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Tips for executing an office move

Whether you’ve outgrown your current office, you are merging with another company, or you’ve got a big new promotion, it’s time to get into that brand new office. Office moves can be stressful, especially, if it is your first time. We want to alleviate the situation by providing you with some helpful tips.

Have a game plan
First, make a timeline and checklist of everything that needs to be done to accomplish the move. Stay in constant communication with the managers to make certain plans are being carried out. For a small office move, you will usually need at least three months to prepare. For a medium to large sized office move, we recommend at least six to eight months. Next, find out the layout of the new office-get a blueprint of the new place and compare the two offices. This way you can troubleshoot any problems of the new layout. If there were any issues or things you disliked about the current layout, you can add plans to the new office to make certain it is move-in ready!

Rally together as a team

For a small office move, it’s a good idea to have at least one person to keep everyone organized. This person needs to stay in constant communication with everyone and make certain things are being accomplished as the time for the move gets closer. For a medium to large office move, appoint a few people to organize and coordinate the packing process and the move. Divide up the tasks and make sure everyone is aware of the timeline for the move.

Give everyone a job
Meet with the move coordinator and discuss timeline for the move and what all needs to be done before the big move. Give everyone a specific job as you prepare for the move. This will not only be more efficient as you make the move, it will also make everyone feel important and included in the big decisions around the office.

Let the world know
Whether it’s notifying your clients, suppliers, or business partners, it’s very important to get the word out about your move. Assign this job to one or two people to specifically reach out to all the business partners and clients to get the word out about the move. Let them know when and where specifically you are moving and how the business will operate during the move. Moving can create a lot of lost in businesses and clients, and by personally notifying your clients and business partner will minimize that risk.

We have over twenty years of knowledge and experience helping hundreds of Nashville businesses, and we would love to help your business make that big move too. Give us a call at 615-248-6288 for a free estimate or visit our website for more information.

Paw Patrol Halloween Boxtumes

It’s that time of the year again, Halloween time. It’s time to dust off those fun costumes and bring out the yummy treats. Whether you prefer tricks or treats, it’s a fun time for everyone in the family to get out to make some new friends and load up on delicious treats.

We, at Two Men And A Truck, love Halloween because we get to showcase and participate in our annual tradition of making boxtumes! What might you ask is a boxtume? Well, it’s a costume make out of our boxes, of course! This year, we decided to make the Paw Patrol gang, Marshall, Chase, and Rocky.

 

Materials needed for boxtumes:
• Two Men And A Truck medium boxes
Multi-colored construction papers
• Glue sticks or spray glue
• Scissors
• Crafting knife
• Spray paint
• Foil
• Ribbons

Steps to make the boxtumes:
• First, I found some templates for the badges and the wheels
• Next, I found some inspirations online for ideas on how to make each of their accessories.
• Then, I moved onto cutting and trimming all the accessories to prepare for each of the costumes.
• Subsequently, I cut out the boxes for fit a person inside.
• Finally, I glued the accessories onto the boxtumes and added ribbons for the shoulder straps.

We can’t wait to show them off at one of the local Trunk and Treat next Friday. Meet us at Our Savior Lutheran Academy, October 27th from 5PM-7PM. We can’t wait to meet you and give you some yummy treats!

For your boxtume needs, feel free to give us a call at 615-248-6288. We will even deliver the boxes you need right to your doorsteps for free! We would love to help you out with any boxes or moving needs to make your holidays stress-free! Check out our website for more information on other services we offer.

SO YOU’RE MOVING TO THE BERRYHILL NEIGHBORHOOD

Home to 40 recording studio – Berryhill is located just south of Nashville. This up and coming neighborhood offers some refreshing choices for food and fun. Berry Hill is the perfect neighborhood to get away from the city life and appreciate the charm and diversity that Nashville offers.  With its ever-growing food and entertainment scene, Berry Hill just keeps on surprising us with every corner we explore. Here are some of our favorites.

