Memphis Shopping: Score A Great Find

Muse on South Main Arts District: Dan Ball

MUSE retail store on South Main in Memphis. Photo by Dan Ball.

Great shopping at Lansky Brothers on Beale Street and in the Peabody Hotel. Photo by Craig Thompson.

Memphis Trolley: Dan Ball

The Main Street trolley will take you past Beale Street and the Orpehum Theatre. Photo by Dan Ball.

National Ornamental Museum. Photo Credit: National Ornamental Museum

That unique Memphis groove – funky and traditional, but always one-of-a-kind – extends to shopping, too.

From locally owned boutiques filled with haute couture to little antiques stores brimming with collectibles to more than 20 Memphis-area malls, there’s a seemingly endless selection of places to find just what you’re looking for – or what you never realized you needed, but now can’t live without.

Many of the city’s antique stores are located in the Midtown/Cooper Young neighborhood, and range from old-fashioned stores like Gary’s Antiques – a treasure trove of finds – to the upscale Palladio, where fine European furnishings, antique rugs and precious estate jewelry are lovingly displayed in gorgeous settings.

Try Market Central for reasonably priced pieces, including recycled and repainted accessories in the Mrs. Jones booth, and English oddities like pub signs at the Angel & Trump booth. Flashback, just a few blocks from the intersection of Cooper and Young, offers a fantastic selection of ’60s and ’70s vintage clothing and furnishings (be warned, you could lose yourself for hours in here!) and further east, Antiques Within & Abbey’s Too offers a mix of American and European antiques, many of which have been nicely restored.

The historic South Main District, just south of the main Memphis business district and Beale Street, offers a mix of excellent art galleries and boutiques, including local printed T-shirts at Sache and vibrant unique fine art at Art Village Gallery and Wine Tasting Room.

East Memphis is designer Mecca, with Joseph, Oak Hall and James Davis offering personalized service and big designer names. A nice collection of smaller boutique and gift stores includes fine stationers Stovall & Company, home décor standby Spruce and a Vintage Vines haberdashery.

If you’re looking for something uniquely Memphis, try Lansky Brothers in the Peabody Hotel for its exclusive Elvis-inspired line called Clothier to the King. The Metal Museum’s shop offers handcrafted gifts and housewares from local and regional metal crafters.  And to top off your sweet tooth, Dinstuhl’s is where the locals go for their chocolate fix.