It seems many of the city's grittiest entrepreneurs have all congregated on one side of the Cumberland. East Nashville has its own, very distinct personality and that is readily reflected in the independently-owned boutiques, shops and stores found around the Five Points and beyond. Shiny new items can be found anywhere, but on the East Side it is all about that special find that can't be found in multiples. Over at the 1108 Shops at Woodland, many of the best shops can be found in one cluster. From the local-authors and their goods at East Side Story to the finely-curated vintage clothing at OMG and Hip Zipper to the tunes and local music found at Fond Object and Fanny's House of Music, there is no argument that East Nashville has a style all its own. With buzzy dining destinations, innovative galleries and a sense of neighborhood camaraderie that could rival any others in town, East Nashville and its residents have decided to do things their own way, on their own terms. And what shoppers have gotten is an abundance of locally-designed jewelry, an eclectic collection of cassette tapes and racks of well-chosen vintage. They are certainly doing something right.
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