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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!
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’~
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.
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.
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.