Jobs jobs jobs, Trolley Night pictures and Saturday news

Lots of job news today. I have learned of three more positions for which the Redbirds are hiring. That makes at least five total (see my posts earlier this week for the others). Have a good voice? There’s a Public Address Announcer position the ‘birds are looking to fill. On the other hand, if you’re good with numbers you might want to apply for the DAK Stats opening, where responsibilities would include preparing lineups and statistics for the games. They’re also looking for a video board operator.

Of course, when it comes to quality of places to work, you just don’t get much better than St. Jude. There is an Administrative Specialist position open there right now.

SRVS, which has been serving the disabled, aging and elderly for over 50 years, has a Project SEARCH Job Coach opening. Primarily this person would be doing training for students, co-workers, and other Project SEARCH staff to ensure success in internships and in full-time employment.

The Memphis Chamber is looking to hire a Director of Public Policy.

This is news that could affect many of my friends: The payment processor used by DraftKings and FanDuel has announced that it will no longer process payments for those companies after February 29. The one-day sports leagues don’t maintain customer accounts themselves; they let payment processors do it. The processor is pulling out due to increasing questions about whether one-day real-money fantasy sports leagues are legal. If DraftKings and FanDuel can’t find another processor by the end of next month, they will be saying goodbye to billions in revenue.

Also, if you live in Mississippi, bad news: Your attorney general declared fantasy sports betting illegal.

The annual Outdoors Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race has been announced for June 18 on the Mississippi River at the Mississippi River Greenbelt Park.

Memphis Made Brewing Co. has announced that its taproom patio is now dog-friendly. When patio weather gets nice, come bring your pups (on a leash, of course).

From Thrillist: Experts share their opinion on the most overrated and underrated beer styles. Many thought IPAs were overrated. Since I myself am a beer expert (8 plates on the wall at the Flying Saucer) I will offer my two cents. Most overrated: Sour, most underrated: Kolsch

The Grizzlies play the Sacramento Kings tonight at FedExForum at 7.

Memphis’ original beer, Goldcrest, has announced that it is the official beer sponsor for Wine for Wishes at the Cadre Building Thursday, February 25. The event benefits the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Ole Miss has been notified by the NCAA that the school is believed to have committed roughly 30 violations in three sports. The sports are track and field, women’s basketball, and… wait for it… football. The football violations are said to be minor and happened before the current regime though.

Interesting post from Prince Mongo last night on Facebook. He said he was planning with Spirit Leo, his musical director, for Blues Club Pizzeria on Front Street. “It will be OUT OF THIS WORLD!” Mongo, I know you read this blog from time to time… if you want to share any details hit me up at

5 Spot is having a Super Bowl party Sunday, February 7 from 4 to 9. A $10 arm band guarantees you a seat and food and drink specials. Specials include $1 off beer, wings, Ferraro’s Pizza, Bumblebee Stew, chips and dip, and meat and cheese platters. They will also have Carolina Sweet Tea vs. Denver Orange Crush shooters. The 5 Spot is on G.E. Patterson in the back of Earnestine & Hazel’s.

Last night as promised, I hit South Main Trolley Night and did not just hang out at Max’s Sports Bar the entire night (okay, most of the night, but still, I got out). I wandered up to 387 S. Main, a building that houses Stock & Belle, Salon 387, and 387 Pantry.

387 Pantry is an interesting place to shop. According to its Facebook page, it offers a “highly curated selection of kitchen and pantry staples as well as assorted dry goods and housewares.” This is a neat place y’all and I am going to come back sometime when I am not distracted by Trolley Night and do some shopping. Here are some pics I snapped to give you an idea what they have in stock (click any photo for a hi-res version):

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I also walked around Stock & Belle in the same building. It is a lifestyle retail store selling men’s and women’s clothing and furniture. Here are a few photos I took.

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I went by 409 S. Main, set to become Memphis’ first food hall. It’s a neat concept but not yet developed – last night there were just some tables, cupcakes, and a food truck outside. Keep an eye on this place though – there is a lot of potential. Check out Little Rock River Market’s Market Hall for a look at what a food hall can be.

After that I walked down the street to South Main Sounds at 550 S. Main, where they were having a Songwriter Night. The good news is that I timed it perfectly – my friend Shane Morrell, known to our group as “Good Shane” (because we also have a “Bad Shane”) was on the stage. The both good and bad news – good for the songwriter night but not for me – was that the place was so packed that I couldn’t get in! I watched Shane from the street for a couple of minutes.

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Look for Good Shane’s bands South Side Supper Club and Dynaflow when they perform in South Main venues. Definitely worth checking out.

Plans for today: I’m going to shake up the schedule a little. I will still lead off at Bardog with my “DAWG” John D at 11, but I have heard so many good things about Rizzo’s Diner’s brunch that I am going to have to get down there and try it. I will probably hit Rizzo’s 1-1:30ish if anyone wants to join. Plans after that TBD but probably I will head back to the Downtown core. Whew! This has been one of my longest posts in a while! Weather is going to be nice today. WeatherBug says the high will be 67 and the low 56. That is comfortably into shorts and sandals territory for me. Who cares if it’s January?