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We're kicking off a new series here at the Batch blog to examine some of the bygones of Nashville past in an effort to find out what happened. Nashville ain't what it used to be, and we're determined to find out why.
Remember the large Billy Graham statue that was at the corner of Rosa Parks and Commerce? Erected in 2006, the statue was produced by Wyoming artist and Baptist bivocational pastor Terrell O’Brien. LifeWay sold their 15-acre downtown campus that for $125 million in November 2015. It was scheduled to be removed on June 8, 2016 (slightly delayed when it was realized that the statue was held in place by grout). Dismantled in June 2016, it was installed at LifeWay’s Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center near Asheville, N.C. Now you know where'd that go.
Have something in Nashville that you'd like to know where'd that go? Comment below and we'll try to find out.
Nashville has 28,300 hotel rooms in the city. That’s enough rooms for all of the Tennessee Titans players and still have 28,247 rooms left over. Many of the new boutique hotels are being built downtown by creatively reusing existing office or historical buildings. While most locals stay out of downtown to avoid the bachelorettes and the pedal taverns, we want to let you know that a select few of the new hotels offer locals a reason to spend some time downtown.
Unlike any hotel in Nashville, the 21C Museum Hotel has a contemporary art museum on its first and second floors. The modern design of the lobby and gallery are a welcome escape from the Hooter’s down the block. We recommend starting at Gray & Dudley restaurant—the entrance is off the alley. Named after the Gray & Dudley Hardware Company that built and occupied the building at the beginning of the 20th century, the bar has a nice selection of local beers. Grab a Yazoo or Bearded Iris and head to the second floor for the modern art.
We came to have a drink in the 1956 Greyhound Bus on the roof and stayed for the view. Housed in the unremarkable Wells Fargo Plaza, the Bobby Hotel is all Southern rocker at heart. You’ll find the bus perched on the edge of the rooftop lounge. With a drink in hand, Bobby’s favorites include the Scofflaw and Sazerac, you can climb aboard the bus for an Insta worthy setting. After a bus ride, head over to the rooftop deck for a view of the skyline and river.
The Batch Discovery Box the perfect fit. Packed with our favorite Southern finds, we send it out every three months. You can choose from the standard or deluxe version and the number of boxes she'll get next year.
You know she has a busy schedule so give her this stylish planner from Brittany Fuson to keep track. While others can have their iCal, she'll not only be organized but look good doing it.
The perfect gift for the friend who should take a moment for herself or the coworker who showed up early and stayed late. The deluxe version includes Olive & Sinclair chocolate and Rainwater Farms Lavender Bath Soak.
This journal will challenge her to use every day as an opportunity to find delight, whether in her surroundings, her work, her relationships, her insights, or her actions. It's a guide to look inside and outside to appreciate what makes her happy—including getting this book as a gift.
Is she a caffiend? If so, give the jam-packed Coffee Lover Gift Batch. With four different coffees from our favorite middle Tennessee roasters, syrup, honey, and a tumbler, this is the gift that will her a head start every morning for doing something that will make her happy.
She can let her Nashville pride show with the BNA hat from Aviate.
You can't go wrong with our Discovery Box. We send it out every three months packed with new finds and our favorite products. It's available in standard and deluxe. If he's been really good this year you could give a year's worth.
Made in the USA, this leather luggage tag will last a lifetime and be a stylish companion on all of his adventures.
Nashville Hot Chicken is so, well, hot right now so give these spicy Nashville-made items so he can enjoy an authentically Nashville experience.
Nashville cook Matt Moore wants all Southern gentlemen to feel comfortable whipping up a great meal. Guys will find inspiration in Moore’s collection of 130 recipes with classic and New South flavors.
What's better than grilling out? Grilling out with the most flavorful sauces and condiments you can find in Austin. It's perfect for the guy who likes big, bold flavors.
Your man deserves more than a dollar when it comes to shaving. The most elegant solutions are often the most effective. That's why we're sticking with the simple construction of the double edge razor.
What inspired you to start Moontower Rentals?
Party at the Moontower’s beginnings are a classic tale of two friends who, while searching for event furnishings for one of our weddings, saw a hole in the market for party rentals with a more fun, modern look. So, as any good lovers of design and partying would, we set out to create an event furniture rental house that captured the Austin vibe—modern but with warmth and plenty of personality!
Where do you find inspiration for your gorgeous sectionals?
Our “method” if you will, is to offer furniture and decor that we like and would want to see in our own homes. We try to buy pieces that are artful but also useful for the context of events. For example, we wanted a modular couch, but they are usually bulky and heavy, so we ended up designing our own that features works better specially for events!
Do you have a favorite event you like to decorate?
From weddings and holiday parties, to festivals and conference stage design, if it involves making a space look more intimate and welcoming we’re all about it!
Tell us a little bit about what brought you to Austin and yourself.
I moved to Austin for basically no specific reason whatsoever! My husband and I were interested in moving away from our college town + we were just looking into cities that seemed to be thriving.
What makes this city so special to you?
