Best in Brew: Fall Edition

Gone are the days of sipping light, lime Mexican lagers by the pool. We’ve rounded up the best fall brews for you to enjoy while cheering on the Titans, setting up a campfire, or just watching the leaves change.


Black Abbey : Never short on fall seasonals, give Black Abbey Brewing Company’s ‘Chronicles’ a try. This Oktoberfest-style beer pours an orange-amber color and is described as “malty and round.” It is extremely drinkable and light with a mild aroma of toffee and caramel.

Also in the lineup for fall/winter is ‘Krampus Nacht’, a full-bodied, bock-style beer featuring notes of chocolate and roasted malt, with a lingering dried fruit/cookie finish (perfectly paired with s’mores around a campfire!).

Chronicles 4.9% ABV 19 IBUs

Krampus Nacht 7.0% 20 IBUs


Little Harpeth: You don’t have to wait for Oktoberfest to get into the spirit. Little Harpeth’s ‘High Water’ Dunkel Lager is a double decoction, Munich style dark beer with a hoppy, smooth bitterness and spice and a chocolate finish.

Or, you can go with ‘Prost! Oktoberfest,’ their traditional German lager (pictured) that is smooth and rich with a malty, caramel aroma and lots of fall flavors, ending with a dry finish.

High Water Dunkel Lager 5.25% ABV 20 IBUs

Prost! Oktoberfest 4.99% ABV 21 IBUs

  Little Harpeth

Little Harpeth


Tailgate Brewery: The brewmasters over at Tailgate are always crafting up new and unique ideas, and we are sure their fall lineup won’t disappoint. No details on the release of the #BASIC Pumpkin Ale though. Until then, there is still PLENTY to try on their rotating tap.

They are well-known for their Peanut Butter Milk Stout and Naked Statue Golden Ale. But if you’re up for something new, the ‘8th and Porter’ is a special coffee blend being offered for a limited time that uses beans from 8th and Roast. It is a dark, medium-bodied brew with a rich, roasted coffee aroma.

Peanut Butter Milk Stout 6.2% ABV

Naked Statue Golden Ale 5.3% ABV 17 IBUs

8th and Porter 5.4% ABV


  Jackalope Brewing Company

Jackalope Brewing Company

Jackalope : This seasonal ‘Casper- The Gose’ doesn’t just have a clever name. This tart, peppery pour is described by Jackalope as “a refreshing half-wheat, half-pilsner malt brew with notes of coriander, lemon, and sea salt…very clean, and yet spicy.”

Or, if tart isn’t your thing, you can’t go wrong with their classic, year-round Bearwalker Maple Brown Ale to get you through Autumn. It’s a smooth, medium-bodied ale highlighting notes of maple syrup, brown sugar and chocolate, with earthy hops and a long, bittersweet finish.  It’s sure to please.

AND—they just opened a second location, the Ranch in the Wedgewood-Houston area, so you have EVEN more choices on where to enjoy.

Casper – The Gose 5.0% ABV 13 IBUs

Bearwalker 5.1% ABV 37 IBUs


East Nashville Beer Works : The ‘Young Hickory Smoke Porter” tastes the way it sounds. The brewery describes it as being “tailor-made for backyard fire pit weather or a bonfire near you.” The unique, smoky flavor is combined with brown and chocolate malts.

Or, stick with the signature ‘Miro Miel’ Honey Blonde Ale if you want something just a little lighter. It is brewed with local Tennessee honey and has as floral aroma and clean finish, making it the perfect way to transition from those lighter, fruity summer notes into the flavors of fall.

Count me in!

Young Hickory Smoked Porter 4.5% ABV 23 IBUs

Miro Miel 5.2% ABV 15 IBUs


Bearded Iris Brewing: No matter what you are in the mood for, you’re sure to find it on draft on the always-rotating tap at Bearded Iris. Case in point: ‘Mood Ring,’ a double IPA with peaches, cinnamon, lactose, & vanilla—just like a bowl of warm peach cobbler.

But if you are looking for something heavier, the imperial oatmeal stout ‘V. Fudge’  may just tickle your fancy with it’s notes of warm vanilla bean and coca nibs.

Mood Ring 8.5% ABV

V. Fudge : 9.5% ABV

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Tip it on back.

-Denizen






















Nashville Picnicking Pro-Tips

Slowly but surely, we are working our way into cooler temps in Nashville! That being said, there is no better time to get your fall picnic set-up ready. Whether you are heading out with the girls to Arrington Vineyards; taking a break during a hike at Percy Warner; setting up a romantic evening next to the Cumberland River; or watching the sunset while listening to live music in Centennial Park, you can find some helpful hints below!

