Popular Lifestyle Blogger at JasmineSweetBlog.com, Digital Marketing and Communications Manager for Meharry Medical College, a Communications Director for Grammy Award Winning Artist, Dom Flemons, and a Social Media Manager for international recording artist, Valerie June.
I’m not a Nashville native, but I am a Tennessee Native. There’s something to be said about that. I’m from Jackson, went to college in Memphis and now living in Nashville. I’ve had a pretty good sweep of Tennessee and understand all that has to offer from its beautiful landscape to musical legacy to its historic triumphs.
Sunday in the South. I tend to post this on my social media quite a bit using the appropriate picture: fresh flowers that I’ve just bought from the grocery store or a quote I’m choosing to meticulously meditate on. It just describes a mood that I embrace as soon as I wake up and waltz around the house getting ready for a reawakening sermon at Crosspoint Church. Truthfully, I used to dread Sunday’s growing up. They were so routine and mundane with church, then a nap and/or homework until midnight and then back to school. Now, I try to savor each moment of the day with all of my favorite people, places, and things.
From the parking lot to the pews, Crosspoint Church has an inviting spirit. Volunteer members often run a multitude of operations that make the whole production happen. It’s really beautiful that not only are they working for free, but they’re chipper about helping you find parking or driving you to the front door in a golf cart. It’s inspiring and reminds you just how blessed we are. It assures that there are good people in the world. I love starting Sunday’s here.
After service, I’ll venture over to South on Demonbreun for a hot biscuit, sausage, and southern fried eggs. As good music fills the atmosphere with vibes, I could sit there all day and simply relax. It’s a nice transition from a night out on the town too. The portions are large and your soul is fed!
My next favorite place is Tempered Cafe and Chocolate. If you are obsessed with French or English culture as much as I am, you’d fully get in character in this place. Recently, I sat down with the owner to better understand why this place revives people, and I’ll just tell you, it’s not the caffeine’s fault. For starter’s it’s a family owned business that is run by Staci Bockman, her husband, mom, and sister. They’re originally from Chicago. When they got here, they loved it but were missing home. They decided to bring Chicago here by opening 312 Pizza Company and then, Tempered. Venturing into small businesses is something that I love to do. I never have regrets of the people I meet or the experiences. Again, they inspire me with their uniqueness and drive.
All while I am out on the town, I’ve got everything at home taken care of. Please Assist Me, a local concierge company will come and do everything you need them to do from washing your clothes to grocery shopping to running your errands. Call it vain, but sometimes you just need a break to enjoy “Sunday in the South.” After all, you have to go back to work starting Monday Morning. Most importantly, it’s affordable. The founder, Stephanie Cummings was working a full-time job, traveling all the time and decided she just couldn’t do it. Thereof, she walked out of her Corporate job and started a business to help people juggle their many hats of work and home. Her bravery and astuteness is one to admire.
Lastly, I love to visit a local nail salon to top off my relaxation. It’s called the Noire Nail Bar. On Sunday’s my mom would always make sure we had everything laid out for the week. So, it’s only necessary that I continue this pastime. Ha! Going to this nail bar is the most serene experience I’ve ever had at a nail salon. It is clean and uses all natural products and processes to ensure that you are receiving the best quality. There is no crude around the counter edges or pedicure bowls here. It is beautifully decorated with the plushest decor. It is comforting and pleasurable. Taking care of yourself deserves an experience, not just a polish change.
Sunday night’s I do what everyone else is doing – catch up on my shows! HBO and STARZ are finally delivering television worth my money. Well, that’s Sunday in the South. I hope you chose to embrace it too. You just may find yourself inspired and engulfed in the stories of local merchants too!