The Business of a Small Town
Nolensville’s growing population of independent shops offers surprises in vintage décor, trendy clothes, gourmet chocolates and perfect gifts. Each shop has its own flavor as owners sell what they love and what their customers request. This makes for unique collections and lots of word-ofmouth business. “You just won’t find this at the mall,” says Threadzz clothing boutique owner Linda Leath. She and other owners love that Nolensville is becoming a place where shoppers can find what they need (or crave) without making a trip to the mall. A sense of camaraderie among owners also helps business as they often send shoppers looking for a specific item to another Nolensville shop that may carry it. Several stores close on Sundays, so be sure to check first.For your holiday shopping pleasure, here is a Nolensville shopping primer.
Polka Dots & Happy Thoughts
7240 Nolensville Road, suite 313 (Town Center), 615-819-2291
A home for customized bags, shirts, cups and more, the store is a go-to for trendy t-shirts including the Simply Southern line, funky dishes, jewelry, and Christmas village collectibles that owner Stacy Chatman keeps out all year. “We just love the sense of community here,” she says. After an overwhelming event last year, Chatman is planning to host Patricia Barnes, also known as Sister Shubert, again to sign her new cookbook this holiday season. Online: Facebook at Polka Dots and Happy Thoughts.
Small Town Charm
7177 Nolensville Road (Brittain Plaza), 615-819-2980
Open since March, owner Ilse Werner sells an eclectic mix of home items such as eco-friendly cleaners, TruBee honey, serving dishes, Himalayan candles and Lollia bath and body. A little corner near the register pays homage to Werner’s jewelry making and the store’s namesake: charms. The only apparel she sells are Barefoot Dreams robes. A word of warning from Werner: “I tell people all the time, ‘Don’t try it on. You’ll buy it or come back later to buy it,’” she laughs. Online: Facebook at Small Town Charm Store.
7177 Nolensville Road (Brittain Plaza), 615-807-2786
Kelly Williamson and Corinne Morse opened Nolensville’s newest shop to combine their businesses of custom t-shirt design and printing and custom stationery. Morse was encouraged to start her own business after creating onesies for friends’ baby showers. After several years running business online, Williamson and Morse combined in one space for what they call their “life event design studio.” Showers, weddings, transitions, accomplishments and more can all commemorated with something special be it a pillow case, t-shirt or baby’s onesie or stationery on textured cardstock, cork or wood with custom illustrations. Online: Facebook at Nesting Project or at www.nestingproject.com.
7292 Nolensville Road, 615-283-8590
For gifts, women’s vintage-chic clothes, jewelry and candles, Peacock Lane has morphed into what customers want. “We’ve evolved into what Nolensville needed it to be,” says owner Debbie Suttmiller, who runs the historic district store with her daughter, Rachel Boduch. Items that tend to fly off the shelves are Ronaldo designer jewelry, Tyler candles, Kameleon jewelry and Project 615 t-shirts. Online: Facebook at Peacock Lane or at www.thepeacocklane.com
305 Sheldon Valley Drive, 615-852-8128
The gourmet chocolatier and bakery offers holiday gift boxes filled with peppermint bark, truffles, popular PB&J bursts and traditional German stollen bread and more. A native of Brazil, owner Regina Pinto and daughter Ana Monnaco moved the business that grew by word-of-mouth out of Regina’s kitchen over a year ago. Visitors to Arrington Vineyards and Belle Meade winery may have already tasted Pinto’s chocolates. If you haven’t yet tasted, stop by the shop Tuesday through Saturday for decadent samples. Online: Facebook at Blushing Berry and www.blushingberry.com
Nolensville Feed Mill
7280 Nolensville Road, 615-776-4252
The historic feed mill has become a destination for Amish foods including meats, cheeses, jams, pies and pickles. A country breakfast is served on Saturdays and owner Darin Scheff regularly brings in music on weekends to add to the friendly, fun atmosphere. Online: Facebook at Amish Country Market at The Feed Mill.
Nolensville Toy Shop
9895 Old Clovercroft Road, 615-819-2949
Mom of three Heather Bell opened this sweet toy store to help busy parents find the perfect gift. Each room of the redone historic house, is filled to the corners with Squishables, Legos (of course), Arty Toys, Thomas the train items and more. New to the store are girl-centric construction toys GoldieBlox, which will be a float in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Online: Facebook at Nolensville Toy Shop.
ANTIQUES AND VINTAGE
Three French Hens, The Tanner House, Roses & Rustics, Shabby Lane, The Village Antiques and Gifts
All within walking distance of each other in the historic district on Nolensville Road, these historic district shops, which also include Nolensville Feed Mill, Peacock Lane and Nolensville Toy Store, are planning an open house for Nov. 1 to kick off the holiday season. The vintage shops, each with its own distinct flavor, offer antique furniture,
glassware, vintage and trendy decorations, repurposed items, several types of candles and anything one would need for the next Pinterest project. The fun is in the discovery as inventory constantly changes. Online: Find each store on Facebook, where new finds are posted regularly.
7177 Nolensville Road (Brittain Plaza), 615-819-2235.
Her love of unique and trendy clothing for teens, college-age and 50-somethings drives the inventory store manager Tamara Cahill says you just won’t find in the mall. “I buy what I love,” says owner Linda Leath of the inventory. Leath is also owner of A Salon 2 Dye 4 next door. Hot items include peplum-sleeve dresses that tend to flatter all figures, jewelry, accessories and jeans. Online: Facebook at Threadzz Boutique.