Saturday update

ESPN8: The Ocho’s lineup of sports was every bit as glorious as I expected. Events like championship air guitar and corgi races lived up to their potential, but an event I’d never heard of before had me glued to the edge of my seat – slippery stairs.

If I were the president of ESPN, I’d reduce golf coverage to one day a year and give the 30 or so weekends that would free up to The Ocho. Golf is boring.

I have to say I was disappointed that Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino failed to make it past the first round of cornhole. Maybe you need to spend a little less time doing GTL and a little more time throwing bean bags, Sitch.

I wonder if Queen Elizabeth II gets the ESPN family of channels, and if so, if she got up early yesterday morning to watch the corgi races. The Queen loves corgis and has owned them all her life.

Let’s get on to the Downtown news… The DM reports that a popular Memphis food truck, Boujee Bistro, is getting a brick-and-mortar location. It’ll be on the ground floor of the Lincoln-American Tower in Court Square, in the space that was formerly Regina’s Cajun Kitchen. A menu I found on Google Images indicates Boujee Bistro has tacos, salads, wings, and burgers, as well as some dishes labeled “Extra Boujee” including smoked sausage and chili dogs.

DJ Mylon will provide the music at the Silly Goose tonight. Ladies don’t pay a cover charge until 11 PM.

The Memphis Grizzlies are hiring a social & digital content strategist.

The South Main Association has released additional details about Tuesday’s member social (6 PM) at Good Fortune Co.:

  • There will be take-out-inspired bites (which is a bit weird, because Good Fortune doesn’t do take-out) including orange chicken strips, pad Thai, vegetable curry, steamed rice, and egg rolls
  • Complimentary cocktails including yuzu mimosas, Sayuri nigori sake, peach jelly shots, moonshine Asian pear sake, Sho Chiku Bai filtered and unfiltered sake
  • Plus their entire bar menu will be available for purchase
  • Good Fortune is a small restaurant and will be subject to capacity restrictions, so arrive early

Today is International Blues Music Day. My recommendation to celebrate would be the Blues Hall Juke Joint next to Rum Boogie Cafe on Beale Street.

Juke box heroes, get ready. Foreigner comes to the Orpheum on Thursday.

That’s it for this post. Back tomorrow if there’s any news to report.

Friday update

The Shelby County election of 2020 is in the record books. The big results:

  • Challenger Steve Mulroy defeated incumbent Amy Weirich in the District Attorney General race
  • County Mayor Lee Harris beat Republican challenger Worth Morgan to secure a second term
  • Voters said no to a proposal that would have extended term limits, allowing the mayor of Memphis and City Council members to run for a third term
  • County Clerk Wanda Halbert, whose office has had so much trouble mailing out license plates in a timely manner, won another term

Got a couple of pieces of news about partnerships Downtown groceries have formed to bring yumminess to their grab & go cases. South Point Grocery now carries salads by local company St. Clair Foods. Check out St. Clair’s complete list of potato, chicken, and pasta salads.

RAWGIRLS, the healthy-lifestyle restaurant on Second, has reached a deal to stock the cold case at Cordelia’s Market with their soups, salads, and pastas.

Yesterday was National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, and I recommended a trip to Beale Street for Insomnia Cookies. Turns out they’ll celebrate the day all weekend long. Get a free Classic Chocolate Chunk Cookie with any in-store purchase or any $6 or more online purchase (must add the free cookie to cart online). You can substitute a free vegan or VGF (vegan/gluten-free) chocolate chunk cookie if that’s your preference.

Today is International Beer Day and I recommend you celebrate it with the very best beer in the world. I am speaking, of course, about Pabst Blue Ribbon.

If you park monthly at Premier Parking, check your bank statement. There’s a Nextdoor thread where multiple people reported incorrect extra charges.

There will be a Whiskey, Bourbon, Cigar, and BBQ Festival on Beale Street November 18-19.

