THIS IS GOLD
Being trapped inside has been a struggle for all, but thanks to The Golden Slipper, Germantown now has a place to stock up on cozy necessities and treats to enjoy at home. Expect an array of candles and gourmet grocery/pantry goods to apothecary items and greeting cards. They host inventive workshops like holiday wreath-making classes so that you can get creative with your purchases, too. The Golden Slipper is gift central—and they do balloon installations!
This quaint, historic neighborhood has become quite the dining destination. Recent openings of hotspots, The Optimist and O-Ku bring people from all over the city into the district nightly. The reopening of Geist has undoubtedly been a significant draw for foodies and former patrons. Their early accolades were impressive, and the team promises that the new and improved version will be even better than the original. Tandy Wilson is also taking advantage of the exterior of City House, which is a true institution for gourmet food in Nashville. The opening of an outdoor patio is something that everyone anticipates. There’s even a new Farmer’s Market dining choice. The all-plant based and diet-friendly Succulent Vegan Tacos is drawing health-minded patrons daily.
PUT A RING ON IT
If you agree that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, the intimate space opened by designer Timothy Stammen is calling your name. His creations are works of art, with the kind of rare beauty not typical in this market. There are the mind-blowing babbles from his Bezalel and the collection from House of Awr, including custom-designed engagement and wedding rings that are deal-sealing sensations.
LIZZIE DANIEL’S GUIDE TO GERMANTOWN
After leaving to live in NYC for five years, Lizzie Daniel says Nashville ‘called her back’. Although she has been back for three years, she’s wasted no time, recently launching her brand connection and consulting business. She had previously lived in both West Nashville and Midtown, but this time she chose Germantown. It felt more like the vibrant, walkable Meatpacking District in the city she was leaving behind. Her four-story brownstone reminds her of designs she coveted in the West Village with exposed brick walls, sleek interiors, and rooftop terrace.
BIG CITY FEEL
My neighborhood is vibrant, cultured, and convenient for some of my favorite go-to resources. My first morning stop is usually Juice Bar. For gifts, I swear by the organic self-care selection at Poppy and Monroe, which is also where I book regular pedicures. I love Foiled & Fern for their amazing plants and fun home items. I stay active. You can often spot me walking along the tree-lined section of 5th Avenue or signing-in at my favorite workout spot, Shed Fitness.
I was blown away at how the residents and neighbors came together to rebuild after the devastating tornado damage. The sense of community is wonderful in this neighborhood. Germantown has unique gatherings like District Market Day, which connects consumers with local makers and producers. Some hidden haunts include Tempered Fine Chocolate for truffles, espresso, whiskey & wine, and the intimate dinner party format at Tailor, which is perfect for date nights (make sure to book in advance, culinary creator Vivek Surti only offers the experience a few nights a week).
I never turn down a glass of bubbly, so I’m so looking forward to going back to my absolute favorite, Geist, as they reopen after restoration (post-tornado). They are rebuilding and installing a one of a kind, louvered roof system to allow for alfresco dining year-round. I relish the atmosphere, their preparation of oysters, and of course, sabering MOET bottles in their Champagne garden. I am also a fan of Henrietta Red and Chef Julia Sullivan’s seafood specials. It’s perfect for happy hour or enjoying a martini on a rainy day. There’s also a new outpost of Nashville’s beloved Samurai Sushi. Yun Choo has opened Sura’s Samurai Kitchen & Korean Pub, and it’s been an instant hit. Another great option for cocktails nearby is the fairly new Mother’s Ruin—my pick for craft cocktail service.