The Avenue Carriage Crossing
Bill Morris Pkwy. at Houston Levee
ANCHORS: Dillard's, Macy's
Opened in October 2005 in Collierville, The Avenue Carriage Crossing is a convenient hop off Bill Morris Parkway. The open-air mall has been billed as a "lifestyle center," which means you can make a day of it strolling the pristine avenues of shops or just drive right up to stores that interest you the most without having to work your way through a crowd of shoppers. Anchored by Dillard's and Macy's, The Avenue Carriage Crossing also includes Ann Taylor, Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic, Apothetique, Linens & Things, Barnes & Noble, Eddie Bauer, Pac Sun, Select Comfort, Build-A-Bear, Shoe Depot, and many other stores. Among the restaurants at the Avenue Carriage Crossing are Bonefish Grill, Firebird's Rocky Mountain Grill, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Blue Coast Burrito, Cheeburger Cheeburger, and Crescent City.
Carrefour at Kirby Woods
Poplar at Kirby Pkwy.
ANCHORS: Borders Books, Jos. A. Bank, Romano's Macaroni Grill
At Carrefour at Kirby Woods, men have got the clothes thing covered from head to toe at Jos. A. Bank, book lovers can be occupied for hours at Borders, and gourmands will absolutely insist on stopping by the spice extravaganza, Penzey's. For soccer-crazy kids, there are jerseys and more at Soccer Stix, and for those looking for comfy seating, there's Sensational Sofas. If all this shopping has worked up an appetite, there's the crowd-pleasing Romano's Macaroni Grill and Swanky's Taco Shop, where you can build your own burrito.
Chickasaw Oaks Village
Poplar west of East High School
ANCHORS: Pier 1 Imports, Hallmark, La Baguette
Step into a Victorian village and browse the quaint storefronts when you step into the mall at Chickasaw Oaks, conveniently located on Poplar across from Chickasaw Gardens. The ever-popular La Baguette serves great lunches, pastries, and breads, and inside the mall, Elfo's serves a broad menu for both lunch and dinner. Upscale shops include Lisa Mallory for stylish home decorating and Kittie Kyle and Ella for top-notch women's clothing. Perry Nicole Fine Art is one of the city's prime galleries, and Pier 1, facing Walnut Grove Road, is, well, Pier 1 — one-stop shopping for home furnishings. And if you're looking for pottery, have it your way at Seize the Clay. Next door is Memphis' Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. Check out a book or buy a book: the library's store, located just inside the entrance, offers an ever-changing selection of titles for sale in every area of interest.
Hickory Ridge Mall
Winchester at Hickory Hill
ANCHORS: Sears, Macy's
Anchored by Sears and Macy's, Hickory Ridge Mall features more than 60 stores. Is there a special occasion looming? Take care of tux needs at After Hours Formalwear. Have a sentiment you just can't find the words for? Hallmark Gold Crown Store will have just the right card. Looking to get fit and healthy? Pick up some sneakers at Finish Line and some vitamins at GNC Live Well. The Hickory Ridge Mall has a number of clothing and jewelry stores, such as Gordon's Jewelers, Ashley Stewart, Joy Collection, and much more. The Hickory Ridge Mall is also home to a double-decker Venetian carousel, with rides costing $1.
Lakeland Factory Outlet Mall
Hwy. 64 at Canada
ANCHORS: Old Time Pottery, Bass Company Store, VF Factory Outlet
Searching for a really great lamp? Check out the outstanding selection of lamps with even better prices at Old Time Pottery. Be warned, though: You'll probably be taking home a bunch other housewares — linens, rugs, plates, etc. — you didn't even know you needed until you got there. While you're at the mall, you might as well load up on shirts, shoes, and pants at Bass Company Store, and since you've been planning to get your underwear drawer in order, that means you'll be restocking from the Hanes Outlet.
The Laurelwood Collection
ANCHORS: Chili's, Edwin Watts Golf, S&K Menswear
Located catty-corner to Laurelwood Shopping Center, the Laurelwood Collection is a grouping of distinctive shops, with the focus being fine fashion, accessories, makeup, and hair care for women: Blu Champagne, Isabella, the Pink Door, Therapy, Papagallo II, Eve, and Capelli salon. But don't forget him: There's S&K Menswear. Or the kids: There's Village Toymaker. And don't forget to bring your clubs: There's Edwin Watts Golf. The Stovall Collection offers top-of-the-line stationery. Chili's is popular any day or night (but check out happy hour). And sleep tight: The Mattress Firm guarantees it; the Futon Store makes moving from couch to bed a snap.
Laurelwood Shopping Center
Poplar at Perkins Ext.
ANCHORS: Sears, Davis-Kidd Booksellers, James Davis
Sears, Walgreens, and Talbots are the national names to look for, but Laurelwood Shopping Center, at Poplar and Perkins Extended, in the heart of East Memphis, is equally known for its upscale businesses of the home-grown variety. And what a range of businesses! Memphis' favorite when it comes to sweets, Dinstuhl's. James Davis for the best in men's clothing and Joseph for the best in women's. Zoe for cosmetics, fragrances, and gifts you won't find anywhere else in town. Legacy Linens for linens to die for. King Furs and Fine Jewelry for the finer things in life. R. Sole for trendy footwear. David Lusk is the go-to gallery in Memphis for fine art, and go to Regency Travel if you're going places. But have a bite first at the handsome Grove Grill. For browsing, check out the specialty shops — Sachi, A Little English, Le Fleur, Kirkland's House, Crocker Antiques and Garden, and Cotton Tails. And for book browsing, make it Memphis' meeting ground for readers everywhere: Davis-Kidd Booksellers!
