Guns and Leather is as much an artists' studio as a shooting range. As onsite gunsmith for more than 30 years, Jeff Walle spends his days restoring and customizing firearms, sometimes machining a part for an antique rifle or working on an engraving.
Walle's respect for the tradition and history of firearms characterizes Guns and Leather, started by the Williams family as a humble 800-square-foot shop in 1999. By 2004, the Williams nearly tripled the size of their operation, moving to a 2,100-square-foot facility in Greenbrier. Today, they oversee a 75-foot indoor range split into five standard lanes with electric target retrieval and five computerized lanes with a Mancom system that can make targets pivot and moonwalk. They also supervise a 35-foot, 15-lane range in Hendersonville, which, like its predecessor, is outfitted with climate-control and air-filtration systems. Beyond supervising the ranges, the Williams also oversee a team of state licensed, NRA-compliant instructors that runs the Guns and Leather Shooting Academy, an instructional suite with courses tailored for everyone from everyday citizens to military personnel. To further demonstrate their commitment to responsible firearms practices, the Williams also coordinate a Junior Shooting Sports Program.
A bicycle store is not the first place one would expect to find a diaper-changing station. Luckily, Eastside Cycles' claim of catering to families isn't just lip service— youngster-toting customers can take care of the wardrobe requirements of their charges or borrow a toy from the shop's stash of playthings as they browse a rotating selection of handpicked rides from Cannondale, Kona, and Surly. Mechanics unleash a jangling chorus of tools as they repair and fine-tune bikes while owners pass the time browsing free WiFi and TV. The staff also leads groups of riders out into the sunshine on weekend mornings, revealing new routes and fresh air that hasn't been sitting in a park ranger's pockets.
Designed by American Society of Golf Course Architects member Benjamin J. Wihry, Nashboro Golf Club's 36-year-old public course challenges golfers of all skill levels with more than 6,800 yards of club-carving grassy slopes. The par-72 arrangement tests swingers' mental and physical aptitude with tree-lined bermuda fairways, hazardous water- and sand-filled traps, and ball-snatching falcons. After teeing off from a scenic tee box and nudging dimpled spheres closer to the pin, links lovers can steer their steadfast carts toward the course’s bentgrass greens, whose cockeyed roots eternally point towards the birthplace of Jack Nicklaus.
At Tusculum Lanes, 24 shiny lanes line up to provide guests with optimal pin-smashing recreation. Groups of up to six friends or a sextuple of friendly foes can share a lane for two hours (up to $60, depending on the time) of full-contact bowling. Shoes are included, and all lanes feature automatic scoring, so contestants won’t have to waste precious time mastering the rules of the 10 frames. On Saturdays, bowlers get in touch with bowling’s dark side with ritualistic glowing lights and a pounding sound system during cosmic bowling.
Sky High Sports emancipates kids and adults from the laws of gravity with each jump, twist, or backflip their trampolines aid. The yellow-and-blue play space features a spring-loaded frame that provides more give to jumpers, with all frames and springs covered by 2-inch-thick safety pads. To take full advantage of its unique space, Sky High hosts springy and elevated games of dodge ball as well as Airobics, a low-impact, fat-burning workout class that helps improve balance and coordination. Pintsize gymnasts can take refuge in a specially designed kid zone and romp around in the foam pit while they brainstorm nicknames for their pro-wrestling career. The expansive 45,000-square-foot center also offers private rooms for birthday parties.
CrossFit Music City’s owner, Mario Kelso, leads by example. He holds certifications in personal training, speed agility training, strength and conditioning training, and CrossFit training. Accordingly, he demands advanced credentials from his staff of fitness coaches, who range from triathletes to Marines to champion brazilian-jujitsu fighters. Together, they teach the CrossFit workout of the day, an intense, full-body routine that blends exercises from Olympic lifting, plyometrics, kettlebell training, and whatever ants do to get so strong. In addition to the sounds of grunting and barbells dropping, the facility reverberates with cracking baseballs from the batting cages that share the space.