Do you know Collierville? The real Collierville?
Many may think that the suburban town is only full of shopping centers and chain restaurants. But the essence of Collierville is found not off Poplar Avenue, nor at Carriage Crossing; rather, it is smack in the town’s center.
We could come up with a dozen reasons to visit Collierville, but here are our top five motivations for getting out and (re)discovering the charming town:
Like many Southern states, Tennessee has its share of darling town squares, many of which serve as the county seat, a shopping destination and a diversion from the city, all rolled into one. Collierville is not the county seat, but its historic square—complete with a pavilion for community events—is about as charming as you’ll find in West Tennessee.
Bordered by shopping and dining, the square is a natural gathering spot. You can grab a cup of locally brewed coffee at Square Beans and window shop until the stores open, or check out the historic Tennessean, the great passenger train that’s a reminder of a bygone era.
Shopping in C-ville ranges from the antiques stores and boutiques around the square to Target, but our faves are the locally owned businesses that are worth the drive from any location in Memphis. Try Dixie Pickers for all-things-preppy, Southern and sporting-related; the Hewlett-Dunn Boot Barn for a new pair of custom cowboy boots; and CJ Lilly and the Brooks Collection for home décor and gifts.
A bit further afield from the square—and in a former mega-store—is our go-to antique market in Collierville: Sheffield. There’s no better spot in Shelby County in which to lose yourself hunting down something unique for your home (whether you need it or not).
Collierville is filled with gorgeous parks, whether you’re looking for a new spot for a trail run, or simply a nice place to picnic with the kids. The town’s parks and rec department has a QR fit trail—the first in Tennessee—at H.W. Cox Jr. Park, which provides on-demand training videos to users by scanning a QR code with a smartphone. What a great way to boost your usual workout!
For a small town, Collierville is packed with locally owned restaurants. Many are on or around the square, including Square Beans and City Hall Cheesecake, two must-visits for coffee and sweets.
Café Piazza is located just off the square in a small house that provides the perfect setting for intimate meals. On weekend nights, you will definitely wait for a table, but no one ever seems to mind. Another local favorite, which was transplanted from East Memphis, is Jim’s Place Grill, whose menu is filled with traditional Greek dishes, as well as fantastic steaks and chops. And with $4.50 martinis during Tuesday happy hour, who could possibly resist?
Collierville enjoys a rich history, from being a stagecoach stop in the 1850s to the Battle of Collierville during the Civil War. The town’s history is eloquently told at the Morton Museum of History, housed in the historic White Church. Collierville’s stagecoach stop is its own little museum, right on the square, and kids find it incredibly interesting. Another must-visit mentioned previously is the Tennessean, the passenger train that is preserved in its glorious heyday and is found next to the town’s historic train depot. It’s a great spot to learn more about local history.
Make plans to get to Collierville and rediscover what makes it such a great place to spend a lazy summer day!
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