After two summers of interning with Ralph Lauren’s creative fashion styling team in New York City, Arielle Ricci, moved South in 2011 to create and cultivate a shop with style and meaning. Named after her childhood nickname, Nell, and “moon” as a symbol to honor her late mother, came Nellamoon. Her mission is to serve through artisan candles that represent the “bright light that shines within us all.” She uses her store as a force for good. When she and her hubby aren’t crafting candles or traveling the world, you’ll catch them walking their pups, Sadie and Bear, around The Nolensville Dog Park.
SMALL BUSINESS BUZZ
“My husband and I always say, ‘the people make the place,’ and the residents of Nolensville are amazing. What I appreciate most is the small-town feel and the kind people who make it feel like home. Some of our favorite small businesses are right in our backyard. How lucky are we? For brunch, Mama’s Java for their breakfast sandwiches, wraps, and to-die-for pastries. For a good cup of coffee and a sweet treat, Itty Bitty Donuts is a favorite. Unlike Krispy Kreme, their hot light is always on! We’ve turned our home into an inviting, cozy spot to rest and rejuvenate, and Nature’s Best Nursery has undoubtedly helped in that effort. Their variety of flora and fauna helps keep our house fresh and cheery. For kiddos, take a stroll through Historic Downtown to explore the cute stores, like The Painted Dragonfly.”
OUT ON THE TOWN
“A fun night out is always in the cards here. For cocktails and wine, Happenstance Social Lounge is our hot spot! They offer over 50 wine options, creative cocktails, and food (Jeni’s Ice Cream included). In my opinion, it is the best wine bar! For a fantastic variety of sushi and Asian cuisine, you have to try my all-time favorite restaurant, Yuno Sushi.”
Seriously, this place is the best! Happenstance Social Lounge is the new one-of-a-kind lounge with all of the style and flair of a big city spot. With their unique wine tech, you’re able to sample a multitude of wines before committing for the night (keeps things lively and delicious). If you’re not in the mood for wine, they offer craft cocktails that are sure to go toe to toe with your favorite spot downtown. The lounge provides a stylish, modern vibe that will have you saying adieu to the hustle and bustle of the tourist-hub spots!
If you’re a fan of shopping for a cause, Nellamoon is the perfect place to find your home decor, style staples, skincare, beauty products, and gifts. A portion of their profits benefit charities, including Hands on Nashville and The Nashville Humane Association. The shop’s carefully curated products are displayed beautifully and include the perfect obligatory Instagram shot spot (neon sign, cute couch). Known for their handmade, artisan candles, Nellamoon offers various intoxicating scents guaranteeing that you’ll find your perfect match. You’re bound to fall for their message, their product, and feel 100% cooler once you’ve popped by.