The Brass Door will show Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace today at 2 as Premier League kicks off.

Malaika’s “Wild Flower” release party happens tonight from 7-9 at South Main Sounds at 550 S. Main. Special guests Polly Carpenter, Priya Vani, Hasitha Ramanathan, and Walker Campbell will join.

That’s the news for today. Glad to see some rain moving through. Back tomorrow.

Thursday update

It’s Election Day in Tennessee. Here’s a link where you can find your polling location and sample ballot. Remember, on Election Day you have to go to your designated polling precinct – you can’t just show up at any location as you can for early voting.

If you knew Connor Hunt and Brian Coletta, our two friends who were killed in a car crash early Saturday morning, here’s an updated list of memorials and benefits this weekend:

  • Thursday (tonight): Memorial vigil at Ben-Yay’s 7:30 PM
  • Saturday: Public memorial at Growlers 6-10 PM
  • Saturday: Memorial after-parties 10 PM-close at Zinnie’s and CANVAS (Tandem Restaurant Partners will match donations to go to the Hunt and Coletta families)
  • Sunday: Celebration of Life at Carolina Watershed 4-10 PM
  • Sunday: Celebration of Life After-Party at Blind Bear 10-close

Donations for funerals & expenses can be made at any of these events or online at GoFundMe.

Funny thing: Yesterday about 11:30 AM, I was sitting in front of my laptop when I heard a zzzzzzzzzziiiipppppppp as if someone were brushing against my living room window blinds from top to bottom. It scared the crap outta me. Connor, was that you? It totally seems like the kind of thing you’d do.

If you want to shop for Christmas gifts early, here’s a very Memphis gift to give: Lego’s The Great Pyramid of Giza. It has 1476 pieces and will retail for $130. It unfortunately doesn’t come with a Bass Pro Shops logo for you to stick on the side.

Brilliant tech invention I learned about yesterday: a mouse mover. It jiggles your mouse, causing your status to appear as “Active Now” rather than “Last active 24 min 37 sec ago.” I can think of all kinds of uses for this.

Jennifer Biggs of the DM reports that frozen, heat & eat Coletta’s pizza is now available at Grind City Grocer, 60 S. Main (ground floor of The Washburn Apartments). Biggs notes they have cheese, pepperoni, veggie supreme, ’round the world, and BBQ pizza.

In the same article, Biggs linked to a podcast her co-worker Chris Herrington recently did with Chef Meredith Clinton. Clinton is the chef at Black Sheep, operating out of 409 S. Main, and is the mind behind the Lucky Cowboy speakeasy in the basement.

Interesting note: Chef Clinton says Good Fortune Co. down the street has amazing wings. That is the second time in a 24-hour period I have heard someone say that. They’re called “GFC Wings” and are made with Sichuan honey butter, sesame, and scallion.

By the way… there’s a premium topping on Good Fortune’s menu, an add-on to their noodle dishes, called “Send Noods.” Can someone explain to me what that is? Do people pay an extra $3 to add more noodles to their noodles?

The Gray Canary is hiring a server.

The city of Memphis will begin a conversion to LED street lights next month. LED lights are brighter than standard street lights, making it harder for criminals to operate under the veil of darkness.

11 golfers on the LIV Tour who were kicked off the PGA Tour for playing for the competition, have filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour. They’ve asked for a restraining order that would allow them to appear in the playoffs for this year’s FedEx Cup. Those playoffs come to Memphis next week.

The 20 most popular LinkedIn Learning courses are free to access through the end of August.

Canopy by Hilton is hiring a front desk agent.

South Bound headlines tonight’s Peabody rooftop party, 6-10 PM.

Redemption Church at 340 S. Second is having a back-to-school community day Sunday, August 7, from 10:30 AM to 2 PM. Free food, school supplies, baby formula, backpacks, and gas cards. Want to support this effort? Cashapp the church at $Redemptionnow and mark your donation “Back to school” in the memo. (h/t DNA Newsletter for this piece of info)

Today is National IPA Day. Flying Saucer, where there are many India Pale Ales to choose from, would be my recommendation to celebrate.

