More on Cheffie’s Café/Cruiser’s High Point Hub

In Tuesday’s edition of The Daily News, I wrote about Cheffie’s Café and Cruiser’s High Point Hub coming to High Point Terrace, mere seconds from the Shelby Farms Greenline.

Recently, MSNBC did a piece on the cycling specialty café trend sweeping the nation.

“It’s very common to meet at a café before a ride to have coffee or espresso to get the adrenaline going,” said a partner of a bicycle café in Minneapolis.

It’s exciting that Memphis is picking up speed (pun intended) and is among the cities on the forefront of the upcoming trend, like Portland, San Francisco, Boston and Pittsburgh.

At The Daily News’ commercial real estate seminar in February, Commercial Advisors LLC CEO and vice-chairman of Shelby Farms Park conservancy Larry Jensen told the audience, “Man, I wish I was in the bicycle business right now,” when referring to work being done to further improve the Greenline, Wolf River Greenway and Shelby Farms – three of Memphis’ shining assets.

Investors like Charles McVean have caught on. For more than five years, McVean has been working on a state-of-the-art aerobic cruiser hybrid cycle, and he plans to market the concept nationwide.

So add that to the “B” check list, Memphis. Barbecue, Beale, blues and bikes.

Brochure courtesy of McVean Trading Investments LLC

UTHSC Students Raise $5000 in Five Hours for Japan

At its last university-organized fundraising event for Japanese relief efforts on March 16, UT Health Science Center raised more than $5,000 in just five hours.

Japanese faculty, students and staff are represented at UTHSC, including Dr. Isao Miyairi, MD, assistant professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry. He was on hand during the event to discuss his family’s account of the disaster. Although his family is safe, Miyari said they continue to be threatened daily by quakes and a potential nuclear meltdown, and are still dealing with a lack of power and public transportation.

All donations from that event were delivered on the same day to the Mid-South Chapter of the Red Cross at 1400 Central Avenue.

At the request of students, another on-campus drive is scheduled for tomorrow, March 23, the center’s communications department said.

Wharton and The Press

After about 18 months in office, there are indications Memphis Mayor A C Wharton is settling into some of the routines of the job including those that might rub him the wrong way.

That includes the one where reporters catch up to Wharton at one of his many stops during the work day and ask him about anything and everything but the occasion he is there for.

To be fair, he is not the only elected leader this happens to. It is considered one of the rules of the road and political leaders rarely complain about it.

Wharton didn’t complain either during an announcement last week at the Foote Homes public housing development.

You will read more about the announcement itself in Wednesday’s edition of The Daily News which goes online at at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Before he got to the announcement, Wharton noted the group of reporters standing in back of the group of about a dozen people under a pavilion.

“I know there are a bunch of reporters out there pretending they want to ask me a bunch of questions about this announcement today,” Wharton said. “But they’ve got something else on their mind. So I’ll go ahead and get this out of the way so we can get to what they want to talk about which has nothing to do with this. Thank y’all reporters for coming. As you say in your business, you’re faking it until you make it.”

City Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb brought formalities to an end after several more speakers.

“I think the mayor is unusually candid today,” Lipscomb said. “And so we’d better just move it along.”

After the speeches, reporters did indeed huddle around Wharton and began with questions about the event itself before moving to questions about the two school systems.

Graceland Holds Facebook Contest for Elvis in 1956

It was the year Elvis Presley skyrocketed to superstardom and changed the face of music and pop culture forever.

1956 was a year of firsts for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll:

  • 1st RCA single, “Heartbreak Hotel”
  • 1st album, “Elvis Presley”
  • 1st movie, “Love Me Tender”
  • 1st television appearances on The Dorsey Brothers’ “Stage Show,” “The Milton Berle Show,” “The Steve Allen Show” and “The Ed Sullivan Show”

In honor of the 55th anniversary of 1956, Elvis Presley Enterprises is inviting talented Elvis fans to get out their paintbrushes, cameras and other mediums to create a work of art that symbolizes Elvis in 1956 by April 28.

The chosen pieces will be published on in May and fans will be able to vote on their favorites using the Facebook ‘Like’ button. The artist receiving the most ‘Likes’ during the voting period will win 56 Elvis prizes, including a trip to Elvis Week 2011, tickets to Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil and a cabin on the 2012 Elvis Cruise.

Check out the guidelines and rules here.

Singing the Blues

Filmmaker Lee Gordon is using social media to support a “social action” documentary.

The film he’s putting together, “This is why we Still Sing the Blues,” is about blues musicians – many of whom have died penniless – and the record companies that have made millions selling their recordings.

To get the project finished, the filmmaking team has set up a KickStarter account that asks for donations. Profits will be used to support blues musicians – who will be offered part ownership in the film.

To read more, go here.

Here’s the trailer: