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10 Reasons Why Gear Makers Love Nashville

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Nashville, Tennessee, is the heart of the country music scene, but it has also become a city of makers. From gorgeous longboards to some of the country’s best beer, here’s a roundup of our favorite products from this Southern destination.
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Owner Dickie “Solo” Soloperto reclaims 150-year-old wood from old homes to make these bespoke decks.
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The Telecaster has been the ax of choice for musicians such as Waylon Jennings, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban.
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This East Nashville chocolatier adds a touch of the South to its chocolate balls by including ingredients like salted bourbon caramel and buttermilk fondant.
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Designed in Tennessee and made by Peruvian artisans using Peruvian leather.
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Transplants like Jack White of the White Stripes (Detroit) and Jason Isbell of Drive-By Truckers (Alabama), along with scores of other nonnatives, have helped define Nashville’s current music scene.
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This American pilsner, a popular regional style in the pre-Prohibition 1880s, is made with local, non-GMO white corn for a bright flavor and slightly sweet finish.
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A mammoth main compartment makes this bag functional for everyday carry items. Locally sourced bison leather makes it beautiful.
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You might have seen these shirts on Ellen Degeneres, the Foo Fighters, and the Beach Boys. They were designed to build support for the city after a historic flood destroyed much of its downtown in 2010.
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Built from locally sourced walnut wood and sealed with mineral oil, this pretty cutting board has a recycled piece of skateboard deck running down one side.
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Otis James made his mark in neckwear, but hats are his true passion. This waxed-canvas Camper features a hand-painted label and is rugged enough to be crammed into a carry-on.