Where to Shop for the Holidays in Nashville

There are so many retailers and online stores vying for your holiday business, but before you click or head down to a crowded mall, why not shop Nashville? Support local shops and artisans and send unique gifts this season with these holiday shopping ideas.

Nashville Jam Company is located a half hour out of Nashville in Old Hickory and sells all natural jams and jellies using locally sourced fruits and vegetables, citrus and sugar. If you don’t feel like driving out to Old Hickory, you can pick up a jar at Acme Feed, Batch Nashville (at the Nashville Farmer’s Market), Green Door Market and White’s Mercantile.

Handmade goods crafted by local artisans are available at the Sawtooth Print Shop at its print shop located at 604 Gallatin Avenue South, #215, Nashville, TN. Sawtooth will be hosting a Holiday Pop Up from 10 a.m. Saturday, November 28, through 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. You will find unique gifts, art prints, greeting cards, jewelry, ceramics, printed hand towels, clothing and more.

While you are in East Nashville, why not stop in to the Treehouse for lunch or Little Octopus? Both are delightfully tasty, and Little Octopus is open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday, too.

Another local spot where you can shop and eat is the Southernaire Market. Located at 150 3rd Avenue, this shop carries apparel, beer soap, groceries, baskets and other unique gifts. While you are there shopping for holiday gifts, why not pick up ingredients for dinner? Choose from fresh produce, a butcher shop full of fresh meat and seafood, or to-go sushi!

If shopping makes you hungry, stop by The Southern Steak & Oyster next door, too!

Since you’re in the neighborhood, how can you resist the Goo Goo Shop? If you haven’t tried Goo Goo clusters you really can’t claim to be a true Nashvillian. Since 1912 Nashville has been home to one of the first and best candies in the nation. The original cluster is made with real milk chocolate, caramel, peanuts and marshmallow nougat, but The Goo Goo Shop sells a variety of clusters and Goo Goo gifts and apparel. These are true Nashville originals.

While you are in the area, check out Two Old Hippies located at 401 12th Ave South in Nashville. This boutique shop has an eclectic mix of apparel for women and men, unique jewelry, textiles, artwork and crafts.

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It’s your turn to host Thanksgiving in your ParkCentral apartment, and you want it to be perfect. Whether this is your first turkey or your 50th, these tips will ensure that your turkey is perfect this Thanksgiving.

 Selecting the Right Turkey – There are a lot of choices when it comes to buying a turkey. Your grocery store has fresh, frozen and thawed turkeys at reasonable prices. These turkeys are good choices, but with the recent concern over antibiotics, hormones and more humane treatment of birds and animals, you may want to consider other options. Organic turkeys with no hormones or antibiotics (or additives) are a good healthy choice. They will cost you a bit more, but many feel it is worth it. Many local farmers produce Heritage turkeys, which are an old-fashioned breed and are often leaner and more flavorful. No cage or free-range turkeys are available means they lived outside of a cage, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they were fed organic or vegetarian diets.

  1. Size Matters – You will need between 1 and 1 ½ pounds of turkey per person. Add a few pounds for the bones and don’t forget leftovers.
  2. Brining your Turkey – Brining has risen in popularity over the years and typically entails soaking your turkey in a solution that contains a liquid (water or wine), salt, sugar and spices. You also can dry brine.
  3. Trussing your Turkey – Trussing or tying your turkey up helps ensure that the turkey cooks evenly, plus makes you look like a pro. Simply tuck the wings of the turkey under the body and tie the legs together with kitchen string. Warning: It makes it hard for the cook to steal a wing ahead of time.
  4. Cook on a Rack of Vegetables – Before placing your turkey in the pan, peel and cut vegetables to make a bed for your turkey to sit on. Turnip, celery, carrots and parsnips are perfect choices. This will allow the turkey to sit higher in the pan allowing for better circulation, and it also mean that your turkey doesn’t stick to the pan. Lastly the vegetables will add flavor to your gravy.
  5. Stuffing your Turkey – How we all love stuffing, whether it is corn bread stuffing, traditional bread stuffing, meat stuffing or oyster stuffing. A stuffed turkey takes longer to cook, which means that it could be drier, but nothing beats the flavor of stuffing with the turkey juices, so you decide.
  6. Rub the Turkey with Butter or Oil – OK, you are ready to get the turkey in the oven, but before you do, dry the turkey skin, rub the turkey with butter or oil and place aromatics and butter under the skin. If you aren’t going to stuff the turkey, add herbs to the cavity.
  7. Don’t Baste – You remember Mom’s big baster? Well, many say that this actually slows down the process and can result in a dry bird. Instead leave the oven closed and if you must baste, do it only after the turkey is ¾ of the way cooked.
  8. What Temperature – There are a number of recipes out there with different cooking temperatures, but the reality is that a turkey takes time and an oven set at 325/350 degrees consistently seems to work best. Others (like me) start the turkey at a high temperature and then turn it down. Your turkey should be at 165 degrees F when it is done, so investing in a good thermometer is a good idea. Also remember that it will continue to cook once it is out of the oven.
  9. Let it Rest – The hard work is done, so take a few minutes and enjoy some wine with your guests. Once the turkey is done, take it out and cover it loosely with tinfoil and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Ultimate Guide to Halloween in Nashville

