A Guy’s Guide to Shopping in Memphis

Guys Guide to Shopping

A Guy's Guide to Shopping in Memphis. Photo by Andrea Zucker.

Lansky Bros: Kerry Crawford

"May we all have the style of Elvis" - Bernard Lansky

Tony Allen - Memphis Grizzlies

Tony Allen is Grit & Grind. Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images

B.B. King's Blues Club: Bob Hazlett

B.B. King's Blues Club on Beale Street. Photo by Bob Hazlett

Records at Goner: Kerry Crawford
Bass Pro Shop Rendering - Alan Barner OT Marshall Architects

Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid in Memphis opens in Fall 2013. Rendering by Alan Barner with O.T. Marshall Architects

FedExForum. Photo Credit: Marvin Garcia

FedEx Forum is home to the Memphis Grizzlies and University of Memphis Men's Basketball Team. Photo by Andrea Zucker.

Who says that ladies do all the shopping? Pfft, Memphis is packed with great places for guys to do a little retail therapy. Let us present to you a guy’s guide to shopping in Memphis.        

Grizzlies Den 
Ok, here’s the deal. When you’re in Hoop City, you’ve got to look and dress the part. Located in the Grand Lobby of FedExForum (where the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies play), the Den is stocked with blue and gold jerseys, hats, t-shirts, foam fingers and many other ruckus-making souvenirs.

The Grizzlies Den store is open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If the Grizz are hooping it up on the road, you can still access the store from the outside entrance at FedExForum. 

The Clothier to the King
Bernard and Guy Lansky started an Army surplus store on Beale Street in 1946, but soon changed their focus to offering trendy clothing to the local youth and musicians in the area. One of those youngsters just happened to be Mr. Elvis Presley. From that point on, Lansky Bros. were known as the clothier to the King. 

Today, you can still shop and feel like a rock star with the Lanksy family by visiting their clothing stores in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel. Lansky has fashion-forward men’s sportswear inspired by music of the 1950s (even blue suede shoes). Keep your eye out, you may find a famous musician roaming the store looking to catch lightning in a bottle for a second time! 

Bass Pro at the Pyramid
Toss out your tired notions of traditional big-box stores: Bass Pro Shops is an outdoor wonderland inside the city’s iconic, riverfront Pyramid (formerly a sports and events arena). Go ahead and make your shopping list – Bass Pro will have 220,000 square feet of retail bliss – but leave plenty of time for diversions.

What’s a 32-story landmark without an observation deck? Check out the world's tallest free-standing elevator leading to a 300-foot-high deck with perfect views of Downtown Memphis and the Mississippi River.  

Inside the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid you'll also find a pistol and archery range, multiple restaurants, huge acquariums and even a place to stay overnight. You've got to see it to believe it. 

The Best Record Stores in America
Rolling Stone named Shangri-La Records one of the best record stores in the USA, but the locals could have told you that. A longtime music-lovers hotspot, Shangri-La is stuffed to the rafters with vinyl, CDs and DVDs. They have all the genres you’re looking for, with an emphasis on past and present Memphis music. 

Just across town, Goner Records will give you enough of the latest tuneage that your kids might respect your choice in music again. Goner Records sells music in a variety of formats including CD, LP, 45 and 78 from their shop in the trendy Cooper Young neighborhood. 

Before you head out the door, make sure to drop a quarter into the light-up Elvis shrine and pay your respects to the King of Rock ’n’ Roll. 

Pound some steel
If you value hard work, a job well done and projects crafted by hardworking hands, you owe it to yourself to head to the Metal Museum store. 

With an ever changing inventory of unique pieces, the Metal Museum store offers one-of-a-kind works of art including jewelry, handcrafted bronze cast bells, kitchenware and tools. 

Just a heads up, the Metal Museum is closed on Mondays. 

Overton Square
Men with a smooth sense of style should hightail it on over to Overton Square. After you enjoy the great local restaurants (and local craft beer), you’ll want to peep the great deals at the Attic, a chic men’s and women’s clothing boutique specializing in quality, timeless pieces at affordable prices.

Another local favorite is Maggie’s Pharm, a unique Overton Square mainstay offering herbal teas, natural soaps and oils, imported cooking herbs and quirky gifts. If you’re into pounding the pavement, you can find everything you need for a light jog or marathon training at Breakaway Running. 

Beale Street window shopping
You can’t come to Memphis and not go to Beale Street. Beale is the street that gave B.B. King his name. Beale is the street that inspired Elvis and Steve Cropper as teens. Beale Street is the source

Beale is for music, bars and institutions like general store A. Schwab. A. Schwab is packed with cool music memorabilia, Memphis postcards and Southern knick-knacks. On the same stretch, grab a souvenir at the gift shop of B.B. King’s Blues Club or find an unusual gift for your in-laws at Tater Red’s Lucky Mojo.

Saint Blues Guitar Workshop
In the 1970s, Mike Ladd and Tom Keckler planted the St. Blues seed across the street from Elvis' Graceland when they opened a shop called Guitar City. Guys like Jimmy Page bought their road-worn guitars from Ladd and Keckler, and in 1984, Keckler teamed up with the guys from music supply shop Strings & Things. Together they designed the first St. Blues guitar, the Bluesmaster.

Today, every St. Blues guitar is designed and built right here in Memphis, with deep roots in this hallowed ground. Now located near Sun Studio, you’ll want to make it a point to visit the retail shop for all St. Blues Guitar Workshop merchandise including guitars, souvenirs, harmonicas, t-shirts and caps.