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506 Lofts Spotlight Nashville Artisans And Help Homeless Neighbors
Earlier this year, I rounded up my picks for the most unique places to stay in Nashville, to give Music City newcomers/visitors a more inspiring — and creatively indicative — place to crash here than a beige Days Inn.
One of those picks, 506 Lofts on Church Street, has continued to grab my interest, not just for what it looks like, but for what the owners do, too.
As a place to stay, 506 Lofts is especially special in Nashville — it embodies our city’s mix of rich history and vibrant growth, and it taps the rich creative resources in the local community for a cool, Nashville-focused aesthetic.
The lofts opened in March of this year, after extensive renovations to the nearly 140-year-old building at 506 Church. Those renovations didn’t strip out the history for modernity; instead, interior designer Katie Vance (a Nashville talent whose commercial work is some of my favorite in the city) played up original attributes like exposed brick, beams and concrete to honor the downtown Nashville spaces’ beginnings, and added in classic and cool kitchen and bath finishes and bold furnishings that nod to Nashville’s ahead-of-the-curve style.
Inside the five lofts, you’ll see the brushwork of local artists (beautiful mural work from I Saw the Sign), furniture and lighting by local designers (Steric Design and Southern Lights Electric), books by local authors (Jennifer Justus’ Nashville Eats is one), plants from local floral designers (East Nashville’s FLWR Shop) and more.
It’s one of those places that, check-in to check-out, reminds me of why I love the Nashville creative/entrepreneur community so much.
But the 506 Lofts’ owners have also taken time to ensure that their place pays homage to the credo of the Volunteer State. With the opening of the lofts, they also launched the Rooms for Rooms program, designed to raise funds for local homeless advocacy organizations Room in the Inn and the Nashville Rescue Mission, while encouraging other rental owners to do the same.
Those folks put aside 5 percent of every booking for the program, and since opening, they’ve raised more than $5000 to help the homeless.
“We wanted our lofts to be more than a cool place to stay in Nashville,” 506 Lofts co-owner Micah Lacher said in a release. “Honoring Nashville’s spirit — and our team’s shared goals — meant giving back to the community had to be a consistent part of what we do, too.”
(If you’re a rental property owner and you’d like to take part in the program, email email@example.com.)
Coming to Nashville to explore and see if it’s a city you’d like to live in? These lofts definitely aren’t a bad place to get acquainted with who we are.
Drop by 506Lofts.com to learn more, and see more photos.
If you end up deciding that Nashville is the right place for you, I’d love to help you find a more permanent place to set roots. Reach out and tell me about what your must-have list looks like, and I’ll get to work!
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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