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Despite its rich history, Nashville does not rest on its laurels and is a city that is continually evolving. Its prominence as one of the premier destinations for music lovers (and not just country music, either) is well documented (you get called Music City for nothing.) This is the kind of place that offers up big-city caliber attractions without the outrageous price tag. You never get the impression that this place is ready to swallow you up. On the contrary, no matter where you find yourself in Nashville, be it famous Lower Broadway, Music Row or the up-and-coming hipness of East Nashville, there is always that feeling that you are visiting an important city with a small town vibe. If you’re looking to do a little shopping, Nashville’s got a lot going on for it in that department, too.
This city may not have the reputation as a shopping destination like some others but the reality is far different than the perception. Famous Lower Broadway alone can satiate any shoppers appetite with everything from western wear, home furnishings, everything related to music, and a great selection of memorabilia.
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Known as the Honky Tonk Highway, Lower Broadway is the setting for a number of shops and boutiques like the famous Acme Feed and Seed, a popular shopping destination for Music City visitors. Opry Originals offers a selection of home furnishings and local artisan merchandise. The Barbershop Harmony Society features a wide variety of books, apparel, CDs and sheet music. If you are looking for unique Nashville gifts and memorabilia, the Music City Shop is located inside the Bridgestone Arena. You can satisfy your sweet tooth at Leon’s Candy or the Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop before checking out the deals at Boot Country or the Nashville Cowboy.
The SoBro, or South of Broadway, neighborhood is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as well as an assortment of retailers. Established in 1879, the Hatch Show Print sells distinctive letterpress posters in its gift shop. The lobby of the Omni Hotel is the location for the Five and TENN, a shop reminiscent of a country store. SoBro also hosts the retro confectioner Goo Goo Chocolate Co. and Ensemble, an apparel and accessories boutique where everything is $10 or less. You can also visit the gift shops in the Johnny Cash Museum and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Tracing its roots back almost 200 years, the Nashville Farmer’s Market is located adjacent to the Bicentennial Mall State Park. Since the mid-1950s, the market has stretched from Jackson Street to Harrison Street along what is now Rosa Parks Boulevard. The Market House and produce sheds cover more than 15 acres. In addition to nearly 100 merchants selling fresh food and produce, the Farmer’s Market is home to the Downtown Candle Shop that offers handmade scented candles. Other Farmer’s Market retailers include the Lagniappe Spice Shop and the Lucy Bird Kitchen that sell an assortment of freshly hand-blended spices and dried herbs.
Housed in historic century-old warehouses, Marathon Village is an eclectic shopping and entertainment destination. Once the production facility for a Nashville-based car manufacturer, the buildings sat vacant for decades before being refurbished into today’s retail, artisan and event space. In addition to artist studios and boutique distilleries, Marathon Village is the setting for unique shops like Antique Archaeology. A treasure trove of rare finds, memorabilia and sensational stories, the establishment is run by Mike Wolfe, one of the hosts of the television show “American Pickers.” You will also find the gourmet Bang Candy Company and The Old Time Pickin’ Parlor, which offers a section of musical instruments and accessories. Island Girl features handmade jewelry and artwork, and Ceri Hoover makes premium handcrafted leather handbags.
A former industrial area, the Gulch is a dynamic example of urban re-development. Located southwest of the Central Business District not far from Lower Broadway, the neighborhood has many wonderful examples of re-purposed historic architecture. Radiating an avant-garde vibe, the Gulch is home to the artisan Colts Chocolates and ET Burk, which offers elegant home furnishings. You can pick up the perfect pair of boots from the legendary Lucchese and a unique instrument at the Carter Vintage Guitar shop. The Gulch is also the setting for Two Old Hippies, a famous retailer featuring retro clothing and memorabilia.
Adjacent to the Belmont University campus, the 12 South neighborhood is home to an assortment of unique shops. This collection of retailers includes White’s Mercantile, a general store owned by Hank Williams’ granddaughter, and the office and home décor purveyor Cadeau. Housed in one of the neighborhood’s former gas stations, the retailer Imogene & Willie is famous for its custom denim apparel. Corner Music and Drums offers a range of instruments and Judith Bright is known for its one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Located between Belmont and Vanderbilt Universities, Hillsboro Village is a rejuvenated four-block section of Nashville that is the setting for a collection of trendy restaurants, shops and boutiques. This quaint neighborhood attracts young families and professionals. In addition to the Book Man/Book Woman retailer, the district includes merchants like The Impeccable Pig, Tennessee Chic and A Thousand Faces. These shops offer a diverse selection of jewelry, designer eye wear, home furniture and accessories.
Visitors and locals who prefer upscale shopping or factory-direct discounts can explore venues like Green Hills and Opry Mills. A premier mid-South shopping venue, The Mall at Green Hills features specialty boutiques, including Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany’s. The mall also hosts big box retailers like Dillard’s, Macy’s and Nordstrom. Located in the Music Valley area, Opry Mills is the largest outlet and value retail venue in the Volunteer State. Home to more than 200 stores, the outlet center includes shops from well-known designer labels like Ralph Lauren, Coach and Michael Kors as well as Disney, Under Armour and True Religion.
Music City has a great selection of fashion boutiques, big box retailers and music stores. From modern shopping malls to small local boutiques selling specialty items, you will find something that will fit your style and budget.