Train museum now open

The Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum has officially opened to the public, and a ribbon cutting was held on May 12 – which also happened to be National Train Day.

The museum has announced a Class One Trainmaster fundraising program to meet a $25,000 challenge grant by May 31. The museum is looking for 100 individuals and businesses to become Class One Trainmasters with a minimum $250 donation.

Donors will get several museum gifts as well as recognition within the museum as Class One Trainmasters.

Colliers International Memphis Benefits St. Jude Via Social Media

Colliers International Memphis recently participated in its parent company’s “Everyone Gives” social media giving campaign, benefiting several locally-based charities, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In addition to raising $4,000 in pledges through the Everyone Gives website, St Jude won special recognition and a $2,500 award from Colliers International for being one of the top three charities in attracting the most cities across the world to make pledges.

Gene Woods, president of Colliers Memphis, said it was especially meaningful to have Gina Dalrymple present the $2,500 bonus award to St. Jude along with her daughter, Kendal.

“At our local kick-off for the campaign, Gina, a marketing and leasing assistant in our asset services office, made the St. Jude story very real for all of us by sharing her personal experience,” Woods said.

“Two years ago on this exact day, I took my youngest daughter Kendal to the doctor with what we thought might be the flu,” Dalrymple shared at the kick-off. “It turned out that Kendal had a very rare form of leukemia called APL, so rare in fact that St. Jude sees an average of only three patients a year with it. In 1962 when St. Jude opened, APL had virtually no chance of survival. Now the survival rate for patients with APL is greater than 80 percent. My hope is that generous donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through campaigns like Everyone Gives will not only allow families like ours to continue to receive free treatment, but to hear that their research has made the survival rate 100 percent.”

Front row: Henry Stratton, Gene Woods, Kendal Dalrymple, Brenda Abshure, Gina Dalyrmple, Melanie Rivera. Back row: Andy Cates, Tracy Watson and Julie Lunn.

Overall, “Everyone Gives” raised $741,213 in just 17 days. More than 12,000 individuals in 474 cities donated to 1,479 charities. Participants made donations of every size to charities of their choice and were encouraged to use their social networks to invite friends, families and colleagues to give.

New Facebook Group: “Delta Does Memphis”

It was probably bound to happen.

Now the Facebook groups are sprouting up around Delta’s passenger airfares at Memphis International.

This one is called “Delta Does Memphis,” and encourages anyone to log on and sound off. Tom Jones, of Smart City Consulting, has been a prominent critic of Delta’s fares, and he’s behind the “Delta Does Memphis” group.

From his description on that page:

“We’re mad as mad as hell, and we’re not going to take this anymore!

Send Delta Airlines a message. Post horror stories about Delta Airlines unfair airfares in Memphis.

Make your voice heard. Share your opinions with Delta Airlines and the Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority.”

What the new Whole Foods Poplar could look like

Among Friday’s Inked items are Whole Foods Market Inc., which plans to demolish its existing 25,000-square-foot store at 5022 Poplar Ave. and move into the adjacent 40,000-square-foot space currently occupied by Office Depot.

Here are some renderings of what the new site could eventually look like:

Construction is expected to start in mid-2013, and Whole Foods anticipates an early 2014 completion.

Sew Memphis and Real Estate Trivia

Sew Memphis, a fabric boutique and quilting haven owned by Susan Schwartz and Mary Allison Cates, opened in Midtown last week.

Schwartz owns the old three-bedroom, two-bath house just north of Central Avenue at 688 Cox St. along with her son, Daurie. It’s been zoned commercial for awhile, and includes a 2,000-square-foot space (the part that houses Sew Memphis) as well as a 3,000-square-foot warehouse in the back (where photographers Laura Zumwalt and Lisa McAdoo are subleasing).

The space has held several occupants over the years, but there’s one tenant in particular with whom Cates has nostalgic ties.

“I remember it from when I was little in the early 80s,” Cates said. “The guy who owned all of the rides at the Zoo was in that house. His name was J.C. Levy. He also ran this little telephone answering service called Dial ‘N’ Smile. I remember calling the number, it was 278-something. It was a number that I called regularly as a child and there would be a little story and then a little inspirational message – it wasn’t religious or anything, it was just kind of feel good. He would always say, keep dialing and smiling!”