Saturday update

It looks like the rumors that Raymond James will be moving out of its building at 50 N. Front, first reported by the Daily Memphian back in February, are true. The DM reported this week that the company has signed a lease on an East Memphis building. The main reason for the move is that Raymond James alleges the landlord has failed to maintain the elevators. This is a loss for Downtown, as 600 people worked in the building at the time the lease was signed in 2015.

In the Daily Memphian’s Bar Talk this week, Jennifer Biggs learns how to make A Little R & R, one of the craft beverages on the restaurant’s new cocktail list.

As your number-one source of news and information about The Edge District, it’s my pleasure to link you to this CA article about Boulevard Souvenirs. The last independently-run Elvis souvenir shop on Elvis Presley Boulevard, its owners have resisted attempts by Graceland to take over the space and the souvenir business. They are now planning to open a second store at 676 Marshall, just a short walk away from Sun Studio.

The Peace and Love Tour comes to the Orpheum Wednesday, September 4. This is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, with a national touring company performing songs that were played there. Expect to hear the music of Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, the Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills and Nash and more.

A new record label and a combination recording studio and coffee shop will be coming to Downtown Memphis. An L.A. talent manager and two partners will open the business at 123 South Court Avenue, facing Court Square. The business will be structured so that up-and-coming artists can earn income in the coffee shop as baristas while they work on their music career.

Third Eye Blind will play the Orpheum Tuesday, November 19.

There’s a margarita bar crawl AGAIN today??? Wasn’t there just one last Saturday? I mean, I understand why bar owners agree to be venues for these things – gets a lot of traffic in your bar (and thus a lot of money spent) at a time of the day when it usually wouldn’t be that busy. Really craps things up for the regulars though. Geez… 910 people listed as going.

There’s a dog show today starting at 4 PM at Loflin Yard.

This morning I’m using Google StreetView to take a virtual walk through Seward, Alaska, a town of about 3000 an hour south of Anchorage. I’ve got a friend visiting there right now. Seems like a nice place! They’re expecting a high of 72 today. I wish we were expecting that here in Memphis.

One more reminder: I hope you can make it to the Bardog alley party tomorrow (Breakaway-Bardog 5K + Monroe Avenue Fest).

That’s it for now. Back soon with more news.