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Downtown Unwrapped

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Attractions

Shop

Downtown Paris is where big city shopping meets small town service around a handsome, historic court square. Spend some time discovering why these shop owners and their staffs love their customers, their businesses and their beloved downtown.

One of the newest additions to downtown is APBS DESIGNS, where the cutest bows, purses and jewelry can be found. Ask about monogrammed pieces and custom pieces.

Andrews on the Square is a captivating combination of eclectic gifts, distinctive handmade furniture, home décor and custom embroidery featuring their signature, quick turnaround.

Bo & Co. Boutique specializes in upscale Southern clothing for men and women. From outerwear to formalwear and accessories, their quality selections make a stylish statement.

Friends of the W.G. Rhea Library Bookstore is a brimming full of gently used books of many genres. The bookstore is located inside the library and profits help support its mission.

The Iron Place/You’re Invited, Too is a delight to the senses. Their pottery, furniture, candles and artwork are unique to the area. Distinctive selections for men, brides and little ones, too!

Jack Jones Flowers & Gifts creates dazzling floral designs and offers gifts from Paris and beyond. Don’t miss Jolly Jack’s Sweet Shop in the back and Lumber Jacks Loft upstairs.

We all need a little help from our friends. K and B Supplies for Success is a full tutoring service with exciting lines of educational supplies for the classroom and for learning time at home.

With an impressive inventory and a sales staff to match, Lura Lee’s Gift Shoppe of Paris carries decorative accessories, gourmet food, Paris items and more. On-site monogramming available.

In a space on the square that has served women for generations, Maggie’s Urban Artsy specializes in distinct dresses, blazers, slacks, jeans and jewelry that appeal to all ages.

 

Market Street Boutique is filled with clothing, jewelry, soaps and Merle Norman cosmetics. Their prices are right, their clothes are cute and their staff is friendly and helpful.

My Favorite Things Gift & Bridal Shop’s helpful staff makes it easy to say, “That’s it!” to lovely home decor, bridal gifts, clothing, gourmet delights, jewelry and festive, seasonal décor.

In Paris, the Moon family has been synonymous with jewelry for decades. Moon’s Jewelry and Repair offers gorgeous rings, bracelets, watches and more, plus a master jeweler on staff.

Boutiques are the hippest thing around! Off the Square if filled with hand selected “boutiques and uniques,” including home décor, clothing, bath and body care, gifts and terrific service.

From children’s clothes to women’s clothes, Southern Roots Boutique has it all, including Saba and HEMPZ products. Personalize your look with monograms and custom vinyl designs.

Many delicious, locally made favorites are available at downtown shops. Don’t miss Allegro MarinadesCharlie Pop Gourmet PopcornGio-Bella’s Sweet ShopSally Lane’s Candies, and more!

Downtown hair/nail salons and spas keep their clients looking and feeling fabulous with cuts, colors, mani-pedis and massages. Drop by to purchase specialized health and beauty products.

Eat

Hungry locals and travelers and have gathered in Downtown Paris to enjoy mouthwatering meals since the 1820s. Today, the delicious selections are more varied, but the delight that downtown’s restauranteurs take in serving up fresh, satisfying meals is unmistakable.

In a hurry? The Back Door Deli is the spot to pick up pre-packaged, fresh food and bakery items. Eat inside, outside the backdoor or take home a scrumptious, pre-cooked meal.

The name says it all at the Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant. Dine in or carry-out your favorite Chinese fare from this restaurant that has been feeding happy customers for decades. 

Jack’s Java (inside Jack Jones Flowers) is where true coffee lovers, frappe fans and smoothie buffs get their fix. Enjoy free wi-fi and a seat by the window for a scenic, downtown view.

Wednesday meals hot off the grill; games of pool on vintage, rosewood tables; cool murals, cold beer and history dating back to 1929 make Jack’s Pool Room a popular destination.

Three blocks east of the square, LL’s Bar & Grill offers top-rated burgers, wings, and fish hot off the grill. Grab a cold one and watch the game or head to their new, outdoor pavilion.

Your sweet tooth is saying, “Take me to Market Street Bakery.” Their lunches are fantastic, but don’t leave without a yummy dessert, including keto and sugar-free options. Eat in or carry out.

The vibe is as cool as the drinks at Paris Nutrition where they create a variety of delectable, healthy meal replacement shakes and energy loaded teas, seven-days a week. Drink up! 

Nothing says noontime in the South like Perry’s BBQ. Their savory plates, sandwiches and sides are beyond compare. Enjoy your feast at their picnic table, the Fountain Plaza or at home. 

After enjoying a great meal downtown, check out R.J.’s Lounge and Billiards where you can enjoy an ice cold beer at the bar, throw some darts, hear some tunes and shoot a little pool!

If it’s been a while since you sat down to a true meat and three, Take Me Back Café is your next stop. Breakfast and lunch are served seven-days a week, plus dinner on weekends.

