Text by Lee McAlister | Photos courtesy of Crosstown Concourse
The new Crosstown Concourse is an innovative vertical urban village located in the renovated Sears building. Opened to the public in August, it is home to restaurants, shops, businesses and a grocery store. The expansive and open space is truly a sight you need to see for yourself.
French Truck Coffee
The New Orleans-based roaster that joined forces with Memphis’s own Relevant Roasters has opened a second location in the central atrium of Crosstown Concourse. The shop roasts the freshest beans to ensure Mid South java lovers enjoy the best espresso every time. In keeping with the mission the developers of Crosstown Concourse envisioned, to offer healthy lifestyle options to the building’s residents and visitors, the café serves nutritious snacks and meals as well as beverages. The splendor of the building’s main atrium provides the perfect setting to enjoy a coffee, a fizzy tea or a bite to eat.
The Curb Market is an organic grocery store that strives to offer the best local food, from fresh seasonal produce to breads and bagels from local bakers and more. The store’s professional, in-house butcher helps customers select the best cuts of locally raised beef, pork, poultry, lamb and European-style cured meat. Chefs working on-site prepare fresh, hot dishes daily using local organic ingredients.
Mempops, which had already garnered a cult following, has opened a second location in the Crosstown Concourse building. After sampling one of the site’s great restaurants, treat yourself to a little something sweet. The ever-evolving menu features all of Mempops’ tried-and-true customer favorites, including banana Nutella, avocado lime and watermelon basil, as well as innovative new flavor combinations.
Crosstown Concourse Lending Library
One of Crosstown Concourse’s most unique features is a lending library located between the second and third floors. Before opening, the development’s organizers hosted a book fair and asked attendees to donate a book that they loved or one that had special meaning to them. Just as with the small lending libraries found in local front yards and other public places, users may take any book they want, but are encouraged to bring it back or replace it with another book. With so many interesting reads the Crosstown Concourse book hub is a great place to take moment to sit and enjoy the printed word.
Crosstown Arts has been operating out of its Cleveland Street location for several years but will be moving to a new home in the Crosstown Concourse very soon. With the move the organization will expand its studio space and provide spots for exhibitions, music performances and film and video screenings. Plans are for Crosstown Arts to continue to host visiting and local artists’ exhibitions in addition to new projects in development, such as Thursday lunch-time movie screenings to be introduced by a guest speaker, and Crosstown Getdown, a monthly dance series with free lessons, music and dancing.
With a name that translates to “Mother Earth,” Mama Gaia brings all-organic, vegetarian fare to Crosstown. Local owners Philipp and Cru von Holtzendorff-Fehling opened their first restaurant last year after having noticed a dearth of organic options when eating out. The concept, a marriage of fast-casual dining and healthy eating, was a success, and the Concourse seemed the perfect spot when the owners decided to expand to second location. Menu standouts include innovative salads and filling quinoa bowls.