October has been busy, busy, busy! If you haven’t been able to keep up with all the action, allow us to hit the highlights and catch you up to speed. Here’s what’s taking root in Middle Tennessee:
Bonjour, Le Sel!
Earlier this month, our friends at Strategic Hospitality opened their latest concept restaurant, Le Sel. The newest member of the family, which includes The Patterson House, The Catbird Seat and Pinewood Social among others, opened in The Adelicia and is serving up French fare with a fresh twist. “Le Sel is our interpretation of a French restaurant,” Strategic Hospitality co-owner Benjamin Goldberg says. “Both the food and the atmosphere are created to feel traditional and familiar, yet with a very playful and forward-thinking vibe.” Ahhhh, mais oui! Check out the lunch, brunch, dinner and bar menus and learn more at leselnashville.com.
Olive and Sinclair is Expanding South!
Nashville’s “Bean to Bar Chocolate Maker,” Olive and Sinclair, recently announced they are opening a new storefront in downtown Franklin. Scheduled to open in the old Franklin fire hall within a month or so, the artisan chocolate maker will offer everything they’re known for — just in an additional location south on 65! Congrats, WillCo! Enjoy!
All She Wants to Do Is Sell Her Stuff
City Farmhouse fans, there’s a holiday pop-up coming up November 13-15. And Sheryl Crow fans, you’ll want to be at the City Farmhouse holiday pop-up. Why? Because the bada** singer will be there, not as a shopper, but as a vendor! (Yes, for real!) No, she’s not ditching her music career. Instead, she’s expanding on her goodwill efforts. Sheryl is selling a variety of her personal collection of antiques and vintage pieces, as well as clothing. The feel-good factor? All proceeds from her sales go to the World Food Program USA. Oh, and if you’re in it for the celeb angle, she’ll have two autograph sessions during the weekend. To learn more, click here.
Draper James is Officially OPEN!
Nashville sweetheart Reese Witherspoon has officially entered the retail waters with the opening of her very first store, Draper James. The flagship store is centrally located in the 12South district and is offering up a variety of clothing, accessories, home items, gifts and so much more, all served up with (as the tagline says) grace and charm, just like a proper Southern brand should! Learn more at draperjames.com.
What’s the Hook?
The owners of Sinema recently revealed the name of their next venture. The Hook, which will open in Melrose and build on the area’s successful growth, will offer fast-casual fare, or, as they boast on their Facebook page, “simple dishes that will become cravings.” To that, we say bring it on! No opening date is set yet.
Maison is the New Rose
Fans of La Vie en Rose in Lenox Village can enjoy the rebirth of the boutique. La Petite Maison (the store formerly known as La Vie en Rose) is re-opening with a fresh new name and a fresh new owner. Mandy Stribling took over the home store in early October, and she plans to build on its success as a refinished furniture store by adding accessories, jewelry, paint and other “pretties.” Learn more about the reimagined retail shop here.
A New Spot for a Snip
Men looking for a close shave, a shoe shine or a hip shearing have a new spot to get all three — along with an adult beverage — at Pioneer Gentlemen’s Barber, now open in The Gulch. Located in the Pine Street Flats building, Pioneer fits perfectly into the “upscale barbershop” category. Learn more about their services, what they have in mind for No Shave November and more at PioneerBarber.com.
Cheekwood’s Lighting Up
Heads up, Opryland! There’s a new holiday lights hot shot in town. Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art announced this month that they will have an impressive holiday light display — 750,000 lights — throughout the grounds, making it a magical spot during the holiday season. What’s more, guests can also marvel at the live reindeer, roast a s’more, listen to the holiday carolers and/or enjoy a hot toddy on a chilly winter’s eve. Sounds like a Dickens novel, doesn’t it? Learn more at cheekwood.org.
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