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DESIGN
Nashville-Designed Peter Nappi Footwear and Accessories
In 2011, designer Philip Nappi and co-founder Dana Nappi sought to restore a century-old tradition of shoemaking that grandfather Peter Nappi brought to the US from Italy over 100 years before. With that, the brand Peter Nappi was born and the dedicated...
FOOD-DRINK
American Born Moonshine
There's something rugged and pioneering about the history of moonshine. Whether it's Appalachian myths and the human spirit, the Whiskey Rebellion post-War of Independence, or a prominent surge during American Prohibition when it took on greater...
CULTURE
Already Alive: The Bonnaroo Experience
At just under four minutes long, balanced between the frenetic and the meditative, filmmaking collective and storytelling studio's Already Alive delivers a powerful, visually stunning trip into famed music festival Bonnaroo, now in its 13th year...
CULTURE
Johnny Cash Museum
While The Man In Black has always been a Nashville treasure, Johnny Cash's namesake museum is a fresh point of pride for Music City. Cash’s longtime friend Bill Miller started with his extensive personal collection of memorabilia, merged it with contributions...
OUTDOORS
5 Points
About 20 years ago, East Nashville—just over the Cumberland River—was far from the thriving neighborhood it is today, but a steady and determined rebirth in recent years has turned it into a vibrantly creative testament to the independent spirit. And...
FOOD
Hattie B's Chicken
Hot chicken is almost officially Nashville's official food: it’s a take on fried chicken that's generously slathered with a tastebuds-scorching mix of cayenne and spices, served atop a slice of white bread and simply appointed with pickles. Trendsetter...
SHOPS
Grimey’s
Founder of Grimey’s, Mike Grimes, is something of a local musical hero: He played with The Bis-Quits and Bare Jr., helped spur the dicey-to-trendy East Nashville renaissance with his much-missed venue Slow Bar and has served crate diggers at his namesake...
FOOD
Barista Parlor
Owner of Barista Parlor—located in artsy, inclusive East Nashville—Andy Mumma took an unassuming concrete space on Gallatin Pike (which is almost ruined with fast food and title loan storefronts) and turned it into a stylish, quality-focused caffeine...
SHOPS
Third Man Records
The moniker Third Man Records is a slight oversimplification of what visitors find in this downtown compound, which was launched, designed and spearheaded by rock'n'roll's Jack White (who earned his country stripes when he produced veteran Loretta...
Nashville
Tennessee's capital has been on something of a roll in recent years. A southern, cosmopolitan city smack in the middle of the Volunteer State, Nashville has recently been dubbed a US' hotspot by several revered publications, and it even now serves...
DESIGN
Interview: Jacob Henley of Salemtown Board Co.
by Madison Kahn Last November, all that Tennessee-native Jacob Henley had was a tank of gas, some reclaimed wood and a big idea: to mentor inner-city Nashville youth by teaching them how to build one-of-a-kind skateboards. Now, six months later...
TECH
2012 VW Passat
Introducing a new streamlined body while lowering the price, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat sleekly updates previous models. The big advancement being that it's now made stateside at the German automaker's new sustainably-minded factory in Chattanooga...
CULTURE
Yee-Haw Industries
Housed in a turn-of-the-century storefront between theaters and restaurants on Gay Street —Knoxville, Tennessee's main thoroughfare—Yee-Haw Industries has become something of an institution. Since 1996, founders Julie Belcher and...