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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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Prepping for Garage Sale Season

Prepping for Garage Sale Season with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

This time of year, many Nashville neighborhoods start planning their community “Garage Sale Days…”  (Heads up Poplar Creek, yours is right around the corner!)  Here are five easy steps you can use to make sure your yard sale bargain-shopper ready:

Choose A Day

If your neighborhood isn’t having a big Garage Sale Day, you’ll first need to decide on dates and times for your garage sale. We suggest a weekend morning… It can be risky to choose a weekday because most shoppers won’t be out looking for garage sales being held outside the traditional Friday or Saturday dates. And starting early in the day is preferable because people will not have to interrupt their daytime plans in order to make your sale. Also, mornings tend to be cooler.

Collect Your Merchandise

Purging with TWO MEN AND A TRUCKGarage sales tend to offer a great way to de-clutter your home. Grab one of our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxes and walk through every room. Pick out anything you no longer use (or haven’t used in months) and throw it into the box. Closets, attics, basements, and garages are gold mines for garage sale finds. Don’t underestimate the value of an item; people will often buy anything from old magazines to broken audio receivers, which can be considered vintage or antique collectors’ items. And if you have heavy belongings or furniture pieces to bring out to the curb, consider calling your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK office to have us do the heavy-lifting for you!

Advertise Your Garage Sale

Traditionally, garage sales are advertised in your local city/county newspaper. Most local papers such as the Hermitage News charge less for ad space than major publications such as The Tennessean, and most homes in the area receive a free copy without having to subscribe. And even in today’s technological age, you can never underestimate the power of a poster board and a Sharpie to promote your sale on the day of. You can include your address or a simple arrow pointing towards your house.

Make Practical Considerations

You’ll need chairs to sit on and a flat surface to display everything you have for sale. Also remember to have change ready—the most common denominations are fives, ones, and quarters. You can ask your local bank for a reusable cash envelope to hold your cash so it’s not lying around outside.

Make the Sale!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving a couchBefore you open your garage for business, give yourself some time before the sale begins. Go through your merchandise set-up and place signs to clearly mark categories and prices. Position your chair so you can see people walking up, and be sure to greet everyone. If a potential buyer passes by an item due to practical concerns, such as not having a large enough vehicle to tote the item away, try to be flexible with them. Don’t be afraid to suggest alternative options, such as calling TWO MEN AND A TRUCK movers to bring an available truck for transport or “holding” the item until they can come and pick it up later with a larger car.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK donates to Safe Haven Family ShelterIf you have items left over at the end of your sale, consider donating them to a shelter such as Safe Haven Family Shelter instead of hauling unneeded furniture and belongings back into your home. Many local charities, including Safe Haven and others such as Catholic Charities, offer free TWO MEN AND A TRUCK pick-up of large donations! Check out our list of Nashville non-profits who offer complimentary pick-up services for bulk donations.

Congratulations on hosting a successful garage sale! If you’re selling because you’ll be moving or downsizing soon, give us a call, text, or email for a free quote on your upcoming move.

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!