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Feature Story Young scholars at Ready, Set, Grow Learning Academy wait patiently to begin their art lesson. (Ziggy Mack)

STEAM-focused early childhood center is ready, set to grow

Shamara Rogers' search for quality childcare led her to launch Ready, Set, Grow Learning Academy, a STEAM-focused childcare center in the Medical District. Seven months later, she's planning for expansion.

Feature Story Stephanie Parker-Bradley and her daughter, Faith Bradley, celebrate after completing The Hagar Center 5K Fun Run. (Ashlei Williams)

Frayser nonprofit hosts its first 5K to benefit pregnant and parenting teens

The Hagar Center offers support for teen mothers in Memphis. On June 29 the center hosted its first 5K fundraiser in support of its Lunch and Learn workplace and life skills series. 

Feature Story This year marks 24 years in business for Spikner Embroidery and Screen-Printing, which now has nine employees and is located in Madison Heights. The staff is pictured here with owner Fred Spikner at far right. (Ashlei Williams)

Spikner knows promotions, now it takes on placemaking in Madison Heights

Spikner Embroidery and Screen-Printing has been cranking out custom swag and promotions for 24 years. Now the Memphis-based, Black-owned business is hoping its neighborhood sees the same success its enjoyed.

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Video: History in motion with Whitehaven's youth-led bus tours

Blues City Cultural Center is partnering with Whitehaven youth to bring the neighborhood's history to life. Grab and seat and ride along with High Ground. 

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Video: One church, three cultures, one awesome party

Once a year, Sacred Heart Church's parishioners come together for one service in three different languages and a celebration of their diverse cultures. 

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Podcast: State housing programs strengthen Memphis neighborhoods

Continuing a series on homeownership, Tennessee Housing Development Agency's Ralph Perrey and United Housing's Amy Schaftein talk down payment assistance programs, homebuyer education and other initiatives for Mid-South families. 

Feature Story A Hollywood Feed staff member makes gourmet dog cookies. The story offers a range of gourmet treats including cakes and cupcakes. (Submitted)

More than retail, Hollywood Feed helps animals in need

Hollywood Feed is well-known for high quality pet treats and supplies, but they're also doing their part to help reduce the number of animals in Mid-South shelters.  

Feature Story (L to R) Kenneth Alexander, Jared Boyd, Kid Maestro and Amber George attend The CLTV's Juneteenth gala. (Erica Horton)

CLTV's Juneteenth gala celebrates history, community and Black excellence

The CLTV's 2019 Juneteenth gala was a celebration of history, resiliency, bold looks and Black excellence in Memphis. 

Feature Story Renderings for the new Soulsville container restaurant show a bold and colorful design with indoor and outdoor seating. (Submitted)

275 Food Project announces fellowship for chefs of color, strategy to grow local food ecosystem

275 Food Project is working towards a $1.5 billion reinvestment in local food. They're connecting farmers to buyers, reactivating spaces and building a container restaurant in Soulsville. Now High Ground takes a first look at their Ground Up fellowship.

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On the Ground Podcast: Building Community with Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis is building more than houses. Habitat's Jessica Hord and homeowner Brandi Hunter dive into the organization's mission to craft community in Uptown and beyond.

Feature Story Local artists and their works have found a place in Market on Madison. (Kim Coleman)

Something old, something new, something Memphis at Market on Madison

Chuck Guthrie and Larry Tyger are antique experts, but their Market on Madison is an expertly crafted blend of vintage finds and local Memphis craftsmanship from fine art to candles. 

Feature Story University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are four of the anchor institutions partnering with the Memphis Medical District Collaborative for Hire Local 901. (Submitted)

Hire Local 901 helps Memphians work closer to home

The Memphis Medical District Collaborative’s workforce development program connects residents to training, education and employment opportunities in and around the Medical District.

Feature Story Stanley Campbell opened the museum as a way to bring to life the memories of his mother, who has Alzheimer's.

House of Mtenzi is eclectic mix of art, family and Civil Rights history

The House of Mtenzi is packed tight with art, artifacts and audio that weave together an intimate story of one Memphis family and its ties to the city's Civil Rights history. 

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On the Ground Podcast: Agape summer camps take youth on around the world

Angela Garland and David Jordan dive into Agape's mission to keep kids out of foster care, reduce poverty and take youth from Frayser, Whitehaven and Hickory Hill around the world with a global curriculum.   

Feature Story A window display at the BAM Thrift Store at 1340 Madison Avenue hopes to attract medical professionals from the surrounding Medical District. (Cole Bradley)

Construction starts soon for facade improvements, coffee shop at Madison-Cleveland

At the Madison-Cleveland intersection, BAM Thrift Store's familiar blue awnings and chain link fence will be replaced with landscaping, a stylish patio and a coffee shop. Construct is expected to begin by June 15.

Feature Story Anthony Braxton waits for his meal at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Memphis Ozanam Food Mission. (Ziggy Mack)

Called to Serve: Ozanam Center steps up for Memphians in need

The Society of St Vincent de Paul has a simple mission -- help when needed. The Ozanam Center is where mission becomes action with support from meals to utility assistance.

Feature Story Joann Selvidge and her daughter, Frannie, enjoy their designer confections at Philip Ashley Chocolates cafe, located at 1200 Madison Avenue in Madison Heights District. (Ziggy Mack)

Chocolatier Phillip Ashley Rix brings designer delights to Madison Heights

Dubbed a “real life Willy Wonka” by Forbes Magazine, Phillip Ashley Rix has relaunched his chocolate factory in Madison Heights after six years in Cooper Young and a six-month hiatus.

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Madison Heights is one of several distinct neighborhoods in the larger Medical District. It radiates from the intersection of Madison Avenue and Cleveland Street and includes the many shops, homes and service organizations between McNeil Street and Interstate-240 ...