You wouldn’t know it from witnessing the crowded patios, gorgeous murals, gleaming sculptures, and overall shiny appearance of Memphis’ newly revitalized Overton Square, but this hip entertainment district sat nearly empty for more than a decade -- up until a few years ago when Loeb Properties ushered the Square back into popularity. In the 1970s and ’80s, the Square was the hottest spot in town for bar-hopping and shopping. But most of the old restaurants and shops were shuttered after the closing of the second-ever T.G.I. Friday’s in the country (its flagship) in 2003. A couple businesses weathered that storm, one of which is Maggie’s Pharm: a purveyor of dried herbs and handmade lotions and soaps. Elizabeth “Beaver” O’Cain opened Maggie’s in 1981, and it hasn’t changed much since. There’s a decidedly funky, hippie vibe inside, and they still sell plenty of patchouli, as well novelty items, such as candles, cards, handmade jewelry, and unique gifts.
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