Nashville recognized as new 'It' city - WKRN News 2

Nashville recognized as new 'It' city

Posted: Updated: Jan 9, 2013 11:25 PM CST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Visitors come to Nashville from all over the world for a little glimpse at what Music City has to offer.

"The people were really friendly, the music is out of this world and the food is great. It was awesome," Tom Grubisich of Chicago, told Nashville's News 2.

It's those attractions that have publications like Condé Nast Traveler Magazine taking notice, naming Nashville one of the best places to go in 2013.

On Tuesday, a New York Times article declared Nashville the new "it" city, catapulting the city into an even bigger spotlight.

For people who chose to live and work in Nashville, the attention comes as no surprise.

"I've only been here three-and-a-half years and now I'm probably one of the people that would like to keep it a well kept secret because oh my goodness it can't get any better than this," John Esposito, president and CEO of Warner Music Nashville, told Nashville's News 2.

Esposito heads up the record label whose roster includes Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes and Faith Hill.

Esposito could live anywhere yet chooses to make Nashville home.

"I was in the rock and hip hop business and to get backstage you had to have 14 passes to get there," Esposito said, "You go to Noshville [restaurant] here and you're sitting besides some of the worldwide selling artists in the world."

Esposito believes Nashville has the southern charm of a small town, mixed with the excitement of a big city.

"If you want entertainment, every single night of the week, there's something and it's usually pretty special," Esposito said, adding, "there's an energy here and there's a community here."

It's that same energy and community employees at Imogene + Willie, an internationally known boutique famous for their denim, located in the heart of the 12th South neighborhood.

"I think it's a sense of community that has been created in Nashville that sort of reaches out to the rest of the world," Erin McAnally of Imogene + Willie said.

No one is more excited to see Nashville in the spotlight than the Mayor Karl Dean.

Dean said all the attention is great for the city, especially as the new Music City Center prepares to open.

The mayor says Nashville has a unique atmosphere that many want to be a part of.

"We have a city with a very diverse economy, great universities, we have the healthcare industry, the music industry, the hospitality and people all over the world are recognizing that Nashville is a very appealing city because of the culture, how friendly we are, the great restaurant scene," he told Nashville's News 2.

The Music City Center is set to open in May of 2013.

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