Sunday, June 13, 2010

Bandywood shops wrap up face lift

Boutique and building owners say they hope to attract jewelers, antique shops and other upscale retailers to a new Bandywood retail destination.
John Buntin and friend Jimmy Webb purchased 2225 Bandywood Drive two years ago and are finishing renovations on 9,000 square feet there.

"We want this building and this area to be elegant, private and safe as a one-stop-shop for presents," Buntin said.

In May, Buntin and his wife, Sally, opened J. Craighead & Co., an English porcelain and antiques shop. Webb's wife, Becky, and a partner had earlier relocated Digs, an interior design company that sells home decor and custom lighting, to the area from a shopping center on Highway 100.

Buntin began collecting antiques at age 8. Since then, he has amassed a collection of American and English furniture, gold canes, Western art, English porcelain, cigarette cases and belts. He has moved a small portion of the collection to the new shop.

"I've had fun buying and collecting, and it will be more fun for me to share what I've bought over the years with Nashville," Buntin said. "It's a shop you can come in and quietly look around."


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