Over the weekend I travelled to Nashville with the folks at GQ, running social coverage for them as they kicked off their GQ "How-To" month. This October, GQ is bringing its October "How-To" issue to life helping men across the country look sharp and live smart through various partnerships and events with some of GQ's favorite bars, shops, retailers, and restaurants, among other things. I was born in Tennessee, but never had I experienced Nashville. Let me say, first, that this city is filled with creative, ambitious young people. They move there with a drive to succeed much like the attitudes young people who move to New York City or Los Angeles possess. And every friend I made put forth a seemingly authentic effort to let me know that I was their friend, not just someone they can use to get somewhere else.

More importantly, I loved Nashville for the simple fact that its businesses pursue quality. Every restaurant, retailer, and bar we visited conveyed a level of passion and zest for their trade in a way I haven't seen elsewhere. The cocktails were top notch, the leather goods were flawless, and the food was cooked to perfection. People just care about doing an excellent job with their work.

That attitude is contagious, and I caught the fever. I really believe that that attitude is what greatly contributes to the success Nashville has from an entrepreneurial perspective.

PS, our new friend Tony Czech, a Nashville based photography, hung with us all day documenting our time there. He took some incredible shots!

And here are some of the ones we visited...

PETER NAPPI

Peter Nappi is forged out of rugged, worn, southern utility, and refined by the traditions of Italian elegance. What you get is southern elegance. This business cares about quality, and it's evident in the luxury leather goods they create.

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WHITE'S MERCANTILE

I really enjoyed White's. It's a part of a neighborhood called Twelve South, and this neighborhood has seen a recent resurgence of creativity and entrepreneurship spring forth. And while the store's not even a year old, it's built a reputable name around the city. Its concept is simple: it's a modern day general store; you can find almost anything you want there.

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IMOGENE + WILLIE 

We've written a post on these folks before. This shop has also contributed to the recent success of Twelve South as a neighborhood. Begun by Matt and Carrie Eddmenson (married), Imogene + Willie is the manifestation of a dream the two have long had. They make quality denim, and they focus on two aspects: fit and wash. Inside this old, renovated gas station, I+W are making some incredible clothing.

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Friday we'll be looking more closely at featured bars from the weekend with details about the specialty cocktails they made. Here are a some more snap shots from our time there!

We had over 30 people at our last minute Instameet! We all hung out at the steps of the State Capitol. I made some awesome new friends!

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The Listening Room Cafe in downtown.

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Urban Grub on Twelve South.

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Mercy Lounge in The Gulch.

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Mint Julep at Patterson House in Midtown.

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Can't wait to show you more!