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Soles 4 Souls

January 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

It takes hard work and farsighted vision to take something old and give back something new. Nashville-based non-profit Soles for Souls stands as a testament to the value of walking the world in someone else’s shoes. The organization was unofficially founded in 2004 by Wayne Elsey, a long-time veteran of the shoe industry, who, after seeing the devastating international effects of the same year’s Indian Ocean tsunami, made an effort to give back in the best way he knew how—one pair of shoes at a time. After Hurricane Katrina washed through 10 months later, Soles for Souls became a recognized beacon of generosity throughout the United States and abroad.   Buddy Teaster Soles 4 Soles CEO “In a short amount of time, even thought the organization didn’t officially exist, it got a lot of support,” said Buddy Teaster, CEO since 2012. Since being officially recognized as an international organization in 2006, Soles for Souls has impacted 127 countries worldwide and countless more individual names and faces. Despite a bout of local controversy revolving around the organization’s old model, the team has since reconstructed in a powerful way, combining innovation, creativity and ingenuity to reconcile international poverty with a country that […]

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Lane Motor Museum

January 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

This museum is unlike anything else in Nashville. In fact, odds are you won’t find anything like this in many cities. Imagine if Willy Wonka created a car museum. It would celebrate big and small, bold and unusual and definitely weird styles and wild colors. Well, that’s pretty much what you have at the Lane Motor Museum. They have a huge variety of automobiles but their specialty is in European cars. Jeff Lane founded the Lane Motor Museum with his personal collection in 2003. They now have almost 400 cars in the collection and show 125-150, at a time, depending on the layout of cars. They recently celebrated their 10th anniversary with a day of free admission to the public. There was a good turnout for this and many folks took the opportunity to visit for the first time. I took advantage of this to talk to some of the other visitors about their experiences. This really is a working art gallery because approximately 95% of the cars are drivable. Jeff and some of the team try to make sure each car is driven at least every six months. They sometimes drive them home or just around the neighborhood. Now […]

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Brad Belanger

September 25, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Music City booking agent-turned-new media marketer-turned managing agent Brad Belanger is at mile marker one of his new career venture managing rising country music star Sam Hunt.

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Otis James, craftsman of hats and ties

September 09, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

For transcontinental solo sojourner Otis James—with shelved filmmaking aspirations, a backpack’s worth of possessions, a list of personal ties countable on one hand and a trusty ten-speed—being tied down to Nashville can only be attributed to…well, ties.

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The Standard of Culture & Sophistication

September 09, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

They say what goes around comes around, and in the case of historical culture, what goes around comes back full circle, or so Nashville-native cigar club owner and restaurateur Joshua Smith contends.

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