Memphian to Meet

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I’ve enjoyed making different house-made syrups and coming up with new drinks (coffee, or non-coffee). I’ve loved helping build our ever-evolving food menu. I’ve always loved cooking and I get to play around a little with food items. I enjoy the interaction with the community and our customers. I love it all. read more
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“It was one of the most Memphis moments I’ve experienced. You had the crowd chanting, ‘Whoop That Trick’ was playing, Al Kapone was there leading the chant as Zach Randolph left the game, and he's cheering even though he just got thrown out of the game. It wasn't the most kosher moment but it felt okay because it’s Memphis.” Trotter smiles and concludes, “We’re a little rugged, a little gritty, but that’s us.” read more
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“Though I wanted to make an app to impact others, I also made this app to somewhat help myself,” he says laughing. “What brought me to this idea was all the fliers around campus at Rhodes. Some fliers are put in weird places on campus where people never see them. I remember looking at fliers like ‘that would be cool to go to’ and then realize that this event happened four days ago,” Deer explains. read more
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I think that Memphis, with its history of race problems and poverty problems and all of that, I hate to think that people who have the opportunity to leave here and do something else would do that. It just bothers me when I hear about my kids’ friends who want to go to NY or Nashville or Charlotte. If everyone that has the brains and the know-how and is financially fortunate, I hate to think that they leave. They need to stay here to make it [Memphis] a better place. read more
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“We want to be a voice for everybody that’s in the creative scene in Memphis and for everyone who's not here. We want to tell people about the amazing things that are happening in our city...and that’s why you should come here. While we have Elvis and BBQ sauce, there’s more to Memphis than just that.” read more
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Sachë, the South Main Street boutique, is changing the way Memphians see t-shirts and shopping in general, for that matter. The geniuses behind the often times witty, but always creative and distinctive Memphis-inspired t-shirts sold at Sachë, Eric Evans and John Sylvester, were both involved in separate business ventures at the start of their careers, but as their paths crossed over a passion for creativity and design, the two joined forces. read more
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Simon and Brister Street Productions show the great variety of businesses that are “taking over” as Simon likes to say, the business culture in our city. read more
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Chef Kelly English, a New Orleans native, and alumni from University of Mississippi and the Culinary Institute of America, is the genius behind Restaurant Iris and The Second Line, both located in Overton Square. GRIND readers and writers alike have raved over the food at his establishments, so we decided it was time to talk to English and get the inside scoop on his passion for food and what makes Memphis the perfect place to make a name for himself: read more
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Paul N. Akin Jr., has always gone by Nat, “except for one failed attempt to be known as ‘Paul’ during an Optimist-league baseball season” when he was ten. “It didn’t work out.” After earning his degree in English and History from the University of Tennessee and his MA in English with a thesi... read more
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"I enjoyed the hospitality, and coming from Boston that had a pretty significant paradigm shift. Basically, Memphis is more like Ireland than Boston is in the way people treat you. I found the Northeast was more rough and tumble, in your face, take-it-or leave it, sink or swim...I found the south to be much more aligned with Irish values." read more
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"My dad is actually hilarious but he don’t know it. He said something to me one time- over Thanksgiving break he was asking for me to give him money to go get him something from the liquor store, and I was like, "Dad, you just got your check why didn’t you save money if you knew Thanksgiving was coming?" And he was like, "Oh, boy, nobody cares about Thanksgiving but a Turkey!" And I was like well. OK...that’s about right." read more
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"As young people, we are so...our minds are so innovative. As young people, you have to know that you can make a huge impact in this city. The opportunity is there. There are so many opportunities for young people to shine. A lot of people aren’t doing it, and that in itself is an opportunity. Step in and be that young person to say you know what? I’m going to do something different. There are many opportunities for a young person to stand out in this city. If a nice amount of young people get together and do something great, it’s going to be exposed and it will show that Memphis is a great city for young people to thrive in." read more
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Congressman Steve Cohen served on the Tennessee State Senate for twenty-four years. He is the “Father of the Tennessee Lottery,” and is arguably one of the most provocative leaders in the state, for his strong stance on the legalization of marijuana, and using institutions such as the lottery and casinos to shift funds where they ought to be, most notably, the MED which was created after Cohen’s essential vote was cast for its construction, and the public education system. Cohen agreed to meet with theGRIND to discuss his take on the major issues that have consumed his career including race, economics, health, and the intricacies of southern politics: read more
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Cawein accounts for her personal history and how she ended up as a CEO of the premier Public Relations firm for independent artists in the area, how the music industry has changed over history, and what her vision is for the bright future of Memphis music: read more
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Brandye Lee, Director of Community Engagement at Collage Dance Collective, located on Broad Street in Binghampton, is a petite lady, with some big ideas for how her studio fits in with the big picture of the city of Memphis. read more
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The Sansings are also the proud owners of some prime Memphis real estate, the Ballard and Ballard Obelisk flour building, located where Vance dead ends into the river bluff. A rare example of Egyptian revival architecture in the city of Memphis (hieroglyphics adorn the building’s facade). Originally, the building was used by a flour company. Trucks would enter through the large sliding dock door on the front side of the building, head west, and access the train tracks at the building’s river side. read more
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Memphian to Meet: Kat Gordon Article and Photography by: Julia Fawal Walking into Muddy’s Bake Shop is like escaping into a fairy tale. Paper flowers and sparkling white lights hang across the ceiling, various jewel-toned colors fill the walls, and the entire place smells like it could evap... read more
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Young adults in Memphis frequently turn to the popular “I Love Memphis” blog for ideas for weekend plans, updates on the local music scene, new restaurants to try, and an upbeat online experience covering the city. Holly Whitfield, a Hattiesburg, Mississippi native and University of Memphis graduate, began her career as the I Love Memphis blogger just this year. read more
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"Memphis did not kill Martin Luther King. Martin Luther King was killed in Memphis." read more
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Born a Memphian, Robbye pursued an education on the west coast and in Paris before coming home to the “new” Memphis in more ways than one. read more
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With Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man” blasting through the outdoor speakers and clumps of high school children walking with their instructors or singing to themselves, it is no wonder Mark Wender loves coming to work each morning. read more
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Hall’s vision is not limited to revamping and maintaining social media sites for his clients but instead, branches out to filmmaking, music videos, and journalism, which can be seen on his website. read more