 Highlands ranch Lifestyle magazine

Highlands ranch Lifestyle magazine


1. Pack It Up in a Bookbag or Basket: If you haven’t seen one of these pre-made kits yet, you are missing out! They generally come with silverware, plates, cups, and napkins and have an insulated pouch where you can keep food cold. Some even come with blankets and wine bottle holders. But, if you don’t have access to a fancy-schmancy bookbag, never fear. You can easily DIY. Just find something that is easy to carry (depending on how far you will be walking/hiking beforehand) and grab all of the essentials, and stick them in separate pouches/zip lock bags to keep it all organized.


2. Grab Your Grub To-Go: Depending on your mood and location, you can pack any sort of foods you like; but I prefer to stick with the typical picnic foods: like sandwiches, chips, and fruit. Things that are easy to pack and eat without a table! If you don’t feel like making your sandwich at home before hand, you can stop at Mitchell’s Deli or Mile End Delicatessen and grab a Classic Reuben or Chicken Salad sandwich to go!

Unless you are heading to Arrington, you may want to grab a bottle of wine to take with you. Stop at The Library Fine Wine and Spirits to check out their selection. Don't forget to pack a corkscrew or bottle opener!

And of course: dessert. Satisfy your sweet tooth with some treats from Dozen Bakery or Sweet 16th.

 Mile End Delicatessen

Mile End Delicatessen


3. Prop Up on Some Pillows: This is your time to be creative! Bring your favorite blanket or quilt to really set the tone and create your own atmosphere. Even better, bring a few pillows or cushions to plop down on. White’s Mercantile or HOUSE OF should have plenty of finds to help you customize your space.


 The perfect little store

The perfect little store

4. Light It Up (with candles, of course): If you plan on staying out past dark, you’ll want to make sure you bring something to illuminate your outdoor oasis. A candle or two is always nice if you have a table or something safe to put a candle on. Stop by The Perfect Little Store and check out their unique assortment of scents. Or, you could stick with a battery-powered lamp or lantern if you are more accident-prone.


5. Mood-setting Music: Unless a live band is already playing, maybe bring a small wireless speaker with you to set the mood. No matter what you are after, you can find a playlist to fit your fancy. I recommend Whiskey Jam Revolver to give you an authentic taste of the local music scene. Or, maybe even bring a portable record player with you to turn up your favorite classics.


6. Finish it off with some Floral: Yes, you are already in nature. But in true glamping fashion, you can really spruce up your portable palace by adding a touch of baby’s breath, greenery, succulents, full  blooms, or a combo of all of them! You can find some local beauties at Flora Plant Shop or FLWR, located in East Nashville to take with you. Stick them on your kitchen counter afterwards to enjoy for a little while longer.

 Flora plant shop / Amelia's flower truck

Flora plant shop / Amelia's flower truck


 

Happy Picnic Planning!

-Denizen

 

 

Things to do in Nashville in September

There is something about school starting back that is equal parts nostalgic and terrifying (whether you are still in school or not!) But don't worry...the fun we had this summer ain't over yet. If you need some ideas on how to escape the stress of orientations and syllabuses (syllabi?), we've got you covered! Here are our suggestions on how to recover from the back-to-school blues in Music City this month.


September 8th: Wine on the River Nashville

Wine, food, and live music? Count me in! This annual event is going on it’s 16th year in Music City. Held in Riverfront Park, you can sample wine, beer and spirits as you “travel” through different regions. Restaurants featuring culturally themed menus will also have food available for purchase.


September 9th: Symphony Under the Stars

What better way to ring in the start of a new school year than to enjoy the cool (almost) autumn air while listening to classical masterpieces under the stars? The concert takes place at Ascend Amphitheater and features the music of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Did I mention there will be fireworks??


September 11th-16th: School of Rock, The Musical

HCA/TriStar Health Broadway presents School of Rock, an entertaining and hilarious new musical which follows the journey of wannabe rockstar Dewey Finn, who poses as a substitute teacher. Enjoy 14 new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and all of the original songs from the movie as Mr. Schneebly raises his goblet of rock and turns his class of straight-A students into a kick ass band.

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September 14-16: Music City Food + Wine Festival:

The 6th Annual Music City Food + Wine Festival brings together local culinary talent and celebrities with acclaimed regional and nation chefs, wine and spirits experts. There is an entire program of scheduled events: including cooking demonstrations, panel discussions, tasting sessions, Chef showcases, book signings, and more. Some of the events include an outdoor barbecue (put on by Martin's BBQ) in Bicentennial Capitol State Mall Park; Harvest Night, featuring live music from Kings of Leon; and a Gospel brunch at Music City Walk of Fame Park. Some of the daily and weekend tickets are already sold out, so get them while you still can!


