There are many more inspiring stories that provide specific advice and insight into starting a business at Starter Story. Check out the interview with Zack Fleishman—his company is Shark Wheel, and they literally reinvented the wheel.
Fresh and local, farmers markets are in season. Nashville has a bumper crop of farmers markets all over town. They are a great destination for getting the tasty produce and buying from farmers means you get to know the people growing your food. Here’s a list of a few in Davidson county and a review from a happy visitor.
Nashville Farmers’ Market - Open every day with really busy weekends
“We went to the Farmers Market last weekend and again this weekend! We LOVE it!! Produce is wonderful and just like everyone else in this beautiful state, people are so friendly and helpful! Food court is good and even heard some live music while eating. Love the market and will be back as often as possible!!”
East Nashville Farmers Market - Tuesdays 3:30PM – 6:30PM
Great atmosphere! Great options---fruits, veggies, fresh flowers, jams, jellies, nuts, etc. And a great playground for the children. I loved it!
12 South Farmers Market - Tuesdays 4PM – 7PM
“12 South offers such a great variety of meats, produce and dairy farmers, along with beautiful artisan products as well! I love the live music, family atmosphere and all-around fun for everyone!”
Amqui Station Farmers Market - Sundays 11AM – 2PM
“Our family loves going to the Farmers Market at Amqui Station. There's always an excellent selection of fruits and veggies at reasonable prices!”
Farmin in the Hall - Thursdays 4:30 PM to 7 PM
“This market is very family-oriented with a friendly, local atmosphere. Excellent live music, food trucks, and local vendors and artisans.”
Goodlettsville Farmers Market - Thursday 3PM – 7PM
“Lots of healthy, clean food here. Beautiful setting.”
Hip Donelson Farmers Market - Fridays 4PM – 7PM
“The Hip Donelson Farmers Market is TREWLY a special place. It is the epicenter of a vibrant, loving, kind, compassionate area of Nashville. Every single person that works so hard to make Hip D the wonderful place it is should be so proud at what they have built!”
Vanderbilt Farmer’s Market - Thursdays 1:30PM – 5PM
The market is located on the medical center plaza outside Langford Auditorium.
Richland Park Farmers Market - Saturdays 9 AM – 12:30 PM
“It was a great mix of vendors & very relaxing atmosphere. Dogs allowed which is always a plus in my book. Picked up treats for my furbabies.”
Save the date, pack a picnic, and grab the family for these ongoing and upcoming outdoor summer concerts:
Peak Parking If you have lived in Nashville for more than 10 years, you woulda’ shoulda’ coulda’ bought land or another house in the city—whether for a home flip or an AirBnB. Now that Music City is full and the only place to go is up, the debate over parking has reached a tipping point. It’s nearly impossible to park downtown for free (and even the airport is raising parking prices). The mayor is in talks to privatize its own parking enforcement(George Bluth was right - there’s money in the banana stand - er - parking booth). So what’s a motorist to do?
If you’re not taking a rideshare into downtown, then keep in mind these free parking options close to the core (while supplies last and trust us but verify - we aren't paying for your towing):
Elvie Creations summer camps are "sew" fun for beginner sewist up to those ready to sew their own flint pants. With themes ranging from the basics of sewing, to stuffed animal design, to Harry Potter and superhero sewing, your little sewer will be on their way to larger projects.
The Full Moon Pickin' Party is a chance to enjoy some of Nashville's best bluegrass under the stars and, er, full moon. Join the Friends of Warner Parks on the next six full-moon adjacent Friday nights starting with May 17th. Pickers with an approved bluegrass instrument get a discounted ticket. Bonus event what: come out to Night Market.
Tourists are flocking to Nashville at an ever-increasing rate (15.2 million visitors in 2018—up +4.8% over 2017) and most of them will wait in line to have their picture taken in front of the #WhatLiftsYou mural in the Gulch. Now that everyone is posting their best life on Instagram, murals are the must-have backdrops. Taylor Swift recently announced that she was going to announce something (warning: autoplay video) in front of a temporary Kelsey Montaguemural in the Gulch. New murals emerge all of the time thanks to local street artists and Nashville Walls Project’s mission to bring street artists to Nashville for mural projects. Surprisingly, there remain “unmuraled” walls (the Farmers’ Market, for instance) for those who want to leave their mark. For aspiring muralists, Metro has put together an in-depth guide for making murals in Nashville.
Need to find a new favorite mural? Here are some helpful maps:
See how Nashville’s street art scene compares to the 19 of the Best Cities in America for Street Art.
Is that a catfish in your pocket or are you just happy it’s playoff time? Nashville's current hockey begins their Stanley Cup hunt against the Dallas Stars with Game 1 at 8:30 p.m. tonight at Bridgestone. While trips to the playoffs are becoming as routine asnew downtown construction, Nashville's hockey success really dates back more than 50 years. Nashville's first hockey team, theDixie Flyers, won back-to-back championships in 1965-'66 and 1966-'67 coached by John McClellan from South Porcupine, Ontario. No word if "instruments of crime" were used back then.
Local Dynamic Duo, Edley’s Bar-B-Que and Yazoo Brewing Company have created Edley’s IPA, Yazoo’s first beer collaboration with a restaurant. Go to Edley’s to try the dry-hopped, fruity brew, geared towards the IPA-curious drinker. Try it with the Tuck Special, voted best sandwich in Nashville.
White’s Elixirs has a new potion just in time for Mint Julep month. And they even weighed in on our blog with some little known mint julep facts.
What’s so funny? The Nashville Comedy Festival continues through the weekend. With over 35 comedians performing around town, this festival is no laughing matter.
Night club comedy not your what? This Saturday is packed with opportunities to enjoy the spring weather:
Order our official shirt of the summer before everyone else does
As part of our Spring 2019 rollout of White’s Elixirs brand new, Classically Classy, Mint Julep Mix, we wanted to educate you on four notable nuggets you probably don't know about the Mint Julep.
If you’re attending the Kentucky Derby, one thing you can safely bet on (other than seeing thousands of giant frilly hats) is seeing patrons downing buckets of mint juleps. In fact, each year, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. That’s a feat that requires more 2,250 pounds of freshly harvested mint, 60,000 pounds of ice, and more than 7,800 liters of bourbon!
President Calvin Coolidge, noted nondrinker and fanboy of Prohibition, permitted chickens to eat up the glorious bed of fresh mint that had flourished at the White House during julep lover Teddy Roosevelt’s tenure.
Because, you know, he was President Party Pooper.
The mint julep is sometimes associated with a family of drinks known as “smashes” (such as the brandy smash and the mojito), wherein fresh mint and ingredients are muddled or crushed in order to flavor the finished drink.
In May 2008, Churchill Downs debuted the world’s largest mint julep glass. Churchill Downs, in conjunction with Brown-Forman, commissioned the Weber Group to construct the 6-foot tall glass (7.5-foot with the mint sprig counted).
The glass was made from FDA food-grade acrylic, heated and molded into the shape of a Derby glass. It had a capacity of 206 US gallons, and was distributed with an elaborate pumping system concealed within the “stir straw.”
And don’t forget, Mint Julep month is HERE, so make sure you procure the only mint julep mix served in the Winner’s Circle in time for many a grand old celebration!
(That’s White’s Elixirs Mint Julep Mix...just, you know...in case that wasn't obvious.)
This article was written by Brad White, owner of White’s Elixirs and notable carnival barker.