This chocolate work of art from Chocolate F/X mad scientist Andrea Smith is monstrously beautiful. Filled with caramel ganache and crisp biscuit pearls, the Frankenheart is almost too exquisite to eat...almost. It's available for $25 at the Batch store in the Nashville Farmers Market. But hurry because this monster might get away.
Olive & Sinclair Chocolate - $8 - these bars from Nashville's bean to bar chocolate maker each have a distinct flavor so get one of each to find out which your sweetie likes best
Barton Table Chocolate Sauce - $9 - rich, dense, and decadent, Mary-Womack's family chocolate sauce recipe is ideal for topping, dipping, or even drinking
Grey Ghost Chocolate Cookies - $11 - from Charleston, Grey Ghost Bakery uses the finest ingredients
Candy Shop Vintage Charleston Rice Bead Bracelet - $25 - this iconic single strand 7.5" Charleston Rice Bead bracelet from Candy Shop Vintage is plated in a tarnish-proof rhodium finish
Freshie & Zero Gold Filled Glean Earrings - $56 - measuring .5" by 2.75" tall, they hang elegantly above the shoulder and look great whether the dress is cocktail casual or nighttime sparkle
Miriam Design Crystal Drop Necklace - $48 - this Miriam Design Crystal Drop Necklace features soldered gold fill chain hangs 11″ with about an 8″ drop featuring a raw quartz crystal
Freshie & Zero Sterling Silver Glean Earrings - $48 - though these earrings can go with just about any outfit, they are far from ordinary
Miriam Design Spear Rosary Necklace - $78 - the 16" gold fill chain that’s mixed with appetit faceted light blue stones draw the eye to the 2" spear
Outdoorsman Gift Batch - $39 - featuring Latika charcoal soap, Memphis's famous Rendezvous BBQ popcorn, New Primal jerky from Charleston, and Emil's granola this is a tasty treat right out of the bag or as a topping.Cheers Y’all Flask - $38 - a 7 oz., copper plated, Batch-exclusive flask that adds spirit to spiritsSouthern Coffee Collection Gift Batch - $64 - the handmade Paper & Clay mug makes these whole bean coffees from Memphis, Austin, and Nashville taste betterlinenlaid&felt Brown Leather Journal - $90 - calling this work of art a journal is liking calling the Constitution a political memoMen’s Discovery Box Subscription - from $49 - the next limited-edition, themed collection of handmade goods from Southern makers ships in May but if you buy it as a Valentine's Day gift, we'll send you an email with a card you can print.
Relaxing Retreat Gift Batch - $54 - this gift batch is packed with luxurious items for the senses of smell (Produce Candle from Charleston and Little Seed Farm soap from Nashville), taste (Firepot Chai Masala tea concentrate), and feel (Latika Milk & Honey Lotion and Feto Soap Skincare Peppermint Lip Balm)
Tiramasu Paperie With Love From Nashville Note Cards - $12 - what's better than spreading love, doing it with these note cards from Tiramasu Paperie
Honey Be Mine Gift Batch - $44 - your Valentine will be abuzz when you give this gift batch of Trubee honey items along with a Southern Firefly candle, Little Seed Farm soap, sweet Prohibition Popcorn
FashionABLE Mamuye Leather Tote - $178 - made in Ethiopia by women who have overcome challenges ranging from prostitution to addiction to a lack of opportunity, this bag looks good and also does good
Women’s Discovery Box Subscription - from $49 - give them the gift of carefully curated favorites from around the South
In a former Navy officer's house in the Charleston Navy Base, the ovens in Callie’s Charleston Biscuits are full of heavenly delights. The simple ingredients—White Lily Flour, buttermilk, butter—are lovingly transformed into Callie’s Charleston Biscuits. When I visited the flour-strewn kitchen, the four bakers were kneading, rolling, hand stamping the dough but mainly it seemed like they were smiling and laughing. I think you can taste the joy in each biscuit or maybe it’s all that butter, either way it’s good for your soul.
Since 2005 when she convinced her mother to let her bake with her recipes, Carrie Morey has quickly built an empire out of biscuits and other baked happiness including the dangerously snackable and Southern Living Food Awards runner up Callie's Cheese Crisps. The buttermilk biscuits are the place to start. Treat them like a blank breakfast canvas and add cheese and chives or bacon, ham, whatever you want. The flavorful biscuits can handle any topping or just butter (which isn’t really a topping, just a fact).
If you’re in Charleston or Atlanta (as of late 2015), then go to Callie's Hot Little Biscuits for biscuits "made by hand and sold by the pair.” Smells are free but not nearly as satisfying as two buttermilk biscuits topped with accoutrements including chopped bacon, pimento cheese, or gravy.
