Providence Marketplace not only offers incredible shopping and dining year-round, they also host events in the open-air, family-friendly environment. In addition to their Easter, Christmas and special fall events, Providence Marketplace offers an exciting outdoor concert series that runs from May through July. When it comes to dining, they have something for everyone from a quick meal on the run to casual fare al fresco or even premier dining that includes tons of global options delicious steak and seafood, and much more. Versona Accessories recently opened its doors in the center, selling jewelry, handbags, shoes, belts, scarves, hair accessories, sunglasses and gift items.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: New retailers seem to always be opening, giving the center a fresh feel.
Hollie's expert tip: Easily accessible from I-40 in Mt. Juliet, Exit 226.
The Streets of Indian Lake is a community-oriented lifestyle center - it's a place where people can meet, shop, and greet each other in the many entertainment and eating establishments. The open air mall features many retailers and plenty of places to eat, as well as a large movie theater. Major retailers include Cache, Charming Charlie, Chico's, Icing, Jos. A. Banks, Francesca's Collections, Coldwater Creek, Lane Bryant and more. For dining, check out Brixx Pizza, Kohana Japanese or Buffalo Wild Wings. Plenty of events for families keep the crowds coming, like the annual Family Fun Day, Pumpkin Patch and Dog Daze.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: More than shopping you can expect plenty of entertainment and family events as well.
Hollie's expert tip: Stores regularly post specials on the mall's website, so pull it up on your phone upon arrival to see what's new.
Built in 1929, The Factory occupies the buildings that once served as the Dortch Stove Works, Magic Chef and later the Jamison Bedding Company in Franklin. A member of the National Register of Historic Places, The Factory is rich with history and a very careful renovation has preserved many of the building's original features and architectural details. Today, The Factory at Franklin has 83 tenants. Live music, family events and art gatherings add to the charm. And since it is just minutes from charming downtown Franklin, you can double up on shopping and head over there for more boutique shopping, possibly after a meal at Saffire.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Historic architecture and on-trend and unique finds make The Factory a joy to shop.
Hollie's expert tip: The Franklin Farmers Market is open 9 a.m.-noon each Saturday all year long.
The Avenue Murfreesboro, an expansive open air mall that opened in 2007 with dozens of retailers and plenty of delicious spots to grab a snack or meal wo keep the shopping party going. They recently announced new retailers that will be joining the centers' retail lineup in 2014, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Gap, Gap Kids and Soma Intimates. "These retailers are a welcome addition to the national retail mix at The Avenue Murfreesboro," said Philip L. Purdom, Principal, DHA Asset Management, LLC. "We continue to strive to make The Avenue an easy and convenient place to shop for our customers. We also expect to have several exciting retailer announcements in the next few months."
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Open-air, pedestrian friendly with select local merchants and specialty restaurants. What more do you need?
Hollie's expert tip: For The Avenue A-List Deal on the Go, text AveMB to 88500.
Bargain hunters are in for unbeatable deals at these outlet stores located just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Lebanon Premium Outlets offers the latest and greatest fashions from retail giants, including Gap Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Nike Clearance Store, Carter's, Coach and Bath & Body Works. If you work up an appetite, the food court has pizza and sweets, among other attractive edibles.Join us on Tuesdays for the 50 Plus Shopper Perks. On Tuesdays, shoppers at least 50 years of age can take advantage of an added 10 percent savings from a number of participating stores by presenting a photo identification with your proof of age to the cashier.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: New outlets are opening all the time at this expansive shopping center.
Hollie's expert tip: Members of the military, veterans and their families can show their IDs at the on-site Information Center all year long to receive a free VIP Coupon Book.
While it may not be the liveliest mall around, it is certainly the most unique. The Nashville Arcade, in the middle of the business district of Nashville, is a two-level shopping mall inspired by one in Milan. Pedestrians have enjoyed this shopping arena since 1903, and today it features old-fashioned merchants like barber shops, peanut shops, jewelry stores and photography studios. As more and more retailers have opened up downtown over the past five years, the arcade is picking up pace, and is always packed at lunchtime during the week thanks to the downtown working crowd.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: For gifts perfect for artistic-minded friends or a personal splurge, the arcade stands out.
Hollie's expert tip: The best time to hit the arcade is during the art crawl the first weekend of each month.
This open-air, pet-friendly avenue in the Green Hills neighborhood is home to a few of the city's most popular retailers. You will find Anthropologie, Whole Foods Body, West Elm, Calypso St Barths and other upscale national chains. But, the real reasons to go are to peek into the exclusive clothing boutique H. AUDREY (owned by Hank Jr.'s stylish daughter/recording artist, Holly) or to get lost in the vast selection in the Cosmetic Market. Famed southern designer Billy Reid also has an outpost here. The adjacent street of Bandywood is equally enticing with 25+ local retail choices (less than a block away). Stop into Ronnie Dunn's chic daughter's adorable shop, The Perfect Pair for shoes and baubles, and don't miss grabbing a healthy lunch at Firefly.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: High style sets this open-air shopping excursion high on the list.
Stacie's expert tip: There are many notable local stores paired with the ultimate chain destinations. It's the best of both worlds.
Known as the apple barn, Opry Mills is Tennessee's largest outlet mall with household names like Bath and Body Works, Game Stop, Earthbound, Old Navy, Lego, Forever 21, Payless and Verizon. Located between the airport and downtown Nashville, Opry Mills has over 200 stories as well as an Imax theater, Johnny Rockets, Aquarium Restaurant, and Rainforest Café - just be prepared to wait a really, really long time to eat. This place is always packed, and many of them are from out of town specifically to see what the mall is all about, so they are in no rush. We suggest you take the same attitude or the frustration might be too much.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: It was a long wait after the flood for Opry to reopen, but well worth it.
Hollie's expert tip: Be aware that they close at 7 p.m. on Sundays.
One of the premier malls in the Nashville area, CoolSprings Galleria attracts shopping fanatics with its five department stores, over 165 specialty shops, and a 500 seat food court. Inside this retail hub, patrons shop regular favorites like Belk, The Limited, Dillard's, Williams-Sonoma, Macy's and Forever 21. Outside, visitors discover more terrific stops, including Whole Foods Market, Target and Pier 1 Imports. In addition to a fabulous food court, visitors can enjoy sit-down restaurants like Romano's Macaroni Grill and Stoney River Legendary Steaks. The new Apple retail store tends to draw a crowd all on its own.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: With five department stores and nearly 170 retailers, everything you need is right here.
Hollie's expert tip: Plenty of shops, this large galleria will wear your legs out - dress comfortably.
Every day there's a new reason to stop into this shopping mecca. It's never too crowded, houses only the best stores (Nordstrom, J.Crew, Tory Burch, Restoration Hardware, Apple, Louis Vuitton) and boasts unique designer clothing/accessory boutiques such as Gus Mayer, and Judith Bright where you will find original, Nashville-inspired style. The most incredible gifts in the city are to be found at Absolution. Eateries are abundant, including a Cheesecake Factory, Jonathan's, Carrabba's and the lovely Table 3 French Bistro (which also boasts a take out market and bakery). The hot spots don't stop at the mall, but extend in both directions on Hillsboro Road. This includes Bluebird Caf� and King Jewelers, where the state's most exclusive brands of watches and estate jewels are a celebrity draw.
Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: For only the best and most on-trend items, this bustling mall is the spot to be.
Stacie's expert tip: Green Hills is Nashville's Rodeo Drive, but far less pretentious.