Morning Java: Our favorite coffee shop is none other than, Sam and Zoe’s. You must check out this cozy coffee shop offering many options such as coffee, smoothies, breakfast, and lunch. You can also check out a fun little pancake house right down the road, The Pfunky Griddle, if you are up to the challenge of cooking your own breakfast. This will surely keep your little ones entertained!

Best Playground: We love Sevier Park. It is located less than 10 minutes from the Berryhill neighborhood. The outdoor playset will sure to be a hit for your little ones, and there are also lots of trails for running or walking your fur babies. The indoor community center is another a great space to use for those raining days. Coleman Community Center is also a great option for those seeking fun after school activities.

Casual Eats: Baja Burrito, you know it’s good because there’s always a line out the door. Not only do they have amazing burritos, fish tacos, and chips and queso, the prices are very reasonable. For a lighter and healthier option, I would highly suggest Calypso Café. It has yummy and healthy option for those who also need to pinch some pennies. Another healthy, new establishment is Vui’s Kitchen. It is a fresh Vietnamese restaurant offering fresh and delicious food from Pho Noodle Soup (YUM!) to Bahn Mi Sandwich.

Family Fun: One of the first Escape Game in Nashville opened its door right in the heart of Berryhill. The Escape Game is such a fun place to bring the family together for some wholesome and mystery solving fun. If your family love movies, you must take them to check out the fun, colorful lit theater, Regal Hollywood, to catch a movie.

Grown-Up Fun:  If you are a craft loving person, you must take a trip to The Beaded Bungalow. It’s a crafting person’s paradise. You can take classes on jewelry making or you could take a group of friends. For the beer connoisseurs, be sure and check out, The Sutler, a laid-back bar with yummy food, or The Black Abbey, a brewery with over 25 beers to try.

Staycation Attractions: So you’ve worked a long week, now it’s time to unwind and enjoy your long weekend. For those who love shopping, I highly recommend checking out Nadeau or Gas Lamp Antique. These stores are packed with unique furniture finds and antique decorations that you cannot find anywhere else. For those wanting more of a relaxation experience, I recommend checking out Float Nashville, it is a salt water floating experience, where you are lured to deep relaxation.

Unique Spots: Gilchrist Gilchrist, a family owned shop with loads of shabby chic decors and furniture, winning even the approval of Taylor Swift. Another funky spot to check out is Supreme Kreme. This rolled ice cream shop has instantly become a hit with the locals. You must check it out! For those who are health conscience, check out The Herbal Heart. In this funky little shop, you can find countless herbal remedies for relief instead of taking harsh medications.

Moving Help: And of course, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is always here to help you move into your new home. Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288, and we will gladly take care of the hard parts; so you can have all the fun exploring your new neighborhood and finding your new favorites.

Free (and Fun) Events this Fall in Nashville!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's top fall events that are free in Nashville

If you’ve just purchased a new house, you’re saving for your next home, or you just prefer to pinch your pennies, you may be looking for some free outings you can enjoy this season! Since the first official day of fall was last Friday, we wanted to share some of the free local events we’ll be taking advantage of between now and December. Hopefully we can help you plan your next stay-cation adventure!

September

Nashville Frist Center has free admission on Museum Day LiveOn Saturday, September 23rd, we’re excited about the Smithsonian’s annual Museum Day, where you can download free tickets to visit any of their participating museums. Here in Nashville, you can enjoy free admission to the Frist Center that day. You could also go to the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery or Tennessee State Museum, but these never charge for admission.

But maybe museums aren’t your thing. In that case, you can spend the 23rd on the edge of your seat as you watch local aviators show off manned flying machines they have actually created themselves. The Red Bull Flugtag first came to Nashville ten years ago, and we can barely contain our excitement about its return!

The following weekend, the Hermitage (home of President Andrew Jackson) is hosting its annual Fall Festival across its beautiful property on September 30-October 1. The festival always has a great musical lineup, arts and crafts vendors, and of course, history lessons. Just don’t forget to print your free tickets!

