Cooper Street Revival!

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



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Kathy Katz, owner of a little grab-and-go spot called Cooper Street 20/20, offers a disclaimer with her famously good spanakopita. Once you try it, she says, “You are mine for life.” 800 S. Cooper

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The personal training counterpart to their 24-hour gym location in Harbor Town, Inbalance lets Midtowners get their fitness on under the watchful eye of a certified personal trainer to make sure your butt is sufficiently kicked after every session. 794 S. Cooper

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The New Ballet Ensemble is both a school and company devoted to classical dance with a twist. Ballet, Flamenco, and urban dance styles mix and mingle freely. 2157 York

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Making custom T-shirts and apparel for the likes of sports teams, businesses, schools, and church groups has put Bluff City Sports on the map. Services like an online design studio have kept them there in a competitive market. 769 S. Cooper

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A burned-out concrete foundation of a building — we can’t even remember what used to be there — isn’t the most scenic site on Cooper, but in 2011 artists Siphne Sylve and Brandon Marshall dressed it up with a can’t-miss-it “I Love Memphis” mural. Cooper, south of Central

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Railroad trestles cross lots of streets in this city, but few of them have a miniature village atop them. The cool thing about this one is each of the structures is copied from a real building somewhere in the neighborhood. So study it awhile, and then go find the real thing. Cooper, south of Central

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Occupying the same spot on Central since 1964, Albert Cook Plumbing has been the “King of the Kitchen and the Prince of the Bath.” The company’s elegant signage and great customer service never go out of style. 2101 Central

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For garden lovers, Midtown Nursery, nestled under a train overpass, means fewer drives to East Memphis for all things green. 2120 Central

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This architecture, planning, and design firm has left its mark on Memphis. Some of Haizlip Studio’s striking work includes Gibson Guitar, the Rock ’N’ Soul Museum, the Children’s Museum of Memphis, the U of M University Center, and My Big Back Yard at Memphis Botanic Garden. 2125 Central

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Look closely among the pine chests and painted European pieces at Toad Hall and you’ll spy an actual toad or two. One, when dissolved in water, turns into a prince. 2129 Central at Cooper

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This Mapco is the hub of the C-Y neighborhood, where everybody from all levels of the socioeconomic scale comes for gas, ice, cigs, hot-dogs, donuts, lottery tickets, and beer. And all leave hearing the friendly clerk say, “Have a blessed day.” 2142 Central

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If you’re searching for exclusive clothing brands to spice up your wardrobe, or unique rugs, wall art, and tapestries for your apartment, Urban Outfitters is the place for you. You can even buy a set of turntables to play records, or a cocktail shaker to whip up that mixed drink you’ve been desiring. 2151 Central

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Gary’s Antiques rewards the inquisitive, indefatigable, discerning buyer of old stuff who relishes the hunt as much as the quarry. What can you find on any given day at Gary’s? A shorter answer might be what you can’t find. 2158 Central

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Just off our Magic Mile lies Palladio Antiques and Art, which houses 75 designer vignettes with fine European and American antiques along with original art primarily from local artists, all under one expansive roof. Spend a rainy afternoon wandering its maze-like corridors, and remember: one man’s junk is always another’s treasure! 2169 Central

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In a short amount of time, Sew Memphis has, yes, woven itself into the Cooper-Young fabric. Celebrate the textile arts by buying cloth and patterns, taking sewing and quilting classes, or hosting parties. 688 S. Cox (off Central)

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They clean, repair, appraise, and store ‘em. And with 120 years of history and four generations running the biz, it’s a pretty good guess Fred Remmer’s knows rugs. 2186 Central

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A full-service veterinary clinic, Central Animal Hospital is also one of the few places in town that offers acupuncture for your pet, among other treatments for our four-legged friends. 2192 Central

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Xanadu has a huge and eclectic selection of used books, from coffee table tomes to great literature to pulp fiction. And it’s a music store that features amps, guitars, and owner John Lowe’s hand-crafted “Lowe Bowes,” which have to be seen to be believed. 2200 Central

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A perennial favorite with our readers, whether they’re fans of ribs or shoulder, the original location of Central BBQ also offers up one of the best barbecued-bologna sandwiches on the planet, and even a portobella salad for vegetarians. Nice cakes and cookies, too! 2249 Central

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With a heat-busting splash area and a toddler-friendly playground complete with swing set and tunnel slide, Peabody Park is the escape you remember from your own childhood strolls. Kids’ laughter makes a nice soundtrack. S. Cooper at Higbee

 

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