Purses, teapots, yard art, and action figures all add to the eclectic array of novelty knickknacks and gifts filling every corner of Curious Heart Emporium. Selections hail from a range of locales, as owner Kathy Corley combs sources throughout the nation and beyond to line shelves with a wide variety of exotic items. Bedeck bodies in scarves ($10–$72) or faux-rugged tattoo sleeves ($2.50) for fun, or formalize wounds for black-tie affairs with novelty mustache band-aids ($6.25–$7.50). Wine supplies such as sock monkey bottle covers ($12.50) and colorful wine glasses ($22–$25) make better housewarming gifts for vintage votaries than pricey cabernet lawn sprinklers, and the selection of pottery, wind chimes, and yard art ($24–$110) elegantly adorns outdoor spaces. Perfect for home festivities, the boutique also carries a wide selection of party supplies, greeting cards, and seasonal décor.
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.
A mounted buffalo head eyes guests curiously as they swing through the french doors of Buffalo's Nashville, having climbed the stairs or ridden the elevator to the historical building's second floor. As patrons settle into studded leather barstools, bartenders take their orders for well drinks or domestic beers such as Bud, Miller Light, and Coors Light, and sports games play on 21 high-definition TV screens. Behind the scenes, the kitchen yields plates of burgers and sandwiches as well as wings dipped in a dozen mild to extra-hot sauces.
In between rounds of drinks, bouts of shuffleboard, darts, and billiards occupy glassless hands as spectators watch from atop a refurbished shoeshine station. Buffalo's Nashville also hosts special events and parties in a pair of private rooms overlooking the Cumberland River and the Titans' LP Field.
Tucked into a historic home replete with an art center and retail space filled with organic and locally produced products, Center of Symmetry’s trained wellness workers provide holistic health services. The center’s certified hydrotherapists purge clogged passageways with FDA-approved colon-hydrotherapy sessions, and licensed massage therapists work to assuage tension with a variety of massage techniques, including Swedish and reflexology—pressure applied to the hands and feet to help stimulate organs and improve health. Doctor of Chiropractic Jermaine Ware, the center’s onsite chiropractor, straightens out spines and provides life coaching and nutritional counseling.
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.