Hardware Retailing

MAY 2018

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HARDWARE RETAILING | May 2018 204 O n the fourth day of our road trip, we made our way from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to Memphis, Tennessee. The trip was half way over, but we were still excited to see what the rest of our destinations along the Mississippi River would have in store for us. My oldest brother Nick lives in Memphis, so coming into the city I had high expectations, but was blown away by all of the entrepreneurial-minded people who call this city home. We spent some time in an up-and-coming neighborhood called the Memphis Medical District. We met with several business owners who were doing whatever it took to gain a foothold in the retail marketplace. One of the owners we spoke to set up shop in a shipping container, and others were leasing space before setting up a permanent shop. Talking to these driven individuals who had such a spark in their eyes when they spoke about their goals and dreams was inspirational. You can't visit Memphis without getting your hands on some barbecue, so we had to visit Central BBQ downtown. We pulled up to the restaurant and saw a line around the building. That's when I knew the food was going to be legendary. While there, we met Felix Vega, manager of the downtown location. He spoke about the restaurant's popularity and what makes their barbecue so tasty. He even gave us a behind-the-scenes tour through the kitchen. After we ordered our lunch, we enjoyed our meal at the bar where we were able to continue talking to Vega about food, barbecue, and the finish line of our whirlwind road trip. Day 4 Travel Itinerary Cape Girardeau, Missouri to Memphis, Tennessee, to Greenville, Mississippi Miles Traveled: 322 (1,039 total) Hotel: The Lofts at 517 Independents Visited • Paulette's Closet • Shab Chic Marketplace • Germantown Hardware & Paint Food and Fun • Central BBQ • Downtown Grille • Doe's Eat Place Fun Fact: Elvis got his start in Memphis where he recorded his first album at Sun Studios. His home, Graceland, is the second-most visited house in America, after the White House. Our first stop in Memphis, Tennessee, was in a commercial neighborhood called the Memphis Medical District. We met several entrepreneurs who were getting their start, like Brian Christion (left) of Shab Chic Marketplace, a creative market and social hub.

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