Like a lot of you, we image, we were really bummed to hear about the impending closure of beloved venue/restaurant The Stone Fox in The Nations.
Come Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, the space will close its doors. But its effect on a bustling and rapidly growing part of Nashville certainly won’t be forgotten.
The Stone Fox will be remembered as a friendly space for bands and a great place to grab an unpretentious burger, but it’ll also be remembered as a big jolt to The Nations, a West Nashville neighborhood that definitely saw its cachet spike as love for The Stone Fox grew.
That space, of course, wasn’t the only jolt The Nations has seen in recent years — there are a ton of great independent businesses in and adjacent to The Nations helping that along. And with an influx of new residents, new home construction has leapt up too.
Just a few examples of new homes, on the market now in The Nations:
6015 A New York Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209
One of several stylish new builds with lots of high-end finishes, three covered porches and more than 2000 square feet of living space.
5309 B Louisiana Ave
Nashville, TN 37209
Almost a sleek farmhouse look outside; inside, lots of modern design touches, from stained concrete floors to vaulted ceilings with exposed ductwork.
While we’re sad to say goodbye to The Stone Fox, we’re happy to see its neighborhood so full of vigor, and only getting better.
If you haven’t spent a lot of time in The Nations, here are some of the places in and around the neighborhood that are well worth your attention (in no particular order):
4902 Charlotte Pike
Every great neighborhood has a great coffee shop, and Headquarters — right up the way on Charlotte and 49th — serves The Nations well, with local coffees and teas brewed and a garden to enjoy when the weather’s nice.
No one’s ever going to steal the Nashville hot chicken crown from Prince’s, but Hattie B’s has made a strong play, with an excellent take on the spicy bird in its multiple locations (including one on Charlotte in West Nashville, right at the foot of The Nations).
4111 Charlotte Avenue
If you’re a Food Network fan, you know the guy behind FLIP — Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais, who brought his modern, creative cooking approach to the burger world, then brought his burger world to West Nashville.
814 51st Ave N.
If you’re into clothes shopping and have free-spirited tastes, sisters-led boutique The Mill is a great place to stop, with everything from dresses and shirts to jewelry and purses.
5104 Illinois Ave
Here’s where the area goes upscale: Fifty First Kitchen & Bar serves seasonally focused food with a rustic Italian vibe, and since opening in mid-2015, it’s become one of Nashville’s most talked-about restaurants.
4200 Charlotte Ave.
Oak stands for one of a kind, and you’ll find that sentiment throughout the furniture and home goods carried in this West Nashville shop.
Thistle Stop Cafe is part of Thistle Farms, an organization focused on healing and helping women who’ve been victims of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution. Thistle Farms beauty products and the cafe help provide stable jobs and income for these women, so by stopping in and grabbing an herbal tea or breakfast, you’re not only enjoying a great meal, but doing some good.
5115 Centennial Blvd
Need your Nations Cheers? Low-key neighborhood bar The Centennial has lots of great beer on tap and in bottles, solid bar food and a friendly attitude.
411 51st Ave N.
If you moved here from the Northeast and miss Italian bakeries and markets, Coco’s will take care of you (it’s one of the few places you can find a really good cannoli in Nashville). It’s a restaurant, too, with homey Italian food and a relaxed atmosphere.
4408 Charlotte Ave
In need of a place to grab a beer and a burger and an easy evening with friends? You’d definitely do worse than to pick the West Nashville location of M.L. Rose.
4900 Charlotte Pike
Maybe one of the best-named shopping spots in Nashville, Cool Stuff Weird Things is true to its moniker, with everything from old and unique furniture to art to vinyl to vintage clothing.
These are just a few picks, and we’ll doubtlessly see fun fresh additions to The Nations/West Nashville in 2016 (local craft brewery Fat Bottom is moving there, for one), so we’ll keep paying attention.
If you’re intrigued by The Nations and want to look around, let us know — we’d be glad to show you around the area!