It’s almost here, that most magical time of the year – not that holiday, HALLOWEEN! And this year it falls on a weekend, so that means Halloween in Nashville will be more fun than ever.

Here is a list of Halloween parties, mazes and haunts …

Nashville’s Hottest Halloween Parties

This coming Saturday check out Spellbound on M Street at the Rosewall. From 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. you will be mesmerized by aerialists, dancers and the area’s hottest DJs keeping the party going long after the bewitching hour. There will be drink specials, multiple bars, dancing and a costume contest, so grab your friends (groups of five or more get a discount) and have a blast.

Get more information or purchase tickets online. 

You’ll find four floors of haunted madness at Acme’s Halloween Haunted House Party! This Saturday check out Nashville’s biggest Halloween party from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will be dancing, music, drink specials, a photo booth and more.

Each floor has its own haunted happenings:

  • 1st Floor – Funky Monster mash
  • 2nd Floor – Haunted Social Lounge
  • 3rd Floor – Sister Sprouse & Suprise Guests
  • Rooftop – Rise from the Dead with Acme Radio.

Presale tickets are sold out, but get there early for tickets at the door.

Combine Halloween fun with FREE and you have Rippy’s on Broadway’s 4th Annual Halloween party this Saturday starting at 10 p.m.

This is Nashville’s Hottest Dance Party with DJ Cru, killer Fireball drink specials, no cover and a cash prize costume contest. Don’t miss this annual Halloween tradition, located at 429 Broad Street in downtown Nashville.

Back to School Trends for Nashville 2015

bluetooth-coffeeIt has been a great summer in your Nashville apartment and while the calendar might say that there is over a month left of summer, let’s jump start your school year with these great trends for back to school 2015.

The Big Pen Pencil Case – available at Staples this inventive design was the brain child of a student who was tired of not having the right pen or pencil for class.  This tool has interchangeable tips for pens, pencils and highlighters.  It is also has a pencil sharpener and eraser and room to store more.  It retails for $8.99.

A Portable Desk – if you’re like the thousands of students who are doing homework on the run, this must have item has pocket organizers, storage and a writing surface.  Some even have a USB connecter.

Anything Environmentally Friendly – students and parents are looking for school supply products that are environmentally friendly using recycled paper, and plant inspired notebooks.

Laptop Ready Back Packs – as the shift from pen and paper move toward laptops. Many schools  are allowing them in classes, so these back packs are meant to carry laptops!

The OtterBox Resurgence Case – extend the life of your battery and protect your phone at the same time with the OtterBox Resurgence Case.

Bluetooth Coffee Maker – long nights of studying require coffee, lots of coffee.  A Bluetooth coffee maker lets you schedule your next cup of Joe from your phone.

Graphics are in – bold graphics are everywhere.  You can find them on t-shirts, shoes and more.

Denim – denim is everywhere this year.  Denim jackets, leggings and jeans are still in fashion and while some of the pastel colors may be out, you will find them in more nature inspired colors such as eggplant.

Comfort – Long nights studying require your clothing to be comfortable.  Fashion trends include joggers, fleece lined sweatshirts and more.

Stylish Shoes and Boots – patterned sneakers are popular this year, as well as boots that are inspired from the 70s and 90s, as well as lace and chain embellished.

Fit & Flare – Fit and Flare dresses are still in style.  Pair them with a denim jacket and sandals or sneakers.

The Man Bun – According to fashion experts the man bun is still very much alive and has taken on a life of its own in the last year! Due to different lengths on guys during the growing process.

