The Team at Bar Luca

The Team at Bar Luca

I don’t drink but I do enjoy going to bars — certain bars, that is. Nice, clean ones that don’t smell like the floor of a frat house on a summer Sunday morning. Chic ones that have low lighting and a sound system that doesn't go to 11. You know, adult bars. Over the last few years, Nashville has gone through a bar renaissance. One of the leaders was the now-shuttered Bar Luca. Not long after they opened, I spoke to the owners; today, it reads like a time capsule to early 2016. Andrea Behrends took the photos.

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Ivy & Josh Elrod, Owners of Wilder

Ivy & Josh Elrod, Owners of Wilder

Sometimes a store is more than just a store. Arguably, the very best retail environments transcend being just places to shop and serve as pseudo-classrooms, talent incubators, and places for like-minded people to gather and share ideas. Wilder, the contemporary home store in Germantown, is all of those things, not to mention a direct representation of owners Ivy and Josh Elrod’s personalities - which, in the context of being store owners, is equal parts boldly creative and quietly nurturing. I spoke to the couple - who have become good friends - about their lives, in and out of the store. Andrea Behrends was the photographer.

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