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New Malco cinema opens Friday in Oxford

Malco Theatres is opening a new 8-screen theatre in Oxford this Friday.

The cinema company’s new Oxford Commons Cinema will be the second Oxford location for Memphis-based Malco and will be situated at the corner of Sisk Avenue and Highway 7. The new cinema space has been remodeled with a lobby bar, new luxury seats, upgraded sound system and state-of-the-art digital projection.

The new location has a full service grill that will serve a gourmet menu, and Malco also is planning to bring more documentaries, foreign films and independent movies to Oxford with the arrival of the company’s second cinema there.

Furniture e-commerce retailer opens first North American showroom in Memphis

A fine furniture e-commerce retailer is opening its first North American retail showroom right here in Memphis.

Decadent Avenue is holding a ribbon-cutting with the Greater Memphis Chamber Nov. 1 for its 25,000 square foot space at 888 S. White Station Road. To celebrate its move into Memphis, a portion of Decadent’s opening-weekend proceeds will be donated to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

Every Decadent customer will be paired with a complimentary personal designer who can help with every aspect of the home-furnishing experience, including furniture customization, picking accessories and space planning. The retailer will carry rugs, fabrics and draperies by early next year or sooner, and Decadent will also cater to independent interior designers.

The Church Health Center, and the Affordable Care Act

The Church Health Center has posted some thoughts on its future in light of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

In short: legislation that brings more people into the health care system with coverage won’t deter the center from its mission.

“The Church Health Center is not going out of business,” Church Health Center CEO Dr. Scott Morris writes. “If anything, we’re expanding to meet the growing needs of our community and to address things not covered by the Affordable Care Act such as adult dentistry, behavioral health and prevention. Our move to Sears Crosstown will help make this possible.”

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A snapshot of Broad Avenue Arts District revitalization

Here are some statistics that ought to inspire stakeholders and supporters of the Broad Avenue Arts District, courtesy of Splash Creative:

  • 25 new businesses have opened in the area since 2008
  • About $20 million in property revitalization has occurred in that time
  • And Broad and Binghampton are in various stages of almost $5 million in public infrastructure and public art projects. They include a two-way cycle track that will connect the Shelby Farms Greenline to Overton Park and Downtown, plus the Water Tower Depot project on Broad and other public improvements and enhancements.

A No Gang Zone Backgrounder

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Just from personal observation, the discussions I’ve heard and seen about the no gang zone declaration in the Riverside neighborhood made a week ago Monday have been as nuanced as the issue itself and as complex as the court order that specifies what gang members in the zone can and can’t do — the list of what they can’t do in the area being much longer.

There’s also been a fair amount of frustration expressed about the problem the zone is designed to combat.

“It puts everybody’s name in there – up on Front Street. Just as they tag these buildings, we have tagged them,” Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said. “It’s going to make it a bit more inconvenient for the higher-ups in the criminal enterprises to work with someone who’s been tagged in a court complaint.”

District Attorney General Amy Weirich and the local and federal Multi-Agency Gang Unit is applying a 2009 Tennessee law permitting the zones. The local effort got advice from authorities in Fresno County, Cal. who have used them extensively. But Weirich is trying to avoid some of the pitfalls that caused the use of a similar zone in Orange County, Cal. to be challenged in court.

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