Author Archives Taylor Berger

  •   I’ve got $500 and wanderlust. Can I get to Colorado and back to Memphis with a four-year-old, a dog and a Subaru? Staying with friends and family across the country, we’ll chew up some interstate miles, sleeping in tents and on couches for a week. We’ll miss the girls, but hopefully they’ll meet us […]

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  •   Anna Vergos Blair and Katherine Vergos Riederer grew up helping out at their family’s rib restaurant, The Rendezvous. But for their first entry into business, the two sisters chose something a little closer to home, making it easier for Memphians, and especially kids, to make art. The Art Project will launch this summer at […]

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  • I too was surprised to learn local foundations financed Kimbal Musk’s entree into Memphis to the tune of $10,000,000 in “community bonds.” Shouldn’t we be leveraging local talent to serve up local food? Is this another Conduit Global-type scenario where we spend our time and money recruiting an unreliable tenant to our midst? Well, in […]

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  •   Three years ago, business partners Scott Tashie and Arielle Moinester took the helm at the Cosmic Coconut, a local juice and smoothie cafe – they were immediately attracted to the nourishing menu and wanted to provide the city of Memphis with healthy eating options.  Since then, the Coconut has evolved and continued to offer […]

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  •   Are you a sad and lonely Democrat of Shelby County? Are you tired of all your Republican friends making jokes about your chosen party? It’s time to take charge and make a change. You can do it. Here’s how: Register to vote. Figure out what precinct and house (state representative) district you live in. […]

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  •   Another food trucker is going brick and mortar. Ermyias Shiberou who brought us Stickem is opening a restaurant next door to The Bar-B-Que Shop on Madison Avenue in Midtown. Dubbed Blue Nile, he will serve authentic Ethiopian cuisine in addition to some Stickem favorites. He expects to open this spring. For updates follow https://twitter.com/BlueNile901 […]

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  • I spent the last couple years working with Henry Turley. I wasn’t a full-time employee or anything—just helped out on some projects and kept my real estate license there. I’m moving on again, to become Vice President of Retail Brokerage at Newmark Grubb Memphis. I had a lot of fun working downtown at the Cotton […]

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  •   The Commercial Appeal originally published this article on Sunday, February 8 in the Viewpoint section: http://www.commercialappeal.com/opinion/columnists/guest-column-with-great-opportunity-comes-even-greater-risk_95713443 With 175 available acres smack in the middle of Memphis, the Fairgrounds present an exciting opportunity. Combined with a powerful public financing tool called a Tourism Development Zone, the redevelopment of the Fairgrounds has tantalized private developers and […]

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  •   EDGE gave IKEA a PILOT. That’s a lot of acronyms to say a furniture store just got a huge tax break from Memphis and Shelby County. The company won’t pay $9.5M in property taxes for well over a decade. Would they have come here anyway, gracing us with jobs and sales tax revenue and […]

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  •   More than 200 concerned citizens gathered at Circuit Playhouse last week. They came seeking a better understanding of the city’s proposal for the Fairgrounds. A panel of experts, politicians and community activists spoke. Notably absent were representatives from city administration and council. So we took it upon ourselves to fill in the blanks left […]

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