Nashville’s New Outdoor Venue: Ascend Amphitheater

Ascend AmphitheaterRiverfront Park is located along the Cumberland River in the heart of Nashville. It has always been a favorite summer hangout spot to enjoy the Nashville skyline and the beautiful downtown lights reflecting from the water. In April of 2015, Ascend Federal Credit Union unveiled a new outdoor venue housed in Riverfront Park to give the area even more of a Music City feel. The Ascend Amphitheater is an outdoor entertainment venue housed within the 12-acre park where it plays host to various forms of entertainment including concerts and comedy shows. The amphitheater itself can accommodate up to 6,800 people (2300 seated and 4500 on the lawn), but on non-event days, the park is open for Nashvillians and visitors to enjoy the trails, dog park, and gardens.

The first concert that opened the venue took place on July 30, 2015 by Eric Church, followed by Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire. Live Nation operates the venue and has signed a 10-year contract with Ascend Federal Credit Union. During the summer, the amphitheater is also home to the Nashville Symphony’s summer concerts.

Future concerts for 2016, include Bryan Adams, Alabama Shakes, Styx with the Nashville Symphony, Jimmy Buffett, The Music of John Williams with the Nashville Symphony, Modest Mouse, Journey, and Ray Lamontagne. Tickets for events can be purchased through Live Nation or Ascend Amphitheater’s webpage.

The Ascend Amphitheater is not the only exciting place in and around Nashville. One local business that has been serving residents of Middle Tennessee for many years is StorPlace Self-Storage. We offer a wide variety of storage options and packing supplies for their customers. With locations all over Nashville, Hermitage, Franklin, Murfreesboro, and Bowling Green, Kentucky, you can be sure to find a location convenient to where you live and work. Whether it’s parking for your boat, RV, work trailer, or heated and cooled storage for your antiques and household items, StorPlace Self Storage has what you need. Feel free to give us a call or stop by to check out what StorPlace Self-Storage has to offer!

 

Welcome to Nashville

Welcome to NashvilleIn 2014, CNN named Nashville as one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, with over 80 people moving here per day. The city offers a “small-town feel” while offering some of the country’s best restaurants, like Rolf & Daughter and Husk, live entertainment at famous venues like the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Theatre, and sporting events like the Nashville Predators and the Tennessee Titans.

With so many new residents in the city, many new condos and houses are being built. However, someone who is new to Nashville may not want to purchase a home or condo right away. Part of moving to a new city is discovering which parts of town you like best, and renting a condo or house for a short time is the best way to explore and familiarize yourself with your new city.

Those who choose to rent before making the plunge and purchasing property may find that they need a place to temporarily store their extra belongings. If the place they rent is smaller, or if they only plan to spend a short period of time in the rental, they can use a storage unit to keep seasonal items, or items not as frequently used, in a safe, secure place.

Moving to a new city is filled with lots of decisions, but don’t let the decision of where to keep your valuables safe be a tough one. StorPlace Self Storage offers heated & cooled units, as well as regular drive-up units, that are monitored 24/7 and only accessible by a personal gate code. No matter where you find yourself living in Nashville, StorPlace Self Storage offers great facilities and benefits in various parts of the city.

Nashville’s Live on the Green

Live on the Green-Nashville

Live on the Green. Photo Courtesy of AmericanSongwriter.com

Ever get that itch for the weekend, on a Thursday? Do you enjoy the feeling of  having live music pumping through your body? You’re in luck! Nashville is known for its ever growing music scene.Live on the Green is just one way the city gives back to its residents and visitors. Live on the Green happens every Thursday in  August and September on the front lawn of the Judicial Building, the courthouse. It is an outside music experience that is such a pleasure to have!

Downtown Nashville is a busy place with many people from in and out town. The hustle and bustle of the big city comes to a halt, it seems, when the music starts. You’re surrounded by tons of different people, families, friendly pups and tons of awesome food too!

