Friday update #2: Wunderlich understands recruiting

Wunderlich Securities wants to attract the best and brightest candidates to work at their corporate headquarters here in Memphis. They want the smartest people in their office to serve their clients. To recruit the best of the best, they are moving their corporate HQ to Downtown Memphis, with 100 employees to work in a 28,000 square foot space in One Commerce Square.

When they bring in people from other cities to interview, those people currently see the Memphis airport, their current HQ and a hotel in the Poplar and 240 area, and miles of Interstate 240. It isn’t the best way to convince well-qualified people that Memphis is the place where they want to spend their life.

With the move Downtown, Wunderlich candidates will get to eat in Downtown restaurants and stay in a Downtown hotel. They’ll have time after hours to explore the area, the most walkable part of Memphis, on their own. Perhaps they’ll get taken to The Little Tea Shop for a meat-and-two lunch with Miss Su. Maybe they’ll get to catch a Redbirds game. Maybe they’ll walk down to Beale and discover Brad Birkedahl’s band, or whoever is cranking out the blues at the Blues Hall that evening. They could walk over to Bass Pro and do some shopping, or rent a bike and ride down to the Ghost River tap room. Maybe they could catch a trolley to South Main to visit the National Civil Rights Museum and then have dinner at Central BBQ.

Welcome to Downtown, Wunderlich. Good to see a company that “gets it” when it comes to selling a lifestyle to potential corporate employees.

The Bar-Kays and Confunkshun play the Cannon Center for Performing Arts tonight in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Juneteenth Memphis. Doors open at 8, show at 9.

South Main Sounds hosts a Summer Blockbuster Songwriter Night at 550 S. Main tonight, 7 to 9 PM, with Nightingail, Parker Hodges, R.J. Comer, and Adam Naylor.

Hear about the progress of the Memphis 3.0 master plan at one of these meetings next week:

Memphis Made Brewing Co. is teaming up with Goner Records and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music to brew Hop Swap IPA. This golden, hazy IPA with notes of citrus and fruit will help promote the Second Annual Soulsville Record Swap, to be held tomorrow, Saturday, June 17, from 11 AM to 4 PM at the Stax Museum. Record dealers from Memphis, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, New York, and Minnesota will be on hand. There will be DJs all day long, and food trucks Arepa901, Sandwiches & More, and MEMpops. Admission to the swap is free, but if you want first pick there’s an early bird admission for $10 at 10 AM.

Memphis Made will have a pre-party for the event tonight from 7-10 PM in its taproom at 768 S. Cooper.

On Sunday, Memphis Made will present Hops for Pops, a special edition of its Community Concerts Sunday series. Live music by Incredible Universe and of course, plenty of beer. A portion of beer sales go to A Step Ahead Foundation.

Your Inner Yogi will offer Yoga for a Cause tomorrow, Saturday, June 17, at its location at 10 N. Second from 11 AM to 1 PM. Donations of dog-related items (leashes, toys, dog beds, etc.) are encouraged and will go to Streetdog Foundation. Certified instructor Caroline Miles will lead you through 108 Sun Salutations in observance of the summer solstice, bringing balance, gratitude, and positive energy. Yogis are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for the class to have time for parking and pre-class prep. There will be giveaways and pups will be there to adopt. YOGA!

Well, well, well.

Weekend! That’s it for now. I’ll be out at the usual places after work.