Nashville Guide: Where to Eat

HUSK: If you want to have a real serious culinary experience just a few blocks south of Historic Broadway, in the heart of Downtown Nashville, then you will need to check out the newest outpost of the Neighborhood Dining Group and James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock's renowned restaurant, Husk. Led by Brock and Chef de Cuisine Morgan McGlone, the kitchen reinterprets the bounty of the surrounding area, exploring an ingredient-driven cuisine that begins in the rediscovery of heirloom products and redefines what it means to cook and eat in Nashville. You’ll definitely need to plan ahead and get a reservation but it’s so worth it with dishes like Country Fried Steak with black pepper gravy and roasted potatoes not to mention, their famous Husk Cheeseburger.

MAS TACOS: This Snug, no-frills Mexican restaurant serving up an array of tacos & other standards is currently #8 out of 1,697 restaurants on TripAdvisor. With dishes like Fried Avocado tacos, elote, horchata, tilapia tacos, pulled pork tacos, chicken tortilla soup and tamales, it will satisfy all your mexican food cravings. This is a chill, order at the counter kind of place that is absolutely perfect for lunch in Nashville.

THE WILD COW: Just because you’re in the south doesn’t mean that you can’t have a healthy and delicious meal. This tiny, casual restaurant with a hippie feel has all of your meaty favorites without the guilt like vegan queso, nachos, tacos, burritos, reuben sandwich, portobello burger and of course a variety of salads and smoothies.

Nashville Guide: Where to Stay

THE 404 HOTEL: This boutique style Hotel is a welcome change from the typical chain hotels. Lots of unique touches in an urban style, eclectic setting. There is no reception/ front desk, but secure keypad code & excellent communication makes that irrelevant. With features like cement floors, woven natural fiber rugs and the barn door for the bathroom, this hotel is hip and chic. There are only 5 rooms in the entire hotel, giving it a very warm and intimate feeling but you need to check the availability in advance.

DREAMY COTTAGE: If you’re rather go the Airbnb route, then this quaint cottage is for you. Comfy, cozy, romantic and less than 3 miles from Downtown. The Cleveland Cottage provides a private oasis within city limits that includes full kitchen, Wifi, parking, electric fireplace & entrance through a private courtyard with fire pit. Perfect for a peaceful getaway to Nashville.

HUTTON HOTEL: If you are looking for an adult feeling hotel a great view of downtown, this is the place. The surrounding West End neighborhood is hip and full of nightspots and lively cafes. This hotel is committed to their green ethic with bamboo floors and furniture. And they not only welcome pets, they spoil them with pet bed, scratching posts and treats.

Nashville Guide: Where to Drink

ROBERT'S WESTERN WORLD: This longstanding outpost on the always happening Broad Street features live country bands, cold beer & fried bologna sandwiches. There will be drinking and there will be two-stepping at this prototypical honky-tonk. You cannot go to Nashville without stopping by and dancing with a real live cowboy. Don’t worry if you don’t know how, they’ll teach you.

PINEWOOD SOCIAL: From the classic to the young and hip. The Pinewood Social is great place to have a great time. They serve yummy food and drinks while providing lots of fun activities like bowling, bocce ball and pools to cool off in the hot summer heat.

Nashville Guide: Where to Listen

THE FAMILY WASH: There is no shortage of places to see and hear music in Nashville. It’s actually harder to find a place where there is no music but this is an absolute fav of ours. It’s a low key venue that also serves great food. So you could also put this in the food category but I love it for good local music. They host a variety of acts so you are always guaranteed a good time here.

Nashville Guide: What to Do

JOHNNY CASH MUSEUM: If you have any love for classic country music and the man in black then this is a must see.

THE NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY: A 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive through three states. It roughly follows the "Old Natchez Trace" a historic travel corridor used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," European settlers, slave traders, soldiers, and future presidents. Today, people can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping along the parkway. Stop by The Loveless Cafe while you’re there for some good old fashioned home cooking.

Nashville Guide: Where to Shop

WHITE'S MERCANTILE: Inspired by an old general store but with a modern twist, this shop was named an essential stop in Nashville by The New York Times and we agree. You can find our Tennessee Cutting Board at all of their locations! 

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Father's Day Gift Guide

Father's Day is upon us again and even though they are just the best, they can be pretty hard to shop for, am I right? It seems like dads get the short end of the stick, always getting ties and socks. This year, let's all vow to make it great for the greatest guy we know.

Here's a little gift guide to help get you started:

1. American Heirloom State Shaped Cutting Board, $48. Made from 100% rapidly renewable bamboo plywood that can be personalized, choose the state he's from or went to school and his meat slicing days have just been upgraded.  Don't forget to add a heart, house or star to the town he loves best.

Pair with #2 for the dad that loves to grill.

2. Franklin Barbecue A Meat Smoking Manifesto, $17.67. This New York Times nest selling book is the complete meat and brisket cooking education from the country's most celebrated pitmaster, Aaron Franklin.