Live on the Green is also quite convenient as well because of the location. Parking seems to always be a headache in downtown, but Live on the Green is directly on top of the public parking garage, which is free as well! Free live music, free parking, and awesome time, where do I sign up? Call some friends, get some gas in the car and head to Nashville on the ever so close to the weekend day, Thursday, and get the body warmed up with some tunes!

This year on the line-up include popular artists like Passion Pit and Ben Harper!  There are also some other artist  who range from Rodrigo y Gabriela, who are an acoustic guitar duo from Mexico to Shakey Graves who is based out of Austin, Texas. The variety is endless at Live on the Green. Nashville is said to have one of the best crowds to perform in front of, we have a lot of heart here in the south and it shows.

The variety doesn’t end at the music, there are also things to bring the kids and enjoy, as well as a great array of food truck options! Food trucks have been a huge hit in the larger cities and they bring out the big dogs downtown for the crowd. The Grilled Cheesery, Hattie B’s hot chicken, Pie on the Fly as well as some other BBQ choices, are just a few of the great food trucks that park near the event. Plenty of choices for that of a meat lover, a vegetarian to a picky eater! Oh, there’s awesome ice cream and a doughnut truck there too! So make sure you bring some extra dollars to indulge in the hometown food trucks and help them be profitable and stay around for our bellies! I mean, not a bad deal, free music and fun, pay a little for food.

So, if you’re in need of some letting loose and getting in a crowd of faces you haven’t seen in years with the faces you see weekly, then Live on the Green is exactly what you’ve been waiting for! Pack up the kids and or the friends and head on down to Nashville and get ready to have some fun!

Fall Festivals

Fall Festivals in the Nashville Area

 

It’s that time of year again…the air is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors and that means that it’s time for all the wonderful fall festivals! All of us at StorPlace Self Storage in Murfreesboro love attending the many different local festivals. Here is a list of some of the fall festivals that we at StorPlace Self Storage of Barfield would recommend checking out:

Downtown Dickson BBQ Festival

September 5

The first annual Downtown Dickson BBQ Festival will be held from 9:00am – 4:00pm and will include food, music and drink. Entrance is free and all of the food and beverage sales will go to the Downtown Improvement District fund. The downtown stores will also be having summer sidewalk sales.

Musicians Corner

September 5-October 31

Every Saturday in September and October.  there will be free musical performances from 1:30-5:00pm at Centennial Park in Nashville. Also, starting at 12:00pm there will be pre-show activities as well as food and beverage trucks.

Greenway Art Festival

September 19

The Greenway Arts Festival will be located on the Greenway trail under the trees at Old Fort Park Trailhead from 10:00am – 4:00pm. There will be many different booths displaying original artwork for purchase (ie. oils, acrylics, watercolors, pottery, sculpture, jewelry). There will also be performances by local musicians, multiple food vendors and children’s art activities.

Fall Tennessee Craft Fair

September 25-27

The Fall Tennessee Craft Fair will be held on the lawn of the Parthenon in Nashville on Friday and Saturday from 10:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday from 10:00am – 5:00pm. The fair will include a variety of high quality crafts, food vendors, children’s activities as well as demonstrations from the artisans. While shopping, you’ll have an opportunity to meet the artists, learn what inspires them and learn how to transform raw materials into crafts.

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

September 26-27

The Pilgrimage Festival, held at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, offers a diverse lineup of rock and roll, alt-country, bluegrass, jazz, indie rock and gospel artists. These performances will include some partly acoustic sets as well as some collaborations. Some of the headliners this year include Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler, and Sheryl Crow. The Little Pilgrims Stage will feature a line-up of talented young musicians. There will also be two locations for food and beverages; the Kitchen and Sippin’ stages and the Bazaar. The gates open at 10:00am each day.

