Between West End, Music Row, Green Hills and Belle Meade, you will find that there are lots of little shops carrying designer or independent labels that have very trendy clothes. These boutiques are good for window shopping but are not fit for most med students’ budgets. Sometimes you can find good sales, so you never know when you will get lucky.

12th Avenue South

Area of eclectic shops that sells everything from clothing to house ware items.

Bell Meade

There are some VMS favorites on Harding Pike in Bell Meade.
*American Artisan, Inc (; 4231 Harding Pike #2) is found in a tiny shopping center along with some expensive women’s clothing and other specialty stores. The American Artisan has lots of artsy-craftsy items, great for decorating or gift-giving. American Artisan features local artists and their work for sale. Watch out for the extraordinarily expensive vases, but there are many affordable dishes, kaleidoscopes, jewelry pieces, and other fun things! Also keep an eye out for their two arts & crafts fairs during the year at Centennial Park — one usually falls around Orientation Week.
*Blush Boutique (4326 Harding Pike) cute women’s clothing.


A number of specialty shops grouped together, including The Cottonpatch (women’s shoes and clothing), Jewelry Medley (fun jewelry, note cards, odds and ends), CoCo’s (expensive women’s clothing), several art galleries, and restaurants.

Bavarian Village

A group of specialty shops located across from Grace’s Plaza on Hillsboro Road. This area houses some of the finest luxury items including jewelry, gourmet foods, and clothing. Some shops include Athlete’s Foot, a golf shop, and Khoury’s Jewelers.

Demonbreun Street

Next to the popular bars on Demonbreun are some nice boutiques that feature designer labels.
VMS Favorite:
*Off Broadway - around the corner from Dan McGuiness is Off Broadway, it features an extremely large (and discount) variety of brand name shoes.

Downtown Nashville

The stores on 2nd Ave. N. include Market Street Clothiers, Roxy, Broadway Photo Guild, Rainbow Glass, Lavender & Lace, Holly Tree Antiques, Nashville Artists’ Guild Gallery, Tortilla Flat, and the Old Spaghetti Factory. There is also an American Apparel right in the heart of downtown on Broadway.

Elliston Place

A funky strip of restaurants, vintage clothing stores, bookstores, and a guitar shop. While you’re there, be sure to stop by the Elliston Place Soda Shop for a great milkshake or malt.

Grace’s Plaza

Named after Grace’s (expensive women’s clothing with some good sales on good clothes). You will also find The Cotton Mill, Nashville Trunk and Bag, and Corzine & Co. Jewelers.

Hillsboro Village

Wide variety of stores within walking distance of Vanderbilt on 21st Ave. South. It features a sushi bar, a hardware store, a lamp store, several clothing stores, Provence Bakery, a jewelry store, a photography studio, a few bars, Belcourt Twin Theater, and Pancake Pantry.
VMS Favorites:
*Pangaea - an import shop that gets new and interesting stuff in daily.
*Fire Finch - selling specialty-made jewelry, purses and clothing.
*A Thousand Faces – sells bags, jewelry, and one-of –a-kind art (for those looking to make their new place in Nashville a happy home.)
*Posh Boutique- women and men’s clothing…the store in Green Hills sells different things.

The Hill Center

Great shopping area that includes clothing stores like Anthropologie, Posh Boutique, Hemline, and Johnston and Murphy. These stores are a little pricey, but you can also visit The Hill Center to shop at Whole Foods or eat at Zoe’s Kitchen, Pei Wei, or Five Guys.
VMS Favorites:
*Francesca’s Collections
*Posh Boutique
*Lululemon Athletica

West End Ave

While this street is mostly known for its selection of restaurants, spend some time driving around to spot locally owned stores.
VMS Favorites:
*Boutique Bella
*Studio 615 Boutique
*UAL (United Apparel Liquidators)