I love Memphis so much and one thing I love about my experience with the city is that I feel like we've grown up together. When I was young and not so confident in my career Memphis had a bit of an inferiority complex, we were on all these "worst" lists and when I said I liked living here people would say "why". I'd constantly hear people complain "there's nothing to do in Memphis" and the news focused on a lot of negativity, but oh Memphis, how we both have grown over the past 8 years. Over the past 2 years Memphis has really gone through a growth spurt - perhaps not in population but in community, culture and spirit. People actually talk about loving this city and there's a "movement" of young professionals coming together and saying Memphis is where I want to be, this is where I want to grow my career. Awesome. Although still focused around downtown and midtown I've seen a focus on bringing people together and appreciating our community.
Going through the first week of June, Tennessee Brewery Untapped has turned a run down former brewery building and turned it into a biergarden. The bf and I went a few weeks ago when the Grizz were still in the playoffs. It's a really great space.
More recently we attended an undercurrent event. Undercurrent started last year by some YPs working at a downtown ad agency just to have a monthly social event for young people to gather at. Events are held monthly with the most recent one at The Dixon.
The event was held outside and also had two food trucks but the galleries were open as well. Food Trucks have really become a thing here in Memphis, were a little slower than bigger cities to adopt these kinds of things. If we had paid for drinks we would have spent $20 on two grilled cheeses, one bag of chips, one wine and one beer.
Both events had a bit of a Memphis hipster vibe, our hipsters will never be as hardcore as say California hipsters. At the undercurrent event I just presumed people would be in their business casual work clothes but they either took the time to change or get to dress pretty casually for work. I love the idea but there didn't seem to be much of a meeting new people effort, I know ice breakers suck but I hope this will somehow be a way that people new to the city can get out and meet people.
I posted these two events together because they seem to have a similar purpose of creating community and attract a similar crowd. There are lots of other great things going on in Memphis like the levitt shell, the broadavenue revitalization, the Overton Square revitalization, the cooper young area, and the south main area just to name a few. Oh, plus the crosstown revitalization. So many places for YPs to come together and hang out! There's probably even more projects going on that I'm just not hip enough, in the know about enough to be aware of. Point is, people are really living Memphis and choosing 901 - and that's amazing!