A Day In Black-Owned Nashville

By Leah Freeman-Haskin


A city best known for its country music and southern cookin’, Nashville has quickly become a favorite spot for music-lovers and foodies from all over the world. Recently voted one of The South’s Best Food Cities 2019 as well as having one of the Best Live Music Venues in America, “Music City” offers a vacation full of culture, good eatin’, and, of course, Southern hospitality. 

If a trip to Nashville is in your future, be sure to checkout some of these flourishing black-owned businesses. 


First stop is The Garden Brunch Cafe for an “upscale” breakfast serving everything from eggs benedict to Southern favorites like fish and grits. This very popular spot does not take reservations, so be sure to get there early and you may even catch some spoken-word poetry or live jazz. 

Photo via gardenbrunchcafe.webs.com

Pamper yourself with a morning at the spa. Andante Day Spa has been named “Best of Nashville” for multiple years and you’ll understand why as soon as you enter this oasis in the city. Call ahead and make an appointment for everything from massages to body treatments and facials. 

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The Southern V is serving up some of the best vegan food in the south. Family-owned and operated, their dishes will make even the most skeptical person take another bite. From sliders to ‘Nashville’ Hot Chick’n Strips, the flavors are so powerful, you won’t even miss the meat. 

Jamaican-born, Terri-Ann Nicholls is the owner of Legato Gelato a must-stop spot on the black-owned tour. At Legato, there are no shortcuts. Everything is made fresh daily with the best possible ingredients–without the help of any artificial sweeteners, dyes, or extracts. This is what Nicholls calls, “Legit gelato.” And she ain’t lying. 

Photo via legatogelato.com

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Before you head to dinner, take some time to check out Leisure and Labels, a consignment/resale boutique dedicated to offering authentic designer handbags, shoes, and accessories priced up to 80% below retail. All products are put through a multi-point, brand-specific authentication process by a trained team of luxury experts before they are accepted for consignment, ensuring that you only get the best. 

Prepare for an evening of decadent food and luxury service at Sinema. The historic Melrose Theater opened in 1942, and today is home to the restaurant and bar that aims to take a contemporary approach to classic American cuisine. If you are up for a cocktail, be sure to try one of over 100 selections of rare whiskey or thoughtfully selected wines and craft beers.

Photo via sinemanashville.com
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