Sharp collegiate apparel is a convenient way to demonstrate school pride, unlike eyelid tattoos or selling exam cheat sheets emblazoned with your school's logo. Ace a demonstration of fandom with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of collegiate clothing, gifts, and more at Tiger Gift Shop, located near the University of Memphis campus.
Established by Mike and Suzie Bowen as a four-walled testament to the titanic tradition of University of Memphis athletics, the Tiger Gift Shop equips energetic fans and school boosters with more than 500 eye-grabbing items of clothing and collectibles. Bedeck ball-sport-loving domes in a Memphis Tigers baseball cap ($15+), perfect for showing support along the sidelines, or grab a Memphis Tigers rubber basketball ($15), ideal for buoyant rounds of shuffleboard. Ladies might lean toward a short-sleeve gray or royal blue tee ($20), while men and women alike can dive into an assortment of team-branded coffee mugs ($5+).
In addition to outfitting fans, the lively shop grants talkative Tiger buffs a forum in which to gather, with owners as versed in shotgun formations as in shirt sizes. The store's "Tiger Den," a TV-laden, living-room-style area, encourages athletic aficionados to snuggle up and stay a while, inviting them to get their SportsCenter fix, watch the Tigers in action, or try out for the varsity couch-surfing squad.
- This decent-sized, organized, and very blue and white store near campus showcases the goods, from gym socks to t-shirts, jerseys to golf head covers. – Noelle V., Yelp, 7/31/10
Tiger Gift Shop
As a former Tiger himself, gift-shop owner Jeremy Stinson takes his school spirit seriously. A proud alumni of the University of Memphis, Jeremy stocks his sprawling, brick-walled store with the world’s largest selection of Tigers apparel and memorabilia, with more than 500 items encompassing everything from men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel to collectibles such as posters, foam hands, and posters of foam hands. Staffers will gladly chat about the team’s past, present, and future and cheer along with customers during screenings of SportsCenter or the latest Tigers game in their onsite Tiger Den.