Downtown Jackson is not only a place where many enjoy working, but it is also a place more and more people are calling home. From young professionals and growing families to retirees looking to engage in a new and exciting stage of life, an increasingly diverse community of people is choosing to make Downtown Jackson their home. The West Tennessee Farmers Market, The Amp, and many restaurants conveniently located within walking distance create opportunities for you to be a part of this great community. No matter the size of your family, apartments, lofts, and single family homes are available nearby in our downtown.
"There’s no other place I would want to live than Downtown Jackson!"
The soul of Jackson lives in our Downtown District. The Jackson Downtown Development Corporation (JDDC) works to enhance the quality of life in Jackson and the economic prospects of Jackson through the purposeful design, promotion and facilitation of strategic investment in its Downtown District. Our efforts drive economic development leading to the creation of a unique and vibrant Community which encourages people to live, work and visit Downtown Jackson.
What do Native Americans, Davy Crocket, and Andrew Jackson have in common? They were all from right
here, in downtown Jackson.
Jackson, originally known as Alexandria prior to 1822, was founded in 1821. It was re-named in 1822 to Jackson, TN, to honor General Andrew Jackson who fought in the war of 1812. Jackson was booming during this time. When the Tennessee Supreme Court was established, Jackson was the biggest city in West Tennessee.
In the 1970’s Jackson was transforming. With the construction of Interstate 40, it created a bypass to downtown, drawing people in. During the 80’s, Jackson was one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Tennessee. In the 90’s, at the direction of Mayor Farmer, a group of local business people, professionals, and government representatives came together for the purpose of making strategic recommendations for development and revitalization of downtown Jackson. This group of people was tasked with stimulating and marketing downtown economic development through organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring.
Jackson Downtown Development Corporation was formed on December 8, 1988, and we have since grown and changed along with our great city. When Jackson Downtown Development Corporation was first started, it consisted of a group of people who wanted to see downtown Jackson flourish. Now, Jackson Downtown Development Corporation is a non-profit, run by an executive director, office manager, and a group of board members. This group of people work together to make sure downtown Jackson is a place where everyone is proud to live, work, and play!
Link to Mainstreet
Over the past 35 years, the National Main Street Center has led the development of a national network of over 2,000 historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts: Main Street America™. Made up of small towns, mid-sized communities, and urban commercial districts, Main Street America™ represents the broad diversity that makes this country so unique. The Main Street movement grew out of a recognition that a community is only as strong as its core and in downtown Jackson, we believe the same. Our downtown has been accredited with Main Street America for over 25 years!
314 E. Main Street | Jackson, TN
Downtown Jackson is West Tennessee’s destination for creative, unique, and local. Our upscale shops and plethora of diverse dining options create a scene rich with life. A hub of arts and culture, our high quality entertainment venues and other amenities make Downtown Jackson the place to be. Our sidewalk network ensures a safe and interesting walk and our greenspaces enhance pedestrian experience.
The Baker's RackFor nearly two decades, The Baker’s Rack has been a breakfast and lunch destination in Downtown Jackson. And you simply can’t beat them for dessert! Open M‐F
Burger BarnGreat burgers, great fries, great everything! Don’t leave without a milkshake, it’s the best in town.
ComeUnity CafeNonprofit café based on the principle that everyone deserves a delicious and nutritious meal regardless of means to pay. Winner of Readers’ Choice Best Lunch three years running!
Dixie CastleLocally owned for over 20 years, Dixie Castle offers daily plate lunches along with a lunch menu, and at night, the menu includes steaks, chicken, porkchops, and shrimp. Great food for a great value!
Grubb's GroceryJackson and Madison County's only full-service, locally-owned and operated natural and organic market. In addition to groceries, Grubb’s also houses a full-service deli with made-to-order sandwiches and panini, "grab-n-go" prepared food items, as well as a soup and salad bar featuring a selection of fresh soups on rotation daily.
Rock'n Dough Pizza & Brew Co.The Rock'n Dough food philosophy is "fresh and local." They make all dough and sauce daily, and shred their own cheese, smoke their own meat, and prep all their fresh veggies in-house. Rock’n Dough proudly supports local businesses and sources ingredients from local farms and local companies.
Baker Bros. BBQJackson's newest BBQ joint. They feature Pure West Tennessee style BBQ. They don't drown it in sauce or smother it in rub, they let the meat & smoke shine.
Woodstock on the SquareThe good vibes are always flowing at Woodstock, where the best cupcakes in town are just the beginning! You’ll also want to try their always interesting breakfast menu and the ever growing lunch! Named Best Baked Goods and Best Dessert in the Readers' Choice Awards.
"I wanted to be closer to all the things going on Downtown and I have not been disappointed! I bought a house at Jackson Walk and have thoroughly enjoyed walking to the Amp concerts and the Farmers' Market. There's no other place I would want to live than Downtown Jackson!"