October

Nashville OktoberfestBetween October 5-8, Oktoberfest is coming to town again in the Germantown neighborhood! Our festival is the 2nd largest Oktoberfest in the entire country, with eight draft beer stations, a beer garden, and over 100 other vendors spread out over ten blocks. Bring the kids for face painting and games, and let your fur babies join in the fun with the Pup Parade and Dachshund Derby. You can also get your exercise on when you join the 5k Walk/Run and dance to authentic German folk music! Our Dispatcher Darrian is especially excited about going to Oktoberfest because it’s an annual tradition he keeps with his wife.

We recommend taking a break from the beer on Saturday, October 7th to enjoy the Celebrate Nashville cultural festival at Centennial Park. Your whole family can enjoy various international dancers, musicians, and food, plus tour the Parthenon’s interior museum for free. Before you go, be sure to check out their schedule of events so you don’t miss your favorite performers on each stage.

Nashville always has a free Barktoberfest for dogsThe dog lovers of our office are usually more excited about Barktoberfest on October 21st than they are about the traditional Oktoberfest earlier in the month. You and your dogs can both attend in costume and win fun prizes for creativity or group costumes. There are tons of games to play with your pups, plus vendors to shop and win more prizes from!

Those without dogs, like our Marketing Assistant Cara, might be more excited about the Nashville Symphony’s annual Free Day of Music. Throughout the day (and night!), you can tour the Schermerhorn and enjoy popular musical acts, including the symphony itself. Every year, the Free Day of Music changes, so be sure to check out the Nashville Symphony’s website to confirm the date and times!

And to round out the month, you have to check out Historic Franklin’s annual Pumpkinfest on October 28th. Your kids can show off their costumes while they enjoy trick-or-treating, bounce houses, pony rides, and games. And none of you will want to miss the Leiper’s Fork Carving Club with their intricate and impressive carved pumpkin faces. Before you leave, don’t forget to guess the weight of the giant pumpkin grown by Franklin’s sister city, Carleton Place in Canada.

November

Nashville Christmas Craft FairAlthough Christmas won’t be coming around for another 2 months, we recommend checking out McGavock High School’s annual Christmas craft fair on November 4th! Unlike the main Christmas craft festival in Nashville, McGavock’s fair doesn’t have an entrance fee. If you have strong enough will power, you could walk out without spending a cent…but if you do find something you just have to buy, all proceeds benefit the school directly.

The following Saturday, November 11th, you can take the whole family to the Berry Hill Street Festival! Kids can ring in the holiday season with free ornament crafts and cookie decorating, not to mention storytime and the annual parade full of seasonal characters. You can even enter your pets into the Pup Parade to show off their talents and physique while helping raise money for Crossroads Pets.

Did we miss your favorite free fall celebrations? Leave us a comment to let us know! And if you’re looking for help moving this season, please give us a call or text at 615-248-6288, or visit our website for information.

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How to Buy a House in Nashville’s Crazy Market

If you’ve been looking for homes, or even just thinking about purchasing a home in the near future, you may need a little encouragement! Nashville’s real estate market is so hot right now that many buyers are feeling overwhelmed about the prospect of losing their potential dream home to another bidder who is quicker and has more money than they do. But even though we’re fully equipped to help you move into your new home, we aren’t experts at helping you find it.

Collyn Wainwright guest blog for TWO MEN AND A TRUCKThis week, we’ve asked a more qualified guest blogger to give us (and you!) some advice on navigating Nashville’s real estate industry. Collyn Wainwright is a Realtor with Village Real Estate, and we work with her to support the local non-profit Tennessee Respite Coalition. Collyn is dedicated to helping her clients, friends, and community find the place that makes them feel most at home, whatever their circumstances. Thanks for your help, Collyn!


