Nashville GLBT Chamber news briefs

Elite Pest Control gains two new business partners

Terry Todd and Alan Antes recently purchased a portion of Elite Pest Control from the principal owner, Christa Keeton. Elite Pest Control is an established pest service in Nashville featuring environmentally friendly products. Todd and Antes have joined the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and Nashville's GLBT Chamber of Commerce. Elite Pest Control may be reached at 615-942-8824.

LaChance broadens insurance business

Nashville GLBT Chamber member Patrick LaChance introduced the local community to his Middle-Tennessee AFLAC benefits offerings in 2006. He has now broadened his business to include group health benefits for small businesses. 

LaChance represents various insurance carriers and offers a variety of insurance options. For AFLAC or small business group insurance inquiries, call him at 615-545-1579. 

DuPre Designs holds grand opening

DuPre Designs held their grand opening last month showcasing their upscale custom furniture. The new store, owned by Lance Dupre, opened with a fashion show, featuring a new line by Justine Sylvi accompanied by an art exhibit featuring Donny Smutz, Stephen Watkins and Melissa Martin.  

Dupre Designs is located at 136 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. North, in Nashville. They can be reached at 615-483-7194 or via the Web at

Bradford joins Raymond James & Associates

Suzanne Bradford has been named senior vice president, investments, with Raymond James & Associates. She was previously vice president, investments, UBS. 

Raymond James & Associates was founded in 1962 and has been a public company since 1983. It is a diversified financial services holding company with subsidiaries engaged primarily in investment and financial planning, in addition to investment banking and asset management.

Bradford is located at 2525 West End Ave, Suite 1400, in Nashville, and she can be reached at 615-321-8300.

Nashville Shakespeare Festival announces 2008 officers and board

The Nashville Shakespeare Festival has announced officers and members of its board of directors for the 20th anniversary season for 2008:


  • Phillip C. Phy, chairman; First Tennessee Bank
  • Jon H. Glassmeyer, vice chairman; Manheim Transport Solution
  • David Marcus, treasurer; Physicians Payment Resources LLC
  • Ann Marie Deer Owens, secretary; Vanderbilt News Service

Board members:

  • Mary Tanner Bailey, Nashville Public Library
  • Ann Cook Calhoun, Vanderbilt University
  • Donald Capparella, Dodson Parker & Behm
  • William Coleman, Dismas Inc.
  • Chris Dowdy, Asurion
  • Denice Hicks, ex-officio, Nashville Shakespeare Festival artistic director
  • Stella Reed, Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation
  • Nancy VanReece, ex-officio, Nashville Shakespeare Festival executive director
  • Joseph A. Woodruff, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis
WhistlePig + Alfa Romeo F1

SHOREHAM, VT (September 13, 2023) — WhistlePig Whiskey, the leaders in independent craft whiskey, and Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake are waving the checkered flag on a legend-worthy release that’s taking whiskey to G-Force levels. The Limited Edition PiggyBack Legends Series: Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is a high Rye Whiskey selected by the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake drivers, with barrels trialed in their wind tunnel to ensure a thrilling taste in every sip.

The third iteration in WhistlePig’s Single Barrel PiggyBack Legends Series, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri Bottas’ racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu, the first Chinese F1 driver, this Rye Whiskey is finished with lychee and oolong tea. Herbal and floral notes of the oolong tea complement the herbaceous notes of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded out with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.

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by Spectrum Medical Care Center

Nurse Practitioner Ari Kravitz

When I started medical transition at 20 years old, it was very difficult to get the care I needed for hormone replacement therapy because there are very few providers trained in starting hormones for trans people, even though it’s very similar to the hormones that we prescribe to women in menopause or cisgender men with low testosterone.

I hope more providers get trained in LGBTQ+ healthcare, so they can support patients along their individual gender journey, and provide the info needed to make informed decisions about their body. I’ve personally seen my trans patients find hope and experience a better quality of life through hormone replacement therapy.

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Descanso Resort swimming pool and lounge area

Descanso Resort, Palm Springs' premier destination for gay men, just received Tripadvisor's highest honor, a Travelers' Choice "Best of the Best" award for 2023. Based on guests' reviews and ratings, fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor's 8 million listings around the world receive the coveted "Best of the Best" designation. Descanso ranked 12th in the top 25 small inns and hotels category in the United States. Quite an accomplishment!

Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

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