Dresden serves as the county seat of Weakley County, and is located in the northwest corner of the State. Dresden is 121 miles northeast of Memphis, 65 miles east of the Mississippi River and 130 miles west of Nashville. The community is located about midway between Chicago and New Orleans.
Dresden was incorporated in 1825. Weakley County was established October 21, 1823, from lands ceded by the Chickasaw Indians, and was named for Colonel Robert Weakley, who was speaker of the State Senate. Dresden was named for the birthplace of Means Warner’s father, which was Dresden, Germany. Mr. Warner was one of the first settlers in this area. The courthouse, built in 1854, was destroyed by fire in 1947.
The present courthouse was created in 1949 at a cost of three-quarters of a million dollars. The first major industries to locate in Dresden were Bay Bee Shoe Company in 1948 and the Dresden Manufacturing Company in 1949.
The land is rolling, with an average elevation above mean sea level of 417 feet. All industrial sites are suitable for immediate construction, as the terrain is generally level with good drainage.
Dresden is the home of Tennessee’s 46th Governor, Ned Ray McWherter, who held the office of the State’s top leader from January 17, 1987 to January 1995. Born in the nearby community of Palmersville, also located in Weakley County, Governor McWherter encouraged industrial growth in the State. Many of his goals centered on providing a good business climate, a cooperative working environment, and a modem transportation network for business and industry as well as for all Tennesseans.
The community seeks new industry, has a cooperative municipal government and citizenry, which maintains a sound business climate that is receptive to business. Additionally the community believes in and encourages the free enterprise system, has a realistic tax structure, and encourages good labor management relations.
115 South Poplar, Dresden, TN 38225
Monday and Tuesday: 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday through Saturday: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Poppi’s Pizzeria in Dresden has a delicious pizza waiting for you! Family owned and operated, you won’t be able to resist Poppi’s pizza after the first slice! Try the delicious stuffed cheese bread, tasty wings, hot and fresh 8” subs, salads, specialty pizzas, or ask about the pizza specials with competitive prices that won’t be beat. Ask them about the free delivery in the City of Dresden (within 5 miles of the restaurant). Poppi’s Pizzeria in downtown Dresden – delicious pizza and a whole lot more!
URBAN DESIGNS SALON, SPA, AND BOUTIQUE
Address: 112 North Wilson Street, Dresden, TN 38225
Hours: Tuesday through Friday – 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. til 2:00 p.m.
Sunday and Monday – Closed
The staff at Urban Designs Salon, Spa & Boutique in Dresden say that at Urban Designs, southern hospitality is not just a catchphrase - it’s a way of life! Owned and operated by Dresden native Emily Dunn, discover why Urban Designs clientele are consistently satisfied with every experience. Shop the latest trends at the Urban Boutique, where you’ll find original women’s clothing, unique dresses, gorgeous jewelry, handbags, shoes, and much more. Get the works at the Urban Salon, with services like cut, color, chemical services, and men’s salon services as well. You’ll enjoy other additional options such as an incredible massage, eyelash extensions, manicure and pedicure services, with spa packages are coming soon. Bridal and special event packages are available. Looking for a dependable new product? Urban Designs is an all exclusive Davines salon. Davines products are made from eco-friendly ingredients with an emphasis on scientifically proven effectiveness, and packaged in reusable containers made of reusable, food-grade materials. Iva Jane, Urban Designs’ exclusive line of cosmetics, was designed and customized with you in mind. The name Iva Jane is derived from two very special ladies in Emily’s life - (late) Iva Marie Rook and Phyllis Jane Collins. Not only was Emily lucky enough to have Iva Marie and Phyllis Jane as grandmothers, but also fashion inspirations for years to come. When creating Iva Jane, Emily knew it was important to remember that all women, just like these two, have their own unique style and that style should be celebrated! At Urban Designs, they know the importance of being comfortable in your own skin and hope you all will feel beautiful using Iva Jane cosmetic. Call and schedule an appointment with a talented stylist at Urban Designs Salon, and check out the boutique today.
THE PURPLE IRIS OF 1895
Address: 113 North Poplar Street, Dresden, TN 38225
Hours: Venue Rental
The Purple Iris of 1895 is an elegant venue to host wedding receptions, wedding rehearsal dinners, family reunions, banquets, bridal showers, baby showers, school reunions, Christmas and holiday parties, civic events and meetings, and much more. Family owned and operated, this beautiful venue features a full kitchen, sound system for music (computer not available), projector and drop down screen, updated bathrooms, tables and chairs for events, a beautiful room and a breathtaking chandelier that will truly elevate the mood of your event. Call Adelicia Rennison today for venue pricing and availability at 731-514-4824. The Purple Iris of 1895 – the jewel of downtown Dresden.
Address: 143 West Main Street, Dresden, TN 38225
Phone: 731-819-2741, 731-822-6181
Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Saturday, Closed on Sunday
You never know what you’ll find at Grandma’s Attic in Dresden! Located on Main Street right off of the square in Dresden, if you can imagine it, they might just have it. Owned and operated by locals Jack and Melinda Barker, Grandma’s Attic has antiques, tools, vintage signage, furniture, table and chair sets, new and old gift items, classic home items such as quilts and décor, books, toys, knives, handcrafted home interiors and walking sticks, lamps, sewing machines, and local vintage items for interested collectors. With new and classic items coming in daily, you’re sure to find a treasure at Grandma’s Attic off the square in downtown Dresden.
ANTIQUES ON THE SQUARE
Address: 120 North Wilson Street, Dresden, TN 38225
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. til 5:00 p.m. -- Monday, Tuesday & Sunday - Closed
Located right on the downtown square in Dresden, you’ll find those tucked away treasures of yesteryear at Antiques on the Square. Owner Terry Woodruff can help you find specialized items or that special antique that you’ve been searching for today. With collectibles such cast iron, carnival and depression glass, china, home décor, furniture, table and chair sets, bicycles, and vintage conversation pieces, you’ll be delighted with the plethora of collector’s items such as traders cards, glassware, books, and so much more. Check out their Facebook page to see what new items have come in today, or call Terry at 731-364-3800.
CLAIREBROOKE CONSIGNMENT AND MORE
Address: 126B N Wilson Street, Dresden, TN 38225
Hours: Monday through Friday from 10:30 – 5 PM, and Saturday 10:30 – 3 PM. Closed on Sunday.
Owned by Dresden locals Tiffany and Robert Browning, ClaireBrooke Consignment is a family owned local consignment shop. Offering women and children's upscale consignment, they carry name brand clothing and accessories, handbags, shoes, jewelry, and belts. They also carry formals, baby items, gifts, and handmade items from local vendors. There is always something on sale - from 25-75% off daily. Clairebrooke’s knows that they can dress you for less! With new items every day and incredible prices, you have got to check out Clairebrooke’s in downtown Dresden right on the court square.