Spotlight City: Nashville

Nashville has a variety of unique signs — from the bright, neon to the terribly tacky. Take a look at the Music City’s most interesting signs from B.B. King’s Blues Club, Barb-B-Cutie and more.

Greetings from Nashville
imageThis piece of artistry — a Nashville postcard — includes several Music City’s attractions including the Parthenon and the old Country Music Hall of Fame that are now gone. If you look closely, the mural includes a statue of the seventh US President Andrew Jackson, who owned a home in Nashville, known as the Hermitage.

B.B. King’s Blues Club
imageIf you see this sign while strolling down Second Avenue North, then “sit for a spell” and listen to some live music at B.B. King’s Blues Club. The legendary blues guitarist and singer owns a club in Nashville, Memphis, West Palm Beach and Las Vegas.

The Ernest Tubb Record Shop
imageIn Nashville, the Ernest Tubb Record Shop has managed to keep its doors open to country music fans for more than 65 years. Ernest Tubb, aka the Texas Troubadour, was an America singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of country music.

Nashville Crossroads
Nashville Crossroads has become one of Nashville’s only live music venues to combine classic country music and Southern rock ‘n’ roll. The neighborhood bar is a great spot to pick up an ice-cold beer and party without a cover charge.

The Nashville Toy Museum
Attention toy hunters and collectors! Your treasure trove is close if you spot this sign. The Nashville Toy Museum has one of the largest privately-owned toy collections in the US. The museum features antique dolls and toys, teddy bears, games, 10-foot model ships and working model trains that run throughout the building. It’s a must-see stop for children and adults alike.

imageFor more than 60 years, Barb-B-Cutie has been serving tasty comfort food. In 2004, the McFarland family started a Barb-B-Cutie franchise with 17 restaurants locations in the US and Europe.

Duck Crossing
Even Nashvillians are kind to nature’s creatures. Watch for duck crossing signs, and make sure you stop to let a friendly feathered flock waddle across the road.

Betty Boots
imageBetty Boots is the first western store in Nashville that caters specifically to women looking for cowboy boots, belts, hats and clothes. The shop is located in downtown Nashville.

Loveless Motel
Stay at the Loveless Motel in Nashville, where the café serves up tasty supper plates, including traditional homemade meatloaf, pit-cooked pork barbecue, smoked boneless pork chops and Southern-fried catfish with hushpuppies. The Loveless has been in the restaurant business — preparing its delicious homemade dishes — for more than 60 years.

Nashville Beer Sellar
Ah, who doesn’t like a sign that promotes a variety of spirits — 99 flavors to be exact. Nashville Beer Sellar has a reputation among locals as a great spot to hang out before or after a Predators hockey game or Titans football game. A bar with a slogan like, “100 bottles, 50 taps and 1 bitchin’ jukebox,” has to be fun spot to grab a couple frosty mugs.

Curious Heart Emporium
Head to Music City’s Berry Hill District, and visit the Curious Heart Emporium. The must-see gift shop has everything from exquisite art to wild, whimsical gifts for every occasion. Drop by for a few laughs and maybe a bit of “potty” humor.

Gruhn Guitars
Selling a guitar or looking to buy one? You’ve spotted the right sign. Gruhn Guitars, located on Fourth Avenue and Broadway in Nashville, has a 3,000-square-foot showroom for hundreds of acoustic guitars, electric guitars, basses, mandolins and banjos. The guitar shop’s staff can appraise and repair a variety of different string instruments, too.