Friday, January 17, 2020

Wanna Dress Up? Your Guide To Nashville-Inspired Halloween Costumes

Wanna Dress Up?

All Hallows Eve. It means different things to different people. Parking it in front of the TV for the millionth viewing of Hocus Pocus since October 1 (it really WILL cast a spell on you). You-tubing the classic episode of Boy Meets World (“we’ll always remember he was that tall”). Going to your local five and dime to pick up the best candy money has to offer, because you WILL be the most popular house on the block. Planning a way to hide from trick-or-treaters.

Whatever you’re doing, the Wannado team urges you to go all out and dress up this year. What other holiday allows you to transform into literally anything you want? We also know that you probably want to wear that Nashville pride on your sleeve this Halloween, so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Wannado guide to the best Nashville-inspired costumes to:

Strike While The Iron Is Hot:

A Character From Nashville


But let’s be real, Connie Britton will never stop being relevant.


Halloween is the unofficial test of being up-to-date on pop culture. However, Nashville keeps it classy. Instead of donning your best Miley-Cyrus-twerking-at-the-VMAs get-up (which, honestly, you could just pick up some nude colored latex to wrap yourself in from Lowe’s but DON’T let us give you any ideas on that), try paying homage to the show that’s putting us on the map. Bonus: they’re all ridiculously attractive, so you won’t have to ugly it up if your end game is to find some romance this October 31st. You probably have most of the elements in your closet, because you’re Nashville-fashionable on a daily basis, you handsome devils.


Ladies: Take a cue from both Rayna and Juliette – if you have some extensions, now is the time to give that Southern hair a little oomph. Check out our Pinterest board for Nashville-inspired beauty. You could even check out the place where Juliette got her corset made for the music video she filmed in Buddy Killen Traffic Circle – the corsets are for rent at Ani & Ari. If there is a time to wear a bedazzled corset, it’s Halloween.

Fellas: Don’t shave for a day, pick out a flannel, and put on your Imogene + Willies. Because you’re all Deacon, you studs (minus the alcoholism and self-loathing, we hope). Carry around a guitar for effect…we’re pretty sure you’ll be able to find one on short notice.

Be A Walking Inside Joke:

A Local Celebrity


No one gets us like the Bang This twins.


Yes, Nashville is notoriously friendly and welcoming. We’ve heard of someone at the airport who sneezed and a chorus of Nashvillian’s sang out “bless you” at the same time. We know how to be inclusive. BUT, there’s nothing wrong with a little “you-had-to-be-there” every once in awhile. If you’re a local, odds are you’ve heard of the Bang This Twins. These dudes go around downtown Nashville spreading super weird cheer, dancing and taking pictures with tourists and locals alike (and being each other’s ultimate wingman). Walk into a party as a local celebrity, and you’ll be able to identify your fellow Nashville lovers by the look of recognition on their faces.


To be the Bang This Twins, just go get some simple blue T-shirts, visors, and some fabric paint. Make sure you have some courage, too, because if people don’t get this costume right off the bat, things can be awkward for a minute (trust us).

Make Your Outfit A Game:

Hipster Band Member or A Guy From Duck Dynasty?


Keep em’ guessing, Jack.


This works best in a group. Gather your bros (or your ladies, if you gals don’t mind sporting some luscious fake beards). Have half of you dressed as members of some toe-tappin’, barefoot, beard-and-harmonica-clad rag tag indie group. Preferably the guys from Old Crow Medicine Show, Iron & Wine…you get the idea. Have the other half dress up as Louisiana’s favorite redneck entrepreneurs. You’d be surprised at the similarities. Do the big reveal at the end of the night and see if your fellow Halloween party-goers could tell the difference. Oh, you and your whimsical costume and social commentary about the similarities of seemingly different subcultures! Well done.


Anything from Bass Pro, Goodwill, or a trash can. Not too hard, y’all. As far as grooming, you should have stopped shaving 5 years ago.

Be Clever & Show Some Local Love:

Local Business Puns

bonBecause OMG you might get retweeted by your favorite coffee shop.