Today is also National White Wine Day. My recommendation would be to visit new wine shop Rootstock at 644 Madison in The Edge District and find a bottle from a small-production, family-owned winery to take home with you.

It’s also National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Insomnia Cookies on Beale would be my recommendation to celebrate.

That’s it for today. If I’m still out at Blind Bear at 11 PM, I’ll have them put on the corgi races on ESPN8: The Ocho (ESPN2). Back tomorrow with more news.

Wednesday update

Beginning at 5 this evening, Zinnie’s at Madison and Belvedere will hold a fundraiser for our friends Connor Hunt and Brian Coletta who were killed in a car crash early Saturday morning. Every dollar they take in, including tips, will go to Connor’s and Brian’s funerals.

This Saturday, there will be a public memorial for Connor and Brian at Growlers, 1911 Poplar, from 6 to 10 PM. There will be live entertainment by Chris Johnson & Adam Quinn and by DJ Kaz. They will accept donations for the funerals and to take care of the families, or if you prefer you can donate online.

A Cancer Blows benefit concert has been announced for the Cannon Center on Saturday, September 24. Memphis Symphony Orchestra conductor Robert Moody will team up with Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Loughnane (Chicago), Wycliffe Gordon, and former members of Canadian Brass to create a show that will blow cancer away.

The August South Main Social has been announced for Tuesday, August 9 at Good Fortune Co. Come celebrate the Asian noodle/dumpling restaurant’s 1-year anniversary and hear the latest South Main news. Complimentary cocktails and light fare will be provided. Free for South Main Association members, $20 for non-members (join here).

University of Memphis AD Laird Veatch: “Please pay our players.” Even as recently as 5 years ago, you’d never hear a college athletic director say that.

Inches, the taco shop and bar on Harbor Town Square, has a lunchbox special Tuesday-Friday from noon to 4 PM: Two tacos with a drink and a side of chips for $10. They have grilled chicken, grilled steak, grilled pork, and veggie tacos. They also have a grilled chicken Caesar salad with a drink for $10. And they have buy one, get one half-off Inch-a-Ritas (house margaritas).

From the CA: 100 apartments are planned for The Dermon Building, a high-rise at Court Ave. and North B.B. King Blvd. Hey, CA staff: You aware there’s a website called Dank News that is scraping your content?

Michael Donahue of the Memphis Flyer goes on a Mississippi River excursion in this week’s We Saw You.

The West Australian thinks Memphis hotels rock.

Transportation company Bolt has unexpectedly shut down, leaving hundreds of dead e-scooters on the streets of major U.S. cities.

In related news, Morning Brew reported that Bird, which operates many of the scooters in Downtown Memphis, went public last year at a company valuation of $2.3 billion. Now it’s worth $135 million, a loss of 94%. I will freely admit I take pleasure in seeing those stupid scooters fail.

Today is Grab Some Nuts Day. I swear I’m not making this up.

If you paid your MLGW bill on Tuesday, August 2, you might wanna check your bank statement.

Memphis Heritage is hosting a Sip and Save from 5-7 this evening at the James Lee House, 690 Adams. Sip a drink, have a bite to eat, and learn how you can help preserve more Victorian-era mansions like the James Lee.

I got out to my usual happy hour spots for the first time in 12 days yesterday and got caught up on the gossip… and, man, there was plenty of it. The times, they are a-changin’. My legs could probably stand a day off, but I want to get a different person’s perspective on all that is going on, so out I will go again today. Back tomorrow with more news.

Tuesday update

Time to stock up on groceries! A 30-day tax holiday in the state of Tennessee began yesterday. It applies specifically to food and food ingredients, but not to alcoholic beverages, tobacco, candy, or prepared food. Here’s a list of what qualifies.

