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So You’re Moving to 12th South…

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's guide to the 12th South Neighborhood of Nashville

So you’re moving to 12th South–what a fun and trendy neighborhood to be a part of! ​With plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, and events popping up every day, you’ll surely never get tired of this hip area. But moving to a new place can be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to a growing city like Nashville. Let us make your transition easier with some of our favorite places to frequent in 12th South!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's recommendations for coffee in 12th SouthMorning Java: First, coffee, so you have energy to explore the rest of the neighborhood. Our top pick is Frothy Monkey, and their first ever location is right in the heart of 12th South. With its comfy atmosphere and variety of yummy foods and drinks, you can’t go wrong with this place. But if you just want a quiet place to read or study alone, grab a cup o’ joe at Portland Brew. This tiny little coffee shop offers a calmer atmosphere, inspired by the northwest.

Best Playground: No matter the age of your kids, they will love Sevier Park. With the new addition of the Sevier Park Community Center, this place is always bustling with people joining in a variety of fitness classes. The park features lots of picnic tables, plenty of green space for people and pets to enjoy, and a fun-filled play set for your kiddos. And be sure to check out the Farmers Market, hosted at the park from May through October to get the best fresh veggies, fruits, and flowers.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's recommendations for casual food in the 12th South neighborhood of NashvilleCasual Eats: There are so much good food in the 12th South neighborhood! For your taco craving, hop in line at Taqueria Del Sol  and get some delicious fish tacos…and you might even spot Ben Rector or Dierks Bentley there! If your family is full of barbecue lovers, hit up the original location of Edley’s BBQ. Finally, for those of you with sweet tooth, you must try the newest location of Five Daughters Bakery! Five Daughters is great because they offer lots of options for people who have any type of allergies.

Family Fun: When it’s warm and sunny outside, we highly recommend Las Paletas all-natural, handmade popsicles. The friendly folks at this small restaurant offer dozens of flavors with the option of chocolate dipping, and even have special popsicle holders to keep sticky, melting liquid off your kids’ fingers. On a rainy day, get the kids to Adventure Science Center! They will love playing with all the interactive games while also learning about science.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's recommendations for fun in the 12th South neighborhood of nashvilleGrown-Up Fun: So you’ve worked at a desk all day–you deserve a little fun now! Every Thursday night, grab a table at Flipside for Trivia Night and enjoy some good, clean fun. Get there early and eat some delicious fried chicken prepared every way imaginable or just settle for the loaded tater tots (YUM!). Another great place to expel your stress is 12th South Yoga, the only yoga studio in Nashville offering Iyengar yoga. And you can’t forget Zanies, a local comedy club which offers plenty of laughs as you wind down from your day.

Staycation Attractions: So you’ve finally got that long weekend that you’ve been waiting for…what is there to do? Get your shopping shoes on, because this area is loaded with cute little shops to browse. Whites Mercantile not only offers an eclectic collection of Southern items, but is also owned by Hank Williams Jr.’s daughter, local singer-songwriter Holly Williams. Draper James is the next celebrity-owned stop on the list. Reese Witherspoon’s store offers beautiful clothes in your typical Southern Belle style. And when you really need to feel like you’ve escaped from home, check out Embers Ski Lodge, the new bar in Nashville which truly feels like a trip to the snowy slopes.

Unique spots in 12th South Nashville neighborhoodUnique Spots: Everything is so vibrant and alive in the distinctive 12th South neighborhood! For example, Fork’s Drum Closet is a one-of-a-kind music store selling drum sets, cymbals from China, and snares of all sorts. You also have to check out Sprinkles to get some on-demand cupcakes… If you have never heard of Sprinkles, you are missing out! It’s this amazing cupcake vending machine (yes, you read that correctly) right next to Draper James, and you can get cupcakes 24 hours per day. And your new neighborhood happens to have some of the best Instagram photo opps in Nashville, with iconic exterior murals like the I BELIEVE IN NASHVILLE flag, raining donuts next to Five Daughters Bakery, and the brightly colored walls of Draper James.

Moving Help: And of course, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is always here to make you move as easy as possible! Don’t be shy and give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 to request your free moving quote. We would love to help and make 12th South your home sweet home!

