This conversation was written by Gunnar Eng, NASHtoday’s digital media intern.
From country stars to award-winning actors, you never know who you’re going to spot while dining at your favorite local restaurant in Music City.
In fact, celebs may even be hanging out at one of their own restaurants or shops around town. We’ve rounded up 9 celebrity-owned businesses to check out — and who knows, you just might catch the famous owner on the clock.
The Store, 2005 12th Ave. S.
This non-profit grocery store founded by Brad and Kimberly Paisley is open year-round + stocks free groceries for those in need. The Store partners with a plethora of nonprofit organizations in the state to provide healthy food for customers in times of need. You can even sign up to volunteer throughout the year.
E3 Chophouse, 1628 21st Ave S.
E3 is a ranch-to-restaurant steakhouse owned by the families of Adam LaRoche, Jason Aldean, and Luke Bryan in Hillsboro Village. Originally founded in Steamboat Springs, CO., the country stars decided to open another location in Nashville after spending time at the E3 ranch and the original location.
High Class Hillbilly, 4604 Gallatin Pk.
This vintage boutique founded by singer-songwriter Nikki Lane has influences from all around the US + stocks a variety of throwback fashion. The shop offers clothing for women, men, kids, and even performers.
White’s Mercantile, 2908 12th Ave. S.
Singer-songwriter Holly Williams opened this mercantile as a way to revitalize the classic general store and save an old gas station in 12South. Now there are 7 locations across the Southeast, with 2 more in the Nashville area (Green Hills + Franklin). Each shop features an apothecary, home décor, antiques, artwork, and even organic dog treats.
Draper James, 2608 12th Ave. S.
Draper James is a clothing and home store founded by Nashville-native Reese Witherspoon. Named after her grandparents (Dorothea Draper + William James Witherspoon), this store in the heart of 12South loves to mix the traditional southern style with modernity. Pro tip: Take a pic in front of the wall outside, tag them on Instagram, and you could be featured on their story.
Kittenish, 304 11th Ave. S.
Singer-songwriter Jessie James Decker founded this upscale boutique in the Gulch back in 2019. The store offers trends in fashion for women and has just opened another brick-mortar location in Dallas, TX.
Chicken Guy!, 139 2nd Ave. N.
This restaurant has already made its stamp in multiple locations across the country, but just recently made its way to Music City. Created by celebrity chef Guy Fieri and restaurateur Robert Earl, Chicken Guy! offers a unique chicken tender recipe with more sauces than you can handle. Pro tip: Become a Sauce Squad member and get 2 complimentary sauces for every visit.
Uncommon James, 601 9th Ave. S.
Uncommon James, located in the Gulch, was founded by reality TV star Kristin Cavallari. The boutique offers unique pieces of jewelry + has 2 more locations in Chicago and Dallas.
Audrey, 4027 Hillsboro Pk.
Another creation from singer-songwriter Holly Williams, H. Audrey is a luxury fashion and lifestyle boutique, offering high-end brands and fine jewelry. Holly opened the store in 2007 in hopes of bringing the global fashion scene to Nashville. Located in Green Hills, you can expect 1-on-1 styling and a personalized shopping experience.