Boyle Investment Expands Its Poplar Corridor Holdings

The Commercial Appeal

By Ted Evanoff

Boyle Investment Company has bought four Poplar Corridor office buildings from Highwood Properties.

Boyle, a Memphis-based real estate firm, announced the purchase Wednesday.

The four properties include the prominent Triad Centre and International Place II buildings and contain 600,000 square feet of office space in total.

“Boyle has been working on this transaction since October 2019,” said a statement from company President Paul Boyle. “Although the closing has occurred during the current economic challenges posed by the efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 virus, we believe the long-term impact will be positive for our community and city as these important assets will remain under local ownership and management.”

Highwood earlier announced it would sell its Memphis holdings under a plan to focus on real estate investment in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“This transaction is an affirmation of Boyle’s long-term commitment to Memphis and expands the company’s presence along Poplar Avenue from I-240 to International Drive,” Boyle’s statement says.

The Memphis firm also said it would hire nine former Highwood employees responsible for managing the buildings.

“The new properties will fit seamlessly into Boyle’s existing portfolio given that they are strategically located in the heart of the East Memphis business district where Boyle currently owns, leases and manages a sizeable portfolio of commercial real estate,” the statement says.

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MEMPHIS, TN – April 1, 2020 – Boyle Investment Company, through an affiliate Poplar Corridor Investments, LLC, is pleased to announce the acquisition of four “Class A” office buildings from Highwoods Properties, Inc. totaling around 600,000 square feet which includes the Triad Centre and International Place II. This transaction is an affirmation of Boyle’s long-term […]

Boyle Buys Four Highwoods Office Buildings

The Daily Memphian

By Tom Bailey

A deep-rooted hometown company has bought four, premier office buildings in East Memphis from an out-of-state firm divesting itself from the city.

Boyle Investment Co. purchased from Highwoods Properties the three Triad Centre buildings at 6000, 6060 and 6070 Poplar, and the International Place II Tower at 6410 Poplar.

The purchase prices were undisclosed and had not been published yet on the Shelby County Register’s website.

Totaling 599,000 square feet, the Class A buildings offer the kind of touches and amenities that command among the highest rental rates in the city. Among them are features including marble or granite flooring, wood-paneled walls, cafes, fitness trails, leafy campuses and covered or garage parking.

The company with operations in both Memphis and Nashville described the transaction as an “affirmation of Boyle’s long-term commitment to Memphis and expands the company’s presence along Poplar Avenue from Interstate 240 to International Drive.”

The purchase of the three Triad Centre buildings also means Boyle Investment now owns the entire block of seven office buildings bounded by Poplar, Ridgeway Loop, Briarcrest and Shady Grove Road. Those buildings alone total about 1 million square feet.

Boyle hired nine Highwoods employees who have been involved in the operation and management of the four properties.

The new properties will fit seamlessly into Boyle’s existing portfolio, company officials said in a prepared statement. The buildings are in the heart of the East Memphis business district where Boyle already owns, leases and manages a large portfolio of commercial real estate.

The 87-year-old Boyle Investment Co. develops office, industrial, retail and residential properties.

About a half-century ago, Boyle built the 204-acre Ridgeway Center office park that now abuts the Triad Centre. Boyle still owns about half of the Ridgeway Center buildings.

“Boyle has been working on this transaction since October 2019,” company president Paul Boyle said in a release. “Although the closing has occurred during the current economic challenges posed by the efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 virus, we believe the long-term impact will be positive for our community and city as these important assets will remain under local ownership and management.

“These four new buildings are currently occupied by a wide range of businesses, both local and national, and we are excited to welcome these tenants into the Boyle family,” Boyle said.

Northwestern Mutual provided financing for the acquisition.

Raleigh, North Carolina-based Highwoods Properties announced in August that it would sell its properties in Memphis and Greensboro, N.C., and use the money for its purchase in November of the Bank of America Tower in downtown Charlotte, N.C.

