The staff at Kaitlyn’s Loft bedecks their storefront and virtual shelves with colorful, inimitable gift items designed by name-brand manufacturers and personalized by the shop’s on-site engravers and monogrammers. The Simply Violet tote by Vera Bradley brandishes paisley patterns and ample storage space for well-written novels and unwritten autobiographies ($34.50), and the grapefruit body butter by Archipelago grants skin the gift of softness ($30). Toss around fresh greens with the handmade Soho salad servers ($40), or adorn fashion-forward appendages with glistening beads, charms, and pendants by Chamilia ($20+). The baseball bib shields wearers from spaghetti spills and foul balls, and the rubber duck hand wash swathes mitten fillers in soap and suds.
Nestled into the countryside around the basin of the Appalachian mountains, the Blackberry Ridge Golf Club's championship course undulates through hills, rivers, and dense forest. Despite its changes in elevation, the Club prides itself on maintaining speedy greens and a few less-than-forgiving fairways, as showcased on the signature 600-yard par 5. Though the course displays few hazards aside from the natural bodies of water and sentient trees that offer caddy tips on multiple holes, the subtle gradients of the terrain offer an entirely different set of challenges. Off the course, a driving range provides golfers with a chance to practice their skills, and the clubhouse features a snack bar with homemade barbecue sandwiches, ice cold beers, and other snacks.
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Tom Brown's first wine didn't quite make it into a barrel. Instead, it aged inside a pickle crock in his mother's kitchen, finally flowing forth in the year 1976. Today, Tom heads up a slightly more sophisticated operation as owner of Beans Creek Winery. Sourcing grapes from eight Tennessee counties, Tom and his team of vintners have created 31 wines, including dry reds, sweet and spicy muscats, and three types of sparkling wine. His concoctions have earned 38 medals in the Indy International Wine Competition, where they were also chosen Best of Class three times.
The Cookie Store helps its customers to satisfy their sweet teeth with an extensive assortment of fresh-baked cookies and seven types of smoothies. From classics such as chocolate chip to more inventive flavors including snickerdoodle, honey oatmeal raisin walnut, and heath-bar toffee, The Cookie Store’s bakers concoct a spread of delicious bite-size treats daily. In addition to cookie trays and tins, bakers create custom cookie cakes in a variety of different shapes, including hearts and circles that can be decorated with birthday messages, cartoon characters, or interpretations of Jackson Pollock masterworks.
Owner, buyer, and stylist Elizabeth Allen loves fashion, and she’s not alone. The popularity of her Murfreesboro boutique spurred a new location in Gulch. At both shops, Elizabeth and her team of stylists select and share seasonal fashions from brands such as French Connection, Frye Company, and Whitney Eve. Though the shelves and hangers are replete with printed dresses and vintage Chanel accessories, the boutique’s Denim Bar serves both women and men.
The friendly flourists at Fabulous Florals and Gifts transform bunches of blooms into stunning bouquets that enliven special events and comfort those in need. A rose-and-tulip bouquet marries classic red roses with the springtime charm of pink tulips, making fall foliage green with envy ($69.99). A watering can of kalanchoe makes both a polite and direct reminder for forgetful gardeners ($19.99), and the beer mug of blooms combines fresh white carnations and acrylic rocks to create a faux-foam-topped brew that makes any suds-soaked pal produce tears ($29.99). For moms, grandmas, or stylish mail carriers, Fabulous Florals and Gifts also outputs the handbag of blooms, which unites roses, carnations, and daisy poms in a stem-swaddling reusable tote ($39.99/small).