Sunday, July 21, 2019

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.

Elizabeth Moss, Founder of Caregivers by WholeCare, Named Woman of Influence

The Nashville Business Journal recently celebrated businesswomen, entrepreneurs, educators and more who comprised their 2019 Women of Influence list.

The list recognized 44 winners in nine categories. “The women on this year’s list lead and make it a priority to give back, to encourage and to inspire,” writes Nashville Business Journal.

On this year’s list is Elizabeth Moss, Founder and Chief Care Officer of Caregivers by WholeCare, an in-home care company.

As a company with a majority of women on staff, Moss was asked by the Nashville Business Journal what she thought was the most common mistake women in business make. Honing in on our strengths is the answer she says:

“My experience is that the insecurity women have had in business is shifting. We are more confident in ourselves and our strengths. Knowing our strengths is how we overcome this, I believe. Once we know where our skills lie, then we can develop those, and the sky is the limit.”

Read Moss’ full Q & A with the Nashville Business Journal in honor of her Women of Influence award here.

About Caregivers by WholeCare
Caregivers by WholeCare is an in-home care company serving the Nashville market with a decidedly different approach to caregiving. We believe in caring for the whole person rather than simply focusing on medical issues and diagnosis.

They provide many of the same services as other companies including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s care, supplemental hospice care, post-surgery in-home care, companionship, senior transportation, light housekeeping and more. It’s our approach to caring for the whole person that sets us apart from other caregiving companies.

Founder Elizabeth Moss started the company in 1997 and brought a long history of patient care with her. Her extensive background in nursing, activities therapy, alcohol and drug treatment, and geriatrics, gave her valuable insight that helped shape the principles that have made Caregivers by WholeCare an industry leader in Nashville. Learn more at

Caregivers by WholeCare Partners With Electronic Caregiver™

Caregivers by WholeCare, a non-medical home health company offering continuum of care services, announces it has partnered with Electronic Caregiver™ to offer affordable care technologies to families in Middle Tennessee. Caregivers by WholeCare is the first home health company in the region to be a master care partner of Electronic Caregiver™ solutions, a monitored technology provider headquartered in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Through Electronic Caregiver™, WholeCare will provide its clients with home care monitoring services, physician on-demand, activity detection, medication management and caregiving support tools.

“Our partnership with Electronic Caregiver™ is an affordable complement to our current caregiving services and fills the gap to meet the growing needs of our clients,” says Elizabeth Moss, founder and chief care officer, Caregivers by WholeCare. “This advanced technology extends client independence for much longer to improve overall health and quality of life.”

WholeCare offers the following Electronic Caregiver™ services on a subscription basis for clients starting at $59 per month:

  • pocketMD™ includes a water-resistant wrist pendant, 24/7 physician on-demand to assess and respond to common ailments and send a prescription to a pharmacy.
  • FamilyCare App sends and receives important notifications and monitors a client’s vitals.
  • Rapid Response Monitoring provides 24/7 protective services with a stay-on-the-line feature during emergencies and certified emergency medical dispatchers.

Electronic Caregiver™ recently announced its voice-activated and tablet-based virtual caregiving system, Addison Care, that monitors vitals, detects fall risk, provides comprehensive interactive support for rehab, medication management and nutrition support. Addison Care is expected to be available for consumers later this summer.

To learn more about WholeCare and Electronic Caregiver™ services, visit or call for a free assessment 615-235-0517.

About Caregivers by WholeCare
Caregivers by WholeCare is a locally founded and operated non-medical home health company in Nashville, Tennessee. WholeCare provides families with comprehensive continuum of care services including caregiving, transportation and specialty services such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s care for seniors and disabled adults. The company cares for the whole person—body, mind and spirit. For more than 20 years, WholeCare has been providing exceptional caregiving for individuals and families. Visit to learn more or request a consultation.

About Electronic Caregiver™
Electronic Caregiver™, founded in 2009, is one of the fastest growing monitored technology providers in the U.S. and one of only a handful of nationwide service providers. They have created the world’s first and only, comprehensive voice and visual sensing, 3D, AI-based, interactive residential caregiver. Electronic Caregiver™ currently provides automated home care solutions and safety devices nationwide to thousands of clients and is promoted by leading health organizations nationwide. Electronic Caregiver™ has invested over $35,000,000 in patient screenings, research and development, deploying a mobile science lab for nearly 8 years in 32 states, collaborating with hundreds of health and senior service providers. The Company services independent and franchise owned home care offices nationwide. They are continually highlighted by their leading technology partners and trendsetters such as Amazon and featured at the leading global events. Electronic Caregiver™ employs nearly 100 employees with national headquarters in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Best Ice Cream in Nashville

Nashville is known for country music but we also know what we’re doing when it comes to ice cream! The options are endless so we rounded up a list of our top picks!