Signs erected outside the three Triad buildings list their tenants, including: (Triad I) Glankler Brown law firm, Regus, Vaco, Cook Systems and Apperson Crump; (Triad II) Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Harkavy Shainberg Kaplan law firm, Fidelity National Title Group, Baker Donelson law firm, Waddell & Reed, and The Winchester Law Firm; (Triad III) Lucite International, CBRE, KPMG, UBS, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs law firm, Evolve Bank & Trust, EY, and Dobbs Management Services.

Highwoods owned 15 Memphis office buildings totaling 1.6 million square feet when it announced it plans to sell them in August.

By the end of 2019, it had sold three of them: International Place IV totaling 248,000 square feet for $76.4 million, and Atrium I and II buildings totaling 84,000 square feet for $13.2 million.

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The Commercial Appeal By Ted Evanoff Boyle Investment Company has bought four Poplar Corridor office buildings from Highwood Properties. Boyle, a Memphis-based real estate firm, announced the purchase Wednesday. The four properties include the prominent Triad Centre and International Place II buildings and contain 600,000 square feet of office space in total. “Boyle has been […]

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Boyle Announces Acquisition of Four “Class A” Office Buildings

April 01, 2020

MEMPHIS, TN – April 1, 2020 – Boyle Investment Company, through an affiliate Poplar Corridor Investments, LLC, is pleased to announce the acquisition of four “Class A” office buildings from Highwoods Properties, Inc. totaling around 600,000 square feet which includes the Triad Centre and International Place II. This transaction is an affirmation of Boyle’s long-term […]

Boyle Announces Acquisition of Four “Class A” Office Buildings

MEMPHIS, TN – April 1, 2020 – Boyle Investment Company, through an affiliate
Poplar Corridor Investments, LLC, is pleased to announce the acquisition of four “Class
A” office buildings from Highwoods Properties, Inc. totaling around 600,000 square feet
which includes the Triad Centre and International Place II. This transaction is an
affirmation of Boyle’s long-term commitment to Memphis and expands the company’s
presence along Poplar Avenue from I-240 to International Drive.
In addition, Boyle has hired nine Highwoods employees who have been involved in
the operation and management of these four properties, and we are excited to
significantly expand our already talented and experienced team of real estate
professionals.
The new properties will fit seamlessly into Boyle’s existing portfolio given that they
are strategically located in the heart of the East Memphis business district where Boyle
currently owns, leases and manages a sizeable portfolio of commercial real estate.
Northwestern Mutual provided financing for the acquisition.
“Boyle has been working on this transaction since October 2019. Although the
closing has occurred during the current economic challenges posed by the efforts to
slow the spread of COVID-19 virus, we believe the long-term impact will be positive for
our community and city as these important assets will remain under local ownership and
management,” says Paul Boyle, President of Boyle Investment Company. “These four
new buildings are currently occupied by a wide range of businesses, both local and
national, and we are excited to welcome these tenants into the Boyle family.”
Boyle Investment Company is one of Memphis’ oldest real estate development
firms specializing in office, retail, mixed-use and residential properties. Founded in
1933, our services include development, management, sales, leasing and insurance.
Visit us on the web at www.boyle.com.

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April 03, 2020

The Commercial Appeal By Ted Evanoff Boyle Investment Company has bought four Poplar Corridor office buildings from Highwood Properties. Boyle, a Memphis-based real estate firm, announced the purchase Wednesday. The four properties include the prominent Triad Centre and International Place II buildings and contain 600,000 square feet of office space in total. “Boyle has been […]

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April 01, 2020

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April 01, 2020

MEMPHIS, TN – April 1, 2020 – Boyle Investment Company, through an affiliate Poplar Corridor Investments, LLC, is pleased to announce the acquisition of four “Class A” office buildings from Highwoods Properties, Inc. totaling around 600,000 square feet which includes the Triad Centre and International Place II. This transaction is an affirmation of Boyle’s long-term […]

Carnival Memphis Will Salute Memphis Real Estate Leaders

The Commercial Appeal

Carnival Memphis will honor an array of senior real estate executives on Thursday whose activities built Memphis.

The social group’s annual salute to industry will highlight J. Bayard Boyle Jr., Michael Lightman, Phillip McNeill Sr., Henry Morgan Sr. and Henry Turley.

