Volunteer Odyssey was recently profiled on the ILoveMemphis blog. It in itself is a blog about volunteer experiences, expectations, and opportunities in Memphis. Self-described as a "whirlwind volunteering / blogging tour of Memphis area non-profits specifically designed for those between jobs and searching for their next great opportunity," the bloggers each volunteer at a different non-profit every day of the week. While it's still getting off the ground, Volunteer Odyssey obviously has a lot of heart, thought, and work put into so far.
After making some calls and playing email tag for a couple of days, Shakedown has plans on releasing a number of other Memphis-related shirts this year (including the Showboats), and Hieroglyph is in the process of figuring out what all it can and cannot licence from the city's annals. Hopefully they'll pick up some traction and Memphis' newborn status as a grassroots t-shirt Mecca (for Commercial Appeal subscribers: www.commercialappeal.com/news/...) gets even more credibility.
Grizzlies fandom circa 2013 is a parade of organic, grass roots offshoots of the brand proper.
Sorry to double post, but I actually went into the Cash Saver (the former Piggly Wiggly) on Madison yesterday. I was blown away. They easily have one of the best beer selections in town, including domestic, import, and craft, plus their produce looked heads and toes better than I expected. The best thing about it, though, is everything they sell is priced at cost+10%. Beer, produce, general groceries, all priced at cost + 10%. Since I'd gone to attend a free beer tasting, I only walked away with a twelve pack, but I paid $15 after tax for a craft 12 pack that would cost me around $20 after tax anywhere else in the city. Needless to say, I'm going to be giving them my business.
Piggly Wiggly still exists as a brand, just not in Memphis. Ironically, the Cost Saver on Madison was one of, if not THE last Piggly Wiggly in Memphis until it was rebranded a Cost Saver. There are still Piggly Wiggly's in TN (visit www.pigglywiggly.com/), but it's sad to say that none are left in their home market. I like the idea of taking one of Clarence Saunders' store brands and bringing it back to life though.