Thursday update

I hate posting bad news about Downtown. I love my neighborhood, I believe it is the safest place to live in the city, and I wouldn’t live anywhere else. However, I also feel the need to use the voice I have on here to protect my neighbors. A woman was sexually assaulted and robbed Saturday night about 6 in the 100 block of Gayoso, which stretches from Front to Second. Details are vague, which I assume is to protect the victim. I just want to remind everyone to be vigilant, always be aware of your surroundings, and always have in mind what you would do if trouble approaches. In addition, let’s look out for each other. If you see one of your Downtown neighbors in distress, do what you can to help. Again, I hate going negative in this blog, but I have many friends who live and park on that block and I want them to stay safe.

If you haven’t checked out Clayborn Temple since it re-opened for events, tonight would be a good night. They’re having Memphis Christmas JamborEve, a free Christmas party starting at 6 that is open to all. There will be food, music by Bluff City Soul Collective, and drinks. This event is kid-friendly.

The Madison Hotel is doing Rock the Lobby all day today, with a guitar and piano you can play. Record yourself and hashtag it #rockthelobby for a chance to win a free stay at the hotel including food and drinks.

Members of Snowglobe will play “in the round” at Memphis Made Brewing Co. this evening.

There will be a closing party tonight 6-9 at The 101, 101 S. Main, for the last day of the Slay Belles Holiday Pop-Up Shop, featuring Paper & Clay, Don’t Blink, M Russell Art and Question the Answer. Artistik Approach will perform.

The Silly Goose Christmas Soiree is tonight starting at 9. Live music, punch, Santa. First 30 there after 9 will be part of a raffle for gifts and gift cards. There was a photo of a Keurig and a Quadripod fire pit in a post they made to the event today. I am assuming those are raffle prizes.

Have you ever wondered what kind of preparation goes into the holiday displays on the sides of the First Tennessee Building? This CA article has the answer.

There are a couple of good Downtown-related articles in this week’s High Ground News. The first is about families who choose Downtown as a place to raise children.

In another High Ground piece, the Exchange Building has become a home for founders of startup businesses who need an affordable place to live while they get their new ventures up and running.

Don’t forget that it’s free grilled cheese for kids night at Miss Cordelia’s.

That’s the news for now. Work is letting us go at 3, so I will be out for the entirety of happy hour this evening. I will lead off at the Blind Bear around 3:45 for the first half of happy hour, then over to Silly Goose where I will probably stick around for their Christmas party.