Kathleen Cotter, Owner of The Bloomy Rind

Kathleen Cotter, Owner of The Bloomy Rind

Like many Bloomy Rind customers, I go to Kathleen with cheesy questions, looking for cheesy solutions. And whether I’m making a cheese plate or a pizza, she’s never let me down. Girlfriend knows her way around a dairy case. She launched The Bloomy Rind in 2010, the same year she debuted the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival. For many years, she operated TBR out of Porter Road Butcher in East Nashville, where she sold many locally made cheeses. We talked about this and more. Caroline Allison took her photo - with baby goats!

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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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Welcome to the Callaway Report

Lately, I’ve heard some smart, observant people in my circle (including my first subject, Ivy Elrod) refer to current-day Nashville as “the Wild West." By this, they mean my adopted hometown is a place of possibility and promise where, at this particular point in time, people are taking bold chances and investing in unique ideas, figuratively and literally.

Circa 2016, Nashville is a welcoming place for creative people to live and work. Rent is relatively cheap. The community is interested and supportive. It’s accessible geographically: I can fly direct to NYC in less than two hours and be in LA in five. The perfect storm.

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