Two of Nashville’s Favorite Places to Shop

October 31, 2015 in Editorials

GasLamp Antiques & GasLamp Too:
Two of Nashville’s Favorite Places to Shop

With more than an acre of climate-controlled space, GasLamp Antiques and GasLamp Too have given shoppers two places to perfect the craft of antiquing and home decorating. On Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10-6, both locations will host their annual Holiday Open House featuring seasonal sales and hourly gift card drawings.

From the music to the refreshments, we see this event as a kick-off to the holiday shopping season,” said Lauren H. Bugg, CEO of GasLamp Antiques and GasLamp Too. “We hope that everyone catches a bit of the ‘holiday spirit’ just walking through our doors!”

Named the 2015 “Best Antique Store” by the Nashville Scene Readers’ Poll, and “Best Antique Mall” in this year’s Toast of Nashville by Tennessean newspaper readers, the GasLamp stores are also home to Sunday workshops like “Decking the Tree,” scheduled for Nov. 8 at 3 p.m.

Bugg purchased the over-sized mall in 2008 from previous owner, Mike Chilando, who established the business in 2004, then she doubled the store’s size in 2012. Bugg, who has an inherited draw to mercantile, points to her grandfather who owned his own hardware and furnishings store and the First State Bank in N.W. Arkansas, when it was still part of the west. “With a few dozen dealers and a handful of staff, the mall steadily grew, until the dealer waiting list was well over 200 people. We lease space to dealers who stock their booths full of antiques or vintage, mid-century modern, industrial, eclectic, original artwork and on and on,” Bugg said.

The newer of the two stores, GasLamp Too, is at 128 Powell Place, just a third of a mile from the original. GasLamp Too is housed in an industrial setting that was once a giant warehouse. Both GasLamp Antiques and GasLamp Too have a grid-like design with streets named from “historic” Nashville such as Hickory, High and Tulip streets. There are maps available at each location, in case you have trouble finding your way to the front counter. It’s wise to jot down the booth number of that vintage find that you just cannot live – or leave – without!

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