Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
Standard Furniture traces its origins back to 1912, when a local family began traveling through Birmingham, peddling fine household furniture out of a wagon. Four generations later, the business has blossomed into 13 retail stores throughout Alabama and Tennessee, and its century-long commitment to quality furniture and customer service won it the Alabama Retail Association’s Silver Award as one of the Retailers of the Year in 2011. Each gallery abounds with bedroom, living-room, and dining-room furniture from top designers such as Lane, along with mattresses in a range of shapes and styles from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, and Jamison. At each location, a knowledgeable staff awaits to offer design counsel, suggesting pieces that best suit a household’s style or will hold up against a disobedient pet woodchuck.
Farms may not sprout candy bars, but a candy bar produced Milky Way Farm. The sprawl of fertile, Middle Tennessee land was bought by Frank Mars in the 1930s, with money from his Milky Way candy bar. In the decades since then, the farm's 1,000 acres have supported a menagerie of prize Hereford cattle, horses, and sheep, as well as an elegant Tudor manor house currently on the National Historic Registry. Its chestnut beams and stone walls make it a sumptuous wedding venue, while its 20 bedrooms make it a great slumber-party venue for a teen and her least-close friends. The farm plays host to other types of fun, too, from senior portrait shoots to trail rides through its verdant grounds.
Inflated structures, slides, and games fill the climate-controlled environs of BounceU of Nashville's location. Staff members closely monitor all activities as little ones traverse obstacle courses or pull on oversized inflatable boxing gloves. The crew also invites parents to join in on the fun, letting them bounce alongside their kids or make sweeping edicts from atop a bouncy-castle throne.
In addition to open sessions, the indoor play haven sets the stage for Daily Create and Bounce Summer Camps programs that teach art lessons and group activities. Special events include parent's night out, which lets parents spend an evening away from their kids, and cosmic bounce, which turns the facility into a black-lit arena to illuminate any lost socks.
Mitchel Loveless teaches at sporting-clay venues such as Nashville Gun Club.
Mr. Loveless supplies rental shotguns, boxes of shells, and targets.
In 2010, Mitchel Loveless II became the youngest person ever inducted into the Tennessee State Trapshooting Association's Hall of Fame. A crowning achievement to be sure, but Mr. Loveless was already accustomed to awards. He started shooting trap at the age of 10, and he placed in or won dozens of shooting competitions for years after that. Even his gun is experienced. Mr. Loveless has used his Kolar combo shotgun to fire more than 250 rounds to date.
At Mid Tenn Motorcycle Education Center, nationally certified instructors impart the secrets to safe and street-legal riding. Through their basic courses, students step in on Saturday and leave on Sunday with the comprehensive knowledge and skills to bypass the written and driving portions of the state licensing test. The instructors spread tutelage across 5 classroom hours and 10 hours of on-cycle instruction. More advanced students can dip into one-day, six-hour experienced-rider courses to practice precision handling, advanced braking, and dodging squirrels. The school also hosts women-only classes that teach terminology and skills free of testosterone-induced wheelie popping.