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In the Summer of 2012, I was lucky enough to snag an internship in Music City.
Years later, I find myself as part of the ChannelAdvisor family. So you’re thinking, what do these statements have in common? One word: Nashville. In just a few short weeks, we’re hosting Catalyst, our annual e-commerce conference, in NashVegas.
If you’re looking to connect with the best and brightest in e-commerce, hear from industry leaders and ensure you’re prepared for the year ahead, mark your calendars for March 6-8! But in order to make sure you’re fully prepared for the Nashville experience, here are just a few things you need to know…
1. The Music Scene
It goes without saying that Nashville, Tennessee (AKA “Music City”) definitely lives up to its nickname. From The Country Music Hall of Fame to The Ryman Auditorium, you can feel the musical roots that hold this city together on every corner. Literally. Every corner you turn on, you are bound to stumble upon a gal and her acoustic guitar, two guys playing spoons or a full on bluegrass group. Don’t believe me? Take a walk down Lower Broadway or Music Row and hear for yourself.
2. The Culture
Nashville’s main drag, Broadway, is a perfect snapshot of what this city is — and it is “honky tonk” in the best way possible. It is the spot to take in all the BBQ, cowboy boots and Elvis impersonators the town has to offer. Walking down Broadway you’ll pass Bridgestone Arena where you can catch a Predator’s game, Tootsies Orchid Lounge where greats like Willie Nelson got his start, a plethora of tempting shops stocked with boots that were made for walking and bar after bar advertised by flashing cowboy boots to lure you in. Once you make the exciting trek down Broadway, you’re welcomed by a panoramic view of the Cumberland River. With its levels of green seating along the waterfront, this is the perfect place to kick back and absorb the city.
3. The Food
Bar-B-Que. Hush puppies. World-class biscuits. Nashville does the South proud when it comes to Southern cookin’. Be sure to stop by Hattie B’s or Prince’s for Nashville’s signature dish: Hot Chicken. And if you’re looking for the best BBQ in town, head to Jack’s. But Nashville isn’t just limited to traditional fare. Some of the most celebrated chefs in the country are leaving their mark on the culinary scene — establishing Nashville as a new foodie destination.
4. The Night Life
Nashville is quite the experience by day, but on another level by night. There’s a lot to do, so be sure to pace yourself! Midtown is a great place to bar hop, so take advantage of the spread. It’s hard not to catch a live show when you’re out and about, so keep your ears open for the next rising star. And it wouldn’t be a true Nashville experience if you didn’t find yourself belting some karaoke at the end of the night in a dive bar on Broadway (I may or may not be speaking from experience).
5. The Celebrity Sightings
If you spend enough time in Nashville, you’re bound to bump into a familiar face or two. My brush with fame was with Taylor Swift in a Target parking lot. We then proceeded to bump into each other in the cheese aisle where we were buying the same cheese (sharp cheddar if you’re interested). So that was my moment. Pretty cool, huh?
So if you want to hear all the music, eat all the food and connect your online business to the latest e-commerce trends, strategies and partners , then be sure to REGISTER today for Catalyst 2017 (psst, use promo code CATALYSTBLOG for $50 off conference passes). Going in a group? Register three or more people for 25% off each pass!
See ya there, partner.