September 21-23: 35th Annual Nashville Home Show

You can shop everything home and outdoor under one roof, in one weekend. The event has presentations for home improvement advice and education, DIY décor workshops, innovative product exhibits, and even a cooking stage.


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poster by musicians corner

Every Thursday: September Sundown

This new free concert series presented by Musicians Corner will take place in Centennial Park every Thursday evening, all month long. Featuring local musicians, the event also aims to raise awareness and donations for Second Harvest Food Bank. While you enjoy the music, you can snack on some of the delicious offerings from the food trucks and shop from local artisans. There are also plenty of activities just for the kids!


Hope your lunch is packed up, boots are tied tight--and that you don't get in a fight.

Here goes nothin'.

-Denizen (and Billy Madison)

#2Blessed2BeStressed

Fast Food. Instant Downloads. Amazon Prime. We live in an extremely fast paced world. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed by it all, it's crucial to your mental health to find ways to slow down and give your mind and body a break. Chronic stress is inherently harmful to your well-being; it can lead to physical symptoms including headaches, elevated blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and even heart disease (AKA, nothing good!).

Nashville is known for being home to many-a-bustling Broadway bar; but it also has some hidden gems where you can retreat to recharge your batteries. So, in honor of National Relaxation Day (August 15th) here is a list of ways to look after yourself and unwind in Music City.


1. Float the Harpeth: It’s hard to imagine a more relaxing atmosphere than canoeing or kayaking down the Harpeth River (which is about 30 min outside Nashville) while surrounded by gorgeous trees and the sounds of nature. Pack a picnic lunch and find an entry point--Foggy Bottom and Tip-A-Canoe are two great places for kayak or canoe rentals if you don’t own one. You can generally choose from several different trip lengths, anywhere from 2-6 hours. You can even stop off along the way to skip rocks, soak up the sun, and enjoy the view.


2. Indulge in a Spa Day at Poppy & Monroe: This Germantown gem will be your new favorite oasis. Touting all-natural nail and skincare services, you can spend your entire day getting pampered without worrying about harsh chemicals. They have an incredible selection of nail polish colors and 5-free gel, as well as impressive designs done in-house by their nail artists. In between services, you can sip on a complimentary adult beverage and shop in their front lobby for natural, eco-friendly makeup and jewelry/accessories.

 photo courtesy of poppy & monroe

photo courtesy of poppy & monroe


3. Take a Hike at Percy Warner: Located in Bellevue, this expansive park can be your perfect escape into nature. Bring your pup, a Frisbee, a friend, or a bike and do some de-stressing. Enjoy hiking one of their many trails, and make it up to the clearing at the top of the hill for a jaw-dropping view of the Nashville skyline. Or, just sprawl out on the fresh grass with a book under the shade of an oak tree. It's quite literally a breath of fresh air.


4. Find Zen in a Yoga Class: Yoga is known for being a soothing, low-impact way to challenge your body and mind while improving sleep, lowering blood pressure, and building muscle strength. For something a little out of the ordinary, try Acme’s Rooftop Yoga which is put on by Sanctuary Yoga, an established studio in Green Hills. The hour-long classes are held twice a month on Saturdays at 10am, and the $10 ticket price includes a killer downtown view and a post-yoga mimosa. Namaste!


5. Sip Tea at High Garden: Take being 'one with nature’ to another level by exploring the organic, naturally grown herbal tea at High Garden located in East Nashville. You will feel like you’ve walked into a tranquil forest haven as soon as you walk in the door. The Woodland Tea House and Sipping Apothecary encourages patrons to disconnect from technology and instead enjoy their wide selection of books and games. They even offer classes and events for those interested in learning to be herbalists.

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Take it easy, Nashville.

-Denizen

Summer's Lucky 7

The dog days aren’t over yet! Here is our checklist of places you’ll want to hit before pumpkin spice mania begins.


 Photo by: @wilikers

Photo by: @wilikers

1.  FORT LOUISELocated in a charming Inglewood bungalow that literally prides itself on being “Cozy AF”, Fort Louise is the perfect spot to enjoy your favorite American classics—with a modern touch. Take a seat on the expansive back porch under the twinkling lights, and you’ll feel like you’re in your very own rom-com.

What to Try: The Double Fort Burger; Curry Fried Chicken Bucket; the Frozen Defiance cocktail


2. MILK & HONEYWhat would a summer checklist be without a killer brunch option? If you can avoid the tourist rush (a prime time is about 2pm mid-week), a visit to this venture in the heart of the Gulch is absolutely worth your while. Don't forget to snap a photo in front of the neon “Lard have mercy” sign before you dash.

