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New businesses coming Downtown

Two new apparel stores are coming Downtown.

The Center City Development Corp. has two retail forgivable loan applications before it at Wednesday’s meeting from two businesses – Life is Good, which plans to sign a 10-year lease for 1,900 square feet at 100 Peabody Place, and Dress Style Studio, which plans to sign a 7-year lease for 1,800 square feet at 119 South Main.

The CCDC meets at 9 a.m. The agency’s staff has recommended loans of $40,000 for both businesses.

Life is Good plans to open in March. Dress Style Studio is looking to open in January.

Life is Good designs, prints, embroiders and distributes its own product line, which includes men’s, women’s, children’s and pet accessories, t-shirts, sweatshirts, casual sportswear and accessories. Its most popular item is the 100 percent cotton pre-washed t-shirt that sells for $25.

Dress Style Studio will be owned and managed by Tamara Sorman, who opened Shop Girl New York Downtown in November. Her store will offer a selection of the latest fashion styles, including professional attire, casual and social wear.

St. Jude Kids Holiday Video

If you haven’t yet seen this video of some St. Jude kids performing Carol of the Bells, do yourself a favor and click this now:

Never Mind

Never mind, it turns out, in the case of our story in Thursday’s edition about plans by the U.S. Postal Service to close one of its three processing centers in Memphis.

A list of distribution and processing facilities to be closed by the USPS included the facility on Jet Cove, east of Memphis International Airport.

In putting the story together, we attempted to contact the USPS but didn’t get a return call by press time. However, spokesman David Walton got back to us Friday with word the Jet Cove facility is not proposed for closing despite it being on the list released in September of facilities to be closed.

The list, even without Jet Cove, remains a very real cut in the Postal Service’s infrastructure nationally.

“I don’t know why that Jet Cove annex was on that original list … because we plan to do nothing with that facility,” Walton said. “It’s going to stay put.”

The three centers in Memphis will benefit from cutbacks or closings proposed in Jackson, Tn. and Tupelo, Ms. as outlined in the detailed proposals the USPS put out earlier about public hearings in those areas.

As for the other two Memphis bulk mail facilities, they are not operated by the USPS district, but by the area arm of postal service. One has only one USPS employee with the other workers being contract labor.

“Those aren’t going away either,” Walton said of both of those facilities.

 

Say it isn’t so, Albert

I could feel my son’s pain in each word of his text:

“I feel like my childhood left for 50 million more dollars. Pujols was supposed to be different. Still I don’t hate Albert. I can’t.”

The boy – the young man – is now 20 years old and a business major in college. He knew it was more than remotely possible that his favorite St. Louis Cardinal, his favorite athlete of all time, and the best hitter in the game, Albert Pujols, would sign somewhere for more money and years than the St. Louis Cardinals were willing to pay.

On Thursday, word came down that Pujols had signed for a reported $250 million-plus, 10 years, and a no-trade provision, with the Los Angeles Angels not of Anaheim and definitely not of my son’s childhood. The Cardinals, apparently, were about $50 million short. So now it’s what, Prince Albert of Disneyland?

When I next see my son, I half-expect to see a few new lines on his face and a first gray hair on his head. He understands sports plenty well, even writes about them for his school paper, but this was personal and it stole a last remaining bit of his innocence.

Winning the World Series in 2011 did not make Pujols nostalgic for what is supposedly – probably – the best baseball city in America. Having Cardinal fans’ fawning adoration didn’t sway him.

A few years ago I told my son something to this effect: Any time you get in a situation and things turn and go in a direction you didn’t expect, especially if somebody you thought you knew does something seemingly out of character, follow the money trail.

It was a terribly cynical thing to say.

And right on the money, once again.

Ribbon Cutting Dec. 14 for the Booksellers at Laurelwood

The book store formerly known as Davis-Kidd which earlier this year escaped the closure that’s affected so many of its peer shops around the country is getting ready to celebrate.

It’s a re-introduction of sorts by the store to the community.

From a release:

The Booksellers at Laurelwood is pleased to announce that it will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate our grand re-opening and our continued commitment to Memphis as your premier independent bookstore.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell is scheduled to be on hand to offer a few remarks regarding The Booksellers at Laurelwood and to assist in the ribbon-cutting.

“We’re delighted Mayor Luttrell has agreed to join our celebration. Mayor Luttrell has always been a strong advocate for small businesses, which is the backbone of the economy,” said owner Neil Van Uum.

The renovation features new carpet, new fixtures, renovated bathrooms, improvements in the cafe and an expanded children’s section “which has always been a primary source for parents looking for quality as well as educational toys and games. Our customers have looked to us not only for an in-depth knowledge of books but also as a great venue for gifts” says Van Uum.

In addition to a greater focus on wines and more entrees, The Booksellers Bistro plans to collaborate more with the bookstore through live music and other author events.

Van Uum also plans to continue to invest in his booksellers and the local community. “It’s always been about the people to me. That’s what the key to the store is, it’s booksellers,” says Van Uum. The store has 15 staff members with 10 or more years of service, and 6 of those have been with the store for over 20 years.”



Dansette

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