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So You’re Moving to the Green Hills Neighborhood

Things to do in the Green Hills neighborhood of Nashville

We’ve been moving families into, out of, and around Nashville for over two decades now, and we know one of the best parts about moving is finding your new “favorites”!  You’ll need a new coffee shop to frequent each morning, a park where you can take the kids during school holidays, and a fun spot to hang with your friends in the evening.  Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!  Here are some of our favorite places to visit in the Green Hills area of town.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's recommendations for coffee in Green HillsMorning Java: When you’re ready for your caffeine fix, we recommend The Well Coffeehouse near Lipscomb!  The Well is our favorite because they are a non-profit, and all of their sales benefit organizations which build wells for poor communities around the world.  Another fun spot is The Perch Cafe, which serves sweet or savory crepes alongside your Morning Joe.

Best Playgrounds: Green Hills has some of the best playgrounds in Nashville!  Our favorite is Fannie Mae Dees Park, also known as Dragon Park to most Nashville parents.  Located near Belcourt Theatre, Dragon Park has a giant mosaic-covered dragon sculpture ready for climbing alongside two different play sets.  Green Hills Park is also nearby, with its playground set in the northwest corner.  And if you want something a little different and bad weather-resistant, check out our friends at Gymboree Play & Music!  Your child can join a Play & Music group where they can groove to some tunes while playing on Gymboree’s fun indoor equipment.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's recommendations for casual dining in Green HillsCasual Eats: When it’s too late for lunch but too early for dinner, or you’re not quite hungry enough for a full meal, where do you go?  Green Hills has lots of fun options, but we think the best one is the Donut Den.  Their donuts are delicious, and the owners like to employ local college students from Belmont, Vanderbilt, and Lipscomb.  We also recommend eating in the Hill Center at Green Hills, where everyone in the family has plenty of options for snacks.  If you want some Mediterranean cuisine, your spouse wants some sweet and sour chicken, and the kids want to fill their pizza fix, everyone can be happy!

Family Fun: Green Hills is such a great neighborhood for your whole family.  On a nice, sunny day, Radnor Lake is the perfect place to take an easy hike.  The Education Center by the entrance is great for teaching your kids about the local forest animals and plants, and you can even bring a picnic lunch to eat by the water.  If you’re looking for some sit-down indoor fun, check out our friends at Brushfire Pottery.  This locally owned pottery studio offers different sculptures, kitchenware, and other household figures for their guests to paint.  Then Brushfire will glaze your painted pottery to seal the color and give it a smooth, glossy finish.  We especially like Brushfire around Mother’s Day and Father’s Day so your kids can create a unique present for their parents!

greenhouseGrown-Up Fun: The Green Hills neighborhood also has plenty to offer when it’s time for a Girls’ Night Out, your next date, or a big group hang.  For the fitness-loving Nashvillian, we always recommend Krank Cycle Studio.  You can get your exercise while cycling to a nice, loud workout playlist.  After you shower up, visit Kendra Scott in the Hill Center!  Kendra Scott is one of our favorite local businesses because they are so community-oriented.  Nearly every week you can go to a KS Shopping Party and have a huge percentage of your purchases benefit a local non-profit organization.  And when the sun goes down, you can visit one of Nashville’s coolest bar scenes at The Greenhouse Bar.  Drink and dine in an actual greenhouse, complete with water features and allergy-friendly menu options.

Staycation Attractions: When you need a quick break from reality, you can vacation without even leaving the Green Hills backyard.  Make reservations at one of Nashville’s most famous restaurants and music venues, The Bluebird Cafe!  This is the spot where the TV show Nashville actually films their Bluebird scenes, and local songwriters get discovered.  You can even get a taste of France at the local Little Gourmand market and cafe.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's favorite spots in Green HillsUnique Spots: Green Hills contains plenty of gems that you can’t find anywhere else, like Parnassus Books!  This bookstore was opened by a local Nashville author and contains lots of books written by other Tennessee authors.  You may find the owners’ two dogs wandering around the store, and even find yourself inside a storybook castle as you peruse the children’s section!  If you’re a dog owner, you’ll also want to visit Winston Dog, Nashville’s own luxury doggie boutique.  And don’t forget the Green Hills Theatre next to the Mall at Green Hills.  It may seem like an ordinary movie theatre, but this one often features limited-release movies and documentaries which normal movie theatres never get to show.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville is Green Hills' local moverMoving Help: Don’t spend your first two weeks in Green Hills packing, moving, sweating, and unpacking…  Skip straight to the fun part–exploring!  Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 for your free moving quote, and we’ll finish all the heavy-lifting for you.  You can also get your free estimate started online at our website.

