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

Sally Walker Davies

By , Local Expert, Memphis
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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...  Read more »

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    Laurelwood Shopping Center

    Laurelwood offers the best selection in town when it comes to something for everyone - you can go high-end designer, or common denominator clothing.

    Local Expert Tip: "Just a few shops are closed on Sundays, including Joseph and James Davis."

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    Regalia at Ridgeway Center

    It's the easiest shopping center in town in which to pop in and out of for gift shopping.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you need instant gifts (and gift wrapping), this is your place - from the wine store to RSVP Stationers, most stores offer free gift wrap."

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    Shops of Saddle Creek

    Saddle Creek is the perfect combination of big-mall names with small mall convenience like outside-the-store-door-parking.

    Local Expert Tip: "Although there are three sections to Saddle Creek, there's a bit of a walk (in Memphis terms, that means a few blocks through a heavily trafficked intersection) between the largest section, north of Poplar Avenue, and the two southern sections."

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    Cooper-Young District

    It's SO Memphis, with vintage record and book stores, crafty artisan galleries and workshops, and a real melting pot of people.

    Local Expert Tip: "The first Thursday of every month is CYNO - Cooper Young Night Out - and retailers open their doors until 8 or 9 p.m., offering libations, specials, and many times, live music. "

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    Village of Chickasaw Oaks

    Most Memphians forget about this mall, so it is rarely crowded, with boutiques that sell clothing you won't see all over town.

    Local Expert Tip: "With the exception of Pier 1, Chickasaw is closed on Sundays. "

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    Main Street Collierville Square

    This town square is pure charm, and makes for a pleasant afternoon of window shopping, followed by dinner at one of the cozy restaurants.

    Local Expert Tip: "All the stores are closed on Sunday - something we discovered the hard way."

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    South Main Historic Arts District

    South Main is cool, it's hip, and it's authentically Memphis; the vibe on this street is both creative and gritty.

    Local Expert Tip: "The last Friday night of the month is the Trolley Tour - when the trolley rides to and from the district are free, and all the businesses stay open late. "

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    Memphis Antique and Design District

    The breadth of vintage and antique decor is the best in town.

    Local Expert Tip: "The first Thursday night of every month is Cooper-Young Night Out, with stores staying open later to welcome shoppers with specials and usually an adult beverage or two."

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    Avenue at Carriage Crossing

    We particularly like this mall for its expansive department stores - a rarity in Memphis - and the easy parking.

    Local Expert Tip: "Visit the mall's website for special deals at select retailers."

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    Wolfchase Galleria

    • Type: Malls
    • Neighborhood: Cordova

    It's the largest mall in the area, with the widest selection of national retailers.

    Local Expert Tip: "This is the mall to avoid in the pre-holiday crush - it is a madhouse."



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