Zinnie’s East Closes, Start-Ups are Born and Beer Bust Starts Early Tonight

Posted by Holly Whitfield | March 1st 2011 2767 0

365 Memphians - Zach Whitten

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Meet Zach Whitten, the mustachioed force behind two of my favorite local art projects: The Great and Secret Thing and Memphis Fast Fiction (think Project 365, but with short stories). During the day, he’s a designer at Combustion. (Zach Whitten fun fact: in 2009, he got his internet minister credentials so he could perform my wedding.)

In other news:

– Midtown bar Zinnie’s East has closed. We’ll miss their all-you-can-eat crab legs, cheap beer and yearly celebration of soup (aka Soup-o-rama).

– If you’ve always wanted to run your own business, but aren’t sure where to start, LaunchMemphis is having a Business Model Boot Camp on Saturday. They’ll cover the basics of writing business models and answer a ton of questions. It’s $40 per person, and lunch is included.

– I’m DJ-ing a very special early beer bust at 8:30 p.m. at the Hi-Tone tonight, and I need you to help me pack the place out. A certain cable channel is going to be in town filming a show on Memphis, and they’re planning to film at the Hi-Tone tonight. I’ll be playing my usual mix of soul, girl groups, indie rock and the odd 80’s classic. As always, there’s no cover, all-you-can-drink PBR is $5 and cheese pizza slices are $1.


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  1. Ben says:

    I have a universal life church minister card too and have performed many marriages for friends. However, after researching with an attorney friend of mine, technically a marriage performed by one of us isnt considered valid and could be voided if contested in divorce. Hopefully never will come to that for you guys (best wishes!) but thought I should mention it – i always do to couples i’ve wed. But I wouldnt worry about it. I doubt the county clerk has enough time to validate the credentials of everyone who signs a marriage license.

  2. Bill says:

    Tennessee law:36-3-301. Persons who may solemnize marriages. (a) (1) All regular ministers, preachers, pastors, priests, rabbis and other spiritual leaders of every religious belief, more than eighteen (18) years of age, having the care of souls

    The law varies from state to state. Utah, challenged the ULC’s validity and lost in the courts. The separation of church and state is a very important concept.

    That being said, Zach’s projects are very entertaining and worth following.

  3. Deby says:

    Say hello to Zach for me!! He looks very cute in the photo!

  4. […] R Little @ 12:00 pm Last week Memphis lost a great foodie addition to the city. I heard through I Love Memphis that after 25 years, Zinnie’s East has closed. They filed bankrupcy  in March of last year, […]

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