3. Hover Camera Passport Drone, $499.95. Okay, you know that dad wants a drone. It pairs flying with technology and dads love that stuff.

Pair with #4 for the Dad that is all about technology.

4. Bluetooth Tracking Tag, $40. Dads lose things too, even though they would never admit it. This little gadget ensures that he will never lose his keys again.

5. Morihata Charcoal Toothbrush, $6.95. Used for centuries as a purifying agent, charcoal has antibacterial properties that naturally deodorize your mouth. This brush prevents bacteria growth and keeps your toothbrush cleaner and fresher, longer.

Pair it with #6 for the modern Dad.

6. Razor Pit Sharpener, $25. We know dads like a clean shave from time to time and they LOVE to save money. This keeps your dad's razor clean and sharp in between uses.

7. Hakushu 12 year Whiskey, $84. This year, get your dad a bottle of something special. The trendiest thing is spirits is Japanese Whiskey and dad will want to stay current.

Pair it with #8 for the Dad that loves a good cocktail.

8. American Heirloom Engraved Cocktail Muddler, $30. Inspired by an old school nightstick, this muddler is sturdy and timeless just like dad.

9. Bob Dylan, The Original Mono Recordings, $169.49. If dad is always talking about how much better music was in his day, then this Bob Dylan box set on vinyl complete with a book of photos and liner notes is perfect for him.

Pair it with #10 for the music loving Dad.

10. Victrola Suitcase Record Player, $80. Dad loves his old music and he needs to hear it in the way it was intended to be heard, on a record player. This one is good looking and have bluetooth.

ask amyhow did you start ah?

HOW: We, my husband Bill and I, made our first cutting boards for our wedding. We wanted a personalized and sentimental way to display cheese, and came up with state-shaped cutting boards for each of our home states (Michigan and  Connecticut), with hearts on our hometowns. People really liked them and the seed of American Heirloom was planted. Through a ton of late nights and hard work, we have grown it into the bustling business that it is today, offering a range of tabletop pieces.  Each of these pieces are tested in our home and we design with that in mind.

WHY: Both Bill and I wanted to create housewares infused with sentiment. Ideally, these pieces will become your family heirlooms and be passed down through generations. That is why design and quality are so important to us.

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 why state cutting boards?

We found that our customers are proud of where they are from and enjoy showing it off. They are also great gifts for those who have moved from their home state, they can take a bit of home with them.  Everyone is so mobile these days, they make great going away gifts, housewarming and wedding gifts.  We can further personalize the orders with our two trusty laser etchers that we run in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

running your own business

There is no easy answer to that one. It is great and tough all at the same time. Of course it is wonderful to be able to make and sell a product that I have designed and produced myself. There is no greater joy than seeing someone enjoy the product that I have poured my heart and soul into for that past few years. And the flexibility that owning my own business affords me is helpful for someone with two kids like myself.

At the same time, it is very hard. There is always something new to learn and apply. The long hours and stress can be oppressive sometimes. It's important to surround yourself with the right people, whether in the office or remotely.  I am learning more and more that a great team can make or break the progress of your work. Running your own business is not for the faint of heart, it takes a lot of sustained passion and serious persistence.  The nature of an online business changes so quickly year to year, it's a challenge to keep up with changing social media, new sales platforms, etc.

who does your design?

While I am the driving force behind all of the creative parts of the business, it truly does take a village and I couldn't put it all together without these folks: Our photography is done by several photographers over the years, Whitney Ott, Alyssa Kirsten Photography, Matt Novak our long time neighbor Layo Manoli. All graphic design work is done by Avis Wampler of Avie Designs and Ben Wagner.  They keep the visions coherent and fresh.  We would be lost without them all!

order processing

Our products are lovingly made and personalized by our team in our Brooklyn studio so our turn around time is usually 2 weeks. But it does depend on which item you order.

rush order

There is no simple answer to this one. Usually, you guys keeps us so busy that we cannot but please contact us if you need your item quickly because we may be able to accommodate you.  A great deal of the hardwood boards are ready to ship next day, so those are an easy option for those with a tight deadline.

bulk orders

Yes! We love to make larger sets of our boards. We work with lots of companies to create bulk orders for them and we would love to make them for you as well. Please contact us for pricing.  We are often doing laser engraving of logos for corporate gifting each month.  We like to book these spots as it gets pretty busy quickly!

international shipping

Of Course! We do ship overseas and our shipping rate is calculated based on item size and weight. The starting price to the UK is $30.00 USPS priority mail. Delivery time also depends on the final destination.

custom design

Yes! We are happy to create custom shapes and custom laser engraving on our boards.  If you can dream it up, we can probably make it for you. Please contact us and we will get started on your very own custom board.

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what's next

We are always coming up with new ideas, products and patterns. There are lots of new products in the works so stay tuned, we'll let you know when they're ready.