Overton Square was founded in 1969 and has been home to many Memphis landmark businesses, including Solomon Alfred’s, the Public Eye, Bombay Bicycle Club, Gonzales & Gertrude’s, the Hot Air Balloon, Lafayette’s Music Room, Godfather’s Supper Club, Yosemite Sam’s, an ice skating rink and T.G.I. Friday’s first location outside of Manhattan. Purchased by Loeb Properties in 2012, today Overton Square is now home to thriving businesses anchored by three live-performance theaters and a multi-screen movie theater. It’s a great time in Memphis history to visit The Square, and join in on this revitalization effort.
If we were to spend a day on Overton Square, here’s how we would do it:
1. Wake up with Sweet Noshings– If you want a sweet day, why not start it off with some coffee and pastries? Sweet Noshings offers things like chocolate, candy, cookies, puddings, granola and oatmeal. Other highlights include Ugly Mug coffee, gourmet popcorn and bulk bag-it-yourself candies. It’s a great way to start your day on The Square.
2. Get in the Delta Groove – The inspiration for Delta Groove Yoga arose from the hearts of yoga and healing arts professionals, Charlene Gaffney and Olivia Lomax who maintain a mission to HEAL, UPLIFT, and INSPIRE each other and the community. Yoga, massages, training, and ashi thai all come together under one roof to help you be the best you, you can be. Stop by Delta Groove while visiting the Square, and ensure your grooving the right way.
3. Breakaway for a while- Opening its 2nd location on The Square, Breakaway Running is the go-to headquarters in Memphis for all your running needs. While you’re in the area, it’s a great opportunity to stop by and check out some running swag, and get information about running groups in Memphis. They even offer running clinics.
4. Eat at Chiwawa- Opening in Spring 2013, Chiwawa has become a favorite spot for all meals. They offer an outdoor patio, large projection screen, and full bar. There’s not much Chiwawa doesn’t have that you could want. Stroll to the far west side of the Square, and score a wicked good lunch (or brunch on Sundays) with Chiwawa.
5. Stroll the Square- Upon revitalization of the area, advocates brought in several artists and sculptors to help compliment the area’s beauty. You’ll see several pieces of artwork and you’ll get the chance to walk off that lunch. You can find a few murals on the side of most restaurants, and several sculptures on sidewalks and in front of buildings. Some of our favorite pieces include the side of Bari Ristorante, The Griffin House, and in front of Bar Louie.
6. Visit The Attic- Locally owned and operated, The Attic is a sister shop to the Ivory Closet. Their classic New York chic wardrobes consist of quality brands, fit for most shapes and sizes, at affordable prices for the fashion-conscious shopper. They will keep your closet stocked with timeless but modern pieces, sure to be in style year after year. They also carry premiere men’s brands, and their very own cosmetic line. Drop by, see Alex, and support your local small businesses.
7. Catch a show- When Overton Square got a makeover, so did Memphis’ own Studio on the Square. Midtown’s movie theatre is in walking distance from all other stops on the Square. With many options and always changing films, you can catch a matinee any day. Visit here to find out listings and times.
If there’s not something to soothe your inner movie nerd, be sure to check out the 3 other theaters on The Square. The Circuit Playhouse, Hattiloo Theatre (currently under construction), and Playhouse on The Square. These are great venues centered around the local Memphis arts.
8. Get Local – After your movie, you’ll want to grab some dinner or drinks. Local Gastropub is just the place to do it. Always a source for creative and exciting energy, Local fosters a neighborly local attitude. It’s got a full bar with great drink specials. You won’t find normal bar food at this gastropub; Local takes bar food to a whole new level. We strongly suggest you try their bar fries, piled high with bleu cheese, bacon pieces, and deliciousness. If the waits too long, or you’d rather venture out Overton Square has plenty of restaurants to accommodate you! Check out Bari Ristorante or Kelly English’s new restaurant, Second Line.
*Overton Square offers FREE parking in their garage during the day (4am-6pm) then it’s a $3 fee to park in the garage at night (6pm-4am).