Rolling Mill is Home to Creativity

05/14/2014 -

The Tennessean

Rolling Mill Hill is home to creativity

Alex Beecher and Jessica Hill11:09 p.m. CDT April 27, 2014

Rolling Mill Hill, a start­up hub nestled along Peabody Street near the Cumberland River, appears fairly unassuming at first glance, but it isn’t.

According to the people who work in the old Trolley Barns, it is a vibrant and exciting community of entrepreneurs, techies and artistic types.

With its mixed-income residential areas, assorted businesses and restaurants, Rolling Mill Hill is a haven for a creative community that loves to work, live and play.

All of the Trolley Barns, formerly home to Nashville’s streetcar fleet, have been renovated, creating space for a diverse working environment open to a range of workplace passions. Occupants include the Nashville Entrepreneur CenterEmma (an email marketing service), Center for Nonprofit ManagementHands On Nashville(which coordinates a network of volunteers for community service), Baker Sullivan Hoover (an accounting firm), Centric Archi­tecture and Pinewood Social (a restaurant/bar/coffee shop/bowling alley).

Sense of community

Those who work there say the best thing about their experience is the overwhelming sense of community.“It’s a really fun environment,” said Benjamin Goldberg, co-owner of Pinewood Social. “You’ve got a lot of creative types and a lot of locally owned businesses.”

The opening of Pinewood Social has attracted new folks to the neighborhood. More people are getting to know this unique area of Nashville, a gentrifying district that once housed the massive General Hospital, Nashville’s city bus maintenance center and the Tennessee School for the Blind.

“I love areas that have not truly been defined,” Goldberg added, talking about the unusual feel of the Trolley Barns.

These historic structures were not destroyed, but rather renovated. The spacious offices have glass doors and open ceilings, and many are well-adorned with fun, modern décor that suits the areas’ funky atmosphere.

Those who work and live around Rolling Mill Hill can take advantage of Pinewood Social’s convenient location or treat themselves to a cup of fresh juice or a wrap from the Turnip Truck Cafe.

It is a home away from home for those working in the offices, and an actual home for those living on the hill. Access to Nashville’s greenway system and a killer view of the city seal the deal on the neighborhood.

Reach Jessica Hill at jessica.hill@ec.co. Reach Alex Beecher at doniomaria992@gmail.com.

 

 

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