As the year comes to a close, we at 12th & Broad would like to tip our hats to some creative entrepreneurs who continue to change our city into the unique, innovative and exciting place we are all so proud to call home.
We applaud each of you for pushing boundaries and choosing to open your doors in unexpected places, all because your ideas were simply too awesome not to share.
Without further ado, here are our 2013 picks for Creative Entrepreneurs of the Year (in no particular order):Porter Flea expanded in 2013 to include more than 85 vendors. From Porter Flea's website
First organized in 2011, Porter Flea expanded in 2013 to include more than 85 vendors, new venues and more exclusive events, such as a holiday preview party for special ticket holders.8th & Roast Sanford Myers, The Tennessean
This new Eighth Ave. coffee shop near the Dollar General has extended the Eighth Ave. aesthetic beyond Grimey's and our favorite antique shops. It's a great crowd full of energy, reminiscent of a caffeine buzz.
Get there: 2108 8th Ave. S.Fort Houston Larry McCormack, The Tennessean
Even with the Sounds moving to Germantown, Wedgewood-Houston remains primed for real estate investment, thanks in large part to the creativity flowing from Fort Houston, including Josh Cooper, Ryan Schemmel, Zach Duensing, Daniel Heering and Brent Jackson. The industrial arts thrive at this home for woodworkers, printers, bike mechanics and more. Their talent has attracted far more than ironic karaoke'ers to Santa's Pub. (Though we love that, too.)
Get there: 500 Houston St.Stone Fox Alan Poizner, The Tennessean
William and Elise Tyler's Stone Fox has become a known hot spot for great live music, art and food and has spawned a slew of new openings in The Nations. The Tyler siblings' community activism and creative minds are an important reason why the neighborhood north of Charlotte has been enjoying a renaissance.
Get there: 712 51st Ave. N.Max and Benjamin Goldberg Larry McCormack, The Tennessean
Pinewood Social is the latest concept restaurant of Benjamin and Max Goldberg, the brothers behind Catbird Seat and Paradise Park. But Pinewood Social is more than a restaurant. The old-fashioned supper club/bowling alley/nightclub will soon add a swimming pool to its list of features. Start the day with eggs and coffee and end it with karaoke and artisan cocktails. Conduct a business meeting in between. Its location, in the last trolley barn behind the Entrepreneur Center, is perfect.Platetone artist studio Sanford Myers
Everyone has a print from Hatch in their house, but y'all also need something from Isle of Printing, Platetone and all the other wonderful printmakers in town — including the Hatch employees who have ventures on the side. We think 2013 was the year for Nashville's independent printmakers, who are proving to be a collaborative group of friendly competitors.OZ Nashville OZ's Facebook page
The Ozgener family
Nashville residents since 1968, this Turkish-Armenian immigrant family brought artistry to cigars, humidors and meerschaum pipes before selling their company, CAO Cigars, and renovating the warehouse into a contemporary performance and installation space and event center. Located near the John C. Tune Airport, their nonprofit cultural institution OZ will feature leading artists from multiple disciplines in a nontraditional context.
Get there: 6172 Cockrill Bend CircleMade in Network Steven S. Harman, The Tennessean
The new YouTube channel distributes original, music-themed shows such as "24HR Records," in which 3-4 musicians are plucked from different bands and asked to collaborate for 24 hours in a recording studio. The channel's CEO, Kevin Grosch, is a 24-year-old Belmont University graduate and music producer.Lyft & Uber 12th & Broad
We think it's safe to say Nashville has never been an easy city to snag a cab, but now you may not have to, thanks to two app-based car services vying to drive you around town. Lyft and UberX are just weeks old in the market, but they're already getting a lot of attention in our circles. Here is a quick explanation of what sets them apart from traditional cabs, as well as from each other.
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