Follow these 2015 Back to School Trends for a great start to the school year.

Great Ideas for Father’s Day Gifts

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Even if Dad doesn’t live close to your Nashville Apartment you can send him a gift that will be sure to please and remind him of how much you care.  Sign Dad up for a membership that will deliver gifts to him all year long.

Wine Memberships – Send Dad wine by purchasing him a wine club membership.  Global Wine Cellars and Gold Series Club are two great ones.  Tennessee has some great wineries that offer memberships as well.

Sock of the Month Club – Send Dad a pair of socks each month.  Select from a variety of styles and colors.  This makes a great Father’s Day gift.

Shave of the Month Club – There are a number of options for sending Dad razors and more.  Check out Dollar Shave Club, Harry’s Razors and Gillette’s Monthly Shave Clubs.

Chocolate Clubs – If Dad has a sweet tooth there a number of memberships that deliver chocolate right to Dad’s door.  Godiva, Harry and David’s, Chocolate of the Month Club are just a few.

Memberships to things that Dad loves is a great Father’s Day Gift.

The Perks of Living in Nashville

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Live Music: Music is everywhere in Nashville. There are always hot spots to go to when it comes to country music

Great Green Spaces: Nashvillians love their parks, trails and greenways. More than a million people visit Nashville parks a year.

The Dining Scene: If you want really great food, Nashville will make you proud! The classic favorite: Nashville Hot Chicken, a fiery delight at Hattie B’s.

Year-round Sports: The Tennessee Titans of the NFL, The NHL Predators and The Nashville Sounds Triple A pro baseball play all year-round. You could probably see a game every week if you wanted to!

 

Visit Milky Way Farm this weekend in Nashville

 

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If you are lucky enough to live in Nashville, TN, and looking for something to do this Memorial Day Weekend, why not check out the Milky Way Farm?

Named after the famous candy bar, Milky Way Farm is located on Route 31 just south of Nashville. This historic property is more than a thousand acres of green pastures inhabited by deer, wild turkey and more. The farm has lakes, streams, barns, trails and breathtaking views, too.

Trail rides and guided tours also are available. Check out their website for more information.

Enjoy Memorial Day in Nashville, TN.

 

How to Spruce Up Your Balcony for Summer

 

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During summer we spend more time on our patios and balconies, so here are some tips to get your patio ready for the hot season!

Outdoor Planters

A couple of really great outdoor planters with bright flowers can add a lot to your patio.

String Lights

There’s nothing prettier than string lights hanging above you to create the perfect atmosphere, especially for relaxing outside at night while you enjoy the nice breeze.

Furniture

If your patio furniture looks plain, swap out your cushions for new colorful ones. Choose some fun outdoor throw pillows to instantly transform your outdoor space.

 

Treat Mom to a Special Mother’s Day Brunch in Nashville

 

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If you haven’t made any plans for Mother’s Day, don’t stress out! Here are some of our ideas that will put a smile on Mom’s face.

Ellendale’s

It’s all about the Southern charm in this historic farmhouse, where guests are treated like family. This family-owned restaurant has some of the best food around! Ellendale also offers a large organic garden just outside their back door.

Kitchen Notes 

Impress Mom this Mother’s Day by treating her to a fantastic breakfast or dinner at Kitchen Notes at Omni Nashville Hotel. From a hardy breakfast to a vast display of buffet items and a delicious dinner, Mom will leave feeling very happy! 

B.B. King’s Blues Club

Treat Mom to a special Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at this Orlando restaurant. B.B Kings’ Blue Club will serve Smoked Salmon Blues Benedict, Bananas Foster French Toast and much more! Aside from the delicious food, you and Mom will enjoy the vibrant and energetic atmosphere this restaurant has to offer!

 

Cinco De Mayo Celebration near Your Nashville Apartment

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Get ready for the 2nd annual Cinco de Mayo on MStreet party, hosted by Saint Anejo. The celebration will take place Sunday, May 3, from noon to 8 p.m. between 11th Avenue and 12th Avenue on McGavock Street in the Gulch.

There will drinks and delicious food provided by Saint Anejo. Come enjoy the live music by the Guilty Pleasures as well as DJ sets, dancers, a photo booth, and giveaways. Wristbands are $25 and include one drink ticket.  Please keep in mind you must be 21 or older to attend.

Click here for more details and tickets.