There will be a Blue Note Bourbon tasting at happy hour at Belle Tavern this Friday from 5 to 8. There will be specialty cocktails, tastings, and flights made with Big River Distilling (maker of Blue Note) products. There will also be giveaways and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Blue Note team members will be at the tavern to discuss tasting notes.

If you commute to Arkansas, expect longer travel times the next three weeks. Routine inspection of the I-55 bridge (“the old bridge”) will be happening.

Friday will be one of my favorite TV-watching days as ESPN8: The Ocho returns. It’s a celebration of “sports” that receive less coverage than the big ones, including

  • Corgi races
  • Spikeball
  • Pickleball
  • Bed races
  • River stone skipping
  • eSkootr championship
  • Air hockey championship
  • Red Bull Paper Wings paper airplane championship
  • Kickball
  • Axe throwing
  • Wiffle ball
  • Tag
  • Pogo
  • SuperHole (so many jokes to be made here)
  • Dodgeball
  • Slippery steps
  • Air guitar

Here’s the complete schedule for The Ocho. Because all times are Eastern, the corgi races actually start at 11 PM Thursday our time. Gonna be a fun day of TV watching.

Taco Bell’s Mexican pizza will make a permanent return to the menu this fall. The company’s CEO hinted that other discontinued items could return as well. Enchirito, please! But do it right, with the black olives on top!

The DM has a look at the Memphis AF mol-e-que burrito from The Dynamic Duo food truck, and it lists a reason Downtowners should support the truck: One half of the Duo was a server at recently-closed Rizzo’s. Catch the truck at the Memphis Farmers Market Saturday from 8 AM to 1 PM.

The Brass Door will be closed today and tomorrow for some behind-the-scenes maintenance. They’ll be back open for Thursday lunch.

ABC 24 has a look at Lucky Cowboy, the new bar in the basement of 409 South Main. It will offer theme night and a weekly rotating menu.

UGH: Sweltering heat index returns to parts of the Mid-South. A Heat Advisory will be in effect from noon to 8 PM today, with a feels-like temperature of 107 possible. Good news though: The MemphisWeather.net extended forecast (Thursday-Monday) has predicted highs only near 90-lower 90s with a chance of thunderstorms every day.

Yesterday was a good day for me. My legs have been so bad that I’ve stayed home many days of the past 12, and when I did get out it would be places very close to home like Walgreens and Bardog. Yesterday I made it to Silly Goose, Blind Bear, and back home without experiencing any fatigue. I’m not completely healed, but I’m better. I’ll be at Blind Bear for happy hour today and I’ll stick around for Pop Culture Trivia with Velvetina at 7:30. Back tomorrow with more news.

Monday update

Downtowners woke up to some very sad news when they checked social media yesterday morning,

Rest in peace Connor and Brian. Your smiles, your talent for making mischief, and your huge personalities will be missed.

Connor was a general manager for Tandem Restaurant Partners. Brian bartended primarily at Zinnie’s, sometimes picking up shifts at other locations like Ben-Yay’s and Sugar Grits. They were apparently killed in a single-car crash early Saturday morning near I-240 and Chelsea.

I can’t believe they will never again walk through the door while I’m sitting at the bar at Silly Goose or Blind Bear. I’ll be thinking of you as I root for the Hogs this fall, Connor. Brian even got me to root for the Atlanta Braves one time.

News came in of a couple of celebrity passings Sunday as well. Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura in the original Star Trek series, has died at age 89. Interesting fact: Nichols was not going to return for the show’s second season. In a chance meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she mentioned that to him. He was a big fan of the show and talked her into coming back.

Basketball lost one of its all-time legends this weekend as Bill Russell passed away at 88. The Boston Celtics center was an 11-time NBA champion and the first Black head coach in the league. He was also an Olympic gold medalist in basketball (Melbourne, 1956) and one of only two NBA players to grab 50+ rebounds in a single game.