What to Try: The Avocado Toast; Hodgepodge Hash; Lavender Honey Latte


 Photo by: @robbiequinnyc

Photo by: @robbiequinnyc

3. 5TH & TAYLOR: This Germantown staple set in a stunning renovated warehouse is almost like eating in a high museum of art. You can enjoy an intimate candlelit dinner surrounded by gorgeous paintings and sculptures; or, you can have a drink out on the sophisticated tree-lined patio. If you are feeling fancy, this is the place to be.

What to Try: Sausage-Cheddar Biscuits; the Duck'am; Ryes N'Shine Cocktail


4.ROSEPEPPER CANTINAEveryone knows Taco Tuesday is better in the summer. This eclectic East Nashville favorite has been around since 2001, and after your first visit it's not hard to see why. If you like award-winning, authentic Mexican cuisine, you'll be a fan of Rosepepper. And if you like tequila, you'll be an even bigger fan. Take your friends during happy hour (M-F, 4-6pm) and enjoy a pitcher of Margs...or two. Vamonos!

What to Try: Buffalo White Cheese Dip; Fiesta Bowl; Margaritas (...yes, they are worth mentioning twice).


 Photo by: @nickysnashville

Photo by: @nickysnashville

5. NICKY'S COAL FIREDA new addition in the Nations, this Italian eatery doesn't disappoint. You'll come here for the unique oven-baked pizza offerings, but you'll leave craving their dessert creations. Plus, the bartender makes a killer Moscow Mule (and he will make you another one even if you drop and break the glass all over the floor. Don't ask me how I know).

What to Try: Orecchiette Verde; Rosemary Focaccia; literally any of the daily deserts or gelato


6. HENRIETTA REDThe relaxed, airy atmosphere of Henrietta Red will have you feeling MAJOR Miami vibes. Located right off 4th Avenue in Germantown, it boasts a gorgeous, expansive marble raw bar that adds to the coastal chic ambiance. Start there for a Green Curry Oyster or two during happy hour to "tide" you over while you peruse the diverse menu offerings. The good news is, you don't have to decide on just one thing. You and your table can order several small plates and taste a little bit of everything, before you're "three sheets to the wind"from downing their inventive cocktails (try The Crocodile). They have an AMAZING weekend brunch as well---you'll be in for "smooth sailing" with the Monkey Bread. (Ok, I promise I'm done now).

What to Try: Red Snapper Crudo (raw bar); Seared Sea Scallops; Peach Cobbler


 Photo by: @valeriehammond

Photo by: @valeriehammond

7. THE BAND BOXIf you haven't been to a Nashville Sounds game yet, you're missing out on one of the best ways to enjoy the summer in Nashville. Located over in right field at First Tennessee Park in Germantown, you can sip on a whiskey-and -coke slushie while you play a game of cornhole, try your hand at ping-pong, or just relax on the swanky couches. The food is inspired by typical baseball concessions, but with an upscale twist. Indulge in a fancy hot-dog while you heckle the opposing team. (Pro-tip: if you get there early, you can make bets with the bartenders on whether or not the National Anthem singer will forget the words...)

What to Try: Band Box Dog; Chicken Totchos; Field of Dreamsicle Icee


Cheers Nashville, 

Denizen 

TPAC: Making Theater Cool Again

On any given day in Nashville, you can walk to Broadway and find plenty of activities to do and country-star-honkytonks to see. But what about locals who want to do more? I’m not just talking about something fun and out of the ordinary…but something that also gives us purpose?

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is finding a way to do just that.

TPAC’s 2018 Gala Late Party, coming up on August 25th, has all the essentials for a perfect night in Nashville. It will be held at Polk Theater and feature entertainment by 90’s cover band ‘My So-Called Band." They will serve appetizers and have an OPEN BAR (score!) so that you won't be short on liquid confidence while you're messing up the words to Summer Girls by LFO. 

If that weren't reason enough, it’s also themed after the TPAC presentation of School of Rock, so you can dress up, raise your Goblet of Rock, and quote Jack Black to your heart’s content. (Pretty sure the dressing up part is not advertised but....it could be cool.) You don't have to attend the formal Gala beforehand in order to go to the Late Party. The ticket costs are just $85 per couple, and the proceeds help provide for TPAC’s arts and education programs.

A little more on that in case you didn’t know: TPAC prides itself on it’s educational and community impact. They provide field trips for kids to TPAC; contribute to individual classrooms by bringing arts programs into schools; and offer professional development opportunities for educators.

As a musician myself, I think about the impact that my chorus/band/theater teachers made on my professional development and passion for music, and I’m immediately motivated to want to do more. Motivated to see more shows there; to support our community; to broaden our horizons. And if a couple shows a year isn’t enough for you, being a season ticket holder is as easy as going online, choosing a package, and downloading an app to keep up with shows and dates.

