Join neighborhood for First Thursday on May 3

This month’s Cooper-Young First Thursday Night Out, with live music and special deals on art, gifts, food and drink, will be May 3, from 5-9 p.m.

Cooper-Young is the largest historic district in Memphis, known for its eclectic mix of restaurants, retail shops, antique venues, art galleries and bars. Every first Thursday of the month, the independent business owners of these swanky shops stay open late to serve up discounts on everything from watermelon and wings to body piercings and clothes at FLAX. Joining us this month are artists from all over the Memphis area that will be selling their wares on the sidewalk in between businesses at the corner of Cooper and Young.

Jim Brock, a singer-songwriter born and raised in Memphis, will perform his southern rock music at the First Thursday Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. Carrying an acoustic guitar and a harmonica holder to every show, Jim’s raspy voice captures the essence of folk, country and rock music from traditional hymns to rock classics.

Interested in art, music, antiques or books? Stop by ArtJAMn (gift certificate giveaway), Burke’s Book Store (sidewalk sale), David Perry Smith Gallery (new paintings), Painted Planet (jewelry discounts), Underground Art (piercings 2 for 1), Toad Hall Antiques (Mother’s Day gift discounts) or Goner Records (records for less) to enjoy discounts on purchases.

Come get a sneak peek of our newest shop, Midtown Massage Studio, opening May 28 at 885 S. Cooper St. Get in on refreshments and a coupon for $5 off your first massage.

Beer discounts are being offered at Imagine Vegan as well as free spinach dip with purchase. Scott Grimes will be the live entertainment at Sweet Grass Next Door along with a wine tasting with pairings from the Wine Market. There’s a party going on at Midtown Motor Werks with aerial demonstrations, live band and free beverages. It’s Ladies Night Out with Felicia at The Polish Bottle.

If dining and drinks are calling you, try something new at Young Avenue Deli (trivia night), Soul Fish (child entrée free with purchase), Do Sushi (special roll pricing), Cortona (wine tasting), Central BBQ (nachos discount), Jasmine (10 percent off), Mulan Bistro (Mulan roll half-price), Tsunami (patio time) or the Beauty Shop (discounts on bar drinks).

Free live music for the May 3 celebration can be found at Celtic Crossing (Jason Evans & Tony Boyd), Café Ole (Jazz and Laffs), and Java Cabana (open mic night) to name a few. For a complete listing of all activities this month, go to


– Cooper-Young Business Association

Artists Welcome to Show/Sell at CY Night Out Event

All artists are welcome to setup a table on the sidewalk at our monthly First Thursday Night Out events. This is our fourth year of the popular Night Out event that brings hundreds of patrons to the streets and shops of Cooper-Young. Businesses throughout the neighborhood offer discounts and live music on this night with the retail shops staying open later than usual.

Artists are welcome to setup a table or area around the gazebo area to show and sell their art, jewelry, paintings, scuptures, pottery, etc. There is no fee for setup at this event. The hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. each first Thursday of the month. You do not have to be a resident of Cooper-Young to be involved in this event.

For more information, please contact Tamara at 276-7222.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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