April 20, 2017. Memphis, Tenn. Open on Main, the Downtown Memphis Commission’s (DMC) latest activation initiative will be open for business at both 7 and 9 North Main beginning May 1, 2017. The two central objectives for the Open on Main project are to increase activity on Main Street and to encourage more permanent occupation of these spaces, and others like them, in the Downtown core. During the course of the seven-month initiative, the two spaces will host 16 local shop-keepers, with specialties ranging from handmade refurbished furnishing to locally designed fashion, a theater troupe, sewing school and much 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.”
The DMC had more than 80 applicants vying to fill the spaces at 7 and 9 N. Main, with 16 primary tenants selected for the May through November 2017 activation period. Due to the overwhelming response to the initial call for tenants, the DMC is currently looking for additional activation sites for future pop-ups.
“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.”
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.
The full line-up for the Open on Main initiative is as follows:
Jupe - 7 N Main
901 Shop - 9 N Main
Jupe + Somi Decor - 7 N Main
Randomly Refurbished - 9 N Main
Stockroom Vintage - 7 N Main
L.R. Clothier - 9 N Main
Style by L. Thomas - 7 N Main
Signet / Sew Much Love - 9 N Main
Quark Theater - 7 N Main
J.Lykey's Boutique & M.S. Shoetique - 9 N Main
Tako’s Treasures - 7 N Main
Dorothy Art - 9 N Main
Bozwell + Lilly - 7 N Main
Phillip Ashley Chocolates - 9 N Main
About the Downtown Memphis Commission
The Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC), formerly known as the Center City Commission, is an independent development agency charged with advancing Memphis and Shelby County by making Downtown Memphis a better place to work, live, learn, invest and visit. The DMC represents the official partnership between local government and the private business community in Downtown's development. The work done by the DMC benefits all of Memphis and Shelby County by developing a stronger and more vibrant city core. The DMC is not funded by any city or county taxes.
For more information on the Downtown Memphis Commission, or one of our five affiliate boards, please visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.