Fall Fest at The Hermitage 

October 3-4

The Fall Fest at The Hermitage, held at Andrew Jackson’s estate, The Hermitage, will include a variety of live music acts, handmade arts from regional artists, as well as local specialty foods and spirits. Admission is $6/adults and $3/children. The hours of operation are Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Nashville Oktoberfest 

October 9-11

The Oktoberfest is Nashville’s oldest running festival and is held in the historic area of Germantown in Nashville. The three-day event features delicious food from Nashville’s best restaurants, craft beer from local brewers, music stages throughout the festival, arts and craft vendors, a 5K race, pet parade and more!

Tennessee Horse Expo

October 16-18

This three-day Tennessee Horse Expo  has something for everyone to enjoy. There will be fast paced competitions, shopping at the trade show, and demonstrations. You can also wander the barn to see the different equine breeds up close and children can play in the Kid’s Corral. Also all of the proceeds go to the Williamson County 4-H. Admission is $10/day for Adults and $5/day for children ages 6-12, children ages 5 & under are free. The expo will open at 10:00am on Friday and 9:00am on Saturday and Sunday.

Webb School Art & Craft Fair 39th Annual Webb School Art and Craft Show

October 17-18

The 39th Annual Webb School Arts & Crafts Fair, held in downtown Bell Buckle, will feature arts, crafts, and artist demonstrations. There will also be over 500 other booths throughout town.

39th Annual Harvest Days

October 24

The 39th Annual Harvest Days will be held in the Cannonsburgh Village of Murfreesboro. Some of the activities at this event include: old-time demonstrations, storytelling, hayrides, cloggers and dancing, bluegrass music, antique auto show, blacksmith demonstration, craft fair and food vendors. The admission is free and the event will be held from 10:00am-4:00pm.

29th Annual Pumpkinfest

October 27

Located in Historic Downtown Franklin, The free Pumpkinfest will be held from 10:00am – 6:00pm. The festival will include three stages of live music, children’s activities, a chili cook-off featuring at least 10 teams ($8/person for 2oz sample portions of each chili), a costume contest (for children and pets), more than 75 arts and crafts booths and much more.

Joel Osteen once said, “Life is short. Don’t miss opportunities to spend time with people who you love.” Going to fall festivals is just one of the many ways to spend time with your family and friends. No matter where you go or what you do just remember to make time for those that matter the most.

Happy Fall from all of us at StorPlace Self Storage!

 

Nashville’s Cancer Survivor Support Systems

Nashville's cancer support systemsCancer does not have to be a death sentence anymore!! There are more and more people surviving cancer every year.  Below are a few facts from 2014-2015. It is also important that you and your love ones know that there are a lot of services out there to help make your life a little easier. We are fortunate to have many wonderful organizations in the Nashville area. Tennessee Oncology is one and is available to you  through your doctors. The staff at Tennessee Oncology are the most wonderful doctors, nurses, techs and office support you could ask for. They all go out of their way to help their patients and their families.  Sara Cannon Research Center is also here in Nashville and of course we have Vanderbilt Hospital.

One service that you many may not know about is called Cleaning for a Reason. These are house cleaning companies around the country that will come in and clean a cancer patient’s home once a month for 4 months free of charge.

This can be a tremendous help to the patient and to the families. Sometimes fighting cancer can be a fulltime job. One of the most important things to remember is to keep your spirits up as much as possible. Laughter really is good for the soul.  Surround yourself with family and friends that have a positive attitude.

There are transportation services that will make sure you get to and from your treatments. Remember to log mileage to and from Doctors appointments as it can be tax-deductible.

Another cancer support resource in Nashville, is an organization called Gilda’s Club Nashville.  It is a free cancer support community started by Gilda Radner with the help of her husband, Gene Wilder. Gilda believed in living life to the fullest even when facing cancer, she wanted the families of those with cancer to have a place to go as well. There are many, many workshops to help you out.

One particular workshop is done by a group called Meals 2 Heal presented by The Heimerdinger  Foundation.  Ed Freeman, from StorPlace Self Storage, and his lovely wife, Cynthia, went to this workshop and gathered information.  You can reach Robin Mizar, the client manager and volunteer coordinator via email at clients@hfmeals.org or if you want to volunteer volunteer@hfmeals.org.

