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Nashville's unprecedented reputation as a hotbed for creative talent has earned it the moniker of "Music City," but there's a lot more to it than that. A big city with a small town feel, Nashville is home to a rich craftsman scene, and doubles as a bonafide vintage and leather sanctuary. Below are ten of the city's best boutiques, bars, and restaurants worth a pitstop.
Start your day at Crema, an artisanal coffee shop that hand-selects its beans from independent farmers in places like Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Ethiopia. If you're looking to get serious about your coffee consumption, you can take a weekly class on Latte Art or Espresso Theory.
15 Hermitage Ave between Lea Ave and Peabody St
All of the clothes and accessories at Sisters of Nature are ethically made, which makes it a guilt-free way to start a day of shopping. While you're there, be sure to try on a few of the store's beautiful stacking rings; comb through the racks of tanks, tees, and tunics; and treat yourself to something special from the apothecary section.
521 Gallatin Ave between Calvin and Stratton Aves
Fans of Wes Anderson will feel right at home at Old Made Good, thanks to its vast mixture of expertly selected vintage furniture, clothing, Tennessee ephemera, and jewelry and art made by the store's owner, Ashley Sheehan. If you can't make it to the store in person, follow them on Instagram—they ship all over the US.
3701B Gallatin Pike at Mc Chesney Ave
Pinewood Social has everything you need for hours of great food, cocktails and—if you're in the mood—a little bowling. During the spring and summer, beat the heat in the pool that boasts a full-service airstream bar.
33 Peabody St at Rolling Mill Hill Greenway
If you're looking for the perfect American-made denim—which can be conveniently tailored on site—and vintage tees, look no further than Imogene + Willie. The shop is also home to a solid selection of Warby Parker glasses, the company's first outpost in Nashville.
2601 12th Ave S between Sweetbriar and Montrose Aves
After making her name throughout New York selling her own jewelry, owner and Nashville native Courtney Webb opened Hey Rooster in East Nashville. This reinvention of a traditional General Store sells from everything from Raaka 71% Dark Chocolate to Claudia Pearson Tea Towels to a make-your-own crop-top kit.
1106 Gallatin Ave between W Greenwood and Sharpe Aves
If you've heard of Moto Moda, you're probably thinking of the airstream trailer it used to call home. Thankfully, the shop recently settled into a permanent storefront filled with leather wallets, motorcycle helmets, and handcrafted jewelry. Carefully curated by local musician Nikki Lane, Mota Moda's selection of vintage clothes is a must-see.
521 Gallatin Ave between Stratton and Maxwell Aves
A visit to Nashville wouldn't be complete without seeing a live performance from one of the many local world-class musicians. Acme Feed & Seed offers exceptional talent almost every night of the week, and their hearty Southern menu makes for an all-around great evening filled with food and live music. If ribs are not your thing, you can always walk upstairs to the sushi bar, run by Nashville's infamous "Sushi Nazi," Sam Katakura.
101 Broadway at 1st Ave N.
Wrap up a day of shopping at White's Mercantile, located inside a converted gas station in Nashville's 12th South shopping district. The store's proprietor, Holly Williams, (granddaughter of Hank and daughter of Hank Jr.), has stocked it with accessories, candles, canned jams and honey, home decor, and a great run of children's toys and clothing.
2908 12th Ave S between Paris and Kirkwood Aves
If you need a place to stay and aren't interested in one of the city's larger hotels, make a reservation at The 404. The hotel, which was once a car mechanic garage, is
decorated with both vintage and custom made furniture with a collection of local artists' work hung throughout. Take note: the hotel only has five rooms, so make sure to reserve your spot in advance.
404 12th Avenue S between Pine St and 11th Ave S.