Peoria -------> Memphis
Markie had the honor of moving to Memphis in October 2015 for her career at ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Plus, Markie-Marie Maloof in Memphis sounds pretty marvelous.
Proudly hailing from Peoria, Illinois, Markie made her way to Memphis for her current job at St. Jude. Operating within ALSAC, she works closely with the youth team to engage high schools around the country in an effort to raise money and spread the word about St. Jude’s cause.
What was your impression of the city before you moved? Any surprises once you actually got to know Memphis?
My only experiences with Memphis before moving here was downtown. I had never ventured out to see Midtown, Cooper Young, or even East Memphis. So once I moved I realized how beautiful Memphis is and all of the incredible restaurants, coffee shops, museums, etc. there are to find.
Have any advice for other newbies? What one thing do you wish you had known when you first got to Memphis?
As cliché as this may sound… Get Involved! One thing I’ve learned about Memphis is how up and coming it is because of the young professionals in the area. They really want to change Memphis’ current and sometimes not so great reputation and I’m ALL about that!
What’s your favorite local spot so far?
That’s tough… I’d have to say South Main. There is a store called Stock and Belle that has clothing, food, beer, furniture, art, live music, and even a hair salon. It’s awesome. And the staff couldn’t be more nice. So on the weekends, I like to walk up and down South Main and visit my friends at Stock and Belle.
Any favorite story as a Memphis newcomer?
One day I was walking down South Main and I heard music in the air. I followed it and found a homeless man playing this grand piano outside and singing at the top of his lungs. As a music fanatic myself, this moment put a huge smile on my face and made me appreciate the history and power of music here in Memphis.