Summer Avenue/Berclair

Summer Avenue Merchants Association works for new neighborhoodRead Article

A group of business and community leaders along Summer Avenue are working together to forge a better future for the neighborhood with the Summer Avenue Merchants Association.

The lynching of Ell Persons finds a lasting imprint on the Memphis NAACP chapterRead Article

One hundred years later, Memphians gathered by the Wolf River out Summer Avenue to commemorate historical markers in memory of the lynching of Ell Persons, a dark moment in Memphis history that ended up having a significant impact on the Bluff City in the founding of the Memphis NAACP.

Malco Summer Drive In movie theater

Expansion plans snowballing for Jerry’s Sno ConesRead Article

After nearly 50 years at its current location at 1657 Wells Station Road in the Berclair neighborhood, Jerry’s Sno Cones will expand and open a new location in Cordova this fall followed by a third and possible fourth location in still-to-be-determined parts of town.
The Cottage Restaurant

Imperial Bowling Lanes ends its 60-year reign on Summer AvenueRead Article

With a sit-down restaurant, childcare and an in-house television studio, Imperial Bowling Lanes resembled a glittery casino more than a Summer Avenue local business. 
Tops BBQ on Summer Ave

Welding served with hot tamales at DJ’s on Summer AvenueRead Article

Entrepreneurship is runs deep in Dewayne Johnson's family. He's combined a welding practice with a love for cooking with his shop on Summer Avenue. Next is a restaurant near the Broad Avenue Arts District and investing in Memphis' next generation of metalworkers. 
Jun Lee Trading on Summer Ave.

Free recording and production studio trains young Memphis musiciansRead Article

A national nonprofit has opened a branch in the Berclair neighborhood to workshop the next generation of Memphis musicians and producers.
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The Berclair area is a working class neighborhood with cozy homes and quiet streets. Its main drag, Summer Avenue, was once known as the “Highway of America” and over the years has been home to the world’s first Holiday Inn and Super D Drugstore as well as Memphis’ first McDonald’s. In the 1960s Summer Avenue was the antique mecca of Memphis, and today, it is a popular destination for thrift store shopping. Berclair is also home to Grahamwood Elementary, one of the city’s top primary schools.

Feature StoryAccelerator programs hosted by organizations such as EPICenter Memphis, Memphis Bioworks and Start Co., help entrepreneurs launch businesses and   connect them with pathways to capital. To date, EPICenter has raised more than $16 million in capital.
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HuffPost, High Ground News & MLK50 to discuss economic inequality in Memphis


Development NewsJeff Tumlin

New public speaker series to address importance of urban planning


Feature StoryDr. Steven Euler, right, sets up an appointment with a caller's primary care doctor for further care.

New 9-1-1 initiatives seek to alleviate demands of nonemergency calls


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Memphis 3.0 event maps early progress