How to Win in a Multiple Offer Situation (It Isn’t ALWAYS Offer Price)

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville first time home buyersNashville is a sellers’ market and it’s hard for buyers to win these days. For the past several years, the Nashville market has seen unprecedented growth, and as everyone has heard by now, the number of people moving to town does not match the amount of housing available in the price ranges needed. The most competitive area is what is considered the “first time home buyers’ market,” which is typically $150-$300k.  Most homes at this price point which are located in an established neighborhood and in good condition will go into a multiple offer situation.

So what does that mean, and how does it affect my bid?

In multiple offers, the seller will need to evaluate each offer, and either set a deadline to review all of the offers at once, or take a “first come first served” approach. The former option is more common, as it allows more buyers time to view the property and submit an offer by a set deadline. When you are submitting a bid in this situation, the agent will tell prospective buyers and/or their agents to bring their “highest and best” by the deadline. That means, for a house listed at $160k, if you really want to offer $175k, but you actually submit an offer for $160k to see if you can negotiate, you might not get the opportunity to negotiate. A seller can only counter one offer at a time, so they will either accept or counter the best offer they have in hand, while the rest of the offers may well expire by the end of the day, making them null and void.

But what if I can’t offer much over the asking price?

There are several tactics you can use to make your offer more appealing to sellers without having to go above your budget.

Always make sure your agent is asking what is important to the seller. Align closing dates with the seller’s needs if possible. Does the seller want a quick close, or do they need more time? Make your offer match what the seller has indicated they want as best as you are able. Sometimes the seller may need to stay in the home 30 days after closing and rent back from the buyer. That might be more important to them than money over the asking price.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK home buying tipsOther times, the seller won’t have time to make repairs, and an “as-is” offer with a pass/fail inspection contingency may make your bid shine. People who are handy can often benefit from agreeing to do repairs themselves instead of asking the seller to do them. I would NEVER suggest anyone buy a home without a professional inspection, but if the repairs required are minor and not of significant cost, this method can be a winning strategy. By completing an inspection, you can discover if there are major costly issues that will exceed your budget, so you do have the opportunity to terminate the contract and get a refund of your earnest money if you find out about the costly problems before the end of the inspection deadline.

What else can I do to look better in a multiple offer situation?

It’s not fair, but having a conventional loan is pretty important in these scenarios. Cash is king to sellers, but let’s be realistic–most buyers need financing, and conventional loans are second best to a cash offer. Government assisted loans like FHA, VA, THDA and USDA loans are a wonderful resource for first-time buyers and those without much cash for a down payment, but they take longer to close, and often require the seller to make repairs. Sadly, offers with this type of financing are usually moved to the bottom of the pile. This doesn’t mean you can’t utilize this type of financing to buy a home; it’s just not the best choice in a multiple offer situation. However, new construction lends itself well to these loans because they are less likely to need repairs!

Don’t ask for closing costs. If you can afford to pay your own closing costs, plan to do so in multiple offer situations. I’ve seen sellers turn down a higher offer from a buyer who asked the seller to cover closing costs in favor of a lower offer from a buyer who could pay for their own closing. Perhaps the sellers are worried the house won’t appraise, and if they have to lower the price, plus pay closing costs in addition to the lower offer, the seller can lose a lot of money.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK home buying tipsWrite a personal letter to the seller. I know it sounds cheesy and corny, but when the seller narrows it down to the three best offers, and one person has written about how great the home is and the life they want to build there…the personal note can put a buyer over the edge of the competition. Selling the home can be very emotional for a homeowner, and they feel better knowing it is getting passed on to someone who loves it as much as they did.

In the end, the best offer lines up with what is important to the seller. 

The key takeaway here is, if you only have $x dollars over asking price to play with, putting that money towards an extra month of rent, repairs, closing costs, or title might be more appealing than just cash on top of the list price. Creativity can win!

Good luck out there!


If you’re looking for a great Realtor who can answer more of your home buying questions, you can contact Collyn through her website! And when you’re ready to move, give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 or visit us online for more information.