The oft-overlooked Kay Bob's in the Hillsboro Village neighborhood of Nashville should be back on your radar, especially as things warm up and you're looking to enjoy a tasty craft beer in Nashville. Whether you're visiting for a convention or looking for a spot for a bite and a brew, pencil this joint in on your itinerary.
There's always a handy rotation of local and regional taps for all of your imbibing needs, and a generous porch to enjoy while you gaze at the passers by on 21st Ave. Best of all, they offer a daily special of a pint for just $2.75 a glass. We like those economics.
Combine this vast beer selection with a menu full of fresh ingredients and cooked-to-order options (like flatbreads and salads) and you've got an easy and enjoyable lunch spot in Nashville.
It's Throw Back Thursday, folks. It's the day of the week when people post pictures of themselves with bad haircuts and smaller waistlines. It's good for a chuckle or a quick stroll down memory lane.
Batch turns two years old next week. And while you'll be hearing a lot about that milestone next week, we admittedly don't have a huge trove of images to post to Instagram of how things were for us "back when." But, the very nature of our business makes us see on an almost daily basis how things used to be. And more importantly, it makes us realize how things can be once more.
A perfect example of this is the notion of craftsmanship. Take this quote from President Obama, so nicely summed up on Cal Newport's blog:
"The more you do something, and the more you practice it, at a certain point it becomes second nature. What I’ve always been impressed with about when I listen to comics talk about comedy is how much of it is a craft. Right? They’re thinking it through, and they had a sense of when it works and when it doesn’t. The longer you do it the better your instincts are."
In short, craft matters, no matter what it is you make or manage. One of my greatest joys at Batch is getting to see people master a craft.
Take for example Luke Duncan. Here he is:
Luke makes great cocktail mixers under the label Eli Mason. Here's an example:
Eli Mason just announced a new peach concoction. And it's good. I can tell you this even though I haven't personally tried it. How do I know?
I know because Luke is dedicated to his craft and won't release a new line until he thinks it's damn near perfect. And even then, he'll only offer a limited run just to make sure the new release is up to his high standards and skill. With craft and quality like this, Luke is able to keep growing, promising something more than liquid in a bottle.
Or check out Mary-Wommack Barton:
She is the creator of Barton Table, which makes this tasty chocolate sauce:
When I first had coffee with Mary-Wommack last year, she told me in detail about how she makes her product - the testing, the tasting (I'll sign up for that part in a heartbeat), and the tweaking. And when she shipped her latest case to us, she let me know more details about this specific batch (no pun intended).
It seems that when you commit to craft in a world of mass production, something magical can happen. You're not merely taking a step back in time, but you're also making a bet on the future. You're stating your case for how and why attention to detail and a continual improvement in skill and output is better for everyone.
Long live craft.
The Batch store has been taken over by new arrivals of locally made jewelry, thrilling the ladies who work here and customers alike. We are now stocking gorgeous necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets from local jewelry companies Red Earth, Miriam Designs, Freshie & Zero, and Consider The Wldflwrs. So many pretty things to look at! And with Mother’s Day coming up fast, the timing of our jewelry invasion couldn’t be better. Here are a few pieces that would be just perfect for mom (or sister, or best friend, or you, for that matter):
Freshie & Zero Love Necklace. This necklace was designed to represent the beauty and connection of motherhood in a more subtle, abstract way than other "mom jewelry" on the market. A powerful statement in a delicate necklace Mom will love.
Miriam Designs Turquoise Earrings. Everyone at the store is obsessed with these earrings right now. They look amazing with any skintone/hair color and will be a welcome, colorful addition to mom's jewelry box.
Consider The Wldflwrs Double Stem Necklace. Another beautiful, delicate necklace that subtly says, "Mom, I love you, and we're in this together."
That's just a very small sampling of our current jewelry selection. Stop by the store to see the rest and pick out the perfect gift.
Of course, the great thing about going to Batch to pick up a lovely piece of jewelry for your mom is that we have so much more than jewelry. You can start with a necklace and build a personalized beautiful gift basket around it, knowing every product is high quality and locally made. We'd suggest a sweet olive leaf candle from Southern Firefly, some Sweet Darling macarons, and a luxurious tea towel from Turkish T. We'll box it up for you, tie it with ribbon, and send you on your way to delight that awesome woman who raised you. It doesn't get much easier (or more fun) than that.
Mother’s Day is May 10th, y'all.
