FAVES & RAVES 2018: Look Good, Feel Good

Looking and feeling your best is an art form, and the LGBT community most definitely has distinct ideas about how to best achieve this goal. Our readers know what it takes to carefully construct a look for the world. And here are their recommendations for looking and feeling your best—including where to doll up your best four-legged friend!


New Clothes—H&M

H&M retakes the top spot this year. With two local location—one in Opry Mills and the other in Cool Springs—H&M offers fashionable clothes for men, women, and children for relatively affordable prices.

H&M Opry Mills, photo James Grady

Check out their website!


Used—The Hip Zipper

Located in the heart of East Nashville, Tennessee, The Hip Zipper is Nashville's oldest "All-Vintage" clothing shop. Owner Trisha Brantley, a Texas native, has been providing Nashvillians, Australians, and everyone in between the ability to dress in reasonably priced vintage threads since 1999.

Check out their website & Facebook page!


Hair Stylist—Joshua David (Element)

This year’s favorite hair stylist, Joshua David, with Element Salon, is well known in the LGBT community. By many he’s known almost as well for his skill styling wigs and queens! If you are looking for a regular stylist, give Joshua a ring!

Joshua David, photo via Facebook

Check out their website & Instagram!


Tattoo—Black 13

Black 13 is truly a Nashville institution. While the shop has just won our poll for a second year in a row, it topped the Scene’s Best of Nashville poll for nearly a decade!

Photos via Facebook

Check out their website & Facebook page!


Massage Therapist—Joany Johnson

This year’s fave massage therapist—locally trained at Mind Body Institute in Nashville—works at Nashville Center for Alternative Therapy. For more information about her services, or the Center, visit www.mynashvillecenter.com.


Veterinary Services—Nashville Veterinary Specialists

This clinic's mission is "is to honor the human-animal bond in all we do by working to improve the care of our patients, the experiences of our clients, and the health of our team." Our readers have been very happy with the care they received.

Nashville Veterinary Specialists, photo via Facebook

Check out their website & Facebook page!


Gym—YMCA Downtown

This year the YMCA took back the top spot, thanks to its excellent facilities (including a rooftop pool), prime location, and, in all likelihood, the prevalence of gym eye-candy. Oh, and the classes and programs, from spin to nutrition education, are top notch!

Downtown YMCA, photo via Facebook

Check out their website & Facebook page!


Check out all of our Nightlife, Dining, Look Good/Feel Good, Professional Services, Community, Places, & Wedding Services FAVES & RAVES 2018 winners!

See also las year's winners at FAVES & RAVES 2017: Look Good, Feel Good.

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