Memphis Downtowner May/June 2017 : Page 6

CITY BLOCKS n A special thank you to SpringHill Suites for hosting this year’s Memphis Downtowner Downtown Elementary School Art Contest reception! Young artists were celebrated and honored with prizes and gift certificates from Art Center Memphis (artcentermemphis.com). SpringHill Suites is a long-time supporter and hosts a Save Art! fundraiser in partnership with freshartists.org each fall that benefits the Downtown Elementary School: 85 W. Court, 901-522-2100, marriott.com/memmp. 1) Art Teacher Charles Wade with winners and students. 2) Art Teacher Miranda Bavier with Memphis College of Art jurors Dr. Shannon Elliott and Dr. Angela Christopher. 3) Principal Yolanda Martin congratulates winners. 4) SpringHill Suites General Manager Susan Covington and Miranda Bavier at the fall Save Art! event. 3 1 2 4 On the Move ... n Allworld Project Management, a black-owned business born in the trunk of a car, purchases the two-story building at 60 N. B.B. King for its new headquarters. The 12,000-square-foot facility will also house co-work space and office units for rent. Sidewalk repairs, new windows, new signage, brickwork, and better lighting are part of the planned renovations. Providing reliable, innovative support services to architects, engineers, and contractors, Allworld has grown to 30 full-time employees, under the leadership of its founder and CEO, Michael Hooks Jr.: allworldpm.com. n The Pinch District Concept Study, which calls for mid-height, mixed-use buildings throughout the nine-block district, is approved by the Land Use Control Board. Memphis's first neighborhood, settled by Irish immigrants in the mid 1800s, is bordered by Front, Third, A.W. Willis, and I-40. Redevelopment of the long-stagnant area will connect other district neighbors, including Bass Pro Shops and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: shelbycountytn.gov/DocumentCenter/ View/28139. Hitting the Streets … n The Vault unlocks a new vibe in the former Double J Smokehouse building. Memphis's first and only frost-rail bar serves a mix of Creole, Italian oysters, jambalaya, and pizza, on two levels of dining space, and 26 TVs — with a separate remote control for each booth! It's an experience like no other. Bank on it. 124 G.E. Patterson, 901-591-8000, vaultmemphis.com. n Relax H2O, an aqua massage therapy and oxygen bar, has added another way for Downtowners to relieve their daily stress. In addition to the aqua massage beds, massage chairs, and oxygen bar, clients can now experience the popular infrared sauna. This technology can help with detoxification, weight loss, relaxation, pain relief, circulation, and skin purification: 287 Madison, 901-421-8351, relaxh20.com. n Madison Avenue Park, a splash of grass across from The Brass Door, brings a breath of nature to the blighted Burger King site. Instead of covering the green space with yet another building, the owners elected to enhance Downtown with a sloping space that includes a small performance stage, valuable green space, and gallery space: 151 Madison, facebook.com/madisonavenuepark. n RiverPlay, a pop-up park at The Fourth Bluff, includes playing fields, basketball courts, skating rink, food trucks, and beautiful walking paths along Riverside Drive near the Tennessee Welcome Center. The temporary recreation space, a collaboration among the City of Memphis, RDC, DMC, and the Memphis Grizzlies, is open May through August: nba.com/grizzlies/news/fourth-bluff-and-city-of-memphis-launch-riverplay-park-170411. n Memphis Escape Rooms opens a second Memphis location, in the former American Apparel space at South Main and G.E. Patterson. Two rooms challenge teams of up to 8 to solve clues and mysteries to meet a goal within an hour. The Grizzlies room, the first-ever NBA-licensed escape room, challenges players to save a Grizz game and avoid the wrath of 18,000 fans. Players in the Lost Pyramid room have an hour to avoid the fate of a powerful pharaoh. Teamwork is a must! 530 S. Main, 901-602-6372, memphisescaperooms.com. n Congratulations to the 2017 Tennessee Governor's Arts Award recipients! Two of the 10 recipients are Memphis homies: the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum (memphisrocknsoul.org), and internationally acclaimed soprano Kallen Esperian. tnartscommission.org/ news/2017-governors-arts-awards-great-night-arts-tennessee. Back L to R: Allen Benton, Amy Grant, James A. Clayton, Vince Gill, Governor Bill Haslam, First Lady Crissy Haslam. Front L to R: Stephanie Silverman, Jim Ayers, Janet Ayers, Celia Garduño, Kallen Esperian, Bob Fulcher, John Doyle. 6 DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE | MAY/JUNE 2017 MEMPHISDOWNTOWNER.com

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