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Located along Jefferson Street, Alkebu-Lan Images has been Nashville's best source of African-American gifts and books. You can find books by today's top authors and most other titles can be specially ordered. Besides a wide range of books, the store also has a chunk of jewelry, gifts, apparel and more. The store has original artwork and signed lithographs depicting positive messages for today's urban community. Empowerment is the major theme in everything sold here, from books to art to gifts. In December, the shop has a great selection of Kwanzaa cards and decorations. So stop by and you will be tempted to buy hoards of goodies!
Full of unique games, educational toys, with a wide variety of books for all ages, Fairytales Bookstore & More is a whimsical boutique just for children. This independent shop is lovingly run by fairytales enthusiast owner, Tammy Derr. Under her guidance, Fairytales Bookstore & More features weekly events with local children's book writers and artists. Daily story times take place, visit website for details.
For a gift that's a little out of the ordinary, select one of the many New Age items from this metaphysical shop. Purchase tarot cards, minerals, books, candles and Wiccan accoutrements. Aromatherapy candles and oils help create a relaxing atmosphere in your home, and the selection of New Age music and sounds on CD provide hours of serenity. Also, attend classes and workshops in meditation, transcendentalism and psychic abilities, scheduled throughout the week.
Music aficionados, rejoice! Grimey's New & Preloved Music on the 8th Avenue South is a small yet extensive store for vinyl records and CDs. This music store mainly has a collection of underground indie music, though it does have select albums from other music genres. If you think that browsing through a large stack of CDs and records is cumbersome, then think again, as the collections are neatly shelved and categorized to ease your shopping experience. Watch out for the live music events and parties that take place at the shop, which are quite popular among the locals. Grimey's is a perfect place to shop for your favorite works of your favorite artists.
Parnassus Books, situated in Greenbriar Village in the heart of the Green Hills shopping district, is the perfect alternative to the big-box, chain bookstore. Unique to the greater Nashville area, this shop is filled floor to ceiling with hand-picked titles from some of the best authors in fiction, non-fiction, children's literature, and the arts. The staff and owners are all friendly and helpful and, most importantly, knowledgeable about their inventory. Mindful of the current trend toward electronic books, everything available on the shelf at Parnassus is also available for purchase as an e-book. Every book-lover in Nashville should take time to experience the feel of this local shop.
Founded by Jack White of the White Stripes, Third Man Records is a record shop, photo studio and recording studio. Produced by the man himself, most records found in the shop are recorded and pressed locally. The shop has a cult-like following with customers driving from out of state for the records and novelties offered here. Discover new music and unheard of music at this must see Nashville record shop.