“Memphis is unique,” Memphis developer Ray Gill said in an email. “These five guys have built some of the most important buildings here.”

Carnival Memphis is an annual extravaganza created in 1931 to promote Memphis and its industry. Selected for highlighting this year is the commercial real estate sector. Named king for the 2020 carnival is Gill, president of Gill Properties Inc. in Memphis.

The luncheon is scheduled to begin at noon in the Hilton Memphis. Tickets cost $50 per person. Proceeds will benefit the 2020 Carnival Children’s Charities: Boy Scouts Scouting Deserts, RedZone Ministries and Thrive Memphis.

During the ceremony, Boyle and Morgan will receive the Cook Halle Award for outstanding contribution to the Mid-South community. Boyle was named chairman of Boyle Investment Co.in 1986. Morgan is co-chairman and was president of the company from 1985 to 2012.

“Their vision and leadership can be seen throughout the community from downtown to the 204-acre Ridgeway Center mixed-use development to Schilling Farms in Collierville and everywhere in between,” says a statement released by Carnival Memphis.

McNeill will receive the King’s Award. His firm, McNeill Commercial Real Estate LLC, “has interests in health care, retail, office, multi-family, hotels and industrial properties” throughout the region, the statement says.

Turley will receive the President’s Award. He is chief executive of Henry Turley Co., which he founded in 1977 and which “has been at the forefront of much of our city’s downtown redevelopment,” the statement says. “His work can be seen in the Harbor Town and South Bluffs neighborhoods in downtown Memphis; in the revitalization of Uptown, and, most recently on downtown’s South End with the revitalization of Central Station and its environs.”

 Lightman will receive the Chairman’s Award. The founder of Michael Lightman Realty, “he had a vision of where Shelby County growth was going to take place and strategically acquired land east of Memphis on and around Winchester Road,” the statement says. “His foresight and development acumen grew that area and his company.”

Also being honored are eight Memphis-based real estate developers: Development Services Group,  Envolve Communities, Fogelman Properties, Gill Properties, LPI Memphis (Loeb Properties), MAA, Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC and Orgel Family LP.

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Memphis Business Journal’s Power 100: Mark Halperin

Mark Halperin, EVP/COO, Boyle Investment Company Named to Memphis Business Journal’s Power 100

Mark Halperin has a subtle type of power.  He’s not often in front of the media, but he can get its attention whenever he wants it.  In 2018, Halperin helped land East Memphis a TIF district, despite it reportedly being opposed by some political heavyweights early on.  He was crucial to ServiceMaster’s decision to relocate its headquarters to the former Peabody Place Downtown.  And, in his day-to-day job at Boyle Investment Company, Halperin leads one of the city’s most powerful real estate firms.  When Raymond James decided to leave its Downtown tower, numerous firms came calling with office space.  But, only Halperin’s firm appears to have won that prized tenant. 

 

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The Commercial Appeal By Ted Evanoff Boyle Investment Company has bought four Poplar Corridor office buildings from Highwood Properties. Boyle, a Memphis-based real estate firm, announced the purchase Wednesday. The four properties include the prominent Triad Centre and International Place II buildings and contain 600,000 square feet of office space in total. “Boyle has been […]

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April 01, 2020

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Biggs: September kicks off a fall full of food events

The Daily Memphian

By Jennifer Biggs

It’s time to get the calendars out. Once Labor Day passes, the events start coming fast. Here are some coming soon.

Sip & Shop at Regalia is 5-7 p.m. Sept. 12 at Regalia Shopping Center at Poplar and Ridgeway. Tickets are $20 online through Sept. 11 and $25 on site. Beer and wine will be served by Great Wines & Spirits; there will be food from Salsa Cocina Mexicana, Sweet LaLa’s Bakery, Ronnie Grisanti’s Italian Restaurant and Owen Brennan’s, and live music by Michelle and Jeremy Shrader’s Quintessentials on the patio. There also will be shopping specials at many of the stores. Purchase your tickets online and be entered in a drawing for two $100 gift certificates for use at Regalia shops and restaurants.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. All proceeds will benefit Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust (MOST), a need-based scholarship program for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

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Boyle Prepares for More Retail, Office Development in Collierville 

The Memphis Business Journal

By Jacob Steimer

Boyle Investment Co. is preparing Schilling Farms for more office buildings, retail bays, and, potentially, apartments.