Better run to Walgreens and stock up now: Hershey warns of a candy shortage this Halloween

ALSAC St. Jude YOU will meet at the Renasant Convention Center toward the end of this week. This organization encourages college students to embrace their individuality while “Leading Together for St. Jude.”

War on the Catwalk comes to the Orpheum this Sunday. Drag queens from around the world will perform on stage. Tickets start at $33 and there’s a $203 VIP ticket that includes a meet & greet and autograph session with the queens.

I wonder if the queens who perform a couple of blocks away at Atomic Rose for Sunday brunch will walk over to the Orpheum and be all like, “You’re on my turf, bitch”? Now that would be a war on the catwalk I’d like to see!

Reels on the River: Denzel & Chill happens at Fourth Bluff Park Saturday night at 8. This is the first of a 4-week movie series featuring titles

  • Inside Man
  • Safe House
  • Deja Vu
  • The Equalizer

Lawn chairs and blankets will be welcomed and food trucks will be on site. Please note that tickets need to be purchased in advance and that three of the four movies in the series are rated R.

Grind City Brewing Co. will hold an ’80s silent disco this Friday from 7 to 10. Tickets are $15.

The Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival happens this Saturday at the Liberty Bowl. Tickets are $40+tax and include a souvenir glass and beverage sampling. Chicken vendors (Abner’s, Gus’s, That Chicken Man, Sauced by Will Smith, Smurfey’s Smokehouse) will sell $2-$5 snack-sized portions of their food. Proceeds will benefit Merge Memphis, a nonprofit which helps underserved women live in dignity in peaceful surroundings.

There will be an inflatable archery hover ball game this Saturday at Bass Pro at the Pyramid. I have no idea what that means, but it sounds fun. Perhaps it’s similar to Quidditch?

The Genre Memphis at 200 Poplar is teaming up with Yoga Kickback for a play day this Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM. Tickets ($35 in advance, $45 at the door) get you a 45-minute yoga class, one complimentary drink, access to a Memphis charcuterie board, and a DJ. If you want to keep partying, a cash bar will be available. YOGA!

Bardog has several different sauces in bottles that you can put on your food. I discovered a new one this past Saturday:

This sauce has the flavor and heat of jalapeno peppers, yet it’s creamy enough to take the edge off. I had it on calamari but it’d be good on fries and chicken tenders too. Plus, my troll liked it because it’s the same color as her hair. My new favorite hot sauce at Bardog.

My legs are starting to feel better, and I’m going to attempt to return to my normal routine today. I haven’t been to two of my favorite spots in 12 days! I have missed them. Back tomorrow with more news.

Saturday update

The St. Louis Cardinals and Memphis Redbirds have announced that Yadier Molina will remain in Memphis through Sunday on a rehab assignment. Yadi was designated hitter in Thursday night’s game, batting second. Let’s look at what’s going on at today’s and tomorrow’s games.

Saturday (first pitch 6:35)

  • When you buy a $17 field box ticket, you get a $10 concessions credit
  • The first 1500 kids 12 and under receive a free Junior Fire Marshal helmet, courtesy of The Hartford which is celebrating 75 years of fire safety education
  • A specialty ticket gets you a replica of the 2006 World Series trophy (Yadi was on that team, and the catcher’s mask he wore for the Series is in the Baseball Hall of Fame)
  • Fireworks after the game

Sunday (first pitch 2:05)

  • The 2006 World Series trophy specialty ticket will return
  • $10 field box and dugout tickets
  • Kids 12 and under get a Prairie Farms ice cream treat
  • Kids run the bases after the game

Edible Memphis reports that Helena, Arkansas’ Delta Dirt Distillery’s sweet potato vodka will hit the streets of Memphis soon.

