Eclectic, Artistic and Everything in Between: Cooper Young's Best Shopping

In Midtown Memphis, Cooper Young is the 'it' neighborhood these days - and its shopping scene reflects the funky personality of Midtown in general and CY in particular.

The entire area includes some of the city's best nightlife and dining options, as well as some eclectic shopping. (And one combination of both - the fab Phillip Ashley Chocolates). With one exception, every store on this list is a locally-owned enterprise; a handful of these stores offer Sunday hours and some are even more limited than that, opening just a few days a week and / or by appointment.

From Central Avenue's antique and vintage clothing stores, to Cooper Avenue's old school bookseller, and with a few trendy clothing retailers thrown in, this neighborhood is undergoing a renaissance. You can walk from store to store easily - but be warned that Central Avenue is quite busy, so you'll want to cross with the stop lights. And - you may want to bring the car, anyway, as it just makes loading up on some antiques  that much easier.

On the first Thursday of every month (with the exception of January and February), Cooper Young Night Out is when retailers stay open a bit later, offerings libations, appetizers, special discounts or even special guest 'pop-up' shops. There's generally music at the neighborhood's famed intersection of Cooper and Young, too.

Normally, a national chain wouldn't get much ink in a neighborhood shopping list - but when Urban Outfitters opened in Cooper Young in 2011, it truly helped bring other stores into the area, and reinvigorated a corner of the 'hood that was...  Read More

You never know what you'll find at the super-fun and super-funky Flashback,a vintage store that focuses on clothing, accessories and home decor - and that's what makes it so much fun. There's always a great selection of mid-century furniture...  Read More

A Memphis off-shoot of a popular Houston store, Langford offers trendy clothing for 20-somethings, chic home accessories and furniture, and a variety of well-priced gifts. Tucked into a space between two other clothing stores (one of which...  Read More

Phillip Ashley Chocolates

Think Willy Wonka meets Superman - and that's Phillip Ashley Rix, the proprietor of this Cooper-Young neighborhood chocolate shop. Chocolates change weekly, and some of our favorites are distinctly made-in-Memphis, including a BBQ chocolate...  Read More

A charming local favorite,Otherlands is kind of like that box of chocolates Forrest Gump talks about – you never know what (or who) you will find inside the funky building, located north of the main center of the CY neighborhood. While...  Read More

Burke's is one of the country's oldest bookstores - and likely one of Memphis's oldest, continuously operating businesses, having opened in 1875. Most of its history was spent in one location in Midtown; the store moved in recent years to...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Sally Walker Davies

This tiny shop in the heart of Cooper Young is a must-visit for women who live in linen. As the exclusive retailer in town for the FLAX company, Loudean's offers ladies of all body types the free-spirited, swing-y clothing of the FLAX line,...  Read More

If we had loads of income - disposable or otherwise - this is where we'd spend it. With an array of antiques and collectibles, and random vintage finds, Palladio offers some of the highest-end antiques in the city, as well as a fantastic...  Read More

Vintage-inspired fabrics – piles and piles of them, neatly arranged – are the backbone of Sew Memphis, which is, well, SO Memphis. The two mom-trepreneurs and crafty types who own the Cooper-Young area store are all about sharing their...  Read More

The totally talented Stephanie Jones set up shop in Cooper-Young, and talented DIY-ers across the region are celebrating. Jones, who shudders at the use of the word 'faux', notes that fine finishes are what her artistry is all about. She...  Read More


Meet Sally Walker Davies

Sally Walker Davies is enchanted by Memphis' music, history, and characters. From the artsy South Main Historic District to the grittiness of her favorite live music clubs to the sophisticated...  More About Sally

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