Memphis Hustle

Ibtisam Salih sells Sudanese fare at the Caritas on Broad pop-up shop at the 10th annual Broad Avenue Art Walk.

For 35 years, Alvin Hooper has made it his business to mend soles, one shoe at a timeRead Article

Shoes and purses – leather and rubber – fill the space at Nu-Life Shoe Repair, a fading profession, where customers have 'all sorts of good stuff' done for their shoes.
Jameelah Jordan, CEO and co-founder of Mozak standing in one of Start Co.'s work spaces in Downtown Memphis.

Family opens side-by-side Binghampton businessesRead Article

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.

"Hustle mentality" led Johnson-Williams to open her contracting and woodworking firmRead Article

“I don’t have time to wait on anybody to tell me that I’m good enough. Women can do just as much if not more. Anything that’s out there, we can do it."

$15 million loan fund focuses on growing minority and women-owned businesses in MemphisRead Article

In an effort to chip away lending disparities, Epicenter, a local nonprofit entrepreneurial engine, has partnered with Pathway Lending, a regional nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution, to launch the Memphis Small Business Opportunity Loan Fund.

Feature Story L to R: Kinyah Bean, Valerie Braddock and Demetrius Braddock Jr. Bean is the owner of B Chill Lemonade, located inside the former Hickory Ridge Mall. (A.J. Dugger III)

10-year-old CEO takes lemonade to the next level

Feature Story L to R:  Carbibbean Flayvahz Owners Louis and Carla Faulkner and Chef Robert Coleman are the team behind Caribbean Flayvahz in Hickory Hill. (AJ Dugger III)

A Taste of the Caribbean in Hickory Hill

Feature Story Chef Lee Phillips preps a pound cake for the oven. (Cat Evans)

Taking the cake with A Peace O' Cake

Feature Story Victoria Young, pictured, opened Spincult at 700 Madison Avenue in August 2018. The indoor fitness studio offers a variety of options for cycling devotees. (Spincult)

Spincult fuses cycling and community in Medical District

Feature Story Wise Tardezia performs a single blade razor shave and towel facial treatment on Pedro Bateman at Presidential Barber Lounge in Madison Heights. (Ziggy Mack)

Meet the locals serving looks on Madison Avenue

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Memphians are resilient. They set out to solve problems in their communities through innovation. In our Memphis Hustle series, we tell the stories of local entrepreneurs who are meeting challenges head-on and bringing forth grassroots economic development for the city.