Like any major city, Nashville has its share of little-known hacks and insider secrets that aren’t common knowledge to most. These little tidbits can make life easier when maneuvering through — or simply living in — Music City, and while we can’t share all of our secrets (they wouldn’t be secrets anymore, would they?!), we are happy to share some of these handy pointers that you’ll be glad to have in your arsenal. Enjoy!
Where to buy wine on Sunday
Yes, it’s been less than two years since Nashvillians have been able to buy wine in grocery stores. Some folks thought that meant that wine could now be purchased on Sundays simply because it’s on grocery store shelves and grocery stores are open on Sundays. Alas, that is not the case. Only beer can be purchased on Sunday, and only after 12 p.m., mind you. So what’s a wine drinker to do? Well, you can always go out to eat and enjoy whatever libation you’d like at any of Nashville’s many restaurants. OR, you can go to City Winery, where you can sip wine — or buy it! On a SUNDAY! “We have our retail wine and merchandise available for purchase every Sunday,” confirms Minda Harrell, general manager of City Winery. “Feel free to stop in for brunch and join us at our Tasting Bar too.” City Winery is located at 609 Lafayette St., Nashville, TN 37203. You’re welcome!
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Look before you leave
If you’re looking to time your departure just right so as to avoid the ever-growing traffic issues that plague Nashville during rush hour, check out smartway.tn.gov and take a gander at any of the TDOT SmartWay traffic cameras. Anywhere there’s a camera, you can eyeball the current traffic situation. And yes, I can already hear all of you Wazers out there going, Ummmmm, Waze? Hello!? Yeah. I use Waze too, but sometimes I need to see things with my own two eyes.
If you’re not interested in checking out the TDOT cameras, you may enjoy getting a sneak peek at the latest messages that you’ll spot on the signs that straddle the interstate — the ones you’ll be sitting there staring at while you wait in bumper-to-bumper traffic because you chose not to look at the SmartWay cameras. Just sayin’.
Free security checks
Living and/or working in a metropolitan area automatically brings with it a higher level of crime. But that doesn’t mean you should be passive and leave your home or business as a sitting duck for criminals. The Metro Nashville Police Department offers free security surveys for homes, businesses and places of worship for all of Davidson County. “We’ve been doing this for a couple of years,” says Sgt. Steve Linn, the community coordinator for the West Precinct. “Each precinct does their own program, but the thread that runs through it all is situational awareness and making sure you’re not a soft target.”
The site surveys are typically 60-point inspections for homes — ensuring walkways are unobstructed so no one can hide and jump out, checking to make sure that all locks are in working order, etc. If there are any obstructions on public property, Metro PD can help facilitate appropriate measures with NES to remedy any problems. Business surveys are typically 200+-point inspections. To book your complimentary site security survey, contact your local police precinct and ask for the community coordinator. Click here to find your precinct.
Like a Disney FastPass — for emissions
No, getting your car emissions tested is not a thing like a ride on Space Mountain. However, you CAN be that person who laughs at the suckers who get stuck in the long and winding line! Here’s how: go to nashvillevip.org (VIP=Vehicle Inspection Program), click “Station Locations” in the left column, click your station at the top (for me, it’s Station 1 — Craighead Street), and then check out the current situation and get the estimated wait time. Too long? Check back later. No line? GO NOW!! And next time, don’t wait till the last day of the month!
Library book access on the go
If you’re a voracious reader, but you tire of waiting for the hard copies to show up at your local Nashville Public Library branch, you have some options. First, you can go online and request books to be delivered from another branch to your branch and held for you. OR, you can get right to it and borrow eBooks, audiobooks and stream video by using the library’s OverDrive program. Search by new additions, what’s currently available, age-appropriateness, genre and more. Create an account, log-in, and once you find the item(s) you’re interested in, click “Borrow,” and you’re off to literary bliss!
Where’s my mail?
Wonder what’s coming in the mail? Guess what! You can get a sneak preview each and every day the mail is delivered using the U.S. Postal System’s “Informed Delivery” service. Go to USPS.com, create an account, and then click on “Informed Delivery.” Once you’re signed up, you’ll receive emails every day the mail is delivered showing you exactly what’s coming. If you get home and check your mail and that big, fat bonus check that was supposed to be in the day’s delivery is suddenly missing? File a claim. If you see that all that’s getting delivered today is bills? Well don’t even bother walking to the mailbox, amiright?
Low-cost animal care
If you have a pet, then you know that regular care and maintenance can be expensive. Multiply those costs by however many pets you have, and well, it can get pretty costly. Metro Animal Care and Control is helping to ease a bit of the financial burden by offering monthly rabies and microchipping clinics each month from February through November. On the third Saturday of each month, from 8 a.m. to noon, Davidson County residents can bring their pets in for the low-cost vaccination clinics where rabies vaccines are given for $10 (one-year license) or $26 (three-year license). Additionally, microchipping is offered for $10. Metro Animal Care and Control is located at 5125 Harding Place, Nashville, TN 37211. Learn more here.
If you’re looking for affordable fitness options, Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation can hook you up. Metro Parks’ seven neighborhood fitness facilities are free to use, while the system’s seven regional facilities provide workout rooms with machines and weights that cost $3 per visit with discounts for college students, military and seniors. To find a facility near you or to learn more about costs and discounts, click here.
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