In the travel section of the August issue of Gourmet Magazine (page 44) in between articles about the raw mik cheeses from Ragusa Province in Sicily and the food artisans of Vancouver Island, there is a small piece about the sushi at the BP gas station at Ridgeway and Poplar. Apparently, they sell about 300 boxes of fresh sushi each day made by an on-site sushi chef. I knew this gas station had been selling sushi for years but I've never had any or even thought about stopping in to get any. I need to get out there I guess and for another exciting reason: Anthropologie is opening a store in Saddle Creek according to the Memphis Business Journal.
Ok, back downtown, the Peabody will have its last Thursday night rooftop party of the season tonight with bands Cowboy Mouth and the Dempseys. The Madison Hotel Thursday night rooftop parties go on through September and tonight the band is the Billy Gibson Band.
Our marker tour has a few gaps. Apparently, the Center City Commission has not installed all of the markers due to the fact that all of the sidewalk improvements have not been completed. Therefore, markers 24 - 41 are not in place. Before getting to marker 42, I am posting some photos of the Sterick Building (future marker # 35) and the Winchester Building (future marker #36) and what their markers will say about them:
Sterick Building future marker #35: "At 29 stories, the Sterick Building was the tallest building in the South when completed in 1930. Gothic spires on the 13th and 29th floors had to be removed in 1949 because they attracted lightning."
The backside of the Sterick Building with the C&I Building in the foreground. Both buildings stand unoccupied though the Visible School has a contract to purchase the C&I Building.
Future marker #36, the Winchester Building: "The "N" and "H" on the north side of the Winchester Building stand for Napolean Hill, "the merchant prince of Memphis". His house stood across the street and he enjoyed admiring his own intials carved into his own building."