42 S. Camilla Street
Memphis, TN 38104
Phone: (901) 526-1050
Fax: (901) 525-3219
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.
Plan to spend several hours browsing through the stalls and aisles of this permanent "flea market." There is no telling what you'll find in the trays of old jewellery, the stacks of bright crockery and the collections of old cameras, watches and kitchen implements. Treasures lurk in, on and under the shelves, tables, and stands full of all kinds of items salvaged from someone's attic or garage. Whatever you collect, you're likely to find one here, whether it is figures from Japan, trading cards from your youth or the perfect picture for that difficult spot on the staircase wall. Open weekends only.
Professionals and students can shop here from a wide-ranging inventory of 25,000 items, including sketchbooks, easels, acrylics and kits for kids. The knowledgeable staff members, many of whom are artists and art students, can help customers find the right tools for the job. The center also has a large variety of materials suitable for business presentations. Additionally, there is a full-service custom frame shop that handles oversize dry mounting and shadow boxes.
Drop in for cut flowers for your date at the nearby Circuit Playhouse on Poplar Avenue and you might find yourself buying a cast iron pig figurine or a framed butterfly from Papua, New Guinea while you are there. Check out the wind-up tin toys, just like the ones you had when you were a kid - or before. A variety of items are on offer, such as candles shaped like pearls, natural dried lavender and desktop waterfalls, which are designed to bring serenity to your office.
While keeping up with the latest trends is a fair enough fashion choice, it is simply an undeniable fact that vintage clothing and accessories never go out of style. Spread across the two levels of an old house, Garbo's Resale offers an eclectic and often eccentric collection of vintage clothing and accessories, alongside newer resale items. While it may take some scouring to find one of the many rare treasures hidden here, you are sure to run across some fun and interesting pieces along the way. Here you can find anything from prom dress from the 1980s and vintage wedding gowns, to used Ferragamo shoes and Prada bags. While the prices may seem a bit steep for a resale store, the rates are definitely steals for the quality of items on offer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.