Nashville

Blame the ubiquitous hum of country music (guitar-wielding singers are everywhere, from airport bars to downtown street corners), but we fell hard for this Southern capital's rugged denim spots, indie record stores and—yep—vintage cowboy-boot dealers.

Grimey's New & Preloved Music

If your only references for culty indie music shops are Empire Records and High Fidelity, you need to visit this beloved store, jam-packed with thousands of LPs and staffed by hardcore music nerds (sans Rex Manning).

1604 Eighth Ave. S., 615-254-4801, grimeys​.com

 

H. Audrey

There isn’t a Barneys or Bergdorfs in Nashville, but Holly Williams—daughter of music legend Hank Jr.—fills the void with her two-story shop, which offers a department-store-style range of J Brand jeans, Rick Owens leather jackets and Clare Vivier clutches.

4027 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 703, 615-760-5701, haudrey.com

 

Habit

This airy boutique carries Matta embroidered tunics, Susana Monaco maxi dresses and chunky turquoise necklaces—basically, your perfect beach vacation wardrobe.

2209 Bandywood Dr., Ste. H, 615-292-9399, facebook.com/habitboutique

I See London

This dreamy lingerie boutique nestled next to Habit (the two shops share a space and an owner) sells sweet underwear for every occasion—from Hanky Panky boy-shorts for lounging to Eberjey lace bralettes for honeymooning.

2209 Bandywood Dr., Ste. G, 615-292-9399, facebook.com/habitboutique

Imogene + Willie

From the outside, it looks like a dilapidated gas station. Inside, it’s the HQ for Matt and Carrie Eddmenson’s vintage-inspired, loved-by-cool-kids jeans, all designed, custom-tailored and sold on-site.

2601 12th Ave. S., 615-292-5005, imogene​and​willie​.com

Old Made Good

Two DIY-minded girlfriends—one restores ’50s armchairs, the other turns antique coins into pendant necklaces—launched this store for homemade creations, vintage housewares, and witty cards. In 2013, they expanded to a 2,500 square foot space and did what any sensible people would do: covered every inch of the floor in gold glitter.

3701B Gallatin Pike, 615-432-2882, old​made​good​.com

Goodbuy Girls

This teeny vintage spot specializing in gently worn cowboy boots is the perfect place for your “when in Nashville” purchase. Our pick: a red ’70s pair—though some white-fringed Dolly Parton–esque ones were seriously tempting.

1108 Woodland St., 615-281-9447, goodbuygirls​nashville​.com

Wonders on Woodland

Shopping this rambling East Nashville Victorian-turned–antiques shop is like exploring Grandma’s frozen-in-time house—if Grandma had saved all the right retro things (’70s ceramic lamps, ’50s board games, ’60s wrought-iron patio chairs).

1110 Woodland St., 615-226-5300

Local Honey

The coolest part about this Hillsboro vintage-mixed-with-new-stuff boutique: The new stuff—White Rabbit tunics, Ren feather earrings—is all made by young, independent Nashville designers.

2009 Belmont Blvd., 615-915-1354, facebook.com/localhoneynashville

Peter Nappi

This year-old leather-goods line is located in an abandoned Germantown meatpacking plant that’s really hard to find. So activate your GPS—the handstitched boots and buttery totes are worth the hunt.

1308 Adams St., 615-248-3310, peternappi​.com

The Cosmetic Market

Picture Sephora—then add a heaping dose of Southern charm. This beauty megastore features Lorac and Stila makeup counters, a salon, a candy counter and Southern-belle saleswomen who couldn’t be friendlier.

4015 Hillsboro Pike, plus other locations, 615-298-7759, thecosmetic​market​.com

The Trunk

Riding the food-truck wave, this new boutique sells hip gifty items (Seraphine pyrite chokers, Seamless clutches) out of a converted UPS-style truck.

Check Facebook for location, 407-497-4631, thetrunk​nashville​.com