Renovated Cossitt Library reopens Tuesday

The renovated Cossitt Library, the city’s first public library, will reopen in Downtown Memphis Tuesday, April 11, five years after it was closed and three years after work began. The long wait ends with more than 10,000 books, an upstairs performance space, digital studios for podcasts and other digital communications and a café. There are […]

Downtown Vitality Index: Who is winning the Covid-19 comeback?

It’s been three years since Covid-19 dealt a crippling blow to downtowns around the nation. For most downtowns, the rebound remains a work in progress, but some are better positioned for success than others, according to a new analysis by The Business Journals. Our inaugural Downtown Vitality Index shows how large city centers across the nation […]


As work winds down, three local food vendors tapped for Tom Lee Park

Visitors to the renovated Tom Lee Park will have their choice of popsicles, coffee, cocktails or a “Mac Daddy” brisket macaroni and cheese while they explore the park’s new pathways, play areas and pavilions. On a group tour Tuesday, April 18, hosted by the Downtown Memphis Commission and led by Memphis River Parks Partnership director […]


Chef Eli says Cossitt’s Dos Hermanos ‘meant to be’

When Eli Townsend was a boy, he lived in Frayser with his siblings in a single-parent household. His mother did a good job, and so did Townsend. When he was 8 years old, the Memphis Public Library bookmobile started coming to his neighborhood, and he started checking out books: cookbooks. He wanted to help his […]


New Memphis-based coffee roaster launches with a mission

A new coffee roaster has launched in Memphis with a mission beyond just selling cups of joe. Vinculo Coffee is a Memphis-based coffee distributor and roaster that was started by Andrew Banker. Though he works in Memphis’ medical device industry, Banker has also developed direct connections with coffee growers throughout the world, primarily in Mexico, Nicaragua […]