The rustle of feet swiftly move over grass as quick successions of pops echo off the sides of gutted vans and cars. Over the splatter of shots fired, orders are yelled out as teams communicate strategy. These sounds are music to the ears of all players that patrol the hallowed grounds of Nashville Paintball. The five fields present visitors with obstacles such as inflatable Xs, large industrial piping, and old cars targeted by paintballs of games past. While Nashville Paintball's fields received an expert's touch when designed, they cater to players of all levels, even offering games arranged specifically for beginners. Keeping the sport even more accessible, they rent paintball markers and gear and don't check for abstract art degrees at the door.
Mt. Juliet Furniture offers a head-spinning selection of wares for sprucing up domiciles and ascending to new heights of plushness with cushy pyramids of stacked couches. Boasting a bevy of items from designers such as Lane, Simmons, Fusion, and Ashley Upholstery, customers can peruse a variety of items and outfit homes with rugs, lamps, and entertainment centers. Instead of stitching together pillows stuffed with old issues of TV Guide, nap away on a queen mattress set ($399–$3,999) or an inviting sofa ($399–$1,299). To increase the statement made by a new dining room set or entertainment center, stock up on ambience-boosting accessories such as decorator silk trees and accent plants.
The Scrap Room stocks hundreds of craft and scrapbooking materials that help creatively preserve memories. Scrappers can lay their foundation with 12"x12" patterned paper ($0.69–$1.50/sheet) or cardstock ($0.75/sheet), and scrawl calligraphic narrations or fashion criticisms with a roster of pens and markers ($1.99–$9.25). Myriad stickers and embellishments ($1.49–$7.99), as well as stamps ($1.99–$23.99) help to garnish flashbacks, such as cartoon reindeer that bolster Christmas photos or cover up Santa’s beard slip. More advanced crafters can manipulate paper shape and texture with Tim Holtz or Sizzix dies and embossing folders ($11.99–$29.99) that help solidify the ephemeral past.
Cindy Lou's Books feeds ravenous bookworms with an endless supply of new and used tomes ($0.52–$29.92), including children's books and holiday selections. Readers wind through the store’s literary labyrinth, losing themselves in neat collections of nonfiction works, novels, memoirs, and choose-your-own-adventure-themed cookbooks. In addition to keeping personal libraries stocked, readers contribute to cancer research, with 5% of each sale directed toward the Minnie Pearl Cancer Research Foundation. Cindy Lou's Books also gathers young mind adventurers every Monday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. for story time, followed by a panel discussion led by the nation's most prominent preschoolers.