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The Horizon’s Bright on the Nashville Skyline

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There’s quite a bit of buzz going around about Music City, these days. The exciting developments occurring in our cultural scene – in food, music, and the arts – have turned the national spotlight our way, turning us into one hot little town. I’m in touch with folks from all over – the fact that I’m very involved on social media keeps me connected to them – and when the topic of Nashville comes up,  people remember that I’m from the area. So, I get asked, pretty often, “What should I do when I come to Nashville?”

It’s a great question, and I know a LOT of great answers to it, and I thought I’d just share a few answers with you today.  I’m basing what I’m sharing on “what I’ve been up to lately”, which has involved me getting out of the Boonies, and heading into Nashvegas to have a little fun! 

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You can see the cover of the mini-magazine, Nashville Skyline, in the foreground.

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a party hosted by Crescent Communities for the launch of a mini-magazine they’re publishing, called Nashville Skyline. You should be seeing it pop up in coffee shops and the like around town pretty soon. It’s a small (16 page) free publication, and the cover of it looks a lot like the Tennessee state flag. It’s packed with information/articles on what’s hot and happening in the city’s creative cultural scene, with articles covering music, food, drink, art, design, fashion, and more. They’ve even included a map in the center that will help you locate the businesses that are mentioned.

Every person I talked to who picked it up and read a few articles, then turned to me and said, “That’s really cool!”. In fact, when I brought it home, and my kids looked at it,  EVEN MY KIDS THOUGHT IT WAS COOL. 

~picks self up off floor, following having landed in a puddle of ‘dead faint’~

The fact that it mentioned Jack White, Third Man Records, Barista Parlor, and Ben Folds may have had a lot to do with my kids’ high opinions. 

I found businesses named that I knew little of, but am now keen to go and see for myself. I refer to  Imogene + Willie, and White’s Mercantile. 

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Guests, mingling. As you do.

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The ramen were my favorite. A beautiful spread, from Otaku South.

And although I still think my husband roasts better coffee, and makes better barbecue than anyone in town, I’m glad HIS name was omitted from the publication, because we don’t need to field phone calls from people visiting Nashville, who’d be terribly lost trying to FIND our home out here in the Boonies, so-near-and-yet-so-far from Nashville, in order to drink my husband’s most excellent home-roasted coffee and eat his succulent smoked-all-day barbecue.

Anyway, it was a fun night, at a perfectly GORGEOUS venue that I’d never been to before. Our party took place at the Peter Nappi studio, which is downtown, near the Farmer’s Market and the Cumberland River, in what used to be the Neuhoff Meat Packing Plant.  At Peter Nappi’s showroom you can see and try on his gorgeous line of luxury leather shoes, boots, and accessories. The studio is worth a visit all on its own, even with no party to attend. The shoes and boots and bags are NOT inexpensive, but they are lovely.

Sooze & Mr. Food Republic, Richard Martin

Sooze & Mr. Food Republic, Richard Martin.

 Richard Martin, the editor-in-chief of this mini-magazine, the Nashville Skyline, also happens to be the editor-in-chief of a website called Food Republic, so I was glad to have a chance to meet him. Richard is from New York City, but mentioned how taken he is by Nashville. (Of course!)  I was very glad to see that some local talent was involved in writing it as well. (I saw you, Chris Chamberlain, even if you didn’t see me!) We ate delicious ramen, prepared for us by Otaku South chef-owner Sarah Gavigan. Otaku South is a Pop-Up restaurant located in East Nashville, and if you ever get the chance to go there, I highly recommend the chicken skin ramen, if Sarah happens to be offering it that day. 

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Mmmm. Bourbon meatballs.


So, that’s what I’ve been up to lately. Keep an eye out for “Nashville Skyline”. I think you’ll find it interesting, and helpful. 

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Wooden shoe forms used by cobblers are called “lasts”. Last time I’m going to tell that to you.


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That’s the door to the bathroom. Yup. W.C. stands for Water Closet. Walk in, sure, but you might want to knock first.





Wednesday 21st of January 2015

Glad you enjoyed it! Sorry I missed seeing you.

Katie @ AMotherThing

Tuesday 20th of January 2015

I went through Nashville on a road trip when I was younger, and now my sister lives near there. I SO want to go back and explore. So awesome! My recent post Two Eighteen – Mommy Meltdowns and Stressy Sleepless Nights


Tuesday 20th of January 2015

Thanks for all the recommendations, Susan! I'm always on the lookout for new food places to try and I guess our family will have to make it out of the boonies as well one of these days to drive to East Nashville! :-D


Tuesday 20th of January 2015

Nashville is somewhere I've always wanted to travel, on my bucket list for sure. Now I REALLY want to go! Thanks for sharing whats coming up with the city. My recent post Tips for Refinishing Stairs

Kathy Gottberg

Tuesday 20th of January 2015

Hi Susan! What fun. Don't you just love going to opening parties and meeting new people? It is such a great way to get to know any city. I haven't been to Nashville (yet) but when I do I will keep an eye out for that new publication you mention! Thanks. ~Kathy My recent post Letting Go Of the Need To Be Right