Where to Shop, Drink, and Stay in Nashville

Friday, January 01, 2010
Honky-tonks, Stetsons, and the Grand Ole Opry still define Nashville. But while no one was looking, much of Music City shed its rhinestones. Onetime backwater neighborhoods like East Nashville and 12 South teem with stylish restaurants, forward-looking boutiques, and lively bars where young pickers bang out bluegrass. Cultural heavyweights like Jack White and Nicole Kidman now call the Tennessee capital home, and it's easy to see why­—the town delivers southern hospitality with a healthy side of coastal sophistication.

Imogene + Willie
Entering Matt and Carrie Eddmenson's workshop/store is like stepping into an era when guys called denim dungarees. While the husband-and-wife team tinker with dyes on one side of the retrofitted gas station, a pattern maker and a seamstress cut and stitch jeans on the other. The couple, who've honed their craft over a decade, work mostly in rigid denim. And since the stiff fabric "grows," as Carrie puts it, they'll start you out in a pair that's two sizes too small, then literally "tool" you into them with a special heavy-duty button fastener and wrench. The final product is worth every grunt. Prices start at $175 for the Willie, a straight-leg pair inspired by 1947 Levi's, and top out at $500 for bespoke. 2601 12th Ave. S., 615-292-5005; imogeneandwillie.com

Photograph by Liz Ligon
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