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Shop local: Nashville’s 2nd Avenue is open for business

Here’s where to shop, eat, and experience downtown Nashville as 2nd Avenue rebuilds through 2025.

A hand holding an ice cream cone with two ice cream sculptures in the background.

Head to 2nd Avenue and grab a scoop (or two) at Mike’s Ice Cream. | Photo by @allthingsalexandriakaris

When the barricades are gone and the road fully reopens, 2nd Avenue will boast a new look — one that includes new trees, streetlights, and pedestrian crossings, as well as space to accommodate outdoor dining.

Meanwhile, sidewalks remain open to foot traffic with access to 25+ shops, restaurants, and venues.

“The new 2nd Avenue is poised to be a shining star in our vibrant downtown neighborhood, but we need to make sure these businesses can survive the construction period,” said Crissy Cassetty, director of economic development at Nashville Downtown Partnership. “With 70% of the 27 street-level businesses being locally owned, there’s never been a more important time or place to shop local.”

A renderings of a streetscape with sidewalks and businesses on each side of the street, as well as trees, stringlights, and crosswalks.

The 2nd Avenue reconstruction project calls for trees, improved streetlighting, planters, and wider sidewalks. | Renderings via Metro Development and Housing Agency

Where to shop, eat, and experience

  • Modiste, 203 2nd Ave. | Clothing, shoes, and accessories
  • Leon’s Candy, 138 2nd Ave. N. | Small batch pralines, caramels, and other confections made onsite
  • Gray & Dudley, The Bankers Alley Hotel Nashville | Order breakfast, dinner, and weekend brunch or plan a happy hour meetup (Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m.)
  • Cerveza Jack’s, 135 2nd Ave. N. | Try this: $10 lunch special (three street tacos + soda/tea) served until 3 p.m.
  • Big Jimmy’s, 109 2nd Ave. N. | Order a burger with hatch green chiles, pepper jack mac, and other toppings.
  • Mattheessen’s, 123 2nd Ave. N. | 20+ ice cream, cookies, and fudge
  • Mike’s Ice Cream and Coffee Bar, 129 2nd Ave. N. | Single, double, and triple scoops, as well as sundaes, espresso milkshakes, soft-serve yogurt, and more
  • Liquor Lab, 144 2nd Ave. N. | Themed mixology classes (think: Master Series, Spring Margaritas, and Derby Cocktails.)

Check out the complete list of businesses.

Construction on the public streetscape began in May 2023 and is expected to continue through 2025. Keep up with the timeline on the project’s website.

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