Though SPACES (in the old McClures building) is still partly under construction, it's already a very "Zen" place to shop. The focus of SPACES is "individuality," offering shoppers unique items and apparel that they won't find elsewhere in Nashville. When completed, there will be 19 businesses total, including fashion boutiques, a coffee shop, spa, restaurant, interior design, pet stuff, baby, maternity and jewelry. This Thursday, Aug. 12, SPACES is hosting "Fashion for Every Body," a fashion show benefiting the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT). The show will feature the latest fall fashions from the shops at SPACES, modeled by people of various ages, sizes and ethnicities. Tracy Rathbone of EDCT and Tami Sprintz-Hall, the developer of SPACES, have put together this event to raise awareness and get people talking about eating disorders. Besides fashions for women, men, kids and dogs, there's food, drink and music. All ticket sales and 10 percent of the boutiques' proceeds from the evening will benefit EDCT's education and support programs.
Find it: SPACES, 600 Highway 100. Fashion show tickets, $20. Call 831-9838 for info.
A goddess in Brentwood
Nestled up on a hill in Brentwood, tucked discreetly behind a hotel is Athena, a state-of-the-art women-only health club and decadent spa. All health club members and anyone receiving spa services have access to Athena's wet and dry saunas, lap pool and Jacuzzi. The steam room even has twinkling lights that mimic the night sky. Besides advanced body wraps and massages like craniosacral, reflexology and lymph drainage, Athena also offers all the latest peels, nail treatments, Botox and Restylane. Come as you are; do not dress to impress. Though you might hear client names like "Winfrey" whispered, Athena is luxurious, yet relaxedlike a spa should be.
Find it: Athena Health Club and Day Spa, 620 Church St. E., Brentwood, 221-1091.
Next time you're putting around Coolsprings or Franklin, find your way to Valerie's Boutique. It has all kinds of adorable items from Juicy Couture, Jake's Dry Goods, Kenzie and lots of fun fashion jewelry. The prices seem slightly lower than other sporty boutiques, and right now there's a blowout sale.
Find it: Valerie's Boutique, 330 Mayfield Dr., Franklin, 778-0202.
What are you wearing?
Bryan Adams, artist and romantic, found at John Bridges' house
Shirt By Penguin, bought in Atlanta, and seen recently at Buckle
Jeans From Abercrombie
Accessories Flip-flops from Buckle
What's your personal style? "Comfortable, casual and cute"
What do you wear when you paint? "Shorts, a T-shirt and socks (no shoes)"