Made in Memphis
Memphis may be one of the most harmonious places on the planet. Most famously known as the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, Memphis is a community where good ideas can quickly become world-changing enterprises. For a history of innovation in America, look no further than Memphis.
The city has been home to innovators like Fred Smith (FedEx), Kemmons Wilson (Holiday Inn), Clarence Saunders (Piggly Wiggly) and Sam Phillips (Sun Studio). In a city where the professional’s basketball slogan is “We Grind Here,” Memphis is home to many social innovators and entrepreneurs that keep the city grooving.
Eat & drink
Find a taste of the local brew at High Cotton Brewing Co. Not only does High Cotton pay homage to its Southern heritage through its name but also through the brewing process as a whole. From utilizing the region’s bumper crops to meticulous ingredient selection, High Cotton is making its mark in Memphis’ craft beer scene.
Sun Studio was opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips who had an ear for innovation. Once the launchpad of icons like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, today the studio’s guided tours are a must for any musical pilgrimage.
Visit Saint Blues Guitar Workshop, a boutique guitar maker. Saint Blues guitars are so popular, it’s common for an international customer to hop a flight to Memphis to come pick up the guitar, just so they can say they bought it in Memphis.
Even megastar Justin Timberlake has caught his hometown’s entrepreneurial spirit. He established Mirimichi Golf Course, which is located in his childhood neighborhood north of Downtown Memphis. The luscious championship course is one of the most environmentally sustainable courses in the world. Mirimichi is a Cherokee term for “place of happy retreat,” so don’t be surprised if you catch Justin on the greens in Memphis working on his game and escaping the limelight of global superstar.
At the Museum of Science and History (MoSH), explore a replica of the first self-serve grocery store (Clarence Saunders’ Piggly Wiggly) or trace Memphis’ development from the time of Spanish explorers to through the Civil War and the yellow fever epidemics.