Month: October 2017

Rachel’s Salon is Pure Memphis

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Who They Are

Located at 10 N. Main Street in the historic Dr. D. T. Porter building, overlooking Court Square Park, Rachel’s Salon & Day Spa is a full-service Aveda Concept Salon and spa offering services for men’s and women’s hair as well as massage, facial, body treatments, nails, makeup, and waxing. Founded by Rachel Hill in 1987, Rachel’s was purchased by Paige and Chris Garland in October of 2014.

Our mission is to create a 5-star experience to every guest, every time.  Offering an environment that allows our guests to relax & enjoy their time with us while maintaining the highest standard of excellence.

In a world that has made a shift from personal interaction to technology, where service has been lost in the marketplace, our business is one that is working to redefine guest experience. Our business is built on the healing power of personal touch and sustained by relationships. Our primary goal is to create a space in the day of each guest that walks through our doors where they can see their personal beauty, enjoy a moment of respite in a too busy world, and to care for them wherever they are in their day. We work to show a different side of the beauty industry, to see a change from superficial to true beauty, which we believe is internal. While it may appear as a luxury industry, we are one of the few professions outside of the medical industry licensed to physically touch clients. The healing power of touch is one that is too often overlooked. We offer each guest the opportunity to be cared for in the way that they need in that moment through ancient Ayurvedic rituals and stress relieving practices, a complimentary part of each guest experience.  Additional points of difference in our service include complimentary Aveda comforting tea ritual, finishing touch makeup application, and aroma sensory journey all with a high touch approach.

Why Downtown and What it Means to Them:

Rachel’s has been a hidden gem in The Core of Downtown Memphis for just over 30 years. Previous ownership built the business on relationships with her clients and current ownership continues that core principal of business. We are in an industry built on people, and sustained by the same. You have to get out of the doors and meet your neighbors if you are going to keep those doors open. Rachel’s has sustained through the peaks and valleys that Downtown Memphis has seen, our Downtown community is thriving once again & we are here to support that. Downtown is a walkable community, it’s a real neighborhood where people live, work, visit from all over the world, and enjoy real community. Investing in a local business is investing in our city, and it means doing something to continue to support the growth and opportunity for future generations. We want Memphis to be somewhere our kids want to come home to after college, the more we put back into the city the more we have to give to those future generations of Memphians.

Initiatives they’re working on to better Memphis:

Our primary goal is to bring our mission to life each day, to continue to be leaders in our industry, in our city, and our local community through service, contribution, & participation. Our commitments to small yet impactful practices such as recycling, making changes to energy efficient lighting options, and working to re-use and upcycle certain materials for marketing and visual displays have become the norm rather than the exception. As we plan for future renovations to our space, preserving the historic integrity of our property will be at the forefront; combining that with improvements we will make to create an eco-friendlier, energy efficient, green, community centered space we hope to create a true place of respite that will continue to be an asset to the Core of Downtown.

Currently our business participates in annual Earth Month efforts, raising funds for the Global Green Grants foundation and the Tennessee Clean Water Network.  We are involved in fundraising efforts for Breast Cancer Awareness for both the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and a local organization, The Pink Wig Project. Our outreach to St. Jude Research Hospital has become a passion, allowing us to connect with hospital staff, patients & their families and offer either our thanks for the work they do, or a place or rest and comfort for the patients and caretakers during a time when they are in need.

We are committed to creating a positive energy both inside our business as well as out into our community and we have created a small way to send that out with our guests by ending each of our services with a “Pass it on” ritual.  This has become one of our favorite ways of sending positive energy out into our community.  We have created small cards, each with a different positive affirmation and a message below the affirmation reading “pass it on…”  Our guest simply reaches into a bucket, selects one of the affirmations as we share the rules.  The “rule” is that they hold on to the message until they cross paths with someone that needs to receive it and they “pass it on.” It’s a simple way of sharing a positive thought with someone, and hoping that they will in turn do the same.

How they define Pure Memphis:

We think maybe Tony Allen said it best, Pure Memphis is simply “All Heart. Grit. Grind.”  We’re not sure there are better words to summarize Pure Memphis. Memphis is genuine & real. We care. We care about our city, about the good, the bad, and about each other. We have grit and determination to keep moving forward for a better future. We have the opportunity to cultivate a culture of caring, that gives us an edge.  Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a LIFE by what we give.” Our business definitely believes this is true.

