Best Local Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Best Local Gifts for Everyone on Your List

If you’ve been procrastinating Christmas shopping (as I do every year…) look no further. Last week, I shared 10 Spots to Shop Local this Holiday Season. Today, I’ve gathered some of the best go-to Nashville gifts that you can easily order online. Voila: Your shopping made simple while still benefiting local businesses! Make sure to order ASAP so these arrive by Christmas!

 

For the Southerner:

1. Nashville Unisex T-Shirt from the Simple South

2. Southern Charm is the Sweetest Tea Unisex T-Shirt from the Simple South

3. Southern Living: A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen from Batch

 

For the Jewelry Lover:

1. Trust Dahlia Crystal Bullet Necklace from Castilleja

2. Herkimer Diamond Nugget Earrings from Judith Bright

3. Modern Hoop from Portmanteau

 

For the Beauty Lover:

1. Hand Care Duo from Thistle Farms

2. Spa Day Gift Batch from Batch

3. Activated Charcoal Detox Scrub from Little Seed Farm

 

For the Hostess:

1. Welcome Home Nashville Gift Batch from Batch

2. Sunday Morning Pancake Mix

 

For the Dapper Man:

1. Handmade Bow Tie from Otis James

2. Dogwood Dots Bandana in Fern from Otis James

3. Stratton Wallet in Buck Brown from Lockeland Leatherworks

 

For the Rugged Man:

1. Watch Cap Beanie from Oil and Lumber

2. Patagonia – M’s Reversible Bivy Down Vest from Cumberland Transit

 

Hope this helps! Happy (online) shopping!

Love, Bee

 

5 Ways to Find Your Holiday Spirit

5 Ways to Find Your Holiday Spirit

I love the holiday season, but as an adult with a full-time job and responsibilities, I feel unable to naturally unleash my Christmas cheer like I did as a child. I have to try harder to be aware of and fully experience this time of year.

In order words, I have to be intentional about feeling festive, which is unlike Christmastime during childhood. This is probably due to the stress and busyness that can come at this time of year. And so, I think now is one of the best times to practice being present in activities that can bring joy.

Children are experts at being in the moment and exuding merriment. Here are 5 suggestions I have to seize and embrace the holiday spirit with the gusto of a child:

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Decorate like Buddy the Elf

It is impossible not to feel a touch of glee when you come home and plug in strands of string lights. If you’re feeling particularly grinchy this year, don’t be afraid to go over the top. I live in a studio apartment and have 7 strands of lights lining the walls, 3 mini Christmas trees, plus lights and a tree on my balcony. When I come home from work, I don’t need any lights on except my Christmas lights. The vibes are warm and cozy. Next step: paper snowflakes.

Watch Your Favorite Holiday Flick

If you haven’t watched any holiday movies yet, it’s time. Turn one on, and turn your phone off. Dedicate your night to the viewing and focus on the film. Suggestions: Elf, Christmas Vacation, Holiday Inn, Meet Me in St. Louis, White Christmas, Love Actually, Christmas in Connecticut, Charlie Brown Christmas. I would say It’s a Wonderful Life, but I save that one for Christmas Eve. Preferably watch your choice with a cup of hot cocoa or cider in hand.

Indulge in a Christmas Activity

If you’re in Nashville, go to Cheekwood Holiday Lights where you can stay warm with a festive cocktail and stroll through their gorgeous display. Or perhaps their Holiday Afternoon Tea suits you, in which you can sip wintertime teas and munch on tasty treats provided by Crumb de la Crumb Bakery.

Go to a Festive Show

My three top picks are the It’s a Wonderful Life viewings at the BelcourtHome Alone in concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and Nashville’s Nutcracker at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Get your tickets for these shows now because they are all likely to sell out! Each one is sure to get you in the Christmas mood.

Take a Drive

When I was little, my dad used to drive me around to look at Christmas lights. These days, I forget to do this – I never just “go for a drive,” but am always driving from point A to point B. Go out one night with the simple goal of viewing holiday decorations. It’s an experience that’s sure to stir up some childhood memories and Christmas nostalgia.

 

How’s your holiday spirit? Hopefully these tips get you feeling a little more like post-Clarence George Bailey. And if you didn’t catch that reference, go watch It’s a Wonderful Life right now.

Love, Bee

 

10 Spots to Shop Local This Holiday Season

10 Spots to Shop Local This Holiday Season

The Beveled Edge

It can be so easy to do all your Christmas shopping online, but it’s so much more meaningful to shop local. You’re supporting small businesses. You get help picking out items. And you find more original, meaningful gifts that not everyone will have! I have a hard time getting motivated to go out and shop during the Christmas season, but I never regret the experience when I go local.

Here are my top picks for your Nashville holiday shopping outings:

 

For Decor & Hostess Gifts

The Beveled Edge – Located on White Bridge Rd., this shop has some of my favorite holiday decor (like gold trees) as well as cute candles, dishes, napkins, mugs and more. Note: They also offer custom frames if you’re gifting a piece of art or photograph.

