Urban life in East Nashville is great. I'm hanging at Bongo Java East where I come often for a sweet cup of coffee or chai tea, breakfast or lunch. Of course, I walk the couple of blocks from home to here. Or I come to study for class for a change of scenery and to be with the other cool kids reading, blogging or simply visiting here. If I want to find a snappy dress, scarf or bag, I just walk around the corner and see my friends Bill and Donna at Allegria in the Shops on Woodland, where there's always fun and fashion mixed together. When I get hungry, I can walk a couple of blocks the other way to The Turnip Truck East to pick up some organic deliciousness, my favorite chocolates or something healthy for dinner. Then I hop (yes, I hop) across the street to Woodland Wine Merchant to see Tyler and the gang and grab a bottle (or two) of my favorite Chardonnay to accompany dinner. If I'm not in the mood to cook, I love to grab a slice of pie at Five Points Pizza to take home or enjoy there with a friend and a cold one.
Of course, there are less trendy spots in the 'hood to grab necessities and toiletries like your neighborhood Family Dollar Store, where you are assured an adventure after you walk in and hear the overhead speaker warn you that 'for your safety and protection, your movements are being monitored'. Or my favorite Bill Martin store, which has been here for years and updated (outside only) to fit in with the trendier stores. If I need Jiffy cornbread mix or just plain old baking soda, Bill's my guy. But I went there once for spinach and after searching among the 'fresh' vegetables unsuccessfully, I asked the clerk if they carried spinach, to which she replied incredulously 'Frozen!', like, who eats it any other way. Yes, I admit, I take the bus to Green Hills to the famous Whole Body and Trader Joe's at least once a week, but I'm thrilled to live in East Nasty where we have all the amenities of suburban life with much more flare and variety. Never a dull moment, and I love it! Coming to visit soon?