Sleep Inn at Court Square
40 N. Front St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 522-9700
Fax: (901) 522-9710
This location is the original Mr. Peanut, complete with glasses and cane. Look for him in the window of this shop along the trolley line—he's been here since 1951, when the shop opened. Inside, you will find peanuts in every form you can imagine—in chocolate candy, peanut brittle, in the shell—as well as in some forms you have probably never encountered. You can also buy other kinds of nuts at The Peanut Shoppe, from pecans to pistachios. If you are not in the mood for nuts, try some of the popcorn from the old-time movie popcorn machine.
This smoke-filled shop, Memphis Tobacco Bowl, is a haven for downtown pipe and cigar smokers. Smokers can sit and play a game of chess or backgammon, or read one of the many magazines available from the store's newsstand. Others may indulge in the fading art of conversation while enjoying their smoke. The tobacconists are willing to chat with their patrons and offer advice on products. The owners are proud of this historic location, the building was built in 1913, and cite some of the more famous customers of their establishment over the years, such as William Faulkner and Vernon Presley, Elvis' dad.
One of the few boutique type shops in the downtown area, Carabella's seems determined to fill the gap by offering all sorts of charming merchandise. Souvenir items such as the "grow-your-own" Cotton Plantation sit side by side with garden fountains, birthday cards and cigar humidors. Buy anything and the staff will find a way to package it for you, cheerfully and efficiently. This store demonstrates what "Southern hospitality" is all about and its location on Second makes it a great place to stop on your way to or from Beale Street.
Find a gift for yourself, your favorite chef or learn how to make new and exciting dishes. Viking Culinary Arts Center offers cooking demonstrations and classes for everyone. Sign up for a class in which you can participate or watch professional chefs demonstrate different techniques and products. Guest chefs come in from all over to demonstrate different styles of cooking from various regions. The store also sells a variety of professional products for any kitchen, from pots and pans to special spices and sauces.
A visit to Perez Cigar and Coffee Co is a must for any discerning cigar aficionado. Owner Otman Perez sells all major brands, along with his own brand (not available for purchase anywhere else) and the "Elvis" cigar, officially sanctioned by Graceland. Additionally, Perez brings in an authentic Cuban cigar roller with which you can make "legal" Cubans. Humidors, lighters and cigar cutters are also for sale. For the coffee lover, Perez sells his own brand as well as Arturo Fuente coffee. On Friday and Saturday nights, a band plays on the sidewalk, weather permitting!
This funky shop on Beale Street has all the CDs and cassettes by the great blues and jazz artists who made the Memphis music scene great, such as B.B King and Rufus Thomas. Memphis Music is also a good place to buy blues-related souvenirs, posters, T-shirts and more. Be sure to go all the way to the back of the store, where some great, unusual items can be found.
Catering to folks on their way to and from the nightclubs on Beale Street, the crowded, eclectic little shop, Strange Cargo, carries gifts and souvenirs with an adult slant. This is a good place to buy humorous cards to send to friends at home. You can also find gag gift items here, as well as T-shirts with messages that might make some people blush. If you bring the kids, you might have some explaining to do.
Remaining much the same as it was when it opened in 1876, A. Schwab's is the kind of store where farmers would have gone every six months to stock up on supplies. The sacks of flour and seed have been replaced with Elvis souvenirs and voodoo accessories, but the wooden floors still squeak under your feet, while the dusty tables hold overalls and an eclectic assortment of merchandise. Not always open in the evening when Beale Street is crowded, this store alone is worth a daytime visit.
Located in a the historic Pinch District of downtown Memphis, this mall is the most convenient antique shop for visitors staying downtown, situated just north of the Convention Center and directly opposite The Pyramid. It can be reached by taking the trolley to the Convention Center.Pinch Antique Mall consists of booths run by individual owners, so there is a wide variety of true antiques, secondhand furniture items and collectibles. Combine a trip to the mall with a visit to one of the restaurants or bars in the neighborhood.
The South Main Historic District, surrounding the recently renovated Central Station, is gradually becoming a haven for shops like Rainbow Works. Most of the wares here are made of glass, but all types, shapes, sizes and colors of glass. You will find antique stained glass from Europe, glass vases of unusual colors and shapes, glass lamp bases and forms of glass you may never have seen before. This is a must-see for those who appreciate the beauty of glass.
The Trolley Stop Market strives to keep the practice of selling locally made, fresh produce and goods alive. This farmers' market is managed by farmers, and supports local farmers and artisans who can find a welcoming reception of their products here, amid the chaos of mass produced goods that are abundant in supermarkets and malls today. A great place to bring the kids on a weekend, the Trolley Stop Market also sells homemade pizzas, which have become quite popular in the city. The market also hosts live musical performances from time to time, and ensures that the shows are family friendly. See the website or call to know more.
Shop for cool t-shirts, hoodies, and accessories at Sachë. The specialty here is their series of Memphis-themed shirts, featuring the city's skyline. They have shirts for men and women, and even unique onesies for babies. They have a design team and equipment onsite to custom create t-shirts for any occasion. Whether you're looking for gifts or souvenirs, Sachë has some great options.