Tucked inside the heart of Brentwood, the bustling urban district known as Town Center was once a dream of locals and city administrators. For decades, they envisioned a trendy downtown destination for fun, food and culture in the city, and in recent years that dream has become a reality.
Brentwood Town Center
Geographically defined by Old Hickory Boulevard to the north, Interstate 65 to the east, Church Street to the south and Franklin Road to the west, Town Center now has more than 100 retail stores, restaurants and businesses serving the community. That surge of energy was partly fueled by the City of Brentwood taking steps to encourage redevelopment of the area, from the construction of Town Center Way to upgrading water and sewer lines and creating a traffic roundabout at the intersection of Wilson Pike Circle.
“I’ve seen this area come a long way, and it’s exciting to see a new wave of businesses opening here,” says Stacey Rhodes, who owns Stacey Rhodes Boutique on Franklin Road. “I’ve lived here since I was 14, and all my family lives here. I’m one of the pioneers.”
Rhodes opened her full-service boutique in 2002 in Brentwood’s Hill Center. When she outgrew the space, Town Center provided a perfect place to relocate.
“I wanted the perfect location and looked at several places,” she says. “This building was an old bike shop, and I loved this location. It jumped out at me because it’s a storefront everyone passes by. It faces Franklin Road and backs up to the roundabout of Town Center.”
Rhodes moved the boutique to its current location in September 2010 and couldn’t be happier.
“There’s a lot of energy here,” she says. “I love to see the direction Brentwood is going with independent retail and restaurants.”
Stacey Rhodes Boutique provides styling from head to toe, including clothes, undergarments, shoes, jewelry, handbags, lingerie and some amazing one-of-a-kind hats.
”We do hats and dresses for the Derby and Steeplechase, and we do a huge annual hat event in April called An Affair of the Hat,” Rhodes says. “It benefits the T.J. Martell Foundation.”
Town Center Restaurants
In August 2010, Town Center saw the opening of The Local Taco, a hugely popular eatery that focuses on fresh, creative tacos made with locally produced ingredients.
“We try to push the envelope with our special tacos every day,” says Local Taco owner John Ko. “One day we’ll offer a Lobster BLT Taco or a Sesame-Seared Mahi Taco, but you can also mix it up with our regular tacos, like a Southern Fried Chicken Taco or a Korean BBQ Taco. We also offer a great happy hour spot with two patios during nicer weather.”
“I knew the demographics were very strong in Brentwood, and I thought people would appreciate something different from the average Tex-Mex restaurant,” Ko says. “I believe there’s a lot of potential in this area. Brentwood Town Center can truly become a live, work and play environment.”
Town Center is a one-stop destination for dates or family outings, thanks to Towne Centre Theatre. The community theater group occupies a restored historic building and presents a roster of live shows and musicals each season.
Uncle Classic Barbershop
Service providers are also setting up shop in Town Center. Amy Tanksley opened Uncle Classic Barbershop on Franklin Road in 2008, and it was so successful she has since opened a second location in Nashville's Belle Meade area.
“There’s a real buzz about this area with new specialty retailers coming in,” Tanksley says. “It’s important for Brentwood citizens to have places to eat and shop here and not have to drive to another location. I love how the retailers support one another, and the customers are always thrilled we’re not a franchise.”
Uncle Classic is a traditional barbershop with a modern twist.
“We’re a full-service barbershop that provides great grooming for men, from haircuts and men’s color to straight-razor shaves. We’re all about creating lasting relationships with our customers, who soon become friends,” Tanksley says. “We see a lot of great little boys in here, too. We’re very popular with the Brentwood moms.”
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