who raised money and volunteered.

Memphis' newest burger joint, Belly Acres (in Overton Square) will have a grand opening this Saturday, December 13.

Justin Timberlake made a splash at FedExForum, bringing his granny to see the Grizz beat the Heat, taking over the TV cameras, and generally just being awesome. 



NBD. Just flexin' real hard at this @memgrizz game with my Granny. She must be good luck… We won by 16. #GoGrizz #GoGranny

A photo posted by Justin Timberlake (@justintimberlake) on


The Memphis Tigers (and AAC Champions!) are heading to Miami on December 22 to play the BYU Cougars at the Miami Beach Bowl. The game will be on ESPN and the WatchESPN app. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. CST. The U of M has a site dedicated to the bowl game here. Stay tuned for watch party info.

Yesterday we found out officially that the Mountaineers and Aggies are headed our way. Help me welcome fans of West Virginia University and Texas A&M University as they travel to the Bluff City for the December 29 AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. CST. The halftime show is Big & Rich. 

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The Rodin exhibit. Photo via @dixonmemphis on Instagram.

You have to go see Rodin: The Human Experience at the Dixon before January 4. Rodin is one of the most famous and acclaimed sculptors of the 19th century and his work is a rare treat for Memphis. The Dixon is open Tue. – Sat. from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. They're open until 8 p.m. on December 18th this month. Tuesdays are PWYC (!!) and Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon are totally free. Otherwise, tickets are $7.

Little Free Libraries are one of the coolest little community things we have in Memphis. A local group of volunteers is working to expand the program and needs your help. Donate a few bucks or volunteer here.

Last week, local foodie John Minervini launched a new Memphis food and restaurant site called The Fork. My favorite part (besides John's commentary on the local restaurant scene) is that he's supported the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry to help feed people experiencing homelessness this month. Go here to find out how you can help (and maybe get some holiday shopping done, too.) 

To go back a few weeks, Memphis made is on Entertainment Tonight when Uncle Jessie turned on the lights at Graceland for the holidays.

Santana is coming to Memphis to perform at the Orpheum on March 15.

If you're a Memphis foodie, you'll have to hurry up and add a new book, "Feeding Memphis" to your holiday wish list. Feeding Memphis is a coffee table style book about 28 of Memphis' favorite restaurants, their chefs, and recipes. $10 from the sale of each book goes to the Mid-South Food Bank.

Memphis' own Alexis Grace (of American Idol, local theatre, and local DJ at Q107.5 fame) is working on her debut EP and music video and she's offering some pretty sweet give-backs for those who contribute to her Indie Gogo. Check it out.

Last week, everyone was screaming about Trader Joe's possibly coming to Germantown. I asked Twitter what the big deal was (as I've never been to a Trader Joe's) and apparently the very cheap wine, decent paying jobs, prepared food selection, and something called "cookie butter" are the main reasons why some Memphians were so excited. I'm an Easy Way girl myself, but I'll keep an open mind.

Last but not least, let's have a moment of silence for Newby's, which closed its doors for the last time in late November. After being the Highland Strip's bar of note for nearly 40 years, the current owners and investors foreclosed on the concert venue and beer joint. The story's not over yet, however, as it seems the folks behind Overton Square are probably going to buy it and make it into a shiny new Newby's (and maybe keep the name). 

If you've made it this far, congratulations! Your attention span is amazing. Don't forget to leave me a comment if you want to win tickets to the Eli Young Band show at Minglewood Hall on Thursday night.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. stacy says:

    I want them please

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  3. David says:

    I'm in for the Eli Young tickets

  4. Gil says:

    I'd like some tickets to the Eli young concert.

  5. Nick says:

    I'd love to win the tickets! Thanks!

  6. Rach says:

    I'd love those Eli Young Band tickets!! 

  7. Kalisa says:

    Trader Joe's has awesome fresh gluten-free cupcakes, too. No other grocery store that I know of offers that. 

  8. Donald Redding says:

    Your posts have been great in my transition to living in Memphis. Please enter me in the drawing for the tickets.

  9. Megan Cook says:

    I would love to see Eli Young Band!

  10. Micah says:

    I want to go!

  11. Christina Vranich says:

    I want to go!!!! Please 🙂

  12. Kaitlin Edwards says:

    I would love to go!!!

  13. Tom says:

    I would be happy to have those Eli Young band tickets. 

  14. Allie Olson says:

    I would LOVE tickets to see Eli Young Band this Thursday! Pick me, pick me!

  15. Lacey says:

    I want to see Eli Young Band!

