Chickasaw Oaks Village is one of those Memphis landmarks that flies a little under the radar. Those who know this unique shopping venue, with its interior designed to resemble a charming village Main Street, frequent it for the locally owned boutiques and gift stores. Those who have passed it on Poplar driving from East Memphis to Midtown might think it’s a quiet, small strip of stores, and keep right on driving. But to quote Bruno Mars: Stop, wait a minute!
With a few of its signature stores swapping spaces last month, plus the addition of a new specialty retailer, it’s time to visit Chickasaw Oaks—whether for the first time or to return. Opened in 1970, Chickasaw Oaks currently features a mix of specialty shops, hair, nail and esthetic salons, two restaurants and an art gallery. It is also home to a large medical practice and a Pier 1 Imports, both of which face Walnut Grove Road and have separate entrances.
Lisa Mallory Interiors has moved to a prime spot on the Poplar side of Chickasaw Oaks Village, filling a light and airy space (formerly occupied by Ella) with her array of furniture and home décor items, fine linens and interior design studio.
More Therapy moved its boutique into the space previously occupied by Lisa Mallory’s interior design shop, and this upbeat boutique continues to offer reasonably priced, on-trend clothing, shoes and accessories in its new space.
Finally, Gloria’s Mother of the Bride—a store that’s a must-browse for not only mothers of the bride, but for anyone who needs a formal gown—moved from the Laurelwood area into Chickasaw Oaks. Gloria’s is up and running in the former location of Lisa Mallory Linens. And news flash: Gloria’s will open a bridal shop in fall 2015 in the space where More Therapy was, a lovely spot next door to Kittie Kyle’s collection of specialty jewelry and haute couture.
Whew! Confused yet? It will all make sense when you visit. Expect exciting changes as you navigate the musical chairs recently played by the shops of Chickasaw Oaks Village!
Fortunately, there are two great restaurants to sustain you while you’re perusing the shops. La Baguette, the French bakery and pastry shop, offers breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, and is also a great place to pick up some sweets to take home. Just for Lunch is open Monday through Saturday for lunch, and even though the name says “Just for Lunch,” this lovely restaurant also stays open for dinner on Thursday evenings to complement the surrounding shops which offer extended hours.
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