If you are looking for a way to make an impact in Nashville, this is definitely the most fun way to do it.

And on August 25th, it’s a simple as showing up to a party. In other words: you can live it up while saving the arts and making positive change in our community. I don’t know about you…but I’ll drink to that.

TICKET/INFO LINKS:

Here is the ticket link for the Late Party: https://www.tpac.org/event/2018-08-25-to-2018-08-25-gala-late-party/ 

Looking for tickets to formal TPAC Gala beforehand? Click here to make your reservation. 

Want to Support TPAC's nonprofit mission, but you cannot attend this event? Click here if you'd like to make a tax-deductible gift.

Finally: to learn more about what TPAC is doing for our community and where your donations are going  - https://www.tpac.org/education-community/ 

 

Patio Vibes

It’s that time again, the weather is warming up and everything outside is calling your name. It’s grilling season, pool days are ahead of us, and you just want to have friends over for a night on your back deck.  But the reality is, your patio has been in hibernation mode for months and isn’t quite ready for visitors. Now, for the important stuff; let’s talk about how you can add some charm and easily upgrade your outdoor area, so everyone will be flocking to hang at your place.  

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You’ve got your twinkling cafe lights set up, but you still want to add something with a statement to your space. Let’s talk plants; the ultimate, easily added, cool factor to any outdoor oasis. If you’re the type of person who wants something low maintenance, pop into Flora Plant Shop, on the East side, and snag a cactus for your space. Big or small, these easy-to-care-for succulents add flare and a southwest feel to any outdoor area. Another great large plant option is a bird of paradise. They give off a tropical vibe, make a pretty big statement, and would pair well with a cactus or two. Just make sure they’re getting ample amounts of sunlight. 

Outdoor rugs are another easy addition to minimal furniture, and they can last for years. These rugs come in an endless selection of colors and patterns, so maybe step out of your norm and go for something bold and bright to enhance the summer vibe. I’d suggest checking out Welcome Home, also over on the East side, for some unique rug selections. Did I mention they have rad cocktail accessories, too? You know your friends are coming over thirsty, so turn up your libation game with some copper mule mugs, sphere ice molds, or bold statement coasters. Trust me, they’ll notice your style. 

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If rugs or new bar accessories aren’t really your thing, you can easily update your furniture with a fresh coat of paint and some cool pillows. Get creative with your color choices here, opt for a modern look with clean white, and let your plants do all the talking, or go for something bold and bright to make even more of a colorful statement. For some extra mood lighting, lanterns with tea light candles are a simple and budget friendly option. Cheers to warmer weather and fresh patio vibes!

The "Cheesiest"-burger Top Ten in Nashville

I’m no self-proclaimed foodie and I don’t write food reviews, but it’s Memorial Day Weekend and you need to know where to get a good burger.  I know what you’re gonna say…..we can just look up Thrillist or Eater’s best burger list, and that’s true…..but none of these places requested to be on this list.  It was put together by a group of burger loving fiends (me and my friends), due to our obsession with this juicy, meaty, American Delight!!  

So after you are done laying by the pool or playing on the lake, get out and feast on one of these beauties.  We promise you won't be disappointed. 

In no particular order, Denizen's Best Burgers in Nashville.


1)   Café Roze

2)   Fort Louise 

3)   Dino’s Restaurant 

4)   Little Octopus

5)   Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint

6)   Gabby's Burgers & Fries

7)   Riverside Grill Shack

8)   Emmy Squared 

9)   Burger Up 

10) Butchertown Hall

Happy Memorial Day ~ Remember those who have fought, and continue to fight, to give us the freedom to get out and enjoy this beautiful city!! 

DIG IN NASHVILLE!

-Denizen 

Where are you working Nashville?

Whether you are a creative, self-employed or a traveling salesperson assigned to Nashville, your options of workspaces are ever growing.  With so many of the national brands now calling Music City home, we decided to chat with current Center 615 resident LiveSchool.  The objective; to find out what originally drove them to choose Center 615 and what has led to them staying put when there is such a plethora of options. 

Enter LiveSchool:  An edtech startup that has called Center 615 home since their inception.  Their main goal is to help schools improve student engagement across the US and around the world. LiveSchool started as a simple idea – replace teachers' clipboards for a streamlined app that tracks classroom behavior and keeps parents in the loop. They’ve grown into a business serving over 500 schools in 40 states and 5 countries. In addition to behavior tracking, they've launched new products like a House Points system, where students can compete in teams just like Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw.


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Why did you originally choose Center 615?

