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5 nashville water cooler conversations for february

2016 was a big year for nashville. 2017 is being set-up for even better.  here are a few take-aways:

fullsizerender1 •the housing market continued on its record setting pace in 2016. median price of a home was $266,408, up from $242,945 in 2015. we saw 38,954 closings, up 5.6% from 2015. also, bucking the trend that it typically slows down near the holidays and in the winter, nashville had the strongest fourth quarter in home sales we have seen in a decade.  continuing the trend, zillow.com named nashville the #1 real estate market in the country to invest in 2017.  emerging trends in real estate puts the city at #6.

2 • the nashville zoo set new attendance records with almost 900,000 visitors in 2016, up 10% from 2015. the zoo is celebrating 20 years at grassmere this year. they have plans to open a white rhinoceros exhibit (march), an andean bear exhibit (may), an expanded tiger exhibit (july) and a new spider monkey exhibit which will feature an elevated boardwalk for guests to enter a treetop viewing platform.nashvillezootiger_exteriorviewing_sm-web

3 • our auto industry is killing it. nissan, who’s north american headquarters is in nashville, had sales of more than 1.5 million in 2016, a company record, up 5% from 2015. also, GM announced plans today to invest $27 million in their spring hill plant to assembly a right-hand version of the acadia to export to australia. the spring hill plant employs almost 4,100 workers. in 2015, 6.3% of all US-made cars, light trucks & SUVs were produced in tennessee.The_Mockingbird.0.0

4 • USA today named nashville’s local foodie scene #3 in the country and zagat has us at #6 on their list for america’s next hot food cities. from adele & justin bieber 2016 middle of the night sightings at east side’s dino’s to a flurry of new much-anticipated openings in 2017 like our third james beard award-winning chef rj cooper’s henley in midtown or top chef maneet chauhan’s mockingbird (both spring 2017), our options for good eats show no sign of slowing down.

fullsizerender5 • the nashville convention & tourism announced last week an estimated 13.9 million tourists visited music city in 2016, up 400,000 from 2015.  that number is up 45% in the last decade. we continue to receive accolades from being one of conde nast’s top five friendliest destinations to being one of travel+leisure’s top places to travel in 2017.

 

 

 

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nashville zoo sets new attendance record

img_7930the nashville zoo set a new record for attendance in 2016, up 10.6% from 2015.  894,161 visited our furry friends last year, up from the last record set in 2014 by 7.2%.  2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the nashville zoo at grassmere.  to celebrate the 20th anniversary, the zoo is offering a special carload price for the first two weekends in january: for $20 per car, everyone in the car gets admission to the zoo and the price includes parking (limited to 10 per car…no clown cars).  the dates for the 20th anniversary carload price are january 7 & 8 and january, 14, 15 and martin luther king’s day on the 16th.img_7952

the zoo’s birthday year will also see four new additions: a white rhinoceros exhibit and a spider monkey exhibit both open in march,  a bear exhibit in may and a tiger exhibit in july.

the zoo will also host its annual “zoo run run 5k” this month on saturday, january 21. to sign up, click here.  all the proceeds go to zoo operations, including education programs for children, feeding over 2,300 animals and keeping our zoo safe and clean for visitors.

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top 5 nashville need-to-knows for march

need five more things to be excited about this month?  ok here we go:

1-mangia opens off 8th avenue south

IMG_7780what started as an italian pop-up restaurant in franklin on the weekends, mangia became a fantastic word-of-mouth culinary experience almost over night.  i remember traveling down there for a friend’s birthday and sitting next to people i did not even know, passing around huge bowls of food as they came out.  that’s the case especially if you were in a smaller party. with chef nick pellegrino at the helm, singing as he cooks, servers came out of the kitchen dancing and singing as well, serving up their family-style dishes. it became quite the italian dining experience.  for me at the end of the day, it was little further than i wanted to travel for dinner so i was pretty stoked to hear they had secured a permanent space off 8th avenue south last fall.

mangia opened this past weekend (friday and saturday family-style dinners only right now). they will open during the week for lunch & dinner in two weeks, serving more italian street foods during the week (paninis, pizzas, sandwiches).  | 701 craighead street 615.538.7456

2-nashville zoo’s soaring eagle

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next week, the nashville zoo unveils the soaring eagle zip line.  a new family friendly (of course) zip line ride that glides through the zoo at 110 feet in the air.  there are only a few requirements:

  •  you must be 42″ tall
  • riders 42″-47″ must be accompanied by an adult
  • the 2 riders combined must weigh under 450 pounds

the ride costs 8 tokens ($1 each) and begins march 18th.

