We recently spent a day down in Columbia, TN visiting our friends Bryson and Susan of Needle and Grain. We always love spending time with these guys, and it's been so neat to do life together over the past several years since they got engaged, got married, bought a house, added two beagles to their pack and started their business. They took us around some of their favorite spots in their charming little town.
What would an ideal day look like for each of you?
"Going to get coffee, stopping by the farmers market to see our farmer friends and grab doughnuts from our friend Shell and hitting the shops downtown to find some treasures. Then, relaxing in the house with all the doors and windows open till we would grab lunch at our favorite taco stand. That night, Chefs life on PBS, wine and a home cooked meal. Maybe Scrabble and a dog walk."
How do you stay inspired creatively now that your creative outlets have become your work?
Bryson: "I continue to reach out to people in the community. Meet new locals we haven't met and find out what they do and learn their history of the city. I constantly find inspiration in history and personal life experiences from others. Being with others in any capacity is always a source of inspiration for me!"
Susan: "I stay inspired by old quilt books because I love old patterns made new. I also am inspired by other people's vintage quilts. I love the feel of vintage but with modern colors. I also find talking to older women at quilt shops is helpful and informative especially with techniques."
If someone was visiting Columbia, where are the places they can't miss?
Los Potros for some delicious tacos, Hattie Jane's for homemade ice cream, Jumbo House for an amazing greasy burger, Bucky's for a delicious breakfast, Muletown coffee, President James K. Polk's home, Steely's corner, Lily Jane and other downtown shopping. Also, long drives with the windows down through the winding back roads and hills.
What's next for Needle and Grain?
All we can say (publicly) is we are expanding and setting roots down in Columbia in many different ways. We can't wait to share more soon!