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Now there's two more reasons to go out in Nashville. More than $1 million has been poured into upgrades on well-known Midtown bars Tribe and Play to enhance visual appeal, ambience, and customer experience.
The newly upgraded Play area is a dance bar that will present weekly drag shows. The bulk of the renovation involved increasing the size of doorway openings to improve the flow of these spaces.
Tribe is a lively cocktail bar featuring a DJ booth, TVs, pool table and a large outdoor deck/patio area.
“This involved a good amount of structural work to ensure that the two separate buildings with different build types are supported and structurally sound,” said Dowdle Construction Principal Chase Manning, who managed this project.
The new design for Play is extremely colorful, from teal-colored concrete floors to a bar with rainbow lighting. It also boasts upscale finishes, including wood accents, granite countertops and open wood ceilings, which are the original trusses with tongue and groove decking.
“We are very excited to finally open up these new and improved gathering spaces, which have become so important to Nashville’s LGBTQ+ community,” said owner Joe Brown.
“Dowdle’s extensive hospitality portfolio here in Nashville is what drew us to them, and we could not have asked for a better team to carry out this project.”
Dowdle Construction Group has built or renovated over 45 restaurants and bars in Nashville in the last five years, including Milk and Honey, Hi-Fi Clydes, Dogwood, Party Fowl, STK and more. “It was a pleasure to make these much-needed improvements to Tribe and Play,” said Manning. “We believe in building spaces where all members of the Nashville community can come together.”
About Dowdle Construction Group
Dowdle Construction Group is a Nashville-based general contractor specializing in both public and private sector commercial construction. For over 30 years, Dowdle has built a reputation for conducting business with integrity, honesty, and a commitment to communicating and working through the details. Dowdle’s collaborative projects have been recognized for their excellence by the Urban Land Institute Nashville, the Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville, the American Institute of Architects local chapter and other industry organizations. For more information visit dowdleconstruction.com.
Photos: Brian McCord, Realty Pictures, LLC
Your job can help you pay the bills but offer nothing more. In the short term, your job may be tolerable. But an unfulfilling job can have long-lasting effects on your overall health and wellbeing. It can even make you feel lost at times, to the point where you question yourself, who you are, and what you want to accomplish.
If you feel lost in life, take a step back. At this time, focus on self-care and do what's necessary to feel your best once again. It may also be a good time to consider new career opportunities.
The longer you wait to leave a job you don't like, the more lost you may start to feel. However, by focusing on yourself, you can figure out what's most important to you. From here, you can find your calling and take appropriate steps to build the life you want. And you can discover a career path that suits you well today, tomorrow, and long into the future.
Ultimately, there's no one-size-fits-all approach to finding the right career path. Yet there are several things you can do to narrow your career focus.
Prioritize Job Satisfaction
Put job satisfaction front and center. To do so, find a job that is both challenging and rewarding. This requires you to evaluate what you have liked and disliked about past jobs. It also involves looking at what you want to accomplish in your career.
Oftentimes, it helps to make a list of your job interests and aspirations. Next, you can identify your ideal job. You can then make a plan to search for jobs and find one that aligns with your expectations.
As you meet with prospective employers, ask them about their work culture. This allows you to learn about the company's commitment to its personnel and how it engages with its staff. It can provide you with a glimpse into whether the business values equality, diversity, and inclusion as well.
Consider Remote Work Opportunities
In addition to finding a fulfilling job, keep an eye out for remote work opportunities. A remote job gives you the flexibility to work from home. In doing so, a remote job lets you avoid commuting to work. It can even help you reduce your carbon footprint.
If you are interested in working remotely, find out how prospective employers view it. Businesses offer remote work opportunities in a variety of industries. Some companies are planning to make remote work permanent. Others intend to shift to a hybrid model or require employees to work on-site after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic ends.
Also, find out how a company supports its remote staff. For instance, many companies provide laptops and other equipment to ensure remote employees can thrive. Furthermore, they often leverage remote communication and collaboration tools to help remote staff stay connected.
Learn how a business promotes self-care to remote employees, too. The top businesses prioritize a healthy work-life balance for remote staff. These businesses provide educational tools and resources to teach remote employees about the importance of physical and mental wellness. They encourage remote workers to seek out medical aid as needed.
Leave Your Job on a Positive Note
Resist the urge to quit your current job right away. Remember, a job is important, but it is secondary to your overall health. You can always pursue a new job, but it is paramount to avoid burning bridges along the way. Thus, if you feel burned out and exhausted in your job, take appropriate steps to resign and reenter the job market.
For those who are ready to quit their job, meet with your manager. Tell your manager how you feel about your job. You and your manager can then work together to find solutions.
If you reach a point where you no longer want to work in your current role, submit a resignation letter. Include information about your intent to resign, your last day at your company, and your transition plan. Don't forget to thank your employer for the opportunity, either.