Oak Court Mall
Poplar west of Perkins Ext.
ANCHORS: Dillard's, Macy's
This year, the Oak Court Mall took first place in the "Best Shopping Mall" category in the Flyer's Best of Memphis Readers Poll. And what's not to like? It's not too big, not too small. It's well-kept and centrally located. It's got all the mall-store staples — the Gap, Banana Republic, Brentano's, American Eagle, Brookstone, etc. — and it's got that brilliant spinning marble ball.
Peabody Place Entertainment and Retail Center
150 Peabody Place
Peabody Place at S. Third
ANCHORS: Muvico Peabody Place, Jillian's,
Stores include Victoria's Secret, the Foot Locker, and the Gap. There's also a Starbucks, gift stores, and a number of kiosks selling T-shirts, jewelry, and other items. Plus, is there another retail space in town with so much good eating? Jose Gutierrez' French/Southern restaurant, Encore, is located at Peabody Place, as is Texas De Brazil.
Poplar Plaza Shopping Center
62 S. Prescott
Prescott at Poplar
ANCHORS: Kroger, Blockbuster Video, Spin Street, Bookstar, Old Navy
The granddaddy of Memphis suburban shopping centers, Poplar Plaza has it all. Music lovers shop at Spin Street for music at the busy Poplar and Highland intersection. Book lovers shop at Bookstar for best-sellers and a cup of gourmet coffee. There's Blockbuster for videos, Buffalo Wild Wings for some good eats, and Old Navy for fashionable, affordable clothing. Party City is party central, and Petco is the place to shop for your furry or feathered loved one. (Doggies welcome!) Off Poplar, Poplar Plaza still has you covered: from Kroger to Dollar Tree to McAlister's deli to Tommy Bronson Sporting Goods to Tuesday Morning. El Porton is the destination for lovers of Mexican cooking (families welcome!), and Cici's Pizza is always buzzing. Not so busy and it's a good thing: the Shelby County Clerk's office. You can get your car tags taken care of at this location, and it won't mean (normally) a long wait.
Raleigh Springs Mall
3384 Austin Peay
ANCHORS: Sears, Raleigh Springs Mall Cinema 12
While much of Raleigh Springs Mall is unoccupied, there's still plenty of shopping. There's Sears and Champs Sports, Foot Locker, City Gear, LensCrafters, as well as T-shirt shops, wireless stores, jewelry stores, and more. Raleigh Springs Mall also has a movie theater.
Poplar at Shady Grove
ANCHORS: Oak Hall, Reverie Fine Linens and Down, A Pea in the Pod, Ruth's Chris Steak House
Upscale goods are available at the Regalia. Oak Hall carries a number of luxury labels for both men and women, Shoppe has the prettiest party dresses, and Reverie Fine Linens and Down has sheets with thread-counts that are truly dreamy. The Regalia is also home to the Fitting Place, which carries prosthetics, lingerie, and other items for women who've had mastectomies.
The Shops of Saddle Creek
Poplar at Farmington and Poplar at West
ANCHORS: Talbots, Gap, J. Crew
If you can't spend a bunch of money at the Shops of Saddle Creek, then you aren't really trying. The gleaming Apple Store contains all sorts of Apple goods and gizmos just begging to be taken home. Charlotte carries some of the coolest modern jewelry in town, and J. Jill has clothing for women who want to be stylish and comfortable at the same time. Jeans fanatics will certainly find a pair or two or three at Lucky Brand Jeans, and for those looking for the sweet-smelling things in life, there's always Crabtree & Evelyn. But wait, there's more: J. Crew, the Gap, Banana Republic, Talbots, Indigo, Coldwater Creek, the Children's Place, Sharper Image, Origins, Eddie Bauer, Coach, Soma, Williams-Sonoma, Lola, and the list goes on and on.
Southaven Towne Center
Airways and Marathon Way in
ANCHORS: Dillard's, Circuit City, JCPenney
Like the Avenue Carriage Crossing, which opened around the same time, Southaven Towne Center is an open-air mall. Its 500,000 square feet is occupied by more than 60 stores, including Aeropostale, Bath Junkie, David's Bridal, Motherhood Maternity, Pier 1, Rue 21, and more.
1215 Southland Mall
Elvis Presley Blvd. at Shelby Dr.
ANCHORS: Sears, Macy's
Southland Mall has been in operation for 40 years, and its 60 stores include Cato, Hibbitt Sports, Dress Code, Foot Locker, Gold Factory, Her/She, Delicate Treasures, and more.
2760 N. Germantown Pkwy.
You can shop for the home at Bombay Company and Pottery Barn, try out a new hairdo at Gould's or Regis, and get your eyewear in order at LensCrafters or EyeMasters. You can satisfy all fashion tastes in stores such as bebe, Guess, dELiAs, Wet Seal, Torrid, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hot Topic, Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers, and Express and find the perfect topper for the ball-cap-finicky at Lids. And once you get that ball cap, you can cap off your shopping spree with a pretzel from Auntie Anne's Pretzels and movie at the Malco theater.