Kickstarter campaign for Mo’s Bows documentary

The post on Kickstarter’s official Facebook page Tuesday included a picture of young Memphis entrepreneur Moziah “Mo” Bridges and was headlined, “An 11-year old CEO who just so happens to be the bow-tie king of Memphis.”

Turns out, a venture called Squirrel Friends has finished shooting a documentary about the 11-year-old founder of “Mo’s Bows” and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to help with publicity and distribution. The money, according to the Kickstarter page, will go toward that as well as helping get the film in front of new audiences.

As of Tuesday evening, the Kickstarter campaign had 28 days to go and already had picked up 39 backers who’d contributed $1,325 toward the project’s $5,000 goal.

By this summer, the film should be moving into the audio mix phase, including music composition and graphics. If all goes to plan, the documentary will be released this fall.

The filmmakers say they’re extra excited to get it done, because “everyone,” Squirrel Friends writes on its Kickstarter page, “should really meet Mo!”


“Pop-Up Vacation” in Court Square May 7

The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau is teaming up with the Downtown Memphis Commission to host residents, visitors and hospitality employees in a “Pop-Up Vacation” at Court Square May 7 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Visitors will be able to experience a min-vacation with a putting green from Mirimichi, a forge from the National Ornamental Metal Museum, an Elvis tribute artist, the presence of local sports mascots, cars from the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience, Yellow Cab and American Dream Safari, and the Peabody will fill the water fountain in the square with hundreds of rubber ducks.

The event, according to the CVB, “represents the travel community’s collective call to showcase the importance and impact of travel on jobs and economic growth in Memphis.” Travel supports more than 35,000 jobs in Memphis, according to CVB president and CEO Kevin Kane.


Fourth annual Bikesploitation festival coming up in May

The fourth annual Bikesploitation festival, Memphis’ only bicycle festival, is coming up May 17, with this year’s version packed with bicycle films, bicycle art by local artists, bike sculpture building, food drinks, family fun and more.

The event is free and open to the public, and a rundown of the schedule is after the jump.

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Congratulations to Chef Jenn

Chef Jenn,” otherwise known as Memphis chef Jennifer McCullough, won in her appearance this weekend on the Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen.”

She made her national television debut on the program April 27 for an episode titled “The Rice Stuff.”

“Cutthroat Kitchen” is a reality show that pits four chefs against each other in timed, creative competitions, and Chef Jenn’s episode was filmed earlier this year. As it turns out, the episode aired around the time her new line of Chef Jenn cakes – crab, shrimp, salmon and more – is set to arrive in regional stores.

She launched her Chef Jenn line of frozen seafood products last fall, and they’re available in Kroger stores around the Memphis area.

According to her Facebook page, she attended The Cooking School of the Rockies in Boulder, where she was trained in classical French cuisine. Part of her studies were conducted in France, where she worked in a local boulangerie under the direction of a master baker.

Lyft comes to Memphis

Ride-sharing service Lyft announced a big nationwide expansion today, with Memphis among new cities announced where Lyft will be available.

Lyft is similar to the popular service Uber that you may have heard of, where you request a car ride whenever you need one by using a mobile app.

Lyft rides will be available in Memphis starting at 7 p.m. tonight (on Thursday). And for two weeks, Lyft – which will be available 24/7 – will be giving free rides, more details of which are here.

Lyft says you can request rides within this blue box: