MemShop ‘Til You Drop in Overton Square
Some of the vacant storefronts in Overton Square are full, if only temporarily. MemShop, a giant holiday pop-up market, has taken over the Palm Court and two storefronts with locally-sourced goods, foods and community activities.
MemShop, which is a product of Mayor Wharton's Innovation Delivery Team, is based on the thought that if you build it – even for a short period of time – the people (and economic impact) will come. It worked on Broad Ave. during the New Face for an Old Broad event in November, 2011, and Crosstown was packed during November's MemFix. Now the team has turned its attention to the empty storefronts in Overton Square in the hopes that once people (and businesses and entrepreneurs) see something occupying the spaces, they'll be more likely to want to fill them permanently.
All of the big civic reasons aside, MemShop is pretty cool. There are three parts: Cosmic Coconut has a big space that's part juice bar / part yoga and dance studio; downtown clothing boutique Sache has a pop-up shop full of locally made clothing and art; and the Indie Style Market, which is a group of Memphis Etsy sellers, has made a giant handmade boutique in the old Palm Court.
If you haven't finished (or started) holiday shopping yet, MemShop is a great way to do it and know that the money that you're spending is going to hardworking locals. The IndieStyle Market has a little bit of everything – jewelry, art, clothing, handmade bow ties, unicorn horns, soaps, ornaments and more.
MemShop isn't only about shopping, though. Throughout the three weeks that the shop will be open, there are a variety of classes, community gatherings and special events that anyone can participate in. Check out the list of events and classes being offered before you go.
MemShop opened yesterday (Dec. 6) and will be open through Dec. 23. The hours are Thursdays (4 p.m. – 8 p.m.), Fridays and Saturdays (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.) and Sundays (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.).
Dec. 6 – Dec. 23
Overton Square (Palm Court / storefonts on Madsion)