This city is special to me because of the wonderful people that I've met here! Everyone in Austin is like this base level of kind that I can't express to people that don't live here. Gosh. I love this place.
You picked such a fun Austin box - tell us what you love most about the products you chose?
I wanted to choose things made by people I loved + admired, while also choosing treats. I wanted my box to be the perfect gift for a friend, colleague, or even for yourself. I choose some bath goodies from my friends at Benjamin Soap Company + The Good Hippie, some treats from the awesome people over at Skull and Cakebones, a guide to Austin by Wildsam, and a bunch of other awesome things!
If you had 24 hours in Austin what should we do?
I’m a stop-to-take-a-photo kind of gal as much as I’m a stop-you-to-tell-you-how-pretty-you-are kind of gal. I appreciate the little things, laugh and cry with my whole heart, and love nothing more than long conversations over pancakes and breakfast meats. As a photographer, I love to capture life, editorial work, and love because I believe that everything is worth celebrating. When I connect with someone who is passionate about who they are and what they do, we can make magic together. Whether we’re chatting over coffee or I’ve got you in front of my camera, I’d love to meet you and hear your story.
What were you doing before you started East Nashville Spice Company?
I was doing Home Health Physical Therapy with the geriatric population. While I loved my patients, I was extremely overworked & feeling a little stifled because I had no outlet to “create.”
What led you to start your business?
The catalyst for my business was a 3-week trip to Europe & the Middle East. I was already a “spice-mixologist nerd” in the kitchen so I was absolutely fascinated by the spice shops in Turkey, Egypt & Israel. I ended up bringing back a load of spices from each of the 8 countries we visited & when I got home, I started playing around with the spices trying to recreate some of the amazing mixes I encountered on my trip. That’s how my Original Blend was born.
What have you learned now that you wish you knew when you started your business?
Ha…not to take myself & everything involving my business so dang seriously. I was extremely uptight about having a business & running it well…and consequently created a lot of unnecessary stress for myself. In the famous words of my husband’s favorite band, “Everything will work out if you let it.” Sometimes you just need to get out of the way.
Do you have a favorite recipe using your spice?
“Eastside Chicken & Potatoes!” It’s in the “recipes” section of my website: www.EastNashvilleSpiceCompany.com
What is the oddest recipe/use of the spice mix?
It is ridiculously amazing in lasagna (and also spaghetti sauce).
What do you like to do (and most importantly, eat) on a staycation in Nashville?
Well, even though I love to cook at home, I also LOVE hot chicken & there are so many fantastic places to choose from so that you never get bored of trying all the different variations. I like to top that off with a visit to Five Daughters for a Chocolate Sea Salt “100 Layer Doughnut.” I also enjoy going to the symphony, Cheekwood Gardens & taking my dog, Banjo, to Percy Priest lake for some swimming & exploring.
What local products do you use at home?
Sunday Morning Pancake Mix, beef from Tennessee Grass Fed Farm in Clarksville, Walker Feed Co. Southern Bloody Mary Mix, Colt’s Chocolate Bumblebees, Willa’s Shortbreads, Nut Butter Nation Brown Sugar Cinnamon Peanut Butter & local produce & local honey from the Nashville Farmer’s Market.
What is your go-to gift to give?
Walker Creek Confections caramels or almond toffee or anything Nashville Jam Co. makes (Apple Bourbon or Smoky Tomato are my personal favorites).
Ready to try East Nashville Spice? Pick up some in Laura Lea Balanced Healthy Treats Gift Batch.
Why did you start making hot sauces?
Me and my partner Erin love spicy food but we are also into clean eating. For a while we had a really hard time finding the right condiment that we could put on everything and that wasn't loaded with bad ingredients. So instead of continuing our fruitless search, we started making our own spicy condiments.
What has surprised you about starting your own business?
I've been incredibly surprised by how far a couple of passionate and motivated people can take a simple idea. When we first started selling our sauce in local farmer's markets, we never thought it would be a national brand in a couple of years!
What makes a great hot sauce?
The same thing that makes most things great: balance. It can't be too vinegary or too salty or so hot that you can't taste the flavor nuances. There are a lot of sauces that go great on particular things, but I think a truly great sauce goes great with LOTS of different foods.
Can you share a recipe featuring Yellowbird?
One of my favorites recently is a recipe we published to our blog for Ghost Pepper Fried Cauliflower. It is ridiculously good and a really great vegan substitute for hot wings.
Where is a place in Austin you go to cool off?
Aside from all the regular go-to spots (Barton Springs, Deep Eddy), we live really close to McKinney Falls State Park. We like to bike over there and do a little hiking and there are some awesome little swimming holes to spend the afternoon at.
What local products do you use at home?
What is your go-to non-hot-sauce gift to give?
I'm not much of a gift giver because I am kind of generally anti "stuff". The one gift I like giving is books because knowledge can be one of the most amazing things to pass on to someone. Some of my most frequently gifted books are Siddhartha, How to Win Friends and Influence People, and Eat to Live.
Check out Yellowbird Hot Sauce in our Saucy Austin Gift Batch.