5 Small Town Shops Worth the Drive from Nashville


With fall right around the corner, there’s no better time for an afternoon drive to discover hidden gems in Nashville’s surrounding areas. Among them, you’ll find enchanting antique shops, carefully curated gift shops, and more. Escape the rush of the city and fall in love with small-town charm with these five unforgettable spots from Columbia to Bell Buckle!

5 Small Town Shops Worth the Drive from Nashville

Bluebird Antiques and Ice Cream Parlor

15 Webb Rd E., Bell Buckle, TN 37020 • (931) 389-6549
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm

Are you ready to feel like you’ve just stepped back in time? Look no further than Bell Buckle, TN, a town as quaint as its name. Bell Buckle is located in Bedford County, TN, with a population of 600 and a downtown that is one of the most historic in the state. A visit to Bell Buckle promises an unforgettable experience if you peruse unique shopping, enjoy local eats, browse antique malls, or attend local crafts festivals.

One must-see stop in the bunch is Bluebird Antiques and Ice Cream Parlor. This turn-of-the-century soda bar is something out of a movie and showcases homemade waffle cones, hand-dipped ice cream, pies and cakes, caramel corn, and an iconic fried green tomato cheeseburger cooked in a cast iron skillet. The aesthetic of this shop alone is worth the drive.

Bell Buckle may be known for its arts and crafts festival, but Bluebird Antiques and Ice Cream Parlor is worth the drive, too!

Sidewalk area outside of Bell Buckle Cafe

Bell Buckle boasts small-town charm in spades.

Close-up of a sign advertising sandwiches, fudge pies, and fried pies

Whether you’re looking for something sweet or savory, Bluebird Antiques and Ice Cream Parlor has you covered.

Loblolly Interior Market Antiques

810 Walker St., Columbia, TN 38401 • (931) 388-4676
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday

Are you daydreaming about being transported to 18th-century Europe? Loblolly Interior Market Antiques can do just that, offering one of the most pristine collections of European antiques in the South. Owner Ellen Calvin began sharing her love of antiques by hosting trunk shows featuring magical pieces from her various travels. That led to the opening of Loblolly Interiors 17 years ago, and it has since become one of the most beloved antique shops in Middle Tennessee. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, this place will have you believing you’ve been beamed to the Versailles Palace!

Exterior of Loblolly Interior Market Antiques

It may look quintessentially southern from the exterior, but inside, Loblolly Interior Market Antiques is one of the most wonderful collections of European antiques.

Vignette with antiques at Loblolly Interiors

From art to armoires, Loblolly has a stunning selection of imported pieces.

Antique dining room table and chairs ant Loblolly Interiors

Loblolly’s owner says her favorite piece is a decadent gold crested 18th-century barometer — just one of the many priceless antiques that make this store unforgettable. Every piece in the store is hand selected and carefully shipped from around the world.

Antique chair and mirror on display at Loblolly Interiors

From grand mirrors, elaborate furniture sets, chandeliers, and artwork to timeless French decor, Loblolly is a treasured antique shop worth the drive from anywhere.

Antique chandelier on display at Loblolly Interiors

If you want to decorate your home with the most intentional, awe-inspiring, luxurious antiques, then Loblolly is your dream destination.

Creekside Trading Company

4145 Old Hillsboro Rd., Franklin, TN 37064 • (615) 628-8139
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed monday

Located in iconic Leipers Fork, Creekside Trading is the kind of store that you’ll have to do several laps around to ensure you do not miss anything. If a store had soul, Creekside Trading certainly has a beautiful one. The shop is adorned with captivating merchandise, including antiques, instruments, home goods, accessories, and even locally made goodies. Keep an eye out for a fun hidden detail — the back porch overlooks a charming creek and scenic nature expanse. Purring about the store are two brother cats named “Bengal” and “Jack,” who love to rub up on customers and beg for treats.

Exterior of Creekside Trading store

Whether you take Highway 100, Old Hillsboro Road, or the breathtaking Natchez trace bridge to get there, Leiper’s Fork is the heart of Nashville and home to several country music legends.

Salt and pepper shakers for sale at Creekside Trading

From fun salt and pepper shakers to locally made goodies, Creekside Trading offers plenty of items to peruse.

Ye Peddler Gift Shoppe

305 W Eighth St., Columbia, TN 38401 • (931) 388-8888
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed sunday

If southern charm were a tangible place, it would be the beloved Ye Peddler Gift Shoppe. Their tagline is “Wrapping up happy from our home to yours.” You know that feeling you get when the weather slips beneath 65 degrees, the leaves start to fall, and you rewatch “Gilmore Girls” for the 20th time? If you bottled up that nostalgic, seasonal feeling and created a store, you would have Ye Peddler Gift Shoppe. Set in the most picturesque blue historic cottage home, this hidden gem is an excellent stop for mothers, daughters, and brides-to-be.

In business for over 40 years, Ye Peddler specializes in home and bridal. In fact, it is the most popular bridal boutique in Columbia, Tennessee, and generations of mothers and daughters have used the shop to build their wedding registries. This one-of-a-kind boutique has the most exceptional staff of ladies who prioritize the customer’s needs over the sale. They even offer complimentary gift wrapping. Whether you’re a bride, a tourist, or a local needing a gift, shopping at Ye Peddler is an unforgettable experience filled with whimsical charm.

Exterior of Ye Peddler gift shop

Did we mention that the store smells like a homemade apple pie?

Halloween decor for sale at Ye Peddler gift shop

Ye Peddler Gift Shoppe isn’t just for brides. You can also find a fantastic jewelry collection, candles, handmade hats and leather goods, and home decor.

Housewares and kitchen accessories for sale at Ye Peddler gift shop

Ye Peddler offers no shortage of dishware and kitchen accoutrements!

Moss & Embers Home Decorum

2100 TN-96, Burns, TN 37029 • (615) 375-8060
Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm; closed Sunday through Wednesday

Out of the pandemic rubble, one brave woman decided to pursue a lifelong interior design passion and start her dream shop. Karen and her husband, Dan, left careers in healthcare to create Moss & Embers Home Decorum, a store that celebrates individuality. The couple used their quarantine period wisely, building a store that does not feel rushed or cliché. Instead, Moss and Embers is an intentional and authentic home store that showcases timeless furniture, home decor, textiles, and lighting fixtures that can meet anyone at their price point. The store’s focal point is a working kitchen that Karen and Dan insisted on, complete with a farm sink, kitchen island, and stove. Get ready for a shopping experience that feels like you’ve fallen into a home design magazine!

Various trinkets and kitchen supplies at Moss and Embers.

Shop owners Karen and Dan pride themselves on the hand selection of intentional staples and exceptional brands at Moss & Embers Home Decorum. They even have a pet section that aims to promote charity by donating the proceeds from those items to local animal shelters and non-profits! Image: Instagram

Couch and coffee table set-up in Moss & Embers

Karen grew up between England and Ireland, so the shop boasts authentic nods to her European upbringing. Image: Instagram

Kitchen island filled with accessories at Moss & Embers

A working kitchen offers an eye-catching focal point at Moss & Embers Home Decorum. The shop features brands like Smeg tea kettles, Pyper & Leaf tea, and the iconic Mason Cash British line of cookware & bowls used by the royal family and The Great British Baking Show. Image: Instagram

Vignette at Moss & Embers

“I want a store that is always changing merchandising while remaining authentic,” says Karen. “I seek timeless, multipurpose pieces that can be used in many seasonal settings.” Image: Instagram

Enjoy your shopping endeavors! All photography by Madison Rose Lovely unless otherwise noted.

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