Huey’s has teamed up with local nonprofit GAIA to turn the grassy property at 1895 Madison Ave. next to Huey’s home office into a garden.
GAIA’s mission is to create awareness about environmental issues, and it will use the property to grow a vegetable, herb and flower garden. The garden will showcase greens, tomatoes, carrots, beans, broccoli, beets, squash, herbs and wildflowers in raised beds, and all products will be donated to local food banks and shelters.
This month, GAIA is planting seedlings into pots and between March and May will transfer plants into the raised beds. Products will be harvested throughout the year to donate.
GAIA also intends to use the space as a water collection site and to host field trips for local schools.
Next month, Rhodes College is presenting “Respect Yourself: A Celebration of Stax Records,” an event that’s free and open to the public and will feature informal performances and discussions about Stax.
It will take place on March 6 at 6 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center and will be hosted by author Robert Gordon, writer of the nationally acclaimed book “Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion.”
Joining Gordon will be Bettye Crutcher, a songwriter, producer and recording artst; drummer and producer Willie Hall; guitarist, producer and recording artist Don Nix and keyboardist and producer Marvell Thomas.
The Start Co. organization that supports the entrepreneurial and startup communities in Memphis has released some impressive 3-year growth numbers.
About 2,000 participants have used the organization’s resources like mentorship so far. A little more than $8 million in funding has been secured by startups, minority participation has grown from single to double digit percentages, and 74 jobs have been created and sustained through Start Co., among other developments.
Start Co.’s three accelerators – Upstart, Seed Hatchery and Sparkgap – are preparing to begin their new seasons in a few months.
This infographic from Tyler Ricossa was bouncing around Twitter today. You may have seen it.
Ricossa, who works for the University of Memphis, told me he put it together for several reasons. He’d been recording a list of all the accolades the city and university have picked up recently, and he wanted to show off those distinctions in a unified way. So he put it on his personal blog, and – because he loves starting new projects in Photoshop – decided to create an infographic.
“First and foremost, I’m proud of my city, flaws and all,” he told me in an email.
“Secondly, I see a lot of negativity through media channels about the city for various reasons, and I love when there are positive messages being shared that can bring light to all that is good in Memphis. After all of the posts about the ice and lack of school closings Wednesday morning, I felt I needed some more positivity on my timeline, and this was a great time to post it. In my article, I talked about how we as Memphians need to be proud of our city. Sometimes, I feel that we are our own worst enemy; our worst critics. I just wanted to share with everyone that we do have something to be proud about. 2013 was a great year for our city, and 2014 is off to a great start. I’ve seen so much change in our community over the recent years, and I just wanted to share with everyone that we are changing for the better in many ways and that we should be proud of our city’s growth.”
Taylor Berger is about to start holding office hours.
The restaurateur – who recently launched a group called Make Memphis as a kind of city improvement launchpad – has decided to start something he’s calling the Buena Vista Business Club.
What is it? I asked him.
“Basically an excuse for me to go to a couple places once a week and see if anybody shows up and wants to talk about stuff.”
Those places would be Republic Coffee on Friday mornings and The Four Way for lunch on Tuesdays.
The purpose? Berger says people frequently want to bend his ear about various business and civic ideas.
“I just figured it would be nice to show up and be available for anybody.”
Got to hand it to a guy who wants to make Memphis better and who’s willing to show up.