The University of Memphis will be offering free tuition to FedEx hub employees. The Learning inspired by FedEx (LiFE) program will give approximately 11,000 FedEx employees the opportunity to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree from the University of Memphis' online degree program.
For those employees that did not receive a high school diploma, the LiFE program is also allowing workers to earn a high school equivalency diploma. The program will have an academic coach and 24/7 tutoring available through UofM Global.
Employees must remain in good academic standing and may begin the program on the first day of employment with FedEx.
For more information please click the link below.
Elemento Neapolitan Pizza
Just when you think Crosstown Concourse can't add anything else they prove you wrong. Recently they added a new pizza place called Elemento Neapolitan Pizza. The pizza place focuses on the Neapolitan-style pizza which has strict rules on how they are to be made. If you're like me you had no idea what Neapolitan style pizza was and had to look it up. Apparently, the rules explain what type of tomatoes, cheese, and flour is used for the dough. Cooking times and temperature are also key for an authentic Neapolitan pizza.
They even imported two wood-fired ovens from Italy so it's big deal. Elemento also offers salads, meatballs, gelatos, cannoli, and buratta dishes.
Founded in 2006 as a safe place for residents, Caritas Village was recently renovated and is now reopened to start back serving the Binghampton community Located at 2509 Harvard Ave Memphis, TN 38112
They had a grand reopening on August 25 to reintroduce the community center back to the residents.
Both H&M stores are now opened for business. One is located in the Oak Court Mall at 4465 Poplar Ave and the other is located in the Wolfchase Galleria at 2760 N Germantown Pkwy. I visited both malls recently and I was happy to see a new store in both malls. Hopefully, the new additions will be the continuation of the revitalization of the once two popular malls.
A couple of blogs back I posted about the Trader Joe's that would be coming to Germantown. I talked about how the plan hit some bumps in the road along the way but they had officially started construction well, construction is completed and the store is now opened. I road passed a couple of weeks ago and it has definitely added new life to the area.
A $70 million redevelopment plan has been proposed for the Edge district (Downtown where the old Wonder Bread bakery is located). The plan is said to include apartments, offices, shops, and amenities.
According to the Commercial Appeal part of 400 Monroe will include 286 new apartments and a 480-space parking garage with another 75,000 square feet being turned into office spaces and retail. 411 Monroe will be restored as 17,000 square feet of office space. Parts of 421 Monroe will include City & State(coffee shop) and offices of Memphis Medical District Collaborative.
Leaving 435 Madison to be renovated as 35,000-square-foot of office and recreational space.
Need to release some unwanted stress or aggression in a destructive but non-harmful to others way?? Well, now you can take your little angry self down to our very own rage room, Craze. Opened August 4, 2018, by native Memphian Sierra Miller as a new alternative to relieve stress but to also have fun while doing it.
"Let us help you redirect that negative energy in a controlled environment" reads the website! Craze even has "Sip and Bash" tickets available for sale at a reasonable price. You can even bring your own items to smash or just to donate to the cause. I wanted to go to this plate smashing place years ago so this will definitely be on my to-do list.
Better Body Yoga and Salt Caves
Better Body Yoga is a yoga studio that specializes in Hatha Yoga and therapeutic yoga. They offer a variety of classes and workshops. They also have these cool Halotherapy dry salt caves that are used for relaxation as well as helping with allergies, colds, eczema and more.
I am always looking for new ways to relax or help me to concur my struggle with allergies/eczema so I'm eager to try them out. They are opened seven days a week and have a boutique with all your yoga needs and salts for purchase. You may visit the website by clicking the link below.
We didn't get to become home of the second Amazon headquarters but we did get the opportunity to house two distribution centers which have been mentioned as the only distribution facilities in west Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Missouri. The centers are located at 3292 Holmes Road and 5155 Citation Drive. According to the Commercial Appeal, Amazon will hire 1,500 full-time and part-time associates. Applications will be accepted online only. Click the link provided to search your job search www.amazon.com/memphisjobs
Lamar will be getting a $71.2 million federal grant to make improvements to the area. According to WREG, this plan will create 1,500 new permanent jobs and about 2, 000 short-term construction jobs. Construction will begin this fall and will be extended by a mile and a half each year after until 2021.
Don't forget to register to vote!
Tennessee, today is the last day to register to vote in time for our midterm elections. People often ask why they should vote and a major reason for me is that if anyone gives me the opportunity to voice my opinion about something I'm going to do it. There are so many unqualified individuals benefiting from people staying home when it is time to visit the polls. The last presidential election should have taught us the importance of voting but if it didn't then the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh should be the next lesson. Please excuse your right to vote and be aware of what is happening in your community, city, and state. Local elections are our state presidential elections.
See ovr.govote.tn.gov for more info.
