Discover Historic Como, Mississippi

September 28, 2012 in Editorials

Just 50 miles south of Memphis, the small town of Como, Miss., beckons visitors with its unique personality, rich heritage, locally-owned shops, restaurants and live music. Original shopping experiences include Main Street Antiques, Como Green Grocer, Como Lighting and Main Street Gallery. Likewise, food lovers flock to Como because of the authentic and locally-owned dining experiences like The Como Steakhouse, Windy City Grille, the Oyster Bar and El Rio Mexican. On Friday and Saturday nights you’ll hear the sound of live music and smell the fabulous food.

In 2008, 32 sites in Como’s commercial Main Street district received National Historic Register Designation. The town boasts a personality that few places still possess. Earthy, eccentric and authentic, Como in recent years has attracted artists, adding to the existing local talent of basket makers and potters. With a long history in hill country blues, the town receieved two blues markers in 2009 recognizing Otha Turner and Mississippi Fred McDowell.

Over the years, Como has quietly established itself as an ideal weekend getaway, with bed and breakfasts opening to support the growing interest in the town. The Como Courtyard and the Como Inn on Main can both be found on Main Street. Conveniently located near 211 Main, a large historic event space with a private courtyard, the bed and breakfasts reflect the unique, creative style of the area.

A trip to Como offers the opportunity to slow down, absorb the smells of the land, feel the history and find that needed change of pace. For further information you can call Main Street Antiques 662-526-1000 or e-mail at

By Karen Ott Mayer, Como, Mississippi