When it comes to souvenirs, many people think of things that have a city’s name on it; perhaps a mug or a t-shirt. But some souvenirs are unique in that they’re products exclusively local to the place you’re visiting. For example, the next time you’re in Nashville, instead of taking home a keychain for your friends and family, try snagging something from one of these Nashville shops that offer products only found (and made) in Music City.
High Note Gifts
With an unwavering support of Nashville, High Note Gifts sells curated gift baskets that feature 100% locally sourced products from some of Nashville’s favorite companies. It was started as a way to make a contribution to the community by supporting local small businesses. You’ll find coffee, chocolate, pasta, jam and other Nashville-made products in each basket. Take one home to your boss, your parents or your children.
Little Seed Farm
Co-founders Eileen and James Ray started Little Seed Farm in 2012 to provide humanely and sustainably produced soap and skincare products in the Nashville area. They start with grass, forage and botanical seeds that turn into pastures and healing herbs. As of September 2015, the company is 100% solar powered, using only recyclable packaging for its products. The skincare made by Little Seed Farm is chemical-free and uses ingredients sourced from other organic farms, in an effort to foster support for other farmers and producers across the world.
Owned by Nashville fashion blogger Natasha Stoneking, Sugar Bit is an online children’s boutique that sells clothes, toys and accessories from small makers and businesses across the country. Natasha opened the shop in 2013 and believes that children’s fashion should be fun, playful and easy to mix & match. The shop offers clothing options for children ages newborn to tween and works with designers like Kissy Kissy, Because of Zoe, Flit and Flitter and Babiators.
The Bang Candy Company
Sarah Souther was inspired to start The Bang Candy Company after discovering her talent for making handmade marshmallows. She spent several months developing flavors and creating the brand until she launched the company as an artisan marshmallow business. The marshmallows are made in small batches without preservatives, stabilizers or artificial flavors. The business later expanded to include flavored syrups that can be mixed with sodas or cocktails or used as a tasty addition to creative recipes. With eight syrup flavors, seven standard marshmallow flavors and four varieties of chocolate bark, The Bang Candy Company has plenty to offer for bringing home to the sweet-tooths in your life.
Walker Feed Co.
Created in 2013, Walker Feed Co. makes drink mixes like Bloody Mary, Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita, Classic Mojito and cocktail rimming salts and sugars. All of Walker’s Mixers are created with fresh squeezed juices, are free from MSG, have low sodium and are low calorie. The company was born from a desire to create all natural mixers made with fresh, premium ingredients.
The Shortbread Shop
The first Shortbread Shop (a pastry shop at the time) opened in 2012 in Los Angeles. In addition to several sweet confections on the menu, the shop’s shortbread cookies were a customer favorite. After coming to Nashville, The Shortbread Shop expanded it’s shortbread flavor list. The shortbread is made in small batches using fresh, all-natural ingredients and is rolled, cut and decorated by hand.
Whiskey Wicks by Whiskey, Ink & Lace
Specializing in cruelty-free, all natural products, Whiskey Wicks is a branch of the bath & body goods company, Whiskey, Ink & Lace. The company sources vegan ingredients from sustainable suppliers and researches every ingredient prior to using it in the products. The vegan soy wax candles made by Whiskey Wicks are carefully crafted and handpoured. There are two locations – one in Seattle, WA and one in Nashville. The candle scents are all gender-neutral and are inspired by interesting people and places across the country.
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Music City Suds
The products offered by Music City Suds are all inspired by life in Nashville. The brand is the unofficial soapmaker of country music, using creative names like “I Walk the Lime” (an ode to Johnny Cash’s “Walk the Line”) for its collection. In addition to bar soaps, the company sells candles, room sprays and beard oil. No artificial colors, scents or additives are used and all fragrances are from pure essential oils. There are no harsh chemicals and each bar of soap comes wrapped in reclaimed sheet music. Music City Suds has had products featured in celebrity gift bags at the CMA Awards, and has created custom soaps for country music artists like Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins and Barbara Mandrell.
Since 2012, Eli Mason has been hand-making cocktail mixers that pair perfectly with a variety of spirits. The mixers allow people to build their own drinks from scratch and can even be used in dressings, marinades and desserts. Eli Mason mixers feature fresh ingedients like pure cane sugar and organic acacia powder. The company makes and sells Old Fashioned cocktail mixer, Mint Julep mixer, as well as Peach Simple Syrup, Classic Grenadine and Spiced Simple Syrup.
With a mission of healing, empowering and employing women survivors of trafficking, prostitution and addiction, Thistle Farms believes that love is the most powerful force for change in the world. One way that Thistle Farms works to meet its mission is by providing safe and supportive housing and economic independence to women. The organization works with 10 countries to connect women producers with customers through its Thistle Farms Global program. It then distributes and sells the handmade products, which helps build community and contributes to economic opportunities. Thistle Farms has a natural body and home product comapany, which also employs residents and graduates of the residential program.