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.
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