The 443-acre Collierville community has had a dearth of shovel-ready office lots since Boyle sold a 3.4-acre site to Mueller Industries in 2017, Boyle’s Les Binkley said. This drove the firm to start grading 54 undeveloped acres in the northwest corner of the community this summer, with hopes it could eventually hold three office buildings.

“There is activity in the [Memphis office] market we want to be able to capitalize on,” Binkley said.

The concept site plan for the 54 acres, which Boyle submitted to the Town of Collierville earlier this year, shows four retail buildings and a large apartment complex alongside the three office buildings.

Binkley did not give a timeline for the project but said his firm will likely start the expansion by building a pair of 10,000-square-foot retail buildings near the corner of Schilling Boulevard West and Poplar Avenue. The office buildings would start being developed as soon as each one is substantially leased.

The apartment complex will be built “eventually” but isn’t in the firm’s immediate plans, Binkley said. His company decided to go ahead and grade the entire 54 acres, though, since it will be easier than doing it piecemeal.

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Spa-like Health Clinic to Open in Former Lululemon Location

The Daily Memphian

By Michele Corbett

June 13, 2019

A new health and aesthetics clinic opening in East Memphis demonstrates both a trend in health care and in retail centers.

Not long after yoga-inspired athletic apparel company Lululemon Athletica moved out of the Regalia shopping center at Poplar Avenue and Ridgeway Road and into Saddle Creek in Germantown, landlord Boyle Investment Co. decided to take the retail bay in another direction.

“More and more people aren’t buying clothes in the mall anymore,” said Dr. Phillip Zeni, a board certified vascular and interventional physician. “They’re buying them online, so Boyle needs more leasees who have a reason to be in a brick-and-mortar location like us, where we have to see the patient.”

Zeni is opening Zenith Health and Aesthetics, a spa-like interventional radiology clinic, in the former Lululemon space on Friday.

He’s spent approximately $1 million to transform the 3,000-square-foot store into a clinic with three exam rooms, two ultrasound rooms, one main lead-lined procedure room and two recovery bays.

“While service is huge for the future of retail, it has to create some kind of experiential component for growth and success,” said Jonathan Aur, the commercial real estate broker who represented Boyle in the lease. “(Zeni) did it right partnering up with Farmhouse and Graham Reese to not only create a medical service, but somewhere that truly compliments the other retailers.”

To turn the former retail space into a clinic with a spa-like setting, Zeni hired interior designer Graham Reese and general contractor Grinder, Taber, & Grinder to complete the approximately $1 million renovation. Farmhouse created the branding for the business.

Zeni knew he wanted to be close to the intersection of Poplar and Ridgeway, the third busiest intersection by traffic count in Tennessee — the other two are in Nashville — and within the triangle of three major hospitals, Saint Francis-Memphis, Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis.

“This financial district is now, I think, the center of the city,” Zeni said. “It’s where the hub of the city is.”

Zeni oversaw several outpatient clinic and physician office renovations over his more than 15-year tenure at Baptist Memorial Health Care, most recently as director of interventional radiology.

After nearly 20 years working in a hospital setting, Zeni wanted the freedom and flexibility that comes with opening his own private outpatient center.

“Dealing with the hospital can be difficult in terms of caring for the patient,” Zeni said. “I wanted to do something different where I can control the care. I really pride myself in taking care of the patient.”

While most radiologists read films, Zeni uses X-ray and ultrasound imaging to guide him during procedures such as treatment for varicose veins.

The traditional treatment for varicose veins was surgical removal that required hospitalization, but technology over the past few decades has enabled physicians to block the vein off in place using a laser, turning a major procedure into a minimally invasive one.

