Shop local: Celebrating National Small Business Week in Nashville

Whether you have an upcoming birthday to buy for, it’s date night, or you just want to treat yo’self — consider shopping a small business.

Someone holding a an ice cream cone in front of the Bobbie's Dairy Dip sign.

We’ve got the scoop on some local businesses you should visit.

Photo by @gracegamboa_

Supporting local is as easy as ABC. In conjunction with National Small Business Week (Sunday, April 30-Saturday, May 6), shop your way through the alphabet with these Nashville businesses beginning with each letter.

A. AB, 2111 Belcourt Ave., Unit 101

Newly rebranded as a music and event venue, AB hosts monthly shows ranging from comedy to music residencies and drag experiences.

B. Bobbie’s Dairy Dip, 5301 Charlotte Ave.

Nothing says supporting local quite like a cone from a stand that’s been in Nashville since the 50s.

C. Confetti Pop, 1701 14th Ave. S.

What’s a celebration without a balloon installation and other Instagram-worthy backdrops? Confetti Pop has that covered.

D. Daisy May Hat Co., 1100 Douglas Ave.

These handcrafted, custom-made hats tell stories — looking for a thoughtful gift? This is it.

E. e.Allen Boutique, 312 11th Ave. S.

Be sure to shop the Mother’s Day and graduation collections to celebrate the special people in your life.

F. FWD Clothing Co., 2405 12th Ave. S.

With summer coming up, we’ll be sporting SPF and a trucker hat daily — check out FWD’s options under “accessories.”

G. GasLamp Antiques, 100 Powell Pl. #200

If it feels like the Chip or Joanna Gaines of your life has everything they could need for their home, opt to search for a one-of-a-kind piece at GasLamp.

H. Hot Yoga East Nashville, 807 Main St.

The studio is celebrating 10 years on Saturday, May 6 with facials, massages, red light therapy, cold plunges, pranayama exercises, restorative yoga, and more.

I. Irene’s Spa & Wellness, 2200 21st Ave. S.

Irene’s specializes in holistic European skincare with services like facials, body treatments, and waxing.

J. Jefferson Street Sound Museum, 2004 Jefferson St.

JSSM has a little something for everyone with a music production studio, rehearsal hall, and museum.

K. Kernels Nashville Popcorn, 2501 Gallatin Ave.

This family-owned business has over 14 flavors to choose from.

L. Lillian’s Floral Studio, 2807 Bransford Ave. A

This shop also sources as much of its inventory as possible from local flower farmers across the Middle Tennessee area.

M. Made in TN, locations vary

The ultimate hub of local finds from jams and chocolates to stickers, candles, jewelry, and more.

N. Noko Nashville, 701 Porter Rd.

Watch this Reel to see what we tried from the menu.

O. Ooh Wee Bar-B-Q, 2008 Jefferson St.

The brisket sandwich is calling our name. Pro tip: Skip the line by ordering online.

P. Plaza Mariachi, 3955 Nolensville Pk.

Reserve private event space for field trips, parties, or conventions + dine in while watching one of the weekly performances found on the events calendar.

Q. River Queen Voyages, Cumberland Park (2 Victory Ave.)

This spot has “Q” in the name, so that counts right? Take one of three kayaking tours on the Cumberland River. Bonus: Upgrade to the River Scavenger Hunt for added fun.

R. Red Arrow Gallery, 919 Gallatin Ave., Ste. 4

Stay apprised of current and upcoming exhibitions + get to know the artists via the website.

S. Sarabhas Creamery, 400 21st Ave. S. #201

Take a peek inside the Midtown cafe, which serves Indian-style homemade ice cream + kulfis.

T. Tristi Designs, 1006 Fatherland St. #203

If you’re getting ready for the Taylor Swift concert at Nissan Stadium, accessorize your fit with Era-inspired earrings from Trisi Designs.

U. Urban Grub, 2506 12th Ave. S.

You can design your own seafood and charcuterie board, platters, and towers.

V. VICI, 1030 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd.

Pro tip: If you have an upcoming vacation or wedding to attend, you’ll find a lot of varying styles at this shop.

W. White’s Mercantile, locations vary

Do you know what we love almost as much as shopping locally for gifts? Bringing our dog along, of course. This shop is pup-friendly.

X. Xiao Bao, 830 Meridian St.

This East Nashville eatery serving Asian comfort food operates on a first come, first served basis. Pro tip: Look for the strawberry to find them.

Y. Yolan, 403 4th Ave. S.

This fine Italian dining restaurant is headed by Michelin-starred chef Tony Mantuano.

Z. Zanies, 2025 8th Ave. S.

A few upcoming shows include Joe Dombrowski (May 4-6), Dusty Slay (May 9-10), and Ashley Gavin (May 19-20).

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