Fresh Market confirms Midtown store, lease has been signed

Fresh Market has confirmed its bringing a third store to Memphis, at the corner of Union Ave. and Cooper St.

The store said Friday morning it’s signed a lease for the site and that the store is expected to open later this year.

Once open, it will be the eighth store in Tennessee for the company, which is continuing to grow its chain of specialty grocery stores.

Artists wanted for “South Main Mosaic” project

The Downtown Memphis Commission is launching a public art program called “South Main Mosaic” that will commission up to 10 pieces of art for temporary display in the South Main neighborhood.

Artists based with 250 miles of Memphis are encouraged to submit proposals for display from October through October 2015. The artwork could be sculptures, artistic lighting, murals, video, new media, vacant storefront enhancements and more.

Artwork that’s “interactive, kinetic or interpretive of the neighborhood’s history” is especially encouraged.

Once the pieces are installed Oct. 3, a panel of judges will award $1,000 to the artist with the most creative display.

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Memphis’ first “fashion truck” launching next week

Last month I reported on the efforts of Cyndii Jo Hartley, a hairdresser at Epic Total Salon, to launch a fashion truck – similar to a food truck but with clothes.

The name of it is the Henny Penny Mobile Boutique, and in it Hartley will sell clothes and accessories from the truck that’s roughly 18 feet long by around 7 feet wide. She told High Ground News it’ll get its first public outing next week – on March 26, at the Memphis Fashion Week preview party at Wiseacre Brewing on Broad.

She’ll mostly be selling things like ladies apparel and accessories as well as some jewelry and handbags. And she hopes to keep everything in the truck priced at $100 or less.

Owner of Local Gastropub launching “Parish Grocery” food truck

Jeff Johnson, owner of Local on the Square and Local Gastropub, is preparing to launch a food truck called Parish Grocery that he said may eventually also have a brick and mortar presence.

He told me this afternoon the menu will have a “southern Louisiana, Cajun, Creole” focus. The menu is divided right now into standards (things like gumbo, red beans and rice, shrimp etouffee and crawfish pot pie; sandwiches (examples – muffaletta, roast beef, BBQ shrimp Po Boy); snacks and sides (examples – warm bread pudding, pimento mac and cheese, potato salad) and beverages. There will also be four beer taps on the side.

His plan is to launch the truck at the Overton Square Crawfish Festival next month.

“It’s a complement to our catering business,” Johnson said. “It allows us to expand that, expand the brand. And a food truck is just fun.”

New Midtown animal hospital grand opening March 24

Central Animal Hospital is unveiling its new $1.2 million, 4,600-square-foot veterinary medical facility at 2192 Central Ave. March 23, for the facility’s first annual community open house.

Clients and the community are invited to tour the facility between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Doctors and staff will be on hand to provide information, and there will also be giveaways and prize drawings for guests. Plus, the first 300 visitors will get free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

Monday, March 24, marks the facility’s grand opening.