“As we use these microtools more and more, people don’t really need hospitals like they did in the past,” Zeni said. “As the tools and the incisions get smaller, people can go home and recover in their own bed.”Zeni’s wife, Victoria Lim, is an ear, nose and throat specialist at Shea Ear Clinic across the street, one of the first ambulatory surgery centers in the U.S.

“They were trying to get rid of the hospital 30 years ago, and it’s worked well for them,” Zeni said.

Outpatient centers also enable patients to avoid paying a hospital fee.

Over the years, health insurance companies have increased the number of codes and payments for procedures performed at outpatient centers as a cost savings that avoids the hospital fee.


“Dealing with the hospital can be difficult in terms of caring for the patient. I wanted to do something different where I can control the care. I really pride myself in taking care of the patient.”
Dr. Phillip Zeni, Zenith Health and Aesthetics


Blockage of the arteries, or arterial disease, will be another outpatient focus for Zenith Health through the use of balloons and stents.

While many of the vascular procedures will be covered by insurance, the clinic will also offer elective cosmetic procedures such as spider vein removal, CoolSculpting, Botox and fillers that will not be covered by insurance.

All cosmetic procedures will be supervised by physicians, which sets Zenith Health apart from other clinics that have aestheticians overseen by an off-site physician, Zeni said.

Dr. Chris Hall, a board-certified plastic surgeon, is the cosmetic consultant. Plastic surgery procedures such as facelifts could be offered as a future service.

With foot traffic from the shopping center, the clinic will also carry medical-grade skin care line Obagi.

Zenith Health will open Friday with four full-time employees, a nurse, sonographer, X-ray technician and medical assistant. A ribbon-cutting and opening reception will be held from 4-6 p.m.

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On a Mission to ‘Make Life Sweeter’: Sweet LaLa’s Bakery to Open in East Memphis

The Commercial Appeal

By Jennifer Biggs

Life is about to get sweeter in East Memphis.

Sweet LaLa’s Bakery is opening a retail bakery and cafe Thursday in Regalia Center. The bakery and cafe will be in the former Lori James spot at 6150 Poplar Ave., Suite 118.

Lauren Young, Sweet LaLa’s founder and owner, decided it was time to add a retail component to her 17-year-old business.

“I started Sweet LaLa’s out of my home kitchen back in 2001,” Young said. In 2014, she formed a partnership with JIFF, a juvenile intervention facility in Downtown Memphis, to expand the business while helping the community. For the past four years, Sweet LaLa’s has baked its cookies out of JIFF’s kitchen, employing JIFF students. As the business grew, it soon became evident to Young that she needed a retail space in order to grow Sweet LaLa’s to the next level.

The menu

Sweet LaLa’s bakery has become famous for its signature cookies. The cookies are soft, sweet and dense, more like a tea cake than a cookie, and come in nine flavors.

“What people say they love about the original is that it’s memorable,” Young said. “Every cookie flavor has started with that one.”

With the new bakery, Young is expanding her line of offerings. In addition to her signature cookies, she will also sell gourmet cakes, assorted pastries, soft-serve ice cream, milkshakes, breakfast pastries and a light lunch. Included in the mix are Young’s great-aunt Hilda’s handmade pizzelles, which she said are great with coffee. The bakery also will have a full coffee bar.

“One of the items we think will be popular with the high schoolers in the neighborhood is our ‘Triple the Fun’ sundae,” Young said. Three cookies are served with soft-serve ice cream and your choice of three toppings. “It’s perfect for sharing,” she added.

Young partnered with City & State on her coffee bar. Sweet LaLa’s will offer a private-label Mexican roast coffee for its drip coffee and has partnered with Sunergos Coffee out of Kentucky for its espresso offerings.

Breakfast will have what Young describes as a “sweet roll” approach, with items that appeal to adults and items for kids. Banana bread mini loaves, Rainbow Cream treats (a Rice Krispies-like treat made with Fruity Pebbles cereal), sausage and cheese biscuits and avocado toast are a few of the menu items to expect.