"Great neighbors…quiet evenings on the front porch…a quick walk to the Farmers’ Market…arts and music offered at a number of downtown venues — these are but a few of the things we enjoy as Jackson Walk homeowners. The scenery and security, along with the nearby Lift Wellness Center, foster a fitness lifestyle as well as the desire to walk to most everywhere we go."
‐ Trish and Larry
"Living in the Jackson Walk community has been transformational for me. As a kid born and raised in the country, I never thought I’d enjoy living 'in town.' But my eyes have been opened to the benefits of living in a walkable, urban community. Jackson Walk has given me convenience, a healthy and vibrant lifestyle, and a sense of community that I’ve not experienced before. Great things are happening here, and it is exciting to be part of it!"
"We were about to get married and wanted to build a home of our own. Downtown was the perfect choice for us. Centrally located between Clayton's business and my office, downtown is very convenient. Between the concerts at the Amp, trips to the Farmers market, plays at the Ned, and other special events, there is always something to do. When we moved downtown we were very excited about having anything we needed at our finger tips. We can walk to Grubbs Grocery, the Lift, great restaurants, and other shops. We have also made great new friends in the neighborhood. We are so glad that we chose to live downtown!"
‐ Clayton and Erin
"We absolutely love living downtown. For us, it provides a strong feeling of community that we haven't experienced anywhere else. We are able to walk to dinner, the grocery store, the Farmer's Market or the amp — there's always something fun to do! Especially on the weekends, the area just comes alive. If i were explaining it in one word, I'd choose 'vibrant.' Downtown Jackson's story is developing and we couldn't imagine not being part of it. It's the heartbeat of our city and Jackson's best kept secret we can't help but share!"
‐ Cody and Chelsea
The South Fork Greenway is a rail to trail conversion project that begins in downtown Jackson
adjacent to the Farmers Market and Jackson Walk development. This multi-use trail will travel
south along an abandoned railway to ultimately connect with the Bemis community in South Jackson.
This greenway will provide a scenic route with several miles traversing through the South Fork of the
Forked Deer River floodplain. From beginning to end this signature greenway will contain
approximately 3.5 miles of walking, running, and biking opportunities for residents.
Flood reduction is also a point of emphasis with this project. Several small levees are to be constructed adjacent to the greenway in Bemis that will provide protection to homes that are prone to flooding. To aid with the flood reduction efforts of this project, a portion of the historic Bemis Mill dam will be reconstructed to help detain waters from Cane Creek and provide flood storage.
theLOCAL is a micro-retail development and community space providing local entrepreneurs and artisans the opportunity to sell goods and develop their businesses in a low-overhead environment while connecting citizens through social programming.
Visit Website: www.thelocaljackson.com.
Originally Jackson High School, The Renaissance Building is now home to apartments, office space, as well as the famed Jackson Escape Rooms, with additional units to be converted to fully furnished executive suites in the coming year.
New Southern Hotel
Ravaged by the spring 2003 tornado, restoration began that fall and was completed early 2005. In addition to several floors of housing units, The New Southern boasts The Gold Room, an upscale banquet hall and ballroom, and is now home to Woodstock Bake Shop, Oz Used and Rare Books, and Express Printing, Signs, and Shipping. The New Southern Hotel won the preservation award from the Tennessee Preservation Trust in 2006 and appears on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Originally an opera house, the Pythian Building now offers two floors of residential space and two floors of office space, with a grand banquet hall overlooking the town square. It is named for the Knights of Pythian who once occupied the third floor of the building.
Once the Murphy Hotel, the Neely House is now home to local favorite Chandelier Café and Cater, recently awarded “Best Fine Dining in Jackson” in the 2017 Jackson Sun Readers’ Choice Awards. The second floor accommodates numerous office and studio spaces. The Neely House eon the preservation award from the Tennessee Preservation Trust in 2007 and appears on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Suites of Larue
Built in 1959, and originally the education building for First Baptist Church, The Suites of Larue were in the process of being converted to residential space when the old sanctuary was destroyed by fire. Now home to 18 upscale apartments, the facility offers an entertainment area with full kitchen, as well as a lovely outdoor courtyard.
Jackson Walk began by connecting West Tennessee Healthcare’s bold approach to wellness (Lift Wellness Center) to downtown Jackson. We are enjoying a surge of civic pride as we watch Jackson Walk become a landmark while it revitalizes an historic area. Jackson Walk creates a civic commons using a transformed Central Creek to link the Farmer’s Market, The Amp and the Dog Park. The new addition to Jackson Walk is growing so it will connect to another major asset, The University of Memphis ‐ Lambuth. This expansion will include 120 new apartments and 40 single-family townhomes. We see this all together creating the Tipping Point in Jackson’s rebuilding and reimaging itself.
