As we head into the final days of 2015, it’s natural to reflect on the year and all it brought. Nashville went through a lot of change — businesses opening, others closing, historic buildings torn down to make way for more high-rises … and more Nashvillians. For better or worse, 2015 is almost over and out. Here, we take a look back at some of the more memorable and newsworthy events that made an impact on our fair city. Let’s look back together on the year that was.
We said goodbye …
Bradford’s Bids Adieu
In what was perhaps the most graceful business closing we’ve seen, Bradford’s Interiors closed its doors after 126 years (yes, YEARS!) in business. Having sold off nearly all remaining inventory, the third-generation, family-owned business definitely leaves a void in the market — and our hearts!
Noshville on Broadway and Silly Goose Closed
Noshville has other locations, but this restaurant space on Broadway, the one-time site of Ultra Violet Cafe (for those who have lived here for more than 20+ years!) seemed cursed until Noshville opened and introduced Nashville to a sandwich so big you couldn’t get your mouth around both sides at once. And the cheesecake, straight from Carnegie Deli, elevated all of our expectations of cheesecake thereafter. Their bagels were real bagels. We could go on, but needless to say, we’ll miss you!
Silly Goose consistently served up some of the best food in Nashville. For everyone who wondered what a man and a George Foreman grill could do, now you know and it’s extraordinary! Adieu, deliciousness.
Nashville is nothing if not passionate about its local businesses, and Granny White Market (aka the Purple Cow) is a shining example of what we mean. After word spread that an eviction notice for alleged back rent and fees was forcing Granny White Market owner Dan Smith to hand over the Purple Cow’s reins, Nashville did what it does best: rallied for the cause. Purple “Dan Fan” signs began peppering the Nashville landscape, and now both sides will have their day in court in 2016. Stay tuned …
Farewell, Bellevue Center (For Real This Time!)
Could it be an IKEA? How about a training facility for one of Nashville’s pro sports teams? Nope. Bellevue Center, a one-time thriving retail outlet, was finally torn down earlier this month, and taking its place will be One Bellevue Place, a mixed-use property anchored by Sprouts Farmers Market, as well as a multiplex movie theater, office and apartment space, and a hotel. No, there will not be an indoor playground for the toddler set to burn off some energy on cold, wintry mornings. But that’s a million dollar idea, don’t you think?
We Lost Some Buildings … and Trees
We’re so excited about Nashville’s IT status. Except sometimes when we’re not. With so much building going on that looks the same, and with the loss of buildings that represented periods in our city’s history, we’re getting a little nervous. We hope we can still see parts of the Nashville we have always loved a decade from now. And, before another 100-year-old tree is chopped down, can we stop and think if it’s really necessary?!
We Miss Our Friends
We lost more friends than we care to count in 2015. Some had larger-than-life personalities and some were the quiet ones, always making sure everyone was taken care of. Some had a way of taking charge of grand projects with ease and others had a way with attention to detail and beauty. Others had a gift for words … each and every person had a special gift that can’t be replaced. You are in our hearts forever.
We Said Hello to Lots of New …
So Many Restaurants, So Little Time!
We can’t keep up with all the new restaurants opening in Nashville, but we tried. We published three articles this year highlighting what was new, and we’re ready to publish yet another! Our articles included “8 New Restaurants in Nashville” (published January 27, 2015), “13 New Restaurants in Nashville” (published June 15, 2015) and “8 MORE New Restaurants in Nashville” (published October 14, 2015). Read through all those and see what restaurants you’ve missed and need to add to your must-go list!
It wasn’t just restaurants opening in 2015; retail expanded as well. Neighborhoods of note for added retail were The Nations, Germantown and 12South.
Did You Make the Pilgrimage?
In late September, locals and nonlocals alike descended on The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin for the Pilgrimage Music Festival, a two-day event that, it seems, everyone and their brother attended. The lineup was highly impressive, featuring major acts like Wilco and Willie Nelson, as well as a bunch of lesser knowns and up-and-comers. The post-show feedback was that it was, indeed, worth the pilgrimage south on Interstate 65.
The announcement that Nashville was a pick city to receive Google Fiber as a high-speed Internet option was HUGE! Social media blew up with excitement, folks ready to embrace the state-of-the-art alternative. Installation teams can be spotted around town laying the fiber-optic cable that will make surfing a high-speed affair. As the Fiber FAQ page states, it will be a “long time” until the installation is complete, but we trust it’s well worth the wait.
