New Destination, Five Points Alley Shops, Now Open

Christian Paro adds to his unique brand of East Nashville spaces under the C615 umbrella.

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Rending of the Five Points Alley Shops (Courtesy Image)
Rending of the Five Points Alley Shops (Courtesy Image)

NASHVILLE (December 22, 2020) – In the backdrop of devastating tornados that ruined several East Nashville locales and amidst a global pandemic, the site of one longtime community staple has birthed something new – the Five Points Alley Shops.

Located at the site of the former Art & Invention Gallery and Idea Hatchery at 1106 and 1108 Woodland Street, the Five Points Alley Shops are a one-stop destination for gifts, goods, and garments that showcase the original and creative flare of East Nashville. The space serves as a hub and incubator for small and creative businesses – carrying on the 19-year legacy of gallery and hatchery that came before it.

Five Points Alley Shops is owned by Christian Paro, proprietor of the C615 enterprise, which operates several spaces in East Nashville. Paro assumed ownership of the spaces that housed Art & Invention Gallery and Idea Hatchery in late 2019.

“I am excited to debut our latest concept, and I am proud to showcase the incredible small businesses and creatives who decided to open their doors at the Five Points Alley Shops,” Paro said. “Despite everything that has happened in our world, we are committed to East Nashville, and we are even more committed to creating opportunities for the creative class and independent business owners to thrive.”

The Five Points Alley Shops joins other East Nashville spaces under the successful C615 brand, including collaborative office space campus Center 615, production space Studio 615, and the Main Street Gallery. Like those small businesses and artisans who use other C615 space to work and showcase their wares, each of the 10 destinations in the Five Points Alley Shops are locally owned and independently operated.

The stores located in the Five Points Alley Shops are:

Defunct Books – an independent bookstore dealing in used, rare, out-of-print, and collectible books. Est. 2003, they buy, sell, and trade in all subjects.

Raven & Whale Gallery – provides both accessible artwork for first-time buyers and higher end editions to discerning collectors. Husband and wife team Jason Bruek and Kate Harrold founded the gallery in 2017 to showcase their photo surrealistic work.

Tertiary Sight – an aura photography studio, working at the junction of mysticism and technology, which offers aura photos and magical goods to empower people to live their most intentional—and colorful—lives.

Black Dog Beads – a local jewelry crafting and beading haven. The mystical shop supplies beads, crystals, gemstones, rocks, findings, leather, and tools, in addition to jewelry repairs and restringing services.

The Goodbuy Girls – a shop widely known well-curated selection of vintage cowgirl boots, recognized in renowned publications across the US. Discover an eclectic mix of vintage and modern accessories, small-batch local artisan goods, and awesome vibes.

Alegria – a retail destination for fine leather goods, handmade items, small batch entrepreneurs, and unique gifts and decor. Shop dog KC Wonderdog will be there to welcome you with extra love and snuggles.

Fairytales Bookstore – an independent, family-owned children’s bookstore and toy store since 2008. With a mission of connecting children to the wonders of reading and imaginative play, they offer a unique, hand curated selection of high quality books, toys, games, art supplies, crafts and more.

Riveter – a collection of fine and semi-fine jewelry pieces made by independent designers, showcasing varied and unique artistic perspectives. The shop specializes in alternative wedding and bridal options, prioritizing responsibly-sourced, traceable, and recycled materials.

The Good Fill – offers sustainable, package-free products as well as bulk refills to help you live a low-waste life. Their refills for home and body are all-natural, sustainably sourced, and zero-waste.

Meliora Movement – a Pilates Studio founded on the principals of its name’s latin roots: “for the pursuit of the better.” It strives to bring “the better” to the community through Pilates, yoga, stretch and other movement therapy. Join the studio for group and private fitness classes along with other special events.

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