Fruit in a Reusable Bag

Living With Less Plastic

Plastic Free July is a campaign that encourages us to look at our relationship with plastic. How much plastic do we use on a daily basis?  Where can we make adjustments to switch to reusable […]

Just pulled onions

Natural & Organic, What’s the Difference?

A common misconception exists amongst shoppers when it comes to the labels ‘natural’ and ‘organic’. Most people think that the two are equally safe, healthy and environmentally sound; in reality, they’re vastly different. This common […]

The Love Local Shop

Love Local expands it’s small business directory to include an online shop.  Caring for the environment is an integral part of the Love Local mission, as is supporting small businesses. Love Local married the two […]

Lunchskins

Bye-Bye Ziploc®: Plastic-Free Lunch

Did you know the average American uses around 500 single use plastic baggies a year?  Only a small portion of those baggies will ever be recycled, the majority instead ending up in landfills and waterways […]

12 south Farmers Market Nashville

Behind the Farmer’s Market

Green leaf buds, cherry blossoms and tulips are the beautiful visual cues that spring has arrived. Spring also ushers in the return of farmer’s markets as farmers start sowing seeds and producing produce for markets […]

Reusable Produce Bag

Behind the ‘Organic’ Label

Understanding what organic means and what it applies to can be confusing. What types of products does the USDA certification apply to? What does it mean when the word ‘organic’ is used on a label? […]

Jeans

Sustainable Fashion: Viscose

When it comes to purchasing clothing, there are endless options at our fingertips. What makes one fabric better or more sustainable than another? What are the environmental impacts of creating clothing and how will it […]

Brand Spotlight: Christy Dawn

Christy Dawn is a brand that will transport you to a picturesque field, filled with vibrant flowers, accented by a soft blue sky. A Los Angeles based brand with roots in an earth friendly ethos, […]

Long Hungry Creek Farm

Biodynamic Farming

Biodynamic farming is defined by the Biodynamics Association as a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food, and nutrition. The practice of biodynamic farming was first introduced in the 1920’s by Dr. Rudolf Steiner, […]

Beeswax Wrap

The Future of Convenience

To understand how small businesses came to be, we have to step back in time. Around 800BC  the citizens of ancient Greece organized the first iteration of shopping small with an open air market where […]

Vintage Jacket

MadAndie Brand Spotlight

Elizabeth Graf has always had a love for vintage.  “The imperfections and stories behind every piece of old jewelry and furniture fascinate me. There has yet to be a vintage typewriter, metal box or wood […]

Greenwashing

Greenwashing

I was 27 when I started paying attention to labels and marketing. Perhaps because during my time working at a prominent New York City ad agency, I gained a deeper understanding of the process behind […]

Sage Refill Market Founders

Refill It Nashville

There’s a movement taking hold around trash. As consumers become more aware of the issues surrounding trash, specifically plastic waste, they are not sitting idly by. People are seeking out alternatives to plastic, asking questions […]

Artist Ashley_Trabue

A Moment With Ashley Trabue

Ashley Trabue is an artist in Nashville, TN with an ethos of self love, compassion and female empowerment. Ashley’s artwork is a gentle and honest expression of the human body in all its forms. Personally, […]

MEEL Nashville Food Kit

Eating Local During COVID-19

At this moment in time, we find ourselves living through a situation that is touching and changing all of our lives.  First and foremost, I hope everyone is taking every measure to stay safe and […]

Founder Jennifer Liepis with coffee

Shop Small

w/ Love Local My name is Jen and I created Love Local because I wanted to support independently owned brands and truly shop small.  My journey started while living in New York City, I stumbled […]

Gold and Ivy founder

Meet the Maker: Gold + Ivy

This week I sat down with Alexis Smith, founder of local candle company, Gold + Ivy. As soon as we begin it’s clear there’s something special underneath her quiet, polite exterior.  This twenty-four year old […]

candles

Burn a Candle and Breathe Easy

Candles come in all shapes, sizes and smells.  I get excited when I find a scent I love and can’t wait to burn it at home and have the lovely smell fill the house.  However, […]

Pelican and Pig

E. Nashville Restaurant Week 2020

Reservations are now open for East Nashville Restaurant Week, February 16th – 22nd.  Our favorite restaurants will be offering discounts and special menu items, showcasing the depth of this small but mighty neighborhood.  Chefs have […]

Woman with reusable chopping bag

Resolving 2020

It’s a new year so here it comes: change.  The ball has dropped and we put our best intentions into setting new years resolutions to change something in our lives for the better.  Change can be scary […]

Heider's Honey owners

Meet the Maker : Heider’s Honey

Imagine a quiet residential neighborhood in Northeast Ohio lined with unassuming homes surrounded by green grass and full trees.  The flowers are blooming and the bees are buzzing. Heider’s Honey is a small husband and […]