When we started out, there were just two of us. Our first office was a room in the Bricks building and it was the perfect incubator – within a year we had six people crammed in the that room, and we worked with Center 615 to move over to the new Main building on campus. Since then we've steadily expanded, adding suites as we were ready. It's been the perfect amount of flexibility as we scale the business.

How long have you been on campus?

We were among the first folks to join Center 615 in 2011.

Do you find inspiration from being part of a co-working environment?

It's a great community filled with smart, driven, and friendly people.

What is it about Center 615 that has made staying here an easy decision?

We appreciate that Center 615 is always innovating and expanding. They recently opened a new courtyard space and our team takes breaks to play shuffleboard. They're putting on programming that our team takes advantage of, and we love perks that our team can take advantage of.

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How has the Center 615 community helped grow/shape the company?

For one, we've partnered with other Center 615 businesses and they've helped us to grow our reach and impact. Beyond that, Center 615 has grown with us from an early stage business to a maturing startup. At every stage it's been really natural for us to continue growing with Center 615. Christian, Whitney, Brandon, and the entire team have worked hard to provide the kind of space that helps businesses grow.

What's next for LiveSchool?

Growth! We see a lot of challenges out there for schools and parents as they try to stay connected and support students. We want students to be so engaged in school that they can't wait to get out of bed in the morning. Today, a lot of students don't feel that way. We're working hard to launch a next generation of tools that enable every school become that kind of environment for students.

 

Free & Cheap Workouts in Nashville

Be honest: have you already given up on your "new year, new me" workout plan? Hey — it's okay! We're of the mindset that a total mind and body renovation isn't necessary in order to make yourself the best you can possibly be, and that translates into a slow, steady ebb and flow of working out and eating healthy. 

If you need a bit of boost to help you get back on track with working out, how about saving a few bucks on your usual spin class or gym membership? These free (or really cheap) Nashville area workout options will help you to meet your workout goals and your money goals — and that's the kind of multitasking that we could all use.

 Image: Shakti Power Yoga

Image: Shakti Power Yoga

  • Orange Theory. You've definitely heard of this trendy workout facility. If you want to try out their heart rate-based interval training, your first class is free at any of their three Nashville locations — the perfect way to get in some serious cardio without spending a dime. 
  • Hotbox. Want to try out a kickboxing class with some of Nashville's best instructors? The first class is free for local residents at this boxing gym located conveniently right in the Gulch.
  • Title Boxing. Beat stress and build strength at this boxing gym with two Nashville locations on the East Side and in Midtown. Your first class is free and wraps are just $10 to rent (unless you already have your own).
  • CardioBarre. Located on 8th Avenue South, this upscale barre studio offers a free class to first-time visitors. 
  • Small World Yoga. Every single class is free through this local yoga collective, which hosts classes at schools, libraries and other public spaces around Nashville. Best of all, this nonprofit organization aims to make yoga more accessible to people of all income levels. 
  • Shakti Yoga. New students can get 30 days of unlimited yoga for just $30 at this Music Row yoga studio; after that, take advantage of their weekly community classes with teachers-in-training for just $5 per class. 
  • Green Hills Run Club. Love running? Hate running, but want to learn to love it? Join up with the Green Hills Run Club, which offers 3 or 5-mile options on Mondays at 6 p.m. starting at Fleet Feet Sports in Green Hills. 
  • Radnor Lake. Once the weather warms up, lace up your hiking boots or your sneakers and hit the trails at Radnor Lake, one of Nashville's most beautiful (and most convenient) state parks. Dogs are allowed on the paved trails, but if you want to explore the wooded hiking trails, you'll have to leave Fido at home. 

 

Here's What's Going on in Nashville This February

The weather might still be as unpredictable as ever, but things are heating up in Nashville this February. The end of the winter season marks the beginning of the city's festivals, farmers markets, outdoor concerts and other fun events, and if you're anything like us, you likely can't wait to get out of the house and kick the cabin fever to the curb. 

  Image via L.A. Jackson

Image via L.A. Jackson

Here are the events we're looking forward to most this February in Nashville.