So You’re Moving to the Belmont/Hillsboro Neighborhood

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's suggestions of places to see in the Belmont Hillsboro area of Nashville

So you’re moving to the Belmont/Hillsboro neighborhood, one of our favorite areas of Nashville! Moving to a new home nearly always requires you to find your new “favorites,” like your new regular coffee shop and the go-to park for you and the kids. We’ve completed literally thousands of moves in the Belmont/Hillsboro area, so take a look at some of our top picks to check out in your new home base!

Morning Java: You’re moving to the neighborhood of Nashville’s first and favorite coffee shop, the original Bongo Java!  Although Bongo has undergone many a face lift and remodel, the spirit of “Bongo Bob” is still present each day in Bongo Java’s delicious coffee beans and healthy food options.  And if you want to try something new, the latest location of Revelator Coffee recently opened in Hillsboro Village, right next to Jeni’s.

Nashville has tons of playgrounds for the kidsBest Playgrounds: Our absolute favorite playground in Nashville is Fannie Mae Dees Park, lovingly referred to as Dragon Park by local parents.  You can spot Dragon Park off Belcourt Avenue with its giant, mosaic-covered dragons popping in and out of the ground.  The park also includes two playscapes, a covered picnic area, and stone chess/checker tables ready for play pieces.  If you’re looking for a quieter place to chill with your partner or dog, you can also see Reservoir Park along Hillside Avenue.

Casual Eats: If you’re craving a midday pick-me-up to get you through the rest of the work day, the Belmont/Hillsboro area has lots of delicious places to snack or lunch.  For some American-Asian cuisine, try PM on Belmont Boulevard.  PM is known for their sushi, extensive tea selection, and delicious fried sweet potatoes.  For those who prefer Tex-Mex, Chago’s is on the same block and offers cheap-but-delicious Mexican recipes.  And if you just need something for your sweet tooth, Jeni’s Ice Cream is a must-have.  Their flavors change seasonally, so your taste buds will always be excited to try a new treat.

Nashville Public Library has free storytellingFamily Fun: Your new neighborhood is especially fun for a family-centered day out!  Show your kids some real historical architecture and culture with a tour of the gorgeous Belmont Mansion.  The local non-profit Belcourt Theatre also shows family movies on Saturday mornings.  And don’t forget your Nashville Public Library!  You and the kiddos can enjoy free games, stories, and puppet shows at the Green Hills and Edgehill library branches.

Grown-Up Fun: Let’s not forget that you deserve a nice night out where you can de-stress from work and the other pressures of life!  Hillsboro Village is home to one of Nashville’s most unique  restaurant experiences, Cabana.  While you typically find luxurious cabanas on a summer getaway beach, Cabana lets you experience the same intimacy indoors, no matter what the weather is like outside.  And Belcourt Theatre isn’t just for the kids–every day you can find independent films, intriguing documentaries, and other artsy productions to fulfill your inner hipster.

Pancake Pantry is a Nashville traditionStaycation Attractions: If you’re in desperate need of a break from reality, you’ll find plenty of “staycation” attractions right in your new neighborhood!  First you have to check out the historic Pancake Pantry, which was family-operated for over 50 years before recently being acquired by its new, second owner.  Pancake Pantry is known for its out-the-door-around-the-corner lines, celebrity patrons, and of course, its pancakes.  Then you can travel the world by visiting the France-inspired Provence, the Italy-inspired Savarino’s Cucina, and the eyewear store inspired by Western Europe as a whole, SEE (Selective Eyewear Elements).  Finally, you can’t skip past Nashville’s Smallest Art Gallery, also located in Hillsboro Village next to the historic Peabody Shoe Repair store.

