Saturday update

The Office Depot on Union in the Medical Center District is closing. A source on Twitter said that as of yesterday morning, the shelves were still well stocked and there are many good deals to be had.

Last night I met the guy who is opening the Swanky’s Taco Shop that is going in the Chisca in the former LYFE Kitchen location. He told me he is hiring servers, although the restaurant is still a few weeks from opening. I got his contact info and will pass it along if you’re interested in a job there. Email me at or hit me up on Facebook.

Tonight is the first fireworks night of the season at the Redbirds. Prior to the first pitch (6:35, gates open at 5:00) fans can enjoy $2 beers at the Left Field Bar. First 500 fans receive a schedule poster featuring Adolis Garcia. After the game ends, stay in your seat for a fireworks show.

Justin Timberlake posted his own local’s guide to Memphis, and he is a fan of Downtown. JT recommended The Arcade, Sun Studio, Gus’s, STAX Museum, Rendezvous, and Earnestine & Hazel’s.

Memphis lost a Downtowner yesterday, but for a good reason. Jerry Stackhouse, formerly an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies, has been hired as Vanderbilt’s head coach. That’s going to be a tough gig, competing with other SEC coaches and Penny Hardaway for recruits in the region. I wish him luck, though; I would love to see him build Vandy’s program to the point where he thumps Kentucky and Tennessee on a regular basis.

Play wrestling trivia for House Money in the Bank at Cerrito Trivia at Memphis Made Brewing Co. happens on Thursday, May 9. Normally I wouldn’t post about that so far in advance, but the wrestling trivia nights are extremely popular and you need to make a reservation. Open spots will fill up quickly.

Rep. Steve Cohen proves once again he’s one of the good guys:

Edible Memphis posted a reminder that the Craft Food & Wine Festival is not far away, on Sunday, June 23 at The Columns in One Commerce Square. Tickets are $60-115 and get you a two hour tasting session at either 4:00 or 6:30. The festival has started to list the vendors and they are top-notch, including not only some of Memphis’ best food, but craft beer, cider, and wine. Money raised benefits the Church Health Center.

Hmmm… the Craft Food & Wine Festival is the same day as The Bar Olympics happening out at the Hi-Tone. That’ll put some people to a difficult choice as to what to do that afternoon, and no, I am not kidding. Someone was asking me what the entry fee for The Bar Olympics is… I looked at the signup form and it’s $150 to enter a team of 6 to 8. Sign up the max of 8, and you’re talking less than $20 a person for an afternoon of drinking and competition. Quite a reasonable entry fee compared to similar events, and the money goes to Alive! Rescue Memphis.

The Cousins Maine Lobster food truck will pay a visit to Cordelia’s Market this coming Wednesday, April 10, from 5 to 8.

Wine lovers might want to make plans to take off work early this coming Monday, April 8. The Majestic Grille is having a cellar sale, selling some of the wines they currently have in stock at great prices to make room for new ones. The sale begins at 4 PM and goes on until 10, but you know the best bottles will get picked over fast! Tell your boss you have a dentist appointment and leave work at 3:30.

Speaking of the Majestic, I was in there for lunch yesterday. Can’t go wrong with a classic, fish & chips.

This was a special yesterday, but they tend to have fish & chips, along with other fish and seafood specials, every Friday, even outside of the Lenten season. Pro tip: Put some malt vinegar not only on the fish, but the steak fries as well. If you’re addicted to the Majestic’s famous thin Parmesan fries, you can get those instead of the steak fries.

For my friends who like to smoke up, this article is for you: There sure is a lot of poop in weed

Farmers Market, Farmers Market, time to go to the Farmers Market! I’ll try to take a few pics. Back tomorrow with more news.