Nashvillians like to splurge, but they also appreciate a bargain. For upscale shopping, the well-off go to Green Hills and Brentwood Shopping Districts. You will also find dozens of malls in the Nashville area, all featuring a series of specialty shops and standard department stores. The economical crowd likes to haggle at the nearly 125 thrift shops all over the metro area. Where you should go to shop depends on how much money you have to spend and how much time is left on your agenda.
Some celebrities have opened specialty shops to help you buy anything from unique glassware to designer duds. For big-ticket items, Nashville's got it made. In middle Tennessee, they assemble Nissan and Saturn automobiles, Gibson guitars, Dell computers, Hartmann luggage, and Bridgestone and Firestone tires. Unfortunately, those won't fit into your suitcase.
Insider's Guide: The Best of Shopping in Nashville
Nashville's fashionistas go to the newly expanded Mall at Green Hills (2126 Abbott Martin Rd) for Tiffany, L'Occitane, Betsey Johnson, Louis Vuitton, Williams-Sonoma, Abercrombie & Fitch, bebe, and Lucky Brand Jeans. Don't miss Nashville's own posh clothing boutiques like Gus Mayer, My Friend's Place, and Lillie Rubin, also located there.
The well-heeled shopper goes to the Opry Mills (433 Opry Mills Dr). This 1.2-million-square-foot shopping, dining, and entertainment complex has 200 stores ranging from high-end retail to clothing bargain outlets.
The Bellevue Center (7620 US Hwy 70 S) features 90-plus specialty stores, like Bayou Buggies and Creative Crafters. An indoor playground will keep kids busy while mom shops.
Hickory Hollow Mall (5252 Hickory Hollow Pkwy) features 200-plus stores ranging from department to bargain retail, such as Sears, The Gap, and Dillard's department store. It's considered one of the largest shopping centers in the city for a premium shopping experience.
Rivergate Mall (1000 Rivergate Pkwy) has 150-plus stores and offers a VIP coupon book for serious shoppers who plan to spend some time there.
A few celebrity-owned boutiques include Crystal's (4550 Harding Rd), which sells exquisitely cut glassware by vocalist Crystal Gayle.
Manuel is the dazzling designer of Nashville, as nobody can make a rhinestone, turquoise, or sequin-studded jacket like him. He's made couture for everyone from country music singers Keith Urban to Dwight Yoakum at his Manuel Exclusive Clothiers (1922 Broadway).
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