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Little Donuts & The Art of Crawling


Heather Jackson

There’s nothing like the aroma of fresh donuts as you’re strolling through an art gallery. Well, at least that’s what I discovered this past Saturday when I attended Nashville’s First Saturday Art Crawl.

The art crawl, fittingly so, takes place every first Saturday of the month. All of the beautiful art galleries on 4th and 5th avenue in Nashville are open to art-lovers free of charge for the night. Many of the artists themselves make appearances to watch the critics, fans, and pretentious college kids view their art.

Look! It's me looking at art!

While I’m all for the art scene and have never turned down the opportunity to hit up a museum or gallery, I wasn’t in the mood to venture out of the comfort of bed this particular Saturday. It’d been a rather long week, I had Woody Allen movies queued on Netflix, and it was just cold enough to where I could use the weather as an excuse. However, if it had not been for the persistence of a friend with more motivation than I, I would have missed out entirely on one of my new favorite Nashville experiences.

So I did get out of bed, I did throw on some art gallery appropriate threads, and I did catch a bus down to 5th Avenue (Guys, these are free when you scan your Commodore Card!). We discovered some galleries of grand unique design and some that were fantastically mediocre, but the good art gave us something to admire, and the bad art gave us something to critique.

Friends of art!

Now for those of you who don’t know your way around all avenues of Nashville like me (HAHAHA! I am always lost. Always.), the art crawl takes place in The Arcade district of Nashville which houses tons of local little eateries. And on this particular Saturday, also houses a lot of the galleries we were wandering through. So as we were marveling at a photography exhibit upstairs, the alluring smell of something sweet caught us from downstairs. So as any good sugar-lover would do, we investigated.

Outside of Peace, Love, & Little Donuts

We momentarily left the art scene to discover a Nashville favorite, Peace, Love, and Little Donuts. This hippie-style donut eatery makes donuts hot and fresh in front of you, and the people who work there are just as charming as the small donuts. Since it was our first-time there, we were offered up some free donuts and instantly hooked. We ended up splurging for a half-dozen and not regretting a single bite. This actually ended up serving as my dinner. So donuts for dinner actually happened. Thank you, college.

Han & I devour donuts

After the donuts, we walked down the avenue where truck boutiques and street performers were providing constant entertainment. By the time we headed home, we were practically cultured out. I could not have been happier that I had gotten out of bed, and that’s not something I say too often.

So I think I’ve found my new first Saturday tradition! I highly recommend you check out the Art Crawl, but if art isn’t your thing, donuts surely are, so swing by Peace, Love, and Little Donuts for a sugary sensation you surely won’t forget.

So I hope to see you some first Saturday in the future! Donuts and art for all!

Disclaimer: The author of this blog does not recommend donuts for dinner. Eat your vegetables, kids.


  • Noah Richard

    Thanks so much for the blog! I can’t wait to be in Nashville someday (hopefully at Vandy)! It seems like there’s a lot of fun to be had.

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