As for Downtown Memphis’ distillery, Old Dominick, it’ll have a Service & Sip on Thursday, August 11. Participants will divide into teams and give some of the streets of Downtown Memphis a badly-needed cleaning. After that, everyone will reunite at Old Dominick, where each participant will get a free drink ticket. Feast & Graze will provide snacks.

Today is the last day of early voting in Shelby County.

If watching TBD vs. TBD in freezing cold weather is your thing, you can buy a ticket to the Liberty Bowl beginning Monday. The game is December 28 at 4:30 PM. Most years the bowl features an SEC team vs. a Big 12 team.

We now know what that ancient relic stolen from the Belz Museum was: The CA reports it was a 250-year-old white jade teapot. A man took the teapot Sunday. The museum was closed at the time.

While you were paying upward of five bucks a gallon at the pump, Exxon recorded $17.9 billion profit for Q2 2022, up from $4.7 billion for Q2 2021. Doesn’t that make you want to buy an electric car? Or a bus pass?

It’s National Cheesecake Day. Cheesecake Corner on G.E. Patterson is the place to celebrate.

Tonight’s the Machine Gun Kelly Wing Ding at Blind Bear.

Singer-songwriter Bri Marie plays the front porch of South Point Grocery today from noon to 2.

Comma Comedians come to the Clover Club at B.B. King and Court tonight, headlined by Dedrick Flynn.

WWE SummerSlam broadcasts live from Nashville today. Interesting note: WWE has been holding open tryouts in Nashville all week. None other than former NBA center Dwight Howard stopped by for a tryout. At 36, he’s past his prime in the NBA, but in pro wrestling, prime years tend to be 35-42. He’d be a natural heel who has the size and who could draw some money.

That’s it for this post. Back tomorrow.

Friday update

RAIN! What a welcome sight in Shelby County. However, the downpour is postponing my morning trip to Walgreens, so I’m making this post without caffeine. I’m not awake enough to proofread, so please forgive any grammar or spelling errors.

The Memphis Tigers released their men’s nonconference basketball schedule for 2022-2023. Mid-December is going to be important for the Tigers. On the 10th, Memphis plays Auburn (NET ranking:13) in a neutral-court game. Three days later, the Tigers are at Alabama (32), and on the 17th they host Texas A&M (36). The Tigers can pad their resume with two or more wins that week.

It’s South Main Trolley Night. Many of the shops and galleries in the South Main Arts District will stay open until 9 or later tonight for your shopping pleasure. Some will have special discounts. Some will put out appetizers, beer, and wine for your enjoyment. Best of all, the weather will cooperate. MemphisWeather.net predicts a high of ONLY 90 today.

Mia Nicholls, Amber Rae Dunn, Patrick McGee with Joe Matthews, and Dutch Vanderpool play Trolley Night at South Main Sounds, 550 S. Main, tonight from 7 to 9.

NoBasis, a clothing store offering “self-expression through fashion,” opens Saturday at 65-A Monroe. That’s in the building across Monroe from the Shrine Building and just to the west of the Little Tea Shop and Bardog. The store is part of the DMC’s Open on Main program.

Julia Magness, accompanied by pianist Curtis “Big Papa” Jones, plays the Peabody Corner Bar tonight and every Friday from 7 to 10 PM. There’s no cover charge and if you come early, they have happy hour from 4 to 7.

Black Cream performs tonight at Soulin’ on the River in Fourth Bluff Park. The gates open at 6 and music begins at 7. Blankets, lawn chairs, coolers, and picnic baskets are welcome. There will be food trucks and a full bar on site.

Beck and Call in the Hyatt Centric has a rooftop brunch this Sunday from 11 AM to 2:30 PM. $40 per person, all-you-can-eat with bottomless mimosas. Seating is first-come, first-served. There’s a dress code but it’s pretty relaxed. They say this is a “first” brunch so apparently this will be a weekly thing. Knowing the crowd that shows up Downtown on Sundays, I give ’em three weeks before they raise the price, discontinue the bottomless mimosas, or discontinue the brunch altogether.