We’ve got local pride for days. We also have an aching desire to showcase our biting wit – such is the nature of mankind. Embrace it for the night and give your favorite local biz some love! What do we mean? Well, are you a fan of Bongo Java? Dress as a cup of coffee and borrow a bongo drum from your free-spirited, noisy neighbor. Presto! You’re a genius. Love the sandwiches from The Silly Goose? Paper mache a beak of some sort, tie a string around it, and tell jokes all night, you silly goose!


BONGO JAVA: Wear all brown (whatever shade represents how you take your cup of joe). Put on a white hat and get a red pipe cleaner coming out of the top like a straw. Hold a bongo drum. Play it until you get kicked out of the party.
FROTHY MONKEY: This one could get weird, but we think you should go for it. Dress up as a monkey and foam at the mouth with the help of some toothpaste and baking soda. Looks more like a rabid monkey, but locals will get the joke.
SILLY GOOSE: Find some sort of cone to spray paint gray and attach it to your nose. Wear all white. Tell jokes all night long, and behave in a silly manner. It’s that easy.
WILD COW: Personify the East Nash vegan restaurant by Sharpie-ing a cheap white shirt/pants with cow spots. Then get wild. We suggest Mardi Gras beads.
THIRD MAN: Find two dudes who are too lame to dress up. Follow them around & carry a tape recorder, recording all the spooky Halloween party sounds. THIRD MAN RECORDS. Ba-dum-ch!
MAD DONNA’S: Dress up as Donna Summer (any jumpsuit with sequins). Act really angry.
THE SMILING ELEPHANT: Wear head to toe gray, fashion some elephant ears/a trunk out of pipe cleaner/fabric, and smile all night long. THERE! You are pleasant AND you’re reppin’ everyone’s favorite Thai Restaurant.

Stick With A Classic:
A Country Legend

Because in the wise words of Dolly Parton, “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.” Bonus points if you dress up your baby like Willie Nelson.


Music City’s got the richest musical history in the south. Why not play it up? Halloween can let you transform into a Nashville great – if you do it right you might even get a double-take from some tourists and sign a few autographs!


You can go so many directions with this one! Whether you want to be Dolly, Reba, Faith, Merle, Willie, Hank…you can do it! We suggest dropping by Katy K’s for some down-south vintage glamour. Also, you’re going to want to walk through the new Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville – they have country star’s wardrobes from yesteryear on display, and it will give you a world of ideas to recreate in time for this Thursday!

Bring out the big guns, Nashville, and don’t be afraid to get a little festive. Tag us in your Halloween snapshots at @wannadolocal so we can see what you end up wearing! Because you’re better than “I’m a mouse…duh.” Grab the Wannado app to plan all your Halloween festivities and get local tips!

– Your local guide.

4 Hot Tubs to Elevate Your Backyard

4 Hot Tubs to Elevate Your Backyard

What could be better after a long day than a soak in a warm hot tub? Hot tubs can turn an ordinary backyard into an oasis. If you’ve been considering adding a hot tub to your home, we’ve got a few great recommendations. These hot tubs are available from Peek Pools and Spas in Spring Hill.

Because everyone has different needs and what one person may find comfortable might not be comfortable to the next, the team at Peek Pools & Spas can help you find the right hot tub for you and your space.

Peek Pools offers spas from Aspen Spas, a St. Louis, MO, based manufacturer known since 1992 for superior quality and cutting-edge technologies. Aspen Spas are all-American made and fully customizable with luxurious therapeutic features.

1Alpine ES – 7×8’

A roomy seven-person hot tub with a smaller footprint, the Alpine ES is the perfect outdoor hot tub for large groups to socialize and relax – without filling the patio!

2Pinnacle ES – 8’

A top of the line six-person hot tub includes a captain’s chair, open love seat, and best-in-class amenity options among all six-person spas.

3Arcadia ES – 8’

This spacious seven-person hot tub features two captain’s chairs, an open love seat, and bench seat. Up to 65 jets makes this seven-person spa a luxurious retreat.

