As the flowers pop open all over town, it is a welcoming sign of economic hope to see new businesses opening up all around Green Hills
. In particular, the east side of Hillsboro Road has seen steady retail improvements with quite a bit of recent activity. No longer does a turn onto Richard Jones Road equate with “cut through” or “doctor’s appointment.” In fact, some of the prettiest retail space in Green Hills can now be found on the ground floor of the Greenbriar Village shops. These businesses are being connected by parking and sidewalks to the Donut Den, Parnassus and Levy’s shopping area, also part of the “Greenbriar Village” shopping area.
Long in need of more restaurants, Green Hills is about to boast 4 new ones–all found in this same area. Alegria Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar, with seating for 220 people indoors and 65 outdoors, promises to provide fresh, modern gourmet Mexican. As the owner George Haddid says, “It’s all about flavor.” With over 100 tequilas and an emphasis on Spanish and South American wines, I may be missing Austin cuisine a little less when Alegria opens its doors in early summer. Kohana Japanese Restaurant is slated to open within the next few months, as well. This will be the third Kohana in the middle Tennessee area, with the first two locations in Clarksville and Hendersonville. I hear this place is amazing, and since eating sushi could literally be a daily habit, I can’t wait to try it out. Adding to this enthusiasm is the addition of one of StyleBlueprint’s favorite coffee locals, The Perch. Already a Brentwood favorite, be sure to check out this crêperie & coffee house by day and wine & tapas bar by night when it opens. Finally, for a quick sandwich stop, check out the new Which-Wich, which opened this past weekend.
For health and beauty, this new retail area has you covered. Massage Envy has over 700 locations. Their monthly club rates make massage and facials an affordable option to add to your routine. Club rates can be upgraded and used at any Massage Envy location. European Wax Center is a franchise and opens next week. As an incentive to tryout this dedicated waxing center (which boasts Comfort Wax – two words I never associate together and, thus, has me intrigued), they are offering a complimentary service to first time guests: women can receive a free eyebrow, under arm or bikini line wax and men can take advantage of a free eyebrow, ear or nose wax. Element Salon recently moved from their Bandywood location and, in doing so, tripled in size. They have added another stylist and have incorporated an “open color bar concept” where the client is seated at a counter or bar and the stylist mixes their color in front of them before it’s applied. This award winning salon (Element was named in the top 100 salons by Elle magazine) has legions of fans and this new “color bar” has people talking, as it adds an element of fun. After you have waxed, massaged, cut and colored, head over to Sanctuary Yoga for a workout that will leave your body toned and your mind blissful. Sanctuary has long been a Nashville favorite and their new location, with yoga-wear boutique, allows many more students to experience their classes, as the space is gorgeous and much bigger than their previous location.
Let’s not forget shopping! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books is reminiscent of the toy selection at the much adored Davis-Kidd bookstore that, sadly, closed. Owner Robert Heywood looked to replicate the same selection of educational and fun toys that ignite a child’s imagination. The space is filled with toys for all ages and is fast becoming the go-to spot for birthday presents. Go here instead of Target and you will realize that there is a reason to shop local at a dedicated store for kids toys.
Kendal Boutique opened on March 1st, and of everything mentioned today, has me the most excited. Why? Well, I worried about our women’s boutiques with the double blow of the economy and Nordstrom’s opening. I mean, I do love me some Nordstrom, but not at the cost of our local stores. To see a women’s boutique open with the caliber of offerings that Kendal Boutique has, in Green Hills, makes me believe that the locally-owned boutiques will survive and flourish. Kendal is absolutely precious and is a “cross-over” boutique. This means it’s strives to have offerings for a 20 something and a 50 something all in the same store. With Nashville boutiques seemingly getting younger and younger (or I’m just getting older and older), it’s lovely to see a boutique open with an emphasis on keeping many ages happy, but all stylish. Kendal has three owners who span a 30 years. With all wearing the clothes offered here, and looking fabulous, you know this store has hit on something special.
So, let’s talk parking. Currently, half of the two story parking garage is open (it will eventually hold 400 cars). There is lots of store-front parking and there is a valet. As much as I dislike valet parking, I think we all need to suck it up and start carrying lots of ones with us, as this is the Nashville shopping experience that is our present day and our future. Plus, as a woman, it is simply safer to valet park. When these restaurants open, parking will be an issue, so start learning to rely on the nice valet guys! And, since Richard Jones is on the east side of Hillsboro Road, there are lots of back ways to get there, bypassing the standard Green Hills congestion.
By the time summer hits, Greenbriar Village is going to be fully open and I, for one, can’t wait!