Incumbent DA Amy Weirich, a Republican running for re-election against Democrat Steve Mulroy, appeared on Thaddeus Matthews’ radio show this week. However, her office is currently pursuing charges against Matthews, and legal experts are calling this a conflict of interest.

Chef Meredith Clinton of Black Sheep Catering in 409 South Main chatted with the DM’s Chris Herrington on this week’s Sound Bites podcast.

Today is National Chicken Wing Day.

Tennessee’s sales tax holiday has begun and lasts through the end of the day Sunday. Avoid paying sales tax on clothing and essential school items up to $100 and computers up to $1500. Here’s the list.

The Green Beetle food truck will be at Health Sciences Park for Food Truck Friday today 11:30 AM to 1 PM.

Church Brothers provide live music at Memphis Farmers Market, under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson, tomorrow.

Rolling Stone released its list of the top 200 dance songs of all time. “‘Last Night a DJ Saved My Life’ by Indeep better be in there,” I thought. It was number five. I recently got that song added to one of the Silly Goose’s playlists.

And away go your troubles
Down the drain
I said, away go your troubles
Down the drain

Thursday update

The DM reports that Emerge Memphis at the corner of Tennessee Street and G.E. Patterson will stop booking and hosting events in its event space. Residents in the area had complained of the events having a negative effect on the neighborhood, including traffic problems, litter, and noise. The venue will go ahead and host the remaining booked weddings per a deal with neighborhood associations but will adhere to a strict 10:30 PM shutdown time.

The Food Network released a guide on where to eat in Memphis. Nearly half the venues listed are either Downtown or have a location Downtown, making this the neighborhood to stay in when serious foodies visit our city. Restaurants named in the guide include Cozy Corner, Arcade, Central BBQ, Gus’s, Dyer’s, Rendezvous, Huey’s, Paulette’s, The Lookout @ The Pyramid, Kooky Canuck, Felicia Suzanne’s, and Terrace at River Inn.

If I have any readers in Texas, look for Wiseacre beer, brewed right here in Downtown Memphis, on your store shelves soon.

From ABC 24: Small business in Memphis packs popular local products in a food box. Need to find a unique gift for someone in another city? Send them a taste of Memphis.

Congrats to the Downtown Memphis Commission’s chief executive Paul Young, who was one of 30 people selected by the International Downtown Association for its Emerging Leader Fellowship program.  The fellows convened in New York City June 5-10.

There’s lots to celebrate today. First of all, it’s National Chili Dog Day. Dyer’s on Beale Street and Max’s Sports Bar are a couple of places where you can observe that holiday.

It’s National Hamburger Day. My top five picks to celebrate Downtown, in no particular order, would be Huey’s, Kooky Canuck, Majestic Grille, Dyer’s, and Earnestine & Hazel’s.

It’s National Milk Chocolate Day. Dinstuhl’s shop next door to the Majestic is the place to go. Milk chocolate > dark chocolate. Fight me.

It’s also National Refreshment Day. May I recommend the PBR?

A suspect in an April 28 murder on Beale Street has been arrested in Miami.

Action News 5 reports that construction on Tom Lee Park has reached the halfway point.

Metal is Magic returns for Whet Thursday: After-Hours at the Metal Museum tonight from 6 to 8. There will be metalsmithing demonstrations and the museum and gift shop will be open.

Worth a field trip outside Downtown: Facing Down Storms: Memphis and the Making of Ida B. Wells will be on the big screen tonight at Studio on the Square at 7 PM.

DJ EPIC headlines tonight’s Peabody rooftop party from 6 to 10 PM.

Get a sneak peek at the Lucky Cowboy speakeasy in the basement of 409 S. Main tomorrow for Trolley Night. Check their Instagram account before you go for the password.

That’s it for now. It looks like some most welcome rain is about to move through Shelby County this morning. If my legs feel up to it, I will attempt to return to my usual happy hour spots this afternoon. Back tomorrow with more news.

