May’s interview is with Robyn and Katie, owners of The Walden Bar and Crush It Harder. In the interview, we discuss how they met, how they got to Nashville, and how they balance running and working for multiple companies. We also discuss the different aspects of running a bar, how they went about finding a second generation space, and what it takes to convince a landlord to lease their space. Robyn and Katie also give us some of their personal Nashville recommendations.
Be sure to check out Walden’s website and social media accounts for upcoming events. Also learn more about Crush it Harder’s consulting services. Some bars that provided inspiration for The Walden are Sunswick, First and South, and Suffolk Arms. Robyn and Katie also recommend the services of Hannah Schneider Creative.
April’s interview is with Curtis Harrington. Curtis is a founding partner of Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter. A large portion of Curtis’s work is with small businesses who are effected by alcoholic beverage laws and licensing, as well as cannabis and hemp industry law and licensing. His expertise also includes but is not limited to contract negotiation, business formation, and entertainment-related matters. Curtis also authors a blog which can be found at legallibationstn.com which focuses on alcoholic beverage and cannabis industry matters.
In our conversation, Curtis discusses his experience representing beer and other alcoholic beverage manufacturers, wholesalers, importers and distributors, as well as retailers such as bars, restaurants, and retail package stores on the ever-evolving legal landscape relating to the alcoholic beverage and cannabis/hemp industries.
It is evident that Curtis is passionate about the niche areas of law he practices in and that he can serve as a resource for businesses large and small, whether the business is still in the dream and planning stages or the business has operated for decades and is looking to expand or change.
For a guide to Nashville’s breweries, check out Nashville Guru’s Nashville Breweries Guide.
This week’s show features four entrepreneurial couples based in Nashville, TN. The common thread between each of the couples is that one spouse owns a business in the Food and Beverage space and the other spouse owns a business in the health and wellness space. Interviewees included: Jake Veyhl of Jake’s Bakes (recently acquired by Tiff’s Treats), Liz Veyhl of Small World Yoga and Nashville Paddle Co., Kelly Carter of Shakti Power Yoga, Chris Carter of Porter Road Butcher, Austin Ray of A. Ray Hospitality, Ashley Ray of Habitat Yoga, Wesley Adams of Bare Bones Butcher, and Maddie Teren who does freelance work for a growing list of clients, as well as teaches yoga and works for one of Nashville’s hottest hospitality groups. We observe takeaways and trends from answers given by all eight interviewees and the pros and cons of pursuing entrepreneurship in Nashville.
This week we speak with Kimberly Novosel of Verticity Cycling Studio, which is located in East Nashville. While many know her for the only fitness studio in Nashville whose loyal customer base has created their own hashtag – #ridebikesmakefriends – Kimberly also co-owns Alternate Routes adventure travel planning company and provides brand and personal development services via Be Elsewhere. In this episode we discuss everything from the difference between Nashville and its peer cities to Kimberly’s tactics to staying committed to practicing what she preaches.
This week we stopped by KOKOS Ice Cream in East Nashville to chat with owners Sam & Jerusa. We cover everything from why they moved to Nashville to the importance of eating dairy-free to future business plans.