On the Road Again
Corner’s New Dickerson Road Location Is One Giant Opportunity
Back in 1982, Corner Music had barely been in business six years, but they were already growing out of their cramped Berry Hill closet and preparing to move into a bigger building. In those days, relocating to rough 12th Avenue seemed questionable. The neighborhood was a bit sketchy—still years away from its current hipster-ized, touristy glory—and customers wondered if this was Corner’s best move.
Apparently, it was.
Being near Music Row and part of a booming local destination has been great for the business, and Corner has been a reliable anchor throughout the area’s revitalization. 12 South’s growth is admirable and Corner is proud to have been part of it. But 30-plus years later, the street’s trendy popularity, increased traffic and near-impossible parking make it tough for Corner’s core customers—Nashville’s world-famous musicians—to get through the crowds. And with the Row and its writing/production business becoming decentralized and distributed to every part of town, it just makes sense to move again to an accessible, developing neighborhood. And again, some people are questioning the move.
It’s gonna be all right. We know it’s a big shift. We’re well aware Dickerson Road is still evolving. But like every other part of town, it’s changing for the better and—dare we say it—gentrifying. Used car lots might still outnumber latte stands, but the area is coming around.
Easy access to I-65, Briley Parkway, East Nashville and downtown mean that you can get there from here—wherever here is. The new location is surrounded by neighborhoods, restaurants, churches and the modern staple of progress, a brewery (East Nashville Beer Works is only 2 miles away on Trinity Lane). The TriStar Skyline Medical Center is just up the street.
And of course, being across the street from the Mother Church of Hot Chicken, Prince’s, puts us in the cradle of America’s hottest (literally) culinary trend. That alone is worth a drive.
So, yes; it’s a new day, a paradigm shift. Leaving 12 South and its bachelorettes will be bittersweet, and opening the doors in a new part of town will be an adventure. But based on the past 42 years of doing business and making friends, there will always be a place in Nashville for a music store with great gear, knowledgeable staff, friendly and helpful attitude, and fair prices.
This will work. You’ll see.