A few facts about cancer survivors

  • The majority of cancer survivors (64%) were diagnosed 5 or more years ago.
  • 15% of cancer survivors diagnosed 20 or more years ago.
  • Nearly half (46%) of cancer survivors are 70 years of age or older.

The National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center (The Survivorship Center) is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the George Washington Cancer Institute, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its goal is to shape the future of post-treatment cancer survivorship care and to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors.

Welcome to Nashville

Find the right storage unit size for your needs at StorPlace Self StorageMany of our customers have just moved to town – sometimes from the other side of the country.  Helping with the storage needs of our clientele isn’t always our only interaction. Often we’ll be recommending a great place to grab lunch, as well as recommending which size storage unit best meets the needs of a new tenant.  So, if you’re thinking of becoming a Nashvillian, here are some local secrets.

Breakfast/Brunch is arguably the most important part of the day, and for breakfast it’s hard to beat Sam&Zoe’s.  Located in Berry Hill behind Baja Burrito (check them out, too!) S&Z’s makes the best latte in town and it’s a great place to meet some friendly local faces.  For brunch check out Wholly Chow.  They’re barely open (only for brunch hours), but their eggs benedict makes the trip well worth it. There’s also a local brewery next door that you should visit.

For the best lunch in town (especially in the summer) – there’s only one spot: Cori’s Dog House.  It’s located on West End,  (not far from our home office location!), and though it sits behind a small strip of local stores and can’t be seen from the main road, it’s yellow roof can be spotted from a block away.  Cori’s specializes in gourmet style hot dogs based on major cities from around the US.  Each dog showcases local flavors from all over the country, and there’s even one representing Nashville. (Though the Pittsburgh dog is the gem of the menu.).

Nashville also has some key spots to hit for dinner or supper as they call it in the south.  Hot Chicken is a Nashville specialty, and the best in town is Hattie B’s.  It’s so spicy that it will bring tears to your eyes, but nothing is as Nashville as Hattie B’s hot chicken and pickles. Check them out in midtown.  If you’re not brave enough to jump straight into the hot chicken game, head over to Tenn16 and try their Fried Chicken & Waffles!

Other than food, we definitely have the best place to let your inner geek run wild.  Rick’s Comic City in Donelson has the best comic book selection in town, and the guys and gals there love to talk to you about your favorite books and characters.  Don’t forget to check them out on social media for the Tales from the Geek webcast.

If you’re heading downtown to check out the local bars, an event at Bridgestone Arena (Go Perds!), or just to hang out for the day, don’t forget to park at the Nashville Public Library.  It’s a short walk from (almost) anything downtown, and no matter how long you park, it’s only $5!  That should be plenty to keep a Nashville newbie busy for the first week – just remember to keep your ear to the ground.  In Nashville it’s all about making friends and finding entertainment through word of mouth.  Welcome to Nashville!

Fall Storage Tips From StorPlace Self Storage

StorPlace Self Storage of BellevueFall cleaning and moving your college student back on campus  is here once again. StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue is the perfect place to store those items, small or large, you want out-of-the-way but don’t know what to do with. StorPlace Self Storage has a lot of convenient locations in different sides of town:  such as in Bellevue, downtown Nashville, 2 locations in Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro Rd, Antioch, Bowling Green KY, Rivergate, Hickory Hollow, Hermitage, Franklin, Cool Springs, Hendersonville and a new one on Lebanon Pike. I am certain you can find a location that fits your location and storage needs.

