As we look forward to 2019 we have a ton of exciting things to anticipate! Here are some of our picks:
It’s our bicentennial year! The city of Memphis was founded in May 1819. Memphis in May has already announced that the month-long celebration will be dedicated to the Bluff City in honor of its 200th bday. Beyond that, there’s a slew of festivities leading up to May and lasting through Shelby County’s bicentennial in November still to be announced. Stay tuned.
Powerhouse Cinema to open in Downtown Memphis
It’s been a minute since we first heard about the new Malco theatre opening in Downtown Memphis, but the time is almost here! Dubbed Powerhouse Cinema, this theatre will be part of a bigger project for Central Station, located at G.E. Patterson Avenue at Front Street. The theatre will provide a more VIP experience with smaller screening rooms, a cafe with a brick oven for pizza, and an outdoor cafe patio screen for movies and broadcasting events like Grizzlies and Tigers games.
Memphis 901 FC 2019 Season Schedule
Whether you’ve always been a soccer fan or not, it’s time to get ready because Memphis’s first USL team has announced their season schedule, with their opening game taking place on March 9, 2019, against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The season will run through October 19th highlighted by some exciting matches against regional rivals like Nashville, St. Louis, and Atlanta, and games against two-time defending USL Cup champions Louisville City FC.
INSPIRE Community Café to open January 4th
When INSPIRE Community Café opens to the public on January 4th at Binghampton Gateway Center, it will be a welcome addition to a neighborhood in need of another affordable fresh, healthy food option. The cafe is committed to paying a living wage to full-time employees and has adopted an employee profit sharing model. INSPIRE will be donating ten percent of its net profit back into the community, supporting a different nonprofit partner each month (the 2019 partners have already been selected). They also have an apprentice program that will help young people develop culinary and small business skills. Follow their Facebook page for updates.
Mike Millers' "Let It Fly" sports bar to open in early 2019
Memphis might not have Topgolf yet, but a venue inspired by the popular combination of sports bar and driving range is on its way to Germantown, thanks to our very own Mike Miller. Let it Fly is set to open in early 2019 in the old McAlister’s Deli space at 9091 Poplar Ave. Learn all about it here.
Yopp's Pub Pinball Bar To Open on Broad Ave
Pinball enthusiasts rejoice! There will soon be a bar just for you. Yopp’s Pub is set to open in February and will host 30 pinball machines, all of them recently restored. You’ll be able to grab beer and sandwiches in between games. The TVs in the bar will allow you to watch the games from anywhere and keep an eye on the competition. Learn more here and follow on their Facebook page for updates.
The CMPLX Grand Opening January 11th
The CLTV is an organization dedicated to honoring and propelling African American culture in Memphis by supporting Black artists and providing a platform to showcase their work. The nonprofit has opened a home base in Orange Mound called The CMPLX where they will continue to aid in the creative and professional development of the city’s Black artists. The Grand Opening celebration on January 11th will feature a group exhibition with art by some of the city’s most exciting young artists and a pretty amazing music lineup. You can read more about The CMPLX with The Daily Memphian.
Phillip Ashley Chocolates expanding to a new location
Phillip Ashley Rix has operated his boutique chocolate store in Cooper-Young since opening in November 2013. He is now expanding his store and will be moving to a new location in January. The exact location has not been announced yet, so follow him on his Facebook page for updates! Until the new store-front opens in 2019, Phillip Ashley Chocolates are available online.
The Container Store Coming to Memphis
Grind City Brewing Co to open in Uptown
Memphis Music To Gain Exposure in 2019
Comeback Coffee to open in Pinch District
Long Road Cider Co to expand to Cooper-Young
Fresh energy and more millennials being involved in local government
Memphis Riverfront continued development
Shelby County Film Commission to launch incentives for pilot programs
More movies to be filmed in Memphis
After the successful filming of Christmas at Graceland, it was announced that Hallmark plans to film two more movies in Memphis. Netflix’s “Uncorked” series is also currently being filmed here. Stay up to date with local film announcements and casting calls by following The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission on their Facebook page.
What are you looking forward to in 2019? Let us know in the comments!