4ElDorado ES – 7’

This five-person hot tub features a deep, comfortable captain’s chair, “no float” lounger, and bench seat. Total therapy package and amenity options available.

Stop by the Peek Pools & Spa retail store in Spring Hill, located at 2526 Duplex Road, to see spa options.

About Peek Pools and Spas
Peek Pools is run by father-son team Kyle and Justin Peek. They have over 35 years of experience in the industry and they are passionate about helping everyone create the backyard of their dreams. Whether its the addition of a spa, pool, outdoor kitchen, firepit, etc… they can build the backyard you’ve been dreaming of.

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Chopt Opens Second Nashville Location

Photo: Chopt Facebook

Chopt Creative Salad Co., the fast-casual restaurant that reimagined what a salad can be, is excited to announce the opening of its second Nashville location at The Mall at Green Hills.

Known for making a salad the center of the meal, Chopt will continue to feature quality and flavor through its 18+ scratch-made dressings made each day with no added preservatives, ranging from crowd favorite Mexican Goddess to vegan Lemon Tahini dressing, featuring Seed + Mill’s organic. Building on its popular Warm Bowls offering, fans will enjoy the newly released Know Better Bowls limited-edition menu which highlights the brand’s launch of Cauliflower Rice and two new bowls designed for the latest lifestyle eating trends. These dishes, along with Chopt’s core menu, continue to reflect the thoughtful sourcing approach that the brand has taken since it first opened its doors in 2001.

“Since opening in Brentwood two years ago, we’ve received many requests to open a second location in Nashville closer to the city center,” says Colin McCabe, Chopt Co-founder. “The Mall at Green Hills was a natural choice for our second Nashville location, and we’re excited to continue our growth in a community that shares our passion for bold flavors, quality ingredients, and wellness.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Chopt Salad. The funds raised during Chopt Gives will support our commitment to helping young people eat healthier and live healthy lifestyles,” said Jennifer Wheeler Buhrman, Chief Development Officer of Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee.

The Green Hills location features over 100 seats, including communal dining areas, comfortable booth seating, and outdoor seating. The store is located at 2126 Abbott Martin Rd, Nashville, TN 37215, and can be reached at (615) 669-4993. Chopt’s regular hours will be 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sundays, beginning on January 16.

For more information, please visit

About Chopt Creative Salad Company: Chopt is a creative salad company. Their business: making healthy eating as imaginative and fun as possible. The goal: to develop an innovative menu by selecting the best ingredients and crafting them into salads that people will actually crave. Chopt travels far for inspiration and then explores locally for the elements to bring the tastiest creations to life. From the classics and destination features to scratch-made dressings and naturally flavored teas and lemonades, Chopt’s mission: to transform the way we eat. Founded in New York City in 2001 by best friends Tony Shure and Colin McCabe, Chopt has expanded to a family of over 60 restaurants in New

Downtown Nashville to Host Free Titans Viewing Party for AFC Championship


Tennessee Titans fans are invited to a free outdoor viewing party on Lower Broadway on Sunday to watch the team play in the AFC Championship Game, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced. Festivities will include two large screens to view the 2:05 p.m. CT game against the Kansas City Chiefs being held in Kansas City.

The party is free and open to the public with live music, giveaways and other activities starting at 11 a.m. A video screen at Broadway near First Avenue and another screen at Second Avenue north of Broadway will show the game feed. Live music will include Jason Eskridge and Sixwire, who served as the house band during the 2019 NFL Draft here in Nashville.

“We can’t wait to see our traveling fans in Kansas City for the AFC Championship Game, and we are thrilled that fans at home in Nashville will get to watch the game together as a community,” Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said. “We can already feel the energy from the city, and we appreciate all the support during this special moment in franchise history.”

The Titans cheerleaders and drum line will make an appearance at the viewing party. Official Titans merchandise will be available for purchase.

Food trucks will be on site, and water, soda and beer will be on sale. Attendees are invited to bring blankets and collapsible chairs. Security measures will be in place at entrances, and no large bags or backpacks will be allowed. The event site will include Lower Broadway from First to Third Avenue and Second from Demonbreun to Commerce.

