Shenanigans Home Décor to Open Saturday in Cooper-Young

A new retailer with a name that promises mischief is coming to Cooper-Young, just in time for Halloween.

Shenanigans Home Décor will have a soft opening Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 2162 Young Ave. The discount home furnisher, owned by Kim Burks, has a large assortment of paintings, tables, chairs, lamps and shades, with new merchandise arriving daily.

Shenanigans will have its grand opening on Thursday, Nov. 1, starting at 6 p.m. for Cooper-Young Night Out. Refreshments and product discounts will be provided.

ORVIS to Open in Laurelwood

Sports and outdoors enthusiasts rejoice. The Orvis Co. Inc. has leased a 6,000-square-foot space in Laurelwood Shopping Center and is expected to open in early February.

The 156-year-old, Manchester, Vt.-based retailer supplies fly-fishing gear, exclusive lines of clothing and accessories for men and women, home accents, gifts, pet products and sporting goods.

Orvis’ new store is located between The Grove Grill and Booksellers of Laurelwood, next door to J. Jill and South House Jewelry. The 10-year lease brings the Laurelwood Shopping Center’s retail space to 100 percent occupancy.

Construction will begin soon to completely renovate the space, which was previously occupied by Sachi and Cotton Tails before those retailers expanded to a larger store within the shopping center a few years ago.

“Orvis represents the type of high quality merchant that Laurelwood Shopping Center has historically sought out and Orvis accentuates the unique and distinctive shopping experience that Laurelwood strives to offer its customers,” Tom Prewitt Jr., president of Laurelwood Shopping Center Inc., said in a press release.

Back Yard Burgers closes six Memphis stores

Back Yard Burgers Inc. has closed six company-owned stores in the Memphis area for underperformance.

The store locations that have closed are 3659 Hickory Hill Rd., 3799 East Shelby Dr., 3288 Austin Peay Hwy., 3183 Poplar Ave., 4471 Summer Ave. and 8251 Highway 51 N. in Millington. The company said 17 company-owned locations remain open in Memphis, as do three franchise-owned stores.

In a statement, the company said, “We regret having to close some of our company-owned restaurants in Memphis. Like any responsible company during these challenging times, Back Yard Burgers is conducting a comprehensive review of its business to ensure the company is operating efficiently and positioned for future growth. We remain committed to continuing to provide high-quality, freshly prepared, great tasting food to our customers in our remaining Memphis locations and other markets we serve.”

10 to watch

The Greater Memphis Chamber’s annual end-of-the-year “Memphis Crossroads Magazine” will applaud 10 companies in Memphis that have had major growth this year through expansion, hiring or investment in the city in other ways.

The edition of the magazine, with the list of “10 to Watch,” will be distributed at the Chamber’s Annual Chairman’s Luncheon Dec. 12 and digitally online. The 10 companies are:

  • Leo Events
  • Southern College of Optometry
  • ServiceMaster by Stratos
  • Red Deluxe Brand Development
  • Barrett Distribution
  • EnSafe Inc.
  • Monogram Food Solutions
  • Independent Bank
  • Apollo Distribution
  • Elvis Presley Enteprises

A tip of the hat post

Congratulations to a-m ventures, the digital investment affiliate of marketing firm archer-malmo.

a-m ventures has a presentation that’s been accepted to SXSW Interactive in 2013. Its “When Bad Names Happen to Good Startups” presentation is scheduled for the ‘Startup Village’ portion of the event.

More here.

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