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Chocolatier Phillip Ashley Rix brings designer delights to Madison Heights

By Brandi Hunter, High Ground News Dubbed a “real life Willy Wonka” by Forbes Magazine and the "King of Chocolate" by Black Enterprise, Memphis-based chocolatier Phillip Ashley Rix has spent six years building his empire. Now after a six-month hiatus to relocate, renovate and regrouping, Phillip...

Slice of Soul Pizza Lounge brings food and entertainment to Madison Heights

By Scarlet Ponder, High Ground News When you walk into Slice of Soul Pizza Lounge, don’t be surprised if one of the owners greets you. Come back a few times, they're likely to greet you by name. Co-owners Anthony Latiker Sr. and Howard Bell IV opened Slice of Soul...

A thrift store, a car wash and a mission to fight addiction

By Cole Bradley, High Ground News At the intersection of Madison Avenue and Cleveland Street, a familiar sight greets passing motorists. A group of men, high energy and wearing bright orange shirts, advertise a car wash and usher vehicles into a parking lot behind the...

Binghampton emerges as Memphis’ incubator for food entrepreneurs

The Binghampton neighborhood has long been counted among Memphis’ food deserts. But it is now emerging as an incubator for culinary entrepreneurship, and its unique flavors and innovative ideas are expanding beyond the diverse neighborhood’s boundaries. In 2017, Binghampton Development Corporation established Kaleidoscope Kitchen, whose...

Film series documenting Memphis’ housing challenges premiers to packed house

By Cole Bradley, High Ground News On April 15, The CMPLX gallery and artists’ collective in Orange Mound hosted a film premier for a packed house of Memphis residents, community leaders and government officials. The film was a roughly 20-minute documentary titled "How Did We Get...

Play Where You Stay activates neighborhood parks, breaks down barriers for inner-city soccer players

By Aisling Maki, High Ground News As the world’s most popular sport, soccer transcends national and cultural boundaries and socioeconomic status. But in the United States, soccer participation comes with fees, transportation requirements and other barriers that have kept the game primarily the domain of...

Making a move? Locally-owned property firm connects renters with residences across Memphis

By Ashlei Williams, High Ground News Hustler. Socialite. Intermediary. What comes to mind when someone says they are in real estate? Try matchmaker. Leasing Angels, a full-service real estate firm, acts as a leasing agent for apartment communities. As a prospective homebuyer would solicit the services...

Memphis technology and marketing professionals donate their skills to area nonprofits

Building a website, creating a branding strategy or a new logo are projects that can take months and cost thousands of dollars. Not in Memphis. In the span of just a weekend, 60 local technology and marketing professionals completed those projects, and more, for 15 regional...

Free coding class for adults kicks off in Memphis

By Brandi Hunter, High Ground News A St. Louis-based nonprofit has entered the Memphis market to offer free coding classes and job readiness support with the aim of increasing diversity in the technology field. Memphis is the fifth city expansion for LaunchCode, a nonprofit founded...

Music professionals prep STAX Academy students for industry careers

by Aisling Maki -- For nearly two decades, STAX Music Academy, located in the heart of Memphis’ storied Soulsville neighborhood, has been cultivating the city’s young musical talent. On January 18, the school hosted its first-ever fair focused on introducing aspiring young musicians to the business...