What Old Dominick means to them:

As a local business, we love the opportunity to partner with another local business who believes in the whole of our city. Old Dominick was, in our eyes, a perfect pairing in our search to offer a little something extra to our guests and enhance their experience. The commitment the family at Old Dominick has for the growth of our city is to be admired and their willingness to partner with even the oddest of pairings shows they are innovative thinkers, something every city needs more of!

Envision Fitness is Pure Memphis

Who They Are:

Located at the top floor of The Cadre Building, Envision Fitness is a 9,600 square foot full-service fitness center. Their community of 170+ members and staff work 7 days a week to create an environment where anyone can be accepted, respected and encouraged to work hard at an intensity level they decide is appropriate for their needs and goals. In addition to providing free weights, cardio and boxing equipment, and over 20 group exercise classes a week, they encourage their members and staff to approach fitness as one part of a path to a better quality of life. Competition is fun, and we love to challenge each other, but the number one reason to work out is to feel better. Comparing ourselves to others is rarely productive, so we believe in providing an environment where doing your best is good enough. We strive to meet members where they are physically and mentally to help them push themselves without getting discouraged or giving up.

Why downtown and what it means to them?

As everyone knows, downtown is rapidly growing again! They are honored and humbled to be a part of this exciting time and look forward to further growing into the kind of gym they believe will best serve the needs of our dynamic neighbors. Downtown to them is truly a community of hard-working entrepreneurs who believe Memphis is THE place.

Initiatives they are working on to make Memphis better:

They are currently working with the Downtown Memphis Commission to get downtowners out and walking during their lunch breaks! Called “Walk It Wednesdays,” its an opportunity for anyone to walk up and down Main Street, measuring their distance by using fun A-frame signs the DMC has provided. The signs are placed a quarter of a mile apart, and participants can win prizes by checking in and using specific hashtags.

They also host free self-defense training the third Saturday of every month. These hour and a half sessions focus on using your brain as your bodies best weapon, but they also cover easy to remember gross motor movement physical tactics. These classes are grounded in discovering what works to keep our loved ones and us safe.

Lastly, every Wednesday they have a run group at 6pm. This group is open to the public and usually runs around 3 miles. It’s fun, and all levels are welcome!!

How they define Pure Memphis:

Pure Memphis is determination. We do not shy away from hard work, and are solely focused on bettering our community. Memphis is so much more than Beale Street, blues, and BBQ. We are just here working hard every day, supporting each other, loving, hugging, high fiving and moving forward. We got this.

Creative Works is Pure Memphis

We at Old Dominick are proud of our Pure Memphis roots and strive to evolve the overall downtown Memphis experience by supporting those who work to better our city. As we kickoff our Pure Memphis digital series, highlighting organizations that are committed to a better Memphis, we are pleased to shed light on the efforts of our pals at Creative Works.

Who They Are:

Located downtown in the Emerge Building, Creative Works started as a design and creativity conference in October 2014. By May 2016, they were able to become a year-round organization with regular programming. It is their mission to build an ecosystem that grows and elevates the Memphis creative community in order to accelerate cultural and economic change. They’re a nonprofit organization fiercely focused on the power that design and creativity can have in people’s lives.

Why downtown? What downtown means to them:

Creative culture thrives in vibrancy and activity. Downtown is the heart of Memphis, and the density of people and amenities foster collaboration and creative collisions.

Initiatives they’re doing to better Memphis:

Whether it’s bringing over 400 people to downtown Memphis for the national Creative Works Conference every October, setting up a free Branding 101 workshop for 75 people on a Sunday, teaching a 12-week Design Bootcamp for adults, hosting a monthly meet-up for anyone interested in the creative community, or teaching creativity and design to 7th and 8th graders at Grizzlies Prep, they’re wholeheartedly committed to educating and exposing a broader audience of people to the power of a connected creative community.

How they define Pure Memphis:

To Creative Works, Pure Memphis is all about authenticity. This is a city that doesn’t make time for imitators. But if you’re true about who you are, what you do, and why you do it, Memphis will give you its support and respect.

What Old Dominick means to them:

We have to take a moment to appreciate the Old Dominick commitment to craft, quality, detail, and above all – Memphis. Each Creative Works Conference has its own theme, and the very first conference was, “Commit to Craft”. Old Dominick is a daily reminder of what a successful brand looks like when you fully commit to craft. We’re proud to share this commitment with a brand that has so heavily invested in the continued growth and future success of our city.