Retail shopping in Downtown
The Bluff City’s inhabitants are known for their rich, eclectic and vivid sense of style. Some of the best retail stores in the city dot the streets of Downtown Memphis. These stores embody wide ranges of styles, from sophisticated to whimsical to edgy to trend setting contemporary - Downtown has it all.
Sachë is a premier t-shirt designer in Downtown Memphis. Eric Evans, the owner, has always loved art and design. In college he had a knack for designing t-shirts and he began freelancing for different companies, "One day I just told myself 'I can print these,' bit the bullet and ordered the equipment to start screenprinting out of my garage back in 2008. Two years later my wife and I got pregnant with our twins and at that point the business had taken over the entire house. She said, 'You gotta move into another space,' and that's when we opened Sache on South Main."
Evans decided on the location at South Main because he loved the idea of being located Downtown in the Historic Arts District. He also liked the retail grant that the Downtown Memphis Comission was offering and he said, "It was a no brainer for us."
Evans likes taking fashion into account when he comes up with new, creative ideas, "When we first opened Sache, a lot of our products we designed were very fashion forward in terms of custom fabric dyeing, custom sewing, etc. However, as we evolved we found it more within in our wheel house to focus on more of a graphic application. We still research fashion trends and styles, but a majority of our ideation process starts with themes and motifs that are indicative of the Mid-South."
For all you Grizzlies fans out there, check out Sachë's awesome selection next time you are on South Main.
"As we all know, Memphis is very much a basketball town," said Evans, "The excitement and culture that has developed around the Grizzlies has been intoxicating to say the least... thus it's easy to draw inspiration from."
Lansky Bros. Clothier to the King
Lansky Bros. was founded in 1946 by Bernard J. Lansky and is currently family owned and operated by the second (Hal Lansky) and third (Julie Lansky) generations. Lansky Bros. provides a unique shopping experience featuring men’s and women’s clothing as well as a museum of the store's history. Elvis Presley and many other legendary Memphis Musicians have shopped at the Lansky Bros. Clothier to the King location on Beale Street.
Julie Lansky said, "About 500,000 visitors from all over the world come to Memphis to visit Graceland per year to see Elvis Presley’s home. With Lansky's unique connection to Elvis as his clothier, we get a percentage of that number through our shops because people want to shop where the King shopped."
Lansky Bros. also has four locations in the Peabody Hotel Lobby. The Lansky at the Peabody has been a staple since 1981. This location specializes in fine men’s sportswear which includes their own brand, Lansky Bros. Clothier to the King, as well as other well-known brands that are hard to find. Second, Lansky Lucky Duck Gift Shop is nestled in the heart of the lobby of The Peabody Hotel. It is just steps away from the famous Peabody mallard ducks. This location offers Peabody Hotel, Memphis, and duck themed gifts for all ages. Third, Lansky 126 is a trend-setting contemporary boutique for men and women with all the latest styles in clothing, accessories, and footwear. Fourth, Lansky The Accessories Shop, showcases unique jewelry, handbags, scarves, and apparel in an upscale environment.
Muse Inspired Fashion
Muse Inspired Fashion is a staple for Memphians and a destination for tourists. Muse has been mentioned in Glamour, Southern Living, Air France and Northwest Airlines In-flight magazine. The owner, Lissa Doss, has appeared on B. Smith with Style, MTV’s Made, and Ambush Makeover. She has also worked with a stylist for Martina McBride and Reese Witherspoon and personally assisted Joaquim Phoenix, Buddy Jewel and Isaac Hayes.
Muse sells local jewelry and unique designer apparel that is hand-picked to reflect their style. Their men's jackets are made and reflect Muse's label.
Lisa Doss, owner of Muse, opened her location directly on Main Street because she lived in Downtown and believed in Downtown, "The architecture is more interesting, which makes it easy to have a unique and visually beautiful store. We are also close to Beale Street and that gives an entergetic vibe to the area. I also chose Downtown because Memphis attracts toursts from all over the country and all over the world. What better place to capture their attention than Downtown!"