Uncle Billy’s Downtown Eatery is a hopping lunch spot that prides itself on healthy fare. Sandwiches, wraps, a potato bar, soups, salads and fresh fruit round out their satisfying menu.

Live

Paris, Tennessee has four, distinct seasons that flow with ease through downtown, where we still notice the colorful buds on azaleas in spring and the dogwoods turning from green to red in September. We also observe the seasons by hosting events on and around our historic, town square.

Spring

Blooming flowers put us all in a twitter and ready enjoy our town’s signature festival, the World’s Biggest Fish Fry. In conjunction with the Grand Parade, Fish Tent and more, Downtown Paris celebrates with the Small Fry Parade, Catfish Races (seriously), the Kids’ Chalk Crawl and plenty of Fish Fry sales in the shops.

Our Murals in the Alley provide a vibrant backdrop for the Paris, TN Fashion Shows. This event blends sunshine and perfect temps with the cutest clothing and accessories anywhere.

The Memorial Day Observance on the courthouse lawn is filled with stories we’ve forgotten, stories we never knew, music and prayer. It’s the perfect way to begin this special holiday.

Find the Fish is a warm-weather game that you can play only in Paris, TN. Click here to view the map or here to download the map that will lead you to more than two-dozen, statuesque fish.

Summer

Visiting Kentucky Lake? Everyone needs a day in the shade, so come Downtown where there are plenty of places to cool off.

Play by the bubbling water in Fountain Plaza, delve into history at the Heritage Center, marvel at the murals of Back Alley Paris or say “Ahhhh” to the AC as you discover our delightful shops
and boutiques
. It’s a short drive for great experiences and irresistible deals; don’t miss ‘em!

What do Parisians do when the days turns warm? We make ice cream and share it with our friends at the Ice Cream Social and Antique Car & Tractor Show. This Downtown Paris
fundraiser is an ice cream lover’s dream come true. As for the antique cars and tractors, pick your favorites and cast your vote, but a word to the wise, “It’s not easy!!!”

Fall

What’s better than live music, dancing and delicious food on a crisp, autumn day? Sponsored by Commercial Bank, Noon on the Square makes everyone look forward to Fridays in September.

History lovers, newbies and folks who want to bone up on the interesting tidbits of Paris adore Downtown Paris Week with tours, food and drink specials, music and more.

For those who love a cold beer, terrific tunes and BBQ as it should be eaten – OUTSIDE WITH FRIENDS – there’s no better event than Blues, Brews & BBQ. Put it at the top of your party list.

ARTS ‘Round the Square lures talented artisans and eager buyers to downtown the last Saturday in September. Live music, food trucks and a KidZone round out the fun.

All ages enjoy the mouthwatering food, games, luminaries, live music, jumbotron, inflatables, booths and more that raise money for cancer research during the annual Relay for Life.

Enjoy snapping seasonal, family photos on the courthouse lawn where the scarlet dogwood leaves accent bales of straw, pumpkins, mum and bows. PS. Our back alleys are cool, too.

October is known for goblins, but Paris is known for friendly Scarecrows on the Square. Youngsters and grannies, alike enjoy strolling through these creative characters.

Holidays

Downtown Unwrapped celebrates the special days that seem to click off far too quickly. From early November until Christmas, downtown shop owners will help you find perfect gifts for your
loved ones as your family makes memories at Downtown’s magical events.

  • Advent Candles and Carols begins our celebration of Christmas. Join ministers from downtown churches for uplifting words and music of the season in the glow of lighted candles on the courthouse steps.
  • Experience an enchanting weekend during Christmas Open House. Stroll through inviting shops, warm up at fire bowls surrounded by comfy chairs, enjoy carolers, downtown eateries and food trucks, extended shopping hours and perhaps even a few snowflakes!
  • Whether you live in Paris or are visiting for a day of shopping, your Passport to Christmas is your chance to win BIG!
  • Is your tree up yet? Get great ideas and plenty of Christmas spirit at Trees on the Square, located inside the 5 & 10 Event Center. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite!
  • While other folks dread cold weather, the hearty folks of Paris are building “No Snow, Snowmen” to celebrate the arrival of winter! Bring your camera, our snowmen love FB.
  • Headed out to view the homes that are twinkling for Light Up Paris – A Christmas Light Tour? Have fun and remember to vote for your favorite lighted business.
  • The day after Thanksgiving, Downtown Paris welcomes Santa and his helpers for North Pole Family Fun Day. Visit with the Big Man, enjoy kid-friendly activities and fun galore!
  • Nothing puts a bow on the holidays like the Holly, Jolly Festival and Electric Christmas Parade. Your fun-filled day will be capped off by an exciting, lighted Christmas parade.
  • Christmas Eve is a time to slow down and take in the quiet beauty of Christmas. Our downtown churches invite you to their celebrations on this most holy of nights