Get Books, Give Back to Our City: IndieNashGiving


It’s an interesting time to live in our city right now, as “new Nashville” and “old Nashville” blend to become the Nashville of tomorrow. Whether you’re excited for all the fresh faces and businesses showing up in Tennessee every day or getting a little tired of the cranes perched over the skyline (or both), here’s something we can all agree on: Nashvillians care. We care about our city’s future, we care about honoring the heart and soul of Nashville, and — most importantly — we care about each other. Coming up this Saturday, November 25, lots of Nashville businesses are showing just how much we care by donating a portion of sales to local nonprofits, in an effort called IndieNashGiving.

These local establishments have pledged to give 5-10% of their sales on Small Business Saturday (the Saturday after Thanksgiving — one of the busiest shopping days of the year) to the local charity of their choice. That means when you shop, dine, get your hair done, grab coffee, or buy gifts at any of these Nashville-owned businesses this Saturday, you’ll get what you need and provide something someone else needs. So you’re not just supporting the local economy — you’re supporting the important organizations that take care of Nashville, too. All without spending an extra cent! (See full list of participating businesses below.)

Screen Shot 2017-11-14 at 1.37.25 PMHere at Parnassus, we’ve chosen two nonprofits to split our donated proceeds: the Nashville Food Project, which brings people together to grow, cook, and share nourishing food in order to alleviate hunger, and Shower the People, a mobile shower unit which will provide showers and restrooms to the homeless.

In the book biz, this Saturday is also known as “Indies First,” a collaborative effort among independently owned bookstores across the country to give book-lovers a holiday shopping experience they can’t have online or anywhere else! We’ll have local authors serving as volunteer booksellers in the store on Saturday, wrapping gifts, assisting guests, and making custom reading recommendations. Our Saturday storytime will happen at 10:30 a.m. for little ones, too (perhaps with special guest or two). It’ll feel like a party in here — so don’t miss it!

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On #IndiesFirst and #IndieNashGiving day, shop books from the people who write them! You never know which local author might greet you at the door or wrap your presents . . .

We wish you the happiest Thanksgiving, and we’re thankful for you.

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Shop local, and your dollars have a greater impact than ever on the city you love! These businesses are participating in IndieNashGiving, donating 5-10% of proceeds to the following charities:

2Danes -> Room In the Inn & Pearl Point Cancer Support
Ash Blue -> The Alliance for Green Hills
Beveled Edge -> Nashville Food Project
Blowout Co. -> NUSA
Bongo Java Belmont -> Operation Stand Down and Bongo Community Foundation Fund
Bongo Java East -> Operation Stand Down and Bongo Community Foundation Fund
BOX – Bongo & Bakery -> Operation Stand Down and Bongo Community Foundation Fund
City House -> Nashville Food Project
Draper James -> Girls, Inc.
Fenwick’s 300 -> Operation Stand Down and Bongo Community Foundation Fund
Fido -> Operation Stand Down and Bongo Community Foundation Fund
Five Daughters Bakery -> Given Ministries
FLWR -> Trap Garden
Grimey’s -> Music Cares & Second Harvest Food Bank
Grimey’s Too -> Music Cares & Second Harvest Food Bank
Halcyon Bike Shop -> Oasis Center
Hester & Cook -> Wonderful Life Foundation
High Note Gifts -> Napier Elementary
Las Paletas -> Oasis Center
Levy’s -> American Cancer Society
Little Gourmand -> Monroe Harding
Little Octopus -> Nashville Food Project
Lulu -> Thistle Farms
Marché -> Second Harvest Food Bank
Margot -> Second Harvest Food Bank
Mas Tacos, Por Favor -> Loving Nashville
Olive & Sinclair -> Room In the Inn
Otaku Ramen -> Nashville Food Project
Pangaea -> Humane Association and Bonaparte’s Retreat
Parnassus Books -> Nashville Food Project and Shower the People
Plaid Rabbit Gifts -> My Epilepsy Story
Proper Bagel -> TBD
Rich Hippies -> TBD
The Paper Place -> World Relief
The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills -> Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Two Ten Jack -> Martha O’Bryan Center
White’s Mercantile -> Thistle Farms & End Slavery
Wilder -> Nashville Food Project
Yeast Nashville -> East CAN

Want to get your local business on the list? There’s still time! We invite all independent, locally-owned Nashville establishments to get in on the good deeds. Simply click the “Join the Movement” button on the IndieNashGiving site, or email to pledge your commitment.

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