  • First Aid Kit at the Ryman - February 1
    If you're a fan of this Swedish folk duo and their sweet, sweet harmonies, you won't want to miss them when they hit the Mother Church this February. Kick off the month at this can't-miss show, but be sure to get tickets in advance, cause they're likely to sell out. 
  • Southern Love Story Package at the Thompson Hotel - all month long
    Looking for a special Valentine's Day staycation with your significant other? The Thompson Hotel is offering a pretty sweet deal for the romantics out there — discounted rates on a room for two in their stylish Gulch hotel, plus a package that includes a reservation at the rooftop L.A. Jackson restaurant, complimentary glass of champagne, a bottle of wine hand-chosen by the restaurant's sommelier,  Olive & Sinclair chocolate and an "in-room romance kit" — whatever that might mean. 
  • Lightning 100's Chocolate Affair - February 9
    Join everyone's favorite local radio station for their Chocolate Affair at Marathon Music Works. This celebration includes samples from Nashville’s best chocolatiers and candy makers, plus quality libations and live jazz music to go with your sweets. Tickets are $35. 
  • 4th Annual CSA Fair at the Nashville Farmers Market - February 24
    Considering joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)? The Nashville Farmers' Market and Local Table Magazine are hosting a free event where you can meet farmers, discuss individual growing methods and learn about harvest schedules and pick-up locations. 
  • Preds games - all month long
    Hockey season is in full swing, but once February rolls around, it will be over before you know it. Take advantage of the month's home games by grabbing a drink and some dinner before the game at Tavern '96 or the Barrel House, then celebrate the win afterward at Robert's or Acme Feed & Seed. 

Stick to Your Resolutions at These Nashville Spots

If you’re like most, around day ten of the new year reality sets in: you just don’t feel like eating healthier, and you actually don’t want to stick to your new budget. We’re right there with you — all we really want is a late night slice of pizza, but this year we’re going to put up a fight and try and stick it out 'til at least spring. And to make it a little less painful, we’ve pulled together some ideas to make sticking to your resolution easier… and dare we say, maybe a little bit fun?

If you're trying to eat healthier or work out more...

After all the cookies, cocktails and meals out this holiday season, we’re all about cutting back for January and adding in more time at the gym.  But we aren’t interested in only eating salads or doing the same gym routine every day. Add some variety to your workout schedule at Yoga With Art at 21c Museum Hotel ($5) , or grab that sweatband and head to Hotbox for a free first kickboxing class.

The same goes for eating — there are tons of spots across town that are serving dishes that are not only amazing, but they’re also healthy. We’re skipping our usual lunchtime sandwich and heading to Lulu for grain bowls (like the carrot-ginger topped Good Thing), toasts (with toppings like avocado, radish and cilantro) and meat-free burgers. For breakfast or lunch on the go, we always love the smoothies or acai bowls at Franklin Juice Co. 

If you're trying to stick to a budget...

A budget can easily get away from you, and we know from personal experience.  Five dollars for a drink here, twenty dollars for dinner there... Our secret weapon to staying on track? Planning!  If you have your calendar stacked with great free and inexpensive events, it’s easier to stick to your budget.  Fill your calendar with inexpensive happenings like the First Saturday Art Crawl, a matinee at the Belcourt instead of your usual Friday night movie, or a shareable pizza with friends at the fun and cozy DeSano space. 

We are also all about an afternoon coffee date instead of a cocktail this winter. Here’s why: coffee is delicious, warm, and most importantly, inexpensive. The next time a friend suggests meeting for drinks, counter with a coffee date at Steadfast Coffee — and if your companion is less budget-conscious, they can always opt for a boozy coffee cocktail. 

If you just can't quit the whole, "Let's grab a drink!" lifestyle, head to Mantra Artisan Ales with a friend for an afternoon date sampling all their local offerings. Pro tip: order a flight and it will feel like you're drinking more than one, but without the hefty bar tab.

If you're looking to broaden your horizons...

Even the most seasoned city explorer still has some ground to cover in 2018.  There are so many things to see and experiences to check out, from digging for vintage records at Fond Object to digging for fresh produce with the Nashville Food Project. Now's the time to finally explore the Nashville Public Library and its stunning marble staircase, and it's also time to sign up for a library card to start checking things off your 2018 reading list. If you've been itching to expand your mind, taking a class in writing, design or even pedal-building with The Skillery is also a great way to get outside your comfort zone this year. 

NSH Living: OLMSTED Nashville

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“On the edge of everything.” That’s how Olmsted Nashville’s newest apartment complex describes itself. It’s hard to disagree when you see the truly awe-inspiring grounds at this design-forward project.  

Located just South of Lower Broad and within walking distance of local staples like Husk, Pinewood Social, and Third Man Records, Olmsted Nashville doesn’t just offer a beautiful place to hang your hat, it offers a certain type of young and modern lifestyle all in one sleek package. It’s the type of urban dwelling that’s perfect when East Nashville feels a bit too far removed from downtown, but still craves the art and culture of Nashville’s hippest neighborhood. It’s the type of place that not only embodies New Nashville in looks, but also in spirit, through collaborations with local artisans and a focus on proximity to live music. Mostly, it’s the type of place that will draw new residents and locals alike in with its distinct style, its up-and-coming location, and its seemingly never-ending amenity package. 

