East Nashville Specialty
High Garden Tea
935A Woodland St., Five Points
Leah and Joel Laravell are longtime herb and tea obsessives and the partners behind High Garden Tea. Leah brews her own tonics and tinctures inspired by old Appalachian remedies, and the rustic, cabin-style shop is the kind of place where you want to linger for hours (something the Laravells heartily encourage). Shelves and counters are stocked with herbs, spices, and whole-leaf teas, and everything is sourced from organic and ethically wildcrafted sources. There are also house-made kombucha and cactus kefir available, and the owners host monthly workshops for those looking to learn about herbalism, tinctures, and the simple beauty of a good cup of tea.
Ugly Mugs Coffee and Tea
1886 Eastland Ave., Lockeland Springs
While in Nashville, GP got her Drews Brews coffee every morning from Ugly Mugs. The space itself is airy and expansive, perfect for a full day of freelancing or reading the Sunday paper sprawled on one of the couches.
Marché Artisan Foods
1000 Main St., Lockeland Springs
A sister to Margot Café and Bar, this European-style eatery serves locally-sourced breads and pastries, seasonal tartines, crepes, and croque madame sandwiches. The seating area is spacious, airy, and light-filled; and looks like a great place to get some work done or enjoy coffee with your friends.
701 Woodland St., East Nashville
A one-stop shop for all your organic groceries, as well as a great salad and soup bar, smoothies and juices (and we love that they keep bees on the rooftop). The staff of hipsters here are always friendly and happy to help. There's a second location in the Gulch.
Olive & Sinclair Chocolate
1628 Fatherland St., Lockeland Springs
Scott Witherow started this chocolate factory in 2009 after three years of gathering machines, cacao beans, and parts from all over the world. The chocolate itself is some of the most flavorful we’ve ever experienced and the combinations are amazing. The day we were there, Scott was excited about a new variety he’d made with Dominican beans. It was really unusual and the cacao itself had a fruity taste. The cinnamon chili chocolate is the best interpretation we’ve tried of Mexican chocolate and beware of the espresso chocolate—delicious, but one piece is like a potent doppio espresso. Each wrapper’s design, is, like the chocolate inside, exquisite.
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