One fall cleaning project is putting your outdoor toys away after you winterize them.   StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue offers heated and cool units as well as traditional non-heated and cooled units. StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue’s smallest storage unit is 5 x 5 in both heated and cooled and non-heated and cooled. The storage unit sizes go up to a 10 x 40, which only is available in non-heated and cooled. However, there are many storage unit sizes in between which have the option for heated and cooled, depending on the size. The smaller sizes and all of the heated and cooled units are inside in a hallway. For your convenience, we do have carts in the hallways to help move stuff from your car or truck to the storage unit.  A common question we receive is “Does the heated and cooled cost much more than the non?”  It does, but to have peace of mind your belongings will be just like they were when you put them in there when you get them out, it can be a small price to pay. We do also have a one time $25.00 administration fee, which does include a lock. This way you do not have to worry about  getting your own lock and worrying if it’s the correct kind.

As far as storing those summertime toys, StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue has large non heated and cooled units as well as some indoor and outdoor parking spaces.. We have a few covered spaces if you can catch one when its vacant. We always recommend that your come look at the storage units and the parking spaces before you rent.

In order to rent a storage unit at  any StorPlace Self Storage location, we do require a valid driver’s license. To rent a parking space, we require you to have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and some proof of ownership, bill of sale or registration. Just give any location a call and we will be glad to assist you!

Celebrating the 4th of July

Celebrating the 4th of July

 

July 4th is always a special time in Nashville, Tennessee. Residents of Music City can momentarily forget the terrible summer heat and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon gathered around barbecues and pools followed by a trek downtown to enjoy one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays and concerts. Many patriots that prefer not to fight the traffic can still enjoy the sights and sounds from their own backyards. Featured in Yahoo! Travel and MSN Living, many fireworks enthusiasts have praised the 4th of July festivities that downtown Nashville has to offer.

“Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing” begins on Friday at noon at the Family Fun Zone on 5th Avenue at Broadway where everyone can enjoy fun games, inflatables, and live music. Musical performances include Jason Eskridge and The Farewell Drifters. At 1pm, a Guinness World Record will be attempted to celebrate the nation’s 30th National Ice Cream Month by scooping the most cups of Dippin’ Dots in 3 minutes. Cups of Dippin’ Dots ice cream will then be served to the crowd at no charge. Later in the evening at the main stage at 1st Avenue and Broadway, a concert will be given featuring Striking Matches, Ashley Monroe, Billy Currington, and the Nashville Symphony. Fireworks will commence at 9:45pm and are said to be the longest in Nashville’s history and the biggest in the south.

Another fireworks celebration taking place near Nashville is located at Providence Marketplace in Mt. Juliet, TN, about 15 miles east of Nashville. The Independence Day celebration at Providence is a local treat for those looking to stay away from the large crowds and traffic of downtown Nashville. The festivities at Providence begin at 4pm with free activities like inflatables, obstacle courses, a balloon artist, face painting, video games, and live music. Musicians include Jack & Diane and The Tim McDonald Band featuring Johnny Hiland. Finally, the night will wrap with the fireworks display beginning at 9pm. Retail stores will be open during this special event with great options for patrons celebrating the 4th of July.

If you are staying  in the Murfreesboro area to celebrate the 4th of July, McKnight Park will be holding the city’s “Celebration Under the Stars”. Activities begin at the outdoor pool at 10am with a pool party, games, and prizes until 4:30pm. The evening activities begin at 5pm where there will be games, activities, and inflatables. Following the presentation of the colors at 8pm by the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department Color Guard and singing of the national anthem by the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra will present a night of traditional patriotic classics. Families can bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs, and blankets. Food vendors will be serving as well.

The employees of StorPlace Self-Storage live and work in the communities of Middle Tennessee and will be participating in the 4th of July activities with family and friends. To honor this special day in our nation’s history, all StorPlace Self Storage stores will be closed on Independence Day. Our stores will resume business the next day on Saturday, July 5th. Thank you for making StorPlace Self Storage your neighborhood storage center.

Antioch: The Continuing Story

Global Mall at the Crossings in Antioch, Tennessee

 

 

Recently, there have been some exciting things happening at what was once the Hickory Hollow Mall, now The Global Mall at the Crossings. Although the mall was closed in 2012, it was sold to a developer, who along with local government, had a vision for the Global Mall and the surrounding communities.

