Sarah C. & Matt M.

How did you get to Memphis?
Sarah: For a marketing job at Varsity Spirit.
Matt:  A career fair at Penn State opened a door for a ServiceMaster position. Meeting Sarah Cronk kept me in Memphis.

What was your impression of Memphis before you moved here? 
Sarah: Friendly people, small-town feel with the amenities of a city.
Matt:  All I knew about Memphis was the BBQ.

What has surprised you about Memphis?
Sarah: The incredible music scene and the awesome food.
Matt: How large it is!

What steps did you take to get involved?
Sarah: I volunteer at the Farmer’s Market and St. Jude.
Matt:  Started working out at various gyms in Memphis, found a great volleyball club (901 Volleyball), started dog-sitting at the Farmer’s Market.

What has been your favorite New Memphis experience?
Sarah & Matt: This photo shoot!

What is your favorite local spot?
Sarah: Pyro’s Pizza
Matt: Hog & Hominy

What is one thing you wish you had known when you first moved to Memphis? 
Sarah: I wish I had known more about the downtown scene. I moved to East Memphis when I first came down here and then relocated to downtown after seeing how fun it was.
Matt: The parking is free after 6pm and that you have to be a Grizzlies fan.

If you have lived here over 12 months- how has your perception changed over that time frame?
Sarah: I've definitely realized that Memphis can be whatever you want it to be – there’s something here for everyone.
Matt: Be willing to travel to different unknown neighborhoods, lots of hidden gems. 

Based on your experience, what piece of advice would you offer newcomers?
Sarah: Get involved, visit all the fun neighborhoods, and take advantage of good weather while you can, because the summers are hot. 
Matt: 
Try all the BBQ, scour the internet for clubs and events – you can find just about any group.