Young will also carry locally and regionally made sweet treats by various food artisans. Shotwell Candy Co. caramels, Backhouse Foods dessert toppings and Bluff City Toffee are a few of the Memphis-based brands she will sell. Regional offerings include Blackberry Farm jams and jellies and Soberdough bread mixes.

The space

The retail space at Regalia Center is close to 3,000 square feet and includes an upstairs. The bakery, retail space and cafe will be on the ground floor.

Designed by Natalie Lieberman of Collect & Curate Studio, the space is cheery and open.

“We want people to feel like they are walking into someone’s really nice home kitchen,” Young said of her vision for the bakery.

The centerpiece is the bakery, which is an open display kitchen. Guests can watch all the action as the bakers hustle and bustle in the kitchen creating the sweet treats for the display case and special orders.

Floor-to-ceiling windows, white walls — some with wallpaper and others with tiles, as well as tables with zinc tops, create an inviting cafe space. Seating will be for 35 to 40 guests.

A flight of stairs leads up to an event center on the second floor. That space is divided into two rooms, one being a private dining room and the other being an open mezzanine that overlooks the main floor. The upstairs space can seat up to 24 guests.

The event space will be used for private events as well as cooking classes. Young plans to start by offering two to four classes per month. “We will be doing everything from decorating classes to making cookies from scratch,” Young said. “Our local vendors will also be hosting classes.”

The mission

As her business grew, Young quickly realized she needed a retail component that operated every day. But she knew she wanted her new bakery to continue her mission of making a difference.

Embracing the theme “make like sweeter,” she plans to highlight philanthropic ventures like Thistle & Bee and Shepherd’s Haven Pottery.

JIFF will also continue to be part of her enterprise.

“We have partnered with JIFF for them to make 500 cookies per week,” Young said. “Every nine to 12 weeks, two students will be trained for us, not only in making cookies but also getting their ServSafe certification to help them better find permanent employment in a food service job.”

Young has also hired some JIFF graduates to work at the new bakery, including John Young (no relation to Lauren Young) who has been nicknamed by the staff as “Dr. Sprinkles.”

“Every day when I come in the store I get giddy knowing that one cookie turned into all this,” Young said as she looked around her new bakery.

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The Daily Memphian By Tom Bailey A deep-rooted hometown company has bought four, premier office buildings in East Memphis from an out-of-state firm divesting itself from the city. Boyle Investment Co. purchased from Highwoods Properties the three Triad Centre buildings at 6000, 6060 and 6070 Poplar, and the International Place II Tower at 6410 Poplar. […]

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Sweet LaLa’s Sweetens Life in East Memphis

The Daily Memphian

By Jennifer Biggs

Chances are you never baked a cookie for the reason Lauren Young started baking them at Sweet Lala’s, which will open in its new location at Regalia on Thursday.

She had a home baking business and was also involved with the program JIFF, Juvenile Intervention & Faith-based Follow-up. When the kitchen at the JIFF center in South Memphis lost its operating grant, she decided to move her bakery there and pay the JIFF kids to work for her as she taught them a trade. There was this plus:

“When you’re out somewhere with people and you start talking about juvenile justice, maybe people stop listening or they think it’s too serious, so I thought, well, maybe I can still have the conversation but change it to something more upbeat. Like a cookie,” Young said.

Savory sausage and biscuit pinwheels are a new item at Sweet Lala’s. (Photo courtesy of Lauren Young)

And so she did. She operated Sweet Lala’s from the former Abe Scharff YMCA at 254 S. Lauderdale from 2014 until she started preparing to open the Regalia shop. John Young, who is not related to Lauren, is a former JIFF participant who has moved to the East Memphis location with her and is working as a lead cook in the kitchen, training others how to operate the bakery. She plans to hire more kids from JIFF soon.

John Young was 15 when he was arrested and ended up in the program after going through Juvenile Court.

“It was sort of an entrepreneurial opportunity I was involved in,” he said.

But as it involved stealing and selling lawn equipment, it was of the illegal sort, and he was prosecuted for it.

“I’ll tell anyone about it, because that’s who I was, and now I’m comfortable with who I am,” he said. “If my story helps anyone, I tell it.”