We’re just two days away from the Country Music Marathon & Half Marathon! We love to see Nashville come together to welcome runners from all over the world as they pound the pavement through our beautiful city. And luckily for us (and you!), the Batch store has a prime spot on the marathon route this year. Whether you’re running, watching, cheering, or volunteering, stop by the Batch store to pick up some essentials for race weekend. Here are our recommendations:
Sweet Meat Jerky
For a quick hit of protein, you can’t beat Sweet Meat Jerky. It’s all-natural, organic, flavorful, and will make you question everything you thought you knew about jerky. (The most common customer reaction when trying Sweet Meat for the first time is, “I don’t even like jerky, but I love this.”) It's a perfect snack for runners and spectators alike.
Sunday Morning Pancake Mix
Because carbo-loading is a must, whether you're running the full marathon, half marathon, 5K, or hunkering down at home on Saturday to avoid traffic. And this pancake mix, made from hand-milled flour, is the best we've ever tasted.
Walker's Bloody Mary Mix
For the Sunday morning after the marathon, when you’re feeling sore, accomplished, and extremely deserving of a delicious stiff drink with brunch. Bloody Mary fanatics can't get enough of this spicy mix.
Thistle Farms Lotion & Little Seed Farm Healing Balm
After running 26 miles (or even standing around for a few hours watching other people run 26 miles), your dogs are going to be barking. Give your sore feet some much-needed TLC with a moisturizing massage using Thistle Farms lavender lotion, then treat rough spots and blisters with Little Seed Farm’s Hand-Aid Healing Balm (trust us, despite the name, it works just as well on feet, and the botanical mix of soothing herbs and oils works wonders for callouses, scrapes, and aches).
Best of luck to everyone running, and we hope to see you this weekend!
Our lil' Batch store is growing up so fast! Well, maybe "expanding laterally" is a better descriptor than "growing up," but either way, we're excited to finally open up the back area of our store, nearly doubling our retail area. Check out how great it looks:
It's still the well-edited, easy-to-browse Batch store you love, but with a little more room to wander, and more importantly, extra space to display a wider range of fantastic local products. That means more Southern Firefly candles. New aprons, bibs, and stuffed animals in some to-die-for new prints from Elvie. A ton of new bath and body products from Little Seed Farm, Music City Suds, and Thistle Farms (personal favorite: an all-natural bug repellent that smells like roses and geraniums).
And don't forget those two comfy chairs and stylish cow print rug. Perfect for relaxing and gathering strength to tackle your shopping spree, or just sitting and hanging out with us for a bit. We'd love to chat with you about our favorite products, Nashville's "it-city" status, crafting, dog accessories, songwriting, DIY home renovations, Jack White's hairstyles, turnip puns, baby goats, and/or the pros and cons of eating Bella pizza for lunch 6 days a week. Just ask.
Ready for more good news? The newly expanded store area coincides with newly expanded store hours too. We're now open until 8PM on Fridays and Saturdays.
So let's summarize. More room to browse. More time to browse. More great local products to discover. What's not to love? We'll see you this weekend, Nashville.
One of our missions at Batch is facilitating discovery -- we love helping our customers connect with the best locally made products and discover new favorites. Working at the Batch store, we get to see these discoveries take place in real time, and it's our favorite part of the job.
There are a few products in particular that, once customers discover them at the store, they tend to come back to stock up, sometimes just a few hours after making their original purchase. And trust us: we get it. We're huge fans of these products too. Here are three of the most popular “discoveries” we have in stock right now:
Trubee lip balm. All the Trubee honey products have a loyal following, but none of them inspire the kind of fervor that the lip balm does. There’s good reason: this lip balm is all-natural, deeply moisturizing, and has a subtle mint scent that’s totally intoxicating. We always warn people who buy a tube that they’ll probably be back the next day to buy a few more to keep in their glove boxes, desk drawers, alternate purses, cargo pockets, etc. They laugh, thinking we’re just kidding, but sure enough, they’re usually back within a few days, plopping 3 or 4 more tubes down in front of the register and saying, “You were right, this really is the best lip balm ever and I never want to be farther than 3 feet away from a tube of it.”
Delta Cheese Straws. The ingredients on these cheese straws include “extra sharp cheddar” and “love,” so you know they’re going to be good. What you can’t anticipate until you try them is just how good they are. It can be tough to make it home without finishing off the entire bag, which is why we always advise buying a few.
Prohibition Popcorn. There are two kinds of people who come into the store to buy Prohibition Popcorn: people who are already addicted to it, and people who are about to get addicted to it. Once you try it, you’ll understand. This whiskey-infused caramel corn has a perfect balance of salt and sweetness, a satisfying crunch, and a melt-in-your-mouth finish. It’s perfect for gifts, party snacks, or just munching on while watching a movie at home. Customers who buy one bag almost always come back to stock up or share the caramel-y goodness with friends.
Stop by the Batch store in the farmers' market next time you're in downtown Nashville and we guarantee you'll discover a new favorite. Just take our word for it: you might want to stock up.