Pics: A. Schwab on Beale

This post is a salute to one of my favorite places to go in Downtown Memphis, A. Schwab, a “dry goods” store on Beale that has been there since 1876. Much of the merchandise resembles what you’d find in dry goods stores of 100 years ago, and some of it is just wacky and off the wall.

Here’s a view of the interior of the store:

Need size 70 overalls or a cowboy hat? Schwab’s has got you covered.

Need panties? Schwab’s has got you covered.

When you find boysenberry preserves and a lime green pimp hat with zebra trim at the same store, you know you’re at Schwab’s.

“Random assortment of crap” is the only description I can come up with for this one.

Ladies’ hats and spiritual books dating back to the 1920s.

A. Schwab’s, your source for cooking utensils.

If you’re a visitor to Downtown, or if you live here and you’ve never been to Schwab’s, you MUST MUST MUST go. One of a kind and a great place to buy Christmas presents. It’s open 9 to 5, Monday through Saturday. Sometimes they stay open late on Saturday, depending on tourist traffic and the mood of the people who work there.