Tuesday News Update: Gallons Of Cheese Dip Edition

Posted by Holly Whitfield | February 2nd 2016 7142 0

Happy Tuesday! I hope you are enjoying this balmy, rainy January day. Here are some news updates, positive stories, and things that have made me happy in the last few weeks.

1. Attention Entrepreneurs. Have a great idea for a business or non-profit? StartCo is a Memphis-based organization accepting team applications right now for its accelerator programs.

StartCo’s Accelerators are 90-day entrepreneur bootcamps where teams get $25,000 investments and support to help launch their startups. Read more here. They’re even giving away $1,500 for the best 90-second start-up pitch.

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2. Mural Subjects Needed. I know how much y’all love murals. If you want to be involved in the creation of a new one on South Main, here’s your chance. Facing History (an education non-profit) and the Urban Arts Commission will soon accept submissions for Memphians to put in the mural.

They’re looking specifically for “Memphis Upstanders“, people who “take positive action in the face of injustice”. You can submit your nominations online from Feb. 3 – 29.

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3. Memphis Gives Back. Memphis has sent 12,000 bottles of our delicious, clean water to Flint, Michigan in their time of need. Shout-out to The Tri-State Defender, The City of Memphis, MLGW, and FedEx for making it happen.

4. Our Food Is Crazy. Memphis restaurants were featured on the Travel Channel Show “Bizarre Foods” with host Andrew Zimmern. There’s a whole segment on Pancho’s cheese dip on the Travel Channel website.

My favorite line is, “I’ve consumed many gallons of cheese dip over the last 50 years.” This is something we can all aspire to.

5. Grocery Store News. Binghampton is getting a Save-A-Lot grocery store, which will be especially good for the folks in the neighborhood with limited transportation – it will be more easily accessible by bus and on foot.

6.  I Love This Video. Crosstown Arts has become a hub for the arts, education, music, festivals, and culture in Memphis. They made a lovely video showing 2015 events from Crosstown Arts and Storybooth, as well as a sampling of things that went on in the neighborhood.

To watch, click here.

7. All Your Hardee’s Are Belong To Us. Since the first Hardee’s to re-open in the Mid-South set national sales records, I figure it’s of interest that a Hardee’s in Horn Lake is opening tomorrow, Feb. 3 at 749 Goodman Road. They’ll donate 10 percent of the first week’s sales to St. Jude.

8. We Can Be Heroes. On January 23, 18 local music acts came together for a six-hour-long David Bowie Tribute Concert at Minglewood Hall. What started as an idea on Facebook from musician Graham Winchester turned into a huge show that raised about $20,000 for St. Jude. That’s impressive. Go Memphis and Go Memphis musicians!

9. Free music! Free coffee! Visible Music College will host a free concert on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. to showcase six artists from their Madison Line Records label. Head to 200 Madison Ave. for free coffee, a raffle giveaway, and music from MemFizz, The Beep, Marci Coleman, Visible Worship, Jeremy Horn, Kairos, and Arthur; MLR. More details here.

10. Two New Restaurants. a) The Dixon’s new cafe, Park and Cherry, will open in March. They’ll have soup, sandwiches, pastries, and more, and will be open during Dixon operating hours. b) Scoops Parlor will open downtown on Friday, Feb. 5 in the space across from Cheesecake Corner in South Main. They’ll have gelato and crepes.


11. Beale Street Music Fest Love. FuseTV has named Beale Street Music Festival #4 in its list of the country’s 22 best music festivals. Discounted tickets are on sale right now (while supplies last). Click here to get those. The lineup will be announced on Feb. 24th.

12. Be A Riverside Soccer Champion. Today, the RDC announced that they’ll host an adult, co-ed soccer tournament in the riverside field on the RiverFit course. Teams can sign up for $150 per team here, and will play in games every Sunday from March 6 to April 10.

13. You’re Invited To A Party. I’m hosting a Grizzlies Watch Party This Friday at the Rec Room! Get details here. 

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