Memphis Neighborhood Shopping Guide

When we think about travel we don’t always think about shopping. We think about destinations, hotels, restaurants, attractions and time away from work. But shopping is almost second nature to us Americans. We browse. We peak. We try things on, and we quite often buy. Shopping is a thrill. It’s also become one of the most popular reasons for planning a trip.

Memphis gives visitors a million things to do during their stay, but increasingly visitors want to get to know the local culture via retail. Here are a few of the best places in Memphis to shop.

Downtown/South Main

For most people visiting Memphis, their shopping experience begins where most Memphis experiences begin: in the Downtown and South Main districts. Here you’ll find the always strange and eccentric Schwab’s on Beale Street, which has been selling curiosities, tchotchkes and only-in-Memphis souvenirs. For something a bit more fashionable, visitors can make their way down Main to Stock & Belle, a clean and well-lit place that features mid-century furniture, art and men’s and women’s clothing. Next door to Stock & Belle is its sister store 387 Pantry, a jewel box of a grocery/general store that carries artisan foods and kitchen products, as well as high-quality meats, coffee, and flowers. Click here for a more comprehensive guide to shopping in South Main.

Overton Square

One of the great stories of economic progress in Memphis over the past five years is the resurgence of Overton Square. As more and more unique and locally owned businesses and restaurants have opened in Cooper-Young and South Main, the energy and creativity of the city has spilled over into Overton Square. A stone’s throw from Overton Park and the Memphis College of Art, Overton Square is home to a number of different restaurants, as well as unique retail spots like CrazyBeautiful, a women’s boutique owned by a former Memphis Belle burlesque dancer that features a large selection of vintage wears. For a more modern approach, visitors should check out The Attic, a men’s and women’s store featuring Blue Pepper, Culture Riot and Coco + Carmen. Looking for some specialty foods for gifting then The Square Olive is the perfect spot for you, as it sells 31 different olive oil flavors.

Laurelwood

Located in East Memphis on Poplar Avenue, and just a short jog north of Memphis Botanic Gardens, Laurelwood Shopping Center offers one of the broadest selections of retail choices in the city. An open-air design, Laurelwood is a charming place to shop or browse or nosh. Be sure to check out national brand women’s clothing stores like J. Jill and Talbot’s, men’s clothier James Davis and the elegant outfitter Orvis. Looking something for the kids? Hit Cotton Tails.

Saddle Creek

The move away from enclosed shopping centers, or malls, to more open-air designs started with Saddle Creek in the Germantown area of Memphis. In addition to its uniquely appealing design, the shops at Saddle Creek are some of the best in the region. For shoppers looking for more traditional clothing options, Saddle Creek offers Ann Taylor, Banana Republic and J. Crew. But in addition, shoppers can find more offbeat options at Free People, Madewell and the always-whimsical Anthropologie.

Carriage Crossing

Located in Collierville, the Shops at Carriage Crossing offers a pedestrian friendly shopping destination home to national retailers along with a mix of local merchants surrounded in a soothing, open-air setting. From Macy’s to H&M to Sephora, Carriage Crossing offers something for all styles of shoppers.  

Broad Avenue

One of the truly great things about Memphis is that it’s a city made up of many different neighborhoods. One of those making a lot of noise these days is the Broad Avenue Arts District. Part of the Binghampton neighborhood, Broad Avenue is a great spot for shopping, especially if you dig off-beat arts and crafts items you can’t find anywhere else. Here’s a breakdown of just a few great stores to check out:

  • 20twelve offers upscale fashion and home goods.
  • City & State is hybrid gift shop and coffee shop.
  • T Clifton Art is an art gallery and framing shop.
  • Found Studio is a superb thrift-store/vintage clothing boutique.
  • Five-In-One Social Club is a studio/workshop for adults who miss art class.
Peter Short