NASHVILLE, TN - Nashville’s newest tour platform Nashville Sites is joining the Nashville scene at full force - partnering with three of the city’s most prominent sweet-makers.While their main goal is to share authentic local history, Nashville Sites is promoting some of the city’s most “Nashville” goods.
The first partnership was established over the summer. When the Wandering Rumpus founder Sarah Wilson was asked to author a tour, her first thought was a “Family Fun” tour to echo the ethos of her family-travel blog. A family-friendly must of any downtown visitor is Nashville’s own Goo Goo Shop and Dessert Bar. Forming in 1901 as the Anchor Candy Company, Standard Candy Company produced the world’s first combination candy bar in 1912: the Goo Goo Cluster. By the 1980s, the caramel, marshmallow, peanut, and chocolate delight was being consumed far beyond the bounds of Davidson County. Their store opened in 2015, which offers everything from a dessert bar to chocolate classes. When Goo Goo discovered they were on the tour, they decided to offer a 15 percent in-store discount to all “Family Fun” tour-takers.
Goo Goo is also providing gifts, both edible and not, at Nashville Sites’ launch benefit this Thursday. The benefit will also feature custard-based ice cream from Hattie Jane’s Creamery, which was founded in 2016 by Claire Crowell. Announcing the partnership on WSMV’s Today in Nashville last week, the ice cream for the event is inspired by Sarah Estell, who is featured on both the “Women’s History Highlights” and “Early Black Life and Culture” tours. Estell was a free black woman who owned an ice cream shop on Summer Street, now Fifth Avenue, which can be identified by a historic marker in Sarah's honor. The shop later expanded to Cherry Street, today's Fourth Avenue. From the 1830s until the 1860s, Sarah produced flavors ranging from parmesan to rye bread.
The benefit is this Thursday, November 14th at the historic Clementine Hall from 5:30-8. It features catering by Black Rabbit and an open bar. Call Metro Historical Commission at 615-862-7970 or visit Eventbrite for tickets.