Art for Sale at Memphis Music & Heritage Festival. Photo Credit: Craig Thompson

Art for Sale at Memphis Music & Heritage Festival. Photo Credit: Craig Thompson

Spend a Weekend Shopping in Memphis

No trip to Memphis is complete without visiting some of the city’s finest independent retailers.

Check out this guide and spend a weekend shopping for everything from drums to dancing shoes.

Lansky Bros Neon on World Famous Beale Street

Lansky Bros. Photo Credit: Craig Thompson

Lansky Bros. Photo Credit: Craig Thompson

Lansky Bros. Photo Credit: Craig Thompson

Day 1

Downtown & Midtown

MORNING

Kick start your day of shopping by grabbing a bite to eat and a cup of high-octane espresso at Bluff City Coffee, and then head over to Hoot + Louise (109 G. E. Patterson Ave.), a boutique in South Main Arts District that carries vintage clothing, styles from indie designers, jewelry and handmade housewares. Their locally screen-printed pillows, towels and prints will dress up any space. Just around the corner is Sache (525 S. Main), where all the t-shirts are made in-house at the shop’s South Main location. Designer Eric Evans screen prints logos, renaissance designs and graffiti-inspired art on super soft jersey t-shirts. They’ve got t-shirts and tank tops for men, women and kids. Head Downtown to check out the legendary Lanksy Brothers (149 Union Ave.). If Elvis is your style icon, look no further than here; proprietor Bernard Lansky is legendary as the King’s favorite designer. Score suits, flashy shirts and the company’s signature blue suede shoes in the lobby of the Peabody Memphis hotel. While you’re there, check out their sister shop, Lansky 126 - they carry edgier, trendier clothes for men and women.

As you make your way toward Midtown, be sure to stop at St. Blues Guitars (645 Marshall Ave.), where you can pick up a Bluesmaster guitar from St. Blues to take a piece of Memphis music home. All of their electric guitars are designed and finished in their downtown Memphis shop. If you want quality but can’t pay full price, check out the scratch and dent rack for instruments with minor defects that won’t affect the sound. Also nearby is the Trolley Stop Market (704 Madison Ave.). The walls at Memphis’ favorite locavore restaurant are lined with plenty of handmade-in-Memphis goodies. They carry everything from homegrown produce to knitwear, water bottles, handmade soaps and pottery made by local designers. While you're here, enjoy a healthy lunch, with options such as farm fresh salads, vegetarian plates, hearty burgers and homemade hoagies. 

AFTERNOON

After lunch, make your way to Midtown to check out local favorite Maggie's Pharm (13 Florence St.), which has been in Overton Square for more than 30 years. They sell handmade bath and body products, candles, spices, cooking and medicinal herbs, teas, coffees, books, greeting cards and hard-to-find bath and body product lines. Just around the corner, Crazy Beautiful (2111 Madison Ave.) has a stock of trendy and retro-inspired clothing and shoes from independent designers that make this shop one of the best places in town to find the perfect party dress. And next door, The Attic (2121 Madison Ave.) focuses on stylish, classic pieces and offers something for every budget.

As you make your way down Midtown to Cooper-Young neighborhood, stop at Flashback (2304 Central Ave.) on the way. Vintage lovers will adore this “vintage department store” in Midtown. Flashback carries clothing, housewares, furniture and jewelry from bygone eras (as well as spot-on reproductions).

In Cooper-Young, Memphis Drum Shop (878 S. Cooper St.) might be the best drum store on earth. The sprawling shop carries drum kits, vintage drums, cymbals, hand drums and all kinds obscure percussion instruments. They also offer lessons and workshops for aspiring rock’n’rollers. Meanwhile, Goner Records (2152 Young Ave.) is more than a store – it’s one of Memphis’ most awesome labels. The label’s records (from artists like Harlan T. Bobo, No Bunny, Limes and Cococoma) are sold in the store, along with a huge selection of garage, soul and punk rock 45s and LPs. Goner is also one of the best places for Memphis-themed t-shirts. And Burke’s Books (936 S. Cooper St.) is Memphis’ oldest independent bookstore. The small, well-curated shop stocks new and used books, magazines, postcards and gifts. After a long day of shopping, refuel at one of the many bars or restaurants in Cooper-Young, such as the trendy Beauty Shop, a New American eatery with a funky '60s beauty parlor vibe.

Shops at Saddle Creek. Photo Credit: Marvin Garcia

Day 2

East Memphis & Suburbs

MORNING

Start your day of shopping with a delicious pastry at La Baguette French Bread & Pastry Shop, and then browse the wares at nearby Mrs. Post Stationery (3092 Poplar Ave.). If you’re having a party, need to make a major announcement, just want to send some old-fashioned correspondence, Mrs. Post is the place to go for adorable stationery. All of their pieces are designed and printed locally for the shop owners’ brand, Lemon Tree Paper. They do custom work, too.

Head southeast on US-72 to find Village Toymaker (9155 Poplar Ave.), a colorful children’s shop that carries unique and educational toys, dress up clothes, puzzles and games. It’s the place to go for both hard-to-find European lines and basic playsets. Meanwhile, nearby Baer’s Den (4615 Poplar Ave. #3) is a clothing store masquerading as the ultimate man cave. Owner Jeremy Baer has filled the two-story space with designer jeans, shirts, ultra-fine knits, shoes and outerwear that you can’t find anywhere else in town. Spruce (5040 Sanderlin Ave. #103) is an adorable home design store is run by an interior designer with a serious eye for style. She carries one-of-a-kind vintage jewelry, unique home decor items, children’s toys and modern furniture.

AFTERNOON

For lunch, stop by Hog & Hominy (a frequent name on "Best Of" lists across the country) for Italian cooking with distinctly Southern-style flavor.  Then head on out to the suburbs. Shops of Saddle Creek (Poplar Avenue & W. Farmington St.) is an upscale shopping center in Germantown, which is home to the Apple store, Anthropologie, J. Crew, Strasbourg Children, Origins, Lucky Jeans and more. Find a parking spot and walk the wide sidewalks between the shops.Nearby Dazzle (7730 Poplar Ave.) is an accessories emporium, stocked with reasonably-priced quality jewelry, scarves, sunglasses and bags. The shop’s huge selection caters to a wide range of tastes. 

In Collierville, take your pick from brand names at Carriage Crossing (4674 Merchants Park Cir., Collierville), a mall arranged like an upscale urban shopping district. Walk outside between shops like the Gap, Sephora, Barnes and Noble, Banana Republic and several restaurants. Or, go for Paisley (112 N. Main St., Collierville), an adorable locally-owned boutique that is perfect for women looking for classic and unique clothes. Paisley carries hard-to-find designers, smaller labels as well as jewelry and accessories. Then stroll through downtown Collierville to find a quaint mom-and-pop shop for dinner.

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Local art for sale at the Southern Heritage Festival. Photo by Craig Thompson.

Lansky Bros Neon on World Famous Beale Street

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Goner Record Store - Craig Thompson

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"May we all have the style of Elvis." - Bernard Lansky

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