Cooper Street Revival!

101 Things to See & Do Along Midtown's "Magic Mile"



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From vegan fried shrimp to BBQ pulled “pork” to dairy-free cheesesticks, Imagine Vegan Café serves classic comfort food sans the meat, eggs, or dairy. Don’t skip dessert: If we didn’t tell you, you’d never guess the moist homemade layer cakes, flaky pies, and gooey brownies were made without milk or eggs. 2299 Young

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Just look for the curved façade — a holdover from when the trolley swung eastward here and headed to the fairgrounds — and you’ll find Ink, the new restaurant, bar, and lounge. There’s lots to enjoy here. Ever had a catfish burrito? Well, here’s the place to get one. 948 S. Cooper

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One of the first indications that Cooper-Young was coming on strong was when the boat shop and yard — yes, a boat yard — that long dominated that particular corner was replaced by a bank. The location is now a Bank of America branch location, if you’re hunting for an ATM. 945 S. Cooper

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In a cavernous space that gets rockin’ on the weekends, Alchemy marries hand-crafted cocktails with small plates to shape a metropolitan bar scene for professionals of all ages. 940 S. Cooper

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Since opening in 2010, Sweet Grass has garnered repeated accolades, and rightly so. Chef Ryan Trimm’s Carolina specialties, served in small, medium and large plates, are sassy but familiar and locally sourced. 937 S. Cooper

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For a more casual menu, head to Sweet Grass Next Door (the restaurants share a kitchen) for a Bloody Mary with pickled okra and the best fried egg, bacon, cheddar, and avocado sandwich on milk bread you will ever eat. 937 S. Cooper

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When Burke’s Book Store made its move to Cooper-Young several years ago, it was a great fit for one of the oldest independent book stores in the country. New books, second-hand books, readings by local and nationally recognized writers: Owners Corey and Cheryl Mesler are keeping it all in the neighborhood. 936 S. Cooper   

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Pet a pussycat, or better yet adopt one, at the House of Mews, Elain Harvey’s feline sanctuary and gift shop. 933 S. Cooper

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A culinary anchor of Cooper-Young for 15 years, Chef Ben Smith updates the Pacific Rim cuisine at Tsunami with fun additions like izakaya, small Japanese plates to accompany drinks. 928 S. Cooper

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Formerly Britton’s Watch Repair, Collin Britton revamped the family business for a younger generation of vintage watchmen. Memphis Mean Time boasts an extensive antique collection along with the expertise to fix just about any watch. You’ll want to make time to stop in. 917 S. Cooper

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With its homey atmosphere, welcoming service, and generous portions, Jasmine Thai and Vegetarian Restaurant is a family establishment in every sense of the word. When they say spicy they mean it. 916 S. Cooper

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Not just a head shop, Cooper-Young Glassworks & Gifts also sells unique hand-blown wine glasses, ornaments, and decorative jars. But their multi-hued smoking accessories are not to be missed. Just don’t let your budget go up in smoke. 906 S. Cooper

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Start off your Sunday morning at Celtic Crossing, Cooper-Young’s genuine Irish pub — founded in 2005 by fair-headed lads from County Mayo — with the full Irish breakfast, or if you prefer, Galway Bay mussels or Scottish eggs. And if you sleep in, don’t worry: the Crossing is open into the wee small hours every night of the week. 903 S. Cooper

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Unlike most salons today pushing expensive gels and products, Sally’s Hair Gallery has specialized in the basics — cut and style — since 1990. Sally herself even answers the phone when you call. 898 S. Cooper

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For 10 years, the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center on Cooper has been offering support services (AA meetings, youth programs, free HIV testing) and social opportunities (film festivals, art auctions, and potlucks) for the LGBT community. 892 S. Cooper

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The Memphis Drum Shop isn’t just a store where you can buy most anything that makes noise by being struck, scraped, or shaken. It’s a vital community hub for Memphis area percussionists. 878 S. Cooper

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The kitchen is tiny at Soul Fish Café, but cooks still churn out po’boys like the Memphis: a stack of smoked pork tenderloin with bacon, coleslaw, and barbecue sauce. 862 S. Cooper

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An old building doesn’t necessarily need an old (meaning: dated) interior. At GCD Interiors, Glennys Bryant and Jill Street can make your house a home. 852 S. Cooper

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Whether you’re planning a wedding reception or a corporate fund-raiser, for three decades Heartbeat Productions has been the go-to company for providing bands, singers, and just about any kind of entertainment you’d like. 832 S. Cooper

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Engage in an antiquated form of geekery by renting a cult classic film from Black Lodge Video. Take it home and pop the movie in your VCR or DVD player: no buffering! 831 S. Cooper

 

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