There’s never a dull moment in Music City. With so much going on, we plucked some of the top developments that made headlines this month and put them together for you here in a nice, neat package. Here’s what’s happening, Nashville!
StyleBlueprint Launches the “SINCE 1920” T-shirt Collection
Obviously, we’re a little biased so we had to put this one first … We are proud to offer two t-shirt designs: “SINCE 1920 #womensvotesmatter” and “The Perfect 36,” each of which celebrates a woman’s right to vote through the 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920 when the 36th state, Tennessee, voted in favor of ratification. This battle was hard-fought and each time we vote, we recognize our right and privilege and give thanks to the sacrifices made by generations of women before us. It was a battle that took 72 years — from the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848 to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Women celebrating their right to vote is non-partisan and no matter what side of the aisle you are on, this t-shirt is for you!
Visit the StyleBlueprint Marketplace to read more about how close the 19th Amendment came to NOT being ratified … it all came down to one vote. ONE VOTE. These t-shirts tell the tale of every single vote having purpose — even yours! Both styles are available for purchase by clicking the link and visiting our online marketplace. And 10% of all proceeds of “The Perfect 36” t-shirt will go to support the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument, LLC!
Local Eateries Named “Top New Restaurants” by Southern Living
Local hotspots Bastion and Little Octopus were both recently included in Southern Living‘s annual list of best new restaurants in the South. The restaurants were in good company on a list that also included Butchertown Grocery in Louisville and Birmingham’s Ovenbird. Kudos to both for making our city proud!
City Winery Has a New Retail Wine Shop
Nashville’s City Winery opened a retail wine shop this month that sells not only wine but also clothes, hats, wine-related products, services and more. “Many of our customers are still unaware of the full scale of options available to them at City Winery, such as wine barrel rentals, tours and tastings, and the ability to purchase bottles of wine seven days a week,” said City Winery Wine Sales Director Ryan Johns in a press release. Shop hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Nashville’s New Year’s Eve Party is On the Move
The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation announced this week that the annual Bash on Broadway New Year’s Eve celebration will relocate from downtown to Bicentennial Mall. Reasons cited included safety and increased attendance. “Our mission is always to provide the highest quality event while planning for future growth,” said the CVC’s President and CEO Butch Spyridon in a media release. We’re excited to see the celebration take on new life — it has been renamed Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville. We say, bring it on!
StyleBlueprint, Inc. 5000 and a Family Connection
StyleBlueprint was thrilled to be included on the Inc. 5000 list that just published last week as one of the country’s fastest growing companies. Included on that list also was SSB, a company specializing in the design, development and implementation of business intelligence and collaborative solutions with offices in Denver, Colorado, Austin, Texas, and Nashville. Why is that significant? StyleBlueprint Co-founder Liza Graves and SSB partner, Jay Graves are (as you might guess) married! We’re not sure how many couples have separate companies that made this list but we’re thinking this is pretty rare …
New Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument Unveiled
A brand new sculpture created by renowned Nashville artist Alan LeQuire was unveiled at Centennial Park on August 26, 2016. The Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument, which Alan has been working on for more than two years, was revealed on Women’s Equality Day and celebrates the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. “It is important to recognize and remember the women who worked so hard to win ratification in Tennessee,” Alan told us in an interview. Learn more about the project here.
Metro Transit nMotion?
The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) released a plan for a $6 billion transit plan this month. The plan, which would take 25 years to fully implement, includes such features as a commuter rail between Nashville and Clarksville, rapid bus transit and a light rail in four Nashville corridors, just to name a few. Read an in-depth article here.
New Restaurants Abound (Surprised?)
It’s no shocker that there have been several new restaurant openings this month. Deb Paquette’s much-anticipated Etc. opened in Green Hills this month. In good company, other openings this month included Funk Seoul Brother and the city’s newest Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, which opened downtown on Fourth Avenue. Read about all the newest restaurants in town in our recent article, found here.
In Other Restaurant News …
It was announced this week that perennial favorite Corner Pub is on the move, slated to open at a new location on 51st Avenue in The Nations in early 2017. The Midtown location recently closed, leaving the Green Hills location as the lone operation. The new location will be housed in a former church that was built in the 1950s. Corner Pub will join an already wide variety of dining options in this hot West Nashville neighborhood.
Justin Timberlake Makes a Pilgrimage to Franklin
The second Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, taking place September 24-25, 2016, at Franklin’s Harlinsdale Farm, has a new heavyweight on the team. It was announced this month that pop star Justin Timberlake was joining the event team as both a partner and producer. The Memphis native, who owns a home in Franklin and is notoriously proud of his Southern roots, is excited to be involved, stating in a media release that it’s “an amazing opportunity to help build an exceptional event and contribute to my community.” We’re just thrilled to call him “neighbor!”
Farewell to The Willow Tree
Sylvan Park’s beloved boutique The Willow Tree is closing after six delightful years in business. The boutique was a prime spot to pop in for a gift or to get something fun for yourself. It’s important to know that The Willow Tree didn’t close due to lack of sales but rather some new priorities. We wish owner Lisa Quinn all the best in retirement!
That’s a wrap!
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