Bingham & Broad is a lighthearted, out-of-the ordinary marketplace that opened in the Broad Avenue Arts District last spring. Owners Rick Britton, Sharon Ray and Tricee Fuson have combined their shared joy for creativity and community, and they describe their roles at Bingham & Broad as the work of “modern-day retail archeologists.”
Sharon says that having a shop in the Broad Avenue Arts District is a perfect match for them. As neighbors to T Clifton Art, Bounty on Broad, 20twelve, Wiseacre Brewing and more, she says, “We feel like we have been asked to sit with the cool kids at the middle school lunch table.”
Sourced from Memphis and beyond, Bingham & Broad has an eclectic assortment of fine and folk art, sculpture, pottery, painting and handmade jewelry, garden décor, rugs, lamps, tables, antiques and artifacts. They are experts in curating an eclectic, wonderful mix of old and new.
The shop is original, and the owners are delightful, so we want you to see all sides of this multifaceted Memphis business. Here are 10 fun facts about Bingham & Broad that will broaden your shopping experience the next time you visit:
1. They have more than 40 consigned artists as part of their shop family. In fact, Sharon says, “One of our favorite aspects to the shop is developing relationships with such talented people.”
2. The shop was conceived and opened in less than two months. “I guess you could say we are not extensive planners,” Sharon adds.
3. They offer complementary design consultations with purchases.
4. Their in-house professor of paint makes custom mineral chalk paint in any color you desire. He has been mixing and painting with mineral chalk paint since studying at the American Academy in Rome, Italy, in the ’70s. Sharon adds, “We can get you started on your DIY painting projects or magically transform Aunt Betty’s hand-me-downs for you.”
5. Bingham & Broad is a visual carnival—so much to look at, and it is ever-changing. Many of their items are one of a kind, so once that find is gone you may not see it again.
6. The back patio features garden décor and architectural finds. Sharon says they think of themselves as “modern day retail archeologists.”
7. They host after-hours special events in the shop. At this point, they have the Westminster Academy Senior Art Show, a shopping girls’ night out, a mother-daughter happy hour and a senior citizen bridge club on the books.
8. The three owners bring varied backgrounds to the shop: a massage therapist, a cemetery landscaper, a CPA, a “Doodles” the chicken mascot, an airline reservation agent and a theme park photographer. Sharon wants us to guess who held what job, so stop in to meet the three of them and see if you can figure it out! But what she will reveal is that they feel these experiences have uniquely prepared them for the eclectic experience of a shop as original as Bingham & Broad.
9. Their furniture and décor are carefully selected from a vast array of nontraditional sources to bring Memphis the most unique finds. A few of their favorites are “antique festivals and auctions, miles of yard sales, fair-trade vendors far and wide, several states’ worth of flea markets and many dark and dusty honey holes.”
10. Bingham & Broad is located at 2563 Broad Ave., and they recently changed their hours. They are now open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.