Jose Santisteban’s artistic path has been paved with glass. He began working with it as an artistic medium in 1999 and, after earning his master of fine arts in glass sculpture in New York, chased his passion to locales around the country and globe.
Today, Jose shares his love of this ancient art at Franklin Glassblowing Studio. During lessons that focus on the basic skills of glass blowing, he demonstrates how the material can be used for more than just windows and temporary houses. Students then put theory into practice, flexing their creative muscles to create personalized keepsakes from scratch. When not hosting classes, Jose and others at the studio design their own glassy pieces, including lighting and home decor.
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.