Thrive – Find artisan & handmade items – from essential oils to beeswax candles – at this store on Fatherland in East Nashville. Also find handmade jewelry, bags, and much more. This is the place to shop for your friend with good taste.

For Apparel, Jewelry, & Eclectic Gifts

Pangaea – Perfect for your friend with bohemian taste, there are so many gems in Pangaea. Located in Hillsboro Village, this store has some of my favorite earrings, pillows, candles, dresses, books, and more.

Fabu – Find essentially everything in this store on Charlotte. With 10 different rooms, you could shop for nearly everyone on your list here. Find great clothing brands and jewelry, home decor, baby gifts, man-cave items – you name it.

Castilleja – I love this shop in Edgehill Village. Castilleja has curated an appealing collection of clothing, accessories, baby, home, and kitchen items. They have pretty candles, pillows, mugs, and more.

For Lovers of Print

Parnassus – Our local independent bookstore in Hillsboro Plaza Shopping Center is the best place to buy a book for anyone on your list. Their collection is beautifully laid out and navigable, and their staff is knowledgable. As an elementary school teacher, I especially love their thoughtful children’s collection!

Her Bookshop – This local bookstore recently opened in East Nashville. I haven’t gotten a chance to check it out yet, but I’ve heard it’s a cozy, welcoming space with a one-of-a-kind selection. I can’t wait to visit!

For Beauty, Body, & Mind

The Lotus Room – Give someone who needs a little relaxation a gift card to the Lotus Room on 18th Ave. S. They offer a variety of massages, body therapies, sleep therapy, and much more.

Thistle Farms – Not only does Thistle Farms make my favorite lotion of all time, but they carry many great bath + body products, apparel, and more. I love all their natural home and body products, and each is handmade by women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.

For the Arts

What better gift for the one who loves the arts than tickets to a show? I recommend checking out performances at the Nashville Symphony, TPAC, the Nashville Ballet, or the Nashville Repertory Theatre.

 

Happy shopping/supporting your local businesses!

Love, Bee

Nashville Local: Thread Co.

Nashville Local: Thread Co.

Yesterday, I popped by Thread Co. with a few friends for their Holiday Sip & Shop. Nestled on the second floor between The Dress Theory and Tempered Cafe & Chocolate in Germantown, it is a bright, cozy space filled with comfortable, high-quality basics. I fell in love as soon as I laid my eyes on their collection and felt how soft and well-made each piece is.

I felt instantly as though their clothing was made for me. I love versatile basics, and just by looking at them, I could tell their clothes would fit like a glove on anyone. I grabbed two items (a warm pink dress and peplum top) within the first minute of walking in and knew I would buy them. I tried them on simply for fun, and was right. They fit amazingly well and were incredibly comfortable to wear.

I felt we had stumbled into someplace truly special. We spoke with co-founders Katie and Gracie who were friendly, kind, humble, and grateful. These are obviously two very talented women. My girls and I were obsessed with everything in the store and each bought several items (it’s affordable, too!).

One of the coolest parts? They can design a custom tee for you! All you need to do is make an appointment.

If you’re a Nashville local, you simply must pop in here ASAP. If you’re not, just shop online! It’s the perfect place to shop for holiday gifts – or just to treat yourself (as we did)!

Love, Bee

Thread Co. | 1201 5th Ave. N Unit 202, Nashville, TN 37208 | info@thread-co.com

 

The Nashville of the 90’s

The Nashville of the 90’s

Parmer Park, 1995. Obviously I’m the one writing.

I was born in ’91 and grew up in Nashville. I want to highlight the Nashville of my childhood, the old gems that I went to regularly and made me who I am. There’s a lot of new in Nashville, but I will never forget these places. I’m naming locally owned and operated businesses that still exist today, so you can go and enjoy each and every one of these (and I still do, often!).

Here’s some classic places – the Nashville of our 90’s y’all:

Where We Eat

The Picnic Cafe – Founded in 1983, the Picnic remains my go-to place for delicious, easy lunch and take-out dinner options. This spot, located on Harding Pike, has classic comfort food. I adore their herbed tomato soup, chicken salad, and pimento cheese. I often grab their pre-made chicken artichoke casserole for dinner.

Caffe Nonna – Located on Murphy Rd., Caffe Nonna has been my family’s favorite Italian restaurant in town for years. Intimate and cozy, the restaurant’s authentic dishes are made from scratch and recipes come from the chef’s grandmother, Nonna. I especially love their Riviera Salad and Tuscan White Bean Soup.

Tin Angel – With consistently excellent food and service, Tin Angel on West End is still my family’s go-to spot for birthday dinners and celebrations. They offer weekly prix fixe dinners, but otherwise, you must order the Fall Bounty Pasta or Summer Bounty Pasta (changes depending on the season). It is one of my favorite dinners anywhere – so fresh and comforting.

