If you are in the mood for some unique shopping, you will want to head to downtown Paris for one of West Tennessee’s most gorgeous downtown squares. In the mid-1990s, the downtown area underwent major renovations to bring the square back to its original 1920s-era style. This was certainly accomplished as now the downtown area is bustling with business, particularly retail. Visit one of the 40 merchants downtown for an experience to remember!
The Paris community has long recognized the importance of maintaining a vital and vibrant downtown. Accordingly, an informal coalition of City and County governments, property owners, life-long downtown advocates and merchants have dedicated time and resources toward that goal.
Within the last twenty years the City has led the way by revitalizing the physical infrastructure – replacing aged sidewalks and curbs with handicap accessible, brick accented walkways with plantings, period lighting, and removing unsightly overhead lines. Many of the buildings around the court square provide a mix of retail and offices at ground level with residential on the second floor of many of the buildings, hence our motto, Shop/Eat/Live.
The County has renovated and maintained the Courthouse which is the anchor attraction. The courthouse is the oldest functioning courthouse in Tennessee, circa 1896. The courthouse is surrounded by well maintained storefronts from that era and later.
The Paris Commercial Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. This includes sections of East and West Wood, West Washington, North and South Poplar, North and South Market, Fentress and West Blythe Streets in downtown Paris, Tennessee.
Henry County is fortunate to have a strong tourism trade hosting numerous visitors each year. Downtown Paris along with the Kentucky Lake area are the two main attractions for our visitors.
The Downtown Paris Association is comprised of businesses and people throughout the community. The Downtown Paris Association, also known as the DPA, has constantly encouraged and worked with property owners and merchants to maintain and renovate properties. Each year the DPA organizes many events that utilize and focus on our picturesque downtown. In addition, the DPA constantly strives to work with the downtown businesses to promote the economic development of Downtown Paris.
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