At The Pottery Place, everyone gets to put glaze-dipped brush to ceramics, no matter their age or experience. The studio draws visitors into this world of ceramics painting with informal instruction and open studio time, as well as lively, themed birthday parties. Whatever the structure, guests are free to choose from a menagerie of unfired cups, plates, animal figurines, and serving trays, not to mention a wide spectrum of glaze colors. Glass fusing and mosaic-making are always on offer, too, and patrons are always welcome to bring their own food or drink.
Thousands of dragons glitter and glimmer within the Dragon Dreams Museum. So many, in fact, that the museum owner is working on her entry in the Guinness Word Records book for—you guessed it—the biggest collection of dragons on earth. One-of-a-kind antiques and handcrafted figurines made from silver, jade, and ivory highlight the expansive collection. The on-site gift shop can help you start your own collection as well as purchase other items such as jewelry, magnets, ornaments, and posters.
At The Book Gallery's two Nashville-area locations, savvy staff members point readers toward fiction, comics, and nonfiction titles available in hardcover and paperback at discounted prices. Thousands of kids' and young-adult fiction selections provide more educational entertainment for moppets than playing video games or rearranging PB&J sandwiches into alphabetical order.
Inside Plum Nelly Shop and Gallery, visitors discover an array of handmade items crafted by local and regional artists. From festive pottery pieces and table settings to unique jewelry and decorative wall art, the shop shines with one-of-a-kind creations.
Perched atop Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau, the family-owned and award-winning Stonehaus Winery has nurtured grapes into their grandest liquid potential for more than 20 years. A complimentary winery tour follows grapes' life cycles from growth to crushing to the 3,000-bottles-per-hour automated bottling machine, with a brief pause when grapes run away to find themselves and form folk combos. Stonehaus Winery's more than 18 varieties of wine include sweet white and red muscadines ($10.95–$14.95), a Moonlight cabernet ($19.95), and a very dry pinot gris with citrus overtones ($19.95) that complement chicken, seafood, pork, and more. Stonehaus's popular Tickled Pink sparkling wine, a fruity, semi-sweet labrusca, won Best of Show at the 2009 Wines of the South competition. Stonehaus Winery also showcases homemade fudge, gourmet foods, and educational toys for children and hosts community events, such as concerts, outdoor movie screenings, and frozen-wine-sculpting tournaments.
At Mr. K’s Used Books, Music, and More’s five locations, funny money is the currency of choice. In exchange for bringing in good-quality books, CDs, and DVDs, customers receive store-issued dollars that they can use toward the purchase of other items. Some in-demand items, such as school textbooks, modern literature, video games, or sports almanacs from the future, may warrant a cash exchange instead. The shop’s friendly staffers, meanwhile, remain at the ready to help customers locate an item amid the many shelves, organized by genre and number of vowels in the title.