Ariel E.

New York ------> Memphis

Ariel moved to Memphis in July 2014 after learning of her job offer at ALSAC/St. Jude. Craving a more intimate team, she now works for New Memphis as the in-house designer and Digital Communications Manager. 

How did you get to Memphis?
After seven years in New York, I was hired as a Graphic Designer for ALSAC / St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I flew down within two weeks of my job offer. 

What was your impression of Memphis before you moved here?
I was psyched on moving here – the people I had met from here were funky and welcoming, the pace was slower, and the streets bursting with history. Still waiting to meet Gangsta Boo.

What has surprised you about Memphis?
It's not as dangerous as the media portrays, and it's definitely not as *country* as other parts of Tennessee.

What steps did you take to get involved?
Recreationally, I frequented a ton of music shows, art fairs, and festivals. Working in the nonprofit sector has also introduced me to a lot of volunteer opportunities as well. 

What has been your favorite New Memphis experience?
Working with the team to throw the biggest 901 day celebration, Exposure. That event was filled with so much cultural goodness!

What is your favorite local spot?
Earnestine & Hazel's, Porcellino's 

What is one thing you wish you had known when you first moved to Memphis?
Memphis is more family-oriented than I realized and religious views are at the forefront of many policies and laws here, so don't try to buy liquor on Sunday.

If you have lived here over 12 months- how has your perception changed over that time frame?
I have a lot more pride for Memphis. Seeing its revitalizations and mingling with all the warm personalities here is something I have grown to love. 

Based on your experience, what piece of advice would you offer newcomers?
It takes a while to find your place here, but when you do, you become a part of the city and the city becomes a part of you.