Less Is More

Union Common, the soon-to-open restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, bills itself as “a non-traditional steakhouse.” This may sound like an oxymoron since you can’t get much more traditional than steak, but unlike conventional steakhouses, Union Common will forsake the monster-size portions mentality for a fresh approach: small, shared plates. Considered a “social concept steakhouse,” Union Common encourages group dining. Brett Davis, one of the owners, explains, “We chose the name ‘Union Common’ because we want it to be about people coming together and breaking bread, sharing their time [... more]

The Dirty Guv’nahs on Fire

Called a “fiercely soulful band” by The Boston Globe, The Dirty Guv’nahs have recently been making waves in the music industry. The six-member band from Knoxville, Tennessee, recently released their third full-length album, “Hearts on Fire,” with great success, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Filled with passionate lyrics and an inspiring Southern rock vibe, the new album’s 11 tracks are best enjoyed on a lazy summer day. Their current tour stops in cities across the South, including their hometown of Knoxville, among others.

Loads to Tote

Women are eternally searching for the perfect leather tote, one that’s big enough to hold their entire lives, yet small enough to easily manage. Well ladies, look no further than the Horween Leather Tote by Annie Williams. The Nashville, Tennessee-based singer-turned-designer follows a minimalist design principle by putting a heavy emphasis on the functionality and natural beauty of the hides. This particular tote sports a beautiful rustic, marble-like finish and comes with either an open top or a zipper closure. Providing the size and sturdiness you need, [... more]

The Truth Will Set You Free

Truth & Salvage Co. has emerged as one of the South’s hottest new bands. Originally from North Carolina, the six-man group relocated to Los Angeles, but recently settled in back down South in Nashville, Tennessee, to work on their music, a blending of country rock, folk, gospel, and indie pop. “We’re really not aiming to be any kind of genre band,” said Walker Young (piano, organ, vocals). “Everybody writes and everybody has different styles they gravitate toward. When we bring it together it becomes our sound.” In [... more]

It Started With a Homebrewing Kit

Yazoo Brewing Company in Nashville, Tennessee, has become a much larger operation than founder/brewmaster Linus Hall ever expected. In the beginning, Linus and his wife, Lila, sold Yazoo Pale Ale, Dos Perros, Spring Wheat, and Onward Stout to local bars in Nashville, and a loyal following blossomed. I toured the brewery on a recent Saturday, and sampled each beer. The staff offered an up-close opportunity to learn more about each brew and the taproom did not disappoint.

Lucy Hale: Changing Tunes

With the release of her first single, Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale takes the leap from acting to music. “You Sound Good to Me,” off of her debut album “Road Between,” dropped in January. Though the Tennessee native won the FOX singing show American Juniors at the age of 13, when she and her mother moved out to Los Angeles to find a record deal, she found acting gigs rather than opportunities in music. Now Lucy is back on her original track and even lent a [... more]

Rolf Lives Up to the Hype

On a recent trip to Nashville, I absolutely had to make a stop at Rolf and Daughters, which Bon Appétit just named one of the best new restaurants in America. I wanted to find out for myself just how great it is. Situated a little out of the way from the honky-tonks on Broadway in the more residential area of Germantown, the restaurant has all the trappings of trendy spots: craft cocktails, communal tables, pendant lights, industrial accents, relaxed server attire. But—confession time—I dig all of this [... more]

Have Bag, Will Travel

I rarely go anywhere without a backpack—for me, it’s a way of life. One of my favorite bags, Billy Reid’s Distressed Backpack, has seen me through some tough times over the years. Unlike many other packs I’ve tried, this one features comfortable shoulder straps that don’t stain my clothes, even in the hottest environment. Handmade in Tennessee of ultra-soft sheepskin, the bag looks vintage and pretty much goes with whatever I wear, always a huge plus.     

Kickin’ It In Style

I bought these Peter Nappi Sofia boots because I saw a friend wearing them and decided I had to have them. I’ve never been happier with a purchase! The tall, lace-up boots feel so luxurious—real leather has a certain texture you simply cannot match with a synthetic material. And the burnished brown color works well with so many of my outfits. Even more important, after a long day, my feet feel great, which makes these boots worth their fairly hefty price ($750).             [... more]

Pocket Square Perfected

Do one thing and do it better than anyone else. The new brand New York to Nashville set out to perfect an often-overlooked accessory, the pocket square. Using reclaimed fabrics that once made up old flannel shirts, vintage American flags, and even women’s dresses, each hand-stitched pocket square has a story to tell. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, owner Danielle Romero draws inspiration from the city the brand was born in. “There is a beautiful balance of drawing from the Old South with a spirit of reinvention,” she says. [... more]

An American Tale

On the one hand, Noble Denim is about awesome jeans, designed and handmade in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Milledgeville, Tennessee, respectively; on the other, it’s a story about handcrafted products, made in America and one small business helping another, not based solely on money but on quality. Noble was started by one guy with a vision, but as the business continues to grow, so does the line of products it offers. Its small-batch focus, which includes items such as waxed canvas pants and denim jackets, allows them to [... more]

Southern Creation

There are few things I enjoy more than bourbon and chocolate. Scott Witherow, owner of Nashville’s Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co., combines the two for a decadent Bourbon Nib Brittle that is to die for. And for any true chocolate connoisseur, there’s no greater thrill than watching a chocolatier perfect his craft. Lucky for locals and those just passing through, Tennessee’s favorite artisan chocolate brand just debuted its new storefront and factory in East Nashville (open for tours Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the hour). [... more]

Frist Is First Rate

Nashville may be known for its music, but it’s on the brink of becoming a hotbed for artist activity as well. Spearheading the scene, Frist Center for the Visual Arts offers 24,000 square feet of gallery space in an opulent Art Deco building that once served as a post office. The Frist’s Martin ArtQuest Gallery includes 30 interactive stations, where visitors can create their own art. And because this is Nashville, there’s a bonus for music lovers: Every Thursday and Friday year-round from 6 to 8 p.m., [... more]

Memphis Style by Moziah

Sometimes cool kids are born, not made. I’m fairly certain that’s the case with Moziah Bridges, who at age 9 launched his own brand of hand-stitched bowties. Each of Mo’s Bows is designed and crafted by Moziah himself. Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, the young entrepreneur turned to his grandmother to teach him to design and sew his own bowties. Now at age 12, he’s already earned enough to cover his lunch money for the rest of his education. So, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go question [... more]

Game On

The Goldberg brothers have long been the kings of Nashville’s food and drink empire: They started the local mixology movement with the opening of the Patterson House in 2009; in 2011, they launched Catbird Seat, which is still one of the hardest tables to book in the country; and their most recent enterprise has cemented Max and Ben’s throne. The 13,000-square-foot Pinewood Social, which opened in December 2013, is a cocktail bar and restaurant with a Crema coffee outpost and workstations with free Wi-Fi for those who [... more]

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