Charlotte Avenue was the Pink Elephant in the room for me. But now I'm ready to talk about it.
My husband and I bought our second home a stone’s throw from Charlotte Avenue in 2006. As a Nashville native, I’ve had to overcome some stereotypes about Charlotte. At first, I was embarrassed (now just somewhat annoyed) by the plethora of payday advance and discount tobacco stores. Red-faced, when I gave directions to visitors, I apologetically encouraged them to avoid Charlotte altogether.
But then, I found I simply could not avoid Charlotte in order to carry out every day business. First, out of convenience and necessity I used it. Over time, Charlotte grew on me.
My niece and nephews giggle with glee when they see the Pink Elephant at University Motors because they are almost to my house. Before, I might have felt a tinge of uneasiness. Now I'm proud of Charlotte Avenue's kitschy mascot.
Does Charlotte have warts? Oh, Yes. Can it be improved? Sure.
But Charlotte has genuine character and moxie. It provides businesses and activities that reflect the people and cultures of our neighborhood. Rich, poor, in between. Costco, pawn shop or taqueria. It is our neighborhood’s thoroughfare. And I want more people to know about it, celebrate it and experience it.
So, check back for little gems you might find on the West side’s thoroughfare if you dig a little deeper. Hail the Pink Elephant!
In a few days, look for my first post about a little gem called Spotted Dog Antiques...