The Corner Market – The Corner Market used to have a store in Belle Meade that was perfection. Every day after school, I went there and got an ICEE and an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie (still the best cookie I’ve ever had). Although that store doesn’t exist anymore, they do have a storefront on Hillwood Blvd. and they provide catering. All of their Thanksgiving offerings are delicious – Hurry and order now if you want some!

Pizza Perfect – I cannot explain how much time I spent eating this pizza when I was little. A LOT. And it is still so good! To me, Pizza Perfect is the ultimate classic Nashville pizza. You can’t go wrong here.

Star Bagel – Another Murphy Rd. staple that opened in ’95. Your go-to bagel place. They also cater!

 

Where We Go

Pangaea – I have spent so much time over the years browsing Pangaea, a women’s boutique that opened in ’87. I still love their jewelry (I have so many pairs of earrings from this place), bohemian clothing, and quirky gifts. Located in Hillsboro Village, I often pop by after a movie at the Belcourt or lunch at Fido.

The Produce Place – The Produce Place on Murphy Rd. is another place where my mom took me often. As Nashville’s oldest natural food grocery, there’s no other place like it. Since 1988, they’ve carried fresh produce, gourmet cheese, and organic products. I still love their unique selection and often go here to find products I can’t find anywhere else!

Davis-Kidd – This is the one place on my list that doesn’t exist anymore, but I couldn’t not mention it. If you’re from Nashville, you know that Davis-Kidd was the best bookstore. I still remember eating grilled cheeses in their restaurant regularly and celebrating the Harry Potter book releases at midnight. However, I want to mention Parnassus, our newer local bookstore, which is so charming and well-curated. I love supporting local booksellers and was excited when Parnassus opened for us once Davis-Kidd closed.

Cheekwood – My family has been going to Cheekwood for years. I’ve walked around their estate and gardens more times than I can remember. I always love their outdoor summer exhibits and holiday lights. They have tons of fun events throughout the year, and it’s a gorgeous place to visit during any season.

 

Where We Play

Parmer Park – I grew up spending days at Parmer Park in Belle Meade. It was close to my school and holds so many special memories.

Red Caboose Park – Another childhood classic in Bellevue. It was the cool place to go as a kid because it had a red caboose from a train.

I love Old Nashville and always will. If you’re newer to Nashville, have you been to these places? They’re all so dear to my heart! Go and enjoy a taste of my childhood (and current adult life since I still go to all of these places).

Love, Bee

4 Spots to Get Cozy When It’s Cold

4 Spots to Get Cozy When It’s Cold

High Garden

It’s happening – the time change is this weekend. Our clocks will go back an hour, and although we do get that extra hour of sleep, the days will be shorter. I always feel a little gloomy when this switch happens. I long for the lengthy, warm days of summer and can feel cooped up when it gets dark as soon as I get home from work.

But there can be joy at this time of year, too. We might look forward to the holidays. Perhaps we savor the feeling of a soft scarf around our necks or boots snug around our legs. We can turn on the fireplace and wrap ourselves in blankets.

I’m going to try not entering a dreary state when DST ends this Sunday morning. I’m going to seize it as an opportunity to curl up and consume all the warm drinks that I can. To further help us cope, I’ve compiled 4 of the best spots to get cozy when the days are darker and colder. I hope these help bring some cheer to the rest of your fall!

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Breakfast/lunch: Frothy Monkey

Relaxed and welcoming, Frothy Monkey – open from breakfast through dinner – can feel like home on a fall day. Stop by solo or with a friend for their truly excellent coffee. My go-to meal is the Julie, a simple yet outstanding bagel sandwich with farm eggs, feta, basil, and tomato.

Afternoon tea: High Garden

Walking into High Garden feels like stepping into a fairy tale. This woodland tea house has a wide selection of local teas and herbs. It is the perfect place to spend a fall afternoon sampling and sipping their collection. Try the Milky Oolong, Rose Garden Grey, or Classic Moroccan Green. Or, head to the back of the shop for their comforting house brewed kombucha, called Folklore Ferments. Either way, you’ll feel refreshed and at ease. (Note: They also carry High Garden tea at Frothy!)

Dinner: Lockeland Table

One of the best spots to be on a chilly evening, Lockeland Table provides a cozy refuge for a happy hour or dinner. Warm up with their wood-fired pizza, and the Olive & Sinclair chocolate chip skillet is an absolute must.

Drinks: Old Glory

Old Glory is one of my favorite bars in Nashville. Find it in Edgehill Village, nestled in an alleyway behind Taco Mamacita. The bar has a speakeasy vibe. Dim with comfy seating and well-crafted cocktails, this is your ideal bar on a cold night.

Hope this helps ease the transition into the latter half of fall! Please share your own favorite cozy places with me in the comments!

Love, Bee