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Neighborhood Guide

Buchanan Arts District

THINGS TO DO IN BUCHANAN ARTS DISTRICT

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Slim & Husky's

Local artisan pizzeria, beeria, and cinnamon roll shop. Made fresh daily with locally sourced goods, this restaurant is top notch in the area and are active in community outreach and support. Even if you are on the other side of Nashville, Slim & Husky's is worth the trip.  

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Nisolo

Nashville's favorite leather goods store. With goods sourced from Peru and Kenya, as well as abiding by free trade regulations, Nisolo is a retail leader in the area. Men's and Women's goods found here as well as handbags and accessories. 

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Norf Studios

Norf Art Collective is a group of artists based in The Buchanan Arts District that pride themselves in strategically creating cultural spaces painting massive works of art. Their depictions can be seen across the neighborhood.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD

The Buchanan Arts District is both a compliment and rebuttal to the Nashville arts scene with its altruistic, grassroots vibe. For example, Norf Art Collective strives to hold up a mirror to Nashville by presenting works that depict issues affecting the community.

While the area's reputation has developed over decades, in recent years an influx of new local businesses and housing options have drawn attention to this relatively small district on the north side, and it's quickly becoming known for its cultural contributions and forward-looking vision. The Buchanan Arts District is a favorite among makes and creatives city-wide, and it's home to some of Nashville's most innovative businesses and social enterprises.

THE MARKET

The Buchanan Arts District is a hub for many of Nashville's social enterprise organizations. One of the area's first social enterprises, Nisolo opened its doors on Buchanan Street in 2015 and has been Nashville's favorite purveyor of leather goods ever since. Unlike other popular retailers though, Nisolo sources their goods from artisans in Kenya and Peru, who receive wages that fit Fair Trade requirements and then some. 

Just across the street, Salemtown Board Company applies its social enterprise to the local community by employing area youth and working under the umbrella of Maple Built, a nonprofit woodworking apprenticeship program that employs and trains young men in Nashville.

THE COMMUNITY

The Buchanan Arts district is a beloved corner of the larger North Nashville universe with neighbors like Buena Vista Heights, Salemtown, and Osage-North Fisk. The housing options vary, but the community and local businesses are tightly woven together. Just a stone’s throw from Downtown Nashville, the area offers everything one could want in urban living from arts and culture to dining and retail.

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