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Olmsted Nashville seems almost unbelievably huge, with an alternating matte black and stark white facade and a custom exterior sign designed by Luke Stockdale of Sideshow out front. Just inside, the lobby’s pièce de résistance is the series of 18,600-pound pipes housing cozy seating areas, while its concrete floors are accented by chevron wood inlays and sleek spiral staircases. There are chill spaces galore in the social-driven Collective, a common area featuring deep-seated velvet couches surrounded by greenery, a community coffee house, event space, and a rooftop lounge offering up sweeping views of Bob Dylan’s beloved Nashville skyline.  

When piecing the whole thing together, Olmsted relied heavily on local Nashville makers to put their own spin on the design. Nashville fashion designer Savannah Yarborough of leather goods company Atelier Savas sourced vintage furnishings and décor for the public spaces, while local woodworking and design company 1767 created custom installations for the outdoor pool area and the downstairs common areas, all using reclaimed wood from old homes being torn down around Nashville.  

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If you can drag yourself away from the stunning common areas and actually make it back to your own apartment, you’ll have a whole slew of other amenities to enjoy. The 10-foot ceilings are a whole foot higher than most “high” ceilings, while oversized windows, hardwood floors, quartz countertops and subway tile backsplashes hit all the marks on your design list. Olmsted is pet-friendly, too, so your pup will love living there just as much as you do (especially once you check out the outdoor dog run and on-site dog spa).  

Olmsted’s floor plans include 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units starting at $1,274, and if we were you, we wouldn’t sleep on the chance to get in on the ground floor of this incredible slice of Nashville downtown living.  

Neighborhood Series: 12th Ave South

It’s hard to believe that just over a decade ago, you wouldn’t find much in the neighborhood surrounding 12th Avenue South except houses and schools. Today, 12 South is one of Nashville’s most frequented walking districts, popular with everyone from families out for a stroll with the dog to the downtown office crowd looking for post-work drinks. Grab a taco in the evening or a coffee in the morning, hit the trails in Sevier Park or even pick up a pair of luxury denim from one of 12 South’s stylish, nationally known clothing boutiques. It’s one of the few areas in Nashville where you could spend the day sans car.

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Neighborhood Series: East Nashville

There’s not much to say about Nashville’s hippest neighborhood that national publications haven’t already said — GQThe New York Times, and Vogue, just to name a few. The coolest part about this part of town isn’t what you can see, however; it’s what you have to hunt for. Make your way down Gallatin or up to Eastland and keep your eyes peeled for the world famous coffee shops tucked between nondescript gas stations, boutiques slinging clothes from up-and-coming indie designers, and maybe even a member of your favorite band having a bowl of ramen or a plate of Nashville hot chicken next to you at one of the area’s many buzz-worthy eateries. If you’re the outdoorsy type, East Nashville also boasts Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Shelby Park, both of which are worth exploring.

Nashville. Meet Denizen.

Hey, Nashville — welcome to Denizen. We are a city guide with both a print and digital presence that aims to highlight the best that Nashville has to offer, from the best places to play darts in East Nashville to the best spots for tacos in 12 South. Whether you’re a local looking for something new or just a refresher on your old favorites, a new transplant looking to find your niche, or a weekender looking to maximize your time in Nash, we’re here to act as a sort of to-do list for your time here, no matter how long or how short it may be.  

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Steadfast Coffee, Germantown

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Burger Up, East Nashville

 

We’re new in town, but we’re certainly not newbies; you’ll find us under the names Beaux Arts and Urbanist Guide in Pittsburgh, as well as a soon-to-launch Denizen sister guide in Cincinnati. By hiring locals to hand-pick their favorite spots and zero in on all things up-and-coming, we’re able to provide a road map for dining, drinking, shopping, and even honky tonking. Nashville is a buzzy place, but we aim to pin point the authentic, independent, truly worthwhile spots that locals love.

 

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FashionABLE, The Nations

 

So, what does Denizen mean for you? Well, if you see us at your favorite coffee shop or boutique, it means that you should pick us up, check out our design-forward map of Nashville’s major neighborhoods and get to work circling each of the spots you want to check out. You might even take us home, post us on your refrigerator or pin us above your desk.

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Duke's, East Nashville

 

If you’re a business, Denizen means a whole new way to gain exposure without subscribing to some lame pay-to-play model. Because we only include our favorite restaurants and business in our guide (hey, we wouldn’t tell our readers to visit a place that we don’t love!), you can get as involved as you like in terms of advertising. We stock our free guides in the places that we include on our city map, but all of our partners are invited to advertise within the guide itself. We only reserve space for about 1/3 of our chosen partners, but with rates starting at under $75 per month, we truly offer something for any size business.

 

 

It’s nice to meet you, Nashville! We can’t wait to help you make the most of your weekends, your down-time, and even those extra-long work lunches on Friday afternoons.

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