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rueRoad Trip: Nashville
We love a good road trip. We find a lot of cool places on our fashion adventures and always want to share them with you. Our first stop? It’s Nashville aka Music City. We set up shop in The Nations neighborhood, to be specific, because we couldn’t resist the vibrant, artistic scene of the up-and-coming part of Sylvan Park. Let’s go.
Where To Indulge:
Salt & Vine Café
4001 Charlotte Avenue
Salt & Vine Café is a must-stop after a day of shopping and exploring The Nations. We discovered this local hotspot when Sadie Robertson suggested we shoot her spring Wild Blue collaboration collection there. (We hear Carrie Underwood’s a fan, too.) It must be the sleek, clean and casual modern dining vibe, joyful service and farm-fresh food that keeps Salt & Vine top of mind.
We asked co-owners Hannah Schneider and Mattie Jackson what it was like to have rue21 there for a fashion photo shoot: “For Sadie to recommend our space over the other hundreds of new gorgeous ones opened in the past year was the boldest testament to how Nashville’s landscape has evolved. We kept the design sleek and clean so it could be used by anyone, in any fashion that fit them.”
Sounds like the perfect location for a dinner date to us.
Where To Window Shop:
Cool Stuff Weird Things
4900 Charlotte Avenue
In two words? It’s eclectic! This vintage gold mine is owned and operated by Skip McPherson, himself a local gem of The Nations neighborhood in West Nashville. Stroll through this wonderland of home furnishings and funky décor and you’ll bump into a mix of locals and tourists alike (even a few celebs have Instagrammed their buys). It’s also become a destination stop for the Country Music Festival go-ers. Which reminds us, before Skip was a collector of the cool and bizarre, he was a musical comedian who found himself touring the world. He’s even opened for country music legend George Strait.
After years in the entertainment biz, Skip hung his hat and turned his creative eye to design. “I’ve furnished and decorated almost half this neighborhood, including half the bars and restaurants.” His specialty of late? Unique sign lighting. He works personally with a local welder to have each sign custom-made for local businesses and discerning homeowners.
Where To Refuel:
Three Corners Coffee
5207 Centennial Boulevard
Lucky for you, creative entrepreneur Skip McPherson opened a coffee shop in the same neighborhood, about a mile from his home furnishings store, Cool Stuff Weird Things. If you love that store, you’ll love this coffee shop. He’s approached the design with the same keen eye for funky décor and added fresh-ground beans and locally sourced goodness. Relax, enjoy the aroma, take in the atmosphere and get your second wind.