Unique Spots: Are you looking for more Smallest Art Gallery-type places to check out by your new home?  We recommend Cosmic Connections, one of Nashville’s most difficult shops to describe.  They call themselves “a one-stop shop to get Cosmically Connected,” and offer a variety of jewelry, books, classes, energy work, and more.  We also can’t recommend A Thousand Faces highly enough.  The whole store is filled with handmade creations, most of them locally produced, that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.  You may find yourself walking out with a one-of-a-kind furniture piece, handmade greeting card bundle, or new wall art.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving a couchMoving Help: And don’t forget your local moving company TWO MEN AND A TRUCK!  We would love to move you into your new Hillsboro home so you can skip straight to the fun part of moving–finding your new favorite spots.  Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 or visit our website for a free moving quote!

10 Nashville Stores to Furnish Your New Home

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As one of Nashville’s small, local businesses, we love to shop at other local stores to show our support of the community!  If you feel the same way, you’re in the right place.  In no particular order, here are our ten favorite places to find furniture and decor for your new Nashville home:

Nashville Lifestyles magazine interview with Taylor SwiftGilchrist & Gilchrist

Genia, the inspired owner of Gilchrist & Gilchrist, says the “vignettes in my shop are moments of fantasy that can be moved [into] real lives and homes.”  Her eclectic store is routinely highlighted in popular southern magazines, such as Nashville Lifestyles and Southern Living, and is even frequented by Taylor Swift when she’s in town!  You can find this locally-owned shop in the heart of Berry Hill.

2Danes

Those who have a passion for European goods should venture over to Sylvan Park’s 2Danes contemporary showroom.  This furniture store features the latest trends across all categories.  For instance, in addition to offering standard work desks, 2Danes also keeps automated, convertible sit-stand desks in stock; they also carry the latest fashions in Murphy beds and sleeper sofas for those needing instant sleeping spaces for guests.

AshBlue

If you have the “bare bones” furniture for your home and are just looking for some new accessories and decor, AshBlue is the perfect boutique store for you!  This gift shop keeps carved wooden accessories from Africa, designer candles, Cavallini-made Italian frames, and much more for the classy & elegant shopper.  You can find this boutique in Green Hills.

D Luxe Home in NashvilleD. Luxe Home

This downtown home store describes itself as “industrial, glam, and kinda kooky”.  Originally, the space was meant to be an office for Bynum Design, a residential design firm.  But the landlord of the building said he actually wanted to add a retail store into the historic space, so the firm turned it into their showroom.  D. Luxe now offers a variety of furniture pieces, unique decor, and knick-knack accessories that antique and vintage hunters dream of finding.

Northgate Gallery Antiques

Looking for even more antiques for your home?  Northgate Gallery in the Cool Springs area is one of the largest antique storehouses in Nashville.  If you can’t find the specific type of antique you’re hunting for, you can order custom, high-quality reproductions made in England and France.  As you might have guessed, this family-run operation sells their products across the world.

White’s Mercantile

Holly Williams, the daughter of Hank Williams Jr., is also a singer-songwriter in her own right.  She opened White’s Mercantile to show off and sell her favorite products that she’s found on the road while touring.  If you’re looking for shabby chic accessories to add to your bookshelf, or something Southern to add to your living room, this refurbished gas station in the 12th South neighborhood is a must-see!  It’s become a popular shop that sees clients like Holly’s friend Gwyneth Paltrow, and other stars like Nicole Kidman, Faith Hill, and Robert Plant.

The Iron Gate

If you like checking out stores that are frequented by celebrities, The Iron Gate is another great home store to see.  This Franklin showroom is run by Rozanne Jackson Interiors and, according to People, is a favorite among the singers Sheryl Crow, Naomi Judd, and Martina McBride (to name a few).  With decor and furniture ranging from regal to coastal to traditional Southern, there’s a little something offered to every style of shopper.

Reclaimed woodNadeau Nashville

Maybe you’re looking for furniture and art that you know none of your friends will have already.  Nadeau, a showroom tucked behind the 100 Oaks shopping center, features completely unique, handmade pieces for your home.  Many of the wooden items are even made from reclaimed wood, so they already have a story before they reach your home!

Merridian Home Furnishings

Merridian is also located near the 100 Oaks center, and also offers unique, handmade goods from around the world.  Whether you’re looking for a chest to coordinate with your Asian modern theme, or something leather to fit into your man cave, this home goods store will have something to meet your needs.  You can also rest assured that your furniture supplier uses sustainable, environmentally-friendly business practices.

