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5 Great Nashville Shopping Spots
Explore Music City’s best boutiques, shopping districts and malls.
Shop till you drop in Nashville.(Getty Images)
If you're visiting Nashville, consider spending at least one afternoon poking around shops in town and getting to know the locals. Truth be told, Nashville has its fair share of high-end retailers. But, you might be surprised to learn that it's also home to unique boutiques offering everything from tailor-made jeans to hand-crafted jewelry.
To better understand where to go shopping in Music City, U.S. News spoke with concierges at top hotels around town. Here's what they had to say.
Shoppes on Fatherland.(Courtesy of Shoppes on Fatherland/Brian McCord)
"I like to send people to East Nashville," says Ryan Mailley, guest services ambassador at the Omni Nashville Hotel. "I think you could spend an entire day there. It’s just a very eccentric neighborhood. It has a huge list of wonderful restaurants and local shops. It’s a cool place to walk around."
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East Nashville is where many artists, musicians and entrepreneurs choose to work and live, so it's no surprise that you can find some of the city's most eclectic shopping there. The district offers a vibrant retail scene that's primarily filled with smaller boutiques curating hand-crafted goods made by local artisans.
Andrew Atkins III, lead navigator and concierge at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, says, "[At] the Shoppes on Fatherland in East Nashville, if you're kind of on the artsy side, you can find something unique." This cluster of small shops is located just south of the popular Five Points entertainment district and offers a diverse array of vintage goods and high-end clothing.
Making your way from the Shoppes on Fatherland, you can find even more shopping opportunities within walking distance. Brett Withers, Nashville Metro Council member, says, "Right here in East Nashville, we've got a lot of boutique stores in the Five Points area. The Idea Hatchery [small business incubator], vintage clothing stores, Fanny's House of Music: What's great about Fanny's is that they've created a music store where everyone can be comfortable. Men, women, everybody. Most guitar shops cater mainly to guys and they make a point to be inclusive for all musicians."
The 12 South neighborhood has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts. Just within the past decade, it's become somewhat of a mecca for local university students and young professionals. This highly walkable strip of 12th Avenue South is packed with shoppers seeking Southern-inspired clothing that's still firmly rooted in the laid-back style of the city.
"12 South is killing it right now," Atkins says. "Imogene + Willie over in 12 South, they're creating Nashville's local blue jeans. They were one of the first little hip places in that area. Now, with Draper James, it's creating a lot of buzz for the neighborhood," referring to the store created by actress Reese Witherspoon.
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Dawn Kote, concierge at the Hilton Nashville Downtown, agrees, saying, "I love 12 South because it's all condensed." She adds that the area features a number of high-end stores. "You've got shops that are owned and operated by stylists to a lot of country music stars like Emerson Grace."
Historic Downtown Franklin
Downtown Franklin.(Courtesy of Downtown Franklin/Elizabeth Looney)
Franklin, Tennessee, is a scenic 30-minute drive from downtown Nashville. This proud community is located just south of the city and has enjoyed a revitalization of its Main Street. A coalition of preservationists, city planners and local merchants banded together in 1984 to protect its historical past and pave the way for future growth. Today, the square in historic downtown Franklin is lined with charming two-story brick buildings that many of the area's best art and clothing boutiques call home.
"I like to send people to Franklin, Tennessee," says Adam Chantarumporn, celebrity concierge agent at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. "Main Street in Franklin is considered historic Franklin. They have everything from boutique clothing to handmade soaps. It's very unique in that it has that historic feel."
The Mall at Green Hills
The Mall at Green Hills.(Courtesy of The Mall at Green Hills/Taubman)
The Mall at Green Hills represents a distinct departure from the smaller boutiques in the area. This sprawling shopping destination is located in one of the most affluent neighborhoods in Nashville and has more than 100 stores and restaurants for shoppers to explore. If you forget to pack something on your trip to Nashville, it's the perfect spot to find what you need. Or, stop by to indulge in a little retail therapy.
"I really like the Green Hills mall," says Amanda Cramer, guest services agent at the Union Station Hotel, Autograph Collection. "They have a lot of really high-end stores there like Tiffany's and Jimmy Choo."
Nashville Farmers' Market
Nashville Farmers' Market.(Courtesy of Nashville Farmer's Market/Rebecah Boynton)
Shannon Gray, lead concierge at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, says, "You should also stop by the farmers market. There is a really great store there called Batch. You can find some really unique souvenirs there. Batch has everything that is locally made [from] T-shirts to lip balm."
The Nashville Farmers' Market is conveniently located just north of downtown near Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. This open-air market is filled with local purveyors of fruit and vegetables, and vendors of locally produced wares.
"A lot of people forget about the farmers market," says Kelcie Borton, lead concierge at the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown. "There are all sorts of locally made goods which are sold there as well."
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