Harpeth Bicycles owner Jonathan Woody’s philosophy about bikes can be boiled down to one simple idea: “put more people on bikes and the world will be a better place.” His staff of mechanics and cycling enthusiasts works toward that goal by selling bikes from brands such as Giant Bicycles, Electra Bikes, and Seven Cycles and performing tune-ups and repairs. Once patrons catch the cycling bug inside the empty pickle jar that is their soul, they can join in social activities planned by the shop such as group rides and spinning classes.
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.
Every day, the stylish staffers replenish Blush Boutique's racks with new dresses, skirts, and tanks created by indie and private-label designers. More than 80 new styles arrive weekly to keep their collections on-trend. To update shoppers on their new arrivals, the store’s personal stylists post outfits of the week online. They also offer complimentary styling services, drawing from their encyclopedic fashion knowledge to design outfits based on each clients' style, shape, size, and whether they put pants on one leg or two legs at a time.
A bright and airy space with red brick walls and wood floors greets visitors to Gin-O Boutique, where the sizable dressing rooms come accented with plush red drapes. Glasses of wine accompany ambles through the chic attire, which ranges from the casual garb of hip-hugging jeans and unique graphic tees to designer dresses, tops, and prison uniforms. Tucked just off downtown Franklin's main drag, Gin-O Boutique's sprawling selection of designer duds caters to both men and women.
The friendly style mavens at Must Boutique stock shelves with a spirited array of feminine looks for those eager to exude individual style statements. Flattering tops ($18–$38) let armoires bask in attention without becoming mystical portals, while pairs of boots and booties ($89) beg for cool-weather winds to debut their seasonal swagger. Satiny rows of cocktail attire (up to $120) clamor for attention while casually chic dresses ($42–$68) woo window shoppers through fashion osmosis. Patrons dangle earrings ($6) alongside newly smiling visages, accent high-fives with a collection of rings (up to $25), and let necklaces ($12–$32) add golden accents to collarbones like a hug from King Midas. Muse Boutique's inventory and Facebook page keep shoppers apprised of new waves of arrivals with assistance from an accommodating staff.
Perry's Family General Store sells an eclectic assortment of general-store products, from natural skincare remedies to gardening seeds and herbal supplements. All-purpose grapefruit, lavender and oats, and peppermint tea soaps ($5.95 each) are 100% natural, phosphate-free, not tested on animals, and gentle enough to use for shaving, on babies, or for baby's first shave. Pucker up with some orange-vanilla lip balm ($4 each), an ideal follow-up after treating lips to the edible brown-sugar lip scrub ($16). Customers can also stock up on seeds ($1.99) and plant a summer garden packed with chamomile, bantam corn, burpless cucumbers, beefsteak tomatoes, and a variety of other well-mannered veggies. Use the fruits and vegetables of your labor in recipes derived from the Kitchen Garden Cookbook, a collection of more than 200 recipes and cooking tips ($22.95).