5 Fantastic Things To Check Out In Memphis Before Summer Ends

The summer is almost over 😢, but there are still a few days left before the school year begins again and we all buckle back down into a stricter routine. At this point, you have probably hit up every pool and splash pad in a 30-mile radius, and most indoor attractions have lost their appeal (even if they are twenty degrees cooler than anything outdoors.) If you are looking for something new around town to explore with your family, SCO has got you covered with the 411 on the 901 before summer ends. Dive right into this list of sweet treats, funky finds, and even a special sneak peek at the newest SCO location!

MILK Dessert Bar

Milk Dessert Bar | Memphis, TN | Cookies and Ice Cream

1789 Kirby Parkway, Suite 10
Memphis, Tennessee 38138

MILK opened less than a month ago, and it is already creating a lot of buzz on social media, thanks to frequent posts featuring their mouthwatering concoctions. The MILK menu focuses on small-town tastes with a big-city feel, perfectly encapsulating the Memphis vibe. Every dessert is made from scratch daily, and they offer everything from the more traditional cookies, cakes, and pies, to colorful treats with a twist, like breakfast shots, mixed-up milkshakes, and even unicorn hot chocolate! Sharon Cohn is the owner and founder of MILK, and has worked hard to create a happy place that will encourage customers to just hang out and spend some time together. Books, board games, and a variety of seating options are just some of the amenities that will inspire you to kick back and relax with your kids while you satisfy your sweet tooth.

NEW Jerry’s Sno Cones location

Sno Cones | Memphis, TN | Jerry's

1601 Bonnie Ln.
Cordova, Tennessee 38016

While Jerry’s itself may be a longtime local favorite, this year brought our city a SECOND location in Cordova. The new building has the same iconic style but is an “L” shape that features a drive-thru with an inside area to sit and eat. They have added breakfast foods like homemade biscuits, meats, gravy, and tater tots to the menu, but will still have traditional Jerry’s menu items. They have even added new snow cone flavors, though the Wedding Cake Supreme still continues to be the star of the show. The original Jerry’s serves thousands of people each week, and the new location is catching up to them fast. Although you can almost always expect a wait, it is worth it to experience this unique Memphis landmark.


Railgarten | Memphis, TN | Outdoor restaurant and venue

2166 Central Ave.
Memphis, Tennessee 38104

Railgarten is a really weird, really cool collection of buildings set on 1.5 acres on what used to be a Midtown railroad substation. The buildings are comprised of an ice cream parlor, a diner, a “ping-pong emporium” and a Tiki bar. There is also an outdoor stage, a sand volleyball court, a kickball field, a family-friendly picnic area and playground, and a tire swing. See? Weird, but cool. You can eat indoors or take your burger and ice cream outdoors, where you will find a ton of lawn chairs and even some hammocks set up for maximum relaxing. Kids and pets are welcome, and it is not unusual to see both in large numbers on any given summer evening. The food is mostly classic American cuisine but with a dash of international influence, something seen with menu items like the Korean Crispy Chicken Sandwich and the Duck Fat Sriracha Fries. No need to worry about little ones with simpler tastes, though – the kid’s menu features staples like chicken tenders, hot dogs, and grilled cheese.

Crosstown Concourse

Crosstown Concourse | Saddle Creek Orthodontics | Memphis, TN

1350 Concourse Ave.
Memphis, Tennessee 38104

If you have not yet visited the Crosstown Concourse, you are missing out on one of the most vibrant new offerings in the city. Having repurposed the of the Sears distribution center downtown, the Concourse is a “mixed-use vertical urban village,” and includes restaurants, retail, a small grocery store, a fitness center and health clinics, a charter high school, a contemporary art center, commercial offices, and 265 loft-style apartments. That is a mouthful!

Among the places to eat, you will find popular offerings like MemPops and new discoveries, such as Area 51 Ice Cream, which has some of the most delicious flavors around. There is so much to see that it is hard to do it all in one trip, but it is spacious, there is something to look at on every level, and it is a great place to go to teach your kids about Memphis history while letting them run around and explore. If you enjoy photography, this rustic building has some amazing photo ops, too.

NEW Saddle Creek Orthodontics location

Saddle Creek Ortho Midtown | Dr. Kyle Fagala | Memphis, TN Orthodontics

1684 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, Tennessee 38104

We may not have food, ping-pong, or sno cones, but we are still a lot of fun! Our newest office is located on Poplar in Midtown, next door to a Taco Bell and right across the street from the most famous neon sign in Memphis, Joe’s Sputnik! We are the only orthodontist in Midtown, and there are not any Downtown, so we are convenient for Midtown, Downtown, and East Memphis patients. Dr. Kyle went to dental school and completed his orthodontic residency just minutes away, and loves being back among the hustle and bustle of this area! Keeping in line with our Germantown and Collierville locations, the Midtown office is clean, modern, and a model of efficiency and convenience. You will find the same outstanding personalized service at all three of our offices, along with a team who go out of their way to create the most rewarding orthodontic journey possible for every patient we treat. We would love to see you, so pop in and say hello sometime this summer!