The Most Unique Shops in Memphis

Here's where to shop local in Memphis

Street scene with trolley in Memphis, Tennessee
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Though there are many malls, department stores, and discount shops to choose from in the Memphis area, there are times when you just want to find something different. Maybe you're looking for a pick-me-up for yourself or that perfect gift for a friend. Whatever it is, if you are looking for something unique, check out this list of some of the most unique shops in the Memphis area.

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A. Schwab's

Interior of A. Schwab's in Memphis
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163 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3713, USA
Phone +1 901-523-9782

A. Schwab's is a dry goods store that was established in 1876. Creaking hardwood floors and nickel candy are just part of its charm. An eclectic variety of goods such as voodoo accouterments, underwear, walking sticks, and souvenirs plus a museum upstairs, make A. Schwab's perhaps the most unique shop in Memphis. You could spend the entire day wondering around, looking at the oddities. It's also an excellent place to pick up a Memphis souvenir.

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Wags and Whiskers

Happy female dog owner plays with dog in the park
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5101 Sanderlin Ave #104a, Memphis, TN 38117, USA
Phone +1 731-446-6209

Wags and Whiskers is a fun shop for any pet lover! For dogs and cats, the store carries supplies such as treats, bowls, and collars. For pet lovers, Wags and Whiskers offers jewelry, apparel, art, and other gift items to please any pet parent. The store also specializes in self-play toys, so your pet can entertain him or herself for hours while you are away.

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Inz and Outz

Gay pride parade flag
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1632 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
Phone +1 901-728-6535

Inz and Outz is a one of a kind shop in midtown Memphis, offering the area's largest collection of gay and lesbian apparel, stationery, posters, and pride items. It also sells party supplies and cards for your loved one. If you want to show your pride or are looking for a special GLBT gift, Inz and Outz is the place to go.

Inz and Outz
553 South Cooper
Memphis, TN 38104

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Maggie's Pharm

Overflowing Spoonful of Dried Herbs
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13 Florence St, Memphis, TN 38104-4123, USA
Phone +1 901-722-8898

Maggie's Pharm is a funky little store in midtown Memphis, offering essential oils, medicinal herbs, candles, incense, teas, coffees, and more. It is a fun store in which to browse and the clerks are both friendly and helpful. Open up to them about what is ailing you; you might walk away with the perfect cure.

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Burke's Book Store

Women's Studies shelves at Burke's Book Store in Memphis, Tennessee
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936 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104-5605, USA
Phone +1 901-278-7484

Burke's Book Store is more than just another bookseller. This Memphis institution offers a nice selection of both new and used books, as well as many by local authors. It opened in 1875 and has famously lived through two World Wars. What makes Burke's really unique, however, is that they will help you search for a first edition or out of print title for your collection or for a gift. Stepping into Burke's is like entering another era when books reigned.

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The Peanut Shoppe

The exterior of The Peanut Shoppe in Memphis, Tennessee
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24 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
Phone +1 901-525-1115

The Peanut Shoppe is a fun little store located in downtown Memphis. They offer a huge selection of nuts, seeds, candies, and dried fruits. If you are looking for a gift for the "nuts" in your life, check out The Peanut Shoppe's mixes packaged in attractive tins. They also have samples, so arrive hungry.

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Memphis Music Records Tapes and Souvenirs

Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee lit up by neon signs at night
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149 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103-3713, USA
Phone +1 901-526-5047

Though located on Beale Street, Memphis Music Records Tapes and Souvenirs is more than just another souvenir shop. Their collection of vintage recordings of Memphis music sets them apart from other stores. In addition, they also carry a nice selection of books, T-shirts, and other music related merchandise.

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The Lucky Duck

The historic Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis is known for the ducks that live on its roof. Twice a day they are marched down a red carpet and into the fountain in the lobby. The hotel has a store inside named the Lucky Duck that celebrates this tradition. You can find everything duck-related from stuffed animals to clothes to children and adult books. You'll be leaving saying Quack.

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