Ascend Amphitheater Opens
Music City upped the music venue game with the late July opening of Ascend Amphitheater. Eric Church was the very first performer to take the stage for a series of live shows, and there were countless concerts filling out the rest of the season’s roster. Click here to see who’s taking to the stage for the second season, which kicks off in April.
Nashville Fashion Alliance Launches
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, and many months of planning and fine tuning, the Nashville Fashion Alliance officially became a reality in early 2015 after raising $100,000. Described as a “trade organization for all facets of the fashion community,” the NFA’s mission is to create an ideal environment for fashion businesses to thrive in. In other words, united we stand. And they threw a really great kickoff party (for all who donated at the $150 level as part of Kickstarter campaign) at Imogene + Willie and we loved being there!
All About the Amp
It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a year since the hot topic of the Nashville Amp project was put to bed … or at least on the back burner. One of former Mayor Karl Dean’s pet projects, the Amp rapid bus transit project was definitely divisive, with passionate folks on both sides of the fence — green “Yes Amp” and red “Stop Amp” signs dotting yards and businesses along the Harding Road/West End corridor. Ultimately, those in opposition won out, and the city will continue to work on a way to navigate its ever-growing traffic congestion.
Megan Barry Elected Mayor
In September, in what was likely the most followed Nashville mayoral election in recent history, the city elected its first female mayor. Definitely one for the history books, this year’s election featured a full ballot, which was whittled down to two options: Megan Barry and David Fox. Barry pulled out a win, and she’s been working overtime ever since!
A Letter From Our Police Chief
Technically, this happened in 2014, but on December 26. Therefore, it missed many retrospectives by local media last year as they had already printed. And it gained momentum over the next week after it printed, making its way into 2015. To make sure we don’t forget the gracious way in which Police Chief Steve Anderson led us into this year, let’s take a moment to remember that fabulous letter he wrote in support of the lenient ways that Nashville police worked with the locals who were protesting the use of excessive police force around the country. Here is his response to an email he received asking why he wasn’t using more force, printed in The Tennessean.
Sports in Nashville Had Some Highs
A Mariota Mad Dash
It’s definitely not been the best season for the Titans, but that Marcus Mariota 87-yard run for a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this month did light a little spark in Titans fans’ hearts. In case you missed it — or if you want to relive the glory — you can see it here.
Preds Went (Almost) All the Way
Nashville’s pro hockey team made a valiant effort at taking the Stanley Cup title. Ultimately, the Predators fell short, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks, who then went on to win the cup. But it was definitely a season worth watching!
Batter Up at First Tennessee Park
April 17 was the big day as the Nashville Sounds took to the brand spankin’ new ballfield at First Tennessee Park. There were still finishing touches that needed to be completed as the first pitch was thrown out, but the new venue brought a renewed sense of excitement for Nashville’s Triple-A baseball team. The addition of The Band Box, a bar and restaurant in partnership with Strategic Hospitality, ensured great food and drink, right above right field!
Vandy Heads to Omaha … Again
Vanderbilt may have had a dismal football season, but the national spotlight once again shone brightly on its baseball team in Omaha. They made it to the final series, but lost to UVA, whom they had defeated in the same series the previous year.
Nashville: Women Strong
A study by the Kauffman Foundation showed that Nashville has one of the highest rates of female-owned businesses in the country.
Harpeth Hall Celebrates 150 Years
What started out as Ward Seminary in 1865, and then became Ward-Belmont in 1913, and finally Harpeth Hall in 1951, this single-sex school for girls has good reason to celebrate this year. As we are all about supporting women in the community, we’re thrilled that Nashville’s history, so strong in education, includes a history of great education for girls.
StyleBlueprint: Our New App Baby
The SB App Unveiled
StyleBlueprint made a splash in the app waters with the February release of our very own app. Available for free (download here), the SB App is the best of local everything — retail, restaurants, events and so much more! And with the latest update, you can even read our daily articles via the app, as well.
We love how you can favorite different events, stores or restaurants and then email that list straight from the app. Now, when that long-lost college friend FB messages you to ask where to go this weekend, as they’ll be in town, you can do it with ease!
We also like how you can see what’s nearby and decide where to get your next cup of coffee or retail high.
Oh, and our SB Beets? They give you reasons to visit local each day, as they showcase trunk shows, happy hours, sales, new arrivals and other fun and timely tidbits perfectly tempting to support our local retail and restaurants. Shop local,eat local, support local. It matters!
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We wish you all a safe and happy new year, and may 2016 bring you health and happiness!