When Nashville Lifestyles puts a restaurant, concert venue, or stylist on its Best of Music City list, it's no small honor. The magazine's exhaustive knowledge of Nashville's cultural scene is revealed each month through features such as music reviews, which chronicle Nashville's local recording spaces, as well as the latest releases from both local artists and celebrities such as Miranda Lambert. Food critics try out restaurants to point hungry readers toward the city's best sports bars, cafés, food trucks, and food boats. Robust entertainment coverage helps social butterflies plan for parties, gallery exhibits, and festivals. Beyond the glossy pages of its print edition, Nashville Lifestyles' robust online presence shares extra features and photo slideshows, giving locals up-to-the-minute coverage of notable fetes and other goings-on about town.
United Apparel Liquidators' fashion-savvy buying team compiles an immense stash of brand-new clothing and accessories from acclaimed designers, slicing 70–90% off their original retail price before featuring them on the boutiques' shelves. The stores—which have garnered press from fashion magazines such as Lucky and InStyle over their 30-year history—brim with men's and women's attire, shoes, and jewelry from prominent high-end labels such as Alexander McQueen, Chanel, and Marc Jacobs. Staffers aim to keep the vast collection current and up to date, harnessing their knowledge of the fashion scene to scope out threads from emerging designers and time-traveling thrift-store owners.
Steeped firmly in the community, the entirety of Thrift Smart's proceeds from its gently used apparel and housewares benefit local charities. The staffers rotate the varied inventory daily, stocking dresses, shoes, and men's and women's tops that are both fashionable and casual enough for glamorous grocery store runs. They also blanket their brightly lit aisles with a multihued miscellany of furniture and appliances and furnish shelves with books ranging from fiction to self-help.
Thrift Smart furthers its community involvement with help from a band of volunteers, who lend a hand sorting new items in the warehouse or lifting heavy furniture in the Nolensville storefront.
The friendly staff at Eastside is knowledgeable and passionate about the ways of the velocipede, yet also talented at making customers feel welcome and unstupid. After performing a safety check, Eastside's crew will inspect and tighten all the bolts of your bike, as well as degrease and re-lubricate its drive train. They'll also adjust the headset, bottom bracket, brakes, hubs, and derailleur before cleaning the frame and checking it for instability and surprise pipe bombs. Finally, Eastside will inflate tires to their proper PSI to ensure a smooth and worry-free ride over city streets, rural slopes, and vast plains of banana peels. Call ahead to schedule your appointment.
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.
Krave Frozen Yogurt dishes up delicious frozen yogurt from a rave-worthy roster of flavors displayed on the menu. Pack a pair of medium cups with up to three toppings over steadfast standbys such as original tart, mellow mango, and luscious forest berries. Like a Love Boat marathon, each week welcomes a sweet guest-starring selection to support the series regulars—past guests include the earthy taro, the scene-stealing ginger lemon, and Jimmy Carter's favorite crave-quasher, peanut butter. Adorn a flavorful frozen foundation with sweet or savory toppings, such as bright red raspberries, succulent kiwi fruit, crisp cereal, or mini marshmallows.