  16. Ben says:

    I want to go! 

  17. Justin Rickert says:

    EYB!!! Mike Eli and the bad are awesome!

  18. Gina and Tara says:

    We're roommates in CBU's Physician Assistant program and will be done with semester finals (5 finals in 4 days) Thursday night!  We could really use a night out from a grueling semester, and going to the Eli Young Band concert would be just what the PA ordered!!

  19. Amy says:

    Love the blog. Have been to Trader Joes in other cities and don’t totally get it except that we can totally use more grocery variety. Would love tickets please.

  20. Amy Miller says:

    I would love to go!!

  21. Ginger says:

    This country music fan would love to see Eli Young band:)

  22. JessicaPax says:

    Free tickets would be amazing! Thanks! 

  23. Mary Clanton says:

    Such wonderful things going on in Memphis! Would love some Eli young tickets 🙂

  24. David Owens says:

    I want to go!

  25. yvette says:

    i'd love to take my mom to see the eli young band! (:

  26. Mary Grace Walters says:

    I'd love to go!!

  27. Danette Biggs says:

    We would love to see The Eli Young Band!

  28. Shelby Scott says:

    I love Eli Young Band!!

  29. Caroline McGuinn says:

    I would like those Eli Young Band tickets!

  30. Katie says:

    Def would love to go! 

  31. Amara Brown says:

    I would love the tickets! 

  32. Allyson nichols says:

    Please, pick me!

  33. Katie says:

    I would love to see Eli Young!

  34. Mary Ruth says:

    I'm a big fan of the Eli young band! I would love to go to the concert! 

  35. Kevin Smithers says:

    The wife’s birthday is Sunday! It would be a wonderful surprise.

  36. Ana-Shea says:

    I'd love the opportunity! 🙂

  37. Dawn Vogt says:

    I would love to win the Eli Young band tickets….and really enjoy your blog! Thank you for creating this…I've only been here for 3 years so I'm still exploring. 🙂

  38. Jamilyn Cole says:

    I would love to go Thursday!!

  39. Allie Mounce says:


  40. Rachel says:

    Sounds like we've had an exciting last few.

  41. Mark cassell says:

    Would love to go! I never try to win anything lol!

  42. Tim says:

    I would to win the tickets.  

  43. Kristen says:

    I would love tickets to see Eli Young Band!

  44. Tracy Cheney says:

    I would so love to go! I already have a date picked out who once told me this was his fave band. I would be honored to take him!……Hopeful!

  45. Rusty Reed says:

    I wanna go to eli young!

  46. Tasha mro says:

    Yes to Eli young band tickets, please!!!

  47. Jessica Robbins says:

    My daughter and I would love to go to minglewood to see Eli young band!!! 

  48. Laura Lynd says:

    Will miss Newby's greatly.  It was a generational establishment.  Too Tall Todd gave lots of musicians their first gigs there.  He is a gentle soul who wanted to carry on the best of Memphis memories.  Sad to see Newby's go.  

  49. Dan Bahnaman says:

    Me me! I want to go!

  50. Cindy Leigh says:

    We would like to see the Eli Young Band!

  51. Ayanna says:

    When people say that nothing is going on in Memphis, blogs like this help me to show them otherwise! Thank you for keeping me connected to home during my college years! 

  52. Dee Moore says:

    On my way back from Trader Joe's Nashville as I'm reading your Memphis Update – with Cookie Butter in hand!  Trade you a jar for some tix!!!  You'll be sold on TJs. 

  53. Samantha K. says:

    I would love to see Eil Young Band! Ive been wanting to see them since they first came out years ago!

  54. Caroline Berry says:

    I need those tickets! I will be turning in my last paper on Thursday before graduating with my MBA on Sunday! What a perfect celebration that would be! 🙂

  55. laura dyer says:

    I want some tickets….. Side note as a life long Memphian, I don’t think I want my Newby’s bright and shiny. Seems to go against some sort of value and charm.

  56. Holly Keating says:

    I want the tickets, please! 

  57. Erica Veksler says:

    Eli Young Band tix pretty please with a cherry on top! 

  58. charles miller says:

    I would like to go!

  59. Christine Li says:

    I would love to go!!!!!!

  60. Ezra Gabre says:

    i would like to go! 

  61. Richard Lee says:

    i would like to go! 

  62. Madesyn says:

    I would gladly take those Eli Young tickets off your hands. As a fellow Texan and sharing their alma mater, I will enjoy it very much! 🙂 pleaseeeee pick me!

  63. Brie says:

    I would love Eli Young Band tickets for Thursday!

