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Take a drive down Abbott Martin Road and you’ll see there’s a transformation going on.  The new Nordstrom looms on the horizon, streets are being repaved and everywhere you look, there is the hustle and bustle of activity.

Liza and I took an afternoon to scout out three new stores in the area: Table 3, Judith Bright and J. Craighead & Co.  We give each a hearty thumbs up.

Table 3

We all breathed a sigh of relief when we heard the dynamic trio of Wendy Burch, Elise Loehr and Will Ulhorn were opening a classic French Bistro next to the Green Hills movie theater. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why Green Hills doesn’t have more restaurants that offer casual dining with an interesting menu.  While the rest of Nashville continues to wow us – Belmont, Germantown, East Nashville, Franklin – with their recent restaurant openings, Green Hills seems to pale in comparison with more chains than the small, charming, locally-owned restaurants we all adore.

Both Liza and I have tried Table 3 and had delicious meals — we recommend Table 3 to our readers.  I have been once, after seeing Social Network, and had a lovely salad of fricassee with onion soup.

Liza went recently and enjoyed her Nicoise Salad.  The presentation was lovely – as were the pommes frites.  She and her friends ordered the pommes frites without the truffle oil and loved the outcome.  If you love truffle oil, keep it on and indulge – they are great!  They also enjoyed the $6 cocktails.  I have read a number of glowing reviews about Table 3 and want to offer them this advice: do what you do best.  Give us fresh, locally-grown food in true bistro fare: a great steak with crispy pommes frites, a savory roast chicken, and pates and cheeses that will make our eyelashes curl.  Don’t forget, we love chocolate – any way, any time.

When it comes to wine, pour a generous glass and keep your waiters well-versed in the varietals and why we should order them.  If Table 3 continues to keeps its quality up to the standards of its sister restaurant, F. Scott’s, we will come in droves. Why?  Because, Nashville loves to support locally owned and operated establishments.  Local = Loyalty.  www.table3nashville.com

Judith Bright

OK – are you now salivating for Table 3 and wishing you could sample the food?  Well then, we are here to hook you up!  Local jewelry designer Judith Bright is celebrating the grand opening of her new store TONIGHT, Thursday Nov. 11th, at The Mall at Green Hills.  Stop to see her new store, which is fabulous.  Festivities include small bites from Table 3 and F. Scotts, wine (provided by The Wine Chap), Bellinis and door prizes!  From 5-8 PM, come celebrate local Nashville all in one place: Judith Bright!  You are all now officially invited.  Liza will be there, kids in tow, at 5:00.  The store is on the upper level next to Free People.

JB, as we like to call her, was one of our first interviews for StyleBlueprint, or SB as she likes to call us.  We have mentioned her often and we are tickled pink that Nashville will have more access to her designs in her new retail location.  Previous to this, you had to visit her home studio or find her online.  Do stop by and give her a big high five.  Local girl done good!  We anticipate this store being quite successful.  We are HONORED to be a sponsor of her grand opening party tonight:  www.judithbright.com

J. Craighead & Co.

This quaint store is right next to one of our absolute favorite stores, Digs Interiors.  Now there are two reasons to pull into this parking lot on Bandywood.  When you walk into J. Craighead, it feels like you’ve walked into an antique store on Magazine Street in New Orleans, with no feeling of pretense.

J. Craighead & Co. is near Digs and The Crow’s Nest

A quick glimpse up and down, and you begin to realize that a whole lot of energy has gone into this store.  The energy you feel is over 40 years of collecting by the owner, John Buntin.  Just ask, and you will get an amazing tour of the store from his view and you’ll love it.

J. Craighead has everything from the most gorgeous vintage alligator purses I’ve ever laid eyes on (starting at $650), to wonderful porcelain and stemware for wedding gifts.

“In all honesty,” he declared, “I don’t really buy what I think people will like; I buy what I like and hope they will buy it.”

Canes and Walking Sticks at J. Craighead & Co.

Love, love, love this modern chandelier that is $1200

John’s eye for art is found everywhere, from the impressionistic painting by Edie Maney to a wonderful vintage auto part displayed on an exquisite antique sideboard.  J.Craighead is one of Nashville’s most eclectic and interesting shops and it’s right in the heart of Green Hills – on Bandywood next to The Crow’s Nest.

Check out THIS WEEK to see great savings at: Santa’s Trees, Ann Cowden Portraiture, Anatra Jewel and the sister stores of Therapy Systems, Cosmetic Market and Private Edition.  Plus, you’ll need to see our amazing giveaway AND our Do. section, which is getting longer with each passing day!

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