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“Open on Main” Pop Up Shop Events Coming to Downtown Memphis

Photo: Amanda Hill

The Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) has announced their latest activation initiative, Open on Main, at 7 and 9 North Main beginning May 1st.

The purpose of these pop up events is to increase activity on Main Street and encourage more permanent occupation of these spaces in the Downtown core. The Open on Main initiative is a seven-month plan that will host 16 local businesses ranging from locally designed fashion and theater to a sewing school and more.

“The idea for this project was born from the success of our previous pop-up efforts at the 101, which ran in late 2016 and early 2017,” stated Brett Roler, Vice President of Planning and Development for the Downtown Memphis Commission. “The response to the 101 activation was quite strong, but we only allowed tenants to occupy the space for a few days at a time. This time we are allowing shop owners to inhabit their stores for up to a month. We think the results of these longer activation periods will be meaningful for both Downtown and the merchants.”

Photo: DMC

7 & 9 N. Main St.| Photo: DMC

More than 80 applicants submitted plans for the pop up events, and 16 primary tenants were chosen for the May through November activation period. Due to this overwhelming response, the DMC is currently looking for additional activation sites for future pop up events.

“Adding vibrancy to Main Street is an ongoing strategic goal,” stated Terence Patterson, President and CEO of Downtown Memphis Commission. “For the Open on Main initiative, we selected tenants based on ability to create diverse, active and engaging spaces.”

Open on Main Pop Up Shop events:


7 N. Main 9 N. Main
May Jupe 901 Shop
June Jupe + Somi Decor Randomly Refurbished
July Stockroom Vintage L.R. Clothier
August Style by L. Thomas Signet / Sew Much Love
September Quark Theater J.Lykey’s Boutique & M.S. Shoetique
October Tako’s Treasures Dorothy Art
November Bozwell + Lilly Phillip Ashley Chocolates


The Open on Main initiative was created in partnership with the owners of the two properties: Grossvenor Estate, LLC, and Summit Management & Hotels of Court Square.

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