Hey loves! I've been gone for a while but I've missed letting you all know what's going on in the city so I'm back! Some of these things you may already know but if not I'm still of use to you.
Curry n Jerk
Did you all know there was a new Caribbean style restaurant downtown?? When I found out I was too excited! I loved my trip to Jamaica so anything that can remind me of drinking Blue Hawaiians on the beach and eating jerk chicken is a win! Curry n Jerk opened on June 15, 2018, at 126 Monroe Ave. Focusing on Jamaican and Panamanian family dishes Curry n Jerk was opened in honor of the owner's mother Sharon Rose B. They occasionally have live music and karaoke on Friday and Saturday in the downstairs lounge from 11 p.m -2 a.m. You may also experience a Jazz dinner menu on Friday and Saturday as well as happy hour 4-7 Mon-Thur(Full-service bar).
Back in June, the Commercial Appeal stated that a group of Memphis investors presented a plan to reinvest $42 million of property taxes back into the Poplar Corridor district. The plan was approved in July and I'm sure you've already seen some of the construction. Poplar Corridor is a 600-acre district consisting of Yates westbound, Park on the south, Kirby on the east and Shady Grove north. This is a 20-year TIF (Tax-Increment Financing ) could possibly add 7,000 permanent jobs and grow local taxes.
Below is a breakdown of what some of the funding will be used for:
10.6 million will be spent on traffic signals on poles instead of dangling from wires, $9.3 million on road improvements, $9.2 million on street light improvements, $5.1 million to improve streetscapes and pedestrian walkways, $4.8 million on gateways and street signs, and $3.2 million to move utility poles back from the streets and increase the spacing between them. The hope is to make this district a magnet for investments that would benefit all of Memphis.
The city of Memphis may be buying Georgia Avenue Elementary and Martin Luther King Jr. Student Transition Academy to be a part of a $200 million South City redevelopment project in downtown. The ideas for what the buildings may be becoming are a small business incubator, a grocery store, farmers market, and temporary housing and services for refugees. Also, a literacy and technology initiative, wraparound social services, a restaurant, and a fitness facility. The option for the city to purchase the schools expires in February. The redevelopment could be a part of the of the initiative started by the redevelopment of the old Foote Homes housing project.
A Memphis developer named Andre Jones is planning to build a neighborhood of tiny and small homes located on the block southeast of Main Street's intersection with Saffarans Avenue. The neighborhood will include 22 residences, ranging from 360 to 1,120 square feet in size and priced from $600 to $1,350 per month. The developer is hoping these homes will merge the gap between the single family home and the uptown flats.
In April 70 Flicker Street became a new adult playground. Ropes, monkey bars, swings, an outdoor field, equipment, strength training, soft mat space, and more now makeup Recess. Recess is a workout and health facility that focuses on fun, creating a healthier lifestyle, and helping you achieve your desired level of fitness. Created by Brooks Meadows recess offers classes, personal training, and physical therapy. Educators receive a 20% discount and adult membership begins at $99 a month. They offer a $30 intro week that starts on your first visit and one day $15 passes. You are required to sign a waiver that is available on the website. Minors must be signed for by a parent or legal guardian. www.recess901.com
A $24 million hotel is being proposed for Overton Square by Loeb Properties. The 109 room hotel has a scheduled start date of November 2018 and hopes of being opened by early 2020. Possibly being called "The Memphian" the hotel will be a much-needed addition to the area. Check out the Memphis Business Journal for pics on more information on the hotel.
A plan has been submitted to construct a high-end apartment complex called the Peabody Flats at the corner of Peabody Avenue and Waldran Boulevard. The 20 unit complex will be gated, have an elevator, covered parking, and rent starting at $1,000. The developers are hoping that the construction plan for the complex is approved at the proposed height listed in the plan if so the building will be taller than the property's zoning normally allows.
A $20 million grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation will be spent on aiding MATA in becoming a reliable public transportation option for Memphis residents. 13.9 million will be spent on 10 electric buses and establishing the electric charging stations, the other $6 million will be spent on the new route that will service the Memphis International Airport and southeast Memphis area. No projected start date for the project
as of now.
The Artery: Stereo to Escape
The DMC (Downtown Memphis Commission) has been seeking artists to be apart of a new project to improve Maggie H. Isabel Street and Rendezvous alley. Over the next four months, there will be repaving, added string lighting, and art installations. There was an application process to be considered and an interested artist had to apply by October 8th, which was yesterday. By December the DMC will make its selections and the installation will begin soon after with a projected wrap-up being before mid-April of 2019. See link for full details on the project.
This one is bittersweet. The Lyfe Kitchen on Poplar is now closed, well both Lyfe Kitchens are now closed but at least the building on Poplar has a new tenant. 6201 Poplar Avenue is now home Central BBQ! The restaurant opened its latest location in August of this year.