Area 2 Trading Co.

Finally, if you prefer to do all your shopping online, Area 2 Trading Co. is a great way to both buy and sell your furniture and home accessories.  With a background in estate sales, owner Liza Canale realized that consignment stores and estate sales can be a hassle for buyers who want more convenience, and sellers who want to be less involved.  Now this Nashville local inspects each submitted product to ensure authenticity and high quality, and then sells to those looking for pre-loved valuables online.

And when you’re ready to buy, keep Nashville’s local movers in mind to help move out your old furniture and move in the new!  Check us out on our website, or give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 for information on our in-home moving services.

Home Decor from Nashville's Stores Pinterest board

Looking for more great, local places to buy your new favorite piece of art or furniture?  Check out our Pinterest board “Home Decor from Nashville’s Stores” to keep searching for that perfect product!

Career Move Month: How Our General Manager “Moved” Up in Our Company!

This March, we’re celebrating Two Men and a Truck’s 4th annual Career Move Month!  All month we’ll be highlighting great stories from our team members about how they “moved” their career forward at Nashville’s Two Men and a Truck and tell you about our current career opportunities.

Nick General ManagerThis week, we want to tell you about our General Manager, Nick.  Nick found Two Men Nashville in 2010 after working as the General Manager of another company for several years.  He was unhappy with the industry he was in and needed a change.  While browsing for other management opportunities online, Nick found a Two Men Nashville ad for an Inside Sales Representative position.  “I honestly thought it would be a job I only kept for 6 months to a year.  I saw it as a job for the transition until I could find another managing job,” he remembers.

But then Nick realized he really liked the company and position he was in.  “I could honestly sell the service because I believe in it–I felt good about the product.”  Nick saw the way Two Men and a Truck would follow up with every single customer after their moves to be sure everything went smoothly, and the level of accountability placed on each team member.  He explains, “I’ve always been able to work hard and move up in every company I’ve worked for, so I figured I could do the same thing here.”

After a year of hard work as a Sales Representative, Nick was promoted to the Sales Lead position.  When the managers saw his ability to foresee issues in scheduling and his past management experience, they moved him over to the Operations Department into a Move Manager position.  Each year, he received another promotion, until he finally became the General Manager of the company in 2014.

Two Men and a Truck is a global companyNick hopes job seekers realize that Two Men and a Truck is a huge network–“We’re not just all over the country; we also have locations in Canada and even across the pond in the UK,” he says.  “And the majority of our managers and owners started at Two Men in front line positions.  As long as you’re willing to work hard, there’s always room for advancement.”

How can we “move” your career forward?  Right now, we’re hiring Movers, Drivers, a Marketing Assistant, and Marketing Interns!  Apply for one of these positions here or give us a call at 615-248-6288 for further information!

Are you looking to book a move with our company?  Give us a call at 615-248-6288 for a free estimate, or click here to visit our website for more moving information!

Moving Week Cheap Eats in Nashville

Eight Nsahville restaurants to get cheap eats during Moving Week

As someone who has moved three times in the past two years, and as the employee of a company that oversees dozens of moves each day, trust me on this one: You are not going to want to cook on Moving Day.  Or the day after.  And probably not the day after that, either.  However, you probably also don’t want to spend a ton of money eating out during your Moving Week.  I completely understand, and I’ve got you covered!  Here are my top 8 suggestions for cheap eats around Nashville to populate your Moving Week menu:

Calypso Cafe has delicious fruit teaCalypso Cafe  |  In Midtown, East Nashville, and Berry Hill

Calypso is by far one of my favorite places to grab some grub in Nashville.  With healthy menu options like their Black Bean Salad and Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, you can keep your energy up for less than $10.  My favorite menu items are the Jerk Chicken (beware: it’s spicy!) and their homemade Fruit Tea.

The Wild Cow  |  In East Nashville

For seven years, I was a proud vegetarian, and The Wild Cow was (and still is) one of my favorite places to eat out.  Their menu offers delicious vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options for the extremely health-conscious.  As a bonus, they’re also located in one of my favorite parts of town.

