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Feature StoryA 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 StoryAnthony 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 StoryShelby County Mayor Lee Harris (L) presents the Senior Prom's 2019 Prom Queen Everlena Yarborough. Prom King Clarence Christian watches with pride. (Baris Gursakal)

Magical night for senior citizens at Shelby County's first senior prom

On June 3, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris hosted his first prom. More than 400 seniors citizens packed the Stax Museum for food, music and dancing. And to see who'd win king and queen, of course. 

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On the Ground Podcast: Spotlight on Madison Heights

Emily Trenholm hosts the Memphis Medical District Collaborative's Abby Miller and Susannah Barton for a discussion on assets, opportunities and story ideas in High Ground's latest focus neighborhood. 

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On The Ground Podcast: MyCityRides talks scooters, transportation justice and $2 tanks of gas

Andy Nix and Khalil Castal of MyCityRides discuss how the lease-to-own scooter program is helping Memphians access transportation, see more of their city and save thousands of dollars in annual transportation costs.


Feature StoryJoann 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.

Feature StoryTami Montgomery, owner of Dru's Bar, sits at the newly remodeled bar and chats with regulars after completing some chores around the business. The location, 1474 Madison Avenue, has been home to a number of LGBT bars since the 1970s. (Cole Bradley)

Bar Fight: The Rise and Fall of Memphis' Gay Bars

The fight for LGBT equality started in a bar, but the movement's success is now threatening the very spaces that birthed it. Memphis' last two gay bars are now working to stay relevant in an increasingly less hostile world. 

Feature StoryLa Michoacana owners Ana and Rafael Gonzales spoke at the Gateways for Growth community meeting held at their restaurant at 4091 Summer Avenue. (Submitted)

Memphis immigrants meet for paletas and solutions for a more immigrant-friendly city

On May 18, Gateways for Growth convened a diverse group of immigrants who now call Memphis home. They enjoyed sweet treats at La Michocana and set to work brainstorming ways to make Memphis a more immigrant-friendly city. 

Feature Story Travis Butler, New Ballet Ensemble dance instructor, works with students at LaRose Elementary. Dance classes at LaRose are held either early in the school day or the last period of the day. (Submitted)

South City area residents benefit from Vision 2020 grantmaking initiative

South Memphis' 38126 ZIP code has Memphis' highest poverty rate. The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis’ Vision 2020 plan is focused on 38126 with more than $4.7 million already invested. 

Feature StorySlice of Soul’s signature Al B. Green Pizza, with spinach, black olives, green olives, mushroom, onions, roasted red peppers, and green bell peppers. (Submitted)

Slice of Soul Pizza Lounge brings food and entertainment to Madison Heights

Since Slice of Soul Pizza Lounge opened its doors in January 2018, it has become a popular spot to enjoy local arts and entertainment in a chill and family friendly environment.


Feature StoryUtopia Animal Hospital's Dr. Jen Clay (R) and veterinarian technician Jessica Tatum (L) prep a patient for surgery to remove an abdominal tumor. (Cole Bradley)

Utopia Animal Hospital takes an enlightened approach to pet care

Madison Heights’ Utopia Animal Hospital uses innovative practices with a personal touch to provide positive client and patient healthcare outcomes.

Feature StoryCustomer Chimere Miller plays with her son J'iris after enjoying lunch at Riko's Kickin Chicken located at 1329 Madison Avenue in Madison Heights. (Cole Bradley)

What's in a name? People of Madison Heights talk labels and identity

Madison Heights isn't a new name but it is obscure. High Ground hit the streets to ask the people of Madison Heights about life in the slice between Crosstown and Midtown. 

Feature StoryAnatole Williams (L), executive director of Memphis Adult Teen Challenge, and Michael Skouteris, daily operations manager of BAM Thrift Store, discuss store needs. To the right, regular Patricia Jones says hello to the cashier. (Cole Bradley)

A thrift store, a car wash and a mission to fight addiction

BAM Thrift Store is a staple for Madison Heights shoppers. It's also one of the many ways Memphis Adult Teen Challenge helps men kick addiction and rebuild their lives.

Feature StoryThe 2018 Indie Memphis film festival spanned nine venues across the city with accumulated crowds of over 12,000, and revenue for the event has more than doubled in the last five years. (Courtesy Indie Memphis)

Why this investment firm has a stake in building the culture of Memphis

With 50 years under its belt, Duncan Williams helps others invest in the vibrancy of the Bluff City.

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On The Ground Podcast: Sheltering Memphis' homeless population

In S2E3 of the On The Ground Podcast, High Ground News editor Madeline Faber interviews Tamara Hendrix and Dana Brooks, who provide services to Memphis' homeless population. They weigh in on the lack of resources available to women and their hopes for a new emergency shelter that will serve women Downtown.  

Feature StoryWalter Clark, owner of Outstanding Touch window services, puts the finishing touches on the door of Riko's Kickin Chicken, located at 1329 Madison Avenue. (Cole Bradley)

Riko's Kickin Chicken brings the heat to Madison Heights

What makes Riko's chicken kick? Family, friends and flavor. After two years in Madison Heights, they're excited to see their business and their community growing. 

Feature StoryTrap Fusion co-owners Jason Gardener, left, Monique Williams, center, and Markeith McCoy, right. (Baris Gursakal)

Trap Fusion restaurant offers healthier soul food in Whitehaven

“You can find a burger or a hot wing on just about every corner, however [healthy] options are not provided to them. We’re going to offer things that people really want to eat and have a taste for in this neighborhood, but have to go outside of the community to get.”

Feature Story Under the guidance of the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis, a collaborative group of private, public and nonprofit innovators are working to make the Bluff City into a hub for blockchain technology. (Submitted)

Memphis is betting on blockchain

Blockchain is an emerging trend with wide applications in the broader economy, especially in logistics and healthcare, making Memphis a natural launching pad for the crypto technology.

Feature StoryJoshua Short, a previous artist in residence, uses engagement to blur the line between audience, artist and artwork. (Submitted)

Crosstown Arts blossoms with new spring offerings at Crosstown Concourse and beyond

Crosstown Arts has grown into its home at Crosstown Concourse. The arts nonprofit manages an artist residency, a near-daily performance schedule and outreach programs among countless other offerings.

Feature StoryEli Townsend, executive chef of Sage Memphis, teaches Kaleidoscope Kitchen students. (Submitted)

Binghampton emerges as Memphis’ incubator for food entrepreneurs

Binghampton has long been counted among Memphis’ food deserts. But it is now emerging as an incubator for culinary entrepreneurship, and its unique flavors and innovative ideas are expanding beyond the diverse neighborhood’s boundaries.

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