The tour bus driver told us to look in the lobby for the poster for Lansky's because he was the tailor who made Elvis' costumes.
The website says:
We supplied Elvis with his flashy early clothes (the Hi-Boy collar shirts, the peg-legged pants, the Pink/Black combinations) and his famous Gold Lame' jacket for his early hip-swiveling performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. As Elvis spread the word, calls from around the world began pouring in. Everyone wanted to dress like Elvis!
Our gigantic list of recording star/customers includes Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Issac Hayes, Bobby Blue Bland, and many more.
But there are other shops in the Peabody also such as the Lucky Duck
What to buy: Men's shirts ($80-$92) from Lansky's
Book by Lansky ($45 - pictured)
Duck decoys (up to $125), duck toys, and duck t-shirts from the Lucky Duck
Llandro ($95 and up), and Murano glass
And there was also jewelry in lobby display cases
Yes, for 1876, this would be a full Department Store, or as known at that time, a Dry Good Store. The building reflects, it origin. While maintained, it has not been updates. Step back into a time when electricity was new, displays were simple and 'cash' was the only medium of exchange. Yes, cash. No checks, no plastic.
What to buy: The merchandise is not 1870's. It's right up to date for what you might be looking for. A small selection of books. clothing, hats (bought one) and a variety of accessories (bought a leather belt).
What to pay: The hat was $26 and the belt $16. About what you'd pay in most other general stores, less than a hat place or leather shop.
This shop is part of Toad Hall Antiques. It's a wonderful assortment of unique finds and its assembled in such a quirky and personal way. The owners have a knack for a sort of "Country Living" meets Miss Havisham vibe-- very, very cool. It's mainly antique and vintage items, from things under five dollars to some substantial furniture in the hundreds of dollars. Good linens, odd dolls, nice lighting.
What to buy: The unique item you'd never find anywhere else, like a tiny Victorian velvet box that looks like a book or half of a china doll with perfect Clara Bow lips and a black bob. Unique antique textiles, distressed furniture. Chandeliers made from twigs.
What to pay: $5.00 to $900
Located in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel, Lansky has great vintage-style clothes for men. Shirts, trousers, hats, belts, shoes, ties, etc. The shirts are the real find here. They have two several different lines (their own, Nat Nast, Tommy Bahama, etc.) of shirts that have a 50s and 60s cut and style to them. Most are made from silk and of very high quality. So yes, they are quite expensive as well. But where else are you going to find such cool shirts?
The staff there are very friendly, personable, and willing to help. Also, the owner, Bernard Lansky, was the personal tailor to Elvis Presley during his early years. Lansky provided the gold lame suit that Elvis wore on the Ed Sullivan show. And the man himself, Mr. Lansky, can be seen working in the shop to this day. Even if you're not interested in spending a bundle on a shirt or tie, you can go in and take a look and admire the clothes as well as the collection of autographed guitars hanging on the walls.
What to buy: Men's clothes...very nice clothes.
What to pay: Unfortunately it ain't cheap but it's great just to go in and take a look.
Associated with the Danny Thomas's memorial is a gift shop which raises funds supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. The Memorial is the repository for thousands of artifacts from Danny Thomas's life. Its presence allows the hospital to further raise funds for the facility by operating an extensive gift shop with an on-line "The Hope Catalog."
I went in and took a few pictures, but I didn't buy anything.
What to buy: You can make a contribution to St. Jude's and send a card for an anniversary, birthday, wedding, thank you, memorial or for other occasions.
They have regular merchandise - books, music, accessories (lapel pins, hats, key chains, bags, umbrellas, watches), clothing, jewelry, candles, pillows, car accessories, golf balls, mirrors, stationary and many other items.
"The Right Words at the Right Time" is a book by Marlo Thomas ($24.95)
They also have the first season of "That Girl" on DVD.
We didn't even GO to Graceland. We parked for free in the parking lot of a gift shop complex and then walked down the block to check out the surroundings. I'd have to say, I think we got a good feel of what is inside, just by looking in all the gift shops! We found the cheapest postcards in town at the first one, and left with 15 of them. There were about 5 gift shops in one complex, and all of them had great things to offer. It's amazing, all of the things they will put Elvis' face on, and sell for a good chunk of change! The Graceland guidebooks they sell are very descriptive with great photographs - they made us feel like we had really been there. We left with some EXCELLENT elvis t-shirts!
What to buy: Elvis memorabilia is AWESOME. If we had the cash flow, we would have left with life-size cutouts! But, we had to settle for t-shirts.
What to pay: Our shirts were $20 each. You can find souvenirs from just a few dollars (or 20 cents for a postcard!) up to HUNDREDS of dollars for the really exquisite stuff. The cardboard cutouts were about $40, but you can find them online for about 10 bucks less! I just might have to treat myself.