Cooper Street Revival!

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



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The oldest and largest commercial printing company in the Mid-South (it turns 150 in 2014), Toof Commercial Printing moved to Cooper in 1965. A business that has, quite literally, brought color to the neighborhood for almost 50 years. 670 S. Cooper

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Snuggle with a friend, a laptop, or a latte at Otherlands Coffee Bar, where the décor is thrift-shop chic and the beverages are hot, cold, frozen, or fresh-squeezed. 641 S. Cooper

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The creative class at Combustion sparks Cooper Street with its design and advertising work, catching fire through its clients throughout the city, including Campbell Clinic, International Paper, Graceland, Memphis College of Art, and Tsunami. 630 S. Cooper

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Evangelists for the entrepreneurial spirit, the Southern Growth Studio specializes in market growth strategy and innovation. 619 S. Cooper

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Aches and pains getting you down? Holbourn Integrated Therapy specializes in the treatment of joint pain and weakness, whether it’s caused by a tennis injury or a car wreck. 612 S. Cooper

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A longtime landmark, Easy Way’s loyal customers won’t shop elsewhere for fruits and veggies and a few “essential” grocery items — like coconut macaroons. 596 S. Cooper

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Mid-City Barber Shop is old school. Don’t expect a masseuse, wifi, or flat-screen TVs. Do expect three old guys in white coats who will give you a shave, rinse their razors in sea-foam sinks, and take a little off the top. 567 S. Cooper

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Need a card for your sister’s gay wedding? Inz and Outz, Memphis’ only LGBT pride-themed gift shop, has you covered. You’ll also find all manner of rainbow-colored everything (flags, wigs, candles, jewelry) and um, plenty of interesting adult novelties. Leather harness, anyone? 551 S. Cooper

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For more than half a century Graham’s Lighting Fixtures has been keeping the lights on for us. You’ll find both new and antique fixtures at this splendid family run-business. 550 S. Cooper

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And next door, at Graham’s Outdoor Living Center, check out the latest in deck furniture. 550 S. Cooper

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Feel like something satisfying cooked to order at 3 a.m.? Stop by Slider Inn for mix-and-match mini-burgers and a mountain of shoestring fries with bourbon mayo for dipping. 2117 Peabody at Cooper

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Find your balance at Midtown Yoga, where classes in vinyasa, yin, and hot yoga are offered alongside specialized classes for detoxing, for cancer patients, or for body alignment. Namaste. 524 S. Cooper

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Stop into Cafe 1912 and pull up a chair at the bar. Barkeeps Ryan or Denise will be happy to pour you a Belgian beer or a nice pinot and serve you the best Lyonaisse salad in town. A friendly spot to get away from it all. 243 S. Cooper

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Get framed in style by “eyewear architects” at the Eclectic Eye.  And the bright green sign with its clever logo is sure to pop your peepers. 242 S. Cooper

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Beef tips over noodles or salmon croquettes? At Bob’s Barksdale Restaurant, plate lunch specials are as hearty as the café’s signature biscuits, hot cakes, and sausage gravy. 237 S. Cooper

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Tie the knot at The Chimes with its high ceilings and feel of an old chapel and entertain the wedding party right next door at Occasions Reception Hall. No, it’s not a tiny church in a charming French village, but forget you’re on busy Cooper Street and perhaps you can pretend. 201 S. Cooper

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For many in Memphis, DeNeuville Adult Learning Center is a little peace in the heart of Midtown. The nonprofit empowers women here from all around the world, with ESL, GED, computer skills, and other education and self-worth counseling. 190 S. Cooper

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Sure, it’s now a Walgreens, sort of, but Ike’s will always be Ike’s, with its wooden floors and enormous stocks of oddball snack foods, auto supplies, pet paraphernalia, cheap gas, and a great optical center. Cooper and Union

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In 2010 Memphis’ premiere professional theater company moved into a magnificent new building inspired by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. In addition to producing a wide range of plays and musicals Playhouse on the Square has frequently partnered with other performing arts organizations, most notably Ballet Memphis, Opera Memphis, and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Cooper & Union

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Those with craft-beer aspirations can get the supplies and knowledge at the Winery & Brew Shoppe, which has been in the Overton Square area since the 1980s. 60 S. Cooper

 

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