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Start Co. fundraiser Thursday

Start Co. is hosting a rooftop fundraiser at Playhouse on the Square Thursday.

The event, at 66 S. Cooper, will include music, drinks and networking opportunities and will run from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Sponsors are Orion, Dillard Door and Commercial Advisors LLC. Tickets are $25 and $30 at the door, and proceeds go towards Start Co.’s $20,000 match challenge. (The organization will see every dollar raised through the challenge matched by an anonymous donor.)

More details here: http://startco-rooftopfundraiser.eventbrite.com/

Bad day in Midtown > good day in Germantown

Memphis-based creative company Hieroglyph has a feisty, pro-Memphis spirit, wouldn’t you say?

Here’s an example of the company’s specially designed T-shirts available for sale:

Hieroglyph also sells one with its own Memphis logo that includes a heart over the “i.”  (here) Hieroglyph principal Josh Horton told me in an email: “I feel like there are a lot of messages out there promoting our city and they definitely help, but I also think that there needs to be a bit of us just owning and loving who we are (esp.  those of us that live here) without trying to change it so much…Hence the subtle heart in place of the dot above the ‘i’.”

Here’s that one:

Mag names Muddy’s named one of “America’s Best Bakeries”

Congratulations to Muddy’s Bake Shop, which Travel+Leisure has named one of America’s Best Bakeries.

From a blurb about Muddy’s by the mag:

“Take one look at the pastry case, and it’s clear that owner Kat Gordon has a healthy sense of humor … Yet the banana pudding, molasses gingerbread cookies, and blueberry pie confirm that this bakery means business.”

Muddy’s owner Kat Gordon, left (Daily News file photo)

 

Breakfast with the Beatles

The Twilight Sky Terrace on top of the Madison has a fab brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays – inspired by the Fab Four, that is.

From 6:30 to 11:30, you can enjoy a Strawberry Fields (fruit plate) Forever. Or some I Want to Hold Your Hand-squeezed orange juice. Your dining companion might whisper words of wisdom, for some Let it Be Milk. And George Harrison might want you to not forget the Here Comes the Fresh Baked Muffin.

The most important thing to remember is that all you need is love – and a healthy breakfast.

(Washed down with some of the Twilight Sky Terrace’s nah-nah-nah-nah, Hey Juice.)

More details here.

Where Politics Begins

There is a common theme among successful politicians I have covered. It is the event that many of them have said defines the start of their ambition to run for elected office.

It’s not a first race they might have made for City Council or Congress or a judicial position.

Nope. Ask a successful politician about his or her origins and in many cases they will tell you about the time they ran for class president or something else in high school or college.

Add Cong. Steve Cohen to the list with this article in “Roll Call.”

We also came across this phenomenon earlier in writing a piece about Karl Schledwitz, the CEO of Monogram Foods who, while not a candidate, worked in many, many Democratic campaigns over the decades.

Schledwitz recently spoke at the weekly meeting of the Frayser Exchange Club and began by noting that Shelly Rice, the president of the club, had been his campaign manager when he ran for student government office the first time at Trezevant High School.

He lost and all these years later playfully put the blame on his campaign manager, noting that with a different manager, the next year, he was elected.

Fellow students, it turns out, are an early test of political prowess when you think about it. There is the intensity of a campaign that is probably magnified because it’s not an electorate that you can dodge. They and your opponent are face to face every day in a relatively small space. Not only is every action you take immediately visible to your rival, you feel every action your rival takes immediately as well.

It is pretty relentless as campaigns go and its intensity is further magnified by the shortened campaign time.

Sounds like a pretty good crucible for those who think politics is for them.

 

Dansette

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