To many people, the perception of Antioch, a community in southeastern Davidson County and governed by the city of Nashville, and the surrounding areas has diminished. Antioch is still a bustling community filled with a diverse group of people and thought. Antioch is filled with hard-working people who take pride in their community and what it has to offer. Over the last few years, not everyone wanted to give up on Antioch. In fact, as a show of confidence in the area and what it has to offer, Davidson County political leaders purchased part of the older Hickory Hollow Mall and adjacent parking lots. Soon thereafter, plans were announced on the conversion of part of the mall into a community center,ice skating rinks (partly sponsored by The Nashville Predators) and a public library. This is a sign that local government along with the residents of Antioch still believe that this is a viable and yes, desirable area for both businesses and families to thrive.

A few months ago, the Global Mall at the Crossings had its Grand Opening, which appeared to be a resounding success. The opening was attended by local residents as well as local dignitaries. The mall parking lot was full of people interested in knowing what was next to come. Just recently, the major deconstruction of the old mall structure process began. There were many people in attendance as the first wall was coming down in preparation of the beginning of the new redesign. The pride that was evident on the faces of those in attendance was inspiring. If that pride is as wide-spread in all of the residents of Antioch, not just those who reside in the Hickory Hollow area, then this area will not only thrive, but it will surely prosper.

The residents of this Great area invite all who doubt to come out, visit and see what the Antioch community still has to offer.Throughout this message there is a theme. If you are one of those who have given up on Antioch, then you are about to miss out on a rising star.

StorPlace Self Storage is proud to be part of this great community! Stop by our Antioch location for all of your storage needs!

Lessen the Stress of Moving with StorPlace Self Storage

StorPlace of Old Hickory BlvdYou have probably come to the point this autumn where you need to store your summer “toys”, clothing and gardening tools. At StorPlace of Old Hickory Blvd in Nashville you can find the storage unit that best fits your needs. We are always ready to greet you with a smile and great service. Not only is Nashville the “Home of Country Music” but it is also home of the best self-storage facility around, StorPlace Self Storage! As a company, we strive to provide great customer service, friendly faces to greet you in the office, and most of all, security for your belongings. We have facilities scattered throughout the city of Nashville to accommodate customers in different parts of town.

Moving is a stressful, tiring, and expensive experience. However, it is possible to lessen the stress by following a few easy moving tips. One of the most important things about moving is to decide how much money you would like to spend on your move. If you have not planned out the financial aspect of moving it is very easy to spend a lot of unnecessary money. During the planning step, it is a good idea to decide what you are taking with you, putting in storage, selling on the internet, or giving away to family. Once you have answered these questions, you can decide what size storage unit you may need to help with storage needs before, during or after you move.  StorPlace Self Storage has several storage unit options available from as small as a 5 x 5 to as big as 10 x 30.  We also recommend renting heated and cooled units during the summer months to protect your belongs from the fluctuating temperatures in the city. If you are storing miscellaneous items that are not heat sensitive, you could store them in an outside (or regular) storage unit, but furniture and electronics would best fit in heated and cooled unit.

After you have organized your storage unit and moving plan, you must decide if you are going to rent a moving truck or pack and move your belongings with the help of family and friends. At this stage, the most important step in moving is correctly packing and labeling your personal belongings. When packing your items, make sure you do not make your boxes too heavy. While packing, we are sometimes focused on getting the move over with and we end up putting too many items inside of a box and it is too hard to lift. Boxes should not be heavier than 30 pounds, so that they can easily be lifted and moved. Also, do not stack your boxes too high in your moving truck or inside the storage unit.  If you are storing or moving large pieces of furniture, place those items at the back of the unit so that your boxes are easily accessible in case you need to grab something quickly. Well, now these tasks are all figured out, you are at the finish line of your move!  You can finally sit back, relax, and enjoy the home of Country Music.

We wish you the best and hope you have a good moving experience and would love to see you at StorPlace of Old Hickory Blvd.