1. Bobbie’s Dairy Dip

A Nashville classic. Bobbie’s Dairy Dip has been around since 1951 and is a favorite with locals and tourists! There’s nothing fancy about it.. but the nostalgia and deliciousness is second to none. We recommend the chocolate dip on the soft serve cone!

Bobbie’s Dairy Dip | 5301 Charlotte Avenue | Nashville


2. Jeni’s Ice Cream

The name says it all.. absolutely SPLENDID. Wow, this place is a dessert dream! Nashvillians love Jeni’s so much that they’ve expanded to six locations. You can also buy pints of their ice cream goodness in plenty of stores around town.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams | Hillsboro Village, 12 South, Germantown, East Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin


3. Mike’s Ice Cream & Coffee Bar

Mike’s Ice Cream is the ice cream spot in the heart of downtown Nashville. Located on Second Avenue around the corner from their previous location on Broadway, Mike’s has been serving up all kinds of homemade ice cream, shakes, malts, soft serve and more for 15 years. Grabbing a scoop while you’re downtown is pretty much a right of passage when you’re in Nashville. Enjoy!

Mike’s Ice Cream & Coffee Bar | 129 Second Avenue North | Downtown


4. Pied Piper Creamery

Locals love Pied Piper Creamery! The vibes at their East Nashville shop are as good as the ice cream! They serve 24 flavors and the names are all very punny. You can’t go wrong but we recommend the following flavors: Blondes Have More Fun flavor, Doh-Re-Mi, and Lady Goo-Goo. Mmm.

Pied Piper Creamery | 114 South 11th Street | Nashville


5. Elliston Place Soda Shop

This place has SO MUCH HISTORY. It’s proud to be the longest continuously-operating restaurant in its’ original Nashville location and a visit is like a step back in time! The Soda Shop is even on the National Register of Historic Places. Be sure to visit for a dose of nostalgia and a delicious milkshake!

Elliston Place Soda Shop | 2111 Elliston Place | Nashville

6. The Soda Parlor

The Soda Parlor is a modern take on the nostalgic soda shop experience. In addition to classic floats, they also serve up some ridiculously good ice cream sandwiches, waffles with ice cream, and moonshakes which are basically tricked out milkshakes. Can’t go wrong with anything on the menu! They’ve also got an apparel shop and an arcade inside their East Nashville location.

The Soda Parlor | 966 Woodland Street | East Nashville

7. Kokos Ice Cream

The newest spot on Nashville’s ice cream scene but hugely different from anything else around town. Kokos is plant-based, nut and peanut-free, delicious artisan ice cream. Nashvillians fell in love with Kokos ice cream a few years ago when it started as a pop-up on a bicycle! Then the brand graduated to a to-go shop which led to their first Kokos Scoop Shop in the One City area of Nashville!

Kokos Ice Cream | 3 City Avenue, Suite 700 | Downtown




7 Things to Know About the Grand Ole Opry New Backstage Experience

The Grand Ole Opry unveiled its new daytime backstage tour, including a new immersive film in a custom-built theater, The Circle Room. The film is hosted by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, the film experience takes fans on an emotional, heartfelt journey through the eyes of the artists who play the world-famous stage and features priceless archival footage of over 100 artists, country’s most iconic songs, and concert-like special effects.

Throughout the film, Brooks and Yearwood stand in the Opry’s famous circle which moved with the Opry from the historic Ryman Auditorium to the Opry House more than 40 years ago and reflect on their first memories of the Opry, their Opry debuts, member invitations and inductions, and lives as members of the Opry family.

Here are seven things to know about The Circle Room. 

1. The Circle Room is the capstone of a $12 million Opry House expansion

The expansion and renovation project aimed at enhancing the Opry guest experience. In addition to the new VIP room and film, the renovation also included a new retail store, enhanced food and beverage options, a new parking area, and additional Plaza upgrades, which were completed in late 2018.

2. Audio

The Circle Room is equipped with a custom 23.1 surround sound audio system with hidden speakers in the ceiling, walls and set pieces that allow the audio engineers and designers to place sound anywhere in the show space.

