AUG 2016
Letter from the President
Downtown News
Upcoming DNA & downtown events
How to get involved
Exclusive DNA offer
Fellow Downtowners, 

On August 2nd our community, like thousands of others across the nation, will be participating in National Night Out. This is the annual event that promotes police-community partnerships to make our neighborhoods safer and better places to live. I hope that you will not only join us but also bring a neighbor with you as well. Our zip code continues to be one of the safest in the city and this is a great time to show our appreciation for their hard work. It is also an opportunity for us to discuss how we can improve the safety of our neighborhoods as our community continues its rapid growth.
During our last DNA meeting, Mayor Luttrell discussed the anticipated growth of Uptown and the Medical District as well as the overall importance downtown plays in the success of Shelby County. It's our responsibility as residents of downtown to ensure we remain engaged and committed to keeping downtown a great place to live and play. This is why we should all participate in National Night Out. I look forward to seeing you there as well as at our next membership meeting on August 23rd.

Take Care,
Mickell Lowery
Presenters at July DNA member meeting laud benefits to Downtown of both filmmaking and county government

DNA President Mickell Lowery quipped that those in attendance at the July DNA member meeting got three great speakers for the "price" of one. And all three of them focused on successful efforts to create a better Memphis, whether it be through bringing filmmaking to the area, or through the efforts of our county government. Read our recap of presentations from Film Commissioner Linn Sitler, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, and surprise gust Christina Varotsis, production manager for the Million Dollar Quartet. 

A call to join the 2017 DNA Board

Most of us want things to be different but for whatever reason we tend to stay where we are most comfortable.  A great way to make a difference is to join the DNA Board. We are looking for a few new members for 2017. Please go to our website for more information about DNA, it's structure and board positions. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact Nominations Chair Marcy Siebert at marcysiebert@bellsouth.net
Learn the story behind the name

Loflin Yard is one of the hottest new spots in the city of Memphis - but who is Loflin? The name comes from Buddy Loflin, a Memphis locksmith with a long and rich legacy in the downtown area. Last year he retired his shop, which has now become a central part of Loflin Yard's bar. As a young boy he grew up in the downtown community and in 1962 took over running his father's shop with a vision to not only craft keys, but to also create a space where people from the community could come to relax and talk about the affairs of the town. Check out Buddy's story as well as what Loflin Yard has in store for us in the coming months!
We spotlight 16-year DNA-er Kay Woodard

Ms. Kay Woodard has lived downtown since 1996 and been a member of the DNA since 2000. She's earned Downtown fame through her "cream puff" white Lincoln, serenading riders on Trolley Nights, and being a regular at Blue Monkey happy hours. Check out Ms. Kay's story, her contributions to downtown, and how downtown has kept her young.

Have a story idea?

Upcoming DNA Events

August Member Meeting
Tuesday, Aug 23, 6PM
Details on speaker and location are coming! Check facebook or our events page for updates closer to the event. Snacks and beverages will be available. Attendance is Free for Members - $10 for Guests 

August Happy Hour
Thursday, Aug 25, 6PM
Mark you calendars for our August happy hour, and check out our facebook page for location details sooner to the date

National  Night  Out promotes community-police  partnerships  that make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.  This is a particularly important year to honor those who protect and serve. Come enjoy the event and support a safe and vibrant neighborhood. Net proceeds from the event will go to the Beale Street Precinct.

Welcome to our new and renewing members in July!

Anita Chang
Andrew Mathewes
Dawn Wilt
Cheryl Pesce
Nina Gourley
Sylvie Le Bouthillier
Marc Surprenant
Troy Black
Carey Marrs
Nonprofit Emerge Memphis (Carlton Crothers)

Emily & Robert Getzenberg
Cedric Lee
Christine Shelton

Mark your calendars: Other events for Downtowners this month

Recurring events

You can always check out  DowntownMemphis.com for other events & event details.

Downtown Security & Safety Numbers to know

North Main Police Station: 901-636-4099

DMC Downtown Security (including panhandling): 901-281-9146

Memphis Police Non-emergency: 901-454-COPS

Want to get more involved? Join a committee!

The Communications Committee makes sure DNA members are kept aware of upcoming events and important downtown issues. Have a story idea or want to join the team?

Email Lauren Walker
The Events Committee plans monthly membership meetings and social events. Know a great happy hour spot or event speaker? Want to be part of the planning team?

Email Felicia Miller
The Membership Committee manages and grows our DNA member base. Have ideas for getting more people involved in DNA?

Email Terre Gorham or Peggy Williams

Know someone else who should be "Up on Downtown"? 

Exclusive offer for DNA members. Visit Bedrock in person to redeem.