Antiques & Garden Show
Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Downtown
While GP was in Nashville, Faith Hill took her to the annual Antiques & Garden show. If you happen to find yourself in town any given February, be sure to check it out: It's vast and packed with quality pieces.
2120 8th Ave S, Downtown
This is the place to get a guitar, banjo, mandolin or any “fretted” instrument, if you’re picky about terminology like the experts at Gruhn. George Gruhn started the store in 1970 and it has come to be one of the, if not the, premier place in the U.S. to buy instruments. The client list is a who’s who of musicians—Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Neil Young, and many, many more. The store and repair shop specialize in vintage models and they keep a file on the history of each and every instrument in their inventory. Basically, if music is your thing, you’ve got to pay them a visit. Their website is a frett aficionado’s haven with George Gruhn’s newsletters on fretted instruments and features on particularly special models. If there’s a vintage model you’re particularly interested in, let them know and they’ll keep an eye out for you.
Hatch Show Print
224 5th Ave. S, Downtown
A working print studio and shop front, Hatch Show Print is a Nashville institution, having produced advertisements and posters for local shows since 1879. Fittingly, it is now in the hands of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Here, you can buy reissued posters of old-fashioned advertisements and concerts—Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Hank Snow, and more. The staff here is incredibly friendly and happy to answer your questions about the studio and its history. You can also have a poster custom-designed and printed there, but conceive your design way in advance as these limited edition prints take at least 6 weeks to prepare.
Third Man Records
623 7th Ave S, The Gulch
Jack White's record company, Third Man Records, initially launched in Detroit (where White is from) nearly twenty years ago when the White Stripes were just starting to hit it big. This is the company's second location to its brick and mortar storefront and studio in Nashville. In addition to all of the records on their roster and some vintage finds, the shop carries other curiosities like puppets, memorabilia, and pretty sweet taxidermy.
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