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A Beginner’s Guide to Crosstown Concourse

Crosstown Concourse, formerly a Sears distribution and retail center, is now a place with countless purposes and plenty of opportunities for discovery within its 1.5 million square feet. 

The ten-story building, divided into three atriums, is home to a wide variety of inhabitants –food vendors, local retail, medical & business offices, local nonprofits, a radio station, a YMCA, and even a charter high school. You name it, Crosstown’s (probably) got it. If you’re unsure of how to spend a day at Crosstown Concourse, let us be your guide. 

By day, it’s bustling with the regulars of the many Crosstown office spaces. Crosstown fosters productivity; every floor is filled with different spaces designed for independent or group work open to all, and of course, free wifi. 

A group of people sitting at tables in an office building.

Food & Drinks

Grab a coffee and snack from French Truck, a New Orleans based cafe located on the first floor.  French Truck offers a variety of coffee drinks and pastries, and you’ll also find a menu of breakfast sandwiches, salads, waffles, and more!

Speaking of food, there are plenty of options for lunch around the building such as Farm BurgerGlobal Cafe, and Abners. There’s also Curb Market which has a hot bar stocked with fresh meats and veggies, a salad bar, and a grab-and-go cooler in addition to a small selection of groceries. The front patio of the building offers lots of covered seating. 

If you need a snack or pick-me-up to get through that lull between lunch and dinner, you can grab a treat from Lucy J’s Bakery or Pop-A-Roos Gourmet Popcorn stand.

Though Wolf River Brisket and Global Café are also open for lunch, they make great Happy Hour destinations, too. Global Cafe has a fantastic Taco Tuesday deal you won’t want to miss out on.  Stop by Mempops or Sweet Magnolia Gelato for some dessert. Find out more about all of the food options here.  

Sights & Sounds

There’s a lot to see around the building. Hang around on the first floor of the Ease Atrium, and you’re likely to see a radio host or DJ doing their thing in the WYXR studio.

Throughout the Concourse, walls are filled with local photography and murals of all sizes. Cruse around to the second floor and check out Crosstown Arts Gallery—they have rotating displays of contemporary art available to view for free. Stop in at the Music Listening Lab  to listen to a curated collection of music in a pretty cool space.

Crosstown Concourse also has a little bit of retail and some helpful services in its West Atrium. Madison Pharmacy, one of the few independently-owned pharmacies in the MidSouth, offers convenience to visitors and residents in the building.  Feel free to let your hair down at Hero and Sage- a full service hair salon.

Then continue on and make an appointment or walk-in for a mani or pedi at Gloss Nail Bar. And if you need to snag a gift for someone special on your way out, build your own fresh flower bouquet from the stem bar at Mili’s Flowers and Gifts!

Crosstown doesn’t quiet down at night. Live music can often be found at The Green Room at Crosstown Arts. Right next to the Green Room is Art Bar, specializing in craft cocktails. You can grab a drink before you head into a show at the Green Room, or simply post up at the bar and strike up a conversation with artsy types, or settle into one of the cozy nooks of mid-century sofas and armchairs with your friends.

 For a completely different vibe, there’s Crosstown Brewing Company‘s taproom. Check out their events calendar for comedy nights and other local entertainment. Live music events are also hosted at the new Crosstown Theater, located behind the main building.

A PLACE TO CALL HOME

You may know already know that people live at Crosstown Concourse—if you’re interested in becoming part of the ‘Better Together’ community, reach out to Parcels at Concourse to see if there are any open apartments! 

More than anything, Crosstown Concourse is a place to hang out, no plans necessary. The urban village’s atmosphere makes you feel like you’re in a totally different city. And did we mention it’s dog-friendly? You don’t need an excuse to visit but you can find a long list of them at crosstownconcourse.com.  

A group of people on stage with pink and purple lights.
Citizen Cope concert at Crosstown Theater

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