Wednesday update

Cordelia’s Market posted some exciting news yesterday. Las Delicias will serve its fresh recipes from the grocery’s hot bar every Wednesday from 5 to 7 PM. Today’s menu includes

  • Steak fajitas
  • Chicken fajitas
  • Rice
  • Beans

Sarah Spain will play the front porch of South Point Grocery this Friday for Trolley Night 6-8 PM. South Point invites you to grab a sandwich or a single-serve beer from inside and come hang out. Sarah studies creative writing at the University of Memphis and is a vocal instructor at the School of Rock.

The 901 Student Passport, providing free admission to museums and galleries local school-age children and a parent or guardian, is returning. Through November 30, the passport provides free admission to

  • Fire Museum of Memphis
  • Museum of Science & History (formerly Pink Palace)
  • National Civil Rights Museum
  • Memphis Rock & Soul Museum
  • Lichterman Nature Center
  • Dixon Gallery and Gardens
  • Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum
  • National Ornamental Metal Museum

The passport program also includes monthly art-in-a-box gifts for families who sign up.

Penny Hardaway’s Memphis Tigers are headed to the ESPN Events Invitational on Thanksgiving weekend. The eight-team early-season tournament will be held at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports. Participating teams will include

  • Florida State
  • Memphis
  • Nebraska
  • Oklahoma
  • Ole Miss
  • Seton Hall
  • Siena
  • Stanford

Sounds like a good group of teams – all of the Power Five conferences have a representative along with three other strong basketball programs. The DM reports that Memphis will open against Seton Hall and face either Oklahoma or Nebraska in the second game.

I wonder if the old poots who sit at the corner table at Max’s Sports Bar will make a field trip to Orlando in November? They’ve traveled to the last couple of early-season tournaments. I bet they’re already Googling “where to buy miller lite in orlando” and “asian restaurants in orlando”.

RIP Choco Taco

Downtown ad/marketing agency Archer Malmo is being sold – to its 140 employees. They will receive stock in the company as a retirement benefit. Very cool.

Drew Hill of the DM had an interesting observation this morning in a Daily Memphian subscribers-only Grizzlies mailbag: Ja Morant is entering the stage of his career where he’s likely to sign a shoe deal.

Catherine & Mary’s is hiring a server and a bartender.

A tracker hidden in stolen money helped MPD arrest a man who robbed the Family Dollar on E.H. Crump Blvd. Sunday afternoon.

A valuable Chinese artifact was stolen Sunday morning from the Belz Museum inside the Gayoso House/Pembroke Square complex.

… Speaking of which, Action News 5 has a 5 Star Story about the museum (not the theft).

Action News 5 predicts Memphis will get 2 inches of much-needed rain between Thursday and Sunday.

Krogers in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Alabama will start carrying Arbo’s cheese dip this fall. In addition to the original dip, Queso Blanco and Spicy Original will be available. Arbo’s won’t be in every Memphis location, just Kirby Parkway, Truse Parkway, Poplar Plaza, and Midtown. Don’t forget, Downtowners can get their Arbo’s at Grind City Grocer, 60 S. Main.

The Memphis Redbirds play a home game vs. the Norfolk Tides tonight at 7:05.

Today is National Scotch Day. To celebrate, I recommend you visit Belle Tavern and let the bartender recommend a Scotch.

9:13 AM: A report of a man armed with a gun at Independent Bank (Main and Monroe) just came in.

This Saturday is Wildlife Conservation Family Day at Bass Pro at the Pyramid. From 11 to 3 in the Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Center on the 2nd floor, enjoy activities to learn more about our planet, waterfowl, and conservation. This is a family-friendly event.

Been reading about Mac, iPhone, and iPad app development on The Valley of Code this week. It’s maintained by a guy named Flavio Copes who is an excellent teacher.

That’s the news for today. Back tomorrow with more.