Memphis is known for its innumerable hideaways and hot spots, neighborhoods where “the locals go” that stand alone in character but collectively define our big city’s small-town charm. I was reminded of this when walking down Broad Avenue last week. Following an opening day visit to the newest business on Broad, the 20twelve lifestyle boutique, I strolled a bit further and made some distinctively Memphis discoveries.

There has been a steady community effort since 2010 to reinvent the Binghampton neighborhood, and activities on Broad Avenue have been pivotal to this development. Known as the “New Face for an Old Broad” project, the Broad Avenue Arts District now boasts well-traveled bike lanes, a community performance venue, upscale and specialty shops as well as numerous artisan studios, restaurants and more.

Broad Avenue Water Tower Pavilion

Photo via Broad Ave. Arts District on Facebook

The Water Tower Pavilion

Located in what was a 1945 warehouse loading dock, The Water Tower Pavilion on Broad has been creatively adapted into a venue for community events, performances, urban art installations and vibrant art festivals. Coming up soon, there will be performances ranging from a Memphis Electronic Music and Arts Festival to  a 30 Days of Opera Kick-Off event to shows presented by Hattiloo Theatre.

Broad Avenue Water Tower Pavilion

Water Tower Pavilion on Broad; Photo via Broad Ave. Arts District on Facebook.


20twelve, brought to us by Chantal Johnson (a former StyleBlueprint FACE of Memphis!) is a lifestyle, destination shopping experience with 5,800 square feet of furniture, clothing, accessories and jewelry—a superb shopping experience!

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A peek in the window at 20twelve on Broad.

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20twelve is a lifestyle, destination shopping experience.

Broad Avenue Memphis

20twelve has one-of-a-kind accessories for your wardrobe and your home!

T Clifton Gallery

Original art with an extensive collection of art glass at the T Clifton Gallery. They also offer artistic, custom framing and more than 2000 mouldings to choose from—a colorful, beautiful gallery.

Broad Avenue Memphis

Broad Avenue Memphis

Spotted these “Wobbles,” blown glass vases in several colors, $48 each. What a wonderful gift idea, pretty with or without flowers! Available at the T Clifton Gallery.

Five in One Social Club

An art studio for artists and beginners to collaborate, work and learn together with a “Made in Memphis” retail store, which offers exclusive, artist made goods. The Five in One Social Club is “Kindergarten for Grown Folks”!

Check out their calendar, and you will surely find one that sparks your creative spirit! For example, coming up on August 25 they will be molding beeswax candles, and on September 1, they offer a workshop creating wire word necklaces.

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From the Five in One Social Club retail store.

Broad Avenue Memphis

Handmade journals at the Five in One Social Club.

Victory Bicycle Studio

Bicycles and bike accessories, full-service bike repairs, professional bike fitting, scientific-based fitness analysis, and more at the Victory Bike Shop and Fitness Center.

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Broad Strokes

From basic lessons to studio space to painting parties, Broad Strokes is the place to learn how to bring your old furniture to life. American Paint Company paint, glazes, and waxes are featured, and they have a full schedule of painting classes and events.

Broad Avenue Memphis

Broad Avenue Memphis

A quick look inside the Broad Strokes studio. (BTW, those lamps in the front window are just $125 each.)


Dan Spector, a sculptor trained at the Rhode Island School of Design, has been sculpting, moldmaking and casting since 1984. Some of the fragments you will find in his Archicast studio on Broad are from past projects. These fragments, all with a story, are popular for purchase as decorative items.

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Some of the fragments from past projects at Archicast are popular for purchase as decorative items. The capital pictured above is from a project completed for The Firm, a popular movie that was based on John Grisham’s book and filmed in Memphis.

Found Studio

It was fun to find lots of Memphis-themed objects, vintage novelties, memorabilia and clever accessories at this Broad Avenue shop, appropriately named! You will enjoy exploring in the Found Studio!

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Earrings at Found

Broad Avenue Memphis

They even have a good selection of Mo’s Bows bowties available at Found!

Modern Handmade

This is a retail venue where the public can experience handmade and local goods from independent designers and makers. Modern Handmade has an extensive selection of handcrafted soaps, candles and luxury spa products.

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Modern Handmade

Broad Avenue Memphis

Products by My Heavenly Creations at Modern Handmade.

Wiseacre Brewery

The Wiseacre Brewing Company opened to the public on Labor Day weekend one year ago. Visit their tap room to sample one of Memphis’ favorite craft beer venues. This is not a typical bar. Instead, it is a tasting room, a place where people can go to learn about beer and the brewery. Think “Napa Valley, Memphis style!”

Wiseacre Brewery Memphis Broad Avenue

Wiseacre Brewery Memphis Broad Avenue

Take home a souvenir T-shirt from the Wiseacre Brewery!

Wiseacre Memphis Broad Avenue

Broadway Pizza House

Hot from the oven at the legendary Broadway Pizza House. Family owned and operated since 1977. (Known as one of Elvis’ favorite restaurants!)

Broadway Pizza Memphis Broad Avenue

Hot from the oven at Broadway Pizza.

Broadway Pizza Memphis Broad Avenue

Broadway Pizza’s is also known for generous portions of traditional Southern fare. Photo via Broadway Pizza on Facebook.

The Cove

The Cove is a retro, nautical-themed bar and restaurant, much like the dimly lit restaurants you see throughout New Orleans. They specialize in fresh oysters, classically prepared cocktails and good times!

The Cove on Broad Broad Avenue

The Cove on Broad Avenue

Photo via The Cove on Facebook

The Cove on Broad Avenue

Photo via The Cove on Facebook

Muddy’s Kitchen

Did you know that in addition to their Sanderlin location, you can also purchase Muddy’s magical cupcakes at 2497 Broad—Muddy’s Kitchen on Broad is open to customers for pre-ordered pick-ups only.

Muddy's Memphis Broad Avenue

Photo via Muddy’s on Facebook

3 Angels Diner

This is the second restaurant of Jason and Rebecca Severs, after owning and operating Bari Ristorante for almost ten years, they wanted a place that was more casual, kid friendly and fun that serves food with no boundaries. The 3 Angels Diner specializes in fried chicken, burgers, sandwiches, fresh veggies and several vegan and vegetarian options!

3 Angels Diner Broad Avenue

Photo via Angels Diner

3 Angels Diner on Broad Avenue

Photo via 3 Angels Diner

Bounty on Broad

Chef Jackson Kramer is opening Broad Avenue’s first farm-to-table restaurant, Bounty on Broad, featuring a market and butcher shop … coming soon!

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Jill Forrester of Whitton Farms with Chef Jackson Kramer at the Memphis Farmers Market. 

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The site of Chef Jackson Kramer’s new restaurant, Bounty on Broad … coming soon!

I browsed as many shops and restaurants as possible on a mid-day, summer afternoon, but there are still more to see! Next time I am walking down Broad, I will be sure to catch Bead Couture, the MetalWorks studio of metalsmith Jerry Couillard, Nabers Interiors design studio and retail store and, of course, stop into the original Hollywood Feed for my four-legged friends at home!

Less than 5 minutes from the intersection of Highland and Sam Cooper, check out Broad Avenue’s longstanding and newly acquired businesses, art studios and boutiques, as well as the consistent offering of Water Pavilion performances and festivals … a delightful, distinctive Memphis neighborhood!