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2225 Bransford Ave, Nashville, TN 37204, USA
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A guy they call Santa (see long white beard) owns this trailer painted in Christmas motif in an up-and-coming area just south of downtown. There’s karaoke every night and cheap beer for cash only. A house band plays every Sunday from 7 p.m. to 9...
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1300 Clinton St, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
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Sarah Souther started out making her inventive marshmallows at a commissary and selling them at restaurants and shops around town. Now she has a brick-and-mortar shop in Marathon Village (a giant brick building where cars were made in the early...
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East End, Nashville, TN 37206, USA
Commercial clusters, or hives, are a growing trend in historic East Nashville, as they can provide a variety of storefronts nestled within an infill lot. In this half-block of Five Points, the shopping includes antiques, a book shop, fresh...
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1006 Buchanan St, Nashville, TN 37208, USA
Leave the cowboy hats and bolo ties to the tourists. Instead, pick up a hand-stitched wool cap or necktie by Otis James. The tailor takes craftsmanship seriously; even his labels are stamped and painted by hand. Watch him at his studio in Marathon...
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416 Broadway B, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
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Storied honky-tonk joints—and tourists—crowd lower Broadway. But the classic country feel of Robert’s Western World attracts locals, too. Two-step around the tiny dance floor to covers of songs by such favorites as Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and...
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605 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
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This American classic is the go-to meat-and-three restaurant in Nashville—that iconic staple of Southern cooking that consists of, well, a meat and three sides. All walks of life frequent this institution (the Dixie Chicks have been known to...
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224 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
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Inside a downtown complex that houses the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the shiny 23-story Omni Hotel, Nashville's famous letterpress company, Hatch Show Print, has found a new home. Established in 1879, Hatch Show Print...
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402 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
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There are dozens of gigs, every night, in Nashville. But there's only one must-see. Not everyone knows about the Time Jumpers' regular Monday night slot at the Station Inn, but that's a good thing, because it's already a weekly sell out. They are...