Want authentic souvenirs to remember your trip to Nashville? Or need a gift to take home to the kids? If the made-in-China items in the Broadway gift stores don’t inspire you, consider these ideas:
Spirit of Nashville posters. (top photo, courtesy Anderson Design Studio) The designers at ADS created a wildly popular (and ever-expanding) series of posters celebrating many aspects of Nashville. These days its designs are incorporated into t-shirts, playing cards, postcards, calendars and journals. Some items can be found in stores; all are available online and at their store at 116 29th Avenue N., near Centennial Park.
Hatch Showprints. Hatch has been smashing ink to paper on a letterpress, the old-school way, since 1879. Lots of cool, classic designs. Located in the hallway that connects the Country Music Hall of Fame with the Omni Hotel.
The Music City Shop. It’s kind of an all-in-one destination for wearables as well as mugs, placards and guitar picks. Two locations right in the thick of things: Bridgestone Arena and Fifth and Broadway.
Nashvillain shirts. I’ve known uber-hot creator Josh since he was a teenager. Now he and his wife/partner run a big-league graphic design house (ever heard of one of their clients, Taylor Swift?) and run this very local biz. They set up a tent at various events or you can order online.
Imogene + Willie jeans. On the upscale side of souvenirs, check out I+W’s tailored-to-fit denim at a price of, say, $275. People say they feel great, look great. I’ll trust their refined sensibilities. Other garments and accessories too.
Manuel designer clothes. Known for his intricate work with embrodiery and rhinestones, his long list of clients includes Robert Redford, Johnny Cash, Porter Wagoner, Jack White, Dwight Yoakam, Neil Young, Salvador Dali and hundreds of other celebrity types. He also sells to the public from his shop atop the hill leading to Lower Broad..(Pictured: a little ditty created for Little Richard)
Cowboy boots. Boy howdy-dee, do we have boots! In fact, there’s a blog dedicated to the stores that sell them and smart tips on how to buy them.
Other Nashville-centric souvenirs
Thistle Farms body and bath items. From its humble beginnings as a ministry providing work to former prostitutes seeking to get off the streets and begin new lives, Thistle Farms has become a national phenomenon. In addition to oils, balms and such, they have a line of greeting cards, a cafe’ and much more.
Gibson guitars. Sure, you can buy them all over the world but wouldn’t you like to purchase one in the city where it was born? Head out to Opry Mills where you might catch a luthier crafting somebody’s next treasure.
Coming soon…a post devoted to guitar shops.