Thursday update

The Memphis Flyer and the Commercial Appeal have more information about Lucky’s Social Club, the new combination dog park and bar at 730 South Main. It’s at Main and Carolina, and it is being opened by Mac Hopper who developed Carolina Watershed and Loflin Yard, along with Chelsea Glass and Brian Ellsworth. The half-acre space will have amenities for dogs including a water station, tether ball, and an obstacle course, and they plan to eventually have a Paws of Fame wall. Dog owners will enjoy local beers, gourmet hot dogs, and live music. They plan to have food trucks on site as well. Also, the developers hope to have a beer for dogs on tap.

This will be a members-only park, with memberships costing $10 per day, $25 per month, or $275 per year. Owners must present paperwork that their dogs are spayed or neutered and have all their vaccinations, and they must sign a letter affirming that their dog is not aggressive. For the March 16-17 soft opening owners are asked to keep their dogs on leashes, but once the park is fully open, dogs will be allowed to run free inside the entirely fenced area. Yesterday I was talking to a dog-owner friend of mine who lives Downtown about Lucky’s Social Club, and if she planned to join. “Oh, hell yeah,” she said. “$25 a month? If I go there 5 times a month, it’s worth it.”

Okay. Before we move on to other news, I want to link to the Commercial Appeal article one more time. There’s a photo of a German shepherd with a ball in his mouth, and the caption underneath begins with “This is a dog…”. Well, NO SHIT. I thought I was looking at a brontosaurus. We’re so lucky to have the CA to clarify stuff like this.

Interesting breaking news this morning: Commissioner Tami Sawyer is announcing a run for Memphis mayor. That’s going to put me to a tough decision on Election Day. I am a big fan of the commissioner, but I also think Mayor Strickland has done a (mostly) good job serving the entire city (rather than just his cronies) and being transparent. The nightmare scenario is Sawyer and Strickland split the vote, resulting in King Willie back in office. I’ll be exploring apartment rentals in Downtown Little Rock if that happens.

Earnestine & Hazel’s posted yesterday welcoming Malco Theaters to the neighborhood. E&H said that on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, they are going to open at noon from now on, so that movie-goers can enjoy a Soul Burger and a drink before or after the show.

Noon on Saturdays, huh… I’m going to have to figure out how to make that work with my trips to the Farmers Market when they begin about four weeks from now.

Michael Donahue stopped by Earnestine & Hazel’s recently for an update on what’s going on there. The jukebox is staying, the records aren’t coming off the wall, and Nate is still there. The place is much the same, with improvements that won’t mess with the character of the place.

This Sunday, March 10, the Grizzlies are having another Kids Free Ticket Game. Buy a Terrace I, II, III, or IV ticket to the game vs. Orlando at FedExForum at 5 PM that day, and receive a complimentary ticket for a child 12 or under. This is a great way to introduce kids to the joy of live basketball without breaking the bank. Get your tickets online or at the FedExForum box office.

Memphis 901 FC revealed its inaugural home jersey design yesterday. I love it that there’s a Silky O’ Sullivan’s patch on the sleeve. I bet Silky will be looking down upon the game from afar and smiling Saturday.

The Memphis City Moms Blog has a post about what you can expect to find at the Calvary Lenten Waffle Shop that starts today and is open Tuesday-Friday 11 AM-1:30 PM through Lent. Good photos of the food, and confirmation that the fish pudding and tomato aspic are worth a try even though they sound gross.

That’s it for now. Back to my battles trying to get a flavor of Portable Linux set up on a laptop. Trying Mint Linux after several others failed to meet my needs. Back tomorrow with more news.