What Brought You To Nashville?
I originally moved to Nashville to work for the largest Christian record company in the world. Music is one of my passions, and I didn’t know much about the city other than it being located in the southern United States and had a reputation for Country Music.
Any Similarities Between Nashville And Where You Moved?
Mostly no. I am from Chicago. There are distinct differences between both cities geographically and culturally. Chicago is nearly 4 times the size of Nashville. The pace of life is brisker in Chicago. It’s warmer in Nashville. The similarities between the two cities can be found in its people. The people of Nashville and Chicago are both hospitable. You can’t beat the southern hospitality of a true Nashvillian, and the hospitality of a life-long Chicagoan will make a notable and lasting impression on you.
Most Surprising Revelation About The Area?
The people, the two lane roads, the awesome amount of nature to explore, and the incredible music talent. It is said that “people make the place,” and that couldn’t be truer in Nashville. The people are good natured, welcoming, hardworking and family oriented. I had to adjust quickly to the enormous amount of two lane roads to avoid the ditches! I didn’t have access to much nature exploration when I lived in Chicago, but when I do take it in here, I leave feeling like a different man ready to conquer any obstacle. Some of the best musicians live here. Both notables and lesser known names. It is not uncommon to see prominent artists at a local restaurant or walking down the street simply enjoying life without interruption like everyone else. I love that. Whatever your music preference…Gospel, Christian, Country, Jazz, or R&B, you will experience the most incredible talent in Nashville.
Your Favorite Restaurant and Why?
Too many to name but some of my favorites are 312 Pizza Company. The owners are from the Chicago area and I head there when I want to feel the presence of the Windy City. Sperry’s Restaurant. They offer the best salad bar and pork chop entrée ever! Burger Up. The turkey burger is the only burger I will eat because I was hooked the first time I had it! Grays on Main in Franklin. It’s a classy yesteryear experience. True Food Kitchen. Everything on the menu, especially the Edamame Dumplings! Order it twice!! My current all-time favorite restaurant is The Treehouse in East Nashville. The best farm to table experience in a unique space. My wife and I love it!
If you could change one thing about Nashville, what would it be?
I would not change anything. The unique qualities, character and way of life is its appeal. It’s what makes Nashville…well Nashville.
How Has The Covid-19 Pandemic Changed How You Live Life In Nashville?
I follow safety protocols to protect myself, my family and those I interact with. I don’t entertain, travel nor see extended family members as much as I used to. It took a little time to get used to that. Thankfully, technology allows connection which is good however, it can never replace a “high-five,” or good ole hug. I’m sure those days will return in due time.
Why I Love Nashville?
I love Nashville because Nashville has been good to me. I took a chance to move to a city I knew little about with no friends nor family and my experience has exceeded my expectations. I’m fortunate to have a beautiful family and a close circle of tried and true friends that makes life here even better.
There’s something special about Nashville as evidenced by the countless stories shared with me by people who literally have the same story of not knowing why but “felt the need to move to Nashville.”
I love the privilege of sharing Nashville’s story with the clients I serve, many of whom are in the same shoes as I was 26 years ago. The opportunity to use my story to convey that things will work out is priceless.
Shawn Tate is a global real estate advisor with Zeitlin Sotheby’s International Realty.