Cooper-Young Historic District

The Trestle Art Gateway over Cooper Street

Teresa R. Simpson

From the late 1800's to the early 1900's, the Cooper-Young District was a thriving residential neighborhood. By the 1970's, however, many of the once beautiful homes were in a dismal state of disrepair and most of the area businesses stood empty. In 1976, the Cooper-Young Community Association was formed. This group began efforts to revitalize the neighborhood by reducing crime, restoring homes, and attracting businesses. Thanks to these efforts, Cooper-Young is now a thriving community known for its historical significance and diverse culture.

North: Central Avenue
South: Southern Avenue
East: East Parkway
West: McLean Boulevard

Zip Code
Cooper-Young lies in the 38104 zip code.

The estimated number of households in Cooper-Young was 1,600 in the year 2000.

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Dining in Cooper-Young

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One of the things that sets Cooper-Young apart from other neighborhoods is its impressive array of unique restaurants. If you want a meal from O'Charley's or Burger King, you won't find it in this area. Instead, check out these ecclectic dining options.

  • The Beauty Shop -- 966 South Cooper Street
  • Buns on the Run -- 2150 Elzey Avenue
  • Cafe Ole -- 959 South Cooper Street
  • Casablanca Cafe -- 2156 Young Avenue
  • Celtic Crossing Irish Pub -- 903 South Cooper Street
  • Central BBQ -- 2249 Central Ave
  • Dish -- 948 South Cooper Street
  • Jasmine Thai & Vegetarian Restaurant -- 916 South Cooper Street
  • Java Cabana -- 2170 Young Avenue
  • Otherlands -- 641 South Cooper Street
  • Pie in the Sky -- 2149 Young Avenue
  • Soul Fish Cafe -- 862 South Cooper Street
  • Tsunami -- 928 South Cooper Street
  • Young Avenue Deli -- 2119 Young Avenue
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Shopping and Services in Cooper-Young

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Are you looking for a vintage jacket or a custom piece of art? What about a psychic reading or a pet cat? You can find all of those things and a lot more at the unique shops in Cooper-Young.

Antique Stores

Art Galleries and Studios

  • Carved Designs -- 884 South Cooper Street
  • David Mah Studio -- 888 South Cooper Street
  • Exhibit A -- 2224 Central Avenue
  • Painted Planet Artspace -- 2158 Young Avenue

Books and Music Shops

  • Burke's Book Store -- 936 South Cooper Street
  • Memphis Drum Shop -- 878 South Cooper Street
  • Xanadu Music and Books -- 2200 Central Avenue

Clothing Stores

Pets and Pet Services

Other Shops

  • Bella Notte -- 2172 Young Ave
  • The Drapery Studio -- 2231 Central Avenue
  • Fred Remmers Oriental Rugs -- 2186 Central Avenue
  • Inz & Outz -- 553 South Cooper Street
  • Mothersville -- 800 South Cooper Street
  • Party Concepts -- 2197 Central Avenue
  • Spiritual Reader and Advisor -- 889 South Cooper Street
  • The White Gardenia -- 820 South Cooper Street
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Things to Do in Cooper-Young

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If you are looking for entertainment, Cooper-Young is the place to go. From live music to art exhibits, festivals to parks, there is something for everyone.

  • Nightlife -- Many Cooper-Young restaurants, such as Celtic Crossing and Dish, double as evening nightspots offering full bars, live music, and even dancing. The neighborhood's coffee shops also offer live music on a regular basis.
  • The Cooper-Young Festival -- The Cooper-Young Festival is a day long event held annually in the fall. It features live music, arts, crafts, and other vendors.
  • Taste of Cooper-Young -- This annual progressive dinner gives guests a chance to sample food and drinks from a variety of Cooper-Young restaurants.
  • Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 892 South Cooper Street -- The center hosts numerous GLBT events and resources and is a great starting point if you want to get involved in the local GLBT community.
  • Peabody Park, 2135 Higbee Avenue -- Though technically just across the northern boundary of Cooper-Young, this is a popular destination for many of the neighborhood's residents. The park offers a walking path, playground, and community center.
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Cooper Young Schools

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There are a number of schools in the 38104 zip code. Children are assigned to a particular school based on their street address. Below are the Memphis City Schools in the area:

Private schools in the area include:

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Places of Worship in Cooper-Young

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Like Memphis as a whole, there are plenty of places to worship in Cooper-Young. These places include churches of various denominations with a wide range of worship styles.

  • Abundant Life Temple -- 1636 Lamar Avenue
  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception -- 1695 Central Avenue
  • Central Christian Church -- 531 South McLean Boulevard
  • Community Bible Church -- 650 New York Street
  • Divine Temple Church of God in Christ -- 1915 Young Avenue
  • First Congregational Church -- 1000 South Cooper Street
  • Galloway United Methodist Church -- 1015 South Cooper Street
  • Grace-St. Lukes Episcopal Church -- 1720 Peabody Avenue
  • Liberty‚Äôs Mass Baptist Church -- 1928 Southern Avenue
  • Memphis Friends Meeting (Religious Society of Friends) -- 917 South Cooper Street
  • Peabody Baptist Church -- 1754 Peabody Avenue
  • Word of Truth MB Church -- 775 Tanglewood Street
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City Services and Government in Cooper-Young

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Cooper Young is located within the Memphis city limits. It is, therefore, protected by the city's emergency services and governed by the mayor and city council of Memphis. Here are some quick government and city services facts, as they pertain to Cooper-Young.

  • Emergency Services -- Dial 911
  • Fire Station -- Cooper-Young's neighborhood fire station is number 7, located at 1017 Jefferson.
  • Police Precinct -- Cooper-Young is in the Memphis Police Department's West Precinct, located at 1925 Union Avenue.
  • City Council District -- Most of Cooper-Young is in Memphis City Council's District 4 and in Super District 8.
  • Tennessee Congressional District -- Residents of Cooper-Young live in the state's 9th Congressional district.
  • Garbage Collection -- Garbage in Cooper-Young is collected by Memphis' Solid Waste Management Department. Click here to find out your collection day.
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