He entered JIFF (find out more information by clicking here) before Lauren had the space for Sweet Lala’s. When he met her, he was 19 and though he was done with his vocational training there, he kept coming around because he needed the stability of the center.

“I felt comfortable there,” he said. “I was still finding out who I was as a person, and finding out can be hard. Going through changes and finally changing are two different things.”

He was there anyway, so she asked him if he wanted to work. He did, and they’ve been on the same team since.

Humble Pies, stuffed with fruit on a cookie crust, are ready for the oven.

The new bakery is in a prime spot, next to Ronnie Grisanti’s, Great Wines & Spirits and Oak Hall. It will primarily serve breakfast and lunch, but there’s an upstairs event space that’s already booked for baking classes and available for other events such as birthday parties or even corporate events.

A grab-and-go case will include items from Franco’s Italian Kitchen, and owner Franco Contaldo has agreed to provide pizzas for private events; there’s also a package available from Central BBQ, just across the street, for private events. Dave’s Bagels are one of several other local and regional products that will be available.

But the bakery with the motto “Make Life Sweeter” is also still, well, a bakery. Eight signature cookies will be available daily. There will be a red velvet cupcake every day (and more coming); croissants; a hand pie called Humble Pie that’s made from a cookie crust and stuffed with fruit; cinnamon rolls; and savory items such as sausage rolls made with biscuits.

Hours at Sweet Lala’s will be 7-11 a.m. Mondays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Lauren Young is excited to show off her new space and her new food.

“We’ve only been a cookie business, so this is a big deal for us,” she said. “It’s like our coming-out party.”

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Sweet LaLa’s Bakery to Open in Regalia

The Commercial Appeal

By Jennifer Chandler

Sweet LaLa’s Bakery is opening a retail bakery and cafe in Regalia Center on March 22. The bakery and cafe will be in the former Lori James spot at 6150 Poplar Ave., Suite 118.

Lauren Young, Sweet LaLa’s founder and owner, decided it was time to add a retail component to her 17-year-old business.

“I started Sweet LaLa’s out of my home kitchen back in 2001,” Young said. In 2014, she formed a partnership with JIFF, a juvenile intervention facility in Downtown Memphis, to expand the business while helping the community. For the past four years Sweet LaLa’s has baked its cookies out of JIFF’s kitchen, employing JIFF students.

Her new bakery will continue her mission of making a difference. Embracing the theme “make life sweeter,” she will highlight philanthropic food ventures like Thistle & Bee and Shepherd’s Haven pottery. She will also carry locally and regionally-made sweet treats by various food artisans.

The retail space at Regalia Center is close to 3,000 square feet and includes an upstairs special event space. The bakery, retail space and cafe will be on the ground floor. The bakery will offer her signature cookies, plus other baked goods, soft serve ice cream, a coffee bar and light breakfast items.

 

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New Restaurant Going in Corner Spot in Cooper Young

The Daily Memphian

By Jennifer Biggs

The northeast corner of Cooper and Young that most recently housed Strano has a new tenant coming. Jose Flores will open a Margaritas there in the next few months.

“We are very excited about this spot. It’s going to be Margaritas, but we’re going to have new dishes that will start with when we open it,” Flores said.

He’s hired a chef and recipe developer who works for a family-owned chain in Texas as a consultant and she’s helping Flores  bring trends from Texas to Tennessee. Dishes currently under development include Tex-Mex smoked tuna, a ribeye fried in a tortilla and Mexican spaghetti.

Flores owns about 20 restaurants, most of them in small towns within an hour’s drive of Memphis – Covington, Oakland, Atoka and so on, but also a few in Georgia and one in Knoxville and another in Chattanooga. All the places in the Memphis area, including one on Germantown Parkway and one in Downtown, are called Margaritas. They used to be Las Margaritas, but Flores changed the named a year or two back.

“Every sign cost me $3,000 more with the Las,” he said.

Besides an updated menu, he’ll have a bar program that will include a variety of margaritas as well as other cocktails. He plans to be open by May.

Jonathan Aur of Boyle represented the landlord and Margaritas in the transaction.

 

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