24 Hours In Nashville: A Memphis Native Who Made Nashville Her Second Home


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Dr. Aerial Ellis is the CEO of My Village Votes and Managing Principal of Advisory 83. She is dishing on her ideal day in the city and throws in a little self care, a new barbecue spot and a rooftop, of course.

Why is Aerial lovin’ Nashville right now?

I am a Memphis native, so the rivalry is prevalent (lol) but I do have an appreciation for Nashville, which has become my second home. After graduating from Tennessee State University, what drew me to settling here is the community is very welcoming and it was easy to establish a network here. As an entrepreneur, it was also easy to establish my business here and since then I have been able to build 3 more businesses in the city. Nashville has good energy, good resources and a community that is open to working together and the promise of being much, much more inclusive as the city grows. This is why Nashville is the special place I call home for the last few years.


One of the things I really enjoy is being outdoors. I love exercising and hiking and would say Radnor Lake is one of my favorite places to go. The trails and Nashville greenways have also expanded and become one of the things I like doing. The MetroCenter Greenway is one that I like. It is a flat greenway starting near Ted Rhodes Golf Course to the MetroCenter Levee which connects to the Cumberland Greenway. The greenways and trails are pretty scenic, versatile and I like that the city has invested more into them over the last several years. After a jog on the greenway, I enjoy grabbing a cuban at Red Bicycle in Woodbine – one of my fave neighborhood coffee shops.


As I mentioned, I am a Memphis native so that means barbecue is very important to me. So an afternoon for me would consist of good barbecue and recently I found out one of my Memphis faves, Central BBQ will be opening in the Capitol View area. They have great lunch, but remember if you have to go back to work you may be in trouble because the food is great and heavy, so sleepiness may hit you. 


If live music is involved, City Winery is my go-to and it is also great for a date night. If live music is not involved, then The Yellow Porch is my under the radar little treasure. From the great art on the wall, intimate atmosphere and unique wines. I have also taken clients there before as it is a great place to take people when they are in town to entertain. Note, you may actually overlook it if you are heading there and not familiar with where it is located in Berry Hill.


I like ambiance so one of my favorite places to go are rooftops and I really enjoy the Rare Bird in the Noelle Hotel. The view of the city there is great!


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