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New Businesses Open Downtown

Downtown Memphis has added two new businesses to its portfolio.

The River’s Attic, a retailer owned by Bill Kane at 49 Union Ave., sells antiques, custom-made lamps and lamp shades, painted furniture, floral and gifts like personalized pillows. The shop next to the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau near Front Street also does lamp repair.

And on the office front, Caissa Public Strategy LLC has recently opened its first office in Pembroke Square, 119 S. Main St., suite 600. The business, run by lawyer and former Shelby County Election Commissioner Brian Stephens, is celebrating on Thursday, Sept. 13, with a rooftop party.

Caissa opened in January 2011 and has quickly grown to 10 employees plus sub-contractors. Stephens said the public strategy concept is only about 15 years old and is relatively uncommon in the south compared to areas like Washington, D.C., where firms specializing in the trade are “on every block.”

“If you have a controversial issue or problem getting traction, that’s when you come to us,” Stephens said. “We’re really interested in winning issues, and so if there’s a win date – a date to fail or be successful – that’s when you call us in and we do the planning and the communications plan for all of those things.”

Dansette

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