The 4,800-square-foot activity arena at The Monkey’s Treehouse, named Best Children's Play Program by Nashville Parent, dazzles pint-sized patrons up to eight years of age with a plethora of interactive and climbable activities. Once inside, tiny jaws drop at the sight of a four-room wooden tree house complete with bridges and slides. Children use their imaginations in a pretend town and play with trains, cars, Calico Critters, doll houses, and baby dolls and can create masterpieces in the art studio. The little ones two and under can enjoy a gated play area designed just for them.
The Treehouse's proprietors, who are parents of young children themselves, work with trained staff to keep the jovial funhouse meticulously clean and safe. There are plenty of diverse activities for everyone, including free Wi-Fi.
Olivia Olive Oil scours the world for artisanal olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and gourmet foods, then imports them to a chic location where guests can mingle at private tastings or take home bottles of gourmet condiments. Though humans have enjoyed olive oil for centuries because of its rich, complex flavors, health-conscious chefs also praise it for its potential health benefits, including reducing inflammation, cutting risk of heart disease, and promoting invisibility. Guests at Olivia's tasting parties eagerly sample a variety of oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world, learning about the pressing process and bonding with friends over cheese, bread, and drinks. The shelves call out to customers with bottles of fine oils and vinegars from around the world, such as a grassy organic oil from Spain, a white-truffle-infused olive oil from Alba, Italy, or a traditional balsamic aged for 18 years in oaken barrels. An arsenal of appliances and accessories helps clients properly enjoy their newfound culinary treasures, with items such as olive-wood serving spoons, hand-blown glass-drop bottles, and handy cork spouts.
Silver Steer & Co.’s wooden shelves and marble tabletops are stacked with scented candles, aromatic lotions, and quaint gifts. Patrons peruse paisley bags, coozies crafted from license plates, and bird-patterned pillows. Chevron placemats and designer lamps, as well as many other handcrafted items can be found on display throughout the boutique’s eclectic confines.
At Woodcraft of Nashville, a staff of experienced carpenters, cabinetmakers, engineers, and craftsfolk help customers infuse a rustic, handmade charm into their living spaces with a vast array of wood; hand and power tools; finishes; and manuals. An extensive schedule of classes teach curious do-it-yourselfers how to construct a dovetail joint, build everyday household objects, or work a table saw, and an arsenal of hardware keeps workshops stocked with band saws, lathes, sanders, and electric carvers.
"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.
Monkey Joe's inflatable play center entertains kids aged 2–12 with a soft, yielding landscape of bouncy slides and jumps. Although you won’t find any textbooks, the indoor fun zone helps develop young minds with activities that encourage problem solving via games, climbing walls, and an obstacle course. A separate Mini Monkey Zone designed for tykes aged 3 and younger stations toddler-friendly toys and games on a soft landing area.
As children play and learn, Monkey Joe—the eponymous purple primate—circulates throughout both play areas, slapping fur-covered high-fives and teaching children to say “hello” in both gorilla and chimpanzee. Meanwhile, an adult area succors caregivers (who get in free) with flat-screen TVs and free WiFi as kids gambol across the well-lit, sanitized play areas overseen by trained staffers.