Author Archives Taylor Berger

  • We’ve all been to a restaurant grand opening that has only beer and no wine, or whiskey but no beer. Here’s how to make sure you’ve got liquor, wine and beer in Memphis, when you open the doors. Beer Permit The beer permit office will not accept your application unless it’s complete and your use […]

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  •   The rules in Memphis, Tennessee for sales tax and liquor-by-the-drink taxes for restaurants and bars can be tricky. Here’s how to do it right. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are subject to sales tax. That means 9.25% (7% is the state portion and 2.25% is the local). You pay this on your regular monthly sales […]

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  •   When faced with a problem that feels insurmountable, zoom out. Look at the big picture and solutions abound. Here’s one. Remember the Fairgrounds? Robert Lipscomb’s pet project failed to gain traction and now that he’s gone it’s all but dead. But the funding mechanism he was going to use is not. We could revive […]

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  •   Here’s the draft 2016 itinerary for Just Go Outfitters (taking care of the planning, gear and b.s. so you don’t have to): Reelfoot / Discovery Park – February 12-15 (President’s Day) Smokies / Whitewater – March 4-13 Private Spring Break / Public Spring Break: March 19-27 Buffalo River Canoe Trip – April TBD Canyon […]

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  •   Time to channel your inner Edward Abbey. We drive the truck and bring the gear, food and firewood. You fly to Phoenix or Vegas, rent a compact and meet us in the canyons, or make the cross-country trek along with us. This won’t be the kind of hardcore trip where you eat nothing but rice […]

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  •   “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity” ― John Muir, Our National Parks, 1901   Things will not go according to plan. There will be bugs, bears and cherished items forever lost. Tears will be shed. The […]

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  •   Stop saying “attached please find.” This phrase has been rode hard and put up wet, so let it die a peaceful death on the pasture beside two spaces after a period. Be imaginatively simple (“I’ve attached a report detailing how obnoxious the use of passive voice can be in correspondence”). Use the handy hyperlink […]

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  •   They painted their vintage trailer with care. They even attached little wings on the back evoking Thor. They picked a spot, negotiated a deal with the landlord, printed their marketing material and plugged into electrical sockets to keep all those fabulously raw juices, smoothies and meals cold and ready for pick-up. What happened next […]

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  •   I was living in a trailer at a state park when an octogenarian recovering alcoholic named Keith showed me freedom. We’d sit on his porch after church on Sundays, eating whatever leftovers he’d cobbled together. The dressing for the wilted browned salad was always expired, “just getting ripe,” as he put it. He’d grown […]

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  •   Last night you slept outside in a hammock. I guessed you’d wake me sleeping inside the tent crying, but you didn’t. With the horses yesterday I thought you’d saddle up with me, but you wanted your own to ride. At the lake I couldn’t believe when you fell in love with jumping off a […]

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