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So You’re Moving to Germantown…

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's favorite spots to visit in Germantown Nashville

So you’ve just made one of the hardest-yet-easiest decisions of your life: you decided to move to the up-and-coming neighborhood of Germantown! Within walking distance from downtown, this north Nashville neighborhood is filled with excitement in every corner. Germantown is rich with history, but it is ever changing as more people discover this charming neighborhood. Here are some of our favorite places to explore and eat in the Germantown area.

Morning Java: Coffee runs in the veins of most Nashvillians! You need to know about one of our favorite coffee shops, Red Bicycle, which has its original location right in the middle of Germantown. This delightful establishment has crepes and coffee to satisfy everyone in your family. You can also visit the Steadfast Coffee retail store and sip on locally brewed beans from Franklin, TN. Steadfast even has coffee soda for when your taste buds are feeling adventurous!

The best Nashville playgrounds near GermantownBest Playgrounds: We are so excited to let you in on our little secret, the new addition to Nashville called Cumberland Park. It has a greenway with trails for those who want to take in the views of downtown Nashville across the river, and there’s also a water play pad for kids to run around during the blistering summer heat. This park is always filled with events during the summer as well, such as the Jazz on the Cumberland series that goes on every Sunday night. Another place to take the kids is the Morgan Park, which also has a community center with regular activities!

Casual Eats: With so many restaurants popping up all over the place, one of our favorites is Germantown Cafe. You have to experience brunch at this place which has earned the loyalty of many Germantown natives. And if you prefer Mexican food, Little Donkey serves up all kinds of dips and traditional Latin American favorites. To cap off your delicious meals, you have to visit The Cupcake Collection! After you taste their cheap-and-delicious cupcakes, you won’t be able to stay away.

Baseball games in NashvilleFamily Fun: Nestled just minutes away from Germantown is First Tennessee Park, home of the Sounds, our local minor league baseball team! Take the family to one of the games and eat some funnel cake, play in the Kid Zone’s inflatable Booster mascot, and cheer on the country music legends as they race between innings. We also suggest a trip to LaserQuest, where you can let your inner child loose and play Parents versus the Kids. And don’t forget the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, which is perfect for Instagram shots of the family.

Grown-Up Fun: If you haven’t been already, take your friends to the Escape Game to test your problem-solving abilities in an interactive mystery game! Celebrities like Shawn Mendez, Tim Tebow, and Kelly Clarkson have all played this strategy game and loved it. For those music loving individuals, you will for sure want to check out a concert or two at Ascend Amphitheater. With a lovely view of downtown surrounding it, the outdoor venue is perfect for enjoying a show. In October, Germantown is transformed to celebrate the Nashville’s four-day Oktoberfest. Admission is free, and there are tons of local vendors. You can also spot traditional dancing, a dressed-up doggy parade, and other activities.

Nashville southern country livingStaycation Attractions: When you’re ready to be a tourist in your own town, Germantown is the perfect place to start! The Nashville Farmers Market is a must for your long summer weekends, located just up the street in the heart of Bicentennial Park. There are lots of yummy food options, flowers, and other local goods. If you’re craving a night on the town, grab a pair of cowboy boots and flannels and head out to Wildhorse Saloon for down-home line dancing and pool. You can round out your southern staycation with a trip to the original location of Monell’s, which features all kinds of comfort food.

Unique Spots: With events ranging from the Italian Lights Festival to free Tuesday afternoon yoga sessions, you will not want to pass up Bicentennial Mall! You can see all their upcoming events on the Tennessee state’s website. Peter Nappi also has a retail store in Germantown featuring locally-designed, Italian-made luxurious leather goods. And you can even visit our local fish market at Little’s Fish Company!

Moving Help: Don’t forget to call or text your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK at 615-248-6288 to simplify all your moving needs. We offer full service packing, moving, and unpacking. You can see all our other services on our website!

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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!