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Where to Shop in Memphis - Malls to Vintage Clothing

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The shopping scene in Memphis includes several big-name malls located east of downtown with selections of high-end designer and mainstream retail items. If you're in the market for something unique, head over to the locally owned businesses in the Cooper-Young and South Main neighbourhoods. You can also shop at historic retailers along Beale Street or browse the massive Bass Pro Shop inside the city's iconic pyramid.

Beale Street's historic shops

 

In addition to being home to most of Memphis's famous blues clubs and bars, Beale Street is also where you'll find some of the city's famous historic retailers. A. Schwab, opened in 1876, is the street's oldest store. Here, you can browse goods ranging from clothing to Memphis souvenirs. On the corner of Second Street and Beale, you'll find Lansky Brothers - Clothier to the King. This outpost of the well known clothier that worked with Elvis Presley sells vintage-inspired men's clothing.

 

South Main shops

 

One of the city's historic neighbourhoods, the South Main Historic District is also one of its top shopping destinations. Virtually every store here is locally owned, so it's the perfect place to browse for one-of-a-kind finds. Hoot + Louise offers a selection of vintage clothing and home furnishings. Not far, Charlotte Fine Jewelry is 1 of only 2 U.S. locations for German retailer Charlotte Ehinger-Schwarz.

 

  • Hoot + Louise, 109 G.E. Patterson, Memphis 38103; Tel: +1 901 746 8683; Website: Hoot + Louise
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  • Charlotte Fine Jewelry, 526 South Main Street, Memphis 38103; Tel: +1 901 522 0100; Website: Charlotte Fine Jewelry

 

Cooper-Young

 

Cooper-Young is the centre of Midtown Memphis, and it's home to an eclectic assortment of local shops including chocolatiers and vintage clothing and antiques. Here, you can check out Burke's Book Store. Opened in 1875, it's the city's oldest bookseller and stocks antique books as well as recent titles. On Central Avenue, Palladio Antiques houses a collection of high-end antiques that's definitely worth browsing. In a break with the decidedly local shopping scene here, the neighbourhood also has an Urban Outfitters.

 

  • Burke's Book Store, 936 South Cooper Street, Memphis 38104; Tel: +1 901 278 7484; Website: Burke's Book Store
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  • Palladio Antiques, 2169 Central Avenue, Memphis 38104; Tel: +1 901 276 3808; Website: Palladio Antiques

 

Malls east of the city

 

If you're looking for a more traditional shopping experience, Memphis has several malls. Most are located east of the city. In East Memphis, you'll find Laurelwood Shopping centre, an outdoor mall where you can browse selections from retailers like Talbots, J. Jill, and Chico's. Further east in Germantown, the Shops at Saddle Creek houses higher-end national retailers, including J. Crew, Anthropologie, and White House Black Market.

 

  • Laurelwood Shopping centre, 422 South Grove Park Road, Memphis 38117; Tel: +1 901 682 8436; Website: Laurelwood Shopping centre
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  • Shops at Saddle Creek, 7509 Poplar Avenue Suite 1, Germantown 38138; Tel: +1 901 753 4264; Website: Shops at Saddle Creek

 

The Pyramid

 

Once home of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, the Memphis Pyramid has been an iconic fixture in the city's skyline since 1991. In 2015, a Bass Pro Shop opened inside the structure and provided Memphis with another distinctive shopping experience. You can browse a selection of outdoor gear, but the store also has the Cypress Swamp Waterfowl Habitat stocked with living fish and alligators, a 13-lane bowling alley, and a 28-story freestanding glass elevator.