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For Black entrepreneurs in Nashville, a pop-up market brings new opportunity

Apr 14, 2022
The pandemic spurred a small-business boom, and that included many Black entrepreneurs looking for new ways to reach consumers.
Karii Jones, the owner of Majik Trap, sets up her booth at Black Market. Majik Trap sells oils, incense and crystals.
Ambriehl Crutchfield/WPLN

Nashville's downtown is still recovering a year after a bombing rocked the area

Dec 24, 2021
The Christmas Day bombing impacted dozens of businesses. Some have relocated, while others are waiting for the city to rebuild.
Buildings damaged in the Christmas Day 2020 bombing stand on Second Avenue in downtown Nashville. Some businesses have relocated out of the district.
Damon Mitchell/WPLN News

Hot property market puts Nashville record shop, and other small businesses, at risk

Dec 17, 2021
The owners of the Groove are struggling to come up with $500,000 to buy the bungalow that houses their store.
The Groove is a small record shop whose owners hope to buy the property they work in so the business can survive.
Paige Pfleger

How corporate real estate investors affect tight housing markets

Dec 15, 2021
A researcher found that five real estate Investment corporations own more than 5% of the single-family housing stock in a county just outside Nashville.
Out-of-state investors are partially fueling Nashville's hot housing market. Above: A row of new brick homes in suburban Nashville.
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Nashville works to diversify its city-appointed boards

Jun 7, 2021
A vacancy on the all-white fairgrounds panel underscores the issue of how members of governing boards are selected.
Nashville hopes to bring a more diverse crowd to the fairgrounds property and may diversify the oversight board as well.
Tony Gonzalez/Nashville Public Radio

Nashville music industry wants more help with reopening from city

May 31, 2021
In "Music City," independent venues and musicians say they could use more resources to bring audiences back.
Daniel Walker (left) and Amy Dee Richardson stand on the porch outside Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge.
Paige Pfleger

A flood-damaged Kurdish market begins to recover with community support

May 12, 2021
Nashville's Botan Market reopened in time to serve its community during Ramadan.
Botan Market in Nashville, Tennessee, suffered more than $300,000 in inventory damage during recent flooding.
Alexis Marshall/WPLN News

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Nashville flooding renews federal push to tear down homes

Apr 29, 2021
Those in areas prone to flooding are weighing whether it's better to stay in a home, or take a government buyout.
Baylie McDaniel is a public school teacher in Nashville who is starting the long process of rebuilding after floodwaters inundated her home in late March. She says she'd prefer the city to focus on controlling Seven Mile Creek rather than buying homes to tear them down.
Blake Farmer/WPLN News

Nashville's iconic Lower Broadway gets its first Black-owned businesses

Mar 10, 2021
Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack and Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria hope to draw tourists on a street that's hosted events like CMA Fest.
Co-Owner and Director of Branding and Marketing Clint Gray stands outside of the first Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria in North Nashville.
Ambriehl Crutchfield

African American music museum joins Nashville’s downtown lineup

Feb 15, 2021
The new interactive museum joins the city's Country Music Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame and songwriting museum as tourist draw.
Guests enjoy interactive displays in the center of the museum, while walls feature a “takeover” performance by artist Prince.
Colleen Phelps