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Intro


South Main

Historic Arts District

 

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Intro


South Main

Historic Arts District

 

 

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SOUTH MAIN IS A MOSAIC OF ORIGINALS

This one-square mile neighborhood - starting just one block south of Beale - holds some Memphis’ greatest legends, architecture, art, innovation and characters. It is full of DIY’ers and entrepreneurs, locally owned shops, chef-owned restaurants and organizations that support the arts. This was Memphis’ first suburb, first arts district, the hub of the world’s first modern grocery store, and where rock and roll was first played on the air, and today, the world comes to South Main to hear the story of the civil rights movement. Nearly $500 million in new development is under way in South Main, bringing in more residents, attractions, restaurants, shops and creative spirit.

 

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SOUTH MAIN ASSOCIATION

If you live, work, or play on South Main, you want to be a part of SMA. We promote the future of our community while remaining passionate about preserving its past.

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TROLLEY NIGHT


Trolley Night

South Main's street festival has been celebrated the last Friday of every month since for 17 years! Galleries and shops are open late, live music lines Main Street, restaurants have specials on the menu and there are always surprises. Trolley rides are free from Beale to G.E. Patterson, so get on board and join the festivities!

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TROLLEY NIGHT


Trolley Night

South Main's street festival has been celebrated the last Friday of every month since for 17 years! Galleries and shops are open late, live music lines Main Street, restaurants have specials on the menu and there are always surprises. Trolley rides are free from Beale to G.E. Patterson, so get on board and join the festivities!

Learn More

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SHOPPING


Shopping

Walk into any of South Main's locally owned shops and chances are the owner will be there to welcome you. These passionate entrepreneurs distinguish their shops with everything from high-end, name-brand designers to made-in-Memphis items just for you. 

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SHOPPING


Shopping

Walk into any of South Main's locally owned shops and chances are the owner will be there to welcome you. These passionate entrepreneurs distinguish their shops with everything from high-end, name-brand designers to made-in-Memphis items just for you. 

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FOOD


Food

You won't find any restaurant chains here. That's one of the reasons why so many South Main menu items have been featured on Food Network, including Gus's Fried Chicken, Earnestine & Hazel's Soul Burger, SOB's Brussels Sprouts & Popcorn, Rizzo's Lobster Pronto Pup, The Arcade's Sweet Potato Pancakes and Central BBQ's Ribs. You also can prepare your own dishes with fresh produce, proteins and breads from the Memphis Farmers Market, accompanied by a bottle of wine from the Corkscrew.
South Main is a delicious destination.

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FOOD


Food

You won't find any restaurant chains here. That's one of the reasons why so many South Main menu items have been featured on Food Network, including Gus's Fried Chicken, Earnestine & Hazel's Soul Burger, SOB's Brussels Sprouts & Popcorn, Rizzo's Lobster Pronto Pup, The Arcade's Sweet Potato Pancakes and Central BBQ's Ribs. You also can prepare your own dishes with fresh produce, proteins and breads from the Memphis Farmers Market, accompanied by a bottle of wine from the Corkscrew.
South Main is a delicious destination.

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ART


Art

It was in the mid-1980s that artists discovered a gold mine of vacant buildings that were architectural gems, large enough for live/work space, and very affordable. And so began the migration of artists to South Main. Today, artists, musicians, writers, designers, architects and organizations that support the arts and Memphis culture are a part our creative fabric.

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ART


Art

It was in the mid-1980s that artists discovered a gold mine of vacant buildings that were architectural gems, large enough for live/work space, and very affordable. And so began the migration of artists to South Main. Today, artists, musicians, writers, designers, architects and organizations that support the arts and Memphis culture are a part our creative fabric.

Learn More

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DISCOVER


Discover

Locally owned restaurants, galleries and shops, world-renowned attractions, stunning living spaces and community spirit all contribute to one of Memphis' most historic and fastest-growing neighborhoods. Go to the guide pages for the food, shops, arts, culture and services you'll find in the neighborhood. 

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DISCOVER


Discover

Locally owned restaurants, galleries and shops, world-renowned attractions, stunning living spaces and community spirit all contribute to one of Memphis' most historic and fastest-growing neighborhoods. Go to the guide pages for the food, shops, arts, culture and services you'll find in the neighborhood. 

Learn More