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.