Lisa Doss also said that she loves the diversity of people in Downtown Memphis, "The mix of race and economic diversity gives downtown a flavor that you can't find anywhere else in Memphis."
Stock & Belle
Stock & Belle is a lifestyle retail store in the heart of Downtown Memphis. Inside, you can find clothing, accessories, furniture, and home goods. In the adjacent space to Stock and Belle rests 387 Pantry, which has a highly curated selection of kitchen and pantry staples as well as assorted dry goods and housewares. 387 Salon lies on the second floor of the building. 387 Salon is known for being one of the most upscale, unique, and trendy salons in Downtown Memphis.
Luxe Boutique is a unique boutique located in Downtown Memphis that has an electic variety of women's clothing. Luxe Boutique embodies individual style, youthful elegance, and femininity. At this boutique, you can find classic silhouettes and timeless versatile pieces that are reinvented season after season for any occasion. Jasmine Perry's favorite pieces that she sells are always versatile, “I love the pieces that you can change from a day-to-night look. You can never go wrong with these pieces, and you can definitely get your money's worth.”
Jasmine Perry opened Luxe Boutique on South Main and she loves the location because she is able to attract tourists from all over the world since the boutique is located directly in Downtown Memphis. She also chose her location because she likes the energy that South Main brings to her boutique, “The strip is known for having more foot traffic, as well as parking for customers. It’s overall a great location, which is exactly what I felt I like I needed.”
Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid
The Pyramid has long been one of the most iconic buildings in Downtown Memphis. Abandoned in 2004 and reborn as a Bass Pro Shop megatore in 2015, it is now one of the most traveled places in Memphis. Don't let the vastness of the Pyramid overwhelm you, we've created a guide to show you what there is to do inside and how to shop!
Check it out here.
Walking Pants Curiosities
One of South Main's most vibrant and passionate shops is Walking Pants Curiosities. Next to the popular Arcade Restaurant and Cheesecake Corner, here you'll find exclusive photography, prints and uniquely curated home decor for the busy creative home. They find and reclaim beauty in the forgotten and abandoned places with 20% of all purchases benefiting child abuse and human trafficking groups.
Beale Street Shopping
Eel Etc. Fashions has been a long time tenant on Beale Street. Next time you are listening to some Blues on Beale, check out what Eel Etc has to offer. They offer a fashionable, unique shopping experience for both men and women. It's the perfect place to find Memphis and Beale Street souvenirs and t-shirts.
Visit BealeStreet.com for a complete listing of shops, restaurants and bars
Once part of Memphis’ Automobile Row, Edge Alley thrums with its rich history and vibrant future. The former chrome plating shop houses a curated group of micro-retailers as well as a restaurant, coffee roaster, and community space, directly connected to neighbor High Cotton Brewery. Edge Alley gives both customers and makers a place to share resources, ideas - and, of course, a great cup of coffee and meal. Follow on Facebook and see below for a list of current retailers.
Retail incubator lineup:
Paulette's Closet: Full of glamorous and exclusive hand picked vintages pieces for this holiday season's parties and events.
HWD Goods: Interior designer, Hope Wilkinson, wells home goods, pillows, lamps and other items.
B-Collective: Bringing local artists together into one creative retail space. B Collective is your one stop shop for local artwork and gifts located inside Edge Alley. B-Collective carries fine art, ornaments, lotions, candles, purses, jewelry, scarves, kids items, prints, and so much more. They are currently featuring the following local artists: Randomly Refurbished, Aislinn Agnew Bowles, Brittany Lynn, Chinesha’s Closet, Erica Edwards, Erika Roberts Studio, Foxglove Pharm, Josee Layne Designs, 901drift, Paper, Cloth & Glass, On the Circle Artisan, Whitney Winkler Art.
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More Shopping Options
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Go by Downtown Candle Co. in South Main for premium candles to fill your home.
Help the cause of St. Jude Children's Hospital by shopping at their gift shop.