Hattie B's has delicious hot chickenHattie B’s  |  In West Nashville and Midtown

Need some Southern comfort food?  Hattie B’s is the perfect place for you and your family.  They have Nashville’s best hot chicken at four different “heat” levels to accommodate all of their customers, and they offer fried and grilled chicken.  If you’re visiting the West Nashville location, our office is just a hop, skip, and a jump away (actually, right across the street)!  Stop by and say hey!

Jack’s BBQ  |  In North Nashville, Downtown, and Midtown

Another Southern favorite–barbecue.  Yum!  With six meat options (and veggie plates, if you’d prefer) that are all just as tender as the next, you can’t go wrong at Jack’s.  If you’re just moving to Nashville for the first time, I would recommend visiting the downtown location for dinner so you can check out Broadway’s neon lights!

picnic tableI Dream of Weenie  |  In East Nashville

This hot dog stand is shaped like a wiener, and their menu ranges from the “Frank and to the Point” hot dog to the “Flamin’ Frank” dog.  My regular order is the “Dill Weenie” with mustard, onions, and a dill pickle spear.  The best part is getting to sit at their bright picnic tables in the shade.

Coco’s Italian Market  |  In West Nashville

I’ve never been to Italy, but I’ve been told by my world-traveling friends that this restaurant/market combo brings them right back to Europe.  Their authentic Italian cuisine is inexpensive and delicious.  There are two things there that you have to try: weekend brunch, and their cappuccino.  You just can’t beat it.

SATCO has unlimited chips and quesoSATCO  |  In Midtown

SATCO stands for San Antonio Taco CO., but I rarely meet someone who actually says the full name.  I moved to Nashville six years ago from Texas, and I have to be honest–their tacos do not at all mirror San Antonio’s Mexican food.  However, you can order your tacos exactly how you want them and enjoy unlimited chips and queso, which totally makes up for the misleading name.

Provence Breads & Cafe  |  In Downtown, Historic Hillsboro Village, Midtown, and the Airport

This France-inspired bakery not only has amazing bread and coffee, but also a delicious breakfast and lunch menu.  I frequented their original location in the historic Hillsboro Village while I was a student at Belmont University, but they’ve become so popular that they’re demanded all over Nashville now.  Don’t forget to pick up a beautiful macaroon for dessert!

Well, there you have it!  I am not a food critic by any means, but I do know how to eat around Nashville on a dime.  I can also help you find the best deal in town for movers; our team is made up of only full-time, background-checked movers who have all been through hands-on training and are covered by our above-industry-standard insurance policy!  Give us a call at 615-248-6288 or check out our website here for information on our moving prices.

 

This blog post was written by our Marketer, Jenni Hargrove. Click here to meet the rest of our team!

Job Shadow Day with McGavock High School

Job Shadow Day at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville

Last week, we were one of the local Nashville businesses who participated in McGavock High School’s Job Shadow Day.  One senior (Trez) and one junior (Omar) came from the school’s Hospitality and Finance Academy to learn about all the roles that keep this moving company spinning on its axis.  We all had a blast teaching them about our Sales, Operations, and Marketing departments!

Trez and Omar, like most high schoolers, have a general idea of what they want to do once they graduate.  Trez plans to study business while playing baseball in college, and Omar is considering attending a police academy to become an officer.  However, both of them were attracted to McGavock’s Job Shadow Days so they could get a taste of other career options available to them.  Our biggest priority was letting these students see all the ins and outs of a moving company; even though moving may seem like a simple “Point A to Point B” process, there’s a ton that goes on behind the scenes!

Chris teaching Omar about being a Sales LeadFirst, Trez and Omar met our sales staff.  Our Sales Lead, Chris, explained that he’s responsible for ensuring top-notch customer service from the office, giving sales goals to the other Sales Representatives, and keeping paperwork organized before it gets handed off to the Operations department.  Then they each sat with one of our Sales Representatives to learn about our pricing, how to use the online moving schedule, and how many movers and hours each job will require.  We were really impressed by Trez and Omar’s great questions, like, “What makes up the service fee?” and “Can people call to get moved between states, or can you only move them locally?”