“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate an incredible comeback season and an AFC Championship appearance than by bringing the Two-Tone Blue community together to enjoy the game with each other,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “The fans in Nashville are known for bringing energy and excitement to everything we do, and that passion is a big reason we were named Best Sports City by Sports Business Journal.”

The watch party is hosted and produced by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp in support of the Tennessee Titans. Updated information will be available at #TitanUp

5 Places to Celebrate Dolly’s Birthday

Dolly Parton
credit -Chris Hollo/Grand Ole Opry

Happy Birthday to the Queen of Country Music – Dolly Parton!

Parton’s birthday is on Sunday, January 19th. In celebration of the famous Tennessean’s birthday, there are events in the area where you can wear your rhinestones, eat a cookie and read a book.

1Draper James

Thursday, January 16, 10 a.m.
2608 12th Avenue South, Nashville

Stop by Reese Witherspoon’s flagship store in Nashville where when you enter the door, you are greeted with a glass of lemonade. On Thursday, the store will donate a book to the Imagination Library for every item sold. It would be the perfect time to buy a “What Would Dolly Do” t-shirt.

2Ruby Sunshine

Sunday, January 19, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
231 Public Square, Franklin

It’s a Dolly Parton Brunch at Ruby Sunshine’s Franklin location. Get ready for some “Tennessee Homesick Blues” as we dance the day away honoring one of the best artists of all time. They won’t be workin’ “9 to 5,” but they will be serving up brunch all day from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

3Graduate Nashville

Saturday, January 18, 10 a.m. – noon
101 20th Avenue North, Nashville

One of the latest hotels to open in Nashville will be honoring Dolly’s birthday and they even have a suite dedicated to the country music icon if you want to make a staycation of the day. Stop by for a book reading with Jennifer Hillen, author of Goodnight Nashville, and a craft with Magpies Nashville. Enjoy sweet treats from Baked on 8th and coffee provided.

4White’s Mercantile

Saturday, January 18, 10:30 a.m.
345 Main Street, Franklin

Bring your children to White’s Mercantile in Franklin at 10:30 a.m. for crafts, snacks and a singalong and book reading of “Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs” by Holly Williams. A portion of sales will benefit the Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee.


Sunday, January 19, 7 p.m.
2208 Elliston Place, Nashville

This event is a tribute to Dolly Parton, celebrated on Dolly’s birthday, hosted by Nashville’s risque country drag performer Marlene Twitty-Fargo. Wear your rhinestones and enjoy Dolly Parton’s hits, as well as deep cuts, performed by a stellar and diverse lineup of talent. Net proceeds will be donated to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Buy tickets here. 

GracePointe Healthcare to Host Free Seminar Introducing Votiva

GracePointe Healthcare is hosting a free seminar aimed at educating attendees on Votiva, a treatment that provides relief for a variety of internal and external women’s health concerns without surgery.

The seminar will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 30 at GracePointe Healthcare, 1311 W. Main in Franklin. Krystal Lynch, women’s health nurse practitioner for GracePointe Healthcare, will lead the seminar. Attendees will learn how Votiva can help treat symptoms including urinary leakage, dryness, sexual dysfunctions, urinary tract infections, chronic yeast infections and if they are a candidate for the treatment. Everyone who attends the seminar will receive a $500 discount and will have an opportunity to enter a drawing to win a free Votiva procedure.

Lynch says the FDA-approved treatment is simple, painless, and done in-office without anesthesia, side effects, or recovery time. With the use of radio frequency energy and heat, the procedure tightens tissue affected by aging, hormonal changes and childbirth. In three visits, patients receive one treatment every 2-4 weeks.

“I’ve seen the difference Votiva makes,” Lynch shares. “I’m passionate about it because I can see immediate changes in patients. Our patients are seeing results after the first treatment and continued results over time.”

To register for the Votiva seminar, click here or call (615) 599-6868.

This article does not provide medical advice, but is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

For more information about Votiva or to schedule a consultation, individuals can call (615) 599-6868. Learn more at

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