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Child Advocacy Center Grounds Need TLC

Memphis Child Advocacy Center, a nonprofit that serves Shelby County children who are victims of severe physical and sexual abuse, is calling on the community to help beautify its grounds at 1085 Poplar Avenue.

The building’s original brick walls had begun to cave in and its attic was on the verge of collapse. The organization called in a structural engineering company to perform the necessary renovations, but the work left the center’s grounds a mess.

Memphis Child Advocacy Center is asking for donations of hoses, sprinklers, mulch and colorful flowers. It’s also seeking volunteers with shovels, trowels, rakes, hedge clippers and manpower to donate their time to cleaning up and beautifying the site during a service day on Saturday, June 9 .

Employees say keeping a positive atmosphere at the center is an integral part of making the children whom they serve, who’ve been through very traumatic events, feel safe.

To donate or volunteer, contact Su Hartline at shartline@memphiscac.org or call (901) 888-4337.

Stiqrd keeps signing up customers


Yo’ Sweetz Dessert Café, a new dessert and sweet shop at 5185 Getwell in Southaven that has plans to open other locations in the Memphis area, is using Memphis-based startup Stiqrd to reward its customers.

Customers will be able to earn free cups of frozen yogurt or free specialty popsicles the more they visit Yo’ Sweetz and use the Stiqrd app.

Stiqrd is a service that lets businesses replace paper-based punch card and loyalty programs with the use of a mobile app. The app facilitates several things: businesses can create, track and modify their loyalty programs to fit seasonal, special promotions or advertising campaigns in one or more retail locations.

More about Wells Fargo

Earlier today, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton met with Wells Fargo regional president Leigh Collier in South Memphis, where she “reaffirmed her company’s commitment to our community,” according to the mayor’s office.

Also Wednesday, Wharton and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell signed a collaboration agreement with Wells, an event Collier also attended, which was an outgrowth of settling the long-running city-county lawsuit against the lender.

Wharton and Wells Fargo executive Leigh Collier

 

Under the terms of the agreement, Wells will invest $425 million in new home loans in the community, with $125 million of that dedicated to low-income and moderate-income families. Wells will also make $4.5 million available in grants to first-time home purchasers, as well as $3 million for a programs related to financial literacy, home buyer counseling, and small business development.

Local Restaurant News Roundup

Memphis’ restaurant scene is seeing tons of activity. Here are some of the highlights:

Pollard’s BBQ of 4560 Elvis Presley Blvd. will make its Food Network debut Wednesday, May 30, on Restaurant: Impossible. The show, hosted by celebrity chef Robert Irvine, selects failing restaurants and has 48 hours and $10,000 to revamp the menu, staff and décor before opening it back up to the public and interviewing patrons on the new experience.

Owner Tarrance Pollard is “experiencing growing pains after upgrading from a takeout operation to a giant eat-in restaurant only four months earlier,” according to the show’s website, and “is clinging onto his cherished family barbecue recipe and refusing to see how cutting corners and failing to adapt to the challenges of a large restaurant is causing his business to fail.” Sounds like a must-see. Tune in tonight at 9 p.m.

Meanwhile, Aldo’s Pizza Pies filed a business license last week for 100 S. Main, suite 101, listing the owner as Pac App LLC, according to The Daily News online, www.memphisdailynews.com. The restaurant – owned by a partnership that includes Bargdog and The Slider Inn’s Aldo DeMartino – will occupy 3,887 square feet in the ground floor of Henry Turley Co.’s Barboro Flats, serving hand-tossed New York-style pizza and sub sandwiches in addition to offering a full bar. The expected opening date is June 20.

Also recently filing a business license was Rinaldo Grisanti for a Ronnie Grisanti Italian Restaurant at 684 W. Poplar Ave. Grisanti quietly closed his longtime Grisanti’s restaurant location at 2855 Poplar Ave. in January before opening his new restaurant Feb. 3 at the Stella Marris nightclub, 7955 Fischer Steel Road in Cordova, where he has also since left.

Meanwhile, Antonio Martinez has applied for a business license for his third Las Delicias at 5689 Quince Road and Arkansas-based Larry’s Pizza has filed paperwork for its tableside buffet concept in Kirby Gate Shopping Center at 2857 Kirby Parkway.

What’s more, Low Arts Tea Haven is preparing to open in Carriage Crossing, 4630 Merchants Park Circle, in July. Everyone’s heard of “high tea,” but this restaurant promises “low tea” with a more casual, funky atmosphere.

Low Arts Tea Haven will offer tea flights (a la wine/beer flights) and jazz brunches, and already has several events posted on its website – and not just tea-related: a writing workshop in late July, artisan Christmas gifts and a book club in September, and so on.

And last but not least, Bleu Restaurant and Lounge in The Westin Memphis Beale Street is hosting the Memphis Farmers Market’s first “Farm To Fork Brunch” of the season Sunday, June 3 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Executive Chef Robert Nam Cirillo has created a three-course menu with ingredients from local farms such as Woodson Ridge, Gracious Gardens, Claybrook, Fletcher, Bonny Blue and several others in the area.

The prix fixe brunch is $35 and will feature live music. A percentage of the revenue generated will be donated back to the Memphis Farmers Market.

Report: Raymond James will keep its bond business in Memphis

Raymond James Financial, the new parent company of Memphis’ own Morgan Keegan & Co., is keeping its fixed income and private client business in Memphis.

That’s according to Raymond James chairman and former president Tom James, who reportedly also has told Memphis Mayor AC Wharton Jr. that the firm will keep its bond business in the city. (Hat tip to Reuters).

James also has said the company will “maintain and possibly expand a client support center – including compliance and operations support – for the advisory’s private client group in Memphis,” according to Reuters.

Dansette

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