  64. Hannah day says:

    I wanna see the Eli young band!!!

  65. Paige Juchheim says:

    I would love to see Eli young band on Thursday! Please pick meeee 🙂

  66. Bree says:

    I want to go!!

  67. Kris Dietrich says:

    It would be wonderful to see another good band at Minglewood!

  68. Gloria McCollum says:

    pick me, please…..would LOVE to go!

  69. becky says:

    like everyone else, i'd be down for some Eli Young Band tickets

  70. Jeremy says:

    I too want to see the Eli Young band at Minglewood.

  71. Jeremy says:

    I want to see the Eli Young band at Minglewood.

  72. Stephen says:

    I want to go to The Eli Young Band. Here's to the lucky random selection. 

  73. Nicole says:

    I have been listening/singing country music ever since I was 10!! This would be a dream come true if I was able to get the tickets!

  74. Miriam Dillard Stroud says:

    Love this post and would love tickets!  

  75. Robert Butler says:

    I would LOVE to go to Minglewood Thursday!

  76. Homer says:

    Uncle Jesse is & always will be Denver Pyle on Dukes of Hazzard. John Stamos is & always will be the man who loved & lost Rebecca Romijn.

  77. jason dapper says:

    It's awesome that you guys give away tickets to cool shows like this!

  78. Jeff says:

    I'd love some Eli Young Band tickets!

  79. Helen watson says:

    Your blog is great.  Would love to see it all the te.

  80. Carrie Huggins says:

    I would like to go see the Eli Young band at Minglewood Hall!!

  81. Amanda says:

    I want the tickets!!

  82. Jackie Geddes says:

    I would love some Eli Young Band tickets!! They're my favorite band! 

  83. Christine says:

    I want to go to Eli Young Band!

  84. Lauren bates says:

    I would seriously love tickets to see Eli Young Band! The boyfriend and I haven't had a night out since 9 months before our 10 month old daughter was born. That'd be sweet!

  85. Susan says:

    I want to see Eli Young and I also want to give you some cookie butter. All it takes is one visit to Trader Joe's to be hooked. (And I think cookie butter is overrated, but there are so many more reasons to love it!)

  86. holly lyons says:

    My daughter completed her finals at Memphis College of Art and I cannot afford to compliment her for her hard and dedicated work. She would LOVE to see them and would be well deserved!

  87. Tori Hudgings says:

    I'd love to go see Eli Young band at minglewood!!!

  88. Jen says:

    Your blog makes me love my Memphis so much more (& is concise enough for this mom of 4's dwindling attention span:) Please enter me for Eli Young tix, my husband & I LOVE them!

  89. Karen says:

    Please put my name in the hat. 

  90. Ashley says:

    I’d love the tickets, they are one of my favorite bands!

  91. mallory says:

    yes yes please! 

  92. paige says:

    Love your blog AND the Eli Young Band!Pick me please!

  93. Daniel says:

    Trader Joes is pretty legit! Oh, and I would love to see Eli Young!!!! 

  94. Dana Jones says:

    I would love to win the Eli Young Band tickets!!!

  95. Hank says:

    Would love the tickets. Good date night

  96. Auburn Riddick says:

    I hope Holly Lyons wins. I was gonna post for my daughter too!

  97. Alyssa Long says:

    Love Eli Young Band!! anddddddd I've never been to Minglewood Hall #badmemphian

  98. Blake Reasons says:

    Would love to go! Great article!

  99. Jessica Asher says:

    I would love Eli Young Band tickets. 

  100. Brandon Whiteley says:

    I’d love to go to Eli Young Band! I’m taking my twin sister. It’s our birthday at midnight.

  101. Amanda Parham says:

    Id love the Eli Young tickets!

  102. Lisa says:

    Please,please,please!I would love,love,love to go to see the Eli Young Band!

  103. Gary says:

    Would love the Eli Young Band tix!

  104. Adam Brewer says:

    I can always make some time to see Eli Young Band!

  105. Marriah says:

    Minglewood is always a good time!! Would love a pair of tickets! Thanks for the Giveaway!

  106. Ashley says:

    Eli Young Band tickets, please! 

  107. Joe F. says:

    I would love to see Eli Young Band…even if it breaks the other commenters hearts 🙂

  108. Memphian Lost in Nashville says:

    As a current Nashville resident let me say that Trader Joe's would be a pretty cool addition to the current Memphis grocery store selection (or lack there of). It will never be my stop for pantry staples, but it's a great place for when you are in the mood for something different at a good price. I am confused about the G'town address though, midtown would seem more appropriate.

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