Happy 1st Birthday, Muddy’s

Today is Muddy’s Bake Shop’s first real birthday.

Muddy’s opened in a 1,400-square-foot space in Sanderlin Shopping Center on Leap Day in 2008, making Wednesday, Feb. 29, the first day the local bakery is able to celebrate its birthday.

And the eatery wants its customers to take part in the celebration. Muddy’s will close Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., and have a birthday party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at its East Memphis store, 5101 Sanderlin Ave., suite 114.

Muddy’s will be serving mini-cupcakes, chocolate chip mini-cookies, chocolate sea salt mini-cookies, pie bites, toffee bars, pimento cheese party sammies, and more. There will even be a performance by Bill Stanek – the stepdad of one of Muddy’s bakers who wrote a song about Muddy’s. Check out Muddy’s birthday blog post/flyer here.

Muddy’s first real birthday comes less than two weeks after the creator of “prozac” and “chunky dunk” cupcakes inked a new 3,000-square-foot lease off Broad Avenue to meet the growing demand of the Sanderlin store. Read more here.

Mahaffey Tent to Hold Job Fair March 10

Following the recent job fairs of Great American Steamboat Co. and Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc., Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals will host a job fair on Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its headquarters, 4161 Delp St.

The company is hiring for a variety of positions, including local tent installers and warehouse staff, national supervisors and tent installers, warehouse and manufacturing staff, and national project managers.

During the job fair, applicants will have the opportunity to learn more about Mahaffey and meet hiring managers and additional Mahaffey staff.

All applicants must bring a valid driver’s license and pass a background check and lift test (for tent installers and warehouse staff). For more information, call Mahaffey at 901-363-6511.

Also on March 10, The ServiceMaster Co. will hold a job fair at the Hilton. Read more here.

Double J Smokehouse to Open Friday

Double J Smokehouse & Saloon will open Friday, March 2, in Downtown Memphis’ South Main Historic Arts District.

The eatery, owned by John Harris and Jeff Stamm (hence the “Double J”), is located at 124 G.E. Patterson Ave., taking over the space vacated by Beignet Café and Blues Bar earlier this year.

Double J Smokehouse’s menu will feature a variety of steaks and ribs. A flyer posted Tuesday on the groups’ Facebook page reads, “Cold Beer & Great Food…Open Late.”

Morgan Keegan deal gets a green light from the feds

The acquisition by Raymond James Financial Inc. of Memphis-based Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. has a green light from the feds.

The antitrust division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice has granted an early termination of the necessary waiting period in connection with the deal, Raymond James announced in a regulatory filing Tuesday.

The company anticipates the deal, in which it will buy the Memphis investment firm for $930 million, to close on or about April 2.

CK’s Coffee Shop Expanding into Jackson, Tenn.

One of Memphis’ most celebrated diners is expanding into Jackson, Tenn.

CK’S Coffee Shop has signed a five-year lease for 1,390 square feet of the existing 4,900-square-foot upscale Old Medina Market Gas Station at 2800 Old Medina Road. This is the first CK’s Coffee Shop in the Jackson/Madison County market.

Barry D. Maynard with Trezevant Realty Corp. represented CK’s Coffee Shop. Eden Smith, co-owner of the Old Medina Market Gas Station, handled the landlord’s side, including representation of Old Medina Associates NE LLC, in care of RMR Investments Co. LLC.

CK’s has several locations in Memphis, and has recently seen some management changes. Look for more CK’s news in Friday’s edition of The Daily News.

P.S.: The eatery introduced the donut hamburger to its menu last fall. Read the write-up from Kerry Crawford of the ILoveMemphisBlog.com here.

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