Verizon is shaking up its brick-and-mortar retail presence.
The wireless giant is rolling out newly redesigned stores called Smart Stores that feature products in “mobile lifestyle zones” as well as a “wireless workshop zone.” The stores are similar to the new Destination Store concept Verizon rolled out this week at the Mall of America, just on a smaller scale.
The first Verizon Wireless Smart Store at 7665 Poplar Ave. was Verizon’s first Smart Store to open in the Memphis area, and over the next few years the company plans to convert its entire batch of 1,700 stores into Smart Stores.
Among other retail changes Verizon has in store is related to in-store pick-up and same-day delivery. Customers can now order devices online and pick them up at nearby stores in most cities. Same-day delivery also is available in New York, Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Philadelphia, with more cities added in coming months.
Literacy Mid-South is leaving its transitional space at United Methodist Neighborhood Centers, moving to Playhouse on the Square effective December 1.
Literacy Mid-South will be housed on the fifth floor, the new home after five months in a temporary space in search of something more permanent. The group’s executive director Kevin Dean sent out notice of the move today and said the group looks forward to “new collaboration potential with our office mates” like Project Green Fork, Indie Memphis, the Youth Symphony and more.
Memphis company iScreen Vision will take part in a panel discussion Tuesday (Nov. 19) about the path the company has traveled from conception to a challenging growth period all the way to a recent $4 million round of funding.
iScreen’s leadership team and one of its investors will talk during that event in the Memphis Bioworks conference center about lessons the company has learned.
iScreen provides pediatric vision screen solutions for kids.
The event – at which lunch will be provided – starts at noon at 20 S. Dudley St. on the first floor. On hand will be iScreen Vision CEO Buck Brown, COO Darryl Jackson and Innova partner Jan Bouten.
Later that same day, meanwhile, the Bioworks conference center also will host the second Wolf River Environmental Job Training Graduation Celebration. That program at 6 p.m. will celebrate the graduation of nearly 70 unemployed or under-employed Memphians who received training through Memphis Bioworks Foundation as environmental technicians.
Put on your bow ties, people – today is “Justin Timberlake Day” in Memphis.
Various city officials are gathering at the Westin Downtown at 1 p.m. to officially proclaim the day in honor of the pop singer. In recognition of the day, Memphians are asked to do the following:
Wear a favorite bow tie and post pictures to social media sites, using the hashtag #JTDay to wish everyone “a happy Justin Timberlake Day.”
Businesses with digital signs or marquees are asked to post messages in honor of the singer.
And everyone is asked to post and share any other Timberlake-related posts after his FedExForum concert Monday.
Soul Fish is opening its third location in Memphis on Thursday (Nov. 14).
The new location – which follows established Soul Fish locations in Germantown and Cooper-Young – is at 4720 Poplar Ave. in the old Wolf Camera Space.
Co-owner Raymond Williams told The Daily News recently the new location will have a patio for the first time. Customers also will be able to park in the back, where there are about 40 or so spots – “plenty of parking,” as he put it, as opposed to the quick-to-fill-up lot at Cooper-Young.