Open on Main

October 2020. The Downtown Association (IDA) has recognized the Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) with the Downtown Achievement Pinnacle Award for its work and initiatives related to the Open on Main initiative. Read full story here. See award video below. 

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s OPEN ON MAIN Initiative pairs emerging retailers and entrepreneurs with vacant storefronts in Downtown. The program is designed to help retailers test their market-strategies and to create a stronger retail ecosystem and better pedestrian experience in our core city. The spaces available will provide rent-free opportunities for tenants to temporarily showcase their businesses on Main Street (usually, one month or longer).

To date, the program has helped 35+ store operators test the retail market in Downtown Memphis, with 80+% MWBE participation.

To apply to be an OPEN ON MAIN tenant, please reach out to

Deadline: On-going. Qualifying tenants should obtain insurance to cover the value of merchandise, etc.

The goal of OPEN ON MAIN is to enhance the pedestrian experience in Downtown, support local makers/entrepreneurs/retailers and bring attention to properties for lease on the Main St. Mall.

Shop current retail operators!

ARHCd at 65 MonroeOh Sweets! at 65 MonroeThe Podcast Center at 10 S Main

Shop our previous retail operators!

Recent shop operators are highlighted.

River City RecordsFeast & GrazeGrind City GrocerSam Angel GalleryNo Basis Clothing Co.Kifani Press
2021 Art Projects - 55 South Main Street901 ShopB CollectiveBeg and BorrowBozwell & LillyBuff City SoapCenter of Attraction Boutique - 65 Monroe AvenueDinstuhl's Fine CandyDorothy ArtHead to Toe: Buy, Sell, TradeHester LaneImani Soap - 65 Monroe AvenueJ Lykeys Boutique & MS ShoetiqueJupeLR ClothierMemphis Modern MarketMint Cream MarketMonster MarketMosal ArtsMushroom VintageMy Memphis View Art GalleryPaper & ClayQuark TheaterRandomly RefurbishedSew Much LoveShop MuchoSignet SealedSomi DecorStockroom VintageStrickland ThreadsStyle by L ThomasTako's TreasuresThe HiveTN Sounds GoodWanderlust