Typically, it helps to give your employer at least a few weeks of notice about your resignation. In the weeks to follow, you can help your employer prepare for your departure. You can also close out your relationship with your employer on a positive note.
After you leave your job, you may start to feel a sense of relief. And you can take solace in the fact that you did everything in your power to set yourself and your now-former employer up to succeed.
Move Forward in Your Career
When it comes to your career, there is no need to settle for anything less than exceptional. Your career is a part of who you are. So it is crucial to find a career path that motivates and inspires you.
If your job makes you feel lost in life, pursue a new career path. You can then decide what you want to accomplish in your career and the steps you'll need to complete to achieve your career aspirations.
Nashville may not be a cowboy town, but with its country music roots and smaller-town history, cowboy boots are something many visitors especially associate with the city.
And you see them on tourists, who pick them up in town, as well as on the red carpets. And, of course, the rainbow is the emblem of the LGBTQ community. So, rainbow cowboy boots.
The search for that perfect pair of boots took us FAR from the promise of the ‘Buy One, Get Two Free’ special hawked to tourists from billboards. In fact, it took us all the way to Cody, Wyoming, to master bootmaker Scott Emmerich, and his Falconhead Boots, Belts, & Buckles / Tres Outlaws brand—where a custom pair of handmade boots can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. In fact, the boots on our cover were a custom pair he made for a personal friend: made of vegetable tanned Kangaroo leather, these boots would have a retail value of $8,000.
Emmerich started his career as a bootmaker with a small shop in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1981. “In the beginning,” he told one interviewer, “it was basically just custom handmade boots and matching belts, then came buckles.” As his business grew, he moved to progressively larger stores. “I went from less than 50 handmade pairs of boots … to thousands.”
Over time, his name became synonymous with the best-made, flashy cowboy boot, and he drew the attention of many in the entertainment and music industries. While his boots have graced many Nashville artists, Emmerich maintains a confidentiality code with his customers. And that makes sense as his custom boots are very personally tuned to specific clients.
When Emmerich makes a custom pair of boots, he sends out a bio-foam kit to get impressions of the client’s feet. Then he designs the boots based on the customer’s physiology. The real creativity comes in conveying the personality of the client through a story-boarded creative process. “The design tells the story of each customer in a master designed boot.”
Those wishing to have a custom pair designed would begin the process by contacting him using the information on his site, shopfalconhead.com, beginning the process. Then, after the foam impressions are taken, clients work with Emmerich, giving him details about what they want in a design. Depending on the detail and design, the process can take 4 to 8 weeks at that point. Tooling one of his boots, Emmerich says, “is extensive and time consuming.” And if you visit his website, you’ll see why: the exquisite detail in event the boots he stocks is amazing. The artistry, and the materials, of course, means that custom boots will run somewhere between $2,500 and $25,000 in most cases.
But do check out what he’s stocking on his site, and if you ever find yourself in Cody, Wyoming, you can also visit his store to see them in person.
Recording Artist Rosemary Joaquin is making waves and gaining even more fans with the release of her cinematic music video “A Little More.” The song is generating incredible buzz and fan following on Tiktok, prompting a re-release with a music video and new feature from rapper Daisha Mcbride (recognized by Thrillist, Genius, NPR, and the Tennessean as an “artist to watch”).
Sending a powerful message about love, the video highlights a romantic relationship between two women. The traditional premise with a new twist challenges us to reconsider our preconceived ideas about relationships. It leaves behind an inclusive impression that all love is valid.
“The release of A Little More has been both exhilarating and scary. The song is extremely personal, kind of like my coming out anthem, exploring the uncertainty and excitement I felt entertaining a new relationship with a woman,” says Joaquin. “I think it’s important to normalize representation of non-traditional love relationships. I’m extremely proud of the music video and grateful for the opportunity to work with a talented artist like Daisha McBride.”
The video begins with Rosemary crowned as Matchmaker. Matchless herself, she matches all of the women with their male counterparts, and the couples are blissfully happy. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Rosemary actually has a match, but it is with a woman. She’s had a match the entire time, but didn’t realize it until that prospect was right in front of her.
Rosemary leaves her post as Matchmaker to explore her new relationship. As the story comes to a close, Rosemary returns to the couples from the beginning and finds that they are happy for her and rooting for the new couple, just as she had been rooting for them.
More about Rosemary Joaquin
Rosemary Joaquin is a Washington, D.C. native who moved to Nashville in 2018 to pursue her music career. Her rich, velvety, low-pitched voice leaves you craving more. She’s been compared to other mainstream artists like Maggie Rodgers, King Princess and Dua Lipa. Her 2020 single A Little More was featured on Billboard PRIDE’s Queer Necessities in February 2020. One of her first releases, Bad Song, recently surpassed one million streams on Spotify and her 2019 single Hate That I Love You awarded her Waffle House’s 2019 Scattered, Smothered and Discovered Artist of the Year. Rosemary is also a featured performer at next month’s Nashville PRIDE Festival!
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