Bike Share Rolls into Jackson, Tennessee
June 10, 2018
Zagster bike in front of downtown Jackson Mural. The City of Jackson and the Jackson Chamber have partnered with Zagster to bring bike sharing to Jackson. The announcement was made June 10 during the second day of the Rockabilly Gran Prix cycling races as area officials took a fun lap around Downtown Jackson on the new bikes. “Bike sharing is important to the quality of life of our city,” says Stan Pilant, director of planning, City of Jackson. “With Zagster, we are able to provide new mobility options that are both fun and healthy.” The City of Jackson, West Tennessee Healthcare and Toyota have all invested in the new program. The Jackson Chamber and Visit Jackson both helped facilitate the development and launch of Zagster. "At Toyota, we're transforming into a mobility company and creating new ways for people to move across town or across the room. By supporting bike sharing in the City of Jackson, we believe we’re helping to enable the freedom of movement and providing better access to jobs, education, opportunity and fulfillment for our community," said Shawn Daly, Toyota Bodine plant manager. “Toyota Bodine is celebrating 15 years in Jackson, and we are proud to contribute to the area’s progress and to its future.” Locations for the bicycles include downtown Jackson at 223 North Highland near the Grubb’s Grocery; The Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, 620 Skyline Drive, near the Emergency Walk-In entrance; Lane College at 545 Lane Avenue near Saunders Hall, and Union University, 1050 Union University Drive near the Bowld Student Commons. Across the nation about half of the people that say they want to bike more often do not own a bike, hence bike sharing was born. Zagster is the leading bike share program in the U.S., operating more than 200 bike share programs in 35 states across the U.S. and making bicycles available to over 6.5 million people. How it works:
- Download the Zagster app
- Find bikes available near you on a public rack
- Choose your bike, unlocking it by number given in the app
- Tap the bike number in the app to begin your ride
- Tap to end your ride, locking the bike at the nearest Zagster rack
- Payment options include Pay-As-You-Go with your first hour free, then $1 per hour to ride; Annual Membership of $20 and Student Annual Membership of $10, each offering 3 hours of free ride time. For more information about Zagster, go to zagster.com/jacksontn or download the free app on the App Store or Google Play.
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West Alley BBQ and Smokehouse
"Downtown Jackson is fill with amazing people, which correlates to a beautiful surrounding atmosphere. As a local business we have received so much support from the citizens of Jackson. We are truly bless to have been given an opportunity to start West Alley BBQ in downtown Jackson."
West Alley BBQ and Smokehouse
Woodstock Bake Shop
"Being involved in the renaissance of downtown has been a wonderful experience. The beauty of it is this, downtown Jackson is rich in history, yet in its infancy as far as business and residential growth is concerned. This is a great time to be in the downtown area and be a part of shaping the future with a keen eye on the past."
Woodstock Bake Shop
Rock'N Dough Pizza and Brewery
"We chose to be downtown so we could be the gathering place for everyone that works and lives in the area. We have received an overwhelming response to our food, beer and cocktails! The downtown Jackson community is GREAT and we couldn't have made a better choice when picking a location for our restaurant."
Rock'N Dough Pizza and Brewery
"With the ongoing revitalization of downtown Jackson, this area is exactly where I wanted to open Grubb's Grocery. There's a growing energy and youthful vibrancy that the area brings that mirrors exactly what I envisioned the new store to be. As the area gains more attention from Jackson and the surrounding areas, this decision has proven to be the right one. I'm excited to see what the future holds for the new businesses and residents moving downtown."
The Baker's Rack
"The reason I chose downtown to start my business was the hometown feeling, 20 years later I still have that hometown feeling. Jackson is my home. Downtown is my home."
The Baker's Rack
Jackson Escape Rooms
"From our beginning, Jackson Escape Rooms wanted to honor our collective past and be a part of our shared future. That’s why we call downtown Jackson our home and are proud to be a part of what’s happening in the heart of our city!"
Jackson Escape Rooms
The Vintage Market
"We took our dream and ran with it and we haven’t looked back! We believe in Jackson, TN and we especially believe in downtown!"
The Vintage Market on Church Street
The PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) Program incentivizes the improvement of historic properties through tax abatement, typically for a period of ten (10) years. Property taxes are frozen at the currently assessed value, allowing the property owner to realize a significant savings of the abatement period. Participation in the PILOT program is contingent upon application and approval, and a fee equal to 1% of the anticipated final improvement value of the property is due at the start of the abatement period.
Tax Increment Financing is available to subsidize redevelopment, infrastructure, and public improvement projects occurring in the Downtown district.
Living Downtown has never been easier! With the additions of Jackson Walk Apartments, The Suites of Larue, dozens of historic lofts, and new home construction on the northern edge of the neighborhood, over 300 new housing units have been erected in Downtown, with over 150 more scheduled to be built over the next year.
Downtown Jackson is West Tennessee's destination for unique dining options! Food sales in Downtown Jackson have grown over 50% since 2014.
Incredible value with unmatched character! Downtown Jackson offers an unrivaled value in historic buildings through ownership investment or leasing options.
Downtown Jackson is a high traffic area! The key to a great business is visibility and over 40,000 vehicles enter Downtown Jackson through various corridors.
Community support! The local community loves its Downtown restaurants and retail, businesses love locating Downtown for the amenities, and people love living downtown in close walkable proximity to everything.