3. Media

The Circle Room is approximately 1,500 square feet with multiple projectors covering a unique silvered string material that allows for one-of-a-kind stunning imagery. These immersive projection surfaces have the added benefit of becoming transparent on demand to reveal sets and concert lighting effects.

4. Lighting

Similar to a live concert, The Circle Room houses a theatrical LED lighting system that allows for precise control of millions of colors. As one of the most dynamic moving light packages in Nashville, this robust system can harmoniously display any color or accent at any given time in the show. This technology allows The Circle Room to seamlessly transform from an emotional daytime show into a beautiful lounge space in seconds.

5. Show Control

The Circle Room is run by a unique control system that allows the space to be operated by only one host. After multiple years of development, this system controls and syncs every piece of equipment while also informing the maintenance staff of any issues well before they impact the show for guests.

6. Room Flexibility and Transformation

By day, The Circle Room experience serves as the lead-off to Opry tours. At night, the Circle Room transforms into a VIP lounge or even a small, live performance space. With just a push of a button the lighting changes, the drapes open and leaded crystal chandeliers magically lower from the ceiling, giving the lounge an intimate and exclusive feel. These magical touches, mixed with a variety of plush seating, provide each guest with a comfortable place to relax before the show (and maybe even be part of a visit from an Opry star!)

7. Accessibility

To ensure that guests with disabilities can enjoy the experience, the Circle Room and the new lobby show utilize a new-to-market handheld closed-captioning system. This system allows any guest to carry an Opry-provided tablet which displays descriptive closed captioning and lyrics. This new technology, previously only seen at major theme parks, keeps in sync with the experience no matter what area of the room the guests are in and ensures everyone has the same immersive experience.

Way-FM’s Annual Shoe Drive

Blue Coast Burrito Announced as New Partner for WAY-FM’s Annual Shoe Drive with Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®

New shoes and socks will be collected at participating Middle Tennessee Blue Coast Burrito stores July 1 to July 27 to help vulnerable children around the world.

NASHVILLE (June 27, 2019) – A new partner is joining radio station WAY-FM for its annual shoe drive with nonprofit program Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. From July 1 to July 27, participating Middle Tennessee Blue Coast Burritostores will host drop-off locations for new shoes and socks to benefit vulnerable children around the world.

During the drive, Buckner requires all donated shoes and socks for children and teens be brand new due to customs regulations when shipping to children in other countries. The greatest need is for new athletic shoes, sizes Youth 4 to Adult 9. Cash donations are also accepted and will help provide new shoes as well as cover distribution costs.

WAY-FM Regional Manager Tim Dukes said, “Partnering with Blue Coast Burrito this year will allow us to serve even more children in the U.S. and across the world. We are more than a radio station – we’re a ministry dedicated to helping our listeners make a difference in the footsteps of Jesus, and we thank Buckner and Blue Coast Burrito for helping us do that this July.”

Participating Middle Tennessee Blue Coast Burrito locations include Nashville restaurants in Lenox Village and the Nashville West Shopping Center, as well as  Franklin, Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, Mt. Juliet and Smyrna. For a complete list, visit

In addition, WAY-FM and Blue Coast Burrito will host Beach Bashes at select locations during July, which will include music, giveaways and fun competitions for all shoe donors to enjoy. Beach Bashes are scheduled for July 13 (Hendersonville), July 20 (Murfreesboro Fortress) and July 27 (Franklin/Cool Springs).

“We are excited anytime we can combine some summer fun for our customers with a worthy cause to help children in need. Thank you to WAY-FM for including Blue Coast Burrito in its annual shoe drive. Together we are going to show why Nashville is one of the most philanthropic cities in the country,” said Kristi Knierim, Blue Coast Burrito’s director of local store marketing.

The shoes collected during the drive will provide hope for children living in orphanages and impoverished communities where Buckner International, the nonprofit operating Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls, offers a variety of holistic services. Through foster care, empowerment programs, transitional care and humanitarian aid, Buckner International supports children and families in countries such as the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Mexico and Peru.

“A new pair of shoes can change the life of a child in an orphanage or impoverished community, and we think each and every child deserves that hope of a bright future,” said Shawn Spurrier, assistant director of Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. “We are thankful for the continued support of WAY-FM in Nashville, and we welcome Blue Coast Burrito. The shoes they collect will help kids attend school, protect them against disease and injury, and give them hope.”

On July 28, all the shoes and socks will be collected and delivered to the Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid in Dallas, where they will be sorted and shipped internationally.


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