Memphis. The home of Grit & Grind. Heartful, hungry, persevering and kind, its influence has stylized other cities and endless buckets of popular culture for centuries, strengthening its connection to the world while proudly standing alone in its feeling and aesthetic. Its past and continued reinvention are a case study in the embodiment of what is defined as uniquely American.
As a crossroads of music and logistics, it’s not surprising that millennials are increasingly flocking to the city, contributing to its transformation both politically and industrially, drawn to its culture and affordable cost of living.
It’s a city that for nearly 20 years Mimeo has proudly called home.
Memphis was recently listed as one the top cities where Millennials are moving. Between 2010 to 2015, Memphis’ millennial population grew by 9.5%. The quality of living has increased through many non-profit organizations, politicians, and the involvement of individual citizens.
One of these non-profit organizations was founded by and for millenials working and residing in the area. Millennials For Memphis “focuses on government engagement, community development, and economic empowerment of young people who live, work, and play in Memphis.”
The city is chock full of nonprofits, cultural initiatives, and community focused organizations. Among the many, Choose901 is a “movement of passionate Memphians who want to invest and enjoy their lives in the Bluff City.” Choose901’s site offers job listings, volunteering opportunities, events, local business listings, the arts, and educational opportunities.
Crosstown Concourse is a community development initiative that renovated a former Sears Distribution Center to create a Vertical Urban Village. The art deco halls of the 1920’s are now filled with residential and office space, local shops, restaurants, an art-making lab, a rooftop greenhouse, and more.
Several nights a week, Indie Memphis highlights both local film talent and international indie releases on its screens. Their mission is “to create community through independent film and support the development of filmmakers.” Their annual Memphis Indie Film Festival expands beyond filmmakers, serving as “a connecting point for filmmakers, musicians, artists, and audiences.”
Food & Drink
As either visitor or local, pairing the old with new can be an enthralling way to understand the roots of a city and how that foundation influences its future.
Head to Rec Room for some rounds of Pac Man or real life ping pong. Bleacher seating is convenient when you’ve been kicked out of a tournament, or prefer a drink over a match.
Settle in, outside or indoors, at Loflin Yard. Most evenings there’s a campfire roaring within earshot of live music (and obligatory s’mores.) Inside, Loflin Yard boasts their take on favorite local dishes and and a wine cellar to accompany them.
Have a bourbon in the historic lobby of the Peabody Hotel. The ducks (adjacent to where you’re sitting) call it an evening around 5pm and head up, via elevator, to the roof.
Beale Street is one of the most concentrated areas for music; echoes of sound on its pavement drenched in neon color invite you into where you’ll have your next drink. Music rotates out frequently, and most places have their marquees and set lists filled every night of the week.
In the great BBQ debate, Memphis is home to some of the world’s best. We recommend making a dent in this extensive list of BBQ spots, appropriately named Memphis BBQ Guide.
Among Other Memphis Favorites (in no particular order…)
Mimeo’s largest print facility has been located in Memphis for nearly two decades. Being a global company, nearly 300 of our Mimiacs are proud to call Memphis home. Mimeo Memphis also houses our Customer Services and Success, Development, Pre-Press, Education Sales, Print Sales, Operations, Engineering, Talent, Finance, IT, teams and more. There is a known entity with the Memphis Grizzlies, “Believe”. And Mimeo believes in Memphis.
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