3900 Hillsboro Pike, Green Hills
This bookstore is owned by beloved author Ann Patchett. (Her most recent novels include Tom Lake, The Dutch House, and Commonwealth. And she also wrote one of our all-time favorite memoirs, Truth & Beauty.), Parnassus is everything you wish for as a book lover: well-curated and cute, with a solid calendar of author events.
5133 Harding Pike, Belle Meade
Interior designer Stephanie Sabbe opened Heirloom Artifacts as a general store—and you’ll find great little gifts here, for sure—but the main event is her curated collection of pretty home goods.
2304 12th Ave S., 12South
In this 12South boutique, you’ll find a tight selection of some of our favorite fashion brands, from Agolde and Ganni, to Ulla Johnson and Rhode.
438 Houston St., Wedgewood-Houston
Come here for lacy lingerie sets, printed robes, and vintage-inspired swimsuits. The shop is size-inclusive, and it’s run by the owner, who is super helpful if you’re looking for something specific.
Ceri Hoover (Closed)
2905 12th Ave. S, 12South
Southerner Ceri Hoover founded her eponymous label in 2013 but only recently opened a brick-and-mortar shop in 12South. Hoover’s leather handbags and shoes are coveted in the city, and in addition to these, the boutique carries incredibly unique jewelry and clothing from independent labels like Reifhaus and Samuji.
3912 Hillsboro Circle, Green Hills
This past summer, local interior designer Sarah Bartholomew opened SB in Green Hills, a leafy, residential neighborhood south of the city center. It’s a reflection of Bartholomew’s impeccable taste and her vision of what today’s classic décor should be, which often involves a mix of bold patterns and bright, floral-inspired colors. You’ll find a tightly edited selection of handmade and artisan textiles, tableware, antiques, and home accessories (like brass match strikers, vintage mercury glasses, and hand-poured candles).
5133 Harding Pike Ste B, Five Points
“This is my favorite place for flower deliveries,” Aldridge says. Owners Alex Vaughan and Quinn Kiesow’s space in East Nashville is filled with arrangements that include bunches of wildflowers and romantic combinations of blush- and peach-colored roses and dahlias. There are also shelves filled with potted greens, succulents, and terrariums that make great gifts.
200 4th Ave. N, Downtown
This gift shop (at the Noelle) is “a great place to find a curated collection of local products and gifts,” says Aldridge. Inside the pretty store you'll find a tightly edited selection of painted ceramics, jewelry, bags, and clean beauty products and hosts various pop-up events throughout the year.
1900 Eastland Ave., East Nashville
Given our loyalty to nontoxic skin care and makeup, it's only natural that we love a beauty boutique that checks off certain boxes: clean and luxurious products, transparent labeling, and a great overall message. So when Lemon Laine—a modern beauty boutique with an ethos that revolves around natural, effective, and sustainable products—opened in one of our favorite cities, we were instant fans. Owner Laura Lemon brings her decade's worth of beauty industry experience to the shop, in which she stocks some of our favorites, including Kjaer Weis, True Botanicals, and our very own goop skincare. Best yet: The design is clean with bright color—and there's an oil bar where you can mix bespoke beauty formulas to meet your specific skin needs. Photos: Caroline Sharpnack.
2608 12th Ave. S, 12South
If you've spent any time perusing the website of Reese Witherspoon's quintessentially Southern lifestyle brand, you'll pretty much know what to expect in the store. Located on 12South, a well-known shopping area, it immediately draws you in with blue-and-white-striped awnings and perennially colorful windows. Once you make it through the shiny navy lacquered doors, you'll find bold floral prints, preppy stripes, and cheeky home goods, like their signature "Totes, Y'all" bags. It's the perfect place to pick up Southern-inspired souvenirs for friends or a cute party dress.