Memphis Shopping Spots: From Town to Country and Everywhere in Between

As a former shopping columnist for the local daily paper, yours truly admits she has been known to write about the dearth of good shopping in Memphis. But she's glad to report that things are looking up on the Memphis shopping scene, with outdoor lifestyle centers anchoring a retail revival, and neighborhoods supporting their local stores to create a new twist on what one thinks of as a conventional shopping center.

No matter the area of town, a good shopping center is never too far away. Wolfchase is east of the city center, and easily accessible via I-40 from downtown / Midtown or Germantown Parkway from Germantown and Collierville.  And there are some ginormous malls, like Wolfchase and the outdoor lifestyle center Carriage Crossing. But you'll also find smaller neighborhood centers worth exploring, from the conservative Laurelwood in East Memphis to the hip local vibe along South Main downtown, with its cool galleries and boutiques, to the charms of a typical Tennessee town square in Collierville.

The larger malls will be open later, while the neighborhood stores will close by 6 p.m., but generally offer a one-night-a-month 'night out' complete with live music and libations. As with most things in the south, stores open late, if at all, on Sundays; be sure to check the mall or store website for the most up-to-the-date center hours.

Wolfchase Galleria

This massive, state-of-the-art mall offers something for everyone. Anchored by big-name department stores like Dillard's, Macy's, Sears, and JCPenney, the mall is then filled out with over 130 popular retailers like Forever 21, Teavana, Pottery...  Read More

The upscale outdoor lifestyle center - also known as an outdoor mall - contains plenty of the usual suspects, including Macy's, Dillards, Hollister, Victoria's Secret and more, plus specialty retailer Sephora,and a smattering of lesser-known...  Read More

Memphis Antique and Design District

Located in the Cooper-Young neighborhood, the Memphis Antique and Design District features a variety of vendors boasting one-of-a-kind antiques along with investment-quality art by local and more far-reaching artists. Home to some of the best...  Read More

This artsy little district has been described by locals as "a bite of the Big Apple with a dash of Southern hospitality." In recent years it has become one of the hottest neighborhoods in Memphis for its attractive loft-style living and its...  Read More

Located about 30 minutes east of downtown, the Collierville Square is the epitome of a historic town square. Quaint shops, small local restaurants, and the bells of the town's churches can be heard throughout. Dunn & Hewett is the boot...  Read More

An small indoor mall that's designed to look like an outdoor village is the hook for Chickasaw Oaks, the Midtown mall that's full of interior design shops, art galleries and a few casual restaurants. Retailers include Mrs. Post - a fine...  Read More

In the late 1800's and early 1900's, this Victorian neighborhood was one of the most well-to-do residential areas in the city; but during much of the 20th century, the houses fell into disrepair. Fortunately, the Cooper-Young district is making...  Read More

A loosely spread complex with three separate sections, Saddle Creek offers all the latest trendy, name-brand stores, but it also has a few locally-owned boutiques and restaurants in the mix. Saddle Creek features the region's only full-blown...  Read More

Regalia at Ridgeway Center

Regalia, anchored by the venerable Oak Hall (a mainstay for quality men's and women's clothing), offers an upscale shopping experience. Intriguing boutiques and specialty stores sell everything from gifts to clothing to home accessories; an...  Read More

This east Memphis retail center is the most upscale in town, offering a few high-end clothiers, including Joseph for women and James Davis for men, plus a smattering of nice chain stores including Talbot's and J. Jill. A fabulous florist /...  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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