3-wedgewood houston secures a bongo java concept

bongo javathe finery, a new mixed-use residential development going in the wedgewood-houston (weho) neighborhood, has landed a new bongo java concept on the street level.  bongo bob told the nashville post he and his team are excited “to be part of another emerging neighborhood and that we’ll be creating another establishment that will be unique for this area.”

no word yet on the concept’s name or when it will open.  the first phase of the finery is scheduled to be completed late summer. | 610 merritt

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the upcoming 610 merritt in wedgewood houston

4-thompson hotel announces new gulch restaurants

recently named the #5 sexiest neighborhood in the country via thrillist, the gulch is ever growing.   james beard award-winning chef john besh has partnered with the thompson hotel to oversee three new concepts in the gulch: the marsh house, a seafood restaurant which will be a tip of the hat to john’s southern upbringing, killebrew coffee, a fast casual breakfast & lunch spot, and a to-be-named rooftop bar.

nashville’s thompson hotel will open later this year.

5-old glory opens in edgehill

IMG_7723sitting in the former boiler room of the old white way cleaners, a new speakeasy called old glory has inconspicuously emerged in edgehill village near music row.  a black door in the alley behind taco mamacita gets you inside.

the concept was created by sister alexis and britt stoler (who started east nashville’s no. 308) and their vision was carried out beautifully.  with 60-foot ceilings, a huge smokestack in the corner, artfully painted touches by alic daniel, and the craftiest cocktails around, you will not be disappointed.

 

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movies in the park in june

Hiro-Hamada-and-Baymax-Big-Hero-6-Animated-Movie-2014-Wallpaperthere is no shortage of free movies outdoors in nashville this summer.  the 21st year of movies in the park kicks off thursday june 4.  sponsored by the nashville scene with the support of the metropolitan board of parks & recreation and recognized as one of nashville’s best annual events, movies in the park is every thursday in june at elmington park and kicks off this thursday:

june 4 lego movie

june 11 big hero 6

june 18 101 dalmatians

june 25 jurassic park

games and give aways start at 5:00.  movie starts at sundown (roughly around 8:00).   a long train of food trucks will be there as well so bring a blanket and plan to settle in for the evening under the stars.

zoovies at the park, brought to you by the nashville zoo, kicked off in april but still has two more events planned.  with inflatables, games, crafts, music, and after-hours access to the carousel, it promises all the family fun you can handle.  activities begin at 6pm and movies start at sunset.  members get in free and it’s $6 for non-members after 6pm.

june 12- ice age

september 14- how to train your dragon

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6 picks to kick-off spring in nashville

6picks1-zoovie nights at the nashville zoo-“zoovie” nights at the nashville zoo kick off friday night, april 25th at 6pm with the croods.  zoovie nights are included with your admission to the zoo or your zoo membership.  if you arrive after the park closes at 6, its $5.  additional zoovie nights are scheduled for may-september. | 3777 nolensville pike

nashville bcycle2-nashville bcycle program-with over 190 bikes at 20 automated kiosks all over the city, the nashville bcycle program is a great way to see the city.   pick one up from one station, drop it off at another.   two new locations this spring:  12south at 12 south flats and 12south at sevier park.  for more locations & costs, click here.

3-experience the greenways-with close to 200 miles of paved or primitive trails in the nashville area, you could hike or run for awhile before you had to repeat the same course even. for maps, click here.

4-las paletas gourmet popsicles-located in the 12south neighborhood, the sister team that brings you these delicious mexican desserts changes out the menu regularly with flavors that vary from spicy chocolate wasabi to avocado.  a great way to cool off after you’ve cycled from downtown.  and hiked one of the greenways. | 2905 12th avenue south

the croods-april 26th at the zoo

the croods-april 26th at the zoo

5-cheekwood botanical garden-what better way to usher in spring than 100,000 tulips of every color, 250 varieties of daffodils and so much more.  april 19th 10am-4pm, celebrate spring with their spring art hop.  there will be an egg hunt, crafts & performances rain or shine.  they will hide over 20,000 eggs so don’t forget your basket.  | 1200 forrest park drive

Spring_Break_Collection_WEB__56273.1362147475.460.5046-jeni’s ice cream-wall street journal dubbed jeni’s cookbook the “homemade ice cream making bible”.  definitely a unique cold treat culinary experience, her ice cream flavors range from absinthe & meringues to queen city cayenne to my personal favorite, brown butter almond brittle.  | 1892 eastland avenue, 2312 12th avenue south

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