down on music row

Posted on July 07 2016

while many people automatically think of nashville as the country music capital of the world (guilty as charged), this city has so much more to offer. did you know there’s an exact replica of the parthenon (shout out to ancient greece, birthplace of the olympics, our summer obsession) in centennial park? or that the ryman auditorium is the birthplace of bluegrass music? with so many great quirks about this awesome city, we had to chat with a local before we hit up nashvegas.
luckily, abby demmer of the nashville guide agreed be our tour guide. she’s a v talented photographer, who’s spent the last 5 years getting to know the ins and outs of the nashville. she finds beauty in the small things and knows a thing or two the best local finds. read our exclusive q + a with abby and get inspired to make your own nashville bucket list.

abby demmer x umano

how do you unleash your creativity?
ad: I surround myself with other nashville creatives. creative souls has been a great way for me to network with other creatives and keep my creative juices flowing. 

how long have you been in nashville?
ad: 5 years! I moved here from wisconsin for a job, not knowing a single person or having any mutual connections. everyone here is so welcoming and nice that nashville quickly felt like home!

best place to grab a cup of joe? 
in east nashville: ugly mugs coffee & tea , on 12th south: frothy monkey, downtown: crema, in germantown: barista parlor, and in hillsboro: fido 

abby demmer x umano

where and how to spend your saturday?

ad: my perfect nashville saturday would begin with brunch at marche, then a hike at percy warner park. followed by some shopping at some of my favorite shops in east nashville– vinnie louise, apple & oak, and sisters of nature. lunch at burger up and a sweet after dinner popsicle from las paletas. then i’d take my pup on a walk at shelby bottoms – they have the best greenway! i’d head over to city house for dinner, ordering the belly ham pizza (it’s so amazing i can’t get myself to try anything else). to end the night i’d catch a show at the basement.

what’s your favorite hidden gem in nashville?
ad: there are a few! first, back alley diner is a downtown bar that’s tucked back in an alleyway. it has that laid back small neighborhood bar atmosphere. then there's pied piper eatery, a small laid back diner in east nashville. it has a very large menu and is very reasonably priced. their french fries are the best I’ve had! also, bro’s cajun cuisine, nashville’s best cajun restaurant in my opinion, another very laid back place. and last but not least, santa’s pub, a karaoke dive bar housed in a double-wide trailer (literally). it’s decked out in christmas decorations year around and santa is usually present. they are cash only and the beer is super cheap.
best place(s) to grab a bite to eat?
ad: for brunch: biscuit love, the southern, and marche, for lunch pinewood social, the pharmacy, and mas tacos and for dinner city house, husk, and rolf & daughters
where to hit up for a night out?

if you’re looking for a honky tonk kind of night then hit up lower broadway. my favorites are roberts western world, acme, legends corner, and the stage. if you want a more local experience head to the midtown area to red door, losers, and rebar or east nashville to crying wolf, 3crow bar, and bar 308.

finish the sentence: if you come to nashville, you cannot miss ________.
ad: lower broadway aka the honky tonks and any of the restaurants listed in the “best place to grab a bite to eat” question! be sure to look up current nashville events that are happening because we have tons of great festivals that you can’t miss!

abby demmer x umano

what does the city of nashville mean to you?

two words: home and community. although nashville is fairly large it seems like a small town once you live here for a while. people are friendly and welcoming, making it easy to fall in love with it over and over. people here are go-getters and dreamers. everyone is so inspiring and encouraging. it makes for a strong community 

any plans for summer?

hit up a couple shows at musicians corner in centennial park. catch a couple sounds games. attend the music city brewer’s festival in august. stop in at the tomato arts festival in east nashville in august. kayak on the harpeth river just outside of nashville.

with the olympics coming up, we want to know your favorite olympic sport?
ad: i’ve always enjoyed watching diving, soccer, and gymnastics.
(psst... olympics fun fact: nashville native and olympic gymnast shawn johnson won gold medal on beam in 2008!)
images via abby demmer