Newbies Guide to Nashville: Nearly Post-Pandemic....
If you're looking for drive-by reviews of the things we experienced, scroll to the bottom of this post.
I n i t i a l I m p r e s s i o n s :
We were surprised that:
We were not happy to NOT find the funky little neighborhood that would have quaint little shops and thrifted tschatkes that would appeal to art lovers. —We found it in Austin (SoCo) and in Detroit (Ann Arbor), so we expected their to be one here ESPECIALLY. “Where do the performers buy their funky clothes?” was one of our main questions. The only places we found were King Baby (which was hella expensive!) (see waaaay below) and Pre to Post Modern (which was just ONE place....)🙄🤷🏽♀️ We began asking around and could not get a whiff of ANY neighborhood known for such purposes. 😳 Disappointing. 🤷🏽♀️
There are NO corner stores, where you can buy water, chips, etc. Typically, everywhere we've traveled—from Austin to San Antonio to Philadelphia to wherever—there is a store—some kind of corner store at the—get this—corner! Sometimes, it's even IN the hotel. It's there that you can buy toothpaste, a piece of fruit, an energy drink, etc. But not here. We walked for miles and, literally, the ONLY convenience store we found was the ONLY one in the 3 mile or so radius from the hotel where we were. But don't get me talking about the location of the hotel.....
We found out that you can ONLY buy wine at ONE—No, you did NOT read that wrong!—ONE store downtown! And they DON'T even sell hard liquor downtown at all for retail purchase; only in the myriad of bars and restaurants in the area.
So far, the ONLY place that has REQUIRED face masks has been Carter Vintage Guitars. (see waaaaay below.) Though most places said “masks required”—including our hotel 🙄—the ONLY place that enforced anything was the music store that we went to. We got so used to both staff and 90% of patrons NOT wearing them that we started ignoring the signs (especially since we’re BOTH fully vaccinated). (see vlog footage of music stores: http://bit.ly/prejippienashvillevid )
It doesn’t seem like they’ve gone out of their way at any establishment here to accommodate vegans and other non-pork eaters here, as far as I can tell. In fact, both places that we’ve tried greens, they were flavored with pork—and not with the smoked turkey that we’ve grown used to in Michigan. And there are quite a few other dishes that I am almost afraid to try, because a core ingredient is ham or bacon. 🥓 In fact, the ONLY place that we found that did NOT automatically include bacon in many things was Prince's Hot Chicken, where they used smoked turkey to flavor their greens. (see more waaaay below.)
We are surprised that some places open so late and many close so early. 😳
How many homeless there were (around every corner); businesses didn’t seem fazed by them, but it was quite disconcerting to find how many there were in so many places. 😳🙄🤷🏽♀️ They were, indeed, our welcoming committee.
Hotel in a not-so-great area; across from the jail, down the street from the bus station. (see more on that in the vlog: http://bit.ly/prejippienashvillevid )