Justin teaching Trez and Omar how to check in a truckNext, we showed them our dispatch office, where all the Movers and Drivers check in and receive their job information every morning.  Justin, one of our Quality Control Specialists, explained our dispatch procedures, organization methods, and the basic breakdown of each job.  As if on cue, when Justin finished his explanation, one of our moving teams came back from a job in the field.  Justin brought Trez and Omar out to the truck to walk them through the team’s check-in procedure.  Both students were impressed by how organized the trucks are kept, and the long list of equipment that each truck needs to have stocked at all times in order to move, disassemble, and reassemble any furniture items a customer may own.

Once Trez and Omar had a sense of how our Operations department is managed, our marketer Jenni brought them into her office to talk about her favorite parts of marketing.  She gave them a basic description of our targeted customers, and explained how our company uses social media to interact with the community.  To explain the purpose of marketing, Jenni asked, “When you think of coffee shops, what’s the first name you think of?”  Both students answered immediately, “Starbucks!”  Jenni nodded and said, “Exactly.  We want to be the Starbucks of the moving industry.  When a family is ready to move, I want the first company they think of to be TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.”

Trez and Omar at Hattie B'sFinally, after a long day of experiential learning, it was time to get a real Nashville lunch!  We treated Trez and Omar to a Nashville classic: hot chicken from Hattie B’s right down the street.

By the end of Job Shadow Day, Trez and Omar both said they learned a lot, and were amazed at how much work goes behind just one moving job.  They’re looking forward to being a part of our Summer Program for college students, where they can come “earn while they burn” between the spring and fall semesters!

 

Do you need a free quote for your upcoming move, or want to learn more about our company?  Give us a call at 615-248-6288 or click here to visit our website.

If you’re looking for more information about the Academies of Nashville inside Metro Nashville’s public high schools, click here to read all about them.

How to Meet People When You’re New to Nashville, for Every Personality Type

How to meet people in Nashville

So you’re getting ready to move to Nashville?  You’re not alone!  In 2015, there were about 80 people moving here every day, and many of them moved here without having family members or a job lined up beforehand.  Moving to a new city can be intimidating if you don’t know anyone, especially if you’re shy or feel uncomfortable striking up conversations with strangers.  Not to worry–we have some suggestions for building your first Nashville friendships, no matter what type of personality you have!

Nashville is Music City!If you’re a music lover, Nashville isn’t called “Music City” for nothing!  This town has plenty of well-attended music festivals, writers’ rounds, and venues where you can meet other music enthusiasts.  Live on the Green is one of Nashville’s many music festivals, but is unique because it’s free and lasts nearly all summer long.  Nashville also offers tons of year-round open mic nights featuring up-and-coming local artists that you can meet, and Nashville Guru offers a list of the best weekly performances to check out.  And restaurants all over the city, such as 12th & Porter, pride themselves on providing top-notch music in a casual, standing-room-only setting that is perfect for meeting locals.

If you’re athletic, Nashville has plenty of fitness studios and outdoor groups to offer.  Regularly attending a specialized studio, such as Shakti Power Yoga or Climb Nashville, is a great way to make connections with people who share the same interests that you do.  Or if you want a guarantee that you’ll be around the same group of members on a regular basis, consider joining a group like Fleet Feet’s running groups.  This is a good option for more reserved Nashville newbies who would prefer to see the same people multiple times before introducing themselves!

If you’re a self-employed entrepreneur or a creative, try practicing your networking and friendship-building skills at the same time at one of Nashville’s many local coffee shops.  In this town, it’s totally normal to start chatting with the person next to you in line or sitting at the table next to yours…  Just be polite and avoid interrupting those wearing headphones or engrossed in their notebook!  Some of the most popular local spots are Edgehill and Frothy Monkey.

La'Vincent volunteering with the Nashville Humane Association during our Movers for Mutts campaignIf you’re a philanthropist, volunteer!  Becoming a regular volunteer with a Nashville non-profit almost forces you to build relationships with the other volunteers who come in at the same time that you do, because you’ll most likely be working together on a task.  Click here to check out our favorite local non-profits to work with!

If you’re in love with your dog, you definitely moved to the right city.  Nashville is a very dog-friendly city, and walking around with your fur baby is the perfect way to get people to walk over and start a conversation as they pet and love on your pooch.  If you’re not sure where to go with your dog, start with the nearest dog park!  You can also bring Fido out on a lunch or dinner date at one of Nashville’s numerous dog-friendly restaurants.

