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The Running Theme in Nashville Tourism

May 25, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

by Katherine Foreman The Nashville tourism industry is temporarily leaving its glossy leather boots and ten-gallon hat at the door and roaming the city with nothing more than running shoes, a sweatband and a fair amount of endurance. Nashville Running Tours, in tandem with its name, guides visitors and locals alike through the best of Nashville while knocking out a day’s worth of cardio. “We wanted to get to know our own backyard better through this whole process,” said Sam Sudano, one half of the duo responsible for the business. “Not only do we get to learn more about it, but we actually get to talk to so many people who have been here longer than we have, and hear their stories. It’s made us love Nashville even more than we even thought was possible.” Sudano’s pursuit of a new way to experience the city came from the tourist experiences she received on a trip abroad after college. “I went backpacking through Europe for about four months when I graduated college,” said Sudano. “A lot of it was kind of landing in new cities and not really knowing what to do, so I’d go on a tour. I did pub-crawls […]

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Colt’s Chocolates

April 26, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Colt’s Chocolates is a Nashville based company that makes wonderful chocolates, pies and cakes. They’re a pioneer of the “made in Nashville” movement that thrives these days. The story of this company and its owner is an interesting one. It’s a tale of a MacKenzie Colt and her transformation from music maker to chocolate maker. Mackenzie didn’t plan on being a chocolate and confectionary entrepreneur when she was young but it was perhaps her destiny. She dreamed of being onstage and in the spotlight as a singer, songwriter and entertainer. The journey started in a small hotel lounge in St. Louis, where she sang her heart out night after night. One lucky evening altered the course of her life forever. Country singer and Hee Haw co-host, Buck Owens, was performing that night and stopped in for a drink before his concert. Impressed with her voice and stage presence, he invited her to be the opening act for the remainder of his tour. What an incredible experience that turned out to be! She went from performing for a few people each night to thousands. Next up, Hee Haw! The shows producers were looking for a new “Honey” and Buck thought MacKenzie […]

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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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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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