With the sun peeking out from behind the clouds on a recent day, I woke up excited that I had plans to spend time visiting some shops in East Nashville. Just like the rest of Nashville, East Nashville is on fire with lots of building and development, and, as a result, a ton of new shops are popping up. The common thread that’s SO East Nashville and highly evident is the inherent sense of community.
Of the four East Nashville shops I visited, I was awestruck by the passion of the owners, who are all young entrepreneurs with a defined sense of purpose. The other thing that was obvious is the creativity and uniqueness of these relatively new stores. Each is beautifully curated with dramatic swaths of one-of-a-kind decor and personality. If you haven’t been to East Nashville recently, it’s definitely worth a trip. Live in East Nashville? Lucky you!
Here’s what I found:
Honestly, I can’t imagine a better Friday afternoon than the day I visited Scout’s and grabbed a growler from the beer store next door. But not to worry, if you arrive thirsty, they serve Fat Bottom Beer and Barista Parlour coffee. Scout’s is the brainchild of Brooke Asbury, who recently moved to Nashville from Seattle.
In Seattle, her favorite haunt was Rudy’s, where you could pop by unannounced for a relatively inexpensive cut, color or blowout. Her business partner in Scout, Keila Rokkan, shares her sentiments—open arms and a laid-back style. What’s even more fun is Scout’s interior, which feels more like a friend’s living room than a hair salon.
All of the staff members are professionally trained and versed in the newest cuts, like the Peaky Blinders and pompadours. They even sell the pomades to keep ’em in tow. And for those of you who live on the west side of the Cumberland, Scout’s is opening up a second location in Sylvan Park soon. Yeah!
Fuselage closed and reopened as their building was being renovated. There’s only one way to describe the store: eye candy. It’s the kind of place you walk around one way, then reverse to take another pass to see everything there is to see. Inspired by repurposing airplane parts, Ann Cox found an incredibly cool niche with Fuselage.
They have a collection of T-shirts worth the drive and great metal signs in all sizes. Keep going. I also found whimsical jewelry, candles, handbags, shoes and vintage clothing. While there, a stylist came in to grab handfuls of clothing for a shoot. So Nashville.
Now this charming store took some navigating to find, as it is further north on the outer edge of the Inglewood neighborhood, and it is definitely worth the drive. The proprietress of the store, Kimberly Washington, is delightful. Again, she is passionate about servicing her clients and is willing to work within their budgets.
Her shop is filled with shelves and shelves of note cards, stationery, place cards and more. Kimberly has an entire bridal room set up to assist prospective brides with their wedding invitations.
When I asked Kimberly how she got into the business, she explained that it was by way of event planning. When she realized that event planning hours didn’t fit her lifestyle, she put her full mojo in paperKuts.
What’s great about this shop is you don’t have to drive if you don’t want to, as paperKuts Studio is set up to take your orders online. Also, we are proud paperKuts is in the SB Guide.
As I was heading back home, craning my head right and left, I spied a new shop tucked around the corner from Fuselage. Taking a hard left, I pulled into Sisters’ parking space. When I tell you this is one of the loveliest shops in Nashville, I mean it. The owner, Kimberly Parker, bubbles over with creativity, and it’s evident in every nook and cranny of Sisters of Nature.
Her passion is American-made goods and goods that are sourced from third-world countries. Kimberly has curated her shop remarkably—just enough jewelry, shoes by Nisolo, great room decor in pillows and wall hangings. Sisters of Nature will be offering their own line of clothing that will be designed and sewn in-house.
Discovering new stores and meeting the owners has long been a passion of mine. You realize that the fabric of any neighborhood is formed as a result of locally owned boutique businesses, and Nashville is no different. It’s what makes our city so great to live in, despite its new, overused tagline of being the “it” city.
The dirty little secret is that we’ve been the “it” city for a long, long time, and it’s because of shop owners and stores like these. Small business owners work tirelessly to create their magic for all of us to enjoy.
With so many fabulous places to eat and drink, be sure to grab a bite when shopping in East Nashville. Some of my favorites are Marche, Margot, Lockeland Table, Mitchell’s Deli, Silly Goose, Two Ten Jack, and the list goes on and on. If you don’t live in East Nashville, make plans soon to shop, walk and eat in this fabulous Nashville neighborhood.
Locations of showcased shops in today’s article:
Scout’s • 904 Main St., Nashville
The Fuselage • 521 Gallatin Ave., Ste. 1, Nashville
paperKuts Studio • 3922 Gallatin Pike, Nashville
Sisters of Nature • 521 Gallatin Ave., Ste. 5, Nashville