What Foodies and ADDYs have in common

This year’s ADDY awards ceremony, presented Saturday, Feb. 25 by the Memphis chapter of the American Advertising Federation, honored local creative agencies with 63 gold and 68 silver trophies.

Art from each firm varied from brochures to websites and everything in between from clients running the gamut from Elvis Presley Enterprises to Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation. Even the logos and concepts of some of Memphis’ most recent-to-the-restaurant-scene establishments turned popular, trendy hang out spots received praise:

  • Harvest Creative, the firm behind this year’s “Hustle + Workflow” ADDY theme, picked up a gold in “Elements of Advertising” for Slider Inn’s logo.
  • RedRover Co. earned a silver ADDY in the “Special Event Campaign” category for Bleu Secret Restaurant Grand Opening Invitation campaign.
  • And Red Deluxe Brand Development scored a silver ADDY (one out of 23, including Best of Show, for the firm) in the “Out-Of-Home: Site/Exterior Static” category for Alchemy exterior.

New TPC Website Up

The group drafting the blueprint for a consolidated countywide public school system now has its own website.

Until now, the transition planning commission had been posting its information on Shelby County governments website on a page included among the many other sections for the many other sections of county government.

The new website is at www.ourvoiceourschools.org and it couldn’t come at a better time.

The commission is now at the point where it is starting to make decisions about the structure of the consolidated school system to come.

The group’s March 1 meeting could see a vote on the overall governing structure of the school system. This past Thursday, the group approved a set of education priorities we’ll have more about in Tuesday’s edition of The Daily News.

We’ve been covering a lot of the core issues involved since long before the Dec. 2010 vote by the MCS board to surrender its charter and there is a lot more coverage to come.

The editorial in the current edition of The Memphis News also offers an opinion that we hope will provoke thought and plenty of responses of all kinds.

But these days you also have better access to the source information, the raw material that shows how decisions are made. You determine whether you agree with the decisions or not.

This is a complex issue that at times can prompt even the most dedicated followers to throw up their hands and walk away for a time. But the importance of the issue is undeniable and worth the effort to sort through the complexities – keep what is relevant and discard what isn’t and participate.

Looney Ricks Kiss Consolidates Offices in Toyota Center

Looney Ricks Kiss is consolidating its Memphis office space on the fifth floor of Toyota Center in Downtown Memphis.

The firm has been in the building since 2000 after completing a renovation of the entire building along with Auto Zone Park. LRK’s website lists its address as “175 Toyota Plaza, STE 600.”

“After 12 years of being in the Toyota Center, we decided it was time to get our offices better organized,” Looney Ricks Kiss principal Franks Ricks said in a statement. “Our most significant infrastructure is on the fifth floor so it makes sense to consolidate there. It also allows us to efficiently expand as needed in the future. It will be business as usual, but with a new reception lobby on five.”

The firm will occupy approximately 22,000 square feet of space in Toyota Center. Based in Memphis, LRK also has offices in Princeton, N.J.; Celebration, Fla.; and Baton Rouge, La. The firm consists of professional architects, designers, planners and staff.

Tigers’ Adonis Thomas Could Play in C-USA Tourney

The season might not be over for Tigers freshman Adonis Thomas, after all.

Ankle surgery appeared to end the season for the athletic 6-6 forward, but after Wednesday night’s victory at FedExForum over East Carolina coach Josh Pastner said Thomas was progressing and could return by the Conference USA Tournament, which runs March 7-10 at FedExForum.

“The doctors feel there might be a chance,” Pastner said.

Thomas has been shooting, but Pastner said Thomas would need to participate in full practice with the team before he could play in a game.

In 16 games this season, Thomas averaged 9.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 26.3 minutes. Despite the injury, there has been widespread speculation that if Thomas entered the NBA Draft he would be selected in the first round. Thomas had not said publicly what he plans to do after this season.

Joe’s Liquor Passport to Oregon event set for Thursday

Memphis-area winos, you’re in luck. Joe’s Wines & Liquors is hosting an all-Oregon wine event on Thursday, Feb. 23, where representatives directly from 22 different wineries will be on hand pouring and discussing their wines.