If you’re a homebody, meet people in your neighborhood by working on an exterior home improvement project, hosting a neighborhood grill-out in your backyard, or attending neighborhood functions.  Working in your front yard’s garden or trimming your tree’s extraneous branches allows you to call out a greeting to (and possibly start a conversation with) neighbors who are strolling by.  Many neighborhoods also host events, such as East Nashville’s Grassy Knoll Movie Nights, for their residents.

Finally, the Meetup app or website is a great way for every type of Nashvillian to get out of the house and find people with common interests.  From improv actors to belly dancers to moms who just need a break, you can find just about every type of group through this easy-to-use database!

No matter how you choose to put yourself out there, you’re sure to meet plenty of new friends in Nashville by being open to meeting new people!

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Finding a Babysitter in Your New City: Tips from Sarah Tortorella, the CEO of Sitting Made Simple Nashville

how to find a babysitter when you're new to Nashville

Sitting Made Simple CEO Sarah Tortorella helped us write a blog post about finding a new babysitter in a new city.If you’ve been living in Nashville for more than a few months, you’ve probably heard someone tell you how quickly our population has been growing!  In fact, Forbes listed Nashville as #20 on its 2015 list of the fastest-growing U.S. cities.  But moving to a new city, even a great one like Nashville, comes with challenges.  One of the biggest challenges that parents face when making the big move is, “How do I find a trustworthy babysitter in this new city?”  To answer this question, I spoke with Sarah Tortorella, the CEO of Nashville’s newest sitting service, Sitting Made Simple.

Sarah tells me that getting referrals from close friends is the way most parents prefer to find their sitters.  “Parents are very familiar with their neighborhood or family friends, and they use them as good sources of information about potential babysitters; friends can let them know what the kids are like.  But families who are new to town don’t have these connections to rely on.”  I totally understand how this could be a problem for parents new to Nashville.  I ask Sarah how new families usually find their babysitters, and she tells me, “They usually only get to know the high schoolers who live in their neighborhoods.”  And while it is geographically convenient for these high school students to babysit, “they have family or school limitations, so they can’t be on call.  If they have a family dinner coming up, or if they have band practice after school, it can be hard for parents to find an alternative.”

So I ask Sarah about other ways new parents can find good babysitters.  “One way is through online services like Care.com.  They have a well-known name, and they’re reliable because they offer the option of requesting background checks,” she tells me.  “Daycare is also an option, and it can really engage younger kids.  And places like the YMCA offer after-school programs; some of them are even hosted at local schools.”

The biggest issue with these options is simply the convenience factor.  Certain programs and companies are very trustworthy, but have limited hours or lack transportation.  Others, such as online sitter-finding services, can help find a great individual nanny or sitter, but can’t guarantee the hours you need covered.  “That’s why I love Sitting Made Simple,” Sarah explains.  “We have a pool of sitters who are all background-checked and CPR-certified, and we guarantee that you’ll have someone cover the time period you need them.  They can also pick your kids up from school, help out with housework, and bring engaging ‘craft bags’ along with them.”

Moving to a new city with your childrenSo what are Sarah’s criteria for the best babysitting option?  Here are her top three suggestions:

1. Find a way to verify that the sitter is trustworthy.  Legitimate sitting services offer background checks and can tell you about specific certifications that their professionals may have (such as CPR or tutor certifications).  At the very least, ask around for referrals from an organization you trust, such as your church or workplace.

2. Know your babysitting needs.  Before actually searching for childcare, make a list of the specific services you need from your sitter.  Do you need her to help your kids with their homework, cook dinner, or drive your children to their after-school activities?  This way, you’ll have a checklist to help you narrow down the options.

3. Find out how your sitter will engage your children.  Every parents’ nightmare is having an apathetic babysitter or nanny.  When hiring someone who is not a member of a professional sitting service, it’s completely appropriate to ask potential sitters for some references who can attest to their willingness and ability to engage your kids in activities.

Congratulations on your plans to move to Nashville, and I hope these tips help you find the perfect babysitting service!  For information on our local Nashville moving services, give us a call at 615-248-6288 or click here to get to our website.

 

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