Memphis Downtowner January/February 2018 : Page 5

CITY BLOCKS Hitting the Streets n The South Main Market — a new food hall concept for Downtown owned by the Dyer family — is now open daily at 10am. With a smorgasbord of food and retail vendors offering everything from small plates to flowers, patrons will find a variety of tastes in a community atmosphere. Current vendors include Civil Pour, City East Bagel and Grille, Java Cabana, Wallflower Memphis, Kinfolk, Magnolia Dumpling House, and Coco, with more coming. Event space is available on the upper floors. 409 S Main, 901-341-3838, n Sunrise Memphis, owned by Roger Sapp and Craig Blondis of Central BBQ and Ryan Trimm of Sweet Grass and Next Door, is now open and serving breakfast and lunch. Breakfast starts at 5am and is served all day with lunch from 11am to 3pm. They feature locally roasted coffee, a Bloody Mary bar, mimosas, homemade biscuits and jam, and house made meats. 670 Jefferson, 901-552-3144, n After a successful run with Downtown Memphis Commission’s Open on Main, Nick Kunkel, owner of Bluff City Soap decided to become more than a pop-up retail. He found a permanent home on Main and offers artisan soaps and other products that soothe, moisturize, and condition skin using all-natural ingredients and exfoliants. 101 S. Main, 901-570-3941, A New Era of the River In May, Church of the River got a new minister for the first time in 34 years. After Rev. Burton Carley’s retirement and a yearlong search, Rev. Sam Teitel became only the eleventh called minister for the First Unitarian Church that was chartered in 1912. The congregation traces its roots in Memphis to 1893, and became known as the Church of the River in 1966 when it moved to its current location on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, next to the Big River Crossing. A California native who has spent much of his life in Boston, Rev. Teitel is a graduate of the Andover Newton Theological School with a Master’s of Divinity and a Master’s of Arts in Global Interreligious Leadership. In 2016 he was the recipient of the H Otheman Smith Community Congregational Preaching Award. He was "I found there to be also a prizewinner at the Preachers Fight Club storytelling event. He previously worked on the congregational staff a real grit in Memphis. of Unitarian Universalist churches in Boston and Wayland, Massachusetts. His wife, Rev. Sandra Summers, is Boston has grit, associate minister of children and families at Lindenwood Christian Church. Before becoming a minister, Rev. Teitel spent time as an educator, punk rocker, and “slam poet” who published two volumes of poems and participated in six National Poetry Slams and two National Underground Poetry Invitational Championships. Off the Press n Russell Johnson brings the city’s history and culture to life by pairing archive photographs with views of the same landmark sites today in Memphis Then and Now . It is a visual journey with captivating short stories through the history, architecture, and treasures of Memphis. Available at bookstores and at, 800-888-4741. n Images of Modern America: Libertyland is a chronological look at the theme park’s life, from blueprints and debut in 1976 to its razing in 2005 and beyond. Memphis author John R. Stevenson V not only pays tribute to Libertyland’s legend, but also provides a history lesson for generations to come., 888-313-2665. n Colin Hay, from famed rock group Men at Work, narrates his first audio book with Aesop’s Fables with Colin Hay , published by Devault-Graves Digital Editions. Award-winning author Tom Graves wrote new translations of 24 of the best-known Aesop’s tales for this project to connect with today’s children. It is also available as a fully illustrated eBook for those who wish to read along with Colin Hay. Available at and but people want it hidden. In Memphis, they celebrate it." Teitel came from New England’s liberal bubble where people shared many similarities to Memphis where diversity reigns. “I found there to be a real grit in Memphis. Boston has grit, but people want it hidden. In Memphis, they celebrate it,” says Teitel. He finds the acceptance of differences in Memphis refreshing. This ushers in a new generation of leadership. It is a different time. In the past churches ran mainly on volunteers, but now with both parents working and the demands on time, it calls for modernization. Teitel hopes to be moving the church’s eight filing cabinets to the cloud and hiring staff for day-to-day administration. Lay people will be involved with decision-making and in areas of their expertise and enjoyment. The congregation wants the church to continue to move into a new era, a new direction. “I work for and serve the congregation,” says Teitel. Church of the River wants to be more open and have more presence in the community, as a building for weddings, daycare, and a venue for the community, but also as an organization in the community as a force for social justice. “We want to be a progressive, religious voice in Memphis.”, 292 Virginia Avenue West, Memphis, TN 38103 , 901-526-8631 January/February 2018 | DOWNTOWNER MAGAZINE 5

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