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 Cooper Young. Burke's provides book lovers with what has become a rarity these days - an independent bookstore experience. With fusty and musty old tomes, contemporary bestsellers, and just about everything in betwee, the store is a local favorite. Burke's also scores local, regional, and national authors for signings, so you never know who might show up - including John Grisham.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: We just love a great bookstore - especially one that carries new, used, and hard-to-find books - and Burke's is all that.
Sally's expert tip: Burke's is one of the rare CY stores open on Sundays.
The Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn outlets offer the chance to get all your favorite merchandise, as featured in the catalogs and stores, at discount prices. From current season furnishings at Pottery Barn to the highest quality name-brand kitchen equipment and accessories, there are always bargains to be had, especially on the Williams Sonoma side, where we always are on the lookout for the All-Clad sales - heaven! More than anything, we love picking up Christmas gifts here; we stock up on the kinds of gifts that are great for families, like mugs and gourmet hot cocoa mix, or pancake mix with themed pancake molds.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: It's our gifting go-to, all year long, but especially during the holidays, when we load up on small gifts.
Sally's expert tip: There's no shipping or delivery for the furniture or larger items, so be prepared to haul purchases away, immediately.
If we had loads of income - disposable or otherwise - Palladio 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 collection of works from local and regional artists. This is not a particularly huge store, but it does offer a nice array of styles, so there's something for every taste arranged in individual booths for easy browsing. And even though this isn't a massive space, there are 75 different booths to browse, so plan your time accordingly. We are particularly drawn to the English antiques -oh, our kingdom for an original pub sign!
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Palladio is the finest antique store in town, and its sister stores just a few steps up the street for even more browsing.
Sally's expert tip: The store's cafe is open for lunch and the occasional dinner / happy hour.
It was the most anticipated opening of a store in Memphis, ever. The $190-million plus Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid - former home to the NBA's Grizzlies - opened in late April welcoming 35,000 customers its first DAY. The massive retail space combines a giant-sized version of a Bass Pro shop with a a giant cypress wamp filled with fish and alligators, a 13-lane bowling alley, a 28-story freestanding glass elevator, a 120-room hotel that resembles a swanky lodge, an observation deck at the tip of the Pyramid (visit for a fee), and all manner of boats, ATVs, and more to explore.Oh, and a gun range, an archery range, a shooting gallery, and a hotel spa. So, let's just call it Disney for outdoorsy types. Or anyone who wants to marvel at the marriage of a pyramid and a hunting lodge. Weirdly, it just works.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: The Memphis version of Bass Pro may just be the most unusual shopping experience you have. Ever.
Sally's expert tip: It'll cost you $10 to ride that elevator to the summit of the Pyramid - but the feel is worth the ride, and the view.
Located on historic Beale Street since 1876, this general store is a Memphis institution. Schwab's has changed hands over the years, but the employees and inventory seem to remain the same.The dusty and vast inventory includes everything from kitchen flatware to overalls and knick-knacks. Be sure to visit as you'll feel as if you have stepped back in time and are visiting the only store in a small town â" and boys particularly love this place, as it is full of essentials like whoopee cushions and other staples of boy-toys. You need to pay the old-fashioned way, too â" no credit cards accepted!
Recommended for Best Shopping because: A. Schwab's is simply an institution, and is the kind of spot where you will find exactly what you need to complete a costume.
Sally's expert tip: Hit A. Schwab's early on Saturdays - it can be a jungle after noon. And - it's cash and carry - no credit cards.
A loosely spread complex with three separate sections, Saddle Creek offers all the latest trendy, name-brand stores. And while we are more inclined to hit locally-owned stores, we love Saddle Creek for its open-air concept, walk-ability, and upscale selection of stores. Saddle Creek features Williams-Sonoma, kate spade, Anthropologie, Coach, and Janie and Jack; Lucky Brand, Vera Bradley, White House / Black Market, and JJill. Men can find something to wear at Banana Republic or J. Crew. There are a few restaurants scattered throughout the area (and others definitely within walking distance of the south side of the center). During the holiday season, local school choirs entertain shoppers.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Saddle Creek is full of upscale national retailers, and parking is a snap.
Sally's expert tip: In the fall and spring, and during Christmas, Saddle Creek is home to a local artists market if there's space available - an added bonus for shoppers.
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 and home decor, a great selection of women's dresses and finery, and plenty of wide lapels and skinny ties for men to peruse. But what we love the most - next to the amazing window displays - is the retro holiday decor. From grinning 1960's pumpkins to cheery light-up Frostys and Santas, Flashback always amazes during the holidays.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Flashback is the city's premier spot for exquisite vintage finds.
Sally's expert tip: During Elvis birthday and tribute weeks - January and August - be sure to swing by and check out the windows. Velvet Elvii abound!
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 teaches hands-on workshops in her studio, sells painted furniture, Annie Sloan chalk paint and Miss Mustardseed Milk Paint; she also sells brushes, books, custom stencils, interesting knobs, local travel guides, flea market finds and whatever else strikes her fancy. From canvas floor cloths to whimsical home decor, this is the spot to find that perfect little something, whether for yourself or as a gift. If you, like yours truly, doesn't have the ability or patience to paint, fear not - Jones and company always have the shop stocked with a number of finely painted furniture pieces from which to choose.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Jones offers one of the most welcoming stores in all of Memphis, and she's a design influencer.
Sally's expert tip: Mrs. Jones is available by appointment at other times.
The local bookstore lives on - and lives on in splendorous existence at novel. Locals still call it Booksellers or Davis-Kidd, as the store was formerly known before it was bought out by the staff in order to ensure its survival. This is the kind of store where you can pick up a gift as well as a book - and we guarantee you can't stump the staff - they know everything. One corner of the store is dedicated to a charming bistro, and serves up a fantastic breakfast, lunch, or dinner with signature items including a bleu cheese-topped tomato soup, and scrumptious offerings from local and regional cookbooks.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: At novel, you can load up on books and gifts, pick up some cards and wrapping paper- - and call it good.
Sally's expert tip: novel has a great little bistro called Libro - a perfect spot to order a glass of wine and read your new novel.
Lansky Brothers fashions are a part of Memphis history, and their upscale designer clothing stores are a local fixture. While musicians like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and B.B. King provided the sound of Memphis, Lansky Brothers provided their fashion sense. Most well known for Elvis's Hi-boy collars, peg-legged pants, and pink/black combinations, they have been bringing the funkiest and hottest looks to Memphis for more than 50 years. The shop is small yet well-stocked, and they even carry blue suede shoes (and they're quite stylish). They also know how to tie a bow tie, if you're staying at the Peabody and need a rescue. Even if the prices are out of your range, browsing the 2000-square-foot store inside the lobby of the Peabody is quite an experience.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: The Lanskys are as much an icon in Memphis as their most famous customer - and their service is second to none.
Sally's expert tip: The store sells an exclusive line of Elvis-themed clothing, including a cologne.