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ZeroTo510 gets major honor

Some big news for ZeroTo510, Memphis’ medical device startup accelerator program –

According to ZeroTo510 co-founder Allan Daisley, today at SXSW and in Techcrunch, the program was announced as one of the top 20 accelerators in the U.S.

ZeroTo510 was ranked 15th in the nation by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project.

From Allan: “We’d like to thank our team, our partners, our mentors, our board, and especially the entrepreneurs and graduates of ZeroTo510 for the hard work and collaboration that made this recognition possible.”

Grizzlies borrow page from Spurs’ playbook

Well, it’s official. The Memphis Grizzlies are serious enough about a deep postseason run that they are responding to this uneven stretch of play — 5-5 in their last 10 games — by going all Gregg Popovich and San Antonio Spurs.

The Grizzlies play at the Washington Wizards at 6 p.m. tonight, Thursday March 12, and the game is being nationally televised on TNT.

Doesn’t matter. Not only will point guard Mike Conley sit out with a badly sprained ankle, but center Marc Gasol, power forward Zach Randolph and swingman Tony Allen will not play.

The reason? “Rest.”

Yes, this goes against “Grit-n-Grind” at some level. But at this stage of the season, rest is an excellent idea.

And if it ticks off a TV network, so much the better.

Leonard Nimoy wrote a $10,000 check for St. Jude a month before he died

A month before he died last week at age 83, Leonard Nimoy – the actor famous for his role as Spock on “Star Trek” – sent a $10,000 check to St. Jude.

That’s according to Marlo Thomas, who serves as St. Jude’s national outreach director. She acknowledged the donation on her Facebook page.

“We got to know him a little bit through our friends, the Pogrebins,” Thomas wrote. “Always warm and gentle, good company. Just a month ago he sent me $10,000 for the kids of St. Jude. Even in his very hard, last days he was thinking of how to help others.”

Monogram Foods chooses next IMPACT10 winner – Ave Maria Home

Monogram Foods has announced that Ave Maria Home – which provides long-term, residential care to seniors who need assisted living, nursing home and Alzheimer’s care – is the second charitable organization that will receive $1,500 a year for the next 10 years from Monogram Foods’ IMPACT10 philanthropic campaign.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Monogram Foods created IMPACT10 to give away $150,000 to 10 charities over 10 years. Recipients are chosen at random.

Nominations can be submitted through the IMPACT10 website, The third winning charity will be chosen by a random drawing on March 4.


Pancake-focused restaurant STAKS coming to East Memphis

In the mood for pancakes?

A new restaurant opening in East Memphis around early May called STAKS, next door to Chili’s in Laurelwood, will be right up your alley. It’s the product of four partners – the husband and wife couples of Bill and Tressa Ogles, and Brice and Stephanie Bailey – and the plan right now is to serve breakfast and lunch.

The idea is to center around community tables and griddles inside, and customers will order their batter and make their own pancakes, topped however they like. (There will also be regular tables for people who want to order already-made pancakes).

The plans already drawn up also include walk-up/to-go ordering capability. In addition to pancakes, STAKS will serve espresso, and while the finishing touches are still being added to the menu, there will be a grilled cheese-focused lunch menu, as well as a limited bar.

Tressa Ogles said they might add dinner at some point in the future.

“We’re very excited about offering a breakfast and lunch offering in the East Memphis area, working with local vendors, local farmers,” she says. “For us, building this out has been a lot of fun so far. We’re creating something where we’d want to go ourselves.”