I'd like to get into biking for some exercise but also short commutes to start off with. But I have NO IDEA where to start or what to get or anything. I've read some threads on here but there is so much more information than I ever imagined about bikes.
Some more road oriented would probably be the goal for me. Price range...$600 tops?
Looks like that shop will have people qualified to fit you to and set up a bike for you. Having a bike that is comfortable and does not cause problems is the most important place to start. You will get sore if its been years since you have been on a bike. Start out small and add time and distance a little at a time.
A good saddle will be important, I ride a Brooks. They are not padded and that seems to help, padding is kind of like a down filled jacket for your bottom. Not so good on a 88 degree 98% humidity Memphis summer day.
Stop in to the Rendezvous and say hello to some ribs for me its been a few years since I have been there.
I lived in Memphis for 6 years, lived on Mud Island. Be careful where you bike esp MidTown, people are crazy bad drivers and roads are in bad condition. If you are in the suburbs (G'town, Collierville etc) you should have a better experience. Best of luck!