Wednesday update

The sign is gone! Don’t worry, Downtown Walgreens is still open. I went in and purchased a package of Chips Ahoy (on sale for $1.99 this week if you’re a myWalgreens member) to verify.

Prior to the pandemic, I had heard there was potentially some money in place to renovate and upgrade Downtown Walgreens. I wonder if this is the beginning of that process.

Disco is back. The Daily Memphian interviewed Paula Raiford about disco as a brand, why she closed completely throughout the pandemic, and her plans for the future now that “Let’s go disco!” is once again an option.

Developers have until August 31 to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the redevelopment of the 37-story 100 N. Main building as well as the block on which it stands. Preference will be given to proposals that retain the current structures, but demolition will also be considered. WREG has a look inside the building and how fast it fell into disrepair.

After 8 years of restricting distribution to Shelby County, Memphis Made Brewing Co. is heading east. DET Distributing Co. will get their beer into Fayette County and even all the way to Jackson.

Memphis 901 FC has its first home match of the season this evening. They’ll play Atlanta United 2 at 7:30. First 901 fans to purchase tickets through the team’s website can get them for $3. As always, supporter squad the Bluff City Mafia will pre-game at the Brass Door and march over together. Fox 13 has a look at COVID protocols in place for those attending the game.

Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice-President Kamala Harris who is known as the Second Gentleman, will be in Memphis tomorrow to promote local vaccination efforts. Shelby County trails the national average in percent of the population vaccinated. With the Delta strain (the one that caused so many hospitalizations in India) now being found in our community, that could be a problem.

President Biden meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva today. I bet that meeting won’t be as much fun for Putin as meeting with U.S. presidents the past 4 years has been.

I can’t believe I’m typing this, but I’m excited to experience karaoke at the Blind Bear tonight. I’ve been there once before, but I had started happy hour at 1:15 that afternoon and karaoke began at 9, so needless to say I won’t remember much. Tonight I’m setting 7:00 for my going-out time so I can experience the event in all its glory. Back tomorrow with more news.