Explore Bike Share cyclists set out along Keel Avenue.  <span class='image-credits'>Brandon Dahlberg</span> Tes Herman, left, and her cousin Leslie Herman look at a book of Freida Hamm paintings at Novel bookstore in East Memphis. <span class='image-credits'>Brandon Dill</span> Summer Avenue in September.  <span class='image-credits'>Ziggy Mack</span> Construction takes place at the former Wonder Bread factory at 400 Monroe Avenue. (Brandon Dill) <span class='image-credits'></span> A nighttime view of the I Am A Man plaza outside of Clayborn Temple, near Downtown Memphis.  <span class='image-credits'>Ziggy Mack</span> Visitors to Hattie B's Hot Chicken restaurant in Midtown.  <span class='image-credits'>Ziggy Mack</span> Memphians play a game of sand volleyball around sunset at Tom Lee Park. <span class='image-credits'>Ziggy Mack</span> A message from Summer Avenue. (Brandon Dahlberg) <span class='image-credits'></span> City of Memphis employees install new Beale Street gateway signs. (Ziggy Mack) <span class='image-credits'></span> Ballet Memphis dancers perform "I Am a Woman: Moult" as part of a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. <span class='image-credits'>Ziggy Mack</span> A view of Speed Trials, an interactive art exhibit by Crosstown Arts artist in residence Josh Short.  <span class='image-credits'>Ziggy Mack</span>

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Feature StoryMuddy's Bake Shop founder Kat Gordon speaks to the Rising Tide Society at a February 2018 meeting, held at Memphis College of Art. (Kristen Archer)

Memphis College of Art is closing to students, opening its classes to creative entrepreneurs

Through its community education, Memphis College of Art is building a framework for continued learning opportunities made by and for creative entrepreneurs — even once campus doors close in 2020. 


Feature StorySidney Johnson, president of the Mitchell Heights Neighborhood Association, poses in front of the hoop house at the Mitchell Heights Landscape Garden and Nursery. (Cole Bradley)

Small but mighty: Resident-led development improves Mitchell Heights

From gang relations to gardening, the Mitchell Heights Neighborhood Association is taking ownership of its 40-block neighborhood. Grown from that grassroots effort is a commercial nursery that recently secured a contract to plant flowers at Memphis City Hall.

Feature StorySidney Johnson, presidente de la Asociación de Vecinos de Mitchell Heights, posa frente a la casa de aro en el Jardín y Vivero de Mitchell Heights. (Cole Bradley)

Pequeño pero poderoso: El movimiento en Mitchell Heights

Mitchell Heights es una sección de 40 cuadras de “The Heights” que recibe un poco de amor muy necesario de parte de unos pocos residentes dedicados. También es el hogar de un vivero de flores que recientemente obtuvo un contrato para plantar flores en el Ayuntamiento de Memphis.

Feature StoryChildren play at Pursuit of God Church while their parents attend class next door. The new program teaches about language and brain development for children zero to 30 months. (Agape)

Gift of gab: Frayser children reach for kindergarten readiness before they learn to talk

A new program in Frayser is using technology to build kids' conversation skills before they’ve even learned to talk. Partners at Agape and University of Memphis say talking is critical to healthy growth and kindergarten readiness and helps underprivileged families level the educational playing field.

Feature StoryCynthia Daniels

Talking business: Local event planner shares her story and those of women like her in a new podcast

Cynthia Daniels moved to Memphis ten years ago and changed the Memphis' small business landscape with events like Memphis Black Restaurant Week. She's partnering with entrepreneur support organization Epicenter to produce a podcast that highlights the journeys of other women- and minority-owned entrepreneurs. 

Feature StorySuzanne Carlson, transportation and sustainability program manager for the nonprofit Innovate Memphis.

Innovate Memphis pushes to revamp Memphis bus system from the ground up

Officials with Innovate Memphis are working behind the scenes to lay the groundwork for implementation of a reimagined Memphis Area Transit Authority network which would rejuvenate public transport in Memphis.

Feature StoryArdent recordings opened in 1966 at the intersection of National and Bayliss, catty corner from the Sweden Kream that still stands today.

Musical Heights: A neighborhood's forgotten role in the history of one of pop's most famous studios

In a nondescript store front on National Street, some of the 20th century's biggest music stars once worked. Discover the one-time Heights recording studio that played a major role in garage rock, soul, and heavy metal and laid the groundwork for one of Memphis' most enduring musical legacies.

Feature StoryZan 'Z' Dogan watches his son play in a football game at Treadwell Middle School. Treadwell is the area’s oldest school and opened in 1915. (Ziggy Mack)

Big Star, basketball stars, and five star eats: More fascinating facts from The Heights

It’s produced legendary music, three basketball legends including Penny Hardaway, and some of the city’s best food. Here are four more things you probably didn’t know about The Heights.  

Feature StoryDaria Meeks, 27, works at Lucy J's Bakery. (Natalie Eddings)

Living wage means more for a working mother at a Memphis bakery

In February, Daria Meeks left a barely-above minimum wage position to work at a new Memphis bakery that pays employees a living wage.

Feature StoryLucas Trautman, top left, practices grappling technique with students, from top, Kelan Branch, 10, Keyveyoun Chandler, 14, and Eric Booker, 11, at his Stardust Jiu-Jitsu studio in Binghampton. The business is next door to the future site of his wife

Family opens side-by-side Binghampton businesses

Lucas Trautman runs nonprofit Stardust Jiu-Jitsu studio. Kristin Fox-Trautman is soon to open a cafe that pays employees a living wage. Together, they're brightening a high-traffic corner of Binghampton.

Feature StoryWendell and Adrena Jackson show the progress of renovations to their restaurant Eggxactly Breakfast and Deli in Whitehaven. (Brandon Dill)

Whitehaven breakfast spot and deli builds on family legacy

Wendell Jackson's father was a staple to the Whitehaven area as a deli and grocery owner. The younger Jackson is taking on that charge by opening his own shop, Eggxactly Breakfast and Deli, at a former barber shop in Whitehaven.

Feature StoryLeslie Lynn Smith, Epicenter president and CEO.

Epicenter raises $40 million, sprints toward the next phase of Memphis' entrepreneurial movement

Having raised $30 million in philanthropy and individual donations, Epicenter has unlocked a $10 million challenge grant from FedEx. Memphis entrepreneurs could benefit from new programs born out of the $40 million fund as early as the first quarter of next year. 

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