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A. Schwab, Memphis

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A. Schwab dry goods store is the only remaining original business on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. A family owned store, their motto is "If you can't find it at A. Schwab, you're probably better off without it!"HistoryEstablished in 1876 by Abraham Joseph Schwab, an Alsatian Jewish immigrant, the store is a local tourist attraction with two floors of shopping and, between the first and second floors, a small balcony which houses the Beale Street Museum, a collection of Beale Street memorabilia along with several items and records of the Schwab family, which has run the store throughout its lifetime. It began as a men’s haberdashery, transitioned to a dry goods store, and later evolved into a seller of quirky merchandise. Products include various hoodoo items, assorted dry goods, and tourist memorabilia. A. Schwab's was also the retailer of the largest overalls in the world which sold two pair a year. The overalls were so large they hung from the ceiling.A. Schwab, the oldest store in the Mid-South, is housed in the oldest remaining building on Beale Street. The store was founded at another location on Beale Street and moved to 163 Beale Street in 1911 and expanded into 165 in 1922. Both of these buildings were constructed before 1890. Prior to the expansion, 165 Beale housed a Piggly Wiggly.After 136 years, the Schwab family sold the business at the end of 2011.
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  • It’s basically a Cracker Barrel type general store with some more adult humor and oddities. Not crazy special, it has a lot of generalized Memphis souvenirs paired with candles, incense, and crystals ...  more »
  • We stopped here while on our Beal Street tour while on our bus trip.I found this store to be interesting as it brought back memories of stores when I was growing up.The store had a bunch of old antiqu...  more »
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  • This is a must stop when on Beale Street. Great three story general store with everything from souvenirs, to spices and sauces, to musical instruments, clothing. They have an old fashioned soda fountain where you can get ice cream and beer! Really fun store. Super friendly staff. So friendly, I'm giving them 5 stars even though they were out of whipcream for my hot fudge sundae.
  • Excellent general store with a very wide selection of products! Loved the attached milkshake/soda bar. A variety of gifts, trinkets, and accessories for anybody! Handmade items from all types of independent vendors.
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