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VOL. 38 | NO. 45 | Friday, November 7, 2014

Want to make big impression? Try small Nashville-area retailers

By Jeannie Naujeck

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1. 1 pound of “Gas Station Blend” coffee, locally roasted by Drew’s Brews, $15; 2. Bottle opener $22; 3. Men’s ‘Willie” denim jeans for men, $250;  4. Men’s “Wilkins” denim trucker jacket $195; 5. Imogene + Willie scented candle $55

Imogene + Willie put 12 South on the world map for designer denim five years ago.

Its original American-made rigid jeans, custom-fitted to you in its showroom in a former gas station, are a nationwide pheno-menon, and the brand is so successful that owners Carrie and Matt Eddmenson have opened a second store in Portland, Oregon.

These days, Imogene + Willie carries a wider range of jean styles that are more forgiving than the original, and has expanded to tops and accessories for men and women, as well as glasses and watches from of-the-moment brands Warby Parker and Shinola.

The physical and online stores also carry one-of-a-kind vintage items, such as jewelry, linens and concert T-shirts. But the classic I+W present is a gift card for a custom jean fitting. The store is at 2601 12th Avenue South

Give yourself the glow of good karma when you give personal care products from Thistle Farms.

Thistle Farms not only produces some of the finest skin care products on the market (the $4 Lip Smoothie is unsurpassed), but your purchase goes to an excellent cause. Thistle Farms/Magdalene is a Nashville-based residential program and one of the country’s most successful social enterprises.

Thistle Farms products: 1. Snake Oil, the story of Magdalene/Thistle Farms, by Becca Stevens, $12.50 paperback signed copy; 2. Lip balms in a wide array of flavors, $3.50; 3. liquid soap, $10; 4. body balm in a variety of scents including lavender and citrus vanilla, $12 each; 5. room spray, $10; 6. vegan soy-based candles, $18; 7. healing oils, $8 each.

It was founded by the Rev. Becca Stevens to support women who have survived addiction, prostitution and trafficking by teaching them business and manufacturing skills. Products are made locally by women in recovery, and your purchase helps them get back on their feet.

Thistle Farms products can be purchased online at www.thistlefarms.org and at numerous retail outlets including Whole Foods/Whole Body and the Thistle Farms factory store at 5122 Charlotte Pike.

While you’re in the neighborhood, stop in for a bite at the charming Thistle Stop Cafe, 5128 Charlotte Pike, across the street from Charlotte Park.

Peter Nappi made a big splash when its converted boiler room opened in 2011 in the factory/warehouse district north of downtown.

An urban pioneer of luxury retail, its establishment here was one of the first harbingers of Nashville as “It City,” and Nappi’s distinctive, casually luxurious boots, designed in Nashville and crafted in Italy, quickly became the most sought-after footwear among the hip set.

The Nappi family has a centuries-old heritage in Italian shoe-making.

With some shoe styles going for $750 and handbags for $1,150, Peter Nappi’s goods are definitely in the “splurge” category, but their timelessly elegant style means you’ll wear them forever.

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Peter Nappi products shown: 1. Nina clutch in black, $325; 2. Siena handbag in navy, $1,150; 3. Belt, $125; 4. Men’s Amadeo brogue shoe in cognac, $575; 5. Women’s 3.5 inch heel Carina bootie in green/grey suede, $52; 6 Cuff, $40

And the brand has expanded to small goods, so even if you’re only a thousand-aire you can still take home a cool leather cuff for $40, belt for $125 or something from the new Poco Pelle line of small leather goods that includes a wine tote, eyeglass case, shoe tote, pen and cigar case, wallet and cosmetic pouch.

They’re only available in store, but this is one place where going shopping is a treat, where you can gaze around the gorgeous showroom from a big leather club chair or sofa with an espresso made for you by the staff.

Sign up for the Peter Nappi mailing list, and you can even attend special in-store events with live music, food and drink. Fabulous and free – what’s more luxurious than that?

Peter Nappi showroom, 1308 Adams Street. Online shoppers will find his goods at peternappi.com.

1. Willow earrings - 3 inches. sterling with iridescent Labradorite stones, $52; 2. Poppy necklace - sterling silver flowers with semi-precious stones $140-$160; 3. ombre bar earrings (short length), $58; 4. Bar charm necklace - 17 inch cable chain with one bar charm with single initial, $110 (each additional charm $15, each additional inch of chain $2)

Jewelry is always a popular gift, and you don’t have to leave area code 615 to find custom items.

Native Nashvillian Suzanne Myers crafts custom jewelry from natural materials such as pearls, agate and semi-precious stones, combining elements in sculptural designs. Many of her pieces, including the popular name charm necklace, can be personalized with names, initials and other messages. Her pieces have been spotted on celebrities like Faith Hill and Martina McBride and featured in Lucky magazine.

Jewelry can be seen and ordered at suzannemyers.com.

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