Wednesday update

Yesterday I had the pleasure of touring two Downtown institutions I have always wanted to know more about. I already blogged about one, my tour of the Cossitt Library at Front and Monroe, scheduled to reopen in 2020.

The Cossitt tour was merely out of personal curiosity. However, I took another tour related to work. I have a short-term consulting gig this week with one of the Downtown churches, compiling a list of resources for the homeless. In my research, I took a tour of the Hospitality HUB. The HUB is an organization that provides

  • assistance getting birth certificates and photo ID
  • vouchers for public transportation
  • assistance arranging housing
  • lockers for storage of personal items
  • referrals to drug and alcohol treatment
  • Internet access
  • a mailing address
  • phones, including long distance
  • restrooms
  • coffee

In general, if an individual is serious about ending his or her homelessness, the HUB will do everything they can to help. If you want to help the homeless, this is a much better use of your dollars than giving money to a panhandler on the street.

The HUB is in the news this morning. If a proposal is approved, their headquarters would move from 82 N. Second to the former auto inspection station at 501 Washington. The move would include a 32-bed women’s shelter. Some, including those at the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center, object to the plan.

For those who are fans of the two Downtown Lenny’s locations (Front at Court, Main at Peabody Place), good news: All 7 1/2 inch subs are $4.99 next week.

This article profiles three of Memphis’ top bar and nightclub doormen, including two from Downtown: Jason Miller of Bardog Tavern and Corey Hollywood of Paula & Raiford’s Disco.

Sign-ups have started for the summer cornhole league at Max’s Sports Bar. The games take place on Tuesday nights. Go by the bar if interested.

If you want to dress appropriately for BBQ season, South Main Sounds at 550 S. Main sells Pink Pig Apparel.

AutoZone Park will hold a midseason job fair for Memphis Redbirds and Memphis 901 FC jobs. It will be Wednesday, May 8 from 4 to 6 PM. Positions include Usher, Usher Supervisor, Field Crew, Bat Boy/Girl/Clubhouse Personnel, and Camera Operator. Applicants must be 18+ and must pass a background check and drug screening.

Jennifer Biggs of the Daily Memphian has a look at yaka mein, a fusion of Cajun and Asian flavors sold at Regina’s Cajun Kitchen on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Wiseacre is celebrating Memphis’ 200th birthday this Saturday, May 4. They will release their newest beer, 200 (in)famous, a nod to Elmwood Cemetery and all the good and bad that has led to the Memphis we know today. There will be a shuttle for those who want to take a field trip to Elmwood. Nonprofit partners United Way, Facing History and Ourselves, OUT Memphis, and Bridges will be on site. Tickets are $30 and include two beers, the shuttle, and cemetery tour. Shuttles leave at 12:45 (returning about 2:15) and 2:45 (returning about 4:15).

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