The Memphis Hop Tour bus rolls through Overton Park on its route among 11 Memphis art and entertainment destinations. The bus makes hourly stops at destinations including Graceland, Stax, the Memphis Zoo, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Pink Palace Museum and the National Civil Rights Museum. (Mike Brown)
Four-year-old Grayson Gist feeds the fish with her mother Nicole at the Koi pond at the Japanese Garden before attending the annual Mother's Day Brunch at the Memphis Botanical Gardens on Sunday. (Chris Desmond/Special to The Commercial Appeal)
September 17, 2012 - Earnestine Darnell keeps dry under the Easy Way awning on Main St. Monday morning. The Easy Way, one of the oldest businesses in the downtown area, will be closing it's doors at the end of the month due to a dip in sales. (Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal)
Memphis College of Art student John Pennington works on a mural at a gas station at the corner of Poplar and Tucker. Loeb Properties, which owns the building, is partnering with the college to give students real-world experience while brightening a drab corner. (Jim Weber)
The Memphis Downtown Commission has 35 design teams working on both short and long term solutions for seven vacant or underused properties in the South Main area. Included in the list of locations is this walled off lot decorated by a mural of buffalo. (Jim Weber)
February 25, 2013 - Artist Anthony D. Lee works on the finishing touches of a large-scale mural being painted on the side of Bari Ristorante in Overton Square. Lee began the mural on January 6 with the help of his wife, Kiersten Williams, and fellow artist Brandon Marshall and expects that the job will be completed on Wednesday. (Mike Brown/The Commercial Appeal)
Fire House No. 1, Downtown on Adams Avenue, recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. The stately building became home to the Fire Museum in 1998. Below, John McFadden served as chief of the Fire Department from 1910 to 1918, during the era of the horse-drawn apparatus.