By Emma Kent
An influx of retail and restaurants has brought new life to Broad Avenue in Memphis, a once quiet strip of commercial real estate in the city’s Binghampton community. Broad Avenue is now home to 70 unique local businesses. Surrounded by colorful murals, the Broad Avenue Arts District is the perfect place to spend a day browsing shops for Memphis-made treasures, sipping a local beer and enjoying a meal (or two!). We’ve mapped out some of our favorite spots.
If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind clothing, FOUND Memphis should be on your must-visit list. The store features racks of curated vintage clothing, including an impressive selection of vintage T-shirts, as well as art, vintage home items and accessories. Many of the items are locally sourced, and vintage Memphis sports apparel is abundant.
Paper & Clay
Stop by Paper & Clay to browse Brit McDaniel’s modern handmade ceramics. McDaniel’s pieces won one of Garden & Gun magazine’s “Best of The South” awards in 2014. The space houses a small retail area as well as McDaniel’s studio and the studio space of jewelry maker Lauren Carlson of Question the Answer. During the week, the two artists work alongside one another. They open to the public on Saturdays.
Falling into Place
This store is adorable, as are all of the home goods, trinkets and jewelry it sells. They also sell hand-poured soy candles, beauty and skincare products and locally made Memphis art, mugs, shirts and more. Check the shop’s calendar for upcoming candle-making workshops as well.
Bounty on Broad
For an upscale meal, try Bounty on Broad butcher and restaurant. The restaurant serves Southern-style brunch with a twist on Saturdays and Sundays and has a dinner menu made up of small plates and main courses. Dinner dishes range from crispy sweetbread tacos to pan-roasted half chicken.
The Liquor Store
Not an actual liquor store, although if you’re looking for a drink you can find one here. The Liquor Store used to be just that but is now a cozy restaurant and bar with modern, tropical vibes serving all-day breakfast and signature cocktails. You’ll feel more like you’re in Miami than Memphis, but no worries — the Southern hospitality is still plentiful.
City & State
City & State is part coffeehouse and part retail space with plenty of coffee and non-coffee drink options. The retail part houses hip goods from stationary to glassware to clothing, while the coffeehouse part houses ample indoor and outdoor space to enjoy one of their specialty drinks and a homemade snack.
Wiseacre Brewing Co.
Craft beer fans will definitely want to visit Wiseacre’s brewery and taproom on Broad Avenue. The taproom features all of the Memphis brewery’s beers, both new brews and standbys, and an outdoor space that often hosts events and food trucks. Brewery tours take place on Saturdays at noon.
Memphis Rec Room
Memphis Rec Room features old-school video games and a healthy dose of nostalgia. Hang out and order a drink from the Rec Room’s full bar and play arcade games, table games, console video games, board games and pinball. The Rec Room is kid-friendly but has a 21-and-up policy after 6 p.m. on weekends and an 18-and-up policy after 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.
Other places to check out:
Lucky Cat Ramen
Vice & Virtue Coffee Roastery
Five in One Social Club