As part of the Huffington Post's Love Letters Project, Ann Patchett has written a note about Nashville's independent streak that is pure marketing and economic development gold. Check it out here.
The magic of the place is in the people and it seems a disproportionate number of Nashvillians can sing beautifully and play musical instruments. To prove this point we put a piano in our bookstore. People come in, sit down and play. Sometimes they sing. Sometimes people in the store start to sing. That's when I'm certain that Nashville is like no place else in the world.
Longtime Nashvillians are only a few of the folks who can remember two Green Hills’ landmarks still standing from days long passed – McDonald’s and the Donut Den.
Now, Nashville-based and New York Times best-selling author Anne Patchett wants to add to this list of unforgettable spots and has decided on Greenbriar Village, the development home to the Donut Den, as the long-awaited destination for Parnassus Books.
Along with co-owner Karen Hayes, Patchett announced the bookstore’s destination Wednesday and said the store will open sometime in October. See more detailed coverage here from the City Paper staff.
Well, we were almost right. Actually, pretty close.
Late last month, we reported here on the financial demise of high-end retailer Gallery of Belle Meade, and the very obvious possibility Patchett and company might choose that prime location — which is adjacent to Greenbriar Village just across Richard Jones Road.
That won’t be happening. But an auction will.
On Aug. 25, McLemore Auction Co. will auction the property at 2031 Richard Jones online. The auction will be absolute with the property, including all furniture, original art and related items going to the highest bidder that day.
There are no minimums or reserves with this sale. Bidding opened this week and the property is available for public inspection on Saturday. Click here for complete auction details.
Just thinking out loud here, but would it be a far leap to surmise that Anne Patchett and her business partner Karen Hayes, who are launching Parnassus Books, would consider the Gallery of Belle Meade building for their store? It is now one of the few open spots in the very heart of Green Hills — a Patchett requirement for the pair's much-talked-about Davis-Kidd-like bookstore.
As my esteemed colleague J.R. Lind reported Tuesday, high-end retailer Gallery of Belle Meade is seeking Chapter 7 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, claiming more than $2.7 million in liabilities. Since Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a full discharge of all debts accompanied by a full liquidation of assets, the space may be available sooner rather than later.
Naturally, nobody is talking yet. But the spot just might be perfect. The attractive stand-alone building faces much-traveled Richard Jones Road and has a 15.000-square-foot open floor plan that's ideal for the Patchett-Hayes team to divide or leave as is. The building looks like all it needs is a sign change.
And if you walk out the front door of the Gallery of Belle Meade and look left, you'll see Grace's Plaza and the corner Davis